Want to see
B.B (OAV)
Berserk (TV)
(The) Book of Bantorra (TV)
Captain Earth (TV)
Dark Warrior (OAV)
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (movie)
First Squad - The Moment Of Truth (OAV)
Gakuen Tokusō Hikaruon (OAV)
Galaxy Express 999 (movie)
Genesis Climber Mospeada (TV)
Grey: Digital Target (movie)
Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl (TV)
Here is Greenwood (OAV)
(The) Heroic Legend of Arslan (OAV)
Kyousogiga (TV)
(The) Legend of Black Heaven (TV)
Level E (TV)
Library War (TV)
Mekakucity Actors (TV)
Midoriyama Kōkō Kōshien-hen (OAV)
Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket (OAV)
Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit (TV)
Musashi no Ken (TV)
Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse (TV)
Outbreak Company (TV)
Photon: The Idiot Adventures (OAV)
Rayearth (OAV)
Ring ni Kakero (TV)
Robot Girls Z (TV)
Shamanic Princess (OAV)
Star Blazers: The Bolar Wars (TV)
Star Blazers: The Comet Empire (TV)
(The) Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross (TV)
Taisho Baseball Girls (TV)
Tobira o Akete (OAV 1986)
Umineko: When They Cry (TV)
(The) Venus Wars (movie)
A Wind Named Amnesia (movie)
(The) World Is Still Beautiful (TV)
Zegapain (TV)

Seen some Rating Comment
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (TV)
Fullmetal Alchemist (TV) Up to 26 on Netflix. Basically lost all interest, I don't hate it, but I am not drawn in and I don't think I'm going to finish this any time soon. Up to 17 on Netflix streaming. Entertaining so far, but I don't see why so many people think it's a masterpiece yet. There's a lot of silliness mixed in with some seriousish stuff.
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo (TV)
Golgo 13 (TV)
Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino (TV) Seen the first episode Dubbed via PSN download for free. Ep 2 subbed through Funi's portal.
Key the Metal Idol (OAV)
Kill la Kill (TV)
Lupin the 3rd (TV) Seen to Ep. 6
Monster (TV) Was watching Sci-Fi broadcast, until I stopped having cable.
Robotech (U.S. TV)
Shonan Junai-gumi! (OAV)
Space Pirate Captain Harlock (TV) Seen to Ep. 6 on Funi's portal.
Speed Racer (TV)
Star Blazers (TV)
Star Blazers 2199 (TV) Spring 2013
Texhnolyze (TV)
This Ugly Yet Beautiful World (TV) Seen up to Ep. 2 via Brighthouse's Anime Network On Demand.
Ushio & Tora (OAV) Decent Seen all but the final episode via Brighthouse's Anime Network On Demand.
Yugo the Negotiator (TV)

Seen all Rating Comment
801 T.T.S. Airbats (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2013/01/29 I thought it was pretty fun. The pink haired girl had a despicable voice though. Konishi absolutely cracked me up. All in all, pretty OK OVA that had the visual style that I prefer.
Abnormal Physiology Seminar (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2012/11/03 I was clicking the random torrent button on a download site and I ended up here. One of the screen shots was of a naked chick riding a blow-up dolphin and the WTF? factor was too high for me to resist this 2 episode OVA. It's just an excuse for T&A, but there were some funny moments. Not bad overall.
Afro Samurai (TV) Good Last Seen: 2008 It's a revenge story. Samurai attempting to avenge father, in this case. It looks pretty cool, but the violence is a little gratutious and it sometimes looks more silly than cool.
Agent Aika (OAV) Bad Last Seen: 2009/12/05 Dumb. And very poorly voice acted. I'm upset that I saw this.
Akira (movie) Very good Last Seen: 2008 It's oen of the classics that anime fans a little older than me say brought them into the fold. I didn't hate it.
Angel Cop (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2013/09/08 Extremely violent. Angel as a character takes some strange turns during the course of the OVA, but I found it entertaining regardless. I feel like my Good is generous, but whatever.
Animation Runner Kuromi (OAV) Very good Last Seen: 2011/01/10 A good way to spend 40 minutes. Kuromi pushes an animation project through we see some of the nuts and bolts of the animation industry. A little more yelling and arm waving (and octopi? wtf japan lol?) than I'm used to now. I don't thin it's something that I would want to own, but it is a short watch, and it's entertaining.
(The) Animatrix (OAV) Last Seen: 2008
Another (TV) Good Last Seen: 2013/11/20 So, this is the first horror TV show that I saw, and it was really good. The first 5ish episodes were extremely tense, while we were still wondering if Mei was a real person or not. Then the middle episodes were a little tedious, when people were dying at a hilarious pace. The secret of how to stop the deaths was also extremely predictable, and the climax at the inn was ridiculous. Also, I think that it the show was dubbed and I wasn't spending all my time waiting for text to appear at the bottom of the screen I might have realized that Sakakibara's sister was also his assistant homeroom teacher.
Aoki Honoo (OAV) Not really good Last Seen: 2013/06/17 Not really hentai, only toplessness. But it definitely had a porn caliber plot. Basically, the main character is an unholy dick to various women, the end.
Armitage III (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2009/12/15 I didn't think this show was as good as I'd expected. I think it could make a good James Cameron movie though, if he plays with the plot a little so it doesn't feel so disjointed. Here's how the story goes. Armitage is a cop, so is Ross. They witness the murder of a country singer, who turns out to be a special type of cyborg called a third. Turns out that there are a bunch of thirds on Mars and a dude is trying to kill them all. Also, Armitage is a third. She and Ross abandon policeness to stop the killer, and they make a baby in the process. Lots of stuff blows up.
Ashita no Joe (movie) Good Last Seen: 2011/03/01 Well, I'm glad that I saw this story, I guess. It's sort of like Citizen Kane in that it's referenced a lot and many consider it to be a watershed anime (well, the TV series. not really the movie.) I wasn't all that into either though. Joe sort of pisses me off with his crazy jumping from position to position. I don't think I would make it through the TV series.
Attack on Titan (TV) Good Last Seen: 2013/10/06 Rather entertaining, but it suffers a little from shonen jump scene extending.
Azumanga Daioh (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2008 Day to day lives of a bunch of high school girls. It's cute, funny sometimes, and completely inoffensive. It's been a long while since I saw it, and I haven't felt the urge to watch it since. The trials and tribulations of Japanese high school girls. The live, they laugh, they love. They go through their daily routines and we watch, and that about covers the show. It's got some funny moments, and many think it has a sad ending, but I must not have gotten attached enough to the characters to sob like a little girl, which seems to be the normal reaction to this show.
B Gata H Kei - Yamada’s First Time (TV) Very good Last Seen: 2013/10/25 This was actually pretty funny. The initial concept, that Yamada wants to sleep with 100 guys, drops off quickly, and it turns into a series about two shy teens figuring out sex. And I have to say that having not felt like Yamada and Kosuda for a decade, a huge portion of their internal monologue is sooooooo familiar. I saw it dubbed on Netflix, so I'm not sure if Funi was super faithful or not, but the dub was perfect.
Baby Love (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2013/08/14 ***Encyclopedia watch*** Meh, I thought it was ok. I don't watch very many shoujo shows, but this one seemed really regressive in regards to women's issues. "I will make my boobs bigger and reform my body to make him like me." Have some independence, lady.
Baby Princess 3D Paradise 0 [Love] (OAV) Weak Last Seen: 2013/08/14 It was good except for the sexualization of half a dozen middle school and elementary school girls, strange pee fetishes, extremely stupid plot, and all the incest. (For serious though, the hot springs submarine gag was funny.)
Baccano! (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2011/04/01 This is an excellent show. Despite having a huge cast of characters it isn't hard to keep track of them because the main thrust of the show takes place over the course of an evening on the Flying Pussyfoot, so they encounter eachother frequently. There is one short arc that takes place on the ship in the 1700s, and about an hour of content that takes place the year before the train ride and that covers what happened just after. The dub cast is fantastic. This is how dubs should be. My gripes are few, but they are what prevent it from crossing over to Masterpiece and are as follows: The way that the TV section of the show ended was weak. It was kind of an anticlimax, because we knew that everybody would live because most of the action of the show took place in 1932 and the climax happens in 1931. Plus, the way all the gangsters popped back up and were like "lol I'm alive, idk how tho ^^' " seemed out of place after the grittiness that came before. Then there were the normal humans who had superhuman powers, like Ladd Russo and Claire Stanfield. I didn't like that. Also, it should be noted that Isacc and Miria were my favorite characters by a wide margin.
Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman (TV) Not really good Last Seen: 2013/08/31 This is the best anime based on a pachinko game set in the Bakumatsu Era that I've ever seen! But other than that, it's pretty passable. For the first half, it was amusing and endearing, but it kind of falls off from there. The use of technology and zombies is pretty dumb and some of the characterizations are weird. Bald guy with the flame cloak was just... meh... Then they made him an undeadesque assassin who just might be the city police man's long dead son. I didn't actually find out that this was based on a pachinko game until I was almost done, but when I did, everything kind of crystalized: 1) Roman gambles a lot because the aim of the anime is to get people playing this pachinko game. 2) The characters occasionally look at the camera and say a quick little quip, these are probably lines that play during the game. 3) Lavish Banquet sounds like a good name for a bonus round. 4) The eyecatch looks a lot like a slot machine graphic.
Bamboo Blade (TV) Very good Last Seen: 2014/01/13 <- 2010/10/18 Pretty good stuff. Pro: Pretty darned funny at times, the characters were mostly likeable and it looked pretty (what with being a newish anime and all). Con: I didn't really like Tama's voice, and the way later tournaments (and the story to a certain degree) played out was extremely predictable. As a matter of fact, the last 6-8 episodes were super duper extremely predictable. The good outweighs the bad though. I normally dislike when characters go all SD, but it works in Bamboo Blade. (2014/01/13) Watched this in the background while working, because it was on Hulu in dubbed format. I still like it about the same as when I first watched it.
Banner of the Stars (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2013/11/08 < 2013/01/05 < 2012/03/20 < 2011/01/11 < 2010/02/14 Much better voices this time around (though Jinto and Lafiel have the same actors. Maybe they had a better director or something.). Nothing to complain about in a technical sense. This edition of the franchise deals with Lafiel's new command, and their involvement with the Abh defense of several key gates after a 3 year ceasefire with the United Mankind. Good action, good characters. I like the addition of Eruyakryururururu... and Sampson, but the fifth member of the bridge is pretty forgettable. So forgettable, that I forgot her name the day after I finished the series. Sampson provides a sort of glimpse into the future for Jinto, and Eruykyru makes for a little (very little) conflict between the Jinto-Lafiel pair.
Banner of the Stars II (TV) Very good Last Seen: 2011/03/25 <- 2011/02/05 <- 2010/02/18 This one is the second best of the franchise. I miss Ekuryua though, wish she had more screen time, but I don't really know why. The premise of the prisoners wanting women for breeding purposes is pretty silly though. It's hard not to roll your eyes when they go on about how they want to make natural babies... We finally get a more concrete relationship forming between Jinto and Lafiel though.
Banner of the Stars III (OAV) Excellent Last Seen: 2013/09/02 Yay, more Jinto and Lafiel. I want more yet, but I hear that this is the end of their story in the books, that it continues for a lovume or two more, but it's mostly about the war and they are just side characters at this point.
Barefoot Gen (movie) Excellent Last Seen: 2010/05/02 I found the opening voice over a little too false, and the movie in general a little too cartooney to take really seriously. The false part I'm talking about is when the narrator says that the U.S bombing of Japan (he is talking about conventional bombs at this point) was the first bombing campaign in history. Really? What about the German war effort in Europe? Battle of Brittain? The RAF's subsequent firebombing of Dresden? All things considered, this film is a perfect example of the horrors of war.
Baribari Densetsu (movie) Good Last Seen: 2014/01/28 An early work from the dude who did Initial D. Character designs are a little more cute, but the story has the same focus: racing. A bit more of a complete story than Initial D.
Basilisk (TV) Good Last Seen: 2013/02/05 It was like the Japanese warring ninja clan version of Romeo and Juliete, if Romeo could make people cut their own heads off. Also, Tybalt and Benvolio are each 9 dangerous ninja. Except way cooler than that sounds... Anyway, this shizz is bursting with violence and ninja arts and such. All good things.
Bastard!! (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2013/01/31 It's a worthwhile swords and sorcery anime. It's an older dub, but I still think it works fine, nothing stellar but it's passable. There were some funny lines that I'm sure were worked into the script and not exactly faithful translations. Visually, it suffers a bit from the candy color pallet that 90s D&D style anime does. However, this is a good anime overall.
Battle Angel (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2012/10/16 > 2008 A robot girl and her bounty hunting doctor/pseudo-dad live in the slums. They are good at fighting. James Cameron wants to make this into a movie, or at least he did... Alita yells a lot, a bit too much for me.
Battle Royal High School (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2012/12/26 This OVA is an hour long and I finished the whole thing, so it kept my interest well enough. It's a standard ultraviolence 80s anime, and the dialogue was just the right amount of cheesy to retain watchability in 2012. But really, it's nothing spectacular: blood for blood's sake, titties for titties sake and cursing for cursing's sake.
Bewitching Nozomi (OAV) Excellent Last Seen: 2013/12/23 I refuse to believe that this mangaka is not just a pen name of Mitsuru Adachi. Ryoutaro is the Adachi male lead. He looks exactly like Ko Kitamura, and Tatsuya Uesugi. It follows the Adachi story outline: Girl wants to see something happen (Minami wants to go to Koshien, Wakaba dreams of the same), so she pushes the main character to do it. The damn dog. Nozomi ends up in a leotard like Minami. Little things like the running animations of Tatsuya and Ryoutaro being the same. However, because this was pretty much an Adachi clone, I really liked it. Damn that man, why does his formula work so well on me? Same old formula. Yet I love it anyway. Mitsuru witches...
Beyond (OAV) Last Seen: 2008
(The) Big O (TV) Good Last Seen: 2009/11/17 This show has strange pacing. The first half of the first season is like a procedural cop show, then they start getting into the whole memory thing and it climaxes but does not resolve anything. Then they did the second season, which starts out silly then becomes more serious as they get into the whole memory thing, then it climaxes but doesn't resolve anything.
Black Lagoon (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2008 Japanese salaryman Rock ends up with some pirates in Southeast Asian waters. They do piratey things and fight neo nazis and maids.
Blue Gender (TV) Decent Last Seen: 2008 Falls into some standard sci-fi gravity law errors, but few shows involving space don't. Has some horror elements in the first half, and mecha and sci-fi in the middle and end. The music is a little wierd too. Not a bad show all together though.
Blue Gender: The Warrior (movie) Decent Last Seen: 2008 Just a mash-up of Blue Gender with a few extra scenes added in.
Blue Seed (TV) Good Last Seen: 2009/08/15 The Terrestial Adsomething Csomethingsomething (TAC) keeps the Earth safe from plant alien demon things called Aragami. Momiji is the newest member and her blood is special, so if she is sacrificed then all the Aragami will die. But that's pretty mean, so naturally the TAC wants to avoid that. Nothing too special here, except that the ADV DVDs have a Spanish dialogue track, which is cool.
Blue Seed Beyond (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2009/08/15 This is the hot springs episode for Blue Seed. There's another one or two as well.
Body Jack - Tanoshii Yutai Ridatsu (OAV) Not really good Last Seen: 2012/12/26 Borderline hentai, but it has its funny moments.
Bounty Dog (OAV) Weak Last Seen: 2013/08/18 ***Encyclopedia watch*** Mostly terrible. It has a yellow/green hue over it that I thought was a video issue with my player or something, but after reading Zac's review on the site, it seems to be intentional. His review is pretty spot on too, just skip it.
Bounty Hunter: the Hard (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2013/08/20 ***Encyclopedia watch*** Actually, it was pretty enjoyable. It was like an 80s action movie, even though it was made in 1996. Japan's view of New York took a while to change. Also, some weird gay portrayals.
Burn Up W (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2012/12/28 Actually quite entertaining. The comedy clicked for me, and the serious parts didn't feel overly forced or anything. I accidentally watched this before Burn Up!, so after I see that one, I'll revisit this.
Burn Up! (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2013/02/06 You know, I kind of liked it. It felt like an 80s or 90s action movie at times. Got some laughs out of me. Would watch again.
Burst Angel (TV) So-so Last Seen: 2009/12/27 This group of mercenary girls do mercenary things in stripper outfits. It's an ok show, but I have it on Blu-Ray and I bought it because it was on sale at TRSI, and I was amazed at how nice it looked. I didn't think it was going to look much better than TV shows look on DVD, but I was impressed.
California Crisis: Gun Salvo (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2013/03/24 The art style is a strange sort of glassy type thing. The story is nothing special, like an 80s or 90s action movie.
Casshan: Robot Hunter Casshern (OAV) Not really good Last Seen: 2013/12/30 I understand that this is a remake of a 70s show, but some of the things could have been updated. Luna is ugly, the robots look too cartoonish even for a cartoon, and there have been great leaps in technology from the 70s to the 90s. For instance, it is incredibly dumb that these robots aren't networked in any way. They have to walk to each other and express information verbally. Even the humans have radios and satellites, why don't the robots at least have that? And the dub was pretty bad. Will not watch again.
(Le) Chevalier D'Eon (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2008 A woman gets killed in the line of duty (for France) and her body is found in a box in the river. She sometimes posses the body of her brother, who is trying to get to the bottom of her death as well as serve his country.
Chobits (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2008 The future. They have these personal computers that are shaped like people and walk around and talk and stuff. This guy finds one in the trash. It turns out she is one of the legendary persocoms, called chobits, plus she can only say chi, so he names her Chi. Chi learns all about humanity and what it means to be a human and what not.
Chrono Crusade (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2008 She's a nun with a gun.
Circuit Angel: Resolving Starting Grid (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2013/06/10 A pretty put well together little OVA. Some weak animation in parts, mostly from using extremely short loops. The story was kind of simple, but it worked ok, no giant leaps of faith or gaping holes. Would watch again.
Claymore (TV) Very good Last Seen: 2008 Chicks called Claymores go around killing demons with their ...Claymores... Claire is our main character and we watch her get progressively stronger by killing progressively stronger demons called yoma. It has a striking art style, and is colored with lots of grays, silvers and white, which is much prettier than it sounds.
(The) Cockpit (OAV) Excellent Last Seen: 2013/01/07 A really good anti-war OVA. Slipstream and Sonic Boom Squadron revolved around the atomic bomb (it was bad), and Sonic Boom Squadron and Iron Dragon revolved around the Japanese's strange war mentality/their willingness to die (it was silly).
Coicent (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2011/05/20 It's a cute little story. There was something about the way things moved in the film that I didn't like, but can't quite place my finger on. It's like they were trying some new animation style or something.
Colorful (TV) Very good Last Seen: 2014/01/31 Very good in the sense that it was a short gag anime that made me laugh. We're not exactly talking critical social commentary here, after all, the first episode ends with a shot of a cat and somebody screaming PUSSY. But I would say that laughed at least once each 6 minute episode, and that's a good success rate.
Cool Cool Bye (OAV) Not really good Last Seen: 2012/12/26 Kind of lame, but short enough that I could watch it. The ending is pretty stupid.
Cosmos Pink Shock (OAV) Weak Last Seen: 2012/10/16 The only reason I finished this show was because it was only 40 minutes long. I thought the premise was stupid, a 16 year old has been evading authorities for like a decade because her elementary school love has been abducted by aliens and she stole a space ship to look for him. If the synopsis was a little more clear on this I might not have bothered.
Cosmowarrior Zero (TV) Not really good Last Seen: 2008 Clunky dialogue and clunky animation. This show is really just a Matsumoto fanfest.
Cowboy Bebop (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2013/03/11 <- 2011/01/01 Ah, Cowboy Bebop. If you are on this site you know all about it. I thought it was pretty good. You can't say anything but praises for Yoko Kanno's work. This is one of those shows that I like more and more each time I watch it. So far, it's the only show to make my top 10 only after subsequent viewings. The last few episodes are so good.
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie Very good Last Seen: 2010/09/15 This one is like an extended length episode. That's by no means a bad thing though. Centers around a terrorist man and a company of some sort. There's a drug that makes you see butterflies. Yeah...
Crest of the Stars (TV) Very good Last Seen: 2013/11/01 < 2012/12/24 < 2012/03/17 < 2011/01/09 < 2010/01/29 Wow. The intro speech is really annoying because it's in a fake language, and they laid English soft subs over Japanese hard subs. It's really hard to read. Also, I don't really like the voice acting in either language. Jinto sucks in both languages, Lafiel sucks most of the time in English and sometimes in Japanese (her voice often doesn't match her face. She could be drawn angry and yelling, but she always sounds the same.), and the English ancillary cast is ok. The story is encapsulating though, I couldn't pull myself away.
Crimson Wolf (OAV) So-so
Cross Game (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2014/02/17 <- 2012/03/02 <- 2011/03/14 Finally finished it on its Hulu run. This is an excellent show. It's Adachi's story, (the one from Touch) set in a more up to date Japan, and it looks prettier except for the character designs, which are the same as they always are. It's a story that I like though, and one that I want to keep going. This is just really, really good stuff. Here's hoping Sentai picks it up when Viz is done streaming it. I'll take a sub only release in a heartbeat. ***Up to 42 on Hulu. Shaping up to be the best show I've seen that was made in the last few years. If things go as they are now, I will definitely purchase this if it gets a DVD release.
Crying Freeman (OAV) Very good
Denpa teki na Kanojo (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2014/01/04 This one was little two episode OVA. Some of the character designs were ugly, and it was a little too... emo?... for me. Basically, all the characters were scarred and brooding and various degrees of crazy.
Desert Punk (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2011/12/13 <- 2011/02/21 <- 2009/07/14 I'm not sure why, but I really like this show, mush moreso than most people. We have an anti-hero in Kanta (sort of), a budding young pupil in Kosuna, a buxom, side-swinging chunk of fan service in Junko and a bunch of archetypical characters. It all is pretty old, but I like it, so there!
Desert Rose (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2013/08/15 Quite enjoyable. I think this would have worked as a longer series too. The animation was nice, some character designs were eerily similar to other characters (Specifically the demolitions expert), which makes me want to check all the key animators and higher level staff to see if they went on to do other things.
Detatoko Princess (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2013/10/17
Detective Story (OAV) Last Seen: 2008
(The) Devil is a Part-Timer! (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2013/06/29 I found this show highly entertaining. It made me laugh at least once an episode, but in the series thread, a lot of people seemed to be invested in either a MaouXEmi or MaoXChihiro romance, and I could care less about either. It doesn't really feel necessary for me, but I will admit that Chihiro's attraction to Maou provided for some of the comedy. So I suppose I'm in the Chihiro crowd... Anyway, it made me laugh, which is all a comedy needs to do. (C'mon season 2...)
Dominion Tank Police (OAV) Very good Last Seen: 2013/10/25 Good beginning of the Tank Police series. The plot felt more focused on one of the guy henchmen characters, than the police.
Dragon Half (OAV) Very good Last Seen: 2010/01/27 A classicly fun anime. SD heavy with lots of visual gags and arm waving and yelling.
Dragon Pink (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2008
Dragon Slayer (OAV) So-so Last Seen: 2012/11/24 This one was pretty frantically paced, and it really felt like it was a sizzle reel for a 13 or 26 episode TV series that nobody wanted to pick up, so they just cobbled it into a short OVA as a cash grab.
Early Reins (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2013/03/14 Bordering on so bad it's good. Looks a lot like a pilot film for a TV series that never got greenlit because there are way too many characters for a 35 minute show. It would probably make more sense as a prequel/origin story for these women if there was a series that had them already having met each other. The color pallet is a bit too candy colored for a western. Meh.
Eden of the East (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2012/04/01 <- 2011/01/21 Really entertaining. I don't really like it when characters go all SD (in this case they aren't all little like what happens in Dragon Half, more like they become simplified) and it happens pretty often in this show. They also say Johnny too much. I've never even heard that as a penis euphemism before this show. But those are minor gripes. The concept is fresh and interesting, and the pacing is spot on I never found myself asking the characters to do something, and I never found myself left in the dust. The voice acting is excellent, I never once felt that a voice sounded out of place or unnatural, and I can't recall any lines that sounded awkward. As a matter of fact, I'd say the adaptation was excellent. The only big change I noticed in the subtitles was the elimination of a pun about Panties' name being the characters for Under and Pants. I also like the music. I didn't get the vibe that the TV series left things unfinished, I liked the way things ended. I don't need everything explicitly told to me in order to enjoy a show. Fantastic all around.
Eden of the East: The King of Eden (movie) Excellent Last Seen: 2012/04/01
Eien no Aseria (OAV) Bad Last Seen: 2013/10/07 This show is pretty bad. It doesn't even get points by looking pretty. It's video game based, and it shows. It feels like it wanted to be hentai, but they kept out all the sex scenes an nudity. It's just choppy and bad.
Eiji (OAV) Very good Last Seen: 2012/11/24 This is really a great little OVA. Loses some points because they got cheap and had a couple scenes near the end where they just didn't bother to color things, and it seems to be disguised as artsyness. There is a shot of the ring that had previously been light blue, with red, white and dark blue ropes, but with progressive camera angle changes the drawings are presented in increasingly un-painted states. The show also ages surprisingly well. Some of the music still has a strong 80s vibe, but it still works ok. One of the characters is presented as being anachronistic (wants to start dating a girl by exchanging addresses and sending eachother letters and journals before their first date), so he still is today, just moreso. There were parts that made me laugh out loud. Would watch again.
Elfen Lied (TV) Good (dub & sub) Last Seen: 2008 The more I see this the less good it is. I think it's just the shock value of the first viewing that draws in most. Wanton violence and nudity are big draws for most young teens, which is why this show is so highly rated.
Elfen Lied (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2008 I can't remember what happened in this OVA.
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (movie) Excellent Last Seen: 2010/03/14 The first few episodes of the Evangelion TV series cut together quite nicely. Everything looks fantastic on Blu-ray though. There are a few changes from the TV show, but pretty much everything is the same. (I haven't rewatched the TV series in a while, but I feel like they talk more about things that those who have seen the show should know about. Like they mention that EVA unit 02 is undergoing testing with its pilot in Germany.)
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (movie) Excellent Last Seen: 2011/04/09 This movie is much better than the first remake. The new character (Mari) is already interesting. She seems to have a plan of her own, and I'm curious as to what that plan is. The changes in the different characters are all for the better, I feel, as well. Asuka loses her Kaji crush, and I think it's more apparent that she likes Shinji. I feel that she liked him in the TV series, but whe is more forward about it here: she wants to cook for him, he wakes up when she lies down in bed with him and the have a conversation instead of a quiet moment. Also, she is quick to realize that she isn't the greatest EVA pilot ever, but it doesn't make her BSOD. Rei speaks much more, and she recognizes and acts on her feelings as well. She tries to plan the dinner party for Shinji and Gendo, she defends herself when Asuka tries to slap her. Shinji, well he's the same. It looks super pretty and the music is great. The dub is excellent as well.
Everyday Is Sunday (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2013/09/10 It was kind of banal yet harmless. Some things were silly, like how Yumi wears a pro wrestling outfit under her cop uniform, and she uses wrestling moves to apprehend criminals. I probably would have quit after the second or third episode, but I noticed that Justin Sevakis was in the fansub credits, so I decided to finish it out, in case this was like a Buried Treasure that he never got around to writing. I doubt it was. Also, I tend to like the way characters were designed in the 80s and early 90s, but I thought these characters were ugly as sin.
EX-Driver (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2013/03/29 I found the premise to be kind of dumb, it seems like a giant oversight to not have onboard mechanical failsafes in case of digital malfunction on these robot cars of the future. And then to say that only these kids have the skillz to drive a gasoline powered car? We don't let middle schoolers drive now, what makes them so special in the future? But the cars themselves were cool to see, and they were so accurately drawn, I liked that aspect of it.
Excel Saga (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2011/05/02 <- 2008 An uproarious good time and all around exercies in insanity. Marathon at your own risk. Lots of in jokes, many of which are explained in the ADVid Notes. The animation never really looks bad, and I approve of the voice acting. The story is fun to watch, even though there really isn't any plot.
Explorer Woman Ray (OAV) So-so Last Seen: 2012/09/30 Meh. The chase sequence music reminded me of Irresponsible Captain Tylor, but this was all in all an average, undistinguished piece.
Fantastic Children (TV) Good (dub), Excellent (sub) Last Seen: 2008 Yes, I found the dub THAT bad.
Fighting Spirit (TV) Masterpiece Last Seen: 2013/12/16/ <- 2011/07/31 <- 2010/08/21 <- 2010/03/08 Awesome show. I've never come across a 75 episode show where I just couldn't stop putting in discs. I bought the first 2 or 3 from TRSI's Bargain Bin because I needed a few more dollars to make free shipping and because I had heard good things about the show. I shotgunned those discs and then got the rest except for volume 12, which they didn't have, and watched through volume 11 in about 3 days. At this point I went questing for the elusive volume 12 so I could appease my addiction. Something about the way Fighting Spirit operates just makes me want to continue watching. It's funny, and during the last fight I found my heart racing, it's a well executed show.
(The) Final Flight of the Osiris (OAV) Last Seen: 2008
FLCL (OAV) Excellent Last Seen: 2011/04/02 Crazy awesomeness.
Fortune Quest (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2013/11/17 This is a pretty good little OVA. It completely makes fun of Dungeons and Dragons video games. I am aware of the TV series that this thing spawned, but I am under the impression that it's terrible, so I'll be skipping it.
Fractale (TV) Good Last Seen: 2011/04/18 Pretty nifty. Sort of like the matrix trilogy in that The first third was fantastic, but then it sort of went all "wut?" It's really short, so even though I felt lukewarm about it, I might pick it up when FUNi gives it its physical release.
Full Metal Panic! (TV) Very good Last Seen: 2008 A special forces guy enrolls in a high school to be closer to a girl that the secret organization he belongs to wants to protect. He carries around a gun, and his cover lasts far longer than it should. There are mecha too.
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu (TV) Decent
(The) Galaxy Railways (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2008 Stop knowing things about physics. Now. ... Ok, now you may watch this show. Manabu Yuuki joins up with the SDF in the steps of his brother and father. He becomes part of a team, earns trust and respect, loses a friend, saves the galaxy and falls in love (maybe?).
Gall Force - Eternal Story (movie) Good Last seen: 2013/09/03 This serves as a write up for Gall Force 1-3. So, basically in the movie, we are inserted into an interstellar war where all the combatants seem to be female. We don't get much information for a while, the characters are just trying to survive and the first film is pretty much a survival horror type story. Eventually we learn that there are two races fighting and factions of both intend(ed) to meld the two races into a third race (which became humanity) so that parts of them could live on. It seems that both sides realized that they would inevitably devolve into a MAD scenario, but wanted to propagate regardless. The last two parts get a mostly new cast, and they probably could have been a single 90 minute movie, they kind of dragged on.
Gall Force 2 - Destruction (OAV) Decent Last seen: 2013/09/03
Gall Force 3 - Stardust War (OAV) Decent Last seen: 2013/09/03
Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (TV) Good Last Seen: 2013/06/30 A pretty passable actiony, and slightly philosophical show. At the beginning of the season I was extremely interested in this, but my enthusiasim waned a bit and never really recovered. And honestly, I think watching each episode as it came out helped this show. I don't think a marathon session would help Gargantia. This gets a meh.
Genesis Survivor Gaiarth (OAV) So-so Last Seen: 2013/03/25 I had downloaded this a long time ago and never got around to watching it. Then when it was featured on PIle of Shame, I knocked it off the list. It was about 3 weeks ago that I saw it, but now I can't recall anything about the show. It seems that it was completely forgettable.
Genshiken (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2013/05/30 Delightfully tongue in cheek at times, and it usually drew a laugh out of me each episode. Definitely wins by strength of comedy.
Genshiken (OAV) Excellent Last Seen: 2013/06/01
Genshiken 2 (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2013/06/03
Genshiken Second Season (TV) Good Last Seen: 2013/09/23 Well, of the three new characters the only one I kind of like is Rika Yoshitake, and I still had to look up her name. I find Hato and Yajima to be completely uninteresting characters, and I think Sue and Kuchiki are alternately annoying and forgettable. I found the second half to be much stronger than the first half because my favorite story line from the other Genshiken anime was Madarame's crush on Saki. Also, I don't think I got any of the anime references in the show this time around, so I missed out on that aspect of the show as compared to the previous versions. Really, I would rate the first half So-So and the second half Very Good if I could.
Ghost in the Shell (movie) Very good Last Seen: 2009/12/28 I saw the 2.0 version, with the goofy looking naked Major in the opening scene. She looked too goofy, I did not approve. Other than that, this is the story of the puppet master, a computer program that became sentient.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2014/04/09 < 2011/06/25 < 2009/10/20 Pretty fun still. The Tachikomas represent the comic relief and they were actually the characters I felt the most for, with Togusa coming in a second. The music is one of the series' strong points. Never dull or repetetive thanks to the good work of Yoko Kanno, amirite? It's fun to see all the similarities between this show and The Matrix, which has similarities with the GITS movie.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2008 More antics of section nine. This time they deal with the Individual Eleven, a terror organization focused on refugees. We get back stories and teaser info on several Section nine members. The Tachikomas still rock.
Ghost Talker's Daydream (OAV) Not really good Last Seen: 2014/03/14 So, this one wasn't very good. The humor was pretty lowbrow, and not very funny. Animation was kind of meh too. Not really much impact.
Goddamn (OAV) So-so Last Seen: 2012/03/16 Meh. I watched it because it covered a topic that I had never seen done in anime before. I kept watching after the first episode because there was only one more episode left. I would say that not much happens, not very funny, and a lot of stuff didn't make much sense. Will not see again.
(The) Gokusen (TV) Good Last Seen: 2013/08/06 It's kind of like GTO, except Yankumi is more hardcore than Onizuka was, being a future yakuza boss and what not. I also really like FUji, the dog. I think most of the student characters are dumb though. 13 Episodes was probably just the right amount.
Golden Boy (OAV) Very good Last Seen: 2011/04/05 <- 2008 Kintaro Oe, a genius who completed all his classes for graduation from Tokyo law and then walked out in search of knowledge (and boobs). This is 6 episodes and I wish it had more. Kintaro wanders around Japan learning and solving problems, and perhaps one day he will save Japan, or even the world.
Good Morning Althea (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2013/08/30 I.... cannot remember a thing about this show.... I think something happened on a space ship and there were few survivors.
Grave of the Fireflies (movie) Excellent Last Seen: 2008 A great war movie. Centers around two kids after the bombing of Tokyo(?) who flee to live with relatives before striking out on their own.
Grenadier (TV) Decent Last Seen: 2008 It's like Trigun but Vash is a busty girl.
GTO Drama Special (live-action) Excellent Last Seen: 2008 Uses a bunch of themes/topics/story lines from the anime, but uses different characters. For example, Onizuka thinks he's killed one of the girls from his class, and goes through the same steps with her as he does with Kanzaki. A different character goes through the Murai 'OH NOES! My mom is getting married!' deal.
GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2011/05/19 <- 2009/12/22 Former gangbanger decides he wants to be the best teacher in Japan. He slowly wins the trust of his students. Much fun is had by all parties involved. Although it looks a little on the ugly side (especially when they do exagerated facial expressions) by today's visual standards, it's still very much watchable. Some of the plot threads are a little out there, like when Kanzaki orchestrates a plot to have a group of armed men kidnap and ransom a group of girls who are trying to get Onizuka fired (and presumably rape them too, because Kanzaki is a bitch).
GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka (live-action TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2008 This is quite different than the anime. Some things are handled better in the live action version, while others are better in the anime version. For example, I think LA handled comedy better (Onizuka's speech to Kikuchi) while the anime did character development much better. It benefited from more time.
GTO: The Movie (live-action) Decent Last Seen: 2008
Gude Crest - The Emblem of Gude (movie) Not really good Last Seen: 2013/04/01 Meh. I struggle to find anything to say about it.
Gun Frontier (TV) Good Last Seen: 2011/08/25 This is a Harlock/Tochiro story that takes place in our universe, in America, in the old west for some reason. It's the crudest in terms of humor of any of the Harlock stories that I've seen. And there is lots and lots of nudity, but it's all the nippleless variety. Tochiro is actually the man character, and the story revolves around him trying to rescue/avenge the remaining members of his tribe of samurai who were massacred before the story began. It's short enough that it keeps pretty fresh, even though most every episode is about Tochiro arriving in a new town with the intention of interrogating somebody that he knows lives there about his tribe.
Gunbuster (OAV) Very good Last Seen: 2008 A girl with Gainax bouncers learns to pilot a mecha. Space travel, near light speed velocity, epic fighting with epic amounts of epic aliens and epic sacrifice involving epicly precise disrobing. All very epic.
Gunbuster 2: Diebuster (OAV) So-so Last Seen: 2008 Similar deal as Gunbuster, but it revolves more around a team of pilots and a robot girl. Same basic idea as Gunbuster though. Also, it takes place while Noriko and her companion girl are returning from their epic battle. Both shows end with the same scene.
Gunbuster vs Diebuster Aim for the Top! The GATTAI!! Movie Very good Last Seen: 2008 This is each OAV cut down to a movie length.
Gundress (movie) So-so Last Seen: 2013/08/29 Mostly forgettable. I honestly didn't really get into it, kept surfing the internet while it played.
Gunslinger Girl (TV) Very good Last Seen: 2008 A bunch of little girls "rescued" from various hospitals around Italy, implanted with cybernetics and brought into a secret anti-terrorist organization called the Social Welfare Agency. They are each paired with an adult handler, and each pair is called afratello. More of a character study than the gunfight in the first episode would have you think.
Gunsmith Cats (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2011/06/27 < 2010/02/13 Rally Vincent and Minnie May Hopkins are girls with guns... and bombs. They hunt bounty and generally take names and kick ass. Holds up pretty well over time.
Gurren Lagann (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2012/10/10 <- 2010/08/29 An in depth study into manlieness. Studio Gainax ups the scale to insane levels. It's a lot of fun to watch, and that's pretty much it.
Gurren Lagann the Movie –Childhood's End- Very good
H2 (TV) Good Last Seen: 2012/03/13 This is the third of Adachi's baseball TV anime that I have seen (Touch, then Cross Game) and it's surely the weakest of the three, but not without merits. One thing I think it did better than the rest is having a protagonist who isn't a pitching god. Unlike Ko's 100 mph fastball or Tatsuya's Koshien winning pitches, characters cite Hiro's fastball around 140 kph, which is more realistic. Another thing I was back and forth about, but eventually considered a pro, was the atypical-for-Adachi timeline and general story arc. These 41 episodes only cover the season before high school and their first year. None of Hiro's games are actually league play, but each game has special meaning to him and his team in some way. The first game is they play is against his friend and the future of the baseball team is on the line, then they play a commemorative farewell game for the seniors who were instrumental in starting the team, but never got to actually play. Then there were two scrimmages against Koshien qualifiers, the first one is kind of an after school special learning game, and the second one Hiro tries his best and fails. I was also a little confused about the name... There is a love rectangle with 4 Hs (Hiro, Hideo, Haruka, Hikari), but that's two too many Hs... I feel that the show really struggled after the game that would determine the fate of the team. There were five or so episodes with no baseball in a row that were meant to develop relationships in the show, but I don't think they worked very well. Adachi does a much better job with non baseball episodes in Touch and Cross Game. I also really liked the instrumental music in this show, it was classic 80s stuff, even though H2 was a mid 90s show.
Haibane Renmei (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2008 Some angel type people live in this walled city with humans. Turns out that these angels are actually people who comitted suicide in their last life, and now they're in a purgatory of sorts.
Hajime no Ippo - Champion Road (special) Very good Last Seen: 2013/12/16 <- 2010/05/01 Some good old Fighting Spirit awesomeness. It sort of relies too much on flashbacks for my liking, but I'm sure they were just trying to rope in new viewers by explaining everything. Having seen the 75 episodes leading up to Ippo's first title defense though, I found them redundant. The animation is crisper and more fluid in the special, which I suppose is to be expected. I did find Ippo's opponent a little silly though. I mean, how much do you need to know about medecine to be aware that hitting somebody in the stomach over and over again hurts?
Hajime no Ippo - Mashiba vs. Kimura (OAV) Very good Last Seen: 2010/03/15 Kimura fights Mashiba in a title match. With the help of Miyata he learns a new special move, the Dragonfish Blow, to use against Mashiba. He fights his hardest, manly tears are shed.
Hajime no Ippo Rising (TV) Excellent
Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger (TV) Very good Last Seen: 2013/12/19 <- 2010/04/10 The story picks up right where it left off. This series was a little disappointing though. The fights use freeze frames too much, and the new character, Iwata (or something) doesn't really develop. The focus shifts away from Ippo, and to Takamura and his relationship with Chief Kamogawa. I like their story, so that isn't a bad thing. But I really wish I could have seen Ippo start his journey to beat Martinez for the world title, or to fight Miyata.
Hanasaku Iroha - Blossoms for Tomorrow (TV) Very good Last Seen: 2013/09/25 I liked it overall. I thought Minchi's attitude to Ohana when she arrived was strange, and Madame Manager's character switched from stone cold bitch to gentle old bird a bit jarringly. Also, that bondage episode was super dumb.
Handsome na Kanojo (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2013/05/09 Meh, it was mostly forgettable.
Haré+Guu (TV) Decent Last Seen: 2008 Jungle antics abound. Guu is a strange girl who seems to transform into things. She causes problems for Hare.
Harlock Saga (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2011/01/22 Kind of an entertaining story. They were missing a few prominent crew members, such as Dr. Zero and Kei Yuki. Also, I think they made the chief engineer into Daiba's father, and then had him be dead. The female voices were kind of bad overall, which is surprising, because I like most the actresses in the show (Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis and Lisa Ortiz). Harlock and Daiba are OK, and Taichiro is good, but Yattaran is terrible. I really like the music though. The story seems pretty on pace, not rushed or wasteful. Also, there is at least one embarrassing CG moment with the Arcadia.
Heat Guy J (TV) Very good Last Seen: 2011/03/15 <- 2009/12/10 I saw the teaser/trailer for this on some of the early Pioneer Lupin discs, and for some reason they rubbed me the wrong way and I avoided this show like the plague. Recent discussion on Shelf Life and several ANNCasts led me to pick it up for $20. I don't know why this show gets so much slack. The dub cast was wonderful, everybody matched their roles perfectly and there wasn't any standout bad acting anywhere. There was very little filler. Each "filler" story arc ended up tying into the overarching story and most every introduced character who hadn't died by the last few episodes took part in the grande finale. The only complaint I have is that the ending is a little sugar coated. Plus, J's theme music and Claire's theme music both rock.
High School of the Dead (TV) Decent Last Seen: 2011/09/15 It's pretty entertaining for a while. The fanservice is a little ridiculous, I think Japan should pass a law that says anime charaters all need to have realistic sized breasts. Basically, I agree with ANNcast sentiments that the show is a good zombie movie until they reach safety around half way through.
Homeroom Affairs (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2014/01/10 Things I liked: 80s-90s character designs. Some funny jokes. Didn't bore me. Things I didn't like: Too softcore porny, and (at least in the version I saw) the colors were too whited out. Although it's better in the latter part of the first half and the beginning part of the last half (so, the middle), the story is kind of unbelievable. Didn't wow me.
Howl's Moving Castle (movie) Very good Last Seen: 2008 Girl does chores and doesn't like it, gets turned into an old woman and doesn't like it, does chores as an old woman and doesn't like it. Ends up with Howl, magician superstar, in his castle. Ends up getting fixed, I think. Not too memorable.
Hyper Speed GranDoll (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2013/02/06 Pretty ninetiesey. Terrible voice acting. Meh.
I Dream of Mimi (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2013/04/28 I only watched this as part of my new "Watch all stand-alone-non-hentai OVAs that pop up on my fansub tracker site" strategy. I was pleasantly surprised. I mean, it's almost hentai, but they leave out the hardcore shots. And it's kind of funny how completely see through the innuendo is. Mimi is a humanoid personal computer, like a persocom in Chobits. Memory = man-sauce, and Mimi always needs memory upgrades to carry out any attacks or whatever, and the memory gets installed in her "rear access port." And the programs come in the form of cards, kind of like a PCI card, that goes in her "front access slot." Her reset button is her belly button though, not like a nipple or anything. Anyway, I give this one a raunchy endorsement.
Ichi the Killer (live-action movie) So-so Last Seen: 2008 Was kind of strange. Ichi manages to kill people even though he doesn't really look physically capable of it, and, yeah... Just weird.
Idol Defense Force Hummingbird (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2013/01/03 Meh. I kind of liked it because it had the visual style that I like from the early 90s and 80s. It also had some weird previews of Martian Successor Nadesico, one of my all time favorites, because of Keiji Gotoh's involvement. But other than that, it was pretty vapid but inoffensive. Also, too many insert songs for my liking.
Indian Summer (OAV) Weak Last Seen: 2014/02/04 So, I watched this as part of my goal to watch all stand alone OVAs that come up on a certain fansub site. It feels like the animation studio, Daume, put these storyboards together to try to sell this as a full 13 episode series, but nobody wanted to fund it fully so they just animated the outline. "OK, so in episode 1, we obviously need the guy to buy the robot, and she needs to not like him." And that's exactly what happens. He starts the episode in the store, picks Yui, and she spends the next 3 minutes hating it. "Oh, hey, we should use these two characters from the manga" Two random characters who introduce themselves by name show up, interact with nobody, effect the story in no tangible way, and then disappear. The whole thing seems like non sequiturs.
Initial D (TV) Good Last Seen: 2011/03/21 This show is like heroin. It isn't very good, but once you start you always need just a little bit more. It's just standard tournament fare, but I can't quit it. I do find the crazy technoish music hilarious though. And I'm glad that the characters take the time to tell me when other characters are attractive, because I think all the character designs are fugly. They all have duck lips, strange stances and oddly shaped heads. And the cars and all the driving scenes are laughably bad CG, as has been pointed out numerous times before.
Initial D (live-action movie) Decent Last Seen: 2011/06/23 It changes a few things from the anime, but the story follows the same formula so in that sense it's more of the same Initial D.
Initial D Fifth Stage (TV) Good Last Seen: 2013/07/21 This is probably the penultimate animation, seeing as it has been announced that the manga is coming to an end. Also, this one ends in the middle of a race, so I'm assuming a 6th stage or final stage is en route. Basically, this is more of the exact same thing we've been getting since 1995 or whenever Initial D started.
Initial D: Extra Stage (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2011/04/10 It's a nifty side story about the two Blue Impact girls. It's like any other Initial D outing, except it has boobs. I suppose that is a plus?
Initial D: Fourth Stage (TV) Decent Last Seen: 2011/05/29
Initial D: Second Stage (TV) Decent Last Seen: 2011/03/23 Everything is shinier now, but it's pretty much the same Initial D.
Initial D: Third Stage (movie) Good Last Seen: 2011/03/27 Still shinier, and there is a greater focus on Takumi and his woman, whose name I can't ever remember. Maybe that's why this movie focuses on her, so we remember her name.
Iria - Zeiram the Animation (OAV) So-so Last Seen: 2008 Iria is a bounty hunter. She runs into this monster deal whilst hunting said bounties. It kills her brother (or does it?) and she vows to kill it.
(The) Irresponsible Captain Tylor (OAV)
(The) Irresponsible Captain Tylor (TV) Very good Last Seen: 2011/12/30 <- 2008 Misfit crew runs a space ship under Captain Tylor, who is irresponsible. Shenanigans ensue.
Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade (movie) Excellent Last Seen: 2013/09/14 -> 2008 Got Dammitanyway! I did not remember how ridiculously good this movie was. I saw it years ago and I should have appreciated it more. The animation is nuts. It's like every frame is a key frame. And the thriller aspect smacked me in the face, I completely forgot what was coming. Would watch again.
Junk Boy (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2013/02/13 It was like a super ecchi episode of Golden Boy, or like the manga for Golden Boy. I found myself entertained.
Justy (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2014/03/16 This one was pretty ok. Kind of standard 80s anime, but happily lacking in the obligatory 80s anime rape scene. Gets a bump up from Meh because it was visually appealing to me.
Kagaku na Yatsura (OAV) Awful Last Seen: 2013/05/24 I saw this as part of my vow to watch all the non-continuation non-hentai movies and OVAs to pop up on my torrent site. But this sucks... It's ecchi up to the point of hentai, but doesn't cross over in the strictest definition of hentai. It's basically softcore hentai. Buy unlike I dream of Mimi, Junk Boy or Body Jack, this has no redeeming qualities. If you want porn watch porn, if you want something funny watch something funny. Don't watch this.
Katanagatari (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2011/10/08 Lots of people don't like the talkitude of this show, but it struck a chord with me. I enjoyed it very much, and the art style was just different enough to feel fresh without looking avant-garde. I like some of the absurdity of Togame's dialogue too, how she sometimes sort of breaks the 4th wall. The music is awesome too.
Kaze no Yojimbo (TV) Very good Last Seen: 2013/12/30 I found this show quite entertaining. I came into this having seen Yojimbo and the Bruce Willis Yojimbo based Last Man Standing. So, I knew that George Kodama would be doing a lot of side switching and that the Master of Tonbo was more than he seemed. (I also thought that the cop was more than he seemed, but I couldn't remember if that was one of the features in Yojimbo or not.) Anyway, I was a big fan of the noire-ish style they used with blurred portions of the screen, color filters and silhouettes. I honestly do not remember many of the finer points of the original though. I though this show presented a good story with plenty of intrigue, and only a bit of it was silly. Would reccommend.
Ki*Me*Ra (OAV) Awful Last Seen: 2008 This made me feel sick. It avoided Worst Ever by having sweet music though.
Kid's Story (OAV) Last Seen: 2008
Kiddy Grade (TV) Decent Last Seen: 2011/08/07 I watched about the first third via fansub when I first got into anime and I just couldn't get into it. It has appeared on Netflix so I added it to my queue. This time I was able to stay interested, even though it incorporated a lot of themes and tropes that I've seen before, and better. Anyway here's my take on this show. The show spent the first third introducing other ES members and various government officials and what not. Then when Eclair and Lumiere are cut off, they spend a few episodes besting the other ES members, so I thought the show was going to pull a "Gondor calls for aid," especially after E/L decided they needed to assault the GOTT HQ. After the building comes down, I feel like the writers pull some sleight of hand that I don't think I appreciate... Yeah, I think the last third can best be described as "bat shit crazy." Way too many things happen, and all of a sudden everybody is somebody's mother, and all of a sudden there are new characters, and it feels like stuff got jammed in for the sake of having more stuff. I liked the music though. :)
Kiki's Delivery Service (movie) Very good Last Seen: 2010/05/12 This comes in as the second best Miyazaki movie I've seen after Castle of Cagliostro. It's tied with Nausicaa. There was nothing to dislike about this movie, but it lacked something that made it really top notch. Unfortunately, I can't place what that thing is, or perhaps I would make a better reviewer.
Kimi no Iru Machi (OAV) So-so Last Seen: 2013/09/17 It didn't seem at all original. "Will you pose as my boyfriend while I meet my old friend? Oh no! My real girlfriend saw us!" It's also too saccharine for me. Don't see this as anything special.
Kino's Journey (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2008 Kino wanders from country to country to learn about their customs, cultures, and basically she just wants to travel. It's fun to pull the symbolism from the show. One episode is about corporate waste. (One guy's job is to lay railroad tracks, another's is to clean the tracks, and a third's is to pull up the tracks. None of them ever see eachother, and there are no trains.) There is one about religion, and another about democracy. It's a slow paced, thinking anime.
Kirara (OAV) Good Last seen: 2013/10/22 A mostly good romance OVA. If I had not read the plot summary before I watched, the first minute or so would have confused me pretty badly, probably would have had to go back. It's cute that you see one scene that changes from the timeline we saw in Kirara's life flashing before her eyes, and if you want, you can extrapolate a happy ending out of it. Animation is pretty bad.
Kite (OAV) So-so Last Seen: 2008
Kujibiki Unbalance (OAV) Decent
Kyou Kara Ore Wa!! (OAV) Excellent
L/R: Licensed by Royalty (TV) Very good Last Seen: 2009/08/08 Perhaps one of the best dub jobs I've ever listened to, the English accents were a nice touch. The ending is a little lacking. The music is excellent. No embarrassing anime moments, this is a good starter show.
Legend of Lemnear (OAV) So-so Last Seen: 2012/10/29
Lost Chapter of the Stars - Birth (special) Good
Lost Universe (TV) Good Last Seen: 2008
Luna Varga (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2014/01/16 Pretty entertaining. It's like a toned down and slightly more serious Dragon Half and the animation quality is lower.
Lupin III vs. Detective Conan (special) Very good Last Seen: 2009/11/16
Best the thief or sleuth?
Neither! They fight the duke
Like Cagliostro
Lupin III: Alcatraz Connection (special) Good Last Seen: 2008
Lupin III: Angel Tactics (special) Good Last Seen: 2009/11/15
Very strong metal,
Violent female assassins,
The gang kills people
Lupin III: Crisis in Tokyo (special) Good Last Seen: 2008
Lupin III: Dead or Alive (movie) Good Last Seen: 2008
Lupin III: Dragon of Doom (special) Good Last Seen: 2008
Lupin III: Elusiveness of the Fog (special) Good Last Seen: 2008
Lupin III: Episode 0 'First Contact' (special) Excellent Last Seen: 2008
Lupin III: Farewell to Nostradamus (movie) Good Last Seen: 2008
Lupin III: Island of Assassins (special) Good Last Seen: 2008
Lupin III: Missed by a Dollar (special) Good Last Seen: 2008
Lupin III: Operation Return the Treasure (special) Good Last Seen: 2009/11/14
Master thief leaves will
"Replace the priceless treasures"
Glorious light show
Lupin III: Part II (TV) Very good Last Seen: 2008 Seen all that has been licensed
Lupin III: Princess of the breeze ~Kakusareta Kūchū Toshi~ (special) Good Last Seen: 2014/01/07 First off: Damn, that's an ugly baby! Second off, there were a lot of little throwbacks in this thing. Lupin busted out his old Merc from series 1, but I prefer the Fiat. The castle was extremely reminiscent of the castle of Cagliostro, and I'm fairly certain Fujiko has worn that motorcycle outfit before (Episode 0?). Also, just one time, I would like it if when Fujiko has aligned herself with the villain as a secretary or arm candy and then the villain calls in ICPO, I want Zenigata to recognize Fujiko. Then, when he inevitably gets released or sent away, he can turn around and arrest Fujiko. All she has to do is put on glasses and Zenigata has no idea who she is. I feel like they used Clarice's song in this one. I heard it a couple times, and I'm 99% sure it's it. Has this been going on all along and I just never noticed? I am aware that Zenigata and Lupin and Goemon have theme tunes, is this also a theme? I had thought that it belonged to Clarice... Has it been a recurring sound for a long time and I only just now noticed? My mind is blown.
Lupin III: Seven Days Rhapsody (special) Good Last Seen: 2009/11/13
He fixes horse race,
Gets sidetracked and saves a girl,
Slap-stick Goemon.
Lupin III: Stolen Lupin (special) Good Last Seen: 2008
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (movie) Excellent Last Seen: 2009/10/25
Counterfeiting Count
Lupin rescues the princess
Priceless heart stolen
Lupin III: The Columbus Files (special) Good Last Seen: 2008
Lupin III: The Fuma Conspiracy (movie) Good Last Seen: 2008
Lupin III: The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure (special) Good Last Seen: 2008
Lupin III: The Secret of Twilight Gemini (movie) Good Last Seen: 2008
Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine (TV) Decent Last Seen: 2012/07/12 I liked the retro look and feel of this show. I like how the franchise goes about setting up the relationships that we see in the series. Lupin's curiosity in Fujiko is piqued, Goemon is slightly infatuated with her, Jigen is distrustful of her and willing to work with Lupin. It was just good to have some Lupin hijinks.
Lupin III: Tōhō Kenbunroku ~Another Page~ (special) Decent Last Seen: 2014/01/07 There's no heist or caper in this one, Lupin is a murder suspect for a while and he and Jigen spend some time on the run for that (with the victim's grand daughter), Fujiko is chillin' with the villain trying to get his secret weapon plans, and Goemon is trying to better himself in the forest. Also, Goemon meets a girl.
Lupin III: Voyage to Danger (special) Good Last Seen: 2008
Lupin the 3rd: Bye Bye, Lady Liberty (special) Good Last Seen: 2008
Lupin the 3rd: Green vs Red (OAV) Excellent Last Seen: 2008
Lupin the 3rd: The Hemingway Papers (special) Very good Last Seen: 2008
Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo (movie) Very good Last Seen: 2008
Macross Plus (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2010/07/21 An AI idol goes nuts for a a pilot, love and friendship, aerial acrobatics, veritech fighters, all the standard macross goodness. It's a nice little movie length piece of entertainment.
Macross Zero (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2013/10/07 Cool aerial fights and nifty music. Didn't really develop into a love story that I felt any investment in.
Mad Bull 34 (OAV) Very good Last Seen: 2014/01/08 This how is extremely violent, sexist, racist and bad. But if you go into it knowing all that, it's an awesome show.
Madonna (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2013/12/01 I actually thought this was pretty good. It's just like any sports underdog or teacher-helps-delinquents anime, but that's fine, because I like both of those things. I think it would have made more sense if the school had a real (but terrible) rugby team from the start and perhaps Mako became the advisor because she had to. The two halves also had some transition issues. The first half looked like it was going to make Daigo the star of the team and the human interest help case for Mako, but he doesn't appear in the second half. Same with the antagonist school from the first half, they vanish in the second. One thing to point out is that this is an OVA from 1989, so both episodes have the mandatory attempted rape scene.
Mahoromatic - Automatic Maiden (TV) Very good Last Seen: 2008
Mahoromatic: Something More Beautiful (TV) Good Last Seen: 2008
Mars Daybreak (TV) Decent Last Seen: 2009/12/14 A really light hearted and forgiving pirate show. I like pirates, but I prefer they be more realistic than they are here. And there were TWO talking animals in this show, and I hate talking animals. 'Sok if you know what you're getting yourself into.
Martian Successor Nadesico (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2012/07/18 <- 2011/12/03 <- 2010/12/10 So, the crew of this ship is composed of the best people in their field, and they all are a little left of center, also, about 1:2 women who meet Akito end up head over heels for him. They do crazy things in crazy manners. It is awesome. It might not look beautiful by today's standards, but it doesn't look bad. English voice acting is good, but I can't ever hear Izumi, (turn up that lady's mic) some of the names end up mispronounced too. The whole series is basically made up of filler type episodes. There is an overarching story, but each of the middle 15-20 episodes either only briefly touches on it, or doesn't at all. But there is continuity between episodes, this is neither monster of the week stuff or back to the status quo at the end of every episode. It's entertaining and funny throughout, with only a few anime facepalm moments, like the idol contest.
Martian Successor Nadesico: The Motion Picture - Prince of Darkness So-so Last Seen: 2010/12/10 This is much different from the TV show, and significantly less good. The characters all act differently, and some are missing what made them enjoyable before. Uribitake is just sort of there, Ruri (now the main character) just doesn't click right anymore, Akito acts all badassy for some reason. Also, lots of things happened between the TV series and this movie that were covered in video games in Japan, so everything is all jacked up. Eh, most people tend to pretend this doesn't exist here, and I think that's about right.
Mask of Zeguy (OAV) Weak
Master Keaton (TV) Good Last Seen: 2008
Matriculated (OAV) Last Seen: 2008
Maze (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2012/12/28 It actually made me laugh a few times, but it isn't anything special. I will probably promptly forget about it.
Megazone 23 (OAV) Very good Last Seen: 2008
Megazone 23 Part II (OAV) Very good Last Seen: 2008
Megazone 23 Part III (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2008
Metropolis (movie) Very good Last Seen: 2008
Mezzo Forte (OAV) So-so Last Seen: 2008
Millennium Actress (movie) Excellent Last Seen: 2008
Moldiver (OAV) Not really good Last Seen: 2013/09/22 Meh, I didn't really find this show that interesting. It was ok to kill an afternoon though. Some questions about the family structure in that house though, nobody knows what anybpdy else is doing...
Monkey Punch no Sekai Alice (OAV) Decent
Moonlight Mile (TV) So-so Last Seen: 2008
Moshidora (TV) Good Last Seen: 2013/08/09 I thought it was a pretty interesting show about management. It actually kind of made me want to check out one of the management style books lying around the house, to see how they read. The story itself was pretty OK. The first 7-8 episodes, about the team's turnaround were much better than the last few. The emotional parts felt like they were trying too hard for tears. Cry-porn. Also, most of the character designs were completely forgettable. I finished marathoning this about 2 hours ago and I already don't think I would recognize anybody except perhaps the ginger with freckles.
My-HiME (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2008
Natsuki Crisis (OAV) So-so
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (movie) Very good Last Seen: 2008
Neon Genesis Evangelion (TV) Very good Last Seen: 2008
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (movie) Very good Last Seen: 2008
Nerawareta Gakuen (movie) So-so Last Seen: 2014/03/19 So, it was a little too melodramatic for me, and I had some trouble keeping two of the girls apart. Saki was unique, but I think there were two or three other girls who I could not tell apart, especially when they changed wardrobe. They were so samey, that I am not even sure of the number... Visually, being a movie, the animation was fluid and shortcuts were not apparent to me. The CG, especially that used for the trains and cars, was pretty jarring though. Copious use of lens flares. I would wager that 30-40% of all frames had lens flare in them. Then there were the mystic swirls, petals and the night-and-day-at-the-same-time sky.
Nerima Daikon Brothers (TV) Good Last Seen: 2008
New Cutey Honey (OAV) So-so Last Seen: 2008
New Dominion Tank Police (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2013/07/20 Watched in the car on the way home from Tennessee. I for some reason thought that New Dominion was a stand alone OVA, completely forgetting about Dominion. Oh well, it's not like it was hard to follow. Anyway, it was cool to see the early Tachikoma designs in motion a couple years before Ghost in the Shell. I saw it dubbed, and the acting was fine, if a little cartoonish. Overall, it gets a check mark.
NieA_7 (TV) So-so Last Seen: 2008
Nineteen 19 (OAV) Very good Last Seen: 2013/08/29 So, this is a nice little Coming-of-age/growing-up love story about a teen who meets his first love after a separation of a few years. It uses some fun little SD cutscenes to show passage of time in a couple places and is pretty artistically drawn in many scenes. Anyway, Kubota sees his middle school crush in a club and now she's a model and they start going out. He ends up dumping her because although she's a hot Japanese model, she "Looks at other guys." Personally, I still would have had sex with her first. She was the initiator so it wouldn't have been taking advantage of her, and how many people can say that they lost their virginity to a model? The story didn't reach me as strongly as it could have, because I am still with my first real love, after nearly a decade. So I don't see any of myself in the protagonist. Still pretty good though.
Ninja Nonsense (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2008
Ninja Scroll (movie) Good Last Seen: 2011/03/05 Caught it on Netflix. Story was what I remembered, basically Jubei fights a succession of crazy ninja people. Pretty nifty, but not all that exciting. What I did like was the visual appeal. Some of the characters were downright ugly, but I appreciated the attention paid to the backgrounds, and it appeared well animated to me.
Noir (TV) Decent Last Seen: 2008
Now and Then, Here and There (TV) Masterpiece Last Seen: 2008
Nozoki Ana (OAV) Not really good Last Seen: 2013/08/15 Meh. I watched it because I was planning to enter credits so I downloaded it. It's basically Skinemax soft core porn in anime form. Only one attempted rape, so I guess that's progress.
Ocean Waves (special) Decent Last Seen: 2013/05/24 Hmmm. Well, it was able to keep my attention because I started watching this when I was really tires, and I didn't fall asleep. But at the same time, I found it lacking. I didn't really like Rikaku very much, didn't really see what Yutaka and Taku saw in her. Taku was a good character, apparently suppressing his feelings because he was good friends with Yutaka, whose feelings were much more apparent. I also feel like it should have been longer. It started in Jr high, and ended in college, but it could have easily been an extra 20 minutes where after realizing that he likes Rikaku, Taku searches for/courts her for a while, and maybe she could become likeable in the process.
Oldboy (Korean movie) Good Last Seen: 2008
Once Upon a Time (movie aka Windaria) Decent Last Seen: 2008
One Pound Gospel (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2012/02/17 I sought this one out because of the Buried Treasure article on the title. I found it entertaining, but a little silly at times. Like how Kousaku has laughably terrible impulse control. For a boxer to debut in the bantam weight class and fight in the lightweight class after 7 fights is pretty hard to do. He would need to gain like 30 pounds and if he was in shape as a bantam, he is probably only like 5"6' at the most. And these 30 pounds would need to come while he was working out, too. I liked Sister Angela though, I thought it was funny that she went to the bar and wears boxing shoes with her habit.
Orphen (TV) Good Last Seen: 2012/07/26 Oh man, I loved the aesthetics of this show. I saw it dubbed, and the voices ADV picked are great, and the lines have been written to flow smoothly and naturally. The children are voiced by children, this is a good thing. I especially thought Cleao's lines were smooth and Shelly Black delivered a strong performance. I think she was ADV's strongest VA. I liked the visual style too. Orphen wears essentially a tee shirt with a leather biker vest, Majik wears a hoodie, and Cleao wears a contemporary looking (sun)dress(?). The extras wear the same sort of things mixed in with the high fantasy robes of the Tower. And the towns have indoor plumbing and electricity. I like the juxtaposition. I just wish the story was something that grabbed my attention more firmly.
Outlaw Star (TV) Very good Last Seen: 2013/12/27 <- 2010/12/18 <- 2009/09/28 Good stuff. Things aren't as shiny an today, but the animation still holds up. The space fights have sort of a Macross/Gunbuster style acrobatics. The main characters are likable and even though it has its share of filler episodes, they are entertaining. Outlaw Star sports the best hotsprings episode in the history of anime. English voices are good (I like most of the stuff Bandai did back in the day). I wish anime made today was more like this stuff.
Ozanari Dungeon: Kaze no Tou (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2013/08/19 This one is an early 90s fantasy OVA that I think should have gotten the ADV dub treatment. Garza reminds me a lot of Damaramu from Dragon Half, and if they treated him the same way in a dub, I think this show could have been a minor cult classic back in the day. The story is not ground breaking, but it's serviceable enough for a slapstick comedy. I really wish it had been dubbed.
Paprika (movie) Excellent Last Seen: 2008
Patlabor 2: The Movie
Patlabor WXIII (movie 3) Very good Last Seen: 2008
Patlabor: The Movie Excellent Last Seen: 2011/08/12 This looks pretty good for such an old movie, after watching it I can definitely tell that tv shows and movies were animated on completely different levels. This story takes place ten years into the future from when it was made, which is now ten years into the past for me. It's pretty amazing how the computer technology stuff actually wasn't that far off base.
Perfect Blue (movie) Excellent Last Seen: 2010/12/09 Added this into my Netflix queue when Kon died, and I got it finally. This movie is crazy. So crazy, it makes your head asplode if you think too hard about it. This most recent viewing was my second time, but I'm still not sure what parts were dream and what ones were reality. I'm beginning to think that more of it was the filming of a movie than we think. Mima makes such a marked recovery from when Rumi is chasing her till the end when she visits her at the hospital that I think she was acting for parts when she appeared looney tooney.
Planetes (TV) Masterpiece Last Seen: 2014/01/24 <- 2011/12/21 <- 2008 The story of Debris Section. They have the unenviable job of collecting trash orbiting Earth so that it doesn't collide with various things that people don't want destroyed. I like it because of the hard science that they show. Scenes in space where things collide are done in silence, gravity is done right, they talk about thrusting through your center of mass to avoid rotation. Hachimaki is a realistic character, not necessarily likeable at all times. Some of the side characters get a good amount of development. The dub is excellent, an example of how to dub things.
Plastic Little (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2008
Popotan (TV) Weak Last Seen: 2008
Power Dolls (OAV) So-so Last Seen: 2012/12/28 This is kind of a meh little 50 minutes. It went right through me without making much of an impact. This is pretty much exactly middle of the road. I would almost rather watch Spectral Force because at least it would make me feel something. Hatred for a show is something.
(The) Princess and the Pilot (movie) Very good Last Seen: 2013/08/18 Beautiful backgrounds, ballerina-like aerial fights, and strong animation (from Madhouse, I believe) make this a really pretty show.
Princess Minerva (OAV) Weak Last Seen: 2012/12/02 Pretty bad. As a matter of fact, there is nothing redeeming about this.
Princess Nine (TV) Good Last Seen: 2014/01/19 <- 2012/03/15 <- 2009/11/30 Some criticisms on the dub: I feel like Himuro's voice actor recorded at her home studio and mailed in her stuff. Her volume increases and decreases across volumes. Ryo's mom suffers from the same problem. I liked Seira's voice, her VA did a good job, she sounded very natural, as did two newcomers Margeaux Blauch and Aninda Pratining...rogh..**COUGH**, both of which I wish had stuck around the ADV Dubbing scene. Some story flaws too: Chairwoman Himuro wants to prove that girls can compete as equals with boys and advance the fairer sex, so she has them play a junior high team to prove their mettle because they make for a more even physical match, in her words. Then in the first game against another high school team, they resort to flirting and distracting their opponents with their charm because the coach admits that they aren't as good and can't win a fair game. :? Also, this is very clearly a 90s TV series, poor animation. (Downgraded to Good on 3/15/12) Third watch: Still makes me laugh. Although the flirting game is counter productive theme wise, I find it hilarious. After some reflection, I think the strongest part of this show is the music. It does a fantastic job of building emotion. I actually initially watched this show because of the preview music on contemporary ADV DVDs.
Program (OAV) Last Seen: 2008
Puella Magi Madoka Magica (TV) Very good Last Seen: 2014/04/11 So, this was an extremely entertaining show. I'm not sure why it blows everybody's mind though, and I'm not quite sure why so many people feel like it turned a genera upside down. I guess because they use the term "magical girl" to describe themselves and they define the term in-series, but I wouldn't consider this a magical girl show. I'd consider it more sci-fi, the incubators' technology looks like magic to us, and there isn't any exposition to tell us how it works. Not that it really matters how it works, of course, so I'm glad they didn't waste time explaining. The dub is good, though I found Madoka's airy voice to be the worst of the girls. What really makes the series pop is the visuals in the labyrinths and the witches and familiars. Somebody in the background art studios probably died of over-work while making this show. The animation in the fight sequences was top notch as well, but some of the more pedestrian scenes could look pretty bad in comparison. You can tell where the budget went. I think the reason I didn't score this higher is because I didn't really like the solution to the big problem. Madoka wishes for a reset button. It seems to me that if the incubators were powerful enough to grant that kind of wish, they could have just found a way to manipulate a girl into wishing for infinite energy for all species, instead of spending thousands of years growing humanity... And wishing for a reset button (along with more wishes) is something a nerd would say in an argument in a basement over an episode of Star Trek, not the climax of one of the best anime of the last few years.
Puni Puni Poemy (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2008
Puppet Princess (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2014/01/05 This is a short 40 minute OVA with lots of violence and some nudity in the vein of 80s ultraviolent OVAs. For what it is, it was good. Fleshed out into a 90 minute movie and toned down a little bit and it would be better.
Queen Emeraldas (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2012/11/24 Pretty entertaining standard Matsumoto fare. I liked the two dubbed episodes better, I think Emeraldas' English voice is better.
RahXephon (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2008
RahXephon: Pluralitas Concentio (movie) Good Last Seen: 2008
Ramen Fighter Miki (TV) Good Last Seen: 2008
Record of Lodoss War (OAV) Very good Last Seen: 2012/11/18 A swords and sorcery staple. It has a lot of the dungeons and dragons mentality, elves are nice, dark elves are not, thieves are found in jails, dwarves use axes, et cetera.
Rescue Me! (OAV) Bad Last Seen: 2013/09/03 I was part way through this and I said to myself, "Well, it's ridiculously shallow, but at least there's no incest or obscenely underage girls." Then the loli-aunt shows up for some nephew wang. I don't really understand why this show exists. Why not just have it be hentai and then they can do the sex scenes? Instead it's just cinemax. Oh well, at least the incest pairing is a nephew-aunt, and not mom-son or brother-sister... ::bites cyanide capsule::
Rideback (TV) Decent Last Seen: 2011/11/22 It's short enough that it was fairly entertaining, though I wish it had been more a shonen jump sort of show where Rin got better at racing instead of the political intrigue thing. Maybe if at some point ridebacks were made illegal and they had to go race in secret, that would have been fine.
Riding Bean (OAV) Not really good Last Seen: 2008
RIN - Daughters of Mnemosyne (TV) Decent Last Seen: 2010/07/24 Bought it through the Playstation Network. I find that I am only interested in the download-to-own model when it's for short OVAs. The show itself is decent. I thought that the premise of immortal characters was done pretty well, with them staying the same and the supporting cast growing older as the series went on. It sort of felt like they tried to justify a bunch of T&A with intelligence, but it didn't really work. It looked nice, I didn't notice any glaring animation shortcuts. English voices were good, with no complaints.
Royal Space Force - The Wings of Honnêamise (movie) Good Last Seen: 2012/07/01 Well, I finally got around to watching this 80s staple. I certainly enjoyed it, but I didn't see the masterpiece that many see when they watch it. It looks really good, which makes sense because it's a theatrical release. But I was most impressed with the soundscape for some reason. It does a good job of creating an atmosphere. And like many, I found the assault scene completely out of place and nonsensical.
Ruin Explorers - Fam & Ihrie (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2011/01/23 Harmless swords and sorcery fun. The voices are a little to shouty for me now. (Except for Brett Weaver's Migel, that is a character that is supposed to yell.) It was ok when I was getting into anime, but now I want my characters to calm down a little bit. Excitable is OK, but not shrill.
Rune Soldier (TV) Very good Last Seen: 2011/05/09 <- 2009/11/24 Louie joins up with a female adventuring team who take themselves vry srsly. His not so serious antics cause discord and unrest as they fight through dungeons, battle wizards, and save the kingdom from coups and dragon monsters. There isn't much of an overarching plot, they just sort of do things, though there is some continuity between episodes. For instance, when Louie breaks his wand, he has to go get 100 year old oak wood to make a new one. He doesn't just have a new one when the next episode starts.
Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal (OAV) Excellent Last Seen: 2008
Ryo (movie) Not really good Last Seen: 2014/03/11 A quick watch with lots of action sequences and nice animation, but it moved at too fast a clip and not having the historical background knowledge, it didn't make very much sense. It's short though, maybe on a second watch, when I'm less tired, it will be better.
SaiKano (TV) Masterpiece Last Seen: 2008
Sakura Diaries (OAV) Excellent Last Seen: 2008
(The) Samurai (OAV) Very good Last Seen: 2012/12/05 A little heavy on the T&A for 45 minutes, but pretty entertaining. It's an early ADV dub, so it has some funky emphasis. TakaSHE! But I found myself thoroughly entertained throughout its run time. I think 3 or 4 30 minute OVA episodes would have been perfect. It looks really good, too. 7/10, would watch again.
Samurai 7 (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2008
Samurai Champloo (TV) Masterpiece Last Seen: 2011/01/16 Using the lost art of the coin toss, Fuu manages to get a pair of highly skilled swordsmen in wild-eyed Mugen and cool, calculating Jin to accompany her on her quest to find the Sunflower Samurai. Episode one, they start walking. Episode 23, they reach Nagasaki. Awesome stuff happens between. I've got his show rated masterpiece not so much for originality (people go places and to things on the way), or technical merits (the main characters are off model more often than one would think), but because it is supremely entertaining.
Samurai: Hunt for the Sword (OAV) So-so Last Seen: 2013/02/06 This one felt like it was designed to be hentai, but then they changed their minds at the last minute and cut out the sex and developed the plot a bit more. Shinjuro is tripping over women of all kinds. A childhood friend, a loli-esque girl, two older women, and a mysterious silver haired girl. Most of them thrust themselves at him, and I feel like it would be easy for this to have been porn. Anyway, it was a standard ninja OVA with masters getting challenges and the shogun hiding secret swords and such. It wasn't all that special, and I prefer stronger animation out of an OVA.
School Days (TV) Good Last Seen: 2013/04/07 Well then. This certainly is one crazy show. It started out with just Makoto and the two love interests and it was shaping up to be an interesting story about the guy realizing that he was in love with Sekai, but then all of a sudden every girl in the school wants his dong and he gets most of them. And I can't see why. But I liked the psycho breakdown stuff, just the middle episodes needed some addressing.
Scrapped Princess (TV) Very good Last Seen: 2013/12/18 < 2008 So, after watching his again after having seen it so early in my anime watching career, I'm not finding it as amazing as I remembered. The second play through made me notice a bunch of TV quality animation, which I can now recognize. I still find the future/past theme mixing to be entertaining. But I can't imagine why it was surprising to me after watching it again. Too many things happen that in hindsight it should have been obvious that this was a computer world.
Second Renaissance (OAV) Last Seen: 2008
Serial Experiments Lain (TV) Good Last Seen: 2008
Shin chan (TV) Good Last Seen: 2011/04/29 <- 2008 Seen all that has been licensed. It's been a long time since I last saw Shin Chan, and I still enjoyed the jokes. Some are painfully out of date (every joke involving Hillary Clinton running for president), but still a very watchable show. It almost feels like it's three shows. When the kids interact with each other, when the kids interact with adults and when the adults interact with each other. Comedy ranks 3, 1, 2in my book.
Showa Monogatari (TV) Very good Last Seen: 2013/02/09 Well, this was a cute little show. It was interesting to me to see every day life depicted in the 60s. Everything from the "Leisurely Strolls" to the way Yuuko's parents reacted to her desire to have a part time job, and their horror at her having a boyfriend. Kohei was voiced by a 15 year old, and he was bad. You could taste the lack of acting experience. And Kohei's essentially the main character so his performance knocked like a half a point off Showa Monogatari's score.
Slayers (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2010/09/04 The hijinks begin. I still like this show despite the jokes being old by now, and the copious amounts of still frame panning that the animation studio uses to save money. It's nostalgia at its finest. I think the secondary characters are what make the show worth watching. I would totally watch an OVA about Phil running around being Phil.
Slayers - The Motion Picture Good Last Seen: 2008
Slayers Evolution-R (TV) Very good Last Seen: 2011/08/20 <- 2010/07/25 Fewer furries = better show. Plus, we sort of got Naga.
Slayers Excellent (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2008
Slayers Gorgeous (movie) Good Last Seen: 2008
Slayers Great (movie) Good Last Seen: 2008
Slayers Next (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2012/02/18 < 2010/01/26 < 2009/06/05 This is my favorite series of the franchise. Lina and crew spend a lot of time looking for the Claire Bible. Zelgadiss wants it to cure his chimeraism, and Lina wants it to learn big spells. Then they start fighting against Gaav about half way through. The filler episodes, where they are ostensibly searching for the Claire Bible, are actually pretty fun. Some of the best episodes of the series.
Slayers Premium (movie) So-so Last Seen: 2008
Slayers Return (movie) Good Last Seen: 2008
Slayers Revolution (TV) Decent Last Seen: 2011/08/15 <- 2010/07/10 Yeah, it's more Lina et al doing the things that Lina et al do. I hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate Xellos' new voice. I'm a little sad that some of the minor characters are re-cast as well (Prince Phil and Sylphiel), but it's to be expected. I find this chapter the weakest of the 4 I've seen so far because of the many, many furries.
Slayers Special (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2008
Slayers Try (TV) Good Last Seen: 2012/02/29 <- 2008 Try is my least favorite segment of the Slayers franchise. I find Jilis to be a ridiculously stupid character, the food gags and the zanyness are off the charts, and the filler episodes suck (except for the warriors of justice one).
Slow Step (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2011/03/08 The first 4 episodes are excellent. Pacing is great, characters are likable, Minatsu is an agreeable protagonist, the story develops in an entertaining fashion... But the 5th episode is a mess, Somei is dumb and there are a bunch of crazy plot things going on: (Why is Kadomatsu at the joint softball/boxing team outing? He goes to a completely different school...), Minatsu apparently develops feelings for Yamazakura during the last 20 minutes, a sprained ankle apparently warrants a weeks long hospital stay, the episode opens with a competition between Somei and Yamazakura to see who gets to coach the softball team even though in the previous episode the principal flat out said that Somei was taking over (plus the rules of the competition were never explained, and then it went to a vote amongst an undisclosed portion of the students anyway. Was it all of them, just the softball team or was the boxing team involved too? We'll never know)... It's just, ugh... This is an excellent series if you stop at the 4th episode and make up your own ending.
Sorcerer Hunters (TV) Decent Last Seen: 2014/02/24 At the beginning, it felt kind of serious, but then towards the middle the dubbing got fast and loose. Then at the end, shit gets serious again. All in all, it was a pretty entertaining and pretty episodic show. Side note: This dub reminded me of how much I like it when little kids get dubbed by little kids instead of 30 year old women. Sounds way more authentic.
Sorcerer Hunters (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2014/02/27 Like the TV series, but with all the fanservice. Mostly skin, but also a bunch of references to the manga.
Sorcerer on the Rocks (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2014/02/28 So, this is pretty much a side story in the Sorcerer Hunters universe. This one is a little more adultish, but still pretty silly. Same voice acting crew that did Sorcerer Hunters for the most part.
Space Pirate Captain Herlock The Endless Odyssey (OAV) Masterpiece Last Seen: 2010/12/22 Harlock reassembles his crew and takes on the Noo (Might have looked cooler spelled nu?) to save the universe. Of course, this is all humanity's fault for destroying ruins across the galaxy that were being used to seal away the Noo. Even though most of the characters are very ugly, this is a very pretty show. I didn't notice any money savers and the drawing style and color pallet fits the tone of the show perfectly. Harlock's English VA is perfect, and the voices all around are stellar. Rin Taro/Matsumoto used some cool visual stylings too; the spotlight effect on the speakers in the bar in the first episode comes immediately to mind. I really like this show.
Spectral Force (OAV) Worst ever Last Seen: 2012/12/02 This is awful. Things happen for absolutely no reason, it jumps around between about a dozen characters, most of whom are essentially unnamed. I'm sure if you have previously played the game you know them all, but otherwise... Also, this anime has some spectacularly terrible CGI. So bad, I didn't even realize humans could do such terrible work.
Speed Grapher (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2008
Spirited Away (movie) Very good Last Seen: 2008
Starship Operators (TV) Good Last Seen: 2014/01/02 Starship Operators stars Hitomi Kanzaki as the strategist(?) on board the Amaterasu. I liked this one because I thought the concept of a company owning the rights to a warship was nifty. Really, the whole way they had companies have such a big influence on galactic politics and control over so many lives was pretty topical. It is a little ridiculous that everybody is a teenager though. It's fine to have a young crew in a show like Nadesico, but if you're trying to be dramatic, I think you want more of the crew to be older. See Crest/Banner of the Stars or LotGH. Also, it bothered me how they dealt with gravity. A bunch of people could be in the same room and some of them float from point A to point B, some walk, some alternate. Decide if your ship has an artificial gravity generator or not already!
Steamboy (movie) Good Last Seen: 2008
Steel Angel Kurumi (TV) Good Last Seen: 2008
Steel Angel Kurumi 2 (TV) So-so Last Seen: 2008
Step Up Love Story (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2008
Sukeban Deka (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2013/05/14 This OVA doesn't make much sense. A crime syndicate built around a school? Eh, twas ok
Super Atragon (OAV) Not really good Last Seen: 2009/11/26 The most positive thing that this OAV has to offer is that it demonstrates how much English dubbing has improved in the last decade. The voices are clunky, and TIffany Grant wasn't very good with English accents then. They also have some voices that don't match character's looks in the slightest. Beyond that, there is some fun science at work here. The enemy (a race of underground humans) have this weapon system called Gravity Lenses that they use to redirect laser beams and crush planes and ships. Cool Stuff. Suffers from some plot inconsistencies. (The good guy ship is a submarine that can also take to the sky, but still finds itself inable to escape from a cove).
(The) Super Dimension Fortress Macross (TV) Good Last Seen: 2009/07/23 So this space ship crash landed on Earth on Macross Island and the residents built a city around it and repaired it. Then when they were about to launch it into space, some Zentradi warships arrived in Earths orbit, and the ship (Macross 1) woke up and automatically fired its super cannons at them. Mayhem ensues, and the rest of the series is about fighting the Zentradi and love triangles and the power of love and what not. Ace pilot Hikaru has a thing for pop star Lin Min Mei, who doesn't like him then likes him, and Commander Misa Hayase eventually gets all crazy for Hikaru too. That's the basic jist of it all. This is an older show, so it doesn't look as pretty as some might be used to. The ADV dub is fine, Mari Ijima played Minmei in the original Japanese, and she is reprising her role in the English dub. I like this show, but I'm not one for all the insert songs. I understand that this is the draw for some people, but I would prefer they weren't there. The OP is classic though.
(The) Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? (movie) Excellent Last Seen: 2014/04/07 So, this is an alternate retelling of the original SDF Macross series. Apparently, this is also supposed to be an in-universe docudrama about the events of the original, and it gets referred to in Macross 7 or Macross Frontier. I thought that some of the human element made more sense in the remake. Like Misa and Minmay both falling for Hikaru under the same circumstances: Isolation. The animation during fight sequences was remarkable, but the more mundane scenes were alarmingly lacking. All in all, a great show.
Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II: The Movie (OAV) So-so Last Seen: 2008
Suzuka (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2010/10/25 Considering I got it for like $12 new, this show is remarkably good. Not a fan of Yamato's voice, but I really like Suzuka's and none of the secondary characters are terrible, and many of them are great, so I think I'll keep it English. I find it kind of odd that they spent all sorts of money drawing all kinds of clothes (I haven't noticed any costume repeats except for school and track uniforms), but then they save money with all kinds of noticeable short cuts. Lots of still frames, lots of flashbacks and lots of "phase walking" in the track scenes. (Normally I don't notice technical flaws, so if I do, then it's probably pretty bad.) Also a little too much internal monologue from Yamato. This is probably one of the first romance anime I've seen, so I don't know if the show was chiched, but I found the story very engrossing. Honoka didn't upset me too much because even though she started off as a shy, submissive character, she ends up taking a lot of initiative. Well, for someone in her archetype. I thought the last episode was s little silly, but it made me cry anyway. (There was something in my eye, and it hurt a lot, ok?) I also loved the music in the show, and I like when Funi redubs the intro and closing. I don't find them sacred like some others, I like how Funi tries to make things their own. All in all an excelent show that suffers a little bit from a few noticable animation shortcuts.
Sword for Truth (movie) Bad Last Seen: 2008
Tattoon Master (OAV) Not really good Last Seen: 2013/09/05 I'm writing this a while after having seen it, and I can;t remember much. I watched it with subtitles on during the dub, and I noticed that they added a bunch of gay jokes for some reason.
Tekkonkinkreet (movie) Decent Last Seen: 2008
Tenamonya Voyagers (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2012/03/01 I miss 90s OVAs. This reminded me how much I miss them, and now I have to start an OVA binge...
They Were 11 (movie) So-so Last Seen: 2012/10/01 This was an interesting movie... There were definitely some things that don't work very well. The premise of an unknown 11th crew member, once we find out who the 11th was and why, is entirely implausible. If the academy randomly picked one ship to have eleven, why? And if every ship has eleven, why isn't this common knowledge? The crew bios at the end of the movie are just silly. I didn't find Frol's falling for Tada very, convincing. And I didn't find the crew's willingness to fail the test rather than wait the few days until completion and risk her dying for a chance at passing to be convincing either. They were willing to murder Tada just a few days earlier to have a chance at success, but they weren't willing to take a chance that Frol would die? Meh.
Tiger & Bunny (TV) Very good Last Seen: 2011/10/25 Watched it on Hulu subtitled. I liked this show, and it'll be good dubbed. It had more of what I historically liked anime for. We have action, some humor and the characters do cool things. It isn't as deep or memorable and long lasting as it needs to be for a higher rating, but it does what it sets out to do. I will probably pick this up eventually.
Tokko (TV) Decent Last Seen: 2008
Touch (TV) Masterpiece Last Seen: 2014/03/10 <- 2010/05/25 This is the best anime I've ever seen. By not seeing this, you are doing yourself a disservice. 2nd watch: So, I put off watching this show for a second time because I was afraid that it wouldn't be as good as I remembered. But I was wrong, it holds up. I can't get over how much I like it.
Touch: Are kara, Kimi wa... - Miss Lonely Yesterday - (special) Good Last Seen: 2010/11/20 This special picks up 2 years after the TV series ended. We discover that Tatsuya not only went on to play at Koshien at the summer tournament, but that he won the whole thing... but then quit baseball and turned down all offers of turning pro. The special basically spends half the time running through the characters and explaining where they are now. Harada won the lottery and has been touring the world since high school, Nishimura is a soon to be washed up pro, Nitta is a college ball superstar, Yuka is dating (unimportant guy with glasses) and waiting for her chance at Tatsuya, (catcher guy) runs his family store and the coach is still coaching, but the team sucks now. THe other half deals with Minami and Tatsuya going forward. She struggles with gymnastics and begins to think about whether she should continue or not, and he wants to be a real boy (read: do finish university and never touch a baseball again, also quasichase redhead tail). While quasichasing said tail, he figures out that he wants both Minami (still) and to play baseball again, but as his own person, with nothing to do with Kazuya. ~fin~
Touch: Cross Road - Kaze no Yukue (special) Very good Last Seen: 2011/01/23 This is more like what I remember Touch being. I found myself caught up in the baseball games, even though there really wasn't much time to develop any of the players. We had to rely on all the character development from the 100+ TV show. I also found myself really feeling for Alice, which I would not have expected. Justin says that Minami is weak in this special, but I didn't detect any difference between this Minami and TV Minami. Harada shows up randomly to do nothing too, he must be a fan favorite or something. Also, it was borderline hysterical to read all of the on-screen English signage in the ball park. "Onion Deposit Bank - Your Trusted Finances," "Podveiser," "Pod Light," "Glayhound Bus."
Trigun (TV) Excellent (dub & sub) Last Seen: 2008
Ultimate Girls (TV) Bad Last Seen: 2008
Ultimate Teacher (OAV) So-so Last Seen: 2008
Urban Square - Kohaku no Tsuigeki (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2013/04/15 80s action flick, but in cartoon form.
Valkyria Chronicles (TV) Decent Last Seen: 2011/01/05 Follows the members of Squad 7 of the Gallian Militia as they defend their homeland from evil Naza, I mean Imperial, invaders. Explores topics such as racism against the Jews (Darcsens) and nuclear weapons (Valkyria). There is a lot more to see if you've played the games. The anime gives half of Squad 7's troops to Squad 1, and we see game snipers, lancers and engineers with shocktrooper machine guns very often. I also feel like the anime missed lots of opportunity to be serious and explore the Darcsen racism issue, among others, that the game raises. There were lots of good bonus missions that would have made escellent episodes: A Rosie rage mission where you hunt down imperials who just murdered a bunch of Darcsens. (if any escape the map in the game, you lose.) A Captain Verrot revenge mission where you raid a mansion with the intention of executing a war criminal. You make the right choice in the end, and he still gets his just dessert. Another mission where you buy time for fleeing Darcsens. I think the morality issues get glossed over in the show, which is a bit of a shame.
Vampire Wars (OAV) Bad Last Seen: 2008
Very Private Lesson (OAV) Decent Last Seen: 2013/12/29 Notes of GTO and Golden Boy, but not nearly as good as either.
(The) Vision of Escaflowne (TV) Excellent Last Seen: 2011/12/18 <- 2008 Escaflowne is a classic. Everybody should see it. And I will forever say it Es-ka-FLAHN. I don't care that it's wrong.
Wanna-Be's (OAV) Not really good Last Seen: 2013/07/26 Blech, not very good. Nonsensical violence and character motivations.
(The) Weathering Continent (movie) Very good Last Seen: 2013/03/04 Pretty entertaining, well animated and well paced. Would watch again.
Welcome to the NHK (TV) Masterpiece Last Seen: 2011/02/10 <- 2008 Saito is a Hikikimori, a social recluse. He lives in a tiny apartment and meets up with his ex-schoolmate neighbor, Yamazaki, and the strange neighborhood girl, Misaki. While Misaki is hell bent on proving her worth by curing Saito of his hikikimoriness, he and Yamazaki attempt to become wealthy through the production of a galge.
World Record (OAV) Last Seen: 2008
X (movie) Last Seen: 2008
Xam'd: Lost Memories (ONA) So-so Last Seen: 2011/11/20 I really liked the first half of this show. A lot. Akiyuki on the ship learning how things work was working for me, and we were kept in the loop on what was happening back on Senten Island. But then when he and Nakiyami struck out we had that pair, plus Haru and Furuichi's story, and the postal crew, and we started seeing more of Akiyuki's parents, and we saw the commander and his shenanigans. Then eventually the postal crew split into two groups, and Akiyuki and Nakiyami split up so we were following 7 separate groups that didn't often come into contact with one another. Too many plot lines. And the ending few episodes tried too hard to be dramatic. At the midway point, this was shaping up to be an "Excellent," but it really bombed in the third quarter and by that time I was invested enough in it to see it through, so I ended up seeing the saccharine ending.
Yagami-kun's Family Affairs (OAV) Good Last Seen: 2014/03/22 A good reminder that these incest shows didn't start in 2010! But this show treats everything way less seriously, and it isn't super gross or borderline hentai. I think that 80s and 90s character designs and picture quality just make it harder to sexualize the characters in general. Anyway, short OVA, made me laugh a couple times. That's all I really get here.
Yosuga no Sora (TV) Decent Last Seen: 2013/05/28 I really enjoyed the 2 non-incest story arcs, and the incest arc where Sora loses is only a bit squicky, but the last one is super squicky. Had I stopped half way, this definitely would be higher rated.
Yukikaze (OAV) Decent