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Just Anime » Best anime of the last year?

Don't watch B Gata H Kei, it's a mind-destroyingly psychotic and creepy fetish show, and it panders so hard that it begs the question as to why they didn't just make a hentai instead.  Angel Beats was good, (not revolutionary, but good) as was Durarara (not as good as Baccano, but still good) Senko no Night Raid is excellent, as is Rainbow.  Heroman is also a really loveable kids' show if you like that sort of thing.  But overall 2010 has not been a great year for anime, if releases like Kiss X Sis, B Gata H Kei, that other horrible incest show whose title is way too long to remember, and others are any indication of how Japan views the otaku fandom in general.  I haven't seen Katanagatari, but I definitely want to.  I personally love The Tatami Galaxy, but that's me.  It's not for everyone; it's strange.  Also, Star Driver is my new favorite mech show.   
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Dragon Ball Z » Dbz isn't overrated.

Maybe if you watched something other than shonen you'd get more varied criteria for your opinions. 
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Just Anime » Ouran High School Host Club

I really don't think the issue is that they might be gay, it really should be that they're siblings.  But I can assure you they're faking it. 
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General Discussion » What was Haibane-Renmei trying to say?

It is very heavily symbolic, although I'm pretty sure you could shrug off a lot of the symbolism and still get the message.  No one actually says that they're in Purgatory, but the show definitely has themes of forgiveness, freedom, eternity and flight.  The important thing to remember is that it's actually not as Christian as it may seem on the surface.  The wings are important because they reinforce the idea of flight and freedom, as you'll notice there are a lot of birds in the show.  That's actually important  too; as the show also gets somewhat prophetic and the crow is a prophetic bird.  I'm pretty sure the halos are meant to represent eternity, as the circle is a symbol of the infinite.  I think the cardinal directions might be representative of something as well, but I'm not sure.  
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Just Anime » Why do some people judge animes based on there fanbases?

@rein: I can understand where you're coming from about Lucy, because she was arguably made into the monster that she is.  Still, I don't think she should have been presented as a hero.  The show tried to make her actions out to be okay, and if they had just remained neutral, then I wouldn't have had a problem with it.  But the over-romanticize her, and that's the worst thing you can do.  I don't think it's a great show, but I don't hate it.  I just think it's manipulative and gratuitous.  Obviously I can't talk about the manga, but I'm not crazy about the story, so that makes me think I wouldn't like the manga either.  The show could have been this story of forgiveness and family, but the way they did it was exploitative and in poor taste.  And I can't agree about thought-provoking, I just thought the essence of the show itself (the tone, the presentation) was  despicable.  And that's all I will say about that.   
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Just Anime » Favorite Underrated Anime

Well, Code Geass can't really be considered underrated because it's so popular. 
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Just Anime » What is the plot of one piece?

I haven't read the manga, but I have seen the anime.  (Not the whole thing, obviously).  If you hate shonen in all its forms, definitely steer clear of One Piece, because it has a lot of traditional shonen elements.  But if you can tolerate shonen even a little bit, I have to recommend that you check out the show, if for no other reason than it's just plain fun.  Sometimes it's hard to say exactly what makes a show enjoyable, but One Piece is definitely my favorite shonen anime, and I don't really like shonen in general.  It could be because the author says he is continuing the story just because he likes it so much.  Normally I would just dismiss the show's length of a cash grab, but considering the show's honesty and boyish exuberance, I believe he really does love the story and characters, because that love comes out in the show.  The humor is weirdly entertaining, the characters are incredibly endearing, and even though some of the story arcs are bad (the dragon puzzle arc sucked) the show isn't dropping in quality as it goes on.  One of its recent arcs, the Arabasta arc, is one of my favorite in the whole series.  I'm not saying it's the best show ever, it's not even the best shonen ever (that would be FMA).  But I still recommend everyone who likes shonen at all check it out; it's just so easy to enjoy. 
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Just Anime » what anime character did/do you look up too?

Vash the Stampede from Trigun made his entire life a demonstration on how passionate and strong you have to be to back down from a fight.  People sometimes see pacifists as wimps with no principles, but Vash was no wimp.  Obviously people should find their own way of looking at things rather than looking to fictional characters for moral direction, but Vash is really an inspiration.  He is one of my favorite anime heroes of all time, and has a surprising amount of depth and humanity to him.
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Just Anime » Who is the most badass anime character?

Captain Harlock.  If Lupin III is the anime equivalent to Indiana Jones and James Bond, Harlock is anime's Jean Picard crossed with Rambo and Chuck Norris. 
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Just Anime » Why do some people judge animes based on there fanbases?

I think it's a decent horror title, but that's all it is, and I wish people would stop calling it a mature show just because it has blood and breasts.  The use of music is amazing, the fear is very effective, and the cinematography is clever.  However the story and characters are what matter to me, and they aren't very good, so I'm not interested in the manga, honestly.  I'm not crazy about the show.   
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Just Anime » Why do some people judge animes based on there fanbases?

No, I haven't, but an anime should be able to stand on its own as an adaptation, and the anime can't really stand on its own.  The ending doesn't really make a lot of sense if you don't read the manga, and they shouldn't do that with shows. 
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Just Anime » Why do some people judge animes based on there fanbases?

@rein said:
@thekokapelli said:
Also, Elfen Lied has a tendency to play off morally repugnant decisions made by its characters as sympathetic, and people buy it because of how well the show manipulates its audience.  
Care to elaborate?
Okay, warning this might be a spoiler, but this is the most obvious example I can think of off the top of my head.  When a certain character (name omitted for sake of spoilers) tells Lucy that he can't forgive her for her crimes but he has fallen in "love" (more like lust if you ask me) with her (and he means her mentally childish moe personality Nyu, which is disgusting) and then they start making out.  Okay.  You can't forgive her but you are still happy to make out with the cute girl, I see.  If the show had presented it differently, then I wouldn't have had a problem with it.  But beautiful romantic music plays in the background as though it's supposed to be this heartwarming and romantic moment, and it's sickening, especially because people buy into it.  Also, the show presents Lucy as a sympathetic character even though she kills her parents just because they think she's weird.  She's a murderer, period, and it's wrong.  I reviewed the show and I left my issues with the morals out of it, because I wanted to be fair as a critic and only look at its artistic merit.  I do think it's a decent (albeit not very well-written) show, I just think people should take the time to think about what they're watching and not give it false credit as anything other than what it is.
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Just Anime » What're some Anime with similar storyline to Basilisk or HakuĊki?

Well, Hakuouki is a pretty standard reverse harem show, so if you like that then I guess I would recommend looking at the other reverse harem shows.  There are a lot of them, and most of them are pretty much the same. 
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Just Anime » Why do some people judge animes based on there fanbases?

It's true; it isn't really fair to judge the anime if it has a psychotic fanbase unless the show is specifically pandering to that fanbase.  For example, Kuroshitsuji frequently caters to its yaoi/shota fangirl viewers (shudder).  Also, Elfen Lied has a tendency to play off morally repugnant decisions made by its characters as sympathetic, and people buy it because of how well the show manipulates its audience.  On the other hand, a lot of Death Note's fans worship Light and mistake him for a hero, but that can't be blamed on the show itself.  It doesn't take a stand one way or the other; it remains neutral until the last episode, in which it shows even the Light-worshippers that what he was doing was wrong. 
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Just Anime » When They Cry - Higurashi scariest anime ever?

I'd say it was good horror, though.  The reason those gory moments stuck out is because they only lasted moments.  Elfen Lied and Hellsing are mostly just gross and bloody, but Higurashi relies on mood, atmosphere, and keeping the focus of the fear where it should be: on the mysterious things that you can't see or understand.  And turning those little moe girls into cleaver-wielding psychos was a great idea.  Suddenly, even moments that would be boring and stupid in moe slice of life are creepy and suspicious.  Unfortunately the show doesn't make any sense without its second season, and while it has a knack for effective story structure, it's weak on characters.  It ended up being longer than it should be.  It's still my favorite horror anime though, unless you count Paranoia Agent.   
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Just Anime » Favorite Underrated Anime

Haibane Renmei.  There's just no good way to promote it; (I am not the first to make this observation) it doesn't have the kind of premise that presents itself as a must-see.  But the relationship between the two main characters is beautiful and softly thought-provoking, and it is a mature story that delves into relevant symbolism and complex themes without preaching to its audience.  Also, Beck is a great show but it doesn't exactly have mainstream appeal unless you are really into music or indie flicks, and it's the most realistic slice of life anime out there, even with the mobster sub-plot.  Those aren't bad things; I'm just saying that's why it isn't popular.  It's not geared at the average anime fan. 
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Just Anime » Ani-Crap: Pick A Crappy Anime You Want Me to Dive Into

Eiken is pretty horrible eye-raping; I wouldn't wish it on anyone.  Although MD Geist is notorious for being arguably the worst ever created.  The creator of MD Geist also created Ikki Tousen, if that gives you any idea. 
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Just Anime » My favorite anime

Welcome to the NHK and Naruto? That's an odd combination to be sure. 
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Just Anime » Favorite Anime Quotes

"Hand me my combat afro!" -Sgt. Frog
"Oh, Dune, you poor poor faceless bastard!"--Ladd Russo from Baccano
"Even though we are gonna shatter dozens of lives inside a crowded train, wearing white is gonna make the blood look so pretty."--Ladd Russo from Baccano
"Whatever you need, pal! Though I haven't washed the blood and grease and piss from my tools yet.  So I have a feeling it's gonna hurt a lot.  I'm sorry about that!"--torture technician from Baccano 
"Thank you, fuck you, the star is here!"--Ladd Russo from Baccano
"Be gone, dirty whores!"--Yamazaki and Sato from Welcome to the NHK! 
"It was then that I was to meet Legato, a man fascinated by death, who only spoke quietly."-Vash from Trigun
"Love and peace!"--Vash from Trigun
"Easy come, easy go."--Spike from Cowboy Bebop
"Life is but a dream."--Spike from Cowboy Bebop
"The world is not beautiful.  Therefore, it is."--Kino from Kino's Journey
(sorry about all the curses, I guess I have a nasty sense of humor). 
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Just Anime » Heavily Symbolic Anime

Anime like Wolf's Rain, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Haibane Renmei, RahXephon and others like them are both a joy and a frustration  to interpret.  We have to take Japanese conventions into account when interpreting symbols and imagery, which makes it harder but no less fun.  So this forum is for  those of us (many who might be literature or film buffs) who love extended metaphors, double entendres, and complex symbolism.  If there's an anime that you enjoy dissecting and/or if you need a little help, post here.  It's always good to discuss.
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