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Impossibles Max Fleisher's Superman (a.k.a. Roulette) The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest Robotech Sailor Moon DragonBall Z Filmation Superman Batman Superfriends
Ronin Warriors G-Force Powerpuff Girls Batman: The Animated Series Gundam Wing Tenchi Muyo! Universe in Tokyo Superman Outlaw Star Big O CardCaptors Mobile Suit Gundam
MS Team DragonBall Batman Beyond Gundam 0080 Zoids: Zero Hamtaro Zoids: Chaotic Century Guardian Force G Gundam He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Transformers:
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for those wondering, no i didn't forget, but time hasn't been on my side this weekend to get part 4 completed and posted...after class today, i'll figure out what to do, which'll probably just involve pushing everything back a day or two... _________________ "Life's a journey, not a destination..." -Aerosmith ('Amazing')
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Mon Mar 01, 2004 9:14 am
Joined: Nov 07, 2002
Welcome to the fourth and final installment of "The Infolink Recommends", a four-part collection of commentary revolving around the best in animation as written by members of the Toonami Infolink community. This guide should be helpful in finding that next "big" show we all strive to watch, or perhaps confirm the existence of a show casually mentioned by someone in the past that may have caught your attention. We've done our best in suiting this list for the newbie to the world of animation as well as those who believe they've seen everything the genre has to offer.
While not as decorated as the other sections, Part 4 finishes strong with great movies like Spirited Away and Vampire Hunter D, fan-favorite series Tenchi! and Trigun, and a few surprises that TV-only anime addicts may not have even heard of...
Saikano/She, The Ultimate Weapon
- Saishuu-Heiki Kanoujuu (a.k.a She, the Ultimate Weapon or SaiKano) - Brutally struggling with 08th MS Team for best anime in my mind. It's a very complete story about love, war, children, and the unholy combination of the three. The characters are very pure, yet oddly dynamic. The premise is admittedly unrealistic, but once the circumstances have been set up, the rest is perfectly resonable. Everyone learns why war == bad. It's not a happy series, but if that turns you off, you've got a lot to learn. All in all, an extremely excellent series. And it's coming to America in April! Wheee! (Force-Attuned_Krogoth)
- Samuria X/Rurouni Kenshin OVA 1&2 - I couldn't believe my eyes when I first saw this movie. It was, literally, breathtaking. Just beautiful. It was so realistic, and so violent. It was epic and exciting. And the love story seemed so real...and was, just, well, so beautiful. And the end? Oh man, it blew me away...I don't wanna give anything away, which is why I'm being subtle, but if you've finished the Kyoto arc in the tv series, you HAVE to watch this - it'll blow you away. (TheWorldWeKnow)
- Samurai X (OVA 1) - The dark, serious tone hovering over the four episodes was completely different from anything I'd seen prior, as I had foolhardily assumed that all anime involved "fun" adventures. The dub was stellar, and seeing the red stuff fly for the first time truly made for quite the experience. The climax caught me off-guard, and the ending felt complete, something that many animes appear to stumble on. (JJc14)
- see also: "Rurouni Kenshin"
Serial Experiments Lain/Lain
- Serial Experiments Lain - This series has such an innovative, interesting storyline. The characters are all majorly flawed...and yet, we still like most of them, and feel for most of them. Lain seems to have no personality...but she definitely outshines Rei or any other personality defficient characters in that we want her to make it through this. Oh, and the series is just very enjoyable to watch - unique animation, good music. (TheWorldWeKnow)
She, The Ultimate Weapon
- see: "Saikano"
- The Slayers/Next/Try - The series evolves over time in everyway shape and form. It starts off with fairly crappy animation and so-so storylines.; in the american dub it even starts off with some not so good casting choices for actors. As the series progresses (ie. half season marks and new seasons) the animation improves drasticly and they do drop some of the VA's for ones that are much better fitting and the world rejoiced with a near perfect VA casting job. I say near perfect on acount of the choice for Xellos. But bah on him, I'm not going int it. One thing the series always had in spades was humor with not too much of it being based on the japanese culture. (AndroSpook)
- Sorcerer Hunters- Same creative team as Tylor, about a "Saiyuki/Journey to the West"-style group of "warriors" who travel around in a world ruled by magic users. They receive orders from the high-muckety-muck "Big Momma" to hunt down and eliminate magicians who misuse their powers or practice "forbidden" forms of magic. Funny, funny stuff. (Nobuyuki)
- Spirited Away - Finally, an anime movie that capured a small amount of popular support in the U.S...though certainly not as much as I think we all hoped for. Nonetheless, it's an incredible film. It reminded me so much of Alice in Wonderland...but it was so much more real, and just as creative, but in an entirely different realm of reality. And it's such a sweet story! Just a beautiful piece of work. (TheWorldWeKnow)
- Spirited Away. The latest testement to Miyazaki's genious, we get another fantastic, nontraditional tale. Beautiful artwork, incredible story. (the movie theatre I saw it in even did some trick to make it feel more humid during the rainy scenes). (John_Bono_Smithy_Satchmo)
- Street Fighter II: The Movie - Wow. Just wow. The style of it really works. It's a plausiblesque storyline that lets SF2 be SF2. The animation is some of the better I've seen come out of japan with good VA choices for the dub. (AndroSpook)
- Tenchi Muyo! OVA's - What, did you think I wouldn't mention Tenchi? Well, while I think Samurai X is the best thing I've ever seen...Tenchi remains my favorite. The series has my absolute favorite cast of characters in any series. The animation is really cool. And the story is suprisingly complex. The complexity just adds so much depth to an otherwise just very enjoyable series. (TheWorldWeKnow)
- Tenchi Muyo! & various Kajishima multiverse series (Dual!, Photon, Tenchi Muyo! GXP, a couple of titles I can't list here)- To me the most interesting thing about Tenchi Muyo! is the backstory and the bigger picture of Jurai history and galaxy politics, not just a group of people living in an ordinary-looking house in Okayama... It's just like delving into Star Wars or Star Trek and coming to an understanding of how this story universe works and how it's put together. Unfortunately Western fans don't have readily-available access to this information. That's a shame, too. (Nobuyuki)
- Trigun - More than anything, I like Trigun because of it's characters. Vash is possibly my favorite anime hero - kind, compassionate, and an awesome fighter. Meryl functions in an unusual role, in that she can't admit to herself how much she likes Vash...and there's no appearance that Vash likes her...but it's a coupling you want to see. Wolfwood is, of course, regarded almost universally as one of the great anime characters. Legato and Knives, likewise, are awesome villians. Millie's hillarious. And finally, Rem is the heart of the message in the story, and is, too, a wonderful character. (TheWorldWeKnow)
- Trigun - While the story was a bit sketchy, I couldn't help but fall in love with the characters. I saw so much of myself in Vash, and his interactions with Millie and Meryl always proved amusing. Wolfwood is perhaps the best supporting character in existence, and one can truly feel the evil within Legato. While the first half is considered filler, with such great characters, I could watch them go through anything. The emotional turn during the second half really allowed the characters to shine, and Vash's actions to save Millie and Meryl still stops my heart every time. (JJc14)
Vampire Hunter D
- Vampire Hunter D/Bloodlust - Alot of people were pissed off that bloodlust didn't include a japanese track but it never had one since it was made for specificly american audiences. The animation in Bloodlust has got to be the BEST animation I have seen in an anime; topping anything else I've seen in the genre (It still didn't top Disney though). The storylines were fairly decent and voice acting and animation in the first one were passable. There is just something about the artistic style of it all that moves it ahead in the pack. (AndroSpook)
- Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. The only animation outside of the occasional Disney work to give Spirited away a run for it's money. Although the animation quality isn't as high, it's still the most gorgeous thing I've ever seen, animation wise. (John_Bono_Smithy_Satchmo)
Vision Of Escaflowne
usual "let me know of any corrections" line goes here...
JJc14, in a somewhat clarivoyant state weeks ago, wrote:
...i'm leaning toward a deadline for submissions at the end of february, and depending on my school schedule at that time, i could probably extend it a little into march if needed...
looks like i was onto something back then...since time is harder and harder for me to get as of late, i'm going to push things back a whole week, allowing me to put finishing touches and complete this project at the beginning of my spring break...this basically translates to review submissions being extended to March 14, with the finished product to appear in the "reviews" section sometime during that week... _________________ "Life's a journey, not a destination..." -Aerosmith ('Amazing')
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Tue Mar 02, 2004 9:31 am
Joined: Nov 13, 2002
Neato. _________________ This space left intentionally blank.
Tue Mar 02, 2004 4:00 pm
Joined: Jan 20, 2004
In no particular order...
#2 One Piece
#3 Gundam Wing
#4 Love Hina
#5 Dragonball Z
#6 Yu Yu Hakusho
#7 Rurouni Kenshin
#9 Ranma 1/2
#10 Cowboy Bebop
#12 Sailor Moon
#13 Shaman King
#14 Neon Genesis Evangelion
#15 Hikaru No Go _________________ Toonami > sliced cheese (and I really like chees)
Wed Mar 03, 2004 12:30 pm
Joined: Nov 10, 2002
Do people ever read threads before they post? Yeesh. Give reasons for your favorites, please! Emulate us, not the people we yell at! _________________ Krogoth uses Berserk.
Attacks are enhanced but defense weakens.
"Wait, that's not the cure button ... "
Wed Mar 03, 2004 6:12 pm
Joined: Nov 07, 2002
it likely doesn't need to be mentioned, but submissions are now closed...
i'm working on converting the four parts into a clean format for the reviews section, but there appears to be more limitations than i previously thought...as of right now, i'm sticking to my plan of submitting all four at the same time when they're done, though if the process takes more time than i originally planned, i may consider individually posting them so something can be seen sooner...
thanks to everyone that submitted reviews! _________________ "Life's a journey, not a destination..." -Aerosmith ('Amazing')
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Tue Mar 16, 2004 11:44 am
Joined: Jan 30, 2003
Ok, here is one I don't think has been posted. My new favorite sentai magical girl anime, Tokyo Mew Mew.
Tokyo Mew Mew is a series about five girls who were infused with the genetic information of one of five unique Red Data Animals, Endangered animals with the ability to fight off (what else) Aliens. The Aliens, motivated by a mysterious person know only as Deep Blue, use their creatures to create Chimera Animals. These Chimera Animals can be made from humans also and as per monster standards, they have to rescue those possessed by the Aliens. The Girls, chosen based on genetic compatibility, all have unique animals and attacks. Aizawa Minto, a rich and intelligent young lady, who's DNA was merged with the Tahiti Blue Lorikeet transforms into Mew Mint, who uses her Mint Arrow, to unleash her Ribbon Mint Echo attack to impale her enemies with all the grace of the ballerina Minto posses in her regular form. Midorikawa Retasu, Mew Lettuce, is a shy but highly intelligent character who happens to share DNA with Finless Porpoise (Sunameri) and uses her Lettuce Castanets to perform her attack Ribbon Lettuce Rush. Purin Phon a rather agile elementary school student and successor to a rather unique martial arts style becomes Mew Pudding, a Golden Lion Tamarin (Marmoset), uses her Pudding Ring to gel her opponents with her Ribbon Pudding Ring Inferno attack. The last member to join the team, Fujiwara Zakuro, is a model, actress, and dancer by day, by night or at least in the afternoon she works at Cafe Mew Mew with all the others, including the one not yet mentioned, as well as being Minto's role model, she transforms into Mew Zakuro ("Pomegranate") where she receives the ears and tail of her animal, the Grey Wolf (yes, that makes her a dog girl. Sorry.) With her Zakuro Cross(?) she can unleash one of the most powerful of the basic attacks, Ribbon Zakuro Spear. And finally, I saved the first for last. The very first, Momomiya Ichigo. While there is some confusion as to her real age, she is 11-13, in Middle School with Mento and Retasu, and has a boyfriend. She is a rather kind hearted and outgrowing. Speaking of outgrowing, she has a tendency to lose control of her ears and tail when she gets nervous. But As Mew Ichigo ("Strawberry") with the DNA of the Iriomote Mountain Cat, she uses her Strawberry Bell to attack with either the Ribbon Strawberry Check or Ribbon Strawberry Surprise. Yea, there are other characters both good and bad but come on, why read about them when you can watch the anime.
Any Dumpling Head will love this anime. While there isn't a deep plot there are enough twists and retakes on the idea that fans of these genera won’t have already ‘seen’ it. Some of this is exhibited in the blind love and devotion that Ichigo displays toward her boyfriend while others involve the rest of the ‘team.’ There are more that will remain unmentioned but the plot remains constantly fresh. While the plot isn’t very deep the rest of the show is quite well done. There are a couple of voice acting mistakes but they are funny. Given the fact the show is targeting the 9-11 female age group the show is excellent. Given that most of us aren’t 9-11 year old school girls, we’ll just have to enjoy it anyway.
One word of warning goes with this series. The opening and closing themes are EXTREMELY ADDICTING!
Changed the tags to html. Will work on the review version later. Our C++ T.A. moved our program due date up a 10 days. _________________ To do two things at once is to do neither. —Publilius Syrus, Roman slave, first century B.C.
Last edited by WhtHawk on Wed Mar 17, 2004 5:13 pm; edited 2 times in total
Tue Mar 16, 2004 10:51 pm
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why don't you put that into html format and submit it to the reviews section
Tue Mar 16, 2004 11:35 pm
Joined: Nov 07, 2002
I'm not really good at this, because I'm always afraid I'll end up overlooking something major, but there's no way I can take all this praise that's been aimed in my direction over the past week or so without mentioning those who helped out.
First off, I'd like to specially thank each person that submitted comments. This was a community project, and as such, could never have gotten off the ground if not for those who contributed. It was great to have such a mix of writing styles from the different sources, which I believe definitely helped to give the overall feature a distinct "rub" from the Infolink message board, preventing one person's views from being dominant and making the whole thing come off as unique. In no particular order:
Of course, I gotta thank TylerL and Zogg for housing this thing and allowing for the level of freedom I get around here, especially when it seems I'm bugging Tyler about something on a monthly basis as of late...
Finally, a very special thanks to all who have shown interest at any part of this project. If anyone actually gets any use out of this thing, then I'm more than happy to have organized it.
now enough of this sentimental stuff...i need a vacation... _________________ "Life's a journey, not a destination..." -Aerosmith ('Amazing')
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