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|Hogan's Favorite Anime|
Never really considered myself a huge fan of anime, but some shows that I recently
watched have made me reconsider it. I really do want to get into anime even more at
this point, so I've made a list of my favorite anime that I have watched. Any reccomend
actions would be great! List is recent digs.
|12||An Endless Sporadic|
Trigun- This is the first anime that I ever fully watched from start to beginning, and what a blast it
was. Vash the Stampede is a total badass when he feels like it, and even when he seems to utterly
lose it, I still can't help but love him. Even if the show is plagued with constant amounts of
reminders towards the ethics of "you should never take another person's life" I also can't help but to
agree with it which might be why I like vash so much as a character. The show may have aged in
both its comedy and animation, but it was paramount to my beginnings of watching anime. Plus, the
ending is just so satisfying.
Fist of the North Star- Regarded as an anime classic, Fist of the North Star is a story about a man
who uses a fighting technique that specializes in pressing hidden pressure points in the body to
control his enemy/himself in some special way, but most of the time ends in his opponents head
blowing up why he says his infamous line "you are already dead". There is just something so
comedic about how absurd the show is, yet it retains the badass action that fans in the early 80's
and 90's loved so much. It's not incredibly long, but the pacing is slow at the beginning. The show is
everything a fan of absurd action anime would enjoy, and though it is quite heavily dated, still has a
major amount of affection from me.
|10||Broken Social Scene|
You Forgot It In People
Fooly Cooly (FLCL) - Admitidly, explaining this show is probably correlative to trying to explain the
plot line behind James Joyce's Finnagans Wake. It is so crazy and weird that it is just so charming.
FLCL is a coming of age tale about a young middle school boy, an female looking alien who rides a
Vespa while performing various whacky antics, and a whole lotta monsters/robots that the boy
spawns from his forehead. It also switches animation styles, from traditional, to 3D, to South Park,
to even breaking the fourth wall in just the first episode. Also, it's got some of the coolest music in
any anime I have ever watched.
Visual Audio Sensory Theater
The Castle of Caligestro (Lupin the Third) - My first time watching a Lupin title wasn't really
authentic. Lupin isn't nearly as nice as he is in this as he is in any other Show movie, but this movie
had probably the biggest impact on me. Though the visuals are kinda dated, this is still my favorite
anime with lupin in it. It's just such a blast to watch how every character interacts with each other,
and all of the clever dialogue makes these interactions both funny and intense. Also, in the 2000
American dub, David Hayter voices Lupin, which is probably my favorite voice of lupin ever.
The Glow Pt. 2
Akira- Utterly groundbreaking and it still holds its ground today as one of the best anime movies of
all time, even if the American dub has some really cringe worthy moments, where the dialogue can
be perfectly summarized as just name calling, repeatedly with obnoxious insults after them. Yet
what Akira lacks vocally its animation and story are respectively rich and beautiful. Especially the
effects on Tetsuo towards the end.
Gurren Lagann- Just who the hell do you think you think I am? While the show is super polarizing to
many fans of anime as some consider it a masterpiece while others call it retardidly stupid, I fall into
a between category. Sure, towards the end it became utterly ridiculous and more focused on
explosions and fighting than logic. But in a way, that's the beauty of the show. It's so well animated
(besides episode 4..) and the characters are all extremely well developed. Especially the main
character, Simon, who started out as a whiny minority complex who thought little of himself and
grew into a strong and independent leader of Team Dai Gurren. Also, the fight scenes are just so
much fun to watch.
Dragon Ball- Dragon Ball > Dragon Ball Z
Aye Aye Porcupine
Great Teacher Onizuka - A show that specializes in character development, but also contains
probably one of the coolest main characters in any anime. Mr. Onizuka is just a joy to watch and is
almost impossible to dislike. He is an ex-gang leader who's attempts to become a high school
teacher in order to get laid have mostly ended in failures, but he manages to gain a job as a
homeroom teacher to one tough class. There he individually develops a bond with every kid in his
class episodically. Even though Onizuka isn't the brightest teacher, what he lacks in his intelligence
is made up in how good he is at making an ethical point. He changes these students in ways that no
other teacher could have done for the better, and the show is strong all the way through. Steve
Blum also does the voice for Onizuka, just a bonus point I'd like to put out there.
Spirited Away - If you haven't seen this by now, I advise you to stop reading and go watch this
immediately. As in right now.
Cowboy Bebop - This was probably the most cliche'd pick on the list, but how could I leave it out? I
could talk about how awesome all of the characters are, or how powerful every song on the
soundtrack is, or even how tragic the whole story is. Cowboy bebop has basically been talked about
by every fan of anime imaginable, and my opinion could barely make a difference. Plus, the last two
episodes of this are my favorite episodes of anime ever. Plus, it's got the one dub that even people
who hate dubs agree that the dub was better.
Yu Yu Hakusho- By far my favorite Shonen by a mile, Yu Yu Hakusho presented me with some of my
favorite characters in anime. Starting with the main character himself, Yuske Yurameshi who is a
cocky yet extremely caring and strong boy who grows from an immature punk to a badass hero
throughout the run. Kuwabara who at first seemed annoying, but progressed into a passionate and
powerful character who possessed the power to cut through dimensions with a sword. But by far the
shining achievements were the villains and the fights with said villains. From Toguro's incredible
intimadation during the Dark Tournament saga, every moment he was on screen was completely
suspenseful, and the final fight with him at the end was some incredible stuff even for older anime.
Shinobu who didn't really possess the incredible suspense that Toguro did, but instead just
destroyed basically everything he fought until the end. Yu Yu Hakusho is an incredible show with
zero filler and I recommend anyone interested in anime to check it out.
The Ugly Organ
Monster- I have never watched a single anime that has affected me more than monster. It's hard to
say why as the anime follows a plot line that seems like an ordinary game of cat and mouse, but the
twist and turns down that road are some of the best I have ever seen. Detailing the journey of a
young yet brilliant neuro sergeant named Tenma, it follows his chase at redemption from the hands
of a boy he saved that almost costed his job. Which brings me to my reason for this being my
favorite. The boy Tenma saves, Johan Leibert, is truly the most frightening villain in anime PERIOD.
He is a man of unparalleled charm and manipulation, even from his early years, at the age of 10, he
convinced a whole entire orphanage to massacre each other. A journey of trials concerning themes
of what it means to be alive, I consider Monster to possess an extreme amount of development in
both the character and story parts. Monster truly is my favorite anime of all time, and for all the
right reasons. The incredible growth of like able characters even from the villain standpoint, the
beautiful animation, and an awesome dub make this show worth the watch to any fan of anime.
|Blurbs were kinda rushed but just felt like giving a short little list of some of my favorites.|
|yeah trigun's fantastic especially because of legato|
as for 1 never seen it but really want to
|I only recently just finished it, but my god dude did it leave an impact. Forgot to mention how awesome Wolfwood is too.|
|Akira has two English dubs if you didn't know: the Streamline was the first, and Pioneer came second. You might've watched the movie via former option, though I guess it don't really matter in the end; film's marvelous from start to finish. |
|check ghost in the shell since you dug akira, but please watch it with the original dub|
|Ive watched both Akira dubs, still think the dialogue is bad on all three versions lol. But its such a fantastic movie, and I gotta get around to watching Ghost in the Shell, heard a lot of good things about it.|
|oh man im so happy to see yu yu hakusho at 2 great taste m8|
|Honestly so underrated it hurts man.|
|remember loving the Monster manga a lot and feeling the anime wasn't at all as cool or enjoyable even though it's the same thing and like the definition of a perfect adaptation. maybe it's just one of those stories that're most fun first time around|
|Cool list of shows and music|
|I actually have mushishi on a list of what to watch next, and I really want to read the monster manga, heard that it was a perfect adaptation though.|
|I usually don't like mixing anime movies and anime tv shows. I feel like they're stylistically so different. Hell Miyazaki doesn't even like associating with the otaku that form the fanbase for anime tv lol.|
I'd say good list but tbh I've watched like two of these shows, granted they're great (Bebop & Spirited Away, the latter being my favorite movie ever). so i'd be lying if i said that. you're a little too old school for me heh
|Spirited Away is probably in my top ten, and yeah I do like the older anime a lot. I have seen a lot of newer anime and it just comes across as meh to me. Good shows I saw recently include Black Lagoon, No Game No Life, the beginning of Attack on Titan, and even some of Space Dandy I appreciated.|
|I thought High School DxD was surprisingly likeable, actually. It may be another one of those fanservice-heavy shows, but I can overlook that aspect when the anime had good characterization and quite an excellent English dub backing the whole thing up. I'm also curious about Ninja Slayer, seeing how it's being handled by the same studio responsible for Kill la Kill; that's a love-it-or-hate-it type of series, but I do still enjoy it.|
|@hogan, yeah your taste i guess you're probably not a fan of the whole moe aesthetic, or the high school stuff, etc. is that accurate? |
i'd second mushishi. really relaxed but it's a great show. you might also like shinsekai yori (from the new world), which is probably one of the only good dystopian anime, but i'm not sure you'd like the aesthetic. maybe something like fate/zero as well, if you can get past the exposition of the first episode.
|by your taste*|
|You owe it to yourself to watch Zankyou no Terror|
|@toxin. Not a big fan of moe or high school stuff, I tend to stay away from the fan service stuff to such an extent. But I like everyone's recommendations, I still gotta watch kill la kill too actually lol.|
|I've only seen Monster from this list, but it's my second favourite of all time. I'm watching Trigun right now and it's pretty good, agree mostly with what you said about it so far.|
|no evangelion? BLOCKED|
|@hogan yeah that's what i thought. hmm not sure i'm qualified to give recs besides mushishi since our tastes are so different |
|it would depend on what you define as fanservice but if you really dont like sexualization regardless of whatever it has behind it im not sure if id recommend watching kill la kill|
|Sorry man, Evangelion isn't my cup of tea honestly. Especially since I'm a not a big fan of Shinji.. And I mean I'm not too critical of fan service, like I dealt with Yoko fine for gurren lagann. |
|And trigun gets better towards the end, like the last half is so good.|
|mad props for album 5. cool list.|
|most american dubs are so wowful bad|
|"I still gotta watch kill la kill too actually lol."|
is getting disappointed your fetish?
|"Sorry man, Evangelion isn't my cup of tea honestly. Especially since I'm a not a big fan of Shinji.."|
it's cool, i was mostly joking. not about loving eva though
the only thing on this list i've watched is spirited away, which is fantastic. i've seen the first few episodes of bebop but i wasn't feeling it
|Barakamon is my 3rd fav anime, with Mushishi being my 2nd. Watch those if you haven't :]|
4 and 3 (especally 3) are life changing, 'nuff said.
|samurai champloo >>>>>> cowboy bepop |
|agreed about dragonball > dbz though |
|Evangelion is my favorite, I don't necessarily think its a direct attack on fanservice though. The Asuka fight scene in EoE was the best thing ever. FLCL is fucking ace. Have you watched Stein's Gate?|
|I am in the middle of watching steins gate and I love it. Samurai champloo is pretty good too, don't consider it better than bebop at all but it's still really good. The other two main characters in champloo weren't nearly as interesting as moogen.|
|most people have shit taste in everything|
|You sir deserve a round of applause.|
|shouldn't surprise you though|
sputnik has proven time and time again to have abysmal taste in just about everything and the average anime watcher is generally clueless
|you described yourself perfectly tree great job|
|wtf is anime like fckin pokemon er?|
|"crymson, the bemis-nuts-swallowing-ass douchewad doesn't like bebop"|
hey heppy, yeah i wasn't feeling it
hard to believe you're not like 12
|theres really nothing wrong about the trigun anime|
literally nothing wrong
|Honestly, they are opinions, opinions that aren't yours. Do you really care that badly about them, that you would literally use slander and harsh name calling just because people you dont know don't like the same shows as you? |
|you try so hard to be an anime elite guy that you just end up humiliating yourself and what you watch is prolly shit too|