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What are your favorite movies/TV series/OVA? I'm partial to the hand-drawn era of the 80s-90s and directors like Kon, Takahata and Otomo.

Movies:
Akira
Perfect Blue
Belladonna of Sadness
Neo-Tokyo (1987)
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

TV Series:
Cowboy Bebop
Now and Then, Here and There
Shigurui
Paranoia Agent
Mob Psycho 100

OVA:
Angel's Egg
Robot Carnival
Cat Soup
Take the X Train

I should really get around to watching Hajime no Ippo and Trigun at some point. Another one that seems interesting is the original Record of Lodoss War OVA from 1990. It's supposed to be a D&D-style fantasy anime, with a group of adventurers journeying around the land and such.
I do not care much and have little interest on most of the ones out there. But I do not have much knowledge about the subject. Neither did I really research much.

But I liked Hellsing, I did not see Ultimate, but I read the manga, which is seemingly the same thing. I also read CrossFire, by the same author.

I read more than half of Kuroshitsuji, but have yet to finish it.
I did afterwards watch the animation, which is almost entirely different. I liked what saw from all of it. I did not see the Book of Circus or the other related stories however.

I also like Vampire Hunter D. Which is neither anime nor manga, I am aware, however I would still put it here for being a series of novels, and having adaptations on different media.

Oh, and I might as well mention the Castlevania anime too, which only I watched the first season and thought it was enjoyable, though it does not have the exact atmosphere of the games and the music is beyond disappointing, it still remains enjoyable and a decent adaptation so far. If they don't put Grant on it I will be disappointed though. It is an adaptation of a game from 1989, which has a simple story and presentation, so I accept all the extra original locations, characters and their characterizations and liberties sprinkled through. I would even say they're very welcome, it expands on the original story and it's more appropriate for the sake of telling a story, as the original would be beyond barebones nowadays, especially as an animation.

Some liberties are good, and in this case it expands it and does its job trying to introduce new people to the series and make it more approachable to new audiences. But too many liberties is a bad thing, and if they really remove a main character I would find it unacceptable. I don't want them to change the basic story, the key events and locations. I like that they are expanding upon it, as its limited by the format of its media at the time.

Seeing the villages, the details of the in-between, all great. As long as they don't change what little is actually established.

Oh, well... I got off track.
Back to anime, yes, that is most of what I know. Extremely minimal and basic.
I have also been lately watching Devil May Cry, which I know nothing about and never played, so it's quite interesting as a non-fan.

I should eventually do a better research, as there is surely a lot more I would enjoy and just need to discover.

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Dawn upon me, morning sun... I anxiously tarry for thee, come to vanquish this horrible era of my life.

Things I am excited for:
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, 2019.
I've been rewatching the original Fist of the North Star and holy shit it's so campy it's actually amazing. Every scene is a continuously changing mix of ridiculousness, melodrama, unintentional hilarity and epicness. If you're a Jojo fan I cannot recommend it enough. The show's really old and it shows in the animation quality, but everything else is pretty much exactly what you would want in a show about buff, shirtless men killing giant, fugly bandits in the most gruesome ways possible.
i have next to no interest in anime shows, sans serial experiments lain (my one true love). ive seen a lot of random shit when i was younger like madoka magica, dangan ronpa, and rozen maiden but none of that shit has really stuck to my current aesthetical interests.

i have a lot more interest in anime films. animation as an art form comes out a lot more when theres more time put into it, and i tend to only be interested in anime for its art / aesthetics. i am a sucker for ghibli films (my girlfriends favorite is the wind rises, mine is nausicaa of the valley of the wind).

i also like perfect blue (it's the only satoshi kon film i've seen). the animation is gritty and messy and it fits the aesthetic so well. belladonna of sadness is something that's been on my wishlist for a while, same with grave of the fireflies.

cat soup was a fun short i watched a millennia ago. i should rewatch it again.

i would be interested in more anime in the vein of serial experiments lain or very artsy anime films if anyone has recommendations.
forever & always
Originally posted by idol
i have next to no interest in anime shows, sans serial experiments lain (my one true love). ive seen a lot of random shit when i was younger like madoka magica, dangan ronpa, and rozen maiden but none of that shit has really stuck to my current aesthetical interests.

i have a lot more interest in anime films. animation as an art form comes out a lot more when theres more time put into it, and i tend to only be interested in anime for its art / aesthetics. i am a sucker for ghibli films (my girlfriends favorite is the wind rises, mine is nausicaa of the valley of the wind).

i also like perfect blue (it's the only satoshi kon film i've seen). the animation is gritty and messy and it fits the aesthetic so well. belladonna of sadness is something that's been on my wishlist for a while, same with grave of the fireflies.

cat soup was a fun short i watched a millennia ago. i should rewatch it again.

i would be interested in more anime in the vein of serial experiments lain or very artsy anime films if anyone has recommendations.


I tend to enjoy anime with genuine artistic/critical merit beyond the normal tropes as well, so definitely check out some of the stuff I posted above! Definitely check out Satoshi Kon's other work. Millenium Actress is probably the most artsy out of all his films, but Paprika and his tv series Paranoia Agent are both great. Yoshiaki Kawajiri is another interesting older anime director. If you're a fan of John Carpenter or David Cronenberg you should definitely check him out. He does similar "fucked up b-movie material with some higher symbolic undertones" stuff to those directors. Be warned though that his films (especially Wicked City) contain high amounts of physical and sexual violence and some scenes come across as merely exploitative.

For some other recommendations that I've yet to see but might interest you, Belladonna of Sadness is actually the final film of a trilogy of adult anime called "Animerama". The other two films are A Thousand and One Nights (1969) and Cleopatra (1970). Memories (1995), Genius Party (2007), Genius Party Beyond (2008), Short Peace (2013) and Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition (2015) are more short collections similar to Neo Tokyo and Robot Carnival which you might be interested in to check out some high budget animation and look for new directors.
i havent watched anime in a long while and ive probably lost interest in it alongside videogames. however, im big on atmosphere, certain comedy, and certain aesthetics


Movies:
honestly most of the ghibli films are great. my favorite is Kiki's Delivery Service, but im also fond of Arrietty, Poppy Hill, and The Wind Rises
Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (the show is great too, but movie is top tier)
ive watched Perfect Blue, 5cm/s, Summer Wars, etc but i dont rember much from them so ill rewatch someday. i do recall recommending Perfect Blue to several people, so I probably did really enjoy it

TV Series:
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (fav, hits all the spots)
Monogatari Series
Hidamari Sketch (honestly boring at times but thats why i love it. also stylistically this and the above 2 are another reason i like them)
Non Non Biyori (i dont remember the content or characters much just the setting)
Samurai Champloo
Steins;Gate

in terms of OVAs, i dont believe ive watched enough to warrant selecting a favorite (that or i dont remember any)
By the way, if anyone’s interested in the original Dragon Ball anime, I highly recommend checking out a fan edit called Dragon Ball Recut. It vastly speeds up the pacing of the show by cutting scenes and episodes not in the manga, as well as removing things like reused animations to draw out fights. It cuts the shows original run time nearly in half, and is a joy to watch. I’m also watching with subtitles for the first time and while the Japanese voice actors can be pretty grating (especially Goku), I am enjoying the more adult dialogue even in the lighter scenes.
My favorite anime of all time is One Piece. A ton of people hate on it because it's apparently to boring, so they stop one season in, right after the meet and greet and when it starts getting good. I can admit, though, the meet and greet was kind of boring, but now that I'm on episode 487 I'm enjoying it more than any other anime I've seen.

I also like My Hero Academia, Tokyo Ghoul, Hunter X Hunter, and Naruto.
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TV:
Hunter X Hunter 2011, followed by JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
Also: Assassination Classroom, Dragon Ball Z, Initial D, Code Geass, Attack on Titan, Boku dake ga Inai Machi, Rurouni Kenshin, Pokémon Indigo League.
The Promised Neverland is very promising and I'm really liking it so far, so I'll put it here too.

Movies:
Summer Wars, The Boy And The Beast and Kiki's Delivery Service (I don't remember much of this last one, but I recall enjoying watching it). I'm not one to watch a lot of (or care about) anime movies though, but I remember these 3 actually being worth my time.
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TV:
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, followed by Iron-Blooded Oprhans
Doraemon (this was the gateway anime)
I also remember watching a bit of the anime adaption of Kantai Collection.
"Nine plus nine equal box. Alright, that's where the cat goes."
-Charlie Kelly, Flowers for Charlie
Moomin (1990)
English dub by BBC
go fucking watch it
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