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Old 15-06-2009, 06:16 PM   #1   [permalink]
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Please recommend good animes

Hi all,

I'm new to this board, so a big hello to everyone.

What anime would you guys recommend that fit in the following categories:
- Set in feudal times (so no guns, only swords/etc).
- Spoken in modern Japanese (so that I can learn. no "gozarimasu" please).
- Adult level language/events (so no Naruto please)
- No too depressing (like Mushishi)
- Contains fantasy/non-fiction elements (enchanted swords, spell-casting, supernatural creatures, etc).

I'm currently learning Japanese, and I want to download some good animes to study the language from. So I need japanese sub-titles.

I currently love reading fantasy novels, particularly those set in the orient (eg - Across the Nightingale Floor, The Weavers of Sarymyr, etc). I love novels set it an archaic era (as most fantasy novels are), and I love elements of non-fiction (such as non-human races, magic, etc). I want to use this interest to tap in to Japanese by watching/studying animes that I know I'll love.

Cheers guys, and thanks in advance!
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Old 15-06-2009, 08:39 PM   #2   [permalink]
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Twelve Kingdoms might be one possibility. It has swords, fantasy, adult-level complexity, not too depressing, and if I remember right, it's entirely spoken in modern Japanese.
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Old 15-06-2009, 09:31 PM   #3   [permalink]
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I'm currently learning Japanese, and I want to download some good animes to study the language from. So I need japanese sub-titles.
You mean download illegal fansubs?
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Old 16-06-2009, 01:07 AM   #4   [permalink]
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You mean download illegal fansubs?
Legal downloads only please.
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Old 16-06-2009, 03:18 PM   #5   [permalink]
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Shiguri is the only one that came to mind for me in that it was adult-oriented and set in feudal Japan - not sure how modern the language is though, and it gets somewhat depressing in parts. But googling it, the first few episodes are apparently subbed on the funimation site for free, so it'd be easy enough to check out.

Also, I'll just slip this into the general anime forum.

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Old 16-06-2009, 06:04 PM   #6   [permalink]
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I'm going to say Rurouni Kenshin and hope that fills your critera. And welcome by the way.
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Old 16-06-2009, 08:07 PM   #7   [permalink]
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Ninja Scroll is a great one, and seems to meet your criteria. Get the movie and ignore everything else. I really hope that sequel gets made soon.
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Old 16-06-2009, 08:25 PM   #8   [permalink]
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Ninja Scroll is a great one, and seems to meet your criteria. Get the movie and ignore everything else. I really hope that sequel gets made soon.
kentosi said something not too depressing, and by anime standards, Ninja Scroll had a depressing ending. Of course, for someone like me, it was mere child's play. .
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Old 17-06-2009, 12:31 AM   #9   [permalink]
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thanks

thanks for the recommendations guys. i've googled some of them and they sound like the type of animes i'm after.

dheu: I've wiki'ed Twelve Kingdoms, and it looks promising! thanks.

Pen2: I tried googling Shiguri but couldn't find anything. But I did find one called "Shigurui", which looks amazing. thanks.

Tsunami-X: Rurouni Kenshin looks old, but the storyline looks like what 'm after, so i'll go check it out too. thanks.

Project Akira: I've heard of Ninja Scroll. I'll google it and check it out. Might be as depressing as John says, but that's not too much of a concern. thanks.
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Project Akira: I've heard of Ninja Scroll. I'll google it and check it out. Might be as depressing as John says, but that's not too much of a concern. thanks.
Don't listen to John, the ending isn't that depressing and besides the rest of the movie is pretty exciting.
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Don't listen to John, the ending isn't that depressing and besides the rest of the movie is pretty exciting.
It depends on what you're seen before. If you're the average anime fan fed on sickly cute characters, then you'd find Ninja Scroll disgustingly depressing. On the other hand, if you're aware of what actually goes on around the world, then it's nothing really. From my perspective, I'd have preferred an even more hard-hitting ending.
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It depends on what you're seen before. If you're the average anime fan fed on sickly cute characters, then you'd find Ninja Scroll disgustingly depressing. On the other hand, if you're aware of what actually goes on around the world, then it's nothing really. From my perspective, I'd have preferred an even more hard-hitting ending.
And Kenshin is entirely filled with sunshine and rainbows? I honestly didn't see it as that bleak.
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And Kenshin is entirely filled with sunshine and rainbows?
I haven't see Kenshin before, but it is one of the very few anime series that I would be interested in seeing if I had more time.

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I honestly didn't see it as that bleak.
Yeah, but what baseline are you referring to? I said Ninja Scroll was very bleak relative to your average anime, and that's true enough. From my own perspective, it was nothing; a walk in the park. I fully endorse more bleakness in all types of anime, and would welcome with open arms something with a bleakness factor of "100xGrave of the Fireflies". Please, enough anime set in high school; can't stand that kind of stuff.
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Please, enough anime set in high school; can't stand that kind of stuff.
Why? what's wrong with it?
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Why? what's wrong with it?
It gets kind of old when you're no longer in high school yourself.
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