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Angel's Egg (movie) Masterpiece
Artistically and story-wise one of the best anime movies which have ever been made. Yoshitaka Amano's detailed character designs are perfectly animated and fit wonderfully to this strange gothic world. There's this sense of constant wonder, uneasiness and melancholy which are characteristics of true gothic storytelling. Probably Oshii's best work to date.
Castle in the Sky (movie) Masterpiece
Grave of the Fireflies (movie) Masterpiece
Only Yesterday (movie) Masterpiece
Patlabor 2: The Movie Masterpiece
Princess Mononoke (movie) Masterpiece
Royal Space Force - The Wings of Honnêamise (movie) Masterpiece
Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer (movie) Masterpiece
Akira (movie) Excellent
Cowboy Bebop (TV) Excellent
Crest of the Stars (TV) Excellent
Giant Robo (OAV) Excellent
Gunbuster (OAV) Excellent
Honey and Clover (TV) Excellent
This is one of the few soap opera series I could fully immerse myself as an adult. It's not only very good production wisely spoken (detailed background art, pastel colors, attractive character designs and perfect use of j-pop/rock pieces), but the whole relationship and friendship-bonds between the characters feel very real. As an ex-echange student at an japanese university I could relate very good to the daily lives of the protagonists with their angsty mindset about their future and love-lives.
Kiki's Delivery Service (movie) Excellent
Metropolis (movie) Excellent
Millennium Actress (movie) Excellent
My Neighbor Totoro (movie) Excellent
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (movie) Excellent
Neon Genesis Evangelion (TV) Excellent
Pom Poko (movie) Excellent
Porco Rosso (movie) Excellent
Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie Excellent
Fantastic imaginery, lots of visual metaphors, a daring plot and a superb soundtrack make this an assault to the senses. Heavily recommended for people looking for a heavy symbolic coming-of-age story combined with strong and unique shoujoesque character designs. Not a movie for everyone, but one of my all-time favorite anime movies.
Robot Carnival (OAV) Excellent
Spirited Away (movie) Excellent
Tokyo Godfathers (movie) Excellent
Azumanga Daioh (TV) Very good
Banner of the Stars (TV) Very good
Banner of the Stars II (TV) Very good
Banner of the Stars III (OAV) Very good
Cat Soup (OAV) Very good
(The) Dagger of Kamui (movie) Very good
Dirty Pair: Project Eden (movie) Very good
Figure 17 (TV) Very good
FLCL (OAV) Very good
Fruits Basket (TV) Very good
Gauche the Cellist (movie) Very good
GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka (live-action TV) Very good
Honey and Clover II (TV) Very good
Jarinko Chie (movie) Very good
Kimagure Orange Road: The Movie Very good
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (movie) Very good
Lupin III: The Fuma Conspiracy (movie) Very good
Memories (movie) Very good
Nadia - The Secret of Blue Water (TV) Very good
Ocean Waves (special) Very good
On Your Mark (movie) Very good
Otaku no Video (OAV) Very good
Patlabor: The Movie Very good
Project A-Ko (movie) Very good
RahXephon (TV) Very good
Powerful science fiction love story with engaging characters and emotional highlights. The metaphoric ending is one of the better ones out there leaving enough room to everyone's imagination and interpretation of the story as a whole. It's definitely not an Evangelion Clone and it isn't a "better" EVA either. It's simply a very good show on its own.
(The) Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? (movie) Very good
Tenchi Muyo Movie 3: Tenchi Forever Very good
Urusei Yatsura: Only You (movie) Very good
Wata no Kuni Hoshi (OAV) Very good
Whisper of the Heart (movie) Very good
X - X2 double X (OAV) Very good
Beautiful short clip with very high frame rate. The music by X-Japan fits like a glove. Give this clip a try, even if you're not a fan of clamp or shoujo/BL anime in general.
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou (OAV) Very good
Ah! My Goddess: The Movie Good
Alien Nine (special) Good
Battle Angel (OAV) Good
Battle Royale (live-action movie) Good
Birth (OAV) Good
Bubblegum Crisis (OAV) Good
Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie Good
(The) Cat Returns (movie) Good
Dead Leaves (OAV) Good
Dirty Pair: Affair on Nolandia (OAV) Good
Eat-Man '98 (TV) Good
Genshiken (TV) Good
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (movie) Good
Grrl Power (OAV) Good
GTO Drama Special (live-action) Good
Gunsmith Cats (OAV) Good
Here Is Greenwood (OAV) Good
His and Her Circumstances (TV) Good
Howl's Moving Castle (movie) Good
Kimagure Orange Road (TV) Good
Kimagure Orange Road (OAV) Good
Kimagure Orange Road: Summer's Beginning (movie) Good
(The) Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (TV) Good
It's not a masterpiece because the show doesn't really break new ground, but as a (love) comedy with lots of action, engaging (albeit a bit clichée) characters and very good key-animation scenes (see episode 12 for example), Suzumiya Haruhi is definitely recommended. Just ignore the Internet- buzz ;-)
My-HiME (TV) Good
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (movie) Good
Patlabor WXIII (movie 3) Good
Please Save My Earth (OAV) Good
Ranma ½: Nihao My Concubine (movie) Good
Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars (TV) Good
Steamboy (movie) Good
Strawberry Marshmallow (TV) Good
(The) Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Flash Back 2012 (OAV) Good
Trigun (TV) Good
Urusei Yatsura: Lum The Forever (movie) Good
Urusei Yatsura: Remember My Love (movie) Good
Urusei Yatsura: The Final Chapter (movie) Good
Wakakusa Monogatari Nan to Jou Sensei (TV) Good
(The) Weathering Continent (movie) Good
xxxHOLiC the Movie: A Midsummer Night's Dream Good
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou: Quiet Country Cafe (OAV) Good
Animation Runner Kuromi (OAV) Decent
(The) Animatrix (OAV) Decent
Arion (movie) Decent
Assemble Insert (OAV) Decent
Azumanga Daioh - The Very Short Movie Decent
Azumi (live-action movie) Decent
Bakuen Campus Guardress (OAV) Decent
Carried by the Wind: Tsukikage Ran (TV) Decent
City Hunter: Bay City Wars (OAV) Decent
City Hunter: Million Dollar Conspiracy (OAV) Decent
Dirty Pair: Flight 005 Conspiracy (OAV) Decent
Dominion Tank Police (OAV) Decent
Dragon Half (OAV) Decent
Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals (OAV) Decent
Fire Tripper (OAV) Decent
GTO: The Movie (live-action) Decent
Iketeru Futari (TV) Decent
K.O. Beast (OAV) Decent
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi (TV) Decent
Mao-chan (TV) Decent
Outlanders (OAV) Decent
Please Teacher! (TV) Decent
Please Teacher! (OAV) Decent
Project A-ko 3: Cinderella Rhapsody (OAV) Decent
Project A-Ko 4: Final (OAV) Decent
Ranma ½: Big Trouble in Nekonron, China (movie) Decent
Urusei Yatsura: Always My Darling (movie) Decent
Volcano High (live-action movie) Decent
Yume Senshi Wingman (TV) Decent
CLAMP in Wonderland (OAV) So-so
Desert Rose (OAV) So-so
Kimagure Orange Road: Shonen Jump Special So-so
Plastic Little (OAV) So-so
Please Twins! (TV) So-so
Ai to ken Camelot: Mangaka Marina Time Slip (OAV) Not really good
Obscure short movie based on a shoujo manga of the same name. Some pretty boys and a clumsy & short female manga writer warp back in time and help king Arthur. Only interesting for the catchy opening by Kazz&Toyama and Megumi Hayashibara's voice as Marina. The animation is very subpar for a movie and the character designs are rather ugly.
Cleopatra D.C. (OAV) Not really good
Puni Puni Poemy (OAV) Not really good
Suzuka (TV) Not really good
Touch: Cross Road - Kaze no Yukue (special) Not really good
Ultimate Teacher (OAV) Not really good
Comic Party (TV) Weak
Please Twins! (OAV) Weak
Project A-Ko 2: Plot of the Daitokuji Financial Group (OAV) Weak
X (movie) Weak
I have to admit: The visuals are very appealing. Very good cel animation and beautiful character designs. But the story ist just difficult to unterstand if you havent read the manga and the pacing is very rushed towards the end. Definitely something for Clamp fans.
Balthus - Tia's Radiance (OAV) Bad
Kujibiki Unbalance (OAV) Bad
Rumbling Hearts (TV) Awful
3x3 Eyes (OAV)
All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku (OAV)
Aoki Densetsu Shoot! (TV)
Aoki Honō (OAV)
Appleseed (OAV)
Ariel (OAV)
Armitage III (OAV)
Azumanga Web Daioh (ONA)
Battle Athletes (OAV)
Black Magic M-66 (OAV)
(The) Boy Who Saw the Wind (movie)
Broken Down Film (movie)
Burn Up! (OAV)
Cannon Fodder (movie)
Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2: The Sealed Card
Case Closed: Countdown to Heaven (movie)
Case Closed: The Fourteenth Target (movie)
Case Closed: The Last Magician of the Century (movie)
City Hunter (live-action movie)
City Hunter: The Motion Picture (special)
City Hunter: The Secret Service (special)
(The) Cockpit (OAV)
Crying Freeman (live-action movie)
Delpower X Bakuhatsu Miracle Genki! (OAV)
Di Gi Charat - A Trip to the Planet (movie)
Dirty Pair (OAV)
Dirty Pair OAV 1
Dirty Pair OAV 2
Dirty Pair OAV 3
Dirty Pair: From Lovely Angels with Love (OAV)
Dragon Ball Movie 1: Curse of the Blood Rubies
Elementalors (movie)
End of Summer (OAV)
(The) Fantastic Adventures of Unico (movie)
Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture
Fight! Iczer-One (OAV)
Fist of the North Star (movie)
Fumoon (movie)
Galaxy Express 999 (movie)
Ghiblies (special)
Ghost in the Shell (movie)
Gurren Lagann (TV)
(The) Heroic Legend of Arslan (OAV)
Iczer Reborn (OAV)
Kill Bill Chapter 3: The Origin of O-Ren (movie segment)
(The) Laughing Target (OAV)
Like the Clouds, Like the Wind (special)
Locke the Superman (movie)
Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon (movie)
Maris the Chojo (OAV)
Mermaid Forest (TV)
Miyuki-chan in Wonderland (OAV)
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth (movie)
Perfect Blue (movie)
(The) Place Promised in Our Early Days (movie)
Queen Millennia Movie
Ranma ½: One Flew Over the Kuno's Nest (movie)
Revolutionary Girl Utena (TV)
RG Veda (OAV)
Riding Bean (OAV)
Roujin Z (OAV)
Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal (OAV)
Sailor Moon (TV)
Sailor Moon R (TV)
Sailor Moon R Movie: Promise of the Rose
Sailor Moon S (TV)
Sailor Moon S Movie: Hearts in Ice
Sailor Moon SuperS Movie: Black Dream Hole
Sailor Moon SuperS Plus - Ami's First Love (special)
Sakura Wars: The Movie
Silent Möbius (movie)
Silent Möbius 2 (movie)
Slayers - The Motion Picture
Slayers Excellent (OAV)
Slayers Gorgeous (movie)
Slayers Great (movie)
Slayers Premium (movie)
Slayers Return (movie)
Sol Bianca (OAV)
Spirit Warrior (OAV)
Spriggan (movie)
Street Fighter II: The Movie
Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II: The Movie (OAV)
Tekkonkinkreet (movie)
Tenchi Muyo Movie 1: Tenchi in Love
Tenchi Muyo Movie 2: Daughter of Darkness
Tenchi Muyo! (OAV 1/1992)
Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki (OAV 3/2003)
Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki (OAV 2/1994)
Tenchi Muyo! The Night Before The Carnival (OAV)
Tokyo Babylon (OAV)
Tokyo Babylon 2 (OAV)
Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE the Movie: The Princess in the Birdcage Kingdom
TWO-MIX: White Reflection (OAV Promo)
Ushio & Tora (OAV)
Ushio & Tora: Comically Deformed Theater (OAV)
Vampire Hunter D (OAV)
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (movie)
(The) Venus Wars (movie)
Video Girl Ai (OAV)
Video Girl Ai (live-action movie)
Wish (special)
You're Under Arrest (OAV)
You're Under Arrest: The Movie