10 Great Anime That Are Not Miyazaki Comments - Mania.com


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Chris Beveridge 10/19/2009 3:48:21 PM

An elitist list maybe.... :D

number9dream 10/19/2009 4:22:34 PM

Hmm no Akira or Ghost in the Shell, i was quite surprised.

animefanjared 10/19/2009 4:37:07 PM

number9dream, I assume (although i can't speak for him) that Chris left out Akira and Ghost in the Shell because, like the Miyazaki films, those tend to be some of the first films recommended to introduce people to what anime can be.  I think he wanted to spotlight some less-well known titles.

(I also personally find both to be a tad pretentious and off-putting in their utter serious and needlessly opaque plotlines.)

peak37pt 10/19/2009 5:48:22 PM

 I loved Perfect Blue. Everything he's done is awesome. 

flinshadytoo 10/19/2009 8:56:42 PM

 I wouldn't call myself a Anime elitist in any way or form, in fact the reason I like most of Studio Ghibli stuff is 'cause I feel it is the most accessible to western sensibilities. But Anime porn for the sake of it is not artistic or interesting except purely for titillation, I'm not against p0rn, I just don't like it masquerading as art!! & just because women like p0rn0 cartoons doesn't mean it's right, most of the s*x in the overfiend series is aggressive & the women are no more than something to be violated in which ever way the story teller can think. Just because you find it kinky doesn't really make it right, I'm not a purist & I like kinky stuff too but I also think we have a responsibility to judge things & question them if they are morally ambiguous!


Ironically I've been censored by this site for excessive profanity! Ignore all above 'cause it's this kind of ridiculous censorship that make the world so intolerant to other opinions and cultures!!!!!

ZelloBear 10/19/2009 11:52:38 PM

What about Project A-Ko, Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust or Memories?   I though these were some of the older greats.  Kinda think I would have choosen Paprika before Perfect Blue or Millenium Actress.  Anyway great list, Urusei Yatsura is my fave

mangaman74 10/20/2009 12:00:33 AM

Great list. The only ones I have not yet seen are Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5system and Macross:Do You Remember Love.

okonomiyaki4000 10/20/2009 6:13:59 AM

 Satoshi Kon is a genius. Paranoia Agent needs to be on this list. 

Hectotane 10/20/2009 8:42:26 AM

Hey, Chris.  "Elitism;"  I felt like ripping some stranger's head off after finding out that people did two of the few things I DID NOT like and paraded it around as "ART."  And then it became acceptable: 

  1. They based a movie on a show that's mainly about the continuing suffering of a young guy.  (Urusei Yatsura)
  2. After crying "bird with a broken wing" low-budget on another show, they re-edited the scenes for their "movie(s)," gone post-modern, stuck in a scene where the male lead masturbates over a comatose female lead, and nightmarishly snuffed out all but two characters.  (Evangelion.  The OLD version.)

Professionals.  Have.  Standards.  You take your time creating what you're creating, you get your points across whilst serving the fans, You Deliver.  (Remember:  Elitism requires the lot of money that too much of us, including myself, DO NOT have.)

Also:  Bible Black and Discipline tie for THE best anime out.  (They're not movies.  Sorry.)  Because Transformers, The Dark Knight, and Iron Man are not adult anime, and yet they DELIVER just the same.

djanss 10/20/2009 8:51:29 AM

ZB:  Ack!--Forgot about Project A-Ko #1!  :)

The closest thing to an a scene-specific "Anime Movie" parody of classic 80's titles, which we used to recommend to first-timers, but warn them they  wouldn't get all the jokes...It's still funnier if new viewers acclimate themselves with at least a little background knowledge of Gundam, Harlock, Fist of the North Star, etc., before viewing, but coming from the Urusei crew, it used to be our first hint that Japan liked its comedy silly.

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