+ its specials and movies.
I don't think there's a single thing about Kino's Journey that I don't love. I could say 'because there isn't more', but that's retarded since there are 18 novels and most of them are translated.
See you Space Cowboy, your kind will never be seen again.
Homura did nothing wrong.
If Michael Bay was Japanese and had talent.
But dammit Hiroe, quit drawing porn and continue this already.
The actual TV series is hit and miss, but it was all worth it for this.
+ Fate/Zero 2. Good ol' Urobutcher took everything that made the Fate series great, amplified the bleakness up to 11, and erased all the highschool bullshit that plagued Fate/Stay Night.
A highschool anime that went... past highschool?
I am shocked that concept is so rare.
Highschool lesbians suffer horribly to prevent the heat death of the universe.
What more could you want.
Not including its other seasons (or the horrendous OVAs that I shudder to think of). They weren't as good. The story may have become clearer, but really, clearing up all the mystery came at a detriment to everything that made Higurashi great -- sheer paranoia and madness.
Animation was a bit... rough at times, though. Hey, it's DEEN, whatdoya expect.
It's like a Tarantino film but with actual hope for the future.
What the hell is wrong with this show it's fantastic.
I need to rewatch this.
+the second season. Watch it for the economics.
... well, ok, in all seriousness, the medieval economics aspect of the show aren't really as complicated as some people seem to make it out to be. The main reason you'll watch (and like) S&W is because of the fantastic banter between Holo and Kraft.
Also, Season 3 never. Read the books you twats it's never going to be made.
Not the second season or movie. They were still good, but it's pretty difficult to surpass Psycho-Pass's shadow.
Psycho-Pass is probably the least 'anime-like' anime that I've ever seen. Aside from character designs, it seems completely removed from the usual conventions found within the medium, and as such, is probably the best anime to give to newcomers.
I do feel like the Urobutcher kind of peaked in his level of quality with both this and the 3rd Rebellion movie (his magnum opus is still Saya's Song, though), everything he's made since has been fairly lacking (although I've yet to see Expelled from Paradise).
+ its sequels.
+the second season. Probably the best coming of age story you'll ever watch. Well, best realistic coming of age story. FLCL still holds the 'Best Absurdist Coming of Age Story', although I'm unsure of how many stories would even fit under that heading.
Shitty ending, though, I mean what the fuck was that.
Mama Bear: The Movie
... just as long as you skip past the horror that is Endless Eight.
I get 'Nam flashbacks whenever anyone jokingly says "Kyon-kun, denwa".
which, i admit, is not often
Went in with low expectations and was left bursting into laughter every single minute.
Baby Steps is the biggest surprise I've ever encountered in an anime. Normally I don't watch sports anime, but I decided to try out BS (what an unfortunate acronym) since I've played tennis for most of my life, but stopped a few years ago.
The second season of this may have rekindled my love for tennis. I think a reason for this is because most of the anime comes off as astoundingly plausible. Many sports anime can't really be described as 'realistic' (and that's fine, it ain't real), so they don't garner any of my interest in the sport involved -- but I could easily see everything happening in BS happening in real life. The MC's growth in tennis is remarkable, but well within in the bounds of reality. Unlike something like Kuroko no Basket, where people are somehow capable of shooting a hoop with 100% accuracy, in BS, even the pros make plenty of mistakes, like serving into the net.
Season one was decent, but had some issues, mainly failing to intrigue the viewer and having another seemingly shallow token love interest like thousands of other anime -- but the 2nd season solidified these points. The pacing suddenly went from shaky to utterly perfect, and Natsu proved herself to be more than just a stereotypical love interest.
More people need to watch this.
Controversial or not, Evangelion's influence is massive and undeniable.
But I'm not counting the shitty Rebuilds, don't fuck with me.
Season 2 does not exist. I can do without Drunken Asshole Batman and Mary Suou, thanks.
Kick back and relax. Watch an episode before going to bed. This ain't a show you're supposed to marathon.
Punishing and unrelenting reality in movie form just to remind you that romance does not, and will never, work like it does in anime.
Just don't go in expecting to enjoy it.
Watch it for the Count. Well, and the in-depth story and unique art style I suppose, but really, you're here for the Count.
A 'rom-com' done correctly. Unlike what some claim, OreGairu does not 'subvert' rom-com standards, it just uses them with a sense of realism and self-awareness, making it a thouroughly unique experience despite it's over-used setting.
Although the second season was not quite as good.
Watch it even if you don't normally like shoujo, or hell, because you don't like shoujo. The reason this works so well is because it mocks the hell out of all the bullshit often found in shoujo anime/manga.
The utter peak of quality in the Monogatari series.
+ second season. I really need to start the manga.
This show makes me happy.
But do not read the manga. Just be happy it ended here and do not inquire further.
I SAY THIS FOR YOUR OWN GOOD.
The second and last (first is Ouran) shoujo anime that I've ever enjoyed. It doesn't necessarily break free from the normal conventions found within the demographic, it just pulls them off very well with a great of sense of humour. Both the MCs are unique and fascinating people, and I genuinely cared about watching their relationship grow. A 2nd season would be great but I doubt it'll happen.
Just not the 2013 sequel, that was the most pointless addition ever.
Ending was a fucking cop-out but nonetheless, it still has one of the greatest villains in anime.
Mostly here due to nostalgia factor. I'll admit looking back on it that it isn't nearly as good as I thought at the time, but it still paved the way for the greatness that is After Story, and has a pretty good sense of humour. Interestingly, I feel that while the drama in After Story was superb, the drama in Clannad felt arbitrary and, quite frankly, boring.
Another case of a Jun Maeda production needing far more than 1 cour to achieve its true potential, but still a fantastic show. Hopefully the VN will one day be translated, because as usual, Maeda's style and flair for grandious story-telling fits far better when he doesn't have time constraints.
Although, I think I'm kind of getting sick of Maeda's style by now.
Nidaime was ok, but it lost some of it's charm with most of the main cast gone.
The reason this show is so great is because the MC is the biggest fucking sociopathic piece of shit to ever grace an anime.
A lesson in how characters do not have to be likable to be great characters. To quote the show: "With people like this, it doesn't matter if humanity goes extinct."