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recommended by others (public)
Accel World (TV)
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After the Rain (TV)
(see WtS/R)
Aggretsuko (ONA)
(10 ep.s; 15 min.s/ep. -- Geoff Thew)
Alita: Battle Angel (live-action movie)
(Zac Bertschy Review)
Blood Blockade Battlefront (TV)
(go here)
Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond (TV)
(Nick Creamer)
Chivalry of a Failed Knight (TV)
(12 ep.s
Rebecca Silverman wrote:
Chivalry of a Failed Knight is still pretty average at this point, but it also has the potential to be more than just another urban fantasy light novel adaptation. I'm not fully sold yet, but between the hints of more to come and an opening theme that's seriously growing on me (I'm a sucker for grayscale + random bits of red as a color scheme), I'm also not reluctant to keep watching. So come on, Chivalry. Show me I'm not crazy to stick with you.
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Code:Realize -Guardian of Rebirth- (TV)
(Rebecca Silverman's review)
Crest of the Stars (TV)
(The entire series (excluding compilation films) is 38 ep.s long.
Nick Creamer wrote:
But packaging aside, Crest of the Stars executes on an incredibly high level as a sci fi adventure, and succeeds equally well as an intimate character drama. If you're looking for a more thoughtful sort of fantasy drama, Crest of the Stars falls somewhere between Legend of the Galactic Heroes and Spice and Wolf, bringing the strength of both those classics together into something novel and thrilling. Don't miss this richly illustrated and rightly renowned anime classic.
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (TV)
(The Spring 2019 Anime Preview Guide)
Domestic Girlfriend (TV)
(Domestic Girlfriend is a Surprisingly Thoughtful Sleazefest

"Domestic Girlfriend: A Dumpster Fire I Can't Stop Watching"|Gigguk

"describing domestic girlfriend's spicy plot after eating a ghost pepper"|Gigguk)

Dororo (TV 2019)
(Osamu Tezuka's Dororo Gets Intense|Nicholas Dupree & Andy Pfeiffer

Osamu Tezuka's Dororo Gets a New Ending|Nicholas Dupree & Andy Pfeiffer)

Fate/Apocrypha (TV)
(Kim Morrissy Reviews: (here, here & here)
Fate/Apocrypha may be regarded as a weaker entry in the Fate series after all is said and done, but I cannot deny how much fun I had with it. The script may have been wonky at times, but the episodes flew by quickly. Thanks to its likable side characters and frequent action scenes, I may actually regard Fate/Apocrypha as one of the more accessible Fate series overall. While the initial setup was convoluted, it ended up being a simple story by the end, and I honestly can't fault the series for that. In terms of sheer spectacle, Fate/Apocrypha has been one of my favorite anime just to sit down and watch in a while.
Rebecca Silverman wrote:
Ending on a major revelation (although one that makes abundant amounts of sense with Ruler), Fate/Apocrypha's first half knows how to pace itself. With plenty of attention paid to the Servants as the people they were in the past and lots of action to be found, as well as a touch of humor, this is an interesting addition to the overall franchise and just a good story in its own right.
25 ep.s)
From the New World (TV)
(Tristan "Arkada" Gallant)
High School DxD (TV)
(It seems to me that Geoff Thew damns with faint praise, but that isn't his intent at all!
"What's So Great About High School DxD? The Power of 'Plot' (also Plot)")
Hourou Musuko (TV)
(AKA "Wandering Son" -- read synopsis)
Juni Taisen: Zodiac War (TV)
(Overall, Jūni Taisen has just enough going for it to warrant a recommendation. Much of its content is hit-or-miss in effectiveness, but the worst parts are largely just yawners, and the best parts are good enough to be worth the watch for genre fans. --Theron Martin)
Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne (TV)
(44 ep.s???!!!
Lynzee Loveridge)
Karas (OAV)
(Heishi)
(The) Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior (TV)
(12 ep.s -- OP recommended by Jeff Thew)
Made in Abyss (TV)
(13 ep.s -- recommended by willag

The Dark Philosophy & Mythology of Made in Abyss)

Meiji Tokyo Renka (TV)
(Rebecca Silverman wrote:
Despite not-great visuals, particularly on the animation front, one awful and random song about electricity, and a few plot threads remaining undeveloped, Meiji Tokyo Renka is a cut above a lot of other reverse harem anime. With a heroine with a personality, more than a nod to history, and two main romantic interests who are both appealing, this is a genuinely entertaining show. If you're looking for a good otome story, this more than fits the bill.
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My Roommate is a Cat (TV)
("Slice of Life with a Dash of Tragedy"|Manime Matt

Michelle Liu & Andy Pfeiffer)

Ouran High School Host Club (TV)
(26 ep.s
Akane the Catgirl)
A Place Further Than the Universe (TV)
(Gigguk

"You NEED to Watch A Place Further than the Universe"|Mother's Basement (Geoff Thew)

"A Place Further Than The Universe: A Journey of Friendship"|Glass Reflection (Tristan "Arkada" Gallant)

"The Insanity We Wish We Had - Place Further Than The Universe"|ThePedanticRomantic

"Writing an Empathetic Character - Sora yori mo Tooi Basho"|PhenomSage

"What's in an OP? - A Place Further Than the Universe"|Mother's Basement (Geoff Thew)

"A Love Letter to a Place Further than the Universe"|Isla McTear

"Top 5 Directing Techniques in A Place Further Than The Universe"|No Shape

"A Place Further Than The Universe: Why is it so Relatable?"|Simply Rose

"Kimari's Wake Up Call in A Place Further Than The Universe"|Under The Scope

"Another Recommendation Further than the Universe? - (FAA)"|TazerLad

"A Place Further Than The Universe & The Power of Friendship (or, no seriously)"|TravenTalks

"A Place Further Than the Universe is MORE than Just Cute Girls"|ZAP ARTS

"The IMPACT of A Place Further than the Universe"|Group Therapy

"Friendship is ね in Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho"|Kamimashita)

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal (ONA 2014)
(Lynzee Loveridge wrote:
The Sailor Guardians each represent a planet and by association their personalities are strongly tied to their respective zodiac. Rei is a through-and-through Aries and Usagi is the very definition of a clingy Cancer. Their respective powers are also a blend of their sign's cardinal houses and related Greco-Roman myth. Mars' fire powers are related to the planet ruling the sign of Aries and its cardinal fire sign. Sagittarius is another fire sign but in that case that went with Jupiter's Roman mythology counterpart. I've got to give credit, Sailor Moon is probably what got me into astrology.
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Princess Principal (TV)
(Errinundra)
(The) Promised Neverland (TV)
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12MW1utmhM8&t=315

Jose Cruz

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Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul (TV)
(related to Mysteria Friends
24 ep.s
initial reviews)
ReLIFE (TV)
ReLIFE: Final Arc (OAV)
(Nick Creamer)
Ride Your Wave (movie)
Rilakkuma and Kaoru (stop-motion ONA)
(see Slice-of-life)
Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan (TV 2019)
(SPOILERS!!!)
Run with the Wind (TV)
(23 ep.s
This Week in Anime)
Sakura Quest (TV)
(25 ep.s
YouTube reviews)
Scum's Wish (TV)
(12 ep.s
James Beckett wrote here:
To say that the characters of Scum's Wish could stand to make better personal choices is a wild understatement, and I wouldn't blame any newcomers if they started running for the hills at that plot synopsis. The way that Hanabi and company go about conflating lust, love, identity, and self-worth is so painfully accurate to teenage life that watching just one episode of Scum's Wish can feel exhausting; sitting through eleven more might very well be more than many viewers can bear. I got my enthusiastic recommendation out of the way up front, because just describing the plot of Scum's Wish doesn't do the series many favors.
and here:
Most importantly, Scum's Wish is not out to criticize. It doesn't intend to coldly analyze its characters, to indict or humiliate them, or to study them as nostalgic artifacts from the writer's bygone history. Hanabi, Mugi, and Sanae are actively trying to navigate the stormy waters of young adulthood, and Scum's Wish invites its audience to take that journey with them in the present tense. It's a messy and uncomfortable experience, filled with mistakes and regrets and all of the tiny bad decisions that make up teenage life, but Scum's Wish invites the audience to empathize with its characters' faults, to fully understand the collective confession of so many confused and misguided children. If nothing else, this empathy is what makes Scum's Wish an absolutely invaluable work of art.
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Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū (TV)
(13 ep.s -- & a sequel series
"The Art of Solo Performance"|HuffPost)
Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū (OAV)
Skip Beat! (TV)
(25 ep.s
Rebecca Silverman)
Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san (TV)
(12 ep.s
Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san is Too Relatable)
Space Runaway Ideon (TV)
(39 ep.s
James Beckett wrote:
Initially, I was put off by how safe and straightforward Space Runaway Ideon felt, and it took getting past the sluggish first ten or so episodes for me to tune into the show's particular rhythms and tone. Once I did, though, I found myself surprisingly engaged with the Solo Ship's endless quest to be free from the Buff Clan's destructive warpath. [...] Then there's the ending, [...] Thankfully, that ending isn't the one we have to live with, because this Blu-Ray set also gives us the two Ideon movies: A Contact and Be Invoked. To my knowledge, this is the first time the movies have been legally available to own in the U.S.
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Space Runaway Ideon: Be Invoked (movie)
Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online (TV)
(Geoff Thew ("Mother's Basement") Review

Theron Martin

Paul Jensen)

(The) Tatami Galaxy (TV)
(11 ep.s -- The Novel Connection Between The Tatami Galaxy and The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl by Evan Minto)
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (TV)
(25 ep.s!
Marco Oliveros

Gigguk

Also, read the light novel.)

Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu (TV)
(13 ep.s -- nick creamer)
Urahara (TV)
(review)
Vinland Saga (TV)
(Michelle Liu & Steve Jones)
Witch Hunter Robin (TV)
(26 ep.s -- Theron Martin is ambivalent (check it out anyway!)

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Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (TV)
(11 ep.s -- Geoff Thew)
Yamibo - Darkness, the Hat, and the Travelers of the Books (TV)
(13 ep.s
Theron Martin wrote:
All-in-all, Yamibō is a series which requires some patience. Many (though admittedly not all) of its vignettes are stronger than what they may initially appear to be, enough so that they balance out the weaker elements, and the series does eventually make sense. Give it your trust and you should be rewarded.
)
Yosuga no Sora - In solitude where we are least alone (TV)
(DarthGlorik review)