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Another epic JoJo this week I'm starting to think I only watch it to watch the old man shout Oh No! He topped it all this week with an amazing scream of Oh Shit.

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Harmony Gold did a Kickstarter for a Robotech Academy series. It failed, reaching just under $195k of their $500k goal. It's made a lot of Macross fans happy.

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Almost there. Await the epicness.

Still one of the most memorable things I've seen. I'm always looking for something similar but have never found anything :(

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Harmony Gold did a Kickstarter for a Robotech Academy series. It failed, reaching just under $195k of their $500k goal. It's made a lot of Macross fans happy.

HAHAHAHAHAHA NOBODY WANTS YOUR SHIT HARMONY GOLLLLD.

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While looking for that, I see there is also another manga with a prison school theme which would be right up Meh's street.

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That looks like porn, John. What kind of person do you take me for?

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Rainbow's good if I remember correctly, if you want prison stuff. Also Ashite no Joe, I may have dreamt it but I'm sure I found a translation for every episode.

Also Otokojuku was the original Prison School!

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Used the bottommost one, ta - time to see if I've missed any decent shows in the past, er, near-decade.

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Keep using them if you can! Also I'd be remiss not to plug Hunter x Hunter and Attack on Titan, brilliant shows... And Jojo.

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Just finished Kill la Kill. I enjoyed it, but would struggle to recommend it, largely due to butts!

It could have been so good, and the highlights are up there - so many great gags, functional plot (and an interesting twist on a played-out genre), superb typographical usage that had me in stitches during the final episode, and a bunch of characters who vary from perfunctory to genuinely quite likable...

But I don't think there will ever be a time when I can feel comfortable recommending a series that repeatedly resorts to gratuitous upskirt butts and Ryuko's wildly flabbering breasts, especially when it had so much potential to tackle that specific egregious anime tropes as part of its storyline. Such a shame as it could have been so good, and there are tons of examples of it being done right throughout, but for me the butts just ruin everything. The butts don't even feel there for a reason - it's just fanservice, and really offputting at that.

If you look past the butts, I rate it "not quite as good as Gurren Lagann"/10.

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Keep using them if you can! Also I'd be remiss not to plug Hunter x Hunter and Attack on Titan, brilliant shows... And Jojo.

I've been watching JoJo (I enjoyed the Dreamcast fighter years back, and remembered reading about the series at the time and it sounding endearingly ridiculous) - and it has been pleasingly daft. Will try the next pass tomorrow/at the weekend, find out what's going on with this new, American JoJo... I'm also totally planning on watching Persona 4: Golden, at least once the series is complete, having loved the game.

I actually caught the first few episodes of Attack on Titan at a friend's house earlier this year/late last year - didn't really get on with it, so I'll probably leave it. And I'm amused to see Hunter X Hunter is doing the rounds again (just like JoJo, I guess), as I remember the fansubbed 90s version from when I was a teenager. Not sure I'd really enjoy it, though - I enjoy JoJo because it's so absurd, but a straight action/adventure has to be something special to really grab me - particularly one so seemingly endless as Hunter X Hunter! I like my series to have a clear end in sight, if possible.

It's asking a lot, so I'll understand if nobody responds, but if anyone could suggest any series catered to my tastes that I might enjoy I'd appreciate it: going back to the days when I watched anime series, the series that I really love are (really obvious, popular shows follow): Serial Experiments Lain, Azumanga Daioh, Planetes, Boogiepop Phantom, Ouran, Cowboy Bebop, Great Teacher Onizuka, (the first half of) His & Her Circumstances, Haibane Renmei and Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou (though that was just a couple of OVAs, so not sure if it really counts).

So basically: I really like romance, drama, comedy and mystery as driving mechanics, and whimsical and sci-fi dressing tends to appeal to me. And the series absolutely must have an ending (in mind). Any good examples of those come out in the past half-decade?

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Gurren Lagann sounds right up your street.

As for Persona 4 Golden, it's basically a series of vignettes focusing on Marie, and will miss out large portions of main storyline content as a result. This is great if you've already played the game, but probably a bit confusing if you haven't!

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The game is very much finished, so that shouldn't be an issue :)

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Oh, and having looked at Gurren Lagann - I didn't recognise it by name, but I recognise it as it started while I was still watching anime.

Unfortunately I never really much liked what I saw of Gainax's output, His & Her Circumstances aside.* FLCL I half-enjoyed - I liked the art style and the music but the characters and fanservice put me off, and Evangelion wowed me as a teenager, but on rewatching it years later I just found the whole thing immensely irritating. Meanwhile Abenobashi and Honneamise are fun ideas ruined by madly creepy, lecherous direction. So yeah, Gurren Lagann looking at first glance to be a series reuniting Gainax with giant robots, a whiny protagonist and copious amounts of fanservice didn't really appeal to me.

*that, and a soft spot for Gunbuster as it was one of the first anime I watched

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Mushishi (if you've seen the first series, it got a second series and a special hour episode this year)

Kino's Journey (older show)

Crest of Stars + Banner of the Stars (older show)

The Legend of the Galactic Heroes (older show)

Spice and Wolf

Baccano

Dennou Coil

Ping Pong

Seirei no Moribito

Time of Eve

Sword of the Stranger

Tsuritama

Hyouka (might be hit, might be miss)

Girls und Panzer (very hard sell but honestly, it's more about the tanks!)

Aku no Hana

Silver Spoon

Space Battleship Yamato 2199

The Tatami Galaxy

Kaiji

Mamoru Hosoda's trilogy of films - The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children.

Trapeze

Astro Fight Sunred (If you can withstand offbeat Japanese humour)

Steins;Gate (might be hit, might be miss)

Usagi Drop

The Light of a Firefly Forest (more aimed towards women but still a great short)

Wasurenagumo

Space Brothers

That's most things notable and fairly well regarded since about 2007 that aren't perhaps too cutsey as well as a few old ones which deserve a watch.

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Damn, I'd completely forgotten Kino's Journey - pretend I put that in my initial post, because that deserves to be in the list. Lovely show. I've also continued to watch some films, it's only series I completely dropped - so I've seen The Girl Who Leapt Through Time* and Summer Wars. Not seen Wolf Children, though.

Thanks for that list, though - I'll take a look at all of those and see what jumps out at me. Amused to see that there's a new Space Battleship Yamato, too - I'm tempted to have a look see just to compare to the original! And The Light of a Firefly Forest sounds lovely, too - I'm definitely not put off by stuff being designed with women in mind, as my enjoyment of Otome games would attest.

Again, thanks for that list, it's appreciated.

*which I absolutely loved

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I've been watching JoJo (I enjoyed the Dreamcast fighter years back, and remembered reading about the series at the time and it sounding endearingly ridiculous) - and it has been pleasingly daft. Will try the next pass tomorrow/at the weekend, find out what's going on with this new, American JoJo... I'm also totally planning on watching Persona 4: Golden, at least once the series is complete, having loved the game.

I actually caught the first few episodes of Attack on Titan at a friend's house earlier this year/late last year - didn't really get on with it, so I'll probably leave it. And I'm amused to see Hunter X Hunter is doing the rounds again (just like JoJo, I guess), as I remember the fansubbed 90s version from when I was a teenager. Not sure I'd really enjoy it, though - I enjoy JoJo because it's so absurd, but a straight action/adventure has to be something special to really grab me - particularly one so seemingly endless as Hunter X Hunter! I like my series to have a clear end in sight, if possible.

I watched the 90s version - it really finished just as things were getting interesting; I know it's daunting but HxH really *is* something special, it's misleading because it's a boy on an adventure with lots of episodes etc but the writing is such top quality that it dwarfs all similar anime. Actions have consequences, rules are rules (and they're interesting) and every arc takes things in a new direction. It's smart, things rarely turn out the way you expect and best of all; every episode advances the plot.

It's hard to explain but the fights aren't just who's the most powerful, they're mind-games revolving around the situation the characters are in; it's never a straight-forward fight it's like an individual game in each one.

As for Attack on Titan, I'm realizing now it's a bit of a marmite anime, I can feel for the suffering the main characters go through but he does have that Shinji-ness to him that people dislike, but that to me absorbs me into the universe as it's the most believable trait you'll ever see in anime. That's how people would really be in that situation and it strikes a chord, never have I seen such a realistic feeling apocalyptic event like in AoT, but I suppose you've got to want to feel that drudge.

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Gurren Lagann looking at first glance to be a series reuniting Gainax with giant robots, a whiny protagonist and copious amounts of fanservice didn't really appeal to me.

That's fair enough I guess. Would still suggest giving it a go - beyond the initial surprise at Yoko's outfit, there is very little fanservice; the story follows the protagonist's journey out of being a whiny bitch; and robots are cool what the fuck

If you've prior negative experiences with Gainax material then this might be full of the things you hate that I didn't notice, but if you already have a Netflix sub then I still reckon it's worth giving a few episodes a chance. It's a space comedy drama! What more could you ask for.

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Other films worth checking out:

Welcome to the Space Show

Colorful

A Letter to Momo

Also, another vote for Gurren Lagann

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Have you seen The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars? They both have a nice feelgood atmosphere with sci-fi and comedy.

Yep:

I've also continued to watch some films, it's only series I completely dropped - so I've seen The Girl Who Leapt Through Time* and Summer Wars.

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If you liked Haibane Renmei and Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou, Aria and Sora no Woto might interest you.

I'd also recommend.

Jormungand

Nodame Cantabile

Chihayafuru

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Birdy The Mighty

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That'll teach me not to skim read. Try Baccano!, that's a good one (although that's already been mentioned before too) and I really enjoyed Death Note even if it is completely doolally.

Ha, it was quite a block of text, I think it's understandable you'd miss it!

If you liked Haibane Renmei and Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou, Aria and Sora no Woto might interest you.

I'd also recommend.

Jormungand

Nodame Cantabile

Chihayafuru

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Birdy The Mighty

Gankutsuou was one of the last series I put on (I used to run a little anime night every week while I was still at uni); very enjoyable, particularly if you're a fan of the book, though the odd static textures thing took some getting used to. I'll definitely look into the other titles you've listed!

Now, just need to sack in my job and kick out my girlfriend so that I've actually got time to watch all of the shows recommended thus far...

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