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1:49 pm, Jun 14 2012
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Alright, y'all. If you couldn't tell from the title, I'm looking for the best animes out there. You know, the ones that don't even have a manga, or if they do they're better than it. Ones that are masterful in themselves, and feel completely complete.

I don't really watch a lot of anime because most of the time it feels shallow & incomplete. So, I'm trying to remedy that.

Please and Thank you!
Examples/ones I've already seen;
Fullmetal Alchemist (& FMA: Brotherhood)
Code Geass
Death Note
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Moribito: Guardian of the Sacred Spirit

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little martian

2:04 pm, Jun 14 2012
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Following the action-adventure kind of genre:
Detective Conan (not complete yet, but it's good)
(I don't really like it as much but maybe you could try the sequel of A:TLA)-- the Legend of Korra
Ao no Exorcist

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2:04 pm, Jun 14 2012
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I really hate responding to requests for the "best" ones, because everyone decides independently (and differently)...

*note: all these are romances or contain at least a romantic subplot*

but I'll give you some anyway...
Shakugan no Shana action - supernatural - romance
the first season has a bit trouble with graphics
the second one has a bit trouble with plot
but you'll need it for the third, and that one is epic (but basicly only consists of cliffhangers, so you should have a bit of time...)
decent romance, decent comedy, good action, likable characters

Spice and Wolf fantasy - romance - slice-of-life
not much of a description needed, one should know this one...
I don't know where the manga stands now but I'd say novel>anime>manga
minor action, decent comedy, good romance, very detailed character portraits

Hanasaku Iroha slice-of-life - comedy - romance
really interesting, sweet and funny. I don't know if this one is well-known, but for a slice-of-life it's precious.
no action, decent romance, good comedy, likable characters

I could add some more, but these would be the better ones...

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2:11 pm, Jun 14 2012
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dennou coil natsume yuujin chou cowboy bebop samurai champloo xam'd forgotten memories flcl wolfs rain and the ones if your ok with stuff thats kinda out there tatami galaxy mawaru penguin drum and trapeze if you can get past the weirdness of the animation

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2:12 pm, Jun 14 2012
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Gundam series (Gundam 00 is the best IMO)
Break Blade (OVAs)
Eureka 7
Ikkitousen series
The Sacred Blacksmith (havent decided if manga or anime is best yet)
Linebarrels of Iron

theres heaps more just cant remember them right now

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2:25 pm, Jun 14 2012
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Mononoke: After the first few minutes you'll love the art style.

Natsume Yuujinchou (I personally prefer the manga version, but the anime seasons are masterpieces as well which is why I'll include it (this is coming from someone who usually avoids anime adaptions at all costs))

Mawaru Penguindrum

Neon Genesis Evangelion. Check out its new Rebuild movies as well.

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2:31 pm, Jun 14 2012
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Code Geass is legit.

Death Note was _not_ better than the manga. The ending of the anime was crap in comparison.
Fullmetal Alchemist had some cool stuff, but Brotherhood was a carbon copy of the manga, and therefore it's just weird to call it "better".

Inuyasha was a stretched-out version of the first 400 chapters of the manga. The manga actually had a real ending.

Avatar was not even an anime.

Because of all of this information (except the first sentence of this post), I think your opinions are stupid.

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2:40 pm, Jun 14 2012
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Quote from Lorska
I really hate responding to requests for the "best" ones, because everyone decides independently (and differently)...

I agree with this fully, since I can already see some on here I didn't think were all that great.

Because of that, I will recommend only one,Saikano. The Anime and Manga were both beautiful, even though they were slightly different.

I suggest watching the first two episodes of any of these series to get a bit of the feel for them and see if it's something you can watch.

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2:54 pm, Jun 14 2012
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Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone. biggrin And I know "best" is subjective; however, I'm hopeful that someone elses best will be best for me as well. Even if they're not, hopefully they're enjoyable regardless. I just don't have any subject or theme in particular I want to watch, so I decided to go with a blanket request for everyone's favorites.

Lol. Hikaru, troll much? XD

And yeah, gojen. That's what I'm doing. I've already explored a couple and decided they're not for me, but hey, no harm in seeing what everyone likes.

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2:55 pm, Jun 14 2012
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Angel Beats!

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3:07 pm, Jun 14 2012
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I have always liked:
Monster - It's exactly the same as the manga.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica - I liked it a lot.
Jungle wa Itsumo Hare Nochi Guu - This is if you're in the mood for an extremely weird but funny show.
Baccano - The manga is not fully scanlated and it's not licensed.
Le Chevalier D'eon - Beautiful art and animation.
Haibane Renmei - Beautiful and peacefully dramatic.
Michiko to Hatchin - I found this series oddly satisfying.

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3:07 pm, Jun 14 2012
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Time of Eve i thought was a really awesome anime

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3:13 pm, Jun 14 2012
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By Mushi, I'm guessing you mean Mushishi? If not, you should try that one.

As for my favourites, they include:

Mononoke (This has a manga, but I think it was based off the show--also, it's not half as good)
Noein (what my icon is from, lol)
Revolutionary Girl Utena (Also has a manga, but is very different from it)
Paradise Kiss (also has a manga... I'd say they're about equivalent in quality)

and's kind of a bizarre one, but I liked it. Though if you don't like it past episode one I suggest dropping it, since it's not for everyone:

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3:27 pm, Jun 14 2012
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Not all of these are complete or masterful but they are all still very good, enjoy smile

- Akagi
- Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai
- Baccano/OVA
- Berserk (Continue with the Manga which is even more incredible)
- Beck (English dub is actually better)
- Cardcaptor Sakura
- Casshern Sins
- Chihayafuru (Not complete but getting a second season)
- Clannad: After Story (Must watch Clannad first)
- Claymore (Continue with the manga)
- Cowboy Bebop
- Darker Than Black/Gaiden/Ryuusei no Gemini
- Dragonball Z
- ef - a tale of memories
- Escaflowne
- Elfen Lied (I liked the anime ending better than the manga)
- Eve no Jikan
- Fantastic Children
- Fate/Zero
- Freedom
- Full Metal Panic!/Fumoffu/Second Raid (Not complete)
- Gankutsuou
- Ginban Kaleidoscope
- GTO (Manga is supposed to be better though)
- Haibane Renmei
- Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora
- History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi (No masterpiece but very entertaining)
- Hotarubi no Mori e
- Hunter x Hunter (1999)/OVA's (1999 version is better than the 2011 one)
- Juuni Kokuki (Incomplete but good)
- Kara no Kyoukai
- Kare Kano (Ended horribly but can continue with the manga)
- Kimi ga Nozomu Eien
- Legend of the Galactic Heroes
- Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
- Mahou Shoujotai
- Maison Ikkoku
- Mawaru Penguindrum
- Mobile Suit Gundam Seed
- Monster
- Mugen no Ryvius
- Nana (not complete but the manga is also on hiatus)
- Neon Genesis Evangelion/Rebuild Movies
- Nodame Cantabile
- Noein: Mou Hitori no Kimi e
- Pandora Hearts (Continue with the manga which is awesome)
- Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom
- Princess Mononoke
- Princess Tutu
- Redline
- Romeo x Juliet
- Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen
- Samurai Champloo
- Shiki
- Skip Beat (Not complete continue with manga)
- Spice and Wolf (Not complete the novels are currently being translated)
- Steins;Gate
- Strange Dawn
- Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu (Need to watch the TV series first which I didn't care for very much)
- Sword of the Stranger
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- Terra e
- Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo
- Trigun/Badlands Rumble Movie

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3:30 pm, Jun 14 2012
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