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Anime I'm watching at the moment, and a few that I haven't finished in the past.
|Aoi Bungaku Series (TV)||I thought this would make a nice way to consume some Japanese culture different from anime and games. I forgot though that Literature (with capital L) equals depressive.|
|Legend of Basara (TV)|
|Penguindrum (TV)||Watching this because both Christine and Aevee recommended it. It looks pretty at least.|
(Apologies for not commenting on the Miyazaki movies. I watched those before I became addicted to anime, so didn't write anything about them. I'll fix that when I watch them again (most are worth it).)
|A-Channel (TV)||Good||You know how they say TV is chewing gum for the eyes? This anime is a little like that. It's not spectacular or hilarious, but it makes you smile now and then, and it has a sweet flavor.|
|(The) Adventures of Mini-Goddess (TV)||Decent||Came across this while shopping online for anime.
Hmm. Well, good thing I'm watching it before buying. Even at the low price it's going for this isn't really worth watching more than once. Not that it's bad, just rather unremarkable kids comedy.
Okay, finished. Near the middle there were some funny episodes (the ones with Marla and the ninjas for example), but toward the end it went down a little again. I'm still not sure I'd buy this anime. Maybe for completeness after I get the rest of the Aa! Megami-sama series.
|Ah! My Goddess (TV)||Very good||This turned out surprisingly fun. I was expecting a lot of stupid fanservice and comedy, but the fanservice is hardly there, and the comedy wasn't all that bad. It's certainly not perfect (Belldandy is a little too domestic and naïve), but a whole lot better than I expected, so I'm going to watch season two as well.|
|Ah! My Goddess: Flights of Fancy (TV)||Very good||The second season is just as good as the first. Urd and Skuld get more character development and become more likeable, Belldandy and Keiichi stay the same. The romance doesn't progress at all, but the comedy/story is still fun to watch. There's a bit more fanservice, but still not as bad as I'd feared originally. Overall, Aa! Megami-sama is a series I can recommend to anyone.|
|Ah! My Goddess: The Movie||Very good||This was made in 2000, between the OVA and the TV series, but content-wise it fits after the two TV series I think. Very good quality art and animation in any case, and a nice stand-alone story.|
|Akahori Gedō Hour Rabuge (TV)||Weak||Ooph, lots of fanservice. The idea of having overzealous 'good' girls and ineffectual 'bad' girls is vaguely interesting, but I don't like how lesbian interest is lumped in with lolicon and shotacon. I'm not sure I'll watch all of this anime.
Well, I watched all of it because it was only 13 eps., but I should've just stopped after two. The fanservice is really annoying, and the story never gets good or even interesting.
|Amuri in Star Ocean (OAV)||Very good||Oh, this is so cute! ^_^ Three girls who sort of lost the superpower lottery get involved in a high stakes space drama. But it's all pretty and cute. And the ending is of course heart-warming ^_^|
|Android Ana Maico 2010 (TV)||Not really good||Maico-chan is cute, although there seems to be more going on than meets the eye. That director should be kicked anderswhere.
Actually, most of the cast have rather disagreeable personalities. Maico is supposed to be the main character, but the anime seems more focused on Matsu and Densuke. The ending was so-so; nice in some ways, and meh in others. All in all this wasn't super bad, but I wouldn't recommend it. Poor Maico :(
|Angel Heart (TV)||Not really good||An older anime, both in art and content. Male gaze is very noticeable.
So, I watched all of this anime, but I can't really say I liked it a lot. There are just too many flaws. The way events are so often observed from Ryo's or someone else's perspective instead of Xiang Ying's (male gaze extends to the way events are framed) is one thing. The 'story' actually consists of many short arcs that do develop the main characters' backstory, but not their present. Those arcs actually move rather slowly, so that makes this anime more slice-of-life than the action one would expect from the premise. For a SoL anime it is missing the interesting characters though. Well, Xiang Ying is, but like I said, we don't get to see much from her perspective, we're always looking at her instead. And finally, some of the arcs have rather hard to believe events and characters. All in all, it was barely interesting enough to keep my attention till the end.
|Ani-Kuri 15 (special)||Decent||One minute is hardly long enough to cram a story in. Some pieces try anyway and end up so hectic that you can hardly make out individual images. Others just set a mood and don't have much personality. Most are in between those and just show a few scenes from a longer story with only a little speed-up to fit them into one minute. A few well-known directors have very recognizable styles.|
|Animation Runner Kuromi (OAV)||Good||Said to give some interesting insight into the world of animation, which it indeed did. It's a fun comedy. Kuromi's character design reminds me of one of the Nanas (Hachiko) in face fault mode. I like how Shihonmatsu helped Kuromi out.|
|Animation Runner Kuromi 2 (OAV)||Good||More fun at Studio Petit. Kuromi-chan is adorable and Shihonmatsu is cool. Maybe I'll check out other anime with Hajime Watanabe as character designer.|
|Appleseed (OAV)||Good||More Masamune Shirow anime. Spotting the references and similarities between his works is fun. This time there was a magazine with an ad for an M-66 droid, and a terrorist group holding hostages inside a building, with the main characters rappling down from the roof to break in, and some powered armor. Oh, and of course cyborgs (bioroids) and a spider tank, although this one looked more like an insect actually.|
|Aquarian Age - Sign for Evolution (TV)||Very good||Music by Yuki Kajiura ♡
Somewhat old-school shoujo character designs for sympathetic characters who actually act their age. The plot is just beginning, but looks to be interesting too. This could be a very good anime.
It's like a cross between Macross (but without the mecha) and Nana (but the drama isn't so over the top), with magical girls. I'd rate it Very Good +.
|Aquatic Language (special)||Good||Interesting. It's clearly the origin of Time Of Eve's café setting. It also plays a bit with the android and being uncertain of other people's identity themes. The camera movements are also similar to Time Of Eve. I'm not sure what to make of the fish and the conversation bubbles though.|
|Aria - The Natural (TV)||Excellent||Ahh, bliss. More Aria to soothe and happify :)
Careful, you might smile so much your cheeks ache. It's a good kind of ache though :D
|Aria the Animation (TV)||Excellent||Ooh, this looks just so lovely. I've discovered a new favorite ^_^ ♪
The laid-back atmosphere, Akari's attitude towards every little detail of life, Aika's interruptions, president Aria's 'Pui! Nyuu!', Alicia's 'Are, are', ahh, this is such a refreshing and wonderful anime. This is a great antidote to all bad feelings. Goes on my to-buy list immediately.
|Aria the Origination (TV)||Excellent||See Aria - The Natural.
I felt sad when Aria came to an end, but I think it's for the best. Too much more would spoil the goodness. A few days later I'm still smiling while listening to the soundtrack :)
|Aria the OVA ~Arietta~||Excellent||See Aria - The Natural.
Akari and Alicia's faces were a little off-model a few times.
|Arjuna (TV)||Weak||The animation is quite good, but the story gets mired in lots of exposition, and rather preachy exposition at that. I'm not averse to environmental messages in anime, but this one takes it to an extreme, and mixes in some controversial other things as well. Pity, because some aspects of the story were decent. Yoko Kanno's music is nice as well, but as usual the quality varies.|
|Armitage III (OAV)||Weak||It's only from 1995, but it looks much older than that. Or am I mistaken? I thought animation was better than this back then.
Well, anyway, the art is okayish, although rather American-looking. Other aspects are only mediocre though. Voice-acting, character design and movement, story, they all lack grace, fluency. It's only four eps. long though, so I'll finish it anyway.
Armitage isn't such a great character. She's said to be a good detective, but we never see her do much sleuthing or other police work. She kicks ass a few times, but when she's not in control she screams like a little girl. Quite often she's also the helpless woman to be saved by big hunk of masculinity Ross. Bleh.
|Armitage: Dual-Matrix (movie)||So-so||This is from 2002, and technically a lot better than the OVA. Not up to today's standards, but at least the art, animation, character design, etc. are decent. The resolution wasn't great, but that may have been the copy I saw.
Armitage is more like a ferocious mama bear in this movie. She still kicks ass, but is much more tenacious and less helpless than in the OVA. Ross is toned down to more human proportions and gets to be the strong daddy manipulated by the villain. Overall it still isn't great, but at least better than the OVA.
|Avenger (TV)||Good||The characters are very Bee Train (tormented fighter, emotionless girl, and the designs of course). Maybe it's because this is a short anime (only 13 eps.), but the scenes are all quite short. Just a few movements and lines before it cuts to a different angle, or a different setting altogether. I like this style so far. The robot dolls are cute too of course. This anime might be another favorite. I liked all of the Bee Train anime I've seen so far, so that wouldn't be too surprising.
Finished. The story leaves a lot for the viewer to fill in themselves, just like the animation. An unusual style, that works unexpectedly well. The good background music helps a lot. Ali Project may not be too good at doing theme songs, but they do BGM quite well here. I'd have liked to see Nei more involved in the story, and the flashbacks could have been indicated better, but overall this anime turned out good.
|Ayakashi - Samurai Horror Tales (TV)||Decent||Three horror-themed stories. The first two were nicely animated, the third was an escapee from Mononoke (same protagonist and art style).|
|Azumanga Daioh (TV)||Excellent||It's a little different from Lucky Star, but just as much fun. My favorite characters would be, unsurprisingly, Sasaki, Osaka and Chiyo. I'd have liked to have more interaction between Kaorin and Sasaki of course, but Sasaki is also cute by herself or with Mayaa or other animals. Osaka is just hilarious, and Chiyo is also very cute.|
|Bamboo Blade (TV)||Very good||Mentioned in the SloL recommendation thread. So far it's okay. Funny at times, but more sports than slice-of-life.
The characters were deeper than I expected at first. I also liked that contrary to how it usually goes, the girls were the focus of the anime and the boys were only supporting characters. Overall, quite a nice anime.
|Banner of the Stars (TV)||Good||See Crest Of The Stars.|
|Banner of the Stars II (TV)||Good||See Crest Of The Stars.|
|Banner of the Stars III (OAV)||Good||See Crest Of The Stars.|
|Battle Athletes (OAV)||Weak||Bleh, sports. I watched this short series because it was said to have some shoujo-ai. It does, but in the end it's once again not explicitly stated as lesbian love, but only as 'best friends'. Otherwise this anime isn't worth watching really, unless you like sports-themed anime. The backstory/science is crap anyway.|
|(The) Beast Player Erin (TV)||Very good||Looks like this'll be a nice and friendly story, suitable for kids, in an unsophisticated style. Erin has a cool mom.
Wow, dramatic plot twist in ep.6/7. I didn't see that coming. I hope Erin'll be okay.
A few times I felt that there was too much repetition/flashbacks/recaps, but overall this is a really superb anime.
|Binbou Shimai Monogatari (TV)||Very good||A short, but very sweet slice-of-life anime.|
|Bincho-tan (TV)||Good||Ah, so 'binchou-tan' is a type of charcoal. That explains some of the scenes in this anime.
Overall, a very moe, a little childish, and very sweet slice of life anime.
|Birdy the Mighty Decode:02 (TV)||Very good||The story continues. It's interesting to see more of Birdy's past. I hope they don't make her a distressed damsel later on though.
Whoa, the art quality in ep.7 suddenly took a dive into the basement. It's even worse than sketchy. And again in the final episode. If, like the latest Shelf Life said, it was done on purpose, then it missed its impact for me. It just looked like the animation budget was too tight. Pity, because otherwise this was definitely one of the better anime. It has really good balance between story and action.
|Birdy the Mighty: Decode (TV)||Very good||A surprising good series, given the premise. It has a good balance between character interaction and action. Birdy's outfit is quite stripperific, but at least it's not given more attention than that. The ending is rather reset-ish, which is a little disappointing in Sakuya's case. I look forward to the second part of the series.|
|Black Lagoon (TV)||Very good||I've been told it's good, and has strong female characters. Let's try the first season then.
So far, it's pretty good. Lots of action.
Despite all the action (hardly an episode goes by without a gunfight and explosions), this anime's story doesn't move very quickly. You could almost call it slice-of-life in that there doesn't seem to be an overarching plot (stories last a few eps. each, but don't connect to each other).
The women are indeed kick-ass. The usual point of view may be Rock's, but Revy is as much the main character as he is.
|Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage (TV)||Good||I don't know why this is considered a separate season. The episode numbers continue just the same, and there was even the usual preview at the end of ep.12.
This 'season' seems to have a rather more melancholy atmosphere than the first. The violence and killings are more graphic, and characters reflect upon their lives and world quite often as well. All that reflection slows down the action a lot though, so in the end I'd rate The Second Barrage slightly lower than the first Black Lagoon.
|Black Magic M-66 (OAV)||Good||It's interesting to look for references or commonalities between different Shirow-based anime. The two M66 robots looked a little like the two cat women/robots from Dominion Tank Police, there was one officer who looked a little like GITS:SAC's Saito with his eyepatch, and at the end, Sybil was wearing a shirt with 'Appleseed' on it. I haven't seen that one yet. I think I'll add it to the to-watch list.
This OVA's age clearly shows of course, but it isn't bad for anime from 1987. Like DTP, there are silly moments, especially at the beginning. The rest of the story is more suspenseful, even though it isn't as dark as more modern anime would have been in that situation. Overall it's a nice 45 min. of entertainment.
|Black Rock Shooter (OAV)||Very good||This anime is a little unusual. There are two stories going on it seems. One in which BRS fights against another woman, and one about the friendship between two girls. Mato resembles BRS, the other woman looks like Yomi. Only at the end of the story does Mato meet BRS and are the two stories connected (BRS was fighting against the jealousy that possessed her friend). BRS's fighting scenes are animated in a grungy, superflat style, the main story is animated in a regular modern style. I liked the friendship between Mato and Yomi, even though we never get to know Yomi very well. This anime is quite short though, so their story is like a summary, composed of short snippets. BRS's side is without speech, and only has action scenes. I would like to see more of this. It's called a pilot episode after all.|
|Blood+ (TV)||Good||A good series, but it could've been better I think. Ostensibly, the main character is Saya, but I think the 'hero' of the story, Kai, actually got more plot time. That's my biggest disappointment actually, since he's one of those guys you dislike from the second he appears on screen (you can tell from his hair style that he's going to be a 'hero'). He becomes a little more likeable toward the end, but since the series is 50 eps. long, that takes a long time. Two other characters who are actually quite sympathetic are killed eventually; one in the first story arc, the other survives longer, but never gets to play much of a role other than emotional bait. As expected from the length of the series, the pacing is more deliberate than average, which I think is a good thing at first, but toward the end (during the fourth arc, when the eventual ending is made clear early on) I would've liked it to be faster. The ending is satisfying, even though it left me curious as to the characters' future.
Overall, I'd say it is an anime worth checking out.
|Blood: The Last Vampire (movie)||Decent||Not bad. At first I thought I accidentally had a dubbed version because many characters speak English (albeit with a not quite natural intonation), but it turned out the setting is an American military base in Okinawa. The story is intriguing, but quite short, and it left me with unanswered questions. I'd say it is a nice intro for the Blood+ series, but on its own the lack of background isn't quite satisfying.|
|Blue Drop (TV)||Good||Hmm.. mysterious. I like the music. It fits the scenes quite nicely.
This is such a lovely story, but I've been warned that the ending will be sad, so now I'm afraid to get too attached to the characters :(
Finally finished it. The ending was indeed quite sad, as expected. Before that it was nice, but the ending just negates that. So, overall, it wasn't very good.
|Bokurano (TV)||Not really good||Fifteen main characters? That has to be just way too many. The plot setup is so flimsy that even 13-year olds should be questioning it. And yet in some ways they act older than they are. Well, we'll see where this goes. The OP theme is awesome in any case.
Okay, so this is going to be very depressing. I'm not sure about the ending yet of course, but there's going to be a lot of sadness before that at least. And it's not like there aren't several unlikeable people among the main cast. However, with ep.5 and the preview for ep.6, it looks as if it's going to be icky as well. I'm not so sure if I want to go through all that, especially for 24 eps. Hmm.
Well, I watched all of it. The ickiness was only in those two arcs fortunately. Not that the rest is fun or anything. This anime is somewhat like Hell Girl with its drama and suffering. Unlike HG, it has a bigger plot to connect the individual stories. However, that bigger plot was mostly a failure for me. It is so far-fetched that it broke my suspense of disbelief early on. And even if it hadn't, there are just too many plotholes. The ending, despite being moderately 'happy' (compared to the rest of the anime anyway), fell a little flat after the buildup in the last few episodes.
|Bottle Fairy (TV)||So-so||It reminds me of Adventures Of Mini-Goddess a little; the same lack of plot chibi-ness. The fairies' portrayal feels like fanservice at times though, which would be icky.|
|Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 (TV)||Decent||Women who kick ass? Cool.
Or so I thought. Well, it's not really bad or anything. It starts out nicely, but over time it becomes more like a regular super sentai series. Near the end the pacing gets really wonky, more like stop and go. Good girls thwart villain/part of the week, take a break to reflect semi-dramatically and get drunk with friends, then battle villain again because of some new exposition. So what started out as an interesting series lost points because of a weakening end.
|CANAAN (TV)||Good||Wow, that was a confusing first episode. Don't eat this while watching dinner.
After three episodes there is still a lot that's unclear. Canaan is super cool though, and Maria is kinda cute.
I wonder what happened at the creative side of this anime. It started off totally awesome, then slowed down, and further down, and in the end it got all philosophical and nothing really happened. The characters (the ones left alive anyway) each went their way and lost touch with the others. I just don't understand why. The main badguys behind the plot didn't get punished, only the minor ones. The romance (or at least very close friendship) between Canaan and Maria seemed to have been switched off, and both philosophized about how they weren't right for the other. Bleh.
|Candy Boy (ONA)||Very good||I hate the current fad of out-of-order episodes. You have to double check the real order of every anime to avoid spoilers.
This was supposed to have real lesbians, but after watching it, I'm not entirely convinced. I think it's the sisters angle that pushes it down from explicit to subtext. There is Sakuya of course, but she's so crazy that I can't take her seriously.
Other than that though, Yukino and Kanade are so sweet together that I wish this series was much much longer. Why is it always the best anime that are too short? :(
|Cardcaptor Sakura (TV)||Very good||Wow, that took a long time. It was fun though, but be careful. Four out of five dentists got cavities just from watching this much kawaii overload. Despite being very long (70 episodes and two movies), there's still a coherent storyline, and of course there's plenty of room for good character development. I felt sorry for Tomoyo and Meilin though, getting sidelined in favor of the main romance.|
|Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2: The Sealed Card||Very good||See CardCaptor Sakura.|
|Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie||Good||See CardCaptor Sakura.|
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|Air Master (TV)||Bad||One episode was enough to move this to the Won't Finish category. The whole thing doesn't make any sense, and the character designs are over the top caricatures. Eww.|
|Chi's Sweet Home (TV)||Decent||Sweet indeed, but a little too simple. A kitty is cute, but I think only actual cat lovers can stand 104 eps. of it. And I'm not a cat lover. Not sure if I'll finish this.|
|Initial D (TV)||Not really good||I didn't expect to like this anime really; I was just curious what it's like from references to it in other anime. I think a few episodes will be enough.
And indeed, three eps. were more than enough for me. The art is quite bad, the characters are all men/boys who care only about cars and racing, except for one token girl who is there to be ogled. The music isn't bad, it goes nicely with the racing scenes, but I don't think it'll be much fun to listen to separately.
Ah well, I satisfied my curiosity. I understand now how Chiyo was so traumatized by Yukari's imitation of Initial D-style driving.
|Magic User's Club (TV)||Weak||Because this is a TV series, I was hoping it would be less ecchi than the OVA, but I guess that was too much to ask with only three years between them. Now the question is if I will endure it for 13 eps., or move it to the 'won't finish' category.
Five eps. in, there's still no plot development. Takeo is still very irritating, and Sae is too stupid to save this anime. Bye-bye.
|NANA (TV)||So-so||Hmm, not sure about this. The Nanas are a little too blatantly heterosexual for my taste. I don't mind some straight romance, but one Nana is utterly boy-crazy, and the other seems to be rather hung up about her boyfriend as well. Bleh.
Well, I'll give it a few more eps. So far it's been mostly background on both Nanas. Maybe it'll get better when the series returns to their present-time living together.
Btw, what's up with all the smoking? Over half the characters smoke some kind of cigarettes. It almost feels like a commercial at times. Is this meant to make them look more mature? Or dumber?
A few eps. later, after the flashbacks, it does get better, but not all that much. The over-anxious2 20 year old comedy is getting on my nerves.
Gave up after 11 eps. The comedy isn't bad, but the story didn't really grab me. Nana (Hachi) is supposed to be 20 years old, but she acts like a kid most of the time. All the boyfriend troubles were more like a soap series than a romance too.
|Pandora Hearts (TV)||Weak||Music by Yuki Kajiura ♡
The first ep. is confusing. It isn't until ep.5 that things start to make some sense, although not a whole lot. Even after 13 eps., things are still muddled. What is becoming clear though is that this anime, like other shounen anime, is all about Drama. Everything that happens is drawn out endlessly for the sake of Drama. By now, any resolution would only be both disappointingly simple and a big relief from the yawnfest so far. I think I'm going to ditch this.
|Ranma ½ (TV)||Not really good||Speaking of '80s style anime, I just finished Ranma ½. Season one that is, and that was more than enough to satisfy any curiosity I had about it. It's not really bad exactly, but I find it hard to imagine anyone wanting seven seasons of it. Catchy theme song though.|
|Rayearth (OAV)||Weak||See Magic Knight Rayearth season one.|
|Rune Soldier (TV)||Weak||Ugh, another harem/fanservice anime :( Sorry, but I'm going to give up on this after three episodes. What little plot there is is drowned out by Louie grating on everyone's nerves and everyone still acting like he's important.|
|Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE (TV)|
|Utawarerumono (TV)||Not really good||It starts out somewhat interesting. Fantasy setting, interesting characters, beginnings of a romance, then it slowly reveals its origin as a strategy game, turning into battle after battle, all to the greater glory of the hero. The fantasy setting becomes just a backdrop, the interesting characters get lost in the crowd or killed, and the female main characters turn into just another bunch of supporters of the hero. Bleh. Sorry, but this just isn't my taste. Gave up after 5 episodes.|
|You're Under Arrest (TV)||If the character designs hadn't reminded me of Ah! My Goddess already, all the motor maintenance details would have. These two anime are clearly based on manga by the same author :P I hope it's not all about car chases. Those cops could use some common sense.
Neither the humor nor the drama are very sophisticated, so although this anime is not bad, it isn't really great either. At first I figured I'd finish watching it anyway, but 26 eps. is enough I think.
|Zegapain (TV)||Weak||Recommended by Abunai.
I wonder why he did that though. The opening is rather full of clichés. Highschool boy (with important hair) meets mysterious girl and is told to fight to save the world, in a big mecha (using hard light). Mysterious past, check. Mysterious organization, check. Oh, and childhood girlfriend, check too. Okay, the animation isn't bad at all, but that might just have been the first ep. I wonder how they'll keep this from being a semi-boring mecha cliché fest. Ah well, only one way to find out, right?
Four eps. in, and there's still no explanation given for all the mystery. Sure, a little mystery can be captivating, keeping you watching to find out, but no explanation at all means that I don't care one way or another who these characters are or what they're doing. Better hurry up the exposition, or your audience is going to walk out. Oh, and you can add technobabble overload to the flaws too btw.
After seven eps. I give up. Some of the mystery is becoming clear, but characters continue to be idiots who don't communicate. Bye-bye.
|Zoku Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei (TV)||Not really good||This season seems to be even more random than the first. And not really funny. I'll give it one more episode before I drop it.|