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Appleseed (movie) Decent Watched this in a hotel room while traveling with my job. Animation was neat, storyline a little cliche, and horrible voice acting. . .but it sufficed for a night many miles away from home.
Armitage III: Poly-Matrix (movie) Good This reminded me of Appleseed in terms of storyline (cliched). I could also smack Keifer Sutherland around for his shit-laden voice acting in this. For crying out loud, you don't have to sound like you're some constipated ogre in every freakin' scene. . .regardless, it wasn't a huge waste of my time.
Boogiepop Phantom (TV) Very good Very confusing show, but I enjoyed the character development throughout. Episode 6, with the mother who is reminiscing of her dead daughter, is probably my favorite. I absolutely LOVED the music and the sound effects. If only they had released the creepy ambiance with their OST's. . .
Cannon Fodder (movie) Decent Third Episode from "Memories"--and arguably, the weakest. . .This storyline has potential in every aspect, but the director didn't take it anywhere. It was more of an intro into the town/country that is heavily militaristic and how the families cope with everyday life. The animation was unique and the detail given to the plethora of cannons was neat, but that was about the only saving grace of the piece. It feels like a pilot episode for a series that never quite made it. Lucky for us, it's only 22 minutes long. . .
Colorful (TV) Very good Perverts of the world--UNZIP!!
Cowboy Bebop (TV) Excellent I would have given this a "Masterpiece" rating had the ending not been somewhat disappointing. Great show with great music. Major kudos to Yoko Kanno. . .
Cromartie High School (TV) Excellent Dearest mother. . .Not all will understand the humor behind this series--much like people don't understand the humor behind BoBoBoBo-Bo-BoBo or Pokey The Penguin (http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/). I, however, seem to connect with it with an unhealthy appetite. Best episode: The Motorcycle Racing King. . .
Elfen Lied (TV) Very good Before I go off on a rant, I'll explain Elfin Lied's best qualities: The action was not lacking--blood came forth in barrels. It had a great storyline and deep character development. The orchestrated music was also fantastic throughout the series. Now on with the bitching. . .<RANT>Various "anime elitists" can irritate me when they complain about fan service. It's there for a reason--either enjoy it or quit watching the show. However, I do believe there comes a point when their whining has merit. This show defines "ecchi" at it's core. It hits almost every perverted cliche possible, while at the same time never skips an episode without showing someone's tits (primarily some underage girl's). Don't get me wrong! Nudity can be nice and has it's place in drama, but too much can destroy the moment/storyline--as I felt it did here. I found myself becoming very uneasy watching this show because of the very young nakedness. Thus, I felt it didn't warrant a higher rating.</RANT> With that out of my system, this show had great potential and I think they did well minus all the kiddie boobies. Definitely deserves a watch if you can stomach it and/or you're a practicing pedophile. . .
Elfen Lied (OAV) Very good Considered to be Episode 11.5 of the original Elfin Lied series. I'm not certain why they didn't include this episode in the original running. It certainly answers a couple questions and doesn't seem to ruin the flow of the show--that is if you watch it out of order (as I did). . .Still holds true to the rest of the series in terms of quality. Best to watch it between Episode 11 and 12 if you are watching it for the first time.
Eureka Seven (TV) Excellent (edit.dub), Masterpiece (sub) I got up to episode 29 of the english dub on [adult swim] before I couldn't wait any longer. I finished the show with the japanese dub (english fan sub) and was quite impressed. Although the ending felt a little rushed and there are a couple of glaring plot holes, this show kicked some serious ass. . .
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (movie) Masterpiece "I've thought of a wonderful present for you... Shall I give you despair?" --Sephiroth (you love him and hate him--all at the same time. . .)
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (US CG movie) Very good I think the guys at Square Enix (formerly SquareSoft) introduced a new standard at how CGI should be done with this film. Everything was mediocre with the movie except the art. Sadly, it killed off most of Square's profit (and dreams of making a movie company), but it still stands as a milestone in CGI history.
FLCL (OAV) Masterpiece I caught this for the first time on an all-night showing on [adult swim]. I was in tears laughing so hard. Random doesn't even begin to describe it. Who knew that metaphors of pubescent changes would be so fun?!? Soundtrack is also killer. Bought all three the same evening I watched all six episodes.
Genshiken (TV) Very good what a humbling show. . .I'm not as "otaku" as these guys were, but I caught myself relating more than I would have liked to admit ; ) Saki is by far the best character of this series. I can honestly see things from her perspective--she is the small voice of reason in an ocean of geek and you have to appreciate her efforts in keeping the team in the real world. . .bah, who am I kidding--it's just a *cartoon* anyways, right? . . .Why are you glaring at me like that?
Ghost in the Shell (movie) Very good I watched this years ago when I had no idea about anime--couldn't remember what it was about or if I even liked it all that much. So I decided to rewatch it AFTER watching both GitS:SAC series. . .BIG MISTAKE. . .certainly not up to par with the shows, even though it was the first animation based on the manga. The Major's voice actor was garbage along with Togusa. At least Batou remained with his same actor! Storyline was decent as well as most of the animation. Didn't care for the cliched sound effects, though--that horrible 80's muffled metal scraping sound they use FOR EVERYTHING (Jumping, Fighting, Dying, etc.) Give it at least one watch to see what started the whole GitS:SAC experience.
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (movie) Good I didn't know how to rate this movie at first. It seemed as though the creators were more focused on the art than the storyline. The art was gorgeous, but the overall plot lacked in essential backbone. The music was a plus as well. Definitely the weaker brother of the GitS series. . .
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (TV) Masterpiece 1) The Major is hot. 2) Yoko Kanno WILL mother my children. 3) "Copies without an original" O_o that is all. . .
(The) Girl Who Leapt Through Time (movie) Excellent Alright. . .so we've seen how traveling in time can cause harm (Back To The Future, Butterfly Effect, countless others. . .) Why not let anime tell the tale for us once more? For flavor, add some saucy high school drama and you have yourself a pretty good flick! This felt a lot like Donnie Darko, but a lot less depressing. I think the only things that didn't give this a masterpiece are some annoying, unnecessary scenes that drag out forever, bragging over their artists' abilities and ignoring that there's a perfectly good storyline trying to unfold (see the running sequence towards the end and you'll know what I mean). Regardless, certainly touching in areas with awesome music and animation. Give it a watch, and then time leap to watch it again. . .
Gunslinger Girl (TV) Very good Neat--pre-teen girls sent on assassination missions. . .disturbing. . .meanwhile, The Delgados make an excellent opening song. I just wish they hadn't over-saturated that drum loop in the beginning. . .
Haibane Renmei (TV) Excellent Nothing is certain about the real meaning behind this show, but most interpretations are fairly positive. . .Moving storyline and believable characters with a bittersweet ending. Overall beautiful concepts--I really enjoyed this one. . .
Hell Girl (TV) Excellent "Peat and Repeat were in a boat. Peat fell off--who was left?". . .at least that's what I felt like saying until the reporter came and saved the day. Where to begin with this show??? Fascinating concept on how to deal with revenge. Most of the beauty of the show was deciding for yourself whether the guilty party really deserved it and secondly, whether it was worth the revenge in the first place. . .the only things that didn't get this show a higher rating was it's repetition, it's over-abundance of female victims (come on. . .us guys have bad days too. . .), the ending which was sort of predictable (but still pleasing), and did I mention it's repetition???
Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade (movie) Masterpiece I'm probably going overboard by giving this a "Masterpiece", but who's caring. . .This is a very socially and politically dark movie. The storyline and character development are excellent and you can certainly feel for the various parties. I absolutely loved how they intertwined the story of Little Red Riding Hood throughout. The ending is very tense and I think is what ultimately gave this movie it's rating. I have always been a fan of Production I.G.'s work since I saw the Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex series--and they show that years before GitS:SAC, they still knew what the hell they were doing. Music was also outstanding with familiar faces (Yoko Kanno on piano, Gabriella Robin with vocals, etc). This is not a movie for everyone, but for those who appreciate serious political genres, this is an absolute watch.
Kino's Journey (TV) Excellent Philosophical--only word I can use to describe it. I remember loving to watch this series because it took no thinking to do so. Storyline was very thin, but it didn't matter somehow. Strange. . .
Kite (OAV) Good One of those rarities that combines hentai (some hardcore sex scenes throughout) and a storyline to accompany it. It wasn't all about the sex (although a lot of it was there) as much as the crazy assassination scenes. . .I thought it was interesting ::shrugs::
Kujibiki Unbalance (OAV) Good The anime within the anime. . .These three episodes were bundled with Genshiken and offered a taste of what the otaku club was talking about during the series. The recap episode was hilarious. The rest of it was somewhat lacking, but I can't hold too much judgement as only three episodes were ever released for the OAV. If anything, that damned OP single was trapped inside my head for days. . .
Macross Plus (OAV) Excellent This is the show that stole my anime [and Yoko Kanno] virginity. . .and not a bad one at that. I stayed up till 2AM on a school night watching this on Encore's Bravo channel and was somewhat hooked ever since. Because of that, it will always hold a special place in my heart.
Magnetic Rose (movie) Excellent First Episode from "Memories"--and my personal favorite. I'll first state that I'm semi-biased as Satoshi Kon and Yoko Kanno were both involved in this episode, so I knew I was going to enjoy it from the start. Forgetting that, the story is your average sci-fi story of some random scrap-pickup crew gets an S.O.S. and decides to investigate. What spawns forth is a great display of visuals (for 1995, even. . .) and accurate music in a measly 40 minutes of footage. I found myself wishing that it would have lasted longer, but in truth it's just about right for the story. This episode is the reason to buy the DVD alone. . .
Memories (movie) Very good A movie with three separate, unrelated episodes that are supposed to deal with "memories". Overall, a very good film to watch, but some episodes were definitely better than others. See my individual reviews on "Magnetic Rose", "Stink Bomb", and "Cannon Fodder" for more details. . .
Mezzo Forte (OAV) Very good This is the second animation I've watched from Yasuomi Umetsu and it is just as profound as the first. Whereas "Kite" was taken seriously, this series has a lighter note to it. I saw the "uncut" version which shows a few minutes of hentai in each episode, but not enough to warrant it a complete porno wash-out. This guy has a great style in action sequences where everything is greatly exaggerated. You'd have to see it to understand. Best quote: "Baldy! You're on fire!"
Millennium Actress (movie) Very good Unique interweaving of current time and the past throughout the storyline. Certainly gives you a wake-up call and asks what keeps us moving along this futile life. . .Rated highly by the general public on here, I thought it was one of Satoshi Kon's weaker animations. Although, it certainly introduces us to where he got all this funky techno music he uses in ALL his series nowadays--Bonus: in the Making-Of film, he wields a gun and gives a great evil look while pointing it at the camera. . .
Mind Game (movie) Excellent "Pink Floyd, meet Anime. Anime, meet Pink Floyd. Now kiss and make up. . ." (WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT) O_O
Ninja Scroll (movie) Decent Another movie lent to me by a friend. I barely remember the storyline as I watched it back in 2000 or so. I remember lots of blood and some boobies. I also remember I didn't hate it, but it wasn't the greatest thing either. . .
Now and Then, Here and There (TV) Very good Do not let the first episode fool you! This series may start off on a happy note, but it turns sour quickly. . .The anti-war/anti-violence message is made very clear throughout. It all comes to an anti-climatic ending, but at least an appropriate one. Regardless of possible or otherwise obvious emotional manipulation intended within, the storyline was an interesting one and kept my attention--as did the music. Artwork was somewhat dull and could have used a face lift at times--not certain if it was budget or technology issues, but either way sufficed for the series. Overall: a depressing watch for Bush/War/Violence haters, an entertaining watch for us neutrals, and a possible waste of time for the rest.
Paprika (movie) Masterpiece (Again, I'm probably jumping the gun by giving this a Masterpiece--but I've always believed in rounding up). . .if Satoshi Kon hasn't caused your brain to turn into a bunt cake with slight citrus overtones, then you are obviously one of the day-dwellers. Once before the clock stuck fourteen, Susumu Hirasawa made a well-rounded trip inside the blueberry muffin and out of his left ear came appropriate sounds. Eyes? Who needs them anymore! It is the imagination you wish you had--guilt provided. The story that is and isn't with no grace for flowery monologues who dance with dramatic pauses. You might like what you see, but you never know--you could be dreaming. . .Bonus: cellphone guys looking up cellphone girl's skirts. . .
Paranoia Agent (TV) Excellent Dark, cynical, great moral. . .can't ask for more! I liked how an episode was barely linked together by a small strand of storyline from the episode before it. Always kept you wondering how anything was related. Definately one of my favorite anime series of all time.
Perfect Blue (movie) Very good Satoshi Kon once again makes an excellent disturbing display of social anxiety and rubs it in our faces (hooray for rape scenes!). . .The animation started off somewhat choppy as I noticed some people were almost bouncing by just moving their mouths, but it got a lot better as the movie went on. Music was sparse, but for the most part appropriate; although I thought the ED song completely ruined the whole feel of the movie. Now onto storyline. . .This film is very close to Fight Club--it is not the same film, but you will notice the similarities. I think that if I had I watched this when it first came out, I would have enjoyed it more and maybe given it a higher rating. Beyond that small detail, this is still a very good film and deserves at least one watch.
(The) Place Promised in Our Early Days (movie) Excellent Another Makoto Shinkai masterpiece. This movie was the final nail in the coffin that decided I should keep an eye on his upcoming work. This guy makes the best background scenery ever conceived. . .
Princess Mononoke (movie) Very good My intro to Hayao Miyazaki. Regardless that this guy has a serious issue with hugging trees, I enjoyed it. Fun to watch that antelope looking thing at the end get a bullet through the head--and still manage to have a half-assed smirk on his face.
Puni Puni Poemy (OAV) Very good Two words: CRUCIFIED AIBO. . . (http://www.sony.net/Products/aibo/index.html)
Samurai Champloo (TV) Excellent a rarity indeed. . .all previous attempts to breed the R&B culture with ancient Japanese history have gone sour by the Americans--leave it to the Japanese to make the right combination. The ending was very unique and for the most part enjoyable, but after viewing it you can't help wonder if the whole plot was a waste of time to begin with. Regardless, I was intrigued how each episode could hold it's own without falling into the DBZ/Inuyasha/Naruto/[insert soap opera storyline here] catagory. Thus, an excellent series is birthed and should be watched and listened to (the soundtrack is kick-ass!). . .
Serial Experiments Lain (TV) Good Ode to the powerlines. . .crazy ideas with crazy solutions--and not much else. The music was pretty good as well. If you absolutely love being kept in the dark without ever really knowing what the hell is going on, then this is the show for you.
She and Her Cat (OAV)
Stink Bomb (movie) Very good Second Episode from "Memories"--and the only humorous one at that. This one certainly had a different storyline. The overall show was very humorous, but it was very morbid at the same time. Certainly an odd balance in that regard, but the animation and story definitely kept the episode afloat. I didn't really care for the music, but it's not enough to completely kill the episode. A good watch, nonetheless. . .
Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II: The Movie (OAV) Not really good A friend of mine lent this to me after I watched Macross Plus. I should have stuck with the former and forgot this ever existed. Stupid story and really cheesy music make for an all out puke-fest. But if you're some Robotech/Macross junkie, I'm sure you'll watch it regardless of my warnings. . .
This Ugly Yet Beautiful World (TV) Good To be honest, this isn't my type of anime. . .However, I was fair and gave it a shot. Things didn't really pick up for me until the last few episodes, but to those who enjoy vomit-inducing flowery ecchi romance--this show is for you. Scary Thought: the hot-springs scene (I didn't need to see prepubescent tits. . .) Humorous Highlight: Asking Ioneus for soy sauce--twice. . .
Tokyo Godfathers (movie) Excellent A very unique movie in terms of character selection. Great storyline that, minus some swearing and innuendos, could appeal to a whole family. What's up with the reoccurring "12-25"? ; )
Transformers: The Movie (U.S.) Good I guess I was too sheltered by my christian upbringing to really get into this series as a young kid. I remember watching an episode here and there, but I never really got into it. So I had no idea what I was getting into when I borrowed this gem. . .Let me start by saying that the storyline was crap along with the animation and the music reminded me why 80's head-banging sounds still give me a headache--but I felt the movie still deserved a "good" rating. . .First, you have to give credit to these guys for even taking part in something this laughable: Eric Idle (Monty Python???), Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek???), Robert Stack (Unsolved Mysteries???), and Orsen Welles (he hadn't died yet???). With talent like that, it certainly made it a little more tolerable. Second, I nearly laughed out of my seat when the character Spike actually says the word "shit" in the movie. . .Bonus: the DVD has a chapter named "Swear Word" that begins at that very moment. Finally, Weird Al somehow gets on the soundtrack list immediately after the Autobot's leader dies, goes throughout a fight scene, into a make up scene, AND THEN A DANCING SCENE??? Just 3 minutes after their leader JUST DIED??? If MST3K were still alive and kicking, I'd petition this movie to be brutally given an absolute defacing--which is why I ultimately enjoyed it. . .
Trinity Blood (TV) Decent I couldn't understand why a show with such great potential ended so horribly. That is, until I found out that the original creator died before the show was finished. Whomever picked it up (his best friend or something) had no clue whatsoever. . .Otherwise, a decent attempt into making my hatred of vampire-based stories weaken. . .
Voices of a Distant Star (OAV) Excellent My intro to Makoto Shinkai--definately one of a kind. . .I bought this on a whim one day and was intrigued. Very simple (yet touching) storyline and it wasn't very long (unfortunately), but the fact it was all done by *ONE MAN* sets it apart from everything else.