Show me a good anime please

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Hey there anime lovers!

Me, I`ve always hated all kinds of anime series BUT I`ve watched Avatar the Last Airbender and Legend of Korra lately and I have to say they are really good.

So maybe someone can point me to another series that has the same strengths:
- no overly effeminate male characters. (I mean it)
- no big eyed female characters that sound like a squealing mouse and are either helpless tits or exaggerated bad-ass tits on-a-stick.
- reasonably believable world.
- no super exaggerated overpowered characters, all the special powers they have are reasonable.
- good amount of action.
- serious world changing story while also being funny.
- "not too Japanese" visual style

Thanks, and looking forward to finding another series as good as Avatar.

Avatar is not anime. It has a long running storyline like alot of anime. It looks like alot of anime. It has Asian themes like alot of anime. It looks like alot of anime. But that does not make it anime.

Not that it means anything. It is not any worse or better for not being anime.

From what you identify as "the strengths" of Avatar, I can tell that you hold some very popular cultural notions as to what most anime is like.

One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach.

You should try One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach. I know, I know. Anime Haters would roll their eyes and advanced anime fans are going "entry level, what."

But I've read and watched all three, and they abide by your list about as well as any anime I can think of. Except for the "no overly effeminate male characters" rule, considering each of these series has extremely large casts of widely different characters.

You could also try like Soul Eater and Fairy Tail. Not quite the big three, but they're all barking up the the same tree.

Edit: Oh. and Fullmetal Alchemist. how could i forget that.

I'm going to throw Hyouka at you because it's new and fucking awesome. No sexy times for you to rage at either XD

I suppose you might not like the art style (eventhoughit'stotallyepic) what counts as "too Japanese" is so incredibly subjective I won't bother trying to justify it.

It's a mystery high school drama thing that I can't describe without selling it really damn short. Just check it out and if the first few episodes don't appeal to you then leave it.

Oh actually Mirai Nikki (Future Diary) might fit all of your criteria. I must warn you that it contains dangerous levels of awesomeness and crazy shenanigans. It is also a mystery thing but darker and more mysterious....

Basically 12 (13?) people get phones that predict the future in various different ways and with different constraints and rules and they must hunt each other down and kill each other for the last man standing to become the new God of Time and Space.

Dafaq?

Oh Oh! and Another which is also a high school mystery.... Thing. But with hilarious/disturbing death sequences (I am never going to touch an umbrella again) all Final Destination style but with a more coherant story and with actual good characters and character arcs. Wow. I guess I really like mystery stuff huh?

A Japanese anime that isn't too Japanese? Uh.... Good luck with that. The only thing that comes to mind is Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt.

But anything else, I got nothing.

Oh you make it too easy thread starter. You can't set me up like that. Nice try, though

Accel World comes to mind, it's art style to me is very mechanical (and yes it has a virtual world where people are robots but I mean the real world look is also slightly mechanical). Everything has a sort of futuristic shine to it and it's a nice twist. All the characters are pretty memorable though too even the more minor ones will leave some imprint. The story actually deals with a bunch of kids (Yes kids, 1-15) who fight for control over a virtual plane of existence called The Accelerated World.
They're powers are all drawn from traumatic events. Which when the program to enter this new world is installed, manifest themselves in to the character's avatar. Since it takes place in a virtual realm no one is really OP and all the fights are fun to watch but don't take too long to finish.
The characters also all have their own flaws, the main character actually being a fat ass who's been bullied his entire life. Some other characters actually suffer from addiction, depression, and separation anxiety.
Over all the show isn't "Too Japanese" (Why are you watching anime if you don't want Japan?), the characters are all pretty believable, and it has a rather dark and interesting plot considering it deals with kids.

hmm..

I`m starting to think Avatar and Legend of Korra really are NOT anime.

K1CKER:
hmm..

I`m starting to think Avatar and Legend of Korra really are NOT anime.

They aren't anime, the animation was created in South Korea and published by an American company. The plot is Asian influenced, but specifically Chinese and not Japanese. And the show(s) was created by Americans.

DarkRyter:
Edit: Oh. and Fullmetal Alchemist. how could i forget that.

Yes, how could you. *whack*

Also, see the first Hunter X Hunter anime and Beserk. Those 3 are my favourite, preferred them way over the Avatars.

darker then black is a very serious style anime and has no overly feminine characters. its an action drama though so there isn't very much comic relief besides a joke here and there. if you want a funny anime thats still fairly serious try trigun ,soul eater or the ever great samurai champloo.

Cowboy Bebop, Baccano!, and Trigun are so western that they eat christianity and shit balance-of-power wars fought with muskets. Helps that the english Dubs are all excellent.

Tony:

K1CKER:
hmm..

I`m starting to think Avatar and Legend of Korra really are NOT anime.

They aren't anime, the animation was created in South Korea and published by an American company. The plot is Asian influenced, but specifically Chinese and not Japanese. And the show(s) was created by Americans.

Well, the Fire Kingdom was pretty obviously Japanese, and the Water kingdom was more Inuit than anything else. Air was arguably Tibet, with the Earth Kingdom being the one that was most likely based on China.

Also, it wasn't just published by an American company. It was an American production from the start, it's just that most of the grunt work in actually animating it was outsourced to South Korea, which is a common practice in Japan, too.

OT: Try Akira. As in the movie from the 80's. There's a reason it was such a strong gateway anime back in the day, and it's well done enough that it can still stand as one today. I'll also second Full Metal Alchemist as having a lot in common with Avatar, but as a pure example of the kind of quality that is possible if you dig for the good stuff, Akira is incredibly tough to beat.

I normally can't stand anime. But my guilty pleasures has to be Appleseed and Ghost in a shell.

Not sure Appleseed qualifies as anime though. I leave that judgement to people who knows the style.

Tony:

K1CKER:
hmm..

I`m starting to think Avatar and Legend of Korra really are NOT anime.

They aren't anime, the animation was created in South Korea and published by an American company. The plot is Asian influenced, but specifically Chinese and not Japanese. And the show(s) was created by Americans.

There's an article on this on the front page, but to me personally if it looks like anime, plays out like like an anime, an features similar morals and stuff as an anime it doesn't really matter where it was made.

Edit: I was gonna suggest the Avatar series (both of them) to you but that was shut down in your original post lol.

Full Metal Alchemist all the way, that thing has everything, you should seriously give it a look. (Have only seen Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, which is very close to the manga, but I hear the first anime they made from it, simply called Full Metal Alchemist, is also great)

Toradora is pretty good. There's also Baccano! I'm blanking on anything else.

Technically, Avatar isn't anime, it's incredibly good Western animation.
OT: Cowboy Bebop is the one classic anime that every anime fan and casual animation watcher have seen and loved, so I'd go for that.

Black Lagoon.

That anime is fucking Tits McGee. The only prerequisite it could possibly fail is "no exaggerated badass tits on a stick," but she's not just some shallow hard ass with giant funbags, she's (to me) a compelling character with a wealth of interesting traits that just so happens to include magnificent knockers.

I would say that Fullmetal Alchemist would be a good choice for you, It seems to fit in with the list you made. The characters to me at least seem to be well written and are not annoying, and I cant think of any effiminate guys. I would definatly say the powers are reasonable and not too overpowered. There is plenty of action. The story is good, and Fullmetal Alchemist I believe has more of a European setting than a Japaneese setting so that covers your last point.

I also have to recommend Bleach even though it doesnt 100% fit within your list. I also used to hate anime, and Bleach was the first anime that I ever tried to watch, and I ended up loving it.

sextus the crazy:
Cowboy Bebop, Baccano!, and Trigun are so western that they eat christianity and shit balance-of-power wars fought with muskets. Helps that the english Dubs are all excellent.

I second Trigun. It's really good. Lots of action, some comedy, good character development and world development too. Most of your "entry level" stuff is going to have some crazy powers, but honestly Avatar is pretty crazy once you think about it. I mean they can bend the elements at their core to their will, that's pretty crazy if you ask me. Full Metal Alchemist as a lot of similarities with Avatar, as a lot of people have stated.

It's hard for me to quantify "reasonable." Controlling an element seems about on par with the alchemy of FMA, the weapon skills in Trigun and Cowboy Bebop. However, it doesn't jibe with the mainstream "entry level" anime like Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, D. Gray Man, Hitman Reborn, or any other such battle oriented anime. So here are some recommendations based on minor absurdity and lack of excessive feminization.

Air Gear: basically a battle anime in which they use modified roller blades to "battle" or race. No excessively crazy antics in this one.

Persona 4 the Animation: The whole persona thing may be a little extravagant, but it's a very believable world, so I'm gonna recommend it.

If you want completely absurd, utterly hilarious, then look no further than Gintama

Not a tv-series, but I thought AKIRA was pretty kick-ass. It does sort of fail one of your criteria...

K1CKER:
- no super exaggerated overpowered characters, all the special powers they have are reasonable.

... but I think that's the point. A member of a biker gang gets super powers, and the results are about what you'd expect if you gave god-like abilities to an angry, jealous kid who's scared and confused.

EDIT:

Owyn_Merrilin:
OT: Try Akira. As in the movie from the 80's. There's a reason it was such a strong gateway anime back in the day, and it's well done enough that it can still stand as one today. I'll also second Full Metal Alchemist as having a lot in common with Avatar, but as a pure example of the kind of quality that is possible if you dig for the good stuff, Akira is incredibly tough to beat.

Crap, beat me to it.

I dunno, there's Fate/Zero, Gintama, Nodame Cantabile, Beck, Usagi Drop, Mushishi, Great Teacher Onizuka...
Off the top of my head.
Look up AniDB for more.

K1CKER:
Hey there anime lovers!

Me, I`ve always hated all kinds of anime series BUT I`ve watched Avatar the Last Airbender and Legend of Korra lately and I have to say they are really good.

So maybe someone can point me to another series that has the same strengths:
- no overly effeminate male characters. (I mean it)
- no big eyed female characters that sound like a squealing mouse and are either helpless tits or exaggerated bad-ass tits on-a-stick.
- reasonably believable world.
- no super exaggerated overpowered characters, all the special powers they have are reasonable.
- good amount of action.
- serious world changing story while also being funny.
- "not too Japanese" visual style

Thanks, and looking forward to finding another series as good as Avatar.

How about IGPX?

And anime is cartoons.

Another vote for Fullmetal Alchemist. It is a great intro to anime. The world is a believable one, the fights are common and interesting, without devolving into super death lasers. It also avoids the common anime traps and pitfalls.

I'd also recommend Trigun. The first half of the series is very funny and well thought out. I didn't like the second half so much, but I still rewatch the first half now and again.

If you're just looking for well designed cartoons with spanning plots like Avatar, not just necessarily anime, I'd take a look at Spectacular Spiderman. Sure, he never leaves New York, but it is a great cartoon, with some of the best fight scenes I've seen in a while, well developed characters and villains, and an interesting plot which plays out through the entire series.

FLCL, I suppose.
Don't get me wrong, it's insane. Like, ridiculously insane. But it's good, and is sort of what you're looking for. It's very cartoony, yet the characters are realistic and believable at the same time. Imagine Yellow Submarine meets The Catcher in the Rye. It's a look at growing up and how it sucks, told via giant robot fights, aliens, and bass guitars. The setting is a somewhat realistic factory town, where "nothing amazing ever happens, and everything is normal", according to the main character, which fits your criteria.
It's very, very Japanese, but it's also emotionally affecting in a way that's hard to describe. Go ahead and watch it.

Outlaw Star. Yeah,there's the stereotypical "Damsel" character,but she has a valid excuse: She's a gynoid built with the express purpose of being the titular ship's Nav-CPU. Everyone else passes your very odd test for good anime. As for visual style...Get used to it. Anime comes from Japan,so it'll "look Japanese" no matter what. Furthermore,it's "vintage" (I'm using airquotes,I don't actually know what would qualify as vintage anime);it's original run was 96-99. Finally,there are guns that shoot magic. Looks utterly badass,and there's only one survivor of said weapon that I can remember...And it was played for laughs.

It's very action packed. And,for some reason,one of the characters can bisect a bus with a bokken. Lengthwise. It's awesome. Trust me.

Honestly you should just give a list of shows you enjoy (Western or not) as that will most likely determine your taste.
Anime is just the word for animation in Japan, when you watch in on your tv they call it TV Anime, because it is just that television anime. OF course they will use just the word anime to refer to it but then again no other animation form besides Disney has penetrated the market (and Disney is its own separate obsession out here, oh yeah I live in Japan).
My advice: Treat anime as you would any other animation style and instead integrate it's unique genres into the lexicon.

Best animes to start you on would probably be Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood (enough has been said on it.
Angel Beats: Teenagers who died unfullfilled all together in an afterlife that is like a high school, it gets pretty deep in the emotions with some humor to lighten the mood.
Phantom - Requiem for the Phantom: Assassins that used to be normal people that were then brainwashed and trained to kill for a crime syndicate, pretty big rollercoaster of a plot. It pretty much combines crime dramas, assassins, and the morality struggles and consequences that result. The plot actually takes place over several years with a couple years jump in the middle, pretty epic and had my crying man tears at the end. No humor here, it is dark and depressing, shows how deep anime can go even in what the Western world would be termed as nothing more than an action film.
Seto no Hanayome (My Bride is a Mermaid) - no not realistic at all but probably the funniest show I've watched in a long time. Basically guy is saved by a mermaid and they end up having to get married so neither has to die (for exposing the secret). The mermaids are actually a yakuza family and well hilarity most definately ensues. I fell of my damn chair several times.
Code Geass- Mecha show - kinda of, similar protagonist to Death Note - maybe, best damn example of the ends justifing the means (something not allowed in the Western media) - hell yes.

Hard to recommend stuff since it seems you like the Shonen genre - world changing plots, some humor, etc. but hate the other tropes of the genre, over the top powers, big breasts etc. The more serious shonen (The aformention FMA and Code Geass) tend to downplay your negatives and I threw in some other stuff too.

Bastard!!
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Its an anime full of heavy metal references.

well I knew this was the right place to ask

there has to be something good in all these suggestions

thanks all

Forget Anime, just look around the granddaddies of Shonen Manga and contemplate how low have the children of these MANtastic series have fallen.

Jojo's Bizzarre Adventure
Hokuto No Ken

If you really want an anime, then i may as well just suggest Death Note (detective novel) or Higurashi Na Koro Ni (paranoia galore :D) and Wolf's Rain

Soul Eater, Full metal alchemist, Code Geass. They've all been said but i whole-heartedly support their recommendation.

Soul Eater:
((here's funimations offical channel, seems to be the full episode judging by the clips length))


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apzgClzK-7w
-It's a story about people who can transform into weapons, in an academy headed by the grim reaper. They fight witches and people who've turned evil. It's a very good show, Every single character is likeable(even the ones who are meant to be annoying people) which i enjoyed a lot once i finally gave it a shot.

Full Metal Alchemist:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd0i5KR4hIM
- it's a story about people who can use 'scientific' magic, main character joins the military. They fight bad people and humunculi. Also a very good show, I'd suggest you watch the first series then Brotherhood, as brotherhood (IMO) was slightly better.

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and despite the lack of video: I recommend Code Geass, I thought that was pretty great.
First 'proper' anime I watched (as in, not dragonballZ/yugioh/pokemon/digimon morning cartoon shows) and it seriously blew my mind.

It's about a guy who gets the power to basically mind control people, and he becomes a strategic mastermind-type. Uses all these tricks, with the help of his special power to set them up, to beat his enemies despite their superior forces.

Set in an alternate history where Britannia exists instead of America, and are basically a bunch of imperial social darwinistic types who have conquered much of the world.
It's got action (there's mechs called 'knightmare frames')
there's comedy in his everyday shenanigans as he tries to not reveal his identity
and there's awesome in how he masterminds all this badassery.

((If you don't like it after the first few episodes you can always stop watching, but you really should give these a go. Another one similar to code geass is deathnote, it's the same kind of 'masterminding' just without the mechs/action/imperialism basically.))

Noir. Seriously, watch Noir.

Practically anything Miyazaki, but especially Nausicaa and Princess Mononoke.

Record of Lodoss War.

Sohryuuden/Legend of the Dragon Kings.

Key The Metal Idol.

Aand I think that's enough. BTW, these are all older anime. Don't even think about watching the dubs.

Except maybe Nausicaa, which even though it's probably the oldest one I mentioned, is the most recent one to have a proper release in the US.

Okay, fine, just to show that an anime doesn't have to be old to meet your criteria...I'll second Angel Beats, and also...

DioWallachia:
Higurashi Na Koro Ni

Might help if you didn't leave out random bits of the name.

Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni.
Alt titles: Higurashi When They Cry; When They Cry

...yeah that one.

Then there's Canaan, Claymore, Dance in the Vampire Bund, Fate/Zero, Fate Stay/Night (Zero's better, also the prequel), and Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex.

Considering your requirements, I'd have to say Fullmetal alchemist: Brotherhood.

Viewing your list of requirements, I suggest you look elsewhere, because Japanese animation just doesn't seem to be your bag.

Maybe check movies like Ninja Scroll, and Spriggan.

Judging from your requirments, try some of Satoshi Kon's work.
Perfect Blue
Millennium Actress
Tokyo Godfathers
Paprika
Paranoia Agent

While none of them are exactly action packed, they're very psychological (with the exception of Tokyo Godfathers.)

You can also try Kino's Journey. It's about a travaler going from country to country, encountering many different people and different, and sometimes bizarre, customs. It's a bit slow paced, and short, but it's a very fascinating watch, and has it's fair share of action.

You can also give Madoka Magica a shot, just don't let the cutesy art or the fact that it's a magical girl anime fool you.

Other than that, pretty much what some of the others above suggested. Cowboy Bebop, Baccano!, etc.

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