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I have some interest in this genre but not much knowledge and there are so many titles out there and I really don't want to wade thru them all so i was hoping for some suggestions. I have seen these movies so far


Metropolis

Escaflowne

spirited away



I liked all of these movies... what are some more that are generally well liked and are a good intro into this genre?
 

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Ghost In The Shell, absolutely. It's one of the best looking anime titles in Region 1. Akira is another respected title, although I was not pleased in the way it was transferred. If you thought Metropolis looked good, you will probably not find fault with Akira (it was encoded as film and video and does not have the same colors as the theatrical DLP release).
 

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Second Ghost in the Shell. Quite a trip, nice looking, great sounding, fairly intelligent story, hot robot.
 

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Grave of the fireflies, Nausicaa (another Miyazaki film, hasn't been released here), Tenchi OVA, Nadesico, Jin Rohn (some like it, some hate it, depends on your taste), Mononoke (stunning visuals), Oh my goddess the movie (absolutely beautiful visuals), etc.
 

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Princess Mononoke is a must see if you enjoyed the three you listed already.


Cowboy Bebop

Trigun

Neon Genesis Evangelion


Are also very good but they are TV series and take a little more investment to get into (time and money)


Although Cowboy Bebop the Movie will be released in Region 1 this June.
 

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Megazone 2-3



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Noir, 26 episode TV series, one of the best anime series (IMO) in recent memory. It is wide screen anamorphic, very rare for an anime TV series.
 

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Very few amine titles have found their way into my collection. Among those that have:


Metropolis

Ghost In The Shell (probably my favorite)

Akira

Grave of the Fireflies


and some that haven't been mentioned yet:


Ninja Scroll (cool story and animation, so-so fullscreen transfer, very much for adults- lots of sex and violence!)


Patlabor The Movie 1 and 2 (rather intelligent stories somewhat in the "Transformers" mold with giant human driven robo machines, a genre I usually don't find interesting)
 

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You should really check out some of Miyazaki's other films: Princess Mononoke, Laputa: Castle in the Sky and Kiki's Delivery Service are good to start with as they are available here in R1 and are fantastic films.


Nausicaa is my personal favorite Miyazaki film, but as was mentioned above it's not out on DVD yet anywhere, should be out in Japan later this year.
 

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I second Cowboy Bebop and Hellsing

those are the only two sets of anime I own.


Trigun is alright

Neon Genisis is alright

Kenshin alright

Lupin the 3rd is pretty darn good for an old anime

yu yu hakusho alright

inuyasha is alright

Berserk is alright



most other anime, even some I mentioned, follow along these lines:

"I imagine everyone knows Cowboy Bebop by now, but if you don't, it's a story of interplanetary bounty hunters who single handedly turn all the cynical ex-anime fans into mouth-breathing fanboys and fangirls once again. Cowboy Bebop is pretty much the pinnacle of anime, the culmination of fifty years of stupid boxy robot s**t and wacky love comedies that last for seven million episodes and yet the two hopelessly retarded-for-each-other protagonists NEVER F**kING GET TOGETHER, and if all the anime studios just decided to shut down tomorrow and stop producing stupid boxy robot **** and wacky love comedies that last for seven million episodes and yet the two hopelessly retarded-for-each-other protagonists NEVER F**kING GET TOGETHER, everyone would say 'Well, ****, at least we got Cowboy Bebop out of the deal."


I love that qoute
 

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LAIN


That is probably the most thought provoking piece of media I have ever experienced. Its something that you could show to 5 different people and all 5 would get a completely different meaning out of it, but its fun to watch in groups and discuss.
 

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Ghost In The Shell, absolutely. It's one of the best looking anime titles in Region 1.
The Region 1 disc is non-anamorphic, and it's an older disc filled with compression problems. There are many better-looking anime titles than this one.

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Akira is another respected title, although I was not pleased in the way it was transferred. If you thought Metropolis looked good, you will probably not find fault with Akira (it was encoded as film and video and does not have the same colors as the theatrical DLP release).
The only problem I have with the Akira DVD is the horrendous amount of edge enhancement. There isn't a single line in the animation that doesn't have a thick halo around it. Youch!


Metropolis looks OK (didn't see it theatrically to compare).


Savageone79, anime is not a "genre". It is a medium. You can have anime programs from any conceivable genre. In order to pick recommendations for you, it would help to know what kinds of genres you are interested in: sci-fi, fantasy, drama, thriller, romantic comedy, porn, etc...
 

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Sorry Josh, but you are completely wrong on this one. My Ghost In The Shell is anamorphic and looks beautiful. I don't remember seeing any compression problems. I watched it on an 8' wide screen and from my memory it was a joy to find an anime that was (mostly) encoded properly as film. We must be watching two different discs. Mine is from Manga Entertainment and unlike most of their releases, this one is mostly encoded properly (as film, as all theatrical film source material should be).


The Akira DVD has many improperly placed flags. The encoding vacillates from video to film throughout the presentation. There are quite a few combing artifacts. This has all been covered in depth in the past by me and especially by anime enthusiast Frode. I saw Akira presented via DLP in Times Square NYC and the colors of that presentation were much better than the DVD release. The DVD's reds tend toward orange. Since I also viewed the DVD on a 3 chip DLP, I think I am qualified to make those comparisons.


I was dissapointed by the presentation of Akira, but Ghost In The Shell is still one of the best looking R1 anime's and I highly recommend it to anyone just getting into anime.
 

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oh yeah a little warning


Anime can get kinda pricey. Many people often fall prey to terrible looking bootlegs trying to save money. Just remember if it's to good to be true it usually is.


I've seen people trying to sell Trigun Box sets for $40 on 3 DVDs, this set in stores is $150.00 and is on 8 DVDs.


Same with Cowboy Bebop. THe original box set was 6 DVDs for about $180.00. I've seen people selling a 3 DVD set for $50 the quality is VCD.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...052314-4872753


Hellsing box set in store $90-100 on 4 DVDs. The bootleg is on 2 DVDs for $40.


So just be careful if you buy from some one at half.com/Ebay/Amazon that is selling an ultra cheap box set.
 

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Bootlegs are usually of inferior video and audio qualities. What's worse, the English subtitles are 99.999% of the time INCOMPREHENSIBLE! So about half of the time you are really confused as to what is going on in the movie/series.


On the other hand, the Chinese subtitles are usually pretty good. So if you know how to read Chinese, you are in luck.


I think the way the bootleggers do it is like this, they first translate the original Japanese dialogue to Chinese, which they know how to do competently, then they translate the Chinese script to English, which they fail miserably.


And yes, like others have already mentioned, there are bound to be severe compression artifacts given that most bootlegs cram 26 episodes onto 3 DVDs.
 

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Thanks for all the suggestions.. i am mainly looking to watch movies so not interested in TV shows and I would prefer titles that are widescreen and look good on an HDTV but not required of course.
 

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Well there is a Cowboy Bebop movie out, Knocking on Heavens Door. It's out in select theaters in the US now. Good luck finding it I have yet to locate a theater in Georgia showing it. Anyway the DVD will be out sometime in June or you can order the Japanese import. It's a great movie and worth seeing.
 

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Sorry Josh, but you are completely wrong on this one. My Ghost In The Shell is anamorphic and looks beautiful. I don't remember seeing any compression problems. I watched it on an 8' wide screen and from my memory it was a joy to find an anime that was (mostly) encoded properly as film. We must be watching two different discs. Mine is from Manga Entertainment and unlike most of their releases, this one is mostly encoded properly (as film, as all theatrical film source material should be).
Hold on a sec... I'll be damned, it is anamorphic. Why did I think it wasn't?


I haven't watched this disc in a while, so I'll have to give it another shot. I don't believe I've watched it since getting the big screen.

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The Akira DVD has many improperly placed flags. The encoding vacillates from video to film throughout the presentation. There are quite a few combing artifacts. This has all been covered in depth in the past by me and especially by anime enthusiast Frode.
This is only a problem if you are using a DVD player with a flag-reading deinterlacing chip.
 

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This is only a problem if you are using a DVD player with a flag-reading deinterlacing chip.
I use an HTPC, so it is an issue. However, the encoding on the THX certified edition of Akira was just plain sloppy. Oh well, I'm not going to rant on it. It is what it is.
 

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lol


I sent an e-mail to a bootleg seller here is the response.


You have received a response from timarnold1 regarding the question you had about the following item:


Item Information:

"Trigun - Box Set" (Movie)


Your Question:

WTH are you trying to sell here? the Box set retails for like $150 on 6 DVDs. Are you also trying to sell that VCD quality 3 DVD cowboy bebop box set?


Seller Response:

This is a 3 DVD (not VCD) box set. Very nice quality and contains all 26 episodes just like the Region 1 US Set. Thanks. Tim


We hope this will assist you with your purchase, if you would like to purchase this item, please click on the link below!
 
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