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  1. The Girl Who Leapt through Time is awesome. I should watch it again some time. And, yeah, I saw New Wings, along with the first season of Kaleido Star. Loved it just as much as the first season, even if May and Leon are super annoying through most of it (although they are supposed to be, so it's easy to forgive). At the ending, after man, it's just magic. Haven't felt that kind of emotion since I finished Eureka Seven.
  2. Ferris Bueller is my favorite. As for his best, I really want to say Planes, Trains & Automobiles, but it's been a while since I watched it, so I'd have to see it again to be sure.
  3. I really should visit this place more often ... Anyway, amusingly enough, I ended up putting off Gundam SEED until yesterday (through ep5 right now), but I did finish off some other shows in the meantime. -- Azumanga Daioh: Yes, somehow I had never watched this before. Loved it from start to finish, still completely hilarious and fresh. -- Kanon (2006): Very good series, although as far as KyoAni is concerned, I think both Clannad and Air are a step above it. But, hell, being KyoAni's third best series is nothing to sneeze at. -- Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: Like it, but damn, there are so
  4. K-On! is a fun little show. Ep3 is the funniest of the series so far, I think, so you'll have something to look forward to. I'll be watching ep4 in a few minutes, myself, haha. Some of the best shows of the current season, for anyone interested: FMA: Brotherhood (this is especially cool for me, since I never watched the original series, nor have I read the manga -- please be kind, haha), Eden of the East, Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~, Sengoku Basara and Valkyria Chronicles. Coincidentally, I am also starting Gundam SEED soon, although I will be seeing it for the first time.
  5. I enjoyed this. Gankutsuou is a recent favorite of mine. Totally agree with you about Jouji Nakata -- I'd heard him in a couple of anime prior (most notably X), but his performance as the Count absolutely floored me. It's as close to perfect as any voice acting performance I have ever heard. Kikuko Inoue's performance is a good shout, as well. I like that she plays a character similar to the ones she's normally cast as, but there's a darkness to Inoue's character that separates her from, say, Belldandy or Sanae from Clannad. And, personally, I adore Gankutsuou's art style. It is unique and
  6. Ooh, good choice at No. 1. I recently watched Gankutsuou and loved it. The plot and characters had me gripped from scene one, and the visuals are outstanding. Baccano! is fun, too. Episode one is so insanely confusing on first watch that I wasn't sure how well I could keep track of everything, but the series does a remarkable job of juggling a crapload of characters, plots and timelines. Adolescence of Utena just barely missed my top 10 movies. My favorite part is My top 10 anime has updated since I posted. It now looks like this: 1. Revolutionary Girl Utena 2. Monster 3. Eur
  7. Thanks! I plan to spend the day bumming around and buying a gift for a friend whose birthday is also this week. Life is pretty sweet. :happy:
  8. It's been a couple of years since we had this topic, so I figure it is fair game. Everyone's lists have to have changed at least a bit -- I know mine is drastically different now. Feel free to mix series and movies in your list. I'm going to make separate lists, because it would take me forever to compile a mixed list, haha. Favorite anime: 1. Revolutionary Girl Utena 2. Monster 3. Eureka Seven 4. RahXephon 5. Ouran High School Host Club 6. Cowboy Bebop 7. Clannad 8. Saikano 9. Gurren Lagann 10. Boogiepop Phantom Utena is my favorite because it is the most daring, off-kilt
  9. I just finished Saikano, and it is one of the saddest series I have ever seen, if not the saddest. Ep9 is particularly heartbreaking, although there is a bit of plot manipulation on the part of the writers to get to that point. However, the emotional power of the ending is undeniably amazing. I rarely cry when watching anime (or anything, really), but that episode did it for me. Only thing I don't like about the series is that it starts slow -- at least, for me it does. How quickly you get into it depends on how quickly you get into the relationship between Chise and Shuji, I think, because
  10. I actually liked the second movie much more than the first. The first is dull as all hell because it's a complete retread of the manga/anime, except in live action, so it's not as stylish or interesting. I did like the last half hour or so more, if only because it's something different, even if it is silly and contrived (then again, as good as it is, Death Note is often silly and contrived, haha).
  11. All movie edition right here ... -- The Boondock Saints: It fails in just about everything it sets out to do. I will never understand how this movie ever got so popular. -- Oldboy: Maybe the most frustrating thing about the movie is that it actually does do a lot of things well, but the story is absolutely god awful by the end and had me ready to claw my eyes out in frustration. -- Fight Club: Well, I don't really hate it, but the ridiculous fanboys make me want to hate it. -- The Graduate: Again, I don't hate it, but I thought it was boring and unfunny a lot of the time. -- Paprika: Fo
  12. Man, I am watching so much stuff from the current season. I'll just give the rundown on the shows I am actually enjoying ... Chaos;Head -- Solid on the horror and mystery front, and all the characters show potential to be quite awesome by the end of the series. The protagonist, Takumi, is really creepy; the random delusions he sees straddle the line between horrifying and hilariously perverted. This is my kind of series. Clannad ~After Story~ -- Loved the first season of Clannad, and I definitely love this. First four eps have been excellent; the climactic scene in ep4 is one of the best
  13. I actually saw for the first time (yes, I know) a couple of weeks ago. It's as awesome as I hoped it would be. Also, I would say this is an example of a movie being better than its literary source. And, yes, I think that about the girl in the movie, too, haha. did not surprise me in the least.
  14. Joan Allen, 52 EDIT: Total name fail on my part, haha.
  15. Claire Forlani, 36 years old. With, like, zero hesitation.
  16. Nick Cave is the best. I went on a Bad Seeds binge just the other night -- From Her to Eternity, Your Funeral ... My Trial and Murder Ballads. I need to get more of his albums.
  17. The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) (it's so relentlessly strange that I ended up liking it) Manos: The Hands of Fate (pretty much the same deal) Bring It On (yes, the Dushku factor is in full force here) EDIT: TMNT II: Secret of the Ooze (my brother watched this so much that I have a bizarre love for it, haha) I actually want to see Wild Things. I was sad the one time I checked it out from the library and didn't have time to watch it.
  18. Sofia Coppola Your film will be 58% romantic, 35% comedy, 23% complex plot, and a $ 23 million budget. I'm cool with this. Pair me with Scarlett Johansson, and I'm golden.
  19. Haha, that's close enough for me to accept. The kid's name is Chris Houlihan, and he won a contest in Nintendo Power. You're up.
  20. This one shouldn't be too difficult if you know your Zelda. There is a secret room in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Who is it named after in the Super Nintendo version, and why?
  21. It's Dragon Quest (Dragon Warrior in the States until recently).
  22. Basically there is this kid, Simon, and this older kid, Kamina, who escape from their underground home with the help of a girl named Yoko and a mecha. From there, they fight the forces that keep the world oppressed and so on and so forth. For me, the story doesn't matter so much as the style of the series and the characters (although the story is pretty good and a lot of fun). The mecha battles are awesome, and the characters are really distinct and colorful. Kamina in particular is the embodiment of every macho anime character ever and makes up about 75% of the series' coolness.
  23. Finished Monster quite a while ago and loved it. Definitely one of my favorites. Also finished Gurren Lagann, which I also loved. Gloriously over the top and tons of fun. Still watching Shugo Chara! and it is still awesome. Also watching Revolutionary Girl Utena, which has surprised me a lot so far. I expected it to be weird, but in a completely different way than it actually is. It's like the magical girl version of Gurren Lagann, except it's even weirder than that. And apparently I haven't even seen the really bizarre stuff yet! (I finished the first arc today.)