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19th Nov '16 10:02:58 PM BlacKat
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* ''Anime/MouryouNoHako'' is, sadly, very much under the radar. It's beautifully illustrated and animated (courtesy of Creator/{{Madhouse}} and Creator/{{CLAMP}}), full of horror, MindScrew and PsychologicalHorror, and effectively betrays your expectations of what is ''supposed'' to be a supernatural series. Deep, thought-provoking and mysterious, this is detective anime unlike you've ever seen before.

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* ''Anime/MouryouNoHako'' is, sadly, very much under the radar. It's beautifully illustrated and animated (courtesy of Creator/{{Madhouse}} and Creator/{{CLAMP}}), full of horror, BodyHorror, MindScrew and PsychologicalHorror, and effectively betrays your expectations of what is ''supposed'' to be a supernatural series. Deep, thought-provoking and mysterious, this is detective anime unlike you've ever seen before.
14th Nov '16 4:04:33 PM dlchen145
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* ''Manga/VinlandSaga'' is one of the best manga I have ever read. Its page to page of undiluted BadAss with extra servings of awesome piled on top.

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* ''Manga/VinlandSaga'' is one of the best manga I have ever read. Its page to page of undiluted BadAss badass with extra servings of awesome piled on top.



* The manga version of ''Manga/{{Akira}}''. Even though the film constantly overshadows it, the original is bigger, actually coherent, and just more ''epic.'' Katsuhiro Otomo's artwork renders everything from individual facial expressions to ''[[SphereOfDestruction the psychic leveling of entire cities]]'' with meticulous, stunning perfection. And let's not forget the best thing the movie left out - Kei's aunt [[MamaBear Chiyoko]], AKA two hundred pounds of heat-packing, tank-driving BadAss in an apron.

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* The manga version of ''Manga/{{Akira}}''. Even though the film constantly overshadows it, the original is bigger, actually coherent, and just more ''epic.'' Katsuhiro Otomo's artwork renders everything from individual facial expressions to ''[[SphereOfDestruction the psychic leveling of entire cities]]'' with meticulous, stunning perfection. And let's not forget the best thing the movie left out - Kei's aunt [[MamaBear Chiyoko]], AKA two hundred pounds of heat-packing, tank-driving BadAss badass in an apron.



* This troper really liked ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' and wishes another season would be made (although difficult given the series' ending). It has competent (often BadAss) and sympathetic characters and makes one of the best uses of the "ComicBook/XMen" FantasticAesop.

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* This troper really liked ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' and wishes another season would be made (although difficult given the series' ending). It has competent (often BadAss) badass) and sympathetic characters and makes one of the best uses of the "ComicBook/XMen" FantasticAesop.



* Franchise/LupinIII is as funny and awesome today as it was when it was first animated. So what if the animation's a little rough? You've got a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass {{Kaitou}} HandsomeLech constantly on the receiving end of {{ArmorPiercingSlap}}s, a deadly gruff marksman sidekick, a {{Stoic}} samurai {{Badass}} who could give most of the characters of ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo'' and ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' a run for their money, and a hot [[strike: double]] [[strike: triple]] quadruple agent MsFanservice! Did I mention even though she's kidnapped a lot, she's always TheLancer and never TheChick? Or that ''all'' of them get to be a DeadpanSnarker at one point or another? Or that they're chased by the original [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Zenigata]]? Hell, do I even have to mention the time they ''stole the statue of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christ_the_Redeemer_(statue) Christ The Redeemer]]???'' Franchise/LupinIII is, in essence, ''Anime/CowboyBebop'''s HardDrinkingPartyGirl CoolBigSis; all the manic fun, none of the angst. The clincher? ''[[Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro One of the movies]] was directed by Miyazaki-sensei!''

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* Franchise/LupinIII is as funny and awesome today as it was when it was first animated. So what if the animation's a little rough? You've got a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass {{Kaitou}} HandsomeLech constantly on the receiving end of {{ArmorPiercingSlap}}s, a deadly gruff marksman sidekick, a {{Stoic}} samurai {{Badass}} badass who could give most of the characters of ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo'' and ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' a run for their money, and a hot [[strike: double]] [[strike: triple]] quadruple agent MsFanservice! Did I mention even though she's kidnapped a lot, she's always TheLancer and never TheChick? Or that ''all'' of them get to be a DeadpanSnarker at one point or another? Or that they're chased by the original [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Zenigata]]? Hell, do I even have to mention the time they ''stole the statue of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christ_the_Redeemer_(statue) Christ The Redeemer]]???'' Franchise/LupinIII is, in essence, ''Anime/CowboyBebop'''s HardDrinkingPartyGirl CoolBigSis; all the manic fun, none of the angst. The clincher? ''[[Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro One of the movies]] was directed by Miyazaki-sensei!''



** Fuck '''YES'''. ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' is simply [[ClusterFBomb fucking]] incredible. It's the only series I've seen yet that managed to take a NonActionGuy and turn him into a {{Badass}} ''without'' removing the NonActionGuy status. The fact that the only real weapons Rock has are his brains and his solid [[ClusterFBomb fucking]] adamantium balls just make him that much cooler. Episode 7 showcased that so well it made me want to cheer. And he's just ''one character''. Also, Hansel and Gretel might possibly be the creepiest fucking thing I have ever seen. And if I didn't repeat it already, I second [[ClusterFBomb fucking]] everything eveyone above me said about the show.

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** Fuck '''YES'''. ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' is simply [[ClusterFBomb fucking]] incredible. It's the only series I've seen yet that managed to take a NonActionGuy and turn him into a {{Badass}} badass ''without'' removing the NonActionGuy status. The fact that the only real weapons Rock has are his brains and his solid [[ClusterFBomb fucking]] adamantium balls just make him that much cooler. Episode 7 showcased that so well it made me want to cheer. And he's just ''one character''. Also, Hansel and Gretel might possibly be the creepiest fucking thing I have ever seen. And if I didn't repeat it already, I second [[ClusterFBomb fucking]] everything eveyone above me said about the show.



** Sixthed. (We convinced everyone yet?!) Although I have to second the sheer {{Badass}} awesomeness, it's the emotional punches that keep me coming back. Unlike most action movies I've seen, it reminds you ''why'' violence like this is bad in RealLife without hitting {{Wangst}} or sacrificing the awesomeness. And the complicated process of watching Revy come to care for Rock ({{Chickification? You mean that trope that's lying in a bleeding heap [[BlownAcrossTheRoom over there]]?) Finally, the philosophical questions raised and discussed by the characters in between battles makes you think, a lot, from perspectives I at least otherwise wouldn't. Awesomeness. Emotion. Thoughtfulness. Characters you love (and characters you [[PerverseSexualLust love]]). No sappiness or wangst. What else could you want? If there is anything, I'm sure I just forgot to list it.

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** Sixthed. (We convinced everyone yet?!) Although I have to second the sheer {{Badass}} badass awesomeness, it's the emotional punches that keep me coming back. Unlike most action movies I've seen, it reminds you ''why'' violence like this is bad in RealLife without hitting {{Wangst}} or sacrificing the awesomeness. And the complicated process of watching Revy come to care for Rock ({{Chickification? You mean that trope that's lying in a bleeding heap [[BlownAcrossTheRoom over there]]?) Finally, the philosophical questions raised and discussed by the characters in between battles makes you think, a lot, from perspectives I at least otherwise wouldn't. Awesomeness. Emotion. Thoughtfulness. Characters you love (and characters you [[PerverseSexualLust love]]). No sappiness or wangst. What else could you want? If there is anything, I'm sure I just forgot to list it.



* ''Anime/MaiHime'' is simply brilliant. It suckers you in with interesting, sympathetic characters and excellent comedy, and then [[spoiler: [[TearJerker turns]] [[ThereCanOnlyBeOne this]] [[AnyoneCanDie completely]] [[BreakTheCutie on]] [[WhamEpisode its]] [[GrowingTheBeard head]] for the Carnival arc]]. That and Miyu is just plain {{Badass}}. The only downside is the (very stupid) fourth episode and [[spoiler: [[FanonDiscontinuity the utterly mishandled last episode]] ;_;]], but the rest of the series more than makes up for it.

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* ''Anime/MaiHime'' is simply brilliant. It suckers you in with interesting, sympathetic characters and excellent comedy, and then [[spoiler: [[TearJerker turns]] [[ThereCanOnlyBeOne this]] [[AnyoneCanDie completely]] [[BreakTheCutie on]] [[WhamEpisode its]] [[GrowingTheBeard head]] for the Carnival arc]]. That and Miyu is just plain {{Badass}}.badass. The only downside is the (very stupid) fourth episode and [[spoiler: [[FanonDiscontinuity the utterly mishandled last episode]] ;_;]], but the rest of the series more than makes up for it.



** [[strike:FOOL! Only ''Manga/SoulEater'' can have characters as powerful, amazing, invincible, godlike, and modest like '''''EXCALIBUR!!!''''']] ''Manga/SoulEater'' is just pure awesomeness with a side of BadAss. I hope that ''Manga/SoulEaterNot'' will add to the awesomeness and show some of the lesser seen characters more.

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** [[strike:FOOL! Only ''Manga/SoulEater'' can have characters as powerful, amazing, invincible, godlike, and modest like '''''EXCALIBUR!!!''''']] ''Manga/SoulEater'' is just pure awesomeness with a side of BadAss.badass. I hope that ''Manga/SoulEaterNot'' will add to the awesomeness and show some of the lesser seen characters more.



** The art for D.Gray-man is AMAZING. It's so dynamic and unique! And the characters are all freaking BadAss!

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** The art for D.Gray-man is AMAZING. It's so dynamic and unique! And the characters are all freaking BadAss!badass!



** ''Trigun'' was a gateway series for me too, but one of many. The better part of a decade later, I watched it again, and was blown away by how much of the awesome I had missed the first time -- the music, the carefully developed mood... and the characters, who in spite of being {{Badass}} are still people you'd like to have as friends. (Except of course for the ones you don't want to share a planet with.) It's kind of my anime comfort food now.

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** ''Trigun'' was a gateway series for me too, but one of many. The better part of a decade later, I watched it again, and was blown away by how much of the awesome I had missed the first time -- the music, the carefully developed mood... and the characters, who in spite of being {{Badass}} badass are still people you'd like to have as friends. (Except of course for the ones you don't want to share a planet with.) It's kind of my anime comfort food now.



* Despite the astounding amount of InternetBackdraft it has gotten, this troper feels the need to mention VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry. Yes, you heard right. The show so openly criticized by the SN readers/players, and called downright horrible by those who've watched the anime as a stand alone. I'd heard about it by one of those bashing reviews, and out of curiosity, had looked it up and started watching it. Granted, it ''is'' filled with {{Narm}} and the main character is the Largest Ham to end all [[LargeHam Large Hams]], but it really doesn't deserve the harsh critique it's getting. The characters are colorful, it takes a little unique spin on the GroundhogDayLoop setting itself apart from it's predecessor, the [[NarmCharm Narm is just so outright hilarious]], and Beatrice is possibly the biggest {{Badass}} that this troper has seen by [[spoiler: Dragging the resident LargeHam out into a crowd with Bernkastel nearby, NAKED AND ON A CHAIN, and then proceeding to whip him around by it.]] And this is coming from a fan of the original sound novel.

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* Despite the astounding amount of InternetBackdraft it has gotten, this troper feels the need to mention VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry. Yes, you heard right. The show so openly criticized by the SN readers/players, and called downright horrible by those who've watched the anime as a stand alone. I'd heard about it by one of those bashing reviews, and out of curiosity, had looked it up and started watching it. Granted, it ''is'' filled with {{Narm}} and the main character is the Largest Ham to end all [[LargeHam Large Hams]], but it really doesn't deserve the harsh critique it's getting. The characters are colorful, it takes a little unique spin on the GroundhogDayLoop setting itself apart from it's predecessor, the [[NarmCharm Narm is just so outright hilarious]], and Beatrice is possibly the biggest {{Badass}} badass that this troper has seen by [[spoiler: Dragging the resident LargeHam out into a crowd with Bernkastel nearby, NAKED AND ON A CHAIN, and then proceeding to whip him around by it.]] And this is coming from a fan of the original sound novel.



** Seconded. Bleach and Naruto were what got me into anime, but it was ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'' ''and'' ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'' that made me stay. Clever plotting, sympathetic heroes and villains, BadAss combat, and in--in my opinion--did the best job of any of the Gundam series of showing the effects of war on kids. And that's not getting into the characters. There isn't a character in this series I don't love in one way or another, whether for being a great person, for being a total monster I could love to hate, or something in between. The multiple points of view, the GreyAndGrayMorality (and in the case of Seed Destiny, white and grey and black morality) all made both shows fascinating for me, and the reason I'm still watching anime. I've discovered many more since then, but Seed and Seed Destiny will always be my favourites.

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** Seconded. Bleach and Naruto were what got me into anime, but it was ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'' ''and'' ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'' that made me stay. Clever plotting, sympathetic heroes and villains, BadAss badass combat, and in--in my opinion--did the best job of any of the Gundam series of showing the effects of war on kids. And that's not getting into the characters. There isn't a character in this series I don't love in one way or another, whether for being a great person, for being a total monster I could love to hate, or something in between. The multiple points of view, the GreyAndGrayMorality (and in the case of Seed Destiny, white and grey and black morality) all made both shows fascinating for me, and the reason I'm still watching anime. I've discovered many more since then, but Seed and Seed Destiny will always be my favourites.



* ''Manga/MaidenRose'' (or ''Manga/MaidenRose''). Quite simply the best [[BoysLove yaoi]] manga I've ever read. The art is beautiful and detailed; I have a [[GoodLookingPrivates military uniform fetish]] just because of this manga. The main characters are complex: deeply flawed but sympathetic, {{badass}} yet still very human. The rape is not romanticized like in other yaoi: it's used to show how miserable the relationship of the protagonists is because of the unfortune circumstances. There are awesome side characters and great fight scenes every shonen manga would be proud of (though in this manga the fights are more realistic than most shonen battles). It's a serious and believable story with a world and a [[PornWithPlot plot]] both captivating albeit sometimes confusing. The FlowerMotifs are beautiful and meaningful, not just there to make the backgrounds prettier. The [[BonusMaterial omake]] are truly humorous. A yaoi manga, but about so, so, so much more than just two guys getting it on.

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* ''Manga/MaidenRose'' (or ''Manga/MaidenRose''). Quite simply the best [[BoysLove yaoi]] manga I've ever read. The art is beautiful and detailed; I have a [[GoodLookingPrivates military uniform fetish]] just because of this manga. The main characters are complex: deeply flawed but sympathetic, {{badass}} badass yet still very human. The rape is not romanticized like in other yaoi: it's used to show how miserable the relationship of the protagonists is because of the unfortune circumstances. There are awesome side characters and great fight scenes every shonen manga would be proud of (though in this manga the fights are more realistic than most shonen battles). It's a serious and believable story with a world and a [[PornWithPlot plot]] both captivating albeit sometimes confusing. The FlowerMotifs are beautiful and meaningful, not just there to make the backgrounds prettier. The [[BonusMaterial omake]] are truly humorous. A yaoi manga, but about so, so, so much more than just two guys getting it on.



* How DARE nobody mention ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' yet. It's only the [[RatedMForManly manliest]] manga ever written! Kenshiro is one of the most BadAss protaganists in Anime/Manga history, why? he can make people EXPLODE just by poking them! Bad. Ass.

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* How DARE nobody mention ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' yet. It's only the [[RatedMForManly manliest]] manga ever written! Kenshiro is one of the most BadAss badass protaganists in Anime/Manga history, why? he can make people EXPLODE just by poking them! Bad. Ass.
23rd Sep '16 10:05:53 AM KillerKappa
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** Fairy Tail will always have a special place for this troper since until I had watched it I had only been somewhat interested in anime. Fairy Tail marked the beginning of my newfound obsession for anime which I also dragged several of my friends into. Thrilling music, humorous characters, exciting battles, and just plane FUN to watch. I may have cooled down since then I but will always remember this series fondly.
23rd Sep '16 9:53:40 AM KillerKappa
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** No no we aren't done talking about this show yet. The banter mesmerizing and the the story is full of lovable characters thanks to its minimalist cast, and for an anime with a male lead and an almost entirely female support cast it is NOT a harem series. The protagonist locks himself into a committed relationship as early as the fifth episode and it STICKS. The second season is also fantastic, as are the episodes onwards. The troper is praying for the adaptation of Zokuowarimonogatari. Hands down his favorite anime.
25th Aug '16 12:22:43 AM PaulA
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** I rediscovered ''Claymore'' about the same time that I finally acknowledged ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'': both were series that I would always see floating about but I just never found the time to sit down and dive into them. I was even more surprised to see how similar the two series were, and they were right up my alley to begin with: [[DarkFantasy dark]], [[DarkerAndEdgier gritty]], [[MedievalEuropeanFantasy medieval fantasies.]] ''Perfect.'' And I'm still surprised at how different Claymore is from other Shonen series, not just the fact that damn near the entire main cast is female, but also how serious it is compared to other Shonen. I half expect for ''Claymore'' to just transform into a Seinen in coming publications, but it's still okay as it is. The plot is moving along swimmingly, and THANK THE GOOD LORD that there is no ArcFatigue or {{FillerArc}}s! Even if it turns into a LongRunner to avoid this, who cares? ''Claymore'' is certainly one of my top picks.

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** I rediscovered ''Claymore'' about the same time that I finally acknowledged ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'': both were series that I would always see floating about but I just never found the time to sit down and dive into them. I was even more surprised to see how similar the two series were, and they were right up my alley to begin with: [[DarkFantasy dark]], [[DarkerAndEdgier gritty]], [[MedievalEuropeanFantasy medieval fantasies.]] ''Perfect.'' And I'm still surprised at how different Claymore is from other Shonen series, not just the fact that damn near the entire main cast is female, but also how serious it is compared to other Shonen. I half expect for ''Claymore'' to just transform into a Seinen in coming publications, but it's still okay as it is. The plot is moving along swimmingly, and THANK THE GOOD LORD that there is no ArcFatigue or {{FillerArc}}s! Even if it turns into a LongRunner long runner to avoid this, who cares? ''Claymore'' is certainly one of my top picks.
10th Aug '16 6:59:30 PM Willbyr
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* Despite my doubts about where the series is heading now...what it boils down to is that nothing will ever convince me that ''Eyeshield21'' isn't the best shounen manga currently running. The new setting, the thrilling suspense--it manages to take what's almost a ForegoneConclusion and make it dramatic and exciting, and it's full of wonderful character development. The characters really shine in this show, and it avoids being exceptionally heavy-handed. The pacing is quite good and the emotional moments really are that. It's wonderful.

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* Despite my doubts about where the series is heading now...what it boils down to is that nothing will ever convince me that ''Eyeshield21'' ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' isn't the best shounen manga currently running. The new setting, the thrilling suspense--it manages to take what's almost a ForegoneConclusion and make it dramatic and exciting, and it's full of wonderful character development. The characters really shine in this show, and it avoids being exceptionally heavy-handed. The pacing is quite good and the emotional moments really are that. It's wonderful.



** One mustn't neglect the brilliance that is {{Eyeshield 21}}. I still don't know exactly ''why'' or ''how'' I got into it, but I feel so grateful that I clicked the first episode of this series at crunchyroll. But even if you like the anime, the manga is a definite superior; every character is entertaining and well-realized (Hiruma being a particular stand-out, which you'll know from the first moment you see him), the action sequences (as well as casual out-of-field scenes) are all beautifully drawn, and it managed to make American football an insanely hilarious and emotional ride for this non-athletic troper.
*** This troper was never that much of a sports fan... and he still absolutely LOVED Eyeshield 21. Many of Deimon's tournament matches were FANTASTIC. They were fantastic for two major reasons. One: You honestly thought they would lose in many of the games. They played against opponents so powerful and so skilled that many times Deimon had to win against a 10 or more point difference with less than 3 minutes remaining. But somehow Inagaki-sensei found a way to have them win and make it believable. The second reason is: In true Shonen fashion, Deimon won by simply never, EVER giving up. They honestly weren't the most skilled players, they were skilled but the teams they played against were just as skilled if not more. But they absolutely refused to give up no matter how hard the games became. It was beautiful. Hard to believe a sports series could be more epic and inspiring than most action series but Inagaki made it happen.

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** One mustn't neglect the brilliance that is {{Eyeshield 21}}.''Eyeshield 21''. I still don't know exactly ''why'' or ''how'' I got into it, but I feel so grateful that I clicked the first episode of this series at crunchyroll. But even if you like the anime, the manga is a definite superior; every character is entertaining and well-realized (Hiruma being a particular stand-out, which you'll know from the first moment you see him), the action sequences (as well as casual out-of-field scenes) are all beautifully drawn, and it managed to make American football an insanely hilarious and emotional ride for this non-athletic troper.
*** This troper was never that much of a sports fan... and he still absolutely LOVED Eyeshield 21.''Eyeshield 21''. Many of Deimon's tournament matches were FANTASTIC. They were fantastic for two major reasons. One: You honestly thought they would lose in many of the games. They played against opponents so powerful and so skilled that many times Deimon had to win against a 10 or more point difference with less than 3 minutes remaining. But somehow Inagaki-sensei found a way to have them win and make it believable. The second reason is: In true Shonen fashion, Deimon won by simply never, EVER giving up. They honestly weren't the most skilled players, they were skilled but the teams they played against were just as skilled if not more. But they absolutely refused to give up no matter how hard the games became. It was beautiful. Hard to believe a sports series could be more epic and inspiring than most action series but Inagaki made it happen.
10th Aug '16 9:52:32 AM Willbyr
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* Franchise/LupinIII is as funny and awesome today as it was when it was first animated. So what if the animation's a little rough? You've got a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass {{Kaitou}} HandsomeLech constantly on the receiving end of {{ArmorPiercingSlap}}s, a deadly gruff marksman sidekick, a {{Stoic}} samurai {{Badass}} who could give most of the characters of SamuraiDeeperKyo and Manga/RurouniKenshin a run for their money, and a hot [[strike: double]] [[strike: triple]] quadruple agent MsFanservice! Did I mention even though she's kidnapped a lot, she's always TheLancer and never TheChick? Or that ''all'' of them get to be a DeadpanSnarker at one point or another? Or that they're chased by the original [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Zenigata]]? Hell, do I even have to mention the time they ''stole the statue of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christ_the_Redeemer_(statue) Christ The Redeemer]]???'' Franchise/LupinIII is, in essence, ''Anime/CowboyBebop'''s HardDrinkingPartyGirl CoolBigSis; all the manic fun, none of the angst. The clincher? ''[[Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro One of the movies]] was directed by Miyazaki-sensei!''

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* Franchise/LupinIII is as funny and awesome today as it was when it was first animated. So what if the animation's a little rough? You've got a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass {{Kaitou}} HandsomeLech constantly on the receiving end of {{ArmorPiercingSlap}}s, a deadly gruff marksman sidekick, a {{Stoic}} samurai {{Badass}} who could give most of the characters of SamuraiDeeperKyo ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo'' and Manga/RurouniKenshin ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' a run for their money, and a hot [[strike: double]] [[strike: triple]] quadruple agent MsFanservice! Did I mention even though she's kidnapped a lot, she's always TheLancer and never TheChick? Or that ''all'' of them get to be a DeadpanSnarker at one point or another? Or that they're chased by the original [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Zenigata]]? Hell, do I even have to mention the time they ''stole the statue of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christ_the_Redeemer_(statue) Christ The Redeemer]]???'' Franchise/LupinIII is, in essence, ''Anime/CowboyBebop'''s HardDrinkingPartyGirl CoolBigSis; all the manic fun, none of the angst. The clincher? ''[[Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro One of the movies]] was directed by Miyazaki-sensei!''
8th Aug '16 2:18:01 PM Willbyr
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* How is ''NodameCantabile'' not on here? It has amazing characterization, realistic plot, and gorgeous music. The main couple is introduced in the beginning, and their relationship somewhat sneaks up on you. The characters are well-rounded, with everyday quirks and emotions, and the main couple is both utterly adorable and stubborn to the point you want to bash their heads against the wall. And the beta couples are always a surprise, but she does it in a way that doesn't feel like it was strangled by the red string. The plot stretches out for a realistic amount of time, and the development comes naturally enough that you don't realize years have gone by until someone mentions it. The music sucks you in and makes you enjoy it even if you don't like classical music. An addicting series that is in no way a typical manga.

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* How is ''NodameCantabile'' ''Manga/NodameCantabile'' not on here? It has amazing characterization, realistic plot, and gorgeous music. The main couple is introduced in the beginning, and their relationship somewhat sneaks up on you. The characters are well-rounded, with everyday quirks and emotions, and the main couple is both utterly adorable and stubborn to the point you want to bash their heads against the wall. And the beta couples are always a surprise, but she does it in a way that doesn't feel like it was strangled by the red string. The plot stretches out for a realistic amount of time, and the development comes naturally enough that you don't realize years have gone by until someone mentions it. The music sucks you in and makes you enjoy it even if you don't like classical music. An addicting series that is in no way a typical manga.
4th Aug '16 10:32:08 AM Willbyr
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* This Troper absolutely loves {{Genshiken}}, it is by far one of my favorite Manga. I have not seen the anime, but I plan to eventually.

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* This Troper absolutely loves {{Genshiken}}, ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'', it is by far one of my favorite Manga. I have not seen the anime, but I plan to eventually.
1st Aug '16 8:15:37 PM Willbyr
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* ''Manga/AoiHana''. Holy schlamoly. [[@/{{Dentaku}} I]] was already a fan of the manga, but when I started watching the anime it was as if I got plunged into an ocean of bliss. Of course, production company J.C. Staff has a reputation for coming up with quality series, as evidenced by ''Manga/HoneyAndClover'' and ''NodameCantabile'', but this show exceeded all of my expectations. The opening sequence, executed in the unmistakable J.C. Staff style, is a thrill. What a marvelous song! And my heart skips every time Fumi and Akira turn into little kids during their spirited, cheerful dance. My greatest fear has become true: I turned into a squealing fangirl over an anime! I can no longer be reasoned with, since I truly feel this is so great! Rawr!

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* ''Manga/AoiHana''. Holy schlamoly. [[@/{{Dentaku}} I]] was already a fan of the manga, but when I started watching the anime it was as if I got plunged into an ocean of bliss. Of course, production company J.C. Staff has a reputation for coming up with quality series, as evidenced by ''Manga/HoneyAndClover'' and ''NodameCantabile'', ''Manga/NodameCantabile'', but this show exceeded all of my expectations. The opening sequence, executed in the unmistakable J.C. Staff style, is a thrill. What a marvelous song! And my heart skips every time Fumi and Akira turn into little kids during their spirited, cheerful dance. My greatest fear has become true: I turned into a squealing fangirl over an anime! I can no longer be reasoned with, since I truly feel this is so great! Rawr!
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