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    Looking for "smart" anime with interesting story

    Hello forum,

    I need help with finding new anime. I'm looking for a rather mature one with a strong plot (so no talking cats or "oh she is so kawaii!" anime pls ).

    Its hard to explain what Im looking for and I dont watch much anime, so I'll tell you what I watched so far and why I liked it.

    -Death Note: I watched this a few years ago so I forgot most about it. I remember that I liked the change in the protagonist from wannabe hero to murdering sociopath and antihero. It was very interesting how Light and L were trying to outsmart each other. Well written story. I also liked the dark atmosphere.

    -Steins Gate: I'm actually reading the novel right now, after a slow start Im captivated by the mindbending and sometimes philosophical plot. Story is very well written and I will watch the anime for sure.

    -Basilisk Chronicles of the Kouga Ninja: I like ninja and samurai and am interested in this particular era in Japans history. This anime is brutal and has mysterious characters and a very grim/dark atmosphere. I enjoyed it a lot.

    -Berserk: A lot of slaughter, no story. I liked it just for the graphic violence.

    -Elfenlied: was recommended to me. I found it rather boring. The characters are as interesting as a brick wall. No story. I skipped a lot of the dialogue, the action scenes were pretty cool though.

    -Ergo Proxy: What I liked about this was the dark and claustrophobic atmosphere. The feeling of loneliness/Isolation and the mysterious world.

    -Samurai Champloo: lighthearted and funny. Mysterious characters. A nice blending of historical japan and modern influences like hip hop.

    Movies: Ninja Scroll
    Akira
    Ghost in the shell


    So in short: I guess I like anime with a well written plot, with a dark/grim/hopeless atmosphere and some mystery. Perhaps from the sci fi or historical genres. I dont mind violence, blood or nudity, but it doesnt have to be the central theme.



    Thank you for reading this far, I hope you guys can give me some good recommendations on what to watch next.

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    Re: Looking for "smart" anime with interesting story

    Hmm... Could there also older seasons be, or already the newest...???
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    Re: Looking for "smart" anime with interesting story

    Doesnt matter, it can be 30 years old or brand-new

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    Re: Looking for "smart" anime with interesting story

    Quote Originally Posted by John Titor View Post
    Doesnt matter, it can be 30 years old or brand-new
    Ahaa, I see it... Well, I did me decided some from Fall-seasons and from the upcoming season to pick up for you:

    Terra Formars: Dark-sci-fi anime...

    WIXOSS: A card-battle anime - not underestimate, because it has the atmosphere like Magical Madoka...

    Fate/Stay Night-UBW: Aah... What for a epic-dark-fanatsy-anime...

    Girlfriend (Kari): A cute silence-of-life anime...

    Tokyo Ghoul: As well dark anime...

    Sengoku Musou: Japanese-civil-war anime...

    Well, this would the small offer from me, but if you more want - Then let me know, okay?
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    Re: Looking for "smart" anime with interesting story

    Thank you Nanashi, you are awesome!

    Terra Formars, Fat/Stay Night, Tokyo Ghoul and Sengokuu Musouu look very interesting, I will check those out.
    I watched the trailers for Girlfriend (Kari) and WIXOSS, it didnt look like my style. I dont like these teen school series, I prefer adult oriented anime.

    Can you also recommend something more story or character driven like Death note or Steins gate? Maybe with some mystery. Or perhaps something in a dystopian future? It doesnt have to be about fighting.

    Thanks again!

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    Can you also recommend something more story or character driven like Death note or Steins gate? Maybe with some mystery. Or perhaps something in a dystopian future? It doesnt have to be about fighting.!
    About the previously listed animes...?
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    Re: Looking for "smart" anime with interesting story

    No, different ones. Something with a story that made you go "wow", a series that made you think or that had surprising twists.

    So far my to watch list is:
    Garden of sinners
    Terra Formars
    Fate/Stay Night
    Tokyo Ghoul
    Sengoku Musou

    But maybe I should watch these first before asking for more.
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    Re: Looking for "smart" anime with interesting story

    Quote Originally Posted by John Titor View Post
    No, different ones. Something with a story that made you go "wow", a series that made you think or that had surprising twists.

    So far my to watch list is:
    Garden of sinners
    Terra Formars
    Fate/Stay Night
    Tokyo Ghoul
    Sengoku Musou

    But maybe I should watch these first before asking for more.
    Oh yeah...~ Kara no kyoukai (Garden of sinners) is really a good choice: I love this saga...


    And there are more what me just now in my head jumped is:

    Another: Horror-survivor anime...

    Akame ga kill!: Assassin-fantasy-anime...

    Mahouka koukou no rettousei: Sci-fi-action-anime...

    Sword art online (I-II): Sci-fi-virtual-fantasy-survivor-anime...
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    Re: Looking for "smart" anime with interesting story

    "Another" looks very interesting, I will take a look at the others too. Thank you Nanashi



    edit: if anybody else has some ideas feel free to post, preferably series that are finished so I dont have to wait for new episodes and subs

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    "Another" looks very interesting, I will take a look at the others too. Thank you Nanashi
    Aah... Not to thanking, am' happy that I you somehow help could...
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