WELCOME TO THE JAPANIMATION THREAD!
Rosario+Vampire is one of the best shows you've possibly not watched due to prejudices and you are a worse off person because of it.
"But Beel", you say, "monster girls?"
"I heard it is full of fanservice."
Yes, it is. But...
(Ok the manga is superior and you should read it but hear me out here!)
If you can't put up with 9 episodes before things start getting awesome, I don't know what to tell you. If you have a particular understanding of the monster girl genre, you may even find those first 8 episodes amusing. (Probably not.)
"All right, all right, I give up already. Tell me about the series (again)."
Franchise, really. But anyway...
R+V is the story of one average guy named Tsukune who ends up at a monster school because he couldn't get into any other school and his parents accidentally sent him there. Unfortunately for him, he's the only human at Yokai Gakuen and they're out for blood.
That's good, because Tsukune's first encounter is her:
Yes, dear reader. Our darling Moka-san is indeed a vampire. And she has a naughty side once the rosario on her chest is removed.
She also kicks high.
It's Love At First Bite.
They fall hard for each other, and Tsukune makes up his mind to stay at Yokai Gakuen while keeping his identity hidden. It's a match made in Heaven...
...or in Hell, because there's a harem of other monsters after his bodily fluids.
KURUMU KURONO - Succubus
At first glance, she's another big boobed bimbo, but under that huge bosom is a heart of gold. Kurumu was originally jealous of Moka and tried to steal Tsukune away, but his courage convinced her to choose him as her "Mate of Fate". She now constantly tries to suffocate (poor) Tsukune with her funbags, and acts as an older sister for her friends.
MIZORE SHIRAYUKI - Yuki-Onna
She's a shy girl that just needs an icebreaker. Because she already stalked you down and froze you for safekeeping. Thinking Tsukune is another loner who would understand her, she stalks him and tries to keep it cool, but ends up only hurting others. After a misunderstanding, she could no longer control her ice powers and almost puts Tsukune and friends on ice, but his kindness managed to melt her heart and win her over. She continues to stalk Tsukune and throw ice darts at Kurumu if she gets too close to him.
YUKARI SENDO - Witch
A child genius who skipped grades. Unfortunately, that left her feeling like she doesn't belong, and the other monsters not liking witches because they resemble humans doesn't help either. With this ostracization, she responds the only way she could. Throwing childish tantrums and summoning giant water pans to smash their heads in. But behind that giggly childish laugh are her tears. Moka and Tsukune were the only ones to realize that, and their understanding made Yukari realize what she needs to do. She needs to get them together with her for a threesome.
RUBY TOUJOU - Witch
An orphaned witch in the human world, she was taken in by a kind elderly witch and raised in a beautiful field of sunflowers. Sadly, she was orphaned when her parents were killed by humans in a car accident, and she resents them so much for that and for attempting to landscape her sunflowers away that she turned the sunflowers into a man-eating plant army. Only Tsukune's determination to save her could convince her to regain her sanity. Many many things have happened, and now she works for the School's chairman.
After gathering this tight-knit group of friends, Tsukune's identity becomes close to discovered by the school's corrupt police group, The Public Safety Commission. His friends stage an epic rescue where Tsukune is killed.
So that's Season 1.
In the manga, that's where the story REALLY starts to take off. But we'll get to that in a second.
Season 2 is just fanservice and filler fluff, but they do have curry zombies
and Moka's little sister, Kokoa Shuzen.
She is yandere as fuck.
The manga is much LESS fanservice-oriented, and focuses more on shounen-style action and has been compared favorably as similar to One Piece, MxO and Negima.
After being killed, Tsukune is revived by a bite from Moka, which infuses him with vampire blood.
Pros: He now can summon the demonic power to kick ass.
Cons: If it gets out of control, he becomes an out-of-control ghoul that seeks bloodshed and mayhem...FOREVER.
Fun times ahead for that guy, because things take a turn for the bad-ass and it keeps on truckin'.
He takes on the WHO'S WHO of anime/manga, from
Kyuubi nine-tailed foxes
to OH NOES PARASYTES
And shinigamis and many more! This group wins with the power of friendship.
And superior firepower.
It is awesome because of spectacular references
That leave you looking like
Plus, it really is a progressive comic with this latest plot point
Personally, I love the manga for the moments of awesome
The moments of YAY
And the moments of heartwarming
(Yes this is really heartwarming.
Also, as a last benefit, the music for the series is, like everything else, awesome. All of the OPs and EDs and most of the insert songs are sung by the esteemed Mizuki Nana, Moka-san's seiyuu.
If you must, you can also discuss other awesome animation of an eastern variety here. Or manga, if you like. Or visual novels. Or even the soundtracks, OPs, and EDs. Not doujin games, though, as we have another thread
for that. And not One Piece, either, as we also have a thread
And now, a word from our malevolent overlords:
Hi, I'm ElJeffe! You might know me from such mod actions as cleaning up gold-farming spam and jailing the fuck out of people. Today I'm here to talk to you about your new anime thread.
This is to be your new home for the next 100 or so pages. Here, you may discuss anime and things related to anime and whatever the fuck else people who are into anime do. Of course, hentai is beyond the scope of this thread, and anyway, what the fuck is wrong with the people who dig that shit, I mean seriously?
What you will not engage in here is retarded drama and bitching and whining. If you want retarded drama, go watch Desperate Housewives or Wife-Swap or something. This is to be a happy thread full of happy commentary. If I have to lock it for the same stupidity that raped the last incarnation, the anime thread will not be coming back.
Also, Clawshrimpy? Yeah, stay out of here. You've lost your anime thread privileges.
Right, so on that note...
Legal streaming anime:
These are shows, movies, and OVAs you can watch in their entirety, for free, right now. NO EXCUSES.
(credit goes to YamiNoSenshi for the list)
Angelic Layer (dub)
Aquarion (dub & sub)
Baccano! (sub & dub)
Baldr Force EXE (sub)
Bastof Syndrome (dub)
Best Student Council (dub)
Captain Harlock (sub)
Chance Pop Sessions (dub)
Code Geass R1 (dub & sub)
Cosmos Warrior Zero (dub)
Dear Boys/Hoop Days (sub)
Death Note (sub)
Fairy Musketeers/Otogi-Jushi (sub)
Fullmetal Panic 2nd Raid (dub)
Galaxy Express 999 (sub)
Galaxy Railways (dub)
Ghost Hunt (sub)
Girl's High (sub)
Glass Fleet (dub)
Glass Mask (sub)
Gun Frontier (dub)
Gundam 00 (dub)
Ikki Tousen (dub)
Jyu-Oh-Sei (dub & sub)
Kiddy Grade (dub)
Kite Liberator (movie, sub & dub)
Mr. Stain (dub)
My Beautiful Girl Mari (movie, dub)
Mysterious Cities Of Gold (dub)
Natsu No Arashi (sub)
Natsume Yujincho (sub)
Neo Angelique Abyss + S2 (s)
Nurse Witch Komugi (dub)
Origin: Spirits Of The Past (movie, dub)
Ouran High School Host Club (dub)
Parasite Dolls (movie, sub)
Peach Girl (dub)
Ramen Fighter Miki (sub)
Ristorante Paradiso (sub)
Robotech Shadow Chronicles (movie, dub)
School Rumble + 2nd Semester (dub)
Shikabane Hime (sub)
Shuffle (dub & sub)
Shugo Chara (sub)
Sin (movie, dub)
Skip Beat (sub)
Slayers + Slayers Next (dub)
Web Ghosts PiPoPa (sub)
Fist Of The North Star
Burst Angel (dub)
Gad Guard (sub)
Gunslinger Girl 2 (sub)
Negima!? Spring & Summer (sub & dub)
Save Me Lollipo (sub)
Tower of Druaga: Aegis Of Uruk (sub)
So, gentle reader, you may be wondering what in there should you actually watch?
Well, if you know that your tastes fall in line with a particular poster, you might find the following list handy!
Giant Robots: Gunbuster
Romantic comedy: Nodame Cantabile
Slice of life/school life: Sketchbook Full Colors
Martial arts: Hajime no Ippo, Bamboo Blade
Romance drama: ef - a tale of memories
"Hard" sci-fi: Planetes
Fantasy/Sword & Sorcery: Tower of Druaga
Action / Comedy: Great Teacher Onizuka / Cowboy Bebop
Slice of life / Comedy: Azumanga Daioh / Kamichu!
Romance: Honey & Clover / Nodame Cantabile
Slice of life / Supernatural: Natsume Yuujinchou
Action / Supernatural: Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
Action / Sci-fi: Planetes / Mobile Suit Gundam: 08th MS Team
Sci-fi / Comedy: FLCL
Slice of Life: Honey & Clover
Comedy: Detroit Metal City
Comedy/Parody/Crazy Alternative History: Gintama
Long-running shounen fighting: Yu Yu Hakusho
Sports: Hajime no Ippo/Fighting Spirit
Mecha: 08th MS Team
mystery/science fiction : Denno Coil
Real Robot: Nadesco
Magic Girl: Nanoha A's
Slice of Life: Ichigo Mashimaro
What category is Skip Beat! I was thinking something of the KawaiiiSoCute~~Funnyy ~~~*!!!!=3 Category
Giant robots: Gundam 08th MS Team
Comedy: Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
Historical fiction/action: Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto
Comedy/sci-fi/historical fiction?: Oh! Edo Rocket
Fantasy: Twelve Kingdoms/Juuni Kokki
Slice-of-life: Honey & Clover
Magical Girl: Shoujo Kakumei Utena (Revolutionary Girl Utena)
Epic Space Opera: Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Romance (manga): Mars
Post-apocalyptic slice-of-life (manga): Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou (Cafe Alpha)
Action: Black Lagoon
Romance: Ouran High School Host Club
(manga): Yankee-kun to Megane-chan
Comedy: Azumanga Daioh
Romantic comedy: Ouran High School Host Club
Slice of life/school life: Sketchbook Full Colors
Economics drama: Spice and Wolf
Comedy: Azumanga Daioh
Action: Black Lagoon
Robot: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
BEST EVER: Baccano!
OLDER THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE WATCHED YET BUT SHOULD
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Bounen no Xam'd: Lost Memories (Mecha/Sci-fi/Fantasy)
Kara no Kyoukai: Garden of Sinners (Action/Horror/Drama)
Michiko to Hatchin (Action/Drama)
Minami-ke 1st and 3rd seasons, skip the 2nd one (Comedy/Slice-of-life)
Sketchbook ~full Color'S~ (Slice-of-life/...erm... it's good, just watch it)
To Aru Majutsu no Index (Action/Comedy)
Little Girls being adorable little girls + 1 fucking bitch (slice of life): Straberry Marshmellow
Magical Gril Drama (Not Anime): Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon
Clannad+Clannad After Story, Kannon, or Air
Giant Robots with charm, space bugs, a perfect ending and great animation: Gunbuster
Giant Robots with music and love triangles and missile spam: Macross
FABULOUS with giant robots: Code Geass
Giant Robots with PIERCE THE HEAVENS: Gurren Lagann
I AM GUNDAM: Gundam 00.
Slice of life (The only entry I'll ever put on), charming cast of characters: Azumanga Daioh
Sheer hilarity and randomness: Pani Poni Dash!
Code Geass <--- I don't know how to categorize this. Mechs doesn't do it justice, but neither does drama.
Comedy: Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
You Will Cry Like a Little Girl: Air
Action/Adventure: Samurai Champloo
Comedy: Ouran High School Host Club
Mecha: Full Metal Panic!
Romance: Eureka Seven
Horror: Ghost Hunt
Gundam: Gundam X and/or Turn A Gundam
Action/Mecha/Henshin: Tekkaman Blade
I would like to add Akagi and Kaiji to the list of recommendations.
My kinda late recommendations list short version
Best sport series: Hajime no Ippo
Slice of Life: Honey & Clover
Comedy: Detroit Metal City
Giant Robots: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
The odd one out pick? Let's Bible.
The long version [see post for long version]
For lack of anyone else recommending it-The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Way better than Air-Kanon: Kyon in the snow (Less chin version)
Shipping delight without a proper ending-School Rumble
Board games with pretty good music-Hikaru no Go
Kuwabara playing basketball-Slam Dunk
Supernatural: Death Note
Slice-of-life: Azumanga Daioh(The manga, too)
Romance(with mecha...): Eureka 7
Post-apocalyptic: Tokyo Magnitude 8
Medieval/Renaissance: Spice and Wolf
Mecha(Real)/War story: Flag
Mecha(Comedy): Martian Sucessor Nadesico
Action: Black Lagoon
In it's own catagory altogether: Baccano!
Action / Adventure: Samurai Champloo, Sword of the Stranger
Action / Sci-fi: Canaan, Darker than Black, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Adventure / Drama: Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
Adventure / Fantasy: Fullmetal Alchemist, Xam'd
Comedy / Slice of life: Azumanga Daioh
Comedy / Despair: Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
Drama / Economics: Spice & Wolf
Drama /Supernatural: Bakemonogatari
Fantasy / Mecha: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Horror / Trainwreck: School Days
Supernatural / Thriller: Death Note
Something completely awesome: Baccano!
Chobits, Shuffle, Haruhi, Ninomiya, LoveCom, Tayutama, Prism Ark, Gravitation, Kamisama Kazoku, Maburaho... HiME, Otome, Chrno, Elfen Lied, Peach Girl, Narutaru, Shana, Geass, Fushigi Yuugi, Utena, Higurashi, and I'm tired of listing them. Are we finished here?
I made a sandwich made of melted cheese inside of fried cheese once. It was very very salty, but still delicious.
Action: Samurai Champloo, Sword of the Stranger
Immortal Gangsters: Baccano!
Sports/Comedy: Cross Game
Sports/Action: Hajime no Ippo
What the hell?/Awesome: FLCL, Tekkon Kinkreet
Ghibli: Princess Mononoke
Comedy: Minami-ke (first series)
BOO HOO: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
So good it makes up for all the ungodly tripe: Azumanga Daioh
That should cover most of my bases.
Best Overall Anime: Cowboy Bebop
Best Action/Tournament Fighter/Space Opera/Country Music Song/Mecha/Second Best Mecha Love Story Show: Mobile Fighter G Gundam
Best Teacher in all of Japan: Great Teacher Onizuka
Father Knows Best: Azumanga Daioh
Best My Original Joke for this Was a Pikapuff Level Spoiler: Haruhi
Best Mecha Love Story: Eureka Seven
Best Man JYB does a ton of dubs now: Trigun
Best "Oh Shit We Lost Our Funding...TWICE!": Outlaw Star
Best Train: Baccano!
Nicest Boat: School Days One Piece
Best Show that would have been Better without the Giant Mecha:Big O
Best Show that Will have you in stitches from episode 4 on: School Rumble
Best Use of Homo Sidekicks: Ouran
Best Use of Long Dead Celebrities: Cromartie
Best Job by a voice actress in portraying a character so accurately she ruined her voice: Excel Saga (Dub)
Best 80's/2030's hair: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (Careful note here, bad guys generally have shitty hair while good guys look like Bon Jovi groupies!)
Best Platonic Form of All Things That is Anime: Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple
Reverse harem that turns into Magical Fighting Shounen and AWESOME: Mahou Sensei Negima (#3 personal, manga and OADs ONLY, ignore the anime)
Yuri+Magical Girl, deconstructed: My Hime (#2 personal)
Yuri+Magical Girl that turns into Shounen that then turns into Mecha and AWESOME: Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha (#1 personal, get through first 4 episode of Season 1 and you are set)
Yuri+mecha insanity: Kannazuki no Miko (#4 personal)
Yuri+Underrated war: Simoun
Action+Modern Day+Special Powers: Darker than Black, Tokyo Majin Gakuen, Witch Hunter Robin
Action+Samurai: Sword of the Stranger (the never failed recommendation), Samurai Champloo
Drama+Character/World Exploration: Haibane Renmei
Drama+blatant heartstring pulling: Rumbling Hearts/Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien
Comedy+Romance+School: School Rumble
Comedy+Romance/Harem+4th wall: Ouran High School Host Club
Comedy+Romance+Mecha+Drama: Full Metal Panic
Underrated mecha: Sokyuu no Fafner, Zegapain
Economics: Spice and Wolf
Traps: Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru
The All-Star recommendations list definitely needs more Now and Then Here and There, and Rosario+Vampire.
And Virtua Fighter, English dub.
It's Fooly Cooly, son
Furry Curry only got one thumb in the OP? That is so very wrong.
You best step off
This cat knows what's up. And I add my own recomendation to it.
Why the fuck does Cowboy Bebop only have 2 thumbs?
So, this recommendation thingie. Let me join in it:
Mindfuck: Paranoia Agent
Sci-fi Mindfuck: Serial Experiments Lain
Apocalyptic Sci-fi Mindfuck: Texhnolyze
Apocalyptic Sci-fi Mindfuck 2: Gilgamesh
Apocalyptic Sci-fi: Casshern Sins
Dystopic Sci-fi: Jin-Roh the wolf brigade
Cyberpunk: Ghost in the Shell
Slice of Life: Haibane Renmei
Slice of Life 2: Kino no Tabi (Kino's Journey)
Slice of Life 3: Mushishi
Super Powered Slice of Life: Red Garden
Deconstructive Shoujo: Revolutionary Girl Utena (watch the movie after the series)
Fairy tale Deconstruction: Princess Tutu
Romance: Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou (Kare Kano/His and Her Circumstances)
Romance 2: Bokura Ga Ita
Mecha Surfer Action/Romance thing: Eureka Seven
Mecha Action/Comedy: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Airforce Action Mindfuck: Sentou Yousei Yukikaze (Battle Fairy Yukikaze)
There are some more I wanted to cram in, but this is enough for now.
Alternatively, you can head on over to MyAnimeList
and create yourself a profile. Then, join the PA Group for Judging Others
and use the List of PA Handles
thread to figure out who's who. If you put what you've watched into your profile, you can then get a comparison between yourself and another poster and see how well your tastes match up!
On the other hand, you may find yourself looking for a broader perspective.
In that case, why not take a gander at...
The Penny-Arcade All-Star Anime Recommendations List:
(credit goes to Chen for original compilation)
Note that a thumbs up does not equal an incremental number for the quality of a given series or movie. It is merely the number of times people have recommended it. Also note that the main purpose of this list is to introduce anime viewers to lesser known titles, so please refrain from throwing a hissy fit if your favorite show doesn't get enough recognition, because odds are it's already well-known to the public.
Azumanga Daioh :^: :^: :^: :^: :^: :^: :^: :^:
Baccano! :^: :^: :^: :^: :^: :^: :^:
Ouran High School Host Club :^: :^: :^: :^: :^:
Samurai Champloo :^: :^: :^: :^: :^:
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann :^: :^: :^: :^: :^:
Eureka Seven :^: :^: :^: :^:
FLCL :^: :^: :^: :^:
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex :^: :^: :^: :^:
Hajime no Ippo :^: :^: :^: :^:
Honey & Clover :^: :^: :^: :^:
Spice and Wolf :^: :^: :^: :^:
Black Lagoon :^: :^: :^:
Cowboy Bebop :^: :^: :^:
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit :^: :^: :^:
Nodame Cantabile :^: :^: :^:
School Rumble :^: :^: :^:
Sketchbook ~full color'S~ :^: :^: :^:
Sword of the Stranger :^: :^: :^:
Air :^: :^:
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion :^: :^:
Cross Game :^: :^:
Darker than BLACK :^: :^:
Death Note :^: :^:
Detroit Metal City :^: :^:
Full Metal Panic! :^: :^:
Great Teacher Onizuka :^: :^:
Gunbuster :^: :^:
Haibane Renmei :^: :^:
Martian Successor Nadesico :^: :^:
Minami-ke :^: :^:
Mobile Fighter G Gundam :^: :^:
Mobile Suit Gundam: 08th MS Team :^: :^:
Mushishi :^: :^:
Planetes :^: :^:
Revolutionary Girl Utena :^: :^:
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei :^: :^:
Strawberry Marshmallow :^: :^:
The Big O :^: :^:
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya :^: :^:
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 :^: :^:
Xam'd: Lost Memories :^: :^:
After War Gundam X :^:
Air Master :^:
Angelic Layer :^:
Bamboo Blade :^:
Bokura ga Ita :^:
Candy Boy :^:
Casshern Sins :^:
Cromartie High School :^:
Denno Coil :^:
Destiny of the Shrine Maiden :^:
Ef - a tale of memories :^:
Excel Saga :^:
Fullmetal Alchemist :^:
GaoGaiGar: King of Braves :^:
Ghost Hunt :^:
Hikaru no Go :^:
His and Her Circumstances :^:
Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade :^:
Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens :^:
Kara no Kyoukai - the Garden of sinners :^:
Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple :^:
Kino’s Journey :^:
Legend of the Galactic Heroes :^:
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha :^:
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's :^:
Michiko to Hatchin :^:
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 :^:
Natsume Yuujinchou :^:
Now and Then, Here and There :^:
One Piece :^:
Otoboku - maidens are falling for me! :^:
Outlaw Star :^:
Pani Poni Dash! :^:
Paranoia Agent :^:
Princess Mononoke :^:
Princess Tutu :^:
Red Garden :^:
Rosario + Vampire :^:
Rumbling Hearts :^:
School Days :^:
Serial Experiments Lain :^:
Skip Beat! :^:
Slam Dunk :^:
Tekkaman Blade :^:
Tekkon Kinkreet :^:
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time :^:
The Super Dimension Fortress Macross :^:
The Tower of Druaga: the Aegis of Uruk :^:
The Twelve Kingdoms :^:
The Vision of Escaflowne :^:
To Aru Majutsu no Index :^:
Tokyo Majin :^:
Turn A Gundam :^:
Virtua Fighter :^:
Witch Hunter Robin :^:
Yu Yu Hakusho :^:
And, this should be your expression in the anime thread:
Otherwise you're doing it...er...let's go with this instead:
...right. Otherwise, you're doing it wrong.
A link to older thread OPs, the content of which will eventually all be reproduced here:
Current season stuff:
New season preview chart
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