Mobile Suit Gundam (0079, First Gundam, yadayadaya)
Just awesome. A must. Also the gateway to most every other Gundam ever.
Entry Barriers: "It's too old." The animation can be off putting to those accustomed to newer stuff.
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere S1 and S2
World building up the fucking wazoo, loads of main, always relevant characters, some of the most beautiful OTP collections ever, well thought-out "conflict" sequences, just to name a few. This thing is packed, but ties everything together on a well established foundation. Truly one of the greatest constructed universes in Japanese media.
Entry Barriers: Probably requires research to understand everything i.e., reading the original novels and the prequels, consulting the tumblr/wiki page. https://just-believe.in/ has links to these and other resources.
SpoilerThe Funny One
Humanity Has Declined
One of the greatest satires I've seen so far. Maybe won't appeal to a lot of people. but picks apart some flaws of mankind in a way that just feels spot on.
Entry Barriers: [Placeholder for when someone finds a noteworthy one]
Kaiji S1 and S2
A classic gambling manga fare. Artisan tier game designs. Fukumoto's works always bring forward wonderful commentary concerning the human psyche, and never disappoints. Tension, psychological discussion that hits at the core, and raw emotional drive.
Entry Barriers: The artsyle.
Yeah yeah, it has the cute girls doing thigns going on but don't let that stop you. It was immensely worth. The delivery of the characters seemed a lot more natural to me than what I see most of the time. Yeah, the timing has to be one of it's greatest points. And it portrays the throes and woes of the workplace so fucking well! Working against the clock, dealing with incompetence. That and there's the details on the anime industry itself AS THE SUBJECT. Wrap that up with a colorful cast and you've got yourself a winner.
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SpoilerWiio was right.
The fundamental Wiio's law states that "Communication usually fails, except by accident". The full set of laws is as follows:
1. Communication usually fails, except by accident. - a. If communication can fail, it will. - b. If communication cannot fail, it still most usually fails. - c. If communication seems to succeed in the intended way, there's a misunderstanding. - d. If you are content with your message, communication certainly fails.
2. If a message can be interpreted in several ways, it will be interpreted in a manner that maximizes the damage.
3. There is always someone who knows better than you what you meant with your message.
4. The more we communicate, the worse communication succeeds. - a. The more we communicate, the faster misunderstandings propagate.
5. In mass communication, the important thing is not how things are but how they seem to be.
6. The importance of a news item is inversely proportional to the square of the distance.
7. The more important the situation is, the more probably you forget an essential thing that you remembered a moment ago.