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  1. I agree with everyone that you shouldn't look over Code Geass as it is less about mecha and more of a political chess game. Which you should enjoy if you liked Death Note as there is that sense of a cat and mouse chase in both. :D

  2. I finally got to see:



    The Croods (Chris Sanders & Kirk De Micco, 2013)


    The opening to this film is phenomenal. Wildly inventive and very fast paced. It reminds me of the good part of Tin Tin during that long action sequence where the scroll is being passed about albeit in The Croods it’s with an egg. That whole scene is really well animated introduces you to the Crood family along with their nuances and sets the whole tone of the film.


    At its centre it is really a tale of Grugg, the father of the Croods, he is the one who struggles the most with the adapting to the new surroundings. He is afraid of being forgotten in a larger sense with his world (and cave) crumbling around him but also of being replaced as the patriach of the family with the arrival of Guy who is less stone age and more of a new age man with less brawn but more brains.


    The rivalry between them is cleared up too quickly and had a better foundation been laid out during the movie then the impact of the scene when they both realise they can work together would’ve worked so much better. The better played out relationship is between Grugg and his daughter Eep who are at the heart of the films idea of being able to adapt to things around you including family members.


    The middle part is where the film gets a bit stagnant. It’s set up this larger than life characters and highly gorgeous environment to play in but they don’t know exactly what to do with them so the result is more of a linear approach to the story which was a shame. Much like How to Train your Dragon the humour came out of the situations they were placed in rather than being purposely crass. The use of weird animals in this is an absolute delight and how they are incorporated into the story at times is charming, especially Belt.


    The last third of the film brought it back to being a great animated feature. It re-instilled the themes from the first part, racked up the stakes that actually had an emotional punch behind it and the cinematography was superb culminating in a uplifting finale.



  3. For a start if you haven't already watch the Deadman Wonderland OVA because its another episode of an anime you are enjoying so it should be good! :) I've not seen Deadman Wonderland myself, yet.


    In a similar vain to Deadman Wonderland more recently there are a few I've listed below. I've added a synopsis and there opening song to see whether you get excited by it!


    Mirai Nikki Whilst it thinks it's cleverer than it actually is and starts off with more promise than it ends up with it is still a good ride with a great cast of characters and starts off in a similar vein to Death Note.




    This psychological thriller, based on the manga written and illustrated by Sakae Esuno, is about Yuki, a loner who's not very good with people. He prefers to write a diary on his cell phone and talk to his imaginary friend, Deus Ex Machina – The God of Time and Space. However, Yuki soon learns that Deus is more than a figment of his imagination when he makes Yuki participate in a battle royale with eleven others. The contestants are given special diaries that can predict the future, each diary possessing unique features that give it both advantages and disadvantages. Within the next 90 days, the contestants must try to survive until there is only one left standing. The winner will become the new God of Time and Space.



    Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin This one I recommend more due to it's similar Prison settings but it's meant to be fantastic. :)




    Seven teenagers in 1955 have to learn to live together in the same hold in the reformatory of Shio. Confined in a hall where suffering and humiliation are daily, they are waiting for a ray of hope in a dark, incarcerating world. The story follows their life together and how they move on afterwards.



    Another A purely bloody and violent mystery, horror and thriller.




    26 years ago, in a third-year classroom of a middle school, there was a student named Misaki. As an honors student who was also good at sports, she was popular with her classmates. When she suddenly died, her classmates decided to carry on as if she was still alive until graduation. Then, in the spring of 1998, a boy named Sakakibara Kouichi transfers to the class, and he grows suspicious of the fearful atmosphere in that classroom. In particular, there is a beautiful, aloof girl named Mei Misaki who wears an eyepatch and is always alone drawing pictures.



    Darker Than Black. One of the best aspects of this series is that each time they use their power, they have to pay for it. The main character gets off lightly he just has to eat a lot but others have much darker things happen to them. :D




    In Tokyo, an impenetrable field known as "Hell's Gate" appeared ten years ago. At the same time, psychics who wield paranormal powers at the cost of their conscience also emerged. Hei is one of the most powerful of these psychic agents, and along with his blind associate, Yin, works for one of the many rival agencies vying to unlock the mysteries of Hell's Gate.



    K Is just a cool experience. Very flashy with enough substance to the story as well to keep it interesting. The main similarity here is the use of powers and the fact the main character is also accused of murder.




    Set in a world where history has taken a slightly different course from the one we're familiar with, K follows the story of a young boy whose life is caught in a psychic war between seven kings.


    Ashinaka High School is known for its unique setting: the entire campus is built on an island. Yashiro Isana, aka Shiro, is having lunch with a cat on one of the school rooftops. After his lunch break, Shiro goes on an errand for his classmate Kukuri to prepare for their upcoming school festival, only to be chased by some intimidating-looking men.





    I'll live it at that for now for more directly similar anime, I don't want to bombard you too soon but if you want to know any more than feel free to ask. :grin:


    If you are looking for other just good anime the posts above me have that relatively covered but I'll add to that as well.


    Steins;Gate as already been mentioned but it is actually excellent its time travel done in a clever way. It is very addictive. I watched it in one day.


    Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica This turns the magical girl genre on its head and it packs a lot into its 12 episodes. It's one of the most tightly written anime I have seen and one of my personal favourite. Stick with it as it's nothing like what you think it's going to be from its opening episodes.


    Baccano! This is meant to be full of mystery from the outset as the events of the story seem all over the place but slowly everything works its way together to fit perfectly as the puzzle is unravelled. Durarara!! is from the same author (manga) and almost as good as Baccano both have this great vibe throughout and a unique way of revealing their stories.


    There are other series I could recommend but I don't think you are in the mood for that, currently!


    Now in terms of longer anime if you really wanted to sink your Teeth in then look no further than FMA: Brotherhood as others have said don't bother with the original FMA as Brotherhood does everything better as it actually follows the manga to its conclusion. It is 64 episodes though.


    Soul Eater again it's 52 episodes. A great series that loses its way a bit towards the end as it is forced to come up with an anime original ending but by that time you'll be so deeply invested in the characters that you won't notice.


    If you want a feeling that sort of longer series gives you but don't want to invest all that time then Ao No Exorcist is only 25 episodes long and may be what you are after.




    This world consists of two dimensions joined as one, like a mirror. The first is the world in which the humans live, Assiah. The other is the world of demons, Gehenna. Ordinarily, travel between the two, and indeed any kind of contact between the two, is impossible. However the demons can pass over into this world by possessing anything that exist within it. Satan the god of demons, but there's one thing that he doesn't have, and that's a substance in the human world that is powerful enough to contain him!! For that purpose he created Rin, his son from a human woman, but will his son agree to his plans? Or will he become something else...? An exorcist?




    Current Series:


    If you are looking to get into one that has just started airing, you'll have to wait each week for a new episode but you'll be inside the excitement along with everyone else. Shingeki no Kyojin had the best first episode. I'll say nothing but I'll show you this picture:






    As much as it hurts me I don't recommend starting One Piece as excellent it is not many have time to invest into 590 episodes. (I jumped on around 385) but I think two of the One Piece movies are still enjoyable regardless of whether you have previous knowledge of the characters. One is One Piece: Strong World overseen by the Mangaka himself and the other is One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island which has a quirky animation style and the director has also done the other movie I recommend and my final of this long post:


    Summer Wars


    Beautifully animated. It's a look at old family traditions against an ever increasing virtual world and how they can both co-exist. (as well as fights against a hacker)




    Which you should get on Blu-ray. :yay:

  4. Coolness Bears - Life in the fast lane.


    I got up at left the house at 7:30 this morning to go for a swim. :) Upon arrival into the changing rooms my eyes were met with another naked oldman. This time with his pants round his ankles, it looked like I'd caught him in the act but just like usual he remained unfussed.


    I aspire to be that naked oldman but for now I'll change in the toilets ashamed of my body. :p


    I did about 60 lengths today. :D I think I lost a few pounds. (£5.80 it cost to get in)


    Then I decided to walk home which took about 45 minutes, 30 of which I thought I was lost, 5 of which I admired a bridge and 10 were spent thinking I was about to die. In my past life I'd have been a wandering soothsayer. :grin:


    Good morning, all!

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    This Garnered my Most Pleasant Surprise of the year award 2012. (Poorly named)


    What I said back then:


    The fact that this film made me squirm is a great testament to it because I thought I was dead inside. The film recreates the horrific true story with aplomb and does well in making it focus on how far a human can go under authoritative orders.



    After watching Compliance the next day I saw Dreama Walker in Don't Mess with the B which was odd.


    We have Dancer In The Dark ordered from LoveFilm. It's been on our table for about a month now. I haven't geared myself up to watch it yet. Soon.


    Ooh let me know when you have watched it! :D I geared myself up for it and STILL wasn't prepared. Get ready to feel empty as a human. :p



    I REALLY WANT TO SEE THE CROODs. :grin: It looks colourful and Dreamwork's have got a lot better recently and the director of How to Train your dragon is co-directing this. :)