6. Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal
7. The Twelve Kingdoms
8. Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann
9. Princess Mononoke
10. Spirited Away
12. Elfen Lied
13. Last EXILE
14. Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
15. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
16. Bleach: Memories of Nobody
Mushishi is an absolute masterpeice. It's a fantasy/drama unlike any you'll ever find, and it's my favorite anime.
Each episode tells a different story. I thought I would be bothered by this, but I wasn't. This adaptation is very faithful to the source material.
Mushishi evokes many different emotions while viewing it. Some episodes may have a really nice ending, while others can be really sad. The beautiful background music amplifies these effects.
The music is very serene. Listening to the OST, something I do everyday, is the best way to relieve stress. It really works wonders for the anime, especially when considering the quality of animation maintained throughout all 26 episodes.
I have yet to see an anime series animated as beautifully as Mushishi is. Everything was so well done, you can tell they spent a lot of time translating this from the manga. The Mushi are reminiscent of the creatures you would find in a Hayao Miyazaki film, the Kodoma of Princess Mononoke perhaps. They have a certain magical aura, a mystifying presence, that makes you want to see more and more of them.
I suggest you buy the DVDs, which come in a very nice package with lots of extras. This is an anime which should be seen by anyone who enjoys anime. 10/10
Bebop is one of the best animes of all time. Loaded with action, comedy, drama, romance, all in a sci-fi setting; it is a classic. Best english dub ever... I don't think I've ever seen an entire episode in Japanese.
Memorable characters. Spike is my favorite anime character of all time; my Spike Spiegel Messenger Bag might just be one of the best purchases I've ever made.
Awesome music. I listen to the soundtrack every single day. The jazz is amazing, as only Yoko Kanno and The Seatbelts could make such a spectacle. It's the main reason for my favorite radio station being CD101.9
Do I need to say more? Cowboy Bebop. . . You're missing out if you haven't already seen i. 10/10
Monster is an anime that delves into the human mind. It causes us to question our own beliefs. Why do bad things have to happen to good people, people who have such good intentions? This is a question you will think about a lot throughout the series.
Monster tells the story of an innocent doctor who is trying to find the person who ruined his life, while at the same time, being chased by an obsessed detective. The beliefs of certain characters in this anime are very deranged, and show how ugly humans can be. The anime does a very good job at portraying this, mainly through the use of facial expressions.
The style in which the story is carried out is certainly effective in gaining the attention of the viewers. The story starts off at a fairly slow pace. As you continue to watch, however, you'll find yourself being drawn in by it. Monster is the kind of series where you just have to know what happens next. There are 74 episodes, but I'm already halfway through and there really hasn't been a boring moment yet. You will see many different characters, and at first, their connection to the story may be unknown. Then, out of nowhere, they might run into one of the main characters. There are also times when the main focus will switch between the main characters, allowing you to get a glimpse as to what the others have been up to.
All of the characters are well developed, and you really learn a lot about them, even the ones who only appear for a short period of time. The background of a few characters, including the villain, are mostly unknown. This is another way in which Monster grabs your attention. You are learning at practically same pace as the main characters, and whenever they discover something, you share the same expression as they do.
Despite the number of episodes, none of them are filler; in fact, this anime is one of the few in which every scene is taken directly from the manga. The music fits the anime very well, but it isn't all that memorable for the most part. The ending is pretty creepy, but that's a good thing considering the nature of the anime. I like the opening a lot, especially the choir part at the beginning, mostly because it reminds me of Death Note. (In fact, if I could make a comparison between this and another anime, I would say it is like Death Note without the supernatural powers.) The animation isn't anything special, and the character design may take some time getting used to it, but the story is where this anime truly shines. Monster has already taken its place as one of my favorite anime. 10/10
GTO is one of the funniest and most touching anime I've ever seen. Onizuka is one of my favorite anime characters. He may be a pervert, but he has a big heart and it shows in every episode as he shows his students how to enjoy school again (even though they are all trying to bring him down). We get to know a lot about the students in his class over the course of the anime. As each of their problems are solved, there is a visible change in their attitude. There are just enough episodes for us to get to know and care about all of them. The only thing that felt out of place was the ending, but I'll get back to that later.
The music which is played matches the scene greatly and definitely helps a lot. Onizukas' theme is one of my favorite anime songs. Every time I hear it, I can't help but smile.
The animation is pretty good, considering it was made in 1999. I especially liked all the funny faces Onizuka makes.
It's a shame that it had to end the way it did, but the anime ended before the manga did, so I can forgive them. There is no better thing to do than watch it again since you will be wanting more. That is why Great Teacher Onizuka deserves a 10/10 and its spot as one of my top 5 anime.
Although it ended early (the manga was never finished), this is definitely worth watching.
If you sit through the first couple of episodes you will be surprised. What seems like a typical story at first turns out to be far from typical.
I thought it was going to be another one of those magical girl animes where the main character, in this case Yoko, is an annoying high school girl that can't do anything on her own. Weak and useless, the kind of character you can't stand, at least I couldn't. I was about to stop watching, but . . .
Boy was I glad I didn't. I don't want to give away too much, but this series has some of the best character development I've ever seen in anime. Simply put, by the end of the first arc, Yoko was a completely different person.
Juuni Kokki has such an amazing story, once you really get into it, it's very hard to stop watching. Each episode seems to end at such a weird place, it forces you to jump right to the next episode. The way they decided to do this, it would seem unnatural. You normally wouldn't end an episode while in the middle of explaining something. However, in The Twelve Kingdoms, this very unique idea actually works in favor of the anime.
I feel that it deserves a five star rating, despite the fact that it was left unfinished. After all, Juuni Kokki has already taken its place as one of the best animes I've ever seen. 10/10
Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann is one of the best anime of 2007. It has an amazing story, and is very well done. The episodes are action packed. The style of animation is the same as FLCL, since it was done by the same people, and it is incredible. The music fits the anime very well. The opening is very catchy, and I found that I could pretty much sing along after hearing it so many times.
This is an action anime, though it is filled with lots of drama. You will fall in love with the characters. There is so much chemistry among them, it makes it so much fun to watch. The emotion is there, all of the characters go through so much, it is practically visible. This is a series which will make you laugh, then cry, and then laugh again. It will amaze you. When you think they can't make it any bigger or better, they go and blow you away again. There is NO other anime that has so many episodes of such a nature. Gurren-Lagann is an epic anime that is sure to be a classic. 9/10
Princess Mononoke. Another classic from Hayao Miyazaki.
Before watching this, the only other Miyazaki film I had seen was Spirited Away. That was my favorite anime at the time. After watching Mononoke, I found a new favorite.
I think the english dub of the film is one of the better ones out there. Their choices for voice actors and actresses were good for the film.
The animation was superb, as was the music. The strength of Mononoke lies in the story. I really felt connected to the characters. When Ashitaka was searching for San, I felt the sense of urgency with which he was running. I was practically jumping up and down while rooting for him to reach her.
The ending was definitely different from Miyazaki's other films, but then again, I feel that you have to look at this film differently. It was something you would not expect and I feel it is a good thing.
Princess Mononoke is definitely one of my top five anime of all time, and my favorite anime film. If only they can give it a Disney release like they did Miyazaki's other film. 10/10
Spirited Away was one of my first anime. I remember my mom came home from the movie store with it one day. It was a pleasant surprise for me to find that such a film exists. After it ended I said to myself, this isn't like any other animated films I had ever seen before . . . and then I watched it a second time.
Visually, I believe this is Hayao Miyazaki's best film. Everything is a joy to look at. The soundtrack of Spirited Away is one of my favorite anime soundtracks. This is one of the many strengths of the film. I feel that this is the best of Joe Hisaishi's works as well.
When the soundtrack and visuals come together, it makes all the little things in the film so much more special. The scene where Chihiro is on the train with No Face is one of my favorite scenes in the film. Something this simple can be so great only because of the connection between audio and animation.
Some people have said the story was confusing. For me, it was not all that hard to follow. Maybe that comes from having seen it so many times.
Spirited Away is a strange and unique anime that absolutely blew me away. The kind of film you can watch over and over again. It sparked my interest in anime and the works of Hayao Miyazaki. I cannot praise this film enough. 9.25/10
Baccano! is an anime that very few people have been talking about, which is a shame since it is so good. Film noir and pulp fiction . . . in an anime?! When I read this description, before it even aired, I knew it was a must see for me.
Having seen the movie Pulp Fiction, I knew, to some extent, what to expect in terms of how the story is told. If you aren't familiar with the film, then allow me to explain. This is the kind of anime that you can start watching without having any idea as to what it is about. The reason being you truly don't know what is going on until around the halfway point in the series.
All you need to know is that Baccano! is a violent, action packed, comical drama involving immortal alchemists and the mafia (I hear people saying . . . what?). There is no question that you will be confused for quite some time, but you should stick with it since everything does become clearer as the story progresses. As for the ending, I thought it was very well done and everything came together nicely.
The music they chose for Baccano! is superb. A collection of jazz tunes that immerses you in the time period of the anime. The opening song quickly became one of my all time favorites. You can see from the OP that there is a large number of characters. With every episode more and more is revealed about them through the use of multiple time jumps/flashbacks, and you can see in which way they are all connected. Each character has a unique personality and a story of their own. In the end, you will be wishing that you had more time to spend with them. They are truly unforgettable.
Baccano! was one of the best, most entertaining anime of 2007. The only thing left for me to say is that I really wish this was more talked about. 9/10
I found this movie to be very touching. It is best watched after episode 63, the end of the soul society rescue arc.
The first thing you will notice is that it feels like a movie, and not just because of the beautiful animation. When someone is sent to soul society in the series, most of the time it feels routine; just something they always do. In the first scene, however, everything is different. I was completely moved. The main reason for this was the way they cut into the title screen. As I watched the girls' spirit rise through the air, they began playing an original theme song. I always say that anything can be enjoyed more when you feel the connection between audio and animation. From the moment I heard that song, I knew this film was one to be remembered.
I liked how you get to see all the characters from the series again, most of whom were not seen after the end of the soul society rescue arc (Kenpachis' entrance is just awesome). Although most of them do not get much screen time, it is not a problem. The focus of the movie is on Ichigo, a shinigami named Senna, and these mysterious white figures. It does a good job providing us with the background of Senna. We get just enough information to keep us curious. The villains are somewhat typical, but I do not want to spoil anything. It is for this reason that this gets a 9
Bleach: Memories of Nobody is an unexpected treat that is very enjoyable, and does the series a great justice. An overall amazing movie. 9/10
After reading some other reviews, I became interested in Kurau Phantom Memory. I believe someone said it was like The Fugitive, and that's one of my favorite movies. Monster is closer to that movie than this is. The plot is interesting, the quality of animation is good, and the main characters, Kurau and Christmas, provide us with some very feel good moments. Their relationship, as well as the relationship between the other characters, is displayed extremely well.
The rest of the acting, and the dialogue for the show is horrible. Everything is so over dramatic. Especially the dad. That sound he makes when he's upset . . . it's just so annoying. If it weren't for that, this may have been more enjoyable. We understand how they feel for each other, we don't need a scene with them saying goodbye to each other for what seems like five minutes. It annoys me that such an interesting show is marred by something that shouldn't even be a problem. I watched up to episode 15 so far, and right now, I'm not sure as to whether or not I really want to finish this one. Kurau Phantom Memory gets an extra point for its good visuals and portrayal of a strong sisterly bond. 8/10
Blood+. It has been a while since I saw it but now, after all this time, I feel I can really reflect on it. It's your typical vampire story with a twist. The beginning was extremely interesting, but after a while, it just got kinda boring, and in the end, I felt as if I had wasted a lot of my time. It could have ended a lot earlier instead of making it 50 episodes.
The emphasis is more on the characters than the action, and all the fights are pretty much the same. Nothing that would really amaze me. This would have been alright if it weren't for the fact that most of the characters were just annoying. I really couldn't stand Kai, especially considering how his relationship with Mao turned out. Saya was still unlikeable even after she seemed to have matured after the one year time skip. I really didn't enjoy Blood+. It had an interesting story, but it was brought down by poor execution and direction. 7/10