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#35075 - 03/22/12 10:38 AM Fairly New to Anime
b.howling Offline
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I am fairly new to anime and I was just wondering what are some good series out there?

So far I have like the One Piece series, and Death Note, but need more in my collection. What would you guys/ladies suggest. And sorry if I posted in wrong place.

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#35078 - 03/22/12 11:04 AM Re: Fairly New to Anime [Re: b.howling]
Manhiem Offline
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You posted in the right place, so no worries there.

Could you tell us a little bit about the kind of movies and TV series that you like? It will make it a lot easier for us to make recommendations if we know something about your tastes.

I'll start by recommending a few titles that I think most people would enjoy.

Movies
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Summer Wars

And if you have young kids
Kiki's Delivery Service
Porco Rosso

Series
Fairy Tail or Bleach (long-running shounen series, similar to OP)
Moribito (fantasy, with beautiful artwork and fluid animation)
Fruits Basket (shorter shoujo series, but most people like it)
Ghost in the Shell (cyberpunk police drama - movies and TV series)
Cowboy Bebop (scifi - bounty hunters in space)

And if you have kids
Snow Fairy Sugar
Angelic Layer (oop, but you can probably find a used copy)
Kaleido Star
Figure 17 (note: there are two scenes where a swear word is used)


Edited by Manhiem (03/22/12 08:38 PM)

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#35080 - 03/22/12 11:19 AM Re: Fairly New to Anime [Re: b.howling]
Manhiem Offline
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I realized after posting that I used a couple of terms that someone new to anime might not be familiar with. I'll place a short glossary in the spoiler below. These aren't official definitions, just a guide to help you figure things out if you run into terms you don't understand.

Click to reveal..
A TV "season" in Japan is literally a thirteen week session, also called a "cours". That is why so many anime seem to come in 12-13 episode chunks, like 12-13 episodes, 24-26 episodes, 36-39 episodes, or 48-52 episodes, etc. Most anime run long enough to tell a single story, and are then retired, though if the title turns out to be sufficiently popular, sequels are often made.

honorifics
chan - usually used when speaking to a child or young woman
kun - usually used to refer to teen-aged boys, or sometimes to subordinates at work
san - standard title, often used when another appropriate title is not known
sama - usually used to address a social superior
dono - used to address someone several social levels higher
senpai - often heard in animes set at schools, this term is used by underclassmen to address upper classmen
sensei - again, often used in animes set at schools, this term is used to address teachers. It can also be used to address medical doctors, lawyers, or academicians.

bishojou - pretty girl

bishonen - pretty boy

cosplay - short for "costume play", meaning people dressing up as anime characters, or in types of clothing usually related to a particular type of job or activity, like a cheerleader's uniform or a maid's outfit. This is quite a popular activity at anime conventions.

dub - usually used to refer to an English language voice track, it can technically be applied to any voice track, including the original Japanese.

ecchi - anime with lots of panty shots, skimpy clothing, partial or total nudity, compromising situations, innuendo, suggestive or provocative language, etc.

fan service - see ecchi Note that either men or women can be shown this way.

graphic novel - a longer-than-normal comic book. These are often printed on higher quality paper, and are regarded as a showcase for the artist's and/or writer's talents.

hentai - animated pornography

josei - woman/intended for women

light novel - a novel with illustrations. Should not be confused with a graphic novel or manga.

lolicon – having to do with a Lolita complex.

manga - Japanese comics, usually published first in magazines, and later collected and released in book form. Often serves as source material for anime.

mangaka - the author/illustrator of a manga.

mecha - a story that involves one or more gigantic powered and armored exoskeleton(s). These stories usually involve police, mercenary, or military characters. Also called "giant robot" anime, though the mecha seldom have any initiative to act on their own.

moe - This is a difficult concept to convey. The term is generally applied to characters that meet at least these criteria: 1) the character is both cute and vulnerable, which causes the viewer to want to protect them, and
2) the character comforts the viewer, or makes him feel comfortable or relaxed. Examples would be Ayu from “Kanon”, Kazumi Yoshida from “Shakugan no Shana”, or Miyuki or Tsukasa from “Lucky Star”.

oop - out of print

OVA/OAV - Original Video Animation, what we would call Direct to DVD

seinen - man/intended for men (or sometimes for general audiences)

seiyuu - Japanese voice actor/actress, also often a singer

shojou - girl/intended for girls

shojou-ai - two girls or young women that seem a little TOO close, but not quite to the degree of yuri

shonen - boy/intended for boys

shonen-ai - two boys or young men that seem a little TOO close, but not quite to the degree of yaoi

sub - short for sub-title, usually used to refer to an anime that has been given English sub-titles, but not an English voice track

tsundere - a person (usually a girl) who is cold and harsh in public, but warm and loving in private

VA - voice actor

yaoi - two boys or young men in a romantic (homosexual) relationship

yuri - two girls or young women in a romantic (lesbian) relationship


Edited by Manhiem (03/22/12 11:28 AM)

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#35081 - 03/22/12 11:39 AM Re: Fairly New to Anime [Re: b.howling]
b.howling Offline
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Thank you, my taste in anime would be more action and a great story plot.

I have watched a bunch of Naruto, Cowboy Bebop, Gundam Wing Endless Waltz, and Thunder Catz.

I own some One Piece eps. and I am really enjoy the series so far. Thank you for your help so far.
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#35084 - 03/22/12 01:09 PM Re: Fairly New to Anime [Re: b.howling]
EricDent Offline
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Pretty decent action/story ones that I own/or have watched

Code Geass (both seasons)
Soul Eater
Guyver (2005)
Outlaw Star (sort of the "little brother" to Cowboy Bebop)
D Gray-Man (note only 2 seasons came to the USA, the rest won't be dubbed, and it's 2 seasons more)
Gatchaman (older show that's 105 episodes long, maybe hard to find due to Out of Print)
Gunslinger Girl (all of them)
Full Metal Panic (all of them, note it's a bit heavy on comedy as well)

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#35086 - 03/22/12 01:13 PM Re: Fairly New to Anime [Re: b.howling]
b.howling Offline
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Sweet thanks I will def have to look into some of these esp. Full Metal Panic and Gunslinger Girl.
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#35087 - 03/22/12 01:33 PM Re: Fairly New to Anime [Re: b.howling]
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Black Lagoon (when Funimation re-releases it)
Darker Than Black
Claymore
Hellsing
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#35089 - 03/22/12 01:56 PM Re: Fairly New to Anime [Re: b.howling]
iunnohead Offline
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I second Manhiem's suggestion of Fairy Tail, and for a good story I'd recommend Eden of the East.

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#35090 - 03/22/12 02:20 PM Re: Fairly New to Anime [Re: b.howling]
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Originally Posted By: b.howling
Sweet thanks I will def have to look into some of these esp. Full Metal Panic and Gunslinger Girl.

WELCOME TO THE FORUM b.howling..
Oh.. and GUNSLINGER GIRL is Excellent !
Also
Ghost in the Shell
Cowboy Bebop
Crest of the Stars & Banner of the Stars 1 & 2 ( it's a trilogy )

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#35093 - 03/22/12 03:25 PM Re: Fairly New to Anime [Re: EricDent]
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Originally Posted By: EricDent
D Gray-Man (note only 2 seasons came to the USA, the rest won't be dubbed, and it's 2 seasons more)

Funimation said they wanted to dub the rest of it, but the studio is giving them issues with trying to license the rest of it. Todd already said he dubs his roles pretty fast. Like all 48 episodes of Fairy Tail, he did in a month.
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