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Reply #35 on: February 01, 2005, 07:42:43 AM

Escaflowne
12 kingdoms (especially if you liked Lodoss Wars)
Last Exile
Crest/Banner/Battleflag of the Stars (really underrated)
Berserk (But only because the Manga is sooooo good)

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Reply #36 on: February 01, 2005, 06:30:03 PM

I also have to admit. He had two animes I also liked that were a little racier. One was called Oh My Goddess. I didn't see all of it but found it vaguely amusing. He also had this one about 3 witches that had to seduce a virgin to pass their school tests or something. I don't remember the name of it.

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Reply #37 on: February 01, 2005, 08:56:41 PM

Be warned, Oh My Goddess is sappy as shit.
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Reply #38 on: February 01, 2005, 09:09:07 PM

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Be warned, Oh My Goddess is sappy as shit.


To say the least.
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Reply #39 on: February 02, 2005, 11:14:54 AM

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I also have to admit. He had two animes I also liked that were a little racier. One was called Oh My Goddess. I didn't see all of it but found it vaguely amusing. He also had this one about 3 witches that had to seduce a virgin to pass their school tests or something. I don't remember the name of it.


AMG is the anit-raciest anime ever. The other thing sounds like it might be the moderatly new Viper GTS series. Or it might be one of the nine million shows about teenage witch girls. Unless it was actually hardcore pornographic, the witch thing only narrows it down slightly.

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Reply #40 on: February 02, 2005, 11:35:54 AM

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Berserk (But only because the Manga is sooooo good)


I agree, though I haven't read the manga.  There is supposedly substantially more to the story both before and after.

Interestingly, you can skip the first one and, and watch it at the end.  It's sort of a wtf until you've seen the rest.  I watched it this way, and my wife watched it the other (watched 1 first).  Both work.

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Reply #41 on: February 02, 2005, 06:56:46 PM

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AMG is the anit-raciest anime ever. The other thing sounds like it might be the moderatly new Viper GTS series. Or it might be one of the nine million shows about teenage witch girls. Unless it was actually hardcore pornographic, the witch thing only narrows it down slightly.


I don't know about hardcore, but it had alot of nudity. This was oh...close to a decade ago so I don't remember much other than being entertained in a silyl way. It was funny but bordeline porno as well.

As for OMG, I just vaguely remember it as well. I mostly remember it as being silly but kinda stupid.

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Reply #42 on: February 02, 2005, 09:53:39 PM

Oh my Goddess definitely is sappy, it's also one of my favorites. The relatively recent movie, which combines super-tech science and norse mythology into a single coherent force is brilliant. Very well animated too and Belldandy (Norn of the present) is a more interesting character than she may appear at first.

Really sappy is "To Heart", I believe it is capable of causing revulsion in cynics at over 50 meters. And that's just while in the box!

My personal favourite is probably patlabor though. But all of Miyazaki's films are superb. I use grave of the fireflies only to hurt other people (not that it's one of his). Escaflowne, Trigun, Scrapped Princess, Noir, Read or Die OAV. There's just some awfully interesting stuff around. Largely I think because the manga format is cheap enough to do experimental stuff and anime can feed off the successes from there.

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Reply #43 on: February 02, 2005, 10:48:10 PM

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Scrapped Princess


When did this get good? I liked episodes 1-5 or so, but around 8 I stopped because I just couldn't take it anymore.

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Reply #44 on: February 03, 2005, 12:27:15 AM

Despite some of the hate I've seen above, I'll still suggest any of the Ghost in the Shell material (Both movies and Series).  It has always been one of my favorite animes, as it does away with most of the stupid shit anime comes standard with.  Action with good plot, always recommended.  And yes, I actually enjoyed Ghost in the Shell 2 quite a bit, despite some initial trepidation.  Could have been better, but I find I'm actually sort of missing good ol' mind fuck animes (that you can still understand in the end.  Gainax, take note).  Not to mention, it is probably the most beautiful movie Iíve ever seen.  

FLCL is......unique.  But I have made 4 attempts to watch that series over the last 8 months, and I have still only managed to get through the first 2 episodes.  Iím hoping Iíll be able to keep paying attention to it long enough to get farther, and to like it, but yesh.  Why does everything Gainax produce make me want to fire bomb there studio?  Yet they seem to be the only people who do anything unique....

Conversely, Last Exile started out being one of the coolest and most original animes Iíve seen in a long time (very cool world).  But by the second half of the series, the characters were just ruining it.  Trying to watch episodes became tedious.  I wanted to kill them all.  Nothing but a group of whinny annoying bitches that fucking CRY at every little thing.  And the ending sucked.  NO FUCKING EXPLINATION OF ANYTHING.  Which is kind of standard in anime, but I had some hopes for this one.  Bleh.

Other, random, suggestions:
Cowboy Bebop -  Yes, a must.  See this series dammit!

Macross Plus - Excellent OAV, just stay away from the dub.

Macross Zero - Same as above, though you might want to be familiar with the Macross universe before you see either of these (Itís Robotech, sort of...)

Kenshin OAV (Trust and Betrayal) - Also known as Samurai X in the US.  This is the first OAV.  The second OAV is epileptic and incomprehensible to anybody who hasnít seen the anime and read the whole manga.  And it butchers the story on top of that.

Ninja Scroll - Because itís a classic and you can never have enough ninjas dieing in horrible over the top ways.

Bubble Gum Crisis Ė Itís old, itís the 80ís, its fun.


I have yet to actually watch any of the newer big series like FMA or Naruto, though I hear they are good.  Damn college and WoW, taking away all my free time.

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Reply #45 on: February 03, 2005, 12:49:38 AM

Here's the thing about Ghost in the Shell. There is a group of people that thinks it's robot jesus. There's a group of people that think it's style over substance. I think it's the latter.

I think the people that think it's robot jesus is insane. They probably feel the same way about me.
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Reply #46 on: February 03, 2005, 06:49:14 AM

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Ninja Scroll - Because itís a classic and you can never have enough ninjas dieing in horrible over the top ways.


The story's actually really good too.

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Reply #47 on: February 03, 2005, 11:48:03 AM

I'll also put in a vote for Read or Die - It's 3 short episodes. It's fun. Library Superheroes!

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Reply #48 on: February 03, 2005, 03:55:46 PM

And if you want to watch them turn everyting you learned from Read or Die OVA on its head, grab the TV series.  Just about as much fun, with some really whacked out plot twists in regards to the OVA.

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Reply #49 on: February 04, 2005, 06:32:23 PM

Most everyone has covered the series I enjoy, just thought I'd chime in with another online vendor of bootlegs, Cookie Jar Video. I've purchased several anime boxsets, as well as regular Japanese movies from the site, and I've been very pleased with all of them.  Immaculate picture and sound quality, no engrish subtitles, and all for a fraction of the price of the boxsets retail.  The full Neon Genesis Evangelion and the movie/s for $35? Yes, please!  I'm sure it's ethically questionable, but I try not to let that keep me up at night.
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Reply #50 on: January 20, 2006, 02:04:41 PM



Oh, and Gankutsuou is a very, very cool one. The art style is really amazing and it's an interesting retelling of the Count of Monte Cristo.

I see the characters and think of stan from monkey island.† Watched the first 4 episodes a couple nights ago. It's pretty sick that so far it is the most loyal adaptation of the book that I have seen.

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Reply #51 on: January 20, 2006, 02:21:29 PM

I'm more into the comedy anime so this list may be a bit slanted towards the insane:

Adventures of Mini-Goddess (unspeakably cute and funny spin off of Oh My Goddess/Aa Megami-Sama)
Ranma 1/2
Gatchaman (and Battle of the Planets if yer old-skool and actually know who 7-Zark-7 is.)
Robotech (actaully 3 seperate anime series (Macross, Southern Cross, Mospeda) mashed into one but darn good)
Star Blazers (Space Battleship Yamato)
Cowboy Bebop
Big O
Gunbuster (6 part OAV)
All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku (6 part OAV)
Saber Marionette J
Anything Miyazaki.

I'm sure I'll think of others as the weekend goes on.


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Reply #52 on: January 20, 2006, 02:25:14 PM

I can list a ton as I've seen way too much fucking anime, but here's my top picks:

1. FLCL Probably the opus of Studio Gainax. Other notable works include Abenobashi Mahou Shotengai (Abenobashi Magical Shopping Arcade in America), Oruchuban Ebichu, Kareshi Kanojo No Jijou (His and Her Circumstances in America), and finally the favorite of many elitists and morons alike, Neon Genesis Evangelion. Any and all of which are worth purchasing in full.

2. Jungle Wa Itsumo Hare nochi Guu TV & Deluxe. Unfortunately, the two studios behind this show don't seem to be able to make any other shit worth watching.

3. Anything by Hayao Miyazaki and by extension, Studio Ghibli. Notables include Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. Though, I'd argue, Grave of the Fireflies is their best work and one of the best war stories ever put to film.

4. Azumanga Daioh. Genco, the studio behind Azumanga Daioh, also did Millenium Actress, Figure 17 - Tsubasa & Hikaru, and Kino no tabi ~the Beautiful World~. All of which are pretty goddamned good.

5. And I may be the only one that recommends this, but, Noir. It's highly, HIGHLY underrated. You can comfortably skip the other shows from the joint studios that made Noir.

Edit: Also, if you're looking at purchasing anime, might I suggest getting Hong Kong imports from Animeniacs and/or Discount Anime DVD. I just can't support the gouging prices of localized anime. The dubbing sucks half the time. There's no excuse for charging $29.99 for 3 episodes when for $50 you can get Hong Kong imports with decent to awesome subtitles for a full series. Which reminds me.

6. Colorful. The best American dub of anything is located on this DVD. If you're into sophomoric humor, this show is fucking awesome. The studio, Shueisha also did the hilarious Golden Boy, the positively astounding Ultra Maniac TV, the surprisingly addictive Hikaru No Go, and the overly cute Happy World!.

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Reply #53 on: January 20, 2006, 04:43:53 PM

Haibane Renmei is better than FLCL. :P
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Reply #54 on: January 20, 2006, 04:47:41 PM

Haibane Renmei is better than FLCL. :P

I disagree. But wouldn't compare to two in most cases. Radix - the company that did Haibane Renmei is...an acquired taste. I could never get into most of their stuff.
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Reply #55 on: January 20, 2006, 04:50:31 PM

I'll agree Noir is great - I bought the box set on the cheap on Ebay.

Someone recently suggested Full Metal Panic, It's not art, but it's darn funny. It starts off with Giant Metal Robots, then takes a turn where you don't see a robot for 5 episodes.

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Reply #56 on: January 20, 2006, 05:32:07 PM

Someone recently suggested Full Metal Panic, It's not art, but it's darn funny. It starts off with Giant Metal Robots, then takes a turn where you don't see a robot for 5 episodes.

Then the robots come back and you realise that the show would be some much better without them.† cry.

Anyways, to share the few shows I've watched and enjoyed recently:
  • Mushishi (Drama/Fantasy) - The show is highly interesting, taking many of it's ideas, themes and settings from Shinto and Japanese folklore, posing philosophical questions, telling stories or just being generally fascinating. The fact that tha backgrounds and environments in the show are quite beautiful certainly doesn't hurt eather.
  • Honey & Clover (Drama/Comedy) - The plot revolves around the life a group of art students, and manages to be both charming, interesting and occasionally hilarious. A breath of fresh air compared to many of the shows produced the couple of years. (From what I've heard it's apparently aimed mainly at women in their 30's(?). Though that certainly didn't prevent me from enjoying it as a young adult male.)
  • Pani Poni Dash (Comedy) - In the vein of Azumanga Daioh, it's a comedy with highschool students. That doesn't mean that the comedy is the same though, and this is probably aimed at a somewhat geekier audience, with countless references to... anything and everything, really. Thankfully both groups subbing the show are quite liberal with explanations. Still, a very funny show. Download the first episode and check if you like it.
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Reply #57 on: January 20, 2006, 05:47:57 PM

Haibane Renmei is better than FLCL. :P

Looked interesting, but I haven't dared watch anything by Yoshitoshi Abe since Serial Experiments Lain. I'm secretly something of a philistine - I can't excuse a meandering, malnourished plot just because "it's artistic."

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Reply #58 on: January 20, 2006, 07:50:15 PM


Haibane Renmei was this years christmas present
to myself. It actually has a very definite, albeit character based, story thread to it. Extremely strong title if you can
handle something slower moving. I also bought Fruits Basket as my guilty pleasure, although strangely I liked
the fansub translation better. And I can see myself wanting Azumanga Daioh
and Great Teacher Onizuka sometime this year... potential birthday presents
perhaps.

Scrapped Princess gets better once the stock
fantasy world starts to shred and the story grows dramatically in scale.

There's a bunch of other titles that have been interesting. The biggest surprise was probably Gunslinger Girl
being much better than I expected and finding Air Master which is a probably the best fighting anime I've seen
(although that's not saying too much, and you have to be able to mentally block out the support characters). FF7:Advent Children was also great fun, made up of nothing
but pose shots, insane action and the creators obviously having way too much fun.

I also have a job now, so while I have money I'm missing the time. I think I have about 40-60 titles waiting to be watched :)

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Reply #59 on: January 20, 2006, 08:03:59 PM

I also have a job now, so while I have money I'm missing the time. I think I have about 40-60 titles waiting to be watched :)

You don't want to see the top of our TV cabinent. Really. You don't. In box sets alone, we have all of Saishuu Heiki Kanojo, s-CRY-ed, Southern Cross (original, not the Robotech dub), Arjuna, and Inuyasha Season 2 (that's my wife's, I'm under no obligation to watch).

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Reply #60 on: January 20, 2006, 10:03:43 PM

I've said it elsewhere, but I guess it should be said here.

The GTO Live Action with Takashi Sorimachi is much better than the anime - which I also loved.
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Reply #61 on: January 21, 2006, 02:15:45 AM

Haibane Renmei strongly reminded me of the Miyazaki films, actually. Other than ABe's art style, it shares very little with the sensibilities of Lain.

FLCL -- frankly, I gave up after 1 dvd worth. Just too damn strange. Talk about meandering. ;)

I'm only halfway thru Scrapped Princess, but enjoying it. I have Neia7 on the shelf for after that.
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Reply #62 on: January 21, 2006, 02:22:13 AM

Scrapped Princess is one of the only series I've ever not been able to finish for reasons outside of my control. Maybe I was coming off a 3 year anime binge or something, but man did it just bore me.  Ghost in the shell bored me to tears also.

Here's something recent I enjoyed: Appleseed the Movie (2005). I thoIught it was very well done, beginning to end. And just beautiful to watch. Appleseed had always been one of my favorite mangas and I could only hope that someone would make a movie 50% as good as the source material. They easily got it 80% right. Well done.

I'll be perfectly honest though, I'd rather watch a japanese live action drama now than an anime. They have some extremely talented actors over there doing shows that are slight variations on themes that end up making them a joy to watch.  Like the aforementioned Densha Otoko (which would translate well, and may be, one day) or Hero with Takuya Kimura. Just good stuff.
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Reply #63 on: January 21, 2006, 04:52:47 AM

A couple of shows which I don't see mentioned which I really liked.

Hajime no ippo - Wimpy boy turns boxer. Some unexpected fights but sadly generaly follows the usual last minute power up rule. It was very easy to watch, I cleared the whole series in only a couple of days of continous watching. Some people has this series in way higher regard than me though.

Initial D - Very good series about street racing. Still in production, however episodes airs very seldom nowdays.

Slam Dunk - Old series about basket ball, I found it extremly funny. The main character is a good for nothing brute who has a talent for the sport, but he only wants to play to impress a girl. He sucks with girls btw. I find this one very very underrated. You need to get this one in the original language, half the series is about the spot on voice of the main character.
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Reply #64 on: January 21, 2006, 05:32:11 AM

Hrmm almost everything has been mentioned so I'll go out on a limb here and say... 3x3 Eyes. I remember atleast thinking it was good but I haven't seen it for 10 years or so.

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Reply #65 on: January 21, 2006, 09:42:00 AM

The 3x3 eyes manga is much better than the anime. And the anime drops dramatically
in quality after the first two episodes. For my out on the limb contribution it would be "Club to death angel
Dokoro-chan", as long as you only watch episodes 1-6.

I can't remember the last live action TV show I watched... but I do know some of the more discerning fans around
here are into Densha Otoko in a big way.

Ghost in the shell TV (Season 1 and Season 2) are both better than the movies, which I have to agree are pretty
over-rated. I'm still ambivalent about whether the wacky philosophy makes sense from the fragments presented
in the show, but it at least sounds sufficiently credible.
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Reply #66 on: January 21, 2006, 10:50:54 AM

Thought of one other that I didn't see listed (although I skimmed and may have missed it). Fushigi Yugi. My wife and brother in law were way into it back when he would buy anime fansubs. They only ever got the first 8 or so episodes. A couple of years ago I found the entire first and second seasons on VCD on one of the online auctions. It's a helluva story that if you can make it past the first few episodes, will definately grab you. Not to say that the first few eps are bad, but it took me a little bit of time to get hooked. YMMV.

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Reply #67 on: January 21, 2006, 11:58:23 AM

Oh good times, first the recommendations that I will second (or 5th depending on the series).

-Macross Plus (the best fighting sequences in a mecha show that I've ever seen, hands down)
-GitS:SAC (you can catch it on CN, but really you should just download it or rent the dvd's from your local comic or game store because the plot is spread over the eps in small pieces and you can get lost easily)
-Cowboy Bebop (duh)
-Noir (fucking great show, gets ripped to shreds on many anime review sites because they say the girls fire 3 bullets and kill 5 people.† Which is retarded considering EVERYTHING ELSE THAT EVER HAPPENS IN ANIME)
-Trigun (Vash is one of the most lovable and goofy characters ever, guaranteed to seduce any emo chick you know with his combination of badassness and selfless caring† :-D )
-Kenshin OVA (Samurai X, if you have seen any anime and aren't anti samurai/ninja MAKE SURE YOU WATCH THIS)
-Full Metal Panic (I can't recommend this enough, if you dont find it funny you are broken, if you want more school content and less mecha check out Fumaffu, if you want more mecha, more violence and more sex check out the 2nd Raid)
-Berserk (one of the best, IF you do not watch ep1 and skip the last few eps, they will destroy the series)
-FLCL (le brilliant, dont let anyone tell you otherwise, god I love that show)

Things not mentioned, god damn there isn't much, but here are some things I would add as top tier shows:
-RahXephon, this is like NGE but it doesn't suck, really simple as that.† So stay the fuck away if you dislike: mecha/anime/weird ass confusing plotlines that may or may not involve the destruction of the world at the end of the series.
-Elfen Lied, ok there are some things VERY wrong with this show, but if you like your love stories animated, sad and with a heavy dose of flashbacks needed this is a great show.† But really only anime "fans" should try it out because the art is not very good and there is some stupid stupid stupid shit they put in for no reason on this one.† Oh yeah, dont watch it if you dont like blood...


Ok now some stuff I disagree with that has been posted so far in the thread:
-Xenosaga, fucking terrible I dont know if there is a new version or something but Xenosaga:The Animation felt like I was being skull fucked by stupidity-gnomes.

-Azumanga Diaoh, if you dont like visual comedy dont go near this show, because it is boring, the art is boring, the plot is boring I think I only made it through 2 episodes in full.† Because it was that fucking boring.† Many find it hilarious I'm just warning the rest of you.

-Escaflowne > NGE, not to mention RahXephon being a league ahead of that stupid fucking show.† Evangelion is a terrible show for one simple reason 2/3rds of the way through any self-respecting human will be longing for our race to be wiped out to SHUT THE STUPID ANGSTY KIDS THE FUCK UP.† Watch either of the other two shows if you want good mecha, NGE is ass^7.

-Ghost in the Shell movies, do yourself a favor and try the series first.† It is better, and has less long segments of narration masquerading as hard sci-fi but it is actually total mumbo jumbo.

-Hellsing, is overrated.† A good show that only gets 13eps and has fucking shoddy art quality in all the wrong places.† Should be great, still has its moments but is not on par with most of the stuff in this thread by a long shot.

-Last Exile, fucking magnificent art but the story was meh, the characters turned out meh, I dont know what they fucked up but they fucked up something.† Still worth watching if you've seen lots of stuff because it will change your standards of CGI in anime not to mention the character art is very nice.

-Haibane Ranme, much like Azumanga Diaoh I'm going to put a warning out to the less artsy anime watchers.† This show is boring, and stupid, and boring with a few more layers of yawn.† I made it through 4 episodes this time, but I just didn't care about anything that was happening at that point.† Again I'm told that it is smart and original but I need to stay entertained to get through the preface of the plot for a show to work kthxbye.

So anyways, glad this got necro'd and I was checking on general board thanks to the Danish thread, picked up some recommendations I hadn't gotten already from my anime review board.


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Reply #68 on: January 21, 2006, 01:11:58 PM

I'd just like to add that even though SirBruce recommended Revolutionary Girl Utena, you shouldn't ignore it as a matter of principle. What Evangelion did for mecha shows, Utena does for magical girl shows, but better. It's what the director of the decent seasons of Sailor Moon did next after he got fired for being too weird.

Plus, you know, Japanese Rock Opera for duel music!

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Reply #69 on: January 21, 2006, 01:16:20 PM

The problem with magical girl shows is that they're universally terrible.
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