[thechat] Next Anime Step?

Seb Potter seb at poked.org
Wed Jul 9 11:11:10 CDT 2003

> I'm just getting my feet wet in anime myself, and have *really* enjoyed
> the "Cowboy Bebop" series. Great action, hip music, and cool characters.
> The movie's great, too, but I'd recommend seeing the series first to get
> all the characters' background stories. (kinda helps you better
> understand Faye's urgent need for money, and Ed's..well, Ed's story
> could be a whole series by itself)

I'm just starting Cowboy Bebop and Samurai X at the moment, as I'm ahead on 
films but behind on shows.

> I'll probably check out "Ghost in the Shell" and "Evangelion"
> next...along with the other recommendations that have been posted so
> far.

Ghost in the Shell is really, really good. When it first came out, I just 
happened to be president of Reading University's scifi soc, and I managed 
to get hold of an import video before it hit the cinemas in the UK. We 
showed it twice in the space of a week. The first time, about 20 people 
showed up in the little room that we used. Five days later, entirely on 
word-of-mouth from the couple of dozen people that showed up, demand was so 
great that we had over 400 people show up and had to take over the student 
union bar to get everyone in. That one night funded our society's socials 
for the next year. :)

If you like really lush animation, check out Blood: the Last Vampire. It's 
absolutely gorgeous, but be warned, the story makes no sense and it 
finishes really unexpectedly.

There's also the Urotsukidoji series of movies (Legend of the Overfiend, 
Legend of the Demon Womb, etc.) which is extremely graphic, lots of 
explicit sex scenes and 300-foot appendages, totally unsuitable for kids, 
but still a pretty good set of movies.

- seb


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