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18if (TV) Decent
ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. (TV) Decent
Actually, I Am… (TV) Decent A mix of fuzzy & funny episodes and boring & annoying episodes.
After the Rain (TV) Decent
Ah! My Goddess (TV) Decent Really loses a lot in its adaptation from manga. Still decent and interesting for taking on an active relationship rather than it all being one giant lead-up to confession.
Ah! My Goddess: Flights of Fancy (TV) Decent More of the same, for better or worse but no child-Urd so clearly inferior.
Aho-Girl (TV) Decent
Ai Yori Aoshi (TV) Decent The core love story is strong and a nice change of pace for featuring characters who are at least of college age, but the side characters are more often annoying than amusing making the whole humor aspect of the show fall pretty flat.
Ai Yori Aoshi ~Enishi~ (TV) Decent Like the first series it's sort of annoying when trying to be funny but good when being heartfelt. Sadly doesn't move the main romance forward.
Akikan! (TV) Awful CAN you believe I finished this series? It can't seem to decide if it's romantic comedy, action series, or a parody of romantic comedies and action series.
Alderamin on the Sky (TV) Decent Most of the fun comes from military tactics and mind games but the main duo are both well developed and interesting characters that create some of the show's best moments. Sadly, the rest of the cast is a bit neglected and spends too much time being too dry and too dull.
Alice & Zoroku (TV) Very good
Amagami SS (TV) Decent
Amagami SS+ (TV) Decent
Amagi Brilliant Park (TV) Weak
Amanchu! (TV) Decent
Amanchu! Advance (TV) Decent
(The) Ancient Magus' Bride (TV) Decent
And you thought there is never a girl online? (TV) Decent A show that isn't afraid to let its generic elements get completely in the way of its good ideas, though it's a very good show for those moments when they get to take the spotlight. The ogling camera angles are really forced and aren't even half as exciting as they'd need to be to pay off.
Angel Beats! (TV) Very good Awkward mood shifts and ham-handed melodrama are amply made up for by an excellent sense of humor, some amazing visuals and decent action sequences.
Angel Tales (TV) Awful Holds the distinction of being the only show I've watched where I was hoping for the main character to hook up with a goldfish. This aside, the show is rarely funny and instead spends its time being just plain boring.
Anne-Happy (TV) Decent Can be genuinely funny, when it bothers to fully capitalize on its concepts. Can be genuinely touching, when it bothers to be honest and straightforward. Yet, it spends most of its time in some awkward middle ground that isn't all that effective at anything.
Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon (TV) Weak A reasonably likable but not terribly interesting core cast suffers through a setting that's dark seemingly only so it can be dark, without any meaning (however thin) behind it. Weak antagonists.
AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across the Blue (TV) Decent A competent sports anime for a made up sport. The lack of any romance or ecchi is a surprise, considering the source, but not a problem since the characters and competition make the show enjoyable on their own.
(The) Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water (TV) Decent Typical, but the main romantic relationship is pretty well done and the action sequences are effective.
Azumanga Daioh (TV) Decent Sometimes charming, but sometimes obnoxious. Very hit or miss with the humor overall. Suffers from an overall flatness to its delivery, but the base material is strong enough not to let this ruin it.
B Gata H Kei - Yamada’s First Time (TV) Good (sub), Very good (dub) Perpetually perverted and awkward and hilarious with a great supporting cast and a good character arc for its horny protagonist.
Baccano! (TV) Very good A large, entertaining cast that gets fleshed out surprisingly well considering the size of it. The complicated storytelling grew on me.
Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts (TV) Decent
Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts 2 (TV) Decent
Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts OVA Decent
Bakuon!! (TV) Very good
Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation (TV) Decent A sentimental series that boldly proclaims it is not just disposable sentimentality, but fails to prove it. Disposable sentimentality. The titular character and her relationship with the main character is reasonably interesting, though.
Birdy the Mighty Decode: The Cipher (OAV) Decent No better or worse than the rest of the series.
Birdy the Mighty Decode:02 (TV) Decent Does very little to push the overall story forward and feels a bit like distraction. The arc presented also undermines Birdy as a character, which is a shame, especially considering the one thing the arc does do is add some backstory to show's heroine. Some pretty sketchy quality at times, too.
Birdy the Mighty: Decode (TV) Decent Good lead characters dragged down by unfocused storytelling containing too many extraneous elements and side plots. The whole idol thing just feels like a waste of time, for example.
Black Lagoon (TV) Decent
Blend S (TV) Decent
Blood Blockade Battlefront (TV) Very good Fun and eclectic. Wonderful and inventive direction.
Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond (TV) Decent
Castle in the Sky (movie) Decent Didn't end up capturing my imagination. It wasn't awful, but I never got really invested. The titular Castle in the Sky itself is pretty cool for the small bit we actually see it.
Cat Planet Cuties (TV) Decent Tries to do a lot of things and succeeds almost exactly half of the time. The humor is very good and the sci fi elements are clever, but the action sequences are ruined by weak presentation and the romantic elements get undermined by how lame our protagonist is.
Cat Planet Cuties (OAV) Very good An episode that focuses entirely on two things the show does well: nudity & comedy.
A Centaur's Life (TV) Very good
Chaos;HEAd (TV) Weak Another VN adaptation where the routes were apparently mashed together to the great detriment of the overall storyline, which now no longer really adds up to anything. (Reviewer's Note: Don't watch a horror series while curled up in pain from food poisoning.)
Charlotte (TV 2015) Weak A show that's good when the main character and his primary love interest are talking to each and at virtually no other time. Sadly, there's a lot of this 'other time' filled with repeating jokes that were never funny, half-baked characters, and dull storytelling.
Chivalry of a Failed Knight (TV) Decent
Chobits (TV) Weak Amusing but at the same time the overarching story has so many problems it's hard not to take notice of all the times it fails to make sense.
Classroom of the Elite (TV) Weak
CODE-E (TV) Decent A serviceable, if unremarkable, romcom.
Comet Lucifer (TV) Weak A painfully generic 24 episode story crammed into 12 episodes, but with some good mecha fights here and there when it's not leaving livestock abandoned to the elements.
Comic Girls (TV) Decent
Concrete Revolutio (TV) Very good A clever mashup of anime tropes/genres that explores their significance in a more realistic/cynical fashion.
Concrete Revolutio: The Last Song (TV 2) Weak A confusing disappointment. Every single aspect of the show suffers from what appears to be an unfortunate but intentional shift in style after the appeals of the first season proved pretty niche. If the first season was niche, I can't imagine how small the pool of people who would now like the show as a whole would be, given how different the second half is.
Cowboy Bebop (TV) Very good A strong core story but very mixed results among the side stories. Amazing soundtrack.
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie Very good Essentially an extended side episode, but easily one of the best in the series.
Crossing Time (TV) Very good
D-Frag! (TV) Decent
Dagashi Kashi (TV) Decent Funny, educational, and cozy but not that funny, educational, or cozy. Story plays at going places at times but never really does.
Daily Lives of High School Boys (TV) Very good
Dance in the Vampire Bund (TV) Decent An interesting take on modern vampires that's sadly just a bit off on its delivery thanks to Mina's weaker moments being just plain too weak and not really getting very far in its story.
Date A Live (TV) Weak
Date A Live II (TV) Weak
Death Parade (TV) Decent Always interesting but it trips over its own feet trying to excel both emotionally and intellectually. The emotion gets lost in the overarching plot and clever storytelling, but the intellectual component never really acquires any depth or displays any great insight.
Denshin Mamotte Shugogetten (OAV) Weak More time to get the love story going, but it's completely wasted. Less annoying attempts at humor, but more boring monologues.
(The) Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (movie) Masterpiece (dub & sub) A turn for the serious that is pulled off spectacularly. Easily the highlight of the entire series. Excellent pacing.
Dragon Ball Z Kai (TV) Weak It's scary to think this is faster than the original anime adaptation of Dragon Ball Z - the fights already drag on longer than they should. The stilted gambit/counter-gambit fight style doesn't really hook me to begin with.
Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan (movie 8) Weak The main thing Brolly tested was the ability of the animators to make a man with an absurdly impractical physique move about credibly. I can't say I feel like they passed. Having an empty city to destroy was nice but it didn't really get used as well as it should have.
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' (movie) Decent The humor and the giant fight against the reconstructed Frieza force were easily the best part. Also, some really neat aerial dodging in the fight against Frieza himself.
Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might (movie 3) Weak This entry in the DBZ movie line just felt pretty aimless to me. There were a lot of moving parts but it somehow added up to even less than things normally add up to in DBZland.
Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon (movie 13) Decent The characters being goofballs was the main highlight. The actual combat wasn't all that interesting.
Eden of the East (TV) Very good Enjoyed the thriller-style storytelling, the cast, and the willingness to tackle and interesting subject.
Eden of the East: Paradise Lost (movie) Very good Does a good job of wrapping up the story in a sufficiently satisfying way.
Eden of the East: The King of Eden (movie) Very good The same strengths and weaknesses as the show, just now in movie form.
Engaged to the Unidentified (TV) Decent
ERASED (TV) Weak Focused on delivering maximum drama at the expensive of everything else. Heavy handed direction.
Eureka Seven (TV) Very good I really enjoyed the world building in this. Plus, all the main characters are likable, but flawed and multifaceted. Oh yeah, and mecha that surf on air.
Expelled from Paradise (movie) Very good Wonderful art style and energetic, well animated action sequences. Enough substance to hold it together, though not enough to write home about.
FLCL (OAV) Masterpiece To this day it's still my favorite coming-of-age story. Never a dull moment.
Flip Flappers (TV) Very good
Flying Witch (TV) Very good Calming characters drawn in calming colors used to tell calming stories at a calming pace. Maximum calm. Excellent sense of comedic timing though and captures plenty of magic & laughter to keep it from simply being dull.
Fortune Arterial (OAV) Decent A fun little addition to the main story.
Fortune Arterial: Akai Yakusoku (TV) Decent Enjoyable in its more slice of life moments, but suffers from a romance that's so coy as to be a little irritating.
Fruits Basket (TV) Decent A fun, likable cast with good story that gets dragged down by directly explaining the moral all the time.
Fullmetal Alchemist (TV) Decent A show that tries for humor far more often than the clinically unfunny should. Plus, it starts to go off the rails and the well-crafted world lore gets mangled once the anime shoots past where the manga was and starts writing anime-original storyline. At the very least, it's always interesting.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (TV) Decent Ironically, I feel like FMA Brotherhood actually portrays brotherhood worse than the original FMA. The storytelling is slower than it should be for the amount of depth present. Boring villains create a boring overarching story. However, the art is great and the fight sequences fantastic.
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie - Conqueror of Shamballa Weak Ties up the loose end created by FMA's anime-original ending, which was full of bad ideas. So, it's a movie made entirely of those bad ideas. As a bonus, they throw in some truly stupid character developments and terrible new villain.
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (movie) Very good There's a little bit of a story here but it's mostly action sequences. As a side story to Brotherhood this is a good thing that plays to the strengths of that version. It's kind of sad this is the best part of FMA for me but there's no doubt it was.
Gabriel DropOut (TV) Very good
Garakowa -Restore the World- (movie) Very good Careful and effective use of music, combined with a unique aesthetic and music video style storytelling. The story is middle of the road, but the journey is excellent.
GATE (TV) Weak Frustratingly dumb military fantasy fulfillment.
Gekijōban Date A Live: Mayuri Judgment (movie) Weak
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (TV) Masterpiece A detailed and investigative depiction of a future world even more connected than today where every new innovation is a double-edged sword once put in the hands of people who are as hedonistic and ambitious as they ever were.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG (TV) Masterpiece The 2nd Gig is an even trade-off. You gain a more focused experience with less stand alone episodes and a tighter thematic core, but you lose some of the big picture about how the technological advances depicted in the GitS world has shaped it and the everyday lives of the people within.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society (movie) Very good Suffers a bit from some attempts at Hollywood-style cool and for trying to cram two big ideas in to one small movie, but still a good watch.
Ghost Stories (TV) Decent The English dub for this is a unique experience but relies too hard on trying to shock and is often too moment-to-moment to build larger, funnier jokes. It's still sometimes hilarious though. Very hit or miss, overall.
Girl Friend BETA (TV) Weak Not quite charming. Not really funny. Not as boring as it might sound, but still not very interesting, either.
(The) Girl Who Leapt Through Time (movie) Very good A movie which features a girl in a typical anime-length skirt jumping off of high objects with no panty shots. Somehow, I feel like this fact alone should sell the quality of the film but it's also natural, well-paced and touching.
Girlish Number (TV) Weak
Girls und Panzer (TV) Very good
Girls und Panzer der Film (movie) Masterpiece
Girls und Panzer: This is the Real Anzio Battle! (OAV) Very good
GJ Club (TV) Decent The friendly teasing of the series works great, but its attempts at larger gags often fall short. The series ends up feeling a little awkward.
GJ [email protected] (special) Decent
Golden Time (TV) Decent
Gonna be the Twin-Tail!! (TV) Very good That the show manages to get even more ridiculous each episode, after starting out as ridiculous as it does, without completely falling apart into incoherence is notable. Also, it's hilarious.
A Good Librarian Like a Good Shepherd (TV) Decent What seems like it was probably a good story suffering from a case of VN adaptation woes. The show is cheery and its characters likable, but devoid of clear romantic direction and each of the characters is only sort of fleshed out.
Good Luck! Ninomiya-kun (TV) Weak The little comedic side-stories they used at the beginning of episodes and the dance number in the ED were the strongest parts of the show. Otherwise, it was an action/romance/ecchi/comedy that wasn't exciting/romantic/erotic/funny.
(The) Great Passage (TV) Decent
Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions (TV) Very good Styled as sort of slice-of-life-and-death. Brutal, personal combat. Drop dead gorgeous, despite some weak animation at points.
Grimoire of Zero (TV) Weak
Gurren Lagann (TV) Decent I wanted to like Gurren Lagann more than I did, and I probably should have. It's an energetic and always treading new ground. The problem is the humor component of the show is just so important to the overall experience and it didn't click. I didn't find myself enjoying the moments of earnest drama as much as I should have, either.
Haibane Renmei (TV) Masterpiece
Hanayamata (TV) Weak Zero full yosakoi performances - the intro is the best performance you're going to get. 90% poorly executed melodrama by volume.
Hand Shakers (TV) Weak
Harlock: Space Pirate (movie) Decent The running theme of illusions was a nice touch, plus some nice action sequences. Also contains the most ridiculous fan service scene I've ever watched.
Harukana Receive (TV) Decent
Heaven's Lost Property (TV) Awful Sure the main character claims to what a quiet life but apparently what "quiet life" means to him is a life of peeping and sexual assault. The despicable protagonist wouldn't have been so bad if the show kept its tongue firmly in its cheek, but one is apparently expected to sometimes take this guy seriously.
Heaven's Lost Property Forte (TV) Awful And I kept watching it? It should be noted at this point that I was still drinking back when I watched this.
Heaven's Lost Property: Project Pink (OAV) Awful It's not even funny! Arg!
Heavy Object (TV) Decent Fan service starts out obnoxious but gets better as the series goes on, despite remaining completely superfluous. Good at delivering problems with technical solutions but bad at delivering visceral enjoyment.
Hello!! KINMOZA (TV) Decent It wants to be warm and funny, with more emphasis on the warm than normal, but with the critical flaw of how forced the warmth feels.
Hidamari Sketch (TV) Very good
Hidamari Sketch (special) Very good
Hidamari Sketch × 365 (TV) Very good
Hidamari Sketch × 365 (special) Very good
Hidamari Sketch × Honeycomb (TV) Very good
Hidamari Sketch × Hoshimittsu (TV) Very good
Hidamari Sketch × Hoshimittsu (special) Very good
Hidamari Sketch × SP (special) Very good
Hidamari Sketch: Sae/Hiro Sotsugyō-hen (OAV) Very good
High School Fleet (TV) Decent Doesn't completely pull off either of its two disparate elements: slice of life and naval warfare. The slice of life elements fall almost completely on their face - the characters simply aren't given enough development to care and the jokes mostly fall flat. The naval warfare is pretty good, except for a few details here and there.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei (OAV) Masterpiece While the two comedy episodes are a mixed bag, the 3-episode Dice Killing Chapter is my favorite Higurashi arc.
Higurashi no Naku Koroni Gaiden Nekogoroshi-hen (OAV) Decent A mediocre side-story. It's more fun with the characters but ultimately forgettable.
Higurashi no Naku Koroni Kai (TV) Very good There's always that risk in any mystery of the answers being disappointing when they finally have to come. Higurashi doesn't fall on its face and ends on a successful note but its resolution is noticeably weaker than its initial mystery-building.
HIMOTE HOUSE: A share house of super psychic girls (TV) Very good
Hitori no Shita - the outcast (TV) Decent Somehow perpetually low energy despite all the combat. Flat delivery on everything. Kind of charming somehow.
How Clumsy you are, Miss Ueno (TV) Decent
Howl's Moving Castle (movie) Decent A bit of a mess. The narrative never comes together quite like it should and the themes seem murky at best. It just feels like it took too much on.
Humanity Has Declined (TV) Masterpiece
I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying (TV) Very good A show about an already active, adult relationship! And it's funny!
I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying: 2nd Thread (TV 2) Very good Bowling! Sabinuki's backstory! Baby names!
I couldn't become a hero, so I reluctantly decided to get a job. (TV) Decent Likable cast. Some really nice animation at points (and awful animation at others). The concept is really fun but the poorly executed ecchi elements take time away from the show's strong suit (humor) and undermine what would be charming slice-of-life moments.
Ichigo 100% (TV) Decent Watching the characters work together for club activities was fun since unlike a lot of other club-based animes, this one actually does something. Plus, a bunch of random unique elements for a romcom. Another anime where its incompleteness harms it.
Ichigo 100% (special) Decent A few good moments between the leads in this make it worthwhile.
Ichigo 100% (OAV) Decent Worth it to see the main character actually do the right thing for once and for one really weird film project.
If Her Flag Breaks (TV) Decent Warm and fuzzy but only sometimes funny. Comes to a very abrupt ending.
Interviews with Monster Girls (TV) Very good
Inuyashiki Last Hero (TV) Decent
Invaders of the Rokujyōma!? (TV) Decent
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (TV) Very good A series with unusually well-behaved harem members and sane handling of awkward situations. Well done fight scenes and a great sense of adventure.
Is the order a rabbit? (TV) Decent
Is the order a rabbit?? (TV 2) Decent
Jinsei - Life Consulting (TV) Decent The show's weird combination of conversational humor and madcap comedy usually works out well whenever it doesn't try to spice it up with sex. Sadly, this is common occurrence throughout the show.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (TV) Weak Lots of pomp but no real substance. The sheer ridiculousness isn't enough to save the stilted delivery of pretty much everything, though it hurts the most in the action sequences.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders (TV) Weak
Just Because! (TV) Decent
K-ON! (TV) Masterpiece (dub & sub) Practically friendship-in-a-box. Not always laugh-out-loud funny but consistently amusing.
K-ON! (movie) Excellent (dub), Masterpiece (sub) K-On! in movie form. Sadly, despite the English dub being very good it can't recapture the humor of the original Japanese dub thanks to several English-as-second-language jokes.
K-ON!! (TV 2) Masterpiece (dub & sub) More K-On! Season 2 slows down the hands of time and the side stories are a lot of fun.
KADO - The Right Answer (TV) Decent
Kagewani (TV) Weak Uses an animation style that does a poor job of communicating action, then includes a lot of action. The real strength comes from its episode concepts, which are hit and miss. Sadly, the overarching concept ends up being a miss.
Kaguya-sama: Love is War (TV) Very good
Kaiju Girls (ONA) Weak
Kaiju Girls (TV 2) Decent
Kamisama Kazoku (TV) Decent Weird and interesting but misses the emotional mark.
Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens (TV) Decent What's actually here is very good with some inventive gags and well written characters. However the show is but a tiny slice of what is clearly meant to be a far longer story and one that doesn't seem to gain much from its animation, making it unsatisfying.
Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san (TV) Very good
(The) Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior (TV) Very good Charming, stylish and funny. The show bringing a wide range of ages together in its conversations and events is a highlight.
Keijo!!!!!!!! (TV) Decent
Kiddy Grade (TV) Weak In the early episodes of a series, it's common for a new element to come out of nowhere as a dramatic way of introducing them. Usually, this stops at some point because it becomes cheap to have every problem solved by some new random trick or ability the characters have, but that's exactly what Kiddy Grade does all the way through the end. A few neat ideas in there, though, which prevents me from completely hating it.
Kiitaro's yokai picture diary (TV) Decent
Kiki's Delivery Service (movie) Very good Worth the ride for the flight sequences alone, but it's charming throughout.
Killing Bites (TV) Weak
Kinmoza! Kiniro + Mosaic (TV) Decent The same ups and downs as the previous season, but the bonus of an amusing magical girl parody with Karen the villain.
Kiznaiver (TV) Very good Dazzling as a pure audiovisual experience. The story doesn't aim quite as high as it might initially appear, but it's still effective and interesting.
Kokkoku (TV) Decent
KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! 2 (TV) Very good
KonoSuba – God’s blessing on this wonderful world!! (TV) Very good Colorful and clever. Consistently funny and energetic.
Kyōran Kazoku Nikki (TV) Decent Really all over the place and interesting if only for how continuously bizarre it is. However, I found the humor missing far more than it hit and the periodic attempts at genuine drama mostly fall flat.
Ladies versus Butlers! (TV) Weak The scheming childhood friend is fun and it even manages to hit a legitimate emotional note here and there, but mostly it's just fanservice that's too forced to really enjoy.
Laid-Back Camp (TV) Very good
Lance N' Masques (TV) Awful Scores style points in a few key moments, but mostly comprises of unrelenting stupidity.
Land of the Lustrous (TV) Masterpiece
Last Exile (TV) Very good Airship combat with a delightfully technical and tactical bend to it.
Little Witch Academia (TV) Weak
(The) Lost Village (TV) Decent Supremely odd but clever in its own way. Sadly, due to its trollish nature, there's not much of a reason to return to it after you know what it's up to.
Love and Lies (TV) Weak
Love Hina (TV) Awful The heartwarming tale of a domestic abuser and her hapless victim. Then again, if a man has a choice between a violent, untrusting, emotionally unavailable woman and a loving, understanding, narcoleptic woman and he chooses the violent one maybe that's just what he's into. Annoys the crap out of me, though.
Love Hina Again (OAV) Awful You know things have gone wrong in a romcom when you're rooting for incest over the main character sticking with the main love interesting.
Love Hina Spring Special - I Wish Your Dream Awful Have you ever done so bad on a test you decided to run away to a remote island? Don't worry, it'll make sense after your girlfriend hits you in the head a sufficient number of times.
Love Hina X'mas Special - Silent Eve Weak A special in which Naru spends some time not being terrible, which is a fantastic change of pace.
Love is Like a Cocktail (TV) Decent
Love Lab (TV) Very good
Maburaho (TV) Decent Too many tired, generic elements to entirely make up for some really neat and unusual ones.
Made in Abyss (TV) Masterpiece
Magic of Stella (TV) Decent
Magical Somera-chan (TV) Very good Very much like Teekyū, just slowed down a little. However, it's almost as funny as giving the jokes more room makes more of them land.
Mahou Shoujo Nante Mouiidesukara. (TV) Weak Cute and the concept is funny, but the jokes get recycled a fair bit and its leisurely pace doesn't pay off.
Mamotte Shugogetten (TV) Weak Another case where it spends more time being annoying than funny, though Ruuan's animated objects can be pretty amusing at times. The core love story sadly gets just about nowhere.
Maria the Virgin Witch (TV) Masterpiece Theology, humanism and war forge a very solid story. The choice of the 100 Years' War as a setting was greatly appreciated as well as the distinctive art style.
Matoi the Sacred Slayer (TV) Decent
Mayo Chiki! (TV) Good (dub), Very good (sub) A well-meaning show with a surprising amount of heart and character depth to go along with all the skin.
Medaka Box (TV) Weak Mediocre when being a slice of life, awful when being a comedy, and an insufferable pile of bloviation when trying its hand at "action". Annoyingly, there's a few good idea buried in the rubble that prevent me from hating it completely.
(The) Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (TV) Masterpiece (dub & sub) Probably the smartest romcom I've ever had the privilege of watching. Fantastic direction and facial animation don't hurt either.
(The) Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (TV 2009 renewal) Masterpiece (dub & sub) Not only was a friend's description of The Endless Eight what originally attracted me to the Haruhi series, I can honestly say I thought it was a fantastic little experiment that showcases how much the details of presentation impact the feel of an episode.
Merc Storia: The Apathetic Boy and the Girl in a Bottle (TV) Decent
Metropolis (movie) Very good
Mikagura School Suite (TV) Decent A very strong beginning and ending dragged down by a disappointing middle. Lovable protagonist.
Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (TV) Decent
Miss Bernard said. (TV) Very good
Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid (TV) Decent
Mission-E (TV) Weak Takes Code-E in a more action-y direction, very poorly. The animation just can't stand up to the idea of quick movement, and the story is less compelling this time around.
Momokuri (ONA) Decent
Monster (TV) Decent The thriller/suspense elements are masterfully executed, but have the downside of crowding the emotional elements. The intellectual aspect never quite comes together.
Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun (TV) Very good Very funny. Only really hampered by the main couple being the blandest pairing in the series. Needed more Seo.
Ms. vampire who lives in my neighborhood (TV) Decent
Mushi-Shi (TV) Masterpiece A show able to fit depth and emotion into fairy tale style short stories. Also praiseworthy is the mellow, dreamlike presentation and the gradual fleshing out of an underlying philosophy tying the series together in lieu of an overarching storyline.
My Bride is a Mermaid (TV) Weak Almost more of a straight comedy than a romcom at times, which is almost a shame because the main relationship is solid but the gags are mostly misses.
My Hero Academia (TV) Weak A story that teaches the important lesson that you can be whatever you want to be, even if you aren't qualified, as long as someone else tells you it's OK. Also, typical irritating shounen combat pacing. The characters get better the less important they are.
My Love Story!! (TV) Weak Like a lot of romantic comedies, it relies heavily on recurring jokes but in this case I found myself loathing all of them. Also, the characters were so perfect as to actually irritate me.
My mental choices are completely interfering with my school romantic comedy (TV) Weak Too many misses on the humor front and the split personality theme on the characters just becomes an excuse to fit two flat tropes in to one character, rather than creating any real depth.
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU (TV) Weak
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! (TV) Weak
My Wife is the Student Council President (TV) Very good The relationship between the leads is great. The hijinks aren't quite as funny as they could be, which holds it back a touch.
Myriad Colors Phantom World (TV) Weak Always pretty but only sometimes interesting or genuine.
Mysterious Girlfriend X (TV) Very good Weird romances are the best romances. A really great supporting cast.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (movie) Very good Awesome antagonists on this one. Plus, giant monster crowd surfing.
Negima!? (TV) Very good Funny, stylish and even a few decent action sequences. Considering the size of the cast, it doesn't even do a terrible job fleshing out its characters.
Negima!? Spring OVA Decent Trying to give ever single character in the rather large Negima cast a notable moment in such a short span of time leads to both disappointing story and comedy. Swimsuits, though.
Negima!? Summer OVA Decent Visually fun (and more so than the Summer special), but again short on laughs and story. Like the other OVA, it's all over the place trying to give all the characters time, to its detriment.
Neon Genesis Evangelion (TV) Masterpiece I actually liked Shinji. I also liked Rain, Escape & Afterwards. Really, there's nothing of substance in this series that I didn't like.
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (movie) Masterpiece Very romantic. Recommended watch for first dates.
Nichijou - My Ordinary Life (TV) Masterpiece Hysterical and genuinely magical. Does an amazing job of capturing the everyday in a fantastic fashion. A standout example of how a soundtrack can enhance comedy.
Ninja Girl & Samurai Master (TV) Decent
Ninja Girl & Samurai Master 2nd (TV) Decent
Ninja Girl & Samurai Master 3rd (TV) Decent
Ninja Nonsense (TV) Weak
Nisekoi - False Love (TV) Decent Painfully generic harem show except for wonderful direction & production values which drag it all the way up to mediocrity.
Nisekoi: (TV 2) Decent Different in style to the first season, but maintains the show's big problem (it's generic and boring) and it's strong points (its direction and production quality).
Non Non Biyori (TV) Very good A visually pleasing taking on the rural life. Most importantly for a slice of life: Solid characters that build off of tropes instead of becoming devoured by them and interact in a wide variety of amusing fashions.
Non Non Biyori Repeat (TV) Very good A bit of a trade off compared to the first season. It has a snappier pace so the calming rural vibe isn't as present. The upshot is more room for gags. I call it an even trade.
Nyaruko: Crawling with Love! (TV) Weak
Nyaruko: Crawling with Love! (TV 2) Weak
Occultic;Nine (TV) Decent
Ōkami-san & Her Seven Companions (TV) Decent The titular heroine has the distinction of being one of the few tsunderes not to drive me crazy, plus I enjoy the theme of riffing on fairy tales. The downside is the main relationship doesn't get very far before the plug gets pulled.
One Punch Man (TV) Weak Gorgeous animation, but nothing to hold it together. The core concept leaves the battle sequences lacking tension, so you don't have the option of trying to take it all that seriously. Sadly, the humor didn't hit for me at all, especially with the parodies of trite anime tropes being so thin it really shouldn't count as parody and just as another instance of trite anime tropes.
One Room Second Season (TV) Decent
OneRoom (TV) Very good
Onihei (TV) Decent
Orange (TV) Weak Starts out with unearned sentimentality, gets better, and then finally ends up where it began. Burdened with weak side stories and awkward exposition. Ultimately comes across as a cheap and easily distracted take on serious subjects.
Our love has always been 10 centimeters apart. (TV) Decent
Overlord (TV) Weak Very dull. It has some interesting ideas but doesn't do anything with them despite taking its time getting anywhere in the story. The fights could have been a highlight but are mostly without any energy or impact, barring a few high points.
Ōya-san wa Shishunki! (TV) Decent Adorable but it suffers from using short episodes as its strengths aren't given enough time to play out.
Paranoia Agent (TV) Masterpiece Very cool use of filtering the visuals through the perspective of its various characters. The episodes are all clever and interesting.
(The) Perfect Insider (TV) Decent Character development, mystery, and philosophy come together and don't really blend well at all. None of the individual elements stand up on their own, either, leaving the show less than the sum of its parts.
Place to Place (TV) Decent
Planet With (TV) Decent
Please Teacher! (TV) Decent An overwrought romance. It brings in more elements that it has needs for and ultimately ends up tripping over them.
Please Teacher! (OAV) Decent On par with the rest of the show.
Please tell me! Galko-chan (TV) Very good Amusing and likable characters. The unique spin of focusing on conversations about more intimate topics works well.
Please Twins! (TV) Decent A romance series that would have been significantly better if things weren't always said twice. A romance series that would have been significantly better if things weren't always said twice.
Please Twins! (OAV) Weak One of the characters suddenly shifting personalities to be incredibly annoying drags this down.
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (movie) Decent Colorful and fun, even if the story is a ham fisted mess.
Pop Team Epic (TV) Weak
Porco Rosso (movie) Decent Gorgeous, but otherwise unimpressive - the story is fun but pretty hollow and the characters don't have much meat to them.
Princess Arete (movie) Decent Clever but a somewhat dull watch. Some pieces of the narrative feel like they don't really fit in.
Princess Mononoke (movie) Very good A darker, more cynical take on environmentalism made me enjoy it more than most pro-environment anime. The cast is memorable despite being large for a film.
Princess Principal (TV) Decent
Psycho-Pass (TV) Masterpiece Takes on weighty subject matter eloquently, save for a bit too much pretension. A fantastic character arc on the protagonist.
Psycho-Pass 2 (TV) Weak A massive step down from the first season in every regard excepting the OP. Most notably it makes precious little sense and the animation is frequently atrocious.
Punch Line (TV) Decent If Green Eggs and Ham happened because Dr. Seuss was bet he couldn't write a story using only 50 words, then I can only assume this anime happened because of a similar bet on making panty shots artistically important. A very pretty show with very pretty underwear. Sadly, as the puzzle pieces of the story come together the resulting picture isn't really all that compelling.
Rainbow Days (TV) Decent Charming and pleasant if frustratingly slow at times. Not much more to it than that, though.
Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace (TV) Masterpiece A magnificent and appropriately cynical carnival show of light mystery and horror but mostly delightful weirdness.
Re:CREATORS (TV) Decent
Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- (TV) Very good Effective, well written adventure. Makes great use of its core plot mechanism. High quality production across the board.
Read or Die (OAV) Very good Fantastic fight scenes and a crazy storyline that I consider a plus.
Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars (TV) Decent
Rewrite (TV) Weak Pacing and structural problems collide with weak production values to create a show that fails to deliver any emotional resonance or well-developed themes.
RIN-NE (TV) Decent Charming, low-key humor that's just not quite good enough to warrant ever wanting to come back.
RIN-NE 2 (TV 2) Decent
RIN-NE 3 (TV 3) Decent
(The) Rolling Girls (TV) Weak Pretty and colorful, but the series of short stories it tells aren't compelling or interesting and the main story tying them all together isn't either. Development of the main characters is severely hampered by all the detours as well.
Rosario + Vampire (TV) Decent Funny at times but none of the characters are quite as amusing or likable as they'd need to be for the show to stand out.
Rosario + Vampire Capu2 (TV) Decent Mostly on par with the first season, but a bit better overall for focusing on more meaningful storytelling.
Saga of Tanya the Evil (TV) Decent
Sagrada Reset (TV) Masterpiece
Save Me! Lollipop (TV) Awful Save Me! from this terrible show! And if you think that joke wasn't funny, then I assure you the jokes in the show are much worse. So much worse. But don't worry, the drama elements make up for it, by being even worse than the comedy.
School-Live! (TV) Masterpiece An charming and uplifting entry in the cute girls doing cute things genre.
Scorching Ping Pong Girls (TV) Decent
Sekkō Boys (TV) Weak Pretty hit or miss with the humor. Relies on repeating jokes more than 12 episode series of shorts should.
SENGOKUCHOJYUGIGA (TV) Very good
Servant × Service (TV) Very good A slice of life featuring adults in an office setting is a welcome change of pace. Amusing and just-intricate-enough interactions between the members of the main cast make for an enjoyable watch.
Sgt. Frog (TV) Very good (Caveat: Seen All only applies to episodes to receive official US release) A funny, hectic show.
She and Her Cat -Everything Flows- (TV) Very good Beautiful and minimalist. I almost wish there was more of it, but that would spoil the magic.
SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist (TV) Very good A raunchy but clever take on societal norms and regulations relating to sex. Even more surprising is how much genuine drama it contains when one might expect a pure spoof.
Shomin Sample (TV) Decent The relationship between serious and silly is slightly weird in this one. Funny nonetheless. The main character's amusing, but harmless, manipulation of his naive classmates is a highlight.
Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū (TV) Weak Loved the rakugo performances, but they were often skipped in part or entirely. Directorial decisions seem to be made on a scene-by-scene basis with no sense of overall identity. Pacing seems considerably slower than necessary.
Sketchbook ~full color'S~ (TV) Very good
Slow Start (TV) Decent
Snow White with the Red Hair (TV) Very good Likable romantic leads whose main flaw is that they are perhaps too close to perfection. Great character animation and great compare/contrast between soft power and its more traditional forms.
Snow White with the Red Hair (TV 2) Decent Most of the season is taken up by a terrible arc but the remainder is as good as the first season. Animation quality issues throughout the season, especially when compared to the first.
Space Patrol Luluco (TV) Decent Always frantic but quite hit or miss with the comedy. Often fundamentally boring but with lots of bright colors and sounds to make it seem like something interesting or funny is happening.
Spirited Away (movie) Very good It's a magical adventure! It gets said about everything, but the amazing bit is this time it's true.
Squid Girl (TV) Decent
Squid Girl (OAV) Decent
Squid Girl Season 2 (TV) Decent
SSSS.Gridman (TV) Decent
Strike Witches (OAV) Decent A weird little prototype for the full Strike Witches series. Interesting to see how much changed and oddly charming in its own right.
Strike Witches (TV) Decent Military + magical girls + slice of life + heavy fanservice = less of a mess than expected. I'm indifferent on the show's style of fanservice, the attempts at more serious beats mostly miss the mark, but the characters are charming and the aerial combat is a lot of fun.
Strike Witches (movie) Decent Compared to the main series, the fanservice is practically muted. The combat sequences continue to be enjoyable.
Strike Witches 2 (TV) Decent Strike Witches: Even Strike Witchier. Heavier and more risque fanservice which I could do without but tightened up storytelling and improved combat sequences keep it in the same band of overall mediocrity as the first season.
Strike Witches: Operation Victory Arrow (OAV) Decent By focusing a series of small side stories, we get the most effective characterization seen anywhere in the series. Shame it took so long to get here. All the fights are fun too. Also marks a return to season 1 levels of fanservice.
Sweetness & Lightning (TV) Decent
Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online (TV) Decent
Sword Oratoria: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side (TV) Decent
Tabi Machi Late Show (TV) Weak Barely animated. More importantly, its plays at emotion are awkwardly direct and largely unimaginative.
Takamiya Nasuno Desu! (TV) Very good Essentially, more Teekyū, but in a good way. It felt like there was greater use of running gags in this one.
Tayutama - Kiss on My Deity (TV) Weak Rarely funny and the drama felt really forced. Cute little youkai, though.
Teekyū (TV) Very good High speed amusement.
Teekyū (TV 2) Very good More Teekyū.
Teekyū (TV 3) Very good Even more Teekyū.
Teekyū (TV 4) Very good Still with the Teekyū.
Teekyū (TV 5) Very good Does the Teekyū ever end?
Teekyū (TV 6) Very good The answer: No.
Teekyū (TV 7) Very good A Teekyū that is slightly more Teekyū than Teekyū 2, but less Teekyū than Teekyū 5.
Teekyū (TV 8) Very good
Teekyū (TV 9) Very good
Tenchi Muyo! GXP (TV) Weak Mostly annoying rather than funny but the constant shifting in mission objective and raising of stakes kept it from being awful.
Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar (OAV) Weak There was an attempt at a story in here, somewhere, but I lost track of it. The mecha battles were generally disappointing too, with one or two standout counterexamples. It could have still stood up as a comedy, if only it were funnier.
Tesagure! Bukatsu-mono (TV) Very good Fun improvisational and meta-humor. Enjoyably low-key. The work-in-progress ED is a neat idea.
Tesagure! Bukatsu-mono Encore (TV) Very good More Tesagure! However, this season stretched to be even more meta and to expand the scope of jokes to include things like a musical number.
Tesagure! Bukatsu-mono: Spin-off Puru Purun Sharumu to Asobō (TV) Very good The show gets even more bizarre and experimental with the additional cast and run time. It's even more hit or miss than the previous seasons as a result.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (TV) Decent
This Ugly Yet Beautiful World (TV) Decent Diverse in tone and sometimes quite funny but overall the storytelling doesn't quite hit the mark.
Three Leaves, Three Colors (TV) Decent A new genre: A cute girls sometimes doing cute things but just as often being irritating show. The characters lack both charm and depth which prevents them from being all that entertaining or interesting. Too often derailed by minor one-note characters who are funny once or twice but wear out their welcome.
Thunderbolt Fantasy (puppet TV) Decent Uneven production values: The music gets gratingly repetitive, the beautiful scenery falls away after a certain point, and the use of CG/aftereffects is hit or miss. Thankfully, the puppetry itself remains consistent. Features a soulless, tiring story but many wonderful action sequences.
Tokyo Godfathers (movie) Masterpiece An empathetic portrayal of three well realized and deeply flawed characters.
Triage X (TV) Decent Sometimes the series' sexy angle works naturally, other times it feels really forced. On the other hand, I found the action sequences almost entirely enjoyable, especially the motorcycle tricks.
(The) Troubled Life of Miss Kotoura (TV) Decent A lighthearted romcom that could have been better if it weren't for some massive, drawn-out misses on the humor front and some poor attempts at drama.
Tsukigakirei (TV) Decent
Tsuredure Children (TV) Very good
Unbreakable Machine-Doll (TV) Weak When the ED is the best part of a show, it's generally not a good sign. An interesting setting ruined by a boring story that doesn't take advantage of it and awkward fight scenes.
Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle (TV) Awful Clearly rushed. Only two of the harem members have interesting interactions with the main character and all the rest just annoy and take up time that could have been devoted to better things. Pretty terrible action sequences.
Urara Meirocho (TV) Decent
Usakame (TV) Weak Tries to move the Teekyu formula in a more slice-of-life direction which doesn't really work due to the time constraints.
Vatican Miracle Examiner (TV) Weak
Vexille - 2077 Isolation of Japan (movie) Weak I enjoyed the animation and designs of the robots and exactly nothing else.
Violet Evergarden (TV) Decent
Vividred Operation (TV) Decent Fun, fanservicey and mostly unremarkable. The well utilized score and some great character touches bear mention.
Welcome to the NHK (TV) Masterpiece Dark and hilarious. Contains one of the best scenes of self-sabotage I've ever had the pleasure of watching.
When They Cry - Higurashi (TV) Masterpiece The slice of life elements are on the weak side on their own but they do an excellent job of enabling the brutal horror of the series.
Wish Upon the Pleiades (TV) Decent Likable characters and some nice spectacle hampered by a wonky story that doesn't really go anywhere and middle school astronomy club lectures.
Witch Craft Works (TV) Very good Consistently vibrant, energetic and fun. Some nice action sequences at times and a great soundtrack.
Witch Hunter Robin (TV) Decent The action is weak and the story is all too predictable, but the characters and storytelling are solid.
Wolf's Rain (TV) Decent I've forgotten more of this series than other series I've ever watched. While I liked the characters and overarching story it felt like most of the episodes just didn't need to be there.
Wolf's Rain (OAV) Decent The conclusion to the series as the whole that was a bit disappointing as it feels overshadowed by the better arc that preceded it.
WorldEnd (TV) Very good
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (TV) Masterpiece
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (TV) Decent Clever and heartfelt when it takes the time to slow down for a moment, but spends too much of its time with rushed scenes that lack impact.
Yatterman Night (TV) Weak An great start gives way to a mediocre middle and finally a terrible finish. The sense of humor throughout the series never really worked for me.
your name. (movie) Masterpiece
Yurikuma Arashi (TV) Masterpiece Surreal, clever, harrowing and often hilarious.
Yuruyuri - Happy Go Lily (TV) Very good It takes some time for the show to get the ball rolling but eventually it builds a strong collection of characters with plenty of quirks each to create long-running jokes that drive the series.
Yuruyuri - Happy Go Lily (TV2) Very good The series continues building on its characters and the running gags associated to create increasingly creative situations.
Yuruyuri Nachu Yachumi! (OAV) Very good A turn away from the somewhat more gag-oriented comedy of the first two seasons towards a more typical slice of life style of humor. The characters are up for it though, and while it isn't as energetic it is as good as the rest.
Yuruyuri Nachu Yachumi!+ (TV) Very good Essentially just more of the OAV, which suits me just fine.
Yuruyuri San Hai! (TV 3) Very good Continues in the more standard slice-of-life fashion the series adjusted to in the OAV and its associated episodes. The direction is notably bland, at points, compared to the previous seasons but the show retains its charms & humor well enough to stay in the same league as its forebears.
Yuyushiki (TV) Very good