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Old 12-06-2005, 02:45 PM   #1   [permalink]
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Good Rentals

My anime hiatus must end. What are a few good "rental" animes you can recommend? I'm looking for series that are worth watching through once, but perhaps not worth spending the cash to get the DVDs.

I have seen, in their entirety:
  • Fist of the North Star (movie)
  • Akira
  • Ninja Scroll
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Wicked City
  • Tenchi Muyo! (OVA 1)
  • Record of Lodoss War (OVA)
  • La Blue Girl
  • Perfect Blue
  • Vampire Hunter D
  • Serial Experiments Lain (top 10)
  • Kite
  • Cowboy Bebop (top 10)
  • Samurai X
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion (series) (top 10)
  • Trigun (top 10)
  • Escaflowne (top 10)
  • Dragonball Z (the Trunks movie)
  • Princess Mononoke (top 10)
  • Spriggan
  • Outlaw Star
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: End of Evangelion
  • FLCL (top 10)
  • Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
  • Dragonball Z (the Bardock movie)
  • Blood: The Last Vampire
  • Vampire Hunter D 2000
  • Gundam 08th MS Team
  • Berserk (top 10)
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena (top 10)
  • Now and Then, Here and There (top 10)
  • Jin-Roh
  • Gasaraki
  • Escaflowne (movie)
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena: Adolescence of Utena
  • NieA_7
  • Hellsing
  • Boogiepop Phantom
  • Spirited Away
  • Tokyo Godfathers
That's roughly in the order I've viewed them.

I've not finished:
  • Blue Seed (near middle of series)
  • Dragonball (seen up to the end of the first Martial Arts Tourament)
  • Dragonball Z (halfway through the Buu Saga)
  • Dragonball GT (seen up to the defeat of Bebi)
  • Love Hina (seen the first six episodes)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam (only seen the first 1/3 of the episodes aired on Toonami)
  • Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket (again, only seen 2/3 of the episodes aired on Toonami)
  • Key the Metal Idol (seen the first two DVDs)
  • Nadesico (seen the first two tapes)
  • Oh My Goddess OVA (seen the first two episodes)
  • Adventures of Mini-Goddess (seen about 45 minutes of it)
  • Rurouni Kenshin (just got the the beginning of the Kenshin/Shishio fight)
  • Slayers (the first arc)
  • Tenchi Universe (seen maybe 3/4 of the episodes, but not in order, from the airing on Toonami)
  • Tenchi in Tokyo (seen only 1/4 of the episodes, all Toonami versions)
  • Fruits Basket (seen the first 22-something episodes)
  • Dual! (seen the first episodes)
  • RahXephon (seen the first four DVDs)
  • Excel Saga (seen the first 12 episodes or so)
I am open to suggestions, especially because there is so much new stuff out there.
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Old 12-06-2005, 03:05 PM   #2   [permalink]
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Gokusen is a good rental. First episode is not impressive, but really gets going after the second episode.

Gundam SEED is also a good rental title with ten dvd's. You should watch SEED only for the sole purpose of seeing SEED Destiny when it comes out as that is the only good that comes out with watching SEED. SEED Destiny is the only Gundam show that I actually get exited about (except I haven't seen Z)

Gatekeepers is another good one. I bought the dvd's but now I wish I didn't. I enjoyed it, but it doesn't warrant a second viewing.

GTO is a must watch. I'd say buy the dvd's, but then, there are 10 of them and the box set is cheap. I say rent it, and buy the rest of you like it.

Wow it's all G Titles...

Regardless, the newer stuff that came out from 2003-now are 85% pure CRAP (with a big chunk of it from one company, I'm looking at you ADV). The only ones I'd recomend are DNAngel (yes I know, from ADV) or the stuff that Geneon released.

edit: there's some good stuff in CN right now, which can save you a lot of money. Off the [AS] line-up, I say watch Samurai Champloo and Paranoia Agent. good stuff.

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I'd watch more of the material on CN, but I don't like diving into something new from the middle.
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Originally Posted by zxzxzxzxzxzx
Dude, Last Exile. Do it. Now
That's a title that would be better to own though.
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Borderling cases are acceptable!!

Thanks for the suggestions.

Any others?
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How bout Battle Angel Alita (Gunnm).
It's good, but it'll probably just ---- you off that there is only the 2 eps.
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