|Yeah, you're right. There was so much going on, anyway, and I agree that padding in small doses is much better than big chunks of padding at one time. Unless, of course, there are more huge filler arcs like "Bound" that create more characters that then have to be incorporated into the manga adaptation episodes. We'll have to see how they play it when they catch up again.|
Thanks for the recommendations! I've seen FLCL and a good bit of Paranoia Agent on Cartoon Network. I'd be a little interested in hearing why you don't like Bebop or Champloo, though. I liked both of them, although they were mostly a series of stand-alone episodes with only a vague overarching plot. A much different format from the serial, long-form storytelling of Bleach (Or even InuYasha, Full Metal Alchemist, Dragonball, etc...), but there was some really great stuff in there, and the animation was brilliant, especially on Champloo. They're also easier to get into than serial anime, as you won't be totally lost if you watch an episode from the middle of the series cold. With series like Bleach, you kind of have to watch from the very beginning or it will be completely incomprehensible. Not that that's a bad thing, because it rewards a extended and dedicated viewing, which is very rewarding for the viewer. It's just different.
How long (episode-wise) are the anime you recommended? I don't have a problem with really long anime, but I'd like to know what I'm getting into. Which is your favorite, must-see series out of all those. I've heard wonderful things about Evangelion.
As for recommendations of my own, I love all the Hayao Miyazaki stuff, Ghost in the Shell (I really should still be watching Stand Alone Complex, but can't deal with the godawful dubbing on Cartoon Network. I bet there's a Bleach Portal-like site somewhere), Trigun and also the anime movie The Place Promised In Our Early Days, which is just haunting and flat-out gorgeous.
I watched all of Full Metal Alchemist and most of Dragonball and InuYasha, but I can't really recommend any of them in good conscience. I have a hate for Big O, and I know I've seen a lot of other tripe that CN has trotted out over the years, but I can't remember individual names from the mass of crap that rotates through Saturday nights.
At some point (over 100 years before the main Bleach storyline), Kisuke was sentenced into exile by Soul Society for creating an untraceable gigai, which also caused the spiritual power of the shinigami inside it to deteriorate, along with his creation of the Hōgyoku. Yoruichi Shihouin ran away with him as well, for reasons yet unknown.
I don't remember all this at all! He was exiled, eh? I may have been a little tipsy while watching some episodes, or I may be getting stupid, but I don't remember the gigai, either. I knew Yoruichi had taken off from Soul Society from her dialogue with the woman who was her pupil and succeeded her as the head of the secret police, or whatever (her name escapes me, I didn't care for her, but you know who I mean. They fought during the last bits of the Soul Society arc). I also knew that she was clearly doing Uruhara's dirty work, but I didn't know they actually left together. Are they lovers? We shall find out. I guess in a series with such a huge amount of characters and subplots, I'm going to miss/forget things.