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    (Original post by Aiko)
    Euge, you've reminded me of another character we could use:



    I kid. :tongue:
    i got all excited there until i read that last line :unimpressed:

    i like the Konata one AJ :yep:
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    (Original post by eugenius 8)
    i think we should have

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    (Original post by eugenius 8)
    i got all excited there until i read that last line :unimpressed:
    :giggle:

    I've decided to pick up another sport anime, Yawara. I must be going through a phase or something. However, it's proving to be a little more difficult to get ahold of this one.
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    :giggle:

    After some thought, I've decided to pick up virtually every series that airs next season, like I used to. I'm way on top of my deadlines now, and I'm not getting any more now (with the exception of my dissertation :awesome:), so now's as good a time as any. :yes:
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    (Original post by AngryJellyfish)
    :giggle:

    After some thought, I've decided to pick up virtually every series that airs next season, like I used to. I'm way on top of my deadlines now, and I'm not getting any more now (with the exception of my dissertation :awesome:), so now's as good a time as any. :yes:
    I'm intending to pick up 20 from the season, which is the most I've picked up since 06. I doubt I'll have the time to commit to all of them, though. I'm surprised I managed to in the past. It's not like my circumstances have drastically changed. I was still in full time employment back then.
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    (Original post by Aiko)
    I'm intending to pick up 20 from the season, which is the most I've picked up since 06. I doubt I'll have the time to commit to all of them, though. I'm surprised I managed to in the past. It's not like my circumstances have drastically changed. I was still in full time employment back then.
    I'm planning on giving 16 a look, which is twice the amount I picked up the last two seasons. Even now I'm behind on three of my current series, but the way I see it I'll have a lot more free time from next week until whenever I finally find a job (which I hope to do during the summer).
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    ah the new season, im going for loads of shows too, more reason to finish the ones im stalling on now :p: with more spare time i have in Easter i should be able to keep up with 15 or so a week :beard: also decided to watch Hajime no Ippo too, will help with motivation for revision and training :cool:

    gona start Myself;Yourself now :ninja:
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    (Original post by AngryJellyfish)
    I'm planning on giving 16 a look, which is twice the amount I picked up the last two seasons. Even now I'm behind on three of my current series, but the way I see it I'll have a lot more free time from next week until whenever I finally find a job (which I hope to do during the summer).
    In the past, I used to sample every anime from the season, barring those intended for children (potentially up to 30 or more at once). It's funny, my husband is well aware of my obsession and has always given me space to watch anime, but it was getting to the point where I could see it was putting a strain on our relationship. That aside, our new life state side has been a lot more sociable outside work as well. So, typically I may only watch a few episodes throughout the week and then marathon up to 20+ during the weekend, normally on a Sunday.

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    ah the new season, im going for loads of shows too, more reason to finish the ones im stalling on now :p: with more spare time i have in Easter i should be able to keep up with 15 or so a week :beard: also decided to watch Hajime no Ippo too, will help with motivation for revision and training :cool:
    Hajime no Ippo? I convinced Vin-kin to watch this not too long, as you may have noticed from his posts on here. Is this merely a coincidence or did he recommended that you watch it also? Either him or Tony. :tongue:

    gona start Myself;Yourself now :ninja:
    This wasn't bad. The female lead was slightly aloof, from what I can remember, but had quite a traumatic past concerning her family. It's your typical visual novel adaptation... Coming to think of it, I fancy watching one of these. The last I picked up and eventually dropped was Yosuga no Sora which started off reasonably well until it started bordering into hentai territory. Wasn't keen on the Amagami SS approach either. :no:
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    Also, for those interested, here is the guide I've mocked up for the new forum. It's not finished and I'll probably change the pictures. It'll work in a similar vein to this thread here:

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=996399

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    Beginner's Guide to Anime

    This thread is intended to provide an introduction on Japanese animation (commonly known as anime, which simply means "animation" in Japanese). I'll attempt to explain its origins, the terminology and conventions used and recommended material to watch from each respective genre, amongst more. Whether you're completely new to the medium and you're curious to see what all the fuss is about or a seasoned viewer stemming years, I hope this thread will prove useful. If you would like to find out my own history of watching anime, you can find this on my Anime-Planet account here.

    What is Anime?

    The definition of what anime is can be confusing since this varies from the western world and Japan. In the west, anime is animation produced in Japan, specifically in the style of manga (Japanese comic books), with similarly drawn characters and themes. However, in Japan anything that is animated is called anime, including western animation. In essence, anime has evolved into a medium of its own outside Japan and should be considered separate from the animation you may have watched when you were younger (i.e. from Disney). This is because western animation, often referred to as 'cartoons', tend to be for children, thus have family friendly story lines, whereas conversely, anime is tailored for all ages, ranging from children to adults. Like in Hollywood films, every genre is covered (see recommended material) and the animation style, depending on the artist and/or studio responsible, can vary incredibly, even though similarity, largely due to familiarity and popularity, can typically be employed and identified across all anime.

    It's worth acknowledging that unlike western animation, anime (and by extension, manga) has never been targeted for the export market. Essentially, it's Japan talking directly to itself, reinforcing its cultural myths and preferred modes of behaviour. However, whether there is any dissonance between anime and reality is debatable and a discussion I will put aside in fear of digressing.


    History

    The wide majority of anime, although certainly not all, is aimed at the more astute viewer. As they did with automobiles, the Japanese have taken an American creation and re-imagined it into something far beyond what its creators had intended. However, virtue should be recognised in that without western animation, anime wouldn't have existed. Most notably, Max and Dave Fleischer with their animated adaptations of Superman, Popeye and Betty Boop and, of course, the highly influential and revered Walt Disney who remains undoubtably one of, if not the most innovative animator of all time, with his first production in 1937 of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. However, the latter's prominence and preference of treating animation as a children and/or family medium has in some way sanitised the perception of animation in the west overall.

    Nonetheless, Walt Disney's influence served as an inspiration for all would be Japanese animators of the time and this was made evident by the theatrical shorts and feature films that made way in the late 50s such as The Tale of the White Serpent by studio Toei Animation. It wasn't until the late Osamu Tezuka, an unlikely individual who was studying medicine at the time, decided to indulge in his love of manga, shaping the form and content in the process. His subsequent forty years as an artist and animator has had a huge influence in the way that manga, and indeed anime, has evolved. His greatest creation, comparable to that of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse, would be Tetsuwan Atomu (more commonly known in the west as Astroboy), who featured in what is widely considered to be the most influential animated television series in Japan that aired in 1963. It paved the way for anime becoming its own medium, which was later enforced, a few decades later, with the arrival of Toei's adaptation of manga artist Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball and Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon in 1986 and 1992 respectively.

    Since then, anime has foreseen significant growth, both domestically and internationally, with many other franchises and individuals further advancing the medium (recognition should go to the visionary Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli, often compared and credited alongside Osamu Tezuka as the Walt Disney of Japan, of whom has won numerous awards including an Oscar for his film Spirited Away). Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo and the Ghost in the Shell franchise were instrumental in providing exposure in the west, with the latter serving as the primary source of inspiration for The Matrix, later spawning the Animatrix in acknowledgement of this. The Dragon Ball (particularly the sequel Z), Gundam and Pokemon metaseries have collectively garnered huge interest in the west as well.

    Glossary

    Here is a list of the most common terminology used. For more information, refer to the Anime News Network's lexicon here.

    Anime

    Shorthand for Japanese animation, often considered to mean any animation produced in or originating from Japan.

    Manga

    Japanese comics - is also used to refer to the general style of both anime and manga (i.e. large eyes, elaborate hair styles and long limbs). Commonly adapted into anime. The term 'mangaka' refers to a manga artist/author.

    Light novel

    Light novels, or ranobe, as the name implies, are primarily targeted for the th young adult demographic. They are easier to read than a conventional novel and are shorter in length. Commonly adapted into anime, although to a lesser extent than manga.

    Shounen

    Intended for the young male demographic (elementary/primary to high/secondary school age), but frequently watched by all, shounen is a style of anime and manga that can also be considered a genre. Many long-running anime such as One Piece, Detective Conan and Naruto would fall into this category. Although action is the predominant genre of shounen, romance can also be used, often in tandem with comedy and generally less dramatic than its shoujo counterpart (young female demographic).

    Shoujo

    Similar to shounen, except for the young female demographic. Romance is generally the primary genre of shoujo and almost always has a female protagonist. Notable anime of shoujo include Sailor Moon, Revolutionary Girl Utena and Cardcaptors Sakura.

    Seinen

    Anime and manga that is targeted for the late teen to adult male demographic, ranging from 18 upwards. Typically covers maturer themes than its shounen counterpart. Notable anime of seinen include Ghost in the Shell, Akira and Berserk.

    Josei

    Similar to seinen, except for the older female demographic. Similarly covers maturer themes than its shoujo counterpart. Nodame Cantabile and Paradise Kiss could fall under this demographic, although could be considered shoujo as well.

    Hentai

    Literally translated as 'perverted', the term is used by the west to refer to sexually explicit or pornographic anime and manga. In Japan, the term is used less frequently in favour of 'poruno' or 'ero'.

    Doujin

    Self-published/fan-made manga, novels, fan guides, art collections, music and video games. Largely produced by amateurs, professionals have participated in order to publish material outside the regular/mainstream industry. The media is typically distributed online but can be sold at conventions throughout Japan and abroad, the most notable being Comiket (short for 'Comic Market)', which is held in Tokyo's Big Sight. An alternative term for novels/prose written by fans is 'fan fiction'.

    Eroge

    An eroge, a portmanteau of erotic game, is a Japanese video or computer game that features erotic content, usually employing the manga style. In recent years, many eroge games have been adapted into anime, although are frequently rewritten, sometimes entirely, and excluding any erotic content, normally focusing solely on the romance.

    Fansub

    An abbreviation for fan subtitles/subtitled. Essentially, anime that has been unofficially translated and subtitled into another language by fans for fans. Alternatively, fandubs are also offered, although to a considerably lesser extent (availability and partiality to the original Japanese voice cast is largely accountable for this). Official dubbing and subtitling by licensed organisations such as Crunchyroll and Funimation are obviously not considered a fan-sub/dub.


    Recommendations

    Below is a list of recommended anime, categorised by genre. I have chosen these partly due to their critical review, popularity and influence, but also from my own personal preference. I have deliberately chosen anime that was broadcasted on television, averagely comprising 13 to 26 episodes. A selection of movies will be included in its own category.

    Action

    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
    Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
    Black Lagoon
    Baccano!
    Gundam 00
    Eureka Seven
    One Piece
    Naruto
    Claymore
    Macross Frontier


    Comedy

    Great Teacher Onizuka
    Skip Beat!
    Welcome to the NHK!
    History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi
    Detroit Metal City
    Azumanga Daioh
    Wallflower
    Yakitate!! Japan
    Cromartie High School
    Haré+Guu


    Romance

    Toradora!
    Nana
    Kanon (2006)
    Lovely Complex
    His and Her Circumstances
    Kimi ni Todoke
    ef - a tale of memories
    Princess Tutu
    Maison Ikkoku
    Ouran High School Host Club


    Mystery

    Monster
    Death Note
    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
    Shiki
    Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
    Fantastic Children
    Jigoku Shoujo
    Kaidan Restaurant
    Mnemosyne
    Red Garden


    Fantasy

    Kino's Journey
    The Twelve Kingdoms
    Vision of Escaflowne
    Guardian of the Sacred Spirit
    Scrapped Princess
    Kemono no Souja Erin
    Now and Then, Here and There
    Inuyasha
    Guin Saga
    Berserk


    Science fiction

    Planetes
    Noein
    RahXephon
    Toward the Terra
    Serial Experiments Lain
    Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex
    Ergo Proxy
    Denno Coil
    Gantz
    Crest of the Stars

    Films

    Akira
    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
    Princess Mononoke
    Tokyo Godfathers
    Summer Wars
    Paprika
    5 Centimeters per Second
    Grave of the Fireflies
    The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
    Vampire Hunter D
    Perfect Blue

    TSR Societies

    Be assured to join and participate in the Anime and Studio Ghibli societies with fellow fans.

    Links

    Anime News Network

    The latest news for the anime and manga industry

    Anime-Planet

    A convenient place to document what anime you've seen and to receive recommendations

    Crunchyroll

    Legal streaming of the latest anime
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    (Original post by Aiko)
    Also, for those interested, here is the guide I've mocked up for the new forum. It's not finished and I'll probably change the pictures. It'll work in a similar vein to this thread here
    I'd argue that a description of 'ecchi' should be thrown in instead of/as well as 'eroge', considering that we use the former a hell of a lot more. :dontknow:
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    (Original post by AngryJellyfish)
    I'd argue that a description of 'ecchi' should be thrown in instead of/as well as 'eroge', considering that we use the former a hell of a lot more. :dontknow:
    Funnily enough, I removed ecchi, in addition to yuri and yaoi, because I felt there were too many terms that were of a sexual nature. Since eroge adaptations are fairly common, I decided to keep that one. I can always add ecchi again. :smile:
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    (Original post by AngryJellyfish)
    I don't remember that ever being discussed. :confused: I remember we voted to change the old Hamtaro logo to the Haruhi one years ago, but if there have been plans to change it again then I've obviously missed out on the discussion.

    I can see the sense in changing it now though. Since after the forum upgrade the soc logos have all been stretched to 100x100, and our current one doesn't look that great. I'd be happy to put it up for a vote like last time, so if anyone has any suggestions then by all means post them here.

    *grumbles about having to change the first post so soon after the thread has started*
    there was indeed:hmmm: I remember these things unlike you it seems

    (Original post by AngryJellyfish)
    I was thinking more



    Or perhaps

    I approve of the konata one :yep: and I agree with what you said about luffy

    I think haruhi needs to never return after that endless eight debacle


    Id suggest something with Kamina but have been unable to find something appropriate
    ... dont really like this one but its all I could find :sad:

    but after having a look at my avatars folder for ideas how about something with :desu::mmm:


    ....yes yes I know that got old 3 years ago :erm:

    in anycase we should see what mummy/cara would suggest before making a decision .....:tumble:


    :indiff:
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    (Original post by AngryJellyfish)
    I was thinking more

    I don't know who it is, but I like this one
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    I've just noticed an OVA from Major that I haven't seen. :eek: I can't really fathom how I've missed this.
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    (Original post by Aiko)
    I've just noticed an OVA from Major that I haven't seen. :eek: I can't really fathom how I've missed this.
    you were probably too busy playing quake:sadnod:
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    (Original post by November 11)
    I take it you're also a big Ghost in the Shell fan? :five:
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    Oh Id like to also reccomend this for the new logo thing to replace pixelated haruhi degenerate




    but preferably a non msn paint version:erm:


    EDIT: My friend has found a manga based on the life of Princess Diana.:lolwut: Aparrntly Camilla is portrayed as evil.:lolwut:
    Diana Spencer never had ambitions to become royal, but she dreamed just like the rest of us. That all changes when Prince Charles visits her home one day hoping to see her sister, but instead ends up inviting Diana to a Ball at Buckingham Palace! At the ball, a chance meeting with a stranger helps Diana draw the attention of all of England's aristocracy, including the Prince and Queen, and, of course, Camilla Parker Bowles. This is a story about how pure-hearted Diana Spencer became Princess Diana, The People's Princess and the Queen of the Pure Heart a royal beloved the world over.
    its on a large manga viewing website, just ask google for it :tongue:
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    (Original post by Liquidus Zeromus)
    I take it you're also a big Ghost in the Shell fan? :five:
    The major accompanied me to work upon my t-shirt today. I believe this answers your question. :]
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    Ooh looking for a new icon! Great, that blurry Haruhi is starting to get annoying :P

    I like the Konata icon its nice and bright and Konata was a great character. I also like these.....

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    (Original post by caraniel)
    Ooh looking for a new icon! Great, that blurry Haruhi is starting to get annoying :P

    I like the Konata icon its nice and bright and Konata was a great character. I also like these.....

    Nice to see you posting again, Cara. Hope you've been feeling better. :hugs:
 
 
 
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