A thread for you to post your recommendations. It can be about anything, books, movies, food, games etc... Spoiler: Anime Recommendations These may not necessarily be my top 5 anime, but they are the ones that came to mind when I thought over which to add to the list so at the very least they're memorable. In alphabetical order, here we go... Great Teacher Onizuka (Abbreviated GTO by most) Type: TV Episodes: 43 Status: Finished Airing Aired: Jun 30, 1999 to Sep 17, 2000 Premiered: Summer 1999 Broadcast: Wednesdays at 19:30 (JST) Producers: Aniplex, Fuji TV Licensors: Discotek Media, Tokyopop Studios: Studio Pierrot Source: Manga Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Drama, School, Shounen Duration: 25 min. per ep. Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity) Twenty-two-year-old Eikichi Onizuka—ex-biker gang leader, conqueror of Shonan, and virgin—has a dream: to become the greatest high school teacher in all of Japan. This isn't because of a passion for teaching, but because he wants a loving teenage wife when he's old and gray. Still, for a perverted, greedy, and lazy delinquent, there is more to Onizuka than meets the eye. So when he lands a job as the homeroom teacher of the Class 3-4 at the prestigious Holy Forest Academy—despite suplexing the Vice Principal—all of his talents are put to the test, as this class is particularly infamous. Due to their utter contempt for all teachers, the class' students use psychological warfare to mentally break any new homeroom teacher they get, forcing them to quit and leave school. However, Onizuka isn't your average teacher, and he's ready for any challenge in his way. Bullying, suicide, and sexual harassment are just a few of the issues his students face daily. By tackling the roots of their problems, Onizuka supports them with his unpredictable and unconventional methods—even if it means jumping off a building to save a suicidal child. Thanks to his eccentric charm and fun-loving nature, Class 3-4 slowly learns just how enjoyable school can be when you're the pupils of the Great Teacher Onizuka. This shows premise might come off as a bit disturbing but I promise it is a much better watch than the Synopsis might lead you to believe. I had a ton of fun watching this one and I recommend it to nearly anyone who asks me for an Anime to watch. It should be noted that GTO is technically the second in a series however the first show Shonan Junai Gumi! is not a mandatory watch to be able to enjoy GTO as GTO only loosely references the events of SJG! and there are few recurring characters. If you're dead set on watching SJG! then I'd recommend watching it after GTO as GTO is the better show and it would be a shame if you were to be put off watching GTO due to something you might have disliked in SJG! and thought GTO would be the same show. SJG! and GTO are very different shows with the same main character. Do what was recommended to me and watch SJG! after GTO and treat it as a flashback/prequel series that way if you're not interested you can still say you got to enjoy GTO. Heroic Age Type: TV Episodes: 26 Status: Finished Airing Aired: Apr 2, 2007 to Oct 1, 2007 Premiered: Spring 2007 Broadcast: Mondays at 01:30 (JST) Producers: Starchild Records Licensors: Funimation Studios: Xebec Source: Original Genres: Action, Mecha, Military, Sci-Fi, Space Duration: 23 min. per ep. Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older Synopsis When the Golden Race invited other races to join them in the stars, three sentient races answered their call. The Goldens called them the Bronze, Silver and Heroic Tribes. Just before the Gold Tribe left to travel to another Universe, a fourth race appeared, traveling to the stars on their own accomplishments. The Golds named the human race the Iron Tribe. During the passing of time, humanity suffers at the hands of the more dominant races and is now facing extinction. Following a prophecy left by the Gold Tribe, Princess Deianeira sets out to search for the powerful being who might be able to save humankind. She meets a wild haired boy on an abandoned planet—a fateful encounter that will not only change the fortunes of Humanity, but also the fate of the universe. What can I say about this one, well, it is very much a Drama, the Romance is a minor sub-plot so don't be put off if that's not your thing. The musical score is also phenomenal. I cannot say much as I tend to over divulge, so instead I'll recommend you watch it. Unlike most anime you should watch the opening and ending (Intro/Outros) as both will occasionally change over the course of the show with the ending of most episodes actually continuing the episode a few minutes more. Though you should watch them anyway for the soundtrack, I cannot overstate just how much I enjoy it. Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke) Type: Movie Episodes: 1 Status: Finished Airing Aired: Jul 12, 1997 Producers: Tokuma Shoten, Nippon Television Network Licensors: GKIDS Studios: Studio Ghibli Source: Original Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy Duration: 2 hr. 15 min. Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older Synopsis When an Emishi village is attacked by a fierce demon boar, the young prince Ashitaka puts his life at stake to defend his tribe. With its dying breath, the beast curses the prince's arm, granting him demonic powers while gradually siphoning his life away. Instructed by the village elders to travel westward for a cure, Ashitaka arrives at Tatara, the Iron Town, where he finds himself embroiled in a fierce conflict: Lady Eboshi of Tatara, promoting constant deforestation, stands against Princess San and the sacred spirits of the forest, who are furious at the destruction brought by the humans. As the opposing forces of nature and mankind begin to clash in a desperate struggle for survival, Ashitaka attempts to seek harmony between the two, all the while battling the latent demon inside of him. Princess Mononoke is a tale depicting the connection of technology and nature, while showing the path to harmony that could be achieved by mutual acceptance. I can say few things that haven't already been said about this movie, but it is genuinely one of the best anime movies of all time and I'd be surprised it wasn't on every top 50 anime list in some capacity. Created by the great Miyazaki Hayao and 'said to be his favorite movie to make as he wanted to make a point and get it to the audience that needed to see it the most' (Loose quote, cannot remember where I read it either). I highly recommend you watch Mononoke Hime as well as anything that came from the mind of Miyazaki Hayao. Samurai Flamenco Type: TV Episodes: 22 Status: Finished Airing Aired: Oct 11, 2013 to Mar 28, 2014 Premiered: Fall 2013 Broadcast: Fridays at 01:20 (JST) Producers: Aniplex, Dentsu, Movic, Fuji TV, Kyoraku Industrial Holdings, DeNA Licensors: Aniplex of America Studios: Manglobe Source: Original Genres: Action, Comedy, Parody, Super Power Duration: 23 min. per ep. Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity) Synopsis "A hero will never give up, never hide, never be defeated and never accept evil!" Firmly believing these words, Masayoshi Hazama has been obsessed with superhero shows since childhood. By day, he earns his living as a famous model, and by night, he becomes the gallant hero Samurai Flamenco. Armed with only his superhero costume, he seeks to bring justice to the city and faces anybody who tries to break the law—even rebellious juveniles and people who litter on the street. Masayoshi's heroic antics later catch the attention of the public, leading to the fateful discovery of his identity by policeman Hidenori Gotou. Although initially telling Masayoshi to leave the crime-busting activities to the police, Gotou ends up joining him in his antics. However, things soon escalate from preventing littering and petty thefts to bizarre adventures that involve even the fate of the world. Together with their newfound comrades, Masayoshi and Gotou embark on a battle with the world and themselves in order to find the true meaning of being a hero—with or without superpowers. This show is a wild, wild ride. It's equal parts Action, Comedy, Drama, and Parody, and I cannot even tell you why without giving plot points away. I recommend you watch it in 4-6 episodic chunks, and once again I cannot tell you why. Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 Type: OVA Episodes: 26 Status: Finished Airing Aired: May 25, 2012 to Oct 25, 2013 Producers: Production I.G, Bandai Visual, OLM, Lantis, Shochiku, Bandai, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation, Bandai Namco Games, Voyager Entertainment Licensors: Funimation Studios: Xebec, AIC Source: Original Genres: Action, Military, Sci-Fi, Space, Drama Duration: 25 min. per ep. Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older In the year 2199, Earth faces its greatest crisis. Due to unrelenting bombings by the alien race known as "Gamilas," the planet can no longer sustain its inhabitants. In exactly one year, humanity is set to become extinct. In desperation, the people of Earth establish the Earth Defense Force, their last defense against the power-hungry Gamilas Empire. However, humanity finds a glimmer of hope after receiving a message from the mysterious planet Iscandar, which offers them a device that would restore Earth to its former glory. With salvation in sight, the Earth Defense Force calls on the prolific Space Battleship Yamato and swiftly assembles a crew to make the 168,000 light-year trek to Iscandar and receive their aid. Among the crew are young officers Susumu Kodai and Daisuke Shima, along with several other newly promoted leaders, all under the command of the distinguished Captain Juuzou Okita. Forced to learn how to handle the ship's innovative technology while dealing with the onslaught of Gamilas fleets, the inexperienced cast of Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 must summon every inch of their resolve to survive the many hardships aboard the Yamato and complete their mission: to save humanity before it's too late. USY2199 faithfully retells the original series story with updated animations and soundtrack. It and it's sequel series and movies are a must watch for any Space-Opera fan. - Honorable Mentions - Bakemono no Ko (The Boy and the Beast) Type: Movie Episodes: 1 Status: Finished Airing Aired: Jul 11, 2015 Producers: Dentsu, Yomiuri Telecasting, Kadokawa Shoten, Toho, Nippon Television Network, Arquebuse Licensors: Funimation Studios: Studio Chizu Source: Original Genres: Adventure, Supernatural Duration: 1 hr. 59 min. Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older Synopsis Two souls, living very different lives, wander alone and isolated in their respective worlds. For nine-year-old Ren, the last person who treated him with any form of kindness has been killed and he is shunned by what is left of his family. With no parents, no real family, and no place to go, Ren escapes into the confusing streets and alleyways of Shibuya. Through the twists and turns of the alleys, Ren stumbles into the intimidating Kumatetsu, who leads him to the beast realm of Shibuten. For Kumatetsu, the boy represents a chance for him to become a candidate to replace the Lord of the realm once he retires. While nearly unmatched in combat, Kumatetsu's chilly persona leaves him with no disciples to teach and no way to prove he is worthy of becoming the Lord's successor. While the two share different goals, they agree to help each other in order to reach them. Kumatetsu searches for recognition; Ren, now known as Kyuuta, searches for the home he never had. As the years pass by, it starts to become apparent that the two are helping each other in more ways than they had originally thought. Perhaps there has always been less of a difference between them, a boy and a beast, than either of the two ever realized. This one gave me some Spirited Away vibes, and if that's not a recommendation then I'm not sure what is. Kotonoha no Niwa (The Garden of Words) Type: Movie Episodes: 1 Status: Finished Airing Aired: May 31, 2013 Producers: The Answer Studio, TOHO animation Licensors: Sentai Filmworks Studios: CoMix Wave Films Source: Original Genres: Slice of Life, Psychological, Drama, Romance Duration: 46 min. Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older Synopsis On a rainy morning in Tokyo, Takao Akizuki, an aspiring shoemaker, decides to skip class to sketch designs in a beautiful garden. This is where he meets Yukari Yukino, a beautiful yet mysterious woman, for the very first time. Offering to make her new shoes, Takao continues to meet with Yukari throughout the rainy season, and without even realizing it, the two are able to alleviate the worries hidden in their hearts just by being with each other. However, their personal struggles have not disappeared completely, and as the end of the rainy season approaches, their relationship will be put to the test. Some of the most beautiful animation I've ever seen, a fantastic sound design, and conceived of by Shinkai Makoto there is very little for anyone to dislike. Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki (Wolf Children) Type: Movie Episodes: 1 Status: Finished Airing Aired: Jul 21, 2012 Producers: Madhouse, VAP, Dentsu, Yomiuri Telecasting, Kadokawa Shoten, Toho, Hiroshima Television Licensors: Funimation Studios: Studio Chizu Source: Original Genres: Fantasy, Slice of Life Duration: 1 hr. 57 min. Rating: PG - Children Synopsis Hana, a hard-working college student, falls in love with a mysterious man who attends one of her classes though he is not an actual student. As it turns out, he is not truly human either. On a full moon night, he transforms, revealing that he is the last werewolf alive. Despite this, Hana's love remains strong, and the two ultimately decide to start a family. Hana gives birth to two healthy children—Ame, born during rainfall, and Yuki, born during snowfall—both possessing the ability to turn into wolves, a trait inherited from their father. All too soon, however, the sudden death of her lover devastates Hana's life, leaving her to raise a peculiar family completely on her own. The stress of raising her wild-natured children in a densely populated city, all while keeping their identity a secret, culminates in a decision to move to the countryside, where she hopes Ame and Yuki can live a life free from the judgments of society. Wolf Children is the heartwarming story about the challenges of being a single mother in an unforgiving modern world. Honestly, I just straight up enjoyed this movie. A shameless extra recommendation like others in this 'Honorable Mentions' section. Updated Nov 10, 2020 Spoiler: Comedian Recommendations Hasan Minhaj Jack Whitehall Jimmy Carr James Acaster Jim Jefferies Jo Koy John Mulaney Kevin Hart Marc Maron Mike Birbiglia Ron White Ronny Chieng Russell Howard Russell Peters Tom Segura Trevor Noah Vir Das Updated Nov 27, 2020 Spoiler: Food Recommendations Alright, this is going to be an exceptionally short list as I've only two meals that I make often enough to recommend. Breakfast Bowl ~25 Minutes, Serves 1-2 People. Large Fry Pan Small Fry Pan Spatula x2 Fork Knife Bowl 2 Eggs (For Sunny Side up Eggs) 1-2 Large Russet Potatoes (For Hashbrowns) ~4 Slices of Microwaveable Bacon (I'll explain why) 1x Your choice of Drink, Apple Juice is preferred by me, but it's your meal... So de-skin, and shred your Potatoes, do not wash them after you want them more fluffy and less crispy. Lightly butter a warm fry pan and toss the Potatoes on, whilst those cook, get your eggs out. After you think your about halfway done cooking your Hashbrowns, get a smaller fry pan warm, put in some olive oil, crack open both your eggs, and cook them to Sunny Side up, You want the eggs runny, try not over brown it, you want the eggwhites fluffy, be sure not to break the yoke pouch. When done cooking take off the fry pan and put on some paper towels to remove the excess oil, pat lightly, and do not rub so as to leave the yokes intact. When your Hashbrowns are done, put them into a nicely sized bowel and place the Sunny Side Up eggs on top and then dice both the Hasbrowns and SSU-Eggs so to break the yolks and mix the eggwhites and yolk with the Hashbrowns. Both should still be rather hot so let the bowl sit for a minute and get out your Microwaveable Bacon and cook it. When done add them to the bowl, dice a bit more with your Knife and Fork then enjoy. Whilst Microwaveable Bacon might not be the best flavor to some, fresh or microwave doesn't matter to me, what matters is convenience and not having to fight with cooking fresh bacon whilst doing the eggs, and hasbrowns and timing everything is well worth settling for Microwaveable Bacon. Not to mention that there is less cleanup. Tuna Casserole ~ 45 Minutes Total, Serves 4 People Large Potions, or 1 Person for roughly 6 meals over 2-3 days. Save in fridge for 2 days. 3 at the most as it gets a little dry around the 3rd day. Calories, you don't want to know. Its a comfort food, eat it and be happy. Large Pot to Boil Large Mixing Bowl Large Strainer Large Baking Casserole Pot with a Lid. Spatula (Cleaning it repeatedly throughout) Can Opener 5 5oz ~140g Chunk Light Tuna in Water 3x 10.5oz ~300g Cans of Cream of Mushroom (NOT cream of mushroom soup) 1x 24 oz ~700g bag of Large Elbow Noodles. (Only ~80% of noodles are to be used) Salt, Black Pepper, Garlic Salt, Onion Powder Optional: Cheese (Your choice of melty cheese) Vegetables (Fresh or Canned does not matter) Alternative Spices Preheat Oven to ~400 Get a pan for the noodles, fill it with water and put it on the stove to start boiling. Open, Rinse, and Drain the Tuna Cans, put the contents of all 5 tuna cans into the mixing bowl. Take a large fork or something and break up the tuna chunks into smaller pieces. Open and empty the 3 cans of Cream of Mushroom into the Large Mixing Bowl. Add a pinch of Salt, Black Pepper, and about a Tea Spoon of Garlic Salt and Onion Powder. Mix thoroughly. (If you don't wish for it you can add in other spices instead of Garlic Salt and Onion Powder here if you wish to adapt the recipe to your local tastes) By the time your done with all this your water should be boiling. Add about 80% of the noodles to the pan, and save the rest for future cooking endeavors. Once the noodles are cooked to your liking, pour the pan into the strainer. Then shake the strainer until you see no water drip from it. Pour the contents of the strainer into the mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Fair warning, the smell may be a bit pungent as the contents of the mixing bowel warm up. (At this point you can add in other option items if you wish to adapt the recipe, my grandmothers called for a can of green beans, drained and added in as well, but, I'm more of a broccoli man myself, and I can't be ****ed to steam some when I make this most of the time, so I usually go without.) Once your done mixing, add the contents of the mixing bowl to your Casserole Pot (At this point - if you want to - you can put some cheese on top, I usually don't.) Put the lid on, and let it bake for 15 minutes. Use the 15 minutes to clean up the kitchenware and get ready for a meal. You can find any number of different ways to cook Tuna Casserole online if your feeling like trying it out. Find one that fits to your liking or use mine. Updated Nov 11, 2020 I'll edit this post sometime in the future with more stuff so feel free to add your own. I suggest using spoiler tags for any excessively long lists help alleviate scrolling fatigue as if this thread takes off like I hope, there may be quite a bit of scrolling to be had. Pirates of the Caribbean Meme - The code is more what you'd call guidelines, than actual rules. Just incase the gif disappears.