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
Action, Comedy, Mecha, Sci-Fi
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Space
Mystery, Supernatural, Police, Psychological, Thriller
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
Action, Mecha, School, Sci-Fi, Super Power, Military
Adventure, Drama, Mecha, Romance, Sci-Fi
Welcome to the NHK
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Psychological
Drama, Fantasy, Slice of Life
Action, Comedy, Dementia, Mecha, Parody, Sci-Fi
Drama, Magic, Psychological, Thriller
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life, Fashion
Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mecha, Romance, Sci-Fi, Space, Military
Adventure, Mystery, Fantasy, Supernatural
* MANGA LIST *
Cyberpunk, Science fiction, Thriller
Battle Angel Alita
Cyberpunk, Science fiction, Action
Dystopian, Thriller, Horror, Alternative history
20th Century Boys
Science fiction, Mystery
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
Comedy, Drama, Romance, School-Life
Action, Drama, Martial Arts, Psychological
Legend of the Strongest Man Kurosawa
Action, Comedy, Drama, Psychological
Martial Arts, Drama, Romance
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
Yukiteru Amano (Yuki) is a loner who never really interact with people and prefers writing a diary on his cell phone with his only companion being an imaginary friend named Deus Ex Machina, the God of Time and Space. However, Yuki soon learns that Deus is not a figment of his imagination but real when Deus makes him a participant in a battle royale with eleven others. Within this "Diary Game", the contestants are given special diaries that can predict the future with each diary having unique features that gives them both advantages and disadvantages.
FUNimation has announced a dub cast for Future Diary:
Sakae Esuno, writer of Future Diary (Mirai Nikki), will launch a new series this summer. Kadokawa Shoten confirmed that a volume of this new manga would be published monthly in Shonen Ace Magazine. Esuno’s Future Diary manga series was first published in 2006 and the final volume of the series will be distributed by the end of this month. The Future Diary anime will premiere in the fall.
Future Diary is one of my personal favorite manga. Therefore, this new series Esuno and Kadokawa Shoten are launching is a book, that I will definitely be looking into. Will you?
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So recently I stopped in at Chapters to buy the last volume of Record of a Fallen Vampire and when I was looking through the rest of the fiction section and spotted some other stuff.
Now I haven't read through much of Future Diary yet but based on the Unscripted John did in March I decided to pick up the first two volumes* and it is pretty cool so far. As for the bottom item, I saw it standing out on the sci-fi section and remembered how much fun I had watching the cheesy B-movie film adapation late one night last year with some friends.
I was suprised at how much text was in the original novel though since when I watched Battle Royale I pictured something around maybe 300 pages or so. Now it's not really visible here but the novel is just slightly over 600 pages. What is really cool though is that about 20 of those pages are two interviews the first being with the director of the film on the night before it's Japanese release and the second an interview with the author Koushun Takami conducted by VIZ. (Who published this release of the book last year)
Oh and I stopped by HMV to pick up some new CDs. (and a couple old ones that I lost or just never bought) So if anyone is into music. Personally out of the six Crash Karma's (a super group made from musicians from some of the best Canadian alt-rock bands from the 90s to mid 2000s) recent debut album is my favourite.
*I've developed this pattern where if the first two volumes of a manga (or any graphic novel series really) or short novel series (less than 200 pages) that I'm interested in are out I'll buy both of them since usually by than they get the some of the more filler bits out of the way that are mainly there to just introduce the characters.
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