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    (Original post by EdwardElric)
    Hi everyone, I'm fairly new to anime and I'm looking for some anime recommendations. My favourites so far are Code Geass, Fullmetal Alchemist (both but Brotherhood is better), and Death Note, so I'm looking for some anime with action as well as a good story. Any good mecha anime suggestions would be great, as well as any Slice of Life anime since I recently finished K-On! which I really enjoyed. Thanks everyone!
    Welcome to the society, once again.

    In terms of mech series, I'd recommend Bokurano if you don't mind a darker storyline, and/or Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann for something a bit more comedic (though it has its serious moments, which are epic). Patlabor is very good too, if you don't mind something older.

    For slice of life, Haibane Renmei, Denno Coil and Aria have fairly unique settings. Or if it's the high school/club atmosphere you're after, I'd suggest Haganai, Hyou-ka or Genshiken. :yes:

    Hope that something there is of interest to you.
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    (Original post by EdwardElric)
    I've seen Attack on Titan and I really liked it. It had a lot of intense action scenes, as well as some pretty good characters. Can't wait for the next season.
    Sadly we have to wait until next year for it.

    For slice of life anime I'd recommend Hyouka or Nichijou.
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    Thank you both for the suggestions, that's me sorted for a few months. I love watching anime but I somehow struggle watching more than a couple of shows at a time. Right now I'm only watching Code Geass, FMA : Brotherhood and Fairy Tail D:
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    (Original post by Truered)
    Is Pyscho Pass all that? More importantly is it pretty? I've been thinking of getting the blu ray for months.
    For me, I'd say it's about half all that and half not all that. Great setting and great characters, but could've done more with both of them. Starts slow but gets much, much better.
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    (Original post by Truered)
    Is Pyscho Pass all that? More importantly is it pretty? I've been thinking of getting the blu ray for months.


    I almost bought Samurai Champloo today, but found myself uncertain. Instead for £10 more I bought a Modern Family set and a Veronica Mars box set after hearing good things for years about it.
    I missed this post. I loved Psycho-Pass, and it's definitely pretty, worth getting on Blu Ray over DVD. Though, Samurai Champloo is even better IMO. :p:
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    Does Samurai Champloo have a humorous side? For some reason the character designs are putting me off.

    Also how is Blood Lad, peoples who watch more anime than me nowadays? I assume it has an iffy anime original ending?
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    (Original post by Truered)
    Does Samurai Champloo have a humorous side? For some reason the character designs are putting me off.

    Also how is Blood Lad, peoples who watch more anime than me nowadays? I assume it has an iffy anime original ending?
    I'd say Samurai Champloo was hilarious, plenty of fun moments, and entire comic relief episodes. Though it's just as good when it comes to the more serious parts of the story, IMO.

    Blood Lad was easily my least favourite series of its year, excluding shows where the first episode was so bad I didn't pick them up. Generic storyline that I'd seen before, but done better. Boring characters, pretty bad animation by today's standards. Catchy OP though. I don't remember it having a definite ending, but I might not have been paying much attention by that point. Might be worth getting another opinion, though, as it's rated fairly highly overall. :dontknow:
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    Anybody else going to the Telford MCM expo tomorrow? I decided to go at the last minute, wasn't sure if I'd be able to afford both that and Minamicon within a month of each other, but it's not like I've got anything planned for the rest of the year. :p:

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    Nope.

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    Hope you're happy, the copy of Samurai Champloo sitting in HMV the last week or two is now mine. Plus part 1 of Mitchiko and Hatchin which I've almost bought for a few weeks now, from some of the same people/person.
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    (Original post by Truered)
    Hope you're happy, the copy of Samurai Champloo sitting in HMV the last week or two is now mine. Plus part 1 of Mitchiko and Hatchin which I've almost bought for a few weeks now, from some of the same people/person.
    :king1: I hope you like it as much as I did.

    I need to rewatch Mitchiko & Hatchin at some point, I don't remember much about it aside from it looking and sounding really great. That, and giant tomatoes.
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    Modest spoils from this year's Telford Expo
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    I started Wakamote today. Got some of the manga late last year, ignored the picture-less pre-order on amazon as the manga doesn't use Wakamote, until I ended up deciding "what is that?" and was happy to find out it was an anime version as I like the main character.

    We have some things in common (fear of group work, talking to others) and things we don't (wanting to get more expensive panties to make other girls jealous.)


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    (Original post by AngryJellyfish)
    Modest spoils from this year's Telford Expo
    Is...is that you in the middle pointing out your latest purchases?

    :nyoron:



    I finally finished Campione last night, again being a series I started late last year. It was passable.
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    (Original post by Truered)
    Is...is that you in the middle pointing out your latest purchases?

    :nyoron:
    I had a hard time carrying them both home. :sadnod:

    (Original post by Truered)
    I finally finished Campione last night, again being a series I started late last year. It was passable.
    I was surprised to see that on sale at the expo, didn't expect it to be popular enough to make it to the UK. I was almost curious enough to buy it, even though I dropped it straight away when it first starter airing, but went for Giovanni's Island instead.
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    (Original post by AngryJellyfish)
    I had a hard time carrying them both home. :sadnod:



    I was surprised to see that on sale at the expo, didn't expect it to be popular enough to make it to the UK. I was almost curious enough to buy it, even though I dropped it straight away when it first starter airing, but went for Giovanni's Island instead.
    Guy plus multiple girls often seems a good pick to be licensed.

    Actually as I went to type this I remember how surprised I was that no UK company picked up Queen's Blade, bewbs usually get chosen to pay for the triple-A or niche licenses :awesome:
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    Me being accosted by a Jawa


    Me contemplating plushies


    My life outside of expos. Minus the great public transport links


    Cosplay in the works

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    (Original post by AngryJellyfish)
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    Me being accosted by a Jawa


    Me contemplating plushies


    My life outside of expos. Minus the great public transport links


    Cosplay in the works


    Nice outfit, but it looks difficult to mmove in lol.
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    (Original post by Dr Tenacious)
    Nice outfit, but it looks difficult to mmove in lol.
    It's a bit heavy, I'll probably be keeping my arms at my sides when not posing for pictures. :p:
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    (Original post by AngryJellyfish)
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    Me being accosted by a Jawa


    Me contemplating plushies


    My life outside of expos. Minus the great public transport links


    Cosplay in the works

    Wow the coat is pretty good. I really struggle at making costumes. I am currently putting together the Persona 5 protagonist phantom outfit and Johnny from MGS as my girlfriend likes to do Meryl. Both are currently okay though i am having issues with the P5 coat and shirt. Both of these are for kitacon in the summer. By gf is a big fan of the thing and i found it fun last year. Booze and everyone wearing cosplay is a very fun combo :laugh:

    Well in anime regards I have been having a very fun time watching Durarara. I can't help but find Celty adorable haha
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    Ok, an update on what I'm watching as it's been a while.

    I'll start off by saying that I'm currently on the second season of Kuroko's Basketball after marathoning through the first and I can easily see why the series is rated so highly. While it doesn't quite top Hajime no Ippo or Major for me, it's definitely right up there as one of the best sport anime I've seen. The premise is simple and the focus has remained on the basketball, which is fine by me. I suppose, like all good sport shounen, its strength lies in its characters. All of them are likeable, even though the large majority have not received that much development.

    Moreover, Kuroko's Basketball is slightly different to some of the other sport anime I've mentioned because whilst Kuroko is the protagonist of sorts, he shares this with Kagami. There's also very much an emphasis on the team itself, which is different from Hajime no Ippo and even Major, which focuses on a team sport as well, where Goro was clearly the protagonist and the focus was largely on him and his progression. Admittedly, I take pleasure in seeing a protagonist that excels above all others, which is why Kuroko's Basketball put me off at the start. Kuroko clearly has his talents, of which the other characters acknowledge, but he's far from overpowered. Anyway, without spoiling too much, I'm enjoying the series a lot so far.

    I'm also following my weeklies. I'll try to keep my comments brief...

    Absolute Duo is nothing special, but it's enjoyable enough on a weekly basis. Your typical action harem series. At least the main protagonist is not annoying. He's actually a nice guy with a backbone, which seems to be more of a trend these days with male protagonists. He's not even prone to perversion, even though he still finds himself in awkward situations with his female peers.

    I'm a bit behind on Aldnoah Zero by two episodes. The story is still all over the place in terms of believability, but the production remains good. It's not quite Guilty Crown levels yet. I feel like the series could potentially save itself by the end, so I'm keeping it on.

    Dog Days" is what it is and I enjoy it for that. It's very episodic. There's no real plot progression, but that's fine because it's fun to watch all of the characters get up to all sorts of antics in this magical world they reside in. As it's a few seasons in too, there's no need for many introductions either. I would like a bit more progression on the romance front, but that's about it.

    Isuca is ok. It's far from the best thing I'm watching right now, but it's good enough to watch alongside everything else. I don't really have much more to say about this one.

    I consider Kuuou Mujin no Fafnir to be very much in the same vein as Absolute Duo. They both share a male protagonist that's likeable and has a backbone, and they're surrounded by a bunch of cute females in an academy setting. I'd say this series is slightly worse than Absolute Duo, though, and this is purely down to personal preference. The whole dragon premise is a bit cliched and shallow, but whatever, I went into this knowing it wouldn't offer anything groundbreaking, so my expectations have been met.

    The second season of Log Horizon is remaining interesting. I'm appreciating the development on the world they live in and the many revelations that have come to light. The characters are continuing to develop in equal measure too, which is a bonus. This current arc isn't quite matching up to the first in terms of its grandiosity, but it's still proving fun to watch.

    One Piece is One Piece. It rarely fails to bore me and this current arc is right up there with the best of them. We're probably close to the climax too, so I'm looking forward to watching some of the battles that will ensue in the coming episodes.

    Parasyte is easily one of the best weekly series I'm watching right now. It's a testament to how good the manga is (which I've read) and Madhouse's adaptation of it, which has been very faithful. The intensity has not dropped at all and I'm looking forward to watching the rest.

    Saekano is a pleasant surprise for me. I wasn't expecting much going into this one, but it's definitely delivering, both in terms of its production and characters. Sure, the latter are hardly original, and the premise is far from innovative, but developing a game together is a nice twist.

    Seiken Tsukai no World Break completes the trio with Fafnir and Absolute Duo as my action romance harem dosage for the season. Out of the three, this one is probably the worst, and this is largely because I like the characters less. I find the whole spell chanting aspect amusing, though.

    Nanatsu no Taizai has gone under the radar for many, but it's actually a very competent battle shounen series. The characters are likeable and amusing to watch together. If this was long running, which sadly it won't be, it could have potentially stood among the best of this genre.

    Thinking about it, Shinmai Maou no Testament could probably stand alongside the other three action romance harem series I'm watching. It follows the same formula, just with a slightly different stance. Not much to say about this, except that it's enjoyable enough for me to watch each week, but it's certainly not something I'd recommend or watch again.

    The second season of Tokyo Ghoul is a bit of a weird one. I understand that it's deviated away from the manga, which was fine in my book, but the direction it has taken is confusing. Without delving into the plot in fear of spoiling, things have progressed, but in a roundabout way that has meant that the characters we were expecting to see have not really been focused on at all, including our male protagonist, which is a bit strange. Regarding the latter, he has hardly said anything at all since this season has began and we're six episodes in. Hopefully, this'll change and everything will make sense soon.

    Ok, I'm watching a few others, but I'm losing the stamina to write much more, so I'll stop here.
 
 
 
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