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    Wasp Anime: Used to Hate It, Now I'm Curious

    Hi!

    I'll be brief.

    I used to think it was all about incessant eroticism and wannabe-badass macho crap, like swordfights and gunbattles and screaming and all the stuff that I guess concept artists are supposed to love drawing whoops sorry no offense.

    But I've loved the artwork so much that I've kept at watching them, and now I'm finding that there are lots that are just about lovely fantastical things, without any of that gratuitous savage junk.

    Could those of you who know much about anime please recommend to me some titles that don't have gushing blood and constant boobies? Stuff that's more about imagination and surrealism?

    Thanks! Bye!


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    Serial Experiments Lain.
    R.O.D.

    Any of the Satoshi Kon films.
    Last Exile
    Shangri-La
    (Can be legally viewed for free on Cruchyroll.com)

    And my god so much more, but start out with that.

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    Here are some surreal titles.
    Paranoia Agent, probably on of the most addictive animes of all times


    Genius Party is another one, I've only seen one story, but I liked it.

    Cromartie High is good for anybody that enjoys laughing

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    I absolutely loved the "Soul Society" arc of BLEACH. That's the one that begins around episode 16 in the anime. The episodes that come before it are also enjoyable, and probably contributed a lot to why I cared so much about the main characters. Yes, there are badass swordfights. You know what? The characters' strengths in battle are so closely tied to their beliefs systems that the swordfights start to mean something!

    FullMetal Alchemist is another awesome one. The chimera research scientist still makes me shudder. I hate that man.

    I also rather liked Hellsing, especially Sir Integra, but that one has a ton of gore.

    I got into all of these series without reading the mangas first, so I bet that you'd be able to do the same.

    ETA: Ohoho, and Trigun. Oh, Vash. XD

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    Haibane Renmei, Angel's Egg, Dennou Coil, Moyashimon, or anything Studio Ghibli.

    Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is nice if you don't mind pseudo-philosophy with your lighthearted stuff.

    Edit: Kaiji or Akagi makes gambling SUPER SERIOUS BUSINESS, but it's funny in the sense that everything is so exaggerated you don't know if it expects you to take it seriously.

    Edit the second: Five Star Stories. Watch now.
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    Like all things, the anime art style has that which is good, and that which is bad. Theres so much bad though, it often seems hard to find anything good.
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    Monster. Seriously... I frigging love that series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A≠A View Post
    some titles that don't have gushing blood and constant boobies?
    Well shit, guys. I'm out of ideas...

    Anything from Studio Ghibli or Studio 4c. Hajime no Ippo is pretty sweet too.

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    try tekkon kinkreet, paprika, kaiba, or windy tales if you're looking for something more surreal. I've heard summer wars was pretty good, too, although I haven't watched it yet myself.

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    Ghost In The Shell (All of it...makes you THINK!),
    Kino no Tabi (aka: Kino's Journey),
    Saiyuki (an adaption of an old Chinese tale about a monk and his companions...but a lot more witty),
    FLCL
    Trigun (...Yes Vash, gotta love his personality ^^)
    Cowboy Bebop
    Mushi-shi
    Outlaw Star (oldie but a goodie...yes some boobies, fanservice, and screaming...but not a terrible amount of blood)
    Anything Hayao Miyazaki
    Paranoia Agent
    Stuff by Shinkai Makoto (guy knows how to make 'Life' look pretty ^^)

    ...that's all I can think of (don't know if it's what your looking for but it's all I could come up with. )

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    I am now in the middle of one called, "Galactic Express," about two kittens that go on a train. And of course I saw "Spirited Away," which is what sort of opened my eyes to this alternate genre of anime.

    Neato stuff! Thanks for the suggestions everyone!

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    Anything by Hayao Miyazaki is beautiful
    Everything else I'd suggest has been stated

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    mmm this one has lots of blood, and some boobies, but....Berserk! my favorite anime ever, the storyline and characters are just superb, really recommend this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enydimon View Post
    Monster. Seriously... I frigging love that series.
    YES! I knew I was forgetting something. Monster - Fantastic series! I believe the manga is also being sold too. That's something that should be picked up.

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    Samurai Champloo?

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    what's up with studio 4c? I keep running into that company logo when I'm looking for animu. They seem to have a great body of work. They seem to be building a sub genre of it's own. I like it.

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    DEATH NOTE... not just one of my favorite animes, but favorite shows period. Good story, and it's very light on the gratuitous stuff that I agree with you is pretty dumb.

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    Lately I was mostly into Studio 4c animations. Always some interesting visions and big variety of styles.

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    The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. Great movie and very much a slice-of-life anime.

    Haibane Renmei. A quiet but introspective series that tackles spirituality, personal demons and skeletons in one's closet, acceptance, and many other aspects. A beautiful one.

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    I used to think the same until I watched some of the films from Studio Ghibli which left me blown away!

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    Watch One Piece!!

    Here's a fight scene, yes the first 30 seconds is talk...hah


    It's about the golden age of pirates and this kids quest to become Pirate King. The fighting style is the most imaginative thing I've ever seen. It can also be really goofy and clever humored. You also never see "clone" characters, even in the background - that's a unique and awesome aspect of One Piece. The animation is weak at the beginning but really picks up around episode 20's, there are like 400 something episodes now. (they must have started out with low funds and became popular pretty quick)

    Gomu gomu gomu no!
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    Other that what's been said, I actually really enjoyed Witch Hunter Robin. It's kinda dark and there was probably blood but I like the art and the story actually kept my attention. I actually bothered to buy it.
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    Oh yeah, totally look at One Piece! Ryan K said it best! If anything about the fighting, it's powerful, awesome! But there isn't all this blood, gore and boobies. It's a huge adventure, love that!!

    Lot of people said the ones I watched...like Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo (love nearly all the eps in this one), Death Note, Monster (I didn't watch this, my bro did and he LOVES it), Gungrave (okay, it's got some icky parts in it, but what an engaging story for the main character!), Trigun... Outlaw Star was awesome, though I think there are some boobies in that. LOL! Not as bad as it could be. Yu Yu Hakusho was a good one, too. XD

    There were some really...different...but cool 90's animes too, and off ones. Why did I remember the Mowgli anime, Ranma 1/2 and Samurai Pizza Cats? Heh heh heh... Okay, enough outta me. Only one of those is serious but yeeeah.

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    CowboyBebop <---- Probably the best series of anime of all time (imo), great characters and good stories.

    FLCL - Funny as hell, good animation, good art.

    Berserk - Just Badass super gory though.

    Akira - Good anime movie, but the manga is even better.

    Edit: oh yeah anything from Studio Ghibli is also very very good.

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    Gurren Lagann

    This is only about 28 episodes long but it's intense. The animation is really clean. They story line develops really well in the 28 episodes - I was surprised and didn't want it to end. Mecha wise it's the most innovative I've seen. I don't like mecha anime, but I liked this a lot.

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    it's already been mentioned, but Kaiba. I'm absolutely mesmerised by it. the music's beautiful too, and about half the episodes in the series are good as stand alone stories. you could quite easily watch them without having seen anything else of the series

    I'm pretty into stuff like that. It's not that I don't like putting the effort in, I just don't tend to watch a lot of television so shows where missing a week means I come back to find that half the cast has been killed off, replaced with twice as many characters (all with similar sounding names and no discernable character traits whatsoever) completely flummox and disinterest me.

    .... okay. I'm a lazy television watcher.



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    Not anime 'ere but some good hardcore manga - Tsutomu Nihei and his works like Blame!, Biomega or Abara. Check them out, shit yer pants.Anime: Used to Hate It, Now I'm Curious
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