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RabidMonk

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RabidMonk Sep 22
updated their review of Blood+
Score 8/10

For me the sign of a good anime is one where when it ends I feel a sense of loss knowing that the story of the characters you've come to care about has ended.  With Blood+ I feel this way and because of that I know it was something I enjoyed.  Strangely when it all began 50 episodes...

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Blood+
  • TV (50 eps)
  • 2005 - 2006

In world where flesh-eating monsters roam the streets, only one organization has the means to save civilization from annihilation: Red Shield, a specially-organized unit designed to fight these...

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RabidMonk Sep 21
updated their review of Berserk
Score 9/10

Ah Berserk.  What a weird show.  I remember choosing this because I grew up a huge medieval nut (Yes, I still am one) and I wanted to find something along those lines which would fill that interest which had been dormant for too long of late.  Somehow I came across...

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Berserk
  • TV (25 eps)
  • 1997 - 1998

Born beneath the gallows tree from which his dead mother hung, Guts has always existed on the boundary between life and death. After enduring a terrible childhood, he spends his adulthood in brutal...

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RabidMonk Sep 17
updated their review of Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge
Score 6/10

So Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge is a bit of a mixed bag.  While on one hand I did end up finishing (which I won't do with many anime I don't find worth my time) there were several times I almost gave up on it.  In fact, I spent most of the first 10 or so episodes wondering why...

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Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge
  • TV (25 eps)
  • 2006 - 2007

Nakahara Sunako, a high school girl whose interests include horror movies, coffins and gore, is sent by her aunt to live in an extravagant mansion with four ridiculously handsome boys. As if living...

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RabidMonk Sep 16
updated their review of Welcome to the NHK!
Score 7/10

Welcome to the NHK! is another show that seems to have fallen between the cracks for many people and yet deserves a lot more recognition.  It's not by any means perfect, but I'd happily watch another dozen NHKs over much of the junk I "enjoy" in place of them. Positives: So here we...

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Welcome to the NHK!
  • TV (24 eps)
  • 2006

Tatsuhiro Sato is a university dropout and a "hikikomori" – a person suffering from social withdrawal. To Sato’s dismay, his self-imposed exile from the world is rudely...

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RabidMonk Sep 2
updated their review of Ouran High School Host Club
Score 6/10

So oddly most people that watch this anime seem to love it and for me it was really more or less a "meh".  I actually stopped several times and only came back to it because I had nothing else in the hopper and in truth it only got a 3 of 5 because of the final arc.  Up to...

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Ouran High School Host Club
  • TV (26 eps)
  • 2006

Ouran High is a school for the extremely wealthy or, in Haruhi's case, the extremely talented. But no amount of talent will help when Haruhi accidentally drops an eight million yen vase in a music...

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RabidMonk Aug 31
updated their review of Ergo Proxy
Score 8/10

Ergo Proxy.  Ahhhh... The show everyone seems to love to hate.  So here's your contrasting opinion.  I really liked it, and if you dare please continue reading on and find out why! Positives: So Ergo Proxy for all its faults oozes ambiance and style.  When I first found out...

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Ergo Proxy
  • TV (23 eps)
  • 2006

In a futuristic world almost barren of life, mankind is confined to mechanized domed cities where A.I.’s control all aspects of life. In this world, humans are no longer born, they are...

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RabidMonk Aug 18
updated their review of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
Score 9/10

I'm not going to spend too long on this one since most everyone has seen it and you already probably know what to expect.  Yes it's a really fun ride but to avoid wandering down familiar alleys I'm just going to pick out a few things I liked and a few things I didn't like. Likes: Fun...

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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
  • TV (25 eps)
  • 2006 - 2007

In 2010, the Britannian Empire enslaved Japan using powerful mecha known as Knightmares; in the aftermath Japan was renamed Area 11, and its people began a hard and terrible existence. Lelouch, a...

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RabidMonk Aug 4
updated their review of Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan
Score 4/10

Lately I've been having fun trying to find those little gems that nobody knows of, but which those of us who do know that everyone should.  Unfortunately when it comes to Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan there's a reason nobody knows about it.  It's no good. Positives: Hrm.  I really...

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Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan
  • OVA (4 eps x 25 min)
  • 2005

Angels are genteel and graceful messengers from Heaven, right? Wrong! Sakura Kusakabe will create an invention that inadvertently ruins the future for womankind and thus, angels from the future have...

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RabidMonk Aug 3
updated their review of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Score 8/10

Disclaimer: Ah, the first modern anime I watched, and the reason I decided to give up decades of prejudice against something I really had no reason to hate.  If you haven't read the prologue to my anime life then you might want to pop over and do that first, but in reality, it doesn't...

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Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
  • TV (27 eps)
  • 2007

Simon lives a boring life in the underground village of Jeeha, where his main job day in and day out is to dig tunnels. His close friend Kamina, however, longs to bust out of their oppressive...

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RabidMonk Jul 27
updated their review of Zero no Tsukaima
Score 7/10

Zero no Tsukaima.  A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.  Two cookies to anyone who knows who actually said that! Anyhow, that's kind of not at all what I think about this anime though in some way it sort of relates to my overall thoughts on this show. Positives: Once you...

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Zero no Tsukaima
  • TV (13 eps)
  • 2006

In a world where magic is a reality, the young Louise is at the bottom of her class. Dubbed "Zero" by her classmates at Tristein Academy (due to her zero success rate for magic), Louise...

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RabidMonk Jul 17
updated their review of Cowboy Bebop
Score 8/10

<h5></h5> </div> Note: Since the movie is really part of the series I watched it spliced in where it belonged - however, I have a review for both which is this same review so don't bother reading both unless you really enjoyed my review the first time. =) I really enjoyed...

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Cowboy Bebop
  • TV (26 eps)
  • 1998 - 1999

Follow interstellar bounty hunters Spike Spiegel and Jet Black as they scour the galaxy for criminals with prices on their heads. Hoping to escape their past, they live on the spaceship Bebop, but...

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RabidMonk Jul 16
updated their review of Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
Score 10/10

Note: Since the movie is really part of the series I watched it spliced in where it belonged - however, I have a review for both which is this same review so don't bother reading both unless you really enjoyed my review the first time. =) I really enjoyed Cowboy Bebop.  It's one...

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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
  • Movie (1 ep x 115 min)
  • 2001

While on the hunt for an underage hacker, Faye is the sole witness to identifying a man who causes a tanker explosion that leaves people up to three miles away in comas. The bounty that ensues is the...

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RabidMonk Jul 9
updated their review of Spice and Wolf
Score 10/10

Every once in a while you find the show that fits you so perfectly and goes through a whole season without disappointing.  For me this show was Spice and Wolf.  It's strange to think that I'd give a show about commerce the highest rating possible, but it is what it is... ...

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Spice and Wolf
  • TV (13 eps)
  • 2008

Since long ago, the wolf goddess Holo has honored a contract to bless the rural village of Pasloe with fertile harvests; and in return she has been celebrated and worshipped by the villagers. But as...

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RabidMonk Jun 27
updated their review of Claymore
Score 8/10

Ah Claymore.  If asked why I like Claymore I suppose I'd have to say it fills my need for chicks with swords chopping up demons to heavy metal episode after episode quota for the month.  Err, my what?  Yeah, that's right.  A whole bunch of things I have about zero...

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Claymore
  • TV (26 eps)
  • 2007

In times of olde, humans live in constant fear of demons known as yoma. These vicious creatures can take the appearance and memories of humans they have devoured, thus blending into society as they...

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RabidMonk Jun 21
updated their review of FLCL
Score 2/10

Hmmm, I almost feel bad rating this bad boy since I didn't actually finish it, but I'm going to go against my better nature and do it anyway.  If you're a fan just stop reading now, because you'll probably disagree with me in a hundred different ways.  If you're not, then just begin by...

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FLCL
  • OVA (6 eps)
  • 2000 - 2001

Naota Nanbada is a boring young boy who leads a boring life in a boring town. His older brother has left for America, and the closest he comes to any excitement is when his deadbeat dad has too much...

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RabidMonk Jun 13
updated their review of Neon Genesis Evangelion
Score 6/10

So this is one of those animes that nearly everyone tells you is the mother of all anime and so awesome, and it's the best thing ever, and how you have to watch it.  If you ask me...it's only a half-step above crap.  I know, I know, it was one of the first of its kind and it...

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Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • TV (26 eps)
  • 1995 - 1996

In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only...

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RabidMonk Jun 12
updated their review of Beck
Score 8/10

Beck. Totally glad I got around to watching this anime. Oddly, I come from a past heavily involved in music, yet somehow I never stuck Beck on my watchlist. Having recently watched Nana, however, changed my priorities list. Thankfully. Beck has become one of my favorite anime. There are some...

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Beck
  • TV (26 eps)
  • 2004 - 2005

Koyuki is a downcast fourteen-year-old boy who feels disconnected from life. Socially unpopular and lacking confidence, he takes some solace in his fandom of fluffy J-Pop. However, when he...

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RabidMonk Jun 8
updated their review of Battle Programmer Shirase
Score 6/10

BPS is one of those shows you watch and find strangely compelling, but also disappointing at the same time. Either way, I do and would recommend it for certain people. Not everyone, mind you, but for some it may be a quick and fun romp through something a bit different. Positives: BPS is silly...

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Battle Programmer Shirase
  • OVA (15 eps x 12 min)
  • 2003 - 2004

Shirase Akira is a genius hacker who has earned the nickname "Battle Programmer Shirase" (or BPS for short) for his incredible talent. From saving corporations to global security, BPS is...

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RabidMonk May 28
updated their review of Midori Days
Score 8/10

Ok, so a short backstory on this one.  I originally tried to watch this in the early days of my anime life and I couldn't really get into it.  I don't think I saw the first episode though which may have been part of the problem.  To be honest, the whole hand turning into a...

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Midori Days
  • TV (13 eps)
  • 2004

Sawamura Seiji is the most notorious delinquent at his high school -- always getting into fights and causing problems, leaving him single and unlucky with the ladies. After another long day of...

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RabidMonk May 24
updated their review of Ah! My Goddess TV
Score 7/10

<h5></h5> </div> Disappointed is how I'd sum this up.  I had put this one off for a long time as it seemed a little two...not my style, but in the end I broke down and watched it.  I have to say I was really pleased with how it started and if the same vibe that...

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Ah! My Goddess TV
  • TV (24 eps)
  • 2005

Morisato Keiichi has always had bad luck. No matter what he does or how he acts, nothing seems to go his way. His bike frequently breaks down, his classmates take advantage of him, women ignore and...

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RabidMonk May 22
updated their review of Air Gear
Score 7/10

Oh Nellie!  I have to admit I'm a bit ashamed to have watched Air Gear, but to my surprise (and likely an increase in my shame) I actually kind of enjoyed it.  So without further ado let's break it down: Positives: So I don't know what drew me to Air Gear, but once I'd started I found...

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Air Gear
  • TV (25 eps)
  • 2006

What if roller skates had high power engines that enabled the skaters to do stunning new tricks that defy gravity? What if you saw a beautiful girl effortlessly glide through the air with them? To...

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RabidMonk May 6
updated their review of Full Metal Panic!
Score 7/10

Full Metal Panic! is a rather mixed bag.  There's a lot to like here mixed in with a good dosage of comedy, but then you also have to endure some junk that isn't nearly as exciting...so... Positives: For a mecha show I quite enjoyed FMP!  While the later season is much stronger, this...

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Full Metal Panic!
  • TV (24 eps)
  • 2002

Gonzo does it again with this action-packed mecha comedy. She's an ordinary high school girl. He's a counterterror agent assigned to protect her from those who would steal the information locked in...

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RabidMonk Apr 29
updated their review of Nana
Score 8/10

Nana. Fantastic! Here's one of those shows that I didn't expect to really care about much, but on a whim I accepted the recommendation and dove in. SOOOOOO glad I did. Nana is now in my top 10 list, and I expect it to hang out there for a long time. Positives: This is Shoujo, and as with most of...

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Nana
  • TV (47 eps)
  • 2006 - 2007

Nana Komatsu is on her way to Tokyo; now she can finally be with her boyfriend after a year of dating long-distance! On the train there, Nana Komatsu meets Nana Osaki – a girl who shares her...

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RabidMonk Apr 24
updated their review of Lovely Complex
Score 8/10

Ok, so here's a somewhat popluar love story that is right about what you're expecting. Happy I watched this one as well. A good romance, with some great humor, and an overall fun story. Positives: It's always nice to stumble on a new way of telling the same old story. Lovely Complex is the...

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Lovely Complex
  • TV (24 eps)
  • 2007

Lovely Complex is a story of a boy and a girl. The girl, Koizumi Risa, is much taller than the average Japanese girl; and the boy, Atsushi Otani, is much shorter than the average Japanese boy. Due to...

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RabidMonk Apr 19
updated their review of Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen
Score 9/10

Interestingly when I first came across this anime I was really confused.  There were all sorts of fan rankings saying great things about the Rurouni guy and also this show called Samurai X and there were all these titles and alternate titles and then some other anime that was related but...

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Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen
  • OVA (4 eps)
  • 1999

Himura Kenshin was a boy orphaned by the murder of his parents. Now he is the Hitokiri Battousai, the most feared and skilled killer in 19th century Japan. In the midst of a blood bath, he meets the...

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RabidMonk Apr 19
updated their review of Eve no Jikan
Score 9/10

Every once in a while you find a gem among all those stones that just shines so much brighter. Eve no Jikan is such a work, and I'm SO happy I watched it. This show offers a lot more than you'd expect, and I would suggest repeated viewings to dig out all the little bits. Positives: You can't help...

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Eve no Jikan
  • Web (6 eps x 15 min)
  • 2008 - 2009

In the future, androids live side by side with humans – but not as their equals, as their slaves. Though they look identical, these androids must display a holographic ring over their heads so...

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RabidMonk Apr 11
watched
Usagi Drop
  • TV (11 eps)
  • 2011

When Daikichi's grandfather dies he leaves behind a young daughter named Rin. However, as most of the family is embarrassed at the idea of a 79-year-old man having a six-year-old child, they can't...

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RabidMonk Apr 11
watched
Lovely Complex
  • TV (24 eps)
  • 2007

Lovely Complex is a story of a boy and a girl. The girl, Koizumi Risa, is much taller than the average Japanese girl; and the boy, Atsushi Otani, is much shorter than the average Japanese boy. Due to...

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RabidMonk Apr 8
updated their review of Nodame Cantabile
Score 9/10

Let me preface by saying this is one of the best anime series I've seen.  I anticipated good things considering the comments and reviews I'd read, but I had no idea how much I'd really enjoy it even though I'm not particularly a fan of either the piano or classical music (I do appreciate...

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Nodame Cantabile
  • TV (23 eps)
  • 2007

The studious and uptight Chiaki is well-known as the top pianist of his school, and dreams of becoming a world-class conductor like his idol, Viera; but his fear of flying (which makes studying...

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RabidMonk Apr 2
updated their review of Skip Beat!
Score 8/10

Here's one of those anime that came as a total surprise.  I had originally picked this one out to appeal to my wife but found myself enjoying it equally as much as I'd expected her to if not perhaps a wee bit more. Positives: Fun characters!  Kyoko is shunned an in return she swears...

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Skip Beat!
  • TV (25 eps)
  • 2008 - 2009

Kyoko moves to the big city with the prince of her dreams Shotaro; he wants to make it big in the entertainment business, so she works hard at many different jobs to support him as he achieves his...

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