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What Anime Series Should I Watch Next?

Good day to all you Anime fans out there. I'm in a bit of a dilemma, but first some back story:

While at University in the UK a friend of mine introduced me to the wonderful world of Japanese Animation and the rest as they say is history. Before I returned to Nigeria he hooked me up with gigabytes worth of Anime (I’m talking over 200GB) because I knew that back home the slow internet access wouldn't favor my downloading new series.

Anyways, from my stash I’ve seen the following:

Trigun

Full Metal Alchemist

Ergo Proxy

Samurai Champloo

One Piece (ongoing)

Devil May Cry (ongoing)

All brilliant series, worthy of your time but now I’m trying to figure out which series to start watching next. Could you all please recommend a series from the list below? Could you please drop a short summary on what it's about and why you like it. Thanks.

Bleach

Blood+

Chrno Crusade

Cowboy Bebop

Elfen Lied

Escaflowne

GetBackers

Great Teacher Onizuka

Gun X Sword

GunGrave

Hajime No Ippo

Hellsing

Ichigo Mashimaro

Monster

Naruto

Rurouni Kenshin

P.S. If there’s a really cool Anime series out there that you think is worthy of recognition but doesn’t show up on my list above then could you drop that too, I’ll be sure to look into it. Thanks again.

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I have some great anime for you. My all time favorites are Full metal alchemist brotherhood, bestt storyline and action ive ever seen, always has u on the edge of ur seat and you're always surprised at whats happening. Also, chrome shelled regios, which is a really good action/romance thing with a great story as well. This is also another unbelievealbe series, not as long, but definitly a thriller. Theres like sort of a love square going on, so its really funny to watch how it turns out! felli+layfon all the way. you'll get what i mean if you watch! and then theres my alll time favorite, Angel beats. Its EXTREMLY SUPERR FUNNY!!!! ITS SO FUNNY! and when theres action its pretty exciting and epic. Theres also some really sad moments, but its overall really funny and good action. There's also a romance, the most dramatic and sad romance ever! And the ending, i balled my eyes out for a good 30 mins, so sad, you'd never expect it from such a funny show, Its a must see u definitly get emotionally attached in only 13 episodes. Those are the best to me. OHH AND SOUL EATER!!! EPIC EPIC EPIC EPIC EPIC must watch these 4 definitly

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try 'Ibe the canon boy or sugar girl'.Heard it newly came out on dvd.

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I like this show called Kaze no Stigma its pretty good. Gun x Sword was good to but there very short, Naruto is extremely long but amazing. Naruto is probly number one in my book but its pretty long. And i hate fillers. Naruto has alot of them.

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Naruto,High school of the dead,History strongest disciple,Fairytail,bakuman

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^^^^seems like you read the manga online? Good though!!!!!

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^^^^seems like you read the manga online? Good though!!!!!

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My personal favourites:

Ninja scroll

Samurai X

Naruto

Boondocks

AVATAR: The Last Airbender

Pokemon

Sailor Moon

I don't understand Bleach though

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I recommend Naruto,

bleach,

onii chan (very funny),

the world only God knows (funny as well),

sorry to digress a bit, who enjoyed naruto's fight with pain?

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Well, I have to pretty much second the replies so far. I'd just like to add the Gundam series since no one has mentioned them, there are of course quite a few of them. I'd recommend;

1. Gundam Wing

2. Gundam Seed

3. Gundam Seed Destiny (Only if you really got into no 2.)

Much pleasure watching all the series suggested in this post, you're kinda lucky to still have all these series ahead of you!!

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@Okija Juju, check out the following.

1. Monster

2. Phantom

3. Speed Grapher (It gets really weird sometimes but it is captivating)

7. Samurai 7

Look out for anything produced by Gonzo because they are usually top notch, no infantile bullsheet. Also try watching the original Japanese versions with subs and stay away from the repulsive English dubs.

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Hey bleach is the good one !

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how come nobody said Dragonball or Dragonballz or Dragonball GT,

I must say it might have them all beat

DBZ all the way

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According to me you should watch Pokemon and south park tv show.

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BLEACH!!!!!

Getsuga Tenshou!!

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HAJIME NO IPPO & FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST BROTHERHOOD

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Now that you mention it, Naruto is great, but Avatar is awesome!!!!

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AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER is the first series you should watch.The cartoon is is , infact too too AWESOME.

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I really like the Avatar series. Its funny and i just love it.

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I don't watch anime much but AVATAR:The Last Air Bender is okay.

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@Poster. My personal favorite anime of all time is Rurouni Kenshin. Absolutely fabulous!

Others among your list worth watching are Naruto, Bleach (Don't like the story but there's action in it) and Gungrave. I haven't personally sampled Gungrave but someone told me it's nice. The rest in your list have me clueless. One not in your list though is Dragonaut. I like this one very very much (and not only cuz of the big bosoms). If you can choose not to be too cynical, you'll like Murder Princess.

Good luck

@Samir. I didn't even know there was an anime section. I'll check it out presently.

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I've seen a little of trinity blood, thought it was a bit -_-like devil may cry (slow paced). you know the author is dead. so current episodes

that might be out now are most likely written by someone else.

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i recommend Karas to any anime lover. ( CGI graphics, ninja genre.)

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Moved back to cartoon section.

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@echowords:

Hey man, thanks a lot for the suggestion on Basilisk. I looked it up on Wikipedia and I only needed to read the first couple of lines from the premise before I got intrigued; I mean Feudal Japan, Ninja's, The Shogun, Hattori Hanzo, what more do you need! Plus like you said it's only 24 episodes and not ongoing so it should be nice and simple to download, watch and wrap up.

Concerning One Piece; see I admire the Japanese Manga and Anime Authors and Producers for being able to take everyday, seemingly mundane activities and concepts like Boxing, Tennis, Racing, Samurai, School, etc (in this case Pirating) and tipping it on its head and flipping it 360 degrees, taking a fresh approach and breathing new life into it. I’ve never seen an Anime so funny yet so serious, although it’s centered on pirates it has everything from bad-Bottom Samurai’s to maniacal clowns, Capoeira using Chefs to Gods of thunder etc all in the mix. You just got to watch it to understand it but I bet you that you won't be disappointed.

P.S. There's a reason why it's number 9 on this list of the top 200 Anime. Whether it's you cup of tea or not I’ll leave to your own discretion. Thanks again.

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You are welcome and it was nice to talk to somebody again.

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Hey samir101ng, thanks a lot for the suggestions and summaries, they were really informative.

I want to round up all the "already-completed" Anime before I start on the "ongoing" ones so I guess I’ll start watching Hellsing first before i set off on the long road of catching up with Bleach and Naruto.

I haven't seen (or heard of) the DeathNote Anime before, although I recall watching a pretty cool trailer of the upcoming movie and it looked really interesting. If it's as good as you say it is then it should be worth watching, I’ll take your word for it and check it out.

Thanks again

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Hey, whats up Hexgear ?

Its nice to hear from guys like you out there. It makes us hope that the anime section of Nairaland is not completely dead yet.

Well now down to your qestion. Here are my views:-

1. Naruto and Naruto Shippudeen

It goes without saying that Naruto is by far one of the most popular anime out there right now. Its gots lots of comedy, the fighting sequences are not too bad, lots of history about the world of the Shinobi (Ninja), and good storyline. The filler episodes are not too bad either. Therefore, Naruto is No. 1 on my list of Anime to see.

2. Bleach

The next competitor to Naruto and also another action packed anime series. This anime though is not about Ninjas but closely resembling the world of the Samurai. Revovles around spirits, the afterlife and such other issues. Though i must emphasize that the action sequences in Bleach is a hell of a lot more explosive than Naruto and the principal method of fighting is using a sword (Zanpaktou) which has unique abilities to each individual.

3. Hellsing

This is another good anime though its a lot older (i think it was made in the earlier 90's). This one revovles around the world of vampires and other undead creatures. A particular vampire called Alucard is unique among vampires and belongs to an organisation that kills vampires and other creatures. Hellsing is a lot more bloody and adult than the other animes.

4. Blood +

This anime revolves around creatures that look like werewolves.  The main character is a girl that has the only skills to kill these creatures and her blood is toxic to them. Incidentally, she has a twin sister who is evil and their mother was one of the original werewoles. This anime series is whacked as far as i am concerned. the storyline is rubbish, action seqences is just slice and cut with no magic or any spells used. Infact just leave this one.

5. DeathNote

This is a must see anime for all intellectuals and good thinkers. Though this anime is not an action series, this series is unique in the fact that is has the best script, an storyline in a japanese anime so far that i have seen. It all has to do with a note that when you write the name of a person he dies immediately. A student finds it and determines to rule the world with it by killing all bad people. This a very good anime and i highly recommend it.

Well, i have contributed my 2 cents worth. Ma guys, where are you all ? Make you na help this guy abeg. Peace. Out

Whats up Gbade.X, Grafikdon and all my homies on the anime section ? Wetin dey happen now my brothers. We no dey hear from you guys again.

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i'm so avatar intoxicated. just got hooked up on it recently

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i was watched a movie called "grave of the fireflies" a few days ago.

it is really interesting and you should check it out.

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