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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… 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


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

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

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

Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Vision of Escaflowne
Adventure, Fantasy, Mecha, Romance

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

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

Madoka Magica
Drama, Magic, Psychological, Thriller

Action, Supernatural

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

Adventure, Mystery, Fantasy, Supernatural


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

Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction

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

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

Slice-of-life, Comedy-Drama, Romance

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

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

Mystery, Drama, Psychological

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

Action, Drama, Police, Psychological, Thriller

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

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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Coffee Time With Evil Episode Three! Just for you! Technically the title is Shounen, Bishounen and Purple Hair, but I thought there might need to be some better explanation for why the third episode is posted on the forums while the others are just in blog format. Simple answer: I want to haz more views.

Found some better lighting, got some new hair, and I'm talking about a tonne today. No new manga, but you'll hear a woman's thoughts on Bleach and Gurren Lagann.
Please send in your questions as a PM on Anime Vice, in the comments below, In the blog on AV, or you can send them via e-mail to
Make some suggestions for further anime for me to watch, as well as topics. If you want anything specific on the show, don't be afraid to ask. If you wanna hear about my life, writing, drawing, or rp'ing please ask. Your questions can be about anything: your life, my life, anime, manga, comics, movies, tv, kittens, est. :) Thanks for watching you guys! 
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We all know that anime, is messed up. I don't think anybody can deny that. There is anime that will mind-f*ck you, and anime that is just plain gross, but which are the worst? I like to dance with the devil when I watch my anime, most of what I watch is dark and twisted... but what are the mist disturbing? Honestly it's very difficult for me to say because it takes a lot to creep me out, but what have, have done at least a passable job. Now, this list will include some anime video games, but I'm staying away from putting hentai or anything on here. That stuff doesn't need to be recognized as disturbing. Plus, this is only the anime I've watched.

4. Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni

  And now when I hear the sounds of the higurashi I run for my life. Probably what was most disturbing about this anime was the English dub... but the second most disturbing part of this anime was all the little cute kids stabbing themselves and shoving people's severed arms into refrigerators. It was neat to see the different possible story lines and such, but I have to say that some were really, really messed up.

3. Baccano!

The Rail Tracer. Wtf people. A lot of people who have seen Baccano! don't (generally) remember it for it's violence because the plot out weighs the horror. There are just some awful deaths here. The Rail Tracer grinds somebody's face off on the rail road tracks. And the books go a bit farther too. Poor Czes throws himself into a fire, and an immortal is cemented into an oil barrel to drown for eternity. The worst ways to die are right here. It give me shivers thinking about going that way

2. Elfen Lied

 How many quarts of blood was spilled in the name of f*cked up little girls with invisible killer arms? A lot. There was quite a lot of nudity and unreasonable gore, but in general nobody can deny that this anime was messed up. There was some disturbing stuff with little girls, old girls and severed arms and legs. But... was it the most mess up that I've seen? Nope. Not quite.

1. Togainu No Chi

Well, the anime was pretty disturbing because it sucked, and the manga wasn't at all. But... lets take a lookie do over at the PC game shall we? No... actually please don't. I know I said I wasn't going to talk about hentai or anything, but I think Togainu No Chi needs a pat on the back for making me very... very creeped out. Well, we'll ignore the fact that Shiki drinks up all the blood in somebody for kicks and giggles, despite not being a vampire. We'll ignore the f*cked up pairings and personalities. And, y'know what.... we'll just let Kau and his skimpy leather outfit, scarred chest and flat out creepiness slip from under the radar. I think it really boiled down to allowing Keisuke to try a little 'Line'. What the hell? Oh, yes I just love to see people rip out other peoples intestines and bask in the glory of murder and rape (which happens immediately after). You also gotta shiver at Keisuke and Akira's idea of 'friendship'... or maybe it's 'love', f*ck I have no idea...
Oh... yeah, then there's that whole Nazi thing at the end of Shiki's gameplay, with poor... poor Akira.

 Well, there you have it. The most disturbing anime I have watched. But there are more out there. I haven't seen them all, but if you're curious here is a list of honourable mentions that I cannot tell you how messed up they are. Be warned my friends.
Shadow Star Narutaru
T okyo Godfathers
Perfect Blue
Soo.... out of all the anime you've seen, what are the most disturbing?
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I just finally finnished Baccano!. Ive seen the show twice before but never with the specials as well as the rest of the show. 
To be clear here Baccano! is one of my absolute favourite anime shows that i have seen so far in my life. So its a bit disapointing how the specials ends the story. 
its good that some closure is provided but as the vice chief said at the ending to Carol. There cannot be a real ending. 

Questions i had got sort of answered but some werent answered at all. Like whatever happened to Luck Gandor? 
Thats why i give the specials a lower score then the series, mainly because im left with more unanswered questions. Not that i mind too much but i like closure in my shows and such. 

I finnished 2x2=Shinobuden as well yesterday night. Cant say i was too happy about the whole show. It starts out good and all but by the 5th episode its just following a routine that stopped being funny. I rated it 6 out of 10 on MAL (my anime list) It gave me a few good laughs but that was mostly for the great voice acting. The "plot" was just ridicolus in the sense that there were no real plot to speak of. I liked the chracter animations and design tough, really cute with the girls. 

Started watching  Abenobashi Mahou Soutengai today too. i love it so far, really good humour and the characters are good and funny. Looking forward til seeing more of it. 
I relation to my previous statement about how Shinobuden is too random in way thats not too funny, Abenobashi has the kind of random humour i actually like. 
There is a plot here and they do something different rather then repeat the same jokes most of the time. 

Thats it for now. Peace!    
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I always find that there are a few anime that I find myself watching over and over again, or manga that I will read over and over. They are 10/10 or damn close, and I feel like I almost 'miss' the series after another read/watch through. Here is my list and the reasons why.

1. 07-Ghost

If you haven't noticed, yes I have an obsession with this series. No matter how many times I read the manga or watch the series there is always something that never gets old. The humour and drama have a perfect mix in 07-Ghost. I can't stand that they stopped the anime, but it's something I'll have to live with. The characters and plot are deep, complex and well thought out. It never gets old. I always find myself laughing, crying, and sitting at the edge of my seat (Not at the same time).

2. Baccano!

The combination of story telling and characters makes this crazy train ride (hahaha Baccano fans) close to 10/10. The lovable cast never gets old. It's original, crazy, and everything I love in one anime. The plot has so many twists, I still find myself surprised the second time around. I really love how the whole series is layered. I'll always find something I didn't notice before, and I really like that. It's one of those series that leaves you with questions, only to be answered by a second go. I'm always shocked at the gore because when it's all over I really don't remember the violence, only a well though out story.

3. Akira

This classic left me with a numb mind the first time through. I find myself reading the manga over and over again, and slipping that dvd into the player on sick days. Sure the mighty 3 hour movie can get long, but it's an epic. Long, but amazing. It isn't like Avatar where it's 3 hours of plot-less CGI, It's got 3 hours of a deep and complex plot. Sure some characters need a bit of work, but hey, who doesn't love Kanaeda? Just a side note, Akira does make a decent drinking game.

4. Dolls

This unknown manga always keeps me guessing. A cast of unforgettable characters and twisted tales of treachery makes Dolls a stellar adult manga. I'm always intrigued by Usaki's approach to his brand new world, and the First Brigade makes me laugh and hold my breath. The suspense is wonderfully piled up so that no matter how many times I read the same story, I'm shocked by discoveries I already knew. The action is superb and the world in which Dolls takes place is wholly unique. Bad-ass cops and crazed killers place a cherry on top of this fantastic series.  

5. Neon Genesis Evangelion

Another classic to be added to the list. This series is messed up and takes a dip into darker waters, which is something I really like. I missed many things the first time I watched this anime, and the ending was shocking. I watched it one more time, trying to solve the mystery. I find myself watching it over and over to pick up on the little pieces I need to fill in the puzzle of an end. The characters are well done, although Shinji is annoying, NGE wouldn't work without such personalities. Although this isn't my favourite, it never ever gets old.
So that was my list. They may not be my favourites (most of them are), but they are the ones I can watch over once (five times) more and still enjoy. Those aren't them all, I'm missing a bunch, but those are the ones I think are the biggest. Classic to modern, they may vary vastly, but I know for sure that they stand out from the crowd of anime. What are yours?
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BACCANO! With FUNimation ADR Director Tyler Walker
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GRIMES, IA, – Anime producer and mega-online anime retailerRight Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcomeTyler Walker – the ADR director for FUNimation’s upcoming releaseBaccano! – toepisode 81 ofANIME TODAY.

In this new, two-segment interview, Walker – who has directed the English-language dubs of series includingBlack Cat,Basilisk,Ghost Hunt andHell Girl– talks about the challenges of directing and adapting an anime that depicts a distinctly American time and place, the intensive process of auditioning actors to portray its huge cast of characters, and how he personally prepared to take on the project.

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