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The Thief and the Cobbler (Recobbled cut):  I had actually seen this version before finding out about the unfortunate history behind the movie.  It's a shame that it didn't get completed as Richard Williams envisioned.  But, I really enjoyed just how much of the story could get across without the main characters talking.  The story was a little weak, but the visuals were what really sold me.  That, and I'm kind of an Arabian Nights fan.  And of course, there's Vincent Price as Zig Zag. 

The Secret of NIMH

I'm not sure if The Iron Giant is really underrated anymore, since it's gotten a little more attention than when it was released.  It's not one of my favorites, but it was better than I expected. 
I haven't seen many of these movies in years, so I'm going by memory.  It doesn't change the fact that Miyazaki is one of the reasons I got into anime. 

So, here are mine, from best to worst:

(Tie)My Neighbor Totoro/Spirited Away
Lupin III and the Castle of Cagliostro (It was done before Studio Ghibli was founded.  Doesn't change the fact that it's a great movie)
Princess Mononoke
Castle in the Sky
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Kiki's Delivery Service
Porco Rosso
Howl's Moving Castle

I still haven't seen The Wind Rises.  I'll need to watch it when I have the time.
It's gonna be a long time until we get some new episodes, so in the meantime, let's talk about our favorite episodes.  I might go into detail later on about some of the ones I mention. 

I think I'll do a top 15, in no order:

Giant Woman
So Many Birthdays
Lion 2: The Movie
Garnet's Universe
Lion 3: Straight to Video
On the Run
Rose's Scabbard
The Return/Jailbreak
Story for Steven
Sworn to the Sword
Cry For Help
Friend Ship
The Answer
Message Received

Honorable Mentions:Serious Steven, Steven's Lion, An Indirect Kiss, Ocean Gem/Mirror Gem, Warp Tour. Chille Tid, Keystone Motel
This is a thread to talk about the scenes or episodes of shows that turned you into a fan.

Dragonball Z: I'd first heard about the show in 6th grade, and I'd seen a few random episodes.  But, it didnt' look all that interesting to me.  I was still pretty new to anime, and the idea of shows in story arcs was foreign to me.  One day, I caught an episode from the Namek arc on Toonami, where Gohan and Krillin rescue Dende from Freeza's henchmen, and  from that day on, I tuned in everyday to see what happened next. 

Breaking Bad: I thought the show opened up pretty strong, building up the circumstances behind Walt's decision to start cooking meth.  But, the pacing of the first season was just too slow.  I still continued watching, since I liked how they showed him struggling with his morality.  Crazy Handful of Nothin' got me hooked. To me, Walt adopting his Heisenberg persona guaranteed that I'd keep watching to see how he'd end up. 

Steven Universe: I actually kind of made a mistake by starting out with a random episode; Cry For Help, since I didn't know there was any continuity.  Later on, I watched the show from the beginning, and I really loved how the Gems' relationship with Steven was shown.  I liked it from the start, but I think the episode that really grabbed my attention was Giant Woman.  It was the first time that we saw some conflict between the Gems with Pearl and Amethyst bickering, and seeing them put aside their differences to fuse and save Steven made me appreciate them even more. 
Berserk: The Golden Age- I remember when I first picked Berserk up, and how hard it was to get into.  The art style and the dark fantasy setting were interesting, but they really weren't enough to sell it for me.  Then, we found out about Guts' past.  His time with the Band of the Hawk was a fine mix of character bonding, some impressive fight scenes and drama. 

Fairy Tail: Phantom Lord- I actually almost gave up on Fairy Tail halfway into Galuna Island.  But then, once that arc had finished, I was surprised by how invested I'd become in the series once Natsu and Co. came back to find the guild under attack.  It had a a lot of my favorite fights and character designs in the series, and I really like how it established Lucy as part of Fairy Tail. 

If I talked about One Piece, you'd be here all day reading, so I'll just talk about one of my favorite arcs; Drum Island.  For me, it had the most emotional depth to it, at least in the first half of the Grand Line.  While it definitely still had its share of funny moments, I really felt the urgency of Luffy having to get Nami to a doctor.Then there's Chopper...His flashback was one of the most crushing for me.  Dalton deserves a special mention, too.  I feel people rarely talk about him, but he was a pretty strong character, whose past helped shape the kingdom's future. 


Amir Elkassed
United States
Current Residence: Virginia
Favourite genre of music: Metal, Trance, Industrial
Favourite cartoon character: Monkey D. Luffy, Joseph Joestar
It's been years since I last wrote a journal, so let me start off by talking about a few things that have been going on in my life.  Last year, I finally graduated from Nova, with honors after passing a math class that was giving me a lot of trouble.  I've been going to George Mason for a year, where I'm working towards my Bachelor's degree in Spanish.    It's a new experience for me, but I'm managing, and even made the Dean's List for both semesters.

Now, I have more than two months to relax.  And on a completely unrelated note: Today, I started my first day at Great Harvest; a bakery near my house.
  • Playing: Super Street Fighter IV

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JZLobo Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I wish I had seen your Big Finish forum thread before it was too late to comment... but this is the perfect time of year to listen to "The Chimes of Midnight." Best Doctor Who Chistmas story ever. I'm actually having some friends over in a couple hours to listen to it in the dark. I also recommend "Seasons of Fear," "Invaders from Mars," "The Maltese Penguin," "Max Warp," and "The Horror of Glam Rock." Oh, and "Scherzo" will F you up but you will love it.
LauraHolArt Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014   Traditional Artist
Belated thank you for the fave! :happybounce:
Sergiba Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
Thanks for the fav! :D
TheMan268 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:party: :cake: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :cake: :party:
HendrikHermans Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the fav!
oro-elui Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank You for supporting my work :bow:
Please don't be upset about late reply :ashamed:
Tatter-Hood Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Thank you for the fav! :squee:
Kalartscene Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:bulletblue: :bulletblue: :headbang: :horns: Thanks for the :+fav: :horns: :headbang: :bulletblue: :bulletblue:
AlisTori Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the fave on the art from our project Spy Beat! Also we would be glad if you read the main story and the extra chapter in Steampunk style!
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks for adding ”Home is Where the Heart Is…” to your favourites. ‘Tis appreciated! :iconthankyouplz4:
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