Ben Moore Anime Watch List

  • @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

  • @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.

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  • @Lexad YES! I love the design of all the characters in the show. I'm glad to see there's a few others who enjoyed it as well.

  • From Ben's already watched list, I can see he has already tasted some of the greatest Animes, this world has received.

    So these are some anime series/films which have themes in common with these.

    Neon Genesis Evangelion: Mechs action, mature, psychological thriller, big character build ups and progressions, a near flawless mix between science and religious mysticism. One of the very greatest series ever to bestowed upon the anime world, the rebuilds are in general shit though, not on their own, but when compared to the original series.

    Claymore: Mature, demons, knights, very gory slasher, high battle action, super natural powers, deep character progression, anti heroes, similar to Berserk in the sense of long two handers, anti heroes theme, and lots of gory battles/blood baths. Series moves in grey zones a lot. Get ready to see limbs fly.
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    Darker Than Black: Mysterious, mature, anti heroes theme, thriller, HUGE character progressions, supernatural powers, a pinch of detective stuff involved. The world is past a giant disaster, contractors are human beings who lose their sense of emotions, and gain super natural powers, used by agencies around the world of underground syndicates. The world is dark, and full of terrors. Main lead is searching for his sister, while being the perfect liar and killer, although he hasn't really lost all human emotions, but not everything is as it seems. There are humans who are dolls, who aren't really there any more, in their bodies, they can wander of in electrical currents or through water in a sense of spirit form, very docile, emotionless, and most humans see dolls as tools, rather than other humans. DON'T WATCH SEASON 2!!! real end was with season 1!!!

    House of 5 leaves: mature, samurai, ronin, action, plot, deep character progression, psychological, anti heroes. A pretty underrated series, with a different art style, which is quite unique in it's own way. The story is simple, we have a swordsman who needs work, and when desperate, willing to work for the strangest things.
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    Movies - Mini series to consider:

    Sword of the Stranger: One of the best sword combat/fight animations ever! Mature, action, sublime combat fights, dark, gory, age of ronin. If you liked Samurai Champloo, ninja scroll, ninja gaiden, samurai stuff, you have to watch this right away!
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    Afro Samurai: The guy behind this, is also part of making the new game Furi , so you gotta watch this before playing the game! Same as Sword of a Stranger, simply gorgeous battles and dark progressions, gory as fark.
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    I super highly reccomend the following:

    Space Brothers (Uchuu Kyodai)

    Tatami Galaxy

    Gankutsuo: Count of Monte Christo


    Princess Jellyfish

    I promise these won't disappoint. With the exception of Monte Christo, which is just a amazing looking scifi retelling of the classic story, all the others are all more or less about the struggles of adulthood in various forms. Nothing super crazy, no martial arts tournament arcs, just human drama and feels in the best ways.

  • Another addition to the list:

    Aldnoah Zero Season 1
    Aldnoah Zero Season 2
    Ga-Rei: Zero

  • I remember Ben saying he liked comedy, so only recommending shows that are heavily comedic, even if they don't revolve around it. This helps me narrow down titles anyways.

    Seto no Hanayome: This is probably the funniest anime I've ever watched period.

    Sexy Commando Gaiden: Sugoi yo!! Masaru-san: This is an absolute classic. The story is ridiculous, and the best part is the entire series is subbed on Youtube easily available.

    Bakemonogatari: There is actually a collection of anime series and movies associated with this. They're all worth watching. Look up the order or tweet me if you need help with it. Also, this is one of those shows that seems way worse than it is if you google image search it, because of course the most pervy scenes are what everyone passes pictures of around even though there's way more to this one than fanservice.

    Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei: This show shaped who I am as a person. Intense enough much? Basically, it is a show about dark comedy, about how messed up the world is. Instead of taking an edgy negative approach to conveying that, it encourages you to find the humour in how truly twisted our lives are.

    Arakawa under the Bridge: Rich guy becomes indebted to a girl who lives under a bridge as part of a bigger community of weirdos. He moves in to fufill her wish and repay his debt to her.

    Haré+Guu: Another classic. This show plays with your expectations.

    Renkin San-kyuu Magical? Pokaan: Ever see a wolf girl named Liru and wonder where she came from? This cult hit is the answer. Don't believe the tone of the opening. This is straight up slice of life comedy.

    Detroit Metal City: Look it up. It's as ridiculous as it seems.

    B Gata H Kei: Not Gentai.

    Edit: Added "previews" if you click the anime titles. Most are OPs, except some songs for the ones I couldn't get the OP of and Sexy Commando links directly to the first batch of episodes on Youtube. Mild sexual content warning if that kind of thing bothers you.

  • House of 5 leaves: mature, samurai, ronin, action, plot, deep character progression, psychological, anti heroes. A pretty underrated series, with a different art style, which is quite unique in it's own way. The story is simple, we have a swordsman who needs work, and when desperate, willing to work for the strangest things.
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    YES DUDE! I forgot about Saraiya-Goyou, such an underrated and beautiful gem! Great recommendation!

  • my god just saw ep. 15 of Re:Zero dam.... show keeps getting better and better

  • I can't believe I forgot, but Persona 4 the Animation (original, not Golden), and the Persona 3 movies are great. He likes the games that they're based on so I'm sure Ben would enjoy these anime.

  • I fell behind on this

  • Wait. Has no-one suggested Barakamon yet?
    It's like the perfect mix of slice of life and comedy in a rural setting. A genius calligrapher punches someone in the face at an exhibition for getting called "uninspired" and is sent by his father as punishment on a remote island where he needs to reflect on his behaviour. He then gets surrounded by funny cute and quirky characters. It's very fun and heartwarming.

  • I wonder if Ben is going to watch the new Dangan Ronpa anime that airs this season given that it closes the book on the Hope's Peak academy arc.

  • I recommend this anime to Ben Moore:

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  • @Whoaness Ben should do a Kyle and make a dumb anime review show - Bananya would be perfect for the debut :P

  • Oh man a Easy Allies anime review show would be great!

  • This is such a genius / hilarious thread, beating Ben over the head with anime suggestions. I'll spice things up with two flavors of ramen:

    Miso: Savory Classic

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    Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

    It's got romance. It's got tragedy. It's got mechs, cartoonish villains talking in eerily-lit corridors, and supernatural powers; tragic pasts, terrorism, and political intrigue; and Japanese high school students, apropos-of-nothing fanservice, and giant futuristic mecha. This is the best anime I've even seen. It has a downright gratuitous amount of animation without looking dated (the mechs are animated in 2D too). More than that though, it's got a fabulous plot with characters who actually talk to each other while they're not heavily involved in the storyline. Basically every character is well developed with a satisfying arc that resolves their character within the 50 episodes. Not to mention Johnny Yong Bosch, who absolutely steals the show as Lelouch (this is one to watch dubbed—it's very very good).

    Udon: Hipster Zest

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    Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit is a anime that everyone should have watched, but basically no one has watched. It's anachronistic: The setting is feudal Japanese fantasy, but the music reminds me of a 80s Spielberg movie. The animation is beautiful, of course, with gleaming sword fights and peaceful mountain hikes alike. It's 26 episodes, It's on Netflix: there is no excuse.