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Memories (movie) Whilst the latter two films are original and mildly diverting in their own ways, the first film achieves everything I could possibly want from a psychological horror film.
Video Girl Ai (OAV) When the direction was of a light-hearted nature the character relationships felt more tangible and inviting than during scenes of drama. At parts it came close to poignancy, yet approached the romance too forthrightly, as evident in the ending. It could perhaps be a sign of age rather than anything intrinsic though.
Zone of the Enders: Idolo (OAV) What can best be called a conventional mecha environment, bearing resemblance to many of its contemporaries, takes a tragic turn. For a mecha OAV based on a video game, to see such an eventuality is —by its presence alone— refreshing.
Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory (OAV) Universal Century Gundam usually entails numerous tropes, and this story is no exception to this generalisation. [b]0083[/b] avoids the charge of being a predictable outing however, and despite surpassing no principle expectations, it is not undeserving of its inclusion within UC canon.
Fruits Basket (TV) So-so Transforming animals isn't a particularly deep theme, and as a result I felt like I was plodding through this series. The comedy was mild at best, the music could have been better and the various character monologues were unmoving. Its not fatally flawed, but not nearly as good as I was expecting.
Boku wa Imōto ni Koi o Suru: Secret Sweethearts - Kono Koi wa Himitsu (OAV) Decent To depict a romance under undesirable circumstances may aid it to some degree, yet in practice it hinders it also. The viewer is made aware of the characters' love, and as such I commend it, but more substance was required for me to really feel the sweetness of the couple's time together.
Baby Blue (movie) To coin a phrase, 'Shinkai-esque' would be an apt way of describing this short. Though it might not justify the purchasing of an entire anthology, the restrained dialogue and fragile intimacy of the film's young couple make for an applaudable quarter-hour.
Area 88 (OAV) Good Time leaves its mark on the character designs, screenplay and presentation, but such marks of the decade affirm this as a classic action show. Dramatic virtually throughout, with an ending that may not satisfy but certainly resonates, this OAV has a commendable ability to keep a viewer's attention skyward.
Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team (OAV) Though not the greatest of love stories, nor one devoid of its share of clichés, the lead couple become endearing and supportable. The ebbing, flowing plot manages to remain focussed on a simple and elementary theme, without disappointing those with a tolerance for mecha.
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (movie) Very good This is the harrowing coup de force by which Evangelion reaches its true conclusion. So haunting is the total apocalypse of the individual that this spectacle is perhaps too ultimate, and too powerful.
Haibane Renmei (TV) Very good This is a gently paced series with a strong feeling of homeliness. The darker elements are handled without the show becoming too dramatic. Although much about the world of the Haibane -and what lies ahead for them- isn't explained, I can appreciate this series nonetheless.
She and Her Cat (OAV) This is Voices in the making. Intelligent, subtly passionate and adorned with visual devices which would go on to characterise the more substantial works of this great director.
Akira (movie) Excellent This deserves its reputation as a cult classic. Unique within the medium of anime to the extent that some may be put off by it. Its percussive music always sends shivers down my spine; combining this with its visual splendour makes an unforgettable work.
Di Gi Charat (TV) There isn't much to say about this. Uneventful and often somewhat odd shorts to while away a few minutes, helping to keep one in touch with one's otaku habits in-between bouts of anime abstinence.
Clannad (TV) There is an air of reservedness to this series. Whereas sister titles might use arcs as more efficient cathartic devices, there is less willingness to do the same here. One can commend the manner in which the first two arcs ended, and more so the supplementary episode, but any further praise is not significant.
Gunbuster 2: Diebuster (OAV) There is a degree of absurdity within science fiction that would usually be hard to excuse, were it not to come from a title in the GunBuster franchise. Whilst many things prevent this from matching its predecessor's appeal, character designs being one of them, dedicated fans may still appreciate its similar grandiosity, visual excess and indulgent undertones.
Patlabor 2: The Movie Good The sense of orchestrated menace amidst an urban sprawl brings us into the realm of the cerebral terrorist. More akin to GITS than its prequel, this is an exercise in reflection, but should one not extract too much of the commentary from the plot alone, the well furnished visuals compensate.
Clannad After Story (TV) The disappointing early episodes of this sequel do it no favours, and the more striking moments in the latter chapters suffer from over-use of certain musical cues. I did find myself feeling concern and sympathy, though such sentiments were seldom stirred whilst watching, instead occurring only upon reflection. I dare say that maximal appreciation needs a personal engagement of greater immediacy.
Elfen Lied (TV) Excellent The build up to the ending is highly engaging, and the brief (and somewhat sombre) concluding scene give the viewer a sense of what has become of the main characters, yet intentionally leaves their feelings for each other undisclosed. The violence, moe and infamous "taboo" scene do not detract from the story at all.
Neko no Shūkai (special) That was quick.
Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket (OAV) Taking a position as close to neutrality as is possible within the One Year War, 0080 juxtaposes a child's naïve fascination of the military against a soldier's implausible plight, resulting in a miniaturised and yet sound drama, which rightly holds its place in Gundam history.
Macross Plus (OAV) Supported in parts by an initially spellbinding title theme, this OVA comes across as an acceptable yet often bland drama. The stakes aren't as high as in SDF Macross, and the resulting product is quite distanced from the storytelling of the franchise's first series.
Chobits (TV) Very good Some nice tender moments here. Towards the end it shakes off its comedic style and becomes more of a drama. The plot isn't too complicated, but it needn't be.
Neon Genesis Evangelion (TV) Some episodes felt like filler, and some of the "battle" music could have been done without. Nonetheless this is engrossingly deep and introspective, so introspective in fact that the actual ending is impossible for a first time viewer like myself to understand.
Key the Metal Idol (OAV) Very good Some aspects of the narrative and antagonists one could point out as flawed. Sparks of often startling introspection, a genuinely engaging protagonist and a terrific, rousing ending grant this gem far, far more than is needed to compensate though.
Kanon (TV 2/2006) Excellent Romantic, tearjerking, heartwarming and very cute. The series blends some serious issues with a persisting paranormal tone. The revelations before the ending make the plotline open to some interpretation, such an arc orchestrating its dramatic crescendo perfectly.
(The) Place Promised in Our Early Days (movie) Rich in production values, and more complex (and admittedly more protracted) than its predecessor in screenplay. Though I may prefer Voices of a Distant Star, Place Promised follows after its sister film in reaching a tearfully rousing culmination, aided by an unvaried yet delicate score.
Mahoromatic - Automatic Maiden (TV) Restrictions of a limited budget are clear to see here, whilst most narrative comes short of inducing much affection towards the principle characters. In this series' defence, it is one half of a longer story. Alas, little enticement to purchase the concluding section results from watching the opening one.
Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade (movie) Red riding hood becomes thought-provoking here. To come to terms with what Oshii has done is difficult: Instead of fan-pandering and allowing the romance to prevail, it becomes swallowed up by the grim state of affairs that falls upon the film's bleak yet oddly realistic alternative world.
Koi Kaze (TV) Good Realism is one thing many series deliberately lack, but it is a realistic approach that this gentle tale nonetheless uses (right to the very end) to handle the subject of socially forbidden love. The results are a good, solid anime without spectacle or dramatics, but one which did not emotionally absorb me nearly as much as more fantastic titles.
(The) Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? (movie) Provided a viewer possesses a requisite appreciation of the original series, this profoundly luxurious treat will enchant and delight. Its flair and spectacle becomes unforgettable when accompanied by the much-loved soundtrack, ensuring it a place in anime history.
FLCL (OAV) So-so Perhaps the distinct style of this show is where it fails. Certain sequences do certainly try to counteract the abnormal narrative, but cannot amount to much. The show concludes itself adequately but does so without leaving behind much of a sense of endearment.
Armitage III (OAV) Decent Passable elements of romance, mystery and action didn't sit comfortably with the less-than-stellar acting, at least that of the English dub. Ultimately it could have left me more attached to the characters despite a strong start. That said, this was quintessentially, deliciously cyberpunk.
Howl's Moving Castle (movie) Not really good Original concept with unenthralling conservative ending. Chalk up another win for Mr Miyazaki.
5 Centimeters Per Second (movie) Masterpiece Not a single shot, nor an individual piano note lacks the subtle-yet-overwhelming beauty that I've come to expect from Makoto Shinkai. An uncomplicated and unidealised account of the transience of adolescent romances is shown, with Shinkai's ability being more than proven by the fact it is so thoroughly tearjerking.
Dominion Tank Police (OAV) Good Nice and Retro. Whilst not as funny as I was hoping, Buaku's backstory gave this short series an unexpected depth.
Metropolis (movie) Masterpiece My favourite anime. A tragic relationship unfolds within a retrofuturistic art deco cyberpunk setting to make a unique, beautiful and possibly timeless piece, respecting Lang and Tezuka whilst being notably dissimilar to both. As the film progresses I feel drawn into its detailed dystopia ever more- the climax scene's unorthodox choice of music ultimately making me cry like nothing else.
RahXephon (TV) Good Masterful direction often competed with lacklustre here, especially where music was concerned. Ayato's rise to strength and the subsequent ending was arresting, but the show's romantic revelations lay dormant for too long. No pun intended, but the singing/re-tuning theme "struck a chord" with others more than it did with me.
Gunbuster (OAV) Very good Managing to overcome a number of aged anime clichés and musical arrangements, this mecha OAV brings with it stirring events on a literally galactic scale. Doing your duty for others at the expense of lengthy time dilation is one of the main themes, and the resulting character drama accompanies the intense sci-fi visuals appropriately.
Battle Angel (OAV) Decent Manages to tell a complete story within its too episodes. Whilst the screenplay was certainly passable, somehow I feel justice wasn't fully done on a couple of events in the story- they could have had more of an immediate punch.
(The) Super Dimension Fortress Macross (TV) Long, without resorting to rendering obsolete any of its content. This fan favourite is unquestionably of its time, just managing to make worthwhile its central love triangle. Though not a romance, or for that matter a sci-fi, that truely shines by modern standards, within it glimmers enough for the patient viewer to warm to.
Pale Cocoon (OAV) So-so Less of a story, more of an abstract. Direction appears consummate, though where similar works show heart this story fails to shine above its neutral and desaturated palette. The narrative crescendo it reaches thus remains dim.
Millennium Actress (movie) Kon's method of using fiction-within-fiction to form the narrative gives this film vibrancy. Almost comedic at first, the persisting analogy within the scenes eventually brings a mellow sentimentality to the act of reminiscing over a lifelong hopeless hope. Its not as good as some other works, but my appreciation of this may be nurtured with time.
Ghost in the Shell (movie) Good It's an "art" film. The plot symbolism are tough to fully comprehend, and the film ends abruptly and ambivalently. The Varied scenes flesh this out and the minimalistic style is fitting, when compared to sci-fi of more immediate spectacle.
(The) Girl Who Leapt Through Time (movie) Good It certainly had its moments, and the plotline was conclusive and sufficiently explained. But although the tale was not without some emotional effect, there are certainly films that have touched me more than this.
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (movie) Very good In view of its predecessor, this provides closure and ends when it should; the viewer left satisfied. The way the Major protects Batou is subtly romantic, but the visual decadence is where the core of the shows soul lies.
(The) Sky Crawlers (movie) In spite of a continuously relaxed pace and an oft-unpassionate cast, this offering of Mamoru Oshii never fails to engage and evoke. This marks a characteristically graceful addition to his filmography.
Royal Space Force - The Wings of Honnêamise (movie) So-so I try my best to like this film. Here and there it is vivid and developed. The score though, along with a slightly disjointed plot and an ending which shuns closure for pure symbolism, alas does not leave the best of imprints upon me.
SaiKano (TV) Excellent I may forget the show's poor lines and stylistic flaws, but not its romantic purity. Such an element endeared right to the surprising and apocalyptic end, pushing the boundaries of bittersweetness almost disturbingly.
Mobile Suit Gundam - The Movie Trilogy Having been compressed into a feature-film format causes hefty running times, and an episodic pacing that can't be shaken off. Despite these -along with some flaws in the video quality- a satisfying and somewhat iconic venture into war and honour is presented, with a strong underlying theme of tranquillity following calamity.
Armitage: Dual-Matrix (movie) Decent Formulaic as regards storyline and the division between heroes and villains, but certainly well paced. Music, action and the English dub pass muster and improve slightly on its predecessor, yet do so without raising the bar too much.
Crest of the Stars (TV) Focussing chiefly on the relationship between the two protagonists and not space politics and combat avails this series to exhibit subtle character interactions wisely. The romance remained bounded as such, and Jinto and Lafiel's adventure wasn't the most fantastic I've seen, but I'm tempted to watch the sequels.
Pokemon: The First Movie Bad Even as an obsessive Pokémon fan as a child, I couldn't say much positive about this show. By the standards I hold today, what I remember of the film is notably poor. I did get a special promotional card when I saw it in the cinema though, so all was not lost.
Voices of a Distant Star (OAV) Masterpiece Easily the greatest short film I have eve seen. The amount of emotional power packed into its 25 minute running time is staggering when you watch it a second time. Simple, tragic and highly moving.
Rumbling Hearts (TV) So-so Dramatic and ultimately bittersweet it may be, but just not my sort of romance scenario. The premise of the story being a love triangle resulted in it not quite hitting the spot. Narumi had to choose one girl or the other, so a good deal of the tenderness amounted to nothing.
Now and Then, Here and There (TV) Bloody, tearjerking and bleak are not words I'd particularly use to describe this, contrary to some. The moral stance of the show, along with the narrative, is straightforward, and Lala-ru's character is never fully explained. As a stories of war and exploitation go however, this is a strong and occasionally heartpounding piece.
Eureka Seven (TV) At its core, this "westernised" series depicts a simple yet highly developed love story elongated substantially by assorted setbacks. Although situated amidst a bizarre fantastical setting that draws perhaps a little too much attention to itself, it remains emotionally credible, and is definitely satisfying at times.
Patlabor: The Movie Very good As unfolding mysteries go, this one is hard to beat. The intricacy and intelligence of the antagonist's plan was compelling without being confusing, and the whole film polished off with Oshii's trademark combination of exposition and symbolism.
Orguss 02 (OAV) An ostensibly hotchpotch yet fully expounded fantasy environment sets the scene for a proficient narrative, compensating for a lack of flair with occasions of violence. In combining a self-contained sequence of events with an existing canon, those unfamiliar to Orguss are not put at a disadvantage.
Patlabor The Mobile Police: The New Files (OAV 2/1990) An idiosyncratic cast written into generally inconsequential plotlines results in an oddly endearing slice-of-life series for many a fan to escape to. Though not constant in its tone, this OVA contains some of the funniest moments I've encountered within the mecha genre.
Air (TV) An exquisite tearjerker. Luxuriant in its production values, and ultimately a thing of tragic beauty. Early arcs may contain inconsequential (yet still certainly meritworthy) drama -a later section being almost bland - but fans who appreciate a memorable and emotionally purging show are repaid plentifully.
Blue Gender (TV) An evolving plotline constructed out of various thrill rides produces a story which, whilst not a masterpiece or an originally-themed work, can still hold its own for entertainment value and encapsulation of the viewer.
New Dominion Tank Police (OAV) An acerebral set of episodes: Basic plotlines, uninspiring villains and plenty of police-related explosions. Still, the madcap antics of the Tank Police remain as oddly charming as ever.
Midori Days (TV) Decent Although the idea is original, the relationship between the main characters would have been better if the romance was reciprocated.
Macross Plus Movie Edition A suitably-condensed edit of the OVA. Only non-essential scenes were cut, and the CGI-laden additions enhance some later sequences somewhat.
Egao (special) A passable song, with a few of Shinkai's distinctive visuals. Not really special, but not unpleasant.
Banner of the Stars (TV) So-so A love story on near permanent hiatus. Though I have nothing against large scale space battles per se, the golden moments Jinto and Lafiel shared needed a greater emphasis, even though they consisted of little more than choice exchanges of words.
Other Worlds (movie) A little short and vague for any substantial judgement to be made here. The imagery is there, but not until She and her Cat does Shinkai's style really begin to blossom.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack (movie) A great rivalry of animated science fiction becomes a tarnished one, thanks to its final chapter. The film's few directional merits are lifted from 0079, leaving an unengaging conflict and mediocre characterisations as its sole contributions to the franchise.
Neo-Tokyo (movie) Very good A fantasia. A triad of contrasting yet mutually supportive works, each one contributing to a magical mixture of surrealism, horror and enchantment. For arthouse, this may not be surpassable.
Time of Eve (ONA) Pale Cocoon was lumbered by its coldness, but the director's following experiment is laudable for the slight-yet-significant warmth developing between distanced characters. Satisfaction comes easier to the viewer here, provided the hints and implications of the finale are given due contemplation.
Air (movie)
Appleseed (OAV)
Bubblegum Crash (OAV)
Bubblegum Crisis (OAV)
Children Who Chase Lost Voices (movie)
Dimension Bomb (movie)
Dirty Pair (TV)
Gala (movie)
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo (TV)
(The) Garden of Words (movie)
Genius Party (movie)
Kaiba (TV)
Kids on the Slope (TV)
Mardock Scramble: The First Compression (movie)
Martian Successor Nadesico (TV)
Mini Pato (movie)
Mitsudomoe (TV)
Moondrive (movie)
NieA_7 (TV)
Ocean Waves (special)
Only Yesterday (movie)
Patlabor WXIII (movie 3) Very good
Project A-Ko (movie)
Redline (movie)
Robot Carnival (OAV)
Roujin Z (OAV)
She and Her Cat -Everything Flows- (TV)
Sound of the Sky (TV)
Submarine 707R (OAV)
Teekyū (TV)
Teekyū (TV 2)
Teekyū (TV 3)
Tojin Kit (movie)
Wakako-zake (TV)
Wanwa the Puppy (movie)
Wolf Children (movie)
You're Under Arrest (OAV)
You're Under Arrest Specials
You're Under Arrest: The Motion Picture
Your Lie in April (TV)