most captivating tv show/anime you have watched recently?

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Matt King:
well so what is the latest tv show or anime or whatever that you recently started watching that you just can't stop?

mine would be higurashi(when they cry) image

dear god this anime is so disturbing and twisted, until the end i wasn't really sure if anyone was good or bad or what, especially when everyone started pulling out knives(/cleavers/metal bats/torture equipment) but the fact is even though they brutally killed innocents so many times, i still found the characters likable and i just haven't been able to stop watching,

so what's yours?

To be honest, I found that while I liked Higurashi at first (watched it a few months ago and recently re-watched it), it just gets worse for me every time I watch it. I find it too depressing and it leaves too many questions left unanswered until the 2nd season, and considering the things that happen and character motivations it's going to have to be something good, plus I feel rather hit and miss between certain characters (except for Shion which I despise with a passion and I want to strangle Rika every time she says bloody "Ni-Pa"). I haven't seen the 2nd season yet but I feel that it will either make or break the series for me.

As for shows I've been recently been captivated by, Live action wise I would have to say Doctor Who as I finally got around to watching it and ended up loving it from it's charismatic, charming main lead to it's creative worlds and creatures. As for Anime, Recently saw Eden of The East which I found quite interesting, Having a great lead (really liked the dub role for him and his personality) and interesting Story + Concept (Makes me think what I would do if given 10 Billion yen to save Japan).

Recently I have been utterly obsessed with Revolutionary Girl Utena. I only saw it for the first time, I don't know, a couple months ago, but I then proceeded to watch it another two times after that. I'd have to say it's my new favorite.

It's a wonderfully surreal story about adolescent angst (without actually being angsty) and the transition from that head space into that of an adult. Or maybe it's about how awesome lesbians are and how all men are evil sexual predators out to get you. Or shit, I don't know, maybe it's just about sword fighting, sexy cars, and incest. Anyway, it's pretty singular.

Also, I think it's worth noting that the fight music in this show is composed by a man whose background is in Japanese avant-garde theater from the eighties. Yeah.

Lewieroo0:

Matt King:
well so what is the latest tv show or anime or whatever that you recently started watching that you just can't stop?

mine would be higurashi(when they cry) image

dear god this anime is so disturbing and twisted, until the end i wasn't really sure if anyone was good or bad or what, especially when everyone started pulling out knives(/cleavers/metal bats/torture equipment) but the fact is even though they brutally killed innocents so many times, i still found the characters likable and i just haven't been able to stop watching,

so what's yours?

To be honest, I found that while I liked Higurashi at first (watched it a few months ago and recently re-watched it), it just gets worse for me every time I watch it. I find it too depressing and it leaves too many questions left unanswered until the 2nd season, and considering the things that happen and character motivations it's going to have to be something good, plus I feel rather hit and miss between certain characters (except for Shion which I despise with a passion and I want to strangle Rika every time she says bloody "Ni-Pa"). I haven't seen the 2nd season yet but I feel that it will either make or break the series for me.

As for shows I've been recently been captivated by, Live action wise I would have to say Doctor Who as I finally got around to watching it and ended up loving it from it's charismatic, charming main lead to it's creative worlds and creatures. As for Anime, Recently saw Eden of The East which I found quite interesting, Having a great lead (really liked the dub role for him and his personality) and interesting Story + Concept (Makes me think what I would do if given 10 Billion yen to save Japan).

the second season does redeem the show quite a lot in my opinion

CrimsonBlaze:

Matt King:
well so what is the latest tv show or anime or whatever that you recently started watching that you just can't stop?

mine would be higurashi(when they cry) image

dear god this anime is so disturbing and twisted, until the end i wasn't really sure if anyone was good or bad or what, especially when everyone started pulling out knives(/cleavers/metal bats/torture equipment) but the fact is even though they brutally killed innocents so many times, i still found the characters likable and i just haven't been able to stop watching,

so what's yours?

This show was a little too strange, gory, misleading, and complex for me to actually enjoy, so I bailed after the first character's story arc. I will give props to the creator of the series for making quite possibly the cutest characters to ever be killed, tortured, and look damn scary.
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can i just say, they have found ways through alternate story arcs so they can kill the main characters again and again and again and almost every single one of them has a killing rampage

Most recent Anime that caught me? Hellsing Ultimate. Over the top, overly crazy, but very well stylized and neat. Too bad it's coming out so damned slow.

Show? Stargate Universe, I'm not to the end but I know that CANCELLED is the worst ending one could run into. So that'll be fun when I get to that. Fuck you sci-fi channel, cancel one of your dumb movies and you'd have more room for a great show.

DVS BSTrD:
Sorry to be so terribly mainstream, but I have to say Legend of Korra. I haven't started watching any new shows recently.

Pretty much this as well. It's the only thing that get's my lazy ass out of bed saturday morning. I gotta admit, it's a damn good series so far and I can't wait to see what happens next. :D

Matt King:

Lewieroo0:

Matt King:
well so what is the latest tv show or anime or whatever that you recently started watching that you just can't stop?

mine would be higurashi(when they cry)

dear god this anime is so disturbing and twisted, until the end i wasn't really sure if anyone was good or bad or what, especially when everyone started pulling out knives(/cleavers/metal bats/torture equipment) but the fact is even though they brutally killed innocents so many times, i still found the characters likable and i just haven't been able to stop watching,

so what's yours?

To be honest, I found that while I liked Higurashi at first (watched it a few months ago and recently re-watched it), it just gets worse for me every time I watch it. I find it too depressing and it leaves too many questions left unanswered until the 2nd season, and considering the things that happen and character motivations it's going to have to be something good, plus I feel rather hit and miss between certain characters (except for Shion which I despise with a passion and I want to strangle Rika every time she says bloody "Ni-Pa"). I haven't seen the 2nd season yet but I feel that it will either make or break the series for me.

As for shows I've been recently been captivated by, Live action wise I would have to say Doctor Who as I finally got around to watching it and ended up loving it from it's charismatic, charming main lead to it's creative worlds and creatures. As for Anime, Recently saw Eden of The East which I found quite interesting, Having a great lead (really liked the dub role for him and his personality) and interesting Story + Concept (Makes me think what I would do if given 10 Billion yen to save Japan).

the second season does redeem the show quite a lot in my opinion

i'm curious as to how it will go. I've heard it tones down the gruesomeness in comparison to the 1st season and focuses straight on answering all questions from said 1st. The only question that i'm gonna hold with high expectations is why the hell Shion went to such extremes JUST because she couldn't find her little crush (It really angered me how bloody thick headed she was >:( )

BBC Sherlock. Full-stop. Only 6 episodes and a very long wait between seasons, but I just can't get enough of it.

I've also taken a huge liking to Adventure Time after taking a leave from the pony fandom, and I definitely find it much more engaging. Oh, and Korra. But who isn't loving Korra?

Edit: As far as anime, the only one I've watched recently is Shirokuma Cafe, but I wouldn't call it "captivating"...

Lewieroo0:

Matt King:

Lewieroo0:

To be honest, I found that while I liked Higurashi at first (watched it a few months ago and recently re-watched it), it just gets worse for me every time I watch it. I find it too depressing and it leaves too many questions left unanswered until the 2nd season, and considering the things that happen and character motivations it's going to have to be something good, plus I feel rather hit and miss between certain characters (except for Shion which I despise with a passion and I want to strangle Rika every time she says bloody "Ni-Pa"). I haven't seen the 2nd season yet but I feel that it will either make or break the series for me.

As for shows I've been recently been captivated by, Live action wise I would have to say Doctor Who as I finally got around to watching it and ended up loving it from it's charismatic, charming main lead to it's creative worlds and creatures. As for Anime, Recently saw Eden of The East which I found quite interesting, Having a great lead (really liked the dub role for him and his personality) and interesting Story + Concept (Makes me think what I would do if given 10 Billion yen to save Japan).

the second season does redeem the show quite a lot in my opinion

i'm curious as to how it will go. I've heard it tones down the gruesomeness in comparison to the 1st season and focuses straight on answering all questions from said 1st. The only question that i'm gonna hold with high expectations is why the hell Shion went to such extremes JUST because she couldn't find her little crush (It really angered me how bloody thick headed she was >:( )

Actually, that one does sorta have an answer that's hinted at during the first season and sort of confirmed in the second.

I won't spoil it too much but...let's just say there's something in that town that can make anyone go a little batshit bonkers unless they're careful.

Infernai:

Lewieroo0:

Matt King:

the second season does redeem the show quite a lot in my opinion

i'm curious as to how it will go. I've heard it tones down the gruesomeness in comparison to the 1st season and focuses straight on answering all questions from said 1st. The only question that i'm gonna hold with high expectations is why the hell Shion went to such extremes JUST because she couldn't find her little crush (It really angered me how bloody thick headed she was >:( )

Actually, that one does sorta have an answer that's hinted at during the first season and sort of confirmed in the second.

I won't spoil it too much but...let's just say there's something in that town that can make anyone go a little batshit bonkers unless they're careful.

well, when I get around to watching it I shall find out ;) Although she'll probably remain on my list of worst characters if the reason don't feel legit to me, her actions just felt WAAY too mean spirited and nonsensical.

Sean Hollyman:
I only just recently started Breaking Bad
and Gurren Lagann

You're a cool guy.

Lewieroo0:

Matt King:

Lewieroo0:

To be honest, I found that while I liked Higurashi at first (watched it a few months ago and recently re-watched it), it just gets worse for me every time I watch it. I find it too depressing and it leaves too many questions left unanswered until the 2nd season, and considering the things that happen and character motivations it's going to have to be something good, plus I feel rather hit and miss between certain characters (except for Shion which I despise with a passion and I want to strangle Rika every time she says bloody "Ni-Pa"). I haven't seen the 2nd season yet but I feel that it will either make or break the series for me.

As for shows I've been recently been captivated by, Live action wise I would have to say Doctor Who as I finally got around to watching it and ended up loving it from it's charismatic, charming main lead to it's creative worlds and creatures. As for Anime, Recently saw Eden of The East which I found quite interesting, Having a great lead (really liked the dub role for him and his personality) and interesting Story + Concept (Makes me think what I would do if given 10 Billion yen to save Japan).

the second season does redeem the show quite a lot in my opinion

i'm curious as to how it will go. I've heard it tones down the gruesomeness in comparison to the 1st season and focuses straight on answering all questions from said 1st. The only question that i'm gonna hold with high expectations is why the hell Shion went to such extremes JUST because she couldn't find her little crush (It really angered me how bloody thick headed she was >:( )

well it'a alot do to with the reasons everyone always goes insane and the little blue girl ( i can't remember her name) i think she becomes a much bigger character

and this next bit is spoilers
shion did it because she and gone insane, that's the reason any of them attack people, the only person to come out of their insanity naturally was rika and that was thanks to keichi
alot of the next season is explaining the cause for the insanity

Aside from ponies? Legend of Korra. I loved the original Avatar: The Last Airbender series and this one's still got the spirit of the original.
It's just sad that most of the entire original cast is long gone. I'm surprised Toph didn't live a bit longer considering she was the youngest of the gaang.

shintakie10:

Hawk of Battle:
I've recently been on a massive Marvel Universe marathon, watching all the animated series'. So far watched Xmen Evolution, Wolverine and the Xmen, Avengers; Earths Mightiest Heroes (still in the middle of season 2) and a bunch of the more recent animated movies (Planet Hulk is definately the best of the 8 of them).

I may soon go and rewatch all the older 90s series' too, cos the original xmen cartoon was ace, and they often crossed over with Spiderman for things like the Secret Wars special.

Before that, I discovered the series W.I.T.C.H., which is utterly awesome. In fact it's the only series I've ever watched that I liked so much that I immediately went back and watched the entire thing again. Unfortunately it got cancelled after 2 seasons.

Ewww. You liked Planet Hulk. I mean, I know the Marvel animated movies don't give you a ton of great material compared to the DC animated movies, but Planet Hulk? I mean. What about Hulk vs or the Iron Man one.

If you have netflix you can watch all the old 90's Xmen cartoon in a really good quality and the Ultimate Spiderman series that was out in...was it early 2000's? Not sure about that.

On topic! I recently watched this anime on netflix called Baccano! and while I was horribly confused for like...90% of the movie because of the way it switched between characters and years and plots at will with no warnin at all, I was so very intrigued that I watched the entire season in one sittin which I rarely ever do.

What? The Ironman movie was the worst of the lot. Slow as hell build up, terrible fight scenes and shoddy cgi animation, and the villains were all poorly explained and had no personality. They even ruined the Mandarin by only having him show up in the last 5 minutes. At least Planet Hulk stays reasonably close to the original comic and has good fight scenes, and doesn't do any of that jarring shitty cgi crap. The Warbound were also more interesting than pretty much any character from Ironman too.

Hulk VS was pretty good though.

Hawk of Battle:

What? The Ironman movie was the worst of the lot. Slow as hell build up, terrible fight scenes and shoddy cgi animation, and the villains were all poorly explained and had no personality. They even ruined the Mandarin by only having him show up in the last 5 minutes. At least Planet Hulk stays reasonably close to the original comic and has good fight scenes, and doesn't do any of that jarring shitty cgi crap. The Warbound were also more interesting than pretty much any character from Ironman too.

Hulk VS was pretty good though.

Eh, my issue with Planet Hulk is the same problem I have with a lot of animated stuff featurin Hulk. They just tell Banner to fuck off and practically ignore that he exists. It isn't like its without precedent in the comics, but Hulk without Banner always just seems so...shallow.

In fact, the only animated thing I've seen where Bruce actually does anythin outside of get mad and turn into the Hulk is the old animated series. Outside of that? Meh. Heck, the new Avengers: Earth Mightiest Heroes (which I loved) starts off with Banner bein hand waved away for the rest of the series. It simplifies things, sure, but it still annoys me.

Just curious to why some people have mentioned Alcatraz, I'm afraid I have quite a different opinion on it. I'm not wanting to be negative about it here though, so I'll just ask for what makes its captivating for those who enjoy it?

Don't think there's been anything that has captivated me since Sherlock, but this year I've been enjoying Community, Dirk Gently, Game of Thrones, Guilty Crown, Game of Thrones, Hunter X Hunter, Lost Girl, Korra, The River, and Young Justice.

I'm rewatching Rescue Me now that all the seasons are out. It's one of the only shows that could make me laugh then make me feel like shit all in the same episode, and it also has some good music along with it.

Game of Thrones is without a doubt one of the best shows I've ever seen. Everything from the acting to the writing is just downright amazing. It's a shame I don't have the attention span for reading big-ass books so I have to wait for the show.

Pretty much these three-
Game of throne
Young Justice (espically how much had changed in season 2.)
Legend of Korra

Tv show... Breaking Bad. Started watching, couldn't stop, cannot wait for the next season.

Have high hopes for the new Tron: Uprising show out now.

I also like Leverage, Burn Notice, Young Justice.

Kaichou wa Maid Sama! given, I watch it every month or so, but I can't get enough of it!

As for stuff I've watched recently but never watched before, Ghost in the shell: SAC. When I started watching it, I found it a bit boring, but now that I'm a few episodes in I'm finding it incredibly captivating.

THERE CAN BE NO OTHER ANSWER THAN BAND OF BROTHERS. IT IS THE END ALL TV SHOW AND END ALL WWII THING EVER MADE EVER.

AetherWolf:
BBC Sherlock. Full-stop. Only 6 episodes and a very long wait between seasons, but I just can't get enough of it.

That was my answer. Can't believe it took so long for somebody to mention that show.
I got so obsessed with it, I started wearing the collar on my coat up all the time.

Most recently, I've been really enjoying a terrific Danish/Swedish series called The Bridge. But the king of TV is The Wire.

Well the only anime I'm currently watching is Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka? Of The Dead. ("Of The Dead" is the add-on to signify it's the second season)
An action, comedy, harem, ecchi. And the main character is a crossdressing magical girl zombie with a sister complex.

It's hilarious, and a goldmine for funny screenshots.

I've been watching the entire run of Andromeda (Yay for the netfilx, and thank god for your unlimited usage).

You know when something completely passes you by when it came out at the time, and then it's not till years later that you finally get the chance to see it and it turns out to be amazingly good? Yeah well that's what Andromeda is like for me.

***Edit***

Just noticed that the OP stated anime show, um then the last one would have to be Neon Genesis Evangellion (sp?) which was good but rather confusing at times.

I'm gonna say Puella Magi Modoka Magica, for it's... unique interpretation of magical girl animes.

Also, I don't watch TV as much as I used to - gotta start working on that! There are a few suggestions here I'd like to check out...

Matt King:

CrimsonBlaze:

Matt King:
well so what is the latest tv show or anime or whatever that you recently started watching that you just can't stop?

mine would be higurashi(when they cry) image

dear god this anime is so disturbing and twisted, until the end i wasn't really sure if anyone was good or bad or what, especially when everyone started pulling out knives(/cleavers/metal bats/torture equipment) but the fact is even though they brutally killed innocents so many times, i still found the characters likable and i just haven't been able to stop watching,

so what's yours?

This show was a little too strange, gory, misleading, and complex for me to actually enjoy, so I bailed after the first character's story arc. I will give props to the creator of the series for making quite possibly the cutest characters to ever be killed, tortured, and look damn scary.
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can i just say, they have found ways through alternate story arcs so they can kill the main characters again and again and again and almost every single one of them has a killing rampage

I'm familiar with the anime series, I just didn't get to see all of it in it's entirety. I'm not in anyway saying that it wasn't good, it's just that I did not personally enjoy it.

I watched 5 seasons of The Sopranos for the first time this past few months, so, uh, that. Slowing down a bit now to watch season 6 with each AV Club classic review, though. Also, patiently waiting for Breaking Bad (AKA the greatest tv show ever made) to come back.

Ah Higurashi... Best anime i've seen for quite a while, hard to rewatch though. Not cuz of the loltastic brutality. It's just hard to watch small snippets of a large mystery story spanning two seasons. XD

Another is one of the most recent animes i've liked, I've always liked the muder mystery stuff in general, the deaths are pretty cool, well thought out and occasionally hilarious.

Some random girl just freaks out and runs straight off a cliff in the flashback sequence. HA! That was fucking classic!

Though I will never touch an umbrella again I think...

Mei is pretty cool as a character... Wonder how much of that has to do with the badass eyepatch. I like cool glasses/eyepatches/other eye-related dohickeys far too much XP

And Medaka Box. It reminded me of how good the manga was and how I really should go and pick that up again... Loved the way it (arguably) jumped the shark into the land of classiness (Medaka actually covered up her impossibly low neckline!) and really interesting plot points and characters. Not that they weren't good before, but at the start of the one arc it gets really damn good.

Wonder how far the anime will get to? Well at least Gainex can't pull a trolltastic, Christmas ruining ending (for some) like in PS&G. God that was funny.

I just finished Lost and watched as a piece of my soul died during the ending. I don't have any big issues with the religious themes in the ending, as many do, but ignoring most of the show's core mythology was infuriating.

It took me about six months to watch the series and it was by far the best television show I had ever seen. Even the sixth season was very good, all the way until I realized after watching the final episode that they had purposefully chucked most of the sci-fi and fantasy of the earlier seasons to make room for a broad explanation that wouldn't require plugging most of the plot holes.

The writers say that the reason behind the lack of answers was so it could be interpreted, but I don't believe that excuses the rampant plot holes the last season left open.

All that said, I had an absolute blast watching the vast majority of it, so that's something that a crappy ending can never take away.

The fiancÚ and I just got done watching Black Lagoon and enjoyed it a lot. :) We just started watching Darker Than Black together and so far we like it as well. :)

"Puella Magi Madoka Magica" hands down.

If you don't know anything about this anime, you are NOT ready for it.

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