Guidelines for Recommending Anime

I’ve gotten quite a few recommendations and requests since I started this blog. If you look for my username on Christian Anime Alliance, (I’m rocklobster), you can send me recommendations there. You can also place comments here. I’d give you my Facebook link, but I’m having trouble getting that to work. Anyone who knows how to get that to work with HTML commands, let me know. Anyway, before you send stuff, I figure I should let you know what I’m not looking for.

1. Any anime over 100 episodes long.

I’m no longer watching any anime this long ever again. I try to take no longer than three months to watch an anime if it can be helped (if it’s from Adult Swim, for instance, it’ll take longer).  This helps me keep my weekly schedule. I tend to lose interest in these too.  The only title I actually watched all the way through was Galaxy Express 999and that’s because I’m a huge fan of Leiji Matsumoto.

2. Hentai. 

I have no interest in Hentai. I don’t care how good the plot or the animation is, it’s STILL PORN!

3. FLCL or Ninja Scroll. 

These are just not what I’m into. Sorry. Also, I’ve already seen them.

4. Any Manga.

I know, I’m an anime fan, so I should read manga. But I have a problem getting it. My library doesn’t have many complete collections (in fact it only has one: Honey and Clover.). My local bookstore is too far away. I have very little space.  Also, it seems like manga takes longer to read than it does to watch most anime.

5. Anything unlicensed.

I respect the creators too much to watch anime illegally. In the long run, I believe watching anime illegally hurts the industry more than it helps.

6. Anything I can’t get in my region.

I have a region 1 DVD player. That wouldn’t work. Yes, I could use the Internet to watch these, but I don’t want to review an anime I can’t buy myself if I’m so inclined.

7. Any anime no longer in print.

Thanks to the folding of several anime distributors (like Geneon, sadly), many titles are now harder to come by. Many titles have been relicensed, but some of them didn’t do well when they first came out, so I’m sure those won’t be picked up. Sadly, this includes End of Evangelion. I can still review Neon Genesis Evangelion itself, though, because I got it from a friend. If a title is out of print, it’s usually too expensive to buy.

8. Any anime on blue-ray only.

Don’t have a blue-ray player. Too expensive.

So, go ahead, give me some ideas. As long as they don’t meet the criteria above, I’ll consider it.

  1. #1 by Cameron Lee Irby on November 20, 2012 - 6:46 pm

    Here are a few ideas, if you wouldn’t mind.

    Trigun: Badlands Rumble (Saw this in FYE for $20, iTunes for $7… wonder if it’s worth it.)

    Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles & OVAs (Love this anime! I’d like to spread the joy!)

    Black Cat (Read the manga, thought it was great, curious about the anime.)

    Clannad & Clannad: AfterStory (The first is one of my favorites, but I haven’t willed myself to see the second.)

    Fruits Basket (Saw this on Hulu, laughed & cried in a single episode)

    Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood (If I recall, Rocky, YOU were the one who pushed me to see it. XD)

    Vandread (Don’t be put off by the first few episodes. The series changes pace and actually becomes something worth recommending.)

    Anyway, I hope these will help!

    • #2 by rocklobsterjwt on November 20, 2012 - 7:56 pm

      Actually, I am thinking of tackling Full Metal Alchemist (BOTH versions!) next year! As for Fruits Basket, I’m not sure I want to do that. There’s a lot of the manga they didn’t cover, and I’m told they missed the best stuff. Clannad’s not legally available online to my knowledge. Vandread has been on my to-do list, and I’d love to do Badlands Rumble since I love Trigun.

      • #3 by Cameron Lee Irby on November 21, 2012 - 1:11 am

        Fruits Basket may not have covered the entire manga, and there is a lot they did not cover, but it is still very enjoyable. Clannad can be found in stores, although I understand that you may want to view it online.

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