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Upon many growing email requests for a “Must see before you die Anime & Manga list” I thought I’d go a second round and give a more thorough look into title recommendations for both mediums

Alright so, from weeks of deliberation with my various fellow Otaku brethren on and off the podcast as well as through some extensive research from the likes of ANN, ANIMENFO, ANIDB & MYANIMELIST what I have cooked up here folks is an updated and rebooted list of MUST SEE ANIME & MANGA TITLES…for almost anybody open to the mediums…fanboys and newbies alike!

Now generally speaking these kinds of suggestive lists typically highlight some of the most agreed upon classics most fans would have already known about but let’s be honest here, no matter how impartial and objective you try to be with these things there is always bound to be someone else out there who will find fault or even claim bias on the chosen selection…and that is perfectly fine…..in fact it would be dumb not to be expected

These kinds of lists should be seen as more of a guideline / gap filler into the best or even possibly the overlooked gems that the medium’s have had to offer and as such it can be very helpful for quite a few folks

I’ve tried to generate this list based in terms of agreed quality first and foremost not just on accumulative popularity which is why some of the more obvious long running shows will not be on this list at all, however for this list I’ve tried to stick with titles that have more or less finished their story run – giving you the opportunity to make your own final open and shut case point about each title…..for the most part

This time around I’ve tried to keep it a little bit more varied in terms of genre and target demographic, ya know, so people can pick out something that may be of a particular taste to em

This list is NOT in any particular order

* THE ANIME LIST *

Neon Genesis Evangelion
Action, Dementia, Drama, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Psychological

Gurren Lagann
Action, Comedy, Mecha, Sci-Fi

Cowboy Bebop
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Space

Fullmetal Alchemist 2003 & Brotherhoood
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Magic, Military

Death Note
Mystery, Supernatural, Police, Psychological, Thriller

Samurai Champloo
Adventure, Comedy, Samurai

Samurai X (Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal)
Action, Historical, Martial Arts, Samurai, Romance

BERSERK
Action, Adventure, Demons, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Supernatural, Military

Basilisk
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Historical, Samurai, Romance, Supernatural

Trigun
Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Vision of Escaflowne
Adventure, Fantasy, Mecha, Romance

Zegapain
Action, Mecha, Romance, Sci-Fi

Code Geass
Action, Mecha, School, Sci-Fi, Super Power, Military

Eureka Seven
Adventure, Drama, Mecha, Romance, Sci-Fi

Welcome to the NHK
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Psychological

Haibane Renmei
Drama, Fantasy, Slice of Life

FLCL
Action, Comedy, Dementia, Mecha, Parody, Sci-Fi

Madoka Magica
Drama, Magic, Psychological, Thriller

Baccano
Action, Supernatural

Moribito
Adventure, Fantasy

Last Exile
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Paradise Kiss
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life, Fashion

Blue Gender
Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mecha, Romance, Sci-Fi, Space, Military

Mushishi
Adventure, Mystery, Fantasy, Supernatural

* MANGA LIST *

AKIRA
Cyberpunk, Science fiction, Thriller

Battle Angel Alita
Cyberpunk, Science fiction, Action

Battle Royale
Dystopian, Thriller, Horror, Alternative history

20th Century Boys
Science fiction, Mystery

Rurouni Kenshin
Action, Historical, Martial Arts, Samurai, Romance

Nausicaa
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction

GANTZ
Action, Science fiction, Horror, Thriller

Great Teacher Onizuka
Comedy-drama, School, Slice of Life

Eden: It's an Endless World
Action, Cyberpunk

Kare Kano
Comedy, Drama, Romance, School-Life

Holyland
Action, Drama, Martial Arts, Psychological

Legend of the Strongest Man Kurosawa
Action, Comedy, Drama, Psychological

The Breaker
Martial Arts, Drama, Romance

Mirai Nikki
Action, Psychological, Romance, Supernatural, Survival Horror, Suspense

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Action, Adventure, Horror, Supernatural, Suspense

BAKUMAN
Slice-of-life, Comedy-Drama, Romance

Our Happy Hours
Drama, Romance, Slice of Life, Psychological

Hotel
Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Psychological

MONSTER
Mystery, Drama, Psychological

Phoenix
Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Sci-Fi, Space, Supernatural, Psychological

Akumetsu
Action, Drama, Police, Psychological, Thriller

Hoshi no Koe
Drama, Mecha, Romance, Sci-Fi

PLUTO
Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Yokohama Shopping Log
Drama, Sci-Fi, Slice of Life

Blade of the Phantom Master
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Supernatural

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NEW PEOPLE HOSTS THE THEATRICAL WORLD PREMIERE OF THE THIRD AND FINAL 20th CENTURY BOYS FILM BASED ON THE SMASH HIT MANGA SERIES
 

Dynamic Japanese Pop Culture Venue Debuts Live-Action Science Fiction Feature On August 28th – The Same Day Film Premieres In Japan  

San Francisco, CA, AUGUST 25, 2009 – NEW PEOPLE, a dynamic entertainment destination bringing the latest examples of Japanese popular culture to North American shores, presents a very special world premiere the final chapter of the 20th Century Boys trilogy of live-action films – 20th Century Boys 3: Redemption – this Friday, August 28th at the newly opened VIZ Cinema located in the heart of San Francisco’s historic Japantown. The special world premiere will take place simultaneously with the theatrical release of the film in Japan and will continue to play at the venue through September 3rd. For schedule and ticket information, please visit www.vizcinema.com. 

The 20th Century Boys film trilogy is based on a critically-acclaimed manga (graphic novel) series created by Naoki Urasawa that was a national phenomenon in Japan, selling over 24 million copies. Excitement and anticipation for the release of the final chapter has built steadily from fans because the ending of the film is markedly different from the original manga series that inspired it. 

VIZ Cinema is the nation’s first movie theatre devoted exclusively to Japanese film and anime. The 143-seat subterranean theatre is located in the basement of the NEW PEOPLE building and features plush seating, digital as well as 35mm projection, and a THX®-certified sound system. 20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End plays at VIZ Cinema until August 27th, while 20th Century Boys 2: The Last Hope runs through August 28th. 

Directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi and presented in partnership with Nippon Television, the 20th Century Boys saga begins in 1969 when a young boy named Kenji and his friends write “The Book of Prophecy.” In the book, they write about a future where they fight against an evil organization trying to take over the world and bring about Doomsday. Years later in 1997, a mysterious cult being led by a man only known as “Friend” has emerged and gained strong influence over society. A series of catastrophic events begin to occur, mirroring the prophecies made up by the young Kenji.  

Now in 2019, could the catastrophe written in The New Book of Prophecy be happening for real? What’s the true purpose of Friend’s evil plan? Who’s the real savior to that will stand up against him?  

In the final film, the year is Friend Era Year 3 (2017 A.D.) and the World President, Friend, rules humanity. After a deadly virus ravages Tokyo, a wall is built around the city and inhabitants’ lives have been severely restricted. Friend tells everyone that on August 20th, aliens will destroy mankind and only those who believe in him will be saved. But a movement to stop Friend is in motion. Is protagonist Kenji really still alive? What is Friend’s plan for August 20th? Will the mystery behind the true identity of Friend be uncovered? All of the prophecies, schemes and plans will be finally revealed in the saga’s exciting concluding chapter.  

NEW PEOPLE offers the latest films, art, fashion and retail brands from Japan and is the creative vision of the J-Pop Center Project and VIZ Pictures, a distributor and producer of Japanese live action film. Located at 1746 Post Street, the 20,000 square foot structure features a striking 3-floor transparent glass façade that frames a fun and exotic new environment to engage the imagination into the 21st Century. A dedicated web site is also now available at: www.NewPeopleWorld.com. 
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VIZ PICTURES LICENSES THEATRICAL AND DVD RIGHTS TO 20th CENTURY BOYS

TRILOGY OF LIVE ACTION FILMS FROM JAPAN

 

Critically Acclaimed Movies Based On Smash Hit Manga Series Created By Naoki Urasawa

To Open New VIZ Cinema In August

 

San Francisco, CA, JULY 7, 2009 – VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media, LLC that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, has announced that it has licensed from Nippon Television (NTV) the North American theatrical and DVD distribution rights to the live-action 20th CENTURY BOYS feature film trilogy from Japan. The films are based on the critically acclaimed 20th CENTURY BOYS manga series created by Naoki Urasawa, which is a national phenomenon in Japan, selling over 20 million copies to date.

 

VIZ Pictures is scheduled to release the first and second chapters of 20th CENTURY BOYS films on DVD later this year, with the remaining film scheduled for release in 2010. VIZ Media publishes the 20th CENTURY BOYS manga series (rated ‘T+’ for older teens) in North America and will also distribute the DVDs. For more information about these DVD releases, please stay tuned at www.viz-pictures.com.

 

On August 15th, VIZ Cinema will celebrate its grand opening at NEW PEOPLE, located at 1746 Post Street in San Francisco, with a very special screening of the first chapter of the 20th CENTURY BOYS live-action trilogy, presented in partnership with Nippon Television. Advance tickets go on-sale on Friday, July 31st and more information is available at www.vizcinema.com. 

 

The first 20th CENTURY BOYS film will continue playing at VIZ Cinema for the next week, followed by a week-long showing of the second chapter of the trilogy. As an unprecedented event in the Japanese film world, VIZ Cinema will host the world premiere of the third and final chapter of 20th CENTURY BOYS on August 28th, presented simultaneously with the national release in Japan.

 

The 20th CENTURY BOYS saga was directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi (HAPPILY EVER AFTER, also available from VIZ Pictures) and begins in 1969 when a young boy named Kenji and his friends write “The Book of Prophecy.” In their book, they write about a future where they fight against an evil organization trying to take over the world and bring about Doomsday.

 

Years later in 1997, a mysterious cult being lead by a man only known as “Friend” has emerged and gained strong influence over society. A series of catastrophic events begin to occur, mirroring the prophecies made up by the young Kenji. The greatest fear is that the climax of The Book of Prophecy will become a reality: on December 31st, 2000, a terrifying giant virus-spreading robot will attack the entire city of Tokyo, leading to the end of mankind. The only people who know about The Book are Kenji and his childhood friends. Who is Friend? Will Kenji and his friends are able to save mankind and live to see the 21st Century?

 

“We are truly honored to announce the license for 20th CENTURY BOYS features and look forward to premiering the films at our new VIZ Cinema later this summer,” says Seiji Horibuchi, President and CEO of VIZ Pictures. “20th CENTURY BOYS was one of the biggest productions ever attempted in the Japanese movie industry and was created in-part to celebrate Nippon Television’s 55th Anniversary. Anticipation has risen steadily in Japan in the wake of the success of the first two films and since the upcoming release of the final film of the series was announced. We’re very excited to premiere the third and final film to U.S. audiences at VIZ Cinema the same day it debuts in Japan.”

 

About VIZ Pictures, Inc.

Based in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Pictures, Inc. distributes Japanese live-action films and DVDs, with particular focus on Japanese "kawaii (cute) and cool" pop culture. VIZ Pictures approaches each release from a J-pop fan's point of view to serve manga and anime generation in North America. VIZ Pictures titles include DEATH NOTE, HAPPILY EVER AFTER, KAMIKAZE GIRLS, LINDA LINDA LINDA, PING PONG, THE TASTE OF TEA, TRAIN MAN: DENSHA OTOKO and others. The company will continue to offer the hottest visual entertainment straight from the "Kingdom of Pop" for audiences of all ages in North America. VIZ Pictures, Inc. is an affiliate of VIZ Media, LLC, the San Francisco-based leading U.S. publisher of Japanese manga (comics) and merchandise licensor of Japanese animation such as the popular "NARUTO" animated TV series. For more information please visit www.viz-pictures.com or www.viz.com.© 2006 VIZ Pictures, Inc.

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