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UH.  Not much to say here.  I've watched a fair amount of anime.  My wife, bunnylovesanime, has watched MUCH more.  My hands down absolute favorite anime is Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, but Cowboy Bebop runs a near second, and I've got a weak spot for Azumanga Daioh or pretty much anything by Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away being my favorite of his works).  Mostly, I'm into shounen, but I steer pretty far clear of the low-end stuff like DMZ , Pokemon, or Gurren Lagann.  I like liberal amounts of action and humor, but am a well told story is a must.  I also tend to steer clear of the uber dark stuff, as I watch anime to escape, but there are occasional exceptions.

Um.  That is all for now.  Maybe more later.  :)

 

*edit*  I KNOW there are more older Anime's that I've watched (pre-1995 stuff), but it's been a WAY long time ago, and I just can't remember them well enough to add them my "watched" list.

 

 

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September 12, 2010

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HiroRyusaki avatar HiroRyusaki

Konnichiwa!

Feb 28, 2011

Positive eh? You should watch School Days then, *giggles*

animemonkey avatar animemonkey

Konnichiwa!

Feb 28, 2011

Ah, ignore my grousing about the system.  I'm a bit of a grouch about things sometimes and grumble more than I should.  I'm sure it works fine, I just complain a lot.  Ask Bunny.  She'll tell you.  She calls me an old man.

Yeah you really had to jump hurdles in anime watching back then.  Basically you'd have access to a VERY limited selection and that was more or less it.  There was also much trading of bootleg VHS copies of things.  ("Oh, you've got Guyver?!  Let me borrow that and make a copy!") For a very brief time in early college (maybe 1992-around 95) I watched whatever I could get my hands on.  It wasn't much by todays standards.  Maybe a you had access to a dozen shows or movies, and rarely an entire series of anything.  The trouble, and what eventually biuurned me out, was that, of those dozen shows, maybe 2 or 3 were pretty good, one was great, and the other 8-9 were terrible.  So that cut down on things even more.

The Anime crowd back then was more a sort of subset of the comic book or sci-fi crowd.  Manga was pretty much unheard of here in the states.  There wasn't really much of an internet at that point and we were all dial-up anyway.  So it was MUCH more word of mouth based.  No nice easy resources like Anime Planet, and CERTAINLY no ability to watch online.  It's really an amazing paradigm shift.

Robotech (Macross) was great for it's time, as was Star Blazers.  IT DOES amaze me however how much the field has really grown and matured.    The depth of the storytelling has REALLY matured.  Granted there are still the dumbed down DBZ type things (I'm looking at you Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann), but there are also now some truely deep and amazing stories.  FMA:B, X'amd or Spirited Away.

Ok, this is getting too long, so I'll stop here.  :P

Minai99 avatar Minai99

Konnichiwa!

Feb 28, 2011

About the system: Yeah, but we have to work with what we've got. The community here is more than enough to overlook the quirks. If you have suggestions on how to improve the system, try telling sothis.

I don't mind DBZ since it was what I grew up with, but I've had my share of shonen-esque shows, which is why I can't bring myself to watch Full Metal Alchemist, Bleach, Naruto, etc. I just barely got myself through Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

That's pretty cool you watched anime way back then. I hear people had to be hardcore about it, going at length to get the vhs copies, and even having to learn japanese to see raw stuff. The internet has made it so much easier to find good shows. Unfortunately, American television hasn't done much recently to increase viewer awareness of anime. Toonami/adult swim keeps repeating the same episodes of ghost in the shell and cowboy bebop (don't get me wrong, they are some of the best shows out thee) at 3 in the morning that they've been showing for years now. And most of the new shows they air are crappy.

I really loved robotech (the macross part of it). It was one of my favorites as a kid, enough that I rewatch it two years ago and got the dvd set. And I actually just recently found out about bubblegum crisis and want to watch it. It sounds like you might have some interesting stories about pre-internet exposure to anime. Tell me, what kind of people did you know were watching anime? These days it is a fairly wide-spread thing, but even 10 years back...

animemonkey avatar animemonkey

Konnichiwa!

Feb 28, 2011

Ok, so I've just learned that replying to you all here doesn't notify you of my reply.

 

Doh.  What a silly system.

animemonkey avatar animemonkey

Konnichiwa!

Feb 28, 2011

Nice to meet all of you. :)  I haven't been watching Kara no Kyoukai with her.  It's a touch too dark for me during the huige number of tests I've had to take in the last couple of weeks.  I'm also already watching several shows, and am at my limit of open shows.  I need to finish one or two before I can start a new one.  Lately when she and I watch togeather we've been focusing on Bleach.

 

Oddly, my wife has gotten be BACK into anime.  Back in the early 90's I used to watch it when I could find it, which was a pretty hard task at the time.  You were pretty much limited to the tiny selection at Blockbuster, or what you could find at Sci-fi cons or comic book stores.  THis limited what you could watch DRASTICALLY.  As such my early watching was limited to things like Robotech (the american series), Star Blazers, Bubble Gum Crisis, and the like.  Eventually I ran out of what I had access to and more or less stopped watching.  Then along came DBZ which I found to be just terrible.  Fortunately, my wife, when she was back in grad school, started watching some stuff while she worked her job at a computer lab.  This got me back into it.  It's amazing to me how much is out there now.

 

I still can't stand DBZ, however. :P

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