Let's talk anime.

I'm new to Anime. My favorite gaming podcast, Get Played, just started a new podcast Get Anime'd for patreon subscribers. They are starting with Neon Genesis Evangelion. I'm only 5 episodes in so far, but I'm really digging it. Might be looking for other recommendations soon.

That's one hell of a place to start from.

Kurrelgyre wrote:

That's one hell of a place to start from.

Yeeep. It's a "tell me you are approaching 40 without telling me you're approaching 40" type situations. I don't think I'd ever recommend Evangelion to someone now as an intro into anime.

The intros aren't Ghost in the Shell, Akira and Macross, anymore?

You misspelled Princess Mononoke there.

Joking aside, I don't think there's anything wrong with jumping into the deep end with Eva, as long as you keep in mind that a.) it's a product of its time, and b.) no matter where you start, at most it will only be representative of a small subgenre of anime, so there's always something very different to try if it doesn't connect with you.

Glad you're enjoying it, Mogg!

Top_Shelf wrote:

The intros aren't Ghost in the Shell, Akira and Macross, anymore?

Ninja Scroll and DBZ Abridged.

Oh man, Ninja Scroll.

It's like I'm back in my freshman year dorm.

Fist of the North Star! Legend of the Overfiend! Stick to the classics!

I started with Evangelion, Lain, and Cowboy Bebop, and sometimes I wonder if I'm just chasing that first high.

Mmmm...bebop.

I always remembered my first anime being the Fist of the North Star movie heavily edited for TV when I was around 13. After revisiting some of the old Nickelodeon cartoons I remember watching as a kid, it turns out I was wrong. My grandparents were the ones with cable so I only got to watch when I visited them, so this cartoon was a hazy memory, but now I'm old enough to recognize 80's anime when I see it regardless of the Nickelodeon style opening. One quick youtube search and here we are. My first anime, The Adventures of the Little Koala.

And the original Japanese opening:

Not nearly as metal as Fist of the North Star.

Yeah, the question of "what was your first anime?" is always really two questions: what was your first anime, and what was the first anime that you watched knowing it was an anime.

My first anime was probably Maya the Bee.

First anime that I knew was anime was probably Akira, although I also watched Ghost in the Shell and Dragonball Z around the same time, not 100% sure which was first.

Astro Boy for me. As for known, maybe one of the Ranma movies? There was a bunch of stuff I watched around the early 90s on rental VHS, most of it trash.

I remember Fist of the North Star, the RoboTech TV show, and Akira from when I was a kid. Also when I think UPN launched they had stuff like Teknoman and Ronin Warriors and Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon. In my late teens it was stuff like Ninja Scrolls, Vampire Hunter D, Ghost in the Shell, Record of Lodoss Wars, and Devil Hunter Yohko that we got into.

hbi2k wrote:

My first anime was probably Maya the Bee.

I'm pretty sure I watched every single episode of Maya when I was little.

My first anime was Grave of the Fireflies, my choice for my dorm crew's 'let's try anime' night. That was the quietest the place had ever been and the remaining picks fell very flat after that intro.

mateofalcone wrote:

My first anime was Grave of the Fireflies, my choice for my dorm crew's 'let's try anime' night. That was the quietest the place had ever been and the remaining picks fell very flat after that intro.

And yet you kept on watching Anime? Wow. That movie is so sad/powerful that I might not have watched another one afterwards for fear of being put through another wringer

I'm not sure what was my first one. Captain Tsubasa? Sailor Moon? Saint Seiya? Dragon Ball? One of these probably.

The first anime I really watched regularly were Robotech (Macross/Souther Cross/Mospeada) and Voltron (GoLion), although I probably saw Speed Racer or the original Gatchaman first.

First anime I watched knowing it was "anime" was probably Ronin Warriors (Yoroiden Samurai Troopers)? I think. This was followed by Dragon Ball Z and Sailormoon.

I think the first thing I count as anime that I saw was Robotech, then DBZ on Cartoon Network or a whole host of bootleg stuff from a friend including Ranma 1/2, Ghost in the Shell, 3x3 eyes, Appleseed, and Akira. Other early for me shows include Gundam Wing, Cowboy Bebop, and Trigun.

I also saw Evangelion and Fist of the North Star, but strongly did not enjoy them.

My first anime were Voltes V, Grandizer, and Daimos. LOL. Then, uh, Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and Sarah, the Little Princess. Then Astroboy, and then Macross. I remember Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura being big, but I didn’t watch them. I did enjoy a heavily abridged and edited version of Magic Knight Rayearth.

I didn’t watch Bebop until well after college.

LarryC wrote:

My first anime were Voltes V, Grandizer, and Daimos.

Big thumbs up for Grendizer!

My mom tells me I used to watch Mazinger Z when I was very little, but I don’t remember it. I do remember watching and loving another Go Nagai’s creation, though: Grendizer (also known as Goldorak or Goldrake) when I was a little older.

I also remember watching less action-packed shows like Candy Candy, 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother, Heidi Girl of the Alps, Maya the Bee, and The Wonderful Adventures of Nils Holgersson (I adored this one). I also watched two shows that happen to be based on stories by Ernest Thompson Seton: Monarch: The Big Bear of Tallac, and Bannertail: The Story of Gray Squirrel. And talking about animals, I adored both the Spanish/Japanese Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds (even though it boasts what might just be the clunkiest title ever), and Around the World with Willy Fog (another Spanish/Japanese adaptation, this time of course of Jules Verne’s famous novel).

When I was a tiny bit older I watched Maple Town, Sherlock Hound, the aforementioned UFO Robot Grendizer, Ultimate Muscle (Kinnikuman), Gokū no Daibōken (based on Journey to the West, which of course I didn’t know at the time), and the original Dragon Ball, which I was shocked to find shared so many elements with Gokū no Daibōken because DB was also loosely based on Journey to the West, which of course I didn’t know. And let’s not forget the incredible American/Japanese series The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers, which I loved to pieces and which should have by now been rebooted, reimagined, re-whatevered for modern audiences. It needs to happen!

From when I was finishing middle school and was starting high school I remember Queen Millennia (Shin Taketori Monogatari Sennen Joou), Dragon Ball Z, Robotech (haven't they been working on a live-action version for years now?), and the sports-centric Captain Tsubasa, Ganbare, Kickers! and Attacker You! That’s about the time I remember watching my first anime movie: Akira (I was a freshman in high school, I think).

Then I kind of stopped watching animated series for the most part, but I would catch bits and pieces of shows my sister watched, such as Ranma 1/2, Cardcaptor Sakura, Sailor Moon, Trigun, Cowboy Bebob, Rurouni Kenshin, Doraemon, and Pokemon, but never really watched any full episodes, except for some Pokemon. But there were two series I did watch with her from beginning to end: Case Closed (aka Detective Conan), and the fantastic Slayers, which makes me laugh to this day.

Man, that was a fun walk down memory lane! I’m sure I’m forgetting many shows, and I know I haven’t mentioned several cartoons like The Littles, Adventures of the Gummi Bears, or Inspector Gadget because they were not Japanese but that I also remember fondly. Hopefully some of these titles will bring a smile to your face.

With the manga release of Berserk being so infrequent over the last decade or so, I would let as much as a year or two's worth build up before binging it all.

When Kentaro Miura died, I had four unread chapters on my hard drive. Every so often I would set aside some time and sit down fully intending to read them. But I couldn't bring myself to do it, because as soon as I did, I would be living in a world where there would never be any new Berserk to read.

I've been following it since discovering the 1997 anime in the video store where I worked through college. Must have been 2001 or so. Must have read through the manga a dozen times in those 20 years, couldn't even begin to count the number of times I rewatched the 97 anime. It's been a constant through line throughout my adult life.

Finally read up through the last Miura chapter tonight. Now there are two more unread chapters on my hard drive, written and drawn by his assistants and his good friend and fellow manga artist Kouji Mori, to whom he shared many of his plans for the future of the series.

I'm glad that Miura's work is being continued. I want to read the new chapters.

But maybe not quite yet.

Berserk is the greatest series I don't recommend to anyone. I know how you feel hbi2k. I've reread it several times. I always came away with a slightly different take every time because I missed so much racing through it the first time. I started my most recent read through knowing it would likely be the last time because I'd heard about Miura's passing. I was really taking my time trying to enjoy everything. Then I see two new chapters and find out about Mori's vow to finish it and I'm filled with renewed hope. I find it impossible to reread forever unfinished works but if this series finds a conclusion, then I know I'll always have it as an option.

Hi there just jumping in here to ask a question if that's ok. As someone who has only ever watched the really big hitters of Anime (Akira, Ghost in the Shell, everything by Ghibli and Your Name) I am thinking of expanding that but i am curious about where to go. My favourite Manga by a long shot is the works of Junji Ito and just finished his adaptation of No Longer Human which was mind blowingly good. I love Kaiju films, my main bonding with the 7 year old mini bbk is a shared love of Gamera. Is there anything the great hive mind of GWJ would suggest?

Certainly can't recommend it without a LOT of caveats and trigger warnings.

One of the old folks I feed at my day job does wood burning and offered me a free commission. I asked her to do an interpretation of the Hill of Swords, sent her a screenshot, and told her the Cliff's Notes version of the significance of the scene.

IMAGE(https://static.wikia.nocookie.net/berserk/images/2/2d/Hill_of_Swords.jpg)

I think I did too good a job, because she's like, "oh cool, what's the name of the comic?"

Me: Oh, uh, Berserk, but you probably wouldn't like it, it's Japanese.

Her: Oh, I don't mind that.

Me: Okay, but fair warning, it gets pretty... intense.

Her: Sounds great!

Me: Like, beyond rated R intense.

Her: There's a beyond rated R?

Me: Yeah, and Berserk is it.

bbk1980 wrote:

Hi there just jumping in here to ask a question if that's ok. As someone who has only ever watched the really big hitters of Anime (Akira, Ghost in the Shell, everything by Ghibli and Your Name) I am thinking of expanding that but i am curious about where to go. My favourite Manga by a long shot is the works of Junji Ito and just finished his adaptation of No Longer Human which was mind blowingly good. I love Kaiju films, my main bonding with the 7 year old mini bbk is a shared love of Gamera. Is there anything the great hive mind of GWJ would suggest?

People seem to like Cowboy Bebop. There’s also the non-canon Star Wars anime anthology.

Completed the water kingdom arc or whatever it was called of Boruto. I liked it way more than I thought I would. I'm not sure why since it was so meh in plot. I was surprised by some of the deaths and how it ended. Thought it would end with character unleashing their god level techniques that had hidden all this time or with Baruto changing into unstoppable god mode. I liked the ending they went with, it was just unexpected. However, I guess they were saying how it was going to end all along.

I seen that some people were shocked by Sarada declaration that Boruto is her family. They thought they might be a future couple. I don't really think that would end the idea of them getting together. Every other anime has a character be hey you are my big brother or little sister and then having them trying to screw each other. However, I don't think they were ever going to be a couple. I think Boruto is gay. Naruto is one of the few animes that don't treat gay characters as a joke. I don't think they will show Boruto head or heels in love. I thinking they will have other characters mooning over him and then one day he will be like I love you to just like Naruto and eye lady.

Continuing on with the land of Wano arc in One Piece. Big Ma and Kaido vs the worse generation. So far it is a beautiful battle that looks like it is eating up the animation budget. Not sure if Kaido has another form besides big dragon. Big Ma hasn't used her stronger skinny form yet. I'm guessing she probably will get defeated without pulling it out but that sounds dumb. Her getting knocked out way back when by the singing guy was super dumb. They made her super powerful and now can't write around it. However, she is holding her own in the last episode I watched.

The only bad thing is I'm missing the rest of the crew.

Might start Spy x Family, keep hearing how great it is.

I’m out on Spy x Family. There’s some decent comedy but it’s not something you can get too serious about.