This is the list of anime titles I've only watched parts of. I feel uncomfortable rating some of these titles for this reason, but I will be adding comments to explain why I only watched parts of a show and might not want to finish it.

Seen some Rating Comment
Blassreiter (TV) Halfway through. Mixed feelings.
Code Geass: Akito the Exiled (OAV) The first one was entertaining. My life does not depend on watching the next one, though.
D.Gray-man (TV) Good Let me start by saying that I adore the manga. I really fell in love with the characters and found them to be a lot more complex and ambivalent than standard shonen heroes tend to be. There's a lot of character development going on past the usual power ups. The backstories are of the common traumatic kind, and yet they manage to touch me a lot more than a lot of other childhood trauma stories from other series do. The protagonist is a delightful, polite, and well mannered change to the usual loudmouthed shonen hero. Female characters are strong and brave, and the fan service for each sex is distributed quite evenly and never getting in the way of the story. These things are all true for the anime as well, but, sadly, it doesn't really do the manga justice. The supporting cast is not as fleshed out in the anime as it in in the manga, but they are still contributing to the story and within the fights on a satisfying level. But it's a shame the anime did not get to tell the later chapters of the manga (which have took on a much darker and more serious tone). I would love to see the material getting the FMA: Brotherhood treatment and be redone from scratch some day, I really would. The characters are simply too loveable for me to forget. I can't give the anime any more than a mere good rating, though. The animation is really nothing special, there is the typical and annoying filler problem of an ongoing series, and they overdid it a bit with the comic relief. The music and voice acting were absolutely lovely, though.
Donten ni Warau (TV)
Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works (TV)
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo (TV)
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (TV)
Hyouge Mono (TV)
Kill la Kill (TV)
Kiseijū: Sei no Kakuritsu (TV)
Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing (TV) Only watched two episodes so far, but I am painfully missing the maturity of the original Last Exile series. I might end up watching this some day, though, because I just really like the feel and look (and ships!) of the Last Exile world.
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (TV) I feel the need to connect to the characters (or at least some of them) of a show in some way, and that just didn't happen for me with this anime. :-(
Nobunaga Concerto (TV)
Only Yesterday (movie)
Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ (TV)
Psycho-Pass 2 (TV)
Rurouni Kenshin (TV)
Serial Experiments Lain (TV)
Shingeki no Bahamut Genesis (TV)
(The) Tatami Galaxy (TV)
Valkyria Chronicles (TV)
Wolf Girl & Black Prince (TV)

I can't claim to be too objective with the stuff I love, but I will try to add comments to most of the titles to explain my view of things. Love & Peace.

Seen all Rating Comment
5 Centimeters per Second (movie) Excellent
Akira (movie) Way too many years ago. Need to watch again to phrase an opinion.
Aldnoah.Zero (TV)
Alps no Shōjo Heidi (TV) Childhood nostalgia. I don't think there's any German kid of the 80s that didn't watch this show.
(The) Animatrix (OAV)
anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (TV) Excellent Wonderful, very well crafted characters with interesting and touching interactions, portrayed by great actors giving it their everything. Sensitive, mature storytelling, huge enjoyment and investment on my part. The characters were all written so well I find it hard to name favorites. Anaru and Yukiatsu, maybe, but everyone was memorable. Wonderful OP as well, setting the mood perfectly. I could never bring myself to skip it, very simple, but very beautiful.
anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (movie) Good
Attack on Titan (TV) Good I think there are some serious flaws present in this series, but all in all, it was quite a magnificent watch. After a very strong start and some serious issues around the middle, it picked itself up nicely towards the end. I really enjoyed the devastating bleakness of the setting. "Enjoyed" might not be the best choice of words here, but I felt they really managed to convey an end of days atmosphere in a more realistic way than many other shows do. The violence and gore was excessive at times, but felt somewhat necessary to portray this hopelessly cruel world the characters are living and dying in. I had my problems with the main character at times, but there were enough other characters present for me to root for and invest in, even though I wouldn't say the characters themselves were a strongpoint of this show. The soundtrack and use of it was simply gorgeous. Nothing about this anime was subtle in any way, of course, and they had the tendency to overdo it with the inner monolougues, angsting at just the wrong moments, and hammy speeches. Still, a very enjoyable watch. I find it hard to rate as there were basically no questions answered and we will have to wait for coming seasons to explain to us what this really is all about. But just from my enjoyment, I'd at least rate it very good for now, if not better.
Baccano! (TV) Good Pure, lighthearted (yet quite gory), mostly well paced fun. Like a ride on a roller coaster. Despite being quite dark at times, morally and in terms of brutality, it does not take itself too seriously (or at all), which contributes a lot to the enjoyment watching this anime.
Barakamon (TV) Excellent
Barefoot Gen (movie) Excellent An excellent, yet deeply disturbing film. I really don't want to watch it again any time soon, it was hard work to get the imagery of all the war horrors out of my mind.
Battle Angel (OAV) Way too many years ago. Would have to re-watch to phrase an opinion.
Battle Royale (live-action movie) Good
Beyond the Boundary (TV) Decent
Captain Harlock (movie)
Castle in the Sky (movie) Excellent
(The) Cat Returns (movie) Decent
Cat Soup (OAV) Good
Chaos;HEAd (TV) Decent I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the first half of this series. I thought reality and delusions were blended very well, leaving me guessing and very interested. The pacing was also quite fine, rather slow, but even and well executed. However, it kind of fell apart for me around the middle somewhere, maybe at the point where we learn the source of the big conspiracy behind it all. That was rather anticlimactic and it went downwards from there in a spiral in every regard - plot, pacing, and animation as well. How sad, the first half would have ranked very good on my scale, now it's down to a weak decent.
Children Who Chase Lost Voices (movie) Excellent A moving and nature story about the understanding and acceptance of loss and death, beautifully animated and executed. It takes its time in all the right moments, the pacing is simply excellent. A quiet, intimate, deeply moving film.
Claymore (TV) Good So much potential. So sad they didn't get to tell the whole story.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (TV) Excellent A perfectly made product of entertainment. It will not be for everyone, as it is absolutely over the top. Chances are, if you can deal with things like Wagnerian opera, you can deal with Code Geass. If you prefer a more subtle approach, you might want to reconsider watching.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 (TV) Very good One of the best endings in the history of anime. Touching, thrilling, fascinating. Sadly, though, it seems like the creators, while knowing where the journey would end, did not really think it all the way through how we would get there, resulting in some rather frustrating over-uber-pseudo-epicness and annoying filler episodes full of irritating product placement and random teenie fanservice. The more-than-perfect ending makes up for a lot, though, IMO.
Cowboy Bebop (TV) Masterpiece The animation is beyond beautiful, the music wonderful, the characters unique and lovable. A symphony for the eyes and ears that makes up for the episodic nature of the series, something I usually dislike. And the ending - perfection.
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie Good An extended TV episode, a bit too long at times, but still beautiful to watch.
Darker than Black (TV) Good
Death Note (TV) Excellent Up to a certain character's death, this anime is a 10/10. It's clever, it keeps you on the edge of your seat, it's incredibly well scripted and made. It looses a lot of its appeal later on, which is a shame. The ending, though (although pretty much what you'd expect it to be after the first three or so episodes) and the last episodes leading up to it make up for some of the sillier things going on before that. Still, it is a must see for me.
(The) Devil is a Part-Timer! (TV) Good
Durarara!! (TV) Very good Very entertaining and some really great characters I really cared about by the end. Great voice acting. Better paced than Baccano. Definitely worth seeing.
(The) Eccentric Family (TV) Excellent
Elfen Lied (TV) Decent
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (movie) Good
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (movie) Not really good
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (movie)
Fate/Prototype (OAV)
Fate/stay night (TV) Decent I adore Fate/Zero and consider it to be one of my favorites. I did not know the original Fate/stay night series before watching Fate/Zero, so I wanted to check it out. While it is clearly not as dark and mature as its prequel and there was way too much cooking, eating, and chit-chatting going on for my taste, I am happy I kept on watching, because I really liked the last couple of episodes and consider the ending to be a very nice one indeed. I was able to enjoy Fate/Zero even more the second time, especially the ending, which disappointed me the first time, but now it all makes perfect sense (obviously). While I think Fate/Zero is superior to the original Fate series in every aspect, I am absolutely not regretting watching Fate/stay night, it was fun and sweet and adds even more depth to Fate/Zero.
Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works (movie)
Fate/Zero (TV) Masterpiece There aren't many things out there entertainment-wise that can beat King Arthur and Alexander the Great having a drink while philosophizing about what it takes to be a king and lead people into their last battle. I mean, seriously. It looks and sounds spectacular. The way they throw around morals and ideologies, only to step upon them five minutes later with all their might, crushing the character's dreams, hopes, and the characters with them (sometimes quite literally). If you haven't seen the original series, Fate/Zero might suffer from being a prequel and not a stand alone project. But if a show can be called epic, it's this one. There are at least a dozen more than perfect moments/scenes in this anime that left me gasping breathlessly "see, and that's why I love anime". For me, this is definitely a favorite.
Fate/Zero (TV 2) Masterpiece See comment for the first season.
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (movie) Good Well, let's start with the good parts. There's Takahiro Sakurai. The visuals and characters look gorgeous, the animation is spectacular. Let me quote the ANN review: "If you ever wanted to know what it'd look like to watch The Matrix, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, The Fast and the Furious, Star Wars, and their brethren all at once, it's right here. Square even contributes a new technique to the visual language of action films: the use of vertical space. In a world where gravity is optional, Cloud walks on air (getting the occasional boost from his friends) and scales walls at dizzying camera angles that could only be possible in animation." Yes. Pretty much that. In the story department, however, the movie has less things going for it. Since I am not familiar with the game franchise, some things were a bit confusing, and I could also not join in on the enjoyment game fans probably feel when seeing old or favorite characters be brought back for cameos and such. There were some interesting, even touching moments in this, but rather scattered. All in all, I kept on watching because it just looked so freaking gorgeous.
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (US CG movie) So-so
First Squad - The Moment Of Truth (OAV) So-so
Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club (TV) Decent Finally found the time to do some catching up on the 10+ series still waiting for me to finish them, first one being Free!, because it makes me happy. That was a nice show, pleasant on the eye, lots of lovely moments and fuzzy feelings. I could have done with less backstory drama, I think, as I found it hard to follow the oh-so-big drama emotionally (that, as it turns out, wasn't so huge in the end after all). Still, I didn't think It would be possible to make me care so much about swimming, which really isn't even close to any kind of sports I'm even remotely interested in. But they made me care, and the animation of the swimming scenes was just gorgeous. I'm rating this show decent-good and will watch a second season if and when it should come out.
Free! Eternal Summer (TV) Good
From the New World (TV) Very good
From Up On Poppy Hill (movie) Decent
Full Metal Panic! (TV) Good
Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid (TV) Very good
Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid (OAV) Good
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu (TV) Very good
Fullmetal Alchemist (TV) Very good My main point of criticism would be that it was too long and took too much time to make some of the points it wanted to make. You could smell them coming, and they just got stuck somewhere along the line, leaving me annoyed and frustrated from time to time. Besides the pacing (which, at times, could also be quite the opposite and to the point), I really liked the characters and found their journey to be touching and their fates moving.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (TV) Very good It's obviously very easy to see why this series is seen and lauded as one of the best shonen series in existence, which, of course, will not be news to anyone here. It's funny, engaging, very well structured and paced, offers great action sequences and lots of heart. It's also pretty much devoid of fillers, just wonderful. But now that I've seen both FMA series, it's almost unavoidable not to think which one I like better. And I have to say, despite very much enjoying Brotherhood, the first one wins, and hands down. Even though I felt Brotherhood had the stronger overall pacing and structure, the first series managed to touch me a lot more, emotionally, because it addressed it's complex themes with even more maturity than Brotherhood did. Yes, I know the second series corresponds to the manga, but as I haven't read that, I have no comparison and feel comfortable just comparing both shows. While my favorite characters (Mustang and Greed) did not differ from the first series (meaning that they were still my favorites (although Greed, especially, was a very different character, obviously), I found Mustang to be an even more interesting character in the first series, especially spoiler[him, not Scar, being responsible for the death of Winry's parents and] everyone just having to deal with that. They did a similar thing with Scar in the second anime, forcing Winry to face her conflicted emotions and come to terms, but it just felt more interesting to me in the first anime because Scar had basically gone insane from pain and grief while Mustang was calmly executing an order, fully aware of his actions at the time. If I remember correctly, Mustang even contemplated committing suicide with Hughes being the one to show him a way out of the darkness, saving his life, and giving him a purpose, making their friendship and the loss of Hughes all the more impactful. That was quite well done. I also very much liked the idea of the homunculi being the living sins of people trying to perform human transmutation. I thought that was a very interesting concept, emotionally and morally, more so than what they represented in Brotherhood. Forcing the "sinners" to physically confront their sins was just really exciting and painful (in the good way) to watch. All in all, it felt to me the first series dared to go places the second anime shied away from, forcing characters to face the consequences of their actions and desires in a more grim and cruel manner and accept responsibility without resulting to having the bad guys simply kill themselves in order to avoid for any of the good guys to actually dirty their hands. The scene where Mustang keeps torturing Envy for killing Hughes while Hawkeye, Edward and Scar are trying to save his soul was wonderfully climactic in the second anime. I (despite being a sucker for seeing people pushed beyond the point of no return), too, felt it was absolutely necessary to stop Mustang in order for him to be able to continue on his path, But instead of seeing Hawkeye shouldering the burden of responsibility by delivering the final blow so that Mustang's soul can be saved (which she offered out of love and belief in the future and which would have been incredibly interesting for both characters and the narrative, I believe), we get Envy committing suicide. Which is basically as interesting as the bad guy falling into his own weapon. Long story short, I felt the first series dared to blur the line between black and white a lot more than the second one did. The themes of forgiveness and acceptance were very much present in both incarnations, but dealt with in a more ambivalent (and interesting way) in the first series. When Edward kills Greed (which he actually does in the first series), the corpse doesn't dissolve into a convenient and poetic cloud of dust. They actually have to dig a grave and bury him, exemplifying the obvious need to deal with and face the ugly and painful consequences of your actions. Definite win for the first series. Also, despite the slightly over the top cycle of self sacrifice and resurrection between the brothers at the end of the first series, I did enjoy the alternate universe idea quite a bit. Still, despite this rant, great series, highly entertaining, touching, and deserving of the praise it receives. Which you all know, of course, so I'll be gone now.
(The) Garden of Words (movie)
Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (TV) Good Very strong start, and an awesome finish. Sadly, you could really notice that only the first and last episode were written by Urobuchi himself. Those episodes were absolutely great. What came in between, however, suffered from a very mixed quality. Too much unnecessary and misplaced fanservice, too little development in the restricted 12 episodes time frame. Still, it's worth a watch, IMO, and it looks absolutely gorgeous.
Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun (TV) Good
Ghost in the Shell (movie) Too long ago. Need to re-watch.
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (movie) Too long ago. Need to re-watch.
(The) Girl Who Leapt Through Time (movie) Excellent A wonderful movie about growing up and taking responsibility for yourself. Beautifully told and executed.
Grave of the Fireflies (movie) Masterpiece One of the most touching films I've seen in my life. I don't think it is possible to not be deeply moved by this masterpiece.
Gurren Lagann (TV) Excellent As an adult female, I'm probably not part of the main target audience of this testosterone loaded celebration of epic manliness, but who cares. Who would have thought any show could still finds things to top itself with after their MC already punched a hole into the space time continuum itself? But it could. Effortlessly. The escalation of the fights, plot, and sheer epicness of every line spoken in this show was a joy to witness. Who cares about the laws of physics when you get mecha spoiler[throwing galaxies at one another], anyway. What elevated the show above being "just" an amazing action roller coaster ride were it's characters whom it really made me care about. I am usually quite the opposite of a fan of characters like Kamina, but, man, what a guy. Simon was a great character as well who preserved a certain boyish innocence even after stepping up and becoming the hero. Which kept him from becoming a responsible political leader in times of peace, a fact the show and he, himself, acknowledged in the end, a decision I was very grateful for. Those moments and decisions on the writer's side contributed a depth to an otherwise so immature looking setting and theme. Even the fanservice character Yoko was, underneath her absence of clothing, a real, likable, well developed character. This show had me laughing, crying, cheering out loud, and jumping in front of the screen, that's how infectious it's passion felt. It stayed true to itself from beginning to end, and I believe it achieved everything it set out to do. It's a declaration of love for human passion and spirit in the most awesome and epic package possible. I cannot imagine anyone who enjoys the loudly telegraphed pathos established in the very first episode being disappointed in the end.
Hal (movie)
Hourou Musuko (TV) Excellent I pretty much agree with the review. The absence of plot did not bother me, as the characters and their interactions were so wonderfully complex and interesting and everything was created with such great care and attention to detail that it filled my heart with pure joy. Yes, the kids act like they're much older, and the fact that there's so little open bullying towards classmates not acting like society or the majority tells them to is probably as far from reality in Japan as it is in Germany and Spain. Just imagining how things would have been like for me in the shoes of the main characters back at my school fills me with depression, fear, and anger. But that was probably not the story the creators wanted to tell here (if we can call it a story when there's practically no plot to speak of). Instead we get lots of sensitive reflections of the characters about their own identities and place and purpose in the world, issues every adolescent has to work through, anyway, but that will be so much more complex and difficult for transgenders due to the added social and individual pressure, I presume. Probably told from a Cisgender's point of view, but nonetheless with a great deal of sensitivity and care.
House of Five Leaves (TV) Masterpiece
Howl's Moving Castle (movie) Decent Not Ghibli's best, but still entertaining. What I was missing the most was the usual strong Ghibli heroine.
Hōzuki no Reitetsu (TV)
Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade (movie) Excellent A grimly realistic glimpse into an alternate future and a tragic love story.
K (TV) So-so A beautiful, stylish package. Yet, it lacks profoundly in terms of plot development. Since it's only 13 episodes, filled with beautiful images, even more beautiful guys, fantastic voice actors, a very nice and chilly soundtrack - it's not a waste of time, though. Heard there's going to be a second season. Maybe that one will get more plot?
Kids on the Slope (TV) Excellent Oh, the melancholy ... This show was absolutely wonderful, a gentle and engaging reminder of how beautiful and yet how sad growing up was like. All those emotions - thanks for reviving them, even just for a little while ... The characters are simply adorable, what a beautifully portrayed friendship. Watanabe knows how to present his stories in just the right pictures, not a single frame was wasted, so much beauty in the details, what a delight. The soundtrack is, of course, enchanting, contributing to and shaping the melancholic feel of the series. An absolute delight, that's what this anime is.
Kiki's Delivery Service (movie) Good
Kill Bill Chapter 3: The Origin of O-Ren (movie segment) Decent
Kino's Journey (TV) Excellent
Kyōkai no Kanata: Idol Saiban! - Mayoi Nagara mo Kimi o Sabaku Tami (ONA)
Last Exile (TV) Very good I loved this show, despite some flaws it certainly had. I love steam punk. The soundtrack is beautiful. The characters are lovable, and despite the protagonists being children, the anime itself is actually rather mature. The setting and story feel a bit like a Studio Ghibli movie, so I would recommend Last Exile to anyone who can enjoy Miyazaki's films.
Last Order Final Fantasy VII (OAV)
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (movie) Very good Lighthearted, entertaining, and fun.
Maya the Bee (TV) Childhood nostalgia...
Mononoke (TV) Masterpiece I just love it when something truly makes use of the medium it's told in, and this show truly does. This is one beautiful, haunting, and impressive piece of visual art.
Monster (TV) Excellent Once upon a time, there was a nameless monster ... A fantastic, epic story about responsibility and how everything you do will have consequences that, one day, will come back to haunt you. Due to its slow pacing, this show is probably not everyone's cup of tea (and, to be honest, it might not have suffered from having 10 episodes less or so), but I still find it to be a fascinating, thrilling and sometimes incredibly painful journey into the dark abyss that is human nature. No super powered teenagers, no mecha fights, no fanservice. I would not recommend it for children under the age of 16 due to the psychologically disturbing themes.
Mushi-Shi (TV) Masterpiece Wonderful series. Quiet, intimate, thoughtful (and thought provoking), sensitive, and touching. More of that, please.
Mushishi Tokubetsu-hen: Hihamukage (special) Very good
My Neighbor Totoro (movie) Excellent The perfect movie to watch on a rainy Sunday morning. Again, and again. Pure innocence and feel good guaranty.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (movie) Excellent
Neon Genesis Evangelion (TV) Masterpiece The very first anime series I ever watched. And the one that made me fall in love with anime as a whole. After 3 watches, I still consider it to be one of the few true masterpieces out there. It's clever, it's deep, it's beautiful, it's twisted and evil, it's funny, silly, and mature (and sometimes all at the same time) and it can make you (well, me, at least) think and talk about it for days after finishing it, weeks even. The English dub is unwatchable for me, though, as I get this urge to strangle the protagonist 5 minutes into the first episode, a problem non-existing in the Japanese version. Personally, I don't think this classic needs to be retold in a different way for current generations because the original series is about as fantastic as it can get and perfectly able to fascinate viewers today as it was back in the 90s. So far, I've been avoiding the rebuild movies after the first one left me rather disappointed (it just felt kind of shallow), but I know I will have to watch them some day. I love this show from the first time Shogoki goes berserk to the crayon drawn finale, and with all my heart.
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth (movie) Decent ... because why NOT make all the money you can, releasing the same stuff in a different format and call it a "movie". Great. Because I'm a huge Evangelion fan, I feel obliged to at least give a decent rating, but this movie is a really ridiculous affair.
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (movie) Masterpiece A grim and epic conclusion (some say alternate ending) to the original TV series. It still looks and sounds fantastic today. Better not to be watched in a fragile state of mind, though.
No. 6 (TV) Good I rated it “good”, although I felt it was a mixed bag with some very powerful (and much better than just “good”) moments and a very beautiful mood throughout, but it lacked in terms of plot building and execution. Positive: The general setting being of my favourite (utopian/dystopian) kind; the relationship of the main characters, its development and the sensitivity and sincerity it was being told with, making me care about the characters a lot; the general melancholic mood the series carried throughout, full of atmosphere; Nezumi, who added a fresh sensitivity and wittiness to the aloofness his (very pleasant) character design obviously requires (isn’t that right, Kanda?) Negative: There’s a whole lot of talking going on between Nezumi and Shion of how they want to destroy No.6 and/or save the people within from the moment on when Nezumi helps Shion escape in ep. 2. Then, for several episodes (equating to several months time within the story), they aren’t really doing all that much in terms of preparing themselves or doing anything to achieve their goals. Only when Shion’s friend Safu is in sudden need of being rescued the moment arrives there when they actually start doing things. There might be some things happening off screen, since they do tell each other about their progress and setbacks, but we don’t actually see it happening. This kind of storytelling might work a lot better in a novel, and since this anime is based on a series of novels, it makes sense, but it would still have been nice to actually see them trying to come closer to achieving their goals. The same goes for the emotional confessions about how important they are for each other and shaped each other’s lives, made them who they are. All very moving because beautifully worded and staged with the atmospheric melancholy this series breathed throughout, but less powerful than it could have been had we actually seen Shion develop any form of interest in … anything before we see and hear him thanking Nezumi for giving him the freedom to do so. Again, this might work better in a novel, but in a visual medium, I kind of want to see things happening, not just being told. Still, the good outweighed the bad for me here by far.
Non Non Biyori (TV) Good
Noragami (TV) Good
Noragami (OAV)
Oldboy (Korean movie) Excellent One deeply disturbing movie for sure. The psychological violence surpasses the actual one by far. Some images will stay with me for years to come, I am sure.
On Your Mark (movie) Excellent
Outlaw Star (TV) Good
Pale Cocoon (OAV) Excellent
Paprika (movie) Very good
(The) Place Promised in Our Early Days (movie) Very good
Pom Poko (movie) Good
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (movie) Good
Princess Mononoke (movie) Excellent A fantastic movie with a compelling story, complex characters, and beautifully executed. Probably the Ghibli movie least suited to watch in the company of children because of the brutality and mature themes.
Princess Tutu (TV) Masterpiece So, I finally decided to watch Princess Tutu, after all the praise it gets in this forum. I went in completely clueless and was slightly irritated by the silliness and (supposedly) lack of maturity the series exhales – at first. I continued watching because I wanted to know what the buzz was about, despite the initial feeling that this was meant to be watched by a target audience not quite my own age. I quickly let go of my reluctance when the characters and feel of the series started to grow on me, though. I really loved the first season, especially the switching between hilarious comedy and mystic seriousness. The animation was quite limited at times, and yes, it might be targeting an age group below the one I belong to, but I found it to be rich in atmosphere and especially in heart. The setting appealed to me enormously, as I was reminded of various vacations in Bavaria from my own childhood, which blended nicely with the fairytale like intro and theme of the episodes and made me feel like a child again on several levels. It was almost like revisiting a childhood favorite, although I never watched this show as a child, yet still I was getting some lovely and melancholic nostalgia vibes from it. The first episodes of season two were a bit repetitive (Kraehe having to steal yet another person’s heart for the raven over and over again), but it really started to pick itself up again for me with the ghost knight episode and the following discovery of Fakir’s true power and the consequent all out fight against fate. Ahiru and Fakir were incredibly lovely and layered characters, I rooted for them (and a happy ending) more than I usually tend to root for most fictional characters. I really wished for them to get a happy ending, although the feeling of the show indicated a bittersweet ending throughout, at best. The finale was thrilling, touching, and full of heart and left me all teary, yet hopeful, and with a feeling of empowerment. What a wonderful message for kids and adolescents watching this show! I am already thinking whom I could give the DVDs to for birthdays or Christmas. I am not sure if I want to rate Princess Tutu very good or excellent at the moment, I guess I have to see how my feelings toward it develop over the next few days. But I took a very powerful message with me that touched my heart and soul, and I am grateful for that. Edit: Excellent it is, since it's lingering beautifully in my mind and won't go away.
Psycho-Pass (TV) Excellent An cleverly written cop story set within a dystopian future. The setting itself already has my full attention. And it's written by Urobuchi who is responsible for 2 of my top 10 anime titles. I am intrigued. After watching this, I can say that Psycho-Pass, for me, is another Urobuchi favourite. The man just knows how to surprise and challenge me and is not afraid of not taking the easy way out. And Makishima, well … another favourite character of Takahiro Sakurai. I guess there are some things even Urobuchi can’t change. SPOILERS to follow ... At first I felt a bit underwhelmed after watching the finale. But it grew quickly on me. After watching the last couple of episodes a second time, I am now absolutely and wholeheartedly in love with the ending. The longer I though about it, the more I thought it was a very mature ending. When the protagonist first found out about the true nature of the system she is living in (and working for), she already made her resolution. While admitting to the antagonist how she could now understand his motivation a bit better, she was not willing to sacrifice the (fake, but working) peace and harmony this society had found through the very same system. It moved me quite a lot when she stated something along the lines of how the law was the accumulation of people’s dreams and no one had the right to take those dreams away from them by force. When the series goes full (but slightly modified) circle in the end, it’s like they didn’t manage to get past the divergence rate, but they did manage to jump world lines, so to speak. There is hope, and not just a glimpse of it, that, in a not so distant future, society might change sufficiently and become ready to embrace free will again, rendering the system obsolete. Urobuchi is a genius, having the antagonist state how everyone is replaceable right before the end, which is exactly what happens. But while they all take on different roles in the end and continue to play a part within a system they no longer believe in, things have shifted, shown in the protagonist’s introduction of the enforcers to the new inspector. The old guys are gone, time for a new era. Maybe a better one. It’s up to us. Instead of being ruled over or driven into chaos and anarchy, we are being empowered to maybe take fate into our own hands once again someday. When we’re ready for it. I love it.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica (TV) Masterpiece Beautiful beyond words.
RahXephon (TV) Good The internet told me to watch this one when I was looking for "something like Evangelion". Other than the fact that there's a teenager piloting a mecha and some philosophical questions being asked, there weren't really a whole lot of similarities as the feel and story of the show were completely different. It made me care about the characters and their fates, the music and visuals were very pleasing as well. The love story at the center of it all was very sweet and felt quite special. The ending, though, had too many reset elements in it for me, which is something I don't appreciate of.
Ringu (live-action movie) Decent
Robotics;Notes (TV) Decent Nice characters, good first half, but then it got stuck somehow. Still not a bad show by far, but also not quite what I felt it could have been after the first couple of episodes.
Rurouni Kenshin (live-action movie) Very good
Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen (live-action movie)
Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen (live-action movie)
Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal (OAV) Masterpiece
Samurai Champloo (TV) Very good Bebop's little brother. More focus on the fun, action, and comedic relief oriented side of things, but there are still some moments and episodes where you can't help but love the Bebop-feel that's being generated inside you. At least that's how I felt. Beautiful soundtrack, very nicely animated action sequences.
Samurai Flamenco (TV) Good
(The) Secret World of Arrietty (movie) Good
Sky Blue (Korean movie) Decent
(The) Sky Crawlers (movie) Good
Space Pirate Captain Herlock The Endless Odyssey (OAV)
Spirited Away (movie) Excellent
Steins;Gate (TV) Excellent A great idea and setting, lovely characters (to me the most lovable since Trigun) and some absolutely fantastic moments make this show as popular as it is, and rightfully so. It is not free of flaws, sometimes it takes so much time to get its lovely behind in motion that you want to give the characters (and writers) a "gentle" push, because they really created something beautiful here and could have created a true masterpiece. I still love it, it touches me, I care about the characters more than in most anime, and I really love the animation and character design, especially the eyes. And I am just such a huge fan of intelligent time travel stories. Definitely highly recommended.
Steins;Gate Fuka Ryōiki no Déjà vu (movie) Good I think if you liked the show, you might like the movie as well. Since I absolutely adored Steins;Gate, I really enjoyed the film. It's nothing revolutionary or anything, but it gets the characters and feel of the show just right. Made me remember how much I loved these guys - I felt like hugging them all the time, like I did during the show. Okarin especially, although he gets less screen time than in the series. My main point of criticism would be the never ending inner monologuing/voice over, which isn't something I'm a fan of. Although it might have been extra annoying because of the sub quality, I admit. I don't know if someone not familiar with the series or VN will enjoy this movie, as it kind of expects you to know the characters and be familiar with their routines/key moments and does not bother with being all that accessible to new viewers, which is fine by me. This was a rather sentimental, relatively quiet movie, which was the right choice to wrap up the story, I believe. The overall message was very sweet and poetic.
Sunday Without God (TV) Very good Finally caught up and just watched the last episode. I have to say, they really managed to pull me back in emotionally, and big time. After the weird tone shift in the "school for the gifted arc" (that served little other purpose than introducing Alice), I wasn't all that motivated to continue anytime soon. Glad I did, though. First of all, this was a truly intriguing world in my eyes. Like Children of Men set in a Neil Gaiman sort of universe. The constant overexposure and color palette contributed perfectly to the end of days vibe. I also really liked the feel of the soundtrack, always breathing melancholy into every scene. There were some narrative weaknesses, no question about it, but I really would love to see more of this world. The philosophical themes and questions explored were quite interesting and touching at times. I also loved how the characters, while being lost in a lost world, managed to find new hope and a will to continue living by holding on to one another despite all the loss and tragedy they've had to suffer through. The overly cute protagonist also worked surprisingly well for me, as her innocence and courage was what spread the hope and set tragic characters like Julie free. That's why I also think the ending was quite fitting, it would have been sad to depart with this show anywhere else than on a hopeful note. I will rate this anime very good. The world alone would be deserving of at least an excellent for me, but the inconsistencies in narration quality do exist and I find it hard to ignore them. I will definitely check out the source material now.
Sword of the Stranger (movie) Excellent The ANN review pretty much reflects what I think about the film: Nothing really new story or character development wise, but gorgeously executed. The fight scenes draw you in and leave you breathless, and I am not easily pulled in by action alone. This might be a case of style over substance, but, Great Maker, does this have style (including plenty of blood and gore as well). There's just enough substance underneath it to keep me invested in the characters and story. This is what anime looks like in a Hollywood blockbuster disguise, but there are way to few blockbusters available nowadays that do not make me want to smash my head against the wall to kill off those otiose braincells begging me for seppuku because they feel violated by the awfulness they have been exposed to. This film does not invoke feelings like that, the story is coherent, stuff makes sense, and the final fight is what a visual orgasm feels like. The music is also epic as epic can be and does the action more than justice.
Tales from Earthsea (movie) So-so
Tekkonkinkreet (movie)
Tokyo Ghoul (TV) Good
Tokyo Godfathers (movie)
Trigun (TV) Masterpiece A favourite of mine and very close to my heart. I might not be able to be too objective here, because I just love the characters of this anime to bits and want to marry them all, have them move in with me and do my best to protect them from all evils in the world so they will not have to suffer anymore. Seriously, it's the characters and their interactions that make this show so fantastic. Imagine a Joss Whedon show, only animated. It starts off with being the silliest thing imaginable with some absolutely hilarious goofing around by the protagonist until it gets dark so quickly that you don't know what hit you when morals start clashing, friends start hating each other, and people start dying. And when they start dying, it hurts me more than in most other anime, because they are just so incredibly lovable. It reminded me of the Italian movie "Life is beautiful" at times, how quickly it goes from lighthearted and hilarious to heartbreaking and bottomless. The animation is dated and limited, but the characters are so wonderful that you will quickly forgive all the flaws this anime might have that are not possible for me to see anymore because I just adore every single frame of it.
Trigun: Badlands Rumble (movie) Very good It was great to go back to planet Gunsmoke for a bit, see the old gang meet up again, some epic Wolfwood-coolnees and hilarious Vash-silliness, although both of them are more on the uber-cool than on the touching-my-heart side of things. I miss those guys ...
(The) Unlimited - Hyōbu Kyōsuke (TV) Decent
Valvrave the Liberator (TV) Good There's something there that keeps me coming back for more. Maybe the possibility of a mecha can-can?
Valvrave the Liberator (TV 2) Good
Vampire Knight (TV) Decent I'm biased rating this. I'm just really not into vampire stories. All the suffering, lusting, and sucking each other's blood - really not my thing. This anime did not change my opinion. It is very! well made, beautiful to look at, the backgrounds especially, and it has Mamoru Miyano as one of the leads, so I was entertained enough to keep watching. And there's a whole lot of bishonen eye candy for the ladies everywhere. But, personally, I think it was sad to see how the heroine and protagonist of an anime mainly targeted at girls can be so dependable on the guys around her. OK, so they're all hot and into her, good for her, but is this, an incompetent object of desire, really all she should be? While she tries running around and "protecting" (yeah...not so much) her friends, despite giving it all she's got, some guy always ends up having to rescue her, leading to emotional confusion on her part which one she might really love now: manipulative-yet-oh-so-mysterious-bastard-guy or self-loathing-needs-to-be-saved-angry-puppy-guy. I preferred Buffy as my vampire-loving heroine (and role model for young females), at least she was able to kick some bad guy's butt and didn't need to be rescued every 5 seconds.
Vampire Knight Guilty (TV) Decent See comment for first season, same applies here. It offered more plot, but since all the suffering and lusting for one another got a bit stale for me already, it gets less points. The heroine of the story still has no clue about what's going on for the most part, still being my main point of criticism. To quote the encyclopedia on this matter: "Yuki suffers from a startling lack of self-preservation instinct throughout; she needs two tough, hunky guys looking out for her just to assure her own fragile existence. Granted, some of that is necessary to give the hunky guys something to do besides just walk around and look pretty or despair at becoming a vampire, but any attempts to give Yuki any semblance of strength as a character get washed away by her repeated lack of common sense." Pretty much sums it up.
(The) Vision of Escaflowne (TV) Excellent I absolutely loved the first half or so. It was like a homage to The Neverending Story, a protagonist spirited away into a magical world where his/her dreams, hopes and despairs hold power over the events happening. That's a setting alone that I can enjoy with all my heart, and the multilayered, interesting characters and their interactions made this magical world all the more real and interesting. I really liked Hitomi as a protagonist, she felt very balanced and real, there were no spoiler unbelievable over the top heroics, but she wasn't the helpless damsel in distress either. The first half of the show was written so fell, there wasn't a single second spent on unnecessary things. Extraordinarily well paced. Later on this pacing felt out of balance every once in a while, some things got rushed that should not have been rushed, which made me loose my attachment to the main characters a bit at times. It almost seemed as if they had to cut some crucial moments, since there was no time wasted anywhere else on other things. Luckily, there were some really wonderful supporting characters whose journeys were no less interesting than the one of the protagonist. I am thinking of Millerna especially, such a well written character, starting of as your typical love struck, naive little princess who spends her time daydreaming and being more in love with the idea of being in love (unrequited, of course) than considering her or her loved one's actual feelings. Her growing into a responsible, caring adult, overcoming (some of) her childhood fantasies without sacrificing her identity or happiness, it was just fascinating to watch. I wish there were more supporting characters who get such development and depth in other shows instead of just serving as tropes or plot points. All in all, this was a wonderful, mature coming of age story with a fitting and mature ending that reflected the growth of basically all of the main and supporting characters throughout their journey. The character designs are unique, it took me a bit to get used to those noses at first, but one cannot say this isn't a spectacular looking anime. Both story and design manage to keep a wonderful balance between romance, adventure, mecha battles, supernatural, heroics, and yet real and complex characters who have flaws and are still loveable. And the music is, of course, brilliant. Another classic off my list, one that could be recommended to basically everyone - teenagers, adults, men, women, because it is just so well balanced.
Voices of a Distant Star (OAV) Excellent
Welcome to the NHK (TV) Excellent A grim, cynical look into some of the social problems and phenomena Japan is dealing with these days. A hikikomori, an otaku, and two suicidal young people are struggling, failing, and coping with their lives. Grimly entertaining, and, luckily, also quite touching at times.
Whisper of the Heart (movie) Excellent A wonderful, innocent story about first love. Makes you feel like you're 16 again. Absolutely lovely.
(The) Wind Rises (movie) Excellent
Wolf's Rain (TV) Excellent The last wolves, whose mystical existence has been forgotten by mankind, travelling through a cold and dying world, looking for their last dream: paradise. The tagline practically screamed at me: This is the anime for you, and it was right. The atmosphere and feel of this anime is fantastic, the soundtrack (by Yoko Kanno) as beautiful as one could possibly hope for, the story deeply moving. Luckily, the OAV provided a wonderful ending to a beautiful piece of art.
Wolf's Rain (OAV) Masterpiece One of my favourite endings ever. I can think and talk about it for days. Tragic yet beautiful, epic yet intimate, sad yet hopeful. A wonderful conclusion to a great anime.
(The) Wonderful Adventures of Nils (TV) Childhood nostalgia. Oh, how I wanted to fly with the geese ...
Zankyō no Terror (TV) Very good

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Black Lagoon (TV)
Bleach (TV) Stopped watching before the conclusion of the Hueco Mundo arc when suddenly, in the middle of the big fight, a new filler arc with the sword's rebellion started. I simply don't have any more patience left within me to endure any more of this. But it was very entertaining for quite a while, even if I tend to develop a problem of patience with super powered teenagers and their countless, repetitive, and after a certain point just plainly boring battles if nothing else keeps me (emotionally) invested - in the characters and/or the story. Sadly, contrary to D.Gray-man, for example, Bleach didn't provide me with something to invest in. They started loosing me when they spent episode after episode showing some boring shinigami I didn't care about battling some boring espada I can't remember the name of while I am waiting for the protagonist to finally get face to face with the main antagonist. Will that ever happen, I wonder. And then yet another filler arc happened, which forced me to quit. However, I'd still like to see what happens to Aizen but I will definitely do some research and skip all the filler battling and countless filler arcs coming before that. This show primarily suffers from having way too many characters that I really and honestly couldn't care less about, and, of course, from repeating itself over and over again. Oh no, he's lost his powers (again). What will he do? The world is doomed. Oh, look, there he goes again, pulling some new, unexplainable power out of his butt. Isn't that convenient. Oh no, he's crossing over to the dark side. Hurry, completely undeveloped sidekicks, go save him with the power of friendship. Although you haven't been around for dozens of episodes to make room for new (seemingly cooler, but mostly uninteresting) characters, I am sure a kick in the head from girl A or a snarky remark from guy B will do the trick. Seriously, why even bother with introducing those sidekicks in the first place, when they won't get developed and vanish half way through anyway. Which is a real shame, I thought some of them showed quite an interesting potential in the beginning. And how am I expected to care for all those characters anyway, there's just too many of them, all reduced to one or two characteristics so they can repeat themselves over and over again. After a while, it's just like watching an old sitcom - frustrating.
Coppelion (TV)
Danganronpa The Animation (TV) So-so 5 episodes. The start was very promising, but I feel kind of bored now. If I'm honest to myself, I don't really care who dies when and how and who will survive. I don't think I will keep on watching.
Gantz (TV) Two episodes. I don't think I can get over the incredible stupidity of the characters. I feel like slapping them. All the time. I don't see myself watching any more episodes in the near future.
High School of the Dead (TV) A handful of episodes. Didn't hate it, but it had not enough to offer to keep me going either. At times it was quite funny, though.
Ikki Tousen (TV) Bad I lasted 10 minutes of the first episode. You'd have to pay me to watch more.
Meganebu! (TV) 3 episodes. And that's enough, despite the gorgeous colours and manga look which I really liked. But it's just too boring to invest any more time in it.
Miss Monochrome (TV)
(The) Pilot's Love Song (TV)
Unbreakable Machine-Doll (TV)