Ben Moore Anime Watch List

  • Here are only a few of titles I've seen that you might like (minus any titles that might be too lewd), just keep in mind they're not all great depending on your tastes:

    • Accel World - from the same person who made SAO I think.
    • Angel Beats - a comedy-drama with supernatural added to it, from Key if you're familiar with that name.
    • Another - horror/mystery (?) where kids die to supernatural forces.
    • Baka to Test to Shokanjuu - school comedy with a hierarchy based on your test results.
    • Btooom! - anime about a top player who gets taken to an island and must survive by killing enough people for a chance to get out.
    • D.Gray-man - old but it's about exorcists fighting against someone turning people into weapons called akuma.
    • Durarara!! - about a boy who seeks for more than an ordinary life in the city, but the anime focuses on many characters and can be hectic at times when events occur simultaneously and are interconnected.
    • Elfen Lied - one of my favorite, dark anime that uses themes such as nature vs nurture among others, it's about a girl with a mutation that gives her telekinetic powers. Her mutation scares people and she is captured for laboratory purposes.
    • Gintama - my overall favorite, this anime is primarily comedy but it does/did just about everything, possibly the equivalent to simpsons/family guy of american cartoons .
    • Ixion Saga DT - comedy about a gamer who is suddenly transported to an alternate world.
    • Jormungand - anime about a arms dealer and her crew, with a child soldier as her newest recruit.
    • Log Horizon - like SAO but focused on exploration/adventuring and living in the world rather than just plain survival. In fact, I like this better.
    • Magi - nice story that focuses on adventure and the political struggle between countries and those who want misguide people into ruin. There are tower-like structures called dungeons; those who conquer a dungeon will have their weapon imbued with power by a Djinn and will have a "right" to be a king/ruler.
    • Paranoia Agent - about a mysterious assailant wearing roller skates and wielding a bent, metal bat who's been attacking people recently.
    • S-CRY-ED - old but still one of my favorites. After a strange incident, land was broken off from Japan known as the Lost Ground. Some people born here have the ability to convert mass to their own will known as Alters.
    • Shinryaku! Ika Musume - comedy about a squid girl with the intention of invading humanity and conquering humans due to pollution in the sea, though she's not very good at it.
    • Steins;Gate - a very nice thriller, a group of friends made an invention that can send messages into the past, I don't want to say anymore in case of spoilers.
    • Tiger & Bunny - a "what if" take on superheroes being more commercialized, such as having sponsor logos on their costumes and their heroics being broadcasted in a television program.
    • To Aru Kagaku No Railgun - This explores the science side of Index. I think I like this better than Index but you should at least start with the first season of Index first for context and world building.
    • To Aru Majutsu No Index - set in Academy City that's filled with people with special abilities called espers and behind the scenes, people from religious sects that can use magic.
    • Watamote - comedy about a socially awkward girl who wishes she was popular but ends up doing something totally wrong or creates a misunderstanding.

  • @BenMoore said in Ben Moore Anime Watch List:

    Making a MyAnimeList to keep track of this. You're all amazing.

    Don't forget to add My Hero Academia. It just finished the first season and is all on Hulu. I thought I had started to lose interest in anime but this one really brought me back in with hype to find other shows.

  • Gintama
    Natsume's Book of Friends
    Kimagure Orange Road

  • We have an anime club thread going on that I'm running for the forum users, if you want to watch along we would love to have you on the journey with us! We're using the noodles and broth format where every first Monday of the month is three episodes of noodles and every third Monday is three episodes of broth, I'm the first chef in rotation and after looking over the submissions we have going until the end of the year we have some really great suggestions, especially on the broth. Come join us over at ! The animes listed on the spreadsheet are ones that I would count as recommendations, the ones I put forth for consideration are Another as the noodles and [C] - The Money of Soul and Possibility Control (or just C Control) as the broth.

  • I would recommend:

    Macross: Mecha, idols, spaceships, and alien invaders. Old school but amazing!
    Macross: Do You Remember Love > Movie version with gorgeous animation.
    Macross Plus: It's "Top Gun the Anime" and its probably the best of the series. Looks AMAZING.
    Macross Frontier: More modern version of Macross with well done CG battle scenes.
    Mobile Suit Gundam: 08th MS Team > A more grounded Gundam that focuses more on the lives of normal soldiers slogging it out on Earth. Looks beautiful.
    Minami Ke (1st season ideally): Quirky slice-of-life comedy about the lives of three sisters.
    Tekkaman Blade: Alien invaders, blood feuds, lots of fighting and drama.
    Sousei no Aquarion (original): Wierd and crazy mecha anime.
    Eureka 7: Mecha on surfboards flying in the air.
    Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki Kun: Great comedy that plays with shoujo tropes.
    Full Metal Panic! (Fumoffu and 2nd Raid are awesome): Fumoffu is a wacky comedy, 2nd Raid is a mecha based action comedy. Both beautifully animated.
    Martian Successor Nadesico: A sci-fi action comedy that pokes fun of the genre's tropes and uses them as integral plot points.

  • The real question is . . .

    Full Metal Alchemist or Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood.
    Ben, this is very important.

    Additional must sees are

    Code Geass
    Ergo Proxy
    Yu Yu Hakusho
    Zoids (maybe not a must see but damn if both of the series were a huge part of my childhood)
    Digimon Adventure Tri (if you followed the original series, it is a continuation of Tai and the gang)
    D.Gray-man (which is awesome and they just started doing new episodes after 7 years)

    And Sailor Moon Crystal has actually been really enjoyable too

  • Watch FMA till the break point, then start again from Brotherhood for the canon route.

  • Honestly I love both FMA series. The original had a very grounded approach and I loved the heavy scientific themes and concepts. Brotherhood definitely feels like a more cohesive package though and I generally prefer the way characters are handed like Greed and Mustang. I can live with loving both though. Barry the Chopper is very different but equally awesome in both and the same can be said for a lot of aspects between both series.

  • Durarara!! especially if he liked Baccano!
    The Heroic Legend of Arslan for a nice fantasy flavour

  • Excepting what has already been mentioned, my recommendations are:

    Parasyte: the maxim
    Zetsuen no Tempest
    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (When They Cry)
    Kara no kyoukai (The Garden of Sinners)
    Ergo Proxy
    Darker than Black
    Deadman Wonderland
    Zankyou no Terror (Terror in Resonance)
    Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume's Book of Friends)
    Boku dake ga inai machi (ERASED)

    Ixion Saga DT for the lulz

  • I can post some of my favourites if it helps, I think they are pretty well known ones though, but obviously I think they are really good :)

    Neon Genesis Evangelion
    Kimi ga Nozomu Eien
    Clannad/Clannad After Story
    Angel Beats
    Romeo x Juliet
    Ef ~ A Tale of Memories/Melodies
    Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

  • Blue Gender This is a survival horror mecha series set in a really brutal world, a really unique series that's one of my favourites, try to rope in Huber if you can

    Record of Lodoss War This is basically Dungeons & Dragons the anime, watch it with the TTE cast if ya can, there's a dwarf with an axe for Huber, some wonderful elf and dark elf ladies for Ian etc

    Rune Soldier This is also based on D&D but it's more of a parody. The main character is a mage who is far too manly to use PATHETIC COWARDLY FILTH MAGIC

    Full Metal Panic This is a really great mecha show that mixes nice amounts of comedy with the serious mecha stuff

    Mirai Nikki if you love stuff like Dangan Ronpa definitely watch this, it's another "murder game" type scenario but the characters end up being really charming. You'll never root for an axe murdering stalker so hard!

    Space Dandy He's a dandy space

  • Yo, watch gundam thunderbolt! its real short but real good!

  • My favorite anime is Ergo Proxy, it's one I never see people talk about or suggest. Not sure if it's underrated or people just don't like it, but I adore it. I suppose it could come off as pretentious with it's heavy overhanded themes, but I found a lot to digest in it.

  • @TheChrisGriffin said in Ben Moore Anime Watch List:

    My favorite anime is Ergo Proxy, it's one I never see people talk about or suggest. Not sure if it's underrated or people just don't like it, but I adore it. I suppose it could come off as pretentious with it's heavy overhanded themes, but I found a lot to digest in it.

    It is a weird anime but the art style is gorgeous and just love the themes it puts out there

  • if you ever wanted to just make anime your life just watch

    Fist of the North Star.
    Harlock Franchise

  • I'm going to throw in Lupin III. It was my favorite when I lived in Japan and I'm getting a slight Lupin vibe from Persona 5. Worth checking out a couple of the movies, like Castle of Cogliostro or Secret of Mammo. Lupin III anime is everywhere

  • This list is looking alot like my plan to watch on MAL >.>

    • Monster

    I'll add to the list nothing else like it, I really didn't expect what was going to happen in that series so good :)

    I actually think Brandon Jones might like that anime, Ben try to convince him to see it lol

    Everything else I wanted to list like Hunter x Hunter has been already mentioned.

  • @BenMoore @Ruaidhri18
    Ok, here are my recommendations with a bit more detail.


    • Serial Experiments Lain: There is one word to describe this anime, and coincidentally it is the title of the first episode -- WEIRD. This short 13 episode anime is a trove of mind-numbing psychological craziness that will leave you hopelessly confused until the last episode...and maybe even beyond. An older show directed by the legendary late Ryutaro Nakamura, who was known as a horror director. He brings a unique take to the anime industry through this one-of-a-kind anime experience. "PRESENT DAY, PRESENT TIME", this show sheds unique and accurate light on the world of technology and "hacking".
    • Kino No Tabi: While this show is similarly directed by Ryutaro Nakamura, it is quite different from Lain. It is a slower-paced, episodic anime that delves deep into the quandaries of life, existence, and reality. The quote that opens the show represents it the best -- "The world is not beautiful, therefore it is [beautiful]."
    • Kaiba: Visionary Masaaki Yuasa brings his weirdness to a 12 episode series. A dystopian world where the rich can extend their lifespans by supplanting their memories into artificial bodies but the poor must suffer, Kaiba follows a young man with a hole in his chest as he tries to reclaim his forgotten memories. This show is quite the trip -- fantastically animated with a strange Yuasa tinge.
    • Haibane Renmei: The Haibane are a group that wake up with no memories in a strange town with huge walls. They grow wings and have halos that float above their heads. They must learn to grow and live together with the human townsfolk as they try to learn the meaning of their existence. Existentialism at its finest. A bit slower, with a "slice of life" tone towards the beginning, this show brings some curious questions about the lives we live in general.
    • Akagi: Protagonist Akagi is the very definition of a badass. Starting his journey as a 13 year old who wanders into a Yakuza Mahjong parlor, he ends up playing Mahjong with increasing stakes and increasing badassery. His life is always on the line; will he continue unflinching, or will he dip too deep into danger and lose it all? This show has some interesting character designs.
    • Kaiji: By the same group as Akagi, Kaiji is somehow a much different show. Still about the underground Yakuza gambling world, the show follows young Kaiji who is a hopeless and pathetic loser in life. He is addicted to gambling and lives in constant fear. How will he survive when he gets unwittingly flung into the underground? This is a bit of a longer show -- two seasons that are around 20 episodes each.
    • Texhnolyze: Another Yoshitoshi ABe show? Yes. Because ABe is a genius. It's hard to describe the futuristic dystopian world of Texhnolyze, where people can have their limbs replaced by machines and the underground city is ruled by gangs. Watch the world descend even further into death and darkness as it spirals out of control. Slow to start, but definitely worth it for a brilliant ending.
    • Inferno Cop: Inferno Cop is a cop who has come back from Hell for revenge! About 12 episodes of 5 minute-long fun. Ridiculous Trigger humor that rarely misses delivers at its finest. Animated even worse than South Park, this show holds no punches when it comes to making fun of everything around it. Reads a little bit like Kung Fury.
    • Space Patrol Luluco: WARNING -- watch Inferno Cop First! Trigger delivers again with 12 episodes of 5 minute-long fun. Join Luluco as she gets forced into joining the Space Patrol, a group that believes that JUSTICE NEVER DIES! Watch them take on wacky and crazy supervillains that have abducted the entire city of Ogikubo.


    • Jin-Roh: Political Military Thriller. Who is the mysterious Wold Brigade? What is their role in the development of Post-War Japan? A calmer, more psychological military piece that ponders morality.
    • Patema Inverted: Half of humanity has had their gravity reversed. Patema, being one of the inverted, accidentally wanders to the surface and risks falling into the sky. She meets a young boy who's gravity is regular. Together they must escape as they are hunted by their dystopian government.
    • Cencoroll: An easy 30 minute movie about a boy and his mysterious partner that can transform. His young classmate accidentally finds out about his secret and gets abducted by a villain with a partner of his own. Watch this brilliantly animated short action movie!
    • Sword of the Stranger: Classic Samurai movie with well--paced story and beautiful action sequences. BONES truly delivers in this classic movie about a samurai who calls himself Nanashi and the boy and his dog that run into him.

    I may try to find some more recommendations later.

  • Code Geass - so many various characters I cared during watching