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Neon Genesis Evangelion (TV) Good While Evangelion is often considered to be one of the “Top 5 Legendary Anime”, I have to disagree with the reasoning it is always listed. The opening theme is indeed very good, while I didn't care for the ending theme. Animation is very wonky and that isn't limited to the opening or closing. The entire anime suffers from mediocre animation. There is of course a reason behind that, the entire budget being spent on the mech scenes and all. Though, that fact doesn't just eliminate the existince of the poor animation and incredibly long stills. The characters are often praised as they “have great depth and large physcological issues”. The second part of that is true, while the depth part is really a stretch. Part of the experience of Evangelion is learning about the characters issues, so I wont spoil them here. However, it comes down to Asuka being the only one who I can believe to be scarred. Shinji, really comes down to self pity. While the other characters also have their own issues, the main cast comes down to Asuka, Shinji, and Rei. None of which I found myself liking too much. The action scenes are very good, especially for the time the anime came out. It is also often said that the last two episodes are a mind fuck. This is only true if you accept the End of Evangelion movie, to be the intended end (which is highly debateable when considering why the movie was made in the first place). Overall, I agree that the anime in general was ahead of its time, which I feel gives it a valid seat on the “Five Legendary Anime”. Though I don't agree with the circle-jerk of praise it gets based on individual qualities.
Summer Wars (movie) Excellent When comparing a movie to a series, there is a slight difference in the way I rate certain sections. For instance there is more time in 13, 30 minute episodes for a character to grow or relationship to develop than say a 90 minute movie. While those time statistics are not precise, the point remains. That being said, this movie does everything..perfectly. The music sets the tone, which is about all I can ask for from a movie. As for the rest? Action is done very well, the hand to hand combat that takes place is pretty awesome. Comedy, doesn't beat a dead horse like some anime do. It uses different types and places it throughout the movie. Suspense and drama are both used at excellent times and held for just about the right amount of time. A romantic relationship even buds, though not a whole lot of focus is put on this, it paces itself a tad slow and kind of comes off as tacked on, but is satisfying none the less. Overall, this movie did pretty much everything with such proficiency, that I have to say it is far superior to any anime film I have seen (at this time). The two complaints I have, first it seemed to drag on just a tad bit longer than needed. The set up they used to continue the movie instead of wrapping it up, was some what irritating too. While secondly the main female lead was somewhat weak. I think she could have used more screen time and perhaps more growth, as she more or less served as a tool for the lead male character. But even still, those two complaints amount to nothing more than a small blemish on an otherwise incredible film. This simply is a must see.
Zero no Tsukaima: Princess no Rondo (TV) So-so We are at the third installment of the series and there is still not an acceptable outro song. The intro is still ok, though not as good as the second seasons. Music aside, this season over all was a step down in quality. Right off the bat there is a problem that arises, one that would make for an excellent story arc. Except that they solve it with in two episodes. In fact, there is another problem that arises much later in the season that would also serve as an excellent arc. But it gets solved immediately. Pacing and story aside, all the main characters are pretty much established with a few new ones introduced. So everyone from the first, who disappeared in the second are now back for the third. There seemed to be more fan service in this season than the previous two as well. The love triangle is laughable at this point. There is no validity to it aside from it being an easy comedic relief. Though I find Louise's inability to trust Saito to have gone from funny to incredibly irritating. While the first season had the best ending, the second suffered from wrapping everything up too quickly in order to have a happy ending. This ending, without spoiling it, was forced. There were absolutely no consequences for the actions that had taken place the previous four episodes. Though there is still one last season, of the first three..this is by far the worst. It has some redeeming factors, but those are eclipsed by all of the downfalls present.
Soul Eater (TV) Decent Typically I mention the opening and closing of an anime for nothing more than formailities. I find that they can add in some cases (such as getting you pumped to watch an episode), but I never find bad ones to negatively affect an anime. Case in point is Soul Eater. The first intro is awesome in terms of music and animation, yet all of the closers and the second opening suck balls. While the first intro took place, it got me excited to watch the show. The rest left me feeling “meh”. The main duo, Maka and Soul, I found to be the most boring of all the Weapon-Meister teams. Not that they were bad, but there was nothing too special about them. While Black Star was the strong/ninja character type, he was incredibly annoying with his only redeeming factor being he had the best weapon partner. Tsubaki, in my opinion, was the best character in the entire anime. She herself had little spotlight or even real importance, but everything about her was awesome. Kid and the Thompson sisters seemed to be more comedic relief as Kid was incredibly disappointing. Considering his role as well as his strength, he failed on so many fronts to be as good/useful as he really should have been. Story wise is kind of a toss. It had solid potential but seemed to disregard important facts or events. A good chunk of the series spends time with this “inner struggle” only to forsake the negative impact that was constantly hinted at. The other issue is the ending, which came out of no where and may be one of the biggest disappointments I've had in any anime. (At the time of this writing I've begun reading the manga, which goes further and is supposedly better). Music during the fight scenes is very good, while the fight scenes themselves are also very good. The only real complaint I have in terms of the fights (which can probably be explained by this being a Shounen) is that kills were never confirmed. Enemies reappeared despite being thought defeated. The idea of bravery/friendship somehow defeating strong opponents is also silly to me. Overall though, considering this is a Shounen, it's probably one of the better ones I've seen.
RIN - Daughters of Mnemosyne (TV) Bad Truthfully, this show is such a mess that I don't think I can honestly recommend it to anyone based on quality. What it DOES have, is a slew of envelope pushing scenes. The story is uninteresting (to me anyways) while the characters I felt just were not done in a complete manner. However, there were so many incredibly graphic and just twisted scenes in this show, that I have to applaud it based solely on them. I've never seen anything quite like it and truthfully, I probably don't want to ever again.
Heaven's Lost Property (TV) Decent This show was somewhat disappointing. It started out with some great comedy and even somewhat of a mystery. I actually did care about Ikarus and where she came from and what not...but the majority of the season is one perverted hijink after another. Which, don't get me wrong..is good for awhile but it gets stale towards the end.
Pilot Candidate (TV) So-so This show was almost unbearable up until half way through. Around episode 6 is when it finally got to be somewhat enjoyable. The ending left it open for continuation, but as far as I can tell...that wont happen. The manga may go farther, but as for the anime..its about 13 years old. That being said, the dub was utterly horrific. Which is curious, because there are two parts where one of the female characters sings and shes very good. But otherwise the dub is just horrid. The sub is probably far superior. Not sure that this should rank high on anyone's list to see.
Elfen Lied (TV) Good This show starts with an amazing opening theme. Lillium is simply beautiful, while the scenes that accompany it are also most impressive. The same can not be said for the ending theme, which sounds incredibly out of place. Another slight issue as far as the music goes, is that Lillium actually serves as a plot device. This actually causes it to be used more often than it really should and risks becoming annoying. Luckily there are different variations that are used, this includes a music box (an instrumental), and a monk/choir version, as well as a brief humming of the melody by one of the main characters. In terms of story it's pretty sad, though I believe the undertone message is far more powerful than the story/conclusion of Lucy and Kota. That being said there are certainly a fair share of plot holes and inconsistencies, though none of them were major enough to affect my enjoyment level. In regards to the dub, its pretty weak and is sitting just on the border of bad. Most of the support characters are fairly good, but Lucy and Nana are pretty rough. Nyu also sits on the border of annoying, though when her dialogue opens up more, shes kind of cute. Kota starts out as a weak act as well, though he does come together towards the end. The action is crazy graphic. Limbs get chopped off, bodies get split in half, gallons of blood sprays everywhere. The show looks pretty dang good, except for the “Vectors”. These are invisible hands that the Diclonious use to butcher anyone they choose. These started out invisible to the viewer, which I thought really added to the mystery and allowed for more of a viewer/character relation. You could literally feel the same fear due to having no idea what was happening or how it happened. Then they decided to animate them, with a cgi type of style, for the viewers to see and it not only robs you of that feeling, but also really makes the animation of the show as a whole, a tad weaker. While I can't rate this show a “Masterpiece”, as it has a fair share of flaws and a barely tolerable dub, it does sit on a pedestal as one of my top 5 favorite anime.
High School of the Dead (TV) Very good This show seems to catch a lot of crap for being what it is...a stimulant for young males. This show truthfully, has boring characters with a played out story. Some people don't like the over abundance of fan service, dialogue or the action sequences. Well, I do. This show does all of those correctly, where I find many shows struggle to achieve these results.
Aria the Scarlet Ammo (TV) Decent This show is a hot mess. There are some incredibly funny parts, but I can count on my hand just how many. Most of the comedy is, mediocre while the action is entertaining enough. The story however, is spread way too thin. There are three major points that are brought up in the series and not a single one of them is elaborated on. If another season is to be made, it would be best if it were to focus on one of those three plots and just barely touch on another, while ignoring the third all together. At the end of this season, that's the best a second season is going to be able to do to salvage it. Unless of course it is green lit for more than the standard 13 episodes. In any case, this show is a good rainy day watch but it's weaknesses can actually be somewhat devastating as this series could be so much more.
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu (TV) Good This set actually has nothing to do with the main story. Each episode is more or less a mini story/adventure that shows off the everyday hijinks of our main characters. Comedy is much higher in these episodes than in the 1st season. Though, because of this the action/drama are also much lower. There is still action in this, just nothing as intense as the first season. Regardless, there are some absolutely hilarious scenes and this season almost made it to the "very good" ranking. My biggest gripe is actually different than with the previous season. The lead characters military awkwardness is taken to much higher levels, which is what achieves some of the funniest scenes I've watched in awhile. However, the lead female seems to be much more of a bitch. They still have some moments of relationship development, but its very far and in between.
Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts (TV) Excellent This series is strictly comedy, but damn is it funny. The story/goal actually gets broken up. It disappears a few episodes in and then reappears towards the end. It has a really neat concept, classes battling for each others gear. Being able to summon avatars, whose strength is based off your gpa. They could have done so much more with that concept, but they didn't. Characters are ok, no back stories (but it's a comedy so I'm not surprised). Overall, this show is so off the wall that it could never be taken serious. Which is good, because it isn't meant to be. Truthfully, this may be one of the funniest series I've watched in awhile.
Read or Die (OAV) Very good This OAV seems to often be mistaken for a movie. It is in fact, three episodes about 30 minutes long. Though, I can't help but think that had this been a movie, it would have been better. The intro song is very..mediocre. It more or less sounds like something from a cheesy spy movie, which is actually fitting. Even still, I wasn't a fan. The ending song is even worse. Despite this, the OAV is incredible. The story moves at a decent pace, has some fantastic action scenes and even has a decent amount of comedy. The story itself, is refreshingly different though contains a fair share of plot holes. I won't go over those here, as they are all more or less spoilers. Though this is primarily where I believe the movie format vs the 3 episodes would have been better. Even with only say, an additional 15 minutes (which would put the total run time around an hour and 45 mins or so), they could have smoothed out a few of the issues. While I know the choice of format wasn't really something the creator had much control over, I find myself hoping at some point this is picked up, remastered and extended into a movie format. The characters are all decent enough, with the two main females being the primary focus and most interesting. Though, not much time is spent on growth or any type of back story. Despite this and the lack of any information on..well..any of the groups/organizations, this OAV is a real thrill. It's far from a masterpiece and even though it isn't a movie, it sure is one of the best 90 minute video experiences you can get.
Tenchi Muyo Movie 2: Daughter of Darkness Good This movie blends elements from different universes. Mihoshi's partner, Kiyone, is in this along with Tenchi being able to use the Light Hawk Sword. Needless to say it isn't canon to any of the series. Yet, it remains true to the formula. It plays out more or less like an extra long episode. Action doesn't really take place till the end, aside from some of the girls going toe to toe over Tenchi. It's just as funny and enjoyable as all of the other series. This movie even has a moment for the TenchiXRyoko people.
Heaven’s Lost Property the Movie: The Angeloid of Clockwork Decent This movie actually got me interested in the next season. The first 2 seasons are recapped in the first half of this movie, from another view point. This actually gives the new character some basis as to being in the world instead of "heres a random character that was never mentioned ever". The movie also cut back on the over used peep show formula that the first two seasons lived off of. They used some genuinely humorous scenes and situations, as well as actually going over some of the story. You know, the one that took a backseat in the two seasons. So aside from the some what..odd ending (I dislike endings that are not concrete and hint at things), this movie was actually the most solid piece of the series.
Demon King Daimao (TV) Good This little gem is a real piece of work. Everything about it is fantastic up until episode six. From there, I originally thought it went way of "FLCL" and turned to nothing but random, fast paced action. It took me three watches before I finally began to understand it. Understanding the second half has made the series a much stronger anime overall. I'm still a tad hazy on all the details, but all in all this is a very good watch.
Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid (TV) Good This entry to the series did just about everything right, it even fixed some issues I had with the first season. First thing, the action..damn is it good. It is much darker and brutal than the other two seasons, which I personally like. Comedy, some what of a step down. It may contain even less humor than the first season, there's still some present..but not a whole lot. Which doesn't bother me too much because the story vamps up the drama and character development. One of the main characters squad mates actually gets some of her back story touched on, while the main female character still has no past apparently. Either way, there are some new characters introduced that are pretty much just used as plot devices. The main villain is so whacked out it's kind of impressive. I actually really enjoyed him, though I thought the end game for him was weak. This entry is something you really need to see the first season in order to enjoy. It goes over some of the characters from that season, that didn't get much explanation previously. The ending was some what weak, as was the lack of growth between the two main characters..(there is SOME relationship development, but the triangle that's present is just kind of silly)..Another gripe and really..the biggest gripe..is the length. At 13 episodes, it does so much more than its predecessor, which had 24 episodes. Yet, it felt like it really needed just as many. There is a whole section that is just ignored, that really shouldn't have been. Overall, this is a damn good show and the series itself is pretty solid.
(The) Girl Who Leapt Through Time (movie) Excellent There were many times I thought I was watching a Hayao Miyazaki film, but there were also times I was reminded I wasn't. This may sound like it's bad, but it really is a good thing. First off, the musical score is top notch. It isn't anything that stands out, but it fits the movie perfectly. The three main characters were all really well done, where the side characters more or less felt like they were just situational tools/elements. So I guess, that means they were done well too. You can read the plot online so I wont go over it being creative or whatever, but it was interesting enough to keep my attention. There is comedy mixed in with drama, but it's done exceptionally well. Two complaints, first is that there are two different scenes that go on for much longer than they needed to. They're towards the end and I guess the idea was to really establish the scope/severity of the situation that was occurring. But they over did it on both those scenes. While the second complaint is actually about the ending. Though I understand it/the message behind it..I disliked it and wish it ended differently. All in all, this is a really solid movie...I enjoyed it so much so, that I place it higher than "Kiki's Delivery Service", which is one of my favorite Ghibli movies.
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (movie) Very good There are two statements that can be made to sum this movie up. First, "The supposed true ending". Second, "Asuka goes fucking ape shit". While I am not in the Titanic sized boat that believes the last two episodes of the anime are a total mind fuck, I will say with regards to the anime overall this movie presents a better ending. You have to watch the original series before seeing this, otherwise you're not going to have any idea what the fuck is going on (not that most fans of the anime are any better though). All of the psychological aspects of the anime that fans have a boner for, are indeed solid in this movie as well. However, this movie is mostly action which is provided by Asuka. She kicks a solid amount of ass, enough to the point where I disliked her in the anime but kinda thought she was cool in this movie. Dub is mostly good in my opinion, alot of the original actors are back. Though there are a few characters that got recasted and they are GOD awful. Overall though this movie is pretty solid and should for sure be seen by anyone who has seen the anime.
(The) Familiar of Zero (TV) Decent There are a total of four seasons for this series, so it should be expected that most problems I had with this season, should be handled in the others. That being said, this season/show is entertaining. The episodes went by fairly quick for me, which I chalk up to decent pacing. The dubbing however, is kind of weak. It's not horrible, but it isnt very good either. In fact, the main female character, is a huge bitch and her voice just grates on my ears. At least half of her lines are her screaming and it just gets old quick. I was always relieved when she wasn't in a scene. The intro and end credit music, is lame. I didn't like either, however there is one song that plays a few times in the background during some episodes. THAT song, is really good. The main male character has a pretty refreshing design. It's somewhat, casual which I find to be rare. His fights however, are very underwhelming and end way too quick. There is also no mention of his back story. However, when this season ended it actually felt more like the end of a chapter than just..an end. Which, with 3 more seasons makes sense, however I don't typically get the same feeling from other multi-season animes. So I approve very much so. All around I would say this was a pretty decent start to a series.
Infinite Stratos (TV) Good The special schools that so many animes take place in, get to be a bit old. The main difference with this one, is there is only one guy in it. There is some surprisingly good action scenes in this series as well as some solid humor. Two very large issues, which hopefully will be addressed in the new season.. The main characters "childhood friend" is like..every other harems "child hood friend"..except on roids. I can't say for sure, but she may be the biggest bitch I've seen in an anime. The 2nd issue, the season ends right as it takes off. The ending literally left me feeling used and ashamed.
Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail (OAV) Good The return of excellent voice acting, as well as a solid intro song, already made this a pleasant experience. These five episodes serve as an arc focused on Roberta the maid and her quest for revenge. Though, that is the meat of these episodes, the potato's are the focus on Rock's development. At the end, it seems as though he has come to accept the mentality of "embrace the darkness, to further the light". Character development, voice acting and music all aside, the action in this is top notch. There are parts that are kind of silly, but it never fails to impress. This may very well be my favorite piece of the series.
+Tic Elder Sister (ONA) Good The opening theme to this mini-series was mediocre at best, but the animation that went with it was pretty funny. That opening animation really sets the pace for this mini-series as a whole. The ending theme on the other hand is completely forgettable. The art style was actually pretty decent, switching between SD form and standard with, what I thought to be, pretty decent character designs. There's no dub (to my knowledge) and with the speed of pacing, you better be a fast reader. The show is broken up into about twelve "episodes" about 3 minutes long, so don't expect any sort of story telling or character growth. This mini-series is strictly comedy and it does a pretty decent job at it. I wasn't ever brought to my knees from the humor, like in Baka and Test, but it had some extremely funny parts. Had this mini-series been able to include more of these parts, it could very well have made it to the ranks of Baka and Test. Though overall, 30 minutes to see the whole thing is a drop in the bucket for most anime fans. That being said, this little gem should for sure be watched at least once.
Ninja Nonsense (TV) Good The opening theme is really cheery. Not in a j-pop sense, but almost like a theme to a kids show. I really wasn't a fan. The ending theme however, also had a cheery spin to it though it was kind of catchy. The art style is somewhat strange. I'm not sure if its due to the age of the show, or if its just the style in general. The fact that the main girls looked like they were about 10 when they were around 16 or so, is kind of odd. There are a lot of sexual jokes with the girls at the butt of the jokes, which with that art style made me think multiple times that I may need a lawyer. On the topic of the sexual jokes, this is one of the first shows I've seen with a lesbian love interest. The feelings are one way, but it was actually kind of refreshing to see something different. One of the best lines in the entire show is “She's my more than friends but less than lover”. Multiple times through out my viewing I found myself comparing this to “Baka and Test”, which to me is one of the greatest comedies out. While Ninja Nonsense falls short on many fronts, it does have excellent humor. There is no plot to speak of, though there are a handful of witty twists and commentaries through out the show, especially at the end, that actually address plot and animation issues. The voice acting wasn't too bad either for the most part. I found Shinobu to be a bit annoying, with an ultra cheery naïve sound, but otherwise I had no real complaints. I do have some real praise for this show and I highly recommend it, though it doesn't have enough qualities to warrant a higher score. In terms of comedy, it may be the closest thing to “Baka and Test” that I've currently seen, in terms of making me laugh. Though the lack of a story, somewhat weak opening theme, and a questionable art style didn't help it.
Steins;Gate (TV) Very good The opening theme here is one of the many “creeper themes”. By creeper I mean that the first few times you hear it, you hate it. It eventually does wear you down to the point where you will find yourself enjoying it. The animation that goes with it starts out really neat, with all kinds of algorithms and formulas springing out of the title. Then it goes into the setting and characters and it just kind of loses it's coolness. Ending theme is a mixed bag. The instrumental is chilling while the vocals rob it of a powerful impression. Animation here is nothing too terribly special, had the vocals not been included, it would have only added to the impact. Sadly, the vocals ruined the animation as well leaving it to be nothing more than sub par. The plot is incredibly well thought out, to the point of being one of the best I've seen. The subject matter demands that some made up stuff will be present, but the writers did an excellent job of making it at least plausible and as realistic as possible. The dub is pretty solid, with no real notable mentions on either side of the spectrum. Nothing outlandishly bad, while nothing amazingly good. The overall cast is a decent size with the primary focus on about five characters. The main character, Rintaro Okabe, is easily the best. He not only has the most growth and arguably the most depth, but he is the central source of comedy in this anime. While the only other character to really have any growth is Kurisu Makise. The rest of the characters play their roles as support. Though as far as support characters go, this cast is pretty solid overall. When an anime is almost universally praised, I often find myself very skeptical to the actual quality. While the complaints about Steins; Gate starting slow, is somewhat accurate (though exaggerated), I have to agree with the community on this one. Steins; Gate is extremely good.
B Gata H Kei - Yamada’s First Time (TV) Decent The opening and ending themes were boring, in terms of both animation and music. Though I came into this expecting just a slew of sexual jokes and nothing else. I sort of got it. The lead female is a mega pervert, but when it comes down to actually doing things, she chickens out. As the show goes on, she does get more and more bold, eventually doing things, but it really dragged on. This is irritating because the whole point is that Yamada want's to have sex, yet things hardly progress. Her resolve is so astounding that her results are incredibly unbelievable and somewhat insulting. The guy she targets really doesn't help this either. He is the most painfully average male character I have ever seen. This of course is the point, though his level of obliviousness is far too irritating. The progress of their relationship is painfully slow. Though, this isn't directly the male characters fault, Yamada can be a mega cunt at the worst times. She's a weird strain of Tsundere, a character type I greatly dislike. While the characters and story are very mediocre, some of the jokes are exceptionally good (note I said SOME). While I like the idea of a perverted female character, I don't believe this show executed the model properly. In the end, you have a frustrating show with a decent dub and a handful of solid jokes.
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (movie) Good The only solid continuation of FF7 that I have experienced (aside from the Crisis Core prequel). The story is somewhat, out of left field. They also really butchered Cloud's personality in this. Tifa's voice actor just doesn't fit the part either. If you watch it, watch the bluray version with the extra scenes. They actually help clean up and explain the story a bit better.
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (TV) Decent The only Gundam spin off I could stand. I wasn't a big fan of most of the main characters, but I really liked their mobile suits. Most of the battles are literally the same scenes, just set against a different back drop. There are however some impressive fights between the main characters/villains. Wouldn't suggest watching this unless you're very bored.
Sword of the Stranger (movie) Very good The music was fitting for this type of story. So there isn't much to rave about in that department. Character growth is also fairly minimal, with the only major change being a pivotal plot point towards the end. Regardless, this movie is pretty dang good. It does feel like it drags on a bit, but it makes up for it with its action. This movie isn't pure action like I originally expected to be, which is actually kind of disappointing. Because if it was, I would be much more forgiving on the lack of character development, and the very vague back story of the main characters. Despite some of these down falls, the very last fight scene may be one of the best fights I've ever seen in an anime. All in all a pretty good watch.
(The) Familiar of Zero F (TV) Good The final chapter of our story. This season has a mediocre intro song and I simply did not like the ending song. So, there you have it, four seasons deep and not one good closing song. This season actually dedicates more than just one or two episodes to a problem, unlike the previous seasons. That being said, there are still plenty of quick wrap ups that hurt more than help the story. The last few episodes focus on an enemy that was never mentioned before, but is some how more powerful than the previous enemies (which one particular enemy from season one is STILL never brought up again). After the battle, the series ends on a high note, which unlike the previous two seasons, did not feel forced. It came off naturally, which is most likely due to how the events that took place before hand, were handled. Ending aside, this season brings up a handful of, well..relatively important actions/situations/circumstances, all which are ignored immediately after being brought up. As long as you don't go in expecting above average writing, and are able to overlook the many moments of complete disregard the story brings forth, you should enjoy this show.
Eden of the East: Paradise Lost (movie) Good The final chapter in the series. This movie answers a lot of questions that were left open from the season and the first movie. Though, it still leaves some questions open as well. The two biggest gripes I have are that..1) the movie switched to the Eden of the East group too often. It didn't need to switch from the main character nearly as often as they did. 2) the ending was some what bitter sweet..it implied a specific ending HOWEVER...ALL the way PAST the credits, there is a scene that pretty much flips that upside down. That scene implies something totally different...overall though, this movie ended the series on a more definitive note than the final episode.
Kanokon: The Girl Who Cried Fox (TV) Weak The dubbing in this is bad, but it is still more tolerable than Naruto or Pilot Candidate. That being said, the character designs are boring with absolutely no development. Is there a story? Nope. Truthfully, this show felt like it should have just been a porno. There were some comedic parts, but the majority of what I found funny, was really more disbelief with what was occurring. An example.. the main character licking the females ass and it being called "eating cake". On one hand, it wasn't so bad that I couldn't finish watching the series.. But on the other, it'll be a cold day in hell before I buy or rewatch this series.
Tenchi Muyo Movie 3: Tenchi Forever Excellent The darkest of all the movies. By dark I mean more mature/story driven. It focuses on a different girl stealing Tenchi away. So Tenchi, this girl, Ryoko and Ayeka are really the only characters in this movie. Washu and Yosho have some screen time...but that's about it. The movie takes place after Tenchi In Love, so it's the Tenchi Universe "universe". In the end it pretty much implies that Tenchi makes a decision on the woman he wants. In my opinion, the right one too. A really good way to end the series.
Tenchi in Tokyo (TV) Good The black sheep of the "Tenchi Family" (well...before OAV 3 and all those spin offs came out). Totally different character backgrounds, plot and even new love interest. In its own regard, it's an alright show. Action in this happens to be the most modest and truthfully boring of the three, but I can think of much worse shows.
Tenchi Muyo Movie 1: Tenchi in Love Good Takes place after the events of "Tenchi Universe". The movie really feels like an adventure, something I don't often find in series based movies. The comedy is typical Tenchi and the gang style, so it's pretty good. Action doesn't really take place till the end. I believe there is also one short action scene towards the middle. (This of course isn't including any Ryoko vs Ayeka battles). The movie does shed some light on Tenchi's mother, as well as his father in the younger days. All in all a good watch.
Kiki's Delivery Service (movie) Very good Studio Ghibli has been compared to Pixar and vice versa. The reality is that Ghibli shits all over Pixar. The stories as well as animation are in a whole different league. This movie is a coming of age story, so you can read the summary and get the plot..but have to watch it to feel the magic. The character designs are outstanding. They are not outlandish like many anime characters, but have enough charm to make them stand apart. The music is decent enough to set the tone. All in all, this is one of my favorite Ghibli movies and is just another notch under their belt.
Afro Samurai (TV) Decent Story is nothing special, nor are the characters. What really makes this show is the carnage mixed with instrumentals by the Rza (of the Wutang Clan). It has a certain magical feel to it. However, if you don't appreciate either of those things, you wont like this show at all.
Samurai Harem (TV) So-so Some shows are an adventure, others are just a ride. With most harem type animes, they're just rides. This show is no exception. There was no real story arc to speak of until the last few episodes. The action was very bland and uninteresting while the comedy suffered from overusing the over reaction formula. The main character was likable enough, with a back story that actually made sense of his some what clueless-ness. As for the females, the youngest sister was more or less only needed for the very end. The middle two sisters were both decent enough while the oldest suffered from the "goddess syndrome". Some of the other characters were alright too, but nothing too terribly special. Overall, this was more of a trip than an adventure, and an average one at that.
Zero no Tsukaima: Futatsuki no Kishi (TV) Decent Season 2 right off the bat fixes an issue I had with the previous. The intro song is pretty good. However, the ending song is still weak. This was subbed, so as for voice acting, the Japanese are almost always better. So unfortunately I can't speak on how the dub is, since it isn't available. Saito is finally treated with SOME respect, however he still is punished almost regularly for more or less being a male. Most of the cast from the first season only make an appearance for a total of like..4 episodes. So there are almost all new characters introduced. However, the teacher from the first season turns out to be a major badass, while the principle turns out to be worthless and even disappears during a crisis. Louise is a lot more tolerable up until the last few episodes, where the idea of honor and reputation gets way out of hand. Though, she uses void magic in one of the first few episodes, she never uses it again. Also, almost all the fights were sub par. However, Saito decides to put his big boy pants on in the last episode and goes absolutely nuts. His final fight was glorious. Though the series is still far from over, this chapter felt more or less like a season 1.5 instead of a 2. So, on to the next season we go..
Sailor Moon R Movie: Promise of the Rose Decent Sailor Moon may have been one of the first animes I watched as a kid, so there is SOME nostalgia there. You really should be a fan of the series before watching this, because it is very "meh". If you haven't seen the show or really don't like the show, Id recommend staying away. But if you used to watch the series and want a trip down memory lane, this movie isn't too shabby.
(The) Future Diary (TV) Good Reviewing this anime has proven to be a bit harder than many others. This series has two openers and two closers. The first opener is awesome with great music and animation. The second opener falls flat in both categories. The first closer was pretty decent as well with some solid animation. The second closer though, sweet lord. The theme used in the second closer is absolutely amazing, it's possibly one of my favorite. Animation wise it's acceptable, not as good as the first opener, but nothing too terrible. The music through out the series is actually very good. I don't typically speak on such a subject as I find it typically irrelevant, but it should be noted here. The music really added to the suspense of some scenes. The story is somewhat of a mess. It starts out interesting enough and as the show progresses, it becomes more and more entangling. Sadly, towards the end the show decides to essentially throw out what it had going for it and go in a totally different direction. Granted, doing this did in fact drop some massive bombshells that I didn't expect. This however ended up hurting the series overall, as the story became kind of silly, with an ending more or less weak as fuck. Granted the OVA does somewhat fix this issue, but overall it still falls short. The characters in the show are more or less limited to Yuki and Yuno, with some support characters, and a “monster of the week” type of enemies. With the exception of one or two (and I use that second one very loosely) diary users, the majority just don't get a lot of growth or as much detail as the main characters. This could easily have been remedied by lowering the amount of users (I believe this will be referred to as the Angel Beat syndrome). Yuki's character was pretty annoying. While he eventually grew up and found his resolve, he loses it almost immediately. Also, I must absolutely stress the open mindedness needed for Yuno. Many people paint her solely as the over-the-top-physco-stalker, when it turns out to be much more deep than just that. Also, there were little shorts at the end of each episode that started off good. They explained how each user got their diary, though it evolved in to nothing more than comedic relief towards the end. The dub was pretty decent, I had no real complaints in that department. Animation/action is a mixed bag on this one. There are times where the animation does look pretty good, but then times where it looks very average/on the border of bad. The action is very often incorrectly identified. Many claim it becomes a circus act of eventually trying to one up itself with graphic violence. This is wrong. While there were some parts I had to question the need for, by in large part it stayed pretty consistent. The action vamped up towards the end, but it also became somewhat silly as the plot changed. Very few anime really grab me to the point of making me marathon an entire 26+1 OVA series. I enjoyed myself quite a bit and recommend watching this. It's just a shame the plot decided to take a turn for the worst, while the ending (even with the OVA) wasn't the most satisfying
Strike Witches 2 (TV) Decent Pretty much just running off the fumes from the previous season. This one brings up the fact that witches can lose their power, which in turn affects the squad. Same formula as the previous, pretty much a new enemy every episode and then it gets defeated. (Though this season DOES break from that formula a bit). There is a single scene in an episode this season, that totally shocked me. I've never seen a character, in any anime, crush a bug with her ass. If that gets you interested, then go for it. This season is actually better than the first, though it's still nothing too special.
Outlaw Star (TV) Very good Part of the "Three Shooters", along with Trigun and Cowboy Bebop. Outlaw tends to be forgotten and often times left out of "shooter anime" debates. The opening theme is pretty catchy, with a solid animation. The ending theme(s) are both decent, sort of calming in a sense. These are accompanied by artwork that resembles sketches. Truthfully I'm not a big fan of the ending animations. Character wise we have a decent sized cast, which doesn't really get established until close to half way. The main characters (the core of the group) are done pretty well. Character growth is spotty at best, a few of the cast members receive some attention, but most is focused on Gene Starwind. Action is great, not amazing like its older brother Bebop, but far superior to its little sister Trigun. In regards to todays standards, I truthfully have to say that it is easily out shined by the likes of Black Lagoon. The story sets itself up immediately, which is excellent and I wish more anime did this. A few side stories take place, but for the most part they all have to do and intertwine with the core plot. This series is one of a handful that actually feels like an adventure, something I really miss in a lot of current anime. With regards to the "Three Shooters", Bebop easily is the best of the three, but Outlaw Star is an excellent second place. I believe that Trigun only receives as much praise and attention as it does, simply because people must have missed out on Outlaw Star. That is a true crime.
Trigun (TV) Decent Part of the "Three Shooters", along side with Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star. This series is considered by many to be the first runner up to Bebop and is often present on many fans "Top 5 anime that must be seen". I couldn't disagree more. The opening theme is actually pretty good, while the ending theme is disappointing. It's ok, better than many even, but overall just not that great. The animation that accompanies the opening is also far superior to the one that is at the end. The characters are a bit of an overall let down as well. One of the best characters ends up making an exit, while two of the supporting characters don't ever really evolve. Vash falls so very short of the likes of Spike Spiegel and Gene Starwind. His ability to be a bad ass is very prominent, though his strict no killing policy really takes away from the feel of the anime overall. The plot is pretty episodic for the majority of the series, with it really only getting interesting around episode 20 or so. At that point, it does give background on Vash and his reasoning behind his no killing policy, but with only 6 episodes or so to go, it cheats itself by waiting so long. While the show overall is enjoyable, with some solid comedy and decent action, it is in my opinion one of the most overrated anime I've seen. It came out around the same time as Bebop and Outlaw, so it of course is compared to those two. However, Outlaw Star simply crushes Trigun in every aspect possible. Trigun should indeed be seen, but it isn't "top 5 anime that should be seen" material that many suggest it to be.
Eden of the East: The King of Eden (movie) Decent Not too sure what the point of this movie really was. It sort of answers some questions but it seems like it was kind of made to drag the series along. The worst part is that once things start to go down, the credits roll. This serves more as a bridge from the last episode to the Paradise Lost movie.
Girls Bravo (TV) Bad Not sure there was really a story here. It seemed like for awhile it was supposed to focus on the main character and his "condition" more or less being cured with the help of his love interest. But all of a sudden there's a villain that appears from no where in like..the last 3 episodes. Overall, this show is worth a watch based on the comedy alone. Though there is one super pervert who is the source of most of the comedy, it doesn't get stale like Heavens Lost Property. They keep it fresh and don't rely on the same joke as often.
Dragon Ball Z Movie 3: The Tree of Might Decent No super saiyan, so this takes place before the down fall of the DBZ universe. An ok movie, decent action.
Baccano! (TV) Very good Neither the opening nor the ending theme were really anything I was impressed with. The animation to go with the opener though, was quite clever. It listed off the characters as well as little mini shorts of them. The ending animation though, kind of boring as hell. The story in this anime is confusing at first. The way it is told can lose viewers very easily. It essentially is three different stories being told by multiple viewpoints, that all intertwine in some way. At first this is incredibly confusing, but it turns out to be a brilliant move. You have to go into this series expecting it to make sense at the end. This mindset prevents you from going “this is all random shit, what the hell is this?” and possibly dropping it. The cast of characters is fairly large, too large to list here. This originally worried me, I expected to encounter the “Angel Beats Syndrome” but it never came. The reason being that with in 16 episodes, even with a larger cast, the writers were able to give an ample amount of attention and detail to each character. Aside from well fleshed out characters, there is even character growth and some romance present. This anime damn near does it all. The animation is solid, I never was distracted by poor design or clunky movements at all. The action is also very nicely done, while more graphic than I had originally expected, it was entertaining as hell. I'm disappointed that it seems as if only about ten people have seen or even heard of Baccano!. This is a true crime as this anime is incredibly entertaining and well executed. If you haven't seen this, go watch it now.
Rosario + Vampire Capu2 (TV) Good Much like the first season, the action is a bit lack luster. The final arc is caused for an absolutely aggravating reason, by an absolutely aggravating side character (with some help from an absolutely aggravating, new main character). Despite that, this season is a lot funnier. Which is saying a lot because the first season is pretty humorous. This season also has some damn good music. The intro song/animation is top notch, while there is an episode where two characters sing. The actresses that did the english voices, were actually pretty damn good. Usually you either get actresses that cant sing, or they don't even attempt to dub it. All in all, this season is better than the first one, but is appreciated more when accompanied by the first season.
Sekirei: Pure Engagement (TV) Good Much better than the first season. Most of the cast has been established in season 1, which allowed this season to focus on development of characters and story. The cliff ender..ending, implies a 3rd season. Hopefully they make it
Tenchi Muyo! (OAV 1/1992) Masterpiece Most likely nostalgia is what keeps this as a masterpiece in my eyes. However, this show has humor, action, character development and a middle of the road approach to the sexual tension. Most harems seem to focus on super perverted jokes or fan service. This show doesn't do either and yet it works. The biggest gripe I have is the 3rd season. I consider the end of Muyo to be episode 12/13
Strike Witches (TV) Decent It's not very often I feel like a pervert for watching an anime. (You can look at my list and see that I've watched some raunchy stuff) But Strike Witches makes me think I should find a lawyer. The entire cast is, what appears to be young girls. I believe the age range is 15-20 years old. They fly around and shoot these alien things out of the sky in a alternate WW2 universe. They do this with absolutely no pants. Go ahead and re-read what I just said. While this isn't really THAT bad, there are plenty of camel toe shots. Action and music are both very meh, while the dub is not too bad, but not too great. The entire show has a feel of "GO FRIEND POWER! YAY!". Which, if you're into that then I'm sure you'll love this show.
FLCL (OAV) Very good If you were to smoke weed, take a bunch of acid and wash it down with vodka..you would get this show. Simply put, it's crazy. The story is very mediocre, but it's buried so deep in with the quirks that you most likely will need to watch the series a few times before you get it. Despite that, it has a lot of humor and gets a pass on that alone.
Desert Punk (TV) Decent If Trigun had a little brother, the first few episodes would be the early years. But it would then go through puberty and show more resemblance to Heavens Lost Property than it's older sibling. There's plenty of action in the show, but it starts to get a little out of hand with the crude humor and eventually it turns into a one trick pony. Decent watch for about half the series, but it goes down hill afterwards
Black Lagoon (TV) Good I've seen a lot of CowboyBebop vs Black Lagoon discussions and I don't truthfully understand them. People don't seem to understand that Black Lagoon to action, is Baka and Test to comedy. Its main goal is to entertain in that specific field. That being said, the action is awesome as hell. Sometimes a bit over the top, but over all incredibly good. The characters are all stereotypical to this type of setting. There really isn't a lot of growth or development to speak of, nor is there really any story arch/plot. Each episode more or less deals with a different job. The dialogue is one of the best I've heard in awhile. Yes its profanity laced, but to me it feels more authentic than a lot of other anime. This is easily a must see for the action junkies and a "highly suggested" watch for the rest.
Afro Samurai: Resurrection (movie) Decent I'm just going to get this out of the way now, the plot is stupid. 100% nonsense. The laughable enemy and her laughable plan, were used solely to milk out a reason for Afro to start slaughtering people again. That being said, the action is pretty good. My one complaint regarding the action, is actually the fact that the opening bridge scene, is the best. It's the best in terms of action and music. The rest of the movies fights are only good, not excellent. Voice acting is superb and Ninja Ninja delivers on some pretty good comedic relief. Over all an alright watch, but probably best to have playing in the background, as it doesn't really require your full attention.
High School DxD (TV) Very good I typically rate my shows with a bit of a harsh standard. So there are many reasons this show should be rated "good" or even "decent". However, it takes a ok story and throws in an awesome mechanic. The whole "chess piece" system they have in this story really got me interested, in fact the "game" they play towards the end was easily the highlight of the season. Most of the characters don't get much of a back story, or any development so to speak. But most of these types of anime don't focus on those aspects anyways. I disliked how little confidence the main character had in himself, up until the end. Everyone has self confidence issues, but this guy needed a therapist. Also, this is labeled as a harem series, but I didn't get that vibe at all. In the end, this show was pretty solid and with season 2 coming up soon, it can only get better.
Angel Beats! (TV) Decent I think this show is overrated, it has an ok story with a more or less bittersweet ending. Music wise it's pretty solid. There is a minor focus on a rock band that leads to some fairly good music. As for the intro and outro music, the opening piano is absolutely amazing, while the outro is forgettable. Character wise, there are too many introduced throughout the show and none of them are fleshed out except for about 4 total characters. There's like..10 they have running around at the same time and portray as being important. The action felt like an illusion because...there was never going to be any results. No casualties or real repercussions..so they felt added on for the sake of having them. However, after watching the series again I was able to appreciate it in a different sense. I felt that the subtext of "Do something with your life, you can help others" was far more impressive than any of the other mechanics. Perhaps that is what all the fans are basing its quality off of, in any case I recommend watching it at least once.
Ghost in the Shell (movie) Excellent I sat down and re-watched this movie in its 2.0 form. It had been so long since I saw the original that I needed a refresher. First off, I wont go too into detail about the comparison of the 2.0 to the original. I only did a minor quick comparison, but the two changes that really stuck out were the cgi scene of the Major jumping off the building in the beginning, and the sound of a gunshot shortly after this scene. Obviously the sound was much improved in the 2.0. However, the cgi rendering of that scene (as well as another later in the movie) just looked way out of place. I really disliked it. In regards to the movie itself, it's pretty dang good. The voice acting is, for the most part, pretty dang solid. The plot on the other hand, is kind of loosely kept together. While the plot line is...well, sort of explained. The undertone/main message comes at you more as a "what makes you human?" type thing. When I first saw this movie, I was young so a lot of that went way over my head, but now that I'm older I was able to grasp it a bit better. A lot of valid points are made through out the movie, so I guess it would really come down to personal opinion/beliefs. On the action side, it's kind of impressive really. It isn't too "in your face" but each scene incorporates some fairly crazy stuff. Best example is a guy with an smg, firing what appeared to be .50 cal rounds. On the music side, it's acceptable. I wasn't wow'd by anything, but I never felt it was ever inappropriate or out of place. While I believe this movie is excellent and it's more or less universally accepted as a classic, I don't know that a lot of new comers will appreciate it quite as much. Even with the 2.0, parts are still outdated, SOME clunky va, a mediocre plot that's really only used to push a deeper question, and some incredibly odd choice in CG scenes.
Freezing (TV) Very good I really enjoyed the concept of this series. The action is great, though I feel it was a bit too frequent. For the setting this series takes place, I dont understand how the "law of the universe" would allow so much fighting. In any case, I found the main female character to be much more interesting than any of the others. She got some decent development, but I think her design was far superior to any of the others. For sure worth a watch, though the sheer amount of tit cloth being removed is rivaled only by the Sekirei series..take that how you want.
Highschool of the Dead: Drifters of the Dead (OAV) Decent I love this series, but this episode felt forced. The comedy felt forced, there was no action to speak of and even the fan service was a bit...odd. Even though this was probably the worst thing to come from this series, I'll forgive it since we all have those mornings where we look over and think "Jesus, what have I done?"
Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki (OAV 3/2003) Awful I have nothing to say about this. It is just plain horrible.
Cromartie High School (TV) Decent I don't know what to say. It attempted to be an overly manly show, but it also cut corners on that formula. There are some hilarious parts but I feel it could have been so much greater. An interesting watch and with only about 11 minutes per episode, it's worth your time to check it out.
Full Metal Panic! (TV) Good First off, the lead female character may just be my favorite female character design. She didn't have outlandish boobs or crazy hair styles (despite the odd color) but she was fairly attractive and seemed..normal for anime standards. This series also had some pretty good action. I don't typically like mecha series too much, due to usually boring action sequences. This however mixed both mecha and human action pretty well. As for character backstory, it doesn't really touch on most of the characters. Hell, it doesn't even really explain where the main villain came from. It also doesn't really give you a clear cut goal. The first half of the series focuses on a protection mission, where as the second half kind of drifts off. That being said, the story (though somewhat simplistic and even cliche) is still enjoyable. There is comedy in this as well, though I find it to be somewhat frustrating at times but then hilarious at others. The main character, being a mercenary, has no real experiences out side of combat. This makes everyday interactions totally foreign to him, which can make for some funny moments. It can also be incredibly irritating, like..just use common sense. I say common sense because as a mercenary he certainly must have observed social interactions, thus he couldn't have been totally oblivious to them. All in all, this was a solid watch.
Noir (TV) So-so First off the action, which is one of the main points of this show, is utterly boring. The first episode shows one of the main characters do some sweet stuff, then it gets old. EVERY shootout the two main characters get into, is handled with their 9mm's. I'm sorry but, there were SO many different situations and hits that these two "assassins" should have had better equipment for, yet they never did. There is one character introduced later on that uses knives, she always had the best scenes. The music was amazing. From the intro and end credits, to the background music, all of it was great. However. there is one theme that serves as a plot device that gets overused in the first half. Honestly, the first like 6 episodes play this theme about 4 - 5 times a piece. The series does let up on it later on and uses it more sparingly, but even still..by then the damage is done. The plot is just barely interesting, the pacing is horrid. Again, up until about half way, it drags on forever. Even then, the story/plot really doesn't unfold until the last 4 episodes. It's like the first 21 episodes are just based off different targets, with a bit of the story sprinkled on top. There are also times where it's just incredibly over dramatic and other times that are totally under dramatic. Again, the majority of the plot wraps up in the last 4 episodes or so, which is an incredible roller coaster of emotions. With out ruining anything, things go from happy, to mad, back to happy. It doesn't roll with a situation long enough to be believable. Though they throw one twist in towards the end, I considered it's possibility towards the beginning of the series, however I thought it was so incredibly stupid that there was no way the creators would use it. I was wrong and as a result I just had to laugh. When it's all said and done, the original question (pointed out almost immediately in the first episode "I have no memory, why are they gone") is NEVER answered. The secret of the characters past is, but never the reason for the memory loss. It ends in an open sort of way, which is surprisingly good, though somewhat controversial with the last two sounds. With out ruining it, all I can say is that they are two DIFFERENT sounds, which..well..when you see it you'll understand. In the end, this show was incredibly boring to me, up until they introduced the knife character. She was awesome.
InuYasha the Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler Good Far better than any of the other movies. Why? Because Sesshomaru plays a large role in it.
Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage (TV) Good Dialogue and action are exactly the same quality as the previous season. So very good. The intro is also the same as the first, which is also very good. The main difference is that this entire season seems to focus on one of the organizations in the world of Black Lagoon. There are two main story arcs and a couple random two episode situations. The first story arc is incredibly disturbing, while the second arc is about 7 or 8 episodes long. Which makes up for most of this season. The action in this arc is very low, until the end, but they add what seems to be some character growth. However, just as it seems Rock has changed his view/feelings and Revvy is more warmhearted towards him, it ends. Despite this, I still think the series as a whole should be in any action fans library.
Tenchi Universe (TV) Excellent Despite being inferior to the original OAV. This is my favorite of the Tenchi series. Main reason? It has closure. Tenchi the movie 1 and 3 take place after the series and thus serve as a "wrap up" for the gang. Some what different character backgrounds than in the OAV, but they stay more true to the original than "Tokyo" does. Has action, comedy and longevity.
Naruto (TV) Decent Cant speak on the second series that spawned, but this one is very mediocre. This is the only series I've ever seen that I can not stand the english actors. I typically watch all anime in english, but this was just horrid. Some of the action is very good, where as only a handful of characters are worth a damn. (Usefulness and development wise). I hate to say it, but this is one anime that you really should skip and read the manga instead. If you're hell bent on watching it, watch the subbed version
Samurai Girls (TV) Not really good Boy, where to start...I wasn't a fan of the music in this show, at all. Not that it's a deal breaker if a show has bad music, but MOST shows have SOMETHING I enjoy. This one had none. The concept of this show was interesting, but the endgame didn't really make sense to me. The ending in general, was somewhat abrupt and inconclusive. The characters were all average, no one was really that interesting. The main character was somewhat badass the first two episodes. But he became nothing more than a piece of meat the rest of the season. (It sort of reminded me of Sekirei) The action was also very bland, with an annoying gimmick of ink splotches being dropped on the screen. All in all, this show wasn't bad by any means, but it wasn't very good either.
Dragon Ball Z Movie 1: Dead Zone So-so Before all the super saiyan crap got way out of hand. Goku and Piccolo teaming up for some fighting. Gohan is a little whiny bitch in this, but well..he always pretty much was. An ok movie, better than most of the series but...you should probably be a fan of Dragon Ball before watching this.
Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts 2 (TV) Excellent As far as comedy is concerned, this may be one of the best anime out there. Very rarely do I find myself laughing almost non stop through an episode of, well, anything. This series is one of a handful that accomplishes just that. The one big thing I noticed with this season versus the first, is that there are a handful of character background episodes. These were all slightly less humorous, but gave substance to the characters. Towards the end, it felt like the creators were getting ready for some sort of substantial story arch or conclusion . There wasn't any and it kind of felt like the last episode was setting up for a direct sequel. In any case, this is an absolute must see series.
Gunslinger Girl (TV) Decent As a WHOLE, the series was decent. Though in terms of the "girls with guns" genre, it may be one of the best I've seen. The first season was far greater than the second in all aspects but one. A clear story. The first season more or less introduces you to the characters and their world, but there isn't really a goal or specific plot. While on the action side, though somewhat far and in between, it had some of the best gun-girl sequences I've ever seen. The first episode alone is far superior to anything in "Noir". However, the second season switched things up and seemed to change focus to a side character and an actual plot. Overall the series is worth a watch, but it's mostly going to be character development and eventually a story, with some very good action sprinkled on top.
Sekirei (TV) Decent An interesting concept with a handful of good characters. The action is somewhat lack luster but entertaining enough. The comedy was ok, but the fan service was over the top. It was to the point where, if a female character tripped and fell, her breast would rip out of her clothes. Despite the almost, over barring amount of fan service I enjoyed the show, however I felt this was more of a set up season for the next. There was even one twist at the end that I never saw coming.
Infinite Stratos Encore: Koi ni Kogareru Rokujūsō (OAV) Decent An alright episode, it eases the pain that is the ending of the season. But only barely.
Heaven's Lost Property: Project Pink (OAV) Decent A typical bikini episode. It's about as standard as the rest of the episodes in the series.
Samurai Champloo (TV) Good A tamer yet more complete version of the "Afro Samurai" build. This series has solid characters and a decent story, mixed with action as well as a hiphop soundtrack. Doesn't contain even a third of the gore Afro does, but does everything else better.
Rosario + Vampire (TV) Decent A somewhat different approach to the "special school" settings that so many anime use. It's an interesting concept with a few major issues with common lore. Biggest one being, once bitten by a vampire..you turn into one. Not the case in this universe. (Also, that happens with in like..5 minutes of the first episode, so no that doesn't ruin anything) The action in this show is a rinse and repeat up until the last showdown. It almost gets a tad annoying how predictable the fights are. However, the comedy is far superior to most harems. As far as story is concerned, there are two main arcs. One in the middle and one towards the end (shortly after the middle one). They're decent enough, but again..this show is much more comedy than anything.
Heaven's Lost Property Forte (TV) Decent A little more focus on the story..but the keyword here is LITTLE. This season seemed to focus a bit more on character development with just a tad of the story thrown in. Otherwise, it was about 13 episodes of just pummeling the same humor and jokes into the ground. My real complaint comes from actually growing fond of Ikarus and wanting to see her story play out and truthfully, hoping for some happy ending/closure for her. But she pretty much gets crapped on through the entire season.
Eden of the East (TV) Decent A conspiracy type story with some pretty good animation. I really liked the character design of the two main characters. The female wasn't outlandish with huge breast or crazy hair, but she was still cute enough. The action wasn't so much action as it was more suspense. SOME comedy to break it up, but it was placed in perfect spots..it never felt out of place. All in all, the story was very interesting. Ending was ok, but the last episode had a better ending than the series as a whole.
Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts OVA Excellent A bridge from season one to season two. These two episodes are just as hilarious as the rest of the series.
Problem children are coming from another world, aren't they? (TV) Good A breath of fresh air. The male lead in this was arguably over powered (though the series never really goes over his "gift") but I find that refreshing. Most male leads are either bitches, or average, or have a deep power that only gets tapped in extreme situations. Not this guy, he doesn't play games. The story seems very familiar and could be an adaptation from another series, I just can't put my finger on it though. Despite that, it is a decent enough story with average animation/character designs. (I really disliked the main guys headphones) The music isn't anything special either, but this show mixes comedy with action very well. With 10 episodes it doesn't go too in depth with back stories or anything, which is possibly the biggest down fall. Sadly, it doesn't appear as though a season 2 is even being considered which is very unfortunate. Still, this show was entertaining enough.
Akira (movie) Decent
Another (TV) Decent
Appleseed (movie) Good
Appleseed: Ex Machina (movie) Good
CANAAN (TV) Decent
Clannad (TV) Good
Clannad After Story (TV)
Cowboy Bebop (TV) Excellent
Crest of the Stars (TV) Good
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (movie) Good
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (movie) Very good
(The) Garden of Words (movie) Good
Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino (TV) Good
Howl's Moving Castle (movie) Good
Inuyasha the Movie 2: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass So-so
Inuyasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time So-so
Is This a Zombie? (TV) Decent
Is This a Zombie? (OAV) Decent
Is This a Zombie? of the Dead (TV) Decent
King of Thorn (movie) Good
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (movie) Decent
Ninja Scroll (movie) Good
Redline (movie) Very good
Ruin Explorers - Fam & Ihrie (OAV) Decent
Shigurui: Death Frenzy (TV) Good
Spice and Wolf (TV) Decent
Spice and Wolf II (TV) Good
Spirited Away (movie) Very good
Wolf and the Amber-colored Melancholy (OAV) Good
Wolf Children (movie) Very good