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Sep. 1, 2009by: J.A. Hamilton

...keep the mature anime coming!
by J.A. Hamilton

I have no problem with Pixar, Disney and the many other studios pumping out numerous family/teen oriented animation flicks, but when I hear the word anime, I start thinking of my old friends over at Manga. I still remember my first anime adventure, FIRE AND ICE, that I rented while working at Blockbuster when I was in High School. I didnt really get it back then, I was more intrigued by the concept of watching a cartoon movie featuring blood, swearing and nudity. In University I was introduced to VAMPIRE HUNTER D (that and BLOODLUST are still two of my favorites) about a sword swinging vampire bounty hunter with a talking hand. My fascination with anime only grew from there. What draws me in with these films is the fact that the skys the limit. Nothing is taboo here, and as much as I love regular films, theres simply no end to the cool feats you can accomplish in the anime world.


He reminds me of Alucard

My best friend Aaron swears by AKIRA, but Im more of a NINJA SCROLL man myself. There are so many fascinating elements wrapped into the rich storyline and larger than life (often tragic) characters like Kigero, Jubei and especially the eight devils of Kimon. GHOST IN THE SHELLs futuristic BLADERUNNER setting was engrossing, stylish and quite sophisticated. Its an edgy Sci-Fi world that literally grabs you by the balls and doesnt let go. I mention these ones first (not because theyre the only great titles out there), but because, at the time, they opened up a new world for me and its very hard to re-create that first time feeling you get when anime pops your cherry. Oh, and the boys over at Manga are still going strong with HIGHLANDER: SEARCH FOR VENGEANCE, a must see for fans of the series. Im also happy to report SPAWN: THE ANIMATED SERIES will be back in 2010, hopefully to HBO.


Mmmm, ninja

Like the family oriented stuff, mature anime offers more than enough venues to suit your individual needs. For the gamers out there, theres RESIDENT EVIL: DEGENERATION which brought Leon S. Kennedy into the mix (straight off the heels of RESIDENT EVIL 4 which featured Leon as the lead character). Im a fan of all things RE, from the games to the Milla led feature films. This animated adventure was a fantastic mesh of both worlds, and having just played through RE 4 (my favorite of the series), this flick couldnt have come at a better time for me. Then theres FINAL FANTASY ADVENT CHILDREN, the animated feature film which picks up shortly after FINAL FANTASY VII (the game) ends. This thing was a spectacular tour de force from beginning the end, whether youre a fan of the games or not (and Ill also add, that you HAVE to watch the complete version on Blu-ray. Its awe-inspiring).


Twelve years after his FF debut, Sephiroth is STILL the man

Im also very much enjoying the Marvel/DC anime lately. Sure, its a middle ground medium when compared to other anime, but its getting better and better with each passing year. Titles like HULK VS and GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT for example, are fantastic ways for first time fans of Wolverine, Thor and Green Lantern to get to know the characters before seeing feature films like X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (though admittedly its kinda late for that one), the upcoming THOR and Ryan Reynolds GREEN LANTERN. They may not answer every question, but I personally didnt know much about GL until watching FIRST FLIGHT. His origin story is far better than I imagined, complex and (if done right) will make for one hell of blockbuster. Im now VERY excited to see Reynolds bring Hal Jordan to the big screen.


Someday...if I'm lucky

Now for me, the best thing about anime on the comic front is seeing stuff like PLANET HULK come to town, as anyone familiar with the comics knows, is a prologue to a much greater story in WORLD WAR HULK. Epic storylines like this one are generally cosmic in nature, meaning they feature a good portion of the corresponding labels Super Hero roster, and as a result, will probably only come to us via animated format. X-MEN, FANTASTIC FOUR, and (hopefully) THE AVENGERS are no doubt the closest well ever get to seeing various Heroes on the big screen all at once. Im cool with that, as long as they make it to the animated front. I would love to see THE INFINITE GAUNTLET, CIVIL WAR, DEATH OF CAPTAIN AMERICA and MARVEL ZOMBIES (the last one being a guilty pleasure), to name a few, but rest assured there is no end to the first rate stories they can bring us. So as a fan of all venues, keep em coming Hollywood.

Extra Tidbit: There are vast amounts of anime out there (especially when you delve into the hardcore Japanese titles). Id love to hear some of YOUR favorites in the strike backs as Im always on the hunt for more top shelf mature anime.
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9:38AM on 09/01/2009
Love me some anime! Started as a toddler watching Kimba: The White Lion and Speed Racer, then graduated to Gatchaman (which is still freakin awesome). Now I own Akira, Vampire Hunter D, Blood:The Last Vampire, Wolf's Rain, Ghost in The Shell and of course the amierican versions...Batman: Gotham Knight, The Animatrix, and the DCAU films and series and Spawn is the shit!!
Love me some anime! Started as a toddler watching Kimba: The White Lion and Speed Racer, then graduated to Gatchaman (which is still freakin awesome). Now I own Akira, Vampire Hunter D, Blood:The Last Vampire, Wolf's Rain, Ghost in The Shell and of course the amierican versions...Batman: Gotham Knight, The Animatrix, and the DCAU films and series and Spawn is the shit!!
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10:56AM on 09/01/2009

Agreed!

Tekkonkinkreet, Grave of the Firflies, Princess Mononoke, Akira, Paprika...

Also Bicycle_Thief, just because a film is animated does not unmake it a movie... think man, think!
Tekkonkinkreet, Grave of the Firflies, Princess Mononoke, Akira, Paprika...

Also Bicycle_Thief, just because a film is animated does not unmake it a movie... think man, think!
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12:23PM on 09/01/2009
I love Vampire Hunter D and I'm a big fan of Spawn, glad to hear it's coming back.
I love Vampire Hunter D and I'm a big fan of Spawn, glad to hear it's coming back.
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12:22PM on 09/01/2009

anime is great

one anime that is great is full metal panic, great storyline, intresting characters, with very good action and a nice blend of comedy too. other greats to me at least, hellsing, samurai champloo, vandread, trigun, FLCL, samurai 7,memories, and cowboy bebop, there are more, but just to much more to mention.
one anime that is great is full metal panic, great storyline, intresting characters, with very good action and a nice blend of comedy too. other greats to me at least, hellsing, samurai champloo, vandread, trigun, FLCL, samurai 7,memories, and cowboy bebop, there are more, but just to much more to mention.
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2:28PM on 09/01/2009

Cowboy Bebop

Seriously, how can we passing up on Cowboy Bebop? That series completely changed my perspective on anime, and the worlds it can create.

If you haven't explored Cowboy Bebop, you're missing out on a fantastic world of noire, imagination, intrigue, and action.

The chase scene in a canyon on Mars, filled with pipe works to service the cities in the craters of Mars, from the Cowboy Bebop movie is still one of the best chase scenes I've seen put on film, and certainly the best I've seen in
Seriously, how can we passing up on Cowboy Bebop? That series completely changed my perspective on anime, and the worlds it can create.

If you haven't explored Cowboy Bebop, you're missing out on a fantastic world of noire, imagination, intrigue, and action.

The chase scene in a canyon on Mars, filled with pipe works to service the cities in the craters of Mars, from the Cowboy Bebop movie is still one of the best chase scenes I've seen put on film, and certainly the best I've seen in animation.
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2:29PM on 09/01/2009
Oh, and Muslim flea markets on Mars? Genius.
Oh, and Muslim flea markets on Mars? Genius.
4:16PM on 09/01/2009
Cowboy Bebop is possibly the best anime series. You're right, there is a lot of creativity and imagination. Plus the stories are spectacular. I'm so glad I kept watching it late one night.
Cowboy Bebop is possibly the best anime series. You're right, there is a lot of creativity and imagination. Plus the stories are spectacular. I'm so glad I kept watching it late one night.
12:44PM on 09/01/2009
Manga make great stuff, I even liked Blood the last vampire but I didn't see the live action version yet. I also heard they were doing live action versions of Akira and Ninja Scroll as well.
Manga make great stuff, I even liked Blood the last vampire but I didn't see the live action version yet. I also heard they were doing live action versions of Akira and Ninja Scroll as well.
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12:29PM on 09/01/2009

World War Hulk

I read World War Hulk and think it would kick ass to see him come back to earth and take everyone on. I can't wait for Planet Hulk, it's gonna be cool.
I read World War Hulk and think it would kick ass to see him come back to earth and take everyone on. I can't wait for Planet Hulk, it's gonna be cool.
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1:17PM on 09/01/2009
Millennium Actress- My favorite animated (not just anime) movie of all time.

Voices Of A Distant Star- Perhaps the single greatest thing ever made that runs under 30 minutes.

Ark, Skye Blue,the new Appleseed movies, Vexille, Last Exile, Blue Sub No. 6, Ceres Celestial Legend, Vampire Princess Miyu, Dead Leaves, Hellboy animated, Karasm Fushigi Yugi, Interstella 5555, Zion: I Wish You Were Here, and Saukra Wars are all good to excellent in my opinon.
Millennium Actress- My favorite animated (not just anime) movie of all time.

Voices Of A Distant Star- Perhaps the single greatest thing ever made that runs under 30 minutes.

Ark, Skye Blue,the new Appleseed movies, Vexille, Last Exile, Blue Sub No. 6, Ceres Celestial Legend, Vampire Princess Miyu, Dead Leaves, Hellboy animated, Karasm Fushigi Yugi, Interstella 5555, Zion: I Wish You Were Here, and Saukra Wars are all good to excellent in my opinon.
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1:46AM on 09/02/2009
Millennium Actress actually got a 94% positive rate from Rottentomatos.... :)
Millennium Actress actually got a 94% positive rate from Rottentomatos.... :)
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2:23AM on 09/02/2009
suprised no one has mentioned Neon Genisis Evangelion EPIC sci fi anime, if your more into dungeons and dragons type stuff Record of Lodoss war is a must. Ranma 1/2 is a great comedy series
suprised no one has mentioned Neon Genisis Evangelion EPIC sci fi anime, if your more into dungeons and dragons type stuff Record of Lodoss war is a must. Ranma 1/2 is a great comedy series
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1:41AM on 09/02/2009

Wow!

I must say its really great to see such an overwhelming positive response for this column when usually its so controversial. Im an Anime Fan, It might sound a little lame but the first Anime I ever watched was "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind for me, its childhood classic Akira is my favorite mature anime, but Ninja scroll runs a close second. Ghost in the shell (only ever wtched the first one), Vamp hunter D and yes, thank you SexyKitten Appleseed is Awesome (soundtrack kicked
I must say its really great to see such an overwhelming positive response for this column when usually its so controversial. Im an Anime Fan, It might sound a little lame but the first Anime I ever watched was "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind for me, its childhood classic Akira is my favorite mature anime, but Ninja scroll runs a close second. Ghost in the shell (only ever wtched the first one), Vamp hunter D and yes, thank you SexyKitten Appleseed is Awesome (soundtrack kicked a$$).. Even the Ex Machina was great. Id say my guilty pleasure would be the Tekken Anime (I love the games) and after seeing such a great review from you guys, I believe Ill watch me some Cowboy Bebop.. I just never watched it since, honestly, I thought the name was a little cheesy.. but Im sure itll make sense after watching it (right?).
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9:16PM on 09/01/2009
The first anime flick I ever saw Heavy Metal and it wasn't that good. Loved Appleseed and X, you should check those out if you haven't seen them.
The first anime flick I ever saw Heavy Metal and it wasn't that good. Loved Appleseed and X, you should check those out if you haven't seen them.
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6:04PM on 09/01/2009

My picks:

*Bubblegum Crisis (The 1980s version)
*Macross
*Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross
*Afro-Samurai
*Bubblegum Crisis (The 1980s version)
*Macross
*Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross
*Afro-Samurai
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10:24AM on 09/02/2009

Tons

There are literally tons of great anime titles to choose from. Trigun, Cowboy Bebop, and Outlaw Star are some of the series that first got me interested. Newer titles like Bleach and Deathnote are also great. Deathnote has already spawned off three live action movies that were actually well done. I believe at least one of those is getting the Americanized treatment (probably unnecessarily).
There are literally tons of great anime titles to choose from. Trigun, Cowboy Bebop, and Outlaw Star are some of the series that first got me interested. Newer titles like Bleach and Deathnote are also great. Deathnote has already spawned off three live action movies that were actually well done. I believe at least one of those is getting the Americanized treatment (probably unnecessarily).
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1:50AM on 09/02/2009

oh and..

Live acion adaptations of Ninjascroll an Arkia... really? Done right that would be awesome.. however not really sure if they could do Akira without screwing it up... the ending wouldn't likel be a FX nightmare...
Live acion adaptations of Ninjascroll an Arkia... really? Done right that would be awesome.. however not really sure if they could do Akira without screwing it up... the ending wouldn't likel be a FX nightmare...
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2:50PM on 09/02/2009

Can't never be enough great Anime

I cut my teeth on anime when I was a wee little lad. Having watch Gatchaman, and Getter robo, Astro Boy
To movie like - Fist of the Northstar, Ninja Scroll, Blood the last Vampire, Princess Monoke, Vampire Hunter 1/2 (Some of the best)Shows like DBZ,Naruto,Bleach All the Gundam Movies/Shows ah so many I can't think of them all.
I cut my teeth on anime when I was a wee little lad. Having watch Gatchaman, and Getter robo, Astro Boy
To movie like - Fist of the Northstar, Ninja Scroll, Blood the last Vampire, Princess Monoke, Vampire Hunter 1/2 (Some of the best)Shows like DBZ,Naruto,Bleach All the Gundam Movies/Shows ah so many I can't think of them all.
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9:01PM on 09/01/2009
Ninja Scroll all the way, but I loved all the Street Fighter animated flicks too. If only they could get the live action ones right.
Ninja Scroll all the way, but I loved all the Street Fighter animated flicks too. If only they could get the live action ones right.
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7:26PM on 09/03/2009

Left something out

I have got to say that anime has definetly come a long way. Like many of you I too fell in love with the genre when i watched Akira, barefoot Gen, Ninja Scroll, Vampire Hunter D and the second one too...Robotech is what got me hooked in the beginning, but it wasnt until I watched Princess Mononoke that I truly saw something mind blowing. To see an anime with such depth....it will always be a classic.
I have got to say that anime has definetly come a long way. Like many of you I too fell in love with the genre when i watched Akira, barefoot Gen, Ninja Scroll, Vampire Hunter D and the second one too...Robotech is what got me hooked in the beginning, but it wasnt until I watched Princess Mononoke that I truly saw something mind blowing. To see an anime with such depth....it will always be a classic.
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6:05PM on 09/03/2009
Niceeeeee, good stuff man
Niceeeeee, good stuff man
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11:53PM on 09/01/2009
I'm not sure if this is in the same vein as some of the anime mentioned here, but I recently watched Princess Mononoke, and found it to be a truly awe-inspiring piece of cinema.

And I plan to check out COWBOY BEBOP sometime in the near future, as I've heard nothing but praise from friends.
I'm not sure if this is in the same vein as some of the anime mentioned here, but I recently watched Princess Mononoke, and found it to be a truly awe-inspiring piece of cinema.

And I plan to check out COWBOY BEBOP sometime in the near future, as I've heard nothing but praise from friends.
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1:49PM on 09/09/2009
I would recommand Baccano, recentley watched it. And I loved it! It's very similar to Snatch and Lock, Stock & Two smoking barrels. Except from that it is not money or diamonds that they are after or cross over
I would recommand Baccano, recentley watched it. And I loved it! It's very similar to Snatch and Lock, Stock & Two smoking barrels. Except from that it is not money or diamonds that they are after or cross over
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1:44PM on 09/01/2009
Not trying to step on anyone's toes here but Anime just isn't my thing.. i can't back it and it's way too overhyped in my opinion.
Not trying to step on anyone's toes here but Anime just isn't my thing.. i can't back it and it's way too overhyped in my opinion.
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5:20PM on 09/01/2009
I agree. I have a friend who loves it and always has me watch his favorites. I didn't enjoy any of them.
I agree. I have a friend who loves it and always has me watch his favorites. I didn't enjoy any of them.
9:44AM on 09/01/2009

Great, more nerd shit

Let's talk about movies man
Let's talk about movies man
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1:12PM on 09/01/2009
Anime is a form of movies. It's just like talking about the new Pixar, or the few times they talk about Lost, or some other big show. It's people like you with such narrow views on this kind of thing that make it very hard for anime to become really, really mainstream! Thanks man!
Anime is a form of movies. It's just like talking about the new Pixar, or the few times they talk about Lost, or some other big show. It's people like you with such narrow views on this kind of thing that make it very hard for anime to become really, really mainstream! Thanks man!
3:44PM on 09/01/2009
The difference between Anime and Pixar is that Pixar doesn't suck
The difference between Anime and Pixar is that Pixar doesn't suck
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