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  1. Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Tsuioku-hen was the only anime that impressed me in Winter 1999. 1. Petshop of Horrors Pet Shop of Horrors (ペットショップ・オブ・ホラーズ) [Madhouse] (Finished 4/4) Tags: Josei Horror, Mystery, Supernatural Count D, a quite interesting pet shop owner from an area called Chinatown, sells rare and hard to come by pets to people longing for something special, but with each sale comes a contract. If the rules of the contract are followed, everything goes fine, but if someone should break the rules of the contract, the pet shop cannot be held responsible for anything unfortunate that might happen. Leon Orcot, a homicide detective, has linked many odd and unexplainable deaths together; they all were customers of Count D's pet shop, and he intends to find out why. It probably does not need introduction. Four episodic horror stories. Not my format or theme, but at those ancient times it was quite impressive. Overall Rating: 6/10 2. Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne 神風怪盗ジャンヌ [Toei Animation] (Finished 3/44) Tags: Shoujo Mahou Shoujo, Mythology, Reincarnation Action, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Supernatural A normal looking high school girl on the outside, Kusakabe Maron is actually the reincarnation of Jeanne d' Arc. With the help of the angel, Fin Fish, Maron works as the thief Jeanne at night to seal the demons that reside in pieces of artwork, preying upon the weak hearts of the owners. She is branded as a thief due to the fact that the artworks disappear after she seals the demons. One day, a new neighbor and classmate appears, as well as a rival in her night job, the thief Sinbad. With her own best friend being the detective's daughter, out to capture her and the appearance of her new rival, Maron's work is anything but easy. I know only one anime (Milky Holmes) where phantom thief concept kinda works, and in the absolute majority cases it only makes things worse and straight confusing. In this regard I don't see much difference with Kaitou Saint Tail. Humor seems to ok'ish. Overall Rating: 6/10 3. Ojamajo Doremi Magical DoReMi おジャ魔女どれみ [Toei Animation] (Finished 3/51) Tags: Comedy Harukaze Doremi considers herself to be the unluckiest girl in the world. Her parents are always fighting, her little sister makes fun of her, and her crush pines after another girl. If only Doremi could just wave a magic wand, she would have a much better life—or so she used to think. After a mishap with a real witch, Doremi becomes an apprentice witch herself, and it turns out she's pretty horrible at that, too. Now she and her two friends must study to become better at magic so they can become good witches. That is, if they can focus on their magic studies! The three apprentices will need all the luck they can get if they want to pass the witch exams and become full-fledged witches. Only then will Doremi's debt to the witch Majorika be repaid. Until then, Doremi will remain a useless little witch girl! It's first properly done magical girl anime in a while if not ever, but I need some twist to enjoy such genre, not sure if anything like that comes before Madoka... Overall Rating: 6/10 4. Seikai no Monshou Crest of the Stars 星界の紋章 [Sunrise] (Finished 13/13) Tags: Military, Space Action, Romance, Sci-Fi In the distant future, humanity is under attack by the Abh Empire, a race of advanced humanoid beings possessing vastly superior technology. As countless worlds fall to the Abh, mankind establishes the Four Nations Alliance—a resistance faction made up of the United Mankind, the Republic of Greater Alcont, the Federation of Hania, and the People's Sovereign of Union Planets. Seikai no Monshou tells the story of Jinto Linn. When he was young, his father—the president of Martine—sold their world in exchange for a high position in the empire. Now a young count, Jinto must learn the ways of Abh nobility and live among those who subjugated his people. Helping him is Lafiel Abriel, an austere Abh princess whom Jinto quickly befriends. While traveling to Jinto's new school in the Abh homeland, their ship is caught in a violent space battle between the fleets of the Alliance and the Abh. Jinto and Abriel are thrust into the conflict, unaware that this skirmish marks the beginning of a full-scale war between the Abh Empire and mankind. As it's space opera genre I watched this and its sequel too just because of nice characters and some politics, but it was a long time ago and I paid little attention to details. Now I realize that in other cases there was war raging for decades already usually. But here now we observe the birth of war , and it's done in a very nonsensical, ugly and racist way. Characters are rather bland, so what to suffer all this stupidity for is a good question to which I have no answer. Overall Rating: 5/10 5. Himiko-den 火魅子伝 [Group TAC] (Finished 3/12) Tags: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Supernatural In a world where the dead walk, where good and evil exist as palpable forces, a darkness is stirring. The undead march against the cities of light, to capture the sacred fire that is the source of their power. But one hope remains. Called into this world by the magical flame, a young girl named Himiko is thrust into the maelstrom of danger, betrayal, and war. For she is heir to the sacred fire, and holds a power that could save its Guardians... if she survives! Modern students are granted powers and summoned to medieval world to fulfil some prophecy. The flow is quite expected as most of the time protagonists are just being protected from all kinds of dangers by local nobility bodyguards. Overall Rating: 5/10 6. Uchuu Kaizoku Mito no Daibouken Space Pirate Mito 宇宙海賊ミトの大冒険 [Triangle Staff] (Finished 4/13) Tags: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi Mito isn't just another space pirate, she's a three foot tall childlike alien with enough guts to outshine a supernova. She's known as the galaxy's most dangerous pirate, a wanted criminal who destroys a dozen police space cruisers every day before breakfast. But all she really wants is to be called "Mom." It's gag comedy with some serious moments, but with one big problem that it's not funny . Overall Rating: 5/10 7. Chou Seimeitai Transformers Beast Wars Neo Beast Wars Neo 超生命体トランスフォーマー ビーストウォーズ・ネオ [Production Reed] (Finished 3/35) Tags: Mecha, Space Action, Adventure Beast Wars Neo was a television series that aired in Japan in 1999, in support of the toyline of the same name. It directly follows Beast Wars II. The show follows the adventures of a crew of Maximals, commanded by Big Convoy, as they compete with Magmatron's evil Predacons to collect the Angolmois energy capsules, scattered at the end of Beast Wars II. I'm honestly surprised how such horrible series like this one has lived through several iterations already. Overall Rating: 5/10 8. Bomberman B-Daman Bakugaiden Victory B[ボンバーマン]ビーダマン爆外伝V[ビクトリー] [Madhouse] (Finished 3/50) Tags: Sci-Fi Based on the Hudson Soft game. Shirobom and Aobon are members of the B-da cops who protect the peace of B-da Union. One day, they see a space ship being chased by space pirates that crashes into the wilderness. Upon arriving at the crash site, they see Princess Akabon, whose kingdom has been attacked, lying beside a shining gem with mysterious power called Crysmond. The enemy is after this... Not translated. Super childish, same as prequel . Overall Rating: 5/10 9. Chiisana Kyojin Microman 小さな巨人ミクロマン [Pierrot] (Finished 2/52) Tags: Mecha, Super Power Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi 3 kids meet 5 micro-sized superheroes from another world who enlist in their aid in fighting off alien invaders. Only two episodes seem to be translated. Kids helping toy soldiers against aliens is as bad as it sounds. And just as in old anime about bug defenders of the planet, they need to prevent crashes , ecological outburst and things like that - childish. Overall Rating: 5/10 10. Chou Hatsumei Boy Kanipan 超発明BOYカニパン [Studio Comet] (Finished 3/21) Tags: Mecha Adventure, Comedy, Romance Cho Hatsumei Boy Kanipan is a continued story from Hatsumei Boy Kanipan. Kanipan is now a teenager, and still a famous inventor. But one day, a mysterious ship fell from the sky and crashed at a beach. Inside was a female humanoid that has forgotten all about herself. It is up to Kanipan to revive the humanoid's memory, and he accidentally discover that his planet is in great danger as he strived. Only five episodes seem to be translated, but it's a miracle any are after very unconvincing prequel. Kids material. Overall Rating: 5/10 11. Restol: Teugsu Gujo Dae RESTOL, The Full-Armed Rescue Squad 레스톨 특수 구조대 [-] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Action, Adventure Detective, Mecha It is the year 2035, a world filled with advanced science and technology, sophisticated computer systems, audio/video multimedia converstions,world government unification, network wars by hackers, and the future world controlled by one huge multinational company. A 14-year old named Kang Maru, a boy with excellent manuevering skills in a RESTOL simulation game, was chosen by GEONOID, a company with the task of protecting the earth against natural calamities, to pilot RESTOL 03, one of the 5 RESTOLs, to rescue people in different calamities. Now, he and his teammates faces different challenges in their duty, including being hacked their space-based rescue station R-SAT. I blocked most Korean anime so far as they looked super simple compared to progress done in Japan. This one at the very least has a non-trivial synopsis. But it all sums up to teenagers piloting mecha saving people from anomalities, so there's no real story. Overall Rating: 5/10 12. Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Tsuioku-hen Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal るろうに剣心―明治剣客浪漫譚―追憶編 [Studio Deen] (Finished 4/4) Tags: Shounen Adult Cast, Historical, Martial Arts, Samurai Action, Drama, Romance When mankind's savagery surpasses his fear of death, there is little hope for those who wish to live honest lives. Beneath a full moon, a young boy witnesses the murder of the bandits who had enslaved him, and is then christened with a new name by the man who rescued him. This boy is Shinta, now known as Kenshin Himura, and he is destined to become a swordsman. The softness of his heart does not befit the occupation, but his desire to protect the innocent is absolute. Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Tsuioku-hen details the origins of the man who would bear the name of Hitokiri Battousai long before he swore his oath not to kill and before he earned his reputation as an assassin. The young man's heart is divided between justice and corruption, while the fate of a nation rests on his actions. Beautiful, historical and just knowledgeable as tells the story of Battousai. That's some 8 in my system of coordinates. Overall Rating: 8/10 13. Herlock Saga: Nibelung no Yubiwa Harlock Saga: The Ring of the Nibelung - The Rhein Gold ハーロック・サーガ ニーベルングの指環 [Studio Z5, Studio March] (Finished 6/6) Tags: Seinen Space Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi Captain Herlock is drawn into a saga of intergalactic proportions when the son of a deceased comrade unwittingly forges the Ring of the Niebelung. Evil forces gather to wage war against the last remaining superpowers of the galaxy led by a demented outcast. Herlock must counter the amassed armadas that threaten the last gods and recover the ring before Paradise is lost. As far as I know no normal reboot of Harlock has been done by 1999 since that first ancient series in the 70s. So releasing some side story with Harlock and Emeraldas and 999 with tying it all loosely by Wagner is not the smartest thing to do without normal context. The result is confusing and boring OVA that even Leiji fanboys would have trouble perceiving. For me it's exactly like releasing fandisc without releasing the main piece as that 70s series was far from watchable. Overall Rating: 5/10 14. Sotsugyou M: Ore-tachi no Carnival 卒業M ~オレ達のカーニバル~ [Artland] (Finished 2/2) Tags: School Drama Kato, Shimura, Arai, Nakamoto, and Takagi are friends at an all-boys boarding school. After they get tricked by their school government president, the five must put on a performance of the play "Little Women." Another boys love that is not properly marked. Too horrible to even discuss. Overall Rating: 4/10 15. Shishunki Bishoujo Gattai Robo Z-Mind 思春期美少女合体ロボ ジーマイン [Sunrise] (Finished 3/6) Tags: Mecha, Parody Action Old school is back! And girl power reigns supreme! Ayame, Sumire, Renge, and Satsuki are charged with the protection of the Earth from a powerful new enemy. But these girls may be in for more than they`ve bargained for! They`ll have to not only master the experimental mobile armor: Z-Mind, hold down their part time jobs, all this while keeping their lives... normal! But will this be enough to stop the forces of evil from conquering the Earth? Playing into mecha from 70s is not a good idea even if it's supposed to be parody. Just stale. Overall Rating: 5/10 16. Highschool Aurabuster: Hikari no Mezame ハイスクール・オーラバスター 光の誕生[めざめ] [OLM] (Finished 0/3) Tags: Super Power Drama, Fantasy Long ago... going back several centuries, there was a war between the Kuu no mono (空の者) and the You no mono (妖の者) that divided the heaven and earth. 900 years ago, the commander of the Kuu no mono, Kara-ou sealed in the commander of You no mono, Kuna-hi, sacrificing his own life to do so. And this present day, when You no mono has begun to be active again, Kara-ou is reborn as Shinobu Saiga. Coming back to earth, he has begun to make his move again to subdue the You no mono with his aide Kiba. Ryosuke Sakiya is a first year student attending Kouryo High School who has extraordinarily strong psychic powers. He was always hearing and seeing things ordinary people could not. He has a special aura around him and perhaps because of it, he ends up being targeted by the You no mono. One day, when he is on a date at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, he is attacked by a strange power and is saved by the Jutsusha (術士 lit. "skilled ones") Jukyuro Satomi and Kisara Izumi. Jutsusha are people who have inherited supernatural powers of Kuu no mono to subdue You no mono who harm people. Ryosuke escapes without any injuries, but cannot resist becoming involved in the battles between these two forces. Not found. Overall Rating: 0/10 17. Dennou Sentai Voogie's★Angel: Forever and Ever 電脳戦隊ヴギィ'ズ★エンジェル FOREVER AND EVER [J.C.Staff] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Mecha Action, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi A compilation of the original OVA series with 7 minutes of new content at the end. Not translated. OVA three episodes took roughly the same length as this movie, so why even bother. A bit clearer survival can't make it any less average. Overall Rating: 5/10 18. Gundress ガンドレス [Studio Junio] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Mecha Action, Sci-Fi In 2100, the newly built Bayside City serves as Japan's premier international port. The Angel Arms Company is established by a former policewoman named Takako, to help wage war on terrorism with armed security suits. When the mayor is assassinated, the women of Angel Arms end up protecting the evil crime-lord Hassan, in hopes that his information will help bring down a global terror ring. Takako's back is to the wall as a band of criminals plot to kill Hassan, and the organization's leader is revealed to be the former lover of Angel Arms' own Alisa. It tries to mimic Bubblegum crisis by design and even steps on the territory of GitS for a short time, but does it with low production values, little investment into characters and more and more action instead of everything. I don't see anything here that would stand out even as decent. Overall Rating: 5/10
  2. The only masterpiece discovered is Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou 1. Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou His and Her Circumstances 彼氏彼女の事情 [Gainax, J.C.Staff] (Finished 26/26) Tags: Shoujo School Comedy, Drama, Romance Yukino Miyazawa is the female representative for her class and the most popular girl among the freshmen at her high school. Good at both academics and sports on top of being elegant and sociable, she has been an object of admiration all her life. However, in reality, she is an incredibly vain person who toils relentlessly to maintain her good grades, athleticism, and graceful appearance. She wants nothing more than to be the center of attention and praise—which is why she cannot stand Souichirou Arima, the male representative for her class and the only person more perfect than her. Since the first day of high school, she has struggled to steal the spotlight from her new rival but to no avail. At last, on the midterm exams, Yukino gets the top score and beats Souichirou. But, to her surprise, he congratulates her on her achievement, leading her to question her deceptive lifestyle. When Souichirou confesses his love to Yukino, she turns him down and gloats about it at home with only a hint of regret. But the very next day, Souichirou visits Yukino house to bring her a CD and sees her uninhibited self in action; now equipped with the truth, he blackmails her into completing his student council duties. Coerced into spending time with Souichirou, Yukino learns that she is not the only one hiding secrets. Again Gainax breaks into new genre and shows how it can be done basically underlining primitiveness of all previous Shojo. Of course, manga has a different author, but still it's the first truly psychological shoujo anime. Always considered His and Her circumstances a masterpiece, but only a minor one, not for wide recommendation, due to several shortcomings. As usual for older anime, I'd much appreciate a shorter 13-episode version with mostly main story and without half-filler episodes about side characters that come and go and that I can't start caring about. Romance story does not really need good visuals or backgrounds, but of course priority in recommendation would be to more visually advanced titles like Kaichou wa Maid-sama. Considered that Gainax did the similar trick with ending episode as in Evangelion series, my honest evaluation is still closer to 7. Overall Rating: 7/10 2. Majutsushi Orphen Orphen 魔術士オーフェン [J.C.Staff] (Finished 3/24) Tags: Mythology Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy Six years ago at the magic school known as the Tower of Fang, a grave accident happened involving the magical sword Baltanders and the magic user Azalie. Unable to control the sword's power, Azalie was transformed into the shape of a great dragon who since that day became known as Bloody August. Krilancelo, a young magician at the Tower who cared greatly for Azalie found much to his disgust that the elders of the Tower of Fang were less than willing to save Azalie and wanted rather to pretend the accident never happened. Angered by their stand, Krilanceloa swore that he would find a way to return Azalie to her former self. Thus he forsook the name Krilancelo and declared himself Orphen, leaving the Tower and his magical studies behind to wander the world... Turns out I watched 2020 remake and liked it for being a concentrated short story that did not beat around the bush. What we face here now is double that size , plus same amount later in sequel for new adventure with adjusted team. This version is for those who get to like characters and their interactions with more details and more loose tempo, thus not for me. Overall Rating: 6/10 3. Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 バブルガムクライシス TOKYO2040 [AIC] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Adult Cast, Mecha Adventure, Sci-Fi After a mysterious eathquake levels Tokyo, Genom becomes a powerful influence providing their artificial organic lifeforms called Boomers to rebuild and act as a labor class to humanity. However, some of them ocasionally run amok, and even the specially created AD Police are at a loss to stop them. Lina Yamazaki travels to Tokyo for employment but also hopes to join a vigilante force called the Knight Sabers, who pilot powered suits to destroy these rogue Boomers. After all previous OVA I can't take it too seriously. Series becomes double of Silent Mobius as there is more interaction between better developed characters, but incidents just spark here and there without big pattern. It's finally Bubblegum Crisis version that's good enough, but I don't like the concept itself of melee cybersuit Sabers pursuing androids who go crazy because of tarnished pride or something and turning into some half-biological beasts... it's just too simple and unserious. Overall Rating: 6/10 4. Master Keaton マスターキートン [Madhouse] (Finished 3/24) Tags: Seinen Adult Cast, Historical Adventure, Drama, Mystery The amazing Taichi Keaton works on cases around the globe that always lead to adventure! He combines his arsenal of multidisciplinary expertise in investigation, archeology, and survival with his experience as a professor, a Falklands Conflict veteran and a SAS agent to unravel the often dangerous challenges in each riveting episode. It's somewhat difficult to explain. Basically, master Keaton is a former intelligence agent excelling at everything at all, and now he is an insurance investigator. Sometimes it's more of detective work, sometimes more of fighting, but the concept is such that his brilliant insight every time puts everyone to shame and gives brilliant results. I seriously dislike such episodic pseudo-detective stories. Overall Rating: 6/10 5. Devilman Lady The Devil Lady デビルマンレディー [TMS Entertainment] (Finished 4/26) Tags: Psychological Action, Drama, Horror Fudo Jun is a beautiful supermodel who is idolized by many. She also has a dark secret that not even she knows about at first, for within her veins run the genes that hold the next step in the evolution of mankind. The same blood as the beastlike superhumans that terrorize the city. Unlike the rest of them, though, Jun has managed to hold a tenuous grip onto her humanity, and she is recruited by the mysterious Asuka Ran, member of a secret organization within the government, aimed at controlling, if not eliminating, these berserk destroyers of mankind. Jun, as Devilman Lady, must now exterminate her own kind, but how much longer can she keep her sanity in a situation she never chose in the first place? Let's speak honestly, manga discerning feature was sexualization and shock. With it all torn out in anime the result is rather usual for half-beast protagonist. There's nothing special about it now, just habitual monster of the week. Overall Rating: 6/10 6. Gasaraki ガサラキ [Sunrise] (Finished 7/25) Tags: Drama, Supernatural Mecha, Military, Psychological The flames of war explode in the Middle East as two shadow forces unleash monstrous new weapons of mass destruction! But in a world in which giant robots are real, the most dangerous weapon of all lies buried within a human mind. Yuushirou, the fourth son of the mysterious and powerful Gouwa family, finds himself at the center of events that will change the future of mankind forever! Nothing can prepare the human race for what is about to be unleashed in Gasaraki! What always irritated me in Gundam was initial flaw in world and nature of confrontation as same looking people speaking same language never even discussed the idea of negotiation. I see Gasaraki as an attempt to launch Gundams in the more realistic world with complex relations between many groups. Patlabor movie might be another inspiration, but watching a one and half hour movie is one thing and watching a 9-hour 25-episode series is a totally different one. By the end of 7th episode nothing has even started yet besides short initial clash and another potential clash drawing out slowly. Tempo is absolutely horrible. There's a huge number of characters, but with too many shifts the supposed team of protagonists is showed a very small percentage of screen time and it's usually just going somewhere or doing nothing. Gasaraki revived Sunrise concept with same flow as usual - show same looking people in same looking uniforms , and fans will cut through everything to learn the story. The problem is that story is not that interesting to know in first place , and taking away focus from one team does more harm than good. Make it interesting or don't make at all. A rare bore as a result . Overall Rating: 6/10 7. Saber Marionette J to X セイバーマリオネットJ to X [Hal Film Maker] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Harem, Mecha Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi Taking place mere months after the Saber Marionette J OVA series, this newest installment in the Saber Marionette line follows the continuing adventures of Otaru and his clan of selfless, obsessive marionette girls. This time, the evil Faust is back, and again toying with Marionette technology that was never meant to be explored. The Saber Dolls are back, and torn between their newfound love for Otaru and their undying loyalty to Faust; Will Otaru, Lime, Cherry and Bloodberry be able to stop Faust again, or are they all headed for the scrap heap? Finally last nail in this series. It manages to get even worse each time. Overall Rating: 5/10 8. Generator Gawl ジェネレイターガウル [Tatsunoko Production] (Finished 4/12) Tags: Time Travel Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi Ryo, Gawl and Koji are 3 young boys who travel back into the past with only 1 objective: change history. In their time they discover that their country, Kubere, uses genetically enhanced persons called generators as a military tool. These generators are the cause for the Third War which kills most of the human population. Now Koji, Ryo and Gawl are there to change all the events. Finally stories start to adapt to shorter format, because with enough competition continuation or not should be decided upon afterwards by impression and not taken for granted. The flow is mostly about SOL at school and boarding house of three male travelers from future and some girls around them. Of course the main science line of preventing future war is also threading with occasional clashes. As it usually comes, it's interesting enough, but not super interesting. It's easy to finish thanks to short format, but masterpieces are not given for pacing... Overall Rating: 6/10 9. Jikuu Tantei Genshi-kun Flint the Time Detective 時空探偵ゲンシクン [Group TAC] (Finished 3/39) Tags: Shounen Time Travel Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi It is the 25th century. The dark lord has 'infected' history with time-devices that could damage history beyond repair. Genshi and his father lived in the prehistorics when they got turned into fossiles. They are discovered and Genshi gets turned back to his original state. With the help of his father, a boy Tony and a girl Sara he has to travel trough time to bring the time-devices back to the land of time so history will be saved. Glad to find it not that absurd as it seemed to be, but it's rather childish indeed. Concept is actually exactly that of Time Bokan series, only for kids. Overall Rating: 5/10 10. Mamotte Shugogetten! Protect Me, Heavenly Moon Guardian! まもって守護月天! [Toei Animation] (Finished 3/22) Tags: Shounen Comedy, Fantasy, Romance Tasuke Shichiri is the envy of his friends because since his parents are always traveling he can do as he pleases. It's a surprise present from his father that keeps him from being lonely: an odd ring known as the shitenrin. From it comes a moon goddess named Shaorin, dedicated to protecting her "master" -- no matter how much of a mess she makes doing it! Overprotective spirit usually destroys entire buildings to protect master. Of course, rival magician girl shows up as early as episode 2. There has been no shortage of such plots since Urusei Yatsura, and since there's nothing outstanding this time... futsu... Overall Rating: 5/10 11. Kurogane Communication 鉄コミュニケイション [APPP] (Finished 4/24) Tags: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi In the aftermath of a great and terrible war, Haruka finds herself the last surviving human on Earth. Though humanity may have been wiped out, she is not entirely alone. Advanced robots have survived the apocalypse, and Haruka lives with five who care for her: Spike, a boyish android who is very attached to her; Trigger, hot-tempered with a penchant for firearms; Cleric, the intelligent problem solver; Reeves, whose thoughtfulness overshadows his intimidating appearance; and Angela, a sword wielding recluse with an aversion towards humans. Residing in a high-rise building at the center of the city, Haruka lives a relatively peaceful life with her mechanical family. However, her life is far from a stable one. Not only is a lack of resources a concern, but violent, remnant robots from the war roam free, ready to destroy whomever they meet. Kurogane Communication follows Haruka as she tries to survive in an apocalyptic world while facing many dangers that will challenge her daily life. 15-minutes episodes about sole survivor SOL with robots. And if you imagine some super cool robots, best tone down expectations and just imagine normal boring robots of different specializations and forms. Basically, it lacks everything to be interesting. Overall Rating: 5/10 12. Eat-Man '98 イートマン `98 [Studio Deen] (Finished 3/12) Tags: Shounen Super Power Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi The continuing adventures of Bolt Crank, the World's Greatest Mercenary, who has the ability to eat any object, mostly metal and weapons. When the time comes, Bolt can then reproduce those weapons and items in his right hand. It's obvious that Eat-Man is not going to change from episodic futuristic show about discrete cool stories. But there are many longer stories now, so overall number is just 6. Everything else is within expectations range. Overall Rating: 6/10 13. Chousoku Spinner Super YoYo 超速スピナー [Xebec] (Finished 3/22) Tags: Shounen Sports Despite being talented in various sports, Shunichi Domoto is not passionate about any of them in particular—that is, until he discovers the world of competitive yo-yo. It all begins when Shunichi's friend, Beso Kimura, loses his yo-yo in a duel against the school bully, Benkei Musashimaru. Albeit inexperienced, Shunichi eventually agrees to help Beso retrieve his yo-yo. After practicing for three days, Shunichi challenges and unexpectedly defeats the relatively skilled Benkei. Shunichi's win instills the belief that the yo-yo is easy to master, and that he is ultimately able to easily master anything he puts his mind to. However, after losing to the exceptionally gifted yo-yo player Seito Hojoin, Shinichi finds his ego shattered. As the humiliating loss ignites a spark in Shunichi, he decides to surpass Seito in Japan's national Yo-yo Championship! Merchandise spokon shounen for children - four misses out of four , regarding my tastes. It's too unserious and irritation to even start caring about. Overall Rating: 5/10 14. Yoiko よいこ [Pierrot] (Finished 3/20) Tags: School Comedy, Slice of Life, Ecchi Her name is Esumi Fuuka. Standing tall at 163 cm with a slender bodyline, she must be a university undergraduate; however, in reality, she is only an elementary school student. With a body figure of an adult and the mentality of a small child, she creates many misunderstandings around her. Another weird half-length episode series, something that could not run nowadays as it's all about sexual allusions towards elementary school student who also flashes quite a lot. Nothing here but expected pervy humor. Overall Rating: 5/10 15. Kaiketsu Jouki Tanteidan Steam Detectives 快傑蒸気探偵団 [Xebec] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Detective, Mecha Action, Mystery The scene is Steam City, a London-ish city which represents an entire civilization run by coal and steam power. Because of steam, the city is sometimes covered in a mist. Villains take advantage of the steamy mist to hide and execute their evil plans. Only a few dare venture into what's beyond the steamy mist. They are known as the Steam Detectives: Narutaki (and his convertible all-purpose pistol), his nurse-assistant Lingling, and his Megamaton robot Gohliki. I can't stand episodic format, steampunk elements and detective activity, so I'm just not the one to be asked opinion here. But if anything, feels super boring and artificial. Overall Rating: 5/10 16. Super Doll Licca-chan スーパードール リカちゃん [Madhouse] (Finished 3/52) Tags: Adventure, Comedy Licca is in grave danger once she finds out that she is the princess of the Doll Kingdom. Now, the evil Dr. Scarecrow is after her and her throne. So Licca's grandmother gives her a set of dolls. When needed, the dolls will transform into larger versions known as the Doll Knights. Together, they will protect Licca. If you're a kid and like to play dolls imagining to be their princess, maybe... because it's that bad. Overall Rating: 5/10 17. Popolocrois Monogatari ポポロクロイス物語 [Bee Train] (Finished 3/25) Tags: Adventure, Fantasy Prince Pietro is the half-human, half-dragon prince of the kingdom of Popolocrois. After the evil GamiGami tries (unsuccessfuly, as ever) to take over the Kingdom, a mysterious girl named Hyuu appears in the forest near Popolocrois Castle, which is the beginning of an adventure for Pietro, his witch friend Narcia, and all their friends. Set following the events of the first Popolocrois game. This anime is too childish to be enjoyed by most adults. Overall Rating: 5/10 18. Saint Luminous Jogakuin St. Luminous Mission High School 聖ルミナス女学院 [Triangle Staff] (Finished 3/13) Tags: Psychological Mystery, Supernatural Kaihei is a rather normal high school student but soon discovers that his deceased grandfather has left him the chairman position of his all-girls high school, St. Luminous Mission High School. Besides being the only male student on campus, he is also now the young chairman in charge of campus rules, happenings and punishments. When Kaihei arrives however, it seems a student has gone missing. Kaihei, along with his closest friends, are now determined to solve this mystery (without getting the local police involved) before graduation. Main problem is incapable and indecisive protagonist, so he basically does nothing and hopes for the case to solve itself somehow with time. Not a pleasant sight overall, rather average. Overall Rating: 5/10 19. Dokkiri Doctor Startling Doctor どっきりドクター [Pierrot] (Finished 1/26) Tags: Shounen School Comedy Haruka Nishikikoji is an overweight doctor that never seems to attract any girls. Fate finds a way as he lands a job as a doctor in an elementary school, wherein his workplace can be found on top of the schools' roof and the actual clinic looks like a medieval castle. Just when everything seems to go downhill, a surprise came one day, her first love Koizumi Miyuki, applies as her soon to be nurse. Only one episode seems to be translated. It's a goofy comedy, can't say it's special or great or anything. Overall Rating: 6/10 20. Totsugeki! Pappara-tai Charge! Pappara Team 突撃! パッパラ隊 [Magic Bus] (Finished 3/25) Tags: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi An elite soldier, whose nickname is God of Death, is transferred to another unit known as the PaPaRa Army. The PaPaRa Army is infamous for its elite but hilariously crazy members. There is no plot to speak of other than humour, hilarious brutality, and general nonsense. This is also Matsuzawa-sensei's debut work. Not translated. Too much absurdity, as expected. Absolutely not for everyone. Overall Rating: 5/10 21. Hanasaka Tenshi Tenten-kun 花さか天使テンテンくん [Nippon Animation] (Finished 0/43) Tags: Shounen Comedy, Fantasy A foolish clumsy angel came to the human world to help a very unlucky boy. But more accidents are then created... Not found. Overall Rating: 0/10 22. Ao no 6-gou Blue Submarine No. 6 青の6号 [Gonzo] (Finished 4/4) Tags: Shounen Mecha, Military Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi The once famous and well respected scientist Zorndyke has bred a new genre of living being, one that thrives on the oceans and lives to destroy humans. Zorndyke believes it is time that the humans were relieved of their rule of the earth. It is up to Blue Submarine No. 6 and the rest of the Blue fleet to put an end to Zorndyke's madness and creations. Futuristic improvisation on mermaids with wide use of not so refined 3D graphics. As for me, not that good. Some post-apocalypse, some special effects, some pursuit, several monster designs and some peacekeeping. Ending was foreseeable, and without really memorable characters impression gets toned down even further by pretty bad computer graphics. Overall Rating: 6/10 23. Slayers Excellent スレイヤーズえくせれんと [J.C.Staff] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Mythology Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Supernatural In these earlier adventures of Lina Inverse and Naga the Serpent, learn how the two rivals first met. In their first adventure, the two rivals meet and run into a vampire during a rescue mission. Next, Lina is hired to be the bodyguard of a rich man's daughter, Sirene. Lina is at first very enthusiastic about it at first, as she is being paid very well, but Sirene keeps spending all of Lina's first half of pay. (She gets the other half later) She puts together a fake kidnapping to teach Sirene a lesson, but when she really gets kidnapped, she must team up with Naga to save her. In the final episode, Lina and Naga find themselves on seperate sides in a fashion war. New portion of Lina-Naga cringe. Overall Rating: 5/10 24. Kashou no Tsuki: Aki Kyougen 火宵の月 ~秋狂言~ [Tokyo Kids, Four Some] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Shoujo Historical Romance, Supernatural When he was young, Arimasa Tsuchimikado rescued an injured cat and wished for it to become human. The cat, Kagetsu, is actually a member of the shape-shifting Kouga tribe and comes to live with Arimasa. Years later, Arimasa is an uneasy presence in his village. The villagers despise him for being half-fox, but he is also the only one able to protect the village against supernatural invasion. Meanwhile, Kagetsu is going through a difficult period where he must choose which sex he will live the rest of his life as, a process he can only complete through sexual intercourse. As pressure from other members of the Kouga clan opposes the wishes in Kagetsu’s heart, Arimasa's village is struck by a large-scale supernatural attack. With his peaceful life threatened, Arimasa will be forced to make undesirable decisions. I block boys love, but of course it is often not properly marked like in this case. There is not even a single girl here among any somewhat important characters, how could it ever be marked shoujo... There are also evil spirits and lots of ugly abstract painting resulting in a horrible stunt. Overall Rating: 4/10 25. DNA Sights 999.9 火聖旅団[ファイアーフォース]ダナサイト999.9[フォーナイン] [Madhouse] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi After a meteor hits Earth, traitor forces have (for all intents and purposes) taken over, and the people are suffering. In the chaos, a boy named Tetsuro Daiba, who had lost his parents in the meteor hit, is paid a visit by Mello, a mysterious woman appearing in a bright light. When Daiba comes to, he finds himself in a spaceship infirmary under observation. Stealing a fighter that he didn't know how to pilot (until he tried it), he breaks out, flying like a total pro. He was able to remember how to pilot from his DNA memory... and to find out more, his doctor friend takes him to his secret underground lab, in which he acts as a professor to find out ways to stop the traitor regime. When the forces invade to take him back, a girl named Rei Yuuki mysteriously shoots down their entire carrier with only a fighter jet! Apparently, both have mysterious powers that the enemies want, which may or may not be connected to their being the only two known survivors of the meteor impact. While looking for a third survivor (which turned out to be a cat), the two are taken by force to Queen Photon (ruler of the traitor regime), who claims that she is out to SAVE the Earth from those who sent the Meteor. The two don't know whether to believe her or Mello until the (telepathic) cat breaks them out of the Queen's sealed chamber, and Mello comes to straighten things out. That's when the two (er, three) of them make a choice... Stay on a planet that can't support their advanced race, or strike out into the unknown of space? Another needless super-confusing prequel to something which does not matter , because it's all remade a lot of time since then . Overall Rating: 5/10 26. Glass no Kamen: Sen no Kamen wo Motsu Shoujo ガラスの仮面~千の仮面を持つ少女~ [Tokyo Movie Shinsha] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Shoujo Performing Arts Drama An OVA depicting the early events of the Glass no Kamen series. Kitajima Maya is a young girl from a poor background with no talents of use to school or her widowed mother. However, she is obsessed with movies, theatrical plays and TV dramas-to the point of remembering every line from a movie she's seen once, and dramatically acting out the stories, including every character, for anyone who will listen. One day, she encounters an old woman with a scarred face who claims that Maya is the girl she's been looking for-for the old woman has spent years protecting the rights to a 'legendary' play. To remake just beginning... why? Anyway, with 2005 full version remake this little thing is obsolete. Overall Rating: 5/10 27. Spectral Force スペクトラルフォース [Idea Factory] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Mythology Fantasy In a time when demons rule the world and mankind seeks freedom, human rebels gain control of the demon-slaying sword Tenmaken and attempt to assassinate the Demon King Janus. To preserve the sovereignty of her homeland, the half-human, half-demon Princess Hiro must overcome her deep hatred of the humans or face a war that will ravage the entire world! It's very difficult to make game adaptation right in just 40 minutes... especially if no effort is made in that direction. Horrible directorship, 3D, CGI and animation where it is still used. And every few minutes sword and demon king are show leaving little intrigue. It's too ugly to treat it seriously. Overall Rating: 4/10 28. Twin Bee Paradise ツインビーPARADISE [Konami, Public & Basic] (Finished 1/4) Tags: Action, Adventure Pastel ate the cookies Madoka made, and it shrunk her, but because of her condition she couldn't take part in the “Miss Donburi Contest”. To return her to normal, she needed the power-up bell from the clouds. However, a mysterious island floating in the air was absorbing clouds above Donburi Island. When they tried to get power bells back, enemies attacked them suddenly. Would they get back for the contest in time? Only one episode is translated. Just absurd gag comedy around chosen theme. Overall Rating: 5/10 29. Starlight Scramble Renai Kouhosei スターライトスクランブル 恋愛候補生 [-] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Action, Romance, Sci-Fi In the near future, during the colony war, a girl was saved by a little boy when a space station was attacked by terrorists in which the girl lost her parents. A few years later, the girl joined her grandfather's military school. There she met a young man that looked similar to the boy who saved her... but just when she was prepared to enter the school compound, she sees a 'terrorist' lurking around which is actually a terrorist demo under the school command and so the story begins... Not translated. Mood is rather positive and joking despite terrorist attack, and basically this harem manages to repel the attack in the end. Second episode has a different, yet relating plot. Overall, not bad, but does not catch stars from the sky. Overall Rating: 6/10 30. Toki no Daichi: Hana no Oukoku no Majo 刻の大地 ~花の王国の魔女~ [Magic Bus] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Adventure, Fantasy This show is about a group of 3 guys in which 2 are warriors/knights and the other is a kid that loves flowers and monsters that live in that world. So they travel through different towns and explore the world they live in, but one day they find this magician girl that escapes her home because some of her family members want to revive an evil witch so they can control the world with the power of a mythical Dragon and all the other monsters around the area. Not translated. Main characters in this anime are looking like children , and it's one of the reasons why I can't treat it seriously. Development goes extremely generic and there are quite some irritating factors, so I don't know what to like here. Overall Rating: 5/10 31. Visitor ビジター [GAGA] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Sci-Fi In the year 2099, one of NASA's Apollo rocket capsules is found in the Mongolian desert, where it appears to have been for 65 million years. Meanwhile on Mars, a strange black artifact of unknown origins is eating one of the planet's moons. Earth ship Davide is sent to investigate and is sucked into the vortex. Lila Mochizuki and her companions are suddenly a long, long way from home. Not translated. It's fully in ugly CGI of PS1 quality, so I don't consider it anime at all. More of a history artifact. Overall Rating: 4/10
  3. Again I'm being too picky with candidates. Among decent works Serial Experiments Lain is at least one that had potential and intrigue to go on. 1. Serial Experiments Lain シリアルエクスペリメンツレイン [Triangle Staff] (Finished 13/13) Tags: Psychological Avant Garde, Award Winning, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Supernatural Lain Iwakura, an awkward and introverted fourteen-year-old, is one of the many girls from her school to receive a disturbing email from her classmate Chisa Yomoda—the very same Chisa who recently committed suicide. Lain has neither the desire nor the experience to handle even basic technology; yet, when the technophobe opens the email, it leads her straight into the Wired, a virtual world of communication networks similar to what we know as the internet. Lain's life is turned upside down as she begins to encounter cryptic mysteries one after another. Strange men called the Men in Black begin to appear wherever she goes, asking her questions and somehow knowing more about her than even she herself knows. With the boundaries between reality and cyberspace rapidly blurring, Lain is plunged into more surreal and bizarre events where identity, consciousness, and perception are concepts that take on new meanings. Written by Chiaki J. Konaka, whose other works include Texhnolyze, Serial Experiments Lain is a psychological avant-garde mystery series that follows Lain as she makes crucial choices that will affect both the real world and the Wired. In closing one world and opening another, only Lain will realize the significance of their presence. It impressed me in the past, but somehow very little remained in memory except ravens , wires and blood. Such work would have trouble releasing today with suicide spree, drugs and promotion of escapism in search for better connection. Now I find it rather boring and repeating the same things over and over making all the middle episodes till some 11th rather useless for the story, thin as it is already. It probably still deserves a honorary masterpiece for sum of factors - visual ones, novelty, directorship, images of Lain at pcs in later stages, windy escaping narration, modulation of virtual reality - things like that. But for that I need to enjoy it and be ready to recommend it, and it's no-no in both cases. Overall Rating: 6/10 2. Night Walker: Mayonaka no Tantei Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective Night Walker -真夜中の探偵- [AIC] (Finished 3/12) Tags: Vampire Action, Horror, Mystery Shido Tatsuhiko is not only a private eye... he is also a vampire with no real memory of his past. Joined by Yayoi Matsunaga, a female government agent, Riho Yamazaki, an orphaned teenage girl working as his girl Friday and Guni, a little green imp, Shido must face demonic creatures known as Nightbreed. Meanwhile, Cain, the vampire who made him what he is now, is seeking him... Main problem here is short and old visual novel as source. As a result , we only get a colorful bunch of characters and some plot , but at the same time no characters backstories or no attempt to have a meaningful ending. It has detective vampire action all right, but not more than that. Overall Rating: 5/10 3. Shadow Skill: Eigi 影技 SHADOW SKILL [Studio Deen] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Shounen Martial Arts, Super Power Adventure, Drama, Fantasy In the land of Kuruda, warriors with magical powers and incredible fighting skills battle for the ultimate prize: the title of Sevaar, the strongest warrior in the land. Elle Ragu, nicknamed Shadow Skill, is the newest Sevaar to emerge, but that doesn't make her life any easier. Teaching her "little brother," Gau, how to be a warrior, fending off assassins from other kingdoms and thwarting enemy invasions is hard enough, but her biggest challenge will be paying off her drinking debts. I evaluated both preceding OVA and movie very low, so I'm quite irritated to see this shallow concept overgrow further into a TV series. It used to be constant rivalry between two equally gifted shadow skill users with some adventure on the side, now it's different as Elle is the mentor and Gau more of student. This provides more reasonable boundaries for adventures, though the bulk is still devoted to flying fighting . Overall Rating: 6/10 4. Hatsumei Boy Kanipan 発明BOYカニパン [Studio Comet] (Finished 2/31) Tags: Mecha Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi The story revolves around Kanipan aiming to be the best inventor and his adventures while trying to accomplish this. Only two episodes are translated. And it's too childish, something like younger Inspector Gadget. Overall Rating: 4/10 5. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Memorial Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon Memorial 美少女戦士セーラームーン メモリアル [Toei Animation] (Finished 5/5) Tags: Mahou Shoujo, Mythology Romance A summary of each season of the Sailor Moon franchise, narrated by various Sailor Moon characters. Super convenient for people like me who only want plot arcs and moves. This way no need to watch Sailor Moon Crystal. As it's only recap, can't evaluate it higher than everything else. Overall Rating: 6/10 6. Change!! Getter Robo: Sekai Saigo no Hi Getter Robo: Armageddon 真(チェンジ!!)ゲッターロボ 世界最後の日 [Brain's Base] (Finished 3/13) Tags: Shounen Mecha, Psychological Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi Dr. Saotome returns from the dead after being seemingly murdered by Getter pilot Nagare Ryoma and threatens the world with his ultimate creation: the Shin Dragon. Ryoma reluctantly teams up with his former co-pilots Jin Hayato and Tomoe Mushashi to combat Dr. Saotome. The pilots must also deal with the mysterious Invaders, aliens that have the ability to possess humans and warp their flesh to form hideous creatures. No amount of modern animation can save morally old obsolete franchises. Overall Rating: 5/10 7. Bannou Bunka Neko-Musume DASH! All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku Dash! 万能文化猫娘DASH! [Production Reed] (Finished 3/12) Tags: Action, Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Ecchi It's in the not too distant future. One day Nuku-Nuku dropped in and began to live with the Natsume family. Having lost her memory, Nuku-Nuku assumed the identity of a beautiful girl named Atsuko Higuchi. She was so beautiful and gentle, and besides, she was such a great cook that Ryunosuke, 14, was all smiles. However, after her arrival in town, a series of mysterious incidents started to happen in Maneki City - Experimental machines running haywire, roaring fighter aircraft flying low, mass destruction in the city. In every case, a mysterious girl was spotted at the scene of the incident. With new gentle personality the amount of craziness happening from the start is seriously toned down. Since it's third Neko-Musume animation, too little too late. Peaceful parts start to look like Oh Megami-sama, action parts are relatively similar to what they were. As usual, series is lacking any sense of direction. Overall Rating: 6/10 8. Chou Kidou Densetsu DinaGiga Super Mobile Legend Dinagiga 超機動伝説ダイナギガ [Studio Deen] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Mecha Sci-Fi Touno Hikari is learning to pilot robots at a training facility. While she cannot do anything right, her instructors are interested in her for some reason. As the students learn to pilot the robots, they become suspicious of the goal of the training facility. Marie Vlaanderen transfers into the facility, and her instructor says that Marie has been training for all of her life and has the best chance of awakening "it". First episode is nice as it's just piloting school SOL, not of Gunbuster level though. Second episode is a very messy fight, and it leaves a negative overall impression. Overall Rating: 5/10 9. Juliet ジュリエット [Public & Basic, Ripple Film] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Comedy, Supernatural, Ecchi This is a story of two siblings, Anzu and Naruto Nozaki, heirs to the fabulous Nozaki fortune. Naruto appears to be an overbearing sis-con. In fact, he's madly in love with Anzu, because they're not blood-related. He confines her to the family mansion for "security," depriving her of companionship and a real life. At age 16, she starts to rebel. She smuggles in a kitten as a pet (Naruto hates cats) and then escapes in a delivery truck. Naruto catches up to her and realizes that she can't be confined like a bird in a cage. He agrees to let have a normal life, but just then, tragedy strikes It's so bad because it's just a sequence of flashes in front of different males with only something vague resembling plot. Overall Rating: 4/10 10. Efficus: Kono Omoi o Kimi ni... efficus この想いを君に... [Magic Bus] (Finished 2/2) Tags: - Formerly the kingdom's foundations, now the Efficus Manjuu makes the pocket money of its three princesses and they must step in on its defense... Not translated. Game was a private school dating sim, but this one is some strange parody with same characters. It's some poor kingdom with princesses , but there's also flying swordsmen, some mecha, some magic and computers. And girls have to oppose some flying swordsmen in order not to sign some contract... just very very very bad. Overall Rating: 5/10 11. Shin Kidou Senki Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz Special Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz 新機動戦記ガンダムW Endless Waltz 特別篇 [Sunrise] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Mecha, Military, Space Action, Drama, Sci-Fi It is A.C. 196—one year after the conflict between Earth and its nearby space colonies ended with the formation of the Earth Sphere Unified Nation. As mankind enters a new era of unity and prosperity, four of the five Gundam pilots decide to follow in society's footsteps and disarm by launching their mobile suits into the sun. However, their plan is unexpectedly suspended when a rebellion erupts with the emergence of Mariemaia Khushrenada—who claims to be the child of fallen dictator Treize and desires to conquer the world in his stead. Deciding that they are the last line of defense for the Earth Sphere, Heero Yuy, Trowa Barton, Duo Maxwell, and Quatre Raberba Winner scramble to retrieve their Gundams and fight to protect the peace the people of the colonies have pursued for so long. Despite their unwavering resolve to complete one final mission, the battle will be challenging: the pilots' former ally Wufei Chang has pledged his allegiance to Mariemaia's cause instead. First watchable Gundam piece, to be honest. All previous ones were either visually disappointing or strikingly boring or pretentiously stupid or super confusing like that Wing recap that repeated relatively the same story from different characters viewpoints. There's a long way to go from watchable to interesting to masterpiece, still. Overall Rating: 6/10 12. Spriggan スプリガン [Studio 4°C] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen Military Adventure, Sci-Fi Long before the era of prehistoric man, an advanced alien species inhabited Earth. Negligent of the power they held, these beings ultimately caused their own demise. However, the aliens left behind a warning to future civilizations on indestructible tablets: to destroy any remains of the ruinous technology created by their kind. In modern times, the ARCAM Corporation and their paramilitary unit—the Spriggans—seek to seal the relics away and prevent renegade actors from exploiting their powers. Following ARCAM's recent discovery in the Ararat Mountains of what is believed to be the mythic Noah's Ark, Spriggan Yuu Ominae has been dispatched to investigate. However, the site is ambushed by the US Machine Corps—a radical faction of the Department of Defense led by Colonel MacDougall. On the Pentagon's orders, MacDougall seeks to secure ARCAM's lead scientist and seize the artifact. Teamed up with fellow Spriggan Jean Jacquemondo, Yuu must stop MacDougall and the Machine Corps' elite soldiers from advancing on the Ark before it is too late. It's just fighting action - decent, but there's a limit where it can get to. It's sort of darkish and with little tactics, but it's a matter of taste. Overall Rating: 6/10 13. Slayers Gorgeous スレイヤーズごぅじゃす [J.C.Staff] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Supernatural Sorceresses Lina Inverse and Naga the Serpent are enjoying a meal in a villiage when the residents suddenly retreat indoors and two armies - one of men and one of a young girl and a tribe of dragons. Although the ruler of the town originally tries to convince Lina that this is because of a dark legacy, in truth the dragon army is led by his daughter and their battles are over her allowance. Lina agrees to help the ruler while Naga joins his daughter, Marlene. Can't treat duo adventures with Naga seriously. Another charade plot with production values getting polished more and more each time. Overall Rating: 6/10 14. Kidou Senkan Nadesico: The Prince of Darkness Martian Successor Nadesico: The Prince of Darkness 機動戦艦ナデシコ The prince of darkness [Xebec] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Mecha, Psychological, Space Action, Drama, Sci-Fi Two years have passed since the end of the "Martian Successor Nadesico." Akito and Yurika have disappeared. The Jovians and the Earthlings have joined forces and Ruri is now captain of Nadesico B. As the popularity of Boson Jumping grows, a vast transportation network has been developed. Dubbed the Hisago Plan, this network of Chulip portals holds the answers to the mysteries behind Bose particles and their power. If those secrets should fall into the wrong hands, it could mean big trouble. And big trouble there is. A Martian splinter group has launched an offensive, leaving the United Forces befuddled and desperate. So much so, in fact, that the former crew of the Nadesico is called back to active duty for a special unsanctioned mission-to save us all. Does this menagerie of misfits have what it takes? Who will win the race for the Boson technology? And what the heck happened to Akito and Yurika? Some Ruri spin-off with more serious tone and somewhat altered setting. Feels even worse than the series. Overall Rating: 5/10 15. Kidou Senshi Gundam: Dai 08 MS Shoutai - Miller's Report 機動戦士ガンダム 第08MS小隊 ミラーズ・リポート [Sunrise] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Mecha, Military Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi Shortly after being rescued off the Himalayas, Federation Ensign Shiro Amada is accused of espionage due to his encounter with Zeon's top-secret mobile armor. Intelligence officer Alice Miller is assigned to investigate on Shiro's whereabouts during his disappearance. Her documented findings will determine whether or not Shiro is a traitor, and what his fate will be as commander of the 08th MS Team. It's more of a recap for those like me who was absolutely not satisfied with visual quality and simplified interactions of original 08th MS Team. Again, watchable now, but fails to impress. Overall Rating: 6/10 16. Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Torajirou Wasurenagusa 男はつらいよ 寅次郎忘れな草 [Eiken] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Comedy, Romance Anime adaptation of the "Otoko wa Tsurai yo (It's tough being a man)" film series by Youji Yamada. Kuruma Torajirou (or Tora-san), a traveling salesman whose sole possessions include only the contents of a small suitcase, the clothes on his back and some pocket money, wanders from town to town peddling his wares. Not translated. Basically, adult man gets bored at all possible occasions and starts fooling around or loses control over his body, so to speak. Being a concentrated version from several movies it's worth the time, but not in this state without translation. Overall Rating: 6/10
  4. Cowboy Bebop is the only masterpiece found this season 1. Cowboy Bebop カウボーイビバップ [Sunrise] (Finished 26/26) Tags: Adult Cast, Space Action, Sci-Fi Crime is timeless. By the year 2071, humanity has expanded across the galaxy, filling the surface of other planets with settlements like those on Earth. These new societies are plagued by murder, drug use, and theft, and intergalactic outlaws are hunted by a growing number of tough bounty hunters. Spike Spiegel and Jet Black pursue criminals throughout space to make a humble living. Beneath his goofy and aloof demeanor, Spike is haunted by the weight of his violent past. Meanwhile, Jet manages his own troubled memories while taking care of Spike and the Bebop, their ship. The duo is joined by the beautiful con artist Faye Valentine, odd child Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV, and Ein, a bioengineered Welsh Corgi. While developing bonds and working to catch a colorful cast of criminals, the Bebop crew's lives are disrupted by a menace from Spike's past. As a rival's maniacal plot continues to unravel, Spike must choose between life with his newfound family or revenge for his old wounds. Watched it twice in the past, but somehow never considered it to be the best of the best. It certainly has its share of more loose episodes and excessive emphasis on style, and I don't understand blues like at all so can't enjoy soundtrack. 9 is a more honest score for it. Overall Rating: 9/10 2. Trigun トライガン [Madhouse] (Finished 26/26) Tags: Shounen Adult Cast Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi Vash the Stampede is the man with a $$60,000,000,000 bounty on his head. The reason: he's a merciless villain who lays waste to all those that oppose him and flattens entire cities for fun, garnering him the title "The Humanoid Typhoon." He leaves a trail of death and destruction wherever he goes, and anyone can count themselves dead if they so much as make eye contact—or so the rumors say. In actuality, Vash is a huge softie who claims to have never taken a life and avoids violence at all costs. With his crazy doughnut obsession and buffoonish attitude in tow, Vash traverses the wasteland of the planet Gunsmoke, all the while followed by two insurance agents, Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, who attempt to minimize his impact on the public. But soon, their misadventures evolve into life-or-death situations as a group of legendary assassins are summoned to bring about suffering to the trio. Vash's agonizing past will be unraveled and his morality and principles pushed to the breaking point. Tried to watch Trigun at least twice, but never made it past 3rd episode due to rather shallow concept in my opinion, so need to settle that debt now. And of course it did not help. I've learned more about characters, concept and the darker strings close to the end, but it remains an aimless western action with very slow pace. Characters are ok, but you can't build anime on that alone without normal story or humor. Overall Rating: 6/10 3. Cardcaptor Sakura カードキャプターさくら [Madhouse] (Finished 3/70) Tags: Shoujo Mahou Shoujo, School Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance Ten-year-old Sakura Kinomoto is an ordinary fourth-grade student living in Tomoeda until, one day, she stumbles upon a mysterious book of cards titled "The Clow." Pondering over her discovery, she unintentionally causes a magical gust of wind to scatter the cards all over town. The accident awakens the Beast of the Seal—Keroberos, nicknamed "Kero"—who tells Sakura that she has released the mystical "Clow Cards" created by the sorcerer Clow Reed. Due to each Card's ability to act independently and their incredible power, Clow had sealed them away. Now that they have been set free, the Cards pose great danger to the world, and it is up to Sakura to put an end to them. Appointing Sakura as the "Cardcaptor" and granting her the Sealed Key, Kero tasks her with finding and recapturing all the Clow Cards. Alongside her best friend Tomoyo Daidouji, and with Kero's guidance, Sakura must learn to balance her new secret duty with the everyday troubles as she takes flight on her magical adventures as Cardcaptor Sakura. Never watched it before, but heard it referenced quite a lot in a rather unpleasant manner. I don't understand the appeal here. Cuteness and character growth? That's not nearly enough. Cuteness must be on the level of K-On or Minami-ke to start to matter. And if I don't care about characters in the least, of course I don't care about their development. It may probably be called trend starter for cuteness , but historically significant does not equal good. Overall Rating: 6/10 4. Initial D First Stage 頭文字〈イニシャル〉D [Gallop, Studio Comet] (Finished 26/26) Tags: Seinen Racing Action, Drama Unlike his friends, Takumi Fujiwara is not particularly interested in cars, with little to no knowledge about the world of car enthusiasts and street racers. The son of a tofu shop owner, he is tasked to deliver tofu every morning without fail, driving along the mountain of Akina. Thus, conversations regarding cars or driving in general would only remind Takumi of the tiring daily routine forced upon him. One night, the Akagi Red Suns, an infamous team of street racers, visit the town of Akina to challenge the local mountain pass. Led by their two aces, Ryousuke and Keisuke Takahashi, the Red Suns plan to conquer every racing course in Kanto, establishing themselves as the fastest crew in the region. However, much to their disbelief, one of their aces is overtaken by an old Toyota AE86 during a drive back home from Akina. After the incident, the Takahashi brothers are cautious of a mysterious driver geared with remarkable technique and experience in the local roads—the AE86 of Mount Akina. I never understood racing anime. Luckily there aren't many of these, and Initial D is the main one that comes to mind. First episode is quite unexpected as protagonists questions the need and desire for exploring the different corners of the world on vehicles that can cross difficult terrain etc... and in 5 minutes he's already drifting , competing and feeling the speed or whatever this showing off is called. Now I at least see that appeal comes from indifferent guy doing crazy things on old cars and just enjoying the youth besides that. Not enough for me. Overall Rating: 6/10 5. Yu☆Gi☆Oh! 遊☆戯☆王 [Toei Animation] (Finished 4/27) Tags: Shounen Strategy Game Action, Comedy, Fantasy Bullies often target someone frail and weak—someone exactly like Yuugi Mutou. His beautiful childhood friend, Anzu Mazaki, is always there to stand up for him, but he can't depend on her forever. Katsuya Jonouchi, who is almost always accompanied by his verbal sparring partner Hiroto Honda, doesn't seem like a bad person either, despite always bringing Yuugi trouble. But most of all, Yuugi wishes for a true friend who understands him and would never betray him. Yuugi treasures his Millennium Puzzle, an ancient Egyptian artifact that was brought into his grandfather's game shop. Believing that solving the puzzle will grant him his wish, he completes the puzzle, unleashing a new personality within him—the soul of the "King of Games." Dark, twisted, strong, and reliable, the new personality named Yami Yuugi is the exact opposite of Yuugi. Upon any injustice toward him, Yami Yuugi takes over Yuugi's body and forces the opponent into a "Shadow Game." The stakes are high as whoever loses shall have a taste of the darkness that resides within their own heart. Lots of old debts to settle this season. Yu Gi Oh was often referred as unique strategy concept that presumably does not have analogues. Having sampled it, it's just an upgraded Pokemon concept for slightly older children. Rules are only explained in third episode, but it's the same episodic battles road from that. Not enjoyable in this state even though character interactions are on above average level . Overall Rating: 6/10 6. Lodoss-tou Senki: Eiyuu Kishi Den ロードス島戦記 英雄騎士伝 [AIC] (Finished 27/27) Tags: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance Five years after the death of the Emperor of Marmo in the War of Heroes, Parn is now the Free Knight of Lodoss, he and his old allies now famous through the land. However, the Emperor's right-hand man, Ashram, seeks the scepter of domination to re-unify Lodoss under his former leader's banner. Meanwhile, beyond his attempts at conquest lies a more sinister force beginning to set the stage for the resurrection of the goddess of death and destruction... Strangely enough, I really dislike this piece. The story from the past in several few episodes is really nice, but the bulk is about a single dumb swordsman and some acquaintances, and it's too boring. Overall Rating: 5/10 7. Weiß Kreuz Knight Hunters Weiß kreuz ヴァイス クロイツ [Plum, Magic Bus] (Finished 3/25) Tags: Shounen Action, Drama Aya, Youji, Ken, and Omi are the four young men who comprise Weiss Kreuz (WK), an assassin group that eliminates certain menaces to society. Each member has his own trademark fighting style. Aya is adept at fighting with a katana, Youji has mastered the art of strangulation via strings, Ken is lethal with his metal claws, while Omi specializes in a wide array of projectiles. Under the command of a mysterious man known only as "Persia", the WK is dispatched to take care of drug rings, terrorist factions, and the like. But as things go along, they discover that most, if not all, the bad elements they have dealt with are somehow connected to the Takatori family. The Takatori family is rich, powerful, and influential. It seems if the problem is to be nipped in the bud, the WK would have to put an end to one of Japan's most prominent clans. Horrible anime that only cares about revealing personality of pretty boys . Overall Rating: 4/10 8. Lost Universe ロスト・ユニバース [E&G Films] (Finished 4/26) Tags: Shounen Space Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi Millie Nocturne has one great goal in life: to be the best in the universe - at absolutely everything! But when she tries her hand at being the "best detective," she ends up an unwilling partner with two people who will change her life forever: Kane Blueriver, the psi-blade-wielding master of the starship Swordbreaker, and Canal, the smart-mouthed holographic image of the ship's computer. Join this unlikely trio on their adventures as they hurtle through space facing off against intergalactic crime lords, rogue starships, and hijackers dressed as chickens... and that's just the tip of the asteroid! However you look at it, it's Slayers imitation - the similarities are just striking. I never considered Slayers masterpiece, so it's easy for me - no imitation can surpass that as well. I can't stand the goofy flow itself, so even stronger tilt towards story does not help. Overall Rating: 6/10 9. Silent Möbius サイレントメビウス [Radix] (Finished 6/26) Tags: Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi The year is 2023 and Alien Beings known as "Lucifer Hawks" have begun invading earth from another dimension. All that stands between them and the enslavement of the human race is the Attacked Mystification Police Department - a special division of the Tokyo Police staffed by women with amazing paranormal abilities. If I try to find something similar that aired before, the closest parallel is Bubblegum Crisis. Main difference now is more mature characters and bigger focus on personalities, overall more serious development which is a big plus. It feels like a skillfully done constructor with many good pieces gathered together. And I don't enjoy it. The reason is pretty simple - it's synopsis-centered episodic show. Let's build a world and watch characters live in it in directed way so that it does not look boring. There is a bit of development constantly so that it does not become monster of the week. The only way to like this show that I see is to end up liking some characters so much that watching it all stops being a chore. Nothing like that happened for me over six episodes. No magic in it, only habitual tropes. Overall Rating: 6/10 10. Neo Ranga 南海奇皇ネオランガ [Pierrot] (Finished 6/48) Tags: Mecha Adventure, Horror An ancient God called Ranga awakens on an isolated island in the South Pacific where it has been slumbering forgotten by mankind. Three sisters living in Tokyo—Minami, Ushio, and Yuuhi Shimabara—discover they have inherited this Island Kingdom, along with the huge God. When Ranga shows up in Tokyo, it soon becomes a source of wonder and conflict for the three sisters that control Ranga, the people who want to destroy it, and ones who want to use it. That's why I don't like small length episode series. 48 half-length episodes technically make a normal 24-episode series, but with such format there is usually a focus on one thing, so it's a natural playground for experiments. And Neo Ranga is totally experimental , it tries to be comedy with surreal elements, namely animated giant mecha. And I say "tries", because I don't find it funny in the least. So without a coherent story or concentrated humor it's just another weird niche work to seek some sense into. Overall Rating: 6/10 11. Legend of Basara [KSS] (Finished 3/13) Tags: Shoujo Adventure, Drama, Romance In a small village, twins are born: a boy, Tatara, and a girl, Sarasa. The prophet Nagi declares that Tatara is the chosen one who will free Japan from the tyrannical rule of the King and his four sons. But when the ruthless Red King slays Tatara, Sarasa must take on her brother's name and responsibilities and embark on a quest to free Japan and deliver vengeance to the Red King. Fantasy shoujo with a lot of bishounens and so many genre stamps and tactical impotence that it irritated me too much . Overall Rating: 5/10 12. Princess Nine: Kisaragi Joshikou Yakyuubu Princess Nine [Phoenix Entertainment] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Drama, Romance, Sports Keiko Himuro, Chairman of the Kisuragi School, puts together an all-girl baseball team led by Ryo Hayakawa, daughter of a legendary pitcher, in hopes of proving that girls can compete just as well as boys. Their goal: Koshien Stadium, where only the best teams get the opportunity to play. Another nice spokon constructor with nice visuals and nine girls as a treat. The flow is good and the only stupidity noticed is miss Butterfly from Ace wo Nerae as main tennis rival with only repainted hair color. There's a mix of different sports and enough time for nine girls bonding, but I could not enjoy a spokon, nothing I can do about it. Overall Rating: 6/10 13. Mahou no Stage Fancy Lala Magical Stage Fancy Lala 魔法のステージ・ファンシーララ [Pierrot] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Idols (Female), Mahou Shoujo, Music Comedy, Drama, Romance Miho Shinohara is a care-free third-grader and an aspiring manga artist. One day, she encounters Mogu and Pigu - two lost fairies disguised as stuffed animals. In exchange for staying at her home until they find a way to return to their own world, the fairies give Miho a special sketch pad and pencil that enable her to magically create real objects from what she draws. With the pen, Miho can also transform into Lala, a beautiful teenage girl created from her manga art. As Lala, she is discovered by a talent agency, and so begins her adventures from an ordinary school girl to a model to an idol singer. Wow, so many references in the synopsis, main ones are Aka-chan no Himitsu and Pretty Sammy. That's a too childish shoujo no matter how I look at it. Overall Rating: 6/10 14. Brain Powerd ブレンパワード [Sunrise] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Mecha Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi In the not so distant future much of the earth has been submerged under the sea or destroyed by earthquakes. At the center of the turmoil is the mysterious Orphan. Orphan may or may not be the original cause of the cataclysms. Orphan's goal is to raise a ship hidden deep beneath the sea to the surface, but doing so would result in the destruction of all humans except for the small number which are loyal to Orphan. Orphan's agents pilot mysterious mecha known as Grand Cheres, and search the world for mysterious, giant disks which occasionally appear, flying at high speeds and wrecking much of the countryside, or cities, when they hit the ground. After a dying disc almost kills Hime, a Brain Powerd is born from the disc. Brain Powerds are another type of Mecha, similar to but not the same as Grand Cheres. Hime becomes the Brain Powerd's pilot, forming a symbiotic relationship with the living mecha and joins an International Organization dedicated to stopping Orphan, or at the very least saving humanity should Orphan succeed. A very chaotic and unenthusiastic mecha that seems to look up to Evangelion. Too much cringe to bear. Overall Rating: 5/10 15. Akihabara Dennou-gumi Cyber Team in Akihabara アキハバラ電脳組 [Production Reed] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Shoujo Mecha Adventure, Sci-Fi A "patapi" is a cute mechanical creature which is like a cyber pet. It can eat, sleep, play, and even help out its owners with some stuff. When Hibari Hanakoganei receives a patapi from a prince in her dreams, she is thrilled and names it "Densuke". When mysterious forces try to steal Densuke, Hibari discovers that Densuke is not just an ordinary patapi. Densuke has magical powers that allows it to transform into a powerful cyber-fighter who looks like Hibari. Hibari's friends also receive similar patapis, and together they form the Cyber Team in Akihabara. It's a weird Sailor Moon imitation with focus on ecchi. There's even Takusedo Mask that looks exactly the same. Art style is edgy, so it's not even cute. Overall Rating: 5/10 16. Jikuu Tenshou Nazca Dimension Movement of Nazca 時空転抄ナスカ [Radix] (Finished 12/12) Tags: Reincarnation Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy Miura Kyoji, a dedicated kendo student, discovers that his shisho (master) Tate Masanari is a reincarnated Incan warrior named Yawaru who wishes to destroy the world to purify it. Kyoji himself is the warrior Bilka, who foiled Yawaru's plans in their previous lives. Yawaru gathers other awakened spirits to release the powers of nature. Now Kyoji must wrestle with his own fate and decide if he is merely a vessel for the reincarnated soul or if he is truly Miura Kyoji and which will be better able to save the world and the future as he knows it. Basically, it's a set of meeting and fights, but since story is miniscule as much as possible time is spent on side characters and past life circumstances. Overall Rating: 5/10 17. Android Ana Maico 2010 Android Announcer Maico 2010 アンドロイド・アナ MAICO 2010 [Group TAC, Animaruya] (Finished 6/24) Tags: Seinen Adult Cast, Showbiz, Workplace Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi In the year 2010, the Japanese radio industry is in decline. To reverse their flagging ratings, a station staffed with perennial losers makes a daring gamble: to hire the industry's first android on-air host. Maico is cute, but it will take more than novelty to win over the fickle audience -- especially with a crew as inept as this one. Another half-episode length work that I forgot to take out. Just episodic stories during radio broadcast led by android , often concerning some malfunction. Humor did not fit me, but it's easy to watch. Overall Rating: 6/10 18. Sentimental Journey センチメンタルジャーニー [Sunrise] (Finished 3/12) Tags: Drama, Romance Sentimental Journey is a collection of twelve short stories about twelve different girls. Though unrelated, there is one common theme that binds the episodes together: each girl's bittersweet experience of first love. Everything that has sentimental in title is treated with prejudice by me. As expected, it's separate stories with focus on imprinting visual and audial images. Packed with all the emotional nostalgy crap you can imagine. Overall Rating: 5/10 19. Beast Wars Second Chou Seimeitai Transformers ビーストウォーズⅡ(セカンド) 超生命体トランスフォーマー [Production Reed] (Finished 3/43) Tags: Mecha Action, Sci-Fi Beast Wars Second features a new cast of characters set many years in the future, who travel to a post apocalyptic Earth now known as the planet Gaia. The Cybertrons, led by Lio Convoy, are sent to the planet to investigate an unusual change in the planet’s behavior and thus thwart the Destrons, led by Galvatron, who seek to consume the planet’s rich source of energy called Angolmois. Childish mecha with very primitive humor, still humor in mecha is rare. Overall Rating: 4/10 20. Grander Musashi RV グランダー武蔵RV [Nippon Animation] (Finished 3/39) Tags: Adventure, Sports Sequel to Grander Musashi. A young but experienced fisherman named Musashi Kazama and his two friends travel around the world in search of seven mysterious objects of fantastic power called "Legenders", each one in the form of a fish. Legenders are said to grant anyone who catches them the power to change the world. Unfortunately, Musashi ends up competing with several other fishermen who share his ambition of capturing a Legender. Missed the prequel as it was marked for kids, anyway, I consider sequel to be for kids as well. Need to have at least some affinity towards fishing to like it. Overall Rating: 5/10 21. DT Eightron DTエイトロン [Sunrise] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Shounen Action, Sci-Fi Shu is from Datania, a country that makes young children work. He and his friends were trying to escape when they met the Returners. The Returners are some kind of rebels to Datania. Shu goes with the Returners to fight Zero, Nines, and his men who are after DT, a special substance inside humans. Watched it before as a run through all dystopia anime. Sadly, it inherits the problem of all old anime - with 26+ episodes scale there are a lot of moves that don't advance the story or that can be considered fillers - a shorter format would be appreciated here . But besides that it has dystopia with unique feeling and a lot of different cool characters that are interesting to watch interacting. I was really interested in where this all was going, so kept watching. The turning point between partial boredom and sincere interest for me probably was episode 8 when story got bigger scale as a lot more allies showed up. After that it's just a travel show with pursuit around a post-apocalyptical world. There are very atmospheric settlements on the way, There's also this mystery of Eightron that does not follow owner's commands and behaves in seemingly in irrational ways each time. It would be totally understandable to skip travelling part and get from episode 8-9 straight to episode 24 if you only want the main story. Still with this constant beating around the bush can't call it a masterpiece in current 26 episode state. It feels that there's no decent source material behind it all even though I watched it fully twice now. It's a good level for improvisation, but with such loose concept it's just pointless. Overall Rating: 6/10 22. Alice SOS アリスSOS [J.C.Staff] (Finished 3/28) Tags: Adventure Takashi loves reading books and especially loves "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". One day, he buys some used books, and he finds one book thrown in. When Takashi opens the book, "the God of Math" M-1 appeared. Takashi is told that Alice is kidnapped, and he's asked to rescue her by M-1. And Takashi goes on an adventure in Wonderland to rescue Alice. Not translated. Concept is laughable, but it does not say much about contents. First of all, graphics are simple and resemble sketches at times. Situations are random and often absurd. Humor is below average, as for me. Overall Rating: 5/10 23. Nessa no Haou Gandalla Gandalla: The King of Burning Desert 熱沙の覇王ガンダーラ [Production Reed] (Finished 6/26) Tags: Music Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Supernatural A dispute between young band members and an unfortunate choice of melody inadverdently draws them all into the demonic horror known as the desert-god Gandalla. Only two episodes have English subs, others are available in French that I'm proficient in. It takes a while to understand the concept as the beginning is all about musical band internal squabbles. 6th episode is the first one that focuses on nomad in the deserts who first encountered the Ctulchu, but it all develops so slowly that you'll get bored much faster . Overall Rating: 5/10 24. YAT Anshin! Uchuu Ryokou 2 YAT 安心!宇宙旅行 2 [Group TAC] (Finished 3/25) Tags: Shounen Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi The space traveling company, YAT, is thrown into the unknown realms of the outer space. At the same time, the group encounters the psychic, Maron, and scientist, Note. Subsequently, the two of them are attacked by the evil monarch, Ganon. Note was captured and taken away after suffering an attack from one of Ganon's followers, Baras. In order to rescue Note, the group had to use the instantaneous portable machine which Note invented so as to travel to Ganon's planet. However, no one knows where the planet is... Not translated. Only for prequel fans. Overall Rating: 5/10 25. Himitsu no Akko-chan 3 ひみつのアッコちゃん 第3期 [Toei Animation] (Finished 0/44) Tags: Mahou Shoujo, School In the Kagami household, the old Western palm-sized mirror has been passed from from generations to generations. Akko-chan has been taught about the importance of the mirror and when she finally receives it from her mother, she cherishes it with all her might. One day, in the midst of a disturbance made by Taishou and his gang, Akko-chan accidentally broke the mirror. She made a grave and buried the broken pieces in the backyard. That night, Akko-chan was awakened by a flash of light and a kind voice which belongs to the Queen of the Mirror Kingdom. The Queen expresses her gratitude to Akko-chan for valuing the mirror so much and offers her a gift—a magical compact mirror. Whenever Akko-chan sings the magical words, she will transform into anything she wants. Not found. Overall Rating: 0/10 26. Ginga Hyouryuu Vifam 13 銀河漂流バイファム13 [Sunrise] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Mecha Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi On July 27 1996, Mr. Takeyuki Kanda died suddenly at the age of 52. Born August 11 1943, he was known as the director of several animations including VIFAM. Thus in 1998 a new TV series of VIFAM was broadcasted in memory of him. Televised 1998/3/21-1998/10/3 (in Kansai area), it contains 26 episodes, and like Twelve people disappeared it is a sidestory, but some new features are added: new persons, new RV, etc. The story could be inserted between #22 and #26 (#24 and #25 are digests) of VIFAM, and is divided into three parts: Act I (#1-14), Interlude (#15-18), Act II (#19-26), if we name them (in reality Act I and II have little relationship). It could also be the New Testament, but it is now regarded as an apocrypha (or worse, a pseudo-VIFAM). There are several reasons to say so, but to watch the story is the best way to understand them. Not translated. Original story was not good enough even in the 1980. Additional story with the same characters is only for those who did not have enough of Vifam. Overall Rating: 6/10 27. Takoyaki Mant-Man Takoyaki Capeman たこやきマントマン [Pierrot] (Finished 0/77) Tags: Comedy, Sci-Fi In order to protect the earth from the aliens, the god of Takoyaki created the five warriors of justice, Takoyaki Mantle Man. They risk their lives for justice. Takoyaki Mantle Man has round face, and wear a white cape and octopus belt as their symbol. Red is a leader whose special attack is Pickled Ginger Clash. Green is an energetic and hasty boy whose special attack is Green Onion Nunchaku. Pink is a precocious girl whose special attack is Okaka Flash. Blue is a sweet crybaby whose special attack is Seaweed Buster. Yellow is a cheerful boy whose special attack is Tenkasu Beam. Takoyaki Mantle Man is cute and strong heroic characters, friendly to children. Their enemies are too silly to hate. It is a very lively and amusing story. Not found. It's super childish anyway. Overall Rating: 0/10 28. Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou ヨコハマ買い出し紀行 [Ajia-Do] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Seinen Iyashikei Sci-Fi, Slice of Life SAfter a disaster leaves the world in a state of decline, the remaining human population lives out their lives peacefully and quietly in the twilight of the human age. Alpha Hatsuseno is an android who works at a cafe bordering Yokohama that rarely gets visitors, and is waiting for her owner to return. One day, another android, the courier Kokone Takatsu, brings Alpha a package from her master. Inside is a camera, given to Alpha so she can take pictures to reminisce about. Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou is a slow and contemplative anime that follows an android girl as she takes beautiful pictures and experiences touching moments, all amidst a calming sense of peace. Managed to watch it in the past, but now I'm too cynical to fall for the set traps. Can't see any value in it now, just lasting SOL with painfully long still scenes. Overall Rating: 6/10 29. Golgo 13: Queen Bee ゴルゴ13 QUEEN BEE [Tezuka Productions, Filmlink International] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Seinen Adult Cast, Military Action, Adventure, Drama Master assassin Golgo 13 is hired by the advisor of presidential candidate Robert Hardy to assassinate "Queen Bee," the beautiful and deadly leader of a South American guerilla army. Golgo, however, finds this job too easy and digs further information to find out the true connection between Hardy and Queen Bee. First movie was only visually prominent as it consisted of constant action. As for me, this one is better as it states Golgo principles better, there are many notable characters and some kind of story. Still nothing prominent. Overall Rating: 6/10 30. Queen Emeraldas クィーン・エメラルダス [OLM] (Finished 4/4) Tags: Space Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi The story revolves around a race that seeks to dominate the galaxy. A lone mysterious female warrior, known to others as Emeraldas sails the endless planets of the universe- in her Seas of Star ship- fighting the tyranny of that merciless race. She is tormented by the memory of her lost love. Even in OVA that is titled Queen Esmeraldas protagonist is the usual for Matsumoto lost in repetitions brat , and Emeraldas just happens to be around to save him each time. It irritated me even more than usual. Overall Rating: 5/10 31. Yume de Aetara If I See You in My Dreams 夢で逢えたら [J.C.Staff] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Seinen Comedy, Drama, Romance, Ecchi Yume de Aetara is a story about one guy Fuguno Masuo (a complete loser when it comes to relationship with women) and two girls: Shiozaki Nagisa and Hamaoka Miho. Since the story is pretty simple (and hilariously funny), further explanation will spoil everything (take the hint: watch it yourself!) Two virgins awkward love story. Of course it becomes the usual gag comedy about love triangles very soon, and both loners instantly become super popular... just because. You've seen one such show - you've seen them all. Overall Rating: 6/10 32. Kyoukasho ni Nai! Very Private Lesson 教科書にないッ! [AIC] (Finished 2/2) Tags: School Comedy, Romance, Ecchi Oraku is a lucky man. He has a comfortable job teaching at a local High School. He has Satsuki, a fellow teacher whom he hopes to marry someday. He has Aya, a beautiful student who has fallen in love with him. He has Aya's father, a wealthy man who wants so much for his little girl to be happy that he has sent her to live with Oraku. Oraku is a very lucky man. Of course Aya loves nothing more than to come on to Oraku by lounging around his apartment half naked. Unfortunately for Oraku, Aya's father happens to be wealthy because he is a major crime boss, and he will have Oraku slowly murdered if Aya doesn't remain absolutely pure. Now Oraku must not only restrain himself, but also protect Aya from the hordes of men and woman at school who'd love to get their hands on her body. And of course, if Satsuki or any of the other teachers find out that Oraku is living with one of his students, he will be permanently dismissed from the teaching profession! Oh yes Oraku is lucky... It's yet another story of a pushy girl getting to live together with a guy, only pretexts differ each time. Again, there would be little novelty if similar OVA is seen already. The novelty is that there is time for school bullying which is taken here way too lightly that it should have been, the same goes for kidnapping. But at least it can be used for obligatory protection action in the finale. I've seen better versions of this story. Overall Rating: 5/10 33. Geobreeders: File-X Chibi Neko Dakkan Geobreeders: (File-X) Get Back The Kitty ジオブリーダーズ File-X ちびねこ奪還 [Chaos Project] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Shounen Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural Taba and the Girls of Kagura Total Security Inc. specialize in jobs where their enemy are "Phantom Cats". They have a few run ins with the various Government agencies, as well as a gang of Phantom Cats; blowing up a lot of stuff along the way. When one of their own is kidnapped, they have to get her back. One episode to show how agency acts, one to get acquainted with the rest of the team and finish another case, one for actual teammate rescue. Thanks to clear structure, action tempo is good, but I fail to find anything worthy of notice here - just another action with fanservice and supposed comedy. Overall Rating: 5/10 34. Psychic Force サイキック フォース [Triangle Staff] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Shounen Super Power Action, Sci-Fi There are two kinds of people in the world, normal and psychics. Psychics are rare, powerful and feared. Burn Griffith met and befriended one of them, Keith Evans, two years ago. Now he has been looking for his friend, but when he finally succeeds, something's not right. The world has changed, and so has Keith. Game adaptations are usually so-so, psychics make everything worse, so result was foreseeable. Add a lot of confusion and jumping narration, and a headache is ensured. Overall Rating: 5/10 35. Seishoujo Kantai Virgin Fleet Virgin Fleet 聖少女艦隊バージンフリート [AIC] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Military, School Fantasy, Sci-Fi In the pre-WWII era, Nakano Naval Academy's special school for girls is codenamed "Virgin Fleet". These girls are gifted with a special form of power known as "Virgin Energy". With the fear of another Russo-Japanese war imminent, rookie pilot Shiokaze Umino must hone her powers to save Japan from complete destruction. So that's why Russo-Japanese was won... Execution is also hectic. Let's just forget it existed... Overall Rating: 4/10 36. Shin Otokogi 新・男樹 [-] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Seinen Organized Crime - Not translated. Yakuza stories rarely get continuations, but this one was different from the start because of the scale - aim was to rule criminal world nation-wide. Cruel and absolutely unbending, even in prison. Prison episode reminds Ashita no Joe movie , so quite all right . Overall Rating: 6/10 37. Crayon Shin-chan Movie 06: Dengeki! Buta no Hizume Daisakusen 映画 クレヨンしんちゃん 電撃!ブタのヒヅメ大作戦 [Shin-Ei Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Seinen School Comedy, Slice of Life, Ecchi A full-scale action film with tastes of the "'007" series and Jackie Chan's movies. The members of the secret organization for world peace 'SML', code-named 'Oiroke' (sexual attractiveness) and 'Kinniku' (muscle), who join hands with the Nohara family and Kasukabe Defense Forces (Shinnosuke Nohara and his mates: Kazama-kun, Nene-chan, Masao-kun and Bo-chan), and fight against the evil organization 'Buta no Hizume' (Pig's Hoof), who tries to conquer the world by using a computer virus. I was starting to lose hope in Shin-Chan movies, but this one is again on a decent level. Trashy, with toilet humor , puns and poor karaoke - everything is as we like it. Still can't call it a masterpiece level. Overall Rating: 6/10 38. Totsuzen! Neko no Kuni Banipal Witt Catnapped とつぜん!猫の国 バニパルウィット [Triangle Staff] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Adventure Fifth-grader, Toriyasu, and his little sister, Meeko, have a dog named Papadoll who has been missing for the past week. One night, two cats take the two children to the distant cat land of Banipal Witt, where Papadoll was abducted. Because of his long exposure to Banipal Witt's sun, Papadoll mutated into a giant dog monster, terrorizing the city under the control of the evil Princess Buburina, who has the curse of turning anyone she touches into balloons. Toriyasu, Meeko, and the cats have until the next sunrise to turn Papadoll and the ballooned citizens of Banipal Witt back to normal and return to their home planet—or end up with the same fate as their dog. It's a movie for children. Maybe it's not as cheezy as usual and contains some violence , but it does not change the fact. Overall Rating: 6/10 39. Rennyo Monogatari 蓮如物語 [Toei Animation] (Finished 0/1) Tags: Historical Drama A dramatization based on the novel "The Story of Rennyo" by Hiroyuki Itsuki. Not found. Overall Rating: 0/10 40. Mofa Ya Ma Grandma and Her Ghosts 魔法亞媽 [-] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Adventure, Fantasy The seventh lunar month in the Chinese calendar is the ghost month. DouDou goes to stay with Grandma on the lunar 1st of July, the day the host gate is opened. Grandma performs Taoist ceremonies for the deceased and communicates with ghosts. One day, DouDou accidentally lets the devil out of an urn. The devil possesses a sleepy house cat and tells DouDou that he can see invisible friends by applying Grandma's tears into his eye-lid. Little does DouDou know that this is part of the devil's plot to eat all of the ghosts. It's in Chinese with subs . It's about different ghosts who both grandma and kid can see. It looks up to Studio Ghibli. Not bad overall, but of topic I seriously hate. Overall Rating: 5/10 41. Cowboy Bebop: Yose Atsume Blues Cowboy Bebop: Session XX - Mish-Mash Blues カウボーイビバップ よせあつめブルース [Sunrise] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Adult Cast, Space Sci-Fi Due to the violence portrayed in the Cowboy Bebop world and violence in Japanese schools, the series was briefly cancelled and an extra session was created as a final episode to the first thirteen episodes aired. Called "Session XX: Mish-Mash Blues," a compilation of clips from previous episodes, it aired on June 26, 1998 on TV Tokyo. The episode was never released on DVD. In it, the characters provide a philosophical commentary and end with the words: This Is Not The End. You Will See The Real "Cowboy Bebop" Someday! A very short mashup of citations being commented on. Ok'ish , but definitely not something outstanding. Overall Rating: 6/10
  5. Seihou Bukyou Outlaw Star has the upper hand this season while Perfect Blue is an honorary masterpiece 1. Seihou Bukyou Outlaw Star Outlaw Star 星方武侠アウトロースター [Sunrise] (Finished 24/24) Tags: Space Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi Gene Starwind has always dreamed of piloting his own ship out into the vast sea of stars. Unfortunately, not all dreams come true, as he spends his days working odd jobs alongside his partner, James Hawking, on the small planet Sentinel III instead. However, this all takes a turn when the duo takes on a job from Rachel Sweet who, unbeknownst to them, is actually a treasure-hunting outlaw. Tasked with protecting a mysterious girl known as Melfina, the meeting irrevocably changes the pair's lives as they are sent out into the great unknown aboard the highly advanced ship, Outlaw Star. Seihou Bukyou Outlaw Star follows Gene and his ragtag crew as they brave the final frontier, navigating the stars in search of answers to the mysteries surrounding Melfina. Encountering dangerous bounty hunters, space pirates, Taoist mages, and even catgirls, there is sure to be an exhilarating adventure around every corner. Watched it in the past and it still looks great, surprised to know it ran before Cowboy Bebop. It's good that Sunrise decided to move in direction of their in my opinion only previously worthy franchise of Dirty Pair with making plot continuous. It results in their first firm masterpiece from me. Overall Rating: 8/10 2. Sexy Commando Gaiden: Sugoi yo!! Masaru-san セクシーコマンドー外伝 すごいよ!! マサルさん [Magic Bus] (Finished 4/48) Tags: Shounen Gag Humor, Martial Arts, School Comedy Okometsubu Fujiyama has recently transferred over to a new school, Wakame High School. His goal is to make 100 friends--until he meets the extremely weird Masaru Hananakajima. Masaru is a martial artist whose specialty is the "Sexy Commando" form of martial art. Masaru forms a club based on this art, including Fujiyama, who he nicknames Fuumin, in the club. The club becomes full of strange, yet wacky people. Aliens, mustaches, and cute fuzzy animals are encountered as the club moves along and gets steadily more popular. Noticed late that each episode is just 8 minutes, but since it has opening, let it stay in this lacking new titles season. It's evident that it comes after gag sketch manga as there is always abstract background like in manga, thus feels schematic. Humor is generally ok, but with accent of trunks flashing to disorient enemies, so not great. Overall Rating: 5/10 3. El Hazard: The Alternative World 異次元の世界エルハザード [Pioneer LDC] (Finished 3/13) Tags: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy Miz plans to retire as a Great Priestess of Water to married life with her darling Fujisawa and as replacement the young Qawoor Towles arrives to Floristica. Jinnai sees Qawoor's initiation ceremony as a chance to infiltrate Makoto's laboratory but accidentally activates a mysterious thingy that sends them all through the dimensions to a grey industrial city protected by a huge castle in an alternative world. This franchise is already greatly compromised, so alternative look might help, but the problem is that it's not much different apart from the new world which specifics are not explained at all. This might be not the worst El Hazard anime ever, but the approach it uses can easily anger both fans and newcomers. Overall Rating: 5/10 4. Burn Up Excess バーンナップEXCESS [Magic Bus] (Finished 3/13) Tags: Shounen Detective Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Ecchi Follows the exploits of Team Warrior, a special anti-terror wing of the Neo-Tokyo Police force. Team Warrior is comprised of the habitually broke Rio, gun-crazy Maya, computer specialist Lillica, tech-expert Nanvel, piliot/voyeur Yuji, and is led by the enigmatic Maki. The team faces a number of missions, ranging from bodyguard duty, breaking up robbery and arms rackets, and providing security for a very powerful tank. Rio and company continually thwart the terrorist aims of Ruby, an operative for a shadowy cabal of powerful men. Before the final showdown, the circumstances behind the formation of Team Warrior, how the precocious Rio came to join it, and Maki's painful past will be revealed. Franchise managed to improve with time in humor and action, but the question is whether it's enough. It's easy to watch, and that's decent already. Overall Rating: 6/10 5. Bannou Bunka Neko-Musume (1998) All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku TV 万能文化猫娘 [Production Reed] (Finished 12/12) Tags: Seinen Mecha Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi Each episode centers on Nuku Nuku's adventures and mishaps in high school, and her relationship to students, the overall series plot centers on the evil Mishima Industries' scheme to dominate the world through its products. In opposition to this plan are the slightly nutty Kyuusaku Natsume and Nuku Nuku, the android who acts as a companion to his young son. Nuku Nuku's classmates are all eccentrics, Futaba, the class president, is a domineering control-freak, who cannot leave her authority in school. Chieko Shirakaba is the rich snob with the two yes-girls who always take her side. There is a bookworm, a mystic, a scientist, and a pop singer. All of these are true to their descriptions: the mystic is always foretelling doom via tarot cards, spirits, or some other occult technique. The pop singer never says anything except as a song. The bookworm always has her nose in a book. These eccentricities add to the series' humor. With all the random stuff happening on the screen my head begins to hurt very soon. It surpasses original in that, so only watchable by those who can appreciate absurd humor. Overall Rating: 5/10 6. Bomberman B-Daman Bakugaiden B[ボンバーマン]ビーダマン爆外伝 [Madhouse] (Finished 3/48) Tags: Comedy, Sci-Fi Madhouse 1000 years ago, the beautiful B-da City was attacked by the Dark B-da in their quest to control the entire Blue Solar System. The heroic B-Daman, drawing on their legendary power and ingenious technology, were able to restore peace to the universe. But, it is only a matter of time before evil forces strike again…Our hero, SHIRO BOM with his friends continue to patrol the Kingdom, fight against Dark B-da, always alert to danger, always ready for fun. Only three episodes seem to be translated. This should have been marked as for kids. It's too schematic to even be treated it as comedy with all those pseudo lego-men as characters and simple backgrounds. Overall Rating: 5/10 7. AWOL エイウォール [Studio Deen] (Finished 3/12) Tags: Military, Space Action, Sci-Fi Cyress is a peaceful place. People are going about their lives. Two lovers embrace, a family throws a birthday party for their child, a group of people party at a local restaurant. But suddenly, their surroundings explode into smoke and flame. A group of terrorists has snuck through the planetary defenses and has begun an assault. Defenseless, there is little the people of Cyress can do. As the military scrambles to discover what happened, the terrorists manage to hijack seven PDP missiles, which are capable of destroying an entire planet. These terrorists, who call themselves "Solomon" can now hold entire planets hostage! They must not be stopped. Wow, just wow. Compared to AWOL even Angel Cop with similar concept would look like a thriller. Super boring anti-terrorist story with similar looking team in same-looking battle suits, and each episode is some 50 minutes which is twice longer than usual... It's so bad I'm speechless. Overall Rating: 4/10 8. Gakkyuu Ou Yamazaki King of Classroom, Yamazaki 学級王ヤマザキ [Magic Bus] (Finished 3/53) Tags: Comedy Yamazaki comes to Earth from an other planet, hoping to conquer our planet. But he soon realizes, that in order to conquer the world, he has to conquer a his own classroom first. That's why he comes up with lots of different ideas to get everybody to follow him. Also, he spends most of his time making Tatsuya (the class rep.) miserable. Having his loyal and strange dog Watanabe always by his side, and the help from his grandparents, Yamazaki is always doing crazy things with his class, completely forgetting his primary goal, and only thinking in becoming "The King of the Class". Not translated. As you can see, it's another absurd gag comedy. Overall Rating: 5/10 9. Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu Gaiden Legend of the Galactic Heroes Gaiden 銀河英雄伝説外伝/千億の星、千億の光 [K-Factory] (Finished 3/24) Tags: Military, Space Action, Drama, Sci-Fi Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu Gaiden is the first of two OVA adaptations of side stories from the Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu novel series. This first adaptation follows the achievements of Reinhard von Müsel and Siegfried Kircheis of the Galactic Empire before the fateful Battle of Astarte. The Silver-White Valley Reinhard and Kircheis graduate from their military academy and are immediately sent to the frozen frontier planet Kapche-Lanka. Unbeknownst to them, their new superior schemes to kill Reinhard on behalf of a rival of Reinhard's sister Annerose von Grünewald. Dreams of the Morning, Songs of the Night Reinhard and Kircheis are assigned to the Imperial Military Police, where they uncover the corrupt and oppressive practices of the Empire's law enforcement. They are soon ordered to investigate the murder of a student at their alma mater. Dishonor As Reinhard awaits the bestowal of his new title of Count von Lohengramm, he sends Kircheis to the artificial resort satellite Kreuznach III for a vacation. Restless from the lack of work, Kircheis assists the local police with a drug trafficking case related to an attack on a disgraced former Vice Admiral. A Hundred Billion Stars, a Hundred Billion Lights While Reinhard is still a commodore in charge of only a single squadron, he laments the incompetence of his superiors during a battle against the Free Planets Alliance. Amassing military successes under the direct command of Vice Admiral Richard von Grimmelshausen, Reinhard repeatedly clashes with Hermann von Lüneburg, a commodore and former regimental commander of the Alliance's infamous Rosen Ritter. Another portion of fan materials has arrived. After the miserable ending of the series I can hardly care. Overall Rating: 5/10 10. Tekken Tekken: The Motion Picture 鉄拳 [Studio Deen] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Martial Arts Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi After being thrown off a cliff as a child, Kazuya Mishima enters the King of Iron Fist Tournament to extract revenge from his father, multi-billionaire Heihachi Mishima. Meanwhile, WWWC operative Jun Kazama and Hong Kong detective Lei Wulong also enter the tournament to investigate on Heihachi's illegal activities involving cloning and genetic engineering. A handful of other skilled fighters are also in it merely to win the grand prize of $1 billion, not knowing of the true purpose of the tournament and fate that awaits them. Every fighting should have its anime, apparently. But since all such anime suck anyway, just 55 minute OVA with characters appearances and maybe a bit of background is fine, no need to bother about real story. Overall Rating: 5/10 11. Shihaisha no Tasogare Twilight Of The Dark Master 支配者の黄昏 [Madhouse] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shoujo Mythology Action, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Supernatural Since the beginning of time, monstrous Demons and noble Guardians have battled for Earth - the everlasting gift of the one great Mother, creator of all life. A deep hatred burns between Demon and Guardian; the Guardians prevented the Demons from destroying humanity and the world itself. Eons later, Neo-Shinjuku City: few Demons or Guardians remain to continue their epic war. Humans rule the Earth, with no real memory of either Demons or Guardians. Yet deep within the dark underworld of the city, one supreme Demon is alive and plotting to subjugate mankind. Only one Guardian is left to do battle, and the fate of the human race is at stake. A lot of violence and nudity, some horror thriller, but scenes with many characters jump around fast without even selecting some protagonist, so it's mostly just the looks and simple thrills not growing into something bigger. Overall Rating: 5/10 12. Makai Tenshou Ninja Resurrection 魔界転生 [Phoenix Entertainment] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Historical, Samurai Action, Supernatural Get ready for a nightmarish journey through faith and betrayal as the infamous Jubei Yagyu wields his deadly blades against the forces of good and evil alike. In an orgy of unbelievable savagery, the armies of the Shogun give no quarter as they ruthlessly slaughter their enemies. Trapped on the rocky isthmus of Amakusa, the faithful await divine aid as the demon stirs in their midst. Desperate for vengeance, a Child of Heaven becomes the emissary of Hell. Tortured by visions of Amakusa's final hour, legendary swordsman Jubei Yagyu returns to his ancestral home seeking respite from the bloody duties of a feudal retainer. Life in the village of Yagyu possesses a serenity ill-befitting days of armed rebellion and unholy alliance. For Jubei the tranquility is far too transparent, and soon, chilling rumors reach him. Four dead heroes renew their claim to life, feeding on the fear and violence of the age. Forced to take up the sword once more, Jubei returns to the path of vengeance and damnation in Ninja Resurrection! It starts rather well, but the further it goes, the more chaos and body horror starts to get involved, and final impression left is mostly disgust. Overall Rating: 4/10 13. Perfect Blue パーフェクトブルー [Madhouse] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Adult Cast, Psychological, Showbiz Avant Garde, Drama, Horror J-pop idol group CHAM! has spent the last two years entertaining its fans. Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and CHAM! must see one of its members, Mima Kirigoe, leave the group to pursue her acting career. While Mima's choice is met with a mixed response, she hopes her fans will continue to support her. However, Mima's life begins to change drastically after her departure from the group. Wanting to shed her pop-idol image, she takes on a role in a crime drama series, and her career as an actress gradually becomes more demanding and taxing for both Mima and her manager, Rumi Hidaka. To add to Mima's growing unease, an obsessed fan who is incapable of accepting that Mima has quit being an innocent idol, begins stalking her; a new anonymous website begins to impersonate her life with intricate detail; and CHAM! also appears to be doing better without her. One by one, each disturbing development drives Mima to become increasingly unhinged and unable to distinguish reality from fantasy. It was one of the first anime that I watched, and thus it had quite a strong influence. Can't say I enjoy it much, but it's definitely well done, it touches important topic and stays in memory even after two decades, so it's at least borderline masterpiece. Overall Rating: 7/10 14. Ginga Tetsudou 999: Eternal Fantasy 銀河鉄道999 エターナルファンタジー [Toei Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Space Action, Drama, Sci-Fi Based on the story by manga master Leiji Matsumoto (The Cockpit, Queen Emeraldas), the 55 minute featurette picks up one year after the events of Galaxy Express 999 in which a young boy named Tetsuro and his motherly companion Maetel worked to rid the universe on the Mechanized Empire who had taken over Earth. It's yet another epilogue to the series as events happen one year after and the Earth has become even more gloomy , and only Express 999 remains roughly the same. This show never had a real story, only circumstances of characters to explore and travelling. In my opinion, the whole piece is an advertisement for forthcoming Queen Emeraldas OVA. There's a bit of everything and nothing in the whole, as usual . Overall Rating: 6/10
  6. Kenpuu Denki Berserk is inevitably the winner here, but I also favor Elf wo Karu Mono-tachi II as a firm masterpiece because it's the rare sequel that even surpasses great original. Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Ishinshishi e no Chinkonka can be considered as borderline masterpiece. 1. Kenpuu Denki Berserk Berserk 剣風伝奇ベルセルク [OLM] (Finished 25/25) Tags: Seinen Gore, Military, Mythology Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror Guts, a man who will one day be known as the Black Swordsman, is a young traveling mercenary characterized by the large greatsword he carries. He accepts jobs that offer the most money, but he never stays with one group for long—until he encounters the Band of the Hawk. Ambushed after completing a job, Guts crushes many of its members in combat. Griffith, The Band of the Falcon's leader and founder, takes an interest in Guts and duels him. While the others are no match for Guts, Griffith defeats him in one blow. Incapacitated and taken into the Band of the Hawk's camp to recover, Guts wakes up two days later. He confronts Griffith, and the two duel yet again, only this time with a condition: Guts will join the Band of the Falcon if he loses. Due to his fresh injuries, Guts loses the fight and is inducted by Griffith. In three years' time, Guts has become one of the Band of the Hawk's commanders. On the battlefield, his combat prowess is second only to Griffith as he takes on large groups of enemies all on his own. With Guts' immense strength and Griffith's leadership, the Band of the Hawk dominate every battle they partake in. But something menacing lurks in the shadows, threatening to change Guts' life forever. It's still the best version of Berserk best arc Golden Age as more modern retelling cut things like band of Griffin interactions which is absolutely unacceptable. One of the best stories ever told, innovative and genius. Overall Rating: 10/10 2. Kyuuketsuhime Miyu (TV) Vampire Princess Miyu 吸血姫美夕 [AIC] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Shoujo Mythology, Vampire Action, Drama, Horror Evil Shinma (shape-shifting monsters and vampires) roam the Earth on a mission to unleash their darkness upon the Human race. Miyu Royal Princess from the dark is the Chosen One—the one being who must banish the Evil Shinma from the Earth. She has the power to offer Humans the gift of eternal happiness, yet is herself, trapped between two worlds; destined for perpetual solitude and internal conflict. Miyu's only companion is Larva, once an evil Shimna; now her devoted guardian. Together they share a dark journey through the weakness of the human heart and the tragic loss of innocence. Cut off from humanity by the knowledge of what she is, Miyu lives an endless quest as both the hunter and the hunted, on the edge of darkness. I rated 1988 OVA version as 4, so it's hard to expect much from alternative version. Basically, I don't like characters, I don't like theme and I don't like monster of the week concept. Overall Rating: 5/10 3. Dr. Slump ドクタースランプ [Toei Animation] (Finished 3/74) Tags: Shounen Gag Humor Comedy, Sci-Fi, Slice of Life In Penguin Village, humans live alongside talking animals and objects. Senbei Norimaki is one of these humans, and he's an inventor with the lofty dream of creating the world's best robot girl. The product of his efforts is Arale, but depending on your definition of perfect, she's anything but! Not only is Arale severely nearsighted, but she also has no common sense! At least she has super-strength, though that often proves to be a setback as well. Although she means well, Arale only causes trouble for her neighbors in the whimsical Penguin Village! I could never get to like Arale-chan as it looked too childish and absurd in comparison to Shin-chan and Maruko-chan. But with series reboot it might get more modern and complex... and of course it did not. One needs to appreciate simple absurd gag comedy humor to like it . Overall Rating: 6/10 4. Elf wo Karu Mono-tachi II Those Who Hunt Elves II エルフを狩るモノたち II [Group TAC] (Finished 12/12) Tags: Shounen Isekai Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy After Junpei botched the second attempt to transport back to Japan, the four embark their journey once again to collect runes imprinted on skin of Elven females by stripping them. Celsia is cursed into the form of another animal this time. I was afraid that with novelty gone old mechanisms won't excite anymore, but Those Who Hunt Elves proved once again that they can reinvent themselves. Now each episode works out of a theme, among those one science theory, two fairy tales, one Christmas fantasy and just cool stories about gags like dreaming pillows or elven toilets. One of those rare sequels that even surpass original. Overall Rating: 8/10 5. Battle Athletess Daiundoukai (TV) Battle Athletes Victory バトルアスリーテス大運動会 [AIC] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Shounen School Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Sports Akari Kanzaki has just joined an all-girls academy in hopes of entering the University Satellite, an elite sports training facility. She wants to win the title of Cosmo Beauty - a title held years ago by her mother. It's not an easy task for her as fear, doubt and peer pressure get in her way, but friends, rivals and fans slowly encourage her to overcome her obstacles and become the best of the Battle Athletes. Just wow, OVA has not ended yet and there's a whole season of same sci-fic spokon bore. During three episodes I failed to understand what for to like this series at all - pointless action, average characters, below average humor and non-existing plot or concept. Overall Rating: 5/10 6. Virus: Virus Buster Serge VIRUS -VIRUS BUSTER SERGE- [Plum] (Finished 4/12) Tags: Detective, Mecha Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi Neo Hong Kong, 2097: The world has changed. Advances in genetic engineering and cybernetics have created an environment full of artificially enhanced humans and intelligent super-computers that operate using biological software. But the same technology that has allowed man and machine to merge has made both susceptible to a new kind of threat—digital viruses capable of controlling their hosts. What we got as initials is worrying - source is exploration Sega game, director who debuted for some episodes in the Bubblegum crisis OVA, four bishounens who mostly operate in the field and some girls who mostly supervise from HQ. As a result the whole virus stuff finishes by the end of 2nd episode and further on it's just aimless Bubblegum all over again without the same quality though. Overall Rating: 5/10 7. Master Mosquiton '99 Master of Mosquiton '99 マスターモスキートン'99 [TV Tokyo] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Vampire Action, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural Catholic schoolgirl Inaho discovers that a vampire, Mosquiton, is feeding off of her classmates. So she stakes him, but he is revived after her blood comes in contact with the his remains. Mosquiton becomes her slave and also a history teacher. Together, along with Yuuki and Honou, the unlikely duo have many escapades and adventures. One of Inaho's main goals is to find the mythical O-Part to make some money! Since OVA my attitude has not changed, and OVA is the better experience overall. Overall Rating: 6/10 8. Yume no Crayon Oukoku Crayon Kingdom of Dreams 夢のクレヨン王国 [Toei Animation] (Finished 3/70) Tags: Shoujo Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy The civilians of the Crayon Kingdom have always view their Princess Silver as a twelve-year old girl with a beautiful smile. However, unknown to them, the princess has 12 bad habits. This has created much distress to the Chameleon Prime Minister and the Crayon ministers for it would be embarassing if this gets out. One day, a party was held to celebrate Princess Silver's twelvth birthday. The princess was trying to seek her Prince Charming that she forgot to take notice of her bad habits. One of the boys at the party was so angry that he changed Silver's parents, the King and Queen, into stone. In order to break the curse and save her parents, Silver decided to set on a journey to locate the boy. Together with her companions, Silver begins her adventure. Chibi shoujo travelling with anthropomorphic veggies and animals comedy is not something I crave for. Humor is ok, and that's what matters . Overall Rating: 6/10 9. Fortune Quest L Fortune Quest フォーチュン·クエストL [E&G Films] (Finished 1/26) Tags: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy Our story is set in another world, parallel to ours. We meet Pastel, an orphan girl, 18 years old, who lives with a group of adventurers in a small house. Pastel works as a writer and also a "mapper", charting towns, the countryside, rivers and mountains with sketches and illustrations. She is highly respected by her friends as her intelligence and honesty are extraordinary. Living in the house with Pastel, we meet Clay, a young swordsman; Trapp, the son of a bandit chieftain; Kitton, literally a working dictionary and a descendant of the Family Kittons; Knoll, a big guy a with tender heart; Whitey, a baby dragon; and Rumy, an infant sorcerer of the tribe "Elf." Together this odd group become involved in many mysterious adventures from treasure hunting, to searching for a missing person, to challenging a riddle, to many more unexpected quests. Seems to have only single subbed episode which is more of an introductory one. As long as such situation persists, let's leave it at OVA score. Overall Rating: 6/10 10. Chou Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru Super Demon Hero Wataru 超魔神英雄伝ワタル [Sunrise] (Finished 3/51) Tags: Mecha Action, Adventure, Comedy After the battle with Doakuder at Soukaizan (the "other" world where the rainbow has disappeared because of the devils), a demon world Devil came to Genseikai (human world) and stole Wataru's conscience. Because of that, Wataru's heart of justice and his memories of being Kyuuseishu (world savior) vanished. After Shibaraku and Himiko brought him back to Shinbukai (the "other" world, where Soukaizan is located), Wataru regained his memories, however his conscience was still missing. To get it back, Kyuuseishu Wataru must return to fight the devils, rescuing all of Soukaizan from catastrophe! Chou Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru is the 3rd work of the Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru TV series by SUNRISE, and is considered as a "remake" series of the previous Wataru series. It started airing from October 2, 1997, and ended on September 24, 1998, every Thursday from 6:00 to 6:30pm, with a total of 51 episodes. Silly chibi Sunrise mecha is back. Whatever. Overall Rating: 5/10 11. Next Senki Ehrgeiz Next War Chronicle Ehrgeiz ネクスト戦記エーアガイツ [Studio Deen] (Finished 4/12) Tags: Mecha, Space Action, Sci-Fi Earth started space colonization by creating the Next Colonies. Next later rebelled, and created the Next Government. The rebellion became a war, and the multi-purpose Metal Vehicles, MVs for short, were changed for battle purposes. Meanwhile, Terra, an Earth Rebellion force, started creating more trouble for Earth. Now, a mysterious MV-like being, S.A.C ("S" for short), is loose, and Next wants it so that they can win the war. Terra's psychic leader, Hal, has been sensing "S", and wants to know more about the power it has. The future of these three groups will be up to a bunch of outlaws who live on the abandoned Next 7 colony, though no one knows that yet... There was some potential, but as soon as average characters, then mecha and psychics kicked in, it got irreparable. Overall Rating: 5/10 12. Ganbare Goemon Legend of the Mystical Ninja がんばれゴエモン [Trans Arts] (Finished 3/23) Tags: Shounen Comedy The evil overlord Makuamuge is planning to take over both the game and real worlds, and it is up to the ninja Goemon, his friends, girlfriend, and giant robot to defeat Makuamuge's henchmen and save both worlds. One of the better examples of good video game adaptations, but it remains a children-tilt comedy. Overall Rating: 6/10 13. Shinkai Densetsu Meremanoid 深海伝説MEREMANOID [Triangle Staff] (Finished 3/24) Tags: Adventure, Fantasy The story takes place in the underwater world of Mer. The army of the kingdom of Bars, until recently peaceful, begins a terrible war against its neighbors: the principality of Moslem and the ancient and glorious kingdom of Agadia. No one can explain how the small kingdom of Bars has reached such a power. In a short time, it manages to challenge much larger and more powerful realms. Meanwhile, two young 'spiritual knights' (Jo and Oz) make a living by killing marine monsters. The population, however, is not very tolerant towards the duo. People fear their powers, seeing them as a potential threat. The pair will unwillingly find themselves fighting the army of Bars, and the forces of darkness that have taken its head... Animation is of very low quality, characters and plot disappoint. Overall Rating: 5/10 14. Sakura Momoko Gekijou: Coji-Coji Coji-Coji さくらももこ劇場 コジコジ [Nippon Animation] (Finished 3/100) Tags: Comedy, Fantasy The only thing that concerns Coji Coji is enjoying life and the wonders of nature. Coji Coji’s friends, on the other hand, are a varied bunch of colorful characters whose many idiosyncrasies have a tendency to create turmoil among one another. Coji Coji’s carefree ways and tendency to shirk responsibility are sometimes a source of frustration, but his childlike wisdom has a way of resolving all of their differences. Not translated. Characters feel a lot like transformed Sakura class, humor is nice though specific to the theme of such weird youkai characters. There's also just one story for the whole episode, so pace is worse that in Maruko-chan. With second Maruko-chan still running , hard to say who this series is for. Overall Rating: 6/10 15. Photon Photon: The Idiot Adventures フォトン [AIC] (Finished 6/6) Tags: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Ecchi Photon Earth is a young and gentle boy with superhuman strength and "Baka" (meaning "idiot" in Japanese) scribbled on his forehead (apparently by his troublemaking friend Aun Freya). One day, he finds himself engaged to the beautiful fugitive pilot Keyne Acqua after writing "baka" on her forehead. And that's the least of his worries as he must protect both Aun and Keyne from the evil Papacharino, who seeks to steal the secrets of "Aho" (another word for idiot) energy from Keyne's grandfather's ship. It's coherent, but I'm still not that desperate to praise anything that is not a mess. It's a story of two kids bonding witch some additional characters and fanservice and eventually trouble. To get to decent I should at least somewhat like the characters, but, alas. Overall Rating: 5/10 16. Macross Dynamite 7 マクロスダイナマイト7 [Production Reed] (Finished 4/4) Tags: Shounen Mecha, Space Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi Less than a year after the events that transpired in the Macross 7 TV series, Basara leaves Fire Bomber and travels to the planet Zola. There, he meets a girl named Elma, who is a big fan of Fire Bomber. It is also on this planet where he must once again use his Spiritia powers; this time, to stop an army of poachers and Elma's father Graham from killing a group of space whales travelling within the planetary system. Lots of music, some bad karaoke and something like a story at times, but totally wasted on someone who never liked Macross 7. Overall Rating: 5/10 17. Saber Marionette J Again またまたセイバーマリオネットJ [Hal Film Maker] (Finished 6/6) Tags: Harem, Mecha Action, Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi Lime, Cherry, and Bloodberry, female-like androids called marionettes, have returned to Otaru`s side. The somewhat reformed marionettes of Faust (Tiger, Luchs, and Panther) are sent to stay with Otaru and friends to learn more about being human. Enter a seventh marionette named Marine, who has a mysterious power -- and they all possess the special maiden circuit that allows a marionette to feel emotions! Same immature and unexciting development does not leave it a chance. Overall Rating: 5/10 18. Baby☆Love ベイビィ☆LOVE [Studio Comet] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Comedy, Romance Seara loved Shuhei ever since she was a little girl. Although, Shuhei was three years older and much bigger than her. He told her to come back when she was older and more grown-up. A few years later, Seara grew to look like a high school student and managed to riggle her way into Shuhei's home. She will now attempt to win his heart, although there might be some obstacles in her path. Rather banal and short romance with two pairs. Overall Rating: 5/10 19. Sakura Taisen: Ouka Kenran Sakura Wars サクラ大戦 桜華絢爛 [Radix] (Finished 4/4) Tags: Mecha, Performing Arts Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi The year is around the 1920's and the darkness of the demons have arrived. Now, only the people with large amounts of spirit energy can save the Earth. The Flower Division is now going to be sent out destroy the demons for they're our only hope for survival with their new steam-powered machines and unique fighting techniques. If you want to learn a story or worldview or politics behind it all, look elsewhere since it's more like a prequel or introduction with just all-girl team gathering and operating with mistakes and then male protagonist starting to lead without mistakes. It bears next to zero information. Overall Rating: 6/10 20. Yakumotatsu Eight Clouds Rising 八雲立つ [Pierrot] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Shoujo Historical Adventure, Horror, Supernatural Fuzuchi Kuraki is a quiet young high school student blessed with immense psychic powers and an ancient sword. He is searching for other magical artifacts with the help of Nanachi Takeo, a college student with latent powers of his own. They delve deep into the dark magic of Izumo, only to discover the secrets buried within the birthplace of all Japanese mythology. Too many shounen ai allusions for me here and actually none of shoujo, lol. Anyway, it's just a bit of introduction into Kuraki and his circumstances story, and team is ready for new adventures... which aren't serialized. Overall Rating: 5/10 21. Detatoko Princess Suddenly Princess でたとこプリンセス [J.C.Staff] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Comedy, Fantasy Lapis is the princess of Sorcerland. She's beautiful, powerful and has a sparkling personality; it`s too bad that she's not that bright. She'll go to any length to protect the most innocent of creatures even if it means destroying the kingdom to do so. And lets not forget her obsession with pudding! Detatoko Princess is a laugh-out-loud lampoon of all the fantasy stereotypes you've come to love with a generous heaping scoop of slapstick! It's a very random fantasy slapstick comedy with more chaos than Slayers though still not as absurd as Magical Circle Guru Guru. And since all three episodes are individual stories, there's pretty much nothing in the "story" department. Overall Rating: 5/10 22. Elf-ban Kakyuusei: Anata dake wo Mitsumete... エルフ版 下級生 あなただけを見つめて… [PP Project] (Finished 4/4) Tags: Harem, School Drama, Romance High school students Mizuho Yuuki and Miko Kamiyama are best friends. Miko likes fellow classmate Tohru Nagase. Mizuho is determined not to get in the way of their budding relationship. But underclassmate Ai Minamizato also likes Tohru. Tohru must decide which girl he likes the most. First Kakyuusei game had a unique combination of traits and showed up in fitting time, but all attempts to repeat or imitate it inevitably failed as it was a secondary product with different combination of traits in a different moment of time. It mostly starts to feel too banal, it's exactly the case for this OVA. Overall Rating: 5/10 23. Kigyou Senshi Yamazaki: Long Distance Call 企業戦士YAMAZAKI ~LONG DISTANCE CALL~ [Ripple Film] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Seinen Drama, Sci-Fi A 42-year-old salaryman is made to serve his company beyond the grave when his brain is installed in a super-powered android body in order to carry out corporate espionage. Comedy is fine and there's even some action, but it's just 37 minutes long and the whole premise looks really weird nowadays as super exploited person dies from overwork and continues to be exploited in the afterlife eternally and forces others to work more and more intensely. With the whole corporate espionage kicking in, new product starts to be valued more than a lot of people lives. It's the message I would not want to convey to anyone. Overall Rating: 4/10 24. Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Ishinshishi e no Chinkonka Samurai X: The Motion Picture るろうに剣心 -明治剣客浪漫譚- 維新志士への鎮魂歌 [Gallop] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen Historical, Samurai Drama The war against the Tokugawa Shogunate ended years ago. But there are some who are not happy with the outcome. Shigure Takimi watched his friends and family get slashed down in the name of freedom and prosperity. Now he and a band of desperate rebels have sworn to settle one final score. Only one man stands in their way: Kenshin Himura. But when Shigure discovers Kenshin's true identity as the Hitokiri Battousai, his fight becomes a personal vendetta. A serious movie about Kenshin past with good samurai action is what I expected from it and that's exactly what I got, so no complaints here. Not for everyone, but it definitely can be enjoyed. Overall Rating: 7/10
  7. I ended up giving the same masterpiece scores to Mononoke Hime and Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion , but the latter prevails as it's more psychological. 1. Rekka no Honoo Flame of Recca 烈火の炎 [Pierrot] (Finished 3/42) Tags: Shounen Martial Arts, Super Power Action, Adventure Most people think that ninjas are a thing of the past, but Rekka Hanabishi wishes otherwise. Although he comes from a family that makes fireworks, he likes to think of himself as a self-styled, modern-day ninja. Sounds like fun, right? Maybe not. Rekka ends up in lots of fights because he once made the bold announcement that if someone can defeat him, he will become their servant. Then one day, Rekka meets Yanagi Sakoshita, a gentle girl with the ability to heal any wound or injury. Their meeting sets off a chain of events, which culminate into a shocking discovery. Rekka is the last surviving member of a legendary ninja clan that was wiped out centuries ago. Even more astonishing than being an actual ninja, he also wields the power to control fire. What does this mean for Rekka? Who are these strange people after him and Yanagi? Find out in Rekka no Honoo! Even prior to watching it, Rekka no Honoo reminded Yu Yu Hakusho a lot. As it starts in school, similarities only multiply. Pretty sure Yu Yu Hakusho fans will like this one, but even though I prefer ninja theme to spirits , this anime remains action shounen, and I need additional complexity in something to appreciate those. Overall Rating: 6/10 2. Misute♡naide Daisy Don't Leave Me Alone, Daisy みすて♡ないでデイジー [Studio Deen] (Finished 3/12) Tags: Shounen Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi The story begins when an innocent, but busty, young schoolgirl goes to recover her hat from what she thought was an abandoned house. But within that house, spying on her, is a deranged madman. Seeing her he becomes obsessed with controlling her, owning her, bending her to his every whim. He, and his array of high tech tools, will threaten her with death, mutilation, control, humiliation and the loss of her own will and identity. Terrors biological, chemical and nuclear will come into play in the nightmare that is her new, controlled, life. Not funny, offensive and scary. I really believe that this series can be harmful, thus it can only be not recommended score. Overall Rating: 4/10 3. Ninpen Manmaru 忍ペンまん丸 [Shin-Ei Animation] (Finished 1/30) Tags: Shounen Anthropomorphic, Samurai Comedy Manmaru goes to ninja school at Nenga, where foxes and raccoons study the art of assassination under a bear ninja master. He is soon thrown in to local rivalry between the Nenga school, the Koga (monkeys), and the Iga (dogs), as well as facing temptations from the Dobe, a group of dropouts from the Nenga. Only one episode is translated. Humor is actually good even though partly absurd, content is light, but not childish. There are two stories in the episode, so it's one of those comedy SOL goodies . Overall Rating: 6/10 4. Rayearth Magic Knight Rayearth OVA レイアース [TMS Entertainment] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Isekai Action, Adventure, Fantasy The Earth lies darkened and deserted. Despite the best efforts of the film's heroine, Hikaru, the evil-filled castle of Cephiro has taken over the world and stands in the center of a lifeless Tokyo. Before the ice-witch Alcyone can take her revenge on Hikaru, she is rescued by Lantis, a young man who seals her into a magical maze where she is challenged to prove her powers while her friends are hunted down by Cephiro's warlocks. Fleeing through the silent city, Umi and Fuu must seek out the sleeping Mashin; godlike creatures that will fuse with them to form giant warriors of awesome destructive power. But the Magic Knights are afraid, untrained and alone... will even the Mashin be enough to save them from the evil acts of Cephiro? It's like movie X 1999, just with Rayearth characters. A rather strange alternative story as first episode is nice and cool, the rest two are very confusing. Some explanations are only given at the very end when impression is already negative. Overall Rating: 5/10 5. B'T X Neo B’T X(ビート・エックス) NEO [TMS Entertainment] (Finished 3/14) Tags: Shounen Action, Adventure Continuation of Teppei's journey with B't X to rescue his brother Kotaro Takamiya from the Machine Empire. The OAV series picks off from the TV series from the point where Hokuto successfully saves both Teppei and B't X and makes B't X far more powerful than before. Horrible, same as prequel. Now it looks like Saint Seya even more... Overall Rating: 5/10 6. Dennou Sentai Voogie's★Angel Voogie's Angel 電脳戦隊ヴギィ'ズ★エンジェル [J.C.Staff] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Mecha, Military Action, Drama, Sci-Fi A hundred years after Earth is invaded by aliens, the last remnants of the human race dwell in underwater "Aqua Bases." A team of five cybernetically enhanced women is trained for the purpose of carrying out guerilla attacks against the occupying forces. Earth's last hope for salvation is...Voogie's Angels. Quite generic action story with busty sword android maidens and some flashbacks into their humanity side. Hardly any depth is felt. Overall Rating: 5/10 7. Soreyuke! Uchuu Senkan Yamamoto Youko II Starship Girl Yamamoto Yohko II それゆけ!宇宙戦艦ヤマモト・ヨーコⅡ [J.C.Staff] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi There is an ancient legend on a distant planet which states (among other things) that four goddesses will one day descend from the skies and all will be right with the world. Of course meanwhile, Yohko and the rest of the Terra team (with one straggler) have crashed on a backwater world, and they have to figure out a way off before their new charge... gets hungry again! Every so often, a celebration takes place in one of the most beautiful places in the Universe... a cosmic Sakura fest! Since the Terra Team has been doing so well, one of them is invited to join the high command as they meet their opposite numbers from NESS. It's a time of celebration and a time of peace... but it seems that someone didn't get the message. Prequel was totally unserious yet not very funny. In short OVA episodes trend for fanservice, poor humor, randomness, useless competition , discrete subplots has become even stronger, and the result is such that I can't care about it all even in the least. Overall Rating: 5/10 8. Princess Rouge プリンセス・ルージュ [J.C.Staff] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Fantasy, Romance Yusuke, an orphan, literally has Rouge, the amnesiac oldest daughter of the Underworld's deposed royal family, fall out of the sky into his lap. She is soon followed by her two younger sisters and also their family's enemies. Rouge must decide if she wants her memory to return, while Yusuke must deal with the upheavals in his life the Princesses have caused. Reskin of My Goddess without anything memorable and too short to make a stand. Overall Rating: 5/10 9. Chou Kousoku Gran Doll Hyper Speed GranDoll 超光速グランドール [Zero-G Room] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Mecha, School Action, Comedy Hikaru has always believed herself to be just a normal high school girl...well, as normal as a teenager with a genius mad scientist for a father. She spends her time with her best friend, day dreaming about the boy she loves and watching her favoite super hero show. One day, the past that she has knows nothing about comes back to haunt her. She is shocked to learn that she is the last surviving member of royal line from a far away planet. Even more, she finds out that she has been protecting the ultimate armour and that it can decide the fate of the entire galaxy. Again a strange aimless mashup of elements in a few short OVA episodes. The director of this mess with constantly shifting scenes should be ashamed. When show hurts to watch it, it's not recommended score. Overall Rating: 4/10 10. Dragoon 竜機伝承 [Magic Bus] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Adventure, Fantasy In the great Garubado Empire, a lethal weapon is in the process of being manufactured, but is stolen and subsequently lost in battle. Now the Empire is looking for this weapon: a girl that can call forth the "Dragoon" power. She has amnesia and is found by a wandering swordsman in training by who vows to help her find out who she is and why she has such a strange power. A beautiful, logical in narration and easy to watch fantasy OVA is already a treat after all those useless parody shows. Coming from RPG game, story is rather simple and OVA basically ends as soon as full party gathers, so decent is all it can be called. Overall Rating: 6/10 11. Shin Shounan Bakusouzoku Arakure Knight 新・湘南爆走族 荒くれKNIGHT [-] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Delinquents Adventure The story is centered around leader of the third generation of Bomber Bikers of Shonan Not translated. It's of lower visual quality than Shounan Bakusouzoku , but a whole head higher than a typical delinquents anime. The same nice mix of seriousness, coolness and goofiness is present. I don't favor delinquents genre, so I won't be sad if it's never translated, but it feels like a good candidate for translation. Overall Rating: 6/10 12. Mononoke Hime Princess Mononoke もののけ姫 [Studio Ghibli] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Action, Adventure, Award Winning, Fantasy When an Emishi village is attacked by a fierce demon boar, the young prince Ashitaka puts his life at stake to defend his tribe. With its dying breath, the beast curses the prince's arm, granting him demonic powers while gradually siphoning his life away. Instructed by the village elders to travel westward for a cure, Ashitaka arrives at Tatara, the Iron Town, where he finds himself embroiled in a fierce conflict: Lady Eboshi of Tatara, promoting constant deforestation, stands against Princess San and the sacred spirits of the forest, who are furious at the destruction brought by the humans. As the opposing forces of nature and mankind begin to clash in a desperate struggle for survival, Ashitaka attempts to seek harmony between the two, all the while battling the latent demon inside of him. Princess Mononoke is a tale depicting the connection of technology and nature, while showing the path to harmony that could be achieved by mutual acceptance. For me it was reinvention of Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä which results in a well done one yet a secondary product. Can't rate it too high since it's not intellectual. Overall Rating: 8/10 13. Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン劇場版 THE END OF EVANGELION [Gainax, Production I.G] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Mecha, Psychological Avant Garde, Drama, Sci-Fi Shinji Ikari is left emotionally comatose after the death of a dear friend. With his son mentally unable to pilot the humanoid robot Evangelion Unit-01, Gendou Ikari's NERV races against the shadow organization SEELE to see who can enact their ultimate plan first. SEELE desires to create a godlike being by fusing their own souls into an Evangelion unit, while Gendou wishes to revert all of humanity into one primordial being so that he can be reunited with Yui, his deceased wife. SEELE unleashes its military forces in a lethal invasion of NERV headquarters. As SEELE's forces cut down NERV's scientists and security personnel, Asuka Langley Souryuu pilots Evangelion Unit-02 in a desperate last stand against SEELE's heaviest weaponry. The battle rages on, and a depressed Shinji hides deep within NERV's headquarters. With the fate of the world resting in Shinji's hands, Captain Misato Katsuragi hunts for the teenage boy as society crumbles around them. Death and Rebirth had a 25-minute preview of The End of Evangelion, so new content starts roughly from 30th minute. I can't praise movie for what the series was as it's very different content. Movie is mostly shocking visuals and action in the first half and at the moment of confrontation flashbacks with dive into psychological traumas begin anew to initiate Rebirth. The more difficult question is what score it deserves. I only slightly enjoyed it. The message is sort of cheesy and includes some exaggerations, but at least it's positive and anti-suicidal. It's a good final point that gives all the answers that I needed - the aftermath of humankind, the aftermath of main characters and the meaning behind creating EVA. So any further works aren't needed and can only move horizontally. Slight enjoyment and satisfactory end can amount to 8. Overall Rating: 8/10 14. Slayers Great スレーヤーズぐれえと [J.C.Staff] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy Laia Einburg wants for her father Galia, who is a talented golom maker, and her equally ambitious brother Huey to end a long running feud. But her luck changes for the worse when Lina Inverse and Naga the Serpent save Laia from a rampaging golem. Full party provides variation while all these stories together with Naga inevitably become manzai duo comedy of some sort. Overall Rating: 5/10 15. Jungle Taitei Movie (1997) Jungle Emperor Leo [Tezuka Productions] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Adventure, Fantasy This movie focuses on the last half of Osamu Tezuka's revered saga of a white lion's quest to become king of the jungle. Leo's newborn cub, Lune, takes an interest to humans after discovering a music box in the wreckage of an airplane. At the same time, a greedy treasure hunter known as Ham Egg is leading an expedition team of rough-looking men on a trek for the fabled Moonlight Stones, which can supposedly save the world from an energy crisis. Two other humans, (who go by the rather wacky names of Dr. Moustache and Lemonade) try to stop Ham Egg's mad destruction of the jungle. Later, a terrible virus sweeps through the jungle, poisoning many of the animals. Dr. Moustache comes to save them with a cure. The film culminates with a treacherous journey up the legendary Mt. Moon in search of the stones.... Osamu Tezuka had a lot of his works censored to become less serious and more childish, so this is just another such attempt to restore initial concept of the work. It's above average in its category of family friendly anime movies, but overall it would be lower. Overall Rating: 6/10 16. Cutey Honey Flash: The Movie キューティーハニーF(フラッシュ) [Toei Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Adventure, Comedy, Romance Honey Kisaragi is a perfectly normal beautiful high school student. Until her scientist father is kidnapped by the evil organization Panther Claw, that is. But her father left behind a device she can use to transform into the red-haired sword-wielding heroine Cutey Honey. I expected to see yet another episode, just a longer one, and that's exactly what I got. Overall Rating: 5/10 17. Xiao Qian A Chinese Ghost Story チャイニーズゴーストストーリー小倩 [Triangle Staff] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance A Chinese Ghost Story is a movie that follows a young man named Ning. After the loss of his girlfriend he works as a debt collector to forget his troubles only to encounter more than he had imagined. Accompanied by his constant companion Solid Gold, Ning ends up in a ghost town and from there the adventure ensues. This movie explores some of China`s myths and fantasies as the viewer is taken through a world of drama, romance, and battles between good and evil. A Chinese ghost story musical about national myths with a wide use of dated 3D graphics... very niche. Overall Rating: 5/10 18. Chikyuu ga Ugoita Hi 地球が動いた日 [Tama Production] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Historical Drama Tsuyoshi Takahashi, a 6th grader, lived in eastern Kobe with his parents and younger brother. Tsuyoshi was very ambitious and hoped to enter a prestigious private school, so his days were filled with study. Whenever asked by anyone for a favor, Tsuyoshi resented having to give up his free time. In the early morning hours of January 17, 1995, a massive earthquake rocked Kobe City. Tsuyoshi and his family managed to escape from their shattered home and evacuated to his school. The problems of communal living and rationing, as well as the selfless example of the many volunteers, are lessons the children are soon to learn. This anime tries to reconstruct some of Barefoot Gen scenes applying to Kobe 1995 this time, but the natures of disasters are very different. An above average and truthful movie about disaster, but if fails to catch my interest. Overall Rating: 6/10 19. Bakumatsu no Spasibo 幕末のスパシーボ [Magic Bus] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Historical Based on the real life events around Yevfimy Vasilyevich Putyatin, a Russian admiral noted for his diplomatic missions to Japan and China, and the signing of the Treaty of Shimoda in 1855. And what's even interesting in that "story"... just pointless. Overall Rating: 5/10
  8. No masterpiece as it often happens. If I compare enjoyment level of those that I rated higher than others, I'd nominate Hyper Police as it's at least logical, easy-going and with memorable characters though episodic 1. Shoujo Kakumei Utena Revolutionary Girl Utena 少女革命ウテナ [J.C.Staff] (Finished 11/39) Tags: Mahou Shoujo, Psychological Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery Years ago, a tragic incident befell a young princess when both her parents died. Devastated, it seemed nothing would calm this poor soul. However, a prince traveling through the area came to see the princess, hoping to cheer her up. After wiping her sorrowful tears, the prince gave her a ring carrying a rose emblem and told her as long as she holds onto the ring, they are destined to meet again. The event leaves a deep impression on the girl, Utena Tenjou, leading her to become a prince herself. Years later, Utena attends Ootori Academy, recognized by the same rose emblem as her precious ring's. There, attracted by the scent of roses, she witnesses Anthy Himemiya tending the flowers, accompanied by the Student Council President Touga Kiryuu and Vice President Kyouichi Saionji, who seem to be arguing over Anthy. While Utena thinks nothing of the occurrence, the Student Council gathers to discuss an important matter. Subsequently, a misunderstanding leads to Utena being dragged into the world of Duelists—those with rings similar to her own. The Duelists fight for the ownership of the Rose Bride, Anthy Himemiya, who is said to possess great power. Wanting to prove her capabilities as a prince, and enraged that Anthy is being wronged and objectified, Utena resolves to fight against the Duelists to save her from the cruel fate. Utena is probably the most famous shoujo and with pretense of psychology, so needed to rewatch it again now as I don't remember what it ended with. Last time I watched it, I was most unsatisfied with pacing and loose middle of the show, so now watched only beginning episodes and 34 onwards to not completely doze off prematurely. And ending is yet another disappointment. Unique bore is still a bore. Overall Rating: 6/10 2. Slayers Try スレイヤーズ TRY [E&G Films] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Shounen Mythology Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy For nearly a millennium, demons have imposed a magical barrier that has impeded the people trapped within it from reaching the outside world. Now that it is broken, several kingdoms seek to explore the lands that were once beyond their grasp. To this end, they establish a peace delegation to make contact with the inhabitants of the new world. Meanwhile, the young sorceress Lina Inverse receives a message from a mysterious woman named Filia ul Copt. When they meet, Filia expresses interest in hiring Lina and her friends, having heard of their great deeds, for a certain task that will take them to the outside realm. Despite that, Filia feels the need to put their strength to the test and pits them against a dragon in the middle of the city! After proving themselves, the sorceress and her fellow adventurers set off for the unexplored lands, where many adventures and a worrying prophecy await them. I'd rename to Slayers still Try. The vibe is there, but loses in comparison with Slayers Next. Overall Rating: 6/10 3. Shin Tenchi Muyou! Tenchi in Tokyo 新・天地無用! [AIC] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Harem Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi Tenchi Masaki heads out to tackle the big world, setting off to school in Tokyo! But not everyone is happy to hear he is moving away, as his female friends sulk and complain at the prospect of him being alone. However, Tenchi is not by himself for very long, as he soon meets a kind and compassionate girl named Sakuya Kumashiro who helps him get used to life in Tokyo. The two become close friends, but Sakuya wants more than just that, so she proclaims her love for Tenchi. This confession comes as a shock not only to Tenchi, but also the girls back home. In response, the girls decide to step up their game, and they immediately flock to Tokyo to take Tenchi for themselves. With the girls competing for his love, Tenchi must decide once and for all who the most important woman in his life is. However, he is going to have a hard time deciding, as strange events start happening that drive Tenchi further apart from his friends. Tenchi series was slowly moving in the direction of silliness, but now with the need to fill in 26 episodes it just blooms exceedingly . Overall Rating: 5/10 4. Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo The File of Young Kindaichi 金田一少年の事件簿 [Toei Animation] (Finished 3/148) Tags: Shounen Mystery Hajime Kindaichi's unorganized appearance and lax nature may give the impression of an average high school student, but a book should never be judged by its cover. Hajime is the grandson of the man who was once Japan's greatest detective, and he is also a remarkable sleuth himself. With the help of his best friend, Miyuki Nanase, and the peculiar inspector Isamu Kenmochi, Hajime travels to remote islands, ominous towns, abysmal seas, and other hostile environments. His life's mission is to uncover the truth behind some of the most cunning, grueling, and disturbing mysteries the world has ever faced. I promised to skip Kindaichi, but it concerned OVAs and Movies, naturally I'd still want to list series as TV series often have openings. Not that I have anything more to say about Kindaichi though. Overall Rating: 5/10 5. Chuuka Ichiban! 中華一番 [Nippon Animation] (Finished 3/52) Tags: Shounen Action, Comedy, Drama, Gourmet The story takes place in 19th century China during the Qing Dynasty, where the Emperor was weakened and the country was close to chaos. It is also during a fictitious era called "The Era of the Cooking Wars". It was an era in which top chefs with different cooking styles tried their best to improve their skills and to become the best chef in China. It is a country where insulting a high-grade chef or fooling around with cooking could land a person in a jail, and impersonating a top-chef is as good as usurpation of authority. Chefs compete with each other in order to gain respect and even power, but also with the risks of losing everything. The country of China has four major regions: Beijing, Szechuan, Shanghai, and Guangdong. The beginning of the story takes place in Szechuan, Mao's birthplace. After the death of Mao's mother, Pai, who was called the 'Fairy of Cuisine', Mao becomes a Super Chef in order to take the title as Master Chef of his mother's restaurant. However, before he takes his mother's place as Master Chef, he continues to travel China in order to learn more of the many ways of cooking, in the hopes of becoming a legendary chef, just like his mother. During his journey, he meets great friends and fierce rivals who wish to challenge him in the field of cooking. There have been a lot of cooking our gourmet anime since Ajikko, but never expected to see a historical cooking subgenre show. With magic tools and exaggerated techniques it's too unrealistic to trust and respect and thus enjoy. Overall Rating: 6/10 6. Clamp Gakuen Tanteidan CLAMP School Detectives CLAMP学園探偵団 [Pierrot] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Shoujo Action, Comedy, Mystery The CLAMP school, with its integrated curriculum from kindergarten to post-graduate studies, was founded by the largest of Japanese business empires, the House of Imonoyama. Funded entirely out of its own deep pockets, it was hoped that the school would be a haven for young men and women on whose shoulders our future would rest. The School is open to any talented individual, irrespective of his or her lineage or financial standing and is known to count scores of singularly talented pupils. It is furthermore also famous for its harboring of a remarkable percentage of party animals. Not even the bright and talented minds of CLAMP School can keep the campus free of crimes and mysteries. Or can they? Join Nokoru, Suoh and Akira, our case-cracking kid detectives, as they save the day and even the odd damsel in distress! I'm just not the one to evaluate a detective show about cute elementary school bishounens helping some ladies as everything is so alien that nothing is able to catch attention to care about any of this in the least. Overall Rating: 5/10 7. Hyper Police はいぱーぽりす [Pierrot] (Finished 5/25) Tags: Detective Action, Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi Sasahara Natsuki is a poor bounty hunter in a world where monsters and humans live together. Most of her cases involve monsters infringing upon the rights of humans, who are protected by law from their generally more powerful neighbors. Being half-human and half cat-beast, Natsuki straddles the two societies and tries to understand and respect both while enforcing the law. She is assisted by a werewolf named Batanen who is afraid to admit he loves her; another werewolf named Tommy; and a Kyubi fox demon named Sakura who has her own plans--which include eating Natsuki to complete her her nine tails and thereby her magical powers. Half-beast world at the very least guarantees cuter than usual character designs. Had to sample some additional episodes to grasp the concept correctly, but now I know I'm sure that it's of episodic nature and holds no big central plot line. Some case or recreation, some humor, some flirt and some Sakura trying to kill Natsuki repeats over and over as it goes on. It's fairly entertaining, but in Dirty Pair there was at least some adventure each episode while here concept is more loose and there can be episodes about nothing much. Overall Rating: 6/10 8. Maze☆Bakunetsu Jikuu (TV) Maze: The Mega-Burst Space [J.C.Staff] (Finished 3/25) Tags: Shounen Magical Sex Shift, Mecha Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy Maze wakes up in her house, everything is a wreck and she has amnesia. Before she can gather what has happened the girl Mill storms into her house thanking her for having saved her life. She tells Maze that her house suddenly fell down from the sky and crushed Mills pursuers under it. However before long they are both on the run from further pursuers who want their hands on princess Mill. They are only saved when Maze discovers that she has phantom light magical powers and can summon Mills family heirloom mecha. However her performance with the mecha is weak; that is until the sun goes down and she is turned in to a lecherous man. Soon other travellers join them as Maze tries to protect Mill and figure out what she is doing in this fantasy world. Magical Sex Shift anime are either too frivolous or too tilt on comedy like Ranma. Maze at least tries to stay half-serious fantasy that even starts as isekai. As I see it, Maze half-asses everything and fails to excel at anything, thus the oblivion. Overall Rating: 6/10 9. Haunted Junction HAUNTED じゃんくしょん [Studio Deen] (Finished 3/12) Tags: Shounen School Comedy, Supernatural Saito High is a high school with its spiritual beings and a principal whose hobby is collecting occult paraphernalia. The school has the prophecy-chosen members of the Holy Student Council to protect it. These students have problems of their own; Haruto Houjo, the president, has a way of summoning spirits, and would resign from his duty for a normal life if it weren't for the principal. Kazumi Ryodo, the next member, is good at being possessed and has something for the Hanako. The last member is Mutsuki Asahina, who is a master of exorcism and is attracted to small boys. Unfortunately, these three are in charge of keeping the school in line and defending the world from supernatural beings, and this mission brings them through wacky predicaments. I doubt occult anime can ever really impress me. Haunted Junction is probably the best attempt so far as it's a full-scale comedy based around hunting youkai. Humor is closer to absurd one, yet not going to extremes like some shows out there. Heroine obsession with shota often looks really horrible, though. Ping-pong club had a lot better humor also following half-absurd humor style. So theme, characters and humor quality don't suit me. Overall Rating: 6/10 10. Hakugei Densetsu Hakugei: Legend of the Moby Dick 白鯨伝説 [Studio Junio, Annapuru] (Finished 26/26) Tags: Space Adventure, Sci-Fi A courageous young man tries to find the only person who can save his planet from the most terrifying beast in the universe—the great white whale Moby Dick—in this futuristic anime adventure set in 4699. But locating the outlaw Captain Ahab and his illusory crew of whale hunters and persuading them to put an end to the leviathan's long reign of terror won't be easy. Will Ahab take up the challenge one more time? Produced by Tezuka Productions and directed by Osamu Dezaki , Hakugei promises a unique experience. But it's far from good and loses to Captain Tylor in all aspects. After setup the whole middle is loose and even the ending is not particularly interesting. Crew is varied, but stereotypical and without girls . Humor is not really good as it's mostly based on cheap violence and choir reactions of the crew nullifying individuality. Sadly, it ends up boring on every level . Overall Rating: 6/10 11. Hareluya II Boy ハレルヤIIBOY [Triangle Staff] (Finished 5/25) Tags: Shounen School Action, Comedy, Fantasy Hareluya Hibino has one ambition in life: to conquer the entire world! Despite his tough exterior, he's not a bad person, and when push comes to shove, he'll do his best to help those in need. Together with aspiring painter Kiyoshiro, Hareluya will take on whatever curveballs life may throw his way. A decent and even slightly funny delinquents anime. Visuals are somewhat underwhelming. Characters are rather average and humor is not that great with the one recurring pattern of taking out enormously huge items from behind back . Overall Rating: 6/10 12. Tezuka Osamu no Kyuuyaku Seisho Monogatari: In the Beginning In The Beginning: The Bible Stories 手塚治虫の旧約聖書物語 In The Beginning [Tezuka Productions] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Historical Through the Italian National Broadcasting Network, Tezuka Osamu received an ardent request from the Vatican to make the Bible into animated form. This request was probably made to see how the Bible would be depicted by the non-Christian Tezuka Osamu. Tezuka Osamu accepted the request and spent an entire two years to complete a pilot film. It was about the mythology of Noah's ark, with the enthusiastic Tezuka Osamu not only writing the scenario but also drawing pictures by himself. During production, however, he unfortunately passed away, so Director Dezaki took over the film and completed it. Bible is not a historical book, not more than Ramayana or other mythological texts. Can only be watched by kids or people who don't know the contents of the book. Overall Rating: 6/10 13. Kero Kero Chime ケロケロちゃいむ [Studio Comet] (Finished 3/30) Tags: Isekai, Parody Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy Aoi, a regular boy, is cursed with a spell that turns him into a frog whenever he gets wet. He is sent to another world with a frog kingdom to find the princess to undo the spell. When he finds out that she doesn't know how to lift the curse, they set out to find the spell that will. Along the way they meet many interesting creatures, come across many dangers, and make many new friends. Kids travel again, this time in a friendly comedy filled world. Reminds me Dragon Ball the most with a normal yet transforming protagonist and worse tempo. Too childish and unreasonable to bother. Overall Rating: 5/10 14. Bamboo Bears バンブー・ベアーズ [Telescreen] (Finished 3/52) Tags: Comedy Bamboo-Lee, Dah-Lee, and Slo-Lee are three bears with a goal: to save the world before more species become extinct. But can the bears stand up to the spineless villains behind Ratco Corporation? With Ai-Ai the pink dragon on their side, they may be able to rescue the environment before it's too late. Anime has official dub and no translation subs because of the usual reasons - it was sold abroad and no one cared about it enough after that. Characters and themes are close to Rescue Rangers. Overall Rating: 5/10 15. Kyuumei Senshi Nanosaver 救命戦士ナノセイバー [Image Kei] (Finished 0/28) Tags: Adventure The third show in the Virtual Trilogy, a mix of anime and live action shots. In the beginning of the 22nd century society advanced rapidly. Now even children are able to become real doctors, a task before that took two and a half decades to achieve. And nanomachines became prevalent to fight disease. Keita is a Nanosaver, a child doctor who uses the virtual world to apply life saving techniques by entering the body and treating the patients in a virtual medical station (VMS). As more and more patients are taken in, various mysterious are uncovered about them. In the second half of the anime, a small Ethanarian alien and galactic federation is introduced. Not found. Overall Rating: 0/10 16. AIKa Agent AIKa [Studio Fantasia] (Finished 7/7) Tags: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Ecchi A catastrophic earthquake has left Tokyo, and most of the Earth for that matter, under the sea. Aika is a salvager who retrieves various remains from the watery ruins. When Aika accepts the dangerous mission of locating and obtaining the mysterious Lagu, she discovers that she's not the only one after it. If you like pantsu and can turn off head, it's possible to somewhat enjoy this parody action comedy. But for most people it will be just waste of time. Overall Rating: 5/10 17. Fushigi Yuugi: Dai Ni Bu Mysterious Play OVA 2 ふしぎ遊戯 第二部 [Pierrot] (Finished 6/6) Tags: Shoujo Historical, Isekai, Martial Arts Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance After Tamahome is reborn into the real world as Taka Sukunami, it does not take long until he meets Miaka Yuuki again, leading to their romance blooming once more. However, the appearance of Ren Shigyou—a new student at Miaka's high school—disturbs their blissful days. Resentful of the happy lovers, Shigyou uses his unusual manipulative skills to quickly become popular and rally his classmates against Miaka and Taka. As Shigyou's followers unexpectedly attack the pair, the two end up falling from the school's roof into a red light and are transported to The Universe of the Four Gods realm. Returning to the place where Taka once lived as Tamahome, the couple learns that an evil demon is behind the recent events. To make matters worse, Taka risks disappearing from existence unless he recovers his previous life's memories, which are stored in seven jewels. Joining forces with their former companions, Miaka and Taka embark on a quest against the clock to retrieve the precious stones before it is too late. Previous OVA was a mess as epilogue, this OVA suits much better for that role. Story itself so-so, so main purpose to watch should be further exploration of personalities as normal material for fans. Overall Rating: 6/10 18. Sakura Tsuushin Sakura Diaries 桜通信 [Shaft] (Finished 3/12) Tags: Love Polygon Comedy, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life A Keio University (one of the top three colleges in Japan) exam candidate, Touma Inaba, is interupted when a cute young girl, Urara Kasuga, arrives at his hotel room door. She later turns out to be his cousin who he barely remembers from his childhood. Urara, who had felt something special for him (an other-than-cousinly-love), invites Touma to live with her since he has no place to stay other than the hotel room. Before taking the test, Touma meets Meiko Yotsuba, a beautiful, sophisticated woman also trying to get into Keio. Meiko gets into Keio but Touma does not, due to a cold Urara had given him shortly before. Although he did not make it, he pretends he does to earn the respect of Meiko. Touma is caught up in a love triangle with Urara and Meiko, while struggling to keep Meiko believing he's really a Keio student and still be there for Urara at the same time. This romance is too simple with a too mischievous girl, and nothing catches the eye here for me. Overall Rating: 5/10 19. Buttobi!! CPU I Dream of Mimi ぶっとび!!CPU [OLM] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Seinen Comedy, Sci-Fi, Ecchi Embarrassed to be the only member of the Electric Brain Study Society who doesn’t own a computer, Akira Takaoka is thrilled when an electronics store advertises a PC9821 for only ninety-eight thousand yen. The deal is limited to the first five customers; unfortunately, by the time Akira gets there, the PCs are sold out. However, a mysterious man in the back alley offers him the exact same deal. Akira takes the deal, only to realize that this PC is not a 9821 version, but a 2198 version instead. It turns out that the PC2198 is an advanced bio-type computer that needs a nearly constant input of sperm to function! The PC2198, named Mimi, now has to defend Akira from the evil Apple Nacintosh sisters who want to take over the entire Japanese PC market. Will the embarrassed Akira be able to supply Mimi with what she needs to win? Another sudden android girl gain. Kinda expected level of everything for that premise. Parody can not substitute humor, so nothing exceptional. Overall Rating: 5/10 20. Battle Athletess Daiundoukai Battle Athletes バトルアスリーテス大運動会 [AIC] (Finished 3/6) Tags: Shounen Space Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Sports, Ecchi It is the year 4999 - mankind has long abandoned war in favor of intergalactic competition through athletic events. One of which is an all-female contest for the coveted "Cosmo Beauty" title. Akari Kanzaki has just entered the University Satellite in hopes of becoming the latest Cosmic Beauty - a title held by her mother long ago. On her first few days in the university, she meets new friends, encounters fierce rivals, and struggles to become the best of all the Battle Athletes. Enthusiastic spokon is something I can't appreciate. Additional elements hardly matter here for the core of different sports competition remains intact. Average is the only word that comes to mind. Overall Rating: 5/10 21. Psycho Diver: Mashou Bosatsu Psycho Diver: Soul Siren サイコダイバー 魔性菩薩 [Madhouse, Studio Junio] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Psychological Horror, Sci-Fi Yuki Kano has it all: fame, wealth, the world at her feet. There's also something very wrong with her... from time to time, she's totally unable to sing (which, for a pop star, is not good). Enter Bosujima, a "psycho diver" with the capability to enter people's heads and straighten out what's wrong with them. Well, most of the time, anyway. This movie actually does a good job of being a thriller, but all that buildup resolves in an unsatisfactory way, and the remaining impression is rather sour. Movie is definitely above average in its genre, but I just don't like horrors and can't appreciate all that dark palette movie uses. Overall Rating: 5/10 22. VS Knight Lamune & 40 Fresh VS騎士ラムネ&40FRESH [Production Reed] (Finished 3/6) Tags: Mecha, Space Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Ecchi To save the galaxy from impending doom, Cacao and Parfait are sent on a mission through time and space to retrieve the Fourth Warrior, Lamunes. Unfortunately, Cacao and Parfait discover Lamunes at the helm of the marauding Giga Genos invasion fleet. World by world, Lamunes is determined to bring the entire galaxy under his tyrannical heel. With the help of a plicky orphan, it's up to Cacao and Parfait to stop Lamunes from taking over the world. There were the times when Knight Lamune was just a stupid mecha show, then fanservice elements were snowballing. This last desperate ova is a full-scale ecchi and it's something that I'm dropping even with just 6 average length episodes. Overall Rating: 5/10 23. Sprite: Between Two Worlds 真奈美&ナミ スプライト [J.C.Staff] (Finished 2/2) Tags: School Comedy, Romance, Ecchi Lately, shy Manami has been flirting outrageously and sparking vicious cat-fights! Afterwards, she remembers nothing. Can it be that another personality seethes beneath her own? A wild woman who’ll do anything to find trouble? The whole anime lasts for slightly more than an hour and without much explanation consists of scenes with a boy and different sides of Manami personality. Messy and boring. Overall Rating: 5/10 24. Yakusai Kochou Demon Fighter Kocho 厄災仔寵 [やくさいこちょう] [Media Blasters] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Comedy, Supernatural, Ecchi Spirits begin terrorizing a school and it is left up to the sexy student Kocho Enoki to use her attractive body and magical powers to defeat the attackers. Teamed with her sister and Kosaku, their human decoy, they attempt to free the school from the spirits. Unfortunately a female spirit arrives who is immune to Kocho's sexy charms. Phew, the last ecchi this season, but this one is easy as it does not even last half an hour and contains just one ghost-hunting. Not really exciting, but at least it has some absurd elements and some nice comments which looks beneficial compared to totally bland competitors . Overall Rating: 6/10 25. JaJa Uma! Quartet Wild Cardz じゃじゃ馬カルテット [Movic] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Shounen Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy The Crown Knights are a bizarre special force to fight to the criminals who threaten the tranquil Card Kingdom. Each one had a special ability. But these Crown Knights must get down and dirty when they run up against two war machines shaped like gigantic chess pieces. The deck is stacked against them, somehow they've got the checkmate these indestructible invaders before the Card Kingdom topples. Some banal superhero parody wrapped in even more ridiculous cards entourage and toppled with giant chess. Expect some headache from all this stupidity. Overall Rating: 4/10 26. Eikyuu Kazoku 永久家族 [Studio 4°C] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Psychological Comedy It started as a sociological experiment. Six different people were brainwashed to think that they were a family and then put in arbitrary situations to see how they would react; however, when a taping of the families conducts is sold in a desperate attempt to make a little capital, it instantly becomes a success. Now the family is a first rated show and their every move is broadcasted around the world without them knowing it. But when a clogged toilet sets off a chain of events that ultimately frees the family from the room they are confined in the broadcasters, not willing to lose their source of income, set out to hunt down and recapture every member of the Eternal family. Some percentage of experimental movies is really something, but this show is not there - it's a set of random scenes literally flushed in the toilet each time from the beginning. What's described in synopsis so logically, viewer will need to gather from pieces and often in wrong succession, so there's only time for a brief ending. Can only be enjoyed by someone who likes absurd shows. Overall Rating: 5/10 27. Crayon Shin-chan Movie 05: Ankoku Tamatama Daitsuiseki 映画 クレヨンしんちゃん 暗黒タマタマ大追跡 [Shin-Ei Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Seinen Action, Adventure, Comedy An action comedy film depicting the Nohara family who get caught in a fight between two clans, Tamayura and Tamayomi. Set in Tokyo and Aomori (northern end of Japan's main island). The Tamayomi clan had plotted to revive the evil genie Jarke and to conquer the world. To stop Tamayomi's plot, the three gay brothers (Rose, Lavender and Lemon) from Tamayura clan wrested Jarke's ball, which was a key to revive Jarke, from the bar girl gang of Tamayomi clan, but Shinnosuke's younger sister Himawari swallowed down the ball. The Nohara family, with the three gay brothers and a female detective Yone Higashimatsuyama, fights a fierce battle against the Tamayomi gang chasing them. Very weird setting that sometimes even feels like musical. It's just not Shin-chan I liked. Overall Rating: 6/10 28. Hermes: Ai wa Kaze no Gotoku Hermes: Winds of Love ヘルメス 愛は風の如く [Animation Staff Room] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Drama, Fantasy Thousands of years in the past, a young boy named Hermes is named as a future great hero in a prophecy. Hermes grows up to save a beautiful princess and face the evil king Minos of Crete. Serious story would be fine, but here it's not. All characters look alike and weird songs are inserted as if it's Disney. Overall Rating: 5/10
  9. Among the decent works, Eat-Man probably deserves more praise than the others for novely approach 1. Yuusha-Ou GaoGaiGar King of Braves GaoGaiGar 勇者王ガオガイガー [Sunrise] (Finished 3/49) Tags: Mecha Adventure, Sci-Fi In the year 2005, a race of alien monsters called Zonders emerge from underground and launch a series of attacks on the city of Tokyo. The only defense against these creatures is the secret agency known as the Gutsy Geoid Guard (or 3G) and their ultimate weapon, the awesome giant robot GaoGaiGar. GaoGaiGar's pilot, Guy Shishio, is a former astronaut who was nearly killed two years before when the Zonders first crashed to earth. Guy's life was spared when a mysterious robot lion called Galeon pulled him from the burning shuttle and brought him to Earth. Guy's father, Leo, then used Galeon's technology to rebuild his shattered son as a cyborg, in the hopes that he could stop the aliens when they appear. Now, with Galeon as its core, GaoGaiGar fights to protect Earth. He is aided by a team of transforming robots and by a young boy named Mamoru, who has the power to purify the Zonders' cores, and seems to be connected to the mysterious Galeon. New Sunrise mecha is imitation of Tarzan. Cringe is on unrealistically high level, so kids only. Overall Rating: 5/10 2. Eat-Man イートマン [Studio Deen] (Finished 12/12) Tags: Shounen Super Power Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi Meet Bolt Crank, mercenary extraordinaire, and the man who eats metal! Through his travels, he stops along the way to make a few bucks and occasionally rescue damsels in distress. His taste for metal gives him quite an edge as he becomes capable of generating an assortment of weapons from his hand! It's a strange ability, but it seems to come in handy, so to speak. Bolt has an edge over his adversaries, but will that be enough? Now I know where Hellsing character designs come from. Had to watch it all in hope that it would contain at least some decent stories or maybe the ending. As expected, the more interesting stuff got pressed to the ending. The general concept is of unusual traveler who sometimes helps to find something and sometimes just listens with some resolution. Due to episodic character of narration, it's not really interesting. A more coherent story would be welcome. Overall Rating: 6/10 3. Cutey Honey F キューティーハニーF [Toei Animation] (Finished 3/39) Tags: Shoujo Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi On her sixteenth birthday, Honey Kisaragi goes to meet her father. However, he shows up injured and on the run. Out of nowhere, a group of thugs and a monster show up. A detective, Seiji Hayama, rescues Honey and her father. Unfortunately, the monster captures Honey`s father. A grieving Honey goes home to find it in ruins, but a handsome man gives her hope and a device to use against the monsters who took her father. With them, Honey can transform into multiple forms and destroy Panther Zora, the evil behind this. From what I see it's a rather faithful remake, at least concerning plot or characters. It's closer to magical girl shows as it has small amounts of fanservice. Overall Rating: 6/10 4. Mach GoGoGo (1997) Speed Racer X マッハGoGoGo [Tatsunoko Production] (Finished 3/34) Tags: Racing Adventure The Mach is a racing car loaded with a new engine "X" specially developed and built by a man named Kenich Hibiki who was a racing driver as well as a motor engineer. However, in a test driving made prior to its completion, he was involved in an accident and judged as dead. Meanwhile his father Daisuke who was watching the test driving all the way recovered the wrecked car as his son`s memento. A few years later the damaged car rebuilt by him revives as the new Mach which comes to participate in Grand Prix. This time, however, for the purpose to protect the driver from a possible accident, the new car is equipped with a safety system called "Safety Seven" with seven guarding devices. Also, it is loaded with the engine "X" that miraculously survived the tragic accident. Now its driver is Go, younger brother of Kenichi, who is determined to succeed to his brother`s will. In fact, he successfully participates in Grand Prix and keeps growing up to be a top racer of the world. Why not remake a racing series from 1967? Worst idea ever. Overall Rating: 4/10 5. Shin Kidou Senki Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz 新機動戦記ガンダムW エンドレス・ワルツ [Sunrise] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Mecha, Military, Space Action, Drama, Sci-Fi In the year After Colony 196, one year after the conclusion of the intergalactic civil war, a state of stasis prevails over the Earth and its colonies. Seeing no further use for their Gundam mobile suits, war heroes Duo Maxwell, Heero Yuy, Trowa Barton, and Quatre Raberba Winner decide to destroy these weapons by launching them into the sun's surface. Before the Gundam reach their destination, the universal peace is shattered by the emergence of Mariemaia Khushrenada—the only child of the former tyrannical aristocrat Treize. Mariemaia abducts diplomat Relena Peacecraft and announces plans to launch "Operation Meteor," with the intention of posthumously fulfilling Treize's world domination plot. With the help of former enemy Zechs Marquise and his mobile suit Tallgeese, the heroic pilots must reacquire their mobile suits to wage one final battle against the Khushrenada dynasty, including fighting against their former ally Wufei Chang, now aligning himself with Mariemaia's ambitions. Animation is definitely better than in the series and characters are given some story with reasoning deriving from it. Not that it helps... Overall Rating: 5/10 6. Vampire Hunter Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge ヴァンパイアハンター [Madhouse] (Finished 4/4) Tags: Vampire Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Supernatural The world is a dark, brooding place populated by humans, but ruled in reality by powerful beings known as the Darkstalkers, and there is constant conflict between them as they try to determine who is the most powerful of them all. Zombies, vampires, werewolves - all of them compete in contests of strength and sheer will to attain their own personal goals. All of this becomes moot when a race of Aztec robots called the Huitzil decide that humanity isn't worth saving, and start waging war on the world, while in the sky, a solar god from outer space plots the conquest of Earth. And the Darkstalkers must become unwilling allies in order to save the world. As for me, the main problem here that there are over a dozen of characters in focus and vampire hunter is just one of them having some 5% of screen time. And in the end with all those side-characters end up useless as main story does not use them. Last episode finally has action, but first three could be cut to 1, because for three hours pace is too loose. Still better than all other fighting games adaptations. Overall Rating: 6/10 7. El Hazard 2: The Magnificent World 神秘の世界 エルハザード 第2期 [AIC] (Finished 4/4) Tags: Isekai Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy Continuing the from OVAs; When Fujisawa, suffering from cold feet, leaves Miz at the altar, an enraged Priestess drafts Makoto and friends to go find him. In the couse of locating the hapless (and gutless) teacher, they find another Ifurita. Meanwhile Jinnai and Diva searching for a new Bugrom homeland stumble upon another yet another Demon God, the impish Kalia. However, unlike Ifurita she has a mind, and a mission, of her own... It's more of a spin-off about characters and comedy interaction with them , so not for everyone. Overall Rating: 5/10 8. Jungle de Ikou! ジャングルDEいこう! [Studio Fantasia, Chaos Project] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Mahou Shoujo Action, Adventure, Comedy, Ecchi After meeting a dancing old man in what she thinks is just a crazy dream, a preteen schoolgirl embarks on a series of fanservice-filled magical girl adventures with a little creature named Ongo who might be evil and a shy girl with mysterious powers named Nami. It's supposed to be ecchi comedy about jungle girl in Tokyo, but in fact it's just fanservice something as comedy is so very weak. Overall Rating: 5/10 9. Hen Strange Love 変 [Group TAC] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Comedy, Girls Love, Ecchi Yoshida Chizuru is the sexiest co-ed in her class. Secretly, she's been appearing in TV commercials—despite the fact that students are forbidden from working. But one of her professors has uncovered her secret and hopes to use this information to his advantage. Yoshida's got plans of her own, and has no intention of giving up her acting career... It's ecchi all right, but story itself is rather disgusting and there's hardly any comedy at all, so can't recommend. Overall Rating: 5/10 10. Ayane-chan High Kick! Ayane's High Kick 綾音ちゃんハイキック! [Rikuentai] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Shounen Comedy, Sports Meet Ayane Mitsui: a full-time high school student and part-time hand-to-hand combat specialist! Exams are forgotten and homework is neglected as she pursues her life-long dream of becoming a pro-wrestling champion. Ayane has what it takes - skill, determination, and a lethal "high-kick" - even a cool wrestling mask! But who will guide her to the top? Enter Kunimitsu Tangay: a veteran trainer who is prepared to mold young Ayane into a championship caliber fighter. But his rigorous regimen isn't preparing her for wrestling... but for kickboxing instead! Feeling betrayed, Ayane is furious when Kunimitsu enters in a kickboxing tournament. But Ayane's school ABSOLUTELY FORBIDS such violent extracurricular activities. What will she do when Sakurako Miyagawa, the top contender of the All Japan Kickboxing League, challenges her to a duel? Will she be able to high-kick her way to victory - or will she get kicked out of school? Full length is less than an hour, and that's not enough for spokon, over the present time was pretty generic. Overall Rating: 5/10 11. Choujuu Densetsu Gestalt Gestalt 超獣伝説ゲシュタルト [TV Tokyo] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy The story circulates around a mysterious and dangerous island referred to simply as "G". A long time ago, a powerful god named Gestalt was banished to the earth and he had found refuge in the island known as G. To utter the name for which it stands is forbidden, for people were so afraid of the wrath of the god that they considered his name a curse. Father Oliver is a priest who has left his order and traveled to the island of G in order to discover the truth behind it. He ends up making the acquaintance of a young girl named Ohri, who turns out to be quite adept in magic. Meanwhile, the head of the order has hired a dark elf named, Suzu, to track down Oliver and bring him back. Suzu finds him easily enough. However, she hadn't anticipated the powerful sorceress in his company, Ohri. The girl disposes of Suzu for the moment, and she and the Father continue on. As if things weren't rough enough, the island of G has it's share of monsters and magic-users to get in the way of their travels. It's a mess as it starts midway of bigger story and ends same abruptly. Generic fantasy anime without interesting plot to follow. Overall Rating: 5/10 12. Kishin Douji Zenki Gaiden: Anki Kitan 鬼神童子ZENKI外伝 黯鬼奇譚 [Studio Deen] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen Mythology Action, Supernatural In Kanoesaru village every 60 years mysterious murders happen. Every time seven 17 year old girls are killed. The villagers believe it is the work of a demon who once saved the village so they keep quiet about it. However the current head of the Ibuki family calls an exorcist to save her 2 daughters. What is the truth behind the murders in Kanoesaru village? So many still shots are used that it's rather painful to watch. Action is still better than in random Zenki episode, and it's over in less than half an hour, anyway, so can rate it above average. Overall Rating: 6/10 13. Kyokujitsu no Kantai The Fleet of the Rising Sun 旭日の艦隊 [J.C.Staff] (Finished 3/15) Tags: Historical, Military Action, Drama In Kyokujitsu no Kantai, Japan builds up on its success in the earlier series by expanding its blue-water capabilities to reach the Atlantic Ocean, challenging the Kriegsmarine in the process. Nazi Germany also launches a surgical strike on the White House and the Japanese fleet repels a German invasion of Britain. Not translated. Konpeki no Kantai was a bore, so it's only natural that this one is a bore as well. Overall Rating: 4/10 14. Shinkai no Kantai: Submarine 707 深海の艦隊 サブマリン707 [Knack Productions] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Military Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi A mysterious object attacks and destroys any ship or submarine. Submarine 707 has the mission to search for that mysterious object, when summoned by a whale to follow it. The whale leads them to the world of Mu. But on their way they meet the mysterious object. They find out , it is Commander Red Silver, who had attacked the world of Mu to get Mu's magma sources. Submarine takes up the battle to defeat Red Silver and save Mu, and the world for that matter. Finally a coherent, short and articulate story with fantasy elements on a military submarine - it's a big step for the stale genre, it's the closest work so far to Zipang which I consider paragon for navy military anime. Overall Rating: 6/10 15. Rouge: Lady's Comic Video ルージュ レディースコミックビデオ [-] (Finished 0/2) Tags: Drama, Romance Bereaved strangers lose themselves in a sordid double life of prostitution but find love with each other. A loveless marriage blossoms through bondage. A trainee gets more than she bargained for when the head nurse takes the biology lesson to the limit. And a male beautician uses unorthodox methods to put color in a makeup artist's cheeks. Four erotically charged tales animated for a female audience, based on stories originally printed in the manga magazine Rouge. Not found. Overall Rating: 0/10 16. Kougyou Aika Volley Boys 工業哀歌バレーボーイズ [J.C.Staff] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Seinen School Comedy In a mix of Field of Dreams and Ping Pong Club, sex-starved teenage boys at Kudo High School sign up for the girls' volleyball team hoping that if they build it, the girls will come, to a year that has no girls in it at all. Not translated. Guys build club building, manage to lure some girls to train in sports and after failures try to look decent and go on a date - and fail again. Nothing out of expectations. Overall Rating: 5/10 17. Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン劇場版 シト新生 [Gainax, Production I.G] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Mecha, Psychological Drama, Sci-Fi In the year 2015, more than a decade has passed since the catastrophic event known as Second Impact befell mankind. During this time of recovery, a select few learned of beings known as the Angels—colossal malevolent entities with the intention of triggering the Third Impact and wiping out the rest of humanity. Called into the city of Tokyo-3 by his father Gendou Ikari, teenager Shinji is thrust headlong into humanity's struggle. Separated from Gendou since the death of his mother, Shinji presumes that his father wishes to repair their shattered familial bonds; instead, he discovers that he was brought to pilot a giant machine capable of fighting the Angels, Evangelion Unit-01. Forced to battle against wave after wave of mankind's greatest threat, the young boy finds himself caught in the middle of a plan that could affect the future of humanity forever. Death recap was useless to me and even painful. Out of 100 minutes death takes as many as 72 and rebirth only 25, plus ends with something like a cliffhanger. So with the End of Evangelion movie out, this one is a complete waste of time unless you require recap of the series. Overall Rating: 4/10 18. Flanders no Inu (Movie) The Dog of Flanders フランダースの犬 (1997) [Nippon Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Historical, Pets, Visual Arts Drama Nello Daas is a gifted artist residing in a village on the outskirts of Antwerp, Belgium. He earns a living by selling milk in a market in the middle of the city alongside his ailing grandfather. His best friend, Alois Cogez, is the daughter of his callous landlord, who believes that Nello is corrupting his daughter and unbefitting her class. Angered by Alois' closeness to a peasant, her father sends her away to a school in Antwerp to prevent them from meeting again. While continuing his daily market runs, Nello stumbles upon an art contest surrounding the famous Peter Paul Rubens—a Flemish artist he holds in high regard. Not only does the contest offer a monetary prize, but it also comes with the opportunity to study art at a school in the same city Alois is studying. Now with a goal in mind, Nello begins to brainstorm the perfect piece, but a series of adversities threatens to end his dreams prematurely. Yet, through thick and thin, is his loyal dog, Patrasche, whom he saved from the brink of death at the hands of a cruel owner. As Nello endures through various hardships, Patrasche supports him throughout them. Flanders no Inu is a reimagined film that captures the classic story between an innocent boy and his faithful canine best friend as they traverse together until the bitter end. Childish, simple, using cheap tearjerkers, but guess those are effective if everyone likes it. Overall Rating: 6/10 19. Hana yori Dango (Movie) Hana Yori Dango The Movie 花より男子 [Discotek Media] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shoujo Performing Arts Drama, Romance Set in an alternative timeline to the TV series and manga, the movie features a classic Cinderella story told through the medium of 80's dance. Tsukushi Makino is a trainee dancer in a New York Performance group, struggling to become the star of the show with the help of Rui Hanazawa and Tsukasa Doumyouji. I'd watch a recap with more enjoyment. Now it's just a 30 minute otome musical with needless copypaste of traits from Cinderella. Overall Rating: 5/10 20. Kikansha Sensei 機関車先生 [Nippon Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: School Comedy, Slice of Life The story depicts the interaction of the children of the island and their teacher, Yoshioka Makotoware who is unable to speak because of a childhood accident. A movie based on the best-selling novel by Shizuka Ijuin. Not translated. A teacher who needs to write everything on a blackboard is not a wise idea if it's not the only option, trying to teach children sign language is not really a great idea as well... Animation and character designs are fine, so it's definitely watchable, although 100 minutes seems to be overkill for this kind of story. Overall Rating: 6/10
  10. Don't think it's right to nominate games shortly after release. Let's wait for reviews or even write them ourselves. 1. Akuma to Yoru to Isekai to 悪魔と夜と異世界と [221125] WendyBell Main character encounters a devil girl Alice and agrees to bind a contract with her about life-long absolute obedience and soul transfer to Alice after death. He starts working at her coffee shop together with half-demon childhood friend Waka . After vampire girl Maria falls from the sky and princess from another world Elisabeth joins the scene, situation grows absolutely chaotic. Hardly anything is known to this moment and with company reputation chances for a story-oriented work are slim, still I always hope for the best. 2. Same to Ikiru Nanokakan サメと生きる七日間 [221125] CUBE One night, Fukami Kyouhei suddenly found himself lying on an unfamiliar beach. Looking around, all he saw were the vast ocean and sandy beach...... Drowning in confusion, other than that, he also felt something strange on his head and when he fearfully checked it out—— "Agu, Agu" A naked girl with a shark-like appearance was biting Kyouhei's head. Surprised by that moment, he fled from that spot, and this time, even though it was still in the middle of the night, he thought that he saw a girl in a bathing suit. "Thank God~~! You're alive~~!" The girl hugged him, there were so many things that he couldn't even understand anymore. While he was listening to the girl that hugged him who claimed to be his childhood friend, the naked shark-like girl from earlier caught up with him. Kyouhei panicked, and when he was trying to escape, the naked shark-like girl pointed at him and said—— "Kuu. Assaulted, this person." The air hardened. The girl who is his childhood friend was taken aback by this, and while she was giving Kyouhei the cold stare, the naked shark-like girl spun a precise word. "Kuu. Assaulted, by, this person." Siren blared, cold handcuffs put on...... Fukami Kyouhei, only a few minutes after regaining consciousness, is already in a crisis——! A powerful sporty girl who claimed to be Kyouhei's childhood friend, Hoshiro Remi. A beautiful high-handed girl who likes B-grade gourmet food and comes to the island for sightseeing, Tenjiku Amane. And, named after her cute animal-like sound manner of speaking, "Kuuko", the girl with a shark-like appearance—— On this island full of mysteries, while encountering various girls over and over, Kyouhei gets tangled up in a tumultuous fate—— There can hardly be much seriousness with shark invaders, so it's more of a mystery comedy with many girls and obscurities from the start. Game does not try to be great and chew more than it can digest. 3. Zwei Trigger ツヴァイトリガー [221028] Orthros Endlessly, wandering... surely, for all eternity. ――Spirited away. In this town—that enjoyed explosive growth over the last ten years or so—the number of missing persons is several times the national average. Having been disquieted by the disappearence of his sister-figure — Akizuki Kaname; Kurusu Yuuma has been searching for her, becoming entangled in a mystery. Takanashi Shin'ya, in order to save Akesaka Touka, who suffers from a mysterious illness of unknown cause; investigates the truth of the spiriting away, which she too was once a victim of. This leads to him facing off with paranormal existences. Now, the iron will of two boys shall become the trigger that lays bare the darkness that lurks within the city―― Story lacks greatness and volume, for this reason two zapping protagonists are introduced, every little bit of volume helps. Worldview, thriller and communication parts are done well, and lack of battles is forgivable as it's a debut work.
  11. Elf wo Karu Mono-tachi surprised me a lot with modern isekai concept and really good humor while having next to zero ecchi despite the plot - felt like a firm masterpiece during watching . 1. Hana yori Dango 花より男子 [Toei Animation] (Finished 3/51) Tags: Shoujo Love Polygon, School Drama, Romance Makino Tsukushi, a girl who comes from a poor family, just wants to get through her two last years at Eitoku Gakuen quietly. But once she makes herself known by standing up for her friend to the F4, the four most popular, powerful, and rich boys at the school, she gets the red card: F4's way of a "Declaration of War." But when she doesn't let herself be beaten by them and is starting to fall for one of the F4, Hanazawa Rui, she starts to see that there is more than meets the eye... It can be described as a more serious and high-school version of Kodomo no Omocha, now with a full harem of bishounens. Lots of insincerity, stamps and just visually dull. Overall Rating: 5/10 2. Kidou Senkan Nadesico Martian Successor Nadesico 機動戦艦ナデシコ [Xebec] (Finished 5/26) Tags: Shounen Mecha, Military, Parody, Space Action, Romance, Sci-Fi Akito doesn't want to fight. Despite a childhood spent on the anime Gekiganger 3, a Mecha show, he'd rather cook than pilot a Mecha. Fate intervenes when his home on Mars is destroyed, and he is transported instantly to the Earth, mysteriously. He has questions no one can answer fully, but follows a girl from a chance meeting in hopes to discover any. The girl, Yurika, is captain of the private battleship Nadesico, and in order to follow her, he enlists as their cook. Possessing the nanite implants that allow to control mechas, he's a handy backup pilot for the mechas of the Nadesico. He joins a crew bent on avenging Mars that seems to be composed of only misfits, otakus, and ditzes; however, in reality, they are handpicked experts. They take their own private war back to Mars to face the harsh reality that life may not always be like a Giant Mecha series. What other one ship space opera comedy with misfits do I know to compare with? Irresponsible captain Tylor hits all the dots. And compared to Tylor this anime loses in everything - protagonist, comedy, character depth, universe, plot, logic. Nadesico does not care about the story, it has the stage for harem and many girls and that's enough for situational comedy. And Tylor did all that and more. If I try to deliberately search for a field where Nadesico wins it would be absurd humor, though I'm a fan of more conceptual humor. And I just can't enjoy it at all . Overall Rating: 6/10 3. Saber Marionette J セイバーマリオネットJ [Studio Junio] (Finished 3/25) Tags: Shounen Harem, Martial Arts, Mecha Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi In the distant future, since the Earth has become overpopulated, efforts to find and colonize on other planets have begun. However, one of the ships, the "Mesopotamia" malfunctions and all but 6 of its inhabitants are all killed. the remaining 6 manage to escape to a nearby planet named "Terra ll ", which is similar to Earth in many respects. However, all of them are male. Therefore, as to not let their efforts go to waste, they begin to set up 6 countries and to reproduce through cloning and genetic engineering. however, there are still no women, and to make up for it they create lifelike advanced female androids called "Marionettes" which do everyday chores and work. However, they are all emotionless machines. But one day, a ordinary boy named Otaru finds and awakens 3 special battle type Marionettes that have emotions due to a "Maiden Circuit" within them. It's up to him then to teach them and allow their emotions to grow, and when a nearby country threatens with world domination, it's up to to Otaru and his "human" Marionettes to protect their country. First of all, let's forget everything about horrible Saber Marionette R since it's alternative version. Harem supposes good SOL, cute girls and good comedy. And just as Nadesico, it only succeeds in absurd type of humor. On the good side, there is some actual plot and action that help a bit. Overall Rating: 6/10 4. Taiho Shichau zo (TV) You're Under Arrest (1996) 逮捕しちゃうぞ (1996) [Studio Deen] (Finished 4/47) Tags: Seinen Adult Cast, Detective, Workplace Action, Comedy Tokyo Highway Patrolwomen Natsumi and Miyuki get off to a bad start when Miyuki busts Natsumi for reckless moped driving on her way to work. Things get worse when they find out they're going to be partners! A continuation of the OVA series, the adventures of Tokyo policewomen Natsumi and Miyuki continue in the You're Under Arrest TV series. It's back to Bokuto Precinct, where demented felons and bashful (but hunky) policemen abound, and where the cutest girl in the office... isn't a girl. A nice police stories show, but the problem is that it's not particularly interesting. It becomes boring and predictable very soon. Overall Rating: 6/10 5. Elf wo Karu Mono-tachi Those Who Hunt Elves エルフを狩るモノたち [Group TAC] (Finished 12/12) Tags: Shounen Isekai Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Ecchi Loudmouthed martial artist Junpei Ryuzouji, elegant actress Airi Komiyama, and cheery but artillery-obsessed student Ritsuko Inoue all find themselves transported from their homeland of Japan to an unfamiliar, magical world. When the elven priestess Celcia Marieclaire casts the spell to send them home, she is interrupted, and the spell is broken into parts that scatter throughout the world. The spell fragments imprint themselves onto the skin of various elves. The trio travels in Ritsuko's tank, searching for elves who might carry the spell fragments so that Celcia can transfer them to her own body and make the spell whole again. As they adventure, people begin to refer to them as "Those Who Hunt Elves," gaining a reputation as warriors that put a stop to evil-doers with their miraculous cannon, terrifying elves by stripping any that they find. Though they're not the smartest group, they make up for it with enthusiasm and their strong determination to get back to Japan. The main question about show is not whether it is masterpiece or not, but where it's a borderline or firm one. Let it be maximum score for comedies. It's the first real modern Isekai that I can recall. It has a lot of ingenuity and variety involved. Both characters and comedy are well done. Humor can be offensive here for some people , but tastes differ, and I see it as provocative, neat and crafty - main attraction, actually alongside uniqueness and twists of stories in each episode. Overall Rating: 8/10 6. Ie Naki Ko Remy Sans Famille 家なき子レミ [Nippon Animation] (Finished 3/23) Tags: Historical Adventure, Drama, Slice of Life Remy, a cheerful and tender-hearted girl, lives with her mother in a French country town. One day her father returns to the town after a long period working away from home in a city. Her father tells Remy that she isn't their real daughter, and Remy is almost sold to an evil slave trader. It is Vitalis, a strolling entertainer, who helps Remy. Vitalis discovers her talent for singing and decides to take her in with his troupe. Guess why I don't remember original from 1977. Because its demographic was determined as kids in MAL. Content is rather all age for both works, but I agree that only kids can welcome proclaimed morals and they are easier to perceive the slow pace. As usual, world masterpiece theater feels terribly boring and just useless to me. Overall Rating: 5/10 7. Mahou Shoujo Pretty Sammy (1996) 魔法少女プリティサミー(1996) [AIC] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Mahou Shoujo, Parody Comedy, Fantasy The carefree Tsunami is next in line to rule over the Magical Kingdom of Juraihelm. But before she is officially crowned as queen, she must restore balance to the universe that has come to favor darkness. To accomplish her goal, Tsunami gives the ordinary Sasami Kawai a magical baton that can transform her into a magical girl. She also appoints the rabbit-like creature Ryou-Ouki to aid Sasami in the battle against evil. However, Sasami refuses to become a magical girl—not because she is scared, but because she finds it too embarrassing! Meanwhile, the arrogant Ramia is plotting to overthrow Tsunami by enlisting her own magical girl—the eccentric Pixy Misa—to cause chaos and ensure that balance is never restored. As Pixy Misa terrorizes the planet with her Love-Love monsters, Sasami must learn to swallow her pride and accept her role as the universe's champion of justice, Pretty Sammy. We sampled Pretty Sammy in OVA already, and the only question is how much series differs from OVA. It has become more thorough and I'd even say loose in contrast to rushed OVA. For magical girl SOL genre Pretty Sammy is rather generic. Overall Rating: 5/10 8. Hamelin no Violin Hiki Violinist of Hamelin ハーメルンのバイオリン弾き [Studio Deen] (Finished 3/25) Tags: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy Trouble arises in Staccato one day. Demons show up and start to wreak havoc on the townspeople. The entire country seems to be suffering. The source of the problem is that the "barrier" which until now has kept the demons from crossing over to the human world, is weakening. The person who sustains it is losing her strength after holding it up for so many years. That person is Queen Horn of Sforzando. Hell King Bass is trying to break through the barrier and release their "supreme leader," Kestra (Orchestra). One whose power is unparalleled yet is trapped somewhere in the world of the humans. OVA was very intriguing and funny, but too short. Now all tempo and humor is gone and we get slow, tedious and serious narration. Maybe things spice up eventually, but definitely not in the first three most important for impression episodes, and characters aren't that interesting to go on in hope for miracle to happen. Overall Rating: 5/10 9. Chouja Raideen 超者ライディーン [Sunrise] (Finished 3/38) Tags: Shounen Mecha Adventure, Sci-Fi Hishou, Ginga, Ace, Hayate, and Ikazuchi all work at a studio doing various idol-related jobs at the request of their manager, Reiko. But in reality, these five teenagers are really the Reideens, a group of superheroes who fight the Super Devils sent by Lushu, a mysterious being. Little do the Reideens know, these Super Devils are being sent for a more important purpose... I can't stop getting surprised with the most banal concept choices of Sunrise. Power rangers variation is not a good concept for serialization. Just saying . Overall Rating: 5/10 10. YAT Anshin! Uchuu Ryokou YAT 安心!宇宙旅行 [NHK] (Finished 3/50) Tags: Shounen Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi The emergence of the dimensional tunnel sets the background for a new space era in which space travelling can be designated to planets outside the solar system. Hoshiwatari Goro is a space traveller who goes in search for his father whose whereabouts are shrouded with obscurity. His only link to his father is an old photograph. In order to attain his goal, Goro participates in a young space travelling company known as "YAT" which organises tours to different planets. However, in the midst of his journey, he was involved in an accident which resulted in the destruction of the spaceship. As a form of compensation, he had to work for YAT and this sparks off a train of space adventures for him. Aired in some Western countries - from this alone it's clear that it's a safe comedy with main focus on kids. I don't fancy its humor, and everything else is too childish. Overall Rating: 5/10 11. Kiko-chan Smile きこちゃんすまいる [Eiken, Magic Bus] (Finished 1/51) Tags: Josei Adventure, Comedy, Slice of Life Kiko-chan's Smile is an anime and manga series about a kindergarten student who has many of the features of a child prodigy but at the same time has many bizarre habits and an odd personailty. Not translated. Partially available in Chinese and Korean. Each episode consists of three stories like SOL comedies of the past. Eccentric child genius sketches are easy to watch, but since it's of episodic nature, it's hardly worth the effort of translation, especially because Kiko-chan hardly talks at all and the whole comedy has to be based on some unexpected moves. Overall Rating: 6/10 12. Angel Densetsu エンジェル伝説 [Toei Animation] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Delinquents, School Action, Comedy When Seikichi Kuroda—self-proclaimed "guardian" and head thug of Hekikuu High School—hears rumors of a first-year transfer student named Seiichirou Kitano terrorizing his entire class, Seikichi tries to intimidate him through authority. However, things go awry when he witnesses something horrifying—Seiichirou has a face so dreadful and haunting that even Seikichi hurries away in fear. But despite his menacing appearance, Seiichirou has a heart of gold. Inhibited by his poor communication skills and fear-inducing looks, he has never managed to convey his true self to his terrified peers, resulting in his lifelong ostracization. Now the new guardian, Seiichirou discovers that sometimes friends can be found in the most unlikely places and through the most unusual circumstances. The concept is intriguing, so it was thrilling to watch. But it's a short-running joke, so can't rate it too high. Overall Rating: 6/10 13. Fushigi Yuugi OVA Mysterious Play OVA ふしぎ遊戯 [Pierrot] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Shoujo Historical, Isekai Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance Having concluded their adventure inside the mystical book The Universe of the Four Gods, Miaka Yuuki and Yui Hongo resume their ordinary lives with but one exception: upon returning to the real world, Miaka is permitted to bring her beloved Tamahome along with her. Unfortunately, shortly afterward, new troubles threaten the couple's hard-earned happiness. During a visit to the graves of the two other girls who had traveled inside The Universe of the Four Gods, Tamahome is engulfed by a red light and disappears right before Miaka's eyes. Witnessing the puzzling incident, her brother Keisuke and his best friend Tetsuya Kajiwara resolve to help the heartbroken Miaka find her boyfriend again. Meanwhile, Tamahome has been brought back into the book, only to discover that 50 years had passed since his departure. To his surprise, he learns that he has now switched identities with his former enemy, Nakago. Will the two lovers triumph over these adversities to reunite once more, or are they doomed to remain separated forever? 90% of the time in this afterstory is devoted to bishounens, and since I did not finish the series all those dozens of characters looked confusing. Overall Rating: 5/10 14. Kakugo no Susume Apocalypse Zero 覚悟のススメ [Ashi Productions] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Mecha, Mythology, Super Power Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Ecchi A series of natural disasters has reduced the world to rubble, with the survivors doing whatever they must to survive in a world gone mad. But one young boy, Kakugo, gifted with amazing martial arts and a superpowerful suit of armor by his late father, has been charged with making the world (or at least his school) a safer place. But his sister has a matching set of skills and equipment, and she`s on a mission to bring peace to the world... by wiping out humanity! Reminded me Teito Monogatari a lot. Post-apocalyptic and with body horror as well. This time there's at least a clear plot and quite fine art style. Visual images are rather memorable though plot is not great. Overall Rating: 5/10 15. Bakuretsu Hunters OVA Sorcerer Hunters 元祖 爆れつハンター [Xebec] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Shounen Harem, Super Power Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Ecchi On the "Spooner Continent", a valiant group of Sorcerer Hunters are the people's last line of defense against the evil dark magiks unleashed periodically by those who can't control it. Saving the world and looking sexy while doing it! Sorcerer Hunters was a rather average adventurer action with a big focus on ecchi. Needless to say, OVA puts full emphasis into it so that there's hardy anything left besides that. Overall Rating: 5/10 16. Ai Tenshi Densetsu Wedding Peach DX Wedding Peach DX 愛天使伝説ウェディング・ピーチDX [ADV Films] (Finished 4/4) Tags: Shoujo Adventure, Comedy, Romance The 1996–1997 anime OVAs of Ai Tenshi Densetsu Wedding Peach, also known as Ai Tenshi Densetsu Wedding Peach DX (Deluxe). These four OVAs were uniquely designed and scripted, and the art style had been changed slightly from the original series as well. Each of these OVAs feature one of the Ai Tenshi along with a season: Wedding Peach—Summer, Angel Salvia—Autumn, Angel Daisy—Winter, Angel Lily—Spring. They are, however, in no way related to each other, except for some indication of previous OVAs by Hinagiku and Yuri. These are the adventures of the four Ai Tenshi, two years after their battle with Reine Devila. Just fanservice OVA that does not attempt to provide any continuation or serious separate story. Overall Rating: 5/10 17. Master Mosquiton Master of Mosquiton マスターモスキートン [Radix] (Finished 6/6) Tags: Mythology, Vampire Action, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural In the 1920's, Inaho resurrects a vampire named Mosquiton with her blood. He awakens and becomes her slave. Now, Inaho is after the O-Part, which will grant her immortality. However, a bunch of supernatural monsters are out to stop them from achieving their goal. Adequate vampire action with a bit of romance and alleged ecchi, but without fancy, can't say that anything stands out. Overall Rating: 6/10 18. Legend of Crystania レジェンド・オブ・クリスタニア [Triangle Staff] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Supernatural Dreams begin to haunt Lady Sheru -- dreams of her past life as Pirotesse. Her love, Ashram, is being tormented at the hands of the soul of Barbas posing as their former king, Beld of Marmo. Interpreting this as a plea for help, Sheru searches for a way to save him by entering the chaos realm using the Chaos Ring. Meanwhile, Redon and his friends are called to arms again as ancient creatures begin to appear after being sealed away for centuries. Both their paths will cross once again, and on their shoulders will the fate of Crystania lie. It's almost three times longer than prequel and thus fixes its biggest flaw - rush. Finally there is a substantial story with some interesting traits, and two adventurer parties confrontation is always a treat for me. Can't call it a masterpiece though as Record of Lodoss War had better characters and atmosphere. Overall Rating: 6/10 19. Variable Geo ヴァリアブル・ジオ [Chaos Project] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Shounen Martial Arts, Super Power Action, Ecchi The special of the day is Variable Geo-a brutal battle between waitresses who serve up generous portions of energy blasts and vicious side orders of murderous martial artistry. For buffed beauties who make below-minimum wages, VG is the perfect way to make some fast cash. The victorious walk away with millions, and the defeated lose everything (namely, all their clothes). But this high-stakes sport has dark forces and dubious practices behind the fun and games. Lethal injections make steroids seem like vitamins. Instead of team prayer, there's demonic possession. Athletic sponsors are malevolent corporations with a more frightening agenda than increased market share. It's all just part of the game. Imagine ecchi martial arts action, and it won't be far from what Variable Geo offers. But it fulfils eye candy purpose all right. Overall Rating: 5/10 20. Kotetsu no Daibouken 小鉄の大冒険 [Project Team Sarah] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Shounen Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Ecchi While walking through the streets of Tokyo, Linn Suzuki comes across a strange device sticking up from the sidewalk. Suddenly, she is set upon by thugs and is helped by a beautiful stranger who takes them all down. It seems young Linn has fled Deep Kyoto from her cruel mistress and has traveled to Edo where she hopes to find her long lost brother, who was last seen working for the Kuon Detective Agency. By chance, this stranger happens to be Miho Kuon and lets Linn stay with her (nicknaming her Kotetsu, or Little Tetsu after her brother, Tetsujin). However, a mysterious agency called the Syndicate are after Miho and Linn is now in the thick of things. Ecchi level is too high, so there's not much room for story left. So if you come here for ecchi, above average. If for story, then... Overall Rating: 5/10 21. Panzer Dragoon パンツァードラグーン [Production I.G] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi Legends speak of a Dark Tower with a race of dragons that awaits the command to arise and wreak havoc. At least Kyle used to believe they were only legends until his lady, Alita, is stolen by the Black Dragon! Now Kyle must form an alliance with Blau, a blue dragon, in order to rescue her before she becomes the catalyst for the Dark Tower's final program: the complete destruction of the world! Another game concept that would feel just right with lots of fights and gameplay, but with all those fights taken away nothing is left of the plot to fill those 25 minutes. Overall Rating: 4/10 22. Ginga Ojousama Densetsu Yuna: Shin'en no Fairy Galaxy Fraulein Yuna Returns 銀河お嬢様伝説ユナ ~深闇のフェアリィ~ [J.C.Staff] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Mecha Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi Just when everything seems peaceful again for Yuna and her friends, a new enemy appears in the form of three robotic sisters. Yuna must once again become the Savior of Light to fight this strong, new evil. More seriousness, but also a more shallow plot with just these robotic sisters. Not great overall. Overall Rating: 5/10 23. Houma Hunter Lime Jewel BEM Hunter Lime 宝魔ハンターライム [Production Reed] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Comedy, Fantasy For centuries, the magic and human worlds have been at peace with each other, though physically seperated by a magical gate. But when the powerful magic spheres are stolen and fall to the Earth below, the king of magic sends Boss, a fighter; Lime, a master transformer; and Poogie, a master morpher to retrieve them. With not much time, the trio must retrieve the spheres which, when in contact with the human world, suck up the negative emotions of household objects and become BEMs, Bug Eyed Monsters! Since I happened to play all Lime games, I knew that games were practically ready anime concepts, but I still hoped for some improvisation and just knitting it all together into one story. I'm astonished by the super lazy approach to just choose first sub-lots and stop there even without concluding it somehow. It's still above average. Overall Rating: 6/10 24. Gall Force: The Revolution ガルフォース THE REVOLUTION [AIC] (Finished 4/4) Tags: Mecha, Military, Space Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi East Force meets West Force and all Hell breaks loose. The Solonoids, that lovable race of female warriors, are at it again, fighting amongst themselves. During a heated battle, however, it looks like the leaders of the two factions have hung their warriors out to dry. In the middle of all this fighting and chaos, East Force detects a transmission from an unidentified planet. The Gall Force gals leave their posts to go. Lufy, the West Force's Ace Pilot, who is after Rabby, follows them to the planet. Unique 80s lovely character designs are gone and new generic 90s have taken their place. Serious AI-Nuclear annihilation themes are gone with that too and concept is super light compared to older parts. Overall Rating: 5/10 25. 10-shuunen da yo! Chibi Maruko-chan 10周年だよ! ちびまる子ちゃん [-] (Finished 0/1) Tags: Shoujo Comedy - Not found. Overall Rating: 0/10 26. Black Jack the Movie Black Jack: The Movie ブラック・ジャック 劇場版 [Tezuka Productions] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen Medical Award Winning, Drama Joe Carol Brane attempts to hire Dr. Black Jack on a breed of superhumans that have the strength, intellectual, athletic, and artistic skills with great excel in different fields, only to later find out that they start deteriorating after some period of time and causing an untimely death. Joe needs Dr. Black Jack's help on finding a cure. Only slightly better than OVA, same medical detective with a bit of body horror. Overall Rating: 5/10 27. Shin Kimagure Orange☆Road: Soshite, Ano Natsu no Hajimari 新きまぐれオレンジ☆ロード ~ そして、あの夏のはじまり [Pierrot] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Slice of Life, Ecchi It's been several years and Kyosuke Kasuga is now 19. A mysterious phone call warns him of oncoming cars but he doesn't listen. Ironically, he gets hit by a car and because of his telepathic abilities, gets sent three years into the future. His 22 year old future self is now a photographer who is lost in Bosnia and believed to be dead. Kyosuke must find his 22 year old future self and restore himself, the 19 year old, to his correct time. Along the way he reunites with Hikaru who is now a professional and famous dancer. Madoka is also there, distraught over both Kyosuke, the 22 year old, going missing in Bosnia and Kyosuke, the 19 year old, getting hit by a car. Another weird nostalgy scam that was absolutely not needed. Overall Rating: 5/10 28. Ihatov Gensou: Kenji no Haru Spring and Chaos イーハトーブ幻想 Kenjiの春 [Group TAC] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Anthropomorphic, Historical Drama, Slice of Life A unique biographical sketch of the life of the great modern Japanese poet Kenji Miyazawa, Spring and Chaos is a highly stylized and intense film that draws on Miyazawa's writing techniques to tell his life story. Miyazawa often used animals as the main characters in his stories and poems, and it is this technique that allows director Shoji Kawamori to recreate Miyazawa's fanciful land of Ihatov and use it as the backdrop for Miyazawa's life. Beautiful and affecting, Spring and Chaos is a fitting tribute to one of Japan's greatest writers. The story is mostly about how Kenji learned and wished to see magic and life in nature. Hardly informative or revealing, but overall not bad though short. Overall Rating: 6/10 29. Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo Movie 1: Operazakan - Aratanaru Satsujin 金田一少年の事件簿・オペラ座館・新たなる殺人 [Toei Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen School Mystery Invited for a anniversary celebration, Kindaichi, Miyuki and inspector Kenmochi re-visit the Opera House. There they discover that a play of "The Phantom of the Opera" is being rehearsed again. However, it doesn't take long when members of the acting troupe are killed by the "Phantom". Kindaichi will once again have to solve a murder series in the Opera House. I think it's the first Kindaichi anime, so should list it. Kindaichi stories involve more adventure and more mystics compared to Conan. Those who like detectives know Kindaichi well, those who don't like detectives won't bother anyway. Overall Rating: 5/10 30. Alice in Cyberland ありす ALICE in Cyberland [Vega Entertainment] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Sci-Fi When criminal Cybernackists appear in the Cyberland, the vast 21st century computer networks, Alice, Miss Catnick, Leina, and Julie are drawn in by the mysterious Lucia to become a fighting force of young girl soldiers in the Cyberland to combat the criminal element. I was afraid it had something to do with old nukige visual novel, but in fact it's made after a simple PS1 fighting game , so anime is rather generic with couple fights as well. Overall Rating: 4/10
  12. Rather sour season again, but among the titles I find Akachan to Boku as the most deserving one 1. Akachan to Boku Baby and Me 赤ちゃんと僕 [Pierrot] (Finished 3/35) Tags: Shoujo Childcare Comedy, Drama Takuya Enoki is living a difficult life for a fifth grader. His mother passed away in a tragic car accident a few months ago, forcing him to pick up the slack and take care of his baby brother, Minoru, as his father works the endless hours typical of a Japanese salaryman. He will have to sacrifice his childhood in order to meet the needs of his little brother. Cooking, cleaning, worrying, and trying to discipline Minoru are some of the tasks Takuya will have on his plate, all while their neighbors blame him for Minoru’s constant crying. Meanwhile, he will watch as his friends live their carefree lives, enjoying their free time. It will not be easy and there will be plenty of stumbling blocks, but along the way, he may actually learn the true meaning of family. Spirit is similar to Mama wa Shougaku 4 Nensei, focus is on cuteness , emotions and nostalgy. Sadly , it's not the things that interest me in anime. A very well done anime, and if you choose it voluntarily with appropriate mood, you'll definitely enjoy it. But without the right mood it's just lots of crying , emotions and simple events with simple thoughts, so not exactly my type. Overall Rating: 6/10 2. Kochira Katsushikaku Kameari Kouenmae Hashutsujo こちら葛飾区亀有公園前派出所 (1996) [Gallop] (Finished 3/373) Tags: Comedy Adult Cast, Detective, Gag Humor Ryoutsu, being an underpaid policeman, is always coming up with underhanded schemes in order to make a quick buck. But in the end, his plans (which are ridiculous to begin with) always go wrong and land him in big trouble with the chief. Funny enough series, but not so much because of the humor, but just because of the concept of mischievous policeman which is hardly possible nowadays. Overall Rating: 6/10 3. Ganbarist! Shun ガンバリスト! 駿 [Sunrise] (Finished 3/30) Tags: Shounen Comedy, Sports First-year high school student Fujimaki Shun has a dream of becoming an olympic gold medalist as a gymnast. Having no previous training, Shun trusts his passion, boldly joins the gymnastics club, and sets out to pursue his goal. Along the way, he meets his share of entertaining and supportive upper classmen, develops a romantic interest in his classmate, and learns about the happiness involved in devoting yourself to a sport. Why Sunrise is always taking most simple concepts that only visionary would be able to save... And Sunrise are diligent conveyor workers and definitely not visionaries. It results in pretty average comedy spokon. Overall Rating: 5/10 4. Tetsuwan Birdy Birdy the Mighty 鉄腕バーディー [Madhouse] (Finished 4/4) Tags: Shounen Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi Tsutomu, an average middle school kid busy studying for the final exams to enter high school runs into a man running from someone and gets caught up in the chase. In all the confusion he gets accidentally killed. Luckily Birdy (an interplanetary agent) knows a way to save him, unfortunately that means joining bodies to become one. So now he is stuck with this officer and along for the ride capturing criminals and saving lives. Last time I watched it many years ago, it impressed me enough for a masterpiece score. Nowadays... it's still sincere and innovative enough, but it's just not enough to enjoy it anymore . Overall Rating: 6/10 5. Slayers Special Slayers: The Book of Spells スレイヤーズすぺしゃる [J.C.Staff] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Shounen Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Supernatural In these three self-contained half-hour stories, Lina Inverse and her partner, Naga The Serpent, take on a variety of jobs for quick cash, food, and/or their own skins. The first episode, "The Scary Chimera Plan," puts them against a lunatic magician who intends to use Lina to create a fearsome, spell-slinging monster. Then, in "Jeffry's Knighthood," they're hired by an overprotective mother to see that her son - a young man barely capable of holding a sword - becomes a respected knight, by "helping" him fight off the marauding soldiers terrorizing the area. Finally, "Mirror, Mirror" puts the two in a race to hunt down and capture (for bounty, of course) a rogue sorceror who's found an ancient artifact that can create loyal duplicates of anything or anyone, including his enemies. Still good, still not good enough. Overall Rating: 6/10 6. Byston Well Monogatari: Garzey no Tsubasa Garzey's Wing バイストン・ウェル物語 ガーゼィの翼 [J.C.Staff] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Isekai Action, Fantasy Christopher "Chris" Chiaki is an easygoing guy who keeps failing his college entrance exams well into his mid-twenties. His days are occupied with Kendo practice, visits to his family's shrine, and dreaming of his high school reunion. When his spirit is suddenly transported to the world of Byston Well, Chris becomes Garzey's Wing, a legendary holy warrior. The Metomeus tribe summoned him to help liberate them from slavery, but unfortunately, Chris has no knowledge on how to be a holy warrior, and moreover, only has an incredibly dull sword which he salvaged from a corpse. To make matters more complicated, there is another Chris who is still in the normal world! He cannot control the events in Byston Well, but is tied to the fate of the other Chris. The young man must struggle and adventure in a world of magical creatures and mysterious foreigners. Since it's spin-off of Aura Battler Dunbine, it kinda feels like one, just without mecha this time. But all the other flaws are present - rushed narration, bland characters, needless real-life guy dimension, lack of logic and explanation. Overall Rating: 4/10 7. Blue Seed 2 ブルーシード 2 [Production I.G, Xebec] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Action, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Ecchi A renegade scientist in San Francisco has found a way to create a new creature called a Neo-Aragami without the power of Susanoo. When these monsters start to terrorize California, the U.S. turns to the old members of the Terrestrial Administration Center (TAC) for help. It has become just action with new monsters and a new character. No pressure involved and inferior in all elements compared to original. Overall Rating: 6/10 8. Shadow Skill (1996) 影技 SHADOW SKILL [Zero-G Room] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Shounen Martial Arts, Super Power Adventure, Drama, Fantasy In a war torn world of deadly conflict, one small group of heroes stands against the forces of darkness, armed only with two weapons—their unswerving dedication to good and the superhuman martial art known as the Shadow Skill... Perhaps only slightly better than previous Shadow Skill OVA. Same epic fighting action is in the core, hard to even follow the plot as it tags behind . Overall Rating: 5/10 9. Choujin Gakuen Gowcaizer: The Voltage Fighters Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer 超人学園ゴウカイザー THE VOLTAGE FIGHTERS [J.C.Staff] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Shounen Martial Arts Action, Sci-Fi, Ecchi It is the dawn of the 21st century. The cataclysmic earthquake which reduced half of Tokyo to a broken landscape of twisted steel and shattered stone was only the first sign of the impending apocalypse. Athletic and popular, Isato Kaiza was an otherwise ordinary student. But nothing could've prepared him for the day he was given a Caizer Stone by fellow student Kash , alias Hellstinger. Armed with the mysterious crystal, Isato now possesses the power to transform into the armored hero: Gowcaizer! To save the Earth, Gowcaizer and Hellstinger must join forces against Omni Exist, the manifestation of all negative human desires, and the force behind the recent disasters, before the entity obliterates the human race! Beat em Up game adaptation, so as usual there's rather simple story and at the same time some alien infodumping. Feels random and just boring. Overall Rating: 4/10 10. Maze☆Bakunetsu Jikuu Maze: The Mega-Burst Space OVA MAZE☆爆熱時空 [J.C.Staff] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Shounen Magical Sex Shift, Mecha Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy Maze has gained incredible powers traveling through time and space, but she has also acquired one rather large problem: every night she turns into a really horny man. Unfortunately, Maze must rescue an equally lascivious princess from a mysterious warrior cult. Still, the male version of Maze would rather be chasing tail than rescuing willing princesses. Ecchi>Comedy>everything else including story in this anime. Without real plot I don't know what to evaluate here. Overall Rating: 4/10 11. Shin Hurricane Polymar 新・破裏拳ポリマー [J.C.Staff, Tatsunoko Production] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Martial Arts, Super Power Action, Sci-Fi Remake of old superhero show of the same name. Godawful remake of a trashy ancient series. Overall Rating: 3/10 12. Twin Signal: Family Game Twin Signal TWIN SIGNAL~ファミリーゲーム~ [Tokyo Kids] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Mecha Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi Signal, a robot companion built for Nobuhiko, is attacked by Pulse, one the its creator's previous prototypes. Reprogrammed by Dr. Otoi's mysterious rival, Pulse is loaded down with weapons and sent on a mission by Otoi: steal the most recent robot technology, and obliterate anything that gets in his way. Show's super primitive, most of the time is devoted to unsophisticated humor. Overall Rating: 4/10 13. Jigokudou Reikai Tsuushin 地獄堂霊界通信 [Toei Video] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Fantasy, Horror Tetsushi, Ryouchin and Shiina are a youthful trio not to be trifled with; they have a fearsome reputation. One day they decide to enter Jingkudou, a store which is rumored to be the gateway to Hell, the storekeeper sure is creepy enough. He tells them a story and after that they decide, with a magical token provided by the storekeeper, to try and find the restless spirit of a murder victim in order to give her release. This is only the start of their supernatural career... Some horror stories with distinctive manga-resembling style, among its rivals above average, but I can't appreciate this genre . Overall Rating: 6/10 14. Eiyuu Banka Koushi-den 英雄挽歌 孔子傳 [NHK] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Historical Adventure, Drama, Romance Born in the Chinese state of Lu in 551 B.C., Confucius is raised by his mother after his father dies when he is only three. He marries at 19 and enters the service of the local nobility. At 32, he becomes tutor to the Prince of Lu's children, eventually becoming a politician at 51. His career peaks are the roles of Lu's justice minister and eventually prime minister. The land prospers for four years, but Confucius grows disenchanted with court intrigues. For the following 12 years, he wanders the neighboring states, offering advice to their rulers. Just a biography, indeed. Overall Rating: 6/10 15. X/1999 X - The Movie エックス, X/1999 [Madhouse] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shoujo Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Supernatural At the millennial edge, the concluding battle for humanity's future is staged. Kamui Shirou's destiny has been decided as he returns to Tokyo to face his ultimate challenge. The Dragon of Heaven, defenders of the Earth, stand ready to protect the world from the Dragon of Earth, the seven angels of legend, who embrace the devastation of the planet to bring about its purification. Now Kamui must decide which side to fight for although he finds the idea utterly unappealing. It isn't until realizing that his two childhood friends, Fuma and Kotori Monou, are in grievous peril that Kamui decides to step into his fated position in the climactic struggle of the Year of Destiny: 1999. 1999 was sometimes referred as the year of the end of the world, and this is eschatological fight with mostly just cool imagery like blood, mass destruction in the night city, angels etc etc. It only has visual value, as for me, because plot is just fighting of someone with someone else through magic, psi or similar means. Overall Rating: 5/10 16. Slayers Return スレイヤーズRETURN [J.C.Staff] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy The inhabitants of the village of Biaz, forced to labor in the serivce of the world-domination-happy Zein organization, hires Lina Inverse and Naga The Serpent to drive off the invaders. Lina and Naga agree, lured by stories of Elfin treasure sleeping below Biaz, only to get considerably more trouble -from the Zein and from the treasure - than they ever expected. Can't say I'm impressed with the story, but at least animation quality is probably highest for the franchise. Overall Rating: 6/10 17. Jigoku Sensei Nube (Movie) Hell Teacher Nube 地獄先生ぬ〜べ〜 [Toei Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen School Adventure, Comedy, Horror, Supernatural Kumiko Ijima who is one of Nube's students recognizes that a man in a local park is really a criminal wanted for murder when she remembers drawing his face from the wanted photos posted by the police. Kumiko warns her classmate Kyoko while at the same time the man discovers the drawing with the name initials "K.I." written on Kumiko's drawing portfolio and briefly sees that Kumiko wears a red ribbon in her hair. The cops chase the criminal who crashes his car into a seal where a demon takes control over his soul. The demon is now on a killing rampage to find any girl that wears a red ribbon whose name initials are "K.I.". Just twice longer than usual episode of the series. Overall Rating: 6/10 18. Futari no Oujisama The Two Princes 二人の王子さま [Toei Animation] (Finished 0/1) Tags: Fantasy, Slice of Life On the island of Jambe, Subarna, an introverted boy, is given a magic crown and, with the help of the crown, soon becomes the people's hero known kind heartedness. This enrages Rupia, the island's young prince, who has Subarna arrested. Not found. Overall Rating: 0/10 19. Maya no Isshou マヤの一生 [Mushi Production] (Finished 0/1) Tags: Drama, Slice of Life Historical - Not found. Overall Rating: 0/10 20. Angel ga Tonda Hi エンジェルがとんだ日 [E&G Films] (Finished 0/1) Tags: Comedy, Slice of Life A heart-warming story depicting the day-to-day life full of laughter and tears as a mother copes with her children. Not found. Overall Rating: 0/10
  13. No definite winner for me , but among decent titles I can point out Kodomo no Omocha (TV) 1. Tenkuu no Escaflowne The Vision of Escaflowne 天空のエスカフローネ [Sunrise] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Isekai, Love Polygon, Mecha, Psychological Adventure, Fantasy, Romance Hitomi Kanzaki is just an ordinary 15-year-old schoolgirl with an interest in tarot cards and fortune telling, but one night, a boy named Van Fanel suddenly appears from the sky along with a vicious dragon. Thanks to a premonition from Hitomi, Van successfully kills the dragon, but a pillar of light appears and envelopes them both. As a result, Hitomi finds herself transported to the world of Gaea, a mysterious land where the Earth hangs in the sky. In this new land, Hitomi soon discovers that Van is a prince of the Kingdom of Fanelia, which soon falls under attack by the evil empire of Zaibach. In an attempt to fight them off, Van boards his family's ancient guymelef Escaflowne—a mechanized battle suit—but fails to defeat them, and Fanelia ends up destroyed. Now on the run, Hitomi and Van encounter a handsome Asturian knight named Allen Schezar, whom Hitomi is shocked to find looks exactly like her crush from Earth. With some new allies on their side, Van and Hitomi fight back against the forces of Zaibach as the empire strives to revive an ancient power. Mecha from Sunrise is doomed from the start. And the way they treat my favorite isekai genre is purely outrageous. One important tag is missing here - shoujo as Sunrise tries to bring some new elements trying to sell the same mecha each time. Overall Rating: 4/10 2. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Sailor Stars Sailor Moon Sailor Stars 美少女戦士セーラームーン セーラースターズ [Toei Animation] (Finished 3/34) Tags: Mahou Shoujo Like the R Season, Sailor Stars is divided into two arcs: The first arc (also filler) solves some conflicts from the SuperS season, and also sees the return of the Outer Senshi, Haruka, Michiru, Setsuna, and Hotaru (now reborn as a child). The second arc is the actual plot from the manga. Usagi bids farewell to Mamoru, who is going to America to study abroad. In his place comes the Three Lights, an idol trio consisting of three boys, Seiya, Taiki, and Yaten. The new enemy is Galaxia, a woman who desires to rule the entire galaxy by collecting the Star Seeds of humans. Three new Senshi appear, the Sailor Starlights, who also intend to stop Galaxia without Sailor Moon's help. Don't know what to say. I think I see Sailor Pluto for the first time, but concept is still the same with more focus on chibi girl. Overall Rating: 6/10 3. Slayers Next スレイヤーズNEXT [E&G Films] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Mythology Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy In the kingdom of Xoana, Lina Inverse and Gourry Gabriev unexpectedly come across their old companions, Zelgadis Graywords and Princess Ameilia Wil Tesla Saillune. Upon their reunion, the friends end up easily foiling the King of Xoana and his daughter's dastardly plans of world conquest. Soon after, it is revealed that Zelgadis is in search of the world's most valuable magical tome, the Claire Bible, hoping to discover a method to recover his human body among the many secrets sheltered within it. Despite his protests, the rest of the group decides to join in the quest after hearing of his mission. However, just when they were wondering where to start looking for the legendary book, they stumble upon a mysterious priest by the name of Xellos, who claims that he may be of some help in their pursuit. I'm not impressed, same as with original. Overall Rating: 6/10 4. Kodomo no Omocha (TV) Kodocha こどものおもちゃ [Gallop] (Finished 8/102) Tags: Shoujo Love Polygon, Showbiz Comedy, Drama, Romance Sixth grader Sana Kurata has a perfect life. Her mother is a (fairly) successful author, she has a young man employed to keep her happy and safe, and best of all, she is the star of the children's television show Kodomo no Omocha. There's just one thing bothering her, and that's Akito Hayama. Akito is a classmate of Sana's, and ever since he's started acting out in class, the rest of the boys have followed his example. Every day, the girls and the teacher wage a battle to keep the class under control and to get some actual learning done. That rotten Akito… Sana won't stand for this! The hyperactive Sana decides to dig deeper and find out what makes Akito tick, so class can go back to normal and the teacher can stop spending every day crying instead of teaching. But the more she learns about him, the more she realizes that there might be more to Akito than meets the eye. Introduction takes two episode, plus concept develops slowly, so it took me a while to get understanding what this show is in the core, and it's roughly reverse Orange Road. Since protagonist is a girl, a lot more emotional reactions towards everything is inserted. There is enough humor, but half of it is spontaneous singing/dancing/acting weird and the other half is occasional, usually something unexpected showing up in the scene. And since it's Orange Road vis-à-vis, there are two families, one weird but friendly and one with much drama in it - and a lot of focus is on those members. In the end, it's a nice emotional romance comedy, but for me it lacks seriousness. I see a lot of moves to attract viewers, but all this appeal to emotions is distant to me, and referring to suicide even jokingly is just horrible. Overall Rating: 6/10 5. Kidou Shinseiki Gundam X After War Gundam X 機動新世紀ガンダムX [Sunrise] (Finished 3/39) Tags: Mecha, Space Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi When one space colony declared its independence from the Earth Federation, the devastating 7th Space War, an all-out war between Earth and space, resulted. The Federation responded to the Space Revolutionary Army with mobile suits, called Gundams. However, the Space Revolutionary forces played their trump card and dropped hundreds of space colonies onto the Earth, plunging the planet into a seven-year-long nuclear winter. The Federation collapsed, but the Space Revolutionary Army was unable to invade the Earth in the aftermath of the colony drop. Fifteen years have passed. The year is now After War 0015, and a New Federation has sprung up on Earth to restore order. In space, the colonial leaders have been rebuilding their own forces as well. By chance, fifteen-year-old Garrod Ran has discovered an old Federation mobile suit, the Gundam X, and now he uses it to help out the Vulture ship Freeden in its struggle to keep the powers that be from repeating the mistakes of the past. Finally a Gundam with a modern shounen look. I see it at as above average among mecha for really advanced quality. But don't get me wrong, among all anime it would be average score as there is not enough seriousness or character development behind it all. Romance is shallow, no really likeable characters, no incentive to investigate the world. With the set boundaries of Gundam no breakthrough like Gurren Lagann is possible, but it does not even live up to the original Macross that remains the paragon for old mecha . Overall Rating: 6/10 6. Jigoku Sensei Nube 地獄先生ぬ~べ~ [Toei Animation] (Finished 3/49) Tags: Shounen School Adventure, Comedy, Horror, Romance, Supernatural Nube is a clumsy, easygoing, and very kind teacher, but he has a secret under his glove on the left hand. He has a monster hand, and he also has the ability to sense ghosts and evil spirits. So he protects his dear students from these evil spirits with his monster hand, proving to be very powerful. This show is not bad itself, but combines a lot of features that I detest like monster of the week, evil spirit, exorcism, body horror. Characters might save it, but they aren't particularly good either. Just above average is the exact place this anime belongs to. Overall Rating: 6/10 7. B'T X B`T X ビート・エックス [TMS Entertainment] (Finished 3/25) Tags: Shounen Mecha Adventure, Sci-Fi Teppei is going to visit his older brother Kotaro Takamiya during a scientific conference after training with a mysterious woman named Karen for the past 11 years. However his plans for a family reunion become stalled when a woman named Aramis kills everyone in the conference to kidnap Kotaro. Teppei on the way to save his brother encounters a broken mechanical horse called B't X who revives thanks to Teppei's blood and is now his aide to save his brother from the mysterious Machine Empire. Saint Seiya is one of my most hated series ever as brainless shounen with a setting instead of the story, and B'T X from the same mangaka does not impress either. Now setting changes from Greek gods zodiac knights to androids and there's a bit more focus on familial bonds and oriental motives, but the core of brainless shounen remains intact. Overall Rating: 5/10 8. Kaiketsu Zorro The Magnificent Zorro 快傑ゾロ [Ashi Productions] (Finished 3/52) Tags: Shounen Historical Adventure Diego Vega returns from his study trip to discover his homeland is under the army's dictatorship. Diego, refusing to watch idly, disguises himself as Zorro to protect the weak and oppressed. Diego is not a coward but he is unable to win the affections of his sweetheart, Lolita, who is attracted to other more noble men. Diego serenades Lolita as Zorro and fights the evils of his homeland, hoping to capture her heart. Official dub, export to many countries... all the signs of safe for children boring episodical stuff that is useless to watch if you ever watched anything Zorro. Overall Rating: 4/10 9. Cinderella Monogatari The Story of Cinderella シンデレラ物語 [Tatsunoko Production] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance Cinderella is the daughter of a wealthy duke who has remarried to provide her with a mother and sisters. When the Duke travels abroad, Cinderella discovers that her new family is anything but a family. With spoiled stepsisters and a harsh stepmother, Cindrella is forced to cook, clean and manage the household. Yet she remains cheerful, gentle and kind to her family, to her animal friends and to a mysterious boy, named Charles, who seems to have a connection with the prince of Emerald Castle. A whole new story on a classic fairytale. When Cinderella's cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from the lovable mice Gus and Jaq, and from her Fairy Godmother. There was already serialization of Snow White and sever dwarves, so this move is a logical continuation. It's nice romance on the motive of the fairy tale, but I can't stand parasiting over known franchises and clinging to the past while there's a whole world of possibilities ahead. Overall Rating: 5/10 10. Mizuiro Jidai 水色時代 [Studio Comet] (Finished 3/47) Tags: Shoujo School Drama, Romance, Slice of Life Yuuko is a shy middle school girl who has feelings for her childhood friend, the boy next door. When she finds out that her best friend also likes him, she is unsure what to do. The story explores the relationships between these three characters as they confront everyday junior high problems. Actually, I feel there was a lack of just romance SOL anime without focus on sports or comedy or delinquents or something else that would steal all the attention. This anime fits this niche just fine. Love triangle is almost a necessity for romance stories. It's kinda cute how friends and love rivals exchange diaries and information. Sincerity is also important, but first lie strikes as soon as second episode already and lots of pointless drama grows from that. I require more seriousness and psychological development to qualify for a masterpiece... not sure if there is such romance work until His and Her circumstances, though ... Overall Rating: 6/10 11. VS Knight Lamune & 40 Fire VS騎士ラムネ&40炎 [Production Reed] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Mecha Action, Comedy, Fantasy Baba Lamunade is followed home by two strange peddler girls who give him a CD-rom game. After he beats "The Legend of Lamuness", the girls come out of his computer and bring him to DokiDoki Space. He is the third descendant of the hero Lamuness who must stop Don Genosai from resurrecting the great evil Abraham. Accompanied by PQ, his advisor robot, and Parfait and Cacao, he must pilot the Kaizer Fire mecha. However, he needs another pilot, and Da Cider is chosen as the second pilot. It's fourth season already, so enough to say fans only here. As for me, one of the worst mecha series . Overall Rating: 4/10 12. Midori no Makibao Green Makibao みどりのマキバオー [Pierrot] (Finished 3/61) Tags: Shounen Racing Comedy Midori Makibao is a small white racehorse. Compared to other thoroughbred horses, he looks more like a donkey with wide nostrils; however, with his guts and speed as his weapon, Makibao wins in every big race. In the beginning of his career, Makibao had a trouble making his debut as a racehorse, because of his appearance and various disadvantages he had. But Makibao had reasons to overcome his difficulties; there was a lifelong rival horse called Superhorse Cascade, that Makibao needed to defeat. Plus, he was determined to win back his mother, a horse that had been taken away for pay back the debt on the farm. There are many hardships that Makibao has to overcome, but he thrives in the series of races to become a great racehorse. Not translated. Absurd sketches around racing and some crudely drawn characters is not the most amusing thing to watch. Humor is mostly based on antics , so just not my type. Overall Rating: 5/10 13. Hajime Ningen Gon はじめ人間ゴン [Pierrot] (Finished 3/39) Tags: Historical Comedy A remake of Hajime Ningen Gyatoruz. Each episode contains three stories. Not translated. Can't see much difference with not so amusing original, to be honest. Overall Rating: 5/10 14. Shounen Santa no Daibouken! 少年サンタの大冒険! [Studio Deen] (Finished 0/24) Tags: Shounen Adventure, Fantasy Based on L. Frank Baum' novel: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. Not found. Overall Rating: 0/10 15. Ijiwaru Baasan (1996) いじわるばあさん [Eiken] (Finished 0/46) Tags: Comedy, Slice of Life Grandma is a nasty and manipulative thing most of the time, causing endless trouble for her son-in-law and daughter, her grandchildren, and her neighbours. Not found. Overall Rating: 0/10 16. Shamanic Princess シャーマニックプリンセス [Triangle Staff] (Finished 6/6) Tags: Action, Fantasy, Romance From the Guardian World, home of mages, Tiara has been sent on a mission: recover the stolen Throne of Yord, the most powerful magic artifact of all. But Tiara finds herself in a dilemma—the Throne has been taken by her former lover, and there is more to the situation than meets the eye... Annoying dull characters, unusual yet unimpressive story, irritating constant close shooting angles, all character development is pushed AFTER the story in flashback episodes. So messy that it hurts. Overall Rating: 5/10 17. Shin Kidou Senki Gundam Wing: Operation Meteor 新機動戦記ガンダムW オペレーション・メテオ ODD&EVEN NUMBERS [Sunrise] (Finished 4/4) Tags: Mecha, Military, Psychological, Space Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi Two video releases recapping events from the Gundam Wing TV series. Each Operation Meteor video contains an 'Odd' episode and an 'Even' episode. The 'Odd' episodes feature Heero, Trowa and Wufei, while the 'Even' episodes feature Duo and Quatre. The episodes also featured brief new footages of the characters after the final episode of the TV series. I like such recaps since watching full series with this kind of quality is akin to torture. Cheap drama emotions, unstable personalities, lack of consistency and logic - all main Gundam traits are present. Without anything deep enough viewers are just stormed with quantity as many protagonists show up each with individual story of varying stupidity. Pompous empty dialogues are a whole new level of cringe. And basically the same story is told multiple times from different perspectives... very tiresome. Sunrise sucks at making recaps, as usual. Overall Rating: 5/10 18. Burn Up! W Burn-Up W: On the Case & In your Face バーンナップW [AIC] (Finished 4/4) Tags: Shounen Mecha Comedy, Sci-Fi, Ecchi When crime and terrorism go out of control in Tokyo, the police unleash Team Warrior - a band of highly-skilled and completely reckless band of female cops. Featuring loose cannon Rio, triggerhappy Maya and ace hacker Lilica, Team Warrior will get the job done, regardless of the budget of the mission. It's primarily ecchi and fanservice with some joking police action for the first half. Second half puts it all done to the Earth with a bloody case, but results to absolutely nothing big with each heroine having an individual fight, and that's it. Overall Rating: 5/10 19. Mahoutsukai Tai! Magic User's Club OVA 魔法使いTai! [Triangle Staff] (Finished 6/6) Tags: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi One sunny day invaders came from space. They weren't little green men or funny girls wearing school uniforms, though. They were ugly robots which defeated the UN forces in seconds. After that the invaders (known as "eyeballs") roamed around and observed human society. In fact, they were peaceful unless attacked. They were polite and followed all the traffic laws, too. Still, they were aliens and the people of Earth wanted them to go home. The Kitanohashi High School Magic Club took it on themselves to defeat these foul robots and free the world. Setting is very unusual, magic provides some unexpected gags, pervy nature of male protagonist is kind of fun. A fresh gust of wind among comedies. For me it's better than majority of school anime with magic like Negima. Overall Rating: 6/10 20. Sanctuary サンクチュアリ [Pastel] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Seinen Detective, Organized Crime Action, Drama, Suspense Two Japanese survivors of the Khmer Rouge massacres in Cambodia vow to find a sanctuary, even if they have to build it themselves. Returning to Japan, they take seemingly opposite paths: one becomes a politician, the other a gangster. As Asami and Houjou work through the linked worlds of politics and crime in modern Japan, they don't hesitate to do anything necessary to secure their own positions and stay true to their vow. Loyal to no one else, they find their friendship increasingly tested as they rise in their chosen fields. Nice gangster movie that has all the looks and expected moves, but lacks in the actual depth and realism. Cool yakuza do dangerous things in a fashionable manner and never get any kind of payback for it , so anime is empty in the core. Overall Rating: 5/10 21. Toushinden 闘神伝 [J.C.Staff] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Martial Arts Action For one year, Master Swordsman Eiji Shinjo has been haunted by the memory of his battle with the renegade champion, Gaia - a battle that was cut short by the forces of the malevolent syndicate known as "the organization." Denied victory, Eiji left the tournament followed by his opponents mocking laughter. Worse still, Eiji walked away no closer to finding his long lost brother, Sho. But now, a mysterious warrior is hunting down the champions of the previous tournament and using their own moves against them - and it looks like that person may be Sho. Who is this powerful new foe and who is his next target? Eiji and Kayin, his closest friend and greatest rival, struggle to unravel the mystery before they, too, join the ranks of the defeated. The answer lies at the heart of the Organization and its plans for world domination. At last, the ultimate battle between the greatest fighters in the world will be decided. But if Eiji loses, his friends - Ellis - may Die... Fighting game adaptations rarely put an effort into the story. This one definitely does not. Overall Rating: 4/10 22. Ojousama Sousamou Debutante Detective Corps お嬢様捜査網 [Daume] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Detective Action, Comedy, Mystery Debutante Detective Corps begins with introductions to the five main characters, Miyuki, Reika, Youko, Nina, and Kimiko. It seems these five girls are incredibly rich and have been sent a threatening video tape by forces unknown. A police guard is set up at the school where the girls have enrolled. Kimiko, however, doesn't like the idea of being cooped up at school, and convinces the rest of the girls to trick the police into leaving. No sooner are the police gone, however, then the girls are assaulted by three armed terrorists. What ensues is a rather silly escapade with our heroines attempting to thwart their attackers. Fast-paced introduction and some action with something that tries to resemble humor, and it's all over in 30 minutes, so a waste of time. Overall Rating: 4/10 23. Tattoon Master タトゥーン・マスター [AIC] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Adventure, Comedy, Slice of Life, Supernatural When Hibio's adventurer mother sets off to research a mysterious tribe, she hits a wall. Fortunately for her, the beautiful young Nima sees a family portrait and decides that she wants her son for her husband and she gets a chance to further her research. She agrees to the arrangement. Of course, she doesn't consult him about his future bride. When Nima shows up in Tokyo to be with her new husband, hilarity and chaos ensues as Hibio and his modern Tokyo background meets Nima's magical heritage. It's a common plot that girls who is in love with protagonist suddenly shows up and rivals some other girls. Just commonplace average forgettable anime. Overall Rating: 5/10 24. Mutant Turtles: Choujin Densetsu-hen ミュータント タートルズ 超人伝説編 [Bee Media] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Super Power Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi When the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles acquire Mutastones from Crys-Mu, the spirit of light, they acquire the ability to enhance themselves into Super Turtles for a duration of three minutes. Meanwhile, the evil Shredder and his minions Bebop and Rocksteady stumble upon the Dark Mutastone, which transforms them into Devil Shredder, Supermutant Bebop and Supermutant Rocksteady, respectively. But the Turtles have one more trick up their shells: all four of them can combine into their ultimate form—Turtle Saint. Breaks so many TNMT canons that it can't be considered part of TNMT, tbh. Super mutations are god ugly, saint mutation is one big Gundam parody and metal mutations look like another homage either to transformers or Tokyo Babel. Anyway, pretty horrible. Overall Rating: 5/10 25. Blue Seed 1.5 ブルーシード 1.5 [Production I.G] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi This is a re-telling of the first series. one episode is seen through the view of Momiji, the other is seen through the view of Kusunagi. Not translated for general public. But since it's just retelling with some music kind of useless if you watched the series. Overall Rating: 5/10 26. Landlock ランドロック [Sanctuary] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi The land of Zer’lue is in turmoil, ravaged by the technological might of Chairman Sana'ku and his evil, militaristic Zul’earth forces. In a rapidly unfolding story of treachery, deceit and betrayal, only one boy holds the power to defeat such overwhelming odds... a boy named Lue'der, who possesses a mysterious red eye and the ability to control the power of the wind itself. With the fate of the world at stake, Lue'der must learn to unlock his legendary power and battle against the evil which threatens to engulf his planet. Somehow this fantasy action manages to bore very fast. Plot is very simple, but the whole intrigue is just about parts that we're not told about. Characters are bland. Action scenes in the middle hardly help anything, and ending is just unimpressive without proper buildup. Overall Rating: 5/10 27. Idol Fight Suchie-Pai 2 Idol Fighter Su-Chi-Pai アイドルファイト スーチーパイ2 [Daume] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Action, Ecchi Once every century, the legendary mahjong dials called the "Legendary Pai" show themselves to the world, and if you collect them all it will grant you any wish. They show up in the form of evil monsters and you must defeat all 10 to obtain this chance. So, a Bunny Alien, A Maid-Dominatrix, A Cyborg, A girl form the world of magic and a transforming super hero all must fight these monsters along with themselves to grant the wish that they want to come true. It's hard to expect much from ecchi anime based on ancient strip mahjong game without any plot. Someone fights, someone transforms, someone pretends to strip but constantly stops midway and all for collecting mahjong cards which we won't even learn till the end. Plain horrible. Overall Rating: 4/10 28. Bounty Hunter: The Hard ザ・ハード BOUNTY HUNTER [J.C.Staff] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Detective Action The story of "Hard", a bounty hunter living in New-York and seeking revenge. Riki-Oh author means we're in for a MANLY story. Every male character here is hard-boiled just as the title. First half is discovering some murders, the some action. Short and rather stupid. Overall Rating: 5/10 29. Toppuku Kyousou Kyoku 特攻服(とっぷく) 狂走曲 [-] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Shounen Comedy Based on the shounen manga by Yuu Furusawa. A typical delinquents movie with H, fighting and antics in place of the comedy. Instantly forgettable. Overall Rating: 5/10 30. Tenchi Muyou! in Love Tenchi Muyo! In Love 天地無用! in Love [AIC] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen School, Space Action, Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi In a dark corner of the universe, intergalactic criminal Kain breaks out of prison and destroys the Galaxy Police Headquarters. Basking in the afterglow of the terror and destruction he has caused, Kain sets his sights toward a much bigger prize waiting on Earth. Meanwhile, Tenchi Masaki and his crew are watching some old home videos of his mother, Achika. As the film rolls, Achika slowly starts to vanish. While watching her fade away, Tenchi also begins to disappear. However, thanks to a device created by Washuu Hakubi, Tenchi is not gone for good. The gang soon learns about Kain and deduce that he must have done something to Achika, which has resulted in time being altered. To save himself and maintain the future, Tenchi travels with the girls back in time to protect his mother from her fate. Time shifts and alterations are either done well or poorly, and this is the second case. Because of this nothing makes sense and irritation piles up with every minute. Thus only for Tenchi fans. Overall Rating: 5/10 31. Armitage III: Poly-Matrix アミテージ・ザ・サード POLY-MATRIX [AIC] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Action, Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi Detective, Mecha, Military In the year 2046 humans are moving away from using robots and begin to trust them less and less. In this time life becomes very perilous for the beings known as seconds. The seconds are the most recent line of robots, as far as the public knows. This is the world Detective Ross Sylibus lives in. Detective Sylibus is transferred to Mars by his request after his partner was killed by a robot. As he arrives he falls headfirst into a murder where a country singer on his flight was murdered. He steps off the plane and watches as a scene unfolds and he meets his partner, Armitage a female cop with a major attitude. A rash of murders begins when yet more women are killed. As the investigation is continued a secret is uncovered. There is another line of robots known as Thirds. More and more Thirds turn up missing, as a serial killer who is intent on wiping out all the Thirds runs rampant. Armitage in her quest to put the murderer to justice reveals a secret. She herself is a Third. It's the same story as original Armitage III, so would be weird if it got a different score from me. The main difference for me is that original is available with subs and Poly-Matrix only dubbed. Movie has slightly better directorship, at least it seems so to me after watching both. Overall Rating: 6/10 32. Crayon Shin-chan Movie 04: Henderland no Daibouken クレヨンしんちゃん ヘンダーランドの大冒険 [Shin-Ei Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Seinen Adventure, Ecchi A modern horror style fantasy depicting a laughable adventure in Gunma Hender Land, the largest theme park in the north areas around Tokyo. Nohara family fight with Toppema Muppet (a talking doll from Magic World) against two gay 'witch' men Makao and Joma, who came from Another World and try to invade the Real World. Can't blame Shin-chan movies for fantasy plots and not enough humor density compared to series - that is natural. So main question for me whether it helps to understand characters better like first movie or provides something outstanding in some field. And the answer is ... nothing worth mentioning. Some new female characters from fairy forest have showed up, so it got somewhat more pervy than usual, and the whole Mr. Snowman part is not fun enough. Overall Rating: 6/10 33. Hamelin no Violin Hiki: The Movie ハーメルンのバイオリン弾き [Nippon Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy While on their quest to stop the Demon King, the violinist Hamel, the pianist Raiel, the magess Flute and the female warrior Sizer stop in a small kingdom and destroy a rampaging monster. While giving the four a heroes' welcome, the king and queen explain that their daughter has been kidnapped by a monster living in a nearby castle. They agree to go and rescue the hostage princess and defeat the monster. However, the enemy's castle is heavily guarded... It's under 30 minutes, so it looks more like a pilot episode than a real movie. I actually like drawing and characters, but with such length and only couple fights in the process it's hardly possible to make real conclusions, but closer to decent so far. Overall Rating: 6/10 34. Mahoujin Guru Guru Movie 劇場版 魔法陣グルグル [Nippon Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy The hero Nike and magic user Kukuri learn of the "Pickle of Happiness", an item that will grant a wish to the one who eats it. With the help of old friends, they must beat the monsters to the Pickle and convince its guardian dragon to give it to them. Nice Guru Guru short movie, as usual with lots of featured humor, yet can't call it a masterpiece. Overall Rating: 6/10 35. Dragon Quest Retsuden: Roto no Monshou Dragon Quest - Emblem of Roto ドラゴンクエスト列伝 ロトの紋章 [-] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen Adventure, Fantasy The adventures of Arus's childhood. A rather pleasant fatansy prologue with first battle, but too short and simple for real scores. Overall Rating: 6/10 36. Nintama Rantarou Movie 映画 忍たま乱太郎 [Ajia-Do] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen Comedy In the movie, the Dokutake ninja steal a shipment of saltpeter from Shinbei's papa. They plan to use it to create medicine that will make them fly and become super-ninjas! Danzou, who's father was transporting the goods, stows away and is taken to the Dokutake's secret headquarters. When Shinbei informs the school, Yamada-sensei and Doi-sensei rush to help. But Hagumi decide to take matters into their own hands and try to rescue Danzou themselves. Things don't go according to plan, though, and soon they all need to be rescued too. Fortunately Rikichi, Yamada-sensei's cool son, is around to help out! In fact, before long everyone gets into the act! But can Rantarou and his friends stop Happousai before it's too late? Not translated. It's a comedy with many chibi character designs. It's definitely amusing, so above average, but ninja villages rivalry is not too interesting topic to begin with. Overall Rating: 6/10
  14. No masterpieces found, but the closest one to it in Winter 1996 is Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 1. Dragon Ball GT ドラゴンボールGT [Toei Animation] (Finished 3/64) Tags: Shounen Super Power Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi Emperor Pilaf finally has his hands on the Black Star Dragon Balls after years of searching, which are said to be twice as powerful as Earth's normal ones. Pilaf is about to make his wish for world domination when he is interrupted by Gokuu Son. As a result, Pilaf flubs his wish and accidentally turns Gokuu back into a child. After the wish is granted, the Black Star Dragon Balls scatter across the galaxy. However, Gokuu discovers that they will cause the Earth to explode unless they are all brought back within a year. Uniting with his granddaughter Pan and a young adult Trunks, Gokuu sets off on an adventure through the universe to find the Black Star Dragon Balls and save his planet from destruction. Granny Bruma? Now I've seen it all. Did not expect to see yet another sequel. Feels rather weak from first three episodes. Overall Rating: 5/10 2. Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan Rurouni Kenshin るろうに剣心 -明治剣客浪漫譚- [Gallop, Studio Deen] (Finished 10/94) Tags: Shounen Historical, Samurai Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance In the final years of the Bakumatsu era lived a legendary assassin known as Hitokiri Battousai. Feared as a merciless killer, he was unmatched throughout the country, but mysteriously disappeared at the peak of the Japanese Revolution. It has been ten peaceful years since then, but the very mention of Battousai still strikes terror into the hearts of war veterans. Unbeknownst to them, Battousai has abandoned his bloodstained lifestyle in an effort to repent for his sins, now living as Kenshin Himura, a wandering swordsman with a cheerful attitude and a strong will. Vowing never to kill again, Kenshin dedicates himself to protecting the weak. One day, he stumbles across Kaoru Kamiya at her kendo dojo, which is being threatened by an impostor claiming to be Battousai. After receiving help from Kenshin, Kaoru allows him to stay at the dojo, and so the former assassin temporarily ceases his travels. Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan tells the story of Kenshin as he strives to save those in need of saving. However, as enemies from both past and present begin to emerge, will the reformed killer be able to uphold his new ideals? It's one of those decent episodic anime that are always nice to watch when it runs on TV, but at the same time I never got incentive to watch it to the end. And I can't say I enjoy it enough to give a masterpiece score. Characters are fine, moral for children is good, but it lacks real humor or concentrated story. Basically, it needs OVA-Movie story format or going it all for humor like Gintama. Overall Rating: 6/10 3. Detective Conan Case Closed 名探偵コナン [TMS Entertainment] (Finished 3/?) Tags: Shounen Detective Adventure, Comedy, Mystery Shinichi Kudou, a high school student of astounding talent in detective work, is well known for having solved several challenging cases. One day, when Shinichi spots two suspicious men and decides to follow them, he inadvertently becomes witness to a disturbing illegal activity. Unfortunately, he is caught in the act, so the men dose him with an experimental drug formulated by their criminal organization, leaving him to his death. However, to his own astonishment, Shinichi lives to see another day, but now in the body of a seven-year-old child. Perfectly preserving his original intelligence, he hides his real identity from everyone, including his childhood friend Ran Mouri and her father, private detective Kogorou Mouri. To this end, he takes on the alias of Conan Edogawa, inspired by the mystery writers Arthur Conan Doyle and Ranpo Edogawa. Detective Conan follows Shinichi who, as Conan, starts secretly solving the senior Mouri's cases from behind the scenes with his still exceptional sleuthing skills, while covertly investigating the organization responsible for his current state, hoping to reverse the drug's effects someday. Can't hide my aversion towards detectives. And running such series for 30 years... is beyond my understanding. No need to say, I'll omit every single Detective Conan piece from now on. Overall Rating: 5/10 4. Gegege no Kitarou (1996) Spooky Kitaro ゲゲゲの鬼太郎 [Toei Animation] (Finished 3/114) Tags: Mythology Adventure, Supernatural Kitarou, a ghost, spends his afterlife helping humans in need of his skills. He thwarts the plans of evil spirits who live to torment humanity. This time, Kitarou's friend Megumi is in need of his help. Her father, a botanist, went to Baruru Island to study the plant life there, and was subsequently kidnapped by evil spirits. It's up to Kitarou to save him. I've blocked countless number of Kitarou movies already since there's hardly anything new to say about them. It has its audience - that's not me. Overall Rating: 5/10 5. Yuusha Shirei Dagwon Brave Command Dagwon 勇者指令ダグオン [Sunrise] (Finished 3/48) Tags: Martial Arts, Mecha, School, Super Power Action, Adventure A huge space monster appeared in a city and began to destroy the city. People were escaping with screaming. Among them, there were five high school students, En, Kai, Shin, Yoku, and Ryu. However, they failed to escape, and they rushed into a patrol car parked nearby. The monster was approaching to them. When they began to accept their death, the patrol car glowed blue white and disappeared into a mysterious space carrying them. When they were astonished, it was an alien that appeared in front of them. He was a Bravian who is an officer of the Space Police Organization that was responsible for the peace and order of the universe. He explained them that he was aimed at by ferocious aliens in the Space Prison Sargasso. He added that he had given them a battle machine "Dag Beagle" made by copying machines on the Earth in order to fight against Sargasso. They turned into Dagwon by the power of Bravian, and fought against space monsters. At that moment, the patrol car came in front of En. En grew into the car and turned into the Brave Robot Dag Fire, then beaten the enemy. However, the fight between the Brave Dagwon and the felonious aliens of Sargasso had just begun. Sunrise mecha, nothing to see here, Unbelievably horrible. Overall Rating: 4/10 6. Bucket de Gohan バケツでごはん [Magic Bus] (Finished 3/20) Tags: Anthropomorphic Comedy The animals at Uenohara Zoo love their jobs, and their jobs involve acting like animals when human beings are watching and getting on with very human lives when they're not. Paramount among them is Ginpei the penguin, who is eternally getting into trouble with the giraffes, lions, and pandas. Not translated. It's an average comedy with anthropomorphic animals at the zoo and a lot of antics instead of humor. Overall Rating: 5/10 7. Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team 機動戦士ガンダム 第08MS小隊 [Sunrise] (Finished 3/12) Tags: Mecha, Military Adventure, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi In year 0079 of the Universal Century, the Earth Federation initiates Operation Odessa—a full-scale assault to retake a major Ukrainian city from the Principality of Zeon. It is a success, and the remaining Zeon forces scatter across the globe. The Earth Federation gains the upper hand in the One Year War and deploys its ground troops around the planet to hunt down the stragglers. As part of the deployments, Ensign Shiro Amada is transferred to Southeast Asia to take command of the 08th MS Team—a special squadron of RX-79[G] Gundam Ground Type pilots. In their first guerilla operation, Shiro's team is tasked with distracting the Zeon forces while Federation ground troops locate a mysterious new Zeon weapon. Everything goes according to plan until Shiro runs into Aina Sahalin, an ace Zeon pilot he met in an earlier battle, during a skirmish. Their reunion weakens his resolve to continue fighting, and now the young commander Shiro must prove his loyalty to the Federation—or be branded a traitor. Pure averageness, as usual for Sunrise. Its level is forever bound in the 1970s. Overall Rating: 5/10 8. Sonic★the★Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie ソニック★ザ★ヘッジホッグ [Pierrot] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi Living in the wreckage of a rusty old airplane on the shimmering shores of South Island, Sonic the Hedgehog and his buddy Miles "Tails" Prower have not a care in the world. The president of Planet Freedom urgently summons the duo, but trouble is afoot when Sonic and Tails instead find the good-for-nothing Dr. Eggman lounging about his office as if it were his own. While Sonic would prefer to scramble Eggman and move on with his day, the doctor claims not to have new plans for world domination. He instead pleads for help: the generator powering Eggman's home city of Eggmanland has been hijacked and overloaded by a mysterious menace. If left unattended, it will explode, taking both Eggman and Sonic's homes with it. Reluctantly agreeing on the off chance Eggman is telling the truth, Sonic and Tails set out into the abyss—where an unknown yet uncannily familiar enemy lies in wait. Never understood Sonic appeal, whether Disney or not. Overall Rating: 5/10 9. Fire Emblem ファイアーエムブレム [Studio Fantasia] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Shounen Action, Adventure, Fantasy The Kingdoms of Dolhr, Grust, and Gra band together to wage war on the rest of the continent Archanea and defeat the Kingdom of Altea. King Cornelius is slain in battle but his son Prince Marth is able to escape the invasion thanks to the sacrifice of his older sister Elice. He and a small group of retainers find refuge on the island nation of Talys, where they spend the next three years in hiding under the royal family's protection. Marth lives a peaceful life in Talys, enjoying the beauty of the island and the friendship of its pegasus-riding princess, Caeda. But he is uneasy, knowing soon the day will come that he must take up arms. That day arrives when Caeda comes to Marth and his retainers in a panic, telling him that the castle town has been attacked. After some close calls, they manage to defeat the assailants and save the city. Realizing that his presence may bring further danger to his new home, Marth decides that now is the time to set off. He journeys to raise an army with which to reclaim his kingdom. Story is very simple and RPG-like. I was glad to see how this franchise started. Overall Rating: 6/10 10. MD Geist II: Death Force M.D. Geist 2 装鬼兵MDガイスト2 [Zero-G Room] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Mecha, Military Action, Sci-Fi After unleashing the Death Force machines all over the planet Jerra, Geist has kept himself busy by dismantling them one by one. But now he faces a formidable opponent in the form of Krauser, another M.D.S. (Most Dangerous Soldier) who has aligned himself as the only savior of mankind. Somehow, I liked it even less than the original that at least had a plot and concept. Now it's very chaotic development with Geist losing like three times for some reason and all the focus on bloody visuals. It's got very messy and totally unimpressive as a result. Overall Rating: 5/10 11. Soreyuke! Uchuu Senkan Yamamoto Youko Starship Girl Yamamoto Yohko それゆけ!宇宙戦艦ヤマモト・ヨーコ [J.C.Staff] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi Meet Yohko Yamamoto - a cat-eyed, 15-year-old girl in the late 20th century with a love for videogames and Pocky. Because of her exceptional talent with arcade shooters, she's been recruited by Lawson to travel a thousand years into the future to pilot the prototype ship TA-29. Together with Ayano Elizabeth Hakuhoin, Madoka Midoh and Momiji Kagariya, Yohko leads the Terran team against Rouge and Ness' infamous Red Snappers in this epic space adventure. Everything is most unserious here although I can't call it a comedy either. Feels more like hummingbirds where concept of cute female idols stands as first and space adventure competition with everything else as secondary. Overall Rating: 5/10 12. Boku no Marie My Dear Marie ぼくのマリー [Pierrot] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Seinen Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Ecchi Ever met the perfect girl? Did she have the perfect boyfriend? Feel like you can't compete? Why not build your own? When an amateur mad scientist attempts to build a robotic duplicate of this dream girl, Marie is the result. Of course, there are the usual unexpected complications. He built her so well that Marie has a mind of her own and a whole host of questions to go with it. The same questions that each of us ask of life. Where did I come from? Why am I here? Why do I look just like that girl over there?! Well, perhaps we don’t all have to worry about that, but Marie does! Android girl is a wide spread concept, but usually it's about finding rather than making one. Among all the previous love triangle concepts Marie looks rather decent due to enough attention to characters and good variety in each of three episodes. Overall Rating: 6/10 13. Tokumu Sentai Shinesman Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman 特務戦隊シャインズマン [Production I.G] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi Hiroya Matsumoto, hoping to become a great employee as his late father, has just been hired at Raito (Right) Trading Company. Little does he know that he has been recruited for a very mysterious department within the company - the Special Duty Combat Unit, known as SHINESMAN. Their purpose, to fight the terrible (often times hilarious) alien forces that threaten the earth. Like most corporate employees, Matsumoto still has meetings to attend and deadlines to meet. But when the Shinesman rage war against the alien race from Planet Voice, led by their Prince Sasaki, Matsumoto and his co-workers don their office-coloured comat Pro-suits and become: Shinesman Red, Sepia, Salmon Pink, Grey, and Moss Green. If you thought you'd seen it all in Power Rangers, Kamen Rider, or even Dynaman, wait until you take a look at the zaney but corporate world of SHINESMAN! Power rangers is arguably the worst concept to develop on. This attempt to make it into parody comedy centered around one corporation feels awkward and absolutely not funny. Overall Rating: 5/10 14. Ninja Mono Ninja Cadets Ninja者 [AIC] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Shounen Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural During Japan's feudal era, there was a war between two ninja clans: the Byakuro and the Kabusu. One night, the Kabusu staged a fierce attack on the Byakuro castle in hopes of kidnapping the clan's infant princess. Their mission was foiled when a loyal ninja of the Byakuro flees the attack with the princess and disappears, eventually raising her to be a ninja. Several years later, six ninja trainees are given a mission to infiltrate the Kabusu-occupied Byakuro castle and retrieve a sacred scroll to complete their training. But their skills are put to the test when they encounter three members of the Kabusu, who use dark sorcery in an attempt to once again capture the princess - who happens to be one of the trainees. Average lacking seriousness ninja show with some fanservice. Violent and goofy at the same time, so hard to find its target audience. Overall Rating: 5/10 15. Power Dolls パワードール [OLM] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Mecha Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi In 2535 A.D., after decades of oppressive policies instituted by the Terran government, the people of the colony world Omni joined together to declare their independence from the tyranny of planet Earth. Lacking an established military or specialized weapons of warfare, the Omni rebellion seemed doomed to failure. However, by adapting the robotic Power Loaders used for unloading spaceships into man-like battle tanks, the Rebel forces instead introduced a whole new era of mechanized combat. Now, the future of the planet Omni rests upon a handful of young female pilots who serve in the special Detachment of Limited Line Service. Their code name: The Power Dolls! Generic Gundam story as just a stage for mecha fights. It's appalling how Gundam series can't reach emotional level and involvement even of this small OVA. Making it all girl and with fanservice hurts seriousness a lot. Overall Rating: 5/10 16. Marriage: Kekkon Marriage Marriage ~結婚~ [Madhouse, Studio Junio, DR Movie] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Romance, Slice of Life The OVA anime release Marriage consists of two 30-minute pieces by Miki Kasamatsu on the topics of love and looking for that special someone. The first deals with a group of young women who, after being out of school for a few years, are beginning to think about settling down. However, there is one member of the group who has no prospects, and Shizuka's friends are worried that her shyness will keep Mr. Right from noticing her beauty and character. They persuade her to join a dating service called The Wedding Club, but when her first match seems to be quite a dud, Shizuka wonders if a trip down the isle just isn't in her future. The second episode is about five sisters, only one of whom isn't married. What's more, the cool Kiyomi seems to have no interest whatsoever in finding a husband. Her sisters have other ideas, though, and when a co-worker asks her out on a date, the women convince the suitor to propose marriage that very night.This is easier said than done, however, as Kiyomi's attitude can be quite intimidating. The young man may not end up following through with the plan, but even if he does there is no guarantee that the headstrong lady in question will say yes. Since original is a crude dating sim, it's evident that focus would be on cuteness and stamps. Bland and generic. Overall Rating: 5/10 17. Teppen てっぺん [Knack Productions] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Action, Comedy Hanabishi, an extremely violent, but chivalrous delinquent, gets into fights with yakuza, other punks, and sometimes the police, gaining a feared reputation that attracts a couple admirers and antagonizes his gang-infested schools' bosses. Not translated, as most delinquents OVAs, anyway, and I understand, why. Golden age of yakuza was in the 1970s and partially in the 1980s, so all those anime mimic drawing style of the past and deliberately avoid any complexity. Crude humor and animations, lots of violence . Overall Rating: 5/10 18. Itsuka no Main: Kaminari Shounen - Tenta Sanjou! いつかのメイン 雷少年・天太参上! [J.C.Staff] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Seinen Delinquents Action, Drama Based on the manga by Mizuho Shuushi, the story shows a realistic portrayal of a Japanese bike gang member trying to live up to social expectations of him being a 'legend'. Not translated. Compared to other yakuza OVAs, this one has more comedy as protagonist is relatively weak, but has to play cool. Violence level is still overwhelming as usual, but quality is higher than average yakuza show. Plus there's a bit of fantasy element as there's a guy with red eyes and snake tongue, and he even uses this tongue as a weapon. Overall Rating: 6/10 19. Zokuzoku Mura no Obake-tachi ぞくぞく村のオバケたち [Toei Animation] (Finished 0/12) Tags: Fantasy A succession of tales taken from the 1.3-million-selling children's books by Akiko Sueyoshi and Mako Taruishi, including Ram the Mummy, Obatan the Witch, The Childish Goblin, and Kitten Ghosts Goo, Soo and Pea. Not found. Overall Rating: 0/10 20. Gokinjo Monogatari the Movie Neighborhood Story The Movie ご近所物語 (1996) [Toei Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Visual Arts Comedy, Drama, Romance An alternate retelling of the beginning of the original series. Mikako and Tsutomu lived next door to each other since they were little. They both attend an art school, where Mikako is pursuing her dream of being a fashion designer. They formed a club called Akindo with several of their friends. Akindo participates in flea markets, where they sell their creations—clothes, dolls, and artwork. I value gags much more than romance line here, so recap of beginning of romance line is not something I could enjoy. Overall Rating: 5/10 21. Chocchan Monogatari チョッちゃん物語 [Triangle Staff] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Historical Drama, Slice of Life This feature length film is based on autobiography of Cho "Chocchan" Kuroyanagi, who is better known as the mother of an actress Tetsuko Kuroyanagi. The story starts in pre-World War 2 Japan when Chocchan marries violinist despite the objection of both of their families. They live in poverty, have three children and are happy together. Any misfortune they face with a smile. But new obstacle for their happiness comes when the war breaks out and Chocchan's husband must leave for the front... Not translated. You know how I treat World War 2 autobiography pieces... with a lot of prejudice. This one is a typical story with some hardships and waiting for dad to return. Overall Rating: 5/10 22. Pipi Tobenai Hotaru Pipi とべないホタル [Mushi Production] (Finished 0/1) Tags: Drama, Fantasy Based on the fairy tale novel series by Akira Ozawa (小沢昭巳). Not found. Overall Rating: 0/10 23. City Hunter: The Secret Service シティーハンタースペシャル ザ・シークレット・サービス [Sunrise] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen Action, Comedy, Mystery James McGuire has a dream. He wants to become the president of Guinam and free his people from the military rulers who have been in power up until now. However, one thing stands in McGuire's way: his past. And it's beginning to catch up with him, endangering not only his career, but the life of his long lost daughter. McGuire hires the City Hunter, Ryo Saeba and his partner Kaori to protect his daughter Anna, who herself is a Secret Service agent assigned to bodyguard the presidential hopeful. Longer than usual City Hunter movie with a little more depth into it, but nothing out of expectations range, lost in self-repeats. Overall Rating: 6/10
  15. Koukaku Kidoutai is the second genius masterpiece I can proclaim , plus this season sees the start of Neon Genesis Evangelion even though its first half was not outstanding 1. Neon Genesis Evangelion 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン [Gainax, Tatsunoko Production] (Finished 26/26) Tags: Mecha, Psychological Action, Avant Garde, Award Winning, Drama, Sci-Fi, Suspense Fifteen years after a cataclysmic event known as the Second Impact, the world faces a new threat: monstrous celestial beings called "Angels" invade Tokyo-3 one by one. Mankind is unable to defend themselves against the Angels despite utilizing their most advanced munitions and military tactics. The only hope for human salvation rests in the hands of NERV, a mysterious organization led by the cold Gendou Ikari. NERV operates giant humanoid robots dubbed "Evangelions" to combat the Angels with state-of-the-art advanced weaponry and protective barriers known as Absolute Terror Fields. Years after being abandoned by his father, Shinji Ikari, Gendou's 14-year-old son, returns to Tokyo-3. Shinji undergoes a perpetual internal battle against the deeply buried trauma caused by the loss of his mother and the emotional neglect he suffered at the hands of his father. Terrified to open himself up to another, Shinji's life is forever changed upon meeting 29-year-old Misato Katsuragi, a high-ranking NERV officer who shows him a free-spirited maternal kindness he has never experienced. A devastating Angel attack forces Shinji into action as Gendou reveals his true motive for inviting his son back to Tokyo-3: Shinji is the only child capable of efficiently piloting Evangelion Unit-01, a new robot that synchronizes with his biometrics. Despite the brutal psychological trauma brought about by piloting an Evangelion, Shinji defends Tokyo-3 against the angelic threat, oblivious to his father's dark machinations. Of course I watched it in the past as well. I was never head over heels about it - just a good mecha anime with unusually good twists and characters. I still don't consider it perfect, because I can't say I enjoy every episode and every scene. There's enough of stupid dialogues, long pauses and immature behavior . Start is rather slow as there's the need to show SOL, give some easy enough wins under disguise of usual mecha and present both heroines in a likable manner. The real shock comes when things stop being just monster of the week entertainment, no spoilers intended. The real question for me is it intellectual enough for a 9, and I'd say it is with all those monsters called "angels" and evangelic motives with even mecha called "EVA" and the whole surreal seven last episodes - there's a lot of room for drama, psychology and interpretation. At the very least, it promotes the thought to love and respect yourself and to not blindly follow socially accepted behavior as it may easily be a trap. Overall Rating: 9/10 2. Gokinjo Monogatari Neighborhood Stories ご近所物語 [Toei Animation] (Finished 3/50) Tags: Shoujo Visual Arts Comedy, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life The protagonist, Kouda Mikako, is a student of "Yaza Gaku". Specialising in fashion design, Mikako dreams of becoming a fashion designer with her own brand. Living next to her is her childhood friend, Yamaguchi Tsutomu. Even though they have been close since they were young, they share a platonic friendship. However, Tsutomu has been gaining popularity, especially with the girls, because he seems to resemble a popular vocalist from a band and somehow, Mikako begins to see him in a different light. This is a story about how youths cope with dreams, love and friendship. A pretty good shoujo comedy with distinctive corresponding visual style preceding Nana. But these visuals, lack of psychology and rather shallow characters prevent me from enjoying this. Overall Rating: 6/10 3. Bakuretsu Hunters Sorcerer Hunters 爆れつハンター [Xebec] (Finished 4/26) Tags: Shounen Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Supernatural, Ecchi In the continent of spooner, sorcerers, who are the continent's aristocrats, have begun to abuse their powers. Under the guidance of Big Momma (their boss) Carrot (who turns into a giant monster every time he's placed under a magic spell), Gateau (a bodybuilder), Marron (a mage), Chocolate and Tira (who can transform into dominatrix's at will) must stop the evil sorcerers from picking on the weak; however, none of them (except maybe Marron) have a clue to what's going on. It feels like a mix of Slayers and Magical Circle Guru Guru as there is both fantasy action absurd parody. It's aimless, episodic, shallow and overall not great although quite easy to watch . Overall Rating: 6/10 4. Kaitou Saint Tail Mysterious Thief Saint Tail 怪盗セイント・テール [TMS Entertainment] (Finished 3/43) Tags: Shoujo Adventure, Romance Meimi Haneoka, 14, is a normal girl during the daytime, but during the night, she assumes the "position" of Saint Tail, a modern-day Robin Hood who steals from thieves and gives items back to their original owners. She is aided by her friend, Seira Mimori, a nun-in-training, and she is chased by her classmate (and soon-to-be love interest), Daiki Asuka (often called "Asuka Jr."). Imagine a series where a boy would pursue the identity behind Sailor Moon while attending the same school as her, and that would be this title. And thanks to no big arc behind it all, it manages to be easygoing and rather fun comedy if not expecting much out of it. Overall Rating: 6/10 5. El Hazard: The Wanderers 神秘の世界エルハザード [AIC] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Isekai Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance High school science-whiz Makoto Mizuhara is working on his newest project in preparation for the school festival, alongside his best friend Nanami Jinnai. Nanami's brother and Makoto's lifelong rival, the unscrupulous student council president Katsuhiko Jinnai, is under scrutiny for mishandling the school festival planning and is convinced that Makoto is plotting to steal his position. One night, as Makoto and Nanami are taking a break with their teacher Masamichi Fujisawa, Jinnai sneaks into the science lab and sabotages Makoto's device, which suddenly opens a portal that flings all four of them into another world! Upon arrival, Makoto is immediately attacked by a horde of giant bug monsters. While running from them, he comes across Fujisawa and a girl named Rune Venus. After Fujisawa fights off the monsters, a group of dignitaries arrives, looking for Rune, their princess. They inform Makoto and Fujisawa that they are in a world called El-Hazard and take them back to the palace of Roshtaria, their kingdom. Though her advisors are suspicious of the newcomers, Rune decrees that they are to be treated as guests and quickly befriends Makoto. Unaware that Nanami and Jinnai are in this world as well, Makoto gets to work trying to figure out a way back to Earth. It still reminds Tenchi in isekai setting, but this one is even worse than original OVA that tried to remain serious and realistic while this one is too simple in comparison. Overall Rating: 6/10 6. Virtua Fighter バーチャファイター [Tokyo Movie Shinsha] (Finished 3/35) Tags: Shounen Martial Arts Action, Adventure, Comedy Akira Yuki has spent years honing his Bajiquan skills under the guidance of his grandfather. He yearns to see the constellation of the eight stars of heaven, which are only revealed to those with real strength. This burning desire urges him to embark on travels, so as to learn more about how to see the stars. Meanwhile, a nefarious robotics scientist, Eva Durix, desires to create the perfect soldier. Eva's group, Judgment 6, tracks down and kidnaps Sarah Bryant, a college student and close acquaintance of Akira who is investigating a mysterious accident concerning her brother. Akira must now fight his way to Sarah to save her from the clutches of Judgement 6, a perilous path sure to be paved with countless challenges. Partially translated. For a fighting game adaptation an ok action comedy, but for an outsider can hardly be enjoyable. Overall Rating: 6/10 7. Mojakou モジャ公 [OLM] (Finished 1/74) Tags: Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi Sorao is an ordinary student who lives an ordinary everyday life of a typical kid, accidentally makes friends with two aliens stranded here on Earth. His life changes as he decides to help them find a way to get home. When they do reach the aliens' homeworld, Sorao along with Miki, discovered a blood feud between two different tribes. Things gone awry as the tribes' representatives try to out do one another in search of the missing treasure of the past with the help of an uncovered clue. Just one episode translated. No miracle as I consider this Doraemon clone to be a work for kids only. It's unusual to see duo of protagonists, plus a whole family of aliens, but the flow is familiar for this kind of shows. Overall Rating: 5/10 8. Touma Kishinden Oni 闘魔鬼神伝ONI [J.C.Staff] (Finished 0/25) Tags: Supernatural Shuramaru is hated and feared by the villagers for his unusual powers. He thinks he is human, but... is he? Not found. Overall Rating: 0/10 9. Golden Boy ゴールデンボーイ [APPP] (Finished 6/6) Tags: Adult Cast, Gag Humor Adventure, Comedy, Ecchi Kintarou Ooe is a specialist in part-time work, riding all over the highways and byways of Japan on his trusty steed, the Mikazuki 5, and finding employment wherever he can. His adventures bring him knowledge and experience that can't be taught in a classroom, from political corruption to the delicacy of a young woman's heart. With nothing but the open road before him—not to mention the many beautiful women along the way—Kintarou pursues his spirit of education while attempting to hold down his various odd jobs, however undignified they may be. As he learns from each task he takes on, who knows what could happen? He might even be able to save the world one day. One thing is for sure—this will all be very educational! A memorable fanservice ecchi with genius pervy protagonist who is shown as goofy in the beginning of each episode, and thanks to his motto "Study, study, study" he achieves unbelievable results and wins everyone's hearts in short time. Dumb, but quite watchable with switched off head . Overall Rating: 6/10 10. Gunsmith Cats ガンスミス キャッツ [OLM] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Seinen Detective Action, Comedy In the dangerous suburbs of Chicago, skilled bounty hunters Irene "Rally" Vincent and "Minnie" May Hopkins run Gunsmith Cats, a firearms store of questionable legality. One day, Bill Collins, an agent for the Chicago branch of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, blackmails Rally and May into working with him on a case. The stakes are high, but Rally’s gunmanship and May’s knowledge of explosives are unmatched. As Rally and May unravel the secrets of the case, the two will need to use guns and grenades while being faster, stronger, and better than everyone else in order to stay alive. With Dirty Pair trashed new competitors show up on the same stage. It's pure cliche action with a bit of fanservice and humor, so nothing much. Overall Rating: 6/10 11. Bio Hunter バイオ・ハンタ [Madhouse] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Mythology Action, Horror Two scientists are attempting to distribute the cure for a demon virus that is affecting people all over Japan, however, things have become complicated. One of them has become infected. So begins his battle with himself, as he attempts to not only control his emerging demon side, but also to save the lives of others by wielding its great strength. All the genetic transformations are disgusting for me, plus there's even no good story behind it. Overall Rating: 4/10 12. Yuu☆Yuu☆Hakusho: Eizou Hakusho II 幽☆遊☆白書Ⅱ: 幽助、蔵魔、飛影、桑原 [Pierrot] (Finished 4/4) Tags: Shounen Action, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural Eizou Hakusho II actually consists of four separate volumes. Each volume focuses around one of the main characters; Yusuke, Kurama, Hiei, or Kuwabara. Each episode is basically recap about the specific character's involvement in the series. It's OVA for fans as focus is on certain character. I never finished the series and did not find these recaps entertaining either. Overall Rating: 6/10 13. Shadow Skill 影技 SHADOW SKILL [Zero-G Room] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen Adventure, Drama, Fantasy In this OVA, the story of Gau's history with his adopted sister and the secrets that make up the shadow skill unfold. The pair make their annual return to the gravesite of Gau's parents, where his growth and progress as a warrior can be exhibited for them. Gau has come along way in his training as a Sevalle under Elle's mentorship, but there are those who wish to find a way of eliminating them, just waiting for the right opportunity to mount a deadly attack. As the travellers make their journey, their family bonds and skill will be tested. Opponents are many, and battles are fierce, but Gau's training also entails taking on his sister in battle, and fully embracing the skills he must learn to defeat his ultimate opponent. Epic fighting action is in the center, and everything else is derivative, so it fails to transcend the averageness. Overall Rating: 5/10 14. Yousei Hime Ren Elf Princess Rane 妖精姫レーン [Dangun Pictures] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy Gou has woved to find the legendary treasure of Salamander. Searching for it he meets Ren, a fairy, who is looking for the four treasures of Heart. Gou's childhood friend Mari is frustrated with Gou running after treasures, but befriends with another fairy Rin. Gou and Ren's treasure hunt messes with a secret project led by Mari's father. It turns out Salamander isn't what Gou thought it was in the first place... Absurd comedy with some fanservice and hardly anything funny at all. Overall Rating: 5/10 15. Dirty Pair Flash 3 ダーティペアFLASH 3 [Sunrise] (Finished 5/5) Tags: Detective Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Ecchi Sexy superagents Kei and Yuri find themselves in serious trouble when they attempt to track down Kei's godson and cross paths with a killer ski patrol. This collection of episodes also features the crime fighters fending off seagulls and assassins. There is no time to rest for these two anime characters, who must continually put their lives on the line in order to successfully complete their important missions. First flash tried to be a prequel, second flash tried to present an improved version for newcomers, and this third one is mostly about fanservice, so for me it's probably the worst one in the flash series. Overall Rating: 5/10 16. Akazukin Chacha OVA 赤ずきんチャチャ (1995) [Gallop] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Comedy, Fantasy Following the original TV series, the story tells the efforts of Momiji Gakuen, Chacha's rival school principal, to discover what is so special about Urara Gakuen students and what she could do to "produce" the best students. Absurdist gag comedies are hard to describe, but it's definitely in the flow of the original series. Overall Rating: 6/10 17. Chinmoku no Kantai 沈黙の艦隊 [Sunrise] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Seinen Military Action, Drama During the cold war, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force jointly developed a nuclear submarine with the United States Navy. On its maiden voyage, the captain of the submarine declares the submarine to be an independent state, "Yamato." I'm not a fan of navy anime, it's only slightly above average, but 90 minutes is not enough to tell a military story. Overall Rating: 5/10 18. Shin Kaitei Gunkan 新海底軍艦 [Phoenix Entertainment] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Historical, Military Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi Moments after an atomic bomb falls over Hiroshima, a secret Japanese submarine sails into battle against its American counterpart, and both are lost to history. Some fifty years later, a special UN task force sent to investigate unusual phenomena in Antarctica is threatened by a mysterious black cylinder. And another navy story, but this time with fantasy element in the form of subterraneans, so it was at least slightly amusing and paved the way to Zipang many years after. Overall Rating: 6/10 19. Gakkou no Yuurei 学校の幽霊 [Toei Animation, Aubec] (Finished 6/6) Tags: Mythology, School Horror This OVA is a live-action/animation mixed collection of short school ghost stories. Not translated. Just school horror stories, better drawing that it used to be for ghost stories, so at least watchable. Overall Rating: 5/10 20. Compiler Festa Compiler 2 [Studio Fantasia] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi Compiler and Assembler have been given 3 days to return the the 2-D world. If they do not return the council has sworn to destroy it. How will the they spend their last days on earth. Will they be able to confess their love. If only things were that simple. Now a mysterious character is eliminating other individuals from the 2-D world. Can Compiler and Assembler stop this new fiend and be together with those they love. First Compiler was manga spin-off without any introduction or explanation. This time it's conclusion, but it does not make it much better. In the end it becomes something like Oh Megami-sama, just more ecchi. Overall Rating: 5/10 21. Haou Daikei Ryuu Knight: Adeu Legend II Lord of Lords Ryu Knight: Adeu's Legend II 覇王大系リューナイト アデュー・レジェンドⅡ [Sunrise] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Mecha Action, Adventure, Fantasy Continuation of the series. I'm glad to see that series got more serious in the sequel, but a little too late, also ending is unsatisfying. Overall Rating: 5/10 22. Yamato Takeru: After War ヤマトタケル ~After War~ [Nippon Animation] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Shounen Mecha, Space Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi Three years have passed after the decisive battle at the end of Yamato Takeru and peace has return to the land. Takeru, Oto and their friends return to the village and continue living their days in bliss until one night Shuranoo, piloted by Mikazuchi, marks a return and appears in the village to wreak havoc. Takeru is left without any choice and is forced to reactivate the sealed Susanoo from his slumber. However, this is just the beginning of a new threat, and Takeru has to overcome himself if he wants to rescue Oto from the impending danger. One more weird franchise to end. Average and ugly. Overall Rating: 5/10 23. Koukaku Kidoutai Ghost in the Shell GHOST IN THE SHELL(攻殻機動隊) [Production I.G] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Seinen Adult Cast, Detective, Mecha, Psychological Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Suspense In the year 2029, Niihama City has become a technologically advanced metropolis. Due to great improvements in cybernetics, its citizens are able to replace their limbs with robotic parts. The world is now more interconnected than ever before, and the city's Public Security Section 9 is responsible for combating corruption, terrorism, and other dangerous threats following this shift toward globalization. The strong-willed Major Motoko Kusanagi of Section 9 spearheads a case involving a mysterious hacker known only as the "Puppet Master," who leaves a trail of victims stripped of their memories. Like many in this futuristic world, the Puppet Master's body is almost entirely robotic, giving them incredible power. As Motoko and her subordinates follow the enigmatic criminal's trail, other parties—including Section 6—start to get involved, forcing her to confront the extremely complicated nature of the case. Pondering about various philosophical questions, such as her own life's meaning, Motoko soon realizes that the one who will provide these answers is none other than the Puppet Master themself. I did not plan to give genius masterpiece scores to movies initially, but then I remembered there's GitS, and it's impossible for me to give it anything lower. Alpha and Omega, the ideal entrance point into anime for anyone still calling it cartoons for kids. Overall Rating: 10/10 24. Memories MEMORIES(メモリーズ) [Madhouse, Studio 4°C] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Military, Psychological, Space Award Winning, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi Memories is a compilation of three standalone short films encompassing different genres. Magnetic Rose In the far reaches of space, after tracing a distress signal to a large abandoned space station, a pair of engineers—Heintz Beckner and Miguel Costrela—find a derelict mansion and decide to explore on foot. Their investigation reveals a dark secret surrounding the fate of Eva Friedel, a renowned opera singer with a tragic history. Hallucinations soon begin to plague them, and they must fight to retain their sanity in order to escape the station alive. Stink Bomb Hapless lab technician Nobuo Tanaka consumes some pills at his laboratory to cure a cold. Unknown to him, however, the pills are actually experimental drugs that enhance his flatulence to a lethal degree. As the toxic gas escaping him kills everyone in his vicinity, he is ordered by his superiors to retreat to the company headquarters in Tokyo. The journey to the city is made all the more arduous as Nobuo struggles with his deadly odor while the police, military, and foreign adversaries are hot on his trail. Cannon Fodder In a fortress city filled to the brim with cannons, a young boy wishes to surpass his father by becoming a revered artillery officer. Despite no proof of an enemy nation, he cannot resist the urge to partake in the daily bombardment routines organized by the city. Whether at school or just before bedtime, he only dreams of someday firing a cannon for the sake of his homeland. A decent anthology, but I watched it twice over last 20 years already and I barely remember it at all by now again, so can't rate too high. Overall Rating: 6/10 25. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS: Sailor 9 Senshi Shuuketsu! Black Dream Hole no Kiseki Sailor Moon SuperS the Movie: Black Dream Hole [Toei Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Mahou Shoujo Drama Everywhere around the world, the children sleep. Unaware of danger lurking in the shadows. But tonight, a strange darkness floats in the wind. And the children, one by one, begin to disappear. It seems to be a supernatural force that feeds on their dreams. The evil queen, Badiyanu, and her loyal fairies assist in using the "Black Dream Hole" to swallow the earth. It is up to Sailor Moon and the Sailor Soldiers to prevent the approaching Darkness. The best Sailor Moon movie so far since focus is more on cuteness and sweets and less on fighting. Overall Rating: 6/10 26. Macross Plus Movie Edition マクロスプラス MOVIE EDITION [Triangle Staff] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Mecha, Military, Space Action, Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi A.D. 2040—Thirty years have passed since the battle between the Earth and Zentraedi forces changed the lives of both races. On planet Eden, a top-secret project known as "Supernova" is being held to determine U.N. Spacy's next-generation variable fighter. Competing to win the funding are Shinsei Industries' YF-19 and General Galaxy's YF-21. Piloting the YF-21 is Guld Goa Bowman, a half-human, half-Zentraedi. Shinsei receives its new test pilot in the form of the unruly fighter pilot Isamu Dyson, who was once a friend of Guld. Meanwhile, as Isamu and Guld furiously battle to see which of their fighters is superior, a Virturoid Idol named Sharon Apple is to perform her debut concert on Eden. In charge of Sharon is producer Myung Fang Lone, another former friend of Isamu and Guld. When the three meet each other, old disputes spark from a troubled past. Little do they know that their past incidents—along with the Supernova Project and Sharon Apple—will somehow bring them together. A super fast recap of the season which only proved to me that story is not as important as music here. Overall Rating: 6/10 27. Gotou ni Naritai. 5等になりたい。 [Tama Production] (Finished 1/1) Tags: School Drama, Slice of Life Story of a girl born with a bad leg. Ritsuko longs to go to school and make lots of friends but it is not so easy. Her mother is very protective of her and at school she is teased by her classmates for her strange way of walking. Will she manage to keep her smile? I have nothing against tearjerker bullying movies, just don't expect me to like them. Overall Rating: 5/10 28. Azuki-chan the Movie あずきちゃん [Madhouse] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shoujo Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life It's Valentines' Day, the girls are thinking about the chocolate to give to their love. Youko is having a party on the Valentines' Day. The girls refused her invite, but found out that their love are going to her party, even Azuki-chan's brother is going! Yunosuke-kun gave Azuki-chan a chance to give chocolate to him before Youko's party. Will she be successful in making a chocolate? Will Yunosuke-kun receive her love? Just 30-minute promo of the series, nothing remarkable though. Overall Rating: 5/10
  16. Sagaoz was main source of walkthroughs for older games . All footages are gone with either first or second channel wipe . I found a reliable way to backup only relatively recently.
  17. Don't feel like nominating any game at all. 1. Aquarium. あくありうむ。 [221027] Entergram, Inc. A visual novel starring VTuber Minato Aqua. Player plays the role of Aqua's employer and falls in love with his maid. Set in a world that resembles western Europe. The heroine is a new maid hiding a secret in service of the heir of the noble Francois family, who has lost his memories and has nightmares every night in which an unknown girl who says she hates him. One summer day the protagonist is told by his sisters that he needs to practice leadership for when he’ll have to take over the reins of the family. To do so, he needs to give guidance to his clumsy maid and give her advice from time to time. While the hero is attracted to Aqua, she is unable to fully open up to him about her secret and they’re divided by the insurmountable status wall that they cannot overcome despite their feelings for each other. What is the shadow that looms upon them as they face opposition from everyone around them? The is a pure love story of a summer despite social differences. Console exclusive 2. Criminal Border クリミナルボーダー [221028] Purple software It doesn't change whether you're an otaku or not――― Ninomae Itsuki, a boy who doesn't really have any particular skills, enjoys making clichéd MAD videos. One day, after a series of coincidences, he ended up creating an "electronic drug video" which gives strong sexual arousal just by looking at it. "I wonder what would happen if I showed this to that girl who looks down on me." A dark desire stirred up in him. In the end, he succeeded in showing the video to his childhood friend, Akinashi Rin, and also discovered her secret hidden behind the mask of an honors student. "Let's do business using this electronic drug" Rin proposed this "business" to him. Papakatsu, yakuza, criminal gangs―― In the underworld that he shouldn't be a part of, Itsuki found himself swept away. Why, Purple software? Why making an ugly partial release nukige? 3. DraPri Guu-ta-life 3 竜姫ぐーたらいふ3 [221028] Whirlpool Some more time passes, and a new threat arises in the form of enemy faction princess Mei. As the third part in the series, no illusions should remain 4. Kiss kara Hajimeru Egoism キスからはじめるエゴイズム [221028] Satsuki Android girl acknowledges her existence as something more than just a bug. Is egoism that bad? Vanilla nukige with a bit of usual Key-like android self-awareness 5. Study § Steady 2 スタディ§ステディ2 [221028] Marmalade Meeting with you. That is the beginning of her "love" study. Encounter turns into friendship, showing various sides of each other, and eventually, friendship turns into affection. By chance, she might start to call you by your nickname. Just by that alone, the relationship between you two will begin to change in a big way. Under the summer sky, on the beach, watching the fireworks together... will surely make you feel closer to her. By chance, she might wear an attire that is different than usual. Instinctively, you may be thrilled to see her in a different feel than at the school. As you two spend your days together, you will eventually become true lovers. A new love study that begins in the summer. Sparkling days like hot sunshine. Just for you and her, an irreplaceable story is surely out there. If you liked prequel
  18. No masterpieces again, but since most people seem to like Mimi wo Sumaseba let it be in the spotlight 1. H2 H2[エイチ・ツー] [Production Reed] (Finished 3/41) Tags: Shounen Comedy, Romance, Sports Hiro has two loves: baseball and porn, but due to an elbow injury, gives up baseball, choosing a school with no baseball team. His childhood friend Hikari attends a different school with baseball ace Hideo. The two of them wish that Hiro had not given up baseball. Hiro joins the soccer team and meets Haruka, a very clumsy girl who is also the daughter of his father's boss. Haruka is the manager of the unofficial baseball club at Hiro's school. When the soccer team challenges the baseball club to a game, with hopes of humiliating them, the baseball club nearly loses until Hiro, disgusted by the soccer team's arrogance, switches to the baseball club. I'm tired of repeating that all these Adachi Mitsuru spokons look soo much alike with same character designs that it makes me sick each time. Again appearances are slightly changed, but it does not help much. Romance is even worse than usual here, so don't even start if you don't like spokons . Overall Rating: 5/10 2. Nurse Angel Ririka SOS ナースエンジェルりりかSOS [Gallop] (Finished 3/35) Tags: Shoujo Drama, Fantasy The Evil Forces of Dark Joker are closing in on our planet after having destroyed the beautiful planet of Queen Earth. Now, 10 year old Moriya Ririka, with the help of her childhood friend Seiya and the mysterious Kanon, must transform into the Nurse Angel and find the elusive Flower of Life, the only way to defeat the evil forces. The Flower of Life, that once bloomed all over the Earth, is where no one thought it ever would be. And Ririka must make the hardest decision of her life in order to acquire it and rid the universe of evil once and for all. Plot does not catch stars here, but for once magical girl show does not try to imitate Sailor Moon and creates unique concepts instead. Show's cute, has developed memorable characters and not bad humor. There's more to depth here than meets the eye. Overall Rating: 6/10 3. 3x3 Eyes: Seima Densetsu 3x3 Eyes: Legend of the Divine Demon 3×3 EYES聖魔伝説 [Studio Junio] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Gore, Mythology Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Romance Yakumo has trained and searched for 4 years, following Pai's mysterious disappearance. However, when he finally finds her, not all is well as her memory seems to be gone. They attempt to return her memory by going to the Holy Land, birthplace of the immortal race of Sanjiyans. I'm not a fan of this franchise. First OVA is available only in absolutely dreadful quality, so I literally remember only some action from it. This second one presents decent gory action with a bit of SOL and great enemies, but with protagonists that I don't like. As for me, it's inferior to Blue Seed that is similar in spirit, but with more grown-un attitude and better cast of characters . Overall Rating: 6/10 4. Mahou Shoujo Pretty Sammy Magical Girl Pretty Sammy魔法少女プリティサミー [AIC] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Mahou Shoujo, Parody Comedy, Fantasy Sasami's always been kind of neat... but now she's been imbibed with a healthy dose of magic (which she plans to use to right the things wrong with the Earth, and, of course, help keep her brother Tenchi out of trouble). Naturally, there's going to be trouble: this time, it's the mysterious Pixy Misa... and Ryoko going at it against Ayeka (as usual) isn't making things any easier for her! Did not expect it to be Tenchi spin-off. Even fans admit that it does not live up to its original and I just notice myself facepalming more often than usual. Overall Rating: 5/10 5. Ginga Ojousama Densetsu Yuna: Kanashimi no Siren Galaxy Fraulein Yuna 銀河お嬢様伝説ユナ ~哀しみのセイレーン~ [J.C.Staff] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Mecha Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi Yuna Kagurazaka, a clumsy and sweet 16-year-old girl, had her life drastically changed when she won an intergalactic contest for the person with the purest heart. Now, she is an intergalactic superhero and magical girl known as the Savior of Light. She pilots the mecha El Line to maintain the peace of the universe. But Yuna's entire world is shaken when she is wrongfully accused of destroying a city with El Line. She is captured and taken prisoner by Misaki Ichijouin, a special agent from the Galaxy Alliance. However, Misaki soon realizes that she has been deceived and teams up with the rest of Yuna's friends to free the Savior and save the galaxy before an evil force is restored to power. As game spin-off, ok, but as self-sufficient anime too short and random. Overall Rating: 5/10 6. Rakushou! Hyper Doll 楽勝! ハイパードール [Triangle Staff] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Shounen Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi Mew and Mica are alien androids sent by their boss to defend the Earth. Unfortunately for our planet, they are the laziest superheroines you will ever meet. Now most superheroes would drop whatever they're doing, transform, and proceed to kick monsters' butts... but these two would do no such thing. Mew and Mica just can't let their duties interfere with their ice cream, arguments, or whatever activities they happen to be engaged in at the time. When they are not Hyper Dolls they seem to be just ordinary, rather cute school girls, lusted after by the boys. Another weird parody on alien bikini armor superpower girls with magical transformation fighting huge monsters that is not memorable in any way. Overall Rating: 5/10 7. Idol Project アイドルプロジェクト [Studio OX] (Finished 4/4) Tags: Idols (Female), Music Adventure, Comedy Mimu Emilton is a cute fourteen-year-old who has come to the annual Starland Festival to become an idol, just like her role model, Yuri. It is the most celebrated event on a united Earth, and Yuri, now the President of Earth, has encouraged people to join the ranks of Excellent Idols. Unfortunately for Mimu, she can never seem to make it to her audition on time, as misadventure after misadventure lands her in situations (usually involving undergarment exposure, I might add) that she escapes with the help of the current Excellent Idols, whom she befriends. Just as she makes her place on the stage and begins her audition, though, an unknown group of aliens kidnaps her and the Excellent Idols. It is only the beginning of a wild interdimensional goose-chase that places Mimu in the position to save the world, if only she can believe in herself. Anime based on simplistic games can't turn out well, this is just another proof of that ... and it manages to be even unfunny. Overall Rating: 4/10 8. Bishoujo Yuugekitai Battle Skipper Battle Skipper 美少女遊撃隊バトルスキッパー [Artmic] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Mecha Comedy, Sci-Fi Despite the title, this is not a feature but the three-part OAV Battle Skipper (1995), which Takashi Watanabe directed before going on to Slayers. When the members of the Etiquette Club at St. Ignacio's School for Girls go down the tubes--literally--they acquire the skimpy outfits they wear to pilot the unfortunately named BSs or Battle Skippers, state-of-the-art military mecha. As "Extars," the Etiquette Club members fight to eliminate evil from the world, which means the bizarre schemes of Sayaka, the nasty, super-rich president of the rival Debutante Club, and her flunky, Todo. The series was created to promote a line of robot toys from Tomy, and viewers who are willing to accept high school girls' quarrels escalating into battles involving satellite weaponry may enjoy these silly adventures. It's a poorly paced bad humor boring parody with obligatory transformation scenes. Overall Rating: 4/10 9. Mimi wo Sumaseba Whisper of the Heart 耳をすませば [Studio Ghibli] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shoujo Drama, Romance, Slice of Life Shizuku Tsukishima is an energetic 14-year-old girl who enjoys reading and writing poetry in her free time. Glancing at the checkout cards of her books one evening, she notices that her library books are frequently checked out by a boy named Seiji Amasawa. Curiosity strikes Shizuku, and she decides to search for the boy who shares her love for literature. Meeting a peculiar cat on the train, Shizuku follows the animal and is eventually led to a quaint antique shop, where she learns about a cat statuette known as "The Baron." Taking an interest in the shop, she surprisingly finds Seiji, and the two quickly befriend one another. Shizuku learns while acquainting herself with Seiji that he has a dream that he would like to fulfill, causing her dismay as she remains uncertain of her future and has yet to recognize her talents. However, as her relationship with Seiji grows, Shizuku becomes determined to work toward a goal. Guided by the whispers of her heart and inspiration from The Baron, she resolves to carve out her own potential and dreams. Well, that's a LOT of cringe. At first ever the same constantly running and out of breath Ghibli girl doing same SOL school stuff and meeting the same Ghibli a bit older and ironic boy. And all we get to know from the second half is that dream is to be writer , so a bunch of random fragmentary stories are thrown in . I notice so many same Ghibli manipulation moves, the same song to build everything around and a super cheesy ending that I want to facepalm in each occasion. Third in a row pretentious weak Ghibli work already. Just gah. Overall Rating: 6/10 10. Slayers: The Motion Picture 劇場版スレイヤーズ [J.C.Staff] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy In this prequel movie to the Slayers televison series, Lina Inverse travels to Mipross Island with her rival/traveling companion Naga the Serpent. While they originally came for the hot springs, they soon find them selves mixed up in a conspiracy involving a mazoku named Joyrock. Years ago, he killed all of the elves that inhabited the island and absorbed their power. They are soon joined by an old mage named Rowdy Gabriev, who was in love with one of the elves slaughtered and also wants to defeat Joyrock. Just a fanservice prequel that can't change initial attitude to the franchise. Overall Rating: 6/10 11. Slam Dunk: Hoero Basketman-damashii! Hanamichi to Rukawa no Atsuki Natsu スラムダンク 吠えろバスケットマン魂!!花道と流川の熱き夏 [Toei Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen School, Team Sports Ichiro Mizusawa, a player from Rukawa's old junior high school, Tomigoaka, is diagnosed with a crippling leg condition and wants to play one last game with Rukawa. Hanamichi sets out to help the boy and fulfill his wish. All Slam Dunk movies are some 40 minutes long (or short). But every movie looked the same with some match in the center and a bit of humor on the sides . This time it's finally got more human dimension instead. Overall Rating: 6/10 12. Anne no Nikki The Diary of Anne Frank アンネの日記 [Madhouse] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Historical Drama Amsterdam, June 12, 1942. Anne celebrates her 13th birthday and begins her diary, which she calls "Kitty". Hiding for two years from the German threat, the young girl writes about her idealistic views on the world, her ambitions, her fears and her first love, Peter. It's normal to that extent that it can be called boring. Overall Rating: 6/10 13. Hajimari no Boukensha-tachi: Legend of Crystania Legend of Crystania: The Motion Picture はじまりの冒険者たち レジェンド・オブ・クリスタニア [Triangle Staff] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Supernatural Ashram, desperate to find a home for his people, is tricked into selling his soul. 300 years later, Pirotesse's devotion to her king remains unshaken. In the sacred world of Crystania, amidst a civil war waged by shape-changing warriors, she searches for her beloved Ashram. She meets Redon, a young prince obsessed with avenging his murdered parents. Together, they confront Ashram's captor -- the bloodthirsty Barbas, who aspires to rule Crystania as "The God's King". A hasty, yet decent fantasy RPG story with focus on animals and shapechangers. Overall Rating: 6/10 14. Ninkuu (Movie) 忍空 [Pierrot] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen Historical, Martial Arts Action, Adventure, Comedy How much humiliation can four people and a penguin take? Hard boiled Aito? Sexy bombshell Rihoko? Choji the red brief? Shining Fuusuke? Cutesy Hooter Hiroyuki? Oh, gimme a break! Who do these guys think they are? The Ninku? Unfortunately for the real Aito, Choji, Rihoko, and Fuusuke, they do. But little did these imposters know when they stumbled on this sleepy little desert town, that there’d be a price to pay for being treated like the real Ninku, namely, having to fight the deadly Heaven & Earth brothers! Fortunately for our phony friends, the real Aito, Choji, and Fuusuke step in, there’s nothing but trouble for the bad guys. Can the Ninku art of magic fighting beat the Heaven & Earth brothers deadly fighting style? For a 25-minute special it's fun enough, though fans only and nothing big. Overall Rating: 6/10 15. Kazu & Yasu Hero Tanjou KAZU&YASU ヒーロー誕生 [Triangle Staff] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Drama, Sports Based on the real life events. Biography animation depicting the football careers of Kazuyoshi Miura and his elder brother Yasutoshi. Not translated. I don't like spokons and I don't like real biographies, so how would I evaluate this... Overall Rating: 5/10
  19. I highlighted few comedies, but here is another one that I can call a masterpiece - Ike! Ina-chuu Takkyuubu 1. Mobile Suit Gundam Wing 新機動戦記ガンダムW [Sunrise] (Finished 3/49) Tags: Mecha, Military, Space Action, Drama, Sci-Fi The United Earth Sphere Alliance is a powerful military organization that has ruled over Earth and space colonies with an iron fist for several decades. When the colonies proclaimed their opposition to this, their leader was assassinated. Now, in the year After Colony 195, bitter colonial rebels have launched "Operation Meteor," sending five powerful mobile suits to Earth for vengeance. Built out of virtually indestructible material called Gundanium Alloy, these "Gundams" begin an assault against the Alliance and its sub organization OZ. One Gundam, whose pilot has taken the name of the slain colony leader Heero Yuy, is forced to make a crash landing into the ocean after an atmospheric battle against OZ's ace pilot Zechs Marquise. Upon coming ashore, he is found by Relena Peacecraft, daughter of a peace-seeking politician, who witnesses Heero's descent to Earth. Although neither of them realize it yet, this encounter will have a profound impact on both their lives, as well as those on Earth and in space colonies. Last Gundam was a gust of fresh air, now it's again return to the stale roots as Sunrise rigidly refuses to evolve. Overall Rating: 4/10 2. Slayers スレイヤーズ [E&G Films] (Finished 26/26) Tags: Mythology Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy Powerful, avaricious sorceress Lina Inverse travels around the world, stealing treasures from bandits who cross her path. Her latest victims, a band of thieves, wait in ambush in a forest, thirsting for revenge. When Lina is about to effortlessly pummel her would-be attackers, the swordsman Gourry Gabriev suddenly announces his presence. Assuming Lina to be a damsel in distress, the foolish yet magnanimous man confronts the brigands in order to rescue her. After defeating them posthaste, the oblivious cavalier decides to escort Lina to Atlas City. Though not very keen on this idea, she ends up accepting his offer. However, without realizing it, Lina has chanced upon a mighty magical item among her most recent spoils. Now two mysterious men are hunting the young magician and her self-proclaimed guardian to obtain this powerful object for apparently nefarious purposes. This way they begin their adventure, one where the fate of the world itself may be at stake. Many people are probably aware of Slayers. I watched it fully, but never considered it a masterpiece even many years ago let alone now. Overall Rating: 6/10 3. Fushigi Yuugi Mysterious Play ふしぎ遊戯 [Pierrot] (Finished 3/52) Tags: Shoujo Historical, Isekai, Martial Arts, Reverse Harem Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance During a visit to the National Library, Miaka Yuuki and Yui Hongo stumble upon a strange old book that casts a red light, sucking them inside its unfamiliar world. Upon arrival, the two encounter hostile slave traders and barely escape with the help of Tamahome—a powerful young man bearing a Chinese symbol on his forehead. But, a moment later, the red light returns and takes Yui away. Desperate to reunite with her companion, Miaka asks Tamahome for assistance. However, the situation escalates when the pair encounters the land's emperor, Hotohori, who believes Miaka is the foretold priestess of the kingdom's protector god Suzaku. By gathering the god's seven Celestial Warriors, the priestess can summon Suzaku and have all her wishes granted. Hotohori hopes this will save his country, and since it appears to be a fitting solution to the girl's problems as well, he convinces her to accept the role. Meanwhile, at the library, Yui realizes she has been brought back alone. Unable to intervene, she helplessly witnesses Miaka traversing through courageous trials as the mysterious book's heroine. This show has enough charm, but can be easier enjoyed by women due to the fact that male characters are ok while protagonist Miaka can be super irritating with her eternally naïve and carefree attitude to everything . Overall Rating: 6/10 4. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS 美少女戦士セーラームーン Super S [Toei Animation] (Finished 3/39) Tags: Mahou Shoujo Fantasy, Romance SuperS centers heavily on Chibi-usa and the Sailor Team. A new enemy, the Dead Moon Circus, has now appeared. Their motive is to find the Golden Dream Mirror that would be used to rule the world. To do this, the enemy attacks innocent victims for their Dream Mirrors and test their energy. Chibi-usa also has a new ally on her side, Pegasus. This season also sees the Sailor Senshi obtaining new powers. Always nice to have a shift of focus to side characters, the second half of each episode is still some boss and battle. Overall Rating: 6/10 5. Tenchi Muyou! 天地無用! [AIC] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Shounen Harem, Space Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi Tenchi Masaki's life changes forever when the ship of an infamous space pirate, Ryouko Hakubi, is shot down and crashes near his family's temple. Little did Tenchi know that by saving Ryouko, he would spark a series of events that would lead alien women from all walks of life to inhabit his home. This includes the delicate Princess Aeka of Jurai and her playful younger sister Princess Sasami; the scatterbrained first-class detective Mihoshi Kuramitsu and her more capable partner Kiyone Makibi; and the eccentric, mad scientist Washuu Hakubi. The six women do their best to adapt to their new lives, but their more advanced and exotic lifestyle does not mesh well with the simplistic customs on Earth. As a result, they just end up making a mess and causing trouble for poor Tenchi. Though the girls are a pain, Tenchi begins to form a close relationship with each of them, and through their bond, he begins to gain a better understanding of his role in the universe. It's on comparable level with second OVA 6 episodes, still can't enjoy these characters though. Overall Rating: 6/10 6. Magic Knight Rayearth II 魔法騎士(マジックナイト)レイアース II [TMS Entertainment] (Finished 3/29) Tags: Isekai, Mahou Shoujo, Mecha Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance Little time has passed since the Magic Knights’ final confrontation with Princess Emeraude’s "Mashin." Still haunted by the princess’ death, Hikaru Shidou returns to Tokyo Tower. There, she meets her friends Umi Ryuuzaki and Fuu Hououji for the first time since their spontaneous quest to save Cephiro. Plagued by nightmares of the realm she had left behind, Hikaru is relieved to find that her companions too want to return and serve the kingdom they once so dutifully protected. The Magic Knights’ wish is answered, for at the top of Tokyo Tower, the three are blinded by the same great light they had seen on the day they first met. Once more on the back of a flying fish, the group returns to Cephiro—a world now desolate and in ruins. With the collapse of the Pillar's power, monsters freely roam the land while three nations seek to annex Cephiro with hopes of seizing the Pillar for themselves. Complicating things further is the mysterious Lady Debonair, who proclaims herself to be the rightful heir of the fallen country. Now confronting graver stakes and radically different enemies, the three Magic Knights set forth once more to save Cephiro and bring peace. With the bonds they have forged together, the trio stands united in the face of such a great challenge. Can't compete with first season impact, but quality is still higher than average . Overall Rating: 6/10 7. Street Fighter II V Street Fighter II: The Animated Series ストリートファイターII V [Group TAC] (Finished 3/29) Tags: Shounen Action, Adventure, Drama, Mystery Ryu and Ken Masters are close friends and both are martial artists. In order to become better fighters and learn new techniques, they travel the world and are exposed to many different fighting styles, as well as meeting new people. During their journey, they find themselves caught up in a conspiracy perpetrated by a mysterious organisation called Shadowlaw, both now face their ultimate challenge and must fight for their lives as they combat the evil M. Bison. Wow, first time game receives two-season long series. Main problems are slow pacing , some slacking on animations and unfaithful adaptation of side-characters from the game. Story also does not strike as anything but average. Overall Rating: 5/10 8. Ai Tenshi Densetsu Wedding Peach Wedding Peach 愛天使伝説 ウェディングピーチ [OLM] (Finished 3/51) Tags: Mahou Shoujo Comedy, Fantasy, Romance There are three known worlds—the human world, the angel world, and the devil world. The evil queen Raindevilla yearns to destroy the angel world with help or her many devil minions. The goddess Aphrodite sends an angel to the human world, Limone, to summon three love angels in the form of three school girls, Momoko Hanasaki, Yuri Tanima, and Hinagiku Tamano, who together become Angel Lilly, Angel Daisy, and Wedding Peach. The three girls must fight to overcome the evils of the devils, as well as their own lives, and restore peace to the angel world by gathering all pieces of the Sacred Four Somethings (or Saint Something Four) and defeat the evil queen once and for all. Can't help but notice that it's another Sailor Moon imitation. As for me, it does not live up to decent status. Overall Rating: 5/10 9. Ike! Ina-chuu Takkyuubu The Ping-Pong Club 行け! 稲中卓球部 [Grouper Productions] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Gag Humor, School Comedy, Ecchi When the Inaho Junior High Ping-Pong Club grows apathetic about an upcoming tournament, their new manager, Kyoko Iwashita, boosts their morale with something they cannot refuse—a "sex pass," a voucher that grants the best player on the team unadulterated access to her body for a whole month. This is just one of many ways that this peculiar ping-pong club exceeds the realm of normalcy. Among the Ping-Pong Club's six members, Maeno proves to be the most troublesome, discovering bizarre ways to distract the team each day. With the others contributing to these mischievous acts, Takeda—the captain of the club—tries his hardest to put up with the team's antics. But when popular vice-captain Yuusuke Kinoshita is being swept away by girls, he instead finds himself receiving support from the stern but resilient manager, Kyoko. With the ever-present risk of their team being dissolved, Takeda and his friends find themselves having to overcome numerous obstacles. While Maeno often appears to put the club in jeopardy, it is usually he who devises schemes that are just so crazy that they have a chance of working. Can Maeno and his ludicrous stunts help his team persevere, or will they continue to just be a nuisance to the Ping-Pong Club? Wow, this is something. I still don't like nonsense and absurd humor, but unlike Magical Circle Guru Guru or Akazukin Chacha or High School Kimengumi humor here is event and context based , not random though mostly below the waist one. The main question for me is whether it can be 8 just as Crayon Shin-chan, and my answer is that Crayon Shin-chan has the upper hand here as more integral and having characters that are as funny as Shin-chan (mainly, kindergarten caretaker, book shop pair and student having baito at different shops) . Overall Rating: 7/10 10. Azuki-chan あずきちゃん [Madhouse] (Finished 1/117) Tags: Shoujo Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life Azusa Noyama is a 12-year-old girl student, taking 5th grade, but everyone knows her as Azuki-Chan, nickname that she dislikes. Yuunosuke Ogasawara, a new student, asks her about her nickname, saying that he likes it. Azuki falls in love with him, and they start going out together. They share a diary, and become boyfriend and girlfriend. Just one episode is translated. It's cute and sincere and has cool 90s romantic features like wired phones and diaries, so decent overall . Overall Rating: 6/10 11. Tobe! Isami Soar High! Isami 飛べ!イサミ [Group TAC] (Finished 6/50) Tags: Shounen Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance Isami Hanaoka is just a fifth grader who happens to be a descendant of the Shinsengumi. Together with fellow descendants and classmates Soushi Yukimi and Toshi Tsukikage, she discovers in the basement of her home, strange artifacts left behind by their ancestors as well as a message urging them to "Fight the evil Kurotengu organization." 15 episodes are translated so far. It's about small kids, pacing is horrible, and story barely even started to develop by the end of 6th episode. Very average as there's nothing interesting for me here . Overall Rating: 5/10 12. Juusenshi Gulkeeva Wild Knights Gulkeeva 獣戦士ガルキーバ [Sunrise] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Mecha, Super Power Action, Fantasy The world we live in is called Earthside in this story. There are the other worlds called Nosfertia, Heavenstia, and Eternalia. When Darknoids from Nosfertia begun invasion to Earthside, Heavenstia sent 3 Animanoids (beast-humans) to prevent it. The lead character Touya had believed that he was a mere human but found he was actually a being of Eternalia. With the help of 3 Animanoids, Touya fights to defend Earthside. Another painfully bad Sunrise mecha from the 70s or so it should be to feel even remotely ok. Overall Rating: 4/10 13. Juuni Senshi Bakuretsu Eto Ranger 十二戦支 爆烈エトレンジャー [Shaft] (Finished 4/39) Tags: Action, Comedy, Fantasy The Eto Rangers ride in Space-Time Transmitting Machine Kirinda to repair the Novel Worlds of Mugen. The Eto Rangers themselves are anthropomorphic animals, each representing one of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals (and The Twelve Branches in Buddhism). In Japan they are known as the Eto animals. The Novel Worlds are stories created by the human imagination, such as old folk tales as well as newer books. These living worlds play out repeatedly, and are necessary for the good of humanity. Princess Aura rules Mugen, which is an island continent hanging over an ocean from the skybound Novel Pole. The Great God Goal gives her power, but she may never leave the small palace island area. Their nemesis is the forgotten Spirit of Cats, Nyanma (real name, Chocolat), who was excluded from the choice of 12 protectors by being disqualified from the race (in actual legend there are many versions of this story). She seeks her revenge by distorting Novel Worlds with Jarei Monsters. When a Jarei Monster goes to a Novel World they alter the story, turning it into a different version, sometimes a parody of itself. Bakumaru, the Spirit of Mice, must use the Genmakyou mirror to reveal ("Jarei Shouran!") the evil spirit once enough clues lead to its identity. Often the Eto Rangers must play out some of the story to find out who or what it is, sometimes even taking on the role of one of the characters in the tale. After defeating the creature, Kirinda is called when Bakumaru holds up his hand with one of Aura's 12 gems on it and calls out "Daikourin Kirinda!" Kirinda descends from a dimensional slit and purifies the evil spirit with a beam weapon, calling out "Jouka!" (Purification). No idea how it managed to get rating PG13+, maybe because of mild violence. It's a show for kids and I can hardly imagine children over some 8 years old to take any interest in it initially if they get a choice of several shows. It looks a lot like Chip n' Dale and feels remotely similar... Overall Rating: 4/10 14. Kyouryuu Boukenki Jura Tripper 恐竜冒険記ジュラトリッパー [Production Reed] (Finished 4/39) Tags: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi On a school yachting trip, fifteen children of various ages are mysteriously transported to another world where dinosaurs still roam. While attempting to return home, they encounter talking dinosaurs, revolutionaries, pirates, a princess and primitive scientists. These unlikely allies help them escape from soldiers, bandits, vicious dinosaurs, and fanatical priests. Aggression between the two oldest boys leads to a split in ranks, and a sneaky double cross plot. Unlikely romances bloom in this tense atmosphere, and the group learns that each has strengths that can help them get home, if they work together. Loosely based on the book Deux ans De Vacances, by Jules Verne from 1888. Only four episodes are translated. Setting itself is only mildly amusing, but communication and relations feel good. I might watch it to the end if it was translated. Overall Rating: 6/10 15. Sekai Meisaku Douwa: Wow! Maerchen Oukoku アニメ世界の童話 / メルヘン王国 [Toei Animation] (Finished 0/26) Tags: Fantasy Based on Western tales from the usual suspects: 1001 Nights, C. Perrault, Beaumont, J. & W. Grimm, H. C. Andersen, C. Collodi, English fairytale, H. Pyle, L. Carrol, J. Swift, A. Dumas, E. T. A Hoffman, L. F. Baum, and J. Spyri. Only 21 stories were broadcast, with the last five being released on VHS. Not found. Overall Rating: 0/10 16. Kuma no Puutarou クマのプー太郎 [Studio Deen] (Finished 1/30) Tags: Comedy The series depicts Puutarou's peculiar encounters with his bizarre neighbors. Not translated. From one random episode can confirm it's a decent absurd comedy. Overall Rating: 6/10 17. El Hazard: The Magnificent World 神秘の世界エルハザード [AIC] (Finished 7/7) Tags: Isekai Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance After Makoto Mizuhara agrees to testify against the boisterous student council president Katsuhiko Jinnai for bribing school clubs in the recent student council elections, Jinnai chases him down in an attempt to silence his self-proclaimed rival. Suddenly, during the chase, time stops for everyone—except Makoto. Perplexed, he wanders around the campus until he notices a light coming from the school's closed-off basement, where an ancient relic had just been uncovered. Makoto is walking toward the artifact surrounded by strings of light, when out of it comes an otherworldly woman who claims she has been waiting for ten thousand years to see him. Weakened by the passage of time, she uses her remaining power to transport a confused Makoto to another world, which she refers to as El-Hazard. However, others who are still at school are also caught in the spell, namely: Jinnai; Masamichi Fujisawa, the alcoholic teacher; and Nanami Jinnai, the headstrong sister of president Jinnai. The fantastical and magnificent world of El-Hazard awaits these four individuals where they will become entangled in the story of its inhabitants and embark on an adventure filled with laughter, danger, and even romance. Watched OVA earlier and never considered it a masterpiece even though I like Isekai. Transferring classmates with teachers and overall relaxed attitude really hurt the genre as there's no first impact of danger, investigation and adaptation. And I get familiar Tenchi harem notes here. Overall Rating: 6/10 18. Fushigi no Kuni no Miyuki-chan Miyuki-chan in Wonderland 不思議の国の美幸ちゃん [animate Film] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Comedy, Fantasy, Girls Love, Ecchi Miyuki, a cute girl, is in over her head. When late for school, she is suddenly transported to another world (Alice In Wonderland style), except that all the inhabitants of the other world are female...and they all seem to be in love with Miyuki. And the world behind her mirror is even weirder. Both episodes together take only 28 minutes together. It's fantasy on Alice in Wonderland with only sexy females in lingerie or similar looking dresses inside. There's constant running or falling with short phrases thrown to or by other characters Miyuki meets. Since there's no sense in all that, score is appropriate . Overall Rating: 5/10 19. Hikyou Tanken Fam & Ihrlie Ruin Explorers Fam & Ihrie 秘境探検 ファム&イーリー [Ajia-Do] (Finished 4/4) Tags: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy Fam and Ihrie are willing to do almost anything to make a buck. So when these debt-driven damsels discover the potential profits to be hand in recovering a particularly dangerous mystical object, it means mortal peril for an entire civilization. There's no guarantee that they'll live long enough to squander the fabulous wealth they've been promised, and danger lurks around every turn as they cross dark seas in pursuit of legendary evil. Haunted by an unspeakable curse, plagued by doomsday prophecies, plotted against by untrustworthy traveling companions and looked in desperate race to gain the Ultimate Power, Fam and Ihrie are the Ruin Explorers! I tried to find at least something that would stand out as decent in this OVA... and I found exactly nothing. Pure averageness in every field. Horrible directorship, nonsense plot and inability to breathe life into characters make it utter waste of time . Overall Rating: 5/10 20. Saber Marionette R SMガールズ セイバーマリオネットR [animate Film, Zero-G Room] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Harem, Mecha Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi Jr., the heir of Romana and his battle sabers Cherry and Lime, who have girl circuits are enjoying their peaceful life in Romana. Suddenly, the evil Star-Face and his sexadolls attack Romana in order to take over so Star-Face can become the next High Official. In order to truly become the next High Official and ruler of Romana, he must first eliminate Jr. This begins a battle for, not only Jr.'s life, but for all of Romana. Very weak story material even with rather good implementation. I fail to find any appeal in here, so can't emphasize with anything happening. Overall Rating: 5/10 21. Shin Megami Tensei: Tokyo Mokushiroku 真・女神転生 東京黙示録 [J.C.Staff] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Mythology Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Supernatural Handsome and effeminate, quiet but proud, the sinister Akito Kobayashi has a passion for the occult and has developed a computer program to summon demons and the living dead. But little does he know that fellow high school students Kojirou Souma and Saki Yagami are reincarnations of powerful and benevolent spirits. When the pair's friends have become targeted by demons trying to harvest their life energies, they must harness their dark metaphysical powers to destroy Kobayashi's threatening program, or risk losing their loved ones forever. I've always had trouble describing genre/theme of Megami Tensei. And this title finally gave a good definition - Spiritual Ninja . This is one of the worst titles in franchise with nothing important happening in first episode and just some normal fighting action in the final episode . Overall Rating: 5/10 22. Dirty Pair Flash 2 ダーティペアFLASH 2 [Sunrise] (Finished 5/5) Tags: Detective Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Ecchi Always causing more destruction than they prevent, special agents Kei and Yuri face tough challenges while at an amusement park planet. This anime set finds the pair facing off against an android hit woman, transvestite assassins, ghosts and more. In addition, the Lovely Angels get into several wild adventures while tracking down a con man and giving love advice to the computer programmer they're protecting. First flash was used as prequel to all the Dirty Pair series and showed how the two got acquainted, this time stage is the same as the main series. Yuri is still dumb as a chicken in contrast to original concept and it may be me , but forms have gone even bigger with more skimpy outfits. Only first and last episode bear meaning while middle three are variety fanservice themed. As for me, Sunrise is only worried about making $ , so short low-effort fanservice series is a seemingly good solution for that . Overall Rating: 5/10 23. Megami Paradise 女神天国 [animate Film] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Adventure, Fantasy, Ecchi Mama Megami, the mother goddess and ruler of paradise is retiring. Her successor appoints a young mage named Lilith to be one of her guardians. Lilith's first assignment is to recruit two more worthy guardians for the new Mama Megami. Not an easy task, as Stashia, the first candidate on Lilith's short list is not interested. Lilith didn't even have a chance to ask the second person on the list, a warrior named Juliana due to a misunderstanding caused by Stashia's little sister Rurubell. Rurubell wants to be a guardian, but Lilith turned her down due to her very young age and lack of experience. Meanwhile, Paradise is under attack by an evil goddess who wants to dominate it, and it's up to Lilith, Stashia, Rurubell, and Juliana to thwart the attackers. Without normal plot there are only girls in bikini armor fighting each other and occasionally casting spells . Overall Rating: 5/10 24. Princess Minerva プリンセス ミネルバ [Group TAC] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Parody Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy Princess Minerva enters a tournament that offers the winner a fortune. But when her bodyguard gets kidnapped by an evil sorceress, things really start to heat up. And again bikini armor knights fight each other. This time there's even no aesthetic appreciation, so it's plain bad. Overall Rating: 4/10 25. Sailor Victory 聖羅ヴィクトリー [animate Film] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Mecha Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi Five Female high school friends reunite as the secret crime-fighting organization known as Sailor Victory. Commanding 3 giant Ninja Robots, Gion, Momoyama and Sagano, they fight evil in the virtual-future city of Mikado. When a disgraced and disgruntled city official turns to the dark side, he joins forces with the evil and sinister Margarita. Graduation heroines wear sailor suits, drive mecha and flash with ecchi transformation scenes. As expected, nothing personal, just business, I mean fanservice. Overall Rating: 4/10 26. Kouryuu no Mimi: Mina no Shou 黄龍の耳 [OLM] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Super Power Action, Drama Based on the manga by Inoue Noriyoshi, which has also had a Super Famicom game spinoff. Natsume Kiroemon, the protagonist, was the 45th leader of the Natsume family, and inherit the "Kiryuu no Mimi ", a tool which gave its bearer easy access to wealth and women. As a result of his father's death, he left the Italian monastery where he'd been training and rightfully took the name "Natsume Kiroemon" as well as the power of the Kiryuu no Mimi. Upon his return to Japan, he fell fatally in love with Kanako, one of the members of the rival Mina family. However, the evil hand of the Mina family attacked Natsume constantly and abducted Kanako. Now Natsume has unlocked the seal, making the Kiryuu's power surge, and he's striking back at the Mina family. What kind of plot is that, really... Basically, it's ecchi, so plot hardly matters. Same as score. Overall Rating: 4/10 27. Udauda Yatteru Hima wa Nee! ウダウダやってるヒマはねェ! [J.C.Staff] (Finished 0/2) Tags: Shounen Delinquents, School Action, Comedy Anime adaptation of the manga "Udauda Yatteru Hima wa Nee!" by Hideyuki Yonehara, serialized in Weekly Shounen Champion. Not found. Overall Rating: 0/10 28. Crayon Shin-chan Movie 03: Unkokusai no Yabou クレヨンしんちゃん 雲黒斎の野望 [Shin-Ei Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Seinen Historical Comedy, Sci-Fi A member of the Time Patrol finds out that there is a disturbance in Japan, 1570. While heading to that particular time and location to investigate, she is attacked and ends up stuck underground the Nohara residence at the end of the 20th century Japan. Having limited resources at hand, she is forced to ask for the help of the Nohara family. Together they go back in time and meet with a samurai named Fubuki-maru who believes that they are the legendary three persons and dog whom someone from her family would eventually meet in a crucial moment. The lonely samurai asks for their assistance in defeating the man that possesses strange magical powers, the sinister Unkokusai lord. The question for each new Shin-chan movie is whether it allows to understand characters better like first movie or it's just an exotic stage adventure like second movie. And the latter stands true, so the score is corresponding. Overall Rating: 6/10 29. Seirei Tsukai Elementalors 精霊使い [AIC] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Supernatural Based on the manga by Okazaki Takeshi begun in 1990. After a family tragedy, Kagura is left with only his beloved friend Asami for consolation. Meanwhile, there is a war beginning in the spiritual world. Beings known as "Elementalors" call upon power from spirits to maintain harmony in the world by balancing individual forces of nature. Lord Shiki, a water Elementalor, kidnaps Asami in order to use special powers she posesses to retrieve his daughter, who has been imprisioned for nearly destroying the Earth. Kagura discovers that he is also an Elementalor—a very powerful one. He must join forces with other Elementalors to save Asami and prevent Lord Shiki from causing a great imbalance by releasing his daughter. This show got good visuals and stage, pretty characters, ok action. But without memorable characters or interesting story it's all just typical and instantly forgettable one-shot. Overall Rating: 5/10 30. Tobe! Pegasus Kokoro no Goal ni Shoot 翔べ! ペガサス 心のゴールにシュート [E&G Films] (Finished 0/1) Tags: School Sports The movie is about the soccer team Pegasus created from the visually impaired children studying in the Chiba Prefectural School for the Blind. Not found. Overall Rating: 0/10
  20. Since Maruko-chan can't participate in the contest due to absence of subbed episodes, there are no other masterpieces, and among others I favor Armitage III 1. Romeo no Aoi Sora Romeo and the Black Brothers ロミオの青い空 [Nippon Animation] (Finished 3/33) Tags: Historical Adventure, Drama, Slice of Life Romeo is a kindhearted and courageous boy living with his family in a small village in Switzerland. Unfortunately, Romeo becomes the interest of a man named Luini, known as "The God of Death," who is infamous for buying children and selling them as chimney sweeps in Milan. While visiting the village, Luini burns down Romeo's family cornfield in an attempt to have Romeo as his own. With the cornfield gone and his father sustaining a head injury trying to put out the fire, Romeo bravely sells himself to the God of Death in order to help his family afford a doctor. On his way to Milan, Romeo meets a boy named Alfredo Martini and they quickly become friends. Just as Alfredo is sold to a different master, the two boys swear eternal friendship and vow to meet again. As a chimney sweep, Romeo faces many hardships and abuse, especially from his master's family and a gang known as the Wolf Pack. But after reuniting with Alfredo, the two form a fraternity of chimney sweeps called "The Black Brothers," who will learn to fight against the Wolf Pack and help each other in times of need. World masterpiece series... sigh. It's above average story that teaches kids of friendship and the harsh world that is around... but how it can be of use to adults is beyond my understanding. Overall Rating: 6/10 2. Kishin Douji Zenki Zenki 鬼神童子ZENKI [Studio Deen] (Finished 3/51) Tags: Shounen Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Ecchi In ancient times, a great battle was waged between a master mage, Enno Ozuno, and an evil demon goddess, Karuma. Unfortunately, Enno didn't have the strength to defeat her alone and was forced to call upon Zenki, a powerful protector demon. After Karuma was defeated, Enno sealed Zenki away in a pillar located inside his temple. 1,200 years after this epic battle, Enno's descendant, Chiaki, spends her days showing tourists around her hometown of Shikigami-cho and doing exorcisms to pay the bills. One day, two thieves enter the town in hopes of opening a seal in the Ozuno temple and releasing the hidden treasure from within. However, what actually pops out is a dark entity that attaches itself to the henchmen, transforming them into demonic beings. After this transformation, they begin a rampage through the temple, terrorizing poor Chiaki. It is now up to this young progeny to unleash her family's powers to summon Zenki and save Shikigami-cho from these demons, as well as the evil entities sure to follow in their footsteps. It feels a lot like Sailor Moon with more focus on Tuxedo Mask who is here played by Zenki. Same looking arcs with a lot of fillers and possessed civilians in most episodes. The approach similarities in details are even more striking. Still, there's more shounen feeling in here, so it's more comfortable to watch that Sailor Moon for me. Overall Rating: 6/10 3. Ninkuu 忍空 [Pierrot] (Finished 3/55) Tags: Shounen Adventure In the war, a group of warriors called Ninku fought against the Imperial Army and almost annihilated it. But in the end, the Ninku lost and got shattered. After the war, the imperial army established themselves as the defender of the people with the help of propaganda. They also managed to get the people to think the Ninku were the villains and had started the war. Fusuke looks like a child but he is the former captain of the first Ninku division. His mother was taken during the war and after the Ninku were defeated, he goes on a journey to find her. On his journey he meets Aicho and Touji, both also former Ninku captains, and together they fight against the imperial army that tries to kill the last remaining Ninkus. The ninku is a clan of extinct ninjas who command esoteric and powerful techniques, hence a lot of other groups are constantly trying to steal their techniques to take over the country. Their primary target is Fusuke, a weird looking kid but one of the most powerful Ninku ninja. Fusuke, together with other Ninku ninja with different specialties must fight those threat that caused the downfall of the Ninku clan. As expected, unlike prequel special, series benefits a lot from more developed characters and much better humor. It does not go further than amusing, though. Overall Rating: 6/10 4. Chibi Maruko-chan (1995) ちびまる子ちゃん [Nippon Animation] (Finished 0/?) Tags: Shoujo School Comedy, Slice of Life Momoko Sakura is an elementary school student who likes popular idol Momoe Yamaguchi and mangas. She is often called "Chibi Maruko-chan" due to her young age and small size. She lives together with her parents, her grandparents and her elder sister in a little town. In school, she has many friends with whom she studies and plays together everyday, including her close pal, Tama-chan; the student committee members, Maruo-kun and Migiwa-san; and the B-class trio: 'little master' Hanawa-kun, Hamaji-Bu Taro and Sekiguchi-kun. This is a fun-loving and enjoyable anime that portrays the simple things in life. I'm actually surprised to know there's this sequel that lasts up to our days with over a thousand of episodes. But I hate dub and without subs I refuse to watch it completely. And I agree that prequel is superior to this sequel due to more complex visual style and that prequel deserves translators attention as first priority while this season can wait. Since there are no subbed episodes now, there's nothing to watch or discuss. Overall Rating: 0/10 5. Ougon Yuusha Goldran The Brave of Gold Goldran 黄金勇者ゴルドラン [Sunrise] (Finished 3/48) Tags: Shounen Mecha Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi Goldran follows the adventures of three young boys who are tasked with finding alien robot fighters, or Braves, that are sleeping in the form of crystals. Their major antagonist is the flamboyant and thoroughly incompetent Walter, and the villains that follow him are often similarly humorous. Just stop, Sunrise. You're hurting yourself and everyone around with all these fake shows looking totally the same. Overall Rating: 4/10 6. Kuusou Kagaku Sekai Gulliver Boy Fantascience World Gulliver Boy 空想科学世界ガリバーボーイ [Toei Animation] (Finished 3/50) Tags: Mecha Action, Adventure, Fantasy Gulliver, a boy born with the ability to use magic was forced against his will to attend a magician school to improve his abilities to protect his city. He manages to escape just to find out that his home town was destroyed by the evil Judau's army. Judau personally kills his father and oaths to kill Gulliver as well. Meanwhile Gulliver and his friend Eddison rescue a girl named Misty who is running away from Judau. Along with a fairy named Phoebe, a lone wolf ninja named Gecko and an ancient ship; Gulliver and his friends set out on an adventure to defeat Judau and to discover the secrets of Atlantis. Only 11 episodes are translated so far. It feels like another Dragon Ball imitation, and not the best one. Overall Rating: 5/10 7. Armitage III アミテージ・ザ・サード [AIC] (Finished 4/4) Tags: Detective, Mecha Action, Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi The year is 2046. Detective Ross Sylibus is transferred to Mars when a country singer on her flight is murdered. Making matters more complicated is that the singer is a "Third"—a robot that looks and feels like a human. Sylibus is partnered with Armitage—a beautiful female cop with a bad attitude. As they investigate the murder of the singer and other women on Mars, they uncover a conspiracy that can have them both killed by the Martian government. I love style and stage here, but without a good story it's just aimless development with poor directorship, open lines retained and a rushed unsatisfying ending. I have big hopes for sequels, but this original OVA is surprisingly shallow for a cyberpunk story . Overall Rating: 6/10 8. DNA² OVA D・N・A2~何処かで失くしたあいつのアイツ~ (1995) [Madhouse] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Time Travel Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi Junta's great granddaughter goes back in time in order to make Junta stay as the Mega-Playboy so she can continue to exist. Along with her comes an old man with the intention of making Junta stay as the Mega-Playboy forever for his own purposes. When Junta starts getting attacked, he has no choice but to return to being the Mega-Playboy in order to protect his loved ones. If series was going downhill, OVA is the bottom point nullifying the whole direction of the series and accumulating all the bad traits. Overall Rating: 5/10 9. Iczer-Girl Iczelion Iczelion [AIC] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi Iczelion, the final entry in the "Icz" series, is a departure from the previous storyline in most resepcts. Throughout the galaxy, two villians destory and pillage anything in their path. Their names are Cross and Chaos, and they are ready to invade their next target: Earth. The only defense against these warriors are the Iczelions, a fusion of young girls, and Iczels, sentient body armor. Nagisa is a typical high school girl who is about to become the next Iczelion against her will, to defend the planet and save the human race! But not if she has anything to say about it... Prequel was horribly plain, but there's no limit to perfection or rather to aggravation. Overall Rating: 4/10 10. Sotsugyou: Graduation Graduation 卒業~Graduation~ [animate Film] (Finished 2/2) Tags: School Drama Regardless of how students handle the many academic challenges facing them, they all know that there will come a day when they will leave all the hurdles of scholastic achievement behind and tackle the triumphs and sorrows of true adulthood. One thing that many young people don`t realize is that this often means leaving behind the friends that have been with them through their youth. A very simple slice anime based on even more simple visual novel. Overall Rating: 5/10 11. Makeruna! Makendou 負けるな!魔剣道 [OLM] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen Comedy Makenko used to be a normal boy—until he was kidnapped by the brain monster Dr. Mud and transformed into a cyborg capable of destroying both the monster and human worlds! On his quest for vengeance, he is inadvertently joined by Makendo, a fellow monster hunter who would prefer not to be, and her little sister Hikari who would like nothing better! Dastardly demons and wacky monsters abound as the trio fight the bad guys to kick some monster butt, and get Makenko's body back! Since source is a game, no one bothers to explain anything here, and all the ridiculous stuff gets over in just 28 minutes. Oh, and it's ecchi. Overall Rating: 4/10 12. Utsukushii Chikyuu wo Yogosanai de Cry for Our Beautiful World 美しい地球をよごさないで [-] (Finished 0/1) Tags: Drama Nana is a 3rd grader who finds a strange picture book. She's able to jump into the book and be friends with the girl in it as they traveled around the work. She learns about the innocent cries of children all around the world suffering from pollution. The video has some live action segements. Not found. Overall Rating: 0/10 13. Atashi Tenshi Anata Akuma あたし天使あなた悪魔 [-] (Finished 0/2) Tags: Childcare - Not found. Overall Rating: 0/10 14. Slam Dunk: Shouhoku Saidai no Kiki! Moero Sakuragi Hanamichi スラムダンク 湘北最大の危機!燃えろ桜木花道 [Toei Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen School, Team Sports After losing the titanic match against Kainan High, Team Shohoku and a newly shaven Hanamichi Sakuragi are challenged to an exhibition match by virtual basketball unknowns Ryoukufu High. Coach Anzai sees this as an opportunity for Shohoku to regain their confidence, but Ryoukufu are revealed to have a newly assembled championship calibre lineup and may give Sakuragi & Co their toughest test yet. Another movie that looks like a paired episode of the series. Overall Rating: 6/10 15. Marmalade Boy Movie ママレード・ボーイ (1995) [Toei Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shoujo Romance A prelude to Marmalade Boy the TV series. Yuu remembers the day when his parents decided to divorce each other and remarry with another married couple. Troubled by the news, Yuu decides to take a walk, on which he spots a girl he falls in love with at first sight. He decides to follow this unaware girl and falls more in love with her. However he discovers who the girl really is...she's the daughter of his parents' new lovers. 26 minutes makes it a single episode made for series fans. Overall Rating: 6/10 16. Junkers Come Here ユンカース・カム・ヒア [Triangle Staff] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Drama, Slice of Life Sixth grade student Hiromi Nozawa leads a troubled life. With her parents frequently absent due to work, one of her only companions is her talking dog, Junkers. Though Hiromi puts on a brave face for the public, the stark reality is that she is heavily stressed, and she shares this side of herself only with Junkers. After hearing that her parents are considering divorce, Hiromi's stress reaches an all-time high; at this time, Junkers reveals that he has the ability to make three miracles occur. Given the potential of this newfound power, Hiromi must wish carefully—as obtaining what she thinks she wants may end up hurting those she cares about most. It starts like Mikan , just with a cute talking dog who has to conceal from grown-ups that he can talk, then he says he can make three wishes come true, and then it's all about parents getting divorced and selfishness. It feels like Triangle Staff thought of itself as of Studio Ghibli, but just made a mess that I can't recommend to anyone for watching . Overall Rating: 5/10 17. Boku no Chikyuu wo Mamotte: Alice kara, Rin-kun e Please Save My Earth Movie: From Alice to Rin-kun ぼくの地球を守って~亜梨子から、輪くんへ~ [Production I.G] (Finished 0/1) Tags: Shoujo Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi Please Save My Earth Movie: From Alice to Rin-kun is a two-hour movie narrated by Alice, reminiscing on the events of the OVA as she is on her way to meet with Rin in a park. The "present day" scenes of Alice and Rin from the movie add scenes that were not present in the manga. Not found and happy about it. Overall Rating: 0/10 18. Yamiyo no Jidaigeki 闇夜の時代劇 [Sunrise] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Historical Horror Tales include: The Hill of Old Age, which tells of a conspiracy hatched against Japan's unifier, Oda Nobunaga. Seeing the Truth, about the assassin sent to murder Nobunaga's successor leyasu Tokugawa. The broadcast was a part of the Neo Hyper Kids program. Not translated. First OVA episode is not anime despite the title. It's manga strips with voiceover. Second episode tries to use as little animation as possible and often turns into black and white. Since it's mostly talks, kinda useless to watch it without subs. Overall Rating: 4/10
  21. Blue Seed surprised me a lot this season climbing up in the masterpiece league. 1. Magic Knight Rayearth 魔法騎士(マジックナイト)レイアース [Tokyo Movie Shinsha] (Finished 4/20) Tags: Shoujo Isekai, Mecha Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance Hikaru Shidou, Umi Ryuuzaki, and Fuu Hououji are strangers brought together by fate when they meet during a seemingly normal field trip to Tokyo Tower. Accompanied by a great flash of light, they hear a mysterious woman's plea to save "Cephiro," and the junior high heroines are suddenly swept away by a giant flying fish. Afterwards, they arrive in an unknown land, where they encounter a man called Master Mage Clef. Clef informs the girls that they were summoned by Princess Emeraude to fulfill their destinies as Magic Knights, restoring peace and balance in Cephiro. The formerly lively and peaceful land has been in disarray ever since High Priest Zagato imprisoned the princess, who acted as Cephiro's pillar of stability. The Magic Knights reluctantly accept Clef's words as truth and embark on a journey to save Cephiro from the clutches of evil. A logical and easy to watch show and even with some basic RPG qualities. It also seems to be the first anime where SD characters are used occasionally for humor moments just as we often have nowadays. A the same time plot is simple and characters are quite simple as well. Brilliant execution of not too interesting material, but that is not enough for a masterpiece. Overall Rating: 6/10 2. DNA² D・N・A² ~何処かで失くしたあいつのアイツ~ [Madhouse, Studio Deen] (Finished 4/12) Tags: Time Travel Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi Karin, a DNA operator from the future, is on a mission to change the course of History by stopping Junta Momonari from becoming the Mega-Playboy who fathered 100 children and led to the overpopulation of the world. But Junta is no playboy; in fact he is allergic to girls. But when Karin shoots him with the wrong DNA-altering bullet, he starts sporadically becoming the Mega-Playboy capable of charming any woman. Karin must try to restore the situation to normal before the change to Mega-Playboy becomes irreversible. Show starts really strong, but manages to get worse and worse with each following episode. In episode 2 we get to learn that in macho mode Junta is also super strong so it becomes action. As early as in episode 3 the first signs of disaster show up, and it only goes downhill from there. Overall Rating: 5/10 3. Macross 7 マクロス7 [Production Reed] (Finished 3/49) Tags: Shounen Mecha, Military, Music, Space Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi 35 years have passed since Lynn Minmay had brought peace between the Zentradi and the humans in the events of Macross. Nekki Basara is a guitarist and a singer of the band Fire Bomber. Living in a less-developed part of the flying colony City 7 which is looking for a habitable planet, he composes and sings songs in the belief that music holds a greater power. During its flight, an unknown alien race appeared and started laying siege upon City 7. However, its attacks are not conventional -- instead of trying to destroy them, they steal what is known as "spiritia", rendering victims unresponsive and zombie-like. During these battles, Basara always goes out into the middle of the warzone, singing his songs and expecting friend and foe to listen and be moved by his music. Macross Plus felt like a side-story, but it had a normal concept, not music defeats evil. Macross 7 is return to the roots with emphasized battle music meaning. Macross 7 is polarizing even among fans, and I consider it to be the worst series in the franchise. Overall Rating: 4/10 4. Blue Seed ブルーシード [Production I.G, Production Reed] (Finished 26/26) Tags: Mythology Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Ecchi Momiji is an average girl until the day she finds she is the descendant of the great Kushinada family. Only she, with her Kushinada blood, can stop the Aragami, demonic plant-like monsters threatening to destroy Japan. Along to help her is the TAC, and a possible love interest in a young man named Kusanagi. A unique mix of action, mystery and unusually serious plot. There are also a lot of characters to shine and no babysitting them. Momiji despite frail nature has a great fighting spirit and resolve while Kusanagi is a cool cynical bakemono. Lots of greatly shaped beasts. It's refreshing when viewers are not regarded as idiots or kids. I did not expect anything from this show, but I managed to enjoy it. I heard this anime was aired in the USA which is terrific as roughly from this show anime stops to be treated as entertainment for kids and gets to be treated seriously. Overall Rating: 7/10 5. Captain Tsubasa J キャプテン翼J [Studio Comet] (Finished 3/47) Tags: Shounen Action, Sports The first 33 episodes are a summary of the previous series. In the first new episodes a new character, Shingo Aoi, (playing in Italy) is introduced. After that the world cup begins, this time with extraordinary, new countries like Sweden, Thailand or Uzbekistan. Unfortunately the Anime ends in the middle of the world cup after the match Japan-Uzbekistan. Just great, start with retelling the original season so that I watch the same stuff yet again. Overall Rating: 5/10 6. Mahoujin Guruguru Magical Circle Guru Guru 魔法陣グルグル [Nippon Animation] (Finished 7/45) Tags: Shounen Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy There is a small village called Jimuna on the continent of Jamu Jamu. This village is home to a girl named Kukuri. She is the last descendant of the Migu Migu Tribe. She is raised by an old witch who teaches her the secret magic of the tribe, but Kukuri is not a good student. In the same village lives a boy named Nike. He has been raised by very strict parents. They discipline their son to become a brave hero of the village. Nike himself does not want to be a hero at all, but he grows up to become a mighty boy. One day the king of the village, Kodai, recruits troops to fight against the ruler of the darkness, Giri. Kukuri and Nike are accepted. The two children, the strong but reluctant hero Nike, and the eager but unskilled little witch Kukuri, set out on a wonderful journey full of adventures and friendship. Crazy nonsense gag comedies have its fans. I'm not one of them. Overall Rating: 6/10 7. Ai to Yuuki no Pig Girl Tonde Buurin Super Pig 愛と勇気のピッグガール とんでぶーりん [Nippon Animation] (Finished 5/51) Tags: Shoujo Parody, School Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance "Look! In the sky...It's a bird...It's a plane...It's Super Pig?!" One fateful day, Karin, a junior-high student, found what she thought was an injured piglet. However, the piglet was just exhausted from hunger. After the piglet regained his health by eating Karin's apple, he revealed that he is a prince, Tonrariano III, from a planet called Booringo. Tonrariano wanted to reward Karin for helping him and so he transformed her into a pig with superpowers. Karin was not at all pleased with the gift because she wanted to become a pretty superheroine like "Cutey Chao" (a parody of Cutey Honey), not Super Pig. Reluctantly, she became more interested in her role as Super Pig when she found out that she can turn into someone like "Cutey Chao" if she can collect 108 pearls through doing good deeds for other people. Just a normal shoujo magical pig. Also not much sense, and humor is not to my liking. Overall Rating: 5/10 8. Shinken Densetsu: Tight Road 真拳伝説 タイトロード [Toei Animation] (Finished 0/13) Tags: Martial Arts Action - Not found this video game adaptation. Overall Rating: 0/10 9. Key the Metal Idol [Pierrot] (Finished 6/15) Tags: Mecha, Music, Psychological Action, Drama, Sci-Fi Tokiko Mima, nicknamed "Key," is a 17-year-old girl living in the Japanese countryside who, despite her human-like appearance, is a robot. When Key's grandfather Dr. Murao Mima passes away, he leaves her a dying message, telling her that she can become a real girl if she is able to make thirty thousand friends. Thus, Key moves from the quiet Mamio Valley to the busy streets of Tokyo, where she soon runs into her childhood friend Sakura Kuriyagawa. Key quickly becomes enamored with idol singer Miho Utsuse and wonders if becoming a singer will allow her to make the amount of friends needed for her to become human. But Miho carries a ominous secret: she is connected to Jinsaku Ajou, an old rival of Dr. Mima trying to make new a breakthrough in robotic weaponry. As Key works to become a real girl, Ajou sets a dangerous plan into action, and it turns out there's much more to Key than meets the eye. I gave this anime many chances on the course of 6 episodes, but it remained a tiresome bore with bland characters and more of a stage than a real plot. Overall Rating: 5/10 10. Musekinin Kanchou Tylor OVA Irresponsible Captain Tylor OVA 無責任艦長タイラー OVA [Studio Deen, Daume] (Finished 10/10) Tags: Military, Space Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi Six long months have passed. The Raalgon Empire has developed a horrible new type of weapon, and Tylor has been charged with the duty of intercepting it as it is being transported. But when all that could go wrong does go wrong, the crew members of the Soyokaze find themselves at the mercy of their enemies. As the hours tick down toward their execution, the crew wonders: has their irresponsible captain misled them? Or is this all a part of some greater strategy? Tyler was great, but I believe it was a bit too stretched. This OVA is slightly worse as it's additional stretching with more of the same. Overall Rating: 6/10 11. Aozora Shoujo-tai 801 T.T.S. Airbats 青空少女隊 [Studio Fantasia] (Finished 7/7) Tags: Shounen Military Action, Comedy, Romance When aviation mechanic (and anime fanboy) Takuya Isurugi is transferred to the 801st Tactical Training Squadron, he gets more than he bargained for. Moderated by hard-headed veteran ace Mitsuru Konishi, the "Airbats" are an all-female aerial acrobatic team consisting of loose cannons Miyuki Haneda and Arisa Mitaka, karaoke freak and gambling genius Sakura Saginomiya, and junk food lover Yoko Shimorenjaku. Both Haneda and Mitaka do not get along with each other, and their rivalry worsens when they both fall for Isurugi. But with the entire JASDF having doubts about the team, the Airbats must work as a team or face total disbandment. A new harem that felt a lot like Tenchi, but with additional unnecessary drama and challenge for the protagonist. The worst thing is that there is no plot, just pilot school and romance. It's just average. Overall Rating: 6/10 12. Gatchaman [Tatsunoko Production] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Shounen Martial Arts, Super Power Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi In the year 2066, the Republic of Hontworl, a charter member of the United Nations, leaves the organization without explaining its motives. This causes an outrage within the U.N. and places the security of the world on edge. Soon after this incident, Myori, the capital of the Republic of Triad, is attacked by a bird-like, flying fortress known as the Turtle King. The International Science Organization, which is headed by Dr. Kouzaburou Nanbu, is tasked to deal with this mysterious enemy. At the same time, the leading scientists of the ISO are disappearing. The five members of the Science Ninja Team, the Gatchaman warriors, are called upon to get to the bottom of things. It's been years since the team has fought Berg Katze and the infamous Galactor organization. Will Ken, also known as the Eagle, still be able to lead his team to victory against this supreme force of evil? I'm allergic to this series and I fail to understand how it manages to exist at all. Previous series had some nice twists even with deaths, but it happened midway or closer to the end, and before that there's at least 15 episodes of nothing even remotely amusing. This OVA does not have the luxury of volume, so it loses pretty much everything it had. Overall Rating: 4/10 13. Bounty Dog: Getsumen no Ibu バウンティドッグ~月面のイブ~ [animate Film] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Space Action, Sci-Fi In the future, mankind has colonized the bleak expanses of the moon. Cities now stand proudly where there was once only desolation and emptiness. But there are alien forces that do not want mankind to succeed and only one man can stop them. He is a member of the Bounty Dog Investigation Unit, a high-tech cybernetic mercenary team. It's so bad that I don't even know how to describe it. It's ugly and gory and nonsensical... and disgusting. Overall Rating: 4/10 14. Dengeki Oshioki Musume Gootaman R: Ai to Kanashimi no Final Battle Butt Attack Punisher Girl Gautaman R 臀撃おしおき娘ゴータマンR(リターン)~愛と悲しみのファイナルバトル [Studio Kikan] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Parody Action, Comedy, Ecchi Gootaman is back, and ready to bring justice to the Black Buddha gang who are still terrorizing the PR Academy! Unfortunately her alter ego Mari has fallen in love with the group’s leader Tobishima, who has been tasked with killing the bare bottomed hero! Will their romantic feelings overcome his murderous intent, or is Mari destined to be alone as the scantily-clad champion forever? It manages to present even less worthy humor and more H focus than prequel. Overall Rating: 5/10 15. Wild 7 ワイルド7 [Pierrot Plus] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Shounen Detective Action, Drama An elite police crime fighting team is formed using convicted criminals. Using their first hand knowledge of the criminal mindset, the Wild 7 are first sent after a gang of Bank robbers. Then in Wild Biker Knights they are sent after a huge crime syndicate that has many high powered government officials in its deep pockets. I'd call it Angel Cop done right - no superficial elements , serious with some comedy and charismatic enough protagonists. There's enough goodness for a decent action show. Overall Rating: 6/10 16. Yamato 2520 YAMATO2520 [ヤマトニーゴーニーゼロ] [Studio Take Off] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Military Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi Set hundreds of years after the original, Yamato 2520 chronicles the adventures of the eighteenth starship to bear the name, and its battle against the Seiren Federation. On a planet harshly ruled by the Serien Federation, a group of earth teenagers discover the ancient hulk of the Earth Federation Battleship Yamato. By stealing it's data disk the teens are able to use the Serien's own automated ship yards to construct a new Yamato. I'm actually sick of old Yamato already, so I looked forward to this one, and it actually looked somewhat like Venus Wars with additional cyberpunk at first . But very soon a bunch of kids start to rebuild one of the biggest spaceships in history Yamato ... out of boredom. Just wow for this kind of motivation, they literally got sick of their planet Rimus and wanted to see the Earth again. Of course these useless kids who miraculously own some jets and at least a dozen of cyberbikes succeed in rebuilding the spaceship, and only in the last of three episodes finally have space clash. Everything in this anime is so convenient and illogical that it irritates. Like scientist who gets possessed by neo-fascist ideas of human race superiority who gets away with pretty much a single spaceship and luckily finds a new energy supersource and starts a new civilization in order to... attack Earth that has people of the same race as him... so stupid, so bad . Overall Rating: 5/10 17. Oira Uchuu no Tankoufu Mighty Space Miners おいら宇宙の探鉱夫 [Triangle Staff] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Space Adventure, Sci-Fi In the mid-21st century, mankind has begun the exploration of space, and one company, Planet Catcher Corporation, has pioneered capturing asteroids and comets to mine the resources within them for use on Earth. On one such asteroid, Tortatis, lives 12-year-old Nanbu Ushiwaka - the only child ever to be born in space and survive. But survival itself is no longer guaranteed - a military satellite triggers a disaster during a operation to capture Halley's Comet, and Ushiwaka and his fellow colonists must find a way to survive when both their country and their company abandon them. Can they escape before the nuclear reactor on the asteroid melts down? Or are they doomed to die as they lived, among the stars? It's basically a constant survival story as brat protagonist is challenged by dangers in every step and he barely manages to escape each time by using some low quality gear or just surroundings. Protagonist personality is irritating and story hardly has any plot besides survival and ends too fast as if it's just prologue to longer series , so it's not satisfying . Overall Rating: 6/10 18. Tanjou: Debut 誕生~Debut~ [Pierrot, animate Film] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Romance, Slice of Life, Supernatural Aki Itou is a normal highschool girl doing normal things: reading books, feeding stray cats, eating at restaurants with her friend Kumi, dreaming of being an adult, and admiring the boy she likes. However, reality is not always kind to girls with dreams, as she finds out. Super basic idol gimmicks , as expected. Overall Rating: 4/10 19. Otaku no Seiza おたくの星座 [Bee Media, 81 Produce] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Parody Comedy Anime based on Otaku no Seiza: in Another World, on the Turbo CD, and Otaku no Seiza: An Adventure in the Otaku Galaxy, for the NES, which were two Role-Playing games, published by M&M, released in Japan in 1991 and 1993. First of all, it's ecchi. Apart of that, it's nonsense. Maybe those who played games could make some sense out of it, but I could not. Overall Rating: 5/10 20. Shura ga Yuku 修羅がゆく [Knack Productions] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Seinen Organized Crime Drama Based on a Yakuza drama manga by Kawabe Yuu and Yamaguchi Masato. Not translated. Another obscure low quality yakuza story. Everything is as usual - ecchi and full focus on violence, total seriousness this time, but since it's oversaturated with action seriousness looks like a parody at times. Anyway, pretty average and only suits those who'd want to watch another yakuza story. Overall Rating: 5/10 21. Saitama Bousou Saizensen Flag! Shinimonogurui no Seishun!! 埼玉暴走最前線 フラッグ! 死にものぐるいの青春!! [-] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Drama, Slice of Life Based on the manga Flag! by Hotta Akio, which was serialized in Young King from 1992 to 1995. The OVA depicts the tumultuous daily lives of three boys, including Noboru, Akira and Haruo, who inherit the flag of the locally famous fugitive tribe "Moonlight". Not translated. Biker gangs compete for girls and Moonlight flag. Pretty short and average overall. Overall Rating: 5/10 22. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S: Kaguya-hime no Koibito Sailor Moon S Movie: Hearts in Ice 美少女戦士セーラームーンS かぐや姫の恋人 [Toei Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Mahou Shoujo Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance An unusual snow storm hits Tokyo and the Sailor Senshi discover that an evil snow queen Kaguya, wants to freeze the entire earth. It's up to the Inner Sailor Senshi along with the Outers, to defeat the Queen. Meanwhile, Luna falls in love with a human astronomer named Kakeru whose girlfriend is an astronaut about to take a space shuttle mission. Kakeru becomes ill and Luna wishes she could be a human to help him. Solid ice-themed boss and a new guy Kakeru with frozen feelings. Visuals are really great, especially due to all the running snow. Overall Rating: 6/10 23. Darkside Blues ダークサイド・ブルース [J.C.Staff] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Psychological Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi The Persona Century Corporation has purchased nearly every parcel of land on earth. Dissension is not tolerated within the corporation's borders and those who oppose Persona are dealt with swiftly. Of those few places not yet under Persona's control is the free town of Kabuki-cho, also known as "The Dark Side of Tokyo". Within the town, under the leadership of a woman named Mai, is a small resistance group called Messiah. Into this world steps a man who takes the sobriquet of Kabuki-cho: Darkside. Sealed up in another dimension eighteen years ago by Persona Century, Darkside now returns to aid Messiah using his unique mystic power of renewal. There's a cool dystopia setting, nice characters and great precise retro-drawing. What really stands out is Darkside with all his magic and darkness , as well as other assassins with psionic powers. It's unusual and quirky enough to be called decent, but also too weird and rushed for anything bigger. Overall Rating: 6/10 24. Ninkuu: Knife no Bohyou NINKŪ-忍空-「ナイフの墓標」 [Pierrot] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen Martial Arts Action, Adventure, Comedy This was shown as part of the "Jump Super Anime Tour" of October 1994, prior to the Ninku TV series. TV series is coming next season. As a prequel special it's not much - a bit of absurd comedy and some fighting action. Overall Rating: 5/10
  22. Again no masterpieces. As of decent ones, I'd say that Taiho Shichau zo is the one I enjoyed the most even though it's just franchise setup with 4 episode OVA . 1. Metal Fighter Miku メタルファイター・MIKU [J.C.Staff] (Finished 3/13) Tags: Shounen Comedy, Sci-Fi, Sports In the near future, the sports world is dominated by Neo Wrestling, a new spectacle in which Metal Fighters challenge each other to be named champion. The story follows the girls of the Pretty Four; Miku, Ginko, Sayaka, and Nana, as they face off against the current champions, Team Sapphire. With a burnt out drunk named Eiichi Suo for a coach the girls must not only contend with problems in the arena but also unforseen circumstances that arise in day to day life. Only through protecting their friends, understanding their enemies, and eventually challenging their idol Aquamarine, can Miku and the girls understand Eiichi's purpose and the shady secrets behind Neo Wrestling. The closest thing before is probably Cutie Honey and Hummingbirds. There are four girls now both for variety and for build-up during tournaments as Miku should stay the only standing up of the four in the end. Even Kinnikuman was more interesting, to be honest. Overall Rating: 5/10 2. Huckleberry Finn Monogatari ハックルベリー・フィン物語 [Aubec] (Finished 3/26) Tags: Adventure Based on Mark Twain's famous book about the adventures of young orphan Huckleberry Finn. Huckleberry no Bouken was following the book, the solo adventures, now it's joint adventures with Tom from the start, pretty sure that it does not follow the book as the third friend is black skin kid Jim - kid... It's done about children and for children, can't see what adults could enjoy here. Overall Rating: 5/10 3. Macross Plus マクロスプラス [Triangle Staff] (Finished 4/4) Tags: Adult Cast, Mecha, Military, Space Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi The year is 2040 and the galaxy is flourishing with several colonies and advanced technology. AI is near perfection and the current top idol is the near-completed Virturoid Idol Sharon Apple. All that is missing are her actual feelings, which instead are supplied by Myung Fang Lone. Sharon's debut concert is on planet Eden, where at the same time, fighter pilots Isamu Dyson and Guld Bowman battle over air superiority for the "Supernova Project." Isamu, Guld and Myung were once childhood friends, but after an accident seven years ago, they went their own separate ways. With Myung back in the picture, the old disputes are once again awakened. And when an unstable and illegal AI technique is installed in Sharon, the situation is worsened. It's visual and musical treat, but both plot and characters are rather weak, so I don't see what to be crazy about here. It's exactly "plus" and not self-sufficient work. Overall Rating: 5/10 4. Tenchi Muyou! Ryououki 2nd Season 天地無用!魎皇鬼 [AIC] (Finished 6/6) Tags: Shounen Harem, Space Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi While the galaxy remains at peace, Tenchi Masaki continues to live on Earth with Ryouko and Washuu Hakubi, Aeka and Sasami Jurai Masaki, Mihoshi Kuramitsu, and the cat-like creature Ryo-Ohki. Though it sounds great to be surrounded by so many women, they always end up making things difficult for Tenchi by constantly fighting for his attention, and their attempts at household chores always end in disaster. Although life has become more chaotic since they moved in, Tenchi begins to form a strong bond with his roommates and gains more insight into their respective struggles and history. A surprisingly decent comedy, really did not expect such improvement in sequel and lack of any alien threat. But compared to the comedies that I gave masterpiece status - not so impressive. First episode looks like Mama wa Shougaku 4 Nensei a lot. For me it lacks sincerity and really good characters. Main criteria is still ability to be enjoyed, and funny does not yet mean enjoyable. In the end it's just a usual slapstick comedy with mediocre characters - maybe first of its kind, but certainly having hundreds of successors. Overall Rating: 6/10 5. Taiho Shichau zo You're Under Arrest 逮捕しちゃうぞ [Studio Deen] (Finished 4/4) Tags: Seinen Detective, Workplace Action, Comedy Running late on her first day as a patrol woman for the Bokuto Police Department, spunky moped rider Natsumi Tsujimoto decides to take several shortcuts, only to be chased down and cited by mechanical genius and expert police driver Miyuki Kobayakawa. Upon arrival at the precinct, Natsumi finds out that her new partner is the same woman who ticketed her earlier. At first, she doesn't trust Miyuki, but in a short period of time, they develop an unbreakable friendship that overcomes traffic accidents, reckless drivers and even the strongest typhoons to hit Tokyo. Patlabor rival with mostly female staff and some Megami-sama character designs. But cases are rather minor, and some needless drama is thrown in constantly. There's potential for future seasons, but in this state it's decent at best. Overall Rating: 6/10 6. Grappler Baki グラップラー刃牙 [Knack Productions] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen Combat Sports, Gore, Martial Arts Action Doppo Orochi sits down to watch the final match of his karate school's youth tournament. Atsushi Suedou, one of his disciples, faces off against Baki Hanma, a fresh teenage boy breezing through the matches. Intrigued by the boy's strength, Doppo, alongside another of his disciples—Kiyosumi Katou— visits the notorious Tokugawa underground ring—a hidden freestyle fighting arena that prohibits only weaponry in its matches. Upon arriving, they learn that Baki is set to face none other than Koushou Shinogi: an infamous karate master and user of the lethal Cord-Cutting technique. It's pure karate action, but what's worst it's disgusting with all the gory cord tearing... ugh. Overall Rating: 4/10 7. Yuugen Kaisha 幽幻怪社 [Madhouse] (Finished 4/4) Tags: Super Power, Vampire Action, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural In a country where companies are categorized into many subdivisions and corporations, only one of them is a ghost corp—the Phantom quest corp. When otherworldly supernatural phenomenon threatens the city and its populace, Ayaka Kisaragi and her employees are on the job to fight any and all supernatural menace. Ayaka tries to play on Ghost Sweeper Mikami and... manages to deliver even less. Maybe it's due to the OVA vs TV format, but I can't see Yuugen Kaisha as a comedy or as a supernatural action. Overall Rating: 5/10 8. Tenshi Nanka ja Nai 天使なんかじゃない [Group TAC] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shoujo Comedy, Drama In a rainy spring day, first year high schooler Midori Saezima saw a tall, handsome fellow student took care of a stray kitten. Without knowing the boy's name, she fell in love with him at the first sight. Due to sickness, Midori returned to school three days after summer vacation -- only to find out that she was "volunteered" as a candidate for student council. After a series of embarrassing accidents, both she and the mysterious boy she had a crush on, Akira Sudo, were elected as members of the student council. Being the first student council of this newly established high school, they are about to create "new traditions" for their school and a bittersweet love story for themselves... 30 minutes of rather simple Shoujo. Overall Rating: 5/10 9. Uchuu no Kishi Tekkaman Blade II Tekkaman Blade II 宇宙の騎士テッカマンブレード II [Tatsunoko Production] (Finished 6/6) Tags: Mecha, Military, Space Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi 10 years have passed since the end of the last war against the radam. A new team of Space Knights has been assembled under the lead of Aki and D-boy. The first mission of the new tekkaman is to defeat the radam but then, they have to fight against a remnent from the past. Wow, I had to refer to my notes about the prequel to even remember what it was like. This whole franchise feels like Gunbuster imitation now as it tries to do ecchi, romance, comedy, drama and sentai suits fights vs mecha at the same time. And of course it loses in comparison big time in every field but graphics. Overall Rating: 5/10 10. Onikirimaru Ogre Slayer 鬼切丸 [Pastel] (Finished 4/4) Tags: Shounen Martial Arts, Mythology Action There was once an ogre (oni) mother who gave birth to a human looking child. Instead of an ogre's horn, this child was born with a sword in hand called the "Onikirimaru" or Ogre Slayer. He has no name and is only referred to by the name of his sword. Though he appears human, he is pure ogre. Believing that he will become human once all of his kind have vanished from the world of humans, he sets out on his destiny to slay all of his kind. Even now, in the mother world of Japan, he is still out there slaying ogres. I hoped to get at least sword action. Actually it's just a student who watched how ghost possesses women and provokes ghosts inside to show up in order to deal with them. Three episodes take place in modern time, and only last one in the beginning of XX century, and even that is not much different. Overall Rating: 5/10 11. Maps マップス [TMS Entertainment] (Finished 4/4) Tags: Shounen Space Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi While looking for the ledgendary Mapman, the last surviving member of the Nomad Star tribe, Lipumira finds him in Tokyo. His name is Gen Tokishima and he is the only one able to get one part of the starmap hidden within the Earth. After retrieving the piece, Gen must make a decision to follow Lipumira in her foolhardy search to find the remaining pieces of the starmap or stay on Earth. He makes his decision, only to find his girlfriend has beaten him to the spaceship as she wants to come as well. Unfortunately, as Gen learns the secret of the starmap, Lipumira's sisters have plans to stop her and will stop her at any cost. I knew I saw all this already... in ancient 1987 horrible anime. Visuals are better now, but plot is same nonsense. Overall Rating: 5/10 12. Tanin no Kankei 他人の関係 [J.C.Staff] (Finished 2/2) Tags: School Comedy, Romance, Ecchi Tokiro Ehara, an idealistic geeky professor, begins teaching at an exclusive high school for girls, with hopes of meeting young innocent minds in their most fragile state. Unfortunately, on his way to work, he meets 18-year-old Miyako and finds out that she is one wild student that needs to be taught how a prim and proper teenager should behave. He starts to believe that he is just the right person to teach her. Miyako, however, has other plans, and she's not above using her seductive wiles to lure him into submission. It actually seems to be originator of karakau tease ecchi subgenre which we see relatively often nowadays. But it's not just comedy - it actually tries to take things seriously. This mix of genres, unoriginal characters and lack of non-ecchi humor do not allow me to make it a decent score. Overall Rating: 5/10 13. Haou Taikei Ryuu Knight: Adeu Legend Lord of Lords Ryu Knight: Adeu's Legend 覇王大系リューナイト アデュー・レジェンド [Sunrise] (Finished 3/13) Tags: Mecha Action, Adventure, Fantasy In an old world clash between light and darkness (as always), the evil Lord Uongadis is sealed away under a gigantic monument called the Earth Blade. 20 years have passed since the wars, and now the threat of evil being brought back is greater than ever as demons try to revive their lord. As soon as chibi mecha show up, I can't treat it seriously anymore. But more and more silly things with maximally convenient turn of things happen over and over, so one needs to turn off logic and reflection while watching it. This I can't do . Overall Rating: 4/10 14. Cosmic Fantasy: Ginga Mehyou no Wana コズミック・ファンタジー 銀河女豹の罠 [Tokuma Shoten] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Space Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi Yuu and Saya are two of the top Cosmic Hunters in the galaxy, and Yuu is enjoying a bit of fame after his most recent adventure. The two are on a date when they are interrupted from a distress signal from their "ally", the feline pervert Nyan. In the meantime, the space pirate Belga begins attacking space freighters in an attempt to lure out Yuu, so she can take him to bed with her. Of course, when he spurns her, she decides that if she can't have him, then no one can. A light oneshot about a fight that spoilt a date. There are many elements that are supposed to be funny like cute designs of robots and ships, but overall can't call it funny and don't see the need to watch for those who is not aware of the game. Overall Rating: 4/10 15. Junkers Come Here: Memories of You ユンカース・カム・ヒア ~メモリーズ・オブ・ユー~ [Triangle Staff] (Finished 0/1) Tags: Drama, Slice of Life - Not found. I thought I found it, but it was movie from 1995. Overall Rating: 0/10 16. Hiroshima e no Tabi ヒロシマへの旅 [Toei Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Historical Drama, Slice of Life To spend the summer vacation, junior high school student, Kazuki rides a bullet train to Hiroshima to stay with his aunt. Arriving in Hiroshima, his aunt narrates the tragic past of what happened the day the atomic bomb fell. From the aunt who had to overcome a lot of hardships, he learns the value of peace and to have the courage to lose. What a bore, made just to remind about Hiroshima... Overall Rating: 4/10 17. Street Fighter II Movie Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie ストリートファイターII MOVIE [Group TAC] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen Martial Arts Action Get your quarters ready, because the world's top fighters are about to go head to head in this explosive animated adaptation of the classic Street Fighter II arcade game! M. Bison's plan to crush those who would oppose his organization, Shadowloo, is simple: brainwash the strongest martial artists around with his dreaded psycho power, and turn them into living weapons! To stop him, Interpol agent Chun-Li must team up with Major Guile of the United States Air Force, but that's no small feat. They'll have to put aside their differences and learn to work together, and fast. Bison is closing in on Ryu, a traveling vagabond said to be the best fighter in the world. Fortunately (or not), Ryu is a hard man to find, but the same can't be said of his eternal rival, Ken. And it might just be through Ken that Bison will get what he wants! Can the World Warriors beat Bison to the punch? Among the other fighting games adaptation it's the best one so far, but it still can't even stand out as non-mediocre, still pointless action for the sake of action and a few fans... Overall Rating: 5/10 18. Slam Dunk: Zenkoku Seiha Da! - Sakuragi Hanamichi スラムダンク 全国制覇だ!桜木花道 [Toei Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen School, Team Sports Set during the Inter High Championships, Shohoku take on Tsukubu, one of this year's dark horses. It's a clash of acquaintances as Anzai will face his former student which is now the coach of Tsukubu, while Akagi & Kogure meet Godai their former classmate and Tsukubu's captain. Finally Sakuragi is irked by the presence of Nango, Tsukubu's center, who vies for Haruko's attention. Much better than original weird movie, feels like just two episodes of original show. Overall Rating: 6/10 19. Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture 餓狼伝説 [Studio Comet] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen Martial Arts Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance Young millionaire Laocorn Gaudeamus is on a crusade to recover six pieces of armour said to give the user the powers of Mars—the legendary God of War. Fearing that her twin brother is slowly losing his sanity with every armour piece he collects, Sulia runs to Terry, Andy, Joe and Mai to form their own global crusade to stop Laocorn from opening a potential Pandora's Box and releasing an uncontrollable form of destruction. Second movie came out quite recently, and it looks identical to this third movie and also feels a lot like it. It remains material just for game fans. Overall Rating: 4/10 20. GS Mikami: Gokuraku Daisakusen!! Ghost Sweeper Mikami Movie GS美神 極楽大作戦!! [Toei Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Comedy, Fantasy Her name is Mikami and she is a Ghost Sweeper by profession. She's also the sexiest exorcist/bounty hunter you will ever meet! When an evil vampire sorcerer returns to Tokyo after a 100-year absence, Mikami is hired to track him and his menacing assistant down before they take over the city. Same as series, moderately amusing, but that's it. Overall Rating: 6/10 21. Raiyantsuuri no Uta ライヤンツーリーのうた [Mushi Production] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Historical Drama An indentured Chinese laborer, brought to Japan to work in a coal mine during WWII, manages to escape his captors. He hides out in the Japanese countryside, so far from human habitation that he does not realize when the war ends, with ultimately tragic results. Based on a story by Yoichi Takashi. Only available in arabic. Not sure why another story of survivor needs to be put to anime. Overall Rating: 5/10 22. Guskou Budori no Denki The Life of Guskou Budori グスコーブドリの伝記 [Animaruya] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Drama The Biography of Budori Gusko was the recipient of numerous awards including the Monbusho Selection. The original novella on which the film is based is one of Kenji Miyazawa's more famous works, alongside Matasaburo the Wind Imp, Gauche the Cellist and Night on the Galactic Railroad. The story follows the life of a young boy named Gusuko who lives in the countryside with his parents and little sister. A string of droughts and other natural disasters tear the family apart, and Gusuko is forced to leave home and seek his fortunes on his own. Driven by a desire to improve the quality of life of his poor countrymen, he eventually joins a group of scientists called the Iihatov Volcano Department, and there takes part in scientific projects to fight the natural disasters that drove him from his home. Not translated. As most biography-related adaptations, a bore. If your life is not affected by volcanos in any way... kinda useless. Overall Rating: 5/10 23. Heisei Inu Monogatari Bow Movie 平成イヌ物語バウ [Nippon Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Adventure, Comedy The story is set in primitive times. In a village which is home to Bow, Sayaka, and other funny characters. The village is suffering from a shortage of food. To resolve this critical situation, Inugami’s grandmother makes a prophesy: “The chosen one will save the village with a great animal.” Following this prophesy, Bow, Sayaka, Inugami, and Sabu set out together on a journey. Sayaka expends great effort trying to capture a mammoth, while Bow causes confusion by fooling around in his usual way… Not translated. 22 minutes can hardly be called a movie, but it differs from the series that stage is prehistoric era from the modern times in the series. Series was an extensive adoration of dogs and their habits. Movie is kinda the same as modern dogs in ancient era fool around while people try to organize life in the minimally accepted way. Overall Rating: 0/10 24. Kuni-chan no Ikka Ranran 邦ちゃんの一家ランラン [Nippon Animation] (Finished 0/1) Tags: Drama, Slice of Life - Not found. Overall Rating: 0/10 25. Samurai Spirits: Haten Gouma no Shou サムライスピリッツ 破天降魔の章 [Starchild Records] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen Historical, Samurai Adventure One hundred years after their deaths, six legendary holy warriors are reborn to seek justice against the former comrade who betrayed them into the hands of an evil god! The six warriors search the feudal province of Edo questing for the last Saint Soldier, Haohmaru, and their sworn nemesis Shirou Amakusa. Will the followers of the divine light triumph over the forces of darkness, or is history destined to repeat itself? Before their hundred-year journey has ended, six samurai will prove that the only thing stronger than their holy blades is the steel of their wills! It smells fishy from the very start as after one disaster we're shown fighters getting aware of it from different parts of the country. And yes, it's another adaptation of a fighting game. Every of the six warriors needs some screen time, plus the adventure itself, so 68 minutes is not that much. None of the fighting game adaptations have been able to break free from averageness for now. Overall Rating: 5/10
  23. Failed to find masterpieces in Spring 1994, so I'd prefer to highlight a decent work in need of translation - Tottemo! Luckyman 1. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S Sailor Moon S 美少女戦士セーラームーン S [Toei Animation] (Finished 3/38) Tags: Shoujo Mahou Shoujo Drama, Romance The Sailor Guardians and their leader, Sailor Moon, continue their duty of protecting Earth from any who would dare cause it harm. However, Sailor Mars' apocalyptic visions and the appearance of two new guardians—Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus—signal that a new battle will soon begin. These newcomers seek three Talismans that are inside the Pure Heart Crystals within human beings. Once brought together, these objects form The Holy Grail, a magical relic with extraordinary abilities. They want to use the Grail to save the world, but an evil organization known as the Death Busters seeks its power for their own desires. The removal of a Talisman from a person's Heart Crystal will cause their death, something that Uranus and Neptune see as a necessary sacrifice to form the Grail, while Sailor Moon and her group deem it unforgivable. But can any sacrifice be worth the cost if it saves the lives of the entire human race? It's nice that first episode shows a plot move this early, not so good that next two episodes are fillers as usual. Overall, usual Sailor Moon level. Overall Rating: 6/10 2. Mobile Fighter G Gundam 機動武闘伝Gガンダム [Sunrise] (Finished 3/49) Tags: Martial Arts, Mecha, Space Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Sports In the year Future Century 0060, the many countries that once comprised Earth's surface exist as separate colonies floating in space. Their home planet now uninhabitable, the ruler of all of the colonies is decided by their unanimous participation in the intergalactic Gundam Fight Tournament—a series of battles between the champions of each colony to determine who is most fit to reign over them all. Neo-Japan's champion is Domon Kasshu, a man who accepts the role with some ulterior motives. Domon searches the galaxy for his brother, a criminal who allegedly murdered their mother and made off with the Devil Gundam, a highly advanced weapon with the power to unleash mass destruction across the galaxy. In his quest to bring his sibling to justice, Domon travels from colony to colony, meeting many of the fighters who will become his allies and enemies in the forthcoming Gundam Fight Tournament. Armed with the strength of the Shining Gundam, Domon battles to uncover the truth behind his tortured childhood, suffering great betrayal and crushing blows on his quest toward personal and national triumph. You would not believe, but Sunrise finally changed something after so many attempts. Now it feels like battle shounen with slightly older protagonist. Still childish and silly, but with such tempo can rise to decent in a thousand years. Overall Rating: 5/10 3. Marmalade Boy ママレード・ボーイ [Toei Animation] (Finished 3/76) Tags: Shoujo Comedy, Drama, Romance Miki Koishikawa is a high school student who enjoys a very simple life. However, her ordinary life is about to be turned upside down, and she may not be able to handle everything that is coming her way. After a very "fun" holiday in Hawaii, her parents have decided to get a divorce. As if this wasn’t enough of a shock for the poor girl, she also discovers that they will soon be re-marrying and swapping partners with another couple who they met on holiday. In order to include Miki in this shocking turn of events, they ask her to give the new couple a chance, and set up a dinner date with everyone. Miki may have tried to be emotionally prepared for her new parents, but what she was not expecting was their handsome son Matsuura Yuu. Miki develops an instant crush for Yuu. What starts off as a lovely friendship between them soon develops into romantic feelings which they are both finding hard to control. But more trouble is ahead in their relationship, as both Miki and Yuu have admirers of their own who are trying very hard to keep them separated. Shoujo is hit on miss depending on characters personalities. Both are from middle school and kinda standard. Such basic shoujo focusing only on school romance was needed, but let's move on to more complex shojo already. Overall Rating: 5/10 4. Ginga Sengoku Gunyuuden Rai Galaxy Warring State Chronicle Rai 銀河戦国群雄伝ライ [E&G Films] (Finished 5/52) Tags: Shounen Space Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi Rai is a space opera that fuses feudal Chinese and Japanese customs with vast galaxy spanning empires and space-going societies. The story follows the life and times of the samurai Rai, and the quest of several spacefaring factions for control of territory and, of course, the Empire. Chinese customs Sengoku space opera with samurai. Did I miss anything? Add to that immature shounen samurai Rai, and the seriousness of the whole enterprise is put under huge question. Since it's unserious, let's compare it with another similar series Irresponsible captain Tyler. Tyler had charismatic team of characters , good humor, unexpected moves , logical narration. Rai has couple shallow occasionally showing up heroines and immature Rai, everyone else including enemies is either bland or unmemorable. Space battles here are depicted as one side just shooting at the other side, thus winning. We're getting thrown to war without any explanation or exposition. For some reason there's the need of constant down-to-earth samurai skirmishes on the planets. No humor spotted. So what we're supposed to do is watch different fights and different characters talking and as it repeats over and over make some sorts of conclusions out of it. It's a flawed approach from the start and with such horrible directorship and mediocre characters I fail to understand how people can like it. Overall Rating: 5/10 5. Red Baron レッドバロン [Tokyo Movie Shinsha] (Finished 3/49) Tags: Shounen Martial Arts, Mecha Action, Sci-Fi, Sports In the future, the "Metal Fight" games are the most popular televised sport in the world and many robot contestants compete for the title of Best Metal Fighter in the World. Kurenai Ken, along with teammate Saeba Shoko (who was, at first, adamant), pilots the Super Robot Fighter, Red Baron and enters the contest with dreams of becoming its champion. He must, however, face an army of other rivals from around the world including Kaizer (who is, in fact, Shoko's supposedly "lost" father, Tetsuo Saeba), the Tetsumen Tou ("Iron Fist" - a reference to the original Red Baron TV series) doctors, Tiger and ShinRon. It's better than average Sunrise mecha, but that is true for pretty much any mecha already. There's immature genki protagonist, some kind of female and mascot companions and even some humor - would suit kids just fine. Overall Rating: 5/10 6. Shirayuki Hime no Densetsu The Legend of Snow White 白雪姫の伝説 [Tatsunoko Production] (Finished 3/52) Tags: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance Snow White was a very happy princess, until the day her stepmother, the Queen Christelle, finally reveals her personality and wants to kill the girl. Snow White flees from the castle and got lost in the woods, where she meets seven dwarfs. Since when does a fairy tale take 52 episodes? Anyway, there's only official dub as story is totally childish and safe . It's also safe from anything even remotely interesting as any work for kids. Overall Rating: 4/10 7. Haou Taikei Ryuu Knight Lord of Lords Ryu Knight 覇王大系リューナイト [Sunrise] (Finished 3/52) Tags: Mecha Action, Adventure, Fantasy Adeu the Sonic, brash young pilot of the Ryu Knight Zephyr, is joined in his travels by Princess Paffy, Priest Izumi and Ninja Sarutobi. They encounter various people of the land, including other Ryus. On the way, Adeu seeks to test his Ryu against others and thereby grow in his abilities. Another attempt to merge fantasy with mecha. It feels like imitation of some final fantasy game as there are even sort of chokobo here. It actually might work with any other company, but Sunrise turns it into another kids parody with chibi designs and cheap humor that only they seem to understand. Overall Rating: 4/10 8. Tottemo! Luckyman とっても!ラッキーマン [Pierrot] (Finished 3/50) Tags: Shounen Gag Humor, Super Power Comedy, Sci-Fi This gag comedy series focused on the adventures of a bizarre superhero powered by special cooking and fights against various aliens and other enemies threatening the planet Earth. Not translated. It's a drawn in a childish way superhero parody, but since it's parody can be amusing. Also Luckyman is sort of pervy and uses below the waist hits a lot, so can't call it a show for kids. If anything, it's definitely more fun than Kinnikuman and thus deserved translation much more than Kinnikuman. And it's only the second anime I know that has those great Maruko-chan style narrator comments. Cool stuff. Overall Rating: 6/10 9. Yamato Takeru ヤマトタケル [Nippon Animation] (Finished 3/37) Tags: Shounen Mecha, Space Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi In the 25th century, a spaceship carrying 300 people leaves the earth in search of a new world in the solar system, but an unexpected accident occurs. They crash into a black hole which is connected to another universe. The people on the ship are cast adrift in an emergency capsule to a planet called Ismo. The story begins 12 years after they have reached Ismo. Ismo is a star of the Onam System, which corresponds to the Solar System in our universe. It is the only planet left in the Onam System. The Death Star called Yomi is a comet which regularly approaches the Onam System. There were once 8 planets in the Onam System. Many years ago, in the time of the gods, there was a war against the evil monster Yamatano Orochi (an 8-headed snake-like creature). The gods won the battle. Yamatano Orochi was locked into 8 stones, one of which is buried deep in the center of each planet. Nobody was supposed to have access to the core of the planets. However Tsukuyomi, an evil god who rules Yomi, succeeded in reaching the stones one after another, destroying 7 of the planets using his powerful robots, the Sky Warriors. However, when he tried to acquire the last stone from the planet Ismo, the most powerful Sky Warrior, Susanoo, got out of control and was blown away. A million years later, the Death Star Yomi is approaching the Onam System once again. Tsukuyomi, the master of Yomi, plans to take this opportunity to realize his dream of ruling the entire universe. He is desperate for the last stone containing Yamatano Orochi. If Tsukuyomi can get hold of this stone, Yamatano Orochi will return to life and its power will become his. Tsukuyomi needs Sky Warrior Susanoo to capture the stone, and sends 8 Sky Soldiers to get Susanoo back. But it is too late. Susanoo no longer belongs to Tsukuyomi. It belongs to Takeru, a 13-year-old boy from Earth, who happened to discover the buried robot Susanoo and woke it from its million-year-long sleep. Takeru becomes involved in the battle against the Sky Soldiers and their evil master, Tsukuyomi. Susanoo stands up to protect his friends and their planet. It feels like shounen adventure with swords, but when giant robots show up our trump card is summoned. Protagonist is a normal genki cheeky brat, so there's hardly anything to discuss here. Overall Rating: 5/10 10. Chou Kuse ni Narisou I'll Make a Habit of It 超くせになりそう [Studio Kyuuma, Studio Kikan, Azeta Pictures] (Finished 3/39) Tags: Shoujo Crossdressing, School Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life Shiratori Nagisa is a pink haired singing idol, continually badgered by her father to find new disciples for the family dojo. In an attempt to gain free-time as a normal kid, she cuts her hair and cross-dresses as a high-school boy. "Ootori Nagisa" enrolls in a run-down school, falling in love with a rival school's gang leader, Nosaka Akira. She soon finds out Nosaka-kun is a fan of Nagisa - The Idol. Keeping up the charade, they manage to sneak time together. Rivals for Nagisa's affection, BOTH their dojo-running fathers, as well as martial artist animals and an up-in-coming Idol conspire to make thier lives a complicated as possible. Childish protagonist, unserious mood, lots of boys love allusions due to trap nature of the anime... does not cut it for me at all. Overall Rating: 5/10 11. Goal FH: Field Hunter Goal Field Hunter ゴールFH (フィールド・ハンター) [Image Kei] (Finished 3/39) Tags: Action, Sports The story is about Hikaru Tatsumura who came from Brazil to fulfill his dream to be a great soccer player because he met a great player once who was admired by all people. However Tatsumura is a very cheerful person and easy going except when it is about soccer. He becomes serious and strong. He also gives a unique performance such as doing a funny dance with his buddy after he makes a goal. Tatsumura will face a lot of challenges with his team while aiming for success. Not translated. There's enough horizontal interaction , SOL , comedy and protagonist maturity to rival other soccer spokons, but since it's not translated - who cares. I certainly don't. Overall Rating: 6/10 12. Montana Jones モンタナ・ジョーンズ [Studio Junio] (Finished 3/52) Tags: Historical Adventure, Comedy, Mystery Boston, 1930: Montana Jones and his cousin professor Alfred Jones travel around the world to search lost treasures in order to bring them to museums. Alfred's mentor professor Gerrit helps them by sending LPs with information. On one trip they meet Melissa, a wealthy reporter, who speaks nearly all languages. She accompanies the two on their trips. Their opponent is Lord Zero, a rich, bizarre art lover and master thief. Lord Zero has two henchmen: Slim and Slam. There is also the inventor Dr. Nitro, who invents strange engines, which to help finding treasures. Only three episodes are translated. Art gives out Disney vibes. Substance is also similar as it's some adventure, and there is usually some competition with the antagonists. Something I saw in DuckTales many times. It's more mature, of course, as there are no infant heroes and no characters are placed just for comedy relief like Donald Duck, but I still see no way how anyone but kids would want to watch it. Overall Rating: 5/10 13. Soccer Fever サッカーフィーバー [Tokyo Movie Shinsha] (Finished 3/51) Tags: Historical, Team Sports Together with the hero of this series, Brian Thompson an ex-reporter, we get to relive the great games of the Football World Cup. The story begins with the first selection which took place in Uruguay 1930 until 1994 when it was held in the United States. We also get a depiction of Thompson's life from his youth until now. We also see the game brilliantly reborn through spectacular players like Franz Beckenbauer, Müller Gard, Eusebio and the greatest of them all, Pelé. Not translated. It feels like World Masterpiece Theater series (though it's not) with soccer theme. That's a fresh and historical look, which deserves praise. But since I don't have soccer fever, it's not for me to discuss. Overall Rating: 6/10 14. Iria: Zeiram The Animation イ・リ・ア ゼイラム The [Ashi Productions] (Finished 6/6) Tags: Space Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi Iria is the story of a girl and the Alien being she loves to hate. The series begins with her brother, Gren, taking a job. He is a bounty hunter, and one well known for his incredible skill. Iria, being a skilled apprentice bounty hunter herself, tags along. What is the job, one might ask. It is to find out what has happened to the crew and cargo of a Space Station. Needless to say, nothing is as it seems, and the war between Iria and Zeiram begins in earnest. Basically, it's a nice action story, but stretched too long, with annoying kids to accompany at certain points and with poorly written motivation of the sides of conflict. Overall Rating: 6/10 15. Shin Cutey Honey New Cutey Honey 新・キューティーハニー [Toei Animation] (Finished 8/8) Tags: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Ecchi Cosplay City is in danger when the evil Dolmeck shows up. Commanding his army of monsters, he plans on destroying everything. Only one person can stop this: Cutey Honey. After she is released from her dormancy, Honey Kisaragi becomes the multi-transformational android Cutey Honey. However, the least is expected when Honey is faced with an old enemy from the past: Panther Zora. Main disadvantage is that it lacks comedy since it's not made by Gainax... yet! As of now it mostly repeats ancient prequel with emphasized action and ecchi. Sadly, no real story value here. Overall Rating: 6/10 16. Dengeki Oshioki Musume Gootaman: Gootaman Tanjou-hen Butt Attack Punisher Girl Gautaman 臀撃おしおき娘ゴータマン~ゴータマン誕生篇 [animate Film, Studio Kikan] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Parody Action, Comedy, Ecchi Mari Amachi is a very devout Christian who transfers to Perfect Religion Academy. A school devoted to all religions of the world in effort to make it's students the next world leaders in religion. Her friend Saori is kidnapped by the Black Buddha cult; a group who wishes to take away religious freedom though force and brainwashing. Mari prays to God for help but Buddha answers the call, instead! Mari aspires only to help her friend and she is transformed into Butt Attack Punisher Girl Gotaman. Between fighting bad guys, making a deal with Buddha, and wearing scandalous costumes, is it more than Mari can take? It repeats concept of Kekko Kamen, but provides less cringe and less humor, so lacks in every field. Overall Rating: 4/10 17. Bakuen Campus Guardress 爆炎CAMPUSガードレス [Production I.G] (Finished 4/4) Tags: Shounen School Action, Comedy, Supernatural Long ago, the gate to the world of darkness was sealed. Now evil warriors, known as Remnants, are trying to reopen the gate and let demons take over the world. However, at Tobira High School, there exist guardians of the gate who must risk their lives to prevent the gate from being opened. It's exaggerated comedy action, so can hardly expect seriousness with muscular enemies in thongs or female enemy "Sexy whip". Female protagonist is on par with that as she competes with her mother over who kisses Takumi first in the mornings and most of her phrases are akin to "I will protect Takumi!" with Takumi being her brother of relatively the same age. It's easy to entertain in the moment with this kind of craze, but after it's over no good impression remains. Overall Rating: 5/10 18. Future GPX Cyber Formula Zero 新世紀GPXサイバーフォーミュラZERO [Sunrise] (Finished 3/8) Tags: Shounen Racing Drama, Sci-Fi A freak accident during the 12th Cyber Formula World Grand Prix causes Hayato Kazami to miss the rest of the season, and critically injures both his body and his will to continue racing. Hayato's longtime friend, Asuka Sugo, helps nurse him back to health, and in return he proposes to her and promises her that he would never race again. But as time goes on, Hayato begins to doubt whether he really wants to retire, and decides to make a comeback after all. And with the 13th Cyber Formula World Grand Prix now underway, he must struggle to regain his racing form; regain the trust of Asuka, whose promise he broke; and thwart the malicious intents of Henri Clayton. All the while, the reason behind Hayato's accident begins to unveil itself: the "Zero Zone." Since it's third installment already, it's hardly possible to shift set opinions at this point. As usual, I was only interested in whether protagonist has become a Pro by now and how relations have progressed to this point. Protagonist is kind of a pro all right now, but authors found a way to nullify all his progress yet again, lol. And he has progressed enough to hug a girl. I've known all that I came here for. Everything else is same average as usual. Overall Rating: 5/10 19. Nana Toshi Monogatari: Hokkyokukai Sensen 七都市物語 ~北極海戦線~ [animate Film] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Military Drama, Sci-Fi In 2099, Earth has shifted off its axis and begins to rotate at an angle of 90% to the 20th-century equator. Three years of natural disasters follows, and when things settle down, Earth's ten billion population has died and only two million moon colonists remain. Some return to begin the repopulation of the world in seven new cities and the remaining colonists of the moon fear that their former neighbors might pose a threat and construct a ring of defensive satellites to trap them on the newly repopulated homeworld. It feels like author of Legend of Galactic heroes was sad that all his stratagems looked silly in space, so he put up this artificial setting just to show cool traps hidden in the water! Ridiculously rushed development and implementation with zero outcome value, as for me. Overall Rating: 5/10 20. Shin Kujakuou Spirit Warrior 真・孔雀王 [Madhouse] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Mythology Action, Horror A young mystic without a past, Kujaku was born under a dark omen possessed of incredible supernatural powers. Raised by priests, he has learned to use these powers for good. But the evil Siegfried von Mittgard seeks to steal his birthright, and rule the world as the Regent of Darkness. He has dispatched bloodthirsty minions to destroy Kujaku before he can awaken to his destiny. Now, Kujaku must unravel the riddle of his past, before the power within consumes him! It used to be a total mess. Now it's just an average action with somewhat crazy story. Overall Rating: 0/10 21. Mars マーズ [Discotek Media] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Shounen Mecha Action, Sci-Fi Mars is the 1st remake of the franchise and restored the original manga's storyline of a young boy in suspended animation inside a South Sea volcano who awakens a century before his alien masters planned to use his powers to reduce human civilization to a manageable low-tech level. Not translated. As you see from the synopsis, source is very old, probably 60s. And it's inevitably very simple. It's mostly dialogues of Mars with scientists and military with inevitable giant mecha ambush at the end of each episode. It's mostly military fighting the giant mech, but of course boy can not be kept out of danger. Ending is kinda open, so meh. Overall Rating: 3/10 22. Yuu☆Yuu☆Hakusho: Meikai Shitou-hen - Honoo no Kizuna Yu Yu Hakusho the Movie: Poltergeist Report 幽☆遊☆白書 冥界死闘篇 炎の絆 [Pierrot] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen Martial Arts, Mythology Action, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural Millennia ago, a war was fought between the Netherworld and the Spirit World. Ultimately, the Netherworld was destroyed and Lord Yakumo, the King of the Netherworld, was banished to the depths of space. Now, five defenders from the Spirit World must team-up against Yakumo's Demon-Gods for possession of five, mystical sites. But Lord Yakumo is dangerously close to reclaiming the Power Sphere—the source of the Netherworld's energy—and once it is again in his possession, our world will become the new Netherworld. Action has become very impressive, but there's not much besides. Overall Rating: 6/10 23. Crayon Shin-chan Movie 02: Buriburi Oukoku no Hihou クレヨンしんちゃん ブリブリ王国の秘宝 [Shin-Ei Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Seinen Action, Adventure, Comedy An action adventure film set in a imaginary southern island in the Indian Ocean. The evil secret society, "White Snake" abducted Shinnosuke and Prince Sunnokeshi of the Buri Buri Kingdom, who looks very much like Shinnosuke, in order to get the kingdom's hidden treasure in the golden palace underground. Shinnosuke's parents, Hiroshi and Misae fight with Lulu, the major of the palace guard of the kingdom, against White Snake, trying to recapture Shinnosuke and the prince. Since there is a previous movie to compare to, it's easier to do now. There are still quite a few nice jokes, but action story with twim subplot gives a worse impression with much time getting spent on plot development and even fighting scenes with little opportunity for humor, and that's just not Shinnosuke usual tempo. Overall Rating: 6/10 24. Sangokushi: Dai San Bu - Harukanaru Taichi 三国志 第三部 遥かなる大地 [Toei Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Action Historical An anime based on the Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel. As a part of trilogy, I hate it as much as prequels for being much worse than original Sangokushi titles because of art, same looking characters and even worse directorship. Same horrible open ending, of course. Overall Rating: 4/10 25. Dohyou no Oni-tachi 土俵の鬼たち [Studio Deen] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Combat Sports, Historical Drama, Sports Animated film about the life of the 45th Yokozuna, Wakanohana Kanji I. Not translated. Demon ring looked quite like a normal ring to me... Anyway, guy comes from a poor family, gets noticed for strength during WWII, wins first sumo match while being a normal thin guy, inevitably looses soon and then starts to go for judo professionally with all the hardships and conflicts on the way. Pretty normal story with some nice observations of the time. Overall Rating: 5/10 26. J League wo 100-bai Tanoshiku Miru Houhou!! Jリーグを100倍楽しく見る方法!! [Nichion] (Finished 0/1) Tags: Parody Comedy, Sports - Not found. Overall Rating: 0/10 27. Slam Dunk: Ketsui no Shouhoku Basket-bu スラムダンク 決意の湘北バスケ部 [Toei Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen School, Team Sports - It's actually just a fast-paced compilation of the starter episodes, as such completely useless and messy with poor directorship. Overall Rating: 1/10
  24. Shonan Junai Gumi! is the only minor masterpiece discovered in Winter 1994. 1. Akazukin Chacha Red Riding Hood Chacha 赤ずきんチャチャ [Gallop] (Finished 3/74) Tags: Shoujo Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance Akazukin Chacha is the story of a young magical girl (Mahō Shōjo) named Chacha. Living with her guardian in a cottage on Mochi-mochi mountain is Seravi, who is her teacher and also the fictional world's greatest magician. Chacha is clumsy in casting her spells because, throughout the anime, when she summons something, it often turns out to be something that she didn't mean to cast, for example, spiders (kumo) instead of a cloud (also kumo). At times in the anime when she and her friends are in trouble, however, her spells do work. Living on the same mountain is a boy gifted with enormous strength named Riiya. It is described that Riiya came from a family of werewolves who can instantly change into a wolf whenever they want. Quite far from Mochi-mochi mountain lies Urizuri mountain. Dorothy, also a well known magician in her land, lives in a castle on Urizuri mountain. Living with her is Shiine, her student. Shiine is adept when it comes to casting spells. He is a young wizard and most of his knowledge about magic was taught to him by Dorothy. Story is pretty much non-existent as it's just magician school stage and some evil emperor or something sending some nasties. Each episode follows the same pattern - stage changes, but there's usually no story or plot in each episode, just by the end there's some usual five-second fight that is preceded by transformation. Characters are ok, but are very young , like - I dunno - 8 years old, so they act irrationally and just fool around. So everything this anime really stands out for is humor. There's high density or slapstick humor. It's absolutely random and senseless. If I try to retell some gag in words or try to analyze what's happening on the screen, I inevitably feel stupid. I'm happy that it works for so many people, but I get tired too fast of senseless humor and I can't just turn off the head. I'm not enjoying this. Overall Rating: 6/10 2. Nanatsu no Umi no Tico Tico and Friends 七つの海のティコ [Nippon Animation] (Finished 3/39) Tags: Adventure, Slice of Life Nanami Simpson is a young girl. Her mother dies when she is young, and she goes to live with her father, Scott Simpson, on board a marine research vessel, the Peperonchino. Her father is a marine biologist, and he is in search of a creature known as the glowing whale. When he finds the bones of one of these, he is saddened, and resolves to change his mission toward preserving and caring for the creatures. Nanami befriends an Orca which she names Tico, and she goes swimming with it every day. Eventually, she learns to breathe underwater which astounds her father. Nanami nearly drowns one day, and one of the glowing whales saves her from certain death and returns her to the vessel, where her father finally gets to see it. I'm incompatible with World masterpiece series. This one is based on original scenario, so has more emotions and appeals better to children audience, but for me it's still a childish story about animals . Overall Rating: 5/10 3. Yuusha Keisatsu J-Decker Brave Police J-Decker 勇者警察ジェイデッカー [Sunrise] (Finished 3/48) Tags: Detective, Mecha Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi Grade schooler Yuuta Tomonaga stumbles upon Deckerd, a humanoid robot under construction by the Japanese police, built to fight advanced forms of crime. Yuuta's constant contact with Deckerd gives the robot a "heart," or personality; when Yuuta is recruited as the "boss" of the "Brave Police" as a result, a true human/robot partnership occurs. I loathe it as a part of Sunrise series that includes a dozen of same horrible mecha. Still I wanted to see, maybe humor got better or characters got likeable for once... nope, everything is same primitive as always in Sunrise mecha, the only problem is that it's not 70s anymore and quality level is the same as in the 70s. Overall Rating: 4/10 4. Shonan Junai Gumi! 湘南純愛組! [J.C.Staff, Life Work] (Finished 5/5) Tags: Delinquents, School Action, Comedy Eikichi Onizuka and Ryuji Danma are members of infamous biker duo, the Oni Baku. When not out riding around, they can be found in school, trying to pick up young women. This is the story of the young Onizuka, who would later become the greatest teacher in Japan, and his partner Ryuji in their quest to lose their virginity and reach maturity. They are widely feared bosozoku, and are known for their tenacity and viciousness in a fight. However, this lifestyle does not exactly endear them to the opposite gender, so they decide to change their ways. However, this is easier said than done. Shounen Onizuka is more about violence and girls, and less about humor, and in this regard it definitely loses to Kyou kara Ore wa as paragon of delinquent comedy. Shounen Onizuka is enjoyable , but after first great episode, middle ones are weaker, and that in the end determines inferiority vs Kyou kara Ore wa and a whole point penalty in score . Overall Rating: 7/10 5. Genocyber ジェノサイバー [Artmic] (Finished 5/5) Tags: Gore, Mecha, Psychological Action, Horror, Sci-Fi As the nations of the world begin to merge, world peace is threatened by the private armies of individual corporations. The Kuryu Group has just discovered a weapon that will tip world power in their favor. The Genocyber: a nightmarish combination of cybernetics and psychic potential. Many desire to control this monstrosity, but can its hatred be contained... Battle erupts, and the cyberpunk world of the future is about to explode with violence. It should have been called Genocyder as it has enough of genom, enough of genocyde, but lacks in cyber department. There's not much to see here besides the gore. Overall Rating: 4/10 6. Final Fantasy Legend of the Crystals: Final Fantasy ファイナルファンタジー [Madhouse] (Finished 4/4) Tags: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy A continuation of the events from Final Fantasy V. 200 years after Bartz and his friends saved two worlds from the threat of ExDeath, a threat arises and seeks to take the Crystals for itself. Linaly, a descendant of Bartz, and her friend/protector Prettz journey to the Temple Of Wind to seek the source of this new danger. FFV has the most boring story from all the plot titles of the franchise that start with 3rd. This sequel is set in the future and nothing more clever is invented than just devote each episode to crystal resembling nature element or similar symbol. In this regard it could easily be Dragon Quest sequel with a bit of tuning. The biggest problem is using new horrible and undeveloped characters. This stuff's rather basic and not giving anything in return for invested time. Overall Rating: 4/10 7. Plastic Little プラスチックリトル [animate Film] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Mecha, Military Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Ecchi Set on the planet Yietta, whose colonists make their living by exploiting the planet's unique liquid-gas oceans, Plastic Little begins as the Yietans are finally about to pay off their debts to the Galactic Federation. Unfortunately, there are those who would rather not let Yietta slip through their fingers... Enter Tita, 17 year old captain of the Cha Cha Maru. Together with her crew, Tita specializes in capturing Yietta's exotic life forms for intergalactic pet shops, but through plain bad luck she finds herself, instead, at the core of a sinister plot to take over Yietta! By rescuing 16 year old Elysse from the very clutches of the military, Tita puts the lives of both herself and her crew in mortal peril... but a girl's got to do what a girl's got to do! As the plotters mobilize their forces in a desperate bid to retrieve Elysse, whom they believe possesses a vital computer code, Tita must play a dangerous game of tag with an entire army of professional killers! It's Cat and Mouse on a planetwide scale, with one crucial difference: Mice don't shoot back, but Tita's does! For everyone who is aware of Satoshi Urushihara name it's evident that girls and fanservice are going to be in focus and plot will be there just to connect those events. I was surprised to know there's just four such events, but length is also just 47 minutes, and half of it has to be devoted to resolution, thus my initial assumption is confirmed. I don't consider "plot" to bear any real value, so I just can't recommend this OVA . Overall Rating: 4/10 8. Dirty Pair Flash ダーティペアFLASH [Sunrise] (Finished 6/6) Tags: Detective Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Ecchi Kei and Yuri were originally junior auxiliary agents in the Worlds Works and Welfare Agency (W.W.W.A. or 3WA for short) when the two were paired together under the codename "Lovely Angels." Kei was coming off her fourth probation for something she had done, and Yuri's dating exploits were common knowledge, not to mention the two had an instant dislike for each other when they met. At first, Kei and Yuri refused to work with each other, and Kei even resigned from the 3WA. Afterwards, the two continued to work together, although they earned their nickname, "the Dirty Pair" because of all the collateral damage the two (unintentionally) cause in the completion of their cases. And even though the two now get along with one another, they continue to bicker and complain to each other. Although it is often said that these are younger versions of the original Lovely Angels Kei and Yuri, in truth this series is an alternate universe telling of Dirty Pair, set in the years 2248-49. Several average movies and OVAs have tarnished Dirty Pair reputation to an extent after impressive initial series, so they are trying new things as younger Key and Yuri can be placed in a different stage like one city as well. But it all broke up for me with the magical girl transformation scene for each of the heroines in the first episode... why? Series had couple fanservice-enticing episodes, but now fanservice becomes the focus of the OVA with heroines degraded to the level of light-minded schoolgirls. It can bring some new audience, but inevitably averts old-school one . Overall Rating: 5/10 9. Giant Robo Gaiden Ginrei Giant Robo: Ginrei Special ジャイアントロボ外伝 GinRei 銀鈴 [Phoenix Entertainment] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Shounen Mecha, Parody, Super Power Comedy, Sci-Fi, Ecchi In episode one, Ginrei's dress is stolen, only to be used to fool the enemy. The second episode deals with a giant robot made exactly in her image. Finally, the third episode concerns Tetsugyu and Ginrei investigating a lost research team in a "wild west" desert setting. I did not like the original that was supposed to have some substance, so it is futile to hope I'd like specials. It's not half as bad as Sunrise mecha, but calling it decent is hardly possible as well - with all the fanservice involved here it's rather indecent. Overall Rating: 5/10 10. Koukou Butouden Crows Crows 高校武闘伝 クローズ [Knack Productions] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Shounen Delinquents, School Action Bouya Harumichi is a new transfer student to Suzuran all-boys high school, a place where only the worst delinquents assemble. Due to its large amount of delinquents who are hated by the general people for their inauspiciousness, similarly to crows, it is also known as "Crows High School." Harumichi is an insanely strong fighter but has an irresponsible personality. How will he act in this new environment where everyone is a delinquent? A decent delinquents anime. It manages to stay unserious, focuses on violence and lacks real humor at the same time. My preferences in the genre are quite the opposite - serious attitude, focus on girls equally as violence and substantial humor. Overall Rating: 6/10 11. Natsuki Crisis なつきクライシス [Madhouse] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Martial Arts, School Action Natsuki is the top female karateka in her high school. Beautiful and cheerful, she charms most people she meets. Most of the young men in her class would dearly like to be the object of her affection but she saves her passion for karate. Unfortunately, all the big ugly thugs she comes across want to fight her so she's always finding practical application for her karate skills. As the series continues and her opponents get grimmer, Natsuki learns techniques from Akido and Judo and develops a special Ki energy blast that doubles the strength of her punches. She may not be able to smash walls like some of her opponents but her special N.G. Bomber usually sends her opponents flying. Seriously... the whole anime is to watch at staged karate fights and pantsu flashes? Because there's nothing besides it, that's nowhere above average. Overall Rating: 5/10 12. Compiler [Studio Fantasia] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi When a world of 2-D beings discovers the existence of our universe, they send a team of beautiful Domni-Matrixes into our world to prepare it for total integration. However, once liberated from their flat and dreary 2-D existence, Compiler and Assembler quickly discovered that cybersex with a couple of 3-D guys is a lot more fun than world conquest. Now, in between interfacing with their boyfriends, Assembler and Compiler must protect the Earth from being deleted by their former masters and an army of killer programs. It's not recommended, because it's not self-sufficient OVA as actual story should have been cancelled or never issued with manga supposedly popular. Basically, it's two very different specials for... nothing. Overall Rating: 4/10 13. B.B. Fish B.B. フィッシュ [Production I.G] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Seinen Drama, Romance At the time of the ceremony of entry to the college, a young boy named Ushino Hayama finds Sara a girl whom he met ten years ago. From this day, a change has taken place in him, and notices that can now control some water. After having succeeded the swimming championships, he discovers deep sea diving. Will he find legendary fish or will he not over the course of 25 minutes?! Intrigue we deserve. Plus some fanservice Overall Rating: 2/10 14. Kibun wa Uaa Jitsuzai OL Kouza 気分は形而上[うああ] 実在OL講座 [Group TAC] (Finished 0/1) Tags: Seinen Comedy Follows an office lady who expresses the phrase "Uaa" when in a state of emotional disbelief in situations above her head—which is quite frequent in the office, while dating, and when out on the town with friends. Not found. Overall Rating: 0/10 15. Slam Dunk (Movie) スラムダンク [Toei Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen School, Team Sports Sakuragi and the Shohoku team takes on Oda and Takezono High School. This is Sakuragi's second match as he faces Oda, a basketball player who went to the same junior high. Calling 29 minute special a movie is kinda... wrong? But we get a match !... as expected from any spokon? I hope creators milked enough money for something useful with this filler fraud. Overall Rating: 4/10 16. Kattobase! Dreamers: Carp Tanjou Monogatari かっ飛ばせ! ドリーマーズ -カープ誕生物語- [Madhouse] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Team Sports This cartoon tells the story of the establishment of a famous baseball team in Japanese history... Not translated. Anyone wanted to see poor kids train in the field on pure enthusiasm? I doubt anyone ever wanted that... Overall Rating: 4/10 17. Nakazaki Tatsuya Super Gag Theater I 中崎タツヤスーパー ギャグシアター I [Shin-Ei Animation] (Finished 0/1) Tags: Adult Cast, Gag Humor Comedy An adaptation of various short gag manga by Tatsuya Nakazaki. Aired as a single TV special featuring twenty-five short stories. Not found. Overall Rating: 0/10
  25. It was a bland season for me. Can put any decent work on the cover, but since I prefer adventurer parties, let it be Fortune Quest: Yo ni mo Shiawase na Boukensha-tachi 1. Slam Dunk スラムダンク [Toei Animation] (Finished 4/101) Tags: Shounen School, Team Sports Hanamichi Sakuragi, infamous for his temper, massive height, and fire-red hair, enrolls in Shohoku High, hoping to finally get a girlfriend and break his record of being rejected 50 consecutive times in middle school. His notoriety precedes him, however, leading to him being avoided by most students. Soon, after certain events, Hanamichi is left with two unwavering thoughts: "I hate basketball," and "I desperately need a girlfriend." One day, a girl named Haruko Akagi approaches him without any knowledge of his troublemaking ways and asks him if he likes basketball. Hanamichi immediately falls head over heels in love with her, blurting out a fervent affirmative. She then leads him to the gymnasium, where she asks him if he can do a slam dunk. In an attempt to impress Haruko, he makes the leap, but overshoots, instead slamming his head straight into the blackboard. When Haruko informs the basketball team's captain of Hanamichi's near-inhuman physical capabilities, he slowly finds himself drawn into the camaraderie and competition of the sport he had previously held resentment for. Watching it for the first time, and I don't consider it great. I actually liked old Dash Kappei more as it had humor that was more to my liking. I understand that part of appeal comes from delinquent nature, but it hardly matters. And I'm not even taking into account logics as person who hates basketball and does not know its rules agrees to compete with basketball team captain not in punching faces, but in... basketball! So stupid. The next episode the same person who hates basketball... suddenly just appears in basketball team. R u freaking kidding me... there's nothing to enjoy here. Overall Rating: 6/10 2. Aoki Densetsu Shoot! Blue Legend Shoot! 蒼き伝説 シュート! [Toei Animation] (Finished 3/58) Tags: Shounen School Action, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sports Inspired by Yoshiharu Kubo's phenomenal performance that led Kakegawa High School to a miraculous victory in a soccer tournament, Toshihiko Tanaka decides to enter the same school as his idol and join the soccer club, hoping to become as successful as Kubo. Now a high school freshman, Tanaka is devastated as his expectations suddenly start falling apart. Kubo—the captain of the club—is absent due to illness. To make matters worse, the freshmen are not allowed to practice alongside the sophomores or become regulars on the team. The final nail in the coffin is the reluctance of Tanaka's friends, Kenji Shiraishi and Kazuhiro Hiramatsu, to join him in the club. Although Tanaka and his friends were once known as a deadly soccer trio in their junior high school days, Kenji and Kazuhiro have both quit soccer for personal reasons. When Tanaka starts to lose hope, an encounter with Kazumi Endo—a girl from his childhood—becomes the unexpected key to his freedom from despair. The disappointed Kazumi wants to see the trio reunite, so she takes matters into her own hands in her mischievous way. Thus, Tanaka's high school soccer career prepares for the kickoff. It's a bit of romance and serious team spokon with spotlight on many team members rather than the star one. Anyway, it's still better than all previous childish soccer spokons, so it can be considered decent, I guess. Overall Rating: 6/10 3. Muka Muka Paradise ムカムカパラダイス [Nippon Animation] (Finished 3/51) Tags: Adventure, Comedy Uiba Shikatani, the daughter of a pet shop owner, is heartbroken after some reptile eggs fail to hatch. In his attempts to cheer her up, her father brings home a large, striped egg, which he hopes will successfully hatch (unexpectedly into a green dinosaur whom they call "Muka-Muka," which are the only words which the baby reptile can speak). Muka-Muka soon becomes the talk of the town and comes into the interest of the town's professor and his wacky inventions, including a time machine which successfully teleports the Shikatani's among other families and their homes to pre-historic times where they encounter several other dinosaurs and enchanted beings on their adventures. Not translated. Girls need their own Doraemons... and that's how Muka Muka Paradise was born. But since Muka Muka does not talk, it's better to compare him with representatives that have non-talking pets as well. Overall... lacks humor and feels average. Overall Rating: 5/10 4. Jungle no Ouja Tar-chan ジャングルの王者ターちゃん [Group TAC] (Finished 3/50) Tags: Gag Humor, Parody Action, Comedy Ta-chan is the king of jungle. He was abandoned in savanna, and has been raised by a chimpanzee, Etekichi. He has a dearest wife, Jane who used to be a top model in New York, but now she looks... Anyway, to protect animals from poachers, Ta-chan is fighting against them with his disciple, Pedro, and a master of Chinese martial arts, Ryo. This anime is based on the manga with the same title; it begins as a comical parody of Tarzan. The first several episodes are comedies, but the rest of the series consists of (rather) serious episodes. There have been two anime about wilderness man coming to a civilized town. But this one is different as it's wilderness man treating guests from civilization. Anyway, too horrible characters and too bad humor... so with rare moments of ok humor it's still done by these poor characters. Overall Rating: 5/10 5. Heisei Inu Monogatari Bow Heisei Period Dog Tale Bow 平成イヌ物語バウ [Nippon Animation] (Finished 3/40) Tags: Adventure, Comedy Bow is a homeless dog, who enjoys his carefree life. This dog is no super-hero. He drools when he's hungry, he wags his tail when he's happy, and he barks when he's excited, just like an ordinary dog but even uglier and stupider! His dumb innocence often leads to disaster. But somehow people are charmed by him. School children, a lonesome cartoonist, and a gangster family all play an important role in Bow's life. Not translated. And another anime with non-speaking pet. This one is just boring as it's all just about dog stuff , almost like Where is Michael, just with a semi-passive host . I'm astonished how someone could gather so many observations of dog life, but there's not much good in dog life even if it's idealized. Overall Rating: 5/10 6. JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (OVA) ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 [APPP] (Finished 6/6) Tags: Shounen Vampire Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural Kujo Jotaro is a normal, popular Japanese high-schooler, until he thinks that he is possessed by a spirit, and locks himself in prison. After seeing his grandfather, Joseph Joestar, and fighting Joseph's friend Muhammad Abdul, Jotaro learns that the "Spirit" is actually Star Platinum, his Stand, or fighting energy given a semi-solid form. Later, his mother gains a Stand, and becomes sick. Jotaro learns that it is because the vampire Dio Brando has been revived 100 years after his defeat to Jonathan Joestar, Jotaro's great-great-grandfather. Jotaro decides to join Joseph and Abdul in a trip to Egypt to defeat Dio once and for all. Tried to watch remake once... and it felt morally old and childish. As I understand now, it's stylish fashionable men with some abilities are fighting some superboss with super-abilities and barely manage by sheer luck or endurance or command play. There are usually also a lot of casualties which usually miraculously cure later on. Also there is high variety as show is supposed to surprise with "bizarre" in the title. I understand it better now, but my case rests the same - I don't understand why I would want to watch it. It's definite improvement over Hokuto no Ken (last JoJo episode even has ATATATATATA), but in my opinion it was floor level and now just above the floor level. Overall Rating: 6/10 7. Black Jack ブラック・ジャック [Tezuka Productions] (Finished 2/12) Tags: Medical, Psychological Drama, Mystery, Suspense Kuroo Hazama, also known as "Black Jack," is a legend in the medical world. Famous for being one of the best, as well as not having a license, Hazama and his assistant Pinoko save countless lives that other doctors cannot... for a price; an exorbitant price, in fact, which causes many to view the genius as greedy and heartless. Despite these claims, however, none can deny his skill and the lengths that he will go to treat his patients. This dark medical drama tells the story of the ominous and mysterious world of underground medicine as Black Jack risks his life to cure some of the most bizarre diseases imaginable, even if it means breaking every law in the process. No coherent story, just episodic cases of underground genius doctor with difficult mystical cases, something like Dr. Chaos that I can't stand. Overall Rating: 5/10 8. Boku no Chikyuu wo Mamotte ぼくの地球を守って [Production I.G] (Finished 6/6) Tags: Shoujo Drama, Sci-Fi Alice Sakaguchi once dreamt that she is another person living on the moon. The dream is so strange and so real that Alice can't stop thinking about it. She finds out that some of her classmates are having the same kind of dream. They soon discover that they had been seeing flashes of their past lives as a team of scientists on the moon. Alice and her friends then decide to find the other members and piece together what took place back then. Complications arise when they realize that everything that happened in their previous existence continue to haunt and affect their present lives. I regret every second of the time wasted time on this OVA... I see it as a weird homage to ancient OVA Terra e... Again Moon, Earth, nostalgy for lost home, espers, and I think there was at least Enju in Terra e..., though I may be mistaken. Anyway, pretentious senseless dialogues about nothing and even worse plot. And a lot of people wasted much more time making it - I shiver at the very thought of that. Overall Rating: 2/10 9. The Cockpit ザ・コクピット [Madhouse] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Adult Cast, Historical, Military 1. Slipstream About a Luftwaffe pilot who must choose between his duty to his country: to guard a bomber loaded with Germany's final hope of victory... the world's first atomic bomb... or his duty to the world: to let it fall in flames to enemy Spitfires and be a footnote in history. Of course, things are complicated by the plane's other cargo... the woman he loves. 2. Sonic Boom Squadron Near the end of the war, Japan has implemented a new weapon -- a human-piloted rocket-propelled flying bomb. Aboard a bomber carrying one of these, young Ensign Nogami awaits his chance to die as a "cherry blossom", a suicide pilot. In a few hours, he will die. The date of his death is set: August 6, 1945. 3. Knight of the Iron Dragon Two soldiers attempt to reach an air base in order to fulfill a promise despite the fact that it might have been rendered moot in the reality of war. For crying out loud... not the Space Express AND Captain Harlock character designs again... that alone is enough for a full score penalty. Add to that that there are three stories each of some 20 minutes length and that it's all about brave AXIS heroes aiming to conquer half of the world for the rule of the strong, and my disgust will become evident. Overall Rating: 4/10 10. New Dominion Tank Police 特捜戦車隊ドミニオン [J.C.Staff] (Finished 6/6) Tags: Shounen Detective, Mecha Comedy, Sci-Fi In the follow up to Shirow's classic anime, Al, Leona and their trusty steed, Bonaparte, continue to fight crime in New Port City, alongside the rest of the Tank Police. But a new threat appears in the form of a series of terrorist attacks, using the latest weapons technology. The Tank Police are out-numbered and out-gunned, but Al and Leona set out to discover who or what is behind these attacks. With massive explosions and high-speed chases, Leona often causes more damage than the criminals she pursues. Dominion Tank Police franchise is basically maximally unserious Patlabor. Prequel was too crazy for me as it casually treated torture by police in many cases - luckily, no such issue spotted here anymore. It's somewhat fun... yet not fun enough for me to enjoy. Overall Rating: 6/10 11. Choujikuu Seiki Orguss 02 超時空世紀オーガス02 [J.C.Staff] (Finished 6/6) Tags: Mecha Action, Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi Years of political tension and mistrust between the two rival nations of Zafran and Revillia escalate to the point of war. Each nations solution: to gain possession of Decimators, the same ancient robots of war that nearly ended all life on the planet 200 years before. As the war ensues and the leaders of both nations become reluctant to surrender, only the desperate plan of Lean, a young cadet, and Nataruma, a psychically gifted young woman, to alter the timeline of events 200 years before stands the chance between humanity's survival or absolute destruction. As competition gets more and more fierce, I cant treat all these remnants of history lightly. Orguss 02 is average at best. What did Orguss stand out for ? Somewhat charismatic and somewhat pervy protagonist and his harem of female half-beast aliens with unusual morality. What do we have here? Many years have passed and another bland hero in mecha fights some other mechas like in every single shitty Gundam. Pathetic . Overall Rating: 5/10 12. Sono Kinisasete yo: My My Mai My My Mai その気にさせてよ myマイ舞 [J.C.Staff] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Comedy, Supernatural, Ecchi While on the job, it is important to watch how you present yourself as people's perceptions can mean everything. For Mai Waku, an owner of a firm tackling supernatural problems, this simple task can be incredibly difficult. With her unavoidable sex appeal, Mai seems to always find a way to end up naked while working on a case. Dealing with a variety of people from well-known celebrities to innkeepers, Mai cannot seem to avoid precarious situations where she lacks clothes in the presence of her clients. Anime is about counselling heroine and all her clients problems are borderline ecchi is some what. Of course it is silly and light. Still calling it decent would be an overkill. Overall Rating: 5/10 13. Konpeki no Kantai 紺碧の艦隊 [J.C.Staff] (Finished 3/32) Tags: Historical, Military Action, Drama Konpeki no Kantai is a Japanese alternate-history original video animation series produced by JC Staff. Based on a 1992 novel by Yoshio Aramaki, the series focuses on a technologically advanced Imperial Japanese Navy and a radically different Pacific War that was brought about by Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto's revival in the past due to unexplained circumstances. The series also features real-life 1940s figures whose first names were changed, such as Winston Churchill to Kingston Churchill and Adolf Hitler to Heinrich von Hitler. Only 22 episodes are translated. Ever wanted to see how heroic Imperial Japanese Navy defeats USA fleet? Neither did I... At least make it fantasy and take out historical figures from your flick! I can't hide my aversion towards military series and especially alternative history ones. There's more harm than good in a show like this one. Zipang is tenfold better in every way. Overall Rating: 4/10 14. The Hakkenden: Shin Shou The Hakkenden: Legend of the Dog Warriors Part 2 THE八犬伝 新章 [AIC] (Finished 7/7) Tags: Shounen Historical, Martial Arts, Mythology, Samurai Action, Adventure Second part of The Hakkenden. Prequel was very chaotic with all the demons. But this sequel is way worse as it borders illusions or alternative realities all the time now. Action is same good, but it's the kind of mess I can't tolerate. Overall Rating: 5/10 15. Fantasia Girl from Phantasia ふぁんたじあ [Production I.G] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance Akihiro is a teenaged boy with fantasies. He's about to have date with his girlfriend Miyuki when he finds a strange carpet on his way home. Home, a pretty and over-energetic girl named Malon appears from the carpet. She tells Akihiro about the world of Phantasia and wants to live with Akihiro. But even if Akihiro loves pretty girls, he becomes angry with Malon's magical powers and drives her away. The maniac wizard, Roll, who wants to kill Malon, doesn't help at all. Just 28 minutes for another one-shot about girl suddenly appearing in boy's room. And it manages to turn into love octangle and even draws a conflict with the rival. Just Urusei Yatsura one-shot clone with very little sense into it. Overall Rating: 4/10 16. Time Bokan Oudou Fukko Time Bokan: Royal Revival タイムボカン王道復古 [Tatsunoko Production] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Mecha, Parody Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi A laugh-out-loud hilarious adventure from the studio behind Gatchaman and Speed Racer! Who has what it takes to be the baddest of the bad? It's evil versus evil as teams of bad guys compete to be the meanest villains ever! Watch and laugh as the Dorombo Gang and their Kitchen Robot take on the worst of the worst in a wacky race to be the greatest villains in anime history! The only force that stands in their way are the superheroes of anime. Will the Gatchaman ninja arrive in time to save the day? The only thing franchise really needs for revival is sexy villain antagonist as she was from the start. As you can expect, none of the kind is presented here. Instead, a lot of different old parties are presented and even starting cool antagonist heroine is drawn ugly here. Now it's a parade of five uglies... franchise is moving towards kids audience more and more from the nice start, and I consider this direction just wrong. Overall Rating: 5/10 17. Emblem Take 2 代紋(エンブレム) TAKE2 [Toei Animation] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Seinen Organized Crime, Time Travel Action, Drama Shinjuku, 1983. A member of the Kaeda Yakuza gang, Akutsu Jouji, has lost in a brawl with a university cheering squad, and begs for forgiveness through bitter tears. Since then, nothing has gone well in Jouji's life, until 10 years later in 1993, his friend was ordered to kill him, and as he ran away he killed himself, ending his miserable life. But when Jouji opened his eyes, he was in Shinjuku in 1983, at the fight with the university students that caused things to go wrong. Now with ten more years of memories and experience, Jouji repels the university students with spirit and wisdom. Now he swears to wear a gold emblem around town, and begins his life anew. There has been a whole lot of traditional yakuza OVAs with various obscurity, so there have been enough coverage already. Take2 understands that biker gangs times are mostly done for, so time slip is introduced to move from relatively modern 1993 ten years back in time to the core of wild times. True depiction of petty yakuza make this anime on the better side of the serious yakuza genre, yet it's only decent. Overall Rating: 6/10 18. Fortune Quest: Yo ni mo Shiawase na Boukensha-tachi フォーチュン・クエスト ~世にも幸せな冒険者たち~ [J.C.Staff] (Finished 4/4) Tags: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy Fortune Quest is the tale of a bunch of adventurers. Imagine your classic D&D party—Fighter, Thief, Bard, Mage, Healer ...and Porter? Okay, don't know where the Porter comes from, but Pastel and her group of adventurers are broke and need a job. They can't afford to buy any of the adventure modules from the module seller, so they have to take part-time jobs to pay off their debts. And an innocent job to fetch holy water leads to world-threatening danger ...and a white dragon. First episode actually deserved a masterpiece, but dungeon was a big downer, so no matter how I like adventurer parties, it's only decent. And it has a bard that can compete for the most useless bard ever! And that's usually my favorite class... Overall Rating: 6/10 19. Chouon Senshi Borgman 2: Shin Seiki 2058 Sonic Soldier Borgman 2: New Century 2058 超音戦士ボーグマン2 [SECOND] -新世紀2058- [Production Reed] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Shounen Mythology Action, Sci-Fi In 2058, the menace of the Youma (demons) returns under the evil leadership of the Master. A new generation of Borgman, under the leadership of Chuck Sweager, is mankind's only hope of stopping the plague of evil before it consumes all of Megalocity. But Ken, an unwilling recruit to the Borgman, may have more in common with the enemy than with humankind... Well... just average, by today's standards even worse. Just milking memories. Overall Rating: 5/10 20. Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru: Owarinaki Toki no Monogatari 魔神英雄伝ワタル 終わりなき時の物語 [Sunrise] (Finished 3/3) Tags: Fantasy The story is about a 9-year-old boy named Wataru Ikusabe who is magically transported to a magical realm of the gods called Sokaizan which he is supposed to save. He also befriends many of the Soukaizan natives, and forms some very strong friendship bonds. I'm really surprised to find this first and closest clone of Dragon ball to be still alive and kicking. Since there are at least three better imitators already, this one feels sour now. Sunrise is slow to adapt to anything new, as usual. Overall Rating: 5/10 21. Shibai Taroka しばいたろか [Knack Productions] (Finished 2/2) Tags: Shounen Delinquents, School Action, Comedy, Romance There is a new student at Oobu High School. His name is Yakuda Daigo. With his buff body and a tough looking face that can make every one run, soon rumors spread about him. Some says he's a gang leader, others say he is involved with Yakuza business, still more say he rapes, steals and likes beating people. There are only a handful of people who know who Yakuda really is, including Manami-a. She is a girl Yakuda fell in love with. Yakuda loves to cook and he likes cute things. He also enjoys gardening, crafting and adores pets. He is a very caring person. He always carries around a cute sewing kit and a cute first-aid kit around. However, with many unfortunate events, he often gets involved with a gang fight or a criminal, along with other coincidental things that happens around him. People always assume the worse for him. Will everyone find out who he really is? We've already seen delinquent going for sewing club, now there's a delinquent going into gardening club, but the core is the same - he likes cute stuff and is shy with girls while everyone thinks of him as a brute. Ok, but not great. Overall Rating: 5/10 22. Yokohama Bakkure-tai 横浜ばっくれ隊 [Toei Animation, Knack Productions] (Finished 4/4) Tags: Shounen Delinquents Action, Comedy, Romance It's all gags and fighting as gangster Tsunematsu Narita (the "biggest idiot in Yokohama") causes havoc in the neighborhood with his two henchmen. Based on the Shonen Champion manga by Tetsu Kusumoto. Not translated. Since it's not a part of some franchise, but original title, had to look into it, because who else would. The good thing is that it's comedy focused. The bad thing is that characters lack individuality and almost everyone looks similar. In other regards it's just as the worse half of yakuza anime - low quality , weird gimmicks , etch, violence and chaotic events failing to present somewhat integral plot. Overall Rating: 4/10 23. Aesop Douwa イソップ童話 [-] (Finished 0/3) Tags: - - Not found. Overall Rating: 0/10 24. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon R: The Movie Sailor Moon R: The Movie - The Promise of the Rose 美少女戦士セーラームーンR THE MOVIE [Toei Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Mahou Shoujo Drama, Romance When Mamoru was little he gave a rose to a little boy named Fiore. Fiore promised that one day he would bring Mamoru lots of flowers. Now Fiore has come back to earth but his intentions are not merely to fulfil a promise... Feels like finale of some arc. Drawing seems to be more precise, but at times it looks worse. Overall, more of the same, nothing special spotted. Overall Rating: 6/10 25. Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Arata naru Tatakai no Overture Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Overture to a New War 銀河英雄伝説外伝 新たなる戦いの序曲[オーヴァチュア] [Magic Bus, Kitty Film Mitaka Studio] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Adult Cast, Military, Space Action, Drama, Sci-Fi Led by Reinhard von Müsel, the Galactic Empire crushes the Free Planets Alliance in the Fourth Battle of Tiamat. Arriving in the Imperial capital of Odin to a hero's welcome, Reinhard's victory earns him a promotion to High Admiral and the distinguished title of Count von Lohengramm. On the other side, Yang Wen-li safely returns to the Alliance capital of Heinessen without fanfare and reunites with his dear friends. Reinhard and Yang look forward to a long-awaited reprieve. However, at the request of the scheming Duke Otho von Braunschweig, the Imperial High Command orders the new High Admiral to invade the Alliance with a fleet of twenty thousand ships. After the Duke leaks the plan to the Alliance government, three fleets totalling forty thousand ships are sent to counter the incoming attack and recreate the famous Battle of Dagon. But even though Reinhard is outnumbered two to one, he has an ingenious plan—and Yang sees right through it. Will Yang's superiors heed his warning before it is too late? As it's retelling of the beginning, waste of time. Overall Rating: 4/10 26. Coo: Tooi Umi kara Kita Coo Coo 遠い海から来たクー [Toei Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Slice of Life Obata Yousuke lives on Pagopago in the Fiji archipelago with his father Tetsuo, a specialist in oceanographic biology. After a storm strikes the island, Yousuke rides to the lagoon with his Jet Ski and finds a strange baby dinosaur there. He takes it to his father's laboratory and names it Coo. Coo grows and seems to be a large marine reptile (a baby plesiosaur) which lived there some 65 million years ago. But Coo soon becomes an object of interest for the French secret service, assigned to protect the nuclear interests of France in that otherwise peaceful part of the world. I don't see how this animal story in the core can be of interest to anyone but kids. Change plesiosaur to some whale or dolphin, and you probably seen it already. Or even don't change , and you've still seen it in the first Doraemon movie. Plain childish. Overall Rating: 4/10 27. Mother: Saigo no Shoujo Eve MOTHER 最後の少女イヴ [Toei Animation] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi The future is bleak and urbanized. A government super-power holds the keys to all the doors. Hope lies in a secret organization who kidnaps "gifted" children and teaches them to wield their ability to view the life energy of all living things. A young girl befriends a sempai, a street rat comes to rescue her, and two parents wait helplessly to see their daughter one last time... Finally a movie about psychics that does not make me want to throw up instantly. Plot is very simple, literally just running away, and second half of the movie is explanation of the world , history , universe and hint of the future. It does not transcend beyond decent, though . Overall Rating: 6/10 28. Bonobono ぼのぼの [Group TAC] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Anthropomorphic Comedy The first theatrical Bonobono movie. It's not familiar, so why not watch and sample it. Actually, miracle happened, and this movie is not only for kids. There is enough nice humor and observations - enough to not block it as kids work, but not enough for a decent status. Overall Rating: 5/10 29. Aoi Kioku: Manmou Kaitaku to Shounen-tachi 蒼い記憶 満蒙開拓と少年たち [-] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Historical, Military Drama A class of Japanese youths volunteer for the war effort during WWII, but then get stranded in Manchuria. Not translated. Well, I don't see real meaning in watching kids in patriotic awe wanting to fight for their horrible regime and then getting stood up. I watched, and it was not good. What can I say - turn on brains if your country calls to kill people on foreign territory, damn it. Overall Rating: 4/10 30. Battle Spirits: Ryuuko no Ken Art of Fighting バトルスピリッツ 龍虎の拳 [-] (Finished 1/1) Tags: Shounen Martial Arts Action, Comedy While trying to rescue a cat, martial artist Ryo Sakazaki and his playboy best friend Robert Garcia unwittingly break into a jewel thief's apartment. Moments after entering, they witness the thief being murdered by a group of thugs. Despite fighting their way out and escaping, things go from bad to worse when Ryo and Robert learn that the thugs were working for Mr. Big, the biggest crime boss in South Town. Not only does Mr. Big believe that the two have stolen the "Eye of Sirius," a priceless diamond, but he has also kidnapped Ryo's younger sister Yuri, and is holding her hostage. Without the diamond and out of options, Ryo and Robert must fight their way past Mr. Big's men and save Yuri before it's too late. Video game to anime transition passed even worse than Fatal Fury... Overall Rating: 4/10
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