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Top Anime of 2008

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Anime is awesome once again!

Ok so the title of the post is a bit misleading, since not all these anime were released in ’08. I’ve been following two series this year, Code Geass and Gurren Lagann, and there’s no doubt that they’re the best series I’ve seen in a long time (since Vision of Escaflowne in fact). Also did a marathon on another anime series called Akagi, purely in an effort to help with my detailed study. More below.

1. Code Geass:

The main character is bestowed with a power (“Geass”) which gives him the ability to control the actions of anyone he commands with the power. He uses this power to try and liberate Japan of ‘Brittania”, a large nation which has taken over the majority of the world.

If you like the ‘highly intellectual teenager trying to dominate the world’ type anime (Death Note), then look no further. It’s also got mechs called “Knigtmares”, MECHS! It’s gotta be awesome!

Plenty of twists and turns for those who love to watch anime which makes them think.

2. Gurren Lagann:

A GAINAX (Neon Genesis: Evangelion, FLCL…) production featuring bad ass mechs and even more bad ass characters. In the future, the surface of Earth is obliterated and humans are forced to a mysterious existance under the Earth’s surface. The story is based around two characters, Simon and Kamina, and their aspirations to get to the surface and “pierce the heavens”.

A motivating and uplifting anime to get you going for the end of year exams.

3. Akagi:

It’s hard to fit ‘action packed’, ‘thriller’ and ‘Mahjong’ into one sentence, but this anime does just that. It’s a  dark and atmospheric anime about the world of Mahjong gambling in Japan.

For those who know how to play Mahjong, you’ll love this. For those who have never heard of Mahjong, give this a shot anyway.

So if you’re new to anime, these are a great to get you started on the road to Otaku’ness. Others I’d recommend:

  1. Vision of Escaflowne
  2. Cowboy Bebop
  3. Full Metal Alchemist
  4. Noir
  5. Gundam SEED

You can download most of them fan-subbed from here, but support the writers and producers by buying the DVDs when they’re released in Australia!

Written by ikekthereforeiam

October 12, 2008 at 10:01 am

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