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    Anime Movie Suggestions

    I wouldn't call myself an anime freak by any means, but the genre has grown on me recently. I especially respect the amount of work and artistic ability it takes to make these films. Which is probably why I watch them while I draw since they keep me motivated and get the creative juices flowing. So since I'm fairly new to the genre I was wondering if anyone could suggest some good visually stunning and cinematic anime flicks.

    I've come to like the Horror and Sci-Fi action films. I'm not really into the goofy stuff like Dragonball, or fantasy type.

    Here's some of the one's I've seen so maybe you could suggest some similar stuff.

    Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
    Armitage: Dual Matrix
    Appleseed
    Blood: The Last Vampire
    Final Fantasy: Advent Children
    Final Fantasy: Spirits Within
    Animatrix


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    Anything by Satoshi Kon

    Paprika
    Tokyo Godfathers
    Millennium Actress
    Perfect Blue
    And of course the series, Paranoia Agent

    His art is wonderful

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    Voices of a Distant Star, Akira, Steamboy, Princes Mononoke, Jin-Roh, Escaflowne, Metropolis. You might like the new Evangelion remakes, or End of Evangelion.

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    Anything by Miyazaki, especially his "Future Boy Conan" which is his best work, he have borrowed a lot from that serie and put it in his movies.



    Edit: Found the opening on Dailymotion, couldnt find it on utube.

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    Some great ones already mentioned, loved Paprika!

    Here are a few more that spring to mind.

    Tekkonkinkreet:

    Laputa

    Memories: This one I really enjoyed, it's composed of 3 different animations and they are all a treat to watch!

    That is all I can think of for the time being, hope these hit the spot!
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    Ninja Scroll was the first anime I saw. It made animation cool again.

    Of course Cowboy Bebop never gets old.

    Cromartie High is easily the funniest anime in existence.




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    Supremely sad. Loaded with symbolism. More than a little disturbing:

    Cat Soup.

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    Besides the ones already mentioned

    Tekkon Kinkreet


    Mind Game


    Genius Party and its sequel, Genius Party Beyond. They are a collection of short films


    Memories. Also a collection of short films


    Sword of the Stranger


    steamboy


    with that said, I really think you should make Akira, and Satoshi Kon and Miyazaki films your top priority, they're really fulfilling movies.

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    o! I forgot to mention Hide and Seek. Its a sweet short film


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    Anything Gundam. I went to a few gallery theater releases in Odaiba and Ryogoku for Gundam and Fist Of the North Star. My japanese is not perfect, but I could follow. I have yet to see any subbed or dubbed versions of either yet.....but I do believe a little bit of hunting will help you find the Gundam MS Igloo 1 and 2 and the rare Gundam Evolve shorts (there are 7). These were JP exclusives not to be missed by any true Gundam fans. Kenshiro is still big everywhere there also....anime, manga, card games, pachinko, cosplay junkies in Shibuya. I can say honestly though, no story I've seen yet grips you and keeps you waiting for the next ep than Casshern: Sins. YOU HAVE TO WATCH THESE. They were on in 2008 (I think, I know it was winter time, it was cold as balls over there), can't remember exactly if it was Jan or Dec, anyway. These are a must see, seriously. Actually, watch the Cassherns first, the art, the score, and the story come together excellently.
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    texchnolyze is great, gets kinda trippy and depressing in the end - great eng dub. Ergo Proxy is good too.

    Also I highly recommend sword of the stranger, fantastic action and characters. not a bad score either.
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    Normally i don't watch anime, but even there you can find some true gems.

    5 Centimeters per second - it's a bit... too emotional maybe and you are guaranteed to cry at the end, but this is pure art. Simple but amazing music, great and somehow original style (if it's possible in anime) and a lot of heartbreaking scenes

    Samurai 7 - Amazing story, cool characters, and a lot of action

    Ergo Proxy - This one requires a lot of thinking, it's very intelligent anime in some way... nothing like the brainless Pokemon or Naruto series. It's just on whole other level.

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    Read or Die - an action/comedy/spy/supernatural anime. I think you'll all like it.

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    5 Centimeters per Second as well, or anything by Makoto Shinkai. I admit I didn't cry and was somewhat disappointed by the plot but it is the most visually stunning animation I have seen. It has an 'independent movie' flare to it if you're into that sort of stuff.

    Tekkon Kinkreet is pure love too, but it's not traditional anime style (as much as such a thing exists) but gripping plot, amazing cinematics and also has that 'indie movie' feel.

    Something that hasn't been mentioned I think is The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. The visuals are really good (though not mindblowing) and it has a good plot and an ending you can not expect, also laughs and cries are guaranteed.

    Sorry if my suggestions are mostly girly stuff.
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    Ooo while not really a show.... it's a good anime music video (it's not a movie, it was made only for the music video ><)




    Holy moley! no one mentioned grave of the fireflies!! It was so sad... so so sad.... great movie! If you don't cry, you are a heartless monsterrr!

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    - Any Evangelion episode (both from the series and the movies), although the story and character were pretty complicated, but this anime is worth to watch...
    - Claymore (personal preference though, because I love the manga hehehe :p)
    - Monster (cool story, artwork, etc)

    I don't really think that Final Fantasy movies are worth to watch. It's true that the graphic was amazing, but the storyline was messed up for someone who don't understand the Final Fantasy's game. I only advise to watch this if you're a Final Fantasy fan, or you're only looking for its graphic quality...

    I want to watch Serial Experiment Lain too... -,-

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    A couple of more recent movies:

    The girl who leaped through time (toki wo kakeru shoujo). It's a very poignant and subtle slice-of-life sci-fi. Really enjoyed it.

    The Sky Crawlers. Another nice sci-fi/alternate history movie about genetically engineered humans who are forced to fight air battles to the death for sport for huge corporations. Beautiful visually and has a great score too!

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    Summer Wars, which is done by the same director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (which is also great) is a very complete film. Better than most live action stuff i've seen recently in fact.

    Also +1 to Miyazaki movies, Paprika and Sword of the Stranger.

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    Not a movie but a very good series, Planetes. Great story, good acting.
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    Thanks all! I actually forgot to mention Akira I saw a few years back and totally forgot about. Yes, good flick.

    There were two others I can't remember very well...but one of them featured a group of like superhero types fighting these enemies that were threatening mankind and right before they would battle these things they would put up these shields that would contain the damage in a different dimension so it wouldn't destroy the world around them...kinda epic.

    The other one I saw was a horror one from years back and I just remember coming in mid movie and this guy had this girl trapped in a room with another one hiding up in the vent and the dude was turning into some grotesque monster with tentacles and ripping people apart...looked pretty cool...wish I knew the names of these flicks.

    I'll check out the one's you all mentioned! Thanks again!

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    Hmm not silly like... only one i can think of would be Karas

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5V2qwYOiNo

    it won few rewards best something... and it's quite good

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    What the ... ?

    No one posted 'Death Note' or 'Elfen Lied' ?


    they are both no Movies more like short series.

    Probably the best two in the whole Anime area ( Death Note is ranked #1 on every Toplist )



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    ghibli movie ofc!!!

    Kaze no Tani no NAUSICA

    Majyo no Takkyubin

    Tonari no Totoro

    basically anything done by Miyazaki Hayao.
    theres a movie called GEDO SENKI done by his son, please do not watch it, save your self 2 hours =)
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    Also don't watch howl's moving castle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flashback View Post
    Also don't watch howl's moving castle.
    Why on the planet we live on not?

    I don't remember a lot from that movie tbh... But I do think it was a nice visual ride and pretty sweet. I liked the book as well.
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    I'm fascinated by Tekkon Kinkreet now! Anyone have any similar suggestion. (Mind Game and Paprika were pretty cool too)

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    Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, one of the best vampire animes I've seen.
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