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Neon Genesis Evangelion is a franchise comprised of 6 movies, 2 anime series, 9 manga series
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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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So, the last time I was here, I was complaining about the Man of Steel movie, even though I haven't watched it, and people weren't happy about that. Understandable.

I've seen it about a week ago and made a video about it, but forgot to post it in this community. And after which, I also watched Pacific Rim with my friend and made another video about that (with him) as well, so I thought I might as well post both of that here.

Yes, that is a Power Rangers lightning bolt stuck in between the Pacific Rim logo. Just for fun. Not mocking it or anything.

Anyway, to sum it up, both movies could've been better; Man of Steel could've used more character, and Rim could've used less cliches. Both are just mindless action movies made to entertain - the latter being more the case than the former. Nevertheless, I really want more out of both these franchises in the future.

Yeah, you could complain, "Yakkity yak. This guy just doesn't get what cool action movies are meant for." You know... I liked Independence Day, and Con-Air. But I'd prefer watching The Dark Knight over any of those two, any day.

Leave your comments at the videos and please subscribe if you like them. Thanks for watching.

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NOTE: This blog is a bit personal, a bit of a rant, and might even come off as pretentious. It is mostly unedited because I wrote it as a way of getting things off my chest.

A part of me wishes I would stop reading comments and discussion about Flowers of Evil. People are still criticizing the anime for taking its rotoscoping approach. Recently the video and images of the live-action that they rotoscoped over for the anime were posted on niconicodouga, and some people have claimed that it is actually better than the finished anime.

I read another comment (from a few weeks ago) saying something to the effect that "I hope they keep the semi-rape scene". I'm not sure which scene they are referring to since I have not read the manga, possibly it is the one from episode 3. Then I realized how disturbing it actually is for someone to hope for a rape scene. Is this the type of people that watch anime? Is this what people think of when I tell them that I like watching anime? That I look forward to loli-sex scenes and the like?

It doesn't help that Flowers of Evil stars a male lead who I identify with to a large extent. So when people criticize the character for being weak-willed, indecisive, a wimp. I feel like they just are not taking the time and effort to understand his character and where he is coming from. It is one thing to say that he has acted wrongly and condemn him for his actions (for example stealing Saeki's uniform). It is another thing to just ignore him, call him names and conclude that the world is better without scum like him. By extension then, sometimes I feel like people who criticize characters like Kasuga, or Shinji from Evangelion, are also criticizing me. That by extension, I'm weak-willed, indecisive, not worth paying attention to, not worth trying to understand etc.

Part of the reason that I continue to write comments on this website, and write occasional blogs is because I hope that by doing so, I will be able to help open people's perspectives. Maybe if I write my thoughts on an anime, or an episode I just watched, I can help people look at anime differently, or consider something that they have not considered before. Another part of the reason I continue writing on this website is because by writing about anime I am simultaneously trying to figure out more about myself. Why do I watch anime? What do I find interesting/fun/cool/, why do I find it interesting, and what does this say about myself as a person?

So, I try to keep an open mind when looking at characters and judging characters. Trying to understand a character is like trying to understand another person. The difference of course being that these characters were created, and their actions scripted by the author. Characters are kind of like foils or examples. And it's just annoying to read comments where it is pretty clear that little effort is being made to try and understand characters or their story. This does not just go for characters that I relate to. I like to believe that every anime is interesting on some level. The very fact that a certain anime gets produced is enough to start a discussion.

Again, perhaps this is all just me trying to justify my hobby, to justify all the hours I have spent over the years watching anime, trying to justify that my education in the humanities is worth it and relevant to everyday life.

P.S. On a lighter note... I only realized after I wrote this that there is some good discussion going on at the Crunchyroll Flowers of Evil Discussion thread (you just have to go to the latest pages). I'll probably somehow end up posting comments both in the anime vice discussion thread and CR. It's not spam if they don't know I wrote it on another site! >=D

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Released on the Kinyo Road Show in Japan, the Latest Trailer for Neon Genesis Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo Movie is Now Live (Skip to :10 Mark)

Officially releasing in Japan on November 17th, 2012, the Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo movie has gotten it's latest promotional trailer released today at the Kinyo (Friday) Road Show TV show. While the trailer below is not the best quality (due to being recorded off of a TV by a viewer), it does show what promises to be a interesting movie. Skip to the :10 mark to get the official trailer underway (All Rights to ANN):

Full Story Link: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-07-13/evangelion/3.0-you-can-not-redo-film-promo-streamed

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Like anything new to someone, that is misunderstood or not understood, needs an outline or path to start on. You don’t just jump into Anime, That’s like jumping into any art form and expecting to understand it fully. A little art history not only helps the understanding of something but also the enjoyment of it. Unless you want to just look at pretty pictures, and feel happy. And if that is the case, just stop reading this post now….. But if you would like my simple guide to an Anime adventure in which it is about the journey and not the destination then here it is.

Start with a series, it takes a little work and time but the outcome with worth the work. Make sure the series fits those criteria you may have. And also make sure it’s not a million episodes. Stay away from Bleach, Naruto, and other endless shows. They have their purpose, but it’s not a beginning. Here are some of my personal choices for a beginning of the Anime path. LAIN, Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, and Hellsing. These are some simple yet exciting and worthy choices. You don’t just jump into and start with Rothko paintings; you start with some popular inspiring pieces of work.

Here is where you can jump into some films. Miyazaki films DON’T count, his anime isn’t anime, it’s genius yes, but does not belong anywhere near the anime path. It deserve it’s own category…. Anyway back on track. Films, yes, start with a couple big ones. Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Ninja Scroll, Blood, Wolf Brigade, and then maybe a couple films not just about the action. The likes of Millennium actress, Perfect Blue, Tokyo Godfathers, and Grave of Fireflies (cried), and many others.

NOTE. This is a long path, not one you can just devour and be done with it in a month. This should be done like anything in life worth doing well. Time and Love.

Now is the chance to branch out into some strange, get a little daring, and watch some stuff you might not like even like, put in the work so to speak. Now is the time to watch Paranoia Agent or Speed Grapher, FLCL, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Now and Then, Here and There, Paprika, Tekkonkinkreet, and this list can actually go on and on. It is the meat and potatoes list.

You’ve put in some work, you deserve some dessert, so go and re-watch some favorites, some stuff you might have missed, or sit back and relax while you watch the new shit. Maybe you are getting stuff weekly straight from Japan, maybe full series from eBay. But your Truly Watching anime, YAY, High School of the Dead, East of Eden, Deadman Wonderland, Sekirei and Queens Blade (late at night), Beck, Gantz, Ergo Proxy, Code Geass, and you having a blast!

IF YOU MADE IT THIS FAR. YOU ARE AN ANIME LOVER. The good news is for the rest of your days you will be surprised by the strangest of shows and films, happiness will come from characters only you and your interweb anime friends will “understand”. The bad news, you are a fully-grown man or woman, who watches shows mainly made for kids. LOL

*Most of us didn’t have a guide; we ventured the anime road lone wolf style. But satisfaction of knowing what a Fist of the North Star can actually do, makes it all worth it.

Long Live Anime!

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Another helping of Code Geass Moment compliments of Charles di Britannia.
  
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There's a Fine Line Between Teasing and Open Contempt. Which is This?!

It's not often I ever really editorialize for my blog on Anime Vice, but something I only saw recently has me kind of scratching my head in confusion. It started a few days ago when I was on Comic Vine. I saw a link of their community section for a video discussion for Batgirl Year One. What I saw was a detailed and very informative video about the comic by Whiskey Media interns, Matt "Bodega" Kessler and Steve "Lemon" Ramirez. The basic theme of this feature is that they discuss older series and see if they can still stand up to a modern audience. I had never seen these episode features before. I was also surprised to see one listed for Neon Genesis Evangelion. The series is easily one of the classics for anime and can bring about a very rich discussion. Even more so if you bring up the latest Rebuild of Evangelion projects that have been coming out only recently. What I did notice though was that this particular video was only a little over a minute long. Much shorter than all the others. There was a rather interesting synopsis of what the series means to the history of anime, but their review basically sums up to simply this. "Fuck Anime.". No, I'm not paraphrasing. That's what they literally only said. "Fuck Anime". They then go on to mention talking to one of the editors of Anime Vice. Here I was thinking they were going to go from a joke to possibly talking with Tom Pinchuk over the phone or Skype to get his views on the series. Since he covered it for his Watch & Learn series. Instead, it cut to an empty couch for a few seconds.

Hold on. Maybe there's an explanation.
Hold on. Maybe there's an explanation.

I've played football in school on a very large team. So, I know all about harsh though well-natured teasing. This has me kind of confused. I honestly don't know if I should be laughing or be kind of pissed off. Repeatedly, I've seen little other than open contempt to anime and manga from many of the personalities of the sites. This is in no way a statement directed to either Ethan or Daniel. I know that these two have been really supportive and stand up guys to the community of Anime Vice. The same for Tom. Even Coonce occasionally drops in to say a few good things in posts. I know it can't be really easy when you have no in house staff to represent anime, but does that mean you should just constantly mock it in this manner?

There just comes a point when all you are hearing are insults and no praise that you start to wonder if it's teasing, or do they honestly hate you? The mantra that I've often heard from the editors on the Whiskey Media Live Show is, "Anime is for jerks.". How do you expect users from the other sites to drop in and see what's on here if that's all they are ever hearing from the main personalities? Users will often follow the lead of a site personality. I've always tried to be inclusive and welcoming to users from the other Whiskey Media brands as a moderator on Anime Vice. I've personally dedicated a lot of hours into this site. Both editing the wiki pages of numerous series and writing articles for the news page. I really enjoy doing it. When I go into other websites to try and attract new users. I don't just mention Anime Vice. I talk about Whiskey Media as a whole.

It seems as if I'm not to only one who has mixed views about this video. It's getting almost as many negative reviews as positive. Some calling it "needlessly cruel". Was this a rather drawn out example of teasing, or a bold slap in the Anime Vice community's face? I really would like to know.

-Kristoffer Remmell (FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.- Follow for news updates: @ animevice / @ FoxxFireArt

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Sup Anime Vice? Hope y'all are doing good. I've gotten all moved into my new place but I won't have internet until Friday. Therefore, the next episode for the week may not get done until Saturday. Anyway, this week is dubbed "Mindfuck Week" for "Dunce Cap"! Today's episode cover's ADV's Neon Genesis Evangelion Complete Collection DVD release and FUNimation's 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone Blu-ray release! Let the brain-scrambling begin!
 
WARNING! This video contains explicit language. Also, this video is not edited in any way.

  
  

Please feel free to provide suggestions for an anime or manga for me to talk about and I will do my best to oblige. Also, if you are curious about anything discussed in this-or previous-episode(s) don't hesitate to ask me for more information/opinions.

Last episode: So.Much.Awesomeness!
 
-Will McQuigg ( sotyfan16) is your everyday anime/manga enthusiast. You can also find him on Twitter ( bildo_88).
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