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dannyc

  • South Carolina
  • Joined Jul 14, 2009
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My interest in anime stems from my love for japanese animated art. As a child, I used to to draw characters from the original Dragonball manga; and growing up, I was always interested in this simplistic and unqiue art form. Of course, I would probably shoot myself before taking a career in art. The first anime movie I saw was the classic "My Neighbor Totoro" by Hayao Miyzaki (excellent director) and the first show I saw all the way through was "Neon Genesis Evangelion".

I am very selective when it comes to the anime I watch and am naturally attracted to some more than others. I enjoy shonen anime with, whenever possible, elements of japanese history, high quality art, ***realistic story (realistic in the sense that the characters are "human"), and excellent directorship. Here are some great anime movies: any Miyazaki film (the art and music are beautiful), Tenchi the Movie - Tenchi Muyo! in Love (watch for Kain...), Only Yesterday, Barefoot Gen, and Voices of a Distant Star. Some excellent anime shows include: Rurouni Kenshin, Cowboy Bebop (everyone loves this show), Escaflowne, Full Metal Alchemist - Brotherhood, and Ghost in the Shell - Stand Alone Complex.

Because I read reviews, usually multiple, most of the anime I watch is interesting and enjoyable. This is the reason why my average ratings are high. By the way, this site has excellent reviews, so much so that I come here before I go anywhere else. I highly recommend reading reviews from Vivisqueen and Vivafruit. Some reviews sites that I have gone to in the past include: theanimereview.com, loveofanime.com, amr.nextstudio.net (anime meta review), themanime.org, and animeworld.com (AAW).

Since I'm very selective, theres a lot of genres I don't watch. Please leave me a comment, if you know of shows that I may be interested in.

*If you want to see the best in anime art, watch an animated movie, and please watch a high quality version.

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vivafruit says...

FMA:B is fucking amazing. And I didn't even like the original series.

Jul 5, 2010
cassiesheepgirl says...

I know, been glued to it hee hee. :)

Jul 2, 2010
Sheex says...

Hmm. Hopefully I'll get an updated review out for the series fairly soon, but I wasn't too impressed. The first thing movies were fantastic, but the fourth started to taper off and Paradox Spiral just threw all its story and character potential into mindless action flick mode. Come the seventh movie, all I really cared about was eye candy, and there was remarkably little for it being two hours long. While not bad per se, Kara no Kyoukai as a whole just turned out to be generic - nothing more, nothing less. Kinda sad. =/

I'll elaborate more formally once I get my review up lol.

Jun 15, 2010
Sunagan says...

haha, it certainly sounds terrible this way xD. I'll have to reconsider it... at the same time it's only 25 eps and I've been meaning to dive a little more into the mecha genre (it's not exactly one of my preferred genres) just to get to know it... so who knows :P anyway I'll think about it... have you seen any really good shows lately?

Jun 14, 2010
Cicada says...

Hello, well I'm assuming you posted your comment before we exchanged more messages in that thread, so I'll leave that for now. Other than the few programs broadcast here when I was younger, and films by a few particular directors, I only began watching anime regularly early this year, so I'm not too qualified to say too much about anime content overall, but I can certainly point you to a few books on the subject; 'Anime: From Akira to Howl's Moving Castle' by Susan Napier would be one - I attended a seminar with her early this year, and was blown away by her intelligence, quick thinking and articulateness, she's also become something of an authority on the subject, and is currently writing a biography on Miyazaki, it was great to hear about her personal encounters with people like Miyazaki and Mamoru Oshii. 'A Short History of Manga' by Sharon Kinsella is a good one for just that, though admittedly I've only read a few scanned chapters, and it may be a little dated now.

As for Evangelion, the only reason it may be controversial to like it, is because, being influential and (rightly) massively popular, it has a lot of haters. From the looks of it there's not much I can recommend that you haven't already seen - first on my list is every film by Kon Satoshi (possible exception of Tokyo Godfathers) and Paranoia Agent. Ghibli goes without saying. They're all the only must-sees for anyone, anyway. Two that I love, but I wouldn't recommend for everyone (I guess there's nothing especially special about them) are Mai-HiME (A Magic Girl show that starts pretty goofy, but around half-way the show takes an absolute U-turn into heavy tragedy. Afterwards you can visit the rather long thread to see everyone's thoughts), and Maria-sama ga Miteru (Very sugary shojo-ai, so not for everyone and if you tackle it you might want to know what you're getting into), though these two of course don't compare in any sense to anything like Kon's work. Different animals. For something more along those lines go Haibane Renmei or Serial Experiments Lain (however while good, the latter wasn't exactly 'fun' to watch). You can just go onto my 'watched' list for suggestions really!

Kogyaru was a category applied to a social type of Japanese girls in the 1990s associated with sexual deviance (particularly enjo kosai), materialism and the ailing morality of society, and characterized by things like bleached hair and long-socks. The 1990s equivalent of the mo-ga.

Dec 9, 2009