Let's talk anime.

I like Last Exile too but I don't know if it's a good Minecraftin' anime, especially if you're one of the people who hates Lavi's voice.

I like Vandread, even though they made some weird VA choices. Trigun's a classic but the dub is sometimes hard to listen to and it gets really heavy toward the end. If you don't mind some gratuitous fanservice, Witchblade and High School of the Dead are surprisingly good, too. Netflix Instant has all of these, so no harm in giving them each a shot to see if any grab you.

LobsterMobster wrote:

I like Last Exile too but I don't know if it's a good Minecraftin' anime, especially if you're one of the people who hates Lavi's voice.

To be fair, I think my two prerequisites there are somewhat at odds: Eureka Seven fit both because it had such a slow burn at the start. I think finding things that fit either half of that might be a bit easier than finding drama and Minecrafting.

LobsterMobster wrote:

Netflix Instant has all of these, so no harm in giving them each a shot to see if any grab you.

I tried watching Highschool of the Dead and a creeper blew me up, which I took as a sign.

A good sign or a bad sign?

You could try Mushi-shi? It's a fairly quiet, contemplative show about various people being affected/interacting with another form of life called Mushi. It's creepy, but in the "little cold feet just ran up my spine" way instead of the "oh GOD that's gross" way.

It's on Netflix instant-watch, and the english dub is really quite good so you don't have to try to watch what you're digging and subtitles at the same time. One thing I need to point out is they used Travis Willingham for the voice of Ginko, the Mushi Master. He fits the part perfectly and does an excellent job but sometimes Roy Mustang comes through.

LarryC wrote:

It's a cute show. I liked it a lot!

I finally finished the 12 episodes of season 2 of Kimi ni Todoke - From Me To You (so, 36 episodes total for the whole series). Wow, this was a touching show. Fortunately, it actually resolves unlike Freaks and Geeks. Even so, I really want to know what happens int he future for the characters. It blends a perfect amount of high school comedy, romance, and "Mean Girls" type backstabbing. After finishing it, I can highly recommend it to anyone interested in a goofy, heartfelt romance anime.

I am sad it's over.

momgamer wrote:

You could try Mushi-shi? It's a fairly quiet, contemplative show about various people being affected/interacting with another form of life called Mushi. It's creepy, but in the "little cold feet just ran up my spine" way instead of the "oh GOD that's gross" way.

It's on Netflix instant-watch, and the english dub is really quite good so you don't have to try to watch what you're digging and subtitles at the same time. One thing I need to point out is they used Travis Willingham for the voice of Ginko, the Mushi Master. He fits the part perfectly and does an excellent job but sometimes Roy Mustang comes through.

Yeah, Mushi-shi is great. Nice and low key. Each episode has the feel of a bedtime story.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

I am sad it's over. :(

Thinking about it, this is actually the feeling I'm looking for: a show where I'll be upset when it's over. And then I'll have to find another show to replace that one...

Thanks for the Minecrafting suggestions, everybody. Unfortunately, I don't have Netflix (at least on the computer: my roommate has it on his PS3 in the living room) so that constrains some things. I may just switch to podcasts for mining.

Gremlin wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

I am sad it's over. :(

Thinking about it, this is actually the feeling I'm looking for: a show where I'll be upset when it's over. And then I'll have to find another show to replace that one...

Thanks for the Minecrafting suggestions, everybody. Unfortunately, I don't have Netflix (at least on the computer: my roommate has it on his PS3 in the living room) so that constrains some things. I may just switch to podcasts for mining.

What streaming service are you using? I'll see if I can think of something else to suggest. If it's Crunchyroll, do you subscribe? Some of the shows are locked out if you don't.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

What streaming service are you using? I'll see if I can think of something else to suggest. If it's Crunchyroll, do you subscribe? Some of the shows are locked out if you don't.

Hulu and unsubscribed Crunchyroll. And Amazon Prime, but there's not much anime on there. If there's a service with a huge number of shows for subscribers (not just dubs/subs of the same shows) I'd be interested in hearing about it. I haven't checked out subscribed Crunchyroll or Hulu Plus because I wasn't seeing much of an upside from the outside, and for that matter I'm a bit vague on what Netflix has online...

Gremlin wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

What streaming service are you using? I'll see if I can think of something else to suggest. If it's Crunchyroll, do you subscribe? Some of the shows are locked out if you don't.

Hulu and unsubscribed Crunchyroll. And Amazon Prime, but there's not much anime on there. If there's a service with a huge number of shows for subscribers (not just dubs/subs of the same shows) I'd be interested in hearing about it. I haven't checked out subscribed Crunchyroll or Hulu Plus because I wasn't seeing much of an upside from the outside, and for that matter I'm a bit vague on what Netflix has online...

Okay, well Kids on the Slope definitely has that "I'm sad it's over but that was good" endings. That would definitely fit the bill if you haven't seen it. It's just 1 season. Kimi ni todoke's 1st season is up on Hulu but the final 12 episodes (season 2) are not. On Crunchyroll, they are all available to subscribers with only the first 5 or so episodes being available to non-subscribers.

Natsume Yujin-cho (which started getting called Natsume Yujin-cho Shi on Crunchyroll after about 2 or 3 seasons) is all available on Crunchyroll to non-subscribers. It's one of the most relaxing and heartwarming shows I've ever seen. I don't know if the show actually wrapped up. It felt like it should keep going. I sure hope it does.

It took me a bit to figure out the order, so I'll let you know. Natsume Yujin-cho is what you watch first for 39 episodes. Then you watch the 13 episodes of Natsume Yujin-cho Shi.

You probably already watched it. I can never remember who's watched what.

LobsterMobster wrote:
momgamer wrote:

You could try Mushi-shi? It's a fairly quiet, contemplative show about various people being affected/interacting with another form of life called Mushi. It's creepy, but in the "little cold feet just ran up my spine" way instead of the "oh GOD that's gross" way.

It's on Netflix instant-watch, and the english dub is really quite good so you don't have to try to watch what you're digging and subtitles at the same time. One thing I need to point out is they used Travis Willingham for the voice of Ginko, the Mushi Master. He fits the part perfectly and does an excellent job but sometimes Roy Mustang comes through.

Yeah, Mushi-shi is great. Nice and low key. Each episode has the feel of a bedtime story.

Only if you're reading the old Hans Christian Anderson versions!

momgamer wrote:

Only if you're reading the old Hans Christian Anderson versions! ;)

Maybe it's the way I was raised but I always believed that a good story ends with, "and then the darkness turned his eyes into blind, empty pits."

I'm really liking the superstitious/conspiracy direction that Robotic;Notes is starting to take.

PSYCHO PASS is getting into the meat of the series, it looks like. Very Ghost in the Shell-esque (story wise) so far.

For those interested, Ixion Saga DT has a lot of the same kind of humor as Gintama does. Alas, the lead is fairly annoying and I'm really hoping that his current attitude will cease soon.

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Stumbled across the official website of Ergo Proxy, can anyone recommend this series to me, it appears interesting? Or is it one I should just take a pass on?

Eldon_of_Azure wrote:

Stumbled across the official website of Ergo Proxy, can anyone recommend this series to me, it appears interesting? Or is it one I should just take a pass on?

First half was decent, second half was terrible.

Eldon_of_Azure wrote:

I'm really liking the superstitious/conspiracy direction that Robotic;Notes is starting to take.

Sweet! Just figured out this one was on Hulu, so I just added it to my queue.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
Eldon_of_Azure wrote:

I'm really liking the superstitious/conspiracy direction that Robotic;Notes is starting to take.

Sweet! Just figured out this one was on Hulu, so I just added it to my queue.

Actually, if you don't want commercials you can go to Funimation's website to watch it too: Here is the link. [No subscription required]
PSYCHO PASS too.

Eldon_of_Azure wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:
Eldon_of_Azure wrote:

I'm really liking the superstitious/conspiracy direction that Robotic;Notes is starting to take.

Sweet! Just figured out this one was on Hulu, so I just added it to my queue.

Actually, if you don't want commercials you can go to Funimation's website to watch it too: Here is the link. [No subscription required]
PSYCHO PASS too.

Hrmmmmm... I always forget that they stream it there generally if it's on Hulu. They haven't released a PS3 application yet have they? I can do it through my laptop, but it's easier to watch via the PS3.

Stupid Hulu and their commercials for subscribers. I wish Crunchyroll and Funimation could play more nicely together.

ukickmydog wrote:
Eldon_of_Azure wrote:

Stumbled across the official website of Ergo Proxy, can anyone recommend this series to me, it appears interesting? Or is it one I should just take a pass on?

First half was decent, second half was terrible.

I disagree entirely. I loved it. Especially a bunch of the 2nd half.

We've discussed it around here before. The show is one of those ones that you either love it or hate it. If nothing else, I'd watch it through one for the visuals.

momgamer wrote:
ukickmydog wrote:
Eldon_of_Azure wrote:

Stumbled across the official website of Ergo Proxy, can anyone recommend this series to me, it appears interesting? Or is it one I should just take a pass on?

First half was decent, second half was terrible.

I disagree entirely. I loved it. Especially a bunch of the 2nd half.

We've discussed it around here before. The show is one of those ones that you either love it or hate it. If nothing else, I'd watch it through one for the visuals.

First half had a coherent story with cool animation. Second half was complete randomness that had nothing to do with how the first half of the show went. It was seriously painful to watch that show to completion, but I was already invested by the time it went wacko and kept hoping it would return to how it was in the beginning...

ukickmydog wrote:
momgamer wrote:
ukickmydog wrote:
Eldon_of_Azure wrote:

Stumbled across the official website of Ergo Proxy, can anyone recommend this series to me, it appears interesting? Or is it one I should just take a pass on?

First half was decent, second half was terrible.

I disagree entirely. I loved it. Especially a bunch of the 2nd half.

We've discussed it around here before. The show is one of those ones that you either love it or hate it. If nothing else, I'd watch it through one for the visuals.

First half had a coherent story with cool animation. Second half was complete randomness that had nothing to do with how the first half of the show went. It was seriously painful to watch that show to completion, but I was already invested by the time it went wacko and kept hoping it would return to how it was in the beginning...

I didn't have any problem following the story through the second half. There's quite a lot there, and it is all explained, if you watch carefully.

As I said, to each their own.

momgamer wrote:
ukickmydog wrote:
momgamer wrote:
ukickmydog wrote:
Eldon_of_Azure wrote:

Stumbled across the official website of Ergo Proxy, can anyone recommend this series to me, it appears interesting? Or is it one I should just take a pass on?

First half was decent, second half was terrible.

I disagree entirely. I loved it. Especially a bunch of the 2nd half.

We've discussed it around here before. The show is one of those ones that you either love it or hate it. If nothing else, I'd watch it through one for the visuals.

First half had a coherent story with cool animation. Second half was complete randomness that had nothing to do with how the first half of the show went. It was seriously painful to watch that show to completion, but I was already invested by the time it went wacko and kept hoping it would return to how it was in the beginning...

I didn't have any problem following the story through the second half. There's quite a lot there, and it is all explained, if you watch carefully.

As I said, to each their own. ;)

I am very firmly in the 'waste of time' camp. As you can see, very mixed opinions. I completely understood the story, I just really didn't like it.

About Ergo Proxy - I'm with momgamer. This is actually one of my favorite shows. Yes, it has it's random moments, but it's interesting to watch. You'll have to watch it for yourself because of the mixed reviews. Some of my favorite episodes are the random ones, actually. If you end up liking the show, you'll love the random bits because they'll be a nice break from all the craziness.

EDIT: ALSO! Do not watch this show while sick and on any kind of drugs. Momgamer made that mistake and had to consult me at one point.

LobsterMobster wrote:
momgamer wrote:

Only if you're reading the old Hans Christian Anderson versions! ;)

Maybe it's the way I was raised but I always believed that a good story ends with, "and then the darkness turned his eyes into blind, empty pits."

I CAN'T SLEEP ON MY PILLOW NOW.

Gremlin wrote:
LobsterMobster wrote:
momgamer wrote:

Only if you're reading the old Hans Christian Anderson versions! ;)

Maybe it's the way I was raised but I always believed that a good story ends with, "and then the darkness turned his eyes into blind, empty pits."

I CAN'T SLEEP ON MY PILLOW NOW.

Just don't cut it in half and you'll be fine. My problem is unlabeled VCR tapes. Can't have those in the house.

Who loves Fist of the North Star? Not after this.

I've watched 4 episodes of The New World and can't decide if I like it. It's definitley interesting and out there.

Meant to bring this up earlier; I noticed that Robotics;Notes is using technology like that of Eden of the East. I can't think of any other anime, at the moment, that use the camera-identify interface, so I wonder if there is a connection to one another that will become more apparent as the series progresses.
Maybe I'm over thinking it.

I was listening to the Anime World Order podcast and they brought up Kick Heart. I'm sad I missed the kickstarter because it looks like a really cool project. I'll definitely buy it when it comes out.

Okay thank you to everyone who told me to stick with Accel World when i hit the wall at 17, you are all right that's the serious low part of the anime and quickly we get turning points and waaaay less whining about oh nooes my wommens are being taken away... also more time in accel world which means less super chibi lead in a world of otherwise real people.

Also Psycho Pass was a great suggestion just devoured the first 5 episodes can't wait to see where it goes, a good conspiracy is quickly shaping up.

Cayne wrote:

Also Psycho Pass was a great suggestion just devoured the first 5 episodes can't wait to see where it goes, a good conspiracy is quickly shaping up.

I'll have to check that one out.