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Gymnotide
September 7th, 2009, 12:13 AM
ITT: Name a series (or three) that you think appeals to everyone; just truly an all-around masterpiece worthy of eternal praise. Some people like robots, some people like school romances, some people like... tennis, and some like magical worlds...

What do you think?

Wings Don't Cry
September 7th, 2009, 12:27 AM
I think Special A appeals to everyone, it has your school romance, fighting and stupidity all in one.

Azumi
September 7th, 2009, 03:28 AM
Code Geass, maybe?
Sorry, I was looking at that description of yours and the only thing that came out was that.

...minus the tennis.

Mukkamoto
September 7th, 2009, 03:44 AM
Death Note might appeal to a lot of people >.<
not sure but i know a lot who like it :D

THIRTY-SIX
September 7th, 2009, 03:57 AM
Anime:
Paranoia Agent, Ergo Proxy, Mnemosyne, Cowboy Bebop and Clannad.


Manga:
Welcome to the NHK, Love Hina, Genshiken, Deathnote.

Graceful
September 7th, 2009, 04:04 AM
I'd have to Say . . .Sailor Moon. People may think I'm stupid for saying this, but it's a brilliant Anime/Manga and Has romances,Magical worlds,whatever!!! <3<3<3

Mukkamoto
September 7th, 2009, 04:10 AM
Manga:
Welcome to the NHK, Love Hina, Genshiken, Deathnote.

How can I forget Love Hina, I loved it soo much I have all the books XD

I'm sure others will also love it :D

Finnel
September 7th, 2009, 05:32 AM
Ouran High School Host Club.

Only because I have not encountered a single person who has disliked this series. Even my hardcore mecha fanboy friends who loathe shoujo animes loved this show.

Esper
September 7th, 2009, 07:17 AM
Don't let its for-young-kids appearance fool you. Dennō Coil is a high budget series with quality animation, background music and voice acting that I believe anyone and everyone will enjoy. Its cyber glasses world will appeal to science fiction fans and is reminiscent of video games so gamers will find that aspect appealing. It has plenty of drama - some of it dark, some of it lighthearted - thanks to a great cast of characters who grow over the course of the series. It has a touch of romance, a scoop of adventure and mystery, and great heaping piles of fun. I can't recommend it enough.

Kenta-kun
September 7th, 2009, 07:31 AM
Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket. Now, normally I wouldn't recommend a Gundam series as something that would appeal to just about anyone, but 0080 is a very special case. It manages to do in just 6 20-minute episodes what nearly every other Gundam series fails to do in 50: tell a story showing the horrors of war through the eyes of the people involved, on both sides. It's a very human tale, and probably depicts the most realistic characters of any series in the franchise. The focus isn't on the mecha; though they are they (and they are VERY cool), the characters themselves take the front stage. It's also a lot more subtle than you'd expect Gundam to be: no epic poses while firing rainbow-colored lasers in every possible direction, rivals screaming long-winded ideologies at each other, verbally assaulting the viewer with the shows themes. No, 0080 shows you its message, rather than tells, and actually manages to probably be the only piece of mecha animation that criticizes war without at the same time glorifying it. And it's very tragic. The ending is downright tear-jerking. And the dub is good, too!

Seriously. If any of you like a good war drama, watch 0080. The only way I could possibly imagine anybody not liking it is if they thought the ham-handed storytelling of Gundam SEED Destiny was good. Clearly, this is a show for a different audience.

diamondpearl876
September 7th, 2009, 07:34 AM
I don't think there's one single anime/manga that will appeal to everyone. That just doesn't seem possible.

Although I do agree with a previous poster about Ouran High School Host Club about not having seen a single person who hasn't liked that anime/manga.

icomeanon6
September 7th, 2009, 07:51 AM
I can't think of any anime series that has what I would call "universal" appeal. The closest I've seen would probably be Cowboy Bebop. I've never seen anyone who didn't like Cowboy Bebop, and I've shown it to many non-anime fans.

As for the people who've said "Ouran" and "NHK," I would like to remind them that there is more to the world than anime fans. I mean, the fact that Ouran is male-harem means that it will automatically turn off a large number of people. Those shows are definitely more directed towards otaku as opposed to a wider audience.

Gymnotide
September 7th, 2009, 11:11 PM
I can't think of any anime series that has what I would call "universal" appeal. The closest I've seen would probably be Cowboy Bebop. I've never seen anyone who didn't like Cowboy Bebop, and I've shown it to many non-anime fans.

As for the people who've said "Ouran" and "NHK," I would like to remind them that there is more to the world than anime fans. I mean, the fact that Ouran is male-harem means that it will automatically turn off a large number of people. Those shows are definitely more directed towards otaku as opposed to a wider audience.

M-M-Male harem? What is this I dont even.

lawl

Bay Alexison
September 8th, 2009, 08:24 AM
M-M-Male harem? What is this I dont even.

lawl

Male Harem is basically a single man surrounded by multiple woman, which the case for Ouran. Even though I like the show and there are loads of funny scenes, sometimes it does kind of disturb me how the women in the anime aren't really independent, saved for the ones from that all women boarding school (even they do too much fangirling towards the most popular girls there). I don't think it's sexism or anything, but still kinda disturb me. If you do know what Male Harem is though, then my mistake. ^^;

...Anyways. XD;

Yeah, like some people, don't think there's an anime that is of universal appeal. Different anime shows catered towards different people. Heck, my favorite animes are different than from the crowd here. For instance, everyone here seems to like Pandora Hearts (haven't watched it yet) and Code Geass (halfway through part one of the series)here while my favorite animes are Black Cat and Baccano! At this moment I can't think of any.

Gymnotide
September 10th, 2009, 02:45 AM
btw, I like to make threads and not reply to them.
&Even though they aren't a series, I think Miyazaki's movies are good.

RYOUKI
September 10th, 2009, 03:24 AM
Well, The first thing that came to my mind was Skip Beat. For a shoujo anime/manga, it was such an epic.

JP
September 10th, 2009, 08:16 AM
I'd have to go with the whole Gundam sagas. Other than that, can't really think of anything else. :P

Ryoutarou
September 10th, 2009, 08:36 AM
RomeoXJuliet - This is really good for people who like romance and fantasy, it's an incredibly interesting take on the story and it's one of my favorite anime ever.
Turn A Gundam - Probably the only Gundam series I'd consider truly complete in terms of story and character arcs. It has such a unique setting for a mech show, captivating characters, great animation and music. I think it's the last great Gundam produced since its airing.
Cyborg 009 (2001 remake) - Picked this because it's the best of the three Cyborg 009 anime. There's an array of main characters that makes it easy to find someone you like or can identify with and I've always loved stories involving people having their lives stolen from them and what they go through to cope with it. It's got its mix of action, drama, and 006 is such an amusing character to watch. The character designs are very retro, so it's the sort of thing that may put people off, but I've always loved Ishinomori's style. Also. The third ending is one of my favorite songs ever.


...but I've never really liked anything that falls into the "moe/tsundere/whateverthefadoftheseasonisforotaku" too much, so my tastes may be a little off. I really thought Ouran was a horrible show.

twocows
September 10th, 2009, 09:48 AM
I don't like series that have all of those things. The only thing I can think of that has that many different elements is Lucky Star (sort of; none of them are developed elements), because it's parodying anime in general. I'm not big on Lucky Star anyway (I didn't dislike it, but I'm certainly not a fan).

I shouldn't even have to say this, because it's kind of obvious. Different people have different tastes. I tend to dislike anything that focuses on mechs (I think they look ridiculous and rob time and focus from the characters). However, that's obviously not the opinion of about fifty bajillion other people; mechs are arguably the most popular motif in anime. Clearly no one series is going to appeal to every single person.

If you're asking what my favorite series is, I would answer Cardcaptor Sakura. However, I guarantee there are people in this very forum -- insane though they may be -- that dislike the series just as much as I like it; it's their right to dislike a series, and as long as they don't start trashing it in front of me, I'm fine with that.

In short, you're unlikely to find a series that appeals to everyone; tastes just differ too much for that to happen.

ShinjisLover
September 10th, 2009, 03:51 PM
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle is one of them. It's a romance, action, comedy, and pretty much everything you could ask for all rolled into one! <3

Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan is a good one, too. It's a crazy comedy/romance anime. It's hilarious and I think it would appeal to the older anime fans.

xxxHoLic is *****in'. It's a creepy kind of anime, but it's also a comedy. There's a bit of romantic interest in it, but there's not really any romance. I love it. <3

Notable anime:
Ouran High School Host Club
School Rumble
Black Blood Brothers
Case Closed/Detective Conan

KUROXFAI
September 15th, 2009, 06:51 PM
i'd have to suggest:
Ouran High school host club: Its got small amount of romance, school life, adventure...p.s there is no male harem
Naruto: Who doesn't love it!!! its got adventure sorrow, Love... i guess
xxxHolic: Dark , funny, not really any romance
Loveless: Romance, action,
Legal Drug: theres action, adventure, *tention, and fun fun fun ( i think we all know what i mean by tension,though it is really family rated and friendly)
Pet shop of horrors: it's dark, slightly gory, and really awesome
Saver: dark, adventure, fun
Hana-Kimi: i havent meet anyone who doesnt like it, its got school life, romance, and is a genderbender
WJuliet: Genderbender, school life
oh... srry... i'll stop filling up this post...

Eпvy
September 15th, 2009, 07:02 PM
One Piece - Of course, it gets a lot of criticism, but the vast majority of that criticism is from people who haven't really given it a chance. I should say that I enjoy Shounen series, but only to a certain extent, they always leave me wanting more. Not One Piece. It's my favorite anime.

It looks like a stereotypical Shounen series with all of the fighting and getting stronger, but it acts more like a shorter more complicated story (although it's not short.) by the way the story goes and reveals things. (things that looked obscure and pointless hundreds of episodes ago, even things that are so tiny you might not have even noticed them, are later revealed to be very important to the story.)

I'd recommend One Piece a thousand times over to Shounen lovers, and even to people who don't typically like Shounen series. As I said they all leave me wanting more, One Piece changed that.

Ouran High School Host Club - It's absolutely hilarious and appeals to all people. I even know guys that like it. XD (not laughing at the guys that like it. Sorry.)

Monster - What can I say? It's coming on SyFy in late October. Watch it. It's so unlike any other anime I've ever seen. (very realistic and told more like a novel as opposed to an anime/manga)

Death Note is also a great one, but Monster is a better detective/horror series. Trust me on that one.

SBaby
September 16th, 2009, 12:44 AM
Sailor Moon - Yeah, I said it. When I first saw a commercial for this show, one thought went through my mind. BARBIES WITH SUPER POWERS! Keep in mind that this was before I really had a full grasp on what Anime was (I'd heard of Anime, but I didn't know what it was). I was dead against it. I hated it with a passion.

But then something happened that I didn't expect. I saw an episode. Not a fancy or special episode. Just one episode. And then I wanted to watch another. And another. The badly translated dub, by the way. Then I got to the point where Tuxedo Kamen went over to Beryl's side (called Tuxedo Mask in the dub). After that I couldn't stop watching it. So that's one I'd definitely recommend, in any format, to the average person.


Gundam Wing - The Gundam series has earned an interesting place in my heart. I enjoy it on an almost surreal level, much like how Sephiroth likes stabbing girls or Sabin likes bench pressing trains and houses. It's just one of those things I watch.

Gundam Wing is probably the single best Gundam series (besides maybe 0079) to really introduce Gundam to any audience. The basics are in check, everything is explained, and plenty of exposition is there. And the story wraps itself up pretty well by the end. So yeah, another recommendation.


Tenchi Muyo - This one's also a great one for getting new people into Anime. And it's just fun to watch. I can't really explain why I like it. But I will tell you that most people I've shown this to came back and said they loved it, even if some of them thought it was really strange. Great series, even if the ending makes no sense.

ArcanineOod
September 16th, 2009, 01:00 PM
Oh, goodness. A great all-rounder? I'm not extremely sure, but...

Death Note is really rather good. It has romance, friendship, action and a hint of magic... Kinda. Ish. Great characters and storyline too, IMHO.

Shugo Chara! is also a great series, though I'm not sure it would appeal to everyone... It's got lots of good things going for it, and my two friends both love it as much as I do. I haven't spoken to anyone else about it, but I think it's certainly worth a try. Magic, friendship, romance, comedy, action, drama... I'd say it's a pretty darn good series. =3

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