Which anime left the strongest impact on you?


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    It is less about your favourited which you like most - more about which anime you watched left a memorable impact on you, made you rethink things you would not know it was needed before watching it?

    For me it was Shin Seiki Evangerion aka Neon Genesis Evangelion from the late 90s. It aired in free tv only during late nights - very late past midnight. Before that, I could not imagine that a cartoon-like-media would ever cover such a range of dark motifs. It changed not only my opinion of anime in general, but also makes me wonder why those themes mentioned and dealt with in the series are mostly considered taboos in the society.

    I am still loving the classic version, but also have love for the newer remake which gives the series some fresh taste to re-enjoy. What anime comes for you in mind if you try to think of one which left an impact on you?


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    Girl's Last Tour

    I lived to die another day.


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    Personally it's either Grimgar or Shin sekai yori:

    • Grimgar because it was the series which started my passion for LN. Plus since it wasn't available in french it pushed me to learn english and thank to that I've a better english level than most french people, which was a huge advantage when taking test for ingineering school.
      In a way it's thank to Grimgar that: I was accepted in my school, speak english, and read LN; so pretty influential ^^
    • Shin sekai yori because it was the first time that I really felt like an anime was developing a reasoning, that there was more to it than just a good story, it pushed me to try more and more animes beyond the mainstream one I used to see.

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    I'm going to cheat a little here since I read the visual novel first but if I had to pick one it would be Higurashi. It was the first story I ever read/watched that actually truly scared me, introduced me to the horror/mystery genre, and truly brought me out of my comfort zone.


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    You didn't say positive impact, so my vote goes to Neon Genesis Evangellion as having a huge negative impact on me. It was disheartening to me at how over-hyped this series was. It might have been ground breaking and edgy, but so was Akira. The difference is, Akira was good, unlike Evangellion.


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    @paul-nebeling said in Which anime left the strongest impact on you?:

    You didn't say positive impact, so my vote goes to Neon Genesis Evangellion as having a huge negative impact on me. It was disheartening to me at how over-hyped this series was. It might have been ground breaking and edgy, but so was Akira. The difference is, Akira was good, unlike Evangellion.

    Sure. It sounds strange though, considering you keep remembering something negative to you so strongly that it has the strongest impact on you. But that works of course with this topic.


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    Angel Beats! - I had taken a long break from anime (maybe 10 years), this series took those smoldering embers and reignited the flame.


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    Hmm...I'd have to say Inuyasha, specifically movie 2.

    I think I had watched a bit of anime on toonami at the time but didn't realize it was 'anime'..like dbz or Ronin warriors...just thought they were other cartoons.

    I think I was watching Inuyasha at the time and saw the 2nd movie on cartoon network, and really took interest in the series afterwards.

    I believe it was at this point that I went from just watching whatever was on cartoon network to actively hunting it on the internet to download. This would then lead in to better and more interesting shows like Samurai X, which I think was first and one of the few anime that made me tear up...

    But I have to pick Inuyasha, it was the starting point and so the most impactful to lead to everything else.


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    Although it tends to get bashed a bit, Sword Art Online. It wasn't my first anime (that would be Sailor Moon actually), but it was what got me into anime.



  • For me, hands down it was Cowboy Beebop. The combination of the story, animation and sound just blew me away at the time.


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    I'll put in a good word for the sublime, but sometimes underappreciated, Haibane Renmei. That unassuming series about angel-girls literally made me think about life, death, and life after death in ways I never had before. (I prefer not to say exactly how or why, though, as no small amount of the joy of this series comes from the discovery.) Fifteen years after it came out in the US, I still watch it periodically, and still find new things to admire and appreciate about it.


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    Scryed, there is something inspiring about a character who always runs towards his problems and punches them.


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    when I was (much) younger - I loved Speed Racer, Space Battleship Yomato (AKA Star Blazers) G-Force (AKA Battle of the Planets) and I stopped watching anime somewhere in my early teens...and came back w/ Cowboy Bebop, (and later Samuarai Champloo)

    anime that 'wierded' me out to most: School Days


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    Nobody has mentioned Eureka Seven?

    Eureka Seven is the last great four-cour mecha anime we'll ever have. With the current state of the anime industry, four-cour mecha anime is very unlikely to be produced.

    Can't really explain how great Eureka Seven is. It's hard to describe too.

    To put it in words, it really fixed my views on life.


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    For me it has to be TENCHI MUYO! This anime got me started on my journey through Anime, Manga and eventually Light Novels and web Novels. If I hadn't stumbled upon TENCHI MUYO and laughed until I cried, literally, I would have missed out on all of this great literature and entertainment from the wonderful country of Japan!😀


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    @shrike_al Yes, but... The movie re-interpreted the Eureka universe. My review for Netflix (when they allowed them) was that liking Eureka Seven: Good Night Sleep Tight Young Lovers depended on whether you'd watched the series or not. If you hadn't, it was a good story. If you had, you'd be screaming at the screen for all the character changes.


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    Robotech was a major formative influence. As was early Voltron. The presentation that a character could die in a 'kids' show was a great "finally" to me after watching all the ordinance in G.I. Joe flying around to no effect.

    I got back in in collage with Sailor Moon. Tenchi Muyo made me an eternal follower of harem series.

    My wife was a huge Sailor Moon fan which brought her to the Anime club in collage. We will celebrate 18 years this year. :D


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    @steelblaidd Congrats on 18 years! TENCHI MUYO completely sold me on anime which led to everything else Japanese cultural wise I'm into from Japan. Loved Robotech and Voltron. But if I had a second favorite it would ultimately have to be OUTLAW STAR. It's just a classic that I can sit and watch any time. My only wish is that they would have continued the series. It had such great potential.


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    @lighthawk96 Thank you. Sadly I never saw enough of Outlaw Star to get much of an impression.

    Right now my little girl and I are watching Bookworm and HeroAca together.


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    @steelblaidd Two solid choices. I hope you both enjoy them.


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