Anime DVD Holiday Gift Guide

I always get in the holiday spirit a little early, but now that Thanksgiving is here, there no denying it's time to start getting your decorations up, listening to Christmas music, and of course, shopping! Just in case you need to shop for an anime fan or any geek who loves cool DVDs, I thought I'd look back on some of my favorite series and recommend them as great holiday gifts. All of these series are available in easy to order DVD sets, and are definitely the kind of shows that are fun to watch more than once. I have most of them in my collection already, and the ones I don't, I plan on buying someday!

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
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Perfect for fans of futuristic, cyber-cool action, with excellent animation, intelligent storylines, and brilliant music, Shirow Masamune's net-infused saga is one of the best anime I've seen in a while. I just watched this series twice in the past few months, so it's definitely a favorite!

Appleseed: Ex Machina
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Another Shirow Masamune masterpiece, brought to life with an amazing blend of traditional and computer animation, filled with action set against an incredible advanced cityscape.

Death Note
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One of the best plotlines to come around in years, with elements of mystery, crime and fantasy that will please everyone from Sherlock Holmes fans to goth lovers! I never dreamed the anime could do justice to the original manga, but this series totally delivers.

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
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Every geek needs to enjoy one of the many Gundam series (I think it's the law!), and there's no better place to start than Gundam SEED, which features fantastic characterization, an excellent Jpop soundtrack, and of course, bad-ass Mobile Suit battles!

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For the anime fan with an appreciation for Japanese culture (as well as the brilliance of Osamu Tezuka, creator of Astro Boy and other incredible manga), this animated version of Tezuka's grand opus features stories set in ancient Japan as well as the sprawling cities of the future, weaved together with an intriguing spiritual theme. I can't wait to watch this one again!

Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040
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This is an older anime series, but I have to say it's one of my favorites because of the fantastic female characters (of varying temperaments) who don high-tech armor and fight against robots gone wild! I can't get enough of the futuristic scenery, full-force action, and strong personalities.

Azumanga Daioh
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If you're buying for a geek with a soft spot, I guarantee their heart will be warmed by this group of high school girls, who simply grow up and experience life together with all its ups and downs (and cat bites). This series is totally hilarious, but also tear-jerking, which is a great combination!