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I am just getting into Animes and I just ordered a number of animes on Blu-Ray... Anyone can tell me if the selections were any good?

  • The Princess and the Pilot
  • The Tale of Princess Kaguya
  • From Up on Poppy Hill
  • Porco Rosso
  • Paprika
  • Only Yesterday
  • Colorful
  • Garden of Words
  • Hal
  • Summer Wars
  • Children Who Chase Lost Voices
  • A Letter to Momo
  • Tale of Earthsea
  • Pom Poko
The only one I know that has highly rated was The Tale of Princess Kaguya... I prefer drama/comedy/romance style of animes, not action types like Akira. But I did like Appleseed Alpha and Ex Machina. Any other recommendations? Thanks in advance...
After watching these animes, here are my opinions...

The Princess and the Pilot - fair
The Tale of Princess Kaguya - fair
From Up on Poppy Hill - winner
Porco Rosso - pretty good
Paprika - fair
Only Yesterday - pretty good
Colorful - pretty good
Garden of Words - very good
Hal - fair
Summer Wars - winner
Children Who Chase Lost Voices - poor
A Letter to Momo - fair
Tale of Earthsea - fair
Pom Poko - poor

Others I just watched:

  • 5 Centimeters Per Second - fair
  • Origins Spirits of the Past - fair
  • Patema Inverted - poor
  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time - very good

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It's kind of surprising how little animes are available on Amazon Prime... only a couple dozen at most...

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I strongly recommend AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That Day for everyone. There is a movie version available but I think it's best enjoyed first in its original series form. One of the most delightful, touching anime in recent memory. The movie was a huge hit in Japan.

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It's kind of surprising how little animes are available on Amazon Prime... only a couple dozen at most...
They might not have much on prime for free but they do have a bunch available to purchase that can be streamed. I have a bunch of titles that I purchased from Amazon ove rthe years, that I can now stream, that I later ended up getting on BD too.

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I just picked "Time of Eve". The film is about how humans and androids interact in a café where they meet and do not know if the other person is a human or android. In the "outside" world, androids must display a halo above their heads so humans can tell what they are. The androids in the real world are treated mostly like slaves and disrespected except by some pro-android factions.

The film is based on a six-part anime which was combined into one film. It deals with all types of interactions, android vs humans, androids vs androids, humans vs humans.

The graphics are more on the realistic side. The backgrounds are amazing whereas the character animation is more atypical Japanese style without the exaggerated look when emotions are raised. Being all dialog driven, the audio seems subdued.

Overall, I liked the movie. It appears to be a limited release as it was funded by kickstarter.


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I just picked "Time of Eve". The film is about how humans and androids interact in a café where they meet and do not know if the other person is a human or android. In the "outside" world, androids must display a halo above their heads so humans can tell what they are. The androids in the real world are treated mostly like slaves and disrespected except by some pr0-android factions.

The film is based on a six-part anime which was combined into one film. It deals with all types of interactions, android vs humans, androids vs androids, humans vs humans.

The graphics are more on the realistic side. The backgrounds are amazing whereas the character animation is more atypical Japanese style without the exaggerated look when emotions are raised. Being all dialog driven, the audio seems subdued.

Overall, I liked the movie. It appears to be a limited release as it was funded by kickstarter.

Thanks! I'll need to check it out.
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BTW, if you do pick up "Time of Eve", make sure you watch the sketches in the end credits... The sketches provide a lot of information of how Nagi (the café owner) came to own the café. Also, there is an extended closing scene at the very end of the movie...

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I watched the original Time of Eve series. It definitely feels very different in tone than most anime, quite thought provoking with its implications of humans living alongside robots.
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Sentai is releasing Ninja Scroll w/ Director commentary on 5/19.
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Studio Ghibli's possible final release "When Marnie Was There" will be released theatrically by G-KIDs late spring and probable video release by the holidays. This is based on Joan Robinson's young adult novel about a introverted foster girl is sent to a remote village and meets a mysterious blond girl. The video is now available in Japan through YesAsia (the film was theatrically released in June 2014) but it is rather expensive at $65.

I already received the Japanese Blu-Ray and can tell you it is one of Ghibli's finer films.

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Summer Wars - winner
The director has another Blu-ray that's been out for a while that doesn't seem to get much mention, Wolf Children. I rather liked it. It has a slice of life feel along with dashes of fanciful elements. Quite subtle though with it's emotions, so be aware of that mood.
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The director has another Blu-ray that's been out for a while that doesn't seem to get much mention, Wolf Children. I rather liked it. It has a slice of life feel along with dashes of fanciful elements. Quite subtle though with it's emotions, so be aware of that mood.
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The director has another Blu-ray that's been out for a while that doesn't seem to get much mention, Wolf Children. I rather liked it. It has a slice of life feel along with dashes of fanciful elements. Quite subtle though with it's emotions, so be aware of that mood.
I have seen that anime and for some reason, it did not really impress me that much. I bought it because it was well regarded but I thought the plot was rather weak.

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I have seen that anime and for some reason, it did not really impress me that much. I bought it because it was well regarded but I thought the plot was rather weak.
That's fair. Depending on the movie, not much plot doesn't bother me. (I.E. Totoro) Peace.
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That's fair. Depending on the movie, not much plot doesn't bother me. (I.E. Totoro) Peace.
OTOH, I thought his earlier titles (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars) were really great...
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The Akira 25th Anniversary BD is now below $14 on Amazon, sold by Amazon. This is the best time to get the movie if you don't already have it.
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To anyone who is interested... The final missing Studio Ghibli title "Ocean Waves" will be released on Blu-Ray in Japan on 07/17/15. This was a anime made for Nippon Television by the studio with some new talent back then. The film ran over budget and behind schedule. It is a story of high school life in Japan. No word of a domestic US release. It will be in Japanese with English subtitles and will retail for about $60USD...

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GITS 25th is just GITS 1.0. It would seem that it was erroneously promoted that the film was getting a new master, when it is in fact simply the same master as the Japanese BD of the original version that was released several years ago. My advice? Don't pay any more than $10 for it, if you actually want it. It simply isn't worth any more than that since the 2.0 version is the definitive version of the film
Sure, if you're George Lucas. Hope you like original footage replaced with ugly CG, not to mention altered music, blown-out contrast, wonky colors...
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