Seen all Rating Comment
Zipang (TV) Good Sending a modern JMSDF destroyer back to the Battle of Midway sounds like the set-up for some super-nationalistic and propagandistic story, but Zipang is nothing like that. Mildly disappointing ending (it seems to be setting up for a second season that was never made), but definitely worth buying overall.
your name. (movie) Masterpiece Viewed at Hawaii International Film Festival Fall 2016.
Wolf Children (movie) Masterpiece Viewed at Hawaii International Film Festival Fall 2012.
(The) Wind Rises (movie) Very good
Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW (movie) Good Viewed at Hawaii International Film Festival Fall 2010.
Voices of a Distant Star (OAV) Very good
Tokyo Godfathers (movie) Very good Film directed by Satoshi Kon, who deserves more attention than he seems to get. Three homeless bums find an abandoned infant on Christmas Eve in Tokyo, hilarity ensues. What's not to like?
Texhnolyze (TV) Decent Exceptionally bleak and depressing anime (in the same class as Grave of the Fireflies) with a slow start (6-7 episodes to get going.) Worth buying if you can stand that sort of thing.
(The) Tale of the Princess Kaguya (movie) Excellent
Summer Wars (movie) Good Viewed at Hawaii International Film Festival Spring Showcase 2010. Nice remake of Digimon: Bokura no War Game (released in the U.S. as part of Digimon: The Movie).
Squid Girl (TV) Very good
Spirited Away (movie) Masterpiece (dub & sub)
(The) Sky Crawlers (movie) Very good Viewed at Hawaii International Film Festival Spring Showcase 2009.
A Silent Voice (movie) Excellent
Serial Experiments Lain (TV) Good
(The) Secret World of Arrietty (movie) Excellent
Scrapped Princess (TV) Not really good Liked it right up until the point it changed from a fantasy anime to a sci-fi anime (about halfway through the series), then it was mostly down hill from there. Don't recommend buying this.
Redline (movie) Excellent Viewed at Hawaii International Film Festival Fall 2010.
Princess Mononoke (movie) Good (dub), Excellent (sub) Sub version strongly recommended over the dub.
Porco Rosso (movie) Excellent
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (movie) Very good
Pom Poko (movie) Very good Tanuki + Takahata = Win.
Planetes (TV) Good If you like hard sci-fi, there is no anime harder than Planetes. (To my knowledge, at least.)
Paranoia Agent (TV) Very good Series directed by Satoshi Kon. Mostly a commentary on modern Japanese society, so not recommended for people beyond hardened anime fans and those familiar with Japan itself.
Paprika (movie) Excellent Film directed by Satoshi Kon, who was kind enough to appear at the Hawaii International Film Festival when this movie was shown there in Fall 2006.
Ocean Waves (special) Very good Viewed at Hawaii International Film Festival Fall 2012.
Noir (TV) So-so An anime worth buying if you like action and girls shooting people, not something that interests me unfortunately.
Night on the Galactic Railroad (movie) Excellent Screened at Hawaii International Film Festival Fall 2013. Weird, yet not obtuse at the end.
NieA_7 (TV) Good Slice-of-life anime similar to Haibane Renmei, with plenty of comedy to go around. Sadly, it seems to be the least-known of the four anime Yoshitoshi ABe was involved in.
New Hal & Bons (OAV) Decent Stop-motion animated episodes of two dogs drinking beer together and chatting with a talking piece of mochi. Each episode is nothing more than dialogue between the three characters, and it's remarkably entertaining. Viewed at the 2006 Hawaii International Film Festival, no idea if/when this will get an R1 release.
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (movie) Weak (dub), Good (sub) As indicated by the title, watch only after seeing the TV series in full. This movie is necessary for the ending to make sense.
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth (movie) Awful (dub), Bad (sub) Alternate retelling of the TV series and part of End of Eva. Not worth buying, unless you're a major Eva fan.
Neon Genesis Evangelion (TV) Not really good (dub), Good (sub) Notorious for having non-symbolic items interpreted as symbolism, but has an excellent cast of interesting characters. (Sub version preferred.)
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (movie) Very good An excellent movie doomed to forever live in the shadow of its more expansive manga counterpart. Watch the anime, then read the manga afterwards to avoid disappointment.
Napping Princess (movie) Very good Viewed at Hawaii International Film Festival Fall 2017.
My Neighbor Totoro (movie) Excellent
Millennium Actress (movie) Masterpiece Film directed by Satoshi Kon, probably the second-least confusing of his work.
(The) Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (TV) Very good Good show all around, highly recommend watching it in broadcast order for best results.
Mei and the Baby Cat Bus (movie) Very good Viewed at the Ghibli Museum in December 2005.
Mary and The Witch's Flower (movie) Excellent Viewed at Hawaii International Film Festival Fall 2017.
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (movie) Good
Lu over the wall (movie) Excellent
A Letter to Momo (movie) Masterpiece Viewed at the Hawaii International Film Festival Fall 2011. Reminiscent of Spirited Away and Kamichu, in story and setting.
Last Exile (TV) Weak (dub & sub) Do not recommend buying due to the rushed and poorly done ending, which is a shame because I liked the first twenty-four episodes.
Kino's Journey (TV) Very good A series of vignettes as told by a traveler on a motorcycle, so there's no substantial overarching plot. Limited by 25-minute episode length, but overall an excellent buy.
Kiki's Delivery Service (movie) Very good
Kamichu! (TV) Excellent "Mitsue-chan, I became a goddess last night." Funimation has been kind enough to rerelease this, so do them the favor of buying it.
Howl's Moving Castle (movie) Decent I consider this to be Miyazaki's worst movie to date, mostly because the plot doesn't flow as well as should, and the anti-war message is overblown. Still worth buying, but the book is much better.
High School Fleet (TV) Very good
Hal & Bons (OAV) Decent Stop-motion animated episodes of two dogs drinking beer together and chatting with a talking piece of mochi. Each episode is nothing more than dialogue between the three characters, and it's remarkably entertaining. Viewed at Hawaii International Film Festival Fall 2006, no idea if/when this will get an R1 release.
Haibane Renmei (TV) Masterpiece Personal favorite that I recommend everyone watch.
Grave of the Fireflies (movie) Excellent Only watched this once in 2003, but I'd say that's enough for several more years at least. Isao Takahata deserves far more respect than he gets. (Note: How much you like this movie directly depends on how much you care about Seita and his actions. Some consider him an idiot, some [like myself] consider him a kid trapped by events beyond his control.)
Girls und Panzer (TV) Excellent
(The) Girl Who Leapt Through Time (movie) Excellent
Ghost in the Shell (movie) Good
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (movie) Good Viewed at Hawaii International Film Festival Fall 2011. Opens and ends strongly, but the middle section drags the movie down. The director and scriptwriter both need to be smacked with the "Show, Don't Tell" bat.
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie - Conqueror of Shamballa So-so Do not recommend buying this unless you are a diehard FMA fan desperate for more animated goodness.
From Up On Poppy Hill (movie) Very good
FLCL (OAV) Excellent
First Squad - The Moment Of Truth (OAV) So-so Screened at Hawaii International Film Festival Fall 2009.
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (movie) Very good Screened at Hawaii International Film Festival Fall 2013.
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (movie) Very good Screened at Hawaii International Film Festival Fall 2009. This film makes it clear from the first scene that it will not be following the story of the TV series, and actually tops it.
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (movie) Good Viewed at Hawaii International Film Festival Spring Showcase 2009. It's almost identical to the first six episodes of the TV series, but with CGI and some minor changes. (Still worth watching, especially if in a theater.)
Denpa teki na Kanojo (OAV) Excellent
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie Very good
Cowboy Bebop (TV) Very good
(The) Cat Returns (movie) Very good (dub & sub)
Buddha: The Great Departure (movie) So-so Viewed at Hawaii International Film Festival Fall 2011. Felt rushed; I haven't read the original manga myself, but if someone who has tells you to read it instead of seeing the movie, listen to them.
(The) Boy and The Beast (movie) Excellent Viewed at Hawaii International Film Festival Fall 2015.
Blue Submarine No.6 (OAV) Decent
Azumanga Daioh (TV) Excellent
Aria the Animation (TV) Very good It's a girls-in-gondolas anime, what's not to like?
Area 88 (TV) Decent Rated relatively high only because I like planes so much. Don't bother buying this if you don't like watching aerial dogfights or action anime in general.
(The) Ancient Magus' Bride (TV) Excellent
5 Centimeters Per Second (movie) Very good