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post #151 of 6444
Porco Rosso is my fav Miyazaki, as well. Favorite anime? Nah. Best Miyazaki, sure.
post #152 of 6444
Hm, truthfully I can't think of many that would be better. Grave of the Fireflies could be one, perhaps End of Evagelion because I really liked the series and the Cowboy Bebop movie was very cool, but that's about it. Any other suggestions?
post #153 of 6444
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I still think Perfect Blue is my favorite anime movie ever, and Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust and Millennium Actress are also excellent movies, but I haven't seen Porco Rosso yet so hopefully that will be right up there with them.
post #154 of 6444
Do you mean movies? If so, I like Akira better and the escaflowne movie was darker, which leaves a larger impression on me. I wasn't considering movies exclusively when I said that I didn't like Porco Rosso the most...I guess there aren't that many good anime movies that I can think of right now Hm, if you consider all 4 original kenshin OVAs, which really need to be viewed as one film anyway, I would rank it over Porco, as well. Did they make a movie version of that all hacked up? Never watched that one...Hm, maybe the original Ghost in the Shell. I've seen all of these multiple times, and I would watch any of the darker ones again if I had time to kill and I was bored out of my skull, but I really wouldn't pull out Porco Rosso again unless I had kids to entertain.

I was about to mention Perfect Blue as being perhaps tied with Porco or just under, but decided to stop with all that dark nonsense It's not that groundbreaking as a story, but well executed, and I thought to myself, "surely Porco is better than that."
post #155 of 6444
i know this is anime only, but i just read the latest Death Note and Ichigo 100% scanslations and both of the latest volumes were a fun read.
post #156 of 6444
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Originally Posted by HiGHFLYiN9
I still think Perfect Blue is my favorite anime movie ever, and Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust and Millennium Actress are also excellent movies, but I haven't seen Porco Rosso yet so hopefully that will be right up there with them.
Actually, I haven't seen Perfect Blue yet. Thanks for the heads up, I must check this one out immediately. In any case, if you've seen some of Miyazaki's recent movies like Mononoke or Spirited Away, his older productions including Porco Rosso are paced a bit slower and generally use a more light-hearted style. The animation is what you'd probably call "classic" or simply chidlish depending on the point of view.
But I think that as long as you don't go expecting fancy dog-fights (the story frame is about a pilot bounty hunter after all) or eye candy in general, you'll probably like it. Unlike modern anime, there are no conspiracies, not a fixed antagonist and the emphasis is really on the character interactions.
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Do you mean movies? If so, I like Akira better and the escaflowne movie was darker, which leaves a larger impression on me. I wasn't considering movies exclusively when I said that I didn't like Porco Rosso the most...I guess there aren't that many good anime movies that I can think of right now Hm, if you consider all 4 original kenshin OVAs, which really need to be viewed as one film anyway, I would rank it over Porco, as well. Did they make a movie version of that all hacked up? Never watched that one...Hm, maybe the original Ghost in the Shell. I've seen all of these multiple times, and I would watch any of the darker ones again if I had time to kill and I was bored out of my skull, but I really wouldn't pull out Porco Rosso again unless I had kids to entertain.

I was about to mention Perfect Blue as being perhaps tied with Porco or just under, but decided to stop with all that dark nonsense It's not that groundbreaking as a story, but well executed, and I thought to myself, "surely Porco is better than that."
Oh yeah, I forgot to say movies. Akira left a huge impression on me but that was mainly because I watched it in 4th grade with a couple of friends and under the constant fear that the parent might notice it. I haven't seen it ever since but the manga was great. Haven't seen GITS for a long time either but the two recent series seasons were pretty cool. I absolutely agree that the 4 Kenshin OVAs are superb. Probably better than Porco Rosso most of the time but today was a good mood for the crimson pig. The other OVAs and movies are crap though and they recently came out with another one that continues with the story after he's already lain down his sword. It was not well-received either beause it messes with the good feeling of the original ending. I loved the manga to death, too. Escaflowne movie was very good and I think better than the series with the noisy girl. She was grinding on my nerves and the horrible German dub didn't help a lot either.


As for other good movies, the Lupin III movies are very nice, too. Castle of Cagliostro is probably my favourite (Miyazaki...).
post #157 of 6444
if you end up liking perfect blue, make sure to catch his other films, like millenium princess, and especially Tokyo Godfathers.
post #158 of 6444
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i know this is anime only, but i just read the latest Death Note and Ichigo 100% scanslations and both of the latest volumes were a fun read.
Ichigo 100%, I must admit, is very entertaining.
Edit: Open Sesame is very similar and worth reading, too. I actually like it more than Ichigo because there's actually a plot.

I haven't followed Death Note since the start of the second part. Somehow the story has lots its grip and they use way too much text in the bubbles. But the first part was just amazing. If you like conspiracies and in case you haven't checked it out already, you absolutely have to read 20th Century Boys. It's by the same guy who wrote Monster, Master Keaton and Yawara.

But we should start perhaps start a manga thread. So much good stuff.
post #159 of 6444
Yeah, a manga thread would be nice.

I haven't picked up any death note in a little while. It's no hikaru no go, but not half bad. I have a bunch of ichigo 100% but I stopped early on - though it is entertaining, the lack of a plot doesn't pull me in.
post #160 of 6444
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if you end up liking perfect blue, make sure to catch his other films, like millenium princess, and especially Tokyo Godfathers.
He's also behind the series Mousou dairinin (Paranoia Agent), which I heard was excellent but haven't been able to watch it yet.
post #161 of 6444
Shakugan no Shana looks quite good. Strong points are (IMO) great character design, voice acting (thumbs up to Kugimiya Rie, one of my favorite seiyuus) and early 90ish but yet intriguing plot My only dissapointment comes from less than stellar drawing quality. At times I could look at it as a drawing style more than shortcoming, but at other times it really feels they could have added some more detailed touch here and there. OP theme "Hishoku no Sora" is done by KOTOKO & Satou Hiromi

I still need to watch Happy Seven, so many new series to see starting this October
post #162 of 6444
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Originally Posted by HiGHFLYiN9
I haven't seen Porco Rosso yet so hopefully that will be right up there with them.
Well I just got to see Porco Rosso yesterday. It was excellent and I'm glad you all talked me into seeing it. The art was simple but very beautiful at times, especially during some of the plane scenes. Also the orchestrated score was quite nice. All in all though I'd have to say doesn't quite fit into my top tier of favorite anime movies. Perhaps the plot was a tad too simple for a jaded anime fan

As far as Miyazaki-made films go, I still prefer Spirited Away and Mononoke.
post #163 of 6444
I just got the first 2 episodes of the remake of Guyver and I must say, it's as SICK and AWESOME as the original!
post #164 of 6444
I recently saw another production by Shinkai Makoto, "The Place Promised in Our Early Days". Pretty good although not quite as brilliant as "Voices of a Distant Star" (aka Hoshi no Koe, 30 min OVA).

This is just one man and a handful other people and his computer taking on the big anime corporations in a free-lancing manner. And he beats most of them by a mile. Pretty good visuals for such a tight budget and terrific music, too. The art work is a bit inconsistent from time to time, especially in the fighting scenes where the use of CG is just too apparent but fighting is not the main focus of this short production.

I think Hoshi no Koe is a must-see and it'll only take 30 min of your time anyway.
post #165 of 6444
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Finished Paranoia Agent earlier today, it definently had the same feeling as Perfect Blue but just stretched over 13 episodes rather than feature length. If you're familiar with Perfect Blue, things in characters minds actually play out in reality and you're left with the choice of whether they are actually happening or are some sort of fabrication. Almost every episode concentrates on new characters, and there are a few that continue to reappear like the detectives. There are a lot of ideas fleshed out in the series. The whole series is centralized around the idea of people getting stuck in a highly stressful situation and wishing for escape. Many small trajedies are played out by the characters and can sometimes leave the viewer doubtful of humanities ability to sustain itsself. Many of the characters are forced to manipulate their mental living space, sometimes it affects people around them, and sometimes it affects the whole collective conscious of the city. Through the series you will see a particular entity through many perspectives, and decide what he really is. This anime pushes the boundaries of narrative, and I consider most of it genious. There are some lulls where the creativity seems lacking about halfway through the series, and I think it would have been a little stronger if some of those parts were cut to make it tighter. I would have also liked the ending to be a little more open ended, but it's so avant garde already Overall 4.75/5 Near Perfect.
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