« on: 07 Apr 2011, 21:24 »
I used to be a huge Anime fan and I've only recently stopped, but nevertheless...I enjoyed a plethora of titles both old and new, as it doesn't really matter to me as long as the story is engaging. I'm not a heavy critic on the artwork as so many of the new generation of young fans are.
My favourites are...
1. Urusei Yatsura <-- Very funny if you're open to a more eccentric sense of humour. This Anime inspired tons of Anime of the same genre/theme. Lum is an iconic Anime character.
2. Haibane Renmei <-- Very top tier artwork with compelling fairytale-type story and likable characters.
3. Infinite Ryvius <-- The emotional realism in this makes it feel like Lord of the Flies in space.
4. Welcome to the NHK! <-- About a recluse, but it's a grand emotional roller-coaster experience. Slice-of-Life at its finest.
5. Vision of Escaflowne <-- A classic from the 90's. You'll like it if you're into action/adventure/mecha and subtle romance.
6. Ergo Proxy <-- A philosophical post-apocalyptic Anime with intriguing artwork and music.
7. Touch <-- Another classic for sports Anime fans, but even if you're not a sports Anime fan, this is a must for the drama.
8. Kimagure Orange Road <-- Fun and nostalgic romance. It's very similar to Rumiko Takahashi's work. If you do watch this, make sure to watch the "I want to return to that day" movie afterwards. It's some serious drama as opposed to the TV series' lightheartedness.
9. Monster <-- Amazing pyschological Seinen thriller Anime. I can't recommend this enough. Grimmer is such an interesting character.
10. Maison Ikkoku <-- The best Slice-of-Life Anime in my honest mind. It has very enjoyable characters, a fluctuating romance and deep story development. Very funny and intense at times too.
Other shows you might enjoy are City Hunter, Gunbuster, Cowboy Bebop, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Baccano!, Beck, Casshern (any of the incarnations), Fantastic Children, Honey & Clover, Genshiken, Hataraki Man, True Tears, Twelve Kingdoms, Macross, Major, One Piece, Trigun, Birdy the Mighty Decode...
and the one Anime movie I recommend is Whisper of the Heart.
Anyway, I was gonna recommend iTunes for legal Anime purchasing, but I guess if you want physical copies...then you can try Animenation. There's a lot of epic stuff out there if you explore.