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Pink
2008-05-30, 10:45 PM
Okay.

So. I'm an anime addict. As in most of my addictions I'm all over the place and willing to watch pretty much anything half-decent. However I've also gotten my little sister addicted to anime as well. I know, I'm horrible. Anyway, she's a bit more pickier than me and since I live to serve I'm asking for the playground's wisdom on anime to recommend her.

Basically she prefers the romance/comedy stuff. Some slice of life azumanga daoih style as well but mostly romance/comedy. Some nice action and such is good but she wants some real emotion pulling stuff, not giant robot action. She's 14 years old and able to handle some maturer stuff but I'd not feel comfortable suggesting her anything really fanservicey or ecchi. To give you an idea, here is what she's watched thus far and enjoyed.

Fruits Basket
Peach Girl
Nadesico
Azumanga Daioh
L/R
Love Hina (Slightly guilty about this one)
Chobits (more guilt)
Scrapped Princess
DNAngel

So. Suggestions? And please not ones that will make me feel like I'm corrupting my little sister. >>

RobotPerfomance
2008-05-30, 10:54 PM
Well I would recomend Ah My Goddess. Sweet romance plenty of humor and there is no fan service to speak of. It is one of my favorites also I would recomend watching it in japaness with subtitles. The japaness cast is just better.

turkishproverb
2008-05-30, 10:54 PM
His & Hers Circumstances. Wonderful series, and oddly it serves as a egoist love story.

Bit of a cliffhanger if you don't want to read the manga though.

And there is nothing in it that isn't in Azumanga Daioh, aside from a few lines of dialog involving one of the friends.

And Right Stuf Has a boxed collection out fairly cheap.

Ah My Goddess is good, too.

Lord Iames Osari
2008-05-30, 11:00 PM
I'll third Ah! My Goddess. :smallsmile:

Pink
2008-05-30, 11:12 PM
*thuds* Yes, of course, how silly of me. Ah! My Goddess.

Though His and her circumstances...haven't heard of that one...Danke danke and keep them coming.

turkishproverb
2008-05-30, 11:18 PM
*thuds* Yes, of course, how silly of me. Ah! My Goddess.

Though His and her circumstances...haven't heard of that one...Danke danke and keep them coming.

Watch it. Now.

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:smallmad:


I SAID NOW!

ZeroNumerous
2008-05-30, 11:20 PM
Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann. What question can't it answer? :smallbiggrin:

More seriously: Fate/Stay Night is a good one. Gunslinger Girl is abit of an unorthodox romantic anime in the sense that the romance is very, very one-sided.

Brickwall
2008-05-30, 11:21 PM
Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu has its base in romance. However, there is some perverted stuff, though it's not as bad as Love Hina.

Lucky Star is nearly devoid of romance, but its a great slice-of-life comedy(ish) anime, so I think she'll still like it (just fast-forward through the first 7 minutes, because they're boring and useless. They just talk about preparing food. For 7 freakin' minutes). There are some "adult" things, but they are euphemized to the point where she won't get them unless she's already been corrupted anyway. And if she's 14, I'm sure she already gets most of it.

turkishproverb
2008-05-30, 11:22 PM
Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu has its base in romance. However, there is some perverted stuff, though it's not as bad as Love Hina.

Lucky Star is nearly devoid of romance, but its a great slice-of-life comedy(ish) anime, so I think she'll still like it (just fast-forward through the first 7 minutes, because they're boring and useless. They just talk about preparing food. For 7 freakin' minutes). There are some "adult" things, but they are euphemized to the point where she won't get them unless she's already been corrupted anyway. And if she's 14, I'm sure she already gets most of it.

Haruhi is good, but I hesitated because it was so close to love hina.


and as to Lucky star...no


just...no.


Aside from the first episode, REC might be ok, if she doesn't mind subtitles.

bluish_wolf
2008-05-30, 11:26 PM
So. Suggestions? And please not ones that will make me feel like I'm corrupting my little sister. >>

You should definitely show her Kodomo no Ji*gurk.* Er, um I mean, Chokotto Sis*gurk.* ... Lolit*gurk*(that's not even on topic)
OK, enough with the blatantly risqué suggestions.

Here are some real ones:

School Rumble
Lovely Complex
Nodame Cantable
Ouran High School Host Club
Full Moon wo Saga****e (that's s-a-g-a-s-h-i-t-e. It means searching, for crying out loud.)
Rec


Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge is good, but is has some (male) nudity. Pretty much just in the second opening sequence, though.

turkishproverb
2008-05-30, 11:33 PM
You should definitely show her Kodomo no Ji*gurk.* Er, um I mean, Chokotto Sis*gurk.* ... Lolit*gurk*(that's not even on topic)
OK, enough with the blatantly risqué suggestions.

Here are some real ones:

School Rumble
Lovely Complex
Nodame Cantable
Ouran High School Host Club
Full Moon wo Saga****e (that's s-a-g-a-s-h-i-t-e. It means searching, for crying out loud.)
Rec


Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge is good, but is has some (male) nudity.

not in english it doesn't. :smallwink:

Trizap
2008-05-30, 11:35 PM
hm, romance/comedy, with some action, able to handle maturer stuff, 14 years old..........I think she would like Ranma 1/2, it would fit, but then again I only have a limited scope of anime, so thats all I can suggest here.

Brickwall
2008-05-30, 11:40 PM
and as to Lucky star...no

In case you didn't know, people like the series. Teenage girls are one of the many possible target markets.

Pink
2008-05-30, 11:42 PM
While I personally am in love with Lucky Star (you should see my desktop), that's probably not for her. While the sheer sugaryness of it might make her watch it, she simply wouldn't get all the otaku references and such.

My gunslinger girl is currently borrowed out :P

Ummm...Aside from haruhi (I'll try and tell her but it's not exactly casual anime viewing and the wiring order and such may put her off). Can't say I've really heard of many of these. Clearly I need to do my research (IE, prewatch all of them) before suggesting them to her.

and Ranma...Hmm...watched a little of that one...Might be too large a series with too little romance spread throughout the action...

Trizap
2008-05-30, 11:44 PM
While I personally am in love with Lucky Star (you should see my desktop), that's probably not for her. While the sheer sugaryness of it might make her watch it, she simply wouldn't get all the otaku references and such.

My gunslinger girl is currently borrowed out :P

Ummm...Aside from haruhi (I'll try and tell her but it's not exactly casual anime viewing and the wiring order and such may put her off). Can't say I've really heard of many of these. Clearly I need to do my research (IE, prewatch all of them) before suggesting them to her.

and Ranma...Hmm...watched a little of that one...Might be too large a series with too little romance spread throughout the action...

heh, whatever, its just a suggestion.

rubakhin
2008-05-30, 11:56 PM
Millennium Actress, Voices of a Distant Star, Whisper of the Heart. These are all films, though, not series.

I don't like romance anime very much (hell, I don't like anime very much full stop) but I remember liking what I saw of Ai Yori Aoshi. Maria-sama ga Miteru was great, too, if she doesn't mind the lesbian overtones.

And if you really want to emotionally flay her, Saikano.

Nerd-o-rama
2008-05-31, 12:32 AM
Yay for Nadesico fans! I hope you weren't mean enough to show her the movie.

I think everyone else has covered what I know. I'm more of the Humongous Mecha type. Kanon and Clannad are from the Haruhi Suzumiya folks, but I don't know much about them other than that they're in the general romance milieu.

For laughs in manga, there's always Neon Genesis Evangelion: Angelic Days. Seriously. Nothing like the show. Although if she reads it and eventually does see the show, she'll probably freak out even more than most people...

AngstSchreeuw
2008-05-31, 12:40 AM
The girl who leapt through time is a very, very good movie with a little romance mixed in, but even without that, it's a lot of fun to watch and definitely something you can watch with your sister.
As for series, ef - a tale of memories is a very emotional romance anime, I would say it's 16+ though. Nana, Paradise Kiss and Honey and Clover are all very good as well, but these are josei anime, thus aimed at girls who are at college. But I think younger girls might enjoy them too.

And His and her Circumstances is very good, as said.

endoperez
2008-05-31, 01:21 AM
Lovely Complex - there's a tall girl and a short boy, and because they're so extreme personalities hilarity ensues. Then, the girl starts falling for the boy. It alternates between comedy and emotional stuff. The end is more about maturing and leaving school and getting yourself a job, but that's still secondary to the romance.


REC is a bit more mature. There's school romances, this is a work romance - events are based on what happens in the place they work, instead of the school they go to. It's a good series, and short, but the first episode might be too bold.

Kojiro Kakita
2008-05-31, 01:49 AM
WHATS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE. YOU ARE FORGETTING THE CORE:

I would recommend the following
SETO NO HANAYOME

Behold_the_Void
2008-05-31, 02:22 AM
I recommend against Gunslinger Girls, actually. It's... really not the lighter romance at all.

Ouran High School Host Club is great though, definitely recommend it. Escaflowne if you want a drama/mecha/general awesome series.

Poison_Fish
2008-05-31, 03:56 AM
Host club, Seto no Hanayome, and The Girl who Leap through Time are all good choices that I'll echo.

Tengu
2008-05-31, 04:15 AM
FLCL's ending clearly shows that romance is one of its focuses.

What?

Closet_Skeleton
2008-05-31, 05:18 AM
This thread is giving me deja vu...

Fri
2008-05-31, 07:02 AM
Seconded the girl who leapt through time. Sigh, why I can't make a story that good....

Stormthorn
2008-05-31, 07:35 PM
I recommend against Gunslinger Girls, actually. It's... really not the lighter romance at all.
*choke*
Indeed. Dont let a 14 year old watch that. Or do. Its up to you. Then perhaps we can all get together and show my ten year old cousin Elfin Lied.

Sorry about that.

Hmm...romance. I dont got any. Genshiken is a slice-of-life about otaku's in japan.

Vandread had some romance come to think of it. And a lot of humor. And a number of Ecchi elements. But it isnt is bad as...say...He Is My Master.

I watched the first two episodes of Yami to Bōshi to Hon no Tabibito yesterday. I think it will end up with a good dose of romance. I can feel it in the wind. It's non-pornagraphic but based upon an H-game. Its also got a lesbian thing going on. I think they call it Yuri.

I hope i have helped, if only in giving you a list of things not to let on the TV/Computer.

Echowinds
2008-05-31, 08:05 PM
Gunslinger girl is a little too morbid for a light-comedy-romance thing. Saikano and Elfen Lied is the opposite of "light comedy".


Kanon and Clannad are from the Haruhi Suzumiya folks

They are animated by the same studio, but the source material is completly different. So I wouldn't say they fit the same bill.



School Rumble
Lovely Complex
Nodame Cantable
Ouran High School Host Club
Full Moon wo Saga****e (that's s-a-g-a-s-h-i-t-e. It means searching, for crying out loud.)
Rec

This list is generally good. Although a few of them is a bit mature for a 14 year old.

I also agree for those that said Kare Kano and Fruits Basket, although Kare Kano has a horribly abrupt ending. The Key trio, Air, Kanon, and Clannad might also work. Air would be the saddest out of the three, and Clannad probably the most conventional (since it did not have the second part of the visual novel) but with the most amount of humour, IMO. Ah! My Goddess is pretty much relatively stress free.

I don't think people have suggested Bokura ga Ita (We Were There). Slice of life, comedy, romance. The Story of Saiunkoku should also fit the bill, but it does have a Chinese fantasy twist. The Aria series is far more slice of life than comedy/romance, but it does have a bit of the latter element. Romeo x Juliet is really loosely based on the Shakespeare work, so it is a romance thing. The fansubs for them got hammered though, and there's no DVDs for it yet. Chrno Crusade has romance, but it is not slice of life nor that terribly light either.

Movies wise, Makoto Shinkai's stuff is great (Voices of a Distant Star, Place Promised in Our Early Days, 5 cm per Second). They all deal with the same similar theme, but the execution is great. As mentioned, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is great too.

Maria-sama ga Iteru, Kasimasi, and Simoun are also relatively lighter romance, but they all are Yuri (lesbian) themed.

Oh yeah, the tsundere-trio of Shakugan no Shana, Zero no Tsukaima, and Hayate the Combat Butler! also contains romance to go along with their respective themes.

Stormthorn
2008-05-31, 11:11 PM
Oh yeah, the tsundere-trio of Shakugan no Shana, Zero no Tsukaima, and Hayate the Combat Butler!

I did watch the first season of Shakugan no Shana. I liked it. Very trippy villains with some serious character flaws. Despite that i found them oddly sympathetic.

Its hard to root for the good guys when the bad guy just wants to give his animate doll a real life so they could be together forever.

Oh, and Shakugan no Shana uses the names of western angels and demons for its things. Kinda cool.

Cubey
2008-06-01, 08:25 AM
Hmm...romance. I dont got any. Genshiken is a slice-of-life about otaku's in japan.

Ack! Genshiken is great but too dirty (despite not showing anything graphic) for a 14-year old to watch.

Terraoblivion
2008-06-01, 10:06 AM
Too dirty for a 14-year old? :smallconfused: Is that possible?

TRM
2008-06-01, 11:08 AM
Too dirty for a 14-year old? :smallconfused: Is that possible?
No. But it could be dirty enough that pink would feel guilty for introducing her sister to it.

Disclaimer: It naturally depends on the 14-year old in question, you shouldn't go showing 14-year olds highly explicit shows without knowing more about the kid.

Cubey
2008-06-01, 11:12 AM
It doesn't *show* anything explicit. But it has, for example, characters casually discussing their masturbatory habits. Or pondering the thought of having sex while cosplaying.

So yeah. Nothing too dirty for a typical 14-year old, but too dirty to feel good about introducing it to one. And nevertheless, it's a great show. And has romance, too!

Nerd-o-rama
2008-06-01, 12:45 PM
They are animated by the same studio, but the source material is completly different. So I wouldn't say they fit the same bill.*facepalm* that's what I meant, sorry. Pretty sure they're still romance shows, though.

Terraoblivion
2008-06-01, 01:05 PM
I guess that does make sense about not wanting to introduce the 14-year old to it. I would probably not have a problem with it myself, at least if i thought the rest of it was something that would interest said 14-year old, but i can see why others would feel less inclined for it. I guess i should try to watch the show myself actually.

turkishproverb
2008-06-01, 01:15 PM
Ack! Genshiken is great but too dirty (despite not showing anything graphic) for a 14-year old to watch.

Genshiken isn't that bad, its less than you'd hear on the average 1990's sitcom.

Mirrinus
2008-06-01, 03:59 PM
Kanon and Clannad are both of the romantic drama genre, although Kanon has more fantasy and tragedy while Clannad leans more towards slice-of-life (and has a liberal dose of comedy). While Kanon was based off of an eroge, the anime adaptation is completely clean (I think there's more nudity in Bleach). Clannad was clean to begin with. Both are geared towards a seinen audience, but the shows have seen notable cross-demographic appeal; I personally know a few younger girls who absolutely loved Kanon. There are some dirty jokes in Clannad, but neither series could be called ecchi, and the fanservice is kept pretty low most of the time (neither show ever has a panty flash; it's joked that Kyoto Animation skirts are either made of lead or just defy the laws of physics). Ironically, both shows probably contain less overall objectionable material than the other shows Kyoto Animation made, like Suzumiya Haruhi or Full Metal Panic. The animation quality of both shows is phenominal, which makes the eye candy alone worth it, IMHO.

(AIR is the third Key/Visual Arts show made by Kyoto Animation, but I don't really consider it as much of a romance as the other two.)

Aside from that, another short romance series that hasn't been brought up much here is Hanbun no Tsuki Ga Noboru Sora ("Looking Up at the Sky at Half-moon"), also known as Hantsuki. It's a 6-episode show, a love story about a boy and a girl both hospitalized for different illnesses. Short and bittersweet.

I'm also going to have to second Honey & Clover as a well-done slice-of-life/romance, even if I hated the character design for Hagu.

AslanCross
2008-06-01, 04:06 PM
I'm also with the people who've recommended Ouran High School Host club. It's romantic but also incredibly snarky and hilarious at the same time.