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supremekitten

Anime you should check

In some past journals, I made various lists of anime
This time I bring you a list of anime so unique and notable, that I believe everyone should at least check them out, even if he/she will dislike them and drop them after a few minutes.
Most of these anime will have a very distinct graphic style, and most of them are deeply thought-inducing (at least I think so)

Keep in mind that
1. this is my personal opinion/knowledge
2. I tried to make the list as complete as I could, but there are bound to be some missing
3. many of my favorite series are missing from this list, this is because i did not deem them unusual or notable enough.
4. Most of the series are serious series, not comedies, because comedies are usually meant to be funny and enjoyable, not to be deep and thought-inducing. (Even so, some of them can be pretty funny)
5. some of the below recommendations, were hard and tedious for me to watch, and despite this, I still believe everyone should check them out.
6. this list consists of only things which i have fully seen.


Serial experiments lain
Now and then, here and there
Furi Kuri
Angel's Egg
Alien Nine
Brigadoon - Marin and Melan
Cat Soup
Grave of the Fireflies
Haibane Renmei
Jungle wa itsumo, Hale nochi Guu
Higurashi no naku koro ni
Magical shopping arcade abenobashi
Paranoia agent
Mind game
Mushishi
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Read or die (oav)
Whisper of the Heart
Windy Tales
Mononoke (series)
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
Koi Kaze
Saikano
Humanity Has Declined

Finally, some things which i personally find slightly less notable, but felt like I should still put on this list.
Akira
Key - the metal idol
Metropolis
Utawarerumono
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Added: 6 years, 8 months ago
 
Thanatos
6 years, 8 months ago
Higurashi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love When They Cry :D It's my favorite to show to friends on dark nights.
supremekitten
6 years, 8 months ago
While higurashi isn't awfully meta or thought inducing, the unique narratory structure and portrayal, as well as some exploration of various serious topics in a rather interesting manner, makes me put it on this list. I feel higurashi is a bit more than just a crime mystery which it may seem to be.

Having said that, it is nonetheless one of my favorite anime.
sircharles
6 years, 8 months ago
Hare+Guu is one of my all time favorite cartoons.
supremekitten
6 years, 8 months ago
Definitely has a lot of meta elements, and there is some thought inducing depth into it, I think it's not just a simple comedy as some may expect. Which is why it landed on this list.
Catwheezle
6 years, 8 months ago
There's a Mononoke series? Oooh... *runs to Google*
supremekitten
6 years, 8 months ago
not to be confused with the movie, because it is something else entirely. Mononoke (tv) is definitely a very unique piece of art, exploring various folk tale/legends/creatures in a deep and serious manner. Definitely noteworthy.
C0baltblaze
6 years, 8 months ago
what the hell happened to gurrann lagann? that was by far an epic anime everyone should see!
supremekitten
6 years, 8 months ago
I'm sorry. While I have seen Gurren lagann, I feel it is a typical shounen series. The art style is very normal, and the plot is very normal for this type of series. While it is fun and has an epic ending, I do not find it notable or special in any way, nor do I find it thought inducing in any way, therefore I do not believe it fits this list.
supremekitten
6 years, 8 months ago
But it's a very enjoyable and fun series, I don't deny that.
C0baltblaze
6 years, 8 months ago
I have seen saikano, and tbh It happens to be one of my faves for a very good reason, it happens to be a very very good romance! with the end of the world setting  it became even better! THE OVA SERIES idk kinda never got into that one!
supremekitten
6 years, 8 months ago
Saikano explores some deeper themes of self-identity and war, amongst others. On top of it it's one of my favorite series and the love is portrayed in a very mature manner, quite unusual.
The graphic style is also quite unusual.
MightBeFurry
6 years, 8 months ago
Seen a bit of Lain, but I lost touch with it and never finished. Alien Nine introduced me to a favorite artist of mine, Hitoshi Tomizawa. Grave of the Fireflies wiped my friend out emotionally for a little while; maybe bad idea to show him. I've only seen Nausicaä once, so long ago; watching it again may feel like the first viewing o_o . Simply loved Read or Die.

Key the Metal Idol... in my anime watching infancy, it was the first series that I collected all the way to the final VHS tape. I remember being a little disappointed in how the plot was resolved. The ending didn't satisfy me. Still, it has a nostalgic place in my heart.

... ... ... ... ... ... Potemayo. (disappears)
supremekitten
6 years, 8 months ago
Lain seems to be like that, some people just connect with its aesthetics and pacing, some don't.
Key was a bit clumsy, but I think it did include some thought and explored some interesting ideas. Hence I added it at the end of the list.

Potemayo definitely doesn't fit this list XD although it was very cute and funny and a very nice anime.
supremekitten
6 years, 8 months ago
Read or Die the oav is a fascinating concept and portrayed in a fascinating fashion, a very nice one, on the other hand the ROD tv series, as many other people noted, was, well, average.
Alien Nine was a very interesting and unique take on comming of age, there is definitely some meta character and symbolism inside. Although for the full story one has to find and read the manga, because the anime isn't exactly complete. (although it's wrapped up as semi-complete, I guess)
Grave of the fireflies, deep and serious and notable. If I remember correctly, themes of poverty and war. I feel, if things like that would be seen and felt by everyone, maybe the whole human species would become better.
Nausica is probably my favorite of the ghibli series, exploring themes of acceptance and dare I say... inner beauty? It's probably a bit flimsy around the edges, but still one of my favorites.
Eyehazcookie
6 years, 8 months ago
still in love with your top pick xD
supremekitten
6 years, 8 months ago
And I still say it may be my favorite anime of all times, but definitely not for everyone. Seems some people just can't get into it, very unique aesthetics and flow.
Ultratails42
6 years, 8 months ago
Ah Now and Then, Here and There. One of the most depressing animes ive seen (Also a very good one.)
supremekitten
6 years, 8 months ago
The seriousness and depth of some topics explored in this anime is exquisite. All expressed in a very unique piece of art.
Meowz
6 years, 8 months ago
Shame on me for forgetting the title, but there was another series I wanted to tell you about some weeks ago. Description will include spoilers, so maybe somebody (or you) will recognise it.

Two kid brothers, living with their scientist parents onboard an orbital space station become witness to the murder of ther parents. Pursued by unknown people, they eventually eject/flee and are stranded on the planet below, which seems to be a largely hostile world with man eating plants and wildlife. Soon, the younger brother ends up injured and is slowing them both down. A stranger helps them, but in return for his continued assistance, he asks the older brother to kill his young sibling, because 'this is no place for the weak'. After dragging it out for as long as he can, he does.

If this all doesn't right a bell yet, even though what's described happens within the first two or so episodes, then I have to find out the name again somewhere else. Regardless, I recommend it.

Oh, and if you still haven't seen Ghost Hound yet,... well I could go on. :)
supremekitten
6 years, 8 months ago
I did watch this, I believe the title was Jyu Oh Sei, while i really liked the idea of giant monster plants, I remember the anime as not particularly great in any way. It was sort of meh, I couldn't even remember the title (had to search for it), and I don't really remember anything particularly interesting about it, which is sort of sad because... I really liked the idea of giant monster plants.
As a matter of fact i probably wouldn't recommend this to anyone, although it wasn't particularly bad, i think, but I'd say it was average and underwhelming. Still worth seeing if the ideas behind it interest you, but I wouldn't expect too much from it.
I remember hearing of Ghost Hound many times when it was being made, but I haven't watched it for whatever reasons. Looking at who made it, I definitely need to check this one out.
Meowz
6 years, 8 months ago
I don't know why, I found this more interesting, especially after the kid became of age and rose up in ranks through arena fighting and all that :). Anyway, yeah, check out Ghost Hound, it's really awesome and has the best sound editing I have ever heard in anime. If there was an oscar for that ...
supremekitten
6 years, 8 months ago
I can't really say why I thought it was so average, as I don't really remember why, I just remember it didn't feel all that well made. I think it was the plot.

As for Ghost Hound, I will definitely check it out.
supremekitten
6 years, 8 months ago
I watched Ghost Hound. Overall the anime was pretty nice, the plot reminded me of Higurashi. I enjoyed it a lot.

but the ending, well, the ending was sort of cute and at least positive, i guess, but it was also really weak and underwhelming, and left me with a "really? that's it? ok..." sort of feeling. With all the buildup the ending felt really weak and half-assed (but at least enjoyably happy).
Meowz
6 years, 8 months ago
=^_^= I wouldn't want to ruin it all along by spoiling anything about the end of it, though, I barely even remember it. But yes, in the case of Ghost Hound, most rewarding about watching it was 'the journey', not where you get to in the end. Or in other words -- it’s better to travel hopefully than to arrive. ;)

I loved the overall idea, theme and design, but not so much the scientist stuff. But then again, the doc was fantastic. He often reminded me of Inspector Runge ... well actually that Lunge (german: lungs) from another series I forgot to mention alltogether, which was as amazing as it was scary: Monster. Even though it's debatable how scary it still is in the end, when all is said and done, Monster was another cool and very detailed series, and it's as much a sightseeing trip all across Germany as well.

But anyhow, that was fast! :) I'm very glad you enjoyed Ghost Hound, or most of it! Wouldn't have wanted to urge you to watch something you'd just hate to see.
supremekitten
6 years, 8 months ago
Nah, I enjoyed it, definitely creative and unique, as expected. Just the ending was meh.

I also watched maccademi wasshoi, that one had some cringeworthy moments but was quite epic at times, that was a comedy though and completely different genre.

Allso watched invader zim, that was quite epic, but not anime and without continuity and without an ending, oh well.

I've been watching a lot of stuff lately.
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