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Yu-Gi-Oh! (TV 2/2000)
Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files (TV) Very good
World Conquest Zvezda Plot (TV) Very good
Wolf's Rain (TV) Masterpiece
Wolf's Rain (OAV) Masterpiece
Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil (TV) Decent What a.... show? It was definitely interesting, in a rough, chaotic, and kinda stupid way. The virtual slideshow that was episode 11 aside, it had some appealing production values courtesy of Studio Arms, as demonstrated by some cool action set-pieces and distinctive (though sillily-designed) character designs by Umetsu. The familiars were definitely highlights, even if the Frog familiar (voiced amusingly by Norio Wakamoto) became too creepy and perverted at times, and someof the story concepts were sort of neat, like a Lw & Order show about wizards. Still, there was too little logic going on in many of the show's proceedings, making it too hard to treat its court system (as canonically biased against wizards as it is) with any seriousness or hold personal investment in some of its characters. Also, there were some mysteries that really weren't handled well or satisfactorily resolved, like how there's the implication that a supporting character was a demon/Satan but little was done with it.
Witchblade (TV) Very good
(The) Wind Rises (movie) Masterpiece
When They Cry - Higurashi (TV) Very good
Welcome to the NHK (TV) Excellent This is a truly meaningful, if not super-wonderful show that speaks to me in a way not unlike Watamote. In fact, as it focuses on a college-age (& college drop-out) NEET with some severe social anxiety and his concerns about his future, it might speak to me even more! Sure, there's comedy here in his initial situation, as well as the situations he gets himself into with his ero-game creator-wannabe and the girl who wants to 'save' him (among others). But it's definitely not an otaku-soothing, light-hearted 'romp'-- far from it! The characters, most of whom are college-age-or-older young adults, are carefully written and end up feeling very real and sympathetic. While the animation might not do anything noteworthy, its musical score really helps to accentuate the show's content, especially the OP and both EDs (themes which you really ought to read the English subtitles for!). It's rare for me to consume entertainment that makes me reconsider just how meaningful my current anime-and-game-obsessed life really is, but that's what Welcome to the NHK does. And I strongly commend it for that-- for its provision of such valuable medicine-- and the altogether great execution of it through its characters and story.
WATAMOTE (TV) Very good This is a show that has at times been both hilarious and melancholic during its run-- an odd sort of combination that I wouldn't have dreamt of seeing in anything except black humor. (I'm not sure if 'black humor' is a really apt term for this show, though.) The music is largely appropriate, with changing EDs and an at-times-ear-stinging rock opening, and there are a lot of neat and occasionally obscure otaku references intwined with some of the art and animation. From a personal standpoint, I found watching this quite therapeutic, and even helpful in recalling my own social anxiety and behavior: Having been a big introvert myself, I've felt sympathy and even some compassion as Tomoko tries, and almost always fails, to make her 'high school debut' through these twelve episodes. Mileage will definitely vary, as some of it proves awfully hard and sad to watch, and there is no steady rate of progress in Tomoko's development. By the end, she appears to finally have made some semblance of headway in getting a little bit outside of her shell-- though certainly not enough so to discount more wacky Watamote material. :)
Voices of a Distant Star (OAV)
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (movie) Very good
Vampire Hunter D (OAV) Decent
Trinity Blood (TV) Good
Trigun: Badlands Rumble (movie) Good
Trigun (TV)
Towanoquon (movie series) Very good
Time of Eve (ONA) Excellent This was a pretty but too short series that makes me empathize more with android characters than those in most anything else that I have seen in visual media. Provocative and charming, it beautifully dramatizes relationships between humans and androids (or even androids and androids) in a future in which robots appear to acquire and develop a "soul" of their own. It would be great to see a second season come out of this property.
Tiger & Bunny (TV) Very good
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Legend of the Supermutants (OAV)
Tales of Symphonia the Animation (OAV)
Sword of the Stranger (movie)
Superflat Monogram (movie)
Summer Wars (movie) Excellent
Stray Dog (live-action movie)
Strange+ (TV) Good A funny, fast, slapstick-oriented anime that works well in short bursts... making it a rather natural fit for its 5 minute-and-under timespan! Jun Fukuyama as the Detective Agency's head-- a blue-haired boy that's all too comfortable with cross dressing-- is a highlight here.
Strait Jacket (OAV)
Stink Bomb (movie)
Starship Troopers: Invasion (movie) Good
Squid Girl (TV) Excellent
Spirited Away (movie)
SoniAni -Super Sonico the Animation- (TV) Good An unexpected surprise of the season-- for an anime that stemmed from the popularity of the titular Nitro+ mascot, it was pleasant slice-of-life fun doused with various eccentricities and somewhat tame fanservice throughout. Naturally(?), Sonico is never seen without her headphones, and no one ever questions it. Her manager always has some flame-headed demon mask on. Practically everyone is inexplicably nice to her! Many of the episodes are very distinct from each other, from zombie and mystery-spoof episodes to supporting character-centric episodes that can actually be touching! (The episode focusing on a disgruntled editor and her picking back up her dreams of authoring is a personal highlight.) A nice little show indeed.
(The) Sky Crawlers (movie) Very good
Silver Spoon (TV) Excellent
Shinesman (OAV)
She and Her Cat (OAV)
Shamanic Princess (OAV)
Shaman King (TV) Good
Shakugan no Shana (movie)
Serial Experiments Lain (TV)
Seitokai Yakuindomo (TV) Good
Samurai Flamenco (TV) Very good What a show. What a show! This might be the most deconstruction-y deconstruction in all deconstruction this side of 2013. Just when you think it'll be a semi-realistic satire about real-life vigilantes a la "Kick-Ass," then something happens (Guillotine Gorilla!) that lets it suddenly become some satire on super sentai shows. But it doesn't settle down and become too comfortable with some numbing monster-of-the-week format-- before long, enemies progressively escalate in size and scope, literally and figuratively, while taking the super sentai trappings farther and farther. And after encounters with the likes of politicians and aliens, we suddenly get a 3-episode plot that brings to mind The Dark Knight and its duality b/w Batman & The Joker! One might think that such a show would become an utter trainwreck, but luckily for us, it is just a train that employs some MULTI-TRACK DRIFTIN. Basically, it's a show that never crashes off the rails because a)the writers had a direction(s) in mind for it after all & b)there are some great and entertaining characters, like Masayoshi, his police officer-buddy Goto, and Samurai Flamenco's more brutal female counterpart, Mari (or Flamenco Girl). Too bad there's an awful lot of QUALITY in the anime's art & animation, though, at least in the broadcast run.
Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal (OAV) Masterpiece
Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection (OAV)
Ringing Bell (movie)
RIN - Daughters of Mnemosyne (TV) Very good
Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie Excellent
Revolutionary Girl Utena (TV) Masterpiece A timeless story with a beautiful ending.... a one-of-a-kind series, for sure. So much spectacle, so much absurd humor, and yes, so much artistic and literary substance that make me sure I'll want to revisit this series again and again.
Redline (movie) Excellent
(The) Red Spectacles (live-action movie) Good
Record of Lodoss War (OAV) Very good
Recently, my sister is unusual. (TV) Decent
Read or Die (OAV) Very good
RahXephon (TV)
Queen's Blade: The Exiled Virgin (TV) Decent
Queen's Blade Utsukushiki Tōshi-tachi (OAV)
Queen's Blade Rebellion Premium Visual Book (OAV)
Queen's Blade 2: The Evil Eye (TV) Good This was definitely a more valuable viewing experience than I could've imagined, coming into the second season that I thought would be roughly be the same exact cheesecake experience as the first. The characters and the story became much more developed-- enough so to actually get attached to and invested in a few of them! By comparison, whatever fan-service there was felt more arbitrary than not and whatever nudity there was was noticed much less.
Pupa (TV) Not really good
Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellion
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 2: Eternal Masterpiece
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings Masterpiece
Puella Magi Madoka Magica (TV) Masterpiece
Psycho-Pass (TV) Excellent
Princess Tutu (TV)
Princess Mononoke (movie)
(Le) Portrait de Petite Cossette (OAV)
Porco Rosso (movie)
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (movie)
Pokemon: The First Movie
Pokemon 3 - The Movie
Pokemon 2000 - The Movie
Pocket Monsters: The Origin (special) Good A gloriously faithful-yet-terribly-condensed 4-part anime adaptation of the storyline of the original Pokemon Red and Blue games. It's hard to imagine someone that played and liked the gameboy games to *not* get a kick out of it; it is certainly a crowd-pleaser for older fans that don't mind nostalgia trips. The characters themselves are quite charming, and just so damn earnest and passionate in a world where nothing but a pure, candid spirit, the strength of one's Pokemon, and FRIENDSHIP are all you need to get by. Kudos to making Red the awesome Pokemon trainer/power fantasy we always wanted Ash Ketchum. I also give this major props for dedicating one of the four episodes to Mr. Fuji and the going-ons of Lavender. At the end, particularly the final scenes involving the new XY generation mega-evolutions, it may have still been an advertisement, but nonetheless an animated treat worth seeing.
(The) Place Promised in Our Early Days (movie)
Ping Pong (TV) Masterpiece Probably the most pleasant anime related surprise I've come across all year. Having a nearly-dosheartening unfamiliarity with Masaaki Yuasa, only being aware of his credits in The Tatami Galaxy and Kick-Heart, I came in for the radical free-form visuals, but not really anything else. I didn't appreciate them fully at first, but they definitely grew on me, thanks to how confident the show was in its aesthetics and beautifully storyboarded it all was. Little did I think I'd stay on for a story full of great humanity and depth, one that celebrated human passion and friendship rather than the conceit of simply *having* to win at everything. The heartfelt bonds between Yutaka Hoshino ("Peco") and Makoto Tsukimoto (the barely smiling "Smile") may lie at the heart of this story-- and very much deservedly so, for they tie things up so well thematically-- but Ping Pong wouldn't quite be Ping Pong without it's strong supporting cast. There's Ryuichi Kazama, for example, who might even be a deconstruction of that character that *has* to win all the time, whatever the toll on his heart may be. And then Manabu Sakuma ("Akuma"), who develops from having a nasty-eyed rivalry with Smile to becoming accepting of his own limitations and "moves on." Of course, no one can forget Peco and Smile's respective coaches, the latter of whom is the most pleasant Engrish-speaking (and perhaps kawaii?) old man you may ever see in an anime. If one can only have room for one sports anime in their life, let that anime be "Ping Pong: The Animation."
Pet Shop of Horrors (TV) Good
Perfect Blue (movie)
Penguindrum (TV) Masterpiece
Patlabor: The Movie
Patlabor 2: The Movie
Paprika (movie) Excellent
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt (TV) Good
Outbreak Company (TV) Very good With no fantastic expectations going into this work, originally written by the same guy that did Scrapped, I came out rather surprised and pleased during much of its 12 episodes. It was definitely an otaku comedy with harem aspects, which served up its own conventional if banal fun-- like a beach episode where characters know it's a beach episode, a tourist-in-Wacky-Japan episode involving the hal-elf maid Myucel, or a make-an-otaku-targeted-movie episode. There are a couple other more great standalone but less conventional episodes, like a soccer match episode between the elves and dwarves or one where Princess Petralka was educated on being a Hikikomori for a day. (I have a feeling that latter episode's message isn't so unlike what "Welcome to the NHK" may tell.) However, it also ended up being a somewhat insightful and entertaining commentary on 'Cool Japan' and cultural imperialism as enforced through otaku culture, particularly the first four episodes and the last two. (Episode 11 is a highlight.) It helps that the production values remain solid enough overall, and the cast of characters consistently prove themselves entertaining if cute and pandering. I hope to be there when a second season ends up happening.
Only Yesterday (movie)
Oneechan ga Kita (TV) Decent Alo translated as "my Big Sister Arrived." A cute and appropriately brief show, with twelve 4-min episodes that plays an admittedly light-hearted, incest-romance-but-it-isn't-really angle. The sister having a cute triangle mouth much like Renge of Non non Biyori definitely helped.
Occult Academy (TV) Very good
Nyaruko: Crawling with Love! (TV) Very good A very dumb-fun series that's definitely worth more than the sum of its parts; it's been a while since a series has made me chuckle or laugh as constantly as this did. And even better, I am now even more intrigued by H.P. Lovecraft's universe...
Nyaruko: Crawling with Love! (TV 2) So-so A disappointing followup to the original series, Nyarko: Another Crawling Chaos. The cast of characters pretty much stayed the same with the exception of a certain older sister, but not much seemed to be added to the character dynamics . There seemed to be fewer things of interest to this Lovecraft novice, instead playing up the harem angle more than needed, and the references seemed to reference the same things as the last season (or didn't seem as inspired). There is still some shallow, dumb fun to be had here, but not close at all to making the impression the first series did.
Now and Then, Here and There (TV) Excellent
Non Non Biyori (TV) Very good
Nisemonogatari (TV) Very good It would be nice if this series was tighter, even though some of the extended comedy scenes that filled up time were quite funny. Some of the scenes got a little too long awkward as well, like the Sengoku bathing scenes and the infamous force toothbrushing of Karen. Still-- again, the humor worked very well most of the time, the characters were fun to watch, and both arcs came to pretty nice conclusions.
Night on the Galactic Railroad (movie) Excellent
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (movie)
Neon Genesis Evangelion (TV)
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (movie)
Nagi no Asukara (TV) Excellent "This is probably the best of the two-cour shows to finish out in Winter 2014." Oh wait, I said that about Kill La Kill! Seriously, though, this anime-original work penned by Mari Okada looks to be one of 2013/2014's best anime already. It's definitely a quite gorgeous and polished anime, with animation and artistry maintaining a sophisticated degree of consistency courtesy of P.A. Works. Music is also of phenomenal quality, with all the OPs & EDs deserving of regular listening. The setting that's established with the premise, where there are land people and sea people that largely live and remain within their respective town/village, make it very unique. Though it may appear that these more unique elements (which include the conflicts that arise between the people of the land and sea, the world seeming to reach an end, etc.) get pushed to the background by the relationship drama between the main cast, it really isn't. As the show proves to the very end of the series, these unique elements-- the sea, the sea god, the sea village and their stories-- serve as meaningful vehicles for its powerful and in-depth exploration of what Love truly is. With a conclusion providing more beauty and resolution than I thought Mari Okada would allow, Nagi no Asukara is certainly a journey worth seeing through.
My Little Monster (TV) Excellent
Mushi-Shi (TV) Masterpiece
Muromi-san (TV) Very good
Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku (OAV) Very good
Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit (TV) Excellent
Monster (TV) Masterpiece
Miss Monochrome (TV)
Millennium Actress (movie) Masterpiece
Memories (movie)
(The) Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (TV)
MD Geist II - Death Force (OAV) Bad
MD Geist (OAV) Bad
Mardock Scramble: The First Compression (movie) Very good What an unexpected treat. Was thinking it'd be awfully hard-edge and "cool" but emotionally cold film, coming into this Sci-Fi "Psychosexual Thriller." While definitely hard-edge, it was more appropriate than not for the setting, and Balot and Oeufcocque were pretty good characters within the sixty minute time frame. Also, props for a cathartic arrangement of Newton's "Amazing Grace" in the end credits.... can't wait for the rest of this trilogy.
(La) Maison en Petits Cubes (movie) Masterpiece
Magnetic Rose (movie) Excellent
Magical Witch Punie-chan (OAV)
Magi - The Labyrinth of Magic (TV) Very good
Magi - The Kingdom of Magic (TV) Very good Technically a second season, this is an impressive followup to the what I had already considered to be a great foundation in "The Labyrinth of Magic." It reminds me a lot of 'shonen' shows I used to follow and enjoy, but with much better pacing, more consistent excitement, and even deeper commentary (like the classism and discrimination that had been shown between magicians and magoi alike). After this, I definitely look forward to a third season of Magi.
Macross Plus (OAV) Excellent
Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine (TV) Excellent
Lupin III: The Columbus Files (special)
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (movie)
Lupin III: Island of Assassins (special) Very good
Lupin III: Farewell to Nostradamus (movie)
Lupin III: Dead or Alive (movie)
Lupin III: Crisis in Tokyo (special)
Lunar Legend Tsukihime (TV) So-so So.... that sure was an anime-- an obviously early digipaint anime with an obviously limited budget, no less. Though I haven't (yet) read the visual novel, I have read the manga, and that adaptation was much more superior. Not only did the characters prove more interesting there, its story was denser with more details & relevant plotting and conveyed more kinetic energy through its fights than the anime itself did. That being said, the romance between Shiki and Arcueid appeared to be developed more nicely than not, and the soundtrack proved to be good as well, with a memorable OP to boot (though at least one track seemed to be overused).
Little Witch Academia (movie) Very good
Level E (TV) Very good This series from the same creator of Yu Yu Hakusho & Hunter X Hunter is a hilarious collection of science fiction-y vignettes involving a Master Troll of a prince aptly called Prince Baka. As loosely tied as the individual arcs may be, the majority of them are very entertaining and unique-- where else would one find an anime that involved a mermaid, super sentai and RPG parodies, and a somewhat poignant tale of a transgendered girl? To my surprise, as the show's last arc proves, there is a greater (if fairly simple) point to all the wacky events that have occurred since Baka has landed on Earth, paving the way for an actual conclusion of sorts. I imagine the dub starring Vic Mignogna will be supremely entertaining as well.
Last Exile (TV)
Koe de Oshigoto! (OAV) Not really good
Kite Liberator (OAV) Decent
Kite (OAV) Decent
Kin-iro Mosaic (TV) Very good
Kill la Kill (TV) Excellent This is probably the best of the two-cour shows to finish out in Winter 2014. What a wild and immensely fun ride it's been, and all thanks to Studio Trigger! Off the bat we see a very distinct aesthetic that brings to mind Gurren Lagann and bits of Panty and Stocking (particularly in the animation department, where movement is just as much implied as it is actually done). This is understandable, since it's head creators were heavily involved with those two shows at Gainax. The epic and loud story and characters fondly evoke those found in Gurren Lagann, though to a personally more memorable degree. (KLK is probably home to my first one-true-pairing, or OTP, that might as well be canon at this point: Mako and a certain big guy whose name starts with G....) It's also quite cool that the drama itself works on a fairly deep level, making some meaningful statements (feminist or otherwise) through a rejection of being enslaved by clothing and by extension societal/marriage norm. (To amusingly great effect, this translates into our main characters duking it out in skimpy clothes and the existence of a guerilla group called "Nudist Beach.") And of course, the music deserves some mention-- it's suitably on-note with all the action and drama, making for some very strong compositions and pretty rad OPs/EDs.
Kiki's Delivery Service (movie) Excellent
Kids on the Slope (TV) Excellent A thoroughly enjoyable and emotional roller coaster through the eyes of a few Japanese teenagers living through their jazz and friendship and (jazzy friendship?) in the mid-to-late 1960s. Though some pacing issues became definitely noticeable in the last few episodes, it was still altogether sweet and wonderful, especially given the episode count Watanabe & co. had to work with.
Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens (TV) Good
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (TV) Very good
Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade (movie)
Is This a Zombie? (TV) Very good
Inuyasha the Movie 2: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass
INTERSTELLA 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (movie) Very good
Howl's Moving Castle (movie)
High School of the Dead (TV) Good
Haibane Renmei (TV)
.hack//SIGN (TV)
.hack//Legend Of The Twilight (TV) Not really good
Gurren Lagann (TV)
Gungrave (TV) Very good
Golden Time (TV) Good At it's heart, Golden Time is a "very good" story-- certainly a highly relatable one, in how down-to-earth it feels and how it 'gels' with my own recent college experiences, making me nostalgic for those days sooner than I wanted. Most of the characters themselves felt down to earth, relatable and even likable. (Linda & 2D-kun were among my favorites.) However, this seems to be a case where content was underserved by those working with J.C. staff. As likable as the character designs generally were, the production & animation overall felt very stiff and cheap. Thanks to the show's direction and writing, it sometimes felt like people were much too blunt with their feelings and some drama too contrived or quick-to-happen, all showcased with little artfulness. For much of the time it aired, I was never loco for Koko, or sold on her being such a great fit for Banri when compared to Banri's would-be-girlfriend Linda.... which made it all the more aggravating when Koko and Banri were the only characters to ever feature in the OP/EDs. (Surely it wasn't like this with the light novels?) And then, there's the awkwardly-executed drama involving the pre-amnesia "Ghost Banri" and his relationship with the current Banri .
(The) Girl Who Leapt Through Time (movie)
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (TV) Excellent
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (movie)
Ghost in the Shell (movie)
Genshiken (TV)
Gatchaman Crowds (TV) Excellent An ingenius little show that, while I may have not been mega-invested in it the first time around emotionally, proved to be wonderfully entertaining and intellectually meaningful. It's protagonist, the happy and hyper-energetic yet reliable Hajime, is essentially the anti-Batman; as she "combats" the Joker-like force of Katze and the chaos he represents, she takes measures quite different from those of the (personally beloved) Dark Knight. She is in harmony with the good natured civil servants that serve their city, thrusts her and her team's identity out into the open, and, to the very end, relies on others (like the GALAX-founder Rui) and encourages everyone to be a hero that betters the world around them. Could one call it a "deconstruction" of the superhero? I think so. Let CROWDS uplift you and take you on for a wild and relevant ride-- maybe you, too, will be able to spread your wings and no longer act as a caged bird!
Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (TV) Very good
(The) Garden of Words (movie) Excellent
(The) Garden of Sinners (movie series) Excellent Kara no Kyoukai is essentially a 7-part film series that totals to about 9 hours. First seen in its original, and thus predominantly non-chronological, order of release, it is indeed a difficult series to understand, at least at first. The Nasu-originated dialogue consistently sounded more dense and somewhat awkward than it probably should've been. Even so, as I came to more fully understand what was going on with each successive film, my appreciation became ever sweeter in regards to this story: one of of the quiet girl named Shiki Ryougi, who attempts to come to terms with her multi-faceted identity as she intimately gets swept up in several series of murder, along with the mild-mannered Mikiya Kokutou and sorceress/puppet-maker Touko Aozaki who investigate them. It becomes more and more involving--perhaps reaching the greatest general climax in the 5th film called "Paradox Spiral--as the viewer questions with greater interest what Shiki's exact nature is and what the deal was with those weird murders she *apparently* committed in 1995. "The themes presented here-- relating to uniqueness, identity, happiness, protecting said happiness, the sin and burden of murder (perhaps best evidenced in film 7), and Yin & Yang-- may be somewhat obfuscated, but still more or less resonated with me. The aesthetics greatly enhanced the films, as the art and animation are consistently clean and top-notch, and Yuki Kaijura's music is appropriately haunting and beautifully evocative. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Note: There is also an (effective!) 60 minute recap called Gate of Seventh Heaven and 30 minute epilogue that probably gives the fullest answer to Shiki's true nature-- an identity comprised of Shiki, the 'male' SHIKI, and the Shiki Ryogi that is representative of the primordial 'body,' 'The Void' .
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo (TV) Masterpiece
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie - Conqueror of Shamballa
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (TV) Excellent
Fullmetal Alchemist (TV) Excellent
Fruits Basket (TV) Excellent
From the New World (TV) Excellent Perhaps better known by its Japanese title of "Shin Sekai Yori", this 25 episode anime series is based on a 1000 page novel of the same name, written by Yusuke Kishi. __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ Among the 'messages' that could be learned here, I thought there was a strong message of entrusting the future to our children with hope, not fear-- or, to perhaps put it more eloquently, nurture our children so there is HOPE, not FEAR in our future. Some of the finale's symbolism & dialogue obviously get at this, but this is a message carefully built up to through the series: particularly with these potential 'problem children' who 'require' elimination by Impure Cats, & then the appearance of a being who was only 'nurtured' to hate + kill that could only be defeated by the 'humanity' she rejected.
Flowers of Evil (TV) Excellent
(The) Final Flight of the Osiris (OAV)
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (US CG movie)
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (movie)
Fate/Zero (TV) Very good The somewhat weaker half of the two cours that comprise the Urobuchi-written prequel to Type/Moon's Fate/stay night, Fate/zero introduces viewers to the cast and circumstances of the Fourth Holy Grail War. There are boatloads of exposition here, which were surely done to be both faithful to the novel and bring some non-Type Moon fans up to speed. As one that had already avidly read the FSN novel (hadn't seen the anime adaptation, probably for the best), I'm not too sure how effective it really is, but even so, it's probably a little too talky for its own good. I also feel that a bit too much time was given to Caster and his equally crazy master-- it took away some time from other more interesting characters, and the aesthetics of his noble phantasm and the battle its used in aren't as impressive as they could've been. Maybe there is less purple pea-soup fog in the BD release?
Fate/Zero (TV 2) Excellent The more diverse and stronger season of the greater two-cour Fate/Zero anime-- and what a season it was! After finally dispensing of a Servant that might have overstayed his welcome, the pacing ramps up to create an even more exciting, if even more emotional, story of betrayals and tragic circumstances. Character development and motivations become necessarily clearer and further developed, particularly in the case of Kiritsugu and Irisviel. Continuing from their enjoyable and scene-stealing partnership of the first season, Waver and Rider become an even stronger team, helping to give Waver a good character arc as one of the greater protagonists of Fate/Zero. In the end, not only does Fate/Zero serve as a wonderful prequel for Fate/Stay Night, it is grand piece of fiction in its own right.
Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works (movie) Good
Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya (TV) Good
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (movie) Excellent
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (movie)
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (movie)
Eureka Seven (TV) Excellent
Escaflowne: The Movie
Elfen Lied (TV) Very good
Elfen Lied (OAV)
Eden of the East (TV)
Dusk maiden of Amnesia (TV) Very good This series had some alright-to-good comedy at the start, but then it became a vessel for some surprisingly great drama and suspense entering into the second half of the series. Top this off with a truly superb visual direction (discounting the "okay" character designs), and this was a certainly memorable series for 2012. A bit of a mixed feeling on the ending-- some may feel it's a "cop-out"-- but there's still plenty of inherent value in the emotional finale, as long as you interpret it in a certain light.
(The) Diary of Tortov Roddle (ONA)
Detroit Metal City (OAV)
Death Note (TV) Very good
Deadman Wonderland (TV) Decent
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie Excellent
Cowboy Bebop (TV) A true anime classic. I watched the entirety of this series on DVD spread across 16 days, the vast majority of the episodes (including the two-parter ending) for the very first time, and it was so wonderful. I probably didn't fully realize until the very end how much the characters with al their experiences grew on me and until those last few episodes. Upon further examination of and listening to the final ED "Blue," I truly cried. Other than the main "plot" episodes like "Ballad for Fallen Angels" & "The Real Folk Blues," some notable episodes for me in particular were "Speak Like a Child," "Mushroom Samba" and "Hard Luck Woman."
Comedy (OAV) Good
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (TV)
Cat Soup (OAV) Good
Cat Shit One: The Animated Series (ONA) Good
Cat Planet Cuties (TV) Good
Castle in the Sky (movie) Excellent
Carnival Phantasm (OAV) Excellent For fans or anyone that's familiar with Type-Moon's works (primarily Fate/Stay Night and/or Tsukihime): this is for YOU. As one that consumed all of the Fate/Stay Night VN and read the Tsukihime manga before Starting this OVA collection, I thought it was an excellent way to see fun poked at characters and situations that are otherwise primarily serious. For the extended collection of inside jokes that it basically is, Carnival Phantasm is the best that I've ever seen. But, if you HAVEN'T seen anything in Type Moon: well, what are you doing thinking about this anime? The more that you know about F/SN and Tsukihime (and maybe even their spin-offs), the more that you'll get out of this show... so read up on those other Type-Moon works!
Cannon Fodder (movie) Good
Boogiepop Phantom (TV) Excellent This ended up becoming a much more involved and complex series than I thought as I started watching. I adored it from a very literary standpoint-- the symbolism and metaphor put into here is very noteworthy, especially in regards to the Pied Piper, and the themes that include childhood's death and transitioning into adulthood add up to some great commentary (surely a critique on Japanese society) that can sometimes be particularly poignant. The visuals are favorably distinctive, as is the whole sound design. I only kinda wish that this was able to stand even better on its own (though it seems to mostly do), looking at all the media that's out related to it. Highly recommended, and definitely worthy of one more re-watch, if not more.
Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo (TV) Decent
Blue Exorcist (TV) Good
Blood: The Last Vampire (movie)
Blood+ (TV) Very good
Black Rock Shooter (OAV)
Black Lagoon (TV)
Birdy the Mighty: Decode (TV) Very good
Birdy the Mighty Decode:02 (TV) Very good
BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad (TV) Excellent
Bakemonogatari (TV) Excellent
Baccano! (TV)
Attack on Titan (TV) An intense shonen-action-thriller that became *the* mega-hit anime property of 2013. While unevenly paced and prone to being as subtle as a sledgehammer, it has atmosphere and action in spades, thanks to cool spiderman-like cinematography and one of the best and most bombastic anime OSTs of 2013. There is also plenty of drama and mystery as well involving an admittedly interesting-to-follow cast of characters alongside our 3 primary ones of Eren, Mikasa, and Armin. What is the *real* identity of so-and-so? What *are* the Titans? Who is going to die next? What's in that darn basement? There are still plenty such questions up in the air after the conclusion of its 26th episode, questions whose answers will surely be answered in the inevitable episodes to come.
Armitage: Dual-Matrix (movie) Very good
Armitage III: Poly-Matrix (movie)
Armitage III (OAV) Very good
Aquatic Language (special) Good
Appleseed: Ex Machina (movie)
Appleseed (movie)
Another (TV) Very good Another proved to be a great horror mystery-thriller that kept me gripped over the course of the two days that I watched it. It had beautiful aesthetics, as well as a number of memorable death scenes that happened at irregular enough intervals to be morbidly interesting to watch. Sadly, there felt to be a little too much build-up in some places (especially early on in the series), all the doll imagery didn't seem to mean all too much of anything at the end, and it didn't feel like I got to know some of the characters as much as I should've.
(The) Animatrix (OAV) Good
Animation Runner Kuromi 2 (OAV)
Animation Runner Kuromi (OAV)
Angel's Egg (movie)
Akira (movie) Good
Abnormal Physiology Seminar (OAV) Not really good
5 Centimeters Per Second (movie)