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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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BACK! for another episode of DC….it’s sure has been a while hasn’t it folks :oP

On this episode we are stepping somewhat outside the realm of anime discussion with an episode focusing on WORLDWIDE animation awareness.

As we have stated in the past we here at Planet Tyro are fans of animation in it’s entirety not just Japanese animation alone and as such I wanted to address a few hot topics / related emails we have come across on such topic

As mentioned on the podcast I was a bit embarrassed to realise when a listen emailed us in asking do we know anything about international Animation Day we all drew a complete blank

So to that end on this episode we are joined once again by our friendly returning guest KIMONO JOE who chimes in on the matter at hand

Let’s not forget we got a complete series review for the underrated WAKFU animated series

So here is the rundown with all the relevant timestamps and linked mentionables

1. DISNEY CLOSES IT’S 2D ANIMATION DEPT – 2D ANIMATION IS OFFICIALLY DEAD?!? - (Start - 42:00)

2. WHAT IS THE IAFA & WHAT’S UP WITH THE ANNIE AWARDS (42:01 - 1:04:00)

3. WAKFU ANIMATED SERIES REVIEW (1:04:00 - 02:14:04)

4. OTHER UPCOMING JUICY NON-ANIME-ISH ANIMATED PROJECTS (02:14:04 - END)

Other Linked Mentionables On This Episode

The Thief And The Cobbler ( With The NC Review), Cinderella 3: A Twist in Time (I bullshit you not!),Kairos,Baidir,Ladybug, A Kind of Magic, Kaena: The Prophecy, URBANCE

*Editors Note: You know what, after editing this episode I kinda feel like I spent a little too much time on America’s justified self-promotion with their animation projects opposed to the IAFA’s lack there of on a whole.

Well for the sake of clarity I just want to empathize my major gripe with animation awareness at this point has more to do with the IAFA’s every country fends for themselves publicity method rather than having a somewhat neutral international platform to promote animation from all corners of the globe in a central event. Which is NOT what the Annie awards are.

I mean seriously we should not all rely on America to solely do promotion for every other country in the world in terms of publicity / promotion – they would clearly have their own self interests and many good / unknown shows will go unnoticed. Yes, admittedly financially they are certainly in a better position to do so opposed to other countries but I would think it would actually be the IAFA’s job to promote international titles equally on a quality basis – that is my idea of worldwide animation awareness.

Alas, I got caught up in talking about the 2 major powerhouses again….them being being America / Japan….anyhow we have some more worldly reviews coming soon so stay tuned

Laters

- DON

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A MATURE CONVERSATION ABOUT HENTAI

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FIRST AND FOREMOST WE HAVE TO APOLOGISE FOR THE FLUX IN AUDIO QUALITY ON THIS EPISODE. THIS CAN BE PUT DOWN TO SKYPE AND A MISHAP WITH AUDIO HARDWARE THAT COULD NOT REALLY BE FIXED IN POST EDITING. BAH!


This episode of DREAMcast focuses on the ever notorious variety of Japanese animation…Japanese animated Pornography better known as Hentai.

Once again we have another returning guest, the anime demon himself RORICONFAN

Yes I could not think of anyone more suited to talk about the various aspects of Hentai with than a Veteran anime fan / analyst / reviewer

Now with this episode I wanted to seriously explore the inner workings of the Hentai industry, it’s birth, its (mis)conceptions and to really just have an open and honest discussion about our thoughts on the subject.

Here’s an idea of the points we hit on during this episode

- General thoughts on pornography
- The broad perception of animated pornography Japanese or otherwise (Ralph Bakshi Works)
- The strange and everlasting Japanese censoring laws (The Misshitsu Manga court case)
- Western Distribution / Licencing of Uncensored Hentai
- Our first Exposures to Hentai
- The themes of Hentai and the warped mindset they can perpetuate on its audience
- Is Hentai in any form a reflection of Japanese sexuality / society in particular?
- Rori’s brief take on the evolution of hentai
- Our (minor) thoughts on Visual Novels (Hentai Games)
- General Anime becoming more like Hentai: Freezing, Ikkitousen, B Gata H Kei, etc

Then oddly while talking about HSOTD in context with hentaish anime we delve into the mindset of the ever popular ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE genre and discuss some related titles and even some social aspects related to it

DNEWS LINK: WHY WE LIKE ZOMBIES SO MUCH ANYWAY?

Rori also mentions

Natsuyuki Rendexvous, Sankarea, Dusk Maiden of Amnesia, Mysterious Girlfriend X

Getting back on topic we finish on answering some frequent listener / audience questions regarding Hentai

Questions like

Why does Roriconfan not review Hentai
What is our Favourite Hentai titles
What is our most Hated Hentai’s

Let me just answer this now and say myself, Rori and a huge number of Hentai fans have a particular distain for NETORARE titles. Here's an interesting blog which sums up what NETORARE involves or for an actual experince watch the triple starred*** title mentioned below

THIS LOSER IS YOU: THE APPEAL OF NETORARE

And lastly here’s a list of all the noteworthy Hentai titles we mention as I already forsee some asking how to spell or repeat what they may be called. These titles will not be hyperlinked for obvious reasons

The Good List

Tropical Kiss, Love Doll, LA Blue Girl, Cool Devices, KITE, Bible Black, Peace Hame, Yobeba
Legend of Overfiend (Urotsukidoji), Alignment You, Stringendo, Futari Ecchi, Viper GTS

The OTHER List

Night Shift Nurses,Yama Hime no Hana,Triangle Blue, True Blue, Euphoria, Anal Vampire or Kyuuketsuki (whoa), Otome Dori****

DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT RORICONFAN ON HIS YOUTUBE CHANNEL FOR MORE INTERESTING INSIGHTS

Thats all folks. Thanks for listening!!! :OP


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Let’s get straight to BUZZiness here people. Todays estemmed guest is my fellow brit HABIB who you should remember from the recent trip to Japan episode

This episode is pretty much a double discussion / two for one show that’s broken up into two parts.

PART 1: SPOILER DISCUSSION ON THE FATE FRANCHISE (START - 01:22:48)

Yes folks we have a spolierific discussion on all things FATE. From Fate/Stay Night, Fate/Zero & Fate: Unlimited Blade Works, myself (Donwun) and Habib share our thoughts and impressions on this franchise and discuss the pros and cons it had to offer

WARNING: If you have not seen any of these titles please note this discussion is heavily SPOILERIFIC and contains plenty of things people may not want to know if you have not seen it yet.

PART 2: EMAIL SECTION FOCUSED ON ANSWERING QUESTIONS REGARDING ANIME REBOOTS, REMAKES, PREQUELS & SEQUELS (01:22:48 - PODCAST END)

(Above picture reflects frustratingly good questions :oP)

Over the short life of the podcast we have got a more than a few emails which I have answered personally but on this episode I thought it would be more interesting if I gathered up all the questions related to anime story extensions (prequels / sequels) and have my man HABIB here answer them with me.

Questions like...

What do you think should govern an anime remake?
Should Popular Shounen franchise (ala DBZ) even get remakes and if so why
What are your desired Anime Remakes (Retellings?)
What Anime would you like to see sequels of (not retellings?)
What Anime would you like to see prequels of?

Sadly we did not have the time (or put enough thought) into answering the last couple of questions so I will be making a thread on Planet Tyro to ask our members the same questions. People should also feel free to email us your thoughts on said topic at planettyro@gmail.com

Tom Pinchuk (Editor / Site Admin @ AnimeVice.com) did an interesting write up on the given topic y’all should also check out

SAILOR MOON & THE ART OF THE ANIME REMAKE

A big thank you to my man HABIB for joining me on this one again – Always a pleasure good sir :oD

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