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more "puzzle anime shows"..

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    Omi-kun

    [1]Dec 12, 2007
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    alright, so this is one of the most kickass animes I've everseen. and I wanted to ask if anyone knows any others that kinda keep you guessing are just all around plain weird, cause I've been really interested in those lately.

    so far I've watched: lain, boogiepop phantom, paranoia agent, haibane renmei (I dunno if it belongs here, tho) and I'm currently watching kino no tabi. also, I've started watching TEXHNOLYZE, but I haven't gone past the 1st episode. and I wanted to know if ghost in the shellS.A.C. is any good.

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    danharr

    [2]Dec 14, 2007
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    Ghost in the Shell SAC is excellent a lot better than technolyze that semi porn nonsense.
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    SaphireMoon

    [3]Dec 17, 2007
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    Second danharr on GitS:SAC -- it is an excellent series. Since you've seen Lain, some of the concepts for the second season (or "Ghost in the Shell: 2nd GiG") may be a little familar. Not the same, but familiar.

    Some other good ones are RahXephon and Wolf's Rain.
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    Omi-kun

    [4]Jan 17, 2008
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    danharr, I finished TEXHNOLYZE yesterday. I actually liked it, tho the first episodes are crap.

    I'd like to discuss some ergo proxy stuff with you sometime. mind if I add you on msn?

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    danharr

    [5]Jan 24, 2008
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    Thanks but i'm not active on msn i'm pretty much always here. If you want to start conversations on this board I do check it at least once a week and thanks for the heads up on technolyze i'll give it a shot and see if things get better.
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    SsriTelQuessir

    [6]Feb 18, 2008
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    I finished Wolf's Rain just a few days ago. It was fantastic. It's my third rated anime behind Elfen Lied #2 and Blood+ #1.
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    Asterisk09

    [7]Oct 23, 2008
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    Try Boogiepop Phantom. It's also about powerful alter-egos and saving the world type of stuff. Or try Serial Experiments Lain. To date, I haven't figured that anime out O.o.
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    altorcaydr

    [8]Nov 9, 2008
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    "puzzle anime"... I'm not surewhat exactly you mean. I get the feeling you're talking about shows with a mystery/suspense/psychological theme.

    I'm not sure how much of a help I can be, I've watched a fair bit of anime but I only keep the names of ones I think are "top notch"... Unfortunately a lot of Japanese mystery/suspense/psychological stories put me to sleep. Lain, Boogiepop, etc, I only watched due to sheer willpower. Even Ergo Proxy imho was a bit too needlessly cryptic and had too many filler episodes for me to call it a "buyer".

    But there are exceptions. The titles I'd recommend are:

    -Monster
    An excellent mystery anime. It's 74 episodes long, and although it loses some momentum in a couple of places, it is generally well-made. It is about a gifted surgeon who saves a boy's life. However, the boy was killed for a reason, as the surgeon finds out later... He puts his life on hold to "correct the mistake" of saving the boy's life, tracking him through various European locales and uncovering the the history of the boy, and what turned him into a Monster.

    -Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, and its sequel Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai
    Another really excellent anime. It's based on a low-budget computer game series and was sold at doujinshi conventions, eventually gaining a cult following. The story follows a new resident to a remote Japanese village which is hiding all kinds of bizarre and terrible secrets. As he discovers these, he becomes more and more acutely aware that he is being targetted by some malevolent entity... and this all happens in the first few of the 50 episodes in the original series and its sequel. The series' trademark storytelling technique is something I haven't seen in any other anime and when you finally see the whole truth of what's going on and all the pieces fit into place, you'll be blown away.

    -Death Note
    You've probably heard of this one a hundred times over if you're an anime fan, unless you've been living under a rock. It's one of the most successful manga and anime series in history. On the very unlikely chance you haven't heard of it, here goes: It's about a boy genius who gains the ability to kill anyone whose name and face he know, by any means he decides. He could have you kill yourself after robbing a bank and leaving all the money in a location only you know of, for instance. Or he could kill the ruling party of any country that is at war, until wars cease. Or he could wipe out crime, one murderer at a time. But murder is murder, and before long another genius appears on the scene, challenging him to a battle of wits - whoever learns the others' identity first dies, and will ultimately decide the future of humanity. The epic battle of cat-and-mouse begins, and it's unlike anythihng you've seen before. Let me put it this way, in 2006/2007 it won AnimeReactor's awards for best villain, best story, best male haracter, best myster-horror, best opening/ending, and best newcomer series.

    -Ghost In The Shell SAC 1/2/SSS
    Overall the best police-genre anime I've ever seen. It's a really "smart" anime, obviously a lot of thought has gone into making things seem plausible and consistent throughout the series, and the technology generally feels like things you could actually see existing in another 20-30 years.

    -Dennou Coil
    An anime made to be "family-friendly", but that doesn't detract from it in any way. Interesting story which was in planning for many years. Uhh... not because this show's bad or anything, but I'm not going to go into another long description, this is taking too much time

    -Darker Than Black
    Good mafia-ish show with super-powers and mystery stuff...

    -Code Geass
    Another really well-known anime which has many parallels to Death Note, although it has a lot of senseless "filler" action scenes. The whole series is filled with "best technology EVER" dominating an entire battlefield and then being uesless in the next, since another "best technology" has come along. Mechs are randomly powerful or weak depending on the whims of the series' writers... tons of characters have bizarre personality shifts for no apparent reason... on hindsight this series basically requires you to turn off the "reasoning" part of your brain in order for you to enjoy it. Now that I'm done telling you how horrible it is, it is still a pretty intersting show with lots of suspense, cat-and-mouse, and a bit of mystery.

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    JoachimPeiper

    [9]May 17, 2009
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    If I may add to the discussion, I just finished watching Ergo Proxy last night. It was a fine work of anime. It made my head hurt with some of the intricate details being shown here and there. But like animes of that type, the reasons behind those details or its relevance are revealed as the show progresses.

    I just love the show and Re-L Mayer is such a bad-ass chick! Sure, she cant jump and do Motoko's acrobatics nor does she have super human powers, but her being flesh and blood endears her more to us. we relate to her humanity. Her being subtly drawn to Vincent.
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