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digi-kun
November 2nd, 2010, 08:07 PM
Well, all genres of anime have those must-watch series that are considered the best of the best for that genre. What anime do you consider a classic? [If you want, by genre]

Asrodrig
November 2nd, 2010, 08:13 PM
I'll always consider Yu yu Hakusho and Cowboy Bebop to be classics.

da_absol
November 2nd, 2010, 08:27 PM
Yu Yu Hakusho for shouen and Chibi Vampire/Karin should be a classical American Shoujo (in japan its a shouen). So should Dragon Ball.

Wings Don't Cry
November 2nd, 2010, 09:22 PM
I guess Dragonball would be the main classic for Shounen. Card Captor Sakura and Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon can be considered classics for Shoujo. Pokemon Indigo Plateau would be considered a classic I think. My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away are must sees for anime movies.

-Lapras-
November 2nd, 2010, 10:39 PM
Ok, here are my "Must watch", i'll admit they aren't all "classics" in the usual sense but they are all really good.

Romance - Clannad / Clannad - After Story, Koi Kaze, 5 Centimeters per Second
Psychological - Elfen Lied, Death Note, Ima, Soko ni Iru Boku
Mecha - Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Comedy - Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Natsu no Arashi!
Action - Gantz / Gantz - Second Stage,
Mystery - Bakemonogatari, Mnemosyne: Mnemosyne no Musume-tachi
Tragedy - Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0,
Children's - Cardcaptor Sakura, Pokemon

Shanghai Alice
November 3rd, 2010, 01:39 PM
Seriously, guys?

No love for Sakura Taisen, one of the largest series in Japan?

Yes, it has an anime adaptation, so it counts...

Sakura Taisen is still almost a cult thing in the States, but in Japan...

Taichi
November 3rd, 2010, 02:17 PM
Ok, here are my "Must watch", i'll admit they aren't all "classics" in the usual sense but they are all really good.

Romance - Clannad / Clannad - After Story, Koi Kaze, 5 Centimeters per Second
Psychological - Elfen Lied, Death Note, Ima, Soko ni Iru Boku
Mecha - Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Comedy - Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Natsu no Arashi!
Action - Gantz / Gantz - Second Stage,
Mystery - Bakemonogatari, Mnemosyne: Mnemosyne no Musume-tachi
Tragedy - Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0,
Children's - Cardcaptor Sakura, Pokemon

Nope. Just nope. Read the manga. You don't need to waste your time with the anime. I'd rather read one of the greatest manga of the decade than watch it's messed up anime counterpart.

-Lapras-
November 3rd, 2010, 02:22 PM
It's on my probably starting very soon list now i'm up to date on R+V, Cage Of Eden and a couple of others. Is the anime that bad in comparison? I thought it was pretty good for the most part, the ending was the only bit i really didn't like.

Taichi
November 3rd, 2010, 07:07 PM
It's on my probably starting very soon list now i'm up to date on R+V, Cage Of Eden and a couple of others. Is the anime that bad in comparison? I thought it was pretty good for the most part, the ending was the only bit i really didn't like.

That last mission with Kurono, the train, girl on his back and the whole 'bang' situation never happened in the manga. They messed up the face of the girl who Kurono had sex with, she's suppose to look like Laura Croft/Tomb Raider. Everybody died except Kurono on that Buddha mission and Kurono has been doing a few missions on his own and started to actually develop as a character. The whole manga started to pick up after the whole Buddha thing. The only form of animated Gantz that should require watching is it's abridged series, and even then there are some inside jokes that only the manga readers would get. lol

PlatinumDude
November 3rd, 2010, 10:06 PM
For me, I'd consider YuYu Hakusho, Dragonball, Cardcaptor Sakura, Sailor Moon, Pokemon, InuYasha and Samurai X/Rurouni Kenshin as classics.

-Lapras-
November 3rd, 2010, 11:46 PM
It's Decided then Gantz will be the next long runner i pick up. Even in the anime i thought that Sei Sakuraoka was like Lara Croft. I hated how she got killed by a sneak attack.

Elite Overlord LeSabre™
November 4th, 2010, 12:24 AM
Cardcaptor Sakura, Sailor Moon, Marmalade Boy, and Clannad/After Story are the shows that I would pick to be classics in the genres that I typically watch (shoujo and romance for the most part).

moose_of_mibu
November 4th, 2010, 11:38 AM
As for me, i consider Cowboy Bebop, Dot/Hack, Sailor Moon, Gundam, Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X), Vampire Hunter D., Orphen, Inuyasha, Dragon Ball, Gokudo Swordsman Extrordinare, and YuYu Hakusho to be classics.

Taichi
November 4th, 2010, 03:55 PM
Well, when it comes down to it, every category has a different kind of 'classic'.

Action/Adventure: Cowboy Bebop, Samuari Champloo, etc.
Mecha: Evangelion, FLCL, Gurren Lagann, GaoGaiGar any Gundam that a certain person prefers.
Shojo: Sailor Moon, CardCaptors, etc.
Harem: Specific Tenchi Muyo series for preference, Love Hina, Ranma 1/2
Shonen: Dragon Ball Z, Gurren Lagann (Yes GL again.), FullMetal
Film: Anything by Miyazaki.

Ryoutarou
November 6th, 2010, 05:07 AM
Mecha: VOTOMs (for being one of the few, if not the only, true "real robot" shows), G-Gundam (for breaking out of the UC mold and showing different things can be done), Gatchaman (probably one of the first anime where a main character was actually killed off)
Shojo: Card Captor Sakura, Sailor Moon
Harem: Tenchi Muyo's first OVA series
Shonen: Just about anything from the 90s, but if pressed I would say Dragonball
Space: Space Battleship Yamato, Cowboy Bebop, Planetes
Comedy: Ranma 1/2, Kochikame, Kinikkuman OG

Charizard★
November 6th, 2010, 06:48 AM
Clannad/Clannad ~AS~
Pokemon (1st and second season)
Elfen Lied
Death Note
Full Metal Alchemist
Yu-gi-oh

And thats about all I can think of right now.

BHwolfgang
November 11th, 2010, 11:07 PM
I'll agree on saying that Yu Yu Hakusho is a classic. I can remember myself imitating Yusuke's spirit gun technique. However, Hiei is my favorite character of the whole series.

Cowboy Bebop is just plain amazing, even though it didn't have many episodes. That show is my 2nd favorite anime series of all time. I love the opening of the show and their music is so jazzy.

There is also Death Note and Elfen Lied. Both series are very gory and there are a few parts in each anime that was just disturbing to me. However, I really enjoy it and didn't regret watching all of its greatness. The ending for both the anime and manga of Elfen Lied was kinda disappointing, however.

-Scourge-
November 13th, 2010, 11:38 AM
I would say Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Yu-Gi-Oh and Naruto are classic anime.

Xebelleon
November 14th, 2010, 09:52 PM
Movie:
~ My Neighbor Totoro (could be My Friend Totoro; anime movie with Holly's bigger grey plush, from Toy Story 3)

#1: Samurai Pizza Cats
#2: Trigun
#3: Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT
#4: DeathNote
#5: Naruto & Naruto Shippudin
#6: BLEACH
#7: Chobits
#8: Medabots
#9: Monster Rancher
#10: Digimon
#11: Yugi Moto Yu-gi-oh
#12: Astroboy
#13: Utawarerumono

Stratos99
November 15th, 2010, 06:41 PM
5. Keke's Delivery Service
4. Death Note
3. Code Geass
2. Ghost in the Shell
1. Black Lagoon

Using classic sort of like favorite or definitive for me.

Arc
November 15th, 2010, 09:25 PM
Erm... too much to list from me. So one from each genre.

-Mecha: Eureka Seven. -GASP- Not Gurren Lagann?!

-Shounen: Trigun. Only one person has mention this ;_;

-Shoujo: Powerpuff Girls Z.

-Comedy: Onegai Teacher.

-Crazy, but Awesome: G Gundam. I watched this in the English Dub, and I laughed at least three times in a episode.

Cirrus
November 15th, 2010, 10:18 PM
Cardcaptor Sakura.

Possibly the most classic anime. Toats hilarious and awesome. Includes zettai ryouiki. Includes... a lot of things, I'm even going to bother mentioning all of them. etc.

Love Hina.

This is also fairly classic in its genre, though... more the manga than the anime, to be honest.

Hmm. I'm not sure about... the other genres. Hagaren is excellent, as is Death Note, and a bunch of other stuff, but those aren't really necessarily classic, here.

RYOUKI
November 15th, 2010, 10:30 PM
Cardcaptor Sakura, Fancy Lala, Ultra Maniac, Yu Yu Hakusho, Dragonball Z, Naruto, Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon.

Those are classic shounen and shoujo old series.

A Pixy
November 16th, 2010, 04:51 AM
Dragon Ball is obv. the classic Shonen/Humor/Action/Adventure type show. ;D

Shadow Ball
November 18th, 2010, 03:42 PM
Cowboy Bebop - not just for science fiction anime in general, but all anime. It is one of the best anime I've ever seen in my almost 20 years because of the deep, emotional and detailed plot, the unique and original characters and their devopment throughout each episode, the amazing sountrack, and the wonderfully detailed, beautiful artwork and animation. Not much compares.

hiinotama
November 19th, 2010, 08:34 AM
'classics' eh..

i think i'll have to go with

SHOUJO: Cardcaptor Sakura / Sailor Moon
SHOUNEN: Fullmetal Alchemist
COMEDY/ROMANCE: Ouran High School Host Club / Lovely Complex
DRAMA/ROMANCE: NANA (though i recommend the manga)
MYSTERY: Death Note
HORROR: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
MOVIES: Spirited Away / Howl's Moving Castle or anything by Ghibli, really.

Tanvir
November 19th, 2010, 08:38 AM
Classic.. how about Captain Tsubasa Road to 2002? :D

Kura
November 19th, 2010, 09:16 PM
My favourite has got to be Akira. Wonderful movie.. made so beautifully!!

Digimon Kaiser
November 20th, 2010, 05:56 AM
Let's see... Digimon Adventure, hands down!

Ash317
November 20th, 2010, 08:48 AM
My heart will always belong to the first three anime features I saw as a kid. AKIRA, Fist of the North Star, and Vampire Hunter D. Out of those, Akira will always be my favorite because of the incredible art direction and animation. That movie defines cool for me.

Mukkamoto
November 20th, 2010, 04:32 PM
Death Note, FMA, One Piece. my classics

Misheard Whisper
November 30th, 2010, 06:09 AM
No mention of Ghost in the Shell? Come on, people! That film is the very definition of a classic! And as was said by one or two other people: Akira, plus much of Ghibli's work, especially Grave of the Fireflies.

As far as series go . . . Ranma One Half, which I don't think I've seen mentioned, and that one that changes its name between languages. I think it's Invader Lum or something. Both classics of the comedy genre.

Esper
November 30th, 2010, 08:38 AM
As far as series go . . . Ranma One Half, which I don't think I've seen mentioned, and that one that changes its name between languages. I think it's Invader Lum or something. Both classics of the comedy genre.
It's Urusei Yatsura and it is most definitely a classic anime comedy (I suppose you'd put it in the magical girlfriend category, but I think that would give the wrong impression). I think it's the best adaptation of any of Takahashi's work, better than Ranma and certainly better than Inuyasha. It's an older series from the early- and mid-eighties, but if that doesn't bother you it is a lot of fun, particularly the first large chunk of it since it was directed by Mamoru Oshii (who directed the Ghost in the Shell movie). If you just want to get your feet wet then the movies are not bad at all. The first move is pretty typical of the series. The second one, Beautiful Dreamer, is my favorite and undoubtedly the best of all the movies (though I'm not sure it would be as appealing if you weren't a little used to the series and characters). Both these movies were also done by Oshii.