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Speaking of 'Shiro Kuma', I can't recommend the following anime strongly enough. It's delightfully silly in a very unique and special way:

http://www.crunchyroll.com/polar-bear-cafe

Nihongo de, 'Shiro Kuma Cafe'.

You can view episodes for free on Crunchyroll with commercial interruptions, or pay a monthly fee for unlimited, commercial free access. Great for listening and learning Japanese in general, and lot's of great shows.

'Gankutsuou' is a great modern re-telling of 'The Count Of Monte Christo' and 'Natsume Yojin-cho' is another funnier, fantasy series which, in the style of all the best anime and Japanese story-telling in general, can also get surprisingly deep at times.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/gankutsuou
http://www.crunchyroll.com/natsume-yujin-cho

Europeans in particular may appreciate Gankutsuo's sound track, penned by none other than Jean Jacques Burnell of the Stranglers. The art on this series is also very bold and unique. I loved it, but others have found it distracting.

In any case, check some of these out and enjoy. My honest opinion is that some of the best modern story-telling on the planet is taking place in Japanese anime. I never considered myself an anime fan, but I just keep getting pleasantly surprised time and time again at the quality and depth of some of the material out there.

If anyone else has other recommendations, please paste 'em on here.

Posted on: 2012/12/15 23:47
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