What types of anime are you into and why?

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I recently started watching more anime than I used to, but I've still not seen a whole lot. I would like to get into it more, and would like some of your views so I can decide where to go with the next few series I watch.

For reference I've seen:

Death Note
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (and the film)
Full Metal Alchemist
Cowboy Beebop
Lucky Star
D-frag
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Attack On Titan
Psycho Pass
Haganai
My Hero Academia
Loads of films: Every Studio Ghibli film / The Girl Who Leapt Through Time / Wolf Children / Perfect Blue / Akira
(I've seen more but those are the ones that come to mind....)

I'm interested to hear what types of Anime you like, why you like them and some examples of your favourites (and what's good about the specific shows/films) because I'd like to try out a few genres.

My favourites are the older, pre-digital stuff, where you could feel the hand crafted artistry.

If you want to get into some of the more creative anime, watch movies like Memories, Robot Carnival, and Neo Tokyo Labyrinth. And if you want the really weird shit, there's A Tree of Palme, and Angel's Egg.

Steamboy and Metropolis aren't great, but they're the last of the big blockbuster anime that tried to push the envelope visually, and threw a fuckton of money on screen. They're kinda worth seeing just for that.

You can sample some of the 80's trash, like Wicked City and Demon City Shinjuku. There's the OVA series 3x3 Eyes, which is also kinda trashy, but thoroughly entertaining nonetheless. And ofcourse Guyver.

Watch Ninja Scroll is you want one of the best, no-nonsense action movies in the anime medium. It's basically Metal Gear Solid in feudal Japan. Spriggan is a nice, if somewhat vapid, action movie, too

Oh, and try to track down the movie version of Macross Plus. Pretty much Cowboy Bebop before Cowboy Bebop, as it was directed by Shinichiro Watanabe and the music provided by Yoko Kanna.

The Simpsons season 2-9 without a doubt. There's still alot to like about seasons 10 and 11 too.
I occasionally watch Family Guy. I thought it was good from seasons 3-6, but I found it to be of poor quality after that.

Legitimate answer: I like some of the stuff Stuido Ghilbli produce I guess, such as Only Yesterday and The Wind Rises. I have also enjoyed some non-Ghibli films, such as Perfect Blue and Your Name.

The only anime I ever really loved is Texhnolyze. It's so good, I consider it somewhat a work of art. It's probably also the least 'anime' of them all.

As a teen I really enjoyed a lot of anime with monsters and cyborgs like Devilman, Violence Jack, Angel Cop. It's still pretty enjoyable I think. I absolutely detest modern anime. It's either annoying high-pitched voices, wish fulfillment fantasies with androgynous sissies or creepy camera angles of girls that look underage. It's absolutely shite. Not to mention it looks made on a dime with cheap CGI effects.

It's obvious I'm not the target audience for today's anime but even if it was I can't imagine having ever enjoyed that garbage even in my teens.

I'm not up to date on current anime so with those I have no input to give.

My often watched Anime include Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Hellsing & Hellsing Ultimate, Hajime No Ippo, Hunter X Hunter (minus the Ant Arc, except for the two fights..you know the ones..), Outlaw Star and Naruto
On another note, there is also Green Green, Inukami, Zero No Tsukaima, and DNA2.

I'm sure there are lots I missed, or didn't list as they are just "okay", but in general I prefer Space, Sci-Fi and Comedy.
Martial Arts and Fantasy/Magic can be okay, if they are logical and consistent (most of the time).

I stay away from slice-of-life stuff. Don't need no drama or social/people/feelings thingies.
On that controversial topic I will also say that I squarely fall on the "Neon Genesis Evangelion is shit" line of the divide.

I've been struggling to fine one, just one, war anime that doesn't devolve into the lead girl getting magic super powers because she's now the one.

Predominately comedy anime (that doesn't rely on fanservice to make it's jokes), slice of life, and action that isn't excessively gory.

I like comedy because, well, I just don't like stuff that's overly serious (with a few exceptions of course), I like people getting into stupid scenarios and the hi-jinks that come with it. The reason I don't like fanservice is solely because I find it to be a poor man's excuse for comedy if they rely on it to make/carry the jokes rather than writing an actual joke, I just don't find it funny.

Slice of life, I find it very calming.

I should note that for "action", I guess I should say "action-adventure" I really like the globe-trotting, adventure stories whih I guess would play into being comedic as well. I don't like *excessive* gore because I personally find it nauseating.

Favorite Comedy (in no order):
Cromartie High School (I would actually greatly recommend the dub over the sub on this one).
Little Witch Academia
Senyu. (could also double as action when the narrator wants to stop screwing around, lol).
Fooly Cooly (*Definitely* watch the dub)
Dirty Pair
Daily Lives Of High School Boys
Arakawa Under The Bridge/arakawa Under The Bridge 2

Favorite Slice Of Life (in no order):
Barakamon
Polar Bear Cafe
Yuru Camp
Hakumei to Mikochi
Flying Witch

Favorite Action (in no order):
Noragami/Noragami Aragoto
Tiger And Bunny (don't let the name fool you, it's actually about superheroes) (though, this could also fit into comedy)
Beyond The Boundary
Steamboy
Kyousougiga
Magic Kaito 1412
Blood Blockade Battlefront/Block Blockade Battlefront and Beyond

Silentpony:
I've been struggling to fine one, just one, war anime that doesn't devolve into the lead girl getting magic super powers because she's now the one.

Define war anime. Like, anime with gritty realistic combat?

Arnoxthe1:

Silentpony:
I've been struggling to fine one, just one, war anime that doesn't devolve into the lead girl getting magic super powers because she's now the one.

Define war anime. Like, anime with gritty realistic combat?

The ones I tried out were Valkyria Chronicles, which seemed like a nice little WW2 themed anime, until oops, turns out half the women involved are magic space angels.
Then I went on to Muv Luv Alternative, but oops turns out the ladies are magic space samurais.
And I just felt so defeated.

I'm not the biggest fan of unnecessary gore, but I can handle violence. Mechas work, but I've seen a bunch of Gundams and Macross and the like.

All types. Various reasons

Haven't watched much Yaoi though. I attribute that to Togainu no Chi being awful

List:
Nichijou - lol
Mushishi - Quiet
Samurai Champloo - Nujabes
Welcome to the N.H.K. - Welcome
Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko: Everything Flows - Neko
Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai - Pokemon trading
C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control - Buying Pokemon attacks
Cencoroll - Pokemon eating humans


Since Neon Genesis Evangelion got brought up I implore all those that have watched it to hear Shinji's Rant

Silentpony:
The ones I tried out were Valkyria Chronicles, which seemed like a nice little WW2 themed anime, until oops, turns out half the women involved are magic space angels.
Then I went on to Muv Luv Alternative, but oops turns out the ladies are magic space samurais.
And I just felt so defeated.

I'm not the biggest fan of unnecessary gore, but I can handle violence. Mechas work, but I've seen a bunch of Gundams and Macross and the like.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/326.1039220-Black-Lagoon-A-Review

You know, I think a lot of people here didn't see my review because they thought it was for some obscure movie or something. lol

I've been into other world anime in the past year or so. Though there's plenty of other stuff I like.

List:
Hellsing Ultimate
Log Horizon
Overlord
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
One Piece
Code Geass
No Game No life
Hunter x Hunter
Cowboy Bebop
Boku no Hero Acedemia
One Punch Man
Nanatsu no Taizai
Tokyo Ravens (though only because of the EPIC looking magic in it.)
Shokugeki no Shouma
Mob Psycho 100
Death Parade
Diamond no Ace (first season only)
Kill la Kill
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Re:Zero
Youjo Senki
(And though not really a normal anime:) Sword Art Online: Abridged.

And probably some more I forgot to mention. As you might be able to tell, it's mostly fantasy and action anime, with a few others. I used to watch Shoujo as well, but I guess I grew out of that.

There can be only one.

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I honestly haven't been regularly into anime for quite some time. Now it's just a matter of a series once in a while catching my interest. I'm just so sick of the tropes.

Johnny Novgorod:
There can be only one.

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Smithnikov:
I'm just so sick of the tropes.

I was already sick of them and I don't even watch anime with any sort of regularity.

Silentpony:
I've been struggling to fine one, just one, war anime that doesn't devolve into the lead girl getting magic super powers because she's now the one.

Japan has a different relationship with war than the West, probably because of the one where they lost and got nuked. They generally try to stay as far away from realistic depictions of war as possible. WW2 especially, since that would shine some light on their own sordid history. I think the best you're going to get from anime in that area is Barefoot Gen and Grave of the Fireflies.

Silentpony:
I've been struggling to fine one, just one, war anime that doesn't devolve into the lead girl getting magic super powers because she's now the one.

Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team. Just look at this god tier opening.


I haven't watched this in 15 years, and it's nostalgia overload. In fact, I can barely recall anything about it, but it was great, believe me. While Char and Amuro were having their dumb rivalry in space with their OP laser guns, this one is deals with ordinary ground forces with conventional weaponry.

Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket is about a Federation child who befriends a downed Zeon pilot.

Library Wars is about two governmental task forces duking it out to prevent the enforcement of censorship laws.

Girls und Panzer, is not really a "war" anime per se but is about a school sport involving tanks of various nations fighting each other. If you have even the slightest interest in tanks, then this one is a treat.

Since you watched Muv Luv: Alternative (Total Eclipse?), there is Schwarzenmarken, which is less about the BETA and more about the infighting between the East German forces and the Stasi Guard.

Gotta be honest, there's not many I am into. One of the main through-lines with the ones I do like are the ones with waaay over the top action/humour. Things like Gurren Lagann, One Punch Man, Kill la Kill or Boku no Hero.

Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop are also great. I still have something of a fondness for Outlaw Star and its setting.

That said, I took the time to rewatch some of the ones I liked when I was younger and very few of them aged well. Macross Plus still holds up (Also, I noticed that the main protagonist is voiced by Bryan Cranston, how weird is that?) And Giant Robo: The Day the Earth Stood Still absolutely holds up and remains one of my favourite pieces of media.

One of the ones I'm most sad about was Bubblegum Crisis 2040. It was the first anime I ever watched, and I remember being spellbound by it. But I came across a DVD box set and rewatched as much as I could bear. The animation is a lot choppier than I remember. Also, the characters are incredibly 90s, meaning they're either hyperactive or broody, unlikeable misery guts'. I still think their mech suit designs are badass though.

I'm into several types but I don't watched many of it per say. Example I liked mechs but I'm only into Gundam in that catagory. Same with harem since only the Tenchi series is my main harem (and aswell Monster Musume).

I guess Shonen is probably my main one since I watched One Piece and past finished shows like Bleach (well except after Aizen arc), Fairy Tail and Naruto (can't be bother waching Boruto).

Generally fantasy, I love sword art online at the minute (although I did just get to the most mary sue episode ever... It was tolerable before but fuck me guys, he just beat the best guy in the game and had 3 leaders of races fawning over him, come on!)

Full metal alchemist brotherhood is still the best anime ever

oh and haikyuu cos volleyball.

EDIT: Also, I don;t know why cousin incest is so big in these animes, creeps me the fuck out. Please just stop.

Gauche:

Since Neon Genesis Evangelion got brought up I implore all those that have watched it to hear Shinji's Rant

I'm one of the few that liked the original ending. I did a thread about it on here years ago: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/18.407990-End-of-Evangelion-vs-original-ending-to-Neon-Genesis

I do admit they ran out of ink though - lol.

I see nobody has mentioned Girls Last Tour. So im going to mention Girls Last Tour.

rosac:

EDIT: Also, I don;t know why cousin incest is so big in these animes, creeps me the fuck out. Please just stop.

I've wondered before what motivates anime/manga creators to bring up this very touchy subject to fans. It really creeps me out too when I see it, but maybe it's just because I'm from the west. It's not just cousin incest either - it happens on a lower level with siblings as well. It could be a few things - because of how Japan views gender and sexuality maybe? Or because certain creators have 'sibling/parent/family complexes' and it's a way to project their thoughts without suffering serious repercussions? For example, Japanese mothers apparently had an unhealthy, psychological obsession with their sons back in the 1980s and 1990s.

Another thing to note is the low birth-rate of Japan. You have to wonder if certain creators have any siblings or extended family at all. They may wonder what it was like to have a sibling or extended family members so they decide to create the 'perfect sibling' in their stories to satisfy their own psychological needs. Maybe it's also for shock value - adding incest to shojo stories generates an even greater emotional response. In essence, it causes controversy and gets eyeballs drawn to the stories. Creators might be doing this because they want attention.

Also, for a country that seems to be very traditional, Japan is very open-minded when it comes to sexuality. Japan is pretty comfortable with it because they do not necessarily believe in what we accept as religious morals & ideals. It is accepted, by the Japanese, that Japan was 'procreated' by the union of heaven & earth. The union birthed two gods, Izanagi & Izanami, who wed each other & mated to create the country of Japan & human life there. So, basically, Japan exists because of incest. Sex in Japan is viewed as a celebration of the beginning of life. It is supposed to be happy and loving. There is also a Japanese legend that states that star-crossed lovers are sometimes reborn as siblings.

Another thing is that older siblings (or other older family members) have this inner desire to guide their little siblings properly, because the younger ones greatly admire & look up to them. These factors can create a very intimate relationship. Creators probably want to address the possibility of what happens when developmental psychology goes wrong. How intimate should siblings be when they're around each other?

Regarding gender roles in Japan, women are supposed to be housewives, caretakers, and soft-spoken while men are the go-getters, high income-earners, & aggressive. Combine that with Japan's views on sexuality and you have a recipe for psychological conflict within the self and the family, and creators probably try and address this in anime.

Another interesting thing to point out is that incest is noted to be an act of narcissism. Your relationship with a relative is a means to please yourself. Your partner is treated as an object, so to speak. You lack any empathy whatsoever towards them. You want to control & dominate that person. Perhaps some creators want to point out the control aspect of incest.

Ultimately, I believe Japan is a very sexual country and that won't change any time soon. Plus, Japanese audiences know that anime and manga are entirely fiction. They don't confuse fantasy with reality. Although you may argue that Japan lacks certain morals, it's not as if all the incest-related content over there is fan service or pornographic. People have many curious fascinations and there are things out there that are probably worse than incest.

Ghibli only because their movies get high quality Finnish dubs. Also their artistic integrity has been mostly impervious (Earthsea was a mistake).

dscross:

Ultimately, I believe Japan is a very sexual country and that won't change any time soon. Plus, Japanese audiences know that anime and manga are entirely fiction. They don't confuse fantasy with reality.

From a Western point of view that's one of the poorest excuses this generation has come up with. "It's just fiction, mom. I know my waifu is not real! I just wish she was and fantasize about her every day. And no, mom, I'm not saving for a dakimakura pillow, I already got 3." Decadent fantasies always win over the doldrums of real life, and we know embracing that fact can lead to an unfortunate fate (Japanese shut-ins etc.).

Mostly anime that does not indulge in gratuitous fan service, waifu baiting crap, lolis, typical anime tropes or other stuff.

Recently I have found myself liking Garo: Vanishing Line a lot, mainly because it keeps its fan service in check, doesn't have a loli character and the art style is reminiscent of older anime, not as clean as a lot of modern digital works. Granted, there is a little 3D work in it, but it's mostly very decent 2D.

McElroy:

dscross:

Ultimately, I believe Japan is a very sexual country and that won't change any time soon. Plus, Japanese audiences know that anime and manga are entirely fiction. They don't confuse fantasy with reality.

From a Western point of view that's one of the poorest excuses this generation has come up with. "It's just fiction, mom. I know my waifu is not real! I just wish she was and fantasize about her every day. And no, mom, I'm not saving for a dakimakura pillow, I already got 3." Decadent fantasies always win over the doldrums of real life, and we know embracing that fact can lead to an unfortunate fate (Japanese shut-ins etc.).

Sort of a different point to the one I was making about the possible reasons why creators put incest in Japanese anime... but if you want to get it off your chest I guess. WTF is a waifu?

My favorites are the kind that don't look or feel like your typical anime. Like Crayon Shin-Chan, World Fool News and Aggressive Retsuko.

Hmm, let's see if I can compile a list of all the anime/cartoons I've seen over the last few years;

Neon Genesis Evangelion
Sword Art Online
Log Horizon
Gate
Steinsgate
Fairy Tale
Death Note
A Certain Magical Index
A Certain Scientific Railgun (I preferred this more than Index)
Akame Ga Kill (Ultra depressing towards the end)
Soul Eater (unfinished)
Inuyasha (Gave up on early)
.Hack//Sign (Finished, but can't say I enjoyed honestly)
Cowboy Bebop
Fate/Stay: Night (Original series, Zero and Ultimate Blade Works)
Fullmetal Alchemist
Digimon 1-4 (Never finished the fourth series, still need to watch Tri)
RWBY (I know it's not strictly anime, but it's close enough and one of my favourite shows ever, so shut up!)
Attack on Titan
Code Lyoko (again, not anime, but still pretty deece)
Izzeta the Last Witch
No Game No Life
Bleach (Like Inuyasha, I gave up on early. I don't get the hype honestly)
Aldnoah Zero
Ghost in the Shell
Avatar; The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra (see RWBY above)
Spice and Wolf

At some point I should probably look into things like Re:zero, Overlord, One Punch Man, Hellsing,Hunter X Hunter, Baccano, Code Geas (I did watch the first episode, but fell asleep cos it was late, so should really have another go), Gurren Legann and probably a bunch of others I can't remember right now. I should probably make a list...

Action/fantasy/sci-fi, mostly. My favorite include:

Baccano
Steins;gate
Cowboy Bebop
Outlaw Star
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Fullmetal Alchemist
Digimon
Busou Renkin

That reminds me, I should get into watching anime again...

Tend to stick to calmer, happier/lighter stuff like slice of life or comedies, romance, and, yes, ecchi, with a sprinkling of heavier action and dramatic titles thrown in.

I watch for entertainment. Not to be (more) depressed or have my heart ripped out.

Spice and Wolf
Toradora!
Black Lagoon
Youjo Senki
Lucky Star
FMA:Brotherhood
Strike Witches
Konosuba
K-On
Bleach (Soul Society arc was good.)

Are some favorites.

I'm a casual fan of Shounen, otherwise my taste is eclectic, mainly going off youtube and reddit recomendations. in terms of seasonal anime, i tend to look for fantasy, sci-fi, action and adventure as well as the occasional mystery or Slice of Life

Resently i watched Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid,

Psycho Pass

Boruto

Shokugeki No Souma

My Hero Academia

Attack on Titan

Arslan Senki

The ancient Magus's Bride

Izetta the white witch

and i am currently 50 episodes into Bleach.

This season I'm watching Toji No Miko, Junji Ito and Darling in The Franxx

I have two modes. Anime Snob, only the best, deepest story, best animation, S tier anime.

...And holy fuck do I want to watch some actual trash, fanservice, the worst most laughable horribly animated cartoons japan and/or China has to offer me. Entertain me please, I want to know just how deep this rabbit hole of despair goes.

No in betweens.

Well not types but there are a lot of things I look for in an anime

Interesting Designs and an Ensemble cast.
If I'm going to look at a bunch of people for a number of episodes then they have to have diverse and interesting designs and bland brown hair anime protag is a huge turn off for me.
Basically yes to this
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Huuuuge no to this
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Shonen anime that fully focus on their themes and ideas, I know most people say shows like Hunter X Hunter, One Piece and a My hero academia only picked the concept of Hunters, Pirates, and heroes because it sounds cool however they do go into the concept of what ideals follow the archetypes. Hunter X Hunter shows the survival of the fittest mentality, One Piece places greater aspect on adventure and freedom, and My Hero Academia shows what it means to be a hero.
The concept of Morality, again the reason why I love Hunter X Hunter so much and FMA is that you have not only a world full of greys but people who follow their own alien morality. A good example to this is Kimblee from FMA where he has a conversation with Al about the law of equivalent exchange or Gon and how he sees the world in a bizarre way.
A sense of adventure, what made Space Dandy and Made in abyss so interesting for me is the different worlds you see the characters explore for the former it was somewhat light hearted and for the latter it was dark and dangerous

The good kind. It's why the last Japanime I enjoyed were Space Dandy, One Punch Man, and Mob Psycho 100.

I'll give any type of anime ago tbh, I'm much more forgiving of anime than live action shows/films.

Shows I reccomend to try would be:
Steins;gate - Dub is decent, it also has a follow up film thats also dubbed and worth checking out.

Black lagoon - Also has a decent Dub, has alot of action, if guns and explosions is your thing.

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica - Sub only I think, it blew up a couple years ago as a deconstruction of the magical girl genre

Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne - Probably the most mature one on the list, Its a 6 episode OVA with a decent Dub. Each episode is set in a different time period around 2 girls which are immortal and run a consulting agency, which usualy leads them to male demons and well,.. lets just say it has sex and violence, it's not hentai but it's close.

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (When they cry) - Defently my favorite anime, the Dub is aweful so stick with the Subs.
One minute its a slice of life moe anime then flips to horror and mystery.
It has 3 series, the first two consists of a standard 24-26 episodes and the last only 5.
Plenty to keep you occupied and guessing whats happening as you only see one side of the story to begin with because the show is broken up into "question arcs" and "answer arcs". Defently worth checking out.

Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-chan!! Only watched subbed, I'd imagen any kind of Dub would be bad has it is a very Ecchi show, from the creater of KissxSis so you kind of get an idea of what your getting into, just with less incest.

Yuru Yuri Slice of life, moe blobs, with a hint of yuri.

Other decent slice of life moe blob shows:
Non Non Biyori
Non Non Biyori Repeat
Is the order a rabbit
Is the order a rabbit (season 2)

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