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Cowboy Bebop (TV) Masterpiece One of the shows that were my entry into the anime realm, Cowboy Bebop has a special place. While I saw the stellar German dub, and not the stellar English dub first, it was a great, episodic show (And at that timeslot, I could only watch it if my parents weren't there), I immediately liked the characters and the music. Full appreciation after I bought the box set and watched the whole thing - again :D
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (movie) Masterpiece
FLCL (OAV) Masterpiece There are crazy shows done right, and crazy shows done wrong. While Dead Leaves is a perfect example for wrong, FLCL sure is a right. The storyline, while being hard to follow, is not entirely convoluted or not needed. FLCL has some great characters and the animation is superb. What makes FLCL really stand out, though, is the music. When the song "Little Busters" is played, I had goosebumps the first time I heard it. I couldn't get the music out of my head even a week after seeing FLCL. Pure awesomeness right here.
Gurren Lagann (TV) Masterpiece
(The) Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (TV) Masterpiece
Neon Genesis Evangelion (TV) Masterpiece #1 Favorite series. Just don't ask me why.
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (movie) Masterpiece
Now and Then, Here and There (TV) Masterpiece This might be the only series I have rated 10/10 without having watched it twice, simply because it's too painful. I can feel for all the characters, and what happens to them, and the message of "Live your life" is too cruel. A real masterpiece, heavily recommended.
Princess Mononoke (movie) Masterpiece
Princess Tutu (TV) Masterpiece
Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie Masterpiece I am wondering the whole time whether I should rate this 9 or 10/10. While most other things I would rate 10/10 are relatively easy to follow, have a great storyline and great everything, I am not sure Utena can keep up with that. The storyline might be impossible to fully understand for someone who hasn't seen the series (Like me), but I guess I got the basics. So, why does it (probably) deserve a rating as high as 10? It's the art. Utena might be the anime that comes closest to a really beautiful piece of art. Everything, from cushions and blanket, to the character designs is simply enormously beautiful. The best thing about this whole movie, however, is the dancing scene. I think it's safe to say that it is one of my favorite scenes in anime ever. It's so powerful, so beautiful, I can't express it in words. There you have it. A Masterpiece, exquisite beyond words.
Spirited Away (movie) Masterpiece
(The) Vision of Escaflowne (TV) Masterpiece (Ger.dub & dub & sub) I have seen this in Japanese, English and German, and I so totally love this. Everything about this series is great. The world where it takes place, the story it creates, the wonderful characters, the gorgeous mecha battles, the fantasy-but-also-sci-fi crossover, the ending. This is a legend.
Voices of a Distant Star (OAV) Masterpiece This made me cry. I will never again see mobile phones or travelling to space the same way. Shinkai creates some dense characters and strong emotions in just 30 minutes, and that is astounding itself. That he did everything on his own makes it even better. I won't say Shinkai is the next Miyazaki, because I think every artist should be seen on his own, but he sure has talent to create beauty and emotions.
Baccano! (TV) Excellent It was a fun ride, probably the hugest cast for a 13-episode series available. This sure is a par for an "Excellent" rating.
Beyond (OAV) Excellent
(Le) Chevalier D'Eon (TV) Excellent
Claymore (TV) Excellent This show bloody rocks. Every time I hear the OP or the ED, I just feel pumped up. If that's no good sign for the series, then I don't know what is.
Comedy (OAV) Excellent
Cowboy Bebop (TV) Excellent One of the shows that were my entry into the anime realm, Cowboy Bebop has a special place. While I saw the stellar German dub, and not the stellar English dub first, it was a great, episodic show (And at that timeslot, I could only watch it if my parents weren't there), I immediately liked the characters and the music. Full appreciation after I bought the box set and watched the whole thing - again :D
ef: a tale of memories (TV) Excellent Stunning execution. I recommend this series even if it's only for the Miyako/Kei part, which was really awesome. The Chihiro part is still good, but it didn't have those "I'm gonna cry" moments and the whole memory thing was too fantastic for me.
Elfen Lied (TV) Excellent (Ger.dub & sub) It has love, gore, great visuals, and it doesn't make a lot of sense. I love it.
Eureka Seven (TV) Excellent It takes this series a long time to develop, and the kids were really annyoing, but this remains one of my favorite 3 series until now. I love the characters, storyline, and...go watch it! PS: It also reminded me of Final Fantasy in terms of execution. I still don't know why, exactly.
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (movie) Excellent
FLCL (OAV) Excellent There are crazy shows done right, and crazy shows done wrong. While Dead Leaves is a perfect example for wrong, FLCL sure is a right. The storyline, while being hard to follow, is not entirely convoluted or not needed. FLCL has some great characters and the animation is superb. What makes FLCL really stand out, though, is the music. When the song "Little Busters" is played, I had goosebumps the first time I heard it. I couldn't get the music out of my head even a week after seeing FLCL. Pure awesomeness right here.
Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor (movie) Excellent I love Kafka, and this depiction/visualisation of one of his stories was simply great. The atmosphere was perfect, the choice of visuals very impressive, and I simply love how they told parts of the story visually. I just wonder if anyone who has not read the story can appreciate it as much.
Fullmetal Alchemist (TV) Excellent (Ger.dub & dub & sub)
Galaxy Express 999 (movie) Excellent
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo (TV) Excellent When I saw the first bunch of episodes, I was sure I would rate Gankutsuou 10/10. There was suspense, great music, great characters, and the show is worth watching for the visuals alone. The problem is that, compared with the book, the second half falls apart. So many changes would not have been necessary, and the lack of background (which is clumsily inertwined in the second half) reduces the impact a lot - not to mention the historical background which was great for me as a history-buff. Just like in Children Of Men, the carnage in the last few episodes was absolutely unnecessary and did not add anything to story, suspense or impact. For me, it felt totally out of place. Of course, an ending like that is probably needed because the show was changed so much that Dumas' ending was impossible. Towards the end, the show stumbles into a lot of tropes and completely removes any kind of message Dumas' novel had, replacing it with cliché and carnage. I give this show 8/10 as an adaptation, but 9/10 because of the awesome first half and the stunning visuals.
Ghost Hound (TV) Excellent This series has so many motives, it has so many genres in itself, it has a wonderful soundscape and some great characters, and all of them have good, believable character development. While it would seem the series would focus on different motives, it all fleshs the characters out, leading to the final few episodes which conclude everything in a great way. I adore how bravely, how genuinely the story was told here, and I like all of the characters. They might be some of the most "normal" characters in a non-normal setting I have encountered so far. Recommended.
Ghost in the Shell (movie) Excellent
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (TV) Excellent
Gunbuster (OAV) Excellent
Gunslinger Girl (TV) Excellent Don't be fooled by the "moe" designs and the first episode(s), this series builds up and delivers. I can also recommend the dub. One of my absolute favorites.
.hack//SIGN (TV) Excellent It reminded me so much of my experiences in a certain online game, the music was great and I liked the characters and the story - qualifies for one of my favorite series.
Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade (movie) Excellent
Macross Frontier (TV) Excellent
Millennium Actress (movie) Excellent
Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket (OAV) Excellent
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (movie) Excellent
Noein - to your other self (TV) Excellent I wonder why it took me so long to finish this one, because I like everything about it other than the opening song and how the series ended. For me, it had it's high point relatively early, around episode 10.
Oldboy (Korean movie) Excellent
Patlabor 2: The Movie Excellent
(The) Place Promised in Our Early Days (movie) Excellent
Royal Space Force - The Wings of Honnêamise (movie) Excellent
Serial Experiments Lain (TV) Excellent This series is trippy, and if you miss one episode, it is quite possible you won't understand the next. Lain is a great character, and the series is really, really packed. And really, really trippy, but it does make sense in the end (I think so). Heavily recommended.
Shigurui: Death Frenzy (TV) Excellent
Simoun (TV) Excellent One of my favorites. It has a great cast of likeable, understandable, human characters, some great ideas, and after some time, I even liked the background / CGI contrast. This is heavily recommended, if you can get over the yuri thing. Just watch the first three episodes, since yuri is not one of the biggest motives in here.
(The) Sky Crawlers (movie) Excellent
(The) Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? (movie) Excellent
Texhnolyze (TV) Excellent Needs to be rewatched, pending for a higher rating.
Time of Eve (ONA) Excellent
(The) Twelve Kingdoms (TV) Excellent
X (TV) Excellent (Ger.dub & sub)
Akira (movie) Very good I didn't get this movie, but I am going to read the manga. Erm...good visuals and I liked the characters and storyline, 8/10.
Amazing Nuts! (OAV) Very good
Amuri in Star Ocean (OAV) Very good
Another (TV) Very good
Berserk (TV) Very good
Chobits (TV) Very good Too nice to get a higher rating - but it's a nice, harmless show. I found the ending to be rather crude.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (TV) Very good Trainwreck as good as it gets - great visuals, a lot of mind-gambling and a fun ride. Don't expect anything in this series to make sense.
Daicon films (special) Very good
Death Note (TV) Very good See my comment for Code Geass. Seriously.
Dominion Tank Police (OAV) Very good
Dragon Ball Z (TV) Very good Ah, well, childhood memories...
Eden of the East (TV) Very good
Egao (special) Very good
Ergo Proxy (TV) Very good This has one of the best endings ever. The middle part can get boring at times, but it still is rewarding and...did I mention how brilliant the ending is? Seriously, I would recommend this to anyone, even if he doesn't like anime.
Fate/stay night (TV) Very good This was a very good series...The Archer x Berserker part was awesome, and the ending was quite good, too, still, Shirou's chauvinistic endeavours were idiotic.
Full Metal Panic! (TV) Very good
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu (TV) Very good
G-9 (OAV) Very good
Ga-Rei-Zero (TV) Very good
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (movie) Very good Rated down after seeing Texhnolyze and after rewatching the original GitS. While I still like this movie, it definitely has its shortcomings.
(The) Good Witch of the West (TV) Very good
Gunparade March (TV) Very good If only for the ingenious display of sorrow in one episode, this show is worth watching.
Gunsmith Cats (OAV) Very good
Heat Guy J (TV) Very good
Howl's Moving Castle (movie) Very good I liked it a lot, but the "War" motif was not convincing enough, it should have been explained more.
Interlude (OAV) Very good
Kekkaishi (TV) Very good
Kiddy Grade (TV) Very good I dropped this after the first two episodes because there were too many panty shots for my taste. I came back to it one year later (Anime sure makes you resistant against panty shots) and I actually liked it a lot. Especially the "twist" was great. Also, the ending was not that good, but it still avoided a lot of cheesiness.
Kirameki Project (OAV) Very good
Kurenai (TV) Very good
Last Exile (TV) Very good
Letter Bee: Light and Blue Night Fantasy (special) Very good
Magical Witch Punie-chan (OAV) Very good
Mobile Suit Gundam Seed (TV) Very good
My-HiME (TV) Very good I liked the series and the characters a lot, but the ending was just too cheesy, so this gets 8/10 instead of 9/10.
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth (movie) Very good
Noir (TV) Very good Beautiful music and character designs, great ending. This is 8.5/10, so I'm not sure whether to rate this "Very Good" or "Excellent". Still, I can honestly recommend this.
Orguss 02 (OAV) Very good
Otogi Zoshi (TV) Very good
Paranoia Agent (TV) Very good It's been a while since I watched this, I didn't find the ending too convincing, but it's still very good. I have yet to see other works from Satoshi Kon.
Patlabor: The Movie Very good
Pet Shop of Horrors (TV) Very good
Please Teacher! (TV) Very good
Project A-Ko (movie) Very good
Re: Cutie Honey (OAV) Very good
Read or Die (OAV) Very good James Bond going Anime. Great dub and some great ideas and characters, but don't expect more than a nonsensical superhero/secret agent film.
Sakura Wars: The Movie Very good
She, The Ultimate Weapon (TV) Very good Although there was a lot of whining going on, I could nearly always understand why the characters felt that way - something few shows manage to do. The ending, however, is quite possibly one of the worst I have ever seen. Let's just pretend this is a 12 or 11 episode series.
Shion no Oh (TV) Very good
Spice and Wolf (TV) Very good
A Spirit of The Sun (special) Very good Unfortunately, the second part was not nearly as good as the first one.
Superflat Monogram (movie) Very good
Tachikomatic Days (OAV) Very good
Tales of Phantasia (OAV) Very good
Toradora! (TV) Very good
True Tears (TV) Very good
Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations (OAV) Very good
Twilight of the Dark Master (OAV) Very good
Twilight Q (OAV) Very good
When They Cry - Higurashi (TV) Very good The first arc creeped the hell out of me. Sadly, the series never gets so good again, only the last arc nearly lives up to the first one's greatness. Protip: A lot of people say you shouldn't think about this series. After watching it again with brain on, they were probably right. Just have fun and see some creepy stories.
Afro Ken (OAV) Good
Air (TV) Good I was seriously disappointed with this show at first. Girls who trip all the time, die or have somewhat random problems just don't appeal to me. However, with the introduction of the summer arc, things got better, and the end nearly had me in tears. Still, the first 8 episodes or so are not really my cup of tea.
Ame to Shoujo to Watashi no Tegami (ONA) Good
(The) Animatrix (OAV) Good
Anime Sanjushi: Aramis no Bōken (movie) Good
Appleseed (movie) Good
Armored Trooper Votoms: Pailsen Files (OAV) Good Enjoyable, but not as realistic as some people make it out to be. Great use of CGI.
Black Magic M-66 (OAV) Good
Bleach the Movie: Fade to Black Good
Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody Good
Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion (movie) Good
Blood: The Last Vampire (movie) Good Great visuals, nearly nothing else.
Blue Sonnet (OAV) Good
Blue Submarine No.6 (OAV) Good Reminded me too much of "The Swarm" (a book), but it was rather enjoyable. The old-fashioned-looking CGI animation might turn off some people, however, I still recommend it.
Cherry no Manma (OAV) Good
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 (TV) Good
Connected (OAV) Good
Coo: Tōi Umi kara Kita Coo (movie) Good
Dai Mahou Touge Omake (OAV) Good
Darker than Black (TV) Good I can't help this series could have been a lot better without the "comic relief" characters and a better format - 45 minute episodes, for example. Not to mention the cliffhanger at the ending.
Digimon Adventure (TV) Good
Dragon Ball (TV) Good
Dragon Ball: Yo! The Return of Son Goku and Friends!! (ONA) Good
Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture Good
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (movie) Good Good fights, good music, not more.
Ginga Tetsudo 999: Eien no Tabibito Emeraldas (special) Good
.hack//Unison (OAV) Good
Hellsing (TV) Good Ah, well, Hellsing is only good because of the kick-ass characters, Alucard, Walter and Integra. The first few episodes rock, the middle part rather sucks, and the ending is good again. 7/10, good German and English dubs.
Higan (OAV) Good
Higurashi no Naku Koroni Gaiden Nekogoroshi-hen (OAV) Good
Initial D: Extra Stage 2: Tabidachi no Green (OAV) Good
Jyu-Oh-Sei (TV) Good
Kai Doh Maru (OAV) Good
Karas (OAV) Good I liked this a lot more than the Blood movie, since there is a little story going on, and probably because it goes into more depth because it's...longer. Still, the story could have been much better and the characters, especially the villain, should have been fleshed out more.
Kite (OAV) Good Terribly disgusting...but I guess that was intended. I still refuse to give this more than a "Good", though.
Kotetsushin Jeeg (TV) Good Like a wackier, though less epic version of Gurren Lagann. Good animation, although the CGI can clash a lot with the rest, but a very fun thing to watch.
Looking Up At The Half-Moon (TV) Good
Lunar Legend Tsukihime (TV) Good (dub & sub) There were a lot of things that bothered me, but the atmosphere is really good most of the time, and it has vampires.
Macross Zero (OAV) Good
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's (TV) Good Has a lot of magical girls fighting, but is ultimately forgettable.
Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 2: Jūryoku Sensen (OAV) Good
Mobile Suit Gundam Seed C.E.73: Stargazer (ONA) Good Enjoyable fights and plot, cool new mecha design. Nothing special, but worth watching.
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz Special Edition (movie) Good
Neko no Shūkai (special) Good
Ninja Scroll (movie) Good Action movie with a lot of senseless gore. That is all.
Plastic Little (OAV) Good
RahXephon (TV) Good There are two episodes that strike my mind when thinking about this series. The first one is episode 5 or something, where he drinks out of the bottle with the ball in it. This episode has a slice-of-life feeling, and is absolutely great. The other one would be episode 18, which was stunning in execution and really, really heartwrenching. The rest of the series was what I didn't like, I especially found Kaminas development too unconvincing and the ending felt out-of-place, since some things just weren't explained at all. However, I can't say this show ripped off Evangelion, because that simply isn't true. I would recommend this to everyone who liked mecha shows, but it just wasn't for me.
Relic Armor Legaciam (OAV) Good
Rozen Maiden (TV) Good
SHINOBI - Heart Under Blade (live-action movie) Good
Steamboy (movie) Good Beautiful animation, good action, okay story, lame ending. Enjoyable, but nothing I would rewatch.
Strike Witches (TV) Good Think dumbed-down Simoun with heaps of fanservice thrown onto it. I liked it nevertheless, but the fanservice, non-exploration of certain themes (Neuroi...) and horrid CGI prevent a higher rating.
Survival 2.7D (OAV) Good
Umezu Kazuo no Noroi (OAV) Good
Virgin Fleet (OAV) Good
Welcome to the NHK (TV) Good I liked this series a lot, but on a lot of occasions, it seemed as if it couldn't decide between drama or comedy, which made it rather awkward. I heard the manga didn't have this problem, so I will see if that is true. Still, recommended a lot.
A Wind Named Amnesia (movie) Good Some nice ideas about a dystopian future, but a weak end and somehow wacky presentation.
xxxHOLiC the Movie: A Midsummer Night's Dream Good An interesting film with beautiful animation. It actually kept me excited for the whole length, but ultimately, I can't get over the character designs. Sorry.
Armored Trooper Votoms: Big Battle (OAV) Decent Not as big a battle as the title promises, but enjoyable nevertheless. My first contact with the VOTOMS franchise.
Cosmos Pink Shock (OAV) Decent
Dead Leaves (OAV) Decent So...what the hell was that? It's fast and senseless, but that didn't make it good. It's an exceptional anime, but still...
Dragon Century (OAV) Decent
Ichigeki Sacchu!! HoiHoi-san (special) Decent
Kanon (TV 2/2006) Decent I was rather impressed when first watching this, but the second time around, I find it to be annoying sometimes. The ending also feels like a cop-out.
Kite Liberator (OAV) Decent Took Kite and made it different. I can't say a lot about this one, just watch it and don't take it seriously!
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha (TV) Decent
Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01 (OAV) Decent
Mobile Suit Gundam F91 (movie) Decent Paper-thin plot, disjointed narrative... but boy is it pretty. Ending was okay. Watchable, but nothing special really.
Pokemon 2000 - The Movie Decent
School Days (TV) Decent This might have the most unlikable cast of characters ever. I hated nearly all of them. The anime still was rather mediocre.
Shakugan no Shana (TV) Decent Wait...what was this? Shana had a good first episode, a good flashback episode, and a good ending. That's about it. The rest of the show was boring, and it is one of the few series where I had to force myself watching it. I will give it 6/10 for the three episodes I liked and the good idea, otherwise, this would score far less.
Sola (TV) Decent
Space Warrior Baldios (movie) Decent
Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE the Movie: The Princess in the Birdcage Kingdom Decent
Ar Tonelico (OAV) So-so
Bleach: The Sealed Sword Frenzy (OAV) So-so
Eien no Aseria (OAV) So-so
Lady Death (U.S. movie) So-so
Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: The Hidden One Year War (movies) So-so Uses the same formula in every episode, but has great action sequences. Of course, the CGI-animated characters look horrible most of the time - but the action!
Strike Witches (OAV) So-so
Afro Samurai (TV) Not really good
Angel Sanctuary (OAV) Not really good So...I didn't like the characters, the art style, the storyline was horrible and the German dub is quite possibly the worst I have ever heard.
Daimaju Gekito Hagane no Oni (OAV) Not really good
Dengeki Oshioki Musume Gōtaman: Gōtaman Tanjō-hen (OAV) Not really good
Eko Eko Azarak (OAV) Not really good While it is somewhat entertaining, it could be even more if the animation was not so very horrible. The artsy style seems to be an excuse to not, or lazily animate something here.
Elfen Lied (OAV) Not really good
Ki*Me*Ra (OAV) Not really good
MD Geist (OAV) Weak
Eiken (OAV) Bad
Bakemonogatari (TV)
Lagrange - The Flower of Rin-ne (TV)
Perfect Blue (movie)
(The) Ring (live-action movie 2002)
Roujin Z (movie)
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