I used to be an otaku. Then I met a group of hard core otaku. Which showed me how pathetic an obsession can make you look. I have nothing wrong with passion. But I have found that many people who dive too deep into something semi-narrow in focus tend to look downright foolish. That being said I am not against anime in any way shape or form. In fact I am an animation major in college and find a great afternoon to be one where I watch cartoons and relax. Now that I have broken the chain of obsession I want to find a new series or two which I can enjoy. I tried watching a few series recently but I found them to be so... Boring. I miss a good series with story and character development. Cowboy Bebop, Fullmetal Alchemmist, and Trigun still hold a special place in my heart for their ability to activate the power of the suspension of disbelief. And being a major fan of disney I also have to include the marvelous Hayao Miyazaki. Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke all render a fan of animation blissfully enchanted with remarkable storytelling and drop dead gorgeous visuals.
This little thought recently made me realize how much I missed anime. Unlike most western cartoons a good anime follows a whole story throughout and build upon it. As much as I love the works of Pixar, Disney, The Loony Toons ensemble, and the countless other great animations they are generally seperate stories, wonderful stories yes, but seperate. So I went back and watched some old anime of mine to fill that void. Now I want to find a new series or two that I can add to my collection. But I want something epic to my likes. I want something that I can really get into story wise, with good characterisation, and actual conflict.
A series like Fullmetal Alchemist, where even though the main characters are children, there is conflict on a mature level. There is some good slapstick as well but not so much as to make it pure comedy. Which isn't a bad genre, just not what I'm looking for right now. I loved the charaterization, the visuals and animation skill, and the captivating story.
Trigun was a lot more comedic, but it was appropriately placed. The style was a little more scratchy but it was still amazing. The story was pretty good but the characters were the selling point I think.
Cowboy Bebop was perhaps one of the few anime series where the comedy was pretty much set for adults. With the exception of loveable Ed. The comedy was more subtle and less slapstick.
I could go on. And will at some point. But thats all for now. I look forward to something awesome here.