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Armitage III is a series you would want to watch if you want to see a sci-fi thriller that shows its own brand of the future of humanity. Not to spoil the plot but it's about the ethics of cyborgs and human like robots. Although you may get an incomplete feeling after watching Armitage III from the many scenes cut in Polymatrix, you'll experience a pioneering movie with style that was produced in America.
This is a comedy series that will keep you guessing where the next joke start or ends throughout the entire series. Tylor's crew is made of your stereotypical characters very much the same as Azumaga. Instead of the classroom, they are in a spaceship. Whereas Azumanga highlights cuteness in it's humor, Tylor will highlight the sillyness of Tylor's enemies trying to get rid of him. A better comparison would be the Coyote from Roadrunner cartoons; always trying to outwit but ultimately failing type of humor. Again a lenghty laugh track will keep you "Watching for it!"
Double the comedy factor and you get something like Captain Tylor. The suspense is all there in this space opera, but instead the outcome often leads to slapstick comedy. Take it too seriously and you won't like Captain Tylor very much. Take it too lightly and you miss out on the prevalent theme seen through out the series. Watch for it!
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If you want good sci-fi and anime, look no further than Nadesico, the parody that flaunts it all. Nadesico has all your basic elements: romance, comedy, adventure, giant robots, and plot that involves the fate of humanity. Take that and twist it with some old school anime drama (the bad kind) and you have Nadesico. This series is much of an homage as it is a parody of the anime of yesteryear. The characters themselves watch anime complete with fanboy and fangirl on board. The real gem of Nadesico is how well the series puts all these elements together. Nadesico is a series that is definately more than the sum of its parts.
Here is another sci-fi series that's good to watch if you want a perspective on the future of society and where the digital revolution may lead humanity. The main characters are cyborgs, enhanced with abilities to help them track down rouge cyborgs and crime in general. In short, you get to see them kick some major ass. Ghost in the Shell is QUALITY anime. High production values with talented people created this series making this a series you don't want to miss.
Though not the first, Tenchi Muyo! is the most prolific in harem anime. Watch it and its various incarnations and note how well developed (no, not those!) the characters are.
This character driven series has its funny moments but it's not over the top humor of Azumanga. Watch To Heart if you're looking for a high school anime with lovable characters and a story that you don't have to brace yourself for. It's a very relaxed series best watched on days when you are feeling nostalgic. If Azumanga is to weird/hectic high school days; To Heart is to first dates/just friends? squemish high school days.
Combine Azumanga with the boldness of Evangelion and you get KareKano. If you've seen FLCL, then you get a better idea of who's responsible for the art direction, plot, and why a series like this pushes the anime frontier to greater bounds. For those who want to watch an anime that doesn't rely on plot devices such magic, aliens, monsters, or tentacles (sorry, Gainax can't keep-in their lust for large explosions or giant robots though it's kept to a minimum and for comedic effect only) then this is one for you to watch. The characters go through the whole gamut of adolescent emotions and anyone who's been one will understand the series very well.
If you've seen Love Hina, you might feel like you've seen it before when you see Akane launch Ranma for being a pervert in this comedy/romance series. The characters and situational comedy of Ranma and Love Hina are very similar. Add that, characters that transform, and some wacky martial arts fighting and you'll get Ranma½. I don't know why, but the Panda (Ranma's father) is something you have to experience first hand to believe in this series. Note one big difference between this and Love Hina is that the DUB is actually GOOD. But don't take my word for it! Hear it yourself.
Another CLAMP title. Some similarities in theme. Friendship, relationships, medium level battle scenes, and "growing up"/evolving. Different setting and a "cameo" of Hikaru. Wai! Wai! uh...I mean GREAT!
Ah you pervert! If you like MKR because you like to see pretty girls and pretty boys (shoujo/shounen) in action, then Himikoden might just be for you minus the pretty boy part. I have only seen three episodes of it, but they were some pretty cute girls there. As in MKR, it's not the fanservice variety. Oh and the really beautiful music rivals MKR music style real well too.
My name wouldn't be GTOnizuka if I didn't recommend you Great Teacher Onizuka to the rest of you. GTO is first of all, FUNNY. If Azumaga is funny because of how silly the characters get, then GTO is funny from how far teacher and students will go to out-do each other. This series has the comedy plus passion that only Onizuka possesses. So when you watch GTO- you'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll feel like going to school afterwards and try to be as good a Great Teacher Onizuka is.
Yusaku is one of the most misunderstood characters in the history of anime when it comes to Kyoko trying to figure him out. Keitaro doesn't even come close. No matter what Yusaku does, it seems like his neighbors are set to make sure Kyoko gets the wrong impression. Arguably one of Rumiko Takahashi's best series, Maison Ikkoku has a well polished feel and is easily enjoyable. Watch this if you want to see romance and comedy without the harem.
If the last episode of Evangelion made you grasp for meaning and more of it, then Lain is the series for you. You don't need to wait for the last episode to experience what Lain will give you from the get-go. Hardcore exsistence and societal questions permeate this series and it's hard to perceive Lain as anything but serious anime.