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22nd Apr '16 1:47:27 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Anime/MacrossII'' was the first true sequel to the classic Super Dimension Fortress Macross series. Being done without the original creators' involvement has turned it into a black sheep of sorts within all of the Macross universe, even going so far as to declare it outside canon. While YMMV on its overall story, on its own merits, it stands as a great piece of anime, and its mecha (especially the GORGEOUS VF-2S), music and battles stand right there with some of the best in Macross. Luckily, it has gotten a nod or two within canon (though some {{Take That}}s as well), and even got its own campaign in the last PSP Macross game.

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* ''Anime/MacrossII'' was the first true sequel to the classic Super Dimension Fortress Macross ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' series. Being done without the original creators' involvement has turned it into a black sheep of sorts within all of the Macross ''Anime/Macross'' universe, even going so far as to declare it outside canon. While YMMV on its overall story, on its own merits, it stands as a great piece of anime, and its mecha (especially the GORGEOUS VF-2S), music and battles stand right there with some of the best in Macross. ''Macross''. Luckily, it has gotten a nod or two within canon (though some {{Take That}}s as well), and even got its own campaign in the last PSP Macross ''Macross'' game.



* ''SpringAndChaos'': an autobiographical OVA base on the life of Kenji Miyazawa, one of Japan's most famous poets. It's directed by ''Shoji Kawamori'' (the ''Franchise/{{Macross}}'' guy), no less. It's one of the most moving films you'll ever see.

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* ''SpringAndChaos'': an autobiographical OVA base on the life of Kenji Miyazawa, one of Japan's most famous poets. It's directed by ''Shoji Kawamori'' ''Creator/ShojiKawamori'' (the ''Franchise/{{Macross}}'' ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' guy), no less. It's one of the most moving films you'll ever see.
7th Apr '16 7:33:29 AM erforce
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* ''Manga/{{Oldboy}}'' is a "revenge story" comic series that you've probably seen [[Film/{{Oldboy}} the movie of]]. Bearing parallels to Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo, ''Oldboy'' is about a Japanese man who, after being imprisoned without provocation, is finally released after ten years; setting out to find out why he was kidnapped, Mister/"Yamashita"[[note]] (You don't find out about his past or real name until later when it's relevant)[[/note]] soon finds himself making [[AbsurdlyHighStakesGame the ultimate gamble]]. Outshone by its DarkerAndEdgier Korean adaptation by Creator/ParkChanWook, ''Oldboy'' is still pretty darn good in itself; however, since the movie chose [[TheToothHurts tooth pulling with a claw hammer]], [[{{Squick}} eating a real living squid]] and a more extreme ending, the manga that relies more on drama, tension and reveals appears [[LighterAndSofter pretty light-hearted by comparison]], and continues somewhat unnoticed.

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* ''Manga/{{Oldboy}}'' is a "revenge story" comic series that you've probably seen [[Film/{{Oldboy}} [[Film/{{Oldboy 2003}} the movie of]]. Bearing parallels to Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo, ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'', ''Oldboy'' is about a Japanese man who, after being imprisoned without provocation, is finally released after ten years; setting out to find out why he was kidnapped, Mister/"Yamashita"[[note]] (You don't find out about his past or real name until later when it's relevant)[[/note]] soon finds himself making [[AbsurdlyHighStakesGame the ultimate gamble]]. Outshone by its DarkerAndEdgier Korean adaptation by Creator/ParkChanWook, ''Oldboy'' is still pretty darn good in itself; however, since the movie chose [[TheToothHurts tooth pulling with a claw hammer]], [[{{Squick}} eating a real living squid]] and a more extreme ending, the manga that relies more on drama, tension and reveals appears [[LighterAndSofter pretty light-hearted by comparison]], and continues somewhat unnoticed.
22nd Feb '16 6:39:29 PM quackytrope
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* ''Manga/{{Ninku}}'' is a fun adventure series about ninjas, with an enjoyable cast of main characters and a lot of exciting, fast-paced action scenes. This series actually served as the inspiration for ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', but unfortunately it's very, ''very'' obscure. There are no reviews online and its fanbase is extremely small if not non-existant. Even in Japan, the series was only moderately popular during the time of its release, and the only part that's been dubbed, or even ''licensed'', for American audiences is a short movie released as a double feature with the ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' movie.

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* ''Manga/{{Ninku}}'' is a fun adventure series about ninjas, with an enjoyable cast of main characters and a lot of exciting, fast-paced action scenes. This series actually served as the inspiration for ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', but unfortunately it's very, ''very'' obscure. There are no reviews online and its fanbase is extremely small if not all but non-existant. Even in Japan, the series was only moderately popular during the time of its release, and the only part that's been dubbed, or even ''licensed'', for American audiences is a short movie released as a double feature with the ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' movie.
19th Feb '16 12:19:09 PM ClarisWorks
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* ''Manga/TheLegendOfMotherSarah'' is a must read for readers who are dying to see AT LAST a heroic, realistic, adult female protagonist with no super powers being {{Badass}} and whose story does NOT revolve around men, relationships, sex, fashion or anything frivolous/girly, and with little to no gratuitous {{Fanservice}}. It's rather an [[TheEpic Epic]] with a lot of grim, serious and otherwise not very female-oriented themes (war, terrorism, survival, power struggles...) along with more female-friendly ones (motherhood, widowhood, [[GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion abortion]], [[NeverASelfMadeWoman making it as a woman alone]], family...). The whole thing written by the creator of ''Manga/{{Akira}}'', no less.

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* ''Manga/TheLegendOfMotherSarah'' is a must read for readers who are dying to see AT LAST read about a heroic, realistic, adult female protagonist with no super powers being {{Badass}} and whose story does NOT not revolve around men, relationships, sex, fashion or anything frivolous/girly, and with little to no gratuitous {{Fanservice}}. It's rather an [[TheEpic Epic]] with a lot of grim, serious and otherwise not very female-oriented themes (war, terrorism, survival, power struggles...) along with more female-friendly ones (motherhood, widowhood, [[GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion abortion]], [[NeverASelfMadeWoman making it as a woman alone]], family...). The whole thing written by the creator of ''Manga/{{Akira}}'', no less.
20th Jan '16 9:56:39 PM Yalsaris63
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* The ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' anime had pretty much everything you could ask for in an anime--a deep storyline, plenty of MomentsOfAwesome, knowing the stakes were serious, compelling characters, and a pretty good English dub. But it got sidelined by Pokemon and Digimon.

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* The ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' anime had pretty much everything you could ask for in an anime--a deep storyline, plenty of MomentsOfAwesome, knowing the stakes were serious, compelling characters, and a pretty good English dub. But it got sidelined by Pokemon and Digimon. Their [[VideoGame/MonsterRancher video game series]] are also pretty much underrated for the same reasons as mentioned earlier.
17th Jan '16 9:55:38 AM ClarisWorks
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* ''Manga/TheLegendOfMotherSarah'' is a must read for readers who are dying to see AT LAST a heroic, realistic, adult female protagonist with no super powers being {{Badass}} and whose story does NOT - repeat does NOT - revolve around men, relationships, sex, fashion or anything frivolous/girly, and with little to no gratuitous {{Fanservice}}. It's rather an [[TheEpic Epic]] with a lot of grim, serious and otherwise not very female-oriented themes (war, terrorism, survival, power struggles...) along with more female-friendly ones (motherhood, widowhood, [[GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion abortion]], [[NeverASelfMadeWoman making it as a woman alone]], family...). The whole thing written by the creator of ''Manga/{{Akira}}'', no less.

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* ''Manga/TheLegendOfMotherSarah'' is a must read for readers who are dying to see AT LAST a heroic, realistic, adult female protagonist with no super powers being {{Badass}} and whose story does NOT - repeat does NOT - revolve around men, relationships, sex, fashion or anything frivolous/girly, and with little to no gratuitous {{Fanservice}}. It's rather an [[TheEpic Epic]] with a lot of grim, serious and otherwise not very female-oriented themes (war, terrorism, survival, power struggles...) along with more female-friendly ones (motherhood, widowhood, [[GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion abortion]], [[NeverASelfMadeWoman making it as a woman alone]], family...). The whole thing written by the creator of ''Manga/{{Akira}}'', no less.
17th Dec '15 7:32:08 PM Animeking1108
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* ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' is a great manga that sadly got overshadowed by its far [[AdaptationDecay inferior anime adaptation]]. It covers a theme of brotherhood, not-too-different from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist,'' and how family isn't always blood. At first glance, it may come off as a ClicheStorm, but they deconstruct them very well.
15th Dec '15 2:31:06 PM Adept
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* ''Manga/MyLovelyGhostKana'' is a three volume manga that is one of the most beautifully written and illustrated and moving love stories I've ever read in ''any'' medium. It takes some of the most potentially darkest character backgrounds ever and turns them into a glorious celebration of life and love that will move you to happy tears many times over. The two main characters have sex often, invariably getting the title classified as {{hentai}}, which would undoubtedly turn many people off from reading it. But creator TanakaYutaka does a masterful job of storytelling that the sex is only a natural, playful and loving part of a relationship. The sexual content is much softer than most hentai, and it stops appearing in later chapters entirely. By the end, you'll have [[ComeForTheXStayForTheY completely forgotten]], and you'll feel like running outside and hugging someone.
** It seems criminal to have TanakaYutaka's other magnum opus ''Manga/AiRen'' not included here. Read this, too.

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* ''Manga/MyLovelyGhostKana'' is a three volume manga that is one of the most beautifully written and illustrated and moving love stories I've ever read in ''any'' medium. It takes some of the most potentially darkest character backgrounds ever and turns them into a glorious celebration of life and love that will move you to happy tears many times over. The two main characters have sex often, invariably getting the title classified as {{hentai}}, which would undoubtedly turn many people off from reading it. But creator TanakaYutaka Creator/TanakaYutaka does a masterful job of storytelling that the sex is only a natural, playful and loving part of a relationship. The sexual content is much softer than most hentai, and it stops appearing in later chapters entirely. By the end, you'll have [[ComeForTheXStayForTheY completely forgotten]], and you'll feel like running outside and hugging someone.
** It seems criminal to have TanakaYutaka's Tanaka Yutaka's other magnum opus ''Manga/AiRen'' not included here. Read this, too.



* ''NightHeadGenesis'' is a 24 episode anime series about two brothers with psychic powers who escape the research center they've been locked up in since they were kids. All they want is a normal life, but plenty of people want to take advantage of their powers. Not to mention the fact that they're supposed to lead some sort of 'revolution.' Although the plot seems kind of cliche at first, the way it's handled is rather original. And the music is beautiful. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbYKTfDhlQw Just listen to the opening theme.]] There's also a manga adaption with absolutely gorgeous artwork, but only two volumes are released in English so far with no news on the third volume and the story is compressed to the point where it can sometimes be difficult to follow. Everyone who knows about this series adores it, but very few people actually know about it. Give it some love people!

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* ''NightHeadGenesis'' ''Anime/NightHeadGenesis'' is a 24 episode anime series about two brothers with psychic powers who escape the research center they've been locked up in since they were kids. All they want is a normal life, but plenty of people want to take advantage of their powers. Not to mention the fact that they're supposed to lead some sort of 'revolution.' Although the plot seems kind of cliche at first, the way it's handled is rather original. And the music is beautiful. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbYKTfDhlQw Just listen to the opening theme.]] There's also a manga adaption with absolutely gorgeous artwork, but only two volumes are released in English so far with no news on the third volume and the story is compressed to the point where it can sometimes be difficult to follow. Everyone who knows about this series adores it, but very few people actually know about it. Give it some love people!
11th Nov '15 2:48:54 PM Kervinle2500
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* ''Manga/CaheDetectiveClub'' is a SisterSeries to ''Manga/NagasareteAirantou'' and publish by ''Creator/SquareEnix'''s Gangan Online comics. It's a comedy where four girls with different skills and hobbies form a club together. It's not as well-known as ''Nagasarete Airantou'', and it's worth reading if you're tired of the fanservice-laden ''Airantou''.
13th Oct '15 4:43:27 AM Adept
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* ''MeAndTheDevilBlues'' and ''2001Nights'' are two very good manga but no one has heard of them before on either side of the Pacific. One is an absolutely beautiful Southern American gothic-horror story featuring a legendary blues musician and a legendary criminal getting into violent misadventures while the other is a collection of short stories written in the classic hard-scifi style of Arthur C. Clarke, full of [[TearJerker tearjerkers]] and all that good stuff.

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* ''MeAndTheDevilBlues'' ''Manga/MeAndTheDevilBlues'' and ''2001Nights'' are two very good manga but no one has heard of them before on either side of the Pacific. One is an absolutely beautiful Southern American gothic-horror story featuring a legendary blues musician and a legendary criminal getting into violent misadventures while the other is a collection of short stories written in the classic hard-scifi style of Arthur C. Clarke, full of [[TearJerker tearjerkers]] and all that good stuff.
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