|Air (TV)||Masterpiece||Air is the evolution of Kanon, and it surpases it's predecessor in every way. The sound and animation are both exceptional, and the story more mystical (and compelling) than that of Kanon. Not for everyone, and the pacing in particular may put some off, but definitely worth a look. |
|Air In Summer (special)||Good||A nice expansion, but I can't see that it was really necessary. Only recommended for those who just can't get enough of Air. Which would be me >.>|
|Akira (movie)||So-so||Well, I know it's supposed to be a classic, staple of the medium and all that, but this never really appealed to me. The fact that I'd just seen Haibane Renmei a few days prior may have had an impact on my opinion of it, but it just seemed rather crude. |
|(The) Animatrix (OAV)||Decent|
|Azumanga Daioh (TV)||Very good|
|Battle Programmer SHIRASE (TV)||Not really good||While this series had it's moments - a couple jokes that made me laugh, some fun battles - most of what sticks in my mind is in the negative. Three points in particular that turned me off - 1. The poor animation. This is probably one of the lowest budget series I've seen, and it shows. 2. The horrible canned laughter that they played, it really grated. 3. The fact that the main character kept trying to get a load of his prepubescent niece. And there was more loli fanservice on top of that.|
|BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad (TV)||Very good||If you can't see past the music, engrish and the colouring of this series it would be a shame, because you'd be missing out on an excellent, realistic coming-of-age story.|
|Boogiepop Phantom (TV)||Excellent|
|Candy Boy (ONA)||Very good|
|(The) Cat Returns (movie)||Decent|
|Chrono Crusade (TV)||Decent|
|Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (TV)||Excellent|
|Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 (TV)||Excellent|
|Cowboy Bebop (TV)||Decent||Competently done, but let down by little to no story continuity between episodes, and uninteresting characters.|
|Cowboy Bebop: The Movie||Decent||Just a longer episode of Cowboy Bebop. More of the same.|
|Crest of the Stars (TV)||Very good|
|Dennō Coil (TV)||Excellent|
|Destiny of the Shrine Maiden (TV)||Good|
|Don't Tell Mother Maria (special)||Very good||"Out-takes" from the OVA episodes. Funny, provided you've just watched the relevant OVA. |
|Dragon Half (OAV)||Good|
|Elfen Lied (TV)||Bad||Gory violence and gratuitous fanservice stapled to a plot with more holes than metaphorical swiss cheese. In other words, nothing to interest me. Although it does get some small credit due to pacing and artwork.|
|Eureka Seven (TV)||Decent||Was pretty good for the most part, but I don't know what the hell they were thinking with that ending.|
|Eve no Jikan (ONA)||Masterpiece|
|Excel Saga (TV)||Very good||Wacky, hyperactive anime, an excellent satirical comedy with the unexpected touching moment.|
|Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (movie)||Good||Graphically unparalleled with amazing action sequences, but all sparkle and no substance.|
|FLCL (OAV)||Masterpiece||Wacky, colourful series, the best coming-of-age anime around.|
|Fruits Basket (TV)||Good|
|Full Metal Panic! (TV)||Good||Big stompy robots and school comedy, but doesn't do enough to really distinguish itself.|
|Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid (TV)||Excellent||A welcome change of focus from mech battles to quality character development. However, the shorter series length can lead to some episodes feeling rushed, and some characters being somewhat ignored. |
|Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu (TV)||Excellent|
|Full Moon o Sagashite (TV)||Very good|
|Full Moon o Sagashite: Cute Cute Adventure (special)||Weak||An blatant attempt to cash in on a successful series that lacks the charm of the original.|
|Fullmetal Alchemist (TV)||Excellent|
|Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie - Conqueror of Shamballa||So-so|
|Futakoi Alternative (TV)||Good|
|Gad Guard (TV)||Decent|
|Gakuen Alice (TV)||Good||While a plot synopsis would probably just make this show sound like it was made entirely of cliche, the writing of the series sets it above others of the same ilk. Sadly it never fulfils the potential that it has, and the ending in particular seems a bit rushed - to be expected, perhaps, from a series that was intended to last 52 episodes but was cut to 26.|
|Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo (TV)||Excellent||Varied, entertaining characters, and wonderful animation stylings. Although fans of the original work may be disappointed by the reworking.|
|Ghost Hunt (TV)||Excellent||For me, Ghost Hunt is one of those series I like much more than their actual quality would suggest, in that even though it has some fairly obvious flaws I enjoy watching it so much that I don't mind them at all.
One point I really like about the series is the way everything builds up, both in the individual arcs and the series as a whole. If you consider the series, the first few arcs are relatively mild, just giving you an introduction to the way things work - until the second arc it wasn't clear if ghosts even existed in the series or not. Whereas by the final arcs things are a lot more intense - way beyond setting up a few cameras.
The individual arcs all progress at a good pace, and the variety of stories and situations always keeps things fresh and interesting.
However one of my main criticisms of the show is that the solutions to the mysteries were all way too obvious - after the first arc (when I didn't know if psychic powers existed in the story) I pretty much figured them all out well in advance, and occasionally found myself thinking "For goodness sake, go f*** him/her/it up already!" ^^; .
This variety of situations works to bring out the different characters well. Although apart from Mai (I'll get to her later) they're nothing special in terms of depth of character they seem like fairly original characters, and although they don't get any true growth through the series it's fun to see different aspects of them revealed, either in action against an opponent, or in the well-written interaction between the characters which makes the series more than just a case of mystery after mystery - the series becomes as much about seeing the characters as it is about the mysteries.
Mai, on the other hand, is almost the opposite. While she starts out a bog-standard schoolgirl stereotype (telling ghost stories, getting giddy over some handsome guy) her growth throughout the series is awesome to watch, until by the end she's as valued a member of the team as any of them (apart from Naru, of course ^^; ).
To me, the artwork and animation didn't appear to be anything special - they seemed to do the job without being anything breathtaking, but also without presenting anything in so poor a fashion for the atmosphere to suffer. The audio on the other hand I did notice - unusual for me, I'm normally to dense to notice things like that - and I was impressed by it, both the ghostly sound effects and the music that always kicked in at the right moment.
I remember when I first saw the opening I was decidedly unimpressed - it was very reminiscent of the early 1990's style of ghost shows which were universally poor - but as I watched more it grew on me, until it seemed like a fairly appropriate opening in light of the series. It could never quite shake of that last hint of cheesiness, however. Ultimately, considering all the points, this series would normally rank a "Very Good" from me, but it's just too much fun... so it gets promoted to excellent :)
|Ghost in the Shell (movie)||So-so|
|Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (movie)||Decent||Impressive artwork and animation, and an ok story, but my god the pretension.|
|Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (TV)||Very good|
|(The) Girl Who Leapt Through Time (movie)||Very good|
|Grave of the Fireflies (movie)||Good|
|Gunslinger Girl (TV)||Excellent|
|.hack//Intermezzo (OAV)||Not really good||Eh, just a standalone episode in the .hack universe. And not an especially interesting one, at that. Whether you should watch it or not just depends on how much you like the series, I guess.|
|.hack//Unison (OAV)||So-so||A nice little wrapping-up to the .hack series, but that's all it is.|
|Haibane Renmei (TV)||Masterpiece||It's a common question that you'll hear in on anime forums - "What's the best anime? What's your favourite anime?" And while I honestly don't know if any title can truly be called the best, I always answer Haibane Renmei.
Of course, this is solely based on my own opinion, ignoring such factors as mass appeal. Shows like this that focus on realistic charatcers and the interplay between them are hardly ones that attract a great deal of attention - there are no significant action, comedy, or romance sequences, already leaving it looking pretty thin on the ground. It can often attract negative comments like "slow pacing" or "nothing much happens".
However, nothing could be further from the truth - each episode is filled with character development, which in turn is intrinsically linked to the plot progression.
The story itself is split into two parts, the first seven episodes focussing on Rakka and the world she finds herself in, and the last six on Reki, a Haibane who cared for Rakka, and the fate of the Haibane. The story is told smoothly throughout, driven by the mysterious world that it takes place in.
And what a world it is. From the giant walls which absorb the feelings of those they encircle to the silent Toga whose mouths are bound and whose eyes are covered this is quite a feat of imagination, brilliantly brought forth by a muted palette of colours. The music works well, adding emphasis to the moods of the scenes, quite an important factor in such a character driven series. While Haibane Renmei is not as artistically brilliant as series like Mushishi, for a series five years its senior it still holds it's own against brand new series. The way colours are used also shows a lot of subtlety, quite a rarity...
This subtlety is evident too in the way the story is played out rather than spoon-fed to the viewer - this isn't like some detective story where they explain every clue at the finale. Unravelling the mysteries is left up to you, the answers left open to debate.
So, by now you probably have an idea if it's your kind of series or not. For someone like me who places a high value on character development in a series, you'd be hard pressed to find a better one - I never have. For someone looking for some action or some laughs - it'd probably put you to sleep before the end of the second episode. |
|Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora (TV)||Good|
|Hatenkō Yugi (TV)||Very good|
|Hellsing (TV)||Decent||Stylish vampire gunslinging action. Really, that's the only reason to watch this - the plot that starts to develop is just left to hang, and the series ends on something of a flat note. A "go read the manga" ending if ever there was one... or now you could watch the OVAs instead. |
|Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei (OAV)||Very good|
|Higurashi no Naku Koroni Gaiden Nekogoroshi-hen (OAV)||So-so|
|Higurashi no Naku Koroni Kai (TV)||Excellent|
|His and Her Circumstances (TV)||Excellent||One of the best romantic anime series around, and the best one I've seen. And neither the still scenes, nor the cut-out characters on sticks, nor the "go read the manga" ending can disuade me from this. It has a great blend of humour and romance, and the execution of some scenes for the first part at least shows what a skillful director Hideaki Anno is. The lead characters are both likeable, interesting and show plenty of growth throughout the series, and the supporting cast are well-developed. As a final point, the series has THE best music I've ever heard in an anime - the themes for each character/situation are used expertly, really getting the feelings across, and the ending song - Yume no Naka e - just works so well. I may not be able to buy the series, living as I do in the UK, but I sure as hell bought the soundtrack...|
|Hitohira (TV)||Good||A fairly standard story of gaining self-confidance, although still entertaining if such things are to your taste. Also gains bonus points for yuri subtext - as per the Yuri Rule (TM) it remains only in the realm of subtext, but it livens up the show. |
|Howl's Moving Castle (movie)||Decent|
|Hunter X Hunter (TV)||Good||A Shounen Jump series where the main character isn't the strongest on the planet - who'd have thought it? A more imaginative take on the "kids with super powers" genre.|
|Hunter X Hunter (OAV)||Good|
|Hunter X Hunter: G I Final (OAV)||Good|
|Hunter X Hunter: Greed Island (OAV)||Good|
|Ichigeki Sacchu!! HoiHoi-san (special)||Decent||Haha, how very Japanese... a bit of fun for 10 minutes.|
|Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade (movie)||Very good|
|Jing: King of Bandits (TV)||So-so|
|Jinki:Extend (TV)||Bad||Failed, low-budget Eva clone, it's only saving grace is the ending soundtrack.|
|Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens (TV)||Decent|
|Kanon (TV 1/2002)||Very good|
|Kanon (TV 2/2006)||Excellent|
|Kasimasi - Girl Meets Girl (TV)||Good|
|Kaze no Stigma (TV)||Decent|
|Kill Bill Chapter 3: The Origin of O-Ren (movie segment)||So-so|
|Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World (movie)||Very good|
|Kino's Journey (TV)||Masterpiece||Kino's Journey is definitely one of my favourite series.
The series follows the journeys of a young girl, Kino, as she travels around a strange land. With one exception all the episodes are standalone (and, as is later shown, non-chronological), and there is no overarching story - it's pretty much a case of another town, another episode.
The almost inevitable comparison to Kino's Journey is Mushishi, as both are relatively slow-paced episodic series centering around a wandering protagonist. As well as Mushshi, people sometimes compare the atmosphere of Kino's Journey to Serial Experiment Lain, Boogiepop Phantom and Haibane Renmei.
The difficulty of producing episodic series like this is in making each episode varied and imaginative enough to keep the series interesting - and Kino's Journey does this admirably. Whereas Mushishi goes for a more mystical, fairytale route, Kino's Journey episodes are more thoughtful and penetrating, with people very much the focus. This can result in some episodes being rather depressing, but I never felt that the series goes too far in that respect (although mileage may vary).
Kino herself is quite an interesting character. Quite a bit different from your usual protagonist, she often acts as a neutral observer in the palces she visits. This part of Kino's personality, her non-judgemental nature, is intrinsic in letting the story in each episode play out, and encourages the viewer to think about it. She's not just a vehicle for the viewer though, she does have her own distinct personality - although she is unnaturally self-possessed, she's not always as calm as she appears on the surface, getting just as scared or angry as other people would in her position. She can often appear sagacious beyond her years and yet still be filled with a wonder at the world normally found in much younger children. This makes more sense in light of her backstory.
Her personality is slowly revealed more and more as the episodes progress, often in her interation with her companion Hermes, a talking motorbike. Invaluable in the series beyond the mudane travelling from place to place, Hermes acts at varying times as a mirror for Kino's thoughts and a foil for them, as well as providing some moments of comic relief to lighten the tone.
The production of the series - artwork, music and so forth - works fine but didn't strike me as anything particularly special. But this is a series that focuses on content after all, so it doesn't need to be.
I think that if any series could actualise that it's the journey, not the destination, that matters, it would be this one. |
|Kino's Travels: Life Goes On (movie)||Good||It's nice to get some backstory to fill in the gaps in the series, but it doesn't quite reach the same level as the series itself.|
|Koihime Musō (TV)||Weak|
|Kurenai (TV)||Very good|
|Last Exile (TV)||Very good|
|Last Order Final Fantasy VII (OAV)||So-so|
|Legend of the Galactic Heroes (OAV)||Masterpiece||Epic space opera. EPIC. While it's age makes some of the art and animation seem a little clumsy compared to more recent titles, it's not too bad. Besides, such things take a back seat to the characters and setting, both of which are masterfully displayed.|
|Living for the Day After Tomorrow (TV)||Good|
|Lucky Star (TV)||Good|
|Lunar Legend Tsukihime (TV)||Decent||There is no Tsukihime anime.|
|Macross Zero (OAV)||So-so|
|Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha (TV)||Decent|
|Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's (TV)||Decent|
|Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS (TV)||Good|
|Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi (TV)||Very good||I really loved the story, it was good fun and well told - but the excessive fanservice and some poor jokes detracted from it.|
|Magnetic Rose (movie)||Very good|
|(La) Maison en Petits Cubes (movie)||Excellent|
|Maria Watches Over Us (TV)||Very good|
|Maria Watches Over Us 3rd Season (OAV)||Very good|
|Maria Watches Over Us 4th Season (TV)||Very good|
|Maria Watches Over Us Season 2: Printemps (TV)||Very good|
|Martian Successor Nadesico (TV)||Very good|
|(The) Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (TV)||Excellent|
|Millennium Actress (movie)||Excellent|
|Mind Game (movie)||Excellent|
|Miyori no Mori (special)||Decent|
|Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit (TV)||Good|
|Mōryō no Hako (TV)||Very good|
|Moyashimon (TV)||Very good|
|Mushi-Shi (TV)||Excellent||I don't really like giving out masterpiece ratings that often - it just seems like it would cheapen the system. However, Mushishi is about as close as a series can get without me saying it's a masterpiece. First off, the artwork is very realistic - not the most detailed or breathtaking, but the palette, the uses of greens and greys really brings to the forefront the dominant theme of nature. This strong artwork is seen in the character designs too, although here it almost works against itself, characters soon becoming indistinguishable from one another - with the exception of Ginko, the lead, whose character design and startlingly bright eye mean he is often the focus of every scene he's in. The lack of significant differences between other characters becomes somewhat of a moot point, however, as each episode is a self-contained story - Ginko is the only constant. And it is this point which leaves it just short of being a masterpiece for me - the story. While the individual episodes tell fascinating stories, they all effectively tell the same one, and there is no overarching story to give any momentum to the series. Still, to be imaginative enough to keep retelling a similar story in each episode, and for each episode to still keep me just as enthralled as the last, is quite a feat. |
|My-HiME (TV)||Good||Very much a series of two parts. The first half slowly introduces all the characters, with monster-of-the-week episodes and altogether too much fanservice for my liking (especially ep.4 ...). However, once this opening arc is over the series suddenly twists, becoming much darker and - to my mind - much more intriguing. The drama really kept me on the edge of my seat at this point. Unfortunately, the last episode was a bit of a letdown. Not entirely unexpectedly, but nonetheless I felt it cheapened the series. |
|Natsume's Book of Friends (TV)||Good|
|Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (movie)||So-so||While still a Miyazaki film - a name synonymous with high quality - this nevertheless feels somewhat rushed and incomplete. The manga is far superior, which makes me wish this had been made as an OVA series.|
|Neon Genesis Evangelion (TV)||Excellent||Certainly one of the most famous anime series, at least in fan circles, and heavily discussed due to its cornucopia of christian symbology and seemingly - to some people, at least - malapropos ending. While some people may view this as another giant robot show, personally and, given the ending, how it was probably intended to be viewed, I see it more as a coming-of-age story. It is truly rare to see so much character depth and development in a series, and as such I find the characters fascinating - although it should be noted that the characters are by no means especially likeable, and have indeed turned many people off from watching the show. The plot accompanying this development is both complex and original, although the show does fall victim to the trap of being cryptic just for the sake of it at times, so it could well require repeat viewing to take in all of what happens. The ending of the series is a major point of controversy, taking place as it does inside the main characters head, which, while a fascinating insight into the true nature of the protagonist, is hardly the dramatic macha action that some people seemed to be expecting.
In short then, it is perhaps a series for more reflective people - those who go into the series looking for action will eventually be left disappointed. Not for everyone, but a great, mould-breaking series in it's own right. |
|Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth (movie)||So-so||An almost unnecessary movie. The first half is a vain attempt to compress twenty-four TV episodes into the space of one with the usual results, and the second half is identical to the first half of End of Evangelion. I'd only recommend watching it if you don't feel like watching the TV series again.|
|Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (movie)||Very good|
|Ninja Scroll (movie)||So-so|
|Now and Then, Here and There (TV)||Excellent||Hauntingly familiar series that shows the brutality and senselessness of war.|
|Only Yesterday (movie)||Good|
|Ouran High School Host Club (TV)||Excellent|
|Paprika (movie)||Excellent||Vibrant artwork and exceptional music show this to be a top quality production. It's only flaw is in its story, which is somewhat... weak. Too many things happen just because. Still, the energy and expertise of the storytelling makes up for this to a large extent.|
|Paranoia Agent (TV)||Excellent||Psychological thriller, very reminiscent of Boogiepop and Perfect Blue. Although more accessible than it's predecessors, and contains moments of dark humour.|
|Perfect Blue (movie)||Excellent||Dark, disturbing, and confusing at times, this is a top-notch psychological thriller.|
|Princess Mononoke (movie)||Excellent|
|Psychic Academy (ONA)||Awful||Fanservice and love triangles are the order of the day, with a side order of generic magical powers. The meat and bread of some, I'm sure, but I found it rather unpalatable.|
|Puni Puni Poemy (OAV)||Good|
|R.O.D -The TV-||Good|
|Read or Die (OAV)||Excellent|
|Requiem from the Darkness (TV)||Very good|
|Revolutionary Girl Utena (TV)||Excellent|
|Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie||Very good|
|Rozen Maiden (TV)||Very good|
|Rurouni Kenshin (TV)||Good|
|Rurouni Kenshin: The Motion Picture||Decent|
|Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal (OAV)||Good|
|SaiKano: Another Love Song (OAV)||Decent|
|Saki (TV)||Very good|
|Samurai Champloo (TV)||Decent|
|Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei (TV)||Very good||I thought this was a fun series to watch in short bursts of, say, an episode at a time. The humour is black and dry, often verbal or social, very different from usual anime fare. On top of that, there are some great little snippets that work their way in - some of the writing on the blackboards ("Watch anime in a light room with a dark heart" was one I liked) and things such as yaranaika in the last episode made me laugh.
Its way of taking a theme and running with it for half an episode works fairly well, but it can mean that sometimes half of an episode can drag if it doesn't work for you.
The art may seem plain compared to other series, but I think it's quite stylish, and works well with the series as a whole. The music, too, is fairly unique for an anime series. I wasn't a big fan of it myself (I wouldn't listen to it by itself, I mean), but it certainly added flavour to the show.|
|Scrapped Princess (TV)||Excellent||Sci-fi and fantasy collide head-on, leaving fans of both satisfied.|
|Serial Experiments Lain (TV)||Excellent|
|Shadow Star Narutaru (TV)||Very good|
|She and Her Cat (OAV)||Excellent||Only a few minutes long, but truly touching.|
|Simoun (TV)||Very good||Simoun has an interesting sci-fi/fantasy vibe about it. While superficially the technology is very advanced, the manner in which it operates, as well as the archaic religious system with a seemingly extant deity, give the series a fantastical air to it. This duality is expressed fairly well in the deity, Tempus Spatium ^^
The story in Simoun has two major elements - first the war, largely beyond the control of the core protagonists, yet ever-present, and the second, the relationships between the main characters. As a war story, I think it's done fairly well - both sides have reasons for fighting, neither side having a monopoly on good or bad people, people make good descisions and bad ones. Basically, it has a feeling of realism to it - maybe not as harshly as something like NTHT does, more shocking scenes kept firmly at a distance in Simoun - but if war is portrayed I prefer it not to be just the goodies beating up the baddies, then everyone lives happily ever after. The relationship side of things is also handled well. It's nothing as tempestuous as many dramas, the characters and the relationships between them slowly outlined and developed as the show progresses, so that by the end of the series you're able to understand the choices each one has made.
Other considerations... the artwork was good, effective... the clunky CG much less so, definitely the worst thing about the series for me. I quite liked the OP and ED themes, although I didn't notice anything special about the soundtracks used throughout the series - but then I usually don't.
It may not be something to sit down and watch for some light entertainment, and it's certainly got it's flaws (not least of which is the suspension of disbelief necessary to accept the basic premise), but I'd still recommend it to anyone who watches much anime.|
|Sky Girls (OAV)||Weak|
|Slayers (TV)||Good||Fantasy fun with swords, spells and a liberal helping of comedy, but nothing special.|
|Slayers Next (TV)||Good|
|Slayers Try (TV)||Good|
|Spice and Wolf (TV)||Good|
|Spirited Away (movie)||Good||Reminiscent of a Disney film, this is fun for all the family. An extraordinarily imaginative creation.|
|Stink Bomb (movie)||Weak|
|(The) Story of Saiunkoku (TV)||Very good|
|Strain: Strategic Armored Infantry (TV)||Decent|
|Summer Wars (movie)||Good|
|Sweet Blue Flowers (TV)||Very good|
|Tenchi Muyo! (OAV 1/1992)||So-so|
|Tenchi Muyo! The Night Before The Carnival (OAV)||So-so|
|Tohai Densetu Akagi -Yamini Maiorita Tensai- (TV)||Very good|
|Tokyo Godfathers (movie)||Excellent|
|(The) Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk (TV)||Decent|
|(The) Tower of Druaga: the Sword of Uruk (TV)||So-so|
|Trigun (TV)||Decent||The concept and setting in Trigun are well done and quite original (in anime, at least), but the more "philosophical" component grated on me somewhat. |
|Twin Spica (TV)||Very good|
|Uta∽Kata (TV)||Very good||While at first this may appear to be a fairly average, superficial magical girl show, if you underestimate it it'll sneak up on you - a few eye-opening moments around the halfway mark really drew me in. Also, the messages put across in the series were surprisingly mature compared to the sort of thing normally found in this genre. All things considered, I have no idea who the target audience for this is.|
|Uta∽Kata (OAV)||Weak||This seems to me to be one an OVA made solely to cater for people who were unhappy with the way the series ended - similar to the FMA movie, in many ways. As someone who thought the series ending was perfectly appropriate, this was pretty much a waste of time for me.|
|Vampire Hunter D (OAV)||Not really good|
|Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (movie)||Decent|
|(The) Vision of Escaflowne (TV)||Good||A true classic with something for everyone, however the characters had a tendancy to really get on my nerves.|
|Voices of a Distant Star (OAV)||Masterpiece||Short, poetic movie, filled with emotion and backed up by breathtaking artwork.|
|When They Cry - Higurashi (TV)||Excellent|
|Whisper of the Heart (movie)||Good|
|Windy Tales (TV)||Very good|
|Winter Garden (special)||So-so|
|Witch Hunter Robin (TV)||Good||Very stylish, but takes a while to get moving and is episodic for the most part.|
|Wolf's Rain (TV)||Good||Entertaining post-apocalyptic epic, if only the characters were as interesting as the world they were in.|
|Wolf's Rain (OAV)||Very good||All the stops are pulled out for the finale.|
|Yami to Bōshi to Hon no Tabibito (TV)||Good|
|Zettai Shonen (TV)||Very good|