September 23, 2010
Now as you know, my tastes don't exactly run towards "explosions and cool vehicles." I'm much more of a slice-of-life kinda guy, and there sure ain't any 'splody bits in Kanon '06. So I turn to you, my loyal readers. Give me your favoriteist splody anime... and it's gotta be available on DVD, so no fansubs. We've got a chance to create a couple of new otaku here, so let's get them started on the right foot!
Here's a picture of a cute girl as a thank you:
Oh, and no Evangelion.
Note that I am discounting non-goofy giant robots, even super robots, but including mecha insomuch they are vehicles (e.g. QT Arms in case of Sorakake are ridiculously cool vehicles, IMHO, but Gurren-Lagann's gunmen are definitely not vehicles).
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at September 23, 2010 09:42 PM (9KseV)
Posted by: Wonderduck at September 23, 2010 11:44 PM (blg68)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 24, 2010 01:14 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Lord Head at September 24, 2010 01:28 AM (4+2v0)
Posted by: David at September 24, 2010 01:42 AM (rlE2m)
Full Metal Panic is another good one for relative anime newbies. Good mix of humor and bangbang. Outlaw Star is good for many of the same reasons.
If their first show was Popotan, they could do worse than FLCL - it's got a high action-and-weirdness quotient. Abenobashi is up the same alley, but a lot farther; save it for once you're used to the school anime tropes.
Both BGC series will work, though probably "one or the other" is a better idea. The original has better music and a better aesthetic; the TV series has cleaner lines but is a bit more by-the-numbers.
I'd stay away from Ghost in the Shell for the time being. It can get preachy or gaze too long at the ol' navel, though when it's on a roll, it's on a roll. Definitely a good second-wave show when you're already used to the genre and you're in the mood for something with a little weight to it.
Lotta good giant-robot type shows. Stay away from Eva for the time being - again, not a good gateway show. FMP as above, maybe the new Appleseed movies (not the old one, ugly as sin). I liked RahXephon a lot personally, but it's almost a shame to watch it before Eva...
Cowboy Bebop. I know Steven disagrees with me, but I consider it a work of art. And it's quite Western in themes, tones, and designs...
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at September 24, 2010 03:46 AM (mRjOr)
Bebop... hmmmm... splodey, cool veehickles... hmmmm...
FMP... I dislike the first series, but adore Fumoffu.
Why am I writing this at 547am? I'm going back to bed.
Posted by: Wonderduck at September 24, 2010 04:47 AM (blg68)
I'm also seconding Bebop.
Posted by: JP Gibb at September 24, 2010 07:39 AM (S3r8/)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 24, 2010 08:06 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Mitch H. at September 24, 2010 09:33 AM (jwKxK)
How's about Madlax? Noir? Not so much cool vehicles, but a goodly amount of 'splosions.
Posted by: dkallen99 at September 24, 2010 01:22 PM (1PFDl)
Explosions and cool vehicles, eh? Strike Witches and Asobi ni Iku Yo would count, I think. Almost every Strike Witches episode features a Neuroi going boom, for example. And the Strikers have to count as "cool vehicles".
Meanwhile, AnIY has a lot of gunfire. Not so many explosions (a few, early) but it has cool vehicles in spades, beginning with Eris's space ship.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 24, 2010 01:35 PM (+rSRq)
we'd prefer anime with more explosions and cool vehicles.
Van Dread was recently re-released in a thin pack (with 2 OAVs grrrr) there is much splodieness and vehicular coollness therein. Both series have very satisfying climaxes.
I am not generally a fan of Gundam per se, the series are too long and depressing, but there is a short OAV series from '91 called 0083 STARDUST MEMORY that is quite good. The mechs are McGuffins, but not the focus of the writing. The hunt For Red October + the Battle of River Platte plus in space. Recently re-released, it holds up surprisingly well .
I agree with most of the things said, re: BGC. It is quite good.
Black Lagoon does get painfully grim towards the end of second season...but there is OH so much splody goodness.
Cowboy Beebop is good if one hides the last two episodes, though it such a Quinn Martin production that its retro elements might be a turn off to your friends.
Last Exile is gorgeous steampunk though it tries so hard to be epic that it just comes off as pompous at times. Still it has good characters and really cool vehicles that go 'splody in a most pretty way.
Posted by: Brickmuppet at September 24, 2010 02:53 PM (EJaOX)
Noir isn't a boom-boom things-blowing-up show, really. Even so, it might well do the job...
Posted by: Avatar at September 24, 2010 03:43 PM (pWQz4)
Actually, I think the suggestion above of Vandread is a pretty good idea. And I just thought I'd point out that Martian Successor Nadesico is back in print.
Another possibility is "Burst Angel". I didn't happen to like it, but that doesn't mean it's worthless. (It just didn't fit my taste profile.)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 24, 2010 04:47 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Wonderduck at September 24, 2010 06:37 PM (blg68)
Posted by: Siergen at September 24, 2010 06:54 PM (Xh3Fu)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at September 24, 2010 07:24 PM (9KseV)
Posted by: Avatar at September 24, 2010 09:46 PM (pWQz4)
How about "Crest of the Stars"? You got your cool vehicles and explosions in spades. And it's an example of good anime, with good characters and a good story and little or no pandering.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 24, 2010 11:42 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: David at September 25, 2010 08:46 PM (rlE2m)
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