reply to post by ConanZulu
Elfen Lied is good but nothing amazing.
It is older but still good. I'm shocked you didn't like it although, it doesn't' have an amazing story or anything so I can see why you feel that
Yeah, it's really just NOT good. You're right, there is no amazing story. There's no amazing animation. There are no amazing characters... I can't
find a single thing to like about it. It tries to be edgy, but just throwing in gratuitous gore and sexual taboos only makes it incredibly unclassy.
It really just makes me roll my eyes and sometimes want to cover my ears. It's garbage. I do realize I'm in a vast minority, though, just based on
its scores on anime news network.
Either way, based on your first post it appears that your just really starting into anime. Looks like you've only seen much older stuff with
nothing recent. Not to mention, some of the replies you've gotten are older anime.
Actually, I only listed anime that I particularly liked. I've seen quite a bit, but a lot of it missed my mark, so I didn't mention it.
I've been watching anime since around 1996. I can't remember what my first was, but it was either Fist of the North Star, Akira, Vampire Hunter D or
Ninja Scroll. So I'm not just getting in to anime. Perhaps if I was, I would be a little more easily satisfied
I'm not sure what you consider to be older anime, but if anime from around 5 years ago seems old to you, then you're probably right. It has been a
little while since I've delved into something new. Before now, the most recent anime I watched was probably Abenobashi, Witch Hunter Robin or Naruto.
Still, I don't consider those particularly old...
I would suggest you try some of the top choices like One Piece, Naruto, Ao no Exorcist, Hitman reborn, Kore wa Zombie Desu ka, Deadman's
Wonderland, Darker than Black, Steins Gate and one of my favorites Black Lagoon.
I've considered One Piece, as I do tend to like a more light-hearted series now and then. I've heard good things about it. I can tell you right now,
though, that I have no intention of getting into a series that spans more than 500 episodes. No way. There is no way that it could possibly have kept
any semblance of a good storyline after that many episodes. Unless every episode is like Dragon Ball Z in which you get about 45 seconds of content
and 25 minutes of repetitive internal dialog...
I ran into the same thing with Naruto. I was REALLY enjoying the first several seasons of the show. Great characters. Great action. Fun. Then the Garo
thing just began to stretch on and on. Then they got into the boring ass desert environment. Then there was an onslaught of lame characters with silly
powers... That's about where I stopped. I was a little sad actually, cause the show had me hooked. It really was VERY good to begin with. Just
didn't know when to stop.
I've watched the first episode of Steins Gate. Interesting so far. Lots of loose ends of course after just one episode, so it left me a little
confused as to who the characters were. I would say it could have better established the characters in the first episode. I can't really judge it
yet. I definitely will watch more at some point.
I'll check out reviews on your other recommendations
I really appreciate your input.
Any opinions on Inuyasha? I know there are a lot of episodes there, but the setting seems like something right up my alley.
Also, it would probably make it even more enjoyable if you watched it in Japanese with English dubs if you need it. The amount of context lost
is insane. It some cases the anime can become a cartoon depending on how bad they dumb it down.
Yeah, I hear ya. The only show I've ever watched that didn't lose anything with the dub was Cowboy Bebop. That was an EXCELLENT dub. The characters
and situations lost nothing.
Whether I watch an anime subbed or dubbed really depends on my mood. If I'm feeling like a bump on a log, and just want to jump into another world
for a little while, I'll go for the dub. Totally allowing me to sink into it mindlessly. If I'm feeling a little more energetic, I'll make the
effort to watch the subbed version. It does take a little more work, and the thing that bothers me the most is the amount of art you can miss out on
while you're reading. Especially in dialog heavy shows. It can detract from your immersion into a setting. I do agree that some shows almost require
you to read the subs to understand, though... In the end it all comes down to the company handling the dub. Some are just irresponsible.
Thanks for your thoughts!