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Other than MKR?
« on: April 04, 2006, 09:40:22 PM »
So, what anime/manga series do you love besides Rayearth?

I pretty much like shoujo, mostly because the plots focus deeply on the characters and their relationships.


I still love Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon. Especially for the manga story, which is much deeper and more mature, and respects the characters more than the anime does. (Mamoru in the anime makes me sad, because he's SO sweet and loyal in the manga) Usagi, Chibi-usa and Minako are my favorite senshi (I don't care for the outer senshi much, though I do love their characters). Sailor Iron Mouse is my favorite villian and I liked SuperS, okay??

Ashita no Nadja is my current other favorite, after MKR. It's so sweet and has SO. MANY. CHARACTERS, all of which are wonderful. It has lots of little plot twists and beautiful animation. There's an LJ community here, and there's a link to download the series through BitTorrent in the User Info. I REALLY reccomend it if you like shoujo. There's no magical transformations, and it's not your run-of-the-mill Mysterious Masked Man scenario. If you're into characters, like me, there's a HUGE cast, and each character is believeable and beautifully painted. <3

Video Girl Ai is one of my most favorite manga, moreso the first three volumes, before it got so High-School-Drama. I still have to read the last three volumes, though. The art is stunning and I love the intricate character relationships.

Shin Shirayuki Hime Densetsu Pr?tear is beautiful. It's 13 eps and reminds me a LOT of a CLAMP work. The manga and anime are different but both storylines are worth your time. Pr?tear is wholesome with high-quality animation and a completely new spin on the magical girl genre. If you haven't heard of it, I really advise looking into it. It's well worth your time. And I ship Goh, the Leaf? Knight of fire, with Umi in my most favorite crossover crack pairing. COMPLETE STRANGERS HAVE GONE "OMG THAT ACTUALLY WORKS", SO IT'S NOT JUST ME.

Princess Mononoke is one of my favorite movies, period. I love Ashitaka/San. Love love love. >D The characters are so amazing.

I have a soft spot for the Dragonball Z universe. I can't watch the stupid show anymore, because a week to power up is a waste of my time... But I do like the stories and the characters a lot, so I'm in it more for the fandom. *totally into Goten/Bra*

Aaand Escaflowne is so beautiful and wonderful that I cannot do it justice with words. Fuu/Ferio may be my OTP of all time, but Hitomi and Van have THE most pure, wholesome, true relationship I've seen in any anime... or any other story, really. They're SO true and SO realistic. The whole series flows wonderfully and the only mecha cooler than Escaflowne is Windam. ;D Beautiful animation, complex characters, frustratingly wonderful plot... If you haven't seen it, I must ask . . . WHY???

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Re: Other than MKR?
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2006, 12:22:47 AM »
*Cough* the list would take me years, but I suppose the one that has demanded the most of my time, for the better of nine to ten years, is Yu Yu Hakusho. I love all of Togashi-sensei's work, but this is what really got me into anime.

And Hagane no Renkinjutsushi is a big one, too. I cosplayed Lust a few times. (Fullmetal Alchemist, english)

Naruto is gaining my interest. I first downloaded it about... I dunno, five years ago? But I didn't watch that much. Now I'm hooked on the Video games.

X-Day is a favorite Manga of mine, even though it has barely two books to it, the art that Mizushiro-sensei put into it is unique, and the story is very appealing.

Tsubasa:RC is spazz-tastic these days. I adore it. Then again, I love MOST of the stuff CLAMP has done.

Kiddy Grade is 'hawt'. I love the Lezzi-fied characters. XD

Gensou Maden Saiyuki has always been a favorite. ALWAYS. I love these characters, and the humor, while sometimes trite, is unpredictable with it's timing. Minekura-sensei should work on Female anatomy, however. It's always looked lopsided.

That's all I'm gonna list now. I feel all "Fangirly" right now.

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Re: Other than MKR?
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2006, 02:21:48 AM »
*Thinks*

Anything Miyazaki - I particularly adore Howl's Moving Castle, Mononoke, and Castle in the Sky Laputa.  Oh love!  <3

Escaflowne, because the characters are nice and complex, the plot has some good twists, and I really like the mishmash of old and new technology.

Neon Genesis Evangelion - one of my first animes ever...Pen Pen still rocks my world.  Also, being a literature nerd, I am fond of existential quandries....basically anything I can do literary analysis on...rules.  I didn't like the movies that much though...they took some of the fun out of it.  :(  Mostly I don't watch animes this serious though.

Full Metal Panic! - I LOVE this.  If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it because it has just the right mix of seriousness and comedy.  (This is based on a series of novels actually that someone is actually translating!)  Also, Sousuke is probably one of my all time favorite characters, you always know he's gonna screw something up, but you don't know what.

Kyou Kara Maou - Guy drops into an alternate universe through a toilet.  It must be love.  Bishounen galore, humor and incredibly weird things every now and then...

Bleach - It's very fun to watch with friends, as long as you don't think about the massive plot holes.  Also, huge, fun cast to play with if you want to...

Detective Conan - Actually haven't seen much of this, but I love what I have seen ^_^

Honey & Clover - Anything that features a Twister Game of death, that is good.  Also, the characters are very complex, Morita-kun is simple awesomely random, and it has some very fine serious moments.  AND they're doing a second season!

Manga - All I'm really following right now is Tsubasa (which needs more plot in my estimation -_- ) and xxxHolic (Yuuko and Wantanuki loooove!)

Uh....there are many others....but those are the basics.
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Re: Other than MKR?
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2006, 07:53:45 AM »
Hmm...let's see.  I like a lot of the more modern stuff that's been made.

Azumanga Daioh - The first series that I watched fansubbed.  It still cracks me up each time I watch it.

.hack//SIGN - Being the RPG fanboy I am, this one really enticed me.  I wish I had a Guardian of my own now.

X/1999 - Two words...Apocalyptic battle.  CLAMP did an awesome job with this and it will always remain as one of my all-time faves.

Witch Hunter Robin - Something lured me to this series from the first day I watched it.  It's one series that I enjoy just as much as X and Rayearth.

Jigoku Shoujo - Ahh, Hell Girl.  Nothing says enjoyable than signing up on some website at Midnight, wanting to send someone to Hell.  I would recommend it.

Pani Poni Dash - This one makes a lot of references to other anime titles, movies, video games and is a very funny show.  I would recommend it too.

There are a few others, but these are like my top favorites.

Re: Other than MKR?
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2006, 11:49:02 PM »
My two favorites ever are easy enough to think of, and both of which have already been mentioned... those being Princess Mononke and Escaflowne.

The first time I saw Mononoke was, amusingly, on a tape a friend let me borrow that had the last couple fansubbed episodes of the second season of Rayearth.  It was the first time I had seen a Miyazaki movie, and I LOVED it.  So much so that I took a bunch of friends who wanted to see it on a 3 hour drive up to Seattle when it was released in theaters :)  I've since seen all of Miyazaki's other moves, several of which I like quite a lot, though none as much as Mononoke.

Now, Escaflowne... Mmm, I *almost* like this one more than Rayearth.  I love the story, characters, and everything else :)  I suppose there were a few things I didn't particularly care for (parts of the last couple of episodes, a character or two), but on the whole, definately something I think everyone needs to see.  And the music... ah, easily my favorite anime soundtrack, or soundtrack in general, that I can think of.  If only the movie had been better, and had done something else rather than just trying to retell the same story in 90 minutes, but at least it also had incredible music!

Other than that... Crest of the Stars, and Banner of the Stars, come to mind.  Generally quite good with well done characters, though they do tend to spout out quite a bit of techno-babble at times.

Re: Other than MKR?
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2006, 09:02:40 AM »
Other than that... Crest of the Stars, and Banner of the Stars, come to mind.? Generally quite good with well done characters, though they do tend to spout out quite a bit of techno-babble at times.

Ooooh, I forgot Crest of the Stars....Lafiel love!
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Re: Other than MKR?
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2006, 04:31:43 PM »
Okay! Ai's back from State. x3 Fuuuun.

As for other animes that I love .. I strongly agree with Hagane no Renkinjutsushi. That's the home of many of my other OTPs, and I'm still cheering for deeper looks into the characters and their relationships in the manga, as well as the usual action/adventure and alchemy. :3

Spiral. Really, I have not many reasons for loving this anime. I just do. xD It keeps me guessing, I suppose. That could be a reason. You have a lot of fun trying to figure out who did what. Mystery anime. -thumbs up-

InuYasha. I thought that I was finished with this series years ago. However, I can't stay away from the Miroku/Sango pairing. xD; Anyway, while the series in itself has it's flaws, there are also a lot of points in which I continue to be amazed.

Sailor Moon. Who DOSEN'T love this series? x3 I'm still a gigantic fan of Tomoe Hotaru and Aino Minako. x3 Oh, and Artemis, Luna, and Diana. Much love to the kitties.

Tenchi Universe is my favorite of the Tenchi series. ^^ I don't know why, exactly. I just know that I find it hilarious that a family of guys is living with a bunch of alien girls in a house, and all of the girls are hitting on the youngest of the males. xD It's cute. Adorable. Yup. x3 Aside from that, there are some points to the series that make you really stop and think about aspects of life in general. The episode entitled No Need For Memories, for example.

There are so many more, but I can't think of 'em at the moment. XD;
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Re: Other than MKR?
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2006, 02:38:15 PM »
I can pretty much echo everything suzanami said - our tastes run quite similar in the anime/manga department. But I'll try to add some of my own comments, har.

I'm not sure that Escaflowne is actually my favorite, but it's the best anime I've ever seen. It has a presence and a power to it that draws the viewer in so intensely; the art is beautiful and the music is absolutely stunning; and the characters, oh good heavens. The characters in this series are so, so real and complex and rich and textured that it drives me crazy. They are dynamic, living people with dynamic, real relationships, and I absolutely love that. Not to mention the pacing is perfect. The show doesn't dawdle around and waste time, but rather takes care of the story in just as much time as is necessary. And sweet mother of mercy, few anime have broken my heart as many times as this one has. (And if it can break your heart, you know it's good.)

Ashita no Nadja is just a beautiful, beautiful little story. The anime definitely has its share of fillers, and there were times when I wished we'd just get on with the story, but even the filler episodes are enjoyable because the cast is so enjoyable. I don't believe I've ever encountered a cast of characters that works together as wonderfully and seamlessly as this one does. And once the plot picks up around the middle of the series, there's hardly any time to breathe. Nadja broke my heart and filled me with such soaring excitement at least as much as Escaflowne, and I spent the better part of the last two episodes in tears. This is another stunning series which throws out twists and surprises like crazy, and I adore it.

Tenchi Muyo!, the OVA version, is my favorite of the Tenchi series. To me, the characters are at their best here. They seem far more real and intricate - Tenchi isn't as much of a jerk as in the other series, Aeka's a far more sympathetic character, and the backstories of Ryoko, Washuu, Sasami, and Mihoshi are far more interesting and detailed. I love the character relationships, I love the history, I love the interactions. I just wish they'd finish the darn thing.

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Re: Other than MKR?
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2006, 08:13:56 PM »
Thought I might finally throw my Two cents  in about my other Anime loves that I cheat on Rayearth with. 


Witch Hunter Robin  This is my second favorite. Rayearth trumps everything, but Robin is pretty awsome.  I mean, if you could set things on fire with your eyes, you know you would.  I love the story line and this fandom also had two wonderful fanfiction authors that pic up where the series leaves off.  If only they would go and finish their damn fics. 

Inuyasha I also love this series for some cracked out reason.  I own the entire thing on bootleg VCD's but have never finished watching it. >.< I just haven't had time, what with my jobs and school and Rayearth addiction, Inuyasha just doesn't get the love it should.

And just about anything else I have read or watched by CLAMP, I have loved. Miyuki-chan in Wonderland was justa bit odd for me so I gave my DVD to my friend Akio because I know it will get more love there.   I am currently working on my first DVD of RG Veda, but I still have that same problem I do with IY. I just don't have all of the time to devote to it as I should.  >.<

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Re: Other than MKR?
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2006, 03:06:38 AM »
Aiko wins for summing up Esca so well.

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Re: Other than MKR?
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2006, 06:59:41 PM »
Um .. hmm. Now that I have the energy to actually stop and think about this a little more ..

I really, really like Chrno Crusade. That's probably near the top of my favorites list at the moment. XD I do prefer the manga to the anime, as with Hagane no Renkinjutsushi, however, the anime amazes me in so many ways as well. My major OTP for this series is Joshua/Azmaria, and people in the Chrno Crusade section of ff.net practically worship me for my Joshua/Azmaria fanfiction .. xD; contrary to the usual Chrno/Rosette pairing that everyone admires. More to the point of why I love this series, though, It's just too damn beautiful NOT to love. xD The theme of 'time' in this series really, REALLY serves it's purpose in making people stop and think for a moment about how short life really is, and how any day could be your last; Also, it makes people realize that living every day to the fullest is a must, for you'll never get another life like the one you have now ever again.

Also, I love Outlaw Star. It's been years since I've seen it, mind you, but from the first episode I saw of it, I was entranced. XD I don't think I have anything meaningful to actually say about the series, but I do know that what I saw of it, I was in love with. XD

And of course, Dragonball Z and Dragonball GT will always have a place in my heart. ^^ TOILET PAPER PAIRING FOR LIFE! x3 (Toilet Paper > T/P > Truks/Pan. Get it? x3)

More later. :3
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Re: Other than MKR?
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2006, 02:52:48 AM »
I guess the reason that I'm always so 'RAYEARTH NEEDS MORE LOVE' is because I come from two HUGE fandoms.

I'm one of the thousand of Inuyasha fangirls. <3 It was the first anime that I ever really got into. To me, it's just one of those shows that you have to at least like, and I don't understand those people that hate it. T_T;; I like some crack!pairings! in there too. KagSess, anyone?

I'm also a dorky YGO fan. I used to watch in with my little bro. ^_^ Even more bishies than IY. I swear, the entire male cast is teh smex. For YGO, I'm a slash lover; pretty much any pairing.

At the moment, I'm also into Excel Saga. It amuses me to know end, and I am is <3 with Lord Il Pallazzo. Crap, I can't remember if that's how you spell his name! *braindead bad fangirl*

I've read/watched a bunch others, but nothing that I loved.

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Re: Other than MKR?
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2006, 06:48:15 AM »
Unfortunately, I can't share in most of your love for Escaflowne 'coz I've never watched it... Don't kill me!!! Trust me, I've wanted to, really I have. I just can't get a hold of a copy anywhere!!!! ARGH! The frustration!

Anyway, I have this thing for Yuu Watase's works, particularly Fushigi Yuugi (a.k.a. Curious Play -coughsbadtranslationcoughs-). It was the first ever fandom I really got into so... :D Haha, sure it seems like you're average drama with a magical twist and all, but I just liked it. Beats me why. :P Yuu Watase's other work, Ayashi no Ceres, is good too. It tells the legend of the "star maidens" with a bit of extra stuff along the way.

I like Arina Tanemura's works too! My friend was the one who first introduced me to her work and I like it a lot! I LOVE KAMIKAZE KAITOU JEANNE!! Oh gosh, that is one of my fave mangas! I read the scanlations of the manga and I fell in love with it! It's a story of a girl who is the reincarnation of Jeanne d' Arc and "steals" any beautiful art piece in order to get rid of the demons in it. It's a religious-y story, but I love the way it portrays strength and courage. ^__^ Arina Tanemura's other work, Full Moon o Sagashite, is good too. I've only watched a few eps but I've finished the manga (scanlations :P) and it's all right, but I'm partial to KKJ. The music is good though.

Hmm... what else? I can't seem to think of anything else right now. Haha, I'll add more when I think of it. Btw, just to point out, did you guys notice that we aren't only giving out our fave animes/mangas, but we're also giving like full-length reviews on them. :P Haha, nothing, it just amuses me really.

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Re: Other than MKR?
« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2006, 06:17:45 AM »
ok, I mostly love other series *blush* I've only seen Rayearth one time and of Rayearth 2 I've never seen, um . . . 8 episodes . . . *sigh* I need to get the DVDs.

Let's see, I LOVE Sailor Moon (please, no dubs) and Pretear and Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star and Metal Gear Panic.  Right now I'm watching Witch Hunter Robin and I'm loving it so far!

Other than that I've mostly been watching movies like Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away and Garvey's Wing.

Ok, enough from me!

Re: Other than MKR?
« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2006, 05:04:33 AM »
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