Otakuite+ | Posted 05/29/13 | Reply
Code Geass. Itʻs seriously a total badass series. The illustrations are amazing. Itʻs dramatic, hilarious, and (like i said above) badass. Itʻs a little bloody and violent but seriously, besides kid sci-fi, what sci-fi isnʻt?? but yeah, i REALLY recommend this one.
L'Cie (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/04/13 | Reply
i highly recommend SUPERNATURAL: ANIMATION, it's the reason why i watch the tv series of SUPERNATURAL. They characters in both shows are REALLY REALLY FUNNY! Especially DEAN WINCHESTER!! OMG in the tv series he brings up movie references, games, and sometimes anime ones. however, in the anime version it's a little bit. Then his brother SAM WINCHESTER, is very smart, he even brings stuff up that even cause DEAN to go "what?". the show itself is very good, both in tv and the anime. i say check it out
Hopeless Romantic (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/03/13 | Reply
For any non-otaku, I'd recommend the original Ghost in the Shell movie as a start, and if they like that then introduce them to Innocence and the Stand Alone Complex.
Cowboy Bebop is another classic that has just about everything a TV show can have, and its Western enough to be accessible to a non-otaku audience. I have (unfortunately) not seen the Original Macross, but I've heard many good things, although the whole "song power" thing might be a turn off though.
The UC Timleline for Gundam is also excellent, and doesn't have alot of the angst and other such things that made SEED frustrating for some people. Its also largely stuck with classic, more realistic character designs for those who find huge eyes and spikey hair a turn-off.
I will agree that alot of the older sci-fi series are better in that they don't seem as convoluted and some of the newer stuff, which would be great for non-otaku who generally wouldn't appreciate the ridiculousness of anime. Also, fan service doesn't seem nearly as prominent in older series, which also seems to turn non-otaku off (from my own experience anyway).
Dark Magician Girl (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/01/13 | Reply
In terms of Sci-Fi anime there is one I would recommend. Here are my recommendation.
Macross Fronter:This is one of the best sci-fi animes I've ever watched. It has a little bit of everything;from epic space battles to high flying robot/jet ships to aliens to even a love triangle that is involved in the whole anime. The 3 main characters are Ranka Lee,Sheryl Nome,and Alto Saotome. Most of the story revolves around their love triangle. Sheryl and Ranka both have feelings for Alto and he doesn't realize it until later on. Well he starts noticing but doesn't say anything.
The reason I'd recommend this anime is because it is literally one of the best animes I've ever watched. It had kind of a Star Trek Voyager feel to it and I loved the music. The music is what got me hooked on Macross Frontier in the first place. The anime has only 25 episodes and it is just epic. So if you like sci-fi with a bit of romance then you will like Macross Frontier.
I would also recommend an anime called Noein. It has a great storyline as well and there's a lot of sci-fi elements in it. Also the art is amazing and it has only 24 episodes.
Barton (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 05/01/13 | Reply
I think Neon Genesis Evangelion or Ghost in the Shell, both have great story and the art is amazing!
Otaku Eternal | Posted 04/29/13 | Reply
space adventure cobra is one of my favorite anime movies i own :)
For the non-otaku crowd, I recommend they start with one of the following anime:
Ghost in the Shell 2.0 is just a remaster of the original film. I very much prefer the original version because 2.0 added alot of CG segments that kinda ruined the 2.0 version for me. The only aspect i enjoyed more about 2.0 was the remastered sound/soundtrack - if you have surround sound it is pretty awesome to listen to.
I prefer the original version, but some people may prefer the updated visuals of 2.0
I believe Hulu has everything except the original Ghost in the Shell Film film
Since the anime series and the anime movie were made by the same company (MADHOUSE) I'm guessing that the anime movie is a followup of the series.
However, The anime film has different character designs from the anime series. The anime movie has character designs based more closely to the live action fils (Robert Downey Jr, etc.) but the anime series has its own character designs that are pretty different.
Here are some examples -
ANIME SERIES -
ANIME FILM -
On a side note, some of the other Avengers make an appearance in the anime film, including The Punisher, which is pretty cool.
Both the series and the anime film are enjoyable, but i liked the character designs in the film a bit better. let me know if you have any more questions :)
Senior Otaku | Posted 04/29/13 | Reply
That helps, thanks.
Senior Otaku+ | Posted 04/29/13 | Reply
Sorry if that got complicated, I hope it helps.
There are kind of two different continuities. There is original 1995 film Ghost in the Shell and it's sequel, Ghost in the Shell 2 Innocence.
Then the TV series kind of reboots the series. I'd personally start with the TV series. There are 2 seasons, and a third movie that follow the TV series. The trick is that just about everything in the rebooted continuity will have Stand Alone Complex in the title.
There is a prequel OVA coming out this year called Arise, and they released a remastered version of the original movie called Ghost in the Shell 2.0 which I honestly haven't watched yet.
So, yea the titles get confusing fast, but my recomendation is start with anything with Stand Alone Complex in the title. (2nd GIG is the second season, and Solid State Society is the movie)
I looked up Ghost in the Shell on Hulu, and got about a dozen results. Which version should I watch?
Oh yeah, I have heard about these. Is The Iron Man movie a followup to the series, or is it separate?
Yea, There is an X-Men anime, a Wolverine Anime, an Iron Man Anime and a Blade anime. All of them were made by MADHOUSE. They also just released an Iron Man anime movie which is pretty good.
If i had to choose one, i would definitely choose the X-Men anime series because i think it was done the best. here is a link to the summary of the anime -
Here is the opening video sequence -
Here is the ending video sequence -
If you need anymore info about the X-men anime or any of the other Marvel anime titles feel free to message me anytime and i'll help out the best i can :)
There is an X-Men ANIME? Okay, my life is officially complete.
Master of Lists (Senior Otaku) | Posted 04/28/13 | Reply
you and I are a dying breed, couldn't have said it any better myself.
Infiltrator (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/28/13 | Reply
I've seen a few people mention it, but Cowboy Bebop is probably the only anime I could confidently recommend to someone who doesn't watch/enjoy anime. As for manga, I'd go for something like Akira, although you'd have waaay better luck getting someone to watch the movie than read it considering how old it is~
"Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead."
Otakuite | Posted 04/27/13 | Reply
Thank you Yamchaa. I'm still quite new to anime and although over the past year I've been watching it in obsession I haven't actually gotten the chance to check out any of the older anime out there. My birthdays coming up in less than a week so I hope that will give me a chance to just leap back in time and watch some of the older shows that you recommended. I actually found this site no less than two days ago and it's just people like you that make this community great and worth going on every day. So thank you, cyaaa :3
Otaku Eternal | Posted 04/27/13 | Reply
I can understand how it would seem that way, but i actually enjoy (and own) a good mix of newer and older titles. I'm not bashing newer titles in general, i'm just of the opinion that there is alot more to offer in the Anime experience besides just new anime titles. There are many older titles that are timeless and do age well, and i do understand that older anime probably doesnt appeal to the present anime fanbase (people that were born after 1990) and i would say that it's probably because of the Generational gap between those two time periods and how much different it was back then (more violent, etc.)
I'm an advocate of all types of anime past and present, and to be honest i am passionate towards 80's anime because that is what i grew up watching, much like the newer generation and the anime they grew up watching.
I guess my main goal is to be a mediator of sorts, Ive always liked recommending older anime titles to the newer generation in order to bridge the gap between fan bases, and sometimes i just want to let people know that they are missing out on something good, and in turn i get the better of myself lol.
In the end i just hate to see cool stuff go unnoticed, and if i can recommend an anime title (new or old) to someone that ends up liking it, then i'd certainly be content in the end :)
I hope my list helped in some way, and im always here if anyone needs any recommendations in the future :)
Eternal Scout (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/27/13 | Reply
I second CelestialSushi's recommendation for ARIA because it rocks.
Master of Lists (Senior Otaku) | Posted 04/27/13 | Reply
Doesn't surprise me considering the 80s had nothing but Sci-Fi anime.
I also call it the Ultra Violent era.
It's a generation thing.
Also bare in mind that Yamchaa is nearly 30 so what me and him grew up on is way different than what you grew up on.
13th Angel (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/27/13 | Reply
I'm just saying that your attitude automatically puts down anything that wasn't made before 2000, really. :|
While a good portion of those series & films are decent, I wouldn't recommend any of them on the simple grounds of most of them not aging well.
And I was born in the 80s and grew up on all those titles.
Just because it is newer doesn't mean it is good either. The door swings both ways lol.
Master of Lists (Senior Otaku) | Posted 04/26/13 | Reply
Either Gundam or Cowboy Bebop, I would say Outlaw Star but that show hasn't aged well.
Otakuite | Posted 04/26/13 | Reply
Oh, oh, pick me miss! Steins;Gate :3 Although it has a few references to otaku culture it's nothing that a 30 second explanation or google search can't fix. If you haven't watched it watch it now and if you have watched it congrats. It's not the best anime of all time although on my list it's definitely up there. ^_^
Otakuite++ | Posted 04/26/13 | Reply
If the person wasn't a otakuI would go for some of the classics...like lost universe, cowboy beebop, outlaw star
Otaku Eternal | Posted 04/26/13 | Reply
I reccomend Robotech and Outlanders
13th Angel (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/25/13 | Reply
Just because it's newer doesn't mean it's any less good than the older titles LOL.
Omg yes you have to watch it. 8'c PSYCHO-PASS has literally taken over my life. Like, I almost didn't even know what to do with myself when it ended. orz I even went out and bought the Japanese manga adaption of it without being able to read it. ;wwww; I love it so much aaaah! I'm into really serious anime with good stories and characters I can attach to. PSYCHO-PASS has all of that and more. ; u;
I think the novels probably go a lot more in depth in terms of setting and plot. Also, the novels are more focused on the relationship between Nezumi and Sion. I liked the anime, but I think I'm going to like the novels better than the anime from what I've read so far. c: The manga... oh gosh. I get lots of feelings from the manga. The drawings give me that same strong emotional connection that the books do!
The ending took me a while to absorb. I was in denial that it was over for a day, and then started sobbing afterwards. I'm rewatching it now and... yeah, I won't be able to control myself. ;w;
Grand Otaku | Posted 04/25/13 | Reply
2003 Fullmetal Alchemist
This is a really cool fantasy anime exploring politics and ethics of alchemy and sins of human nature.
A Western anime set in the near future exploring the tangled pasts of people in a sad symphony of life.
A cat and mouse game wielding the powers of death to manipulate the world.
These are popular sci-fis that have exceptional english dubs and minimal culture shock, they're big love letters from Japan.
Otakuite+ | Posted 04/25/13 | Reply
I have to agree with you about Psycho Pass. It's too amazing for me to express my words, especially with the dark themes. The ending just overwhelmed me- in a good way of course XD
Otaku Legend | Posted 04/25/13 | Reply
It may not be anime, but I think everyone should watch the
movie "forbidden planet" we watched it in my myth,sci-fli, fantasy class, it wss great!!!
Pickle of the Year (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/25/13 | Reply
For anyone who is a fan of space operas, there's Towards the Terra and of course LoGH. Anything GITS is also a given. I would also cautiously recommend Gantz.
EDIT: Almost forgot to mention the currently-airing anime Gargantia.
Otakuite++ | Posted 04/25/13 | Reply
Code Geass, it's the only anime with giant robots in it I like. The plot is good, Lelouch is awesome, and the knightmares are cool.
*Falls out laughing*
Wow, I see what you mean, now.
Otaku Eternal | Posted 04/25/13 | Reply
in all honesty, i'd rather watch SD Gundam over any of the Gundam Seed series
Jesus Christ, have any of you people seen any anime that was released before 1997?
I'm about to give you a real list of great anime that most of you have never seen or heard of, from my own collection.
Wings of Honneamise
AKIRA (For God's Sake!)
Demon City Shinjuku
Cyber City Oedo 808
The Guyver (The original)
Now and Then, Here and There
Bubblegum Crisis (original)
M.D. Geist 1
M.D. Geist 2
Overman King Gainer
New Dominion Tank Police
Mobile Sui Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory
Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket
The Irresponsible Captain Tylor
IRIA: Zeiram The Animation
Gungrave: Beyond The Grave
X-Men Anime Series
Patlabor the Movie
Patlabor the Movie 2
That is just the tip of the iceberg for now. Alot of those anime titles were released before alot of you were born, and they are some of the best anime that the Sci-Fi genre has to offer. Alot of the best Sci Fi anime was released in the 1980's, and they are often overlooked by most people who consider themselves "Major Anime Fans". Hopefully this list of anime titles will help everyone realize that there is more to anime than the stuff that was released last year lol. I may come back later and post some more titles that you all can check out :) hope my list helps :)
News Correspondent (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/25/13 | Reply
I usually follow ANN's rating system, as it tends to be a fairly accurate representation. The bayesian averaging system they used says users rated Gundam SD Force a 2.68 out of 10. In comparison, Steins;Gate is ANN's highest rated anime with 9.11/10. There is only one show worse than SD Force. It's an obscure 20 minute OVA called Mars of Destruction and it received a 2.56/10. I saw this OVA solely for that reason and it is atrocious. This is based on 4,209 anime titles. Note this includes hentai titles, which says something big about Gundam SD Force.
Chibi Otaku (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/25/13 | Reply
Ah, sorry, those are the ones I know off the top of my head. ^^'
Yeah, that's definitely not what I'm talking about.
Hmm.. More recently, there's Gundam Unicorn...and Turn-a-Gundam, I think??
That's a pretty bold statement.
Of course, it wasn't perfect, but it isn't the worst.
00 was my favorite!
I was so disappointed to see that it was only one season. I never saw the movie or the OVA.
I don't remember Wing that much. But I'm sure that the one I'm talking about wasn't Wing.
I myself haven't seen Gundam or Astro Boy in any incarnation, so I'd rather not give advice in that respect.
Actually, I do remember seeing Gundam SD as a kid, but apparently the anime community claims it to be one of the worst anime of all time.
No, I don't. I have seen a little of 00, and I remember Gundam Wing being on Toonami, though I never watched it.
I've never seen Psycho-Pass, but you have intrigued me. I might just try it now.
It's because of the BL aspect that I don't recommend No.6, even though I like everything else about it. They needed to take more time with the mystery aspect they built up. I would have liked to know more about the city, the people outside it, the forest people and the Bee-queen-thing.
Oh, I see.
Wait...There's another Gundam that I don't remember the name of.
Do you know all of 'em?
SD Gundam was too weird for me, and I didn't keep up with it. ^^' Seed was my first -- and so far only -- Gundam saga that I seriously kept up with.
My favourite sci-fi anime is MOST DEFINITELY PSYCHO-PASS. I'm already on the route to trying to make everyone I know watch it. Haha! However, I do have a few suggestions for different types of sci-fi fans! *A*
PSYCHO-PASS is set in a futuristic world, approximately 100 years from now. Besides this and the cool technology that comes along with such a setting (like the Dominators! + u +), this show is more like a crime drama than anything else. However, it often addresses the question of "what is justice?" and has a lot of really interesting underlying themes. I just love it to bits. D':
Good old Lelouch. Fun times for mecha fans and anyone who loves drama. There's a large amount of angst too, as well as an essentially "evil" protagonist (though I can easily argue against this), so it has an interesting take in terms of different perspectives. If you have a thing for people fighting in giant robotic suits, then give it a go!
Again, like PSYCHO-PASS, No.6 is set in a futuristic world but doesn't address that aspect so much as the relationships between the characters. It's BL, just so no one is surprised, but it's very cute! Unfortunately, it only runs 11 episodes, meaning they crammed a whole lot into so little. I personally enjoy it for the cute, and not so much the story behind it. While it is interesting, anyone who is critical of plot will not enjoy this. xD
Time travel, amazing characters, well thought out plot, and it's Nitro+. You can't argue with any of that. It's a recipe for an amazing anime. ; u ; Though it's not my favourite, it definitely has memorable characters and a story to keep you engaged until the end!
Darker Than Black
Oh man, this show is just awesome on so many levels. I really, truly believe it is IMMENSELY underrated. At least season 1 is (and season 2 was pretty bad for about 80% of the show, I regret to admit). But for people who like hot guys running around as vigilantes with angsty pasts and incredible powers (not to mention skills to shame a ninja), then Darker Than Black is surely for you! eue Gotta love our Chinese Electric Batman. <3
I raise a big fist to the 009.
How could I have forgotten about that?
What about "SD"?
1)Birdy the Mighty Decode (the first season, anyway)! Really great story that's a little off the beaten path. :)
2)I would recommend Cyborg 009, too, and since it has such a strong human aspect, it would probably appeal to a wide audience.
3)Accel World -- Great characters, well-written and great message!
I like so many sci-fi and sci-fi/fantasy series, there are way too many to list. XD
IGPX, Astro-Boy and Gundam (Seed is the only one I can speak for) are all really good!
Resident Dark Lord (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/25/13 | Reply
Let me see, there are so many options out there. Gurren Lagann is a good choice but that one's already been mentioned.
Gundam SEED is one idea. In addition to all the mecha stuff is has good characters and stuff with genetic engineering.
Full Metal Panic is another good one for those looking for something with an alternate universe. it has cool robots and excellent characters (and comedy).
Blue Gender is another idea if one is in the mood for something post-apocalyptic. Basically it takes place in a future version of Earth where giant insects have pretty much taken over. And even though it was made in I believe the 90s it has a sort of 1980s feel to it, especially when you hear the english version of the opening theme.
For something a little more laid back, one recommendation I have is Rideback. It's probably not exactly hardcore sci-fi, but it does have robots. And it does have a nice story, even though the ending is a little lacking.
Heroic Age is also one I've tried. A little dry in places perhaps, but a good view. Plus I'm sure those familiar with Greek mythology can appreciate certain aspects of it.
Though it is a little off topic, there is a sci-fi manga I've been following called Psyren. It's another post-apocalyptic series filled with time travel and psychic powers.
That's pretty much all the ones I can think of at the moment.
The greatest fear is that of the unknown.
Lombax of Earth (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/25/13 | Reply
If you're looking for something sci-fi and relaxing, I'd totally recommend the ARIA series (the different seasons are titled the ANIMATION, the NATURAL, and the ORIGINATION respectively; not to be confused with Aria the Scarlet Ammo!)
It's about a 15-year-old girl who travels to the now-terraformed Mars to become a top gondolier in the city of Neovenezia (modeled after the real-life Venice, Italy). It's not super action-packed, but it's a beautiful, relaxing series with a sci-fi twist. Excellent soundtrack, too :D
Also--and I know we should take everything from Wikipedia with a grain of salt, but still--interesting to note is that the series apparently ran in a shounen magazine.
All in all, though, a majority of my anime watching skews toward the fantasy side of shounen, so I don't watch much sci-fi, I'm afraid ^_^U
My friend Mark says the same thing about "Guren Lagann".
And I second what you say about "IGPX".
But how come everyone is dodging the big bullet!?
What about "Gundam"!? What about "Astro Boy"?!
There's a whole bunch that people have shied away from that I thought people would say.
LDS Fangirl! (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/25/13 | Reply
'Metropolis' by Rintaro; it is kinda like the original German 1930s silent of the same name, which I also really like. And yes, Ghost in the Shell.
*cracks knuckles and breaks out the old list*
Neon Genesis Evangelion - First anime I ever saw before becoming a solid otaku. Required viewing for all anime fans.
Cowboy Bebop - My favorite anime of all time. Fans of cinematic experiences, spaghetti western motifs, jazz, and androgynous teenage girls apply as well. A SF masterpiece.
IGPX - A genuinely underrated show. Fans of shonen looking to expand beyond The Big 3 and other famous titles best look to this for viewing pleasure. Has an ecclectic cast, is a Toonami original show, and combines the mecha and sport genres flawlessly. For the time period, some of the best CGI outside of Last Exile.
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo - One of the best literary adaptations in history, let alone anime. Dumas' classic romantic novel jump lightyears into the future and has all the panache and punch of the original. A fantastic dub by the fellows at Funimation and some of Gonzo's best animation to date.
The Big O - One of the hallmark shows of mecha. If the largeness of some mecha shows is weighing you down, try this calming, subdued, and most importantly cool title.
Gurren Lagann - The best mecha show of all time. When you have giant egos, your giant robot makes giant explosions. Kamina is a treat to watch, solidifying him as one of the best anime characters of all time.
FLCL - Gurren Lagann not spastic enough for you? Then try this on for size. The best work to date from the kings of pushing the boundaries of reality, Studio GAINAX. Enjoy ALL of the insanity wrapped up in a message about learning to grow up.
Senior Otaku+ | Posted 04/25/13 | Reply
Ghost in the Shell. Very good hard sci-fi. The series is really good. The movies are amazing, but might be more of an acquired taste.
Otakuite | Posted 04/25/13 | Reply
I would recommend Cowboy Bebop. It's a very fun series, with lots of memorable moments. The english voice-acting is very well done, atleast for the main characters. It may be a tad old but it got its charm. Not to mention its sweet soundtrack.
State Alchemist (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/25/13 | Reply
I'd recommend Eureka Seven because its much more than just sci-fi. It doesn't focus solely on mecha and aliens. Its adventurous, romantic and a little comediac at times. But its still got a lot of kick ass robots and creatures. Actually, Eureka 7 was the first mecha anime that I fell in love with.