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#1 User is offline   sailormarymoon 

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Post icon  Posted 11 October 2008 - 05:30 PM

My mom is going to acen this year and I wanted to get her watching some anime so she isn't completely clueless.
She has seen one anime (sailor moon) because I would watch it religiously when I was younger. She loved speed racer when she was little. So any ideas on what to suggest for my mother?
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Posted 11 October 2008 - 05:34 PM

If she likes racing-type anime, why not introduce her to Initial-D?
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Posted 11 October 2008 - 07:12 PM

Old stuff, but my mom LOVED Trigun and Kenshin.
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Posted 11 October 2008 - 07:17 PM

View PostBurijit, on Oct 11 2008, 06:34 PM, said:

If she likes racing-type anime, why not introduce her to Initial-D?

View Postnukiuchi, on Oct 11 2008, 08:12 PM, said:

Old stuff, but my mom LOVED Trigun and Kenshin.

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This post has been edited by sailormarymoon: 11 October 2008 - 07:18 PM

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Posted 11 October 2008 - 08:40 PM

It depends on what type of genre she likes. Did she like the girly shoujo type like Sailor Moon?

A good series that my mom got into was Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann ^_~
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Posted 11 October 2008 - 10:40 PM

I showed my mom Spirited Away of course then started her on more movies to keep it short. Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers. Then I showed her the really romantic anime cause she is a romance nut called Victorian Romance Emma and now she is open to whatever I show her, even liked a bit of Bebop despite the violence
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Posted 12 October 2008 - 12:18 AM

View PostBurijit, on Oct 11 2008, 07:34 PM, said:

If she likes racing-type anime, why not introduce her to Initial-D?


nah if we're talking racing anime, gotta be Cyber Formula...way better than initial D...

But in general I wouldn't steer a parent towards stuff like that...Spirited Away would be good, I'd second that...Basically I wouldn't get into anything violent or sexual unless you know shes okay with it. So start with the classics and work your way out. Really though just try to find something that caters to her interests. Like if shes a fan of love stories go with something like Kare Kano (though Kare Kano may be hard to follow for someone just starting, its still one of the best love stories in an anime without being violent or pornographic at all). Or if you wanna stick to magical girl if she liked Sailor Moon, maybe go with a CardCaptor Sakura.

But the point is ask her what she wants to see and go with it...You don't go to the video store and just randomly pick something, you go there knowing you want to see a comedy, or a drama, or a romance, etc. Same goes with anime...
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Posted 12 October 2008 - 10:20 AM

Depends entirely on her other interests. I think Princess Tutu is a good mom series, though.
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Posted 12 October 2008 - 04:22 PM

Anything Miyazaki is usually pretty safe. I'd start with Totoro, then go to stuff like Nausicaa, Kiki's Delivery Service, and Howl's Moving Castle. Save Princess Mononoke for last, as Mononoke can get pretty damn violent (though you might want to tell your mom that San never actually kills anyone).

Inu-Yasha...maybe. It can get damn violent in places, and there's heavily implied nudity, plus Miroku's groping might not be appropriate. Sailor Moon--no problem, as long as it's the US-censored version. The original Japanese is good, but you might be in for some explanation as to the nude transformation sequences and the occasional old pervert or Serena's closet drinking.

Someone already suggested Satoshi Kon's wonderful Millennium Actress, and Tokyo Godfathers is also good (if your mom is an old movie buff, tell her that TG is based off of a John Ford/John Wayne movie). Azumanga Daioh is pretty damn funny and harmless; about the only stuff I'd worry about there is Mr. Kimura's borderline pedophilia (though it's played for laughs) and the constant reference to Sakaki's bust size.

Ranma 1/2 is hilarious, of course, and the violence there is all humorous; the nudity might be a problem, but usually in Ranma it's just done as a joke anyway. And you really can't go wrong with Oh My Goddess.

Pretty much stay away from anything overly violent, controversial, or sexual. (This lets out some great anime series, like Rurouni Kenshin, Evangelion, and Love Hina.) And if you don't know what it is, and it looks a little weird--STAY AWAY. I've heard of people who made the mistake of bringing home Advancer Tina for their kids. And Demon Beast Invasion, though that's just generally called stupidity.

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 04:38 PM

Full Metal ALchemist is a series I might recommend for a starter series, It's pretty well rounded... And Code Geass and death note might be good if she sorta liked Bepop, cause they're all tragic hero stories... And Yu Yu Hakusho is definately one I would reccomend to anyone....
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Posted 12 October 2008 - 09:59 PM

I would say Escaflowne.

In my opinion, it has a good and nice story. Some pretty memorable characters.

26 episodes should be a cinch to watch. ^-^
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Posted 13 October 2008 - 08:35 AM

View PostFlyingElf, on Oct 12 2008, 01:18 AM, said:

Like if shes a fan of love stories go with something like Kare Kano (though Kare Kano may be hard to follow for someone just starting, its still one of the best love stories in an anime without being violent or pornographic at all).

I'd have to disagree there. If you were recommending the manga I'd agree wholeheartedly (a most touching story), but the anime series is infuriating. The last DVD was a complete waste of film (?) because it was all flashbacks, leaving nothing even near what can be called closure to the storyline.

Miyazaki though? Amazing stuff--I'd recommend it to anyone!

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Posted 13 October 2008 - 09:08 AM

View Postsentinel28a, on Oct 12 2008, 05:22 PM, said:

Anything Miyazaki is usually pretty safe. I'd start with Totoro, then go to stuff like Nausicaa, Kiki's Delivery Service, and Howl's Moving Castle. Save Princess Mononoke for last, as Mononoke can get pretty damn violent (though you might want to tell your mom that San never actually kills anyone).

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And Maybe show her some of the popular stuff too, that way when you guys go to Acen you can point out the different costumes.
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Posted 13 October 2008 - 03:55 PM

Of all things, the first anime I ever showed my mother was Elfen Lied, and she loved it. xD

I'd recommend Wolf's Rain as starter series...


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Posted 14 October 2008 - 01:04 PM

My mom likes most of the Miyazaki stuff, so that'd be a good place to start.

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 05:30 PM

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 05:40 PM

My mom LOVED Gankutsuou, which is like a sci-fi/futuristic sort of vampire... not really horror, spin on the story "The Count of Monte Cristo". That's a really good series for someone older, lots of realistic drama and action in the end. But the storyline is fantastic. So many twists and turns, it makes a really interesting anime.

Also, Miyazaki. Definatly show her Howl's Moving Castle. Good for people who are not familiar with Japanese things, because the movie is set in a European setting.

Samurai 7 too. Good drama, a little romance, cool and frequentf ight scenes, and awesome characters. Not to mention some giant robots!

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 08:06 PM

Yeah, my mom usually watches Miyazaki movies. Spirited Away, Totoro, or The Cat Returns, which is another Ghibli film.
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