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Please post all suggestions under this post! This post will be edited regularly, as people suggest more and more anime or ideas to this, we will update and tell you why your idea has/has not been accepted and make sure that everyone is made aware of the changes! If your idea is rejected, please remember that we must conform to all college and legal guidelines. (Only up to PG-15 rated anime etc).

1.Neon Genesis Evangelion: Submitted by nekokatechan Evangelion is, undoubtedly, a classic anime. Whether or not it is shown depends on people's wishes in the first meeting. Neon Genesis Evangelion falls under the 'sci-fi', 'philosophical', 'religious', 'social issues', 'comedy' and 'incomprehensible' category. One of the most popular anime ever. Click here for more information.

2. Cowboy Bebop: Submitted by nekokatechan Cowboy Beebop is a futuristic adventure set around the crew of The Bebop. One of the greatest creations of director Watanabe Shinichiro (creator of Samurai Champloo and Escaflowne). More information can be viewed here.

3. Fruits Basket: Submitted by nekokatechan Fruits Basket is the story of a young high-school girl, Honda Tohru. Having lost her mother in a car accident, she has come to live alone in a tent in the forest near her school. Never a quitter, she strives to honor her mother's memory and work hard to do the best she can with her life. One day, she happens across a house in the woods, not far from her makeshift abode. The residents, Sohma Yuki and his cousin Shigure, aren't total strangers. Sohma is the coolest guy at Tohru's school! Will the chance encounter lead to new friendships, and perhaps, a new romance? Why all the talk of the Chinese Zodiac? Why is the title "Fruits Basket"? A firm favourite for final selection.

4. Wolf's Rain: Submitted by nekokatechan Wolf's Rain is the story of a pack of wolves in their search for Paradise. Of course, there is a lot more to the series than that, Flower Maidens, mysterious nobles who wage war on each other, illusions and many other things. Another firm favourite for selection. More information can be viewed here.

5. X TV Submitted by nekokatechan X (the TV series) basically explains what happened in X 1999 (the movie) in more detail and greater depth. X, the TV series, introduces all the main characters who are involved in the battle of Dragon of Heaven vs Dragon of Earth one by one. Here is the summary on the plot from the movie: At the millennial edge, the concluding battle for humanity's future is staged. Kamui Shirou's destiny has been decided as he returns to Tokyo to face his ultimate challenge. The Dragon of Heaven, defenders of the Earth, stand ready to protect the world from the Dragon of Earth, the seven angles of ledgend, who embrace the devastation of the planet to bring about its purification. Now Kamui must decide which side to fight for although he finds the idea utterly unappealing. It isn't until realizing that his two childhood friends, Fuma and Kotori Monou, are in grievous peril that Kamui decides to step into his fated position in the climactic strugle of the Year of Destiny: 1999. A firm favourite of the President, showing of this would include the movie, OAV - Episode 00 and the first OAV of Tokyo Babylon.

6.Chobits/Love Hina: Submitted by nekokatechan, metnal_gloxy, jezmm Naturally, a harem anime had to be submitted. I've put two up here as one entry, as I'm not sure which would be preferred by the masses. Chobits is a CLAMP creation, therefore has the typical love beats all CLAMP attitude. It's funny at times, and very perverted but also has some level of depth. I have no idea how deep the Love Hina anime is. I have read a little of the manga, but apparently the manga is more perverted than the TV series. In any case, it's up for selection. For more information on both of these series go to these links. Love Hina Chobits

Other things to consider are:

SUBS VS DUBS! Would you prefer subtitled anime in the original language or would you prefer dubbed in English?

Licenced VS Fansubs! Do you object to fansubs? (Obviously, those who prefer dubs will.)


Elfen Lied - Despite the fact that it DID get through the censorship, I think that as it will be our first term, it's probably for the best that we show... slightly more tame anime. Elfen Lied is explicit, and despite the fact that, yes, we're all of age... We want to make as many people comfortable as possible. Perhaps later in the year?
Excel Saga - Will be shown towards the end of the year or beginning of next. Although I despise Excel Saga with a passion, I'll admit that most anime fans don't, so, yes, it will be shown, just not yet.

Don't Ask For

Fullmetal Alchemist: There are many reasons. Firstly, my copy of FMA is a badly subbed (and I mean virtually unwatchable) DVD where only about 1 in 8 episodes work. It's impossible to get hold of the DVDs we need, because not all volumes have been released in the UK yet. It's also being currently run on TV, so there's no point showing a series when it's on TV at the same time...

Naruto: Not only is Naruto as boring as hell as soon as it gets to the Chuunin Exams, it's overplayed and doesn't really have much by way of an engaging plot. Yes, it's a fan favourite, that's marked by the fact that no one wanted to dub the series because nearly every person who would have bought the DVD had downloaded it. Let's just say that, despite the fact I do like the characters in Naruto and will promptly fangirl any Shikamaru piece of merchandise I can find, it isn't the kind of anime for a weekly showing.

Loveless: Well, for one, it's Shounen-ai, and not everyone will be comfortable with that. But more importantly, I can't get hold of the fansubs. All the mirrors I try appear to be either maxed out or Loveless has ceased to be held there. Kitty boys have become popular recently, and if someone can supply the subs then fine, but Loveless is just one of those animes that seems to be for the fangirls and... well, not much else...

Battle Vixens: While fanservice is all good, an entire series based on it isn't.

Anything Obscenely Long: Sailor Moon, One Piece, Naruto, Yugioh, Dragonball and all the rest are just too long to show. And I'm talking about subs here, because there's no way that I would ever watch One Piece in dub. We don't have that many meets, and showing 250+ eps of One Piece or Sailor Moon just won't happen.

Live Action!!!

Is anyone interested in Live Action? I'm not talking about the pron either. With the Evangelion LiveAction movie on the horizon (although halted, I must admit) I was wondering if anyone was interested in the already out there LiveAction series? Even if the Sailor Moon LA does resemble Power Rangers just a little, and GTO isn't as good as the anime, if anyone would like to see Live Action added to the list, don't hesitate to ask. Of course, many people don't even know that LA exists...

In any case, Azumi and Azumi 2 will most likely be shown. (We're pretending they're PG-15, okay?)

OVAs and Movies

For the first meeting it is unlikely that much anime will be watched. Subs Vs Dubs and other things will have to be discussed and we'll have to start the process of deciding actually what we want to watch. We'll also have to introduce people to each other and all the other stuff. On days where time is cut short, or for the first few sessions where we'll be too busy trying to do other things to really get much done by breaking into a series, I thought that movies and OVAs would be best.

Blood: The Last Vampire: Short and sweet (heh), Blood would be good as a session filler. It only runs for 45 mins and it's not exactly taxing on the brain.

Sakura Taisen: (Only on fansub) Another mecha anime with pretty girls. It didn't really capture my attention but compared to most anime movies, it's pretty decent... Especially compared to:

X: Which is quite possibly the worst anime film ever. But then again, I'm a fan of the actual series, and I hated the way they massacred the plot. In any case, it's here because it's easy to dip in and out of.

Akira: Need I say more?

Azumi: Live Action adaptation of Yu Koyama's manga of the same name. Very good with some interesting characters, well choreographed fight scenes and a very pretty girl in the lead ^^ (Always a bonus!) While the acting can seem wooden at times, Azumi manages Live Action better than most... Plenty of blood and a life-like portrayal of Japan pre-Edo.
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Date:November 16th, 2005 11:39 pm (UTC)
Dude, Watanabe created Champloo as well? It seems so different compared to his other stuff.

Anyway, you know what I'm gonna say - Excel Saga, but then, that's probably not a good idea until we've established that we have a lot of anime fans who KNOW stuff about anime to get the references.

Giant Robo is a good, fun, clean anime, with lots of action, drama etc, a nice mix of themes. And totally unexplained super powers. Those rock.

I WOULD recommend Elfen Lied seeing as how kickass it is, but there is a hell of a lot of gore and nudity (though not of a pornographic nature) in it. Plus, it contains some adult themes like Pedophelioa (don't ask me how to spell that), animal cruelty, I think rape at one point. None of which are looked upon in a good light of course.

Subs vs Dubs? Depends. We could use some of the better dubs to draw more people in who normally don't watch anime much, and stick to subs for the ones which have crappy dubs. =P

Licenced Vs Fansubs? Hmm. Again, guess it depends on the quality, both of the subs and the video file.

Well, that's all I can think of ideas-wise for now. If you ever want any help for like, leaflet designs and stuff, I can try and see what I can do, since I have flash/PSP9 etc. Don't have publisher though... Still, I can do logos and crap.
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Date:November 17th, 2005 11:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, Wantanabe created Champloo, and no it's not that different when you look at his more recent things, such as Kill Bill.

Excel Saga - Later in the year ^^ It is going to be shown, don't worry. It's a crowd pleaser.

Elfen Lied is a definite no. Although it has got through without editting, there's no chance in hell I'm showing it in college. Too much of the 15+ content me thinks.
Date:November 18th, 2005 08:41 pm (UTC)
watanabe didnt direct that kill bill anime short
....I didnt even know he was in on that all.

he did do two of the anime shorts in the animatrix though.
Date:November 19th, 2005 08:31 pm (UTC)
anyway, im glad cowboy bebop is on the shortlist, because that's my favourite anime show of all time.

I think we've really got enough suggestions for now personally....love hina could be another good one though.

What about movies though? I think now and then if we devoted 2 weeks to watching a movie, so we'd watch it in two parts, that'd be cool.
Grave of the fireflies, Akira, ghost in the shell, spirited away, perfect blue, my neighbour totoro are all essential movies even for people who are just interested in cinema, and there are many other great ones too.

Grave of the fireflies would be a bit of a downer to watch in college mind, actually funnily enough they used to play my neighbour totoro and grave of the fireflies back to back in japanese cinema, so people would watch grave of the fireflies and be too depressed to see my neighbour totoro which is more cheerful, right after.

I'd like to see elfen lied, sounds good, I don't really see the problem in showing something with mature content if it's still a 15

I think it should more or less all be shown subbed, some animes where the dub is especially good, cowboy bebop being an example, would be cool to watched dubbed mind.
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Date:November 20th, 2005 10:16 am (UTC)
For movies I was considering: Azumi (Live action film in sub), Spirited Away (most likely around Xmas time though...) and a few others. Don't worry, there is going to be a post up about this ^^

As for Wantanabe's directed films... I did research it on AnimeNfo... Guess I either read wrong or something... Oh well, I'll change it....
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Date:November 25th, 2005 05:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, by the by, movie-wise, I have Princess Mononoke, and 2000 Sonic the Hedgehog OVA. Although that second one probably won't be found interesting by most, is on video (though not bad quality), and therefore only has the dub.
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Date:November 26th, 2005 12:13 pm (UTC)
All Ghibli films will be welcome ^^

Um... Sonic in Dub? ^^;
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