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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!
1st Aug '16 12:47:05 PM Willbyr
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* This series [[SugarWiki/NeedsMoreLove hardly ever gets talked about]], which is a true shame...but hands down one of the best animes I've ever seen is ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}''. The fact they kept remaking this series three times AND a movie really shows how much Japan loved it. And I was so happy to see it hit the states back when {{Toonami}} was still around. Sadly that was short lived too...:'( And they haven't made any dvds to be released for the 2001 series, that's my biggest heart break. But you can still find episodes circulating around Youtube and other parts of the net. Cyborg009 has so many lovable characters, a great plot, a unique art style, and special mention goes to the opening and credit songs of the series, the music is downright beautiful! Look them up on Website/YouTube, "What's the Justice" and "Genesis of Next". The intro alone has beautiful and surreal images. It is a very under-rated series in the West and it deserves more attention than it gets :(

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* This series [[SugarWiki/NeedsMoreLove hardly ever gets talked about]], which is a true shame...but hands down one of the best animes I've ever seen is ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}''. The fact they kept remaking this series three times AND a movie really shows how much Japan loved it. And I was so happy to see it hit the states back when {{Toonami}} was still around. Sadly that was short lived too...:'( And they haven't made any dvds to be released for the 2001 series, that's my biggest heart break. But you can still find episodes circulating around Youtube and other parts of the net. Cyborg009 ''Cyborg 009'' has so many lovable characters, a great plot, a unique art style, and special mention goes to the opening and credit songs of the series, the music is downright beautiful! Look them up on Website/YouTube, "What's the Justice" and "Genesis of Next". The intro alone has beautiful and surreal images. It is a very under-rated series in the West and it deserves more attention than it gets :(



* This troper first saw ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'' when they were 11, and still considers it one of the best shows they've ever watched. An anime with ''nine'' main characters, all of whom are intensely likeable? An anime where everyone gets character development, not just the main character, and all of their backstories are plausible and well presented? An anime where heartwarming day-in-the-life episodes are comfortably slotted next to epic (and I mean '''EPIC''') fights against malevolent robots without giving viewers MoodWhiplash? Yeah. It's no wonder that Cyborg 009 has stayed alive since the 70's.

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* This troper first saw ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'' when they were 11, and still considers it one of the best shows they've ever watched. An anime with ''nine'' main characters, all of whom are intensely likeable? An anime where everyone gets character development, not just the main character, and all of their backstories are plausible and well presented? An anime where heartwarming day-in-the-life episodes are comfortably slotted next to epic (and I mean '''EPIC''') fights against malevolent robots without giving viewers MoodWhiplash? Yeah. It's no wonder that Cyborg 009 ''Cyborg 009'' has stayed alive since the 70's.
29th Jul '16 7:25:01 PM Doug86
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* ''SonicX''. The {{Macekre}} is an abomination, but the original, subtitled anime is pure awesome (you can find it on Website/YouTube, just look for Setsna2's channel), and an excellent imagining of the characters.

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* ''SonicX''.''Anime/SonicX''. The {{Macekre}} is an abomination, but the original, subtitled anime is pure awesome (you can find it on Website/YouTube, just look for Setsna2's channel), and an excellent imagining of the characters.
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