Most Visually Stunning Anime...

seraphjei 04-04-2007 02:10 AM
Out of the vast library that you have watched, which anime(s) would you consider to be the most visually appealing, character designs, landscapes, artistic style. Putting it easier, which anime made your jaw's drop when you first watched it.

I personally would have to say Gankutsuou is on the top of my list.

Anything done my Kyoto Animation is usually jaw dropping.
an example would be Kanon, or Air.

As of now though, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, Voices of a Distant Star, and 5 Centimeters per Second is in my number one spot.

Well my library of anime is very limited, so there is bound to be other anime with a lot for jaw dropping scenes than the anime I mentioned, feel free to discuss...tibi ago si placet.
R. Daniel Olk 01 04-04-2007 03:18 AM
Wow. Nothing I've ever seen matches what you put up there. You must have a broader experience with animé than I do.

But for my part:

RahXephon. The detailwork on the littlest things, the crisp realism was... something else.

Monster. Even through 74 episodes, the series never skimps on complicated--yet smooth!--movements and various nuances that I'm sure most people miss. That kinda quality gives me warm fuzzies.

Big O. I just love, love the whole visual style it's got going on. It just oozes with retro goodness, and sometimes it feels like a living propaganda poster.

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The Baker St. Irregular 04-04-2007 10:08 AM
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Originally posted by seraphjei
I personally would have to say Gankutsuou is on the top of my list.


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Originally posted by R. Daniel Olk 01
Monster. Even through 74 episodes, the series never skimps on complicated--yet smooth!--movements and various nuances that I'm sure most people miss. That kinda quality gives me warm fuzzies.


Agreed and agreed. Pleased I'm especially glad you mentioned Monster, Daniel, since it's an anime (and manga) that sorely needs more attention than it's getting. I am addicted to it like I am to no other anime. I think it's because it has the kind of high quality direction and writing you'd expect in a live-action movie.

Gankutusou is another one of my tip-top favorites. Like Monster, it's the kind of awesome you rarely find in an animated work. And it has The Count. You can't lose when you have that guy!

Miyazaki's movies are practically the definitions of visually stunning. Not only are they masterfully animated, but the amount of detail that goes into each scene turns it from just plain good-looking (which so many animes are) to absolutely amazing. They are worlds you can lose yourself in.
Mr. Peabody 04-04-2007 10:57 AM
Akira The first anime movie I ever saw and it's still amazing. I love the vision of Neo-Tokyo, with it's skyscrappers, neon, and searchlights.

Cowboy Bebop Perhaps the most realistic vision of the future in any medium. Earth has been devestated by a tragic lunar explosion and nearly abandoned. Humanity has settled on other planets, even asteroids. A universal economy has replaced national economy, police, gangsters, and bounty hunters still use firearms instead of ray guns. The commercialism of today is alive and well in the future, and there's jazz. Cool

Big O I love the visual style of this anime: 1940s clothing, technology, and culture with a slightly contemporary look.
Nine Kuze 04-04-2007 11:06 AM
I agree with Miyazuki's films, since he's damn good at making entire worlds with nice cinematography and with an imaginative scope with them as well.

Ghost in the Shell, Samurai Champloo and The Big O are my top best visually made animes. GITS for its descriptive look in all its aspects and realistic and policital look at the world and the charimistic aspect of human cyberization. And the animation is amazing. Champloo for recreating a period in Japan's past that is usually kept hidden and the smooth way the animation flows. And Big O for distinct use of colors, art direction, its vibrant and yet decayed environment and how it affects its characters. And not so much visually stunning but Cowboy Bebop is my best made anime series that I have seen yet. Hence it being my favorite one and all.
Peace.
Schoolie 04-04-2007 07:00 PM
I guess for me "visual stunning" depends on two things: style and technique. Here are some that come to mind:

Robotech Macross - awesome and intense space battles

Trigun - amazing style with stills and poses

Big - same as Trigun with its use of quiet moments and retro noir

Evangelion - regardless of people's opinions, it does things no one else has

Rahxephon - beautiful and detailed

Any Miyazaki film ever made
Generalissimo D 04-04-2007 07:02 PM
Tekkaman Blade (especially the Twin Blood OVA) made me hard in the pants with how good it looked.
Capt. Quekolis 04-04-2007 07:48 PM
I agree with Schoolie Evangelion does do things that nobody else does. I just think peoples just tired of having to look at it. You have to understand Evangelion was a really groundbreaking anime. Before that anime was almost nothing.
Nine Kuze 04-04-2007 08:04 PM
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Originally posted by Ltwhipporwill
I agree with Schoolie Evangelion does do things that nobody else does. I just think peoples just tired of having to look at it. You have to understand Evangelion was a really groundbreaking anime. Before that anime was almost nothing.

See the thing is, I actually like Evangelion. Some of its ideas actually influence me to a degree or two. And its attempt to break new ground are obviously notable and worth taking notes.

Its just that, its direction and its presentation is so flawed its kind of embarrassing. Its tries too hard at some times and unfortunatly, just becomes a quick parody of itself. Watching it a second time, and I guess becoming "depressed" by it, really made me look closer at Evangelion and the flaws are just way too glaring and obvious for me to not make a critism about them is all.
Peace.
Capt. Quekolis 04-04-2007 08:14 PM
I understand entirely what youre saying.
Paradigm Dog 04-09-2007 07:20 PM
I agree with a lot of the choices here.

To add a few: Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Yukikaze, Macross Plus, Blue Submarine #6, Gundam 0080, Gundam 0083, Gundam 08th MS Team, Gundam F-91.

There are many more. Those are just off the top of my head.
Inigo Montoya 04-10-2007 11:07 AM
Appleseed. Not the new one in CG, but the old one. Shirow's grasp on architecture and physics astounded me, and the shape of his buildings and mecha and weapons are so fluid, they just fit in SEAMLESSLY.

Ghost in the Shell somehow managed to be the middle ground for this and reality, making cybernetics seem not so impossible with its eerily realistic and beautiful take on a befouled inner city and its wonderfully constructed mechanical organisms.
War.
The Baker St. Irregular 04-10-2007 01:18 PM
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Originally posted by Mr. D
Tekkaman Blade (especially the Twin Blood OVA) made me hard in the pants with how good it looked.


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evanASF27 04-10-2007 03:37 PM
5 cm/s is the most stunning anime I've ever watched. I think the top two I've seen are Steamboy and 5 cm/s.

A pic from Steamboy since we've got one of 5 cm/s...
Generalissimo D 04-10-2007 04:26 PM
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Originally posted by The Baker St. Irregular
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Originally posted by Mr. D
Tekkaman Blade (especially the Twin Blood OVA) made me hard in the pants with how good it looked.


AAAAAAAAA!


WHAAAAAAA?!
Tickle Tickle 04-10-2007 04:28 PM
Toei's The Little Mermaid movie from 1975. Not exactly animation wise, though it was very fluid and excellent for it's time. But more of how beautiful it looked. The colors are just amazing (though you miss out with the washed out pan & scan version) and the backgrounds are breathtaking. The characters look beautiful, and a true tribute to 70's shoujo series.
seraphjei 04-11-2007 12:00 AM
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Originally posted by The Stoned Guest
5 cm/s is the most stunning anime I've ever watched. I think the top two I've seen are Steamboy and 5 cm/s.

A pic from Steamboy since we've got one of 5 cm/s...


Thanks to you, Steamboy is now on my to-watch list.
MistressAnima 04-13-2007 05:37 AM
Ghost in the Shell literally surprised me!




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Inigo Montoya 04-13-2007 11:24 AM
Really? Are we talking Stand Alone Complex or the original movie? And what about it surprised you?
War.
evanASF27 04-13-2007 11:39 AM
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Originally posted by seraphjei
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Originally posted by The Stoned Guest
5 cm/s is the most stunning anime I've ever watched. I think the top two I've seen are Steamboy and 5 cm/s.

A pic from Steamboy since we've got one of 5 cm/s...


Thanks to you, Steamboy is now on my to-watch list.

Make sure to see the Director's Cut (the one on DVD's). The cut shown on PPV channels and in theaters is/was *errr* ...sucky. Dead

You'll thank me later Big Grin