Obviously, I haven't finished these yet (so much anime and manga, yet so little time!!!).

Seen some Rating
Attack on Titan (TV 2/2017)
Basilisk (TV)
Saw the beginning, saw the ending; this tragedy is positively operatic in scope.
Bleach (TV)

It's a looong running shonen flick. If you're going to watch this, then research which arcs to avoid; some arcs are terrific, while some are just painfully drawn-out drivel!


    Cour Arrancar: Decisive Battle of Karakura arc (episodes 213-229)
  1. What was the animation budget? They seem to have taken a number of shortcuts....
    • There's a lotta talking going on in these "battles"..... (Perhaps an animation budget issue?)
    • Humor in a battle scene? Is this really canon?
    • The humor in the "Shinigami Work Diary" is better than what was in the actual episode itself! Sheesh!
    • I really like the OP & ED, though!
    • Hard to believe that this is really canon. Has the manga really declined so badly at this point?
    • Right now it's hard for me to care about any of the characters above Karakura Town.
    • It's a sad state of affairs when "The ShinigamI Work Diary" is more entertaining than the episode itself! Right now I'm rating this cour at 6/11 ─ and I think I'm being generous.
So-so (edit.dub & sub)
Boys Over Flowers (TV)
Dagashi Kashi (TV)
12 ep.s
Sounds quirky -- check it out!
Plot Summary:
Kokonotsu “Coconuts” Shikada dreams of becoming a famous manga artist. The only problem—he’s terrible. His real talent is selling the complex and delicious snacks in his father’s “dagashi” shop. He never thought much about the family business until the trendy, eccentric Hotaru showed up. As a lover of “dagashi,” she can’t let his talent go to waste and decides she won’t stop ‘til she’s sold him on sweets.
  1. Setup; surprisingly humorous.
  2. Moderately humorous.
Dimension W (TV)
  1. Fan service.
  2. "Loser" presents a mystery from the past.
El Cazador de la Bruja (TV)
Emma: A Victorian Romance (TV)
Flowers of Evil (TV)
Very psychological; a psychological horror.
The manga is strongly recommended. (Sakagami Tomoyo's comment is 2nd below)
Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma (TV)
Fushigi Yugi (TV)
52 ep.s + 3 OAV sequels ─ Bamboo Dong recommends it.


  1. Obviously, a rather limited animation budget.....
  2. The basic setup is set out.
  3. So Tamahome seems to be creating the nucleus of a harem.....
  4. Love triangles.
  5. Taiitsukun tests the two love triangles.
  6. "Even if I Die": Taiitsukun creates an evil version of Miaka.
    • I'm surprised by just how much I'm enjoying the humor in this episode!
    • Miaka and Yui exchange places.
  7. "Brief Parting"
    • The animation budget seems to have taken a hit.....
    • So how does Miaka break into the National Library?! (CON)
    • I'm sorry, but I like my plots to maintain an internal logic; how are things "too calm" when military forces are on the border?! (CON)
  8. "Enemies Unseen"
    So exactly how do arrows kill an assassin inside a house?! (CON)
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo (TV)
Hunter × Hunter (TV 2011)
At 148 ep.s, it's simply too much to watch!

I will say, however, that there are meaningful deaths.....

Very good
Inferno Cop (ONA)
ep.#1: I don't know what to make of this; art house? So bad it's good?
Izetta: The Last Witch (TV)
Japan Animator Expo (ONA)
  1. Dragon's Teeth. Ends on notes of mystery.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders (TV)
Has the same major flaw as the first season -- see my comments in Will Not Finish.
Kodomo no Jikan Nigakki (OAV)
Lucky Star (TV)
  • The humor just isn't my cup of tea.....
  • I bumped the rating up one notch to 7/11 because I like the OP.
  • See Slice-of-life
Lupin III: Part IV (TV 2015)
Saw it on Toonami -- I rated it at 9/11 because of the OP.
Very good
Mirai (movie)
  • 35:00 is the boy imagining all of this?
  • sibling rivalry: gotta love it.....
  • The character designs strongly resemble The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars
  • It's charming, there's no denying that; but how much of that was his imagination and how much was real?
  • It's true that Mirai (from the future) is a part of the plot, but she's only one part of the plot ─ the title is somewhat misleading.
Very good
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (TV 2)
Munto (OAV)
Nice plot; but the animation does show it's age..... (dub)
Munto 2: Beyond the Walls of Time (OAV)
The director seems to have rationed the animation budget to give the action scenes extra oomph. (dub)
Very good
Paranoia Agent (TV)
(The) Qwaser of Stigmata II (TV)
Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul (TV)
24 ep.s
  1. So apparently Nina is a dragon? Gonna have to watch more.....
  2. So the Rag Demon is saved by the Holy Child.....
  3. The Rag Demon is lured out!
Red Garden (TV)
  1. ep.#1: graphics/animation are a bit crude; OST is decent, however.
  2. ep.#2: Ruby Rose tries to get her bearing without her sister for guidance.
  3. ep.#3: pretty snappy dialogue..... Also, mildly amusing.
  4. ep.#4: more snappy dialogue..... and more mildly amusing humor.
  5. ep.#5: I like Blake Belladona's attitude!
  6. ep.#6: Forgot just how f'ugly the graphics/animation are.....
    If I'm not mistaken, then they saved their animation budget for the action scenes.....
  7. So the pairs are getting their collective asses kicked on a largely individual basis.....
  8. Yeah, they definitely rationed the animation budget to give the action scenes the most oomph.
    Oh, and the OST definitely needs to be checked out!
  9. 1st day of class..... (snoozefest)
  10. The team adjusts to Ruby as leader.
  11. Jacques Schnee & Co. are being bullies.
  12. Blackmail.
  13. More of the same.....
  14. Jaune Arc finally lets go of his pride. (Ironically enough, after he comes into his own.)
  15. Blake Belladonna character development. And the OST ain't half bad, either.....
  16. This thriller is to be continued.....
  1. Food fight?! Maybe the director was trying to impress with the animation?
    At least there was some plot progression.....
  2. There seems to be a pattern here: Some plot progression; a lot of filler; and then a little more plot progression.
SaiKano (live-action movie)
It's difficult to do SFX very well.....
Shirobako (TV)
Willag Crisha recommends it. 24 ep.s
Also, see "Sakura Quest" (25 ep.s)
Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san (TV)
12 ep.s
  1. If you can accept the limited animation, then all bibliophiles should like this series.
(La) storia della Arcana Famiglia (TV)
There are 2 reviews.....
  1. The setup is given;
    Felicitá is the one-and-only daughter of the Papa of the organization, maybe even mafia, known as the Arcana Famiglia. The Famiglia is made up of people who have made contracts with the Arcane cards, and have received special abilities due to this. The Papa has decided it's time for him to retire and give up his seat to a new male who has control over an Arcane. To decide who in the "family" gets this seat, he calls for a tournament between Arcane users. To the winner, he promises the "Papa" seat, a wish of the winner's choice...and his daughter's hand in marriage. Refusing to accept this, Felicitá decides to fight to choose her own path, with her friends Liberta and Nova fighting for her freedom by her side. [From Encyclopedia entry]
  2. White kitten?
    Filler episode?
  3. So, there's this annual children's festival.....
    There's a relationship between Jolly and "Elmo".
  4. The history of Dante and Libertà.
  5. The history between Nova and his parents' attempt to betray Mondo.
  6. A test of the Arcana powers of Nova, Libertà and Felicitá.
  7. Luca, Pace and Debito hike to harvest a herb garden.
    "Gli Amanti" -Felicitá
  8. Jolly explains to Nova, Libertà and Felicitá that Elmo is a humunculus.
Tales of Zestiria: Dōshi no Yoake (special)
It seems to be a compilation OVA.....
Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki (OAV 2/1994)
    • Baby hijinks.
    • Infants cannot maneuver like that [Con]
    • To be continued.....
Texhnolyze (TV)
Thundercats (U.S. TV)
  • I am so clueless; but it is because of that cluelessness that I will not rate this.....
  • Apparently, it was animated in Japan.....
I've changed my mind; I'll rate this based on my memories.
Uma Musume Pretty Derby (TV)

Because I can't find a review, I guess I'll have to provide some descriptions.....
    There doesn't seem to be an English dub.....
  1. OST seems decent.....
    Is this a slice-of-life? Can't tell.....
    So it's definitely "Country girl comes to the big city." Out in the sticks, they have rotary telephones.....
  2. So Special Week wins her debut race.....
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    I'm still trying to figure out what this series is about.....
  3. So far, this appears to be about cute horse-girls running in cute outfits.....
    What's up with this shot?

    The more that I think about that image, the more I'm reminded of just how sexist Japanese culture is!

  4. Trainer sets up a mock race for Special Week with Taiki Shuttle.....
  5. First off, before I get into the synopsis (such as it, and what there is of it) I would like to ask this: What's up with the Rubik's Cube?

    With that outta the way, let's get on to the race! How does it finish?

    That's right; a photo finish!
    Rivals, yet friends as well.....

  6. First off: If you're gong to offer fanservice, then at least try to offer it in support of the plot.

    Second thing: This Rubik's Cube shows up three different times! What's up with that?!

    They sure weren't skimping on the animation budget.....

    • unexpected humor at 15:45
    • So this episode was pretty much slice-of-life, except for a race and Silence Suzuka's decision to race abroad.
  7. This body shaming is getting real old, real quick!!!
    No way am I rating this any higher than 9/11 ("Very Good").

    The ED for ep.#7 is nice, but I'm still pissed off about the body shaming. Normally, my baseline for determining a rating is at 9/11, but with this body-shaming drivel I think that the baseline could well be 6/11 or even 3/11! This shit is outrageous!!!
    • "Special Week" vs. "Grass Wonder". "Grass Wonder"'s feelings are not reciprocated.
Ushio & Tora (TV)
might be good -- 2nd season coming.....
World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman (TV)
  1. I have no idea what this series is supposed to be about. 6/11
Young Black Jack (TV)
check out the OP & ED
ep.#6 -- 5:50 well, that's not a surprise.....
your name. (movie)
Makoto Shinkai
moderately funny
great graphics

The central plot premises are not explained.
English dub

Very good

What can I say? I am not a completest!

Will not finish Rating
Armored Fleet Dairugger XV (TV) Not really good
Saw this on TV as a child. Even back then, I wasn't terribly impressed. See also my entry for Voltron in this list.
Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HERE- Past (movie) So-so
What I saw is too damned disjointed; I'll check out the series before checking out the 2nd movie.
Black Clover (TV) saw on Toonami -- will not rate
Bokurano (TV) Awful
Dear mother of the goddesses, if this thing were any more depressing, then I swear that that I would slit my own wrists! I hate Greek tragedy. The reason I have rated at 2/11 (instead of 1/11) is because of the OP & ED songs (here & here, respectively)

Bokurano: Latest Manga Adaptation Train Wreck

Bondage Game (OAV) So-so
  • Yeah, it sorta titillates, but the scat is a real turn-off.
  • Yeah, there are scenes that are a turn-on for me, but there are also plenty of scenes that are a turn-off for me.....
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu (TV)
I will not rate the series because I have not seen it in its entirety. However, I will state my reason for deciding not to finish the series: It is because it continues in a different vein. This is not a continuation of the first series; rather, it is the first series set in an alternate universe -- and in this universe, humor is emphasized to the exclusion of all else. I am not saying that this is a bad thing in a series; I am just saying that this is not my cup of tea.

Note to self: Read all of the reviews -- the series might be worth revisiting.

Gatchaman (TV)
  • As a young child, I saw some episodes as Battle of the Planets.....
  • I don't care if this is a stroll down memory lane -- at 105 ep.s, I'm not watching it!
Ginga Tetsudo 999: Kimi wa Senshi no You ni Ikirareru ka!! (special) Bad
Apparently, this is an earlier version of the film that was released later that same year. The English dub is particularly bad.
Gurren Lagann (TV) So-so
I saw the opener and I couldn't watch any further. Exactly why SciFi (excuse me....."Syfy"......what rubbish) chose to show it is beyond me.


When "Syfy" showed the series again, I tried to watch it, I really did.....but that opener, combined with that first 10 minutes was simply too much..... This dreck is CLEARLY aimed at younger children (tweens, if I'm not mistaken).


I've seen most of it, so I've changed my rating of it. At least they're willing to kill off a few characters. It does get better after a while, but this is far from a favorite of mine.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (TV) Bad
The only reason that that I saw the part that I did was because I happened to have access to Cartoon Network / Toonami at the time. So why do I hold it in such disrepute? From Major irritants about "Inuyasha.":
I wrote:
2. The expositions wherein the characters explain what's going on (e.g., when Kagome trips over a rock, Shippo will then exclaim, "Kagome tripped over a rock!"
Further on down the thread bravetailor, in response to John Casey, wrote:
Not just One Piece, but all long shonen series in general.

Shonen series in general tend to be highly expository because

a: they are meant for kids
b: they are meant to be watched casually, while kids are eating a meal or doing something with the TV on. So when something happens onscreen, they overexplain it so that the programs can be followed even if the audience is not always looking at the TV while it is on. And no--I am not making this up, I think one of the producers for the Inu-Yasha anime even said this in an interview.

If these things begin to bother you, chances are you're ready to start looking for anime that are meant for people older than 13 years old.

Kodocha (TV) Not my cup of tea; but since I have not seen all of it, I will not rate it.
Rave Master (TV) Bad
I should explain my point of view. I saw the opening sequence, and my hand AUTOMATICALLY punched the "mute" button. I had to consciously put down the remote for one of the worst 90 second periods of my life. I'm sorry, but I both CANNOT and WILL NOT watch this anime. I'd have to be paid some good $$$ to watch it.
(The) Vision of Escaflowne (TV) So-so
Nice ED

Juxtaposing mecha with the middle ages is just absurd -- it's a mashup of scifi and fantasy.

Voltron (TV) Worst ever
I saw this thing as a child; now that I'm an adult, I COMPLETELY agree with the review!
The only positive thing, aside from its monstrous nostalgia value, that one can say about Voltron is that it periodically achieves a kitsch value akin to that of the Flash Gordon serials of yesteryear; only without the critical temporal distance that would render its chasmic shortcomings as quaint quirks. There is nothing quaint or even remotely appealing about Voltron. Upon completing this set, my one reaction was an overwhelming desire to throttle the show and demand that it return the hours of my life that it had stolen from me.