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Afro Samurai (TV) Good
Azumanga Daioh (TV) Good As with the manga, Azumanga Daioh is something I would really not expect to pick up and like, let alone give it a second glance when browsing stores... but I DID! Actually, a friend showed me. Azumanga Daioh plays on the cuteness of the young schoolgirls attending a nameless high school, translating it into humor, heart-warming awww's, and 'slice of life' experiences that you smile and nod your head to. With the cute characters and quirky situations, it's easy to understand why the laughter is drawn out so naturally. Equally as naturally, the viewer can identify with any one of the characters. I would definitely recommend this anime to viewer's of any age: the content is just as understandable and enjoyable to a 13-year-old as it is to a 30-year-old. It must also be noted that, unlike most series that undergo the manga-to-anime transition, Azumanga lost almost nothing; the anime is just as good as the manga.
Basilisk (TV) Good
(The) Big O (TV) Good
Bubblegum Crisis (OAV) Good
Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 (TV) Good
Chobits (TV) Good
Colorful (TV) Very good *Doesn't require full attention to watch* I'm not one for ecchi, but I really liked this one. I got my hands on an unofficial pre-released dvd done by some dub group... The animation is /really cool/, and I mean that! This anime is advertised as a sort of "LOL BOOBS" type of anime. But when I watched it, it was indescribable... hypnotic... It seems like the animation style is always shifting, the way it's presented is almost as if you're watching something subliminal the whole time. Plus it's just really humorous. The reaction of these characters to go to extreme lengths just to get a glimpse of a bared part is sidesplitting. I can't get the businessman's reaction out of my head "I'm DREAMING!" To say the least, something that people would so misinterpret as vulgar and appealing to base instincts as some low form of humor... well, they they couldn't be more wrong! It's not demeaning at all, and its put in a context which isn't distasteful. It's like some mesmerizing, psychedelic, subliminal trip (especially during the scene transitions), where it's finally okay to turn your brain off and just laugh hysterically and stare and drool. Well, I'm really not describing it well- JUST SEE IT! It's eye candy to say the least!
Cromartie High School (TV) Very good *Doesn't require full attention to watch* Talk about metamorphosis: Cromartie actually IMPROVED in the transition from manga to anime! (Despite the usual noobs' whine about voice-actor casting,) The English dubbing is nearly unrivaled in character portrayal. There's nothing about the voices that turned me off. Whereas the manga was sorta gritty, animation-wise, I didn't object at all to a slight 'cleaned up' feel. The animation isn't -Spectaular-, with lots of 'wow' special effects, but the style suits it more than fine. It is, after all, a comedy. If you're used to the usual forced anime humor, you might find Cromartie a little hard to digest. Some of it is really spontaneous and natural, where the rest involves going off on a tangeant of sorts. The humor kind of grows on me each time I watch it. Scenes /were/ cut from the manga (I'd imagine it's the same with most anime), but what they added and revised gave it more flavor, imo. Though, there were one or two skits I would have liked to remain. The soundtrack is great: reminiscent of hard rock, doesn't overpower everything else, but also sometimes adds to particular scenes. As a bonus, there are more episodes per disc (at the expense of the length of episodes), so if you're cooking or cleaning or whatnot, it's not as much of a problem if you stop an episode.
Elfen Lied (TV) Not really good I can see why girls like it...?
(The) Galaxy Railways (TV) Very good
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo (TV) Very good
Gantz (TV) Decent The Gantz manga was MUCH better than the anime. In comparison, a LOT was lost in animation quality... it even seemed to impact all the other factors. I was even turned off by the fact that it only had 3 episodes per disc. What a blatant ripoff! Still, I like the general plot and action of the anime. If you like gore and a sci-fi story about a life-threatening, all-stakes game, this is your thing. Upon watching Battle Royale, though, I can definitely see that Gantz is a ripoff. I'd definitely watch it, if I didn't have to pay for it. Read the manga, instead.
Gasaraki (TV) Good
Gilgamesh (TV) Good
Gungrave (TV) Very good
Haibane Renmei (TV) Good
Heat Guy J (TV) Very good
Kino's Journey (TV) Very good
Kurau: Phantom Memory (TV) Very good
Last Exile (TV) Excellent
Lupin III: Part II (TV) Good
Lupin the 3rd (TV) Good
Megazone 23 Part II (OAV) Excellent
Miami Guns (TV) Good
Neon Genesis Evangelion (TV) Excellent
Nightwalker (TV) Good
Noein - to your other self (TV) Very good
Now and Then, Here and There (TV) Very good
Outlaw Star (TV) Very good
Peacemaker (TV) Very good
RahXephon (TV) Very good There are several enthusiasts who boast RahXephon as the anime that trumped Evangelion and succeeded where it failed. "Animation, plot, etc." However, they overlook a few things: ANGST, the overall feeling of Wrong throughout the anime, and other underlying concepts (youth-related and that which I've not yet figured out). That was the point of Evangelion. It might not have wrapped up the way we intended, but the fact that it evoked deeply-felt philosophy for an intended younger audience, that's where its success lay. Without Evangelion, there would be no RahXephon. I currently have the entire RahXephon collection, but I've never got around to finishing it. Be back soon!
Record of Lodoss War (OAV) Very good
Robotech (U.S. TV) Good
Sailor Moon (TV) Decent
Salaryman Kintaro (TV) Very good When I go shopping for anime (used, on-sale, or both), I go with a long, prioritized list based on a loose trust of online reviews, friend-sources with word of mouth placed in high regard, and most of all, my gut instinct. I don't know what it is, but I seem to have a knack for finding anime I LOVE just by 'judging a book by it's cover'. Sounds closed-minded, but it has really worked for me! By picking up a case and analyzing and judging the cover, with reviews in the back of my mind, I can make an accurate decicion as to whether it will be good or not. Salaryman Kintaro was that gem, that 'diamond in the rough', that I found purely out of gut, when, without prior knowledge, I came across it and judged it to be something of high potential. There's something that really struck a chord with me about this anime. An ex-biker gang leader, low-ranking employee, who kicks so much butt, but remains an honest-to-goodness altruist. Does that not sound badass or what!? Along the lines of GTO or Lone Wolf and Cub, this one really calls out to someone of my transient age, longing for adventure and good deeds, yet entering the ominous, working world. Salaryman Kintaro livens up a new perspective of the modern day working class.
Samurai Champloo (TV) Excellent
Samurai Girl Real Bout High School (TV) Good
Slayers (TV) Good
(The) SoulTaker (TV) Excellent
Speed Grapher (TV) Excellent
Street Fighter Alpha (OAV) Good
Street Fighter II V (TV) Decent
Street Fighter II: The Movie Good
Trigun (TV) Very good
(The) Twelve Kingdoms (TV) Very good