I've been meaning to watch this series for years. The closest I got was catching some dubbed episodes, including two just a few days ago, but having no idea what the fuck was going on. But that wasn't completely unexpected coming from a series that's basically David Lynch meets The Matrix, from what little I know. Are subs available on DVD these days or does anyone have it available to stream?
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my obsession with this show never ends.
if you're only on episode three you should pop some accela and get on the rest of the show anon this is important if you want to surf the wired like a boss ya know?
I'll stream Lain for you guys if you'd like. Probably will get shit on again by a mod but whatever.
If other anons keep this thread alive till, like, 11 tonight (EST) I'll do it.
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Admit it: You love Lain.
We ALL love Lain.
I love the series. It gives me chills just thinking about it got everything right about the internet so far. Shit was released in 1998. The very theme, the very idea that people said "let's make an anime about the internet!" is completely awesome.
Everyone should love Lain.
>TFW when I first watched it in high school my marine biologist dad was actually part of a group working with resident terrestrial though network and with jelly fish and dolphins.
I though he was going bring home aliens or somethin for a month afterward.
How many /x/philes regularly watch anime?
So, There are at least two of us. I'm happy with that.
I've decided to start a stream early. Do I post it in a picture or in text or what?
Back when I was on this board regularly, yeah. I don't know how often those streams come by nowadays, though. We also used to love to have Junji Ito threads, too. Those were fun. But /x/philes who enjoyed those don't necessarily watch anime regularly, so I was curious as to how many regular anime fans there are who still watch. Yami Shibai, which aired recently, should have been a thing here.
We discuss /x/ related /tv/ shows too, so an /x/ related anime thread isn't going to kill anyone.
Regularly? No. But on occasion I do enjoy some and have been trying to catch up with the ones I wanted to watch as a kid but couldn't due to anime not being as widespread as it is today. I'm out of touch with most of the newer ones too, I mostly go for 80s-90s stuff.
There's some good newer /x/ shit. Mononoke, Mushishi, Ghost Hound, etc. Texhnolyze is all gritty and dark like Lain is, but without the Internet stuff, I dunno what the genre is called, cyberpunk I think? Boogiepop Phantom is also good, Paranoia Agent as well. Oh and Dennou Coil. Dennou Coil is one of my absolute favourite anime ever. It's similar to Lain in that the Internet plays a huge part of the series, but it's also vastly different. If you're looking for something more lighthearted, but still involving the supernatural, check out Hoshi Wo Ou Kodomo. I've also got a thing for Red Data Girl. If anyone's still around, I'll post a few more when I actually remember them.
Not him, but I'm the one who brought up Yami Shibai. I think that's quintessential /x/ material right there. I'd also like to add to your list Shinsekai Yori, Paprika, Death Billiards, and of course, Eva. I can't really think of much more right now, either, except for loads of Sci-Fi that I'm not sure is prime /x/ material, like GitS, Animatrix, or Galaxy Express 999.
And I'm sure most people here would like Mind Game, though I don't know if that could be considered /x/ material either.
Kaiba looks great. Thanks, anon. It's refreshing to see someone with such a great powerlevel on /x/. If you've seen it, do you think Ideon could be considered /x/, even though 1/2 of it is just straight mecha?
Sorry, that's not me. My power level's pretty pathetic. I've never watched Ideon, either. If we're adding slightly less supernatural anime, but still incorporates supernatural themes, though, let's add Bakemonogatari, Eureka 7, and Kara no Kyoukai to that list.
My bad. I was presumptuous in thinking I was talking to only one person. Though, I'm not sure I'm willing to go as far as to suggest E7 and such to be paranormal-centric. I think we have to define exactly what we consider /x/ material, because there are loads of anime with supernatural themes that I wouldn't consider recommending to this board. For example, Dream Hunter REM and Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi are both strongly supernatural, but nothing in them really invokes any sense of fright or psychedelic mindfuckery like Lain or Eva.
If you're familiar with the Golden Bough, E7 belongs there. I do agree that it's closer to fantasy than supernatural, though. Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyoubi is also fantasy, Kara no Kyoukai as well. It's a hard line to define, especially considering how much world building some of these shows have, like KnK which I mentioned previously. Though I'm not a big fan of limiting the supernatural solely to "psychedelic mindfuckery" or being scary.
Just finished watching Brilliant Park.
Yeah, It is a hard place to define. Vampire Hunter D, even, is most definitely horror with tons of creepy visuals, but is often reduced in the mind to an action film. That's why I consider fright and/or psychedelic mindfucks to be some of the elements most /x/ posters can appreciate. Though, I do agree that it isn't enough to simply limit to those, or to have the anime necessarily have either one of those elements. Though, I propose that it's a start.
And, no, I didn't consider the Golden Bough, and I'm willing to concede on that, but the problem is that I'm not sure most of /x/ would buy it as a /x/ anime upon watching through it. I might be wrong on that, though.
Would Madoka be considered /x/ due to it's Faustian themes and creepy atmosphere, or would the the context of the "Magical Girl", which is all but unknown to most here, hinder an /x/phile's watching experience? Where do we draw the line? Miracle Girls is very Paranormal, but a good amount of the anime is a focus of the girl's relationships, and silly SoL antics in classic Magical Girl fashion. However, it does deal with twin telepathy, cryptids, and other strange things in a semi-realistic manner with some creepy scenes that I'm sure some /x/philes would enjoy.
Sup, niggas. It's looking to be a somewhat decent season.
If people knew the Faustian themes, and what to watch for, it could be considered /x/, but most people would probably have to have it explained to them, honestly. I didn't realize the Golden Bough parallels in E7 myself until I'd actually read it. I believe we can bump it down to the "supernatural, but not really /x/ related" tier.
What's our criteria, then?
Maybe it'd be a tier'd system. There's the bottom rung which just has supernatural themes; The middle, where it's /x/-related, but you'd have to have things explained to you or it just has creepy elements, but at it's core it's not /x/, like an intense Sci-Fi; And then the top, where it's all hardcore /x/.
Top tier: Mononoke, Boogiepop, Mushishi, Ghost Hound, Yami Shibai, Paranoia Agent
Middle tier: Dennou Coil, Lain, Eva, Paprika, Red Data Girl
Bottom Tier: Kara no Kyoukai, E7, Madoka
I've also got a great love for Hoshi Wo Ou Kodomo. Not sure where to put that on the tier list. It's by Makoto Shinkai, and absolutely gorgeous, just like all of his works. It incorporates a lot of folklore from all over the world. Agartha, Shakuna Vimana, there's even monsters based on the phenomena of sleep paralysis.
Yeah, this is actually starting to look like it could work. I'd put Madoka in Middle tier, though, especially after getting to Rebellion. Maybe I should put together an infographic for my fellow anime watching /x/philes. If anyone wants to start on one, though, go for it.
Shinkai is always fantastic. Though, I haven't seen this film, so I wouldn't know. It sounds great, though.
It'd be pretty hard to not love her. Shame we'll never get Despera.
Alright, guys. This is what I've done. I'm terrible at making infographics, but I hope this is good enough. If anything is out of place, or if there are any questions, concerns, or whatever, let me know.
If you want to add something, let's discuss where it needs to go. I left space for such additions.
I also made a version with a simple gradient, if you like.
I streamed earlier in the thread but it went ignored save for one guy who later bailed and I stopped. I will do it again tonight, like, now. At this point I don't care if anyone shows as long as just 1 person stays.
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We'll start again from the beginning episode.
I hope that when the terra formars BDs come out, they will be good, and we can add it to the list.
I that that was more scifi than /x/?
>Movie about a girl going into the underworld to revive someone she cared for
I'd bump Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo up a tier, if only for that fucking sleep paralysis segment. Also, you forgot Dennou Coil. It's scifi, but it's also /x/ as fuck, I'd put it in tier 2.
I think it was either implying that aliums gave humans The Wired, or that it was just an example of The Wired bleeding over into the real world. Also, if you guys like Lain, go watch Dennou Coil already.
>I'd bump Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo up a tier, if only for that fucking sleep paralysis segment. Also, you forgot Dennou Coil. It's scifi, but it's also /x/ as fuck, I'd put it in tier 2.
Sure thing. I haven't seen either, so I wouldn't know. If no one else has objections, I'll get right to it.
I watched the first several episodes several years ago, and only occasionally thought about it. Thanks to this thread, I downloaded it to watch. I don't remember where I stopped watching last time, but it's a lot better than I remember.
I'd put Bakemonogatari in the bottom tier. Sure the series revolves around girls being possessed by spirits, but at it's heart it's still a harem. Also, Sankarea and Tasogare Otome x Amnesia if we're including the *monogataris. Bottom tier.
If you watched it when you were a kid, you probably didn't understand it, honestly.
Are both of those good enough and heavy enough with it's paranormal themes to warrant a watch by an /x/phile looking for something from tier 3?
Also, what do you think about Higurashi?
I'm not familiar with Higarashi. Sankarea is about zombie waifu and Tasogare x Amnesia is about ghost waifu. Aired in the same season, even. Higarashi anime is crap, though, isn't it? Wouldn't recommending the VN be better? Though if we're going into VNs, we'll need an entire new chart.
I haven't seen Higurashi, personally, but I think I remember there were mixed feelings about the anime, even though the VN was seen as invariably better. If you hold that it was crap, I'll forget about it. We need more Tier 1 anime, though. Another was crap, too, wasn't it?
So, what was your opinion of Sankarea and TxA? Were they good? Were they /x/ enough beyond just being another Magical Girlfriend anime? Am I being too much of a prude by not just adding it?
Also, F/SN should be good material to add to Tier 2 if the new anime turns out to be good enough, right?
And yeah, VNs as well as Manga should have a different chart, specifically only because I'm no expert on either. In fact, I'm still playing through my first F/SN route and have neglected to watch the current UBW anime so I can hurry and finish it. The extent of good horror manga I know is only Junji Ito.
F/SN is by the same author as Kara no Kyoukai. Kara no Kyoukai is a lot more /x/ than F/SN, though, in my opinion. Sankarea and Tasogare x Amnesia are honestly just magical girlfriend crap, but if we're adding the *monogataris they belong in as well. I don't know much about VNs either, I've only read 3~4. Not an expert on manga, only horror I know of is Ito obviously and Berserk. Homunculus is pretty legit /x/, though. I'm not an anime expert, so I'm all dried up on tier 1 anime. I guess we'll have to actually ask /a/ if we intend to take it further.
I don't think I'll add them in, then, but I think I'll keep *Monogatari in there simply because lots of people seem to enjoy it. I've only seen Bake, so I can't account for the whole series, but although it's just be a Harem anime, but it's pretty consistent with it's paranormal theme and it goes beyond just one instance of silly circumstances that turns a zombie or ghost into the protagonist's girlfriend. So, I'm considering changing "Monogatari Series" to only Bake, if that makes a difference at all.
Magical Pokaan is off the list, isn't it?
Madoka should be in tier 3.
Just because its a dark and spooky magical girl anime does not change the fact that its a magical girl anime. You've either got to move half of the shit from tier 2 to tier 1 or move madoka down.
I'll consider it, but the reason why it's in Tier 2 is not only because it's nice and spooky, but also because of it's /x/ themes. Just because there's a bias against Mahou Shoujo, doesn't mean it can't be considered as /x/ as NGE, which at it's core is just another Mecha, but also deals with apocolypse and ancient alien gods with freaky visuals. Madoka is the same; It has managed to turn Mahou Shoujo into something creepy which deals with Faustian themes and so on. I hold that it should be Tier 2, which really has the most ambiguity. Maybe the problem is in the description of the tier?
Tier 3 is reserved more for that anime which doesn't manage to be spooky in any fashion, but is related to the paranormal.
The "deconstruction" aspect only deals with the "Magical Girl Sentai" subgenre of Magical Girl, Sailor Moon being the first and foremost of that. It should be enough for a casual watch.
It's as if anything made with even a little passion towards a genre that takes it in an interesting way is considered "deconstruction". What shit.
Anyway, maybe I could add a column for VNs and manga if we can collectively find enough titles to warrant it. Although, if I do that, I'd need to just put "All Junji Ito" in one box.
And maybe I should add a little to the description up top that says something like, "The listed anime are to be considered heavy enough with /x/ aspects to warrant a watch by any /x/phile" so we don't consider some shit we wouldn't want to waste our time on.
That reminds me. I didn't watch it, but shouldn't Steins;Gate be on the list, too? Both anime and VN, if I make the VN column? I heard it's about John Titor, which is prime /x/ material.