dtm42's Anime

Some titles here are in limbo; I'll never finish them, but I will probably never put them in "Will Not Finish" either.

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Absolute Duo (TV) Awful
One episode.

I struggle to come to terms with how such an appallingly bad story got a seven-figure sum of money spent on it. Surely otaku aren't dumb enough to actually buy this, are they? Wait, don't answer that . . . . . .

Aldnoah.Zero (TV) Awful
Dreadful. I just wish Urobuchi had stayed completely out of this because it tarnishes his name.
Aldnoah.Zero (TV 2) Awful
Three episodes.

The show is too painful to continue with. Yes, the third episode was much better than the previous two, but still not anywhere near good enough to make the show tolerable.

Ladies versus Butlers! (TV) Awful
Three episodes.

If you don't like boobs and raunchy fanservice then there's nothing for you here.

Psycho-Pass 2 (TV) Awful
It's got some good ideas and Akane is awesome, so it isn't a total wash. But otherwise this clusterf*ck of a sequel is so goddamn atrocious I would rather pretend that it doesn't exist.
Gundam Reconguista in G (TV) Bad
One episode.

Oh Tomino, whatever will we do with you.

Hi-sCool! Seha Girls (TV) Bad
One episode.

An unfunny and badly animated ode to Sega's glory days. The end.

Linebarrels of Iron (TV) Bad
Four episodes.

I appreciate that they tried to go in a different direction than other mecha shows, and I don't think (at least in principle) that it's wrong to have this sort of protagonist. But the simple fact is that their ambition far exceeded their competence, and all that we're left with is a mostly-unwatchable mess.

Unlimited Fafnir (TV) Bad
One episode.

So not quite as terrible as Infinite Stratos, but that's the best I can say about it.

Although, I did get a lot of laughs at the CGI's expense. If it's that bad in the first episode, I can only imagine how awful it will be later on.

World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman (TV) Bad
One episode.

"You're devaluing women", says the male lead when chiding a girl. Oh my, that's too funny coming from a misogynistic show like this one.

Blue Submarine No.6 (OAV) Weak
(The) Fruit of Grisaia (TV) Weak
Eight episodes.

Typical dating sim game adaptation, except with wonky pacing. The show was too slow to begin and yet, when closing out the girls' respective arcs, the resolution was far too hurried. This really needed to be a two-cour series, which would have allowed all the girls to really shine and be fleshed out.

This show is not total dreck however. There were some genuinely good scenes here and there. The dialogue was snappy at times. There was character development and time was taken to do introspective and emotional scenes. But the writing - overall - was poor, keeping the characters from being truly fleshed out and relying too much on plot developments that were always disappointing and clumsily handled.

Ultimately, the story had potential but squandered it, rendering the show as just another weak VN adaptation.

Girl Friend BETA (TV) Weak
One episode.

You know the "cute-girls-doing-cute-things" type of shows that pop up every season? Well this show is not one of them. It is instead one of the much rarer "cute-girls-doing-nothing-but-acting-cute" type of shows. Seriously, there's no real conflict to speak of, no drama, no plot. There's barely even any humour, and I certainly didn't find it charming or endearing. All it has to offer is just busty girls with overly cutesy voices who are unnaturally happy and friendly towards one another. I like an ample chest and a wide pair of hips as much as any guy. But there's literally no other reason to watch this show but to ogle the characters and admire how cute they are . . . and that's not okay.

KanColle (TV) Weak
One episode.

No world-building. No explanation. No logic. And no personalities for the characters besides one-note assignments like "the genki", "the quiet", "the clumsy", "the calm", et cetera. If you're a fan of the original game, or at least don't see anything wrong with poorly-trained teenage girls defending Earth by fighting laughable naval battles in their school uniforms (hey, at least they wear sailor outfits, hah hah) modified with pathetically tiny guns, then this show is for you. Everyone else should pass because this show is dumb. Earnest, but dumb.

As an aside, this show is but one example of how, recently, Japan has been fetishising its World War 2 history and military. That's really creepy

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal (TV 2014) Weak
Eleven episodes.

They dun goofed. Let's count the ways. Poor to sometimes non-existent character development. Mercury, Mars and Jupiter become practically irrelevant after their respective intro episodes, not only in terms of plot and in battle prowess too. A loudly exclaimed feminist message that is undermined by Tuxedo Mask constantly rescuing Usagi (including TWICE in two minutes in episode eight), and also by the other four girls being paired up with the four generals. Boring battles. Horrible CG transformation sequences. Poor quality control e.g. for characters staying on-model. Colouring issues, for crying out loud. And probably the biggest issue of all; a complete lack of charm. The original Sailor Moon series may have aged badly in terms of visuals and sound quality but it still exudes a charm that can put a smile on the face. This new series however is practically lifeless and is sorely lacking in passion.

Perhaps I should have stuck around for the next arc to see if it is any better but the show has more than worn out its welcome. It was billed as being faithful to the manga so I decided to check it out and see what all the fuss was about with this legendary franchise. That's why I stuck with it even though I wanted to drop it at multiple points, especially after the frankly atrocious episode eight. In fact, looking back I probably wouldn't have made it past episode three had this show not possessed the "Sailor Moon" moniker. So me dropping it has been a long time coming. It's entirely possible that if the next arc gets rave reviews I could come back. But given how badly written the show has been up to now I highly doubt that will be the case. Instead of a new arc what they really need to achieve a blank slate is a new production team.

S.A (TV) Weak
One episode.

Was this supposed to be a comedy? I ask that because I didn't find at all amusing, and in fact if anything it was downright tedious.

Tales of the Abyss (TV) Weak
One episode.

Started with boring and cliched opening narration followed by a godawful two-minute-ten-second-long opening theme. Goodness gracious. Then we got introduced to the painfully cliched happy-go-lucky cocksure shounen hero archetype who grates on my nerves with every line he speaks, and then a scene immediately happens with a minor character which is just an excuse to shove ultra-clunky expository dialogue on us (get used to this, because it features often in this episode). Straight after, before we've even had time to breathe or get to know anyone, the stock good-natured best friend character (who is implied to have homosexual feelings for the main character) and the stock princess fiancee (who is obsessed with the hated "forgotten childhood promise" cliche) both make an appearance. And then we learn that the hero has amnesia and oh my god I cannot go on or I'll slit my wrists.

I did eventually finish the episode (wrists intact) by watching it straight before bed when I was too tired to care any more. It's not awful, just so reliant on cliches and so steadfastly by-the-numbers that any guy familiar with the genre could have written this (dialogue, setting, plot, characters and all) inside a day. I'm not just saying that, I mean it literally. The show has zero energy to it, there's no attempt to do anything good or new or exciting, and even the art, animation and music are all barely passable. There are so many other good series out there, don't even gives this one the time of day.

(The) Testament of Sister New Devil (TV) Weak
Three episodes.

Basara is no milquetoast, Maria is fun to watch, and I do appreciate the central theme of family and the attempts to have meaningful character development. Er, that's all very well and good, but the show is still stupid and poorly-written. And Mio is all over the place as a character, like no-one on the staff had a clear idea at what her personality was supposed to actually be. Finally, the story is still tied down by its ecchi-harem roots, which - in the hands of this director and screenwriter - really limits where it can go and what it can do. I give the show props for trying, but effort alone is meaningless if the payoff is insufficient.

Trinity Seven (TV) Weak
Two episodes and approximately the first third of episode three.

I give the lead guy props for not being a total wuss; he still irks me a little but at least he's watchable. And the plot - such as it is - does have potential. Like, there's a kernel of an interesting mystery here. But on the downside, this show has troubles on multiple fronts. Its tone is uneven and distracting, its editing is poor, there are massive cliches everywhere (oh hey, another show featuring a mage academy), and most of the girls (if not all of them) just aren't believable in their roles. The only thing the show really offers that is actually any good is fanservice, although even then you'll have to wait till the uncensored home video release to see the good bits.

Wolf Girl & Black Prince (TV) Weak
Two episodes.

I really don't like any of the characters so that's (mostly) why I'm dropping it. There's no-one here I can sympathise with or root for, they're all vapid and horrible. The show should be renamed "Unhealthy Abusive Relationships: The Anime".

Aura Battler Dunbine (TV) Not really good
Three episodes.

Although it has quite a few issues, what sinks Aura Battler Dunbine more than anything else is the direction. I mean, the premise is alright, the plot itself isn't bad, and the characters do their best under the circumstances. The insect-like mecha designs look weird but they're otherwise fine, all things considered. But what cannot be forgiven or excused or overlooked is Tomino's direction, which is absolutely dreadful even by the low standards of the era. In Dunbine he's written a decent story; there's no doubt in my mind that this is his baby and that he cares a lot about it. However his presentation of that story is appallingly bad, almost unwatchably so.

Consider this a generous rating.

Celestial Method (TV) Not really good
Three episodes.

Tries too hard; boringly slow; overly-predictable; poorly-realised characters. Then the third episode rolled around. I got so tired of how trite it was that I spent the episode skipping scene after scene. After it finished it was clear to me that I should just drop it rather than forcing myself to watch it.

A Good Librarian Like A Good Shepherd (TV) Not really good
One episode.

Boring and bland lead boy? Check. Earnest, innocent, well-endowed lead girl? Check. Pervy best friend to the lead boy who has analysed the attractiveness of all the girls? Check. Straight-laced, serious and sporty best friend to the lead girl? Check. And I could go on and on and on, from the ridiculously-sized academy to the mysterious past to the practically obligatory boob-grab scene. This show isn't offensive, it's just really derivative and crap.

Inou Battle Within Everyday Life (TV) Not really good
Laughing Under the Clouds (TV) Not really good
One episode.

Although there are hints of a serious plot which will undoubtedly surface with time, what we got this episode was cringe-inducing goofiness combined with unnatural dialogue and notably poor exposition. I am not in the mood (nor do I even have the time) to sit around waiting for it to get half-way decent, assuming it even will.

Magic Kaito 1412 (TV) Not really good
One episode.

This show's juvenile tone made the episode a chore to slog through, and the pathetic Scooby Doo-level magic was disappointing and cheapened the experience. Pass.

Military! (TV) Not really good
Two episodes.

Too hyperactive and dumb for me, and I didn't find it funny, though at least it wasn't boring.

Terror in Resonance (TV) Not really good
Tide-Line Blue (TV) Not really good
Two episodes.

Both Teen and Keel are awful characters for this type of show, although it's hard to know what type the show even is supposed to be. That's because it is all over the place tonally. It is possible to integrate slapstick comedy with serious drama, but it's not easy and the writing needs to be at the top of its game. The writing in this show however was of poor quality, though admittedly there was some "promise to the premise", to turn a phrase.

Turn A Gundam (TV) Not really good
Nine episodes.

Tomino is extremely lucky that Gundam became the huge juggernaut that it did, because its success has covered up the fact that he can't write or direct worth a damn.

World Trigger (TV) Not really good
Two episodes.

A poor adaptation of what is already a weak and generic story. There are a lot of anime in the superpowered-teens-fight-aliens-from-another-dimension sub-genre, and many of them are better than this. So don't waste your time here.

xxxHOLiC (TV) Not really good
One episode.

It tries to be funny but the comedy is painful, with Kimihiro's antics being irritating rather than endearing. It tries to be atmospheric and moody but the effect is ruined because the main characters look like noodles. It tries to say insightful and meaningful things about destiny, circumstance and choice, but instead spouts pretentious and logically unsound BS at us. And it tries to make Yuuko into this powerful and mysterious and (other)worldly presence, but she just comes across as a pathetic scam artist who - pun unintended - blows smoke up up her own arse.

So no thanks, I'd rather not sit through this torture session. And CLAMP, get your act together already. Remember when you could actually write something worth a damn?

Denki-Gai (TV) So-so
Two episodes.

Has a quieter tone than most ecchi-moe comedies - perhaps it was the way the BGM was used? - and some of the jokes did actually work. But the characters were too over the top, the humour frequently strayed into skeevy territory and really the show didn't add anything to an already crowded genre.

Lord Marksman and Vanadis (TV) So-so
Mujin Wakusei Survive (TV) So-so
Three episodes.

Some children's shows are fun even for adults, while others should only be watched by youngsters. This title is in the latter category. The setting and premise are definitely pretty cool and unusually mature for a children's show, but the writing itself is clearly aimed at pre-teens.

Murder Princess (OAV) So-so
Two episodes.

There's some good character development in here, and the interaction between the two female leads is the OVA's greatest strength. If only the rest of the story wasn't so utterly stupid and incongruous, this would have been a much stronger title.

Orenchi no Furo Jijō (TV) So-so
Three episodes.

Um, no. The humour is weak and the show mainly trades on shounen-ai vibes.

Over Drive (TV) So-so
Three episodes.

Strange show that is difficult to classify. In many areas it's painfully generic and cliched, yet it also has wacky elements that border on the plain weird. The comedy did nothing for me and the lead guy is too shaky in his characterisation to make me care. But I do have to give the show props for having a memorable and complex female lead who is more than just a love interest or fanservice vehicle (though she's those things too). Overall however, it just isn't a well-written or engaging story, and it leans too heavily on zany elements.

Panzer World Galient (TV) So-so
Not bad for 1984, but everyone in this show - except for Hilmuka - is an utter moron. At least the villain had an interesting and thought-provoking motive (hah; pun very much intended).
Rocket Girls (TV) So-so
As flawed as the show is, it's just impossible to hate. The characters are the real strength here, and hold it up where it otherwise would have failed.
Terraformars (TV) So-so
Six episodes.

This could prove itself to be a fairly popular show. It is similar in plot to Attack on Titan, where instead of humanity cowering behind a wall they are protected by the vastness of space, and in both cases their means of protection isn't quite large enough to offer true safety. Therefore the heroes - who have taken on the powers of their opponents - must sally forth to the humanoid enemy's territory to discover a means to fight back while battling intrigue and corruption from evil humans back home. So yeah, the groundwork for a megahit is there, and it might well achieve that.

But while Attack on Titan had many many problems, it was still interesting. True, it was extremely slow-paced, but it was rarely tedious. Terraformars on the other hand, despite all the blood and (censored) gore, despite the large variety of cool powers on display and the numerous battles between humanoid roaches versus insectoid humans, was just dull. Unexciting. Uninspiring. It was mind-numbing stuff; bland, banal and boring. As the show went on I found myself skipping through more and more of each episode, even the fight scenes. Now that's a fatality the show can't move on from.

Armored Trooper Votoms (TV) Decent
Gugure! Kokkuri-san (TV) Decent
Kohina is awesome but the show as a whole was only sporadically funny. I will say though that the jokes which did work were quite strong.
I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying (TV) Decent
Nobunaga Concerto (TV) Decent
Patlabor the Mobile Police (TV) Decent
Two episodes.

Its goofiness and all the slapstick content make it difficult to take seriously. I wasn't expecting Section 9 levels of professionalism but come on . . .

Anyway, it's not terrible but its not for me.

Sanzoku no Musume Ronja (TV) Decent
Two episodes.

It's alright, in that it is watchable and isn't bad, but it's nothing special.

Yuki Yuna is a Hero (TV) Decent
People can try and justify, explain or excuse the ending all they like but that doesn't change the fact that it was a major cop-out. Oh, those terribly tragic - yet emotionally moving - sacrifices the girls unwittingly (and in Karin's case, not so unwittingly) made? Oh, the universe waves its hand and all the girls get magically better for no reason other to have a feel-good ending. Don't get me wrong I don't like seeing girls suffer, but for eleven episodes there were valid and logical reasons for them to endure such trials. Their pain and distress were not only important to the plot, but utterly crucial for exploring the central themes of friendship, courage and heroism. Yet the writing threw all that away because of a pathetic fear of accepting the negative consequences of the scenario that the characters had been placed in. I've seen better endings in Saturday morning cartoons.
Ghost Stories (TV) Good
Gonna be the Twin-Tail!! (TV) Good
Hellsing Ultimate (OAV) Good
Hidamari Sketch (special) Good
In Search of the Lost Future (TV) Good
The high school friendship side of things was quite strong, and it was an emotionally moving story. But it did take a knock with dodgy (and confusingly messy) time travel mechanics, and the whole "fated death" nonsense was tiring and had no real business being in a science fiction show. But I enjoyed In Search of the Lost Future a lot more than its quality would suggest, mostly because I really cared about the characters. On entertainment value you can bump up the grade to an 8/10.
Patlabor WXIII (movie 3) Good
School Rumble (TV) Good
Seven episodes.

Well-directed and full of life and enthusiasm (I do like the dub), but it's not really my cup of tea so I'm dropping it now. Humour is such a strange thing.

Amagi Brilliant Park (TV) Very good
Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! (TV) Very good
Three episodes.

As a parody it works wonders; nothing is more disconcerting to see teenage boys spout lines too corny for even the most saccharine of magical girls shows. But the jokes that aren't directly related to the magical boy premise are a bit lacklustre, and the show is in real danger of getting stale. So I'm dropping it while I'm still enjoying it.

Hidamari Sketch (TV) Very good
Kaiba (TV) Very good
Kaiba was always a weird show. But it was good-weird in the first half, weird-weird for the next few episodes and bad-weird for the finale. The first half had powerful episodes with Kaiba exploring the unique memory mechanics and amazing universe. But more importantly he delved (literally) the hearts and lives of ordinary people, reminiscent of Kino's Journey. Unfortunately, when the story moved permanently to Issoudan to focus on the revolutionaries and Warp castoffs the show dived in quality. That doesn't mean it became bad, just that it went from exceptional to just good. What a pity.
Little Witch Academia (movie) Very good
One Off (OAV) Very good
One Week Friends (TV) Very good
Strawberry Marshmallow (TV) Very good
If Miu's obnoxiousness and presence had been toned down just a bit, this quirky slice-of-life comedy could well have been deserving of a rating one grade higher. As it is there's still a lot to like here, such as the calm relaxing tone and the absolutely moetastic girls. I found Matsuri - one of the most adorable characters to ever exist - to be a real treat to watch. And Nobue and her "gruff on the outside, sweet on the inside" routine was very endearing.

I wish the show was longer, because I really enjoyed it and didn't want to have to say goodbye to these characters. But nevertheless it was twelve episodes of bliss, and definitely is a standout entry in the "cute-girls-being-extremely-cute" sub-genre.

Survival Game Club! (TV) Very good
Quite uneven but overall it was very funny. The narrator and Momoka are both hilarious and carry the show, but all of the cast have their moments.
Yama no Susume Second Season (TV) Very good
Hikaru no Go (TV) Excellent
Fifty-nine episodes.
Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun (TV) Excellent
Zan Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei (TV) Excellent
Barakamon (TV) Masterpiece
Aishiteruze Baby (TV)
Azumanga Daioh (TV)
One episode.
Blassreiter (TV)
Bokura ga Ita (TV)
Casshern Sins (TV)
Code Geass: Akito the Exiled (OAV)
CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon (TV)
Daily Lives of High School Boys (TV)
Death Parade (TV)
Excel Saga (TV)
One episode.
Eyeshield 21 (TV)
Five episodes.
Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works (TV)
Full Moon o Sagashite (TV)
One episode.
Garo: Honoo no Kokuin (TV)
Gilgamesh (TV)
Gourmet Girl Graffiti (TV)
Gunbuster (OAV)
Hell Girl (TV)
Hidamari Sketch × 365 (TV)
Hidamari Sketch × Honeycomb (TV)
Hidamari Sketch × Hoshimittsu (TV)
Hidamari Sketch × Hoshimittsu (special)
His and Her Circumstances (TV)
One episode.
Kamisama Hajimemashita (TV 2)
Karas (OAV)
Three episodes.
Kurokami The Animation (TV)
Log Horizon (TV 2)
Looking Up At The Half-Moon (TV)
Lovely Complex (TV)
Maria the Virgin Witch (TV)
Mind Game (movie)
Mitsuwano (OAV)
Mobile Suit Gundam (TV)
Two episodes.
Mobile Suit Gundam Seed C.E.73: Stargazer (ONA)
Two episodes.
Monster (TV)
Eight episodes.
(The) Mysterious Cities of Gold (TV)
Nadia - The Secret of Blue Water (TV)
Three episodes.

The tone is juvenile, the plot is weak, Nadia's hippy attitude is annoying, and Jean is a nanpa stalker.

Now and Then, Here and There (TV)
Our Home's Fox Deity (TV)
Parasyte -the maxim- (TV)
R.O.D -The TV-
Rage of Bahamut: Genesis (TV)
Reideen (TV)
Revolutionary Girl Utena (TV)
RIN - Daughters of Mnemosyne (TV)
Rurouni Kenshin (TV)
Three episodes.
Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc (OAV)
Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend (TV)
Selector Spread Wixoss (TV)
(The) Seven Deadly Sins (TV)
Shirobako (TV)
Skip Beat! (TV)
One episode.
Solty Rei (TV)
Terraformars (OAV)
(The) Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye (TV)
Tokyo Ghoul (TV)
(The) Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk (TV)
(The) Tower of Druaga: the Sword of Uruk (TV)
Twin Spica (TV)
Yatterman Night (TV)
Yona of the Dawn (TV)
Your Lie in April (TV)
Yurikuma Arashi (TV)