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Cardcaptor Sakura (TV) Not really good I have no idea if the original unedited version of this is any better than the wholly uninspiring dub, but I err towards not finding that out.
Castle in the Sky (movie) Decent Although the sense of struggle to overcome the blatant "baddie" in the film was engaging, the sky pirates and dialogue limited my enjoyment of this. It is technically my favorite Miyazaki film however.
Diamond Daydreams (TV) Many of the requirements for a good romance show are met here, and for doing so this show ought not to be looked down upon. Limiting itself to unrelated two-episode arcs restricts the show from achieving its potential however, revoking any reason for me to continue watching it.
Excel Saga (TV) Decent No real plotlines here, but there needn't be. I got quite a lot of the jokes but some of the references were beyond me.
Full Metal Panic! (TV)
His and Her Circumstances (TV) I cannot find fault in the portrayal of the characters' budding relationship. None at all. I find one of the most off-putting devices in a dramatic work to be a continual juxtaposition of comedy against drama, a crime this show committed many a time.
Infinite Ryvius (TV) The premise seems lumbered great many characters, few of whom I wish to see develop in their predicament. For me to remain riveted by this over 26 episodes would require a drastic change in setting, something I doubt can happen.
Joker Game (TV)
Kiki's Delivery Service (movie) So-so Female protagonist wants to prove herself. What follows may be considered a spoiler: She does.
Kurau: Phantom Memory (TV) Whilst certainly above average, the episodes seen thus far deal with devices, characters and plotlines that other viewers would appreciate somewhat more than I did. My mild interest simply wasn't nurtured.
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (movie) The main character is a thief? Here's me thinking Miyazaki's tales promoted good morals. This one probably does eventually, but I didn't watch it for long enough to find out.
Magic of Stella (TV)
Mr. Osomatsu (TV)
Noein - to your other self (TV) Not really good Labeling ostensibly magical abilities and occurances as the effects of theoretical concepts within the mathematical sciences seems to be the path taken here. The plot may become something of interest, but the visual styling is not the sort I enjoy.
Pokémon (TV) Weak Like many others I was caught up in the craze. Nostalgic value is rife in this show, but from an adult perspective very little else is.
Pom Poko (movie) Weak I am aware of environmental concerns. I do not need to sit through things like this to be reminded of them. If any transforming sentient raccoon with an inflatable scrotum is offended by my lack of heart, please send me a telegram.
Princess Mononoke (movie) So-so Were it not for the talking animals, assorted spirits, historic setting and environmental theme I would have liked this.
Scorching Ping Pong Girls (TV)
Sola (TV) Weak A first episode drop. Forced its supernatural elements onto the viewer too quickly, exhibited poor dialogue and suffered from numerous genre clichés. A pity considering the score was decent.
Spirited Away (movie) So-so Yes, it is original. Yes, the visuals are memorable. Yes, it is deserving of some praise as a family film. No, it is not the be-all and end-all of anime. When one compares this film to the works of other equally talented anime directors, the level to which it boosted Miyazaki's reputation amongst the mainstream UK audience seems disproportionately high.
Tanoshii Moomin Ikka (TV) Not really good Mentioning this brings me back. Compared to other kids' cartoons of the early 90s I could never help but feel there was something unnervingly strange about the goings-on in Moominvalley.