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Word for "bad guy gets caught, but that was the plan all along"?

Sometime in the last few months there was a thread about a movie or something, and in that thread someone said something like "Boy, I'm tired of this _________ trope". I didn't recognize the word and looked it up, but now I can't remember it, and it was a really good word. [more inside]
posted by sidereal on May 31, 2014 - 7 answers

Who and what are on this fabric?

I have some fabric I picked up from a remnant stall a while ago. It has Japanese writing and pictures of faces all over it - is it just a random design or are these characters from some manga\anime? (The place also had Naruto fabric, but there,s no logo I recognise here, nor anything on the selvege.) Picture here. Any ideas? I want to check in case it'll unwittingly offend Japanese speakers!
posted by mippy on Apr 20, 2014 - 7 answers

Who is the original artist of this image if floating islands?

I can't source which artist creating this fantastic image: link to floating islands click here Can anyone plead help? Image search engines have been useless! [more inside]
posted by flexiverse on Mar 27, 2014 - 7 answers

old short story and newer anime where soldiers "respawn"?

bookfilter: I remember reading a sci-fi (short story?) where the key element was that once a soldier died on the battlefield, they respawned into a new body and had to keep fighting. I believe it was a classic sci-fi because the enemies were russian, I believe. I was telling my friend about this and he said that there was an anime with a similar plot element, but he can't remember what it was. Can you tell me the names of these?
posted by rebent on Mar 21, 2014 - 12 answers

Voltron for Beginners

I want to start reading/watching Voltron. Not sure where to dive in. [more inside]
posted by xenization on Mar 14, 2014 - 2 answers

Recent anime recommendations

So after a hiatus of several years I've started watching anime again, and would like recommendations for anime that came out in the past 5 years. I've watched anime on and off over the years, so I am already familiar with a lot of the older stuff, such as the recommendations from past AskMe anime questions. [more inside]
posted by needled on Feb 23, 2014 - 19 answers

Trying to identify snippet of music, maybe anime/video game theme?

I've had a bit of music stuck in my head for a few days, and I just can't place it. It kind of feels like the theme song or battle music from a cartoon or video game, but I've asked around and flipped through the usual suspects, and nothing matches. [more inside]
posted by majcher on Feb 13, 2014 - 1 answer

Cheerful, intelligent anime and cartoons - dubbed or in English

My mother's health isn't so great (and it isn't, sadly, going to get much better). She still enjoys movies, however, and I'd like to get her some animated stuff. Her vision isn't strong, so subtitles are out - so these must be dubbed or from Anglophone countries. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Dec 16, 2013 - 18 answers

A Certain Irritating Soundtrack

A friend of mine's been watching the anime "A Certain Scientific Railgun S", and he's been having trouble identifying one of the incidental music pieces. It's in episode 11, from 17:52 to 20:00--what song is this (mp3), used here, and which of the OSTs is it on, if any? He says he's searched them all, including a second Railgun S OST which apparently came out yesterday, but he can't seem to find it, though he admits that he might have missed it along the line. Any help you can offer he'd appreciate. Thanks!
posted by KChasm on Nov 28, 2013 - 2 answers

Show me more Anime like "Clannad"

I just watched "Clannad" and "Clannad: After Story" (the tv series) and it was amazing. Please tell me about more things like that. They can be tv or movies, anime or not anime, as long as they have the same feel. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Oct 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Help on my Bandit Keith cosplay (sooo many buttons!)

I've decided I will be cosplaying Bandit Keith from YuGiOh at my next convention. I've found an appropriate jean vest which I will be dying black (hard to tell if it should be black jean or leather). I'm still looking for the most patriotic bandanna in existence. But what I'm most concerned about is the shear number of gold buttons spread out on the jacket. [more inside]
posted by gzimmer on Sep 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Please help me track down an anime based on my vague memories.

About 8-10 years ago I watched an anime that I'd like to track down again. Unfortunately I remember very little of its details. [more inside]
posted by Dr-Baa on Sep 16, 2013 - 2 answers

Existential and/or thought-proking anime?

I am out of the loop with anime, and itching to watch something new and exciting. I am specifically looking for anime recommendations of the existential and/or thought-provoking variety... [more inside]
posted by tybeet on Aug 29, 2013 - 35 answers

Old, Sad Anime Movie

I'm trying to identify an animated Japanese movie I saw when I was a kid, but my web-search-fu has come up empty. [more inside]
posted by The Tensor on Aug 26, 2013 - 7 answers

Full Metal Alchemist or Brotherhood?

If I can watch only one Full Metal Alchemist series, which should it be? [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Aug 4, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me get in to the world of cosplay and -cons

At 37 I am discovering my inner sci-fi and TV series/movie fandom. And my nine year old is already there. I am thinking we would probably enjoy comic-cons and other -cons, but have no idea how to research this. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Jul 14, 2013 - 10 answers

What TV show should I watch next?

I'm looking for an AMAZING show to watch next. Something short-form, well written, emotional, the kind of thing I will tell everybody around me to watch. I don't care what genre it is in. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Jun 30, 2013 - 69 answers

70s Anime ID

Super Hard TV/Movie ID: I am trying to ID an animated film/tv show I saw in the 70s. I recall it having an anime look, like Speed Racer or Star Blazers, but I am reasonably certain it wasn't either of these. [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Jun 20, 2013 - 11 answers

what anime is this image from?

here's the image
posted by signsofrain on May 18, 2013 - 2 answers

What are your favorite Anime and Manga magazines?

What are your favorite Anime and Manga magazines? [more inside]
posted by luckynerd on May 6, 2013 - 2 answers

Seeking realistic anime that isn't about teenagers or youth romance.

This 2009 thread had some good suggestions for realistic, human-oriented anime titles, but I'm looking for something along those lines that doesn't involve teenagers or high school/college romance. Super-picky requirements follow! [more inside]
posted by speedythepolkaboy on May 4, 2013 - 11 answers

Take me home, concrete roads.

Watched Studio Ghibli's Whisper of the Heart several days ago, and am now obsessed with introspective movies/TV series about young students living in Tokyo. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Feb 17, 2013 - 14 answers

(I know it's a long-shot) but could someone identify what kind of videoplayer this is and let me know where I can acquire/download it from please.

(I know it's a long-shot) but could someone identify what kind of videoplayer this is and let me know where I can acquire/download it from please. [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Sep 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Whiny men in anime?

Why are there so many whiny supporting male characters in anime? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Sep 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Help searching for old PC and Playstation 1 games? Probably about early to mid 90's

Help searching for old PC and Playstation 1 games? Probably about early to mid 90's [more inside]
posted by LittleNami on Jul 29, 2012 - 10 answers

All the pretty colors

I just watched Daft Punk's Interstella 5555 again, and it got me wondering, if I love Interstella 5555, what other anime might I enjoy. Assume I know little about anime, and bonus points if I can watch it via Netflix streaming.
posted by 4ster on Jul 15, 2012 - 10 answers

Seeking slow-paced nature anime.

I'm seeking a certain sort of anime--the slow-paced nature appreciation. Here is an extreme example. [more inside]
posted by Tufa on Jun 20, 2012 - 15 answers

It wasn't Small Wonder.

Yet another "help me identify this half-remembered thing from my childhood" post. Please help me identify this vaguely-remembered anime about a robot child? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Jun 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Netflix anime recommendations?

I have a netflix account, and I like anime (but know little to nothing about it). What are the best ones, on netflix, to watch? Among the one's I've seen and liked on Netflix: Samurai Champloo, Macross (all of them), Blue Drop, Spice and Wolf, and Gurren Lagann, and Initial D. There are others, but are there any hidden anime gems on Netflix that I'm missing?
posted by 630 on May 31, 2012 - 34 answers

What's worth checking out on Crunchyroll?

I did not know of the existence of Crunchyroll until the Kids on the Slope thread, and I am excited to explore it. What do you think I might enjoy on the site? [more inside]
posted by calistasm on Apr 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Cosmic Moon Power!

Help me catch up on all the Sailor Moon I missed out on as a teenager. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Apr 23, 2012 - 9 answers

What is this geometric figure?

What is this geometric figure? Is there a name for the figure inscribed in the circle here?
posted by vash on Apr 8, 2012 - 4 answers

Please recommend me some romance seinen anime.

Please recommend me some good romance anime (preferably seinen). [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Mar 12, 2012 - 8 answers

My dream house, illustrated

What is the name of illustrations of rooms? What is this Japanese art style? [more inside]
posted by ichomp on Feb 7, 2012 - 3 answers

Entertain Me!

I know everybody asks this (and I've read through the previous questions looking for recommendations), but what should I watch next? Preferably on Netflix or Hulu Plus (not web only). In general, I tend to like: mysteries/crime procedurals/law dramas, especially with a quirky twist, and also shows involving a quirky band of misfits (or individual) working outside the law to bring justice to the little people while finding out who done them wrong (e.g. the A-Team, Burn Notice, The Pretender, etc.) I also like heist shows and sci-fi. And occasionally anime. [more inside]
posted by kittenmarlowe on Feb 6, 2012 - 59 answers

Is that a feathered serpent in your pokeball?

Anyone know any anime adventure type series produced in Latin America or Spain? [more inside]
posted by bswinburn on Jan 15, 2012 - 5 answers

Her long black beard is her pride and joy.

Can you explain the stock "lantern-jawed transvestite" character in mainstream Japanese animation? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Oct 12, 2011 - 7 answers

Customers who recently made a contract with Kyuubey also liked...

If I loved Puella Magi Madoka Magica, what other shows or films will I love? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Oct 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Help finding gorgeous or mind-bending or hilarious anime to watch?

I like anime, but I've been mostly out of touch for a while. When I look at a list of titles I don't know what most of them are! Can you give me some recommendations of gorgeous or endearing or mind-bending anime series newer than 1996 or so that aren't Death Note, Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) or Wallflower? (Liked all of those, but have seen them!) Older favorites include Revolutionary Girl Utena, Fruits Basket, Saiyuki, Hana Yori Dango, Kodomo no Omocha, movies by Satoshi Kon... Gay characters are a plus, though not required. Availability isn't really a factor, I will find it as long as I know what it is!
posted by tomboko on Sep 28, 2011 - 25 answers

Where to buy "manga folders"?

Where can I find folders with manga designs? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Sep 28, 2011 - 5 answers

Looking for a good anime series or movie to watch with 11yo niece

Looking for a good anime series or movie to watch with 11yo niece [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Sep 8, 2011 - 32 answers

I never thought I'd say the words... All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku!

Who currently owns the rights to All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku? [more inside]
posted by Devoidoid on Aug 31, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me name my blog!!

What should I name my blog that will talk about a super strange mixture of physics and anime? [more inside]
posted by Event Horizon on Aug 12, 2011 - 13 answers

Where are the anime-based radio dramas? =)

Where can I purchase or download English audio and/or radio dramas based on animes? Is there a website that caters to such a medium? If not, which animes do you know that have been converted to an audio drama? Perhaps a podcast? [more inside]
posted by UsagiBride on Jul 27, 2011 - 1 answer

Cute, happy, fun (japanese inspired?) clothing for boys?

Looking for boy's clothing/fashion blogs, preferably for babies and toddlers, but teenagers will do too. It must be happy, cute, fun, and crafty. [more inside]
posted by midnightmoonlight on Jul 16, 2011 - 4 answers

How much does animation cost to produce?

How much does modern (non-CG) animation cost to produce? [more inside]
posted by haveanicesummer on Jun 17, 2011 - 9 answers

I feel you, bro. I feel you.

Recommendations of anime with identifiable/relatable characters? [more inside]
posted by Evernix on May 21, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me catch up on the Evangelion series

I just heard about the Evangelion stuff....and that it's great. I want to catch up. But they seem to make endless "adjustments" to their DVDs, leaving me unsure what to buy. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Apr 13, 2011 - 12 answers

What's good Cowboy Bebop-ish music?

Cowboy Bebop's [amazing] soundtrack was heavily inspired by American music. What should I be listening to? [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on Apr 12, 2011 - 13 answers

Name that song: Summer Wars trailer

Anime filter: what is the song at 1.47 on the Summer Wars trailer? [more inside]
posted by greenish on Mar 30, 2011 - 6 answers

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