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|Amanchu! Advance (TV)|
|BanG Dream! (TV)||aka BanDori. The smapho game is pretty popular for its gay content, so let's see how the anime holds up.|
|Charanpo Land no Bōken (movie)||Anime Tamago 2017|
|Colorful Ninja Iromaki (movie)||Anime Tamago 2016|
|Corrector Yui (TV)||Viz stopped releasing this anime after 4 DVDs (up to ep.18), and it seems that is all that's ever been fansubbed as well. Not sure if I should bother watching only 18 eps. of a 52 ep. series.|
|Cross Game (TV)|
|Fairy Princess Minky Momo (TV)||Might be an interesting variation on the magical girl genre? (link) Unfortunately, only the OVAs are available on BakaBT, and neither of the two TV series is available subbed anywhere (BD raws are on AB though) :/|
|Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory (TV)||I should rewatch the first two seasons before this.|
|Fushigiboshi no Futago Hime Gyu! (TV)||Honobono have started subbing this again, but it's probably going to take forever.|
|Gekijō-ban Macross Delta: Gekijō no Walkūre (movie)|
|Genbanojō (movie)||Anime Tamago 2017|
|.hack//GIFT (OAV)||A short parody OVA set after the first series of .hack// games that came with .hack//Liminality ep.4.|
|.hack//Unison (OAV)||Seen this before, but I should watch it again after playing the first series of .hack// games. I wish it had been included on the .hack//SIGN DVDs.|
|Happy ComeCome (movie)||Last of the 2015 Anime Mirai batch, as of 2018-05-31 still unsubbed.|
|Hell Girl: Fourth Twilight (TV)||Only eps.1-6 are new, the rest are repeats from earlier seasons, apparently unchanged except for the OP/ED.|
|How to keep a mummy (TV)||Slice-of-life:cute/funny.|
|Jewelpet (TV)||There're already so many magical girl anime on the to-watch list >_< Just saw a screenshot from S3 though, with someone saying they wanted to be like 'Nyangelina Jolie'. Well, so much for just trying one season then.. :o
Oh, it looks like S1 never got subbed, only later seasons.. :/
|Jewelpet Sunshine (TV)||Tinkle was okay (except for that last ep.), so let's give this a try. The synopsis on ANN looks weird though.|
|Jikken-hin Kazoku: Creatures Family Days (TV)||From what I can find about it (no synopses on ANN or AniDB) it looks interesting/cute? It's not being subbed very quickly though.|
|Kacchikenee (movie)||Anime Tamago 2016|
|Kami-sama Minarai: Himitsu no Cocotama (TV)||Recommended by Maveryn. It looks cute, maybe like FanFan Pharmacy or Jewelpet? Oh, looks like it hasn't finished airing yet, let alone subbing (2018-03: raws up to 124, subbed up to 74). Movie in 2017-04.|
|Kodocha (TV)||Fansubs available on AB.|
|Laid-Back Camp (TV)||Iyashikei. Looks somewhat like YamaSusu?|
|(The) Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky (OAV)||It's proving very hard to find proper info on how this OVA relates to the games. It seems to start at the ending of the first game, but I can't find whether it covers (part of) the second game or takes place between the two. I should replay the first game before watching this anyway, maybe wait for the second game to be translated. Oh, according to the GameFAQs board, the anime indeed starts at the end of FC, but covers most of SC (if compressedly). I'll have to play SC as well then before watching this.|
|Liz and the Blue Bird (movie)||Semi-sequel/spinoff of Sound Euphonium S2, so I guess I should watch that first.|
|Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Detonation (movie)|
|Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection (movie)||Two movies, first one Summer 2017. Set shortly after A's. BD out 2018-04, so it'll probably be another year before they're both subbed.|
|Miracle Girls (TV)||Recommended by Tricky: "it's...cute! if nothing else. not very special but a notable entry in a subgenre few are a part of."|
|Non Non Biyori Vacation (movie)|
|Nurse Witch Komugi R (TV)||Mentioned as a PreCure parody on #precure. Or maybe more of a general magical girl parody. Not sure about this one.|
|A Place Further Than the Universe (TV)||Slice-of-life:adventure, is that a thing? It seems to be getting good reviews.|
|Precure Super Stars! (movie)||I've only watched the Chinese hard-sub edition yet, but my impression was that this was one of the weakest Precure movies ever. Movie-only character has no backstory, and disappears happily before the final battle. Most of the movie has only the three Pinks, while the rest of their teams sit in a no-background space and just chat. Miracle Lights used to be only for tough battles, but here they're used for deus-ex-machina plot twists that weren't necessary to begin with. The whole movie feels like just a flimsy excuse to have the Cures interact a bit.|
|Ronja the Robber's Daughter (TV)||I'd really like to watch this with Swedish audio (Japanese just isn't the same with such a classic), but can't find it anywhere. Someone on BakaBT mentioned they're going to release a version with Swedish audio, as recent as 2018-02-03, so hurry up ^_^|
|Senki Zesshō Symphogear AXZ (TV)||Seems only Commie subbed it completely so far, and they were really bad with key terms in previous seasons :( Looks like another group is subbing the BDs. They're up to #5/ep.10 now (2018-02-28). Update 2018-05-31: Stalled? Seems like they're only slight edits of Commie's though.|
|Sound! Euphonium (TV)||By Kyo-Ani. Maybe it'll be like K-On!? For S2, Horrible is complete, but FFF is only up to ep.5 or 7. Movie 1 is only a compilation, not sure about movie 2 (2017-09, so subs will take until next year or so).|
|(The) Wind Rises (movie)|
|Yama no Susume Third Season (TV)|
|Yama no Susume: Omoide Present (OAV)|
|Zunda Horizon (movie)||Anime Tamago 2017|
Anime I'm watching at the moment, and a few that I haven't finished in the past.
|.hack//Liminality (OAV)||Watching this in between playing the first series of .hack// games. A nice side story, but the art and animation could've been slightly better.|
|Hugtto! Precure (TV)|
|3D Magical Play (OAV)||Weak||Another short ep. about Padudu and Nononon, this time in 3D. And not very good 3D. And the story is also meh. Don't bother with this.|
|A-Channel (TV)||Good||You know how they say TV is chewing gum for the eyes? This anime is a little like that. It's not spectacular or hilarious, but it makes you smile now and then, and it has a sweet flavor.|
|A-Channel + smile (OAV)||Good||Yay, more A-Channel. Oh, look, Kitou-sensei's name is Kimiko, just like me ^_^ It's a pretty rare name in anime.
Hmm, just two eps. is too short.. :(
|Aa Megami-sama (OAV 2011)||So-so||Ep.1 is another short one-ep. story. Just Belldandy & Keiichi being sweet together, with some background antics from Hild, Urd and Skuld. Ep.2 is a bit of silly fun with some fanservice. Overall, nothing really interesting, but it'd be too much to expect anything new 24 years after OMG started.|
|Aa Megami-sama: Tatakau Tsubasa (special)||Good||"20th Anniversary", huh? was already that old.
Those two characters in the ED (white-haired man on motorcycle, curly-twin-tailed woman) also appeared in the ED of S2, but they've never appeared in any of the anime proper.
A short story featuring Lind and everyone's angels. I don't get what happened to that monster at the end, but it was a nice story.
|(The) Adventures of Mini-Goddess (TV)||Decent||Came across this while shopping online for anime.
Hmm. Well, good thing I'm watching it before buying. Even at the low price it's going for this isn't really worth watching more than once. Not that it's bad, just rather unremarkable kids comedy.
Okay, finished. Near the middle there were some funny episodes (the ones with Marla and the ninjas for example), but toward the end it went down a little again. I'm still not sure I'd buy this anime. Maybe for completeness after I get the rest of the Aa! Megami-sama series.
|Ah! My Goddess (TV)||Very good||This turned out surprisingly fun. I was expecting a lot of stupid fanservice and comedy, but the fanservice is hardly there, and the comedy wasn't all that bad. It's certainly not perfect (Belldandy is a little too domestic and naïve), but a whole lot better than I expected, so I'm going to watch season two as well.
Second time watching. Mishima Sayoko sounds very strange here. Noto Mamiko has a very soft and sweet voice (and usually voices such characters), but Mishima is supposed to be nasty and calculating.
|Ah! My Goddess: Flights of Fancy (TV)||Very good||The second season is just as good as the first. Urd and Skuld get more character development and become more likeable, Belldandy and Keiichi stay the same. The romance doesn't progress at all, but the comedy/story is still fun to watch. There's a bit more fanservice, but still not as bad as I'd feared originally. Overall, Aa! Megami-sama is a series I can recommend to anyone.
Second watching. The enforced heterosexuality is kinda stifling. Nearly everyone gets hooked up with someone of the other sex. They even broke up Den-chan and Dai-chan :( Overall, this season seems to go for comedy more than plot or character development. Many arcs are really short, with interesting characters not getting developed or even forgotten completely. I kinda recall liking this anime the first time more. Maybe because I hadn't watched as much back then? Keiichi's reticence in speaking up about just about anything is particularly vexing.
|Ah! My Goddess: The Movie||Very good||This was made in 2000, between the OVA and the TV series, but content-wise it fits after the two TV series I think. Very good quality art and animation in any case, and a nice stand-alone story.
Second viewing. It's strange how much this fits the TV series more than the OVA, even though it came out 5 years earlier.
|Ai-Mai-Mi (TV)||Not really good||Mentioned in the comments on this column. Looks sort of interesting, and short.
About as random as Teekyuu, but the humor is pretty meh. I don't think I'll watch more seasons of this.
|Air (TV)||Decent||Very reminiscent of Kanon indeed. Funny & moe characters too :)
Yeah, it's very much like Kanon. A bunch of girls with cute tics or clumsiness who all have mysterious or supernatural troubles, which are resolved one by one by one guy who just arrived in town.
I wonder what this sudden diversion into a historical setting is about. Oh, I see. That's how that works. Now what does this crow mean? I think I kinda lost track of what's going on.
..And didn't get it back. Those last few eps. just didn't make sense at all. The sidestory was hmm, okayish. But all the rest from ep.8 on was just weird. Pity, because this anime started with some interesting, if enigmatic characters. In the end I can't rate it very high really.
|Air In Summer (special)||Decent||Goes between eps.8 and 9 of Air. Or actually somewhere in the middle of ep.8. Just a little elaboration on a side story that doesn't have much of a plot. It couldn't, given the ending of ep.8/preview for ep.9.|
|Aiura (TV)||Good||Listed on TVTropes as iyashikei. Super short. Only 5m31s per episode, and about 2½min. of that is OP and ED. Guess I'll just watch it all at once.
Well, it's fun, but too short to really get into the mood.
|Akahori Gedō Hour Rabuge (TV)||Weak||Ooph, lots of fanservice. The idea of having overzealous 'good' girls and ineffectual 'bad' girls is vaguely interesting, but I don't like how lesbian interest is lumped in with lolicon and shotacon. I'm not sure I'll watch all of this anime.
Well, I watched all of it because it was only 13 eps., but I should've just stopped after two. The fanservice is really annoying, and the story never gets good or even interesting.
|AKB0048 (TV)||Decent||Sort of idol genre, but this one's also sci-fi? One of the directors is Shouji Kawamori, of Macross and stuff, and this indeed has a strong Macross vibe so far. Except more idol I guess. The first ep. also had some otaku bait. I hope they keep that down.
Ep.4. Well, so far it's nice, but not a whole lot sci-fi. The songs so far also didn't really grab me.
Ep.9 had a bit more action again after some drama. Ep.10 was pretty tame in comparison. Calm before the finale? Also quite fanservicey, but with idols that's at least somewhat justified.
Well, the ending was okay after all. I had expected it to be kinda meh after most of the season was a little tame and the Next Stage season continues right after, but it ended up fairly satisfying. Weak points were the strong competition between members, the deference to and glorification of otaku, and the weak songs. Only the ending theme was decent (which was probably why they picked it for the finale too). Still looking forward to the sequel season, but I don't expect this to be a favorite anime even in the idol genre.
|AKB0048 next stage (TV)||Decent||This season starts off with a silly change: even more competition. That might be representative of real-world AKB48, but it doesn't make sense in the anime's setting. Why compete with eachother if there's an enemy trying to take everyone down? Sticking with the AKB48 formula is kinda detrimental to this anime.
Hmm. First the Zodiac thing is built up as the bigger bad, then it's concentrated to Chieri's dad, who then gets offed suddenly. Meanwhile the mystical mumbojumbo gets upgraded several times to anything-can-happen-magic level. Looks like it'll end with just getting Akibastar back, not defeating DGTO for good. Ah, and in the final ep. we get Chieri and Nagisa going Nova and Acchan respectively. Well, there was already so much nonsense going on that this doesn't stretch things much further really.
This anime is not exactly bad, but it doesn't have a very coherent story, and being stuck to RL AKB48 forces some choices (competition, succession, songs, etc.) that don't really help things either. So overall, not really great.
|Aki no Kanade (movie)||Very good||Ooh, taiko is really cool ^_^|
|Akira (movie)||Good||This was my first time watching anime knowing that it was anime, back in 1994 or so. I should rewatch it some time.
1988.. Some of it looks quite dated now. The biker gangs, the phones and computers.
Hmm, I remember it being more about gross!Tetsuo swallowing up half of Neo-Tokyo. Maybe I remembered that from something else? Kei seemed thrown in to give Kaneda the motivation to get involved. She didn't play a very active role otherwise. Kaori looked like a victim from the start. Kaneda looked like he was going to be the hero, but in the end he just had a weird adventure and didn't save the world. For the role Akira played they could've called the movie Tetsuo instead. He was just there to stop Tetsuo at the end, and otherwise was more of a McGuffin. So, all together it was a decent entertaining story. Spectacle without much of a point to it, but it looked pretty good.
|Alien Nine (special)||Decent||Ha, this looks like fun. The character designs are a very peculiar style. And not very distinctive among characters. Intriguing story though, even if the characters don't get a lot of depth.
Okay.. that was weird. Ep.3 was mostly a vacation/beach ep., which seems like a waste of time in a 4 ep. OVA. And then ep.4 only finished the alien on the roof since last ep., but didn't answer any of the larger questions, nor told us much about how the main characters are doing. Did this series get cut off or something? What is there is interesting (although Yuri is crying/being scared a little too much of the time), but it's clearly incomplete.
|Amanchu! (TV)||Excellent||Slice of life based on manga by Amano Kozue of Aria, directed by Satou Junichi also of Aria, with music by GonTiti of Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou.
I've already read a bit of the manga. The first ep. seems to adapt it quite directly. I don't remember Pikari's catchphrase being "upyo", and I thought the mascot cat had a little more normal proportions.
Teko and Pikari are cute ^_^ Hmm, ep.4 felt a little more fanservicey? I mean, more than before.
I keep wondering if the shape-accenting outfits and poses are Amano indulging herself or just the audience. Teko and Pikari are giving off very gay vibes in any case.
Hmm, ep.9 seems like a "let's reference other SatoJun anime"? Akari Mizunashi's seiyuu appeared, and now it's about photos.
As I guessed, the actual diving won't happen until the last ep. They postponed it another ep. with a story about Ohime and Cha. Did anyone else think it a bit creepy that newborn kitten Ohime was adopted with "Cha was looking for a wife"?
Yes, as expected, this anime was really good. Highly recommended. And more gay than expected too. I wonder if another Amano/SatoJun collab would have explicitly lesbian characters.
|Amazing Nuts! (OAV)||Decent||Mentioned in comments on this article.
First video reminds me a little of those old Gorillaz videos (not musically, just visually), or maybe FLCL or something like that. These all look like promo trailers for longer anime (which I suppose they are, except for non-existent ones). Video 2 has a different style, but again a male MC. Video 3 has a bit of a.. Kyousougiga? feel to it. Female MC, although at first she seemed a bit MPDG-like. This one has a bit more story, although still not much. Video 4 is again pretty incoherent, even for a music video.
Overall, pretty cool art and animation, but not much story. Worth watching.
|Amuri in Star Ocean (OAV)||Very good||Oh, this is so cute! ^_^ Three girls who sort of lost the superpower lottery get involved in a high stakes space drama. But it's all pretty and cute. And the ending is of course heart-warming ^_^|
|Android Ana Maico 2010 (TV)||Not really good||Maico-chan is cute, although there seems to be more going on than meets the eye. That director should be kicked anderswhere.
Actually, most of the cast have rather disagreeable personalities. Maico is supposed to be the main character, but the anime seems more focused on Matsu and Densuke. The ending was so-so; nice in some ways, and meh in others. All in all this wasn't super bad, but I wouldn't recommend it. Poor Maico :(
|Angel Beats! (TV)||Good||Wow, this one must rank pretty high in the outlandish premises list. You also shouldn't think too much about the details of how this anime's world works. There are just too many holes.
The story is sweet though, even with all the action. The ending you can see coming from a few eps. away, but it's satisfying.
|Angel Heart (TV)||Not really good||An older anime, both in art and content. Male gaze is very noticeable.
So, I watched all of this anime, but I can't really say I liked it a lot. There are just too many flaws. The way events are so often observed from Ryo's or someone else's perspective instead of Xiang Ying's (male gaze extends to the way events are framed) is one thing. The 'story' actually consists of many short arcs that do develop the main characters' backstory, but not their present. Those arcs actually move rather slowly, so that makes this anime more slice-of-life than the action one would expect from the premise. For a SoL anime it is missing the interesting characters though. Well, Xiang Ying is, but like I said, we don't get to see much from her perspective, we're always looking at her instead. And finally, some of the arcs have rather hard to believe events and characters. All in all, it was barely interesting enough to keep my attention till the end.
|Angelic Layer (TV)||Decent||The first episode is stretching believability a little too far. Hehe :) It's pretty silly how serious business this AL game is. Hmm, don't tournament arcs usually occur later in a sports anime? This one almost starts with one.
One ANN review praised the art in this anime, but they must've meant only the background art, because the foreground is about the lowest quality I've seen in a long time.
The story draws out some things much too long. Hikaru's weakness is talked about for several episodes before it's finally revealed (to be something rather pedestrian). That much build-up just leads to disappointment when the big moment's finally there. Misaki meeting her mom has been built up for about the whole series, with some ridiculous coincidences to make it almost but not really happen. Another thing that's kinda irksome is Tamayo's sudden interest in Koutarou in ep.21. She's been shipping Koutarou and Misaki since forever without any hint that she's interested in him as more than a friend, then near the end of the series it's suddenly introduced, built up and revealed in a single episode. It's not that it doesn't fit, it just feels like cleaning up romantic loose ends this way. The final eps. have some more predictable setups that're just barely forgiveable. Overall I liked this anime for the battles and the characters, but the plot is fairly meh.
|Ani-Kuri 15 (special)||Decent||One minute is hardly long enough to cram a story in. Some pieces try anyway and end up so hectic that you can hardly make out individual images. Others just set a mood and don't have much personality. Most are in between those and just show a few scenes from a longer story with only a little speed-up to fit them into one minute. A few well-known directors have very recognizable styles.|
|Animation Runner Kuromi (OAV)||Good||Said to give some interesting insight into the world of animation, which it indeed did. It's a fun comedy. Kuromi's character design reminds me of one of the Nanas (Hachiko) in face fault mode. I like how Shihonmatsu helped Kuromi out.|
|Animation Runner Kuromi 2 (OAV)||Good||More fun at Studio Petit. Kuromi-chan is adorable and Shihonmatsu is cool. Maybe I'll check out other anime with Hajime Watanabe as character designer.|
|(The) Animatrix (OAV)||Decent||Apparently this has some roboethics content. Should watch the live-action movies first. Okay done.
Eps.2 and 3 ("Second Renaissance") are finally about robots in human society. There isn't much detail though, just an overview.
Ep.7 ("Beyond") was lighthearted fun. Nothing came of it, but it looked cute while it lasted.
Well, that were really all the interesting ones. The rest was just vaguely related to the Matrix movies. Hmm, was that all? :/ Not all that much about roboethics really.
Oh well, at least I know more about that Matrix stuff. The diffferent animation styles were also interesting. Not all were good, but it was a nice variety.
|Anyamaru Tantei Kiruminzū (TV)||Good||Not sure about this, but it sounds cute.
"Anyamaru" as in "animal" with a nya. The OP&ED are in Thai. Original creator is Shouji Kawamori, well-known mecha designer. I wonder if this will have mecha in it? Well, it certainly has a lot of animal people in it. Hmm, Rimu doesn't really get to do as much as Riko, Nagisa and Ken. Well, not much really. Ep.29 is completely recap filler. This anime keeps hinting that the plot might thicken a little but then not actually thickening it. I'm already at ep.35, and there are still no bad guys, only suggestions that the Hatori group might have some ill intentions. Oh, ep.40 looks like there's finally going to be more plot. And then ep.41 is another recap ep. :/ Ep.44 is a bit infodumpy.
Finished. Well, the plot is a bit unevenly paced. The first 40 eps. or so are a really slow buildup, then the last ten suddenly have all the plot. The last ep. is half ending, half post-ending, so it's pretty hectic. In the end half the cast is related, and all the adults actually knew the whole background. Which is kindof a big plothole why they didn't talk about it from the start. Anyway, even the super slow (more slice-of-life actually) first part was enjoyable and cute. And the slow buildup made the transformations at the end a little more believeable than they'd otherwise have been.
|Aoi & Mutsuki: A Pair of Queens (TV)||Good||Everyone seems to be okay with Aoi being a girl now. There's very little talk of her changing back to a boy. The subs can't decide between he or she though it seems, changing from one sentence to another :/
This anime (S1 too) suffers a little from ineffective storytelling. Characters waffle over things that should be clear to them, stuff happens then is undone the next ep., action is chaotic. There are some cool things though. Princesses and queens and other women kicking ass, space pirates, robots, ninjas, a humanoid race that decides which gender to be only upon reaching adulthood, one of whom remains enby. Why isn't this more popular among queer folks?
And the ending is again rushed. Ah well. Flawed but worth watching.
|Appleseed (OAV)||Good||More Masamune Shirow anime. Spotting the references and similarities between his works is fun. This time there was a magazine with an ad for an M-66 droid, and a terrorist group holding hostages inside a building, with the main characters rappling down from the roof to break in, and some powered armor. Oh, and of course cyborgs (bioroids) and a spider tank, although this one looked more like an insect actually.|
|Appleseed (movie)||Decent||Ah, so both this and the OVA I've seen are adaptations of the manga, but they're not directly related. No need to rewatch the OVA then before watching this.
Whoa, 3D. I didn't expect that. The OVA was traditional 2D IIRC. Hmm, I would've liked it better if they'd kept things 2D. 3D looks very fake unless it's really high quality. Which this isn't. Ah well, let's see where this goes.
Well, that was kinda different than I expected. I'm not sure if this is closer to the original story. I don't recall this plot from the OVA (although it's been a long time since I watched that). Overall, it was decent for a 3D movie. 2D would've been better though. The story was okay, but did have some plot holey twists. If I'd watched this before, I'm not sure I'd have bought it.
|Aquarian Age - Sign for Evolution (TV)||Very good||Music by Yuki Kajiura ♡
Somewhat old-school shoujo character designs for sympathetic characters who actually act their age. The plot is just beginning, but looks to be interesting too. This could be a very good anime.
It's like a cross between Macross (but without the mecha) and Nana (but the drama isn't so over the top), with magical girls. I'd rate it Very Good +.
Second time watching. The plot seems to move a little slow for a 13-ep. anime. Kyouta & Yoriko have bad cases of not talking properly. Hmm, it still feels like this is only part of a much larger story. After looking up the movie, it seems both are part of a larger story based around a card game. That description mentioned a manga, so maybe that tells more of the story.
Update: the manga only had its first chapter scanlated, and didn't look very good.
|Aquarian Age the Movie (OAV)||So-so||This shows more of the card game's setting than the series, but isn't related to that. It doesn't have a deep story, basically it shows off the game's factions a bit. The animation varies from minimal in some quieter scenes to quite okay in action scenes. There isn't much else to say about it. I don't like the setting for having those "Mindbreakers". It's yet another case of the women who battle and men who pull the strings trope. Other than that it's okay I guess.|
|Aquatic Language (special)||Good||Interesting. It's clearly the origin of Time Of Eve's café setting. It also plays a bit with the android and being uncertain of other people's identity themes. The camera movements are also similar to Time Of Eve. I'm not sure what to make of the fish and the conversation bubbles though.|
|Aria - The Natural (TV)||Excellent||Ahh, bliss. More Aria to soothe and happify :)
Careful, you might smile so much your cheeks ache. It's a good kind of ache though :D
|Aria the Animation (TV)||Excellent||Ooh, this looks just so lovely. I've discovered a new favorite ^_^ ♪
The laid-back atmosphere, Akari's attitude towards every little detail of life, Aika's interruptions, president Aria's 'Pui! Nyuu!', Alicia's 'Are, are', ahh, this is such a refreshing and wonderful anime. This is a great antidote to all bad feelings. Goes on my to-buy list immediately.
|Aria the Avvenire (OAV)||Very good||Shorter than regular eps. The first ep. is mostly a flashback to when Alicia was still working at Aria Co., framed by Akari playing passenger to Ai. Seems like they're going for nostalgia more than expansion.
The second ep. is again part flashback, part new generation, although this one's more balanced between the two. At first I thought the flashback part must've been a new anime-only short story, because it feels rather unlike the rest of the series (much more magical), but it was apparently also in the manga, just hadn't been used for the anime before. Only the third ep. will be completely new in that regard (but also written by the mangaka).
Ep.3 was indeed nearly completely new (aside from some short flashbacks), but didn't really add a whole lot. Overall this OVA is a nice addition, but only a small one.
|Aria the Origination (TV)||Excellent||See Aria - The Natural.
I felt sad when Aria came to an end, but I think it's for the best. Too much more would spoil the goodness. A few days later I'm still smiling while listening to the soundtrack :)
|Aria the OVA ~Arietta~||Excellent||See Aria - The Natural.
Akari and Alicia's faces were a little off-model a few times.
|Aria the Scarlet Ammo AA (TV)||Not really good||Separate continuity from the original AtSA it seems. I guess it would help to get into the setting to watch AtSA first. The first ep. of Double A goes over things very quickly and doesn't really introduce several secondary characters. Hmm :/ Should I go back and watch the first season first? Guess I should..
No, that was a bad idea. Icky fanservice harem is super icky.
Hmm, maybe Double A is to AtSA what Railgun is to Index? Seems they picked up some ideas from MariMite too. Well, let's see where this goes.
As of ep.8 (of 12) there hasn't been any ongoing plot yet, only silly male-directed yuri antics. Better hurry up the plotting if they want to make this more than fanservice. Ah, end of ep.9 the plot finally gets underway. Big infodump in ep.10, then two eps. of semi-predictable action. A decent, though not superb ending, but way too much nonsense before that. If it was just slice-of-life comedy it would be okay (though still unbalanced for an anime that is presented as action), but the over the top yuri-for-men spoils that too.
|Arjuna (TV)||Weak||The animation is quite good, but the story gets mired in lots of exposition, and rather preachy exposition at that. I'm not averse to environmental messages in anime, but this one takes it to an extreme, and mixes in some controversial other things as well. Pity, because some aspects of the story were decent. Yoko Kanno's music is nice as well, but as usual the quality varies.|
|Armitage III (OAV)||Weak||It's only from 1995, but it looks much older than that. Or am I mistaken? I thought animation was better than this back then.
Well, anyway, the art is okayish, although rather American-looking. Other aspects are only mediocre though. Voice-acting, character design and movement, story, they all lack grace, fluency. It's only four eps. long though, so I'll finish it anyway.
Armitage isn't such a great character. She's said to be a good detective, but we never see her do much sleuthing or other police work. She kicks ass a few times, but when she's not in control she screams like a little girl. Quite often she's also the helpless woman to be saved by big hunk of masculinity Ross. Bleh.
|Armitage: Dual-Matrix (movie)||So-so||This is from 2002, and technically a lot better than the OVA. Not up to today's standards, but at least the art, animation, character design, etc. are decent. The resolution wasn't great, but that may have been the copy I saw.
Armitage is more like a ferocious mama bear in this movie. She still kicks ass, but is much more tenacious and less helpless than in the OVA. Ross is toned down to more human proportions and gets to be the strong daddy manipulated by the villain. Overall it still isn't great, but at least better than the OVA.
|Aruvu Rezuru - Kikai Jikake no Yōsei-tachi (movie)||Good||A compressed pilot/first few eps. of a longer story. Pretty cool premise, but this pace doesn't do it justice.|
|Avenger (TV)||Good||The characters are very Bee Train (tormented fighter, emotionless girl, and the designs of course). Maybe it's because this is a short anime (only 13 eps.), but the scenes are all quite short. Just a few movements and lines before it cuts to a different angle, or a different setting altogether. I like this style so far. The robot dolls are cute too of course. This anime might be another favorite. I liked all of the Bee Train anime I've seen so far, so that wouldn't be too surprising.
Finished. The story leaves a lot for the viewer to fill in themselves, just like the animation. An unusual style, that works unexpectedly well. The good background music helps a lot. Ali Project may not be too good at doing theme songs, but they do BGM quite well here. I'd have liked to see Nei more involved in the story, and the flashbacks could have been indicated better, but overall this anime turned out good.
|Ayakashi - Samurai Horror Tales (TV)||Decent||Three horror-themed stories. The first two were nicely animated, the third was an escapee from Mononoke (same protagonist and art style).|
|Azumanga Daioh (TV)||Excellent||It's a little different from Lucky Star, but just as much fun. My favorite characters would be, unsurprisingly, Sasaki, Osaka and Chiyo. I'd have liked to have more interaction between Kaorin and Sasaki of course, but Sasaki is also cute by herself or with Mayaa or other animals. Osaka is just hilarious, and Chiyo is also very cute.|
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|Air Master (TV)||Bad||One episode was enough to move this to the Won't Finish category. The whole thing doesn't make any sense, and the character designs are over the top caricatures. Eww.|
|Aoi Bungaku Series (TV)||So-so||I thought this would make a nice way to consume some Japanese culture different from anime and games. I forgot though that Literature (with capital L) equals depressive.
Left unfinished because I lost interest.
|Aria the Scarlet Ammo (TV)||Bad||Unfortunately, it seems I'll have to watch this anime first before Double A. Technically it's a separate continuity, but it kinda skips the introductory world-building. Unfortunate, because this anime is not just fanservice, but harem. Which sucks :(
Nevermind. I'd rather not get all the details of Double A than watch any more of this. Yech.
|Bakuon!! (TV)||Weak||Well, looks like the OVA was a pretty accurate prediction for the TV series. It's full of fanservice, both of the shiny mechanical and boingboing varieties. The art/animation is so-so, and the comedy so far is more miss than hit. I didn't like the sudden sexual jokes from the bike. Ep.2 even manages to cram in a bad trans joke. *sigh*
I made it to ep.5 before giving up. The ecchi stuff is getting too much, and the other aspects aren't even good enough to make it worth watching without that.
|Blue Seed (TV)||Not really good||This looks and sounds pretty old, and it actually is, from 1994. Hmm, this anime seems to be moving a little slow, despite all the action. There's a lot of exposition too in the early episodes.
*sigh* Why must otherwise interesting anime always be spoiled by stupid fanservice? This anime doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. Horror/action/police? Or fanservice/romance? Both get in the way of the other.
|Canvas 2 - Niji Iro no Sketch (TV)||Weak||Wow, it's very clear from the start that this is based on something harem/ecchi. I hope it tones it down a bit or I may have to drop it.
Meh. I gave it 3 eps., but it's not funny or interesting, and very harem and pantyshots. Dropped
|Ceres, Celestial Legend (TV)||Bad||Wow, talk about a mood whiplash. Right after Aya sees her dad killed before her eyes, we cut to Ms. Q's driving antics.
I really don't like how powerless Aya is made in this story. Toya, Yuhi and Kagami continually invading her personal space. Egh.
Hmm, so it is going to be a love triangle after all.
And now Suzumi is being drugged too. What a nasty story this is turning out to be.
Allright, I've watched up to ep.10, and things seem to be getting only worse. Reading up on TVTropes confirms that it will get indeed much worse. So.. no, thanks.
|Chi's Sweet Home (TV)||Decent||Sweet indeed, but a little too simple. A kitty is cute, but I think only actual cat lovers can stand 104 eps. of it. And I'm not a cat lover. Not sure if I'll finish this.|
|Full Moon o Sagashite (TV)||Weak||I suppose this will be a lot like Fancy Lala, except longer.
Oh. Turns out both Fancy Lala and Full Moon are copies of Creamy Mami. Why did they make the same story three times? It's not like it's that great.
I think I liked the characters in Lala better (except the little boy). So far Full Moon is all people not talking properly, jumping to conclusions, and making things worse. Not really my kind of humor. Well, I'll give it a few more eps.
13 eps. in. I'm having serious doubts about finishing this. I just don't like the characters and their interaction.
I gave in and read some reviews/commentary. Apparently this anime will eventually get more of a plot (although overly dramatic), but not until about ep.40. A heavier ending is good, but I don't think I can stand 25 more eps. of irritating stupidity.
|Ga-Rei-Zero (TV)||Not really good||Well, that was certainly an actionful first ep. And the second ep. as well. They seem to be ignoring the conservation of detail rule. All the interesting characters are killed off. Then ep.3 is all flashback. I don't get this anime. Ep.4 is still the same flashback. Maybe the first two eps. were flashforward? Also a lot of fanservice :/
Ep.5 was still meh, and it looks like it'll be all downhill from here. Sorry, but I just don't care for unhappy stories with unhappy endings.
|Gasaraki (TV)||Not really good||I don't know why this is on the to-watch list. The first ep. doesn't explain what's going on, and looks a little boring as a result, despite what appear to be tense situations.
Three eps. in it seems that this anime is rather heavy on boring realism and very light on likeable or interesting characters. After reading a review, I think I'll drop this.
|Hanamaru Kindergarten (TV)||Weak||Came across an image on BakaBT. The review on ANN said it's a little like Yotsuba&, so maybe give I'll give it a try.
The first ep. starts with a bad joke (Tsuchida "coming on to" Anzu). I hope they don't keep that up the rest of the series :/ Hmm, by ep.3 it's still there. I'm not sure I like the focus on Tsuchida and his love life. Or rather, any love life.
Nope. It stays with the icky "preschooler crushes on teacher" joke, and even throws in Tsuchida ogling Yamamoto and Tsuchida's sister also doting on him. This isn't about kids being cute, this is about a man's fantasy of every woman of any age being after him. Dropped.
|Hataraki Man (TV)||Weak||I don't like the implication that "working" is somehow a masculine thing to do, that Matsukata needs to switch to "man" mode to accomplish stuff. Aside from that, this whole setting is very foreign to me. Makes you feel stressed just watching it. Well, I'll give it another ep. or two.
Seriously considering dropping this. Watch 5 more eps., or not? Bah, whatever. Dropped because it's not fun/interesting.
|Hells (movie)||Bad||A rather sloppy art style. And like a lot of movies, the sound effects are much louder than speech, which makes it kinda hard to follow now and then.
This is basically an animated manga. And a sloppily drawn one at that. Characters also spend too much time telling instead of showing. Although maybe that's a good thing, because the showing doesn't make much sense.
Looks like someone read some christian mythology, then smoked something weird. This story doesn't make any sense, and isn't fun or interesting either. Byebye.
Why was this ever put on the to-watch list? I don't see any links to anything interesting :?
|Initial D (TV)||Not really good||I didn't expect to like this anime really; I was just curious what it's like from references to it in other anime. I think a few episodes will be enough.
And indeed, three eps. were more than enough for me. The art is quite bad, the characters are all men/boys who care only about cars and racing, except for one token girl who is there to be ogled. The music isn't bad, it goes nicely with the racing scenes, but I don't think it'll be much fun to listen to separately.
Ah well, I satisfied my curiosity. I understand now how Chiyo was so traumatized by Yukari's imitation of Initial D-style driving.
|Kanamemo (TV)||Weak||Well, this anime had 'ecchi' and 'lolicon' tags on AniDB, and the first ep. doesn't really contradict that. It looks like it could be a nice slice-of-life comedy though, so I'll give it a chance.
One of the few lesbian couples in anime (they're university students too), and then they ruin it by putting them next to Haruka's extreme lolicon (pedophile might be more accurate). Ep.4 has the whole cast singing in swimsuits for money. I'm beginning to think the nice slice-of-life story and rare lesbian couple just aren't worth tolerating all this crap for.
Nope, even Yuuki & Yume can't save this. I gave it 6 eps., but I'm not going to finish this.
|Kill la Kill (TV)||Weak||Several people have said that this isn't good, yet at the same time they all keep raving about it and posting fanart. I think I'll have to check this out for myself.
Hmm. It wastes no time to establish its own style. Elastic characters, and a sort of zeerustic art style. I can see the problem though. Ryuuko is super strong, yet she's put into a "uniform" that even a stripper would find skimpy. Ep.2 starts with some rape-like imagery. Some of the art in this ep. looks very N-American, like Ren&Stimpy and the like. Not something I want to see in anime, thankyou.
This anime continues to have scary shots that look rape-like. I wonder if I should just drop this. You know what, just forget it. The characters aren't deep or interesting, the plot is meh, the art and animation are almost USAian, and there's the icky stuff. Dropped after 6 eps.
|Kurokami The Animation (TV)||So-so||The first ep. looks like this might be interesting. Hmm, as can be expected from a shōnen anime, it's a matter of "don't mind the details", as long as there are cool battles. The story so far doesn't hold up very well when you start thinking about it.
Wow, ep.9 had some bad examples of plot-dependent power. Does this anime even try to have the story make sense?
And then it happens again in ep.10. This is turning into a giant ass-pull plot.
Wait, this anime has 23 eps. instead of 12/13? Sorry, I was going to watch the last two/three eps., but this is too much. Bye-bye.
|Legend of Basara (TV)||Weak||Left unfinished because I lost interest. What I saw was quite slow and not really interesting.|
|Magic User's Club! (TV)||Weak||Because this is a TV series, I was hoping it would be less ecchi than the OVA, but I guess that was too much to ask with only three years between them. Now the question is if I will endure it for 13 eps., or move it to the 'won't finish' category.
Five eps. in, there's still no plot development. Takeo is still very irritating, and Sae is too stupid to save this anime. Bye-bye.
|NANA (TV)||So-so||Hmm, not sure about this. The Nanas are a little too blatantly heterosexual for my taste. I don't mind some straight romance, but one Nana is utterly boy-crazy, and the other seems to be rather hung up about her boyfriend as well. Bleh.
Well, I'll give it a few more eps. So far it's been mostly background on both Nanas. Maybe it'll get better when the series returns to their present-time living together.
Btw, what's up with all the smoking? Over half the characters smoke some kind of cigarettes. It almost feels like a commercial at times. Is this meant to make them look more mature? Or dumber?
A few eps. later, after the flashbacks, it does get better, but not all that much. The over-anxious2 20 year old comedy is getting on my nerves.
Gave up after 11 eps. The comedy isn't bad, but the story didn't really grab me. Nana (Hachi) is supposed to be 20 years old, but she acts like a kid most of the time. All the boyfriend troubles were more like a soap series than a romance too.
|Pandora Hearts (TV)||Weak||Music by Yuki Kajiura ♡
The first ep. is confusing. It isn't until ep.5 that things start to make some sense, although not a whole lot. Even after 13 eps., things are still muddled. What is becoming clear though is that this anime, like other shounen anime, is all about Drama. Everything that happens is drawn out endlessly for the sake of Drama. By now, any resolution would only be both disappointingly simple and a big relief from the yawnfest so far. I think I'm going to ditch this.
|Penguindrum (TV)||Not really good||Watching this because both Christine and Aevee recommended it. It looks pretty at least.
Left unfinished because I lost interest. This anime is much like Utena, a lot of nonsense pretending to be deep and symbolic.
|Polyphonica (TV)||Bad||Again I have no idea how this ended up on the to-watch list. It looks kinda average. Not super bad, but I don't expect it to be awesome. The way spirits are subordinate to humans and need a human 'player' to unlock their powers reminds me of Elemental Gelade. And dozens of other anime really. The subordinates always happen to be women and their masters always happen to be men. Blegh.
*sigh* It's very heavy on the fanservice/ecchi. And ep.3 looks to be more of the same. I'm giving it one more ep. to get a plot going, otherwise I'll drop it.
Still no plot, even more fanservice. Dropped.
|Ranma ½ (TV)||Not really good||Speaking of '80s style anime, I just finished Ranma ½. Season one that is, and that was more than enough to satisfy any curiosity I had about it. It's not really bad exactly, but I find it hard to imagine anyone wanting seven seasons of it. Catchy theme song though.|
|Rayearth (OAV)||Weak||See Magic Knight Rayearth season one.|
|Rune Soldier (TV)||Weak||Ugh, another harem/fanservice anime :( Sorry, but I'm going to give up on this after three episodes. What little plot there is is drowned out by Louie grating on everyone's nerves and everyone still acting like he's important.|
|Sgt. Frog (TV)||So-so||Ended up with three seasons on my HDD, so let's watching. It's kinda fun. I expect it'll run out of new jokes/plots after a while, but let's give it a chance.
Well, it quickly becomes clear that the status quo is never going to change for long (usually less than a single ep.), so any developments are temporary. The kerons will never invade Earth, Natsumi will never get anywhere with Saburou, Momoka will never get anywhere with Fuyuki, Dororo will never get anywhere with Natsumi, Mois will never destroy Earth, etc. etc. That kinda deflates any tension there is. It's all just light-hearted fluff. You could call it slice-of-life that way.
In addition, over the season the various characters become more firmly established. Giroro is at first only impressed with/respectful to Natsumi, but in the latter half is completely in love (and easily manipulated that way). Dororo is at first hesitant to join the group because they don't respect him, later it's a running gag that he's ignored all the time. Keroro is at first just doing chores and playing with gunpla a bit on the side, later gunpla is his main motivation for everything he does and chores are rarely mentioned. Etc. I dunno, it kinda feels like the characters have become caricatures of themselves.
So the only new developments are new characters that are introduced now and then. And then completely forgotten until some episode plot calls for someone like that. Toward the end it even felt like the writers were running out of good ideas, because there were a few really nonsensical eps.
One thing that felt off about this anime is all the male gaze. Not a good thing for any anime, but even worse for one that's supposedly aimed at children.
Overall, this anime isn't so great. It's very, very light entertainment where you can miss several eps. in a row and not miss anything important, or watch most of it out of order even. I think I'll check out one or two eps. from later seasons to see if they ever change anything (probably not) and otherwise drop it after one season. ANN lists it as a single anime of 300+ eps., so I guess it'll go into "won't finish".
|Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE (TV)|
|Utawarerumono (TV)||Not really good||It starts out somewhat interesting. Fantasy setting, interesting characters, beginnings of a romance, then it slowly reveals its origin as a strategy game, turning into battle after battle, all to the greater glory of the hero. The fantasy setting becomes just a backdrop, the interesting characters get lost in the crowd or killed, and the female main characters turn into just another bunch of supporters of the hero. Bleh. Sorry, but this just isn't my taste. Gave up after 5 episodes.|
|You're Under Arrest (TV)||Decent||If the character designs hadn't reminded me of Ah! My Goddess already, all the motor maintenance details would have. These two anime are clearly based on manga by the same author :P I hope it's not all about car chases. Those cops could use some common sense.
Neither the humor nor the drama are very sophisticated, so although this anime is not bad, it isn't really great either. At first I figured I'd finish watching it anyway, but 26 eps. is enough I think.
|Zegapain (TV)||Weak||Recommended by Abunai.
I wonder why he did that though. The opening is rather full of clichés. Highschool boy (with important hair) meets mysterious girl and is told to fight to save the world, in a big mecha (using hard light). Mysterious past, check. Mysterious organization, check. Oh, and childhood girlfriend, check too. Okay, the animation isn't bad at all, but that might just have been the first ep. I wonder how they'll keep this from being a semi-boring mecha cliché fest. Ah well, only one way to find out, right?
Four eps. in, and there's still no explanation given for all the mystery. Sure, a little mystery can be captivating, keeping you watching to find out, but no explanation at all means that I don't care one way or another who these characters are or what they're doing. Better hurry up the exposition, or your audience is going to walk out. Oh, and you can add technobabble overload to the flaws too btw.
After seven eps. I give up. Some of the mystery is becoming clear, but characters continue to be idiots who don't communicate. Bye-bye.
|Zoku Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei (TV)||Not really good||This season seems to be even more random than the first. And not really funny. I'll give it one more episode before I drop it.|