Well, last week (or was it the week before that) I posted a blog about 3 of my favourite anime's. Now I am going to talk about some other really cool series which, if you like anime, you should definetly watch.
Let us start this with a bang!Full Metal Alchemist
Pretty popular anime, watched by young and by old, it tells the story of two brothers who are out on a quest to find the philosofers stone. They live in a world not so different from ours, except that in their world people posses the power of alchemy, or the ability to transmute an object into another object, if the rules of alchemy are beeing followed.
Ed and Al are only very young when their mother dies. They try to revive it using alchemy which doesn't turn so well and Al looses his right hand and Ed looses his body. At the last second Al manages to connect his brother's spirit with an old armor and this is where their quest begins.
This anime is pretty funny, has some deep moments and overall its fun to watch.
there is also a movie and a second season, but the second season doesn't continue the story, it was merely created to appeal to the US audience, with some different stories, but in overall - the same.
Ghost in the Shell
In the future everything is cybernized. Our brains are connected to a network, we can easily acces internet in our car, restaurant or even sitting on the toilet. In this hyper-advanced world hackers have found a new way to spread their messages - by hacking the brains of people.
The series has been adapted into two anime series. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
was written and directed by Kenji Kamiyama and produced by Production I.G, airing on Animax from 1 October 2002
to 25 March 2003
with a total of 26 episodes. Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG
followed Stand Alone Complex
as the second season, also written and directed by Kenji Kamiyama and produced by Production I.G. 2nd GIG
aired on Animax from 1 January 2004
to 8 January 2005
, with a total of 26 episodes.Ghost in the Shell
is a futuristic police thriller dealing with the exploits of the cyborg Motoko Kusanagi, a member of a covert operations division of the "Japanese National Public Safety Commission" known as Section 9
. The unit specializes in fighting technology-related crimes.
I strongly recommend watching the series and not the movies, as the movies don't really capture the spirit of GiTS.stream SACstream 2nd GIGdownload SACdownload 2nd GIGGANTZ
The last thing Kei remembers is the train running over his body. Now he is in a room filled with strangers, all resurrected by the featureless black sphere known only as the Gantz. But their reprieve from death may only be temporary, for unless they undertake the brutal missions that the Gantz assigns, all of them will die again.The most redeeming factor of the show, at least early on, is the character of Masaru (Oosato Masashi in the Japanese track), Kei's childhood friend who basically got them in this situation by saving a man who had fallen on the train tracks. If this show were centered around Masaru, a troubled teen with a violent past, but a good heart and a strong desire to do good, maybe it would easier to take, especially since Masaru is a much stronger and more well-rounded character. He alone out of the cast is an actual character, rather than just a cardboard cutout or a blowup doll, and he alone questions the situation, but of course, it's already foreshadowing at the end of the second DVD that he's not long for this show. It's a crime, but frankly, Masaru deserved a better show, rather than playing second fiddle to a complete cretin.At the same time, this is one of the best animated television shows I've seen in years. The artwork is gorgeous, the character designs are beautiful, and the blending of the CG and cel style just looks
good. Technically, it's one of Gonzo's best; they also pushed the envelope in that sense, and did it right
. The music om the show, both the score and the songs, are awesome. The opening ("Super Shooter") is by Rip Slyme, one of the most popular and skilled Japanese rap groups out there. (Yeah, Japanese rap -- and it's fun!)streamdownloadHellsing
A new breed of vampire walks the streets. Artificially created, these vamps and their ghouls consider humanity an afterthought.
Enter the Hellsing Organization, a mysterious group of unlikely soldiers banded together to stop the new threat to mankind and rid the world of the vampiric disease. And these aren't just any soldiers - many are vampires themselves!
Guided by Integra, the founder of the Hellsing Organization, they recruit Alucard (also spelled Arucard, as there ain't no "l" in Japanese language), a powerful and mysterious vampire in his own right. Working to win this ghoulish battle, the Hellsing Organization must also deal with their own thirst for blood.
Personally I loved the way the character's story is told through the different episodes, the stylish fights and of course Alucard, one crazy son of a bitch.streamdownloadCowboy Bebop
Classifying Cowboy Bebop isn't as easy as you might think. Slapping a science fiction label on it is easy enough, but many more genres are blended in. Elements of epic drama, slapstick comedy, and blistering action sequences that are comparable to the best of John Woo can all be found in this series. Many fans have just dubbed it a "space western", but I think that makes the series seem more superfluous than it really is. I prefer to think of it as a "sci-fi film noir action-adventure". But maybe that's getting a little too technical.
Cowboy Bebop is an extremely character oriented series that revolves around two bounty hunters, Spike and Jet. Spike is a lanky gunslinger with a dangerous past and some killer martial arts moves. He tends to be rather presumptuous and aggressive, which often lands him in some pretty dangerous situations. Luckily for him, Jet is there to watch his back. Laid-back but tough, Jet is a rough-sounding ex-cop with a bionic arm. He seems to be almost a perennial father-figure to Spike, and is often the more rational of the two. During their adventures in space, they come across a few more companions. The first is Ein, a lovable mutt with supposedly advance intelligence. He doesn't contribute a whole lot to the series, but looks absolutely adorable trying to run around in zero gravity. The next is Faye Valentine, the hottie in hot-pants who seems to be rather prominently featured on most of the box covers. She's both tough and fragile, with a very impulsive attitude and unconstrained demeanor. She enters the series as a layered character with a hidden past, and is slowly peeled back until she comes to grips with who she is. And finally, there's Ed, a young girl with extraordinary computer skills and hacking ability. Out of all the characters, Ed is definitely my favorite because of her utterly outlandish personality and happy-go-lucky attitude.streamdownloadParanoia AgentParanoia Agent
is reminiscent of both FLCL
for it's occasionally outlandish, always attractive art work and also David Lynch's Twin Peaks
in how it has a cohesive, yet incredibly surreal narrative. The show revolves around various people affected by "Shonen Bat" (referred to as L'il Slugger in America), a figure who appears to be an elementary school kid with a gold baseball bat and rollerblades. Shonen Bat haunts those in their moments of greatest desperation, striking them down and creating paranoia for those around his victims, hence the title. The series initially seems to have a set formula, in which a character is introduced and throughout the episode, we are given a glimpse into his/her fears. Paranoia Agent
quickly deviates from this pattern, and fortunately becomes something incredibly more ambitious. Along the way, we see the rise of a cartoon dog, Maromi, who quickly becomes part of the Japanese culture, but the true significance of the pink beast remains a mystery until the very end.
I guarantee that you will be on edge throughout each episode, knowing that something dreadful is inevitable, but not having any clue as to how the show will reach this end. This anxiety is only possible through excellent direction, as those not accustomed to watching animation may still forget they are merely watching a "cartoon." Satoshi Kon does an incredible job of keeping the quick pacing, while making things clear enough that you can figure out what's going. You're left in the dark most of the time in terms of the whole picture, but the storytelling is top notch.
The brilliant and successful neurosurgeon Dr. Tenma one day comes across a child and saves his life not knowing that he’s actually a monster. Unaware of his mistake, Dr. Tenma is about to be dragged into the worst set of serial murder cases to have ever been staged in Europe. Since Dr. Tenma resurrected the monster, he sets off on a long and difficult journey to destroy it.
The basic plot borrows heavily from film noir; a lot of what the genre is known for (dimly lit cityscapes, corrupted and cynical characters, rampant crime, etc.) can likewise be found in Monster. As a result of using these elements, Monster is by nature a very engaging and suspenseful watch; this is the first anime in quite some time for me to truly marathon. However, what makes the show so inherently great are not the similarities to the genre, but the key differences. Whereas the style of film simply believes that most human beings are easily corrupted, Monster focuses on the basic reasons for this decadence of morality. Is evil an inborn trait common to a select few individuals, or do these individuals become depraved by outside stimuli? In particular, the show asks very insightful and intriguing questions on the possible existence of Absolute Evil, and whether any human being truly deserves to die. By asking these questions, Monster becomes not only one of the most electrifying animes that I have seen, but one of the most intelligent as well.
I think that was enough for one day. This blog came out longer then I thought it would be and I know that not everybody on this site is an anime-lover (most of them prefer looking dogs fuck, or parrots, if we have to include the pirates too) This will probably be the last blog i write about anime, but don't despair, m always up for a discussion about a new show or who is stronger: Mugen (Samurai Champloo) or Rurouni Kenshin (also known as Samurai X).
Some other anime's to check out:
Ergo Proxy : great story, nice battles, very good animation, definetly a must see
Blood + : vampire story, interessting characters but takes a while to get into the story
Eureka Seven : at first glance looks like a show for kids, but the way the characters are developed during the show is pretty good, story is fun enough and battles are full of flashy colors and explosions
Claymore : fantasy, situated in a far away world where girls with super natural powers have to fight monsters. Story is great, fights are even better. Definetly one to see
Gokusen : a yakuza goes to teach at an elementary school. Of course that means a lot of wierd situations and gang related violance. This show is funny as hell.
GTO (Grand Teacher Onizuka) : a well known hothead dreams to become a teacher so he can have all the cute girls he wants. But beeing a teacher is not easy and Onizuka finds that out for himself. Extremely funny
Evangelion : mecha-anime, very complicated plot, interessting characters and a wierd finish, its a good watch
Ninja Scroll : It Haz Ninjas and cool fights
Basilisk : same as for Ninja Scroll
ok kiddies, thats all from me. Have a nice saturday and may the force bee with you