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Best Animes From 2008

I only included the animes I have watched from these years. I'm not including Sequels when quality declines or when the story started in previous years. I am including Sequels where it makes sense to keep watching, in order to complete the story.
1 RIN: Daughters of Mnemosyne

RIN: Daughters of Mnemosyne

With a tone reminiscent of Æon Flux, this may not be for everyone due to featuring grotesque and erotic visuals with lots of gore, but even so, these elements have been incorporated as part of the plot in a way that they are secondary to what's happening and if you can get past that, the story itself is amazing! With a mix of mythologies as its base and great pacing where not a minute is wasted in these 6 episodes, even though the main story spans several decades nothing ever feels rushed, nor anything important will be left unexplained.

'Just to cut to the chase: the answer is yes, Mnemosyne involves a lot of sex and a lot of violence; however, for those who don't mind that kind of thing per se, there is much more to discover than meets the eye. While Mnemosyne has an explicit S&M theme, the presentation style is fairly sophisticated and makes it surprisingly palatable. Don't get me wrong, it's as sexist as ever - sexual scenarios predominantly involve women getting impaled, tortured, raped by other women, and Rin getting murdered in every way imaginable whilst scantily clad. In comparison, the closest we get to hot, naked male characters are mindless ‘angels' who rape and eat their way through the women. Miraculously, Mnemosyne avoids coming across as cheap despite that; sex is most of the time a complement rather than the main point of the narrative, and admittedly isn't as distracting as it could be.

More importantly, Mnemosyne remains at all times a plot-driven supernatural mystery; most of the events are clever enough to keep you guessing and extreme enough to keep your eyes glued firmly to the screen. Especially good are the episodes involving Maeno and the sadistic scientist; while her way of dealing with victims surpasses even the sickest imagination, the character developments remain strong enough to offer some very emotional moments.

...Mnemosyne provides a strong enough viewing experience to be an instant hit. I can't see anyone with a reasonably open mind disliking the final product, since it's sophisticated, punchy, and delivered with a refreshing adult twist.' -VIvisQueen

The dub is awesome!

2 Kaiba

Kaiba

With a creative psychedelic art style that leans toward the cute childish side, Kaiba invites us to an interesting world full of violence, depravity but still beautiful in some sense. And its greatness is in the ability to makes us wonder and consider the implications of the technologies presented in its world. Technologies such as being able to live forever by swapping into a different body, the ability to transfer and alter memories, the ability of others to read the memories of all living things. How far can we go with these technologies and what are the unintended consequences of using them? Are some of the common questions but beyond that, Kaiba will push the limits of creativity to expose it all with a first seat view of how would you feel if you live in such a world. Make no mistake, this is a Masterpiece! Don't miss this anime.

'It appears to be for kids at first glance, which is deceptive as it’s full of nude, bloodshed, eerie monsters and stuff that will probably sent the poor toddlers to the shrink. Everything about it is an allegory, a look into the dark corners of the mind, and deals with all the usual existentialism topics of science fiction, from the meaning of life to finding your identity in a universe where memory is another commodity. It’s essentially like Ghost in the Shell only without the need for super detailed machinery and realistically looking characters. It’s a case of less is more, where minimalism in details makes it easier to convey its message without the need for a thousand polygons moving mechanically on screen. 

And then it’s the music. The opening theme is fantastic. Nothing that resembles generic jpop nonsense and it’s highly memorable. The dialogues are also not wasting your time with aimless bickering, as they are very focused on how the character feel or what is going on with the plot, and are often supplemented by a visual representation of what they are taking about. 

The plot is non-linear and has a great sense of mystery, as you are thrown in the setting without knowing what is going on or who everybody is. Instead of going for a lazy infodump, the answers are given gradually over several episodes, which means you are always learning something new instead of feeling you are wasting your time in what appears to be an episodic series at first. It also doesn’t overstay its welcome, since it lasts a dozen episodes in the span of which it includes more character development and world building than your average anime that can’t achieve it with even a 100 times more duration.' -roriconfan

'Though-provoking, extremely well structured and filled to the brim with frame after frame of artistic wonder; Kaiba is that rare anime that has shockingly few flaws that you can expose. I also reckon that it's rewatch-friendly as it might be fun to search for details in the storyline when you already know the largest aspects of the world. Warmly recommended anime from a person who rarely likes anything this much!' -SadisticTendencies

And here is a good explanation about the ending if you are still confused 'after' watching the show: https://animewriter.wordpress.com/2008/08/17/kaiba-episode-12-the-final-episode-review-love-conquers-all/

3 Xam'd: Lost Memories

Xam'd: Lost Memories

Xam'd immerse us into this world with a blast and then it unveils slowly as you get to know the protagonists and their struggle to find the answers that would solve their issues. This story has the overall theme of knowing yourself and the pain of losing yourself, or rather getting lost and forgetting who you are at the core. The world is in the middle of a war and atrocities are done on both sides so there is no clear villain or hero.

'If you like anime like FMA, Eureka Seven or even enjoyed the Valkyria Chronicles game, I recommend you to give this a go. The fact it is competent should not have to be praised, but in this world where most anime lack plot or solid conclusion, this one of the few that we can rely on. And the unique world setting also makes it more interesting.' -mahius

'Not a single word is wasted, and to bring all of the facets of such an expansive and rather ambitiously mixed cocktail of mecha, drama, war, sci-fi, adventure and a rich dollop of emotional torture from several different sources is an anime worth watching.' -NarkyOtic

'Overall, the only flaws this series had were personal choices for myself. If I were to be unbiased, I think I might have given it a perfect score. It was just a very well rounded, intelligent anime, with loads of great dialogue, abundant character development, amazing animation, and a semi-unique plotline that I won't forget. I severely recommend this anime to anyone who wants a more mature series to watch.' -RedCrossRobbery

The dub is good.

4 Ga-Rei -Zero-

Ga-Rei -Zero-

This is a great story, it starts with lots of action and a seemingly invisible enemy and then the plot moves toward an imminent tragedy, brought up by unfortunate circumstances. Don't worry if it feels confusing at first, it will make sense eventually.

Some people may not like it as it goes from violence and gore to slice-of-life and drama. It was created as a prequel to the manga story and no sequel has been created for the anime, so the only way to continue the story is with the manga. However, if you can get past those issues the story and is surprisingly good and well executed for the short time of the anime.

'Ga-Rei Zero was a surprise I never heard of it, it wasn't written about and touted as anything special. Iit is one of the best anime’s I have watched in a very long time, even among those I think are great this stands out. From the very first episode I was shocked and gripped I couldn't stop watching.' -vgrfx

The dub is great!

5 Spice and Wolf

Spice and Wolf

You have to love anime for its variety of themes, this time is commerce in the feudal era, but this is done superb, in an entertaining way mixed with a romance story.

'The premise doesn't do it much justice, as it sounds dull. A travelling merchant and a wolf deity (A goddess of the harvest) travelling up north, engaging in serious business and economics at a slow-pace. As boring as it may sound, it turns the economics into something compelling and interesting...

Economics is half of the anime while the other half is the banter and dialogue between Horo and Lawrence. Fortunately, it's just as good if not better than the economics aspect... Both are stunning together. I simply can't get over their chemistry; once more, one of the best parts.' -Thrawn

Unfortunately, I should warn you that the story hasn't been completed and there is no third season in sight, so the ending is kind of abrupt, but the journey is worth it!

The dub is awesome!

6 Spice and Wolf II

Spice and Wolf II

Continuation of the story.

7 Time of Eve Movie

Time of Eve Movie

Although the theme of a 'robot becoming more human' has been done several times, this time is done with a new approach and excellent execution that makes it feel fresh, making good use of curiosity to anchor the characters and with the overall theme of understanding each other, despite our differences (yes, with many parallels to our own very human differences as well). 

'I've seen quite a few movies and shows that deal with the interactions between humans and androids and what happens when those androids start becoming self-conscious, but none have done so in a way as thoughtful, mature, and nuanced as Eve no Jikan, and in only 105 minutes. There's no extremist apocalypse or dystopia like you'd find in A.I., I, Robot, Blade Runner, or any other Hollywood sci-fi films. No hyperbole, but no sugar-coating as well.' -Atsinganoi

'Sci-fi slice-of-life is something I haven't experienced a lot of, but Time of Eve pulls off the idea well, exploring hard sci-fi concepts with surprising finesse in a very compact format...' -Aranneas

Apparently, the movie is the same as the series just edited together and with extra scenes, it can also be found dubbed.

The dub is awesome!

8 Soul Eater

Soul Eater

With an excellent art style reminiscent sometimes of Tim Burton and use of wide camera angles and 3d perspective, this is a show not to be missed if you enjoy shounen.

'...The series' tight, energetic approach stands out despite the show's heavily derivative feel. Fifty-two half-hour segments rarely yields as satisfying experience overall. Especially in this genre.

...After a brief set of explicit introductions, the story gets on the rails to placing the its child protagonists outside their comfort zones. The powerful cast gets more in over its head with each passing episode, which helps maintain tension in the anime and adds to the believability of the villains' repeated escapes.' -ThePatches

'...the cooperation part has a lot to do with the mentality of its characters. The biggest conflicts they face do not have to do with super strong opponents they can defeat only with raw power. They are about facing your inner demons, surpassing your fears, and accepting your fighting partner despite his eccentric behavior. All those are reflected in their progress as fighters, and make Soul Eater to be a lot more about internal struggles instead of generic bad guys who want to rule the world.

It’s also one of the few shonen with a very distinctive setting. Most of them are mundane but this one looks like a never-ending Halloween party. The scull motifs, the creepy looking moon, and the mostly dark color palette make everything to feel like they are in a constant state of paranoia. Combined with camera gimmicks, such as fish-eye perspective while zooming in to insane facial grimaces, and you get some wonderful aesthetics. ' -roriconfan

This is one of the very few animes where the dub is actually superior to the sub, as many people find the Japanese voices and sound effects incredibly annoying, to the point that the dub version seems to have a more serious tone than the Japanese, which feels more like a parody.

9 The House of Small Cubes

The House of Small Cubes

How good can a story get in just 12 minutes, how much story can it convey and how much impact can it have? This work really sets a new standard for short stories and puts to shame those 12-24-50 episode series that waste your time just by watching one episode alone!

Don't miss this short masterpiece with an awesome art style and music!

'what makes the short touching and universal is not the inventive premise, but the strong metaphorical undercurrent that runs through the work. As the hero rediscovers the ruined remnants of his past, La Maisonbecomes a wistful meditation on nostalgia and old age, and a potent one at that.

Considering the anime's length, the emotional impact of the story speaks to the deftness with which it is executed. Short films are usually mere passing diversions: an interesting snapshot and nothing more. La Maison en Petits Cubes is the one in a million exception - the rare short film that not only tickles the mind, but challenges the soul.' -vivafruit

10 Hells Angels

Hells Angels

Crazy craziness, but with a purpose! This movie has excellent animation art and that alone may make it worth watching it, but furthermore, its also a philosophical essay on the power of positive vs. negative thinking, that can make our wishes come true, but also our nightmares... if we let them. 

The symbolism in the story goes to express some examples of how this happens and it also uses a biblical story to express how we fall into that cycle of destruction. 

Don't miss this movie!

11 Black Butler

Black Butler

This show has both a "canon" and a "filler/original" story, each with its own merits.

This season is good, but also extremely overrated, as it contains a great amount fluff, cliche comedy, and unnecessary sexual connotations. Then again, this may be why some people like it and have it rated so high. All of those cliches are introduced by the fillers, the canon is a more serious and darker story, and the better of the two in my opinion. Both stories can be enjoyed independent from each other, so choose what you want to watch.

For me, it was more about the main character's ability for taking hard decisions quickly and without hesitation, although I don't agree with all of them it does for an interesting watch, so I greatly prefer the canon dark story. There are also interesting characters interactions and clever dialog, for example, Ciel cannot let the demon know he cares about others so it always finds an excuse to phrase the necessity to help others in a different darker light. Or perhaps is true that Ciel is cruel?

You should know that:

1. Most of the first season and all of the second season are fillers. However, this is one of the very few animes where the fillers are actually good quality if not as good as the original story, although as I mention, it does introduce a lot of comic relief and fan service.

2. 'The Book' seasons are the canon original Manga story, much more serious and darker, and they ignore all fillers in the first season and all second season.

3. Therefore you could watch in release order and ignore the discrepancies from the first 2 seasons. Or you could watch the canon story and come back for the fillers at a later time, which is what I recommend here.

Watching Guide: Alternatively, you can use this Watching Guide to follow both the canon and filler stories.

  • Optional but Recommended Episode 01 - Although this is a filler episode, it's not a bad story and it introduces most of the characters. The story is standalone, so it can be skipped without issues.
  • Watch Canon Episodes 2-6
  • Skip Filler Episodes 7-12 - These are extra missions and comic relief.
  • Watch Canon Episodes 13-15
  • Skip the rest of the episodes and go to Book of Circus.

The dub is great for the main characters but terrible for most of the secondary characters.

12 Black Butler: Book of Circus

Black Butler: Book of Circus

Continuation of the Canon Story from Season 1 > Episodes 2-6 & 13-15.

Note that even if you already watched Season 1 (and/or Season 2) and didn't like it, you should still give this 3rd Season a try, as this is when the series starts to get really good and it is an exceptional story if you like dark stories, that is. The Ciel presented here is different from how its portrayed on the first 2 seasons, much darker. This story itself is a dark tragedy that portrays how cruel humans can be.

The dub is much better than the first 2 seasons.

13 Black Butler: Book of Murder

Black Butler: Book of Murder

Continuation of the Canon Story.

14 Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic

Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic

Continuation of the Canon Story.

15 Black Butler 2

Black Butler 2

This is a new filler plot, that creates some inconsistencies for the ending of the first season in order to be able to continue the series, and has the controversial alternative ending for the series that fans love, hate or love to hate.

As I mentioned above, you'll have to ignore the events on this 2nd Season for 'The Book' series. But this season is definitely worth watching if you like the first season.

There are lots of fan-service and pointless comic relief that detracts from the darkness of the story. Don't expect anything as good as the "Book" series, so feel free to drop the show anytime if it's not to your liking, as it won't get any better. It is made for a different audience. So give them a try and drop them if they are not for you.

Watching Guide: I recommend you follow this Watching Guide to follow the filler story continuously and separate it from the canon.

The dub is great for the main characters but terrible for most of the secondary characters.

16 Detroit Metal City

Detroit Metal City

This show is hilarious! Because in life, things often do not go as we planned and we end up working in something different than what we originally wanted. If you are a fan of hard rock music you'll find several satires, gags and will love this show with vulgar, raw humor. For everyone else's, this may not be their cup of tea.

The animation & music are awesome, the animation changes often to a more comedic or caricature style that matches what's going on.

I should say that this is not a show to marathon in one sitting, it is probably best enjoyed in small bits leaving some time between episodes, otherwise the jokes may feel a little repetitive.

"...The purile, no-holds-barred, and vulgar work proved to be a comedic gem... the direction and soundtrack enhance the material admirably. True to its heavy metal spirit, the concert (OVA) does not deviate in content from the album (the manga) and the result is a work that plays out more or less like I expected.

DMC tells the entirely gag-driven story of Soichi Negishi, who despite his desire to become a fashionable pop musician, makes his living in Tokyo as the front man for a death metal indie band under the pseudonym Johannes Krauser II. To this effect, the OVA draws on a series of similar situations to extract maximum hilarity from the difference between the meek and upbeat Negishi and his brutally misogynistic and violent alter-ego. Though each vignette falls into one one of a handful of scenarios--Negishi meets with Yuri Aikawa, Krauser interferes; a rival tries to dethrone DMC; or Krauser solves a problem Negishi has in real life--and ultimately culminates with "Krauser does X crazy stunt", the hedonistic 'X's provide more than their share of explosive laughs that draw the viewer away from the similarities between various episodes. But the humor also oozes like a Demon Jewel (the loving nickname fans of the band give to Krauser's out-sized loogies) out of the anime's smaller moments." -ThePatches

17 Casshern Sins

Casshern Sins

This is a remake of the kitschy 70’s classic, although it may be fairer to say that it was inspired by it, as the only things they share in common are the characters and a similar setting. It's not necessary to watch the previous series as this show departs drastically from its previous incarnations.

Casshern Sins succeeds at creating an intriguing bleak dying world where everyone seems to be going insane due to the inevitable impending death that approaches them. The format is episodic with an overreaching plot, but in this case, it works well, as the world takes center stage and each episode reveals a little more about the world they live in. Each episode is full of metaphors about life and its really up to you to see what you can get out of what's being presented. Because of this reason, this show may not be for everyone as it requires the ability to contemplate, rather than actively expect something to happen. So if you are not intrigued by the first episodes then you may not enjoy the show as much. The dialog seems repetitive and childish too. Even so, I'll recommend you to watch the show just for the visuals and its originality, you should at least give it a chance.

'...this project seems like a living thing, it has its own soul. Maybe that is the reason why I was so influenced by it. I'm well aware, that most of the watchers were disappointed with the series and I can't blame single one of these people. The issue with this series it is almost urgent need to look between the lines. The themes presented trough the series may not be visible for the first time, even the second. To understand it better, the most necessary item is the time. Only the time can bring you the expected answers and the key knowledge with which you will surely approve, that Casshern Sins is an impressive masterpiece, which needs its deserved recognition.' -HDeer

The dub is great.

18 Birdy the Mighty: Decode

Birdy the Mighty: Decode

This show's story is originally from the 80s, so as such the character designs still have the aliens as overgrown dogs, insects & reptiles, the animation is good but not spectacular. So what makes this show great? The plotline, good pacing, and the characters. 

'...the story has an intriguing plot line that isn't too predictable. At times, it can get a little slow paced, but not in a bad way. I'd say this show is a combination of a little bit of action, and a little bit of slice of life. In this season, the first part of the show mostly focuses on Tsutomu his relationship with Sayaka, and him and Birdy getting used to each other's presence and straightening things out (since they ARE sharing a body).But then it gets into a more complicated story including the possible destruction of Earth.' -PlatapusSpasmAK47

'These were characters I really cared about, which is the number one reason I love this anime. Each are unique in their own right, and there's just something so wonderful oozing out of all of them. You won't find any generic characters here which means the plot is unpredictable, and when it came to good and evil, there are often areas of in-depth grey morality (more so in season 2) which are very thought provoking and personally this is why I watch anime.' -TeHP1nkSh33p

The dub is great!

19 Birdy the Mighty: Decode 2

Birdy the Mighty: Decode 2

Continuation of the story and also backstory.

20 One Outs

One Outs

'Superficially, One Outs shares key features with Major, the current paradigm for animated baseball. The protagonists in both adopt a rabble of losers and lead them to victory using inspirational talent and charisma. On a more fundamental level, One Outs opts for a deviant flavour more in keeping with Kaiji and Akagi, essentially sticking a finger up at its host sports genre. To be sure, while Major captures the pure heroic spirit of baseball, One Outs strives to defile it. There are no gallant fastballs to save the day in displays of raw machismo, no epic man-to-man standoffs, only sneaky psychological machinations and lots of sinister smiling.' -VivisQueen

'I have to admit I was rather sceptical when I started watching One Outs. Sports anime don't really catch my attention, but I wanted to give it a try, mainly because I read somewhere that Tokuchi is one of the most intelligent characters around. And, hell, he sure is. He is one of those characters which can be perceived as deities; they are superior in every imaginable and unimaginable way. And yet it's not a cliche. Toua is the perfect example. He is a gambler by nature; he is only forced to play baseball because he lost a bet. After only a few episodes, you can see how formidable and cunning he really is. Cold blooded, overly-confident, intimidating, truly brilliant, impossibly observant and analytical, Tokuchi transcends every other character.' -fallenangel97

'The fun of the series lies in how everyone tries to be the smartest and outwit their opponent, using actual human psychologie and emotion to decide what the players are going to do. The presentation is wonderfull done and I didn't get bored for more the a few minutes while watching this (within a day).' -KarmaKylo

21 A Certain Scientific Railgun

A Certain Scientific Railgun

This is an easy anime to get into as it has a little bit of everything from comedy to action to slice-of-life; all wrapped up with an interesting setting with cool superpowers and everything is well executed in terms of pacing and development (specially if you watch without fillers).

So this series if from 2009 and its a side story to 'To Aru Majutsu no Index (A Certain Magical Index)'. Index is actually the main story while Railgun is the side story, but both series take place in the same universe and at the same time, just from different character perspectives. However, Railgun is the better story and since both are intertwined, I'm going to recommend to watch in this order to avoid spoilers:

  1. Railgun Season 1
  2. Railgun Season 2
  3. Index Season 1
  4. Index Movie
  5. Index Season 2

This is because Index spoils Railgun, while Railgun won't spoil Index. Furthermore, Index will continue the story after the events in Railgun.

And if you are like me and don't care too much about the slice-of-life episodes then you can watch it without fillershttp://www.animefillerlist.com/shows/thus-spoke-kishibe-rohan

The dub is good.

22 A Certain Scientific Railgun S

A Certain Scientific Railgun S

Second season of Railgun

23 A Certain Magical Index

A Certain Magical Index

Index is actually the main story while Railgun is the side story, but both series take place in the same universe and at the same time, just from different character perspectives. However, Railgun is the better story and since both are intertwined, I'm going to recommend to watch in this order to avoid spoilers:

  1. Railgun Season 1
  2. Railgun Season 2
  3. Index Season 1
  4. Index Movie
  5. Index Season 2

This is because Index spoils Railgun, while Railgun won't spoil Index.

24 A Certain Magical Index Movie: The Miracle of Endymion

A Certain Magical Index Movie: The Miracle of Endymion

Chronologically, the movie happens between index 1 & 2, but you can also watch at the end, which is the release order.

25 A Certain Magical Index II

A Certain Magical Index II

Second season of index.

26 Hakaba Kitaro

Hakaba Kitaro

This anime is very underrated, but the truth is that it has incredible art, with a dark feel and muted colors, music is great and is original in every way. Although its episodic, this works really well for the nature of the stories that it tells and its not afraid to kill any character that comes accross Kitaro.

Don't miss this hidden jem!

27 Golgo 13

Golgo 13

This is like James Bond going to The Dark Side and becoming an Assasin! But it's not by any means perfect, as the animation is outdated with lots of paned frames, it's episodic, some personalities that seem to belong to the 70s, etc. However, where it excels is in the crude decision making of a professional killer that often compares morals and being human with what needs to happen in order to work as a professional. This same crudeness and gore will probably limit the audience who is interested in this series as it has a very serious tone and realistic approach (except for overpowered Golgo's skills of course).

The dub is ok.

28 Kurozuka

Kurozuka

This is based on a novel, and it's a great dark story that goes on through centuries and kind of plays with the thought that if you could live all over again would you do things the same way? Would you fall in love with the same person? Unfortunately, the execution of the anime is not as good, and violence and gore are not for everyone, hence the average scores. Even so, I cannot help but keep it on this list and let you choose to watch it or not.

'Kurozuka is a really artsy anime. It's quite different from most main stream anime in the way it presents it's story. As soon as you see Vampire and Romance as part of the tags you may be expecting a normal Vampire love story. You would be dead wrong. Honestly calling what is here Romance is quite skewed. This is a story of repitition for 2 people who will last till the end of time...' -casandra29

If you feel confused about the story here is a great review by akak673 that offers some good pointers, however, I recommend you read it after the show.

The dub is ok.

29 Skip Beat!

Skip Beat!

'Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned' and so, this is a story about revenge or at least starts like that with a girl committed to improving herself and do some drastic changes in her life, all in order to get back to the person who hurt her and prove her worth. This is a fun honest comedy, watch the firsts episodes to get an idea of how it will be.

Unfortunately, there is no real ending to the story and no sequel in sight.

The dub is ok.

30 Michiko & Hatchin

Michiko & Hatchin

This show is mostly about the interactions between the 2 main characters and the journey, so if you like the first episodes you'll enjoy the rest of the show. The ending will be both forthcoming & surprising.

'Michiko to Hatchin is not an average show – it is a brave and infinitely interesting one about gangsters and mothers, love and redemption. Granted, much of the middle, despite being tremendously stylish, is not entirely needed... shows that trip conspicuously do so because they’re attempting bold new steps; despite its flaws, I adore the unique protagonists and the general wild, exuberant gumption with which Michiko to Hatchin expresses its themes. I just hope Yamamoto gets another chance to improve upon her technique.' -VivisQueen

The dub is ok.

31 Allison and Lillia

Allison and Lillia

This anime its mostly an adventure with a light feel and great characters. It is split into 2 parts involving different main characters, the first part was the best in my opinion and involves the efforts to stop a war that has been going on for many generations and I found the characters very likeable. I can't really say much of the second part without spoiling the first as they are still connected.

32 Batman: Gotham Knight

Batman: Gotham Knight

'This is an anthology film of six short anime Batman films produced by Japanese animation studios Studio 4°CMadhouseBee Train, and Production I.G in collaboration with DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation.' -WikiPedia

Each short has its own art style and original story showing each director's creativity. They are not really connected with each other and the Batmans presented are quite different from short to short.

The dub is good.

33 True Tears

True Tears

This is not a perfect anime and its the kind that some people will love and others just won't care about, but its a different type of romance anime due to the odd personality of one of the main characters who is the type of person that sees the world in a more profound way than the average person and is able to understand other people's feelings even better than themselves. True Tears has the overall theme of learning to know ourselves and our true feelings and be able to act upon it at the adequate moment. It's also about being assertive and help each other to grow.

34 Blassreiter

Blassreiter

So this anime is definitely not perfect, but it's also extremely underrated, due in part to some people not liking the 3d animation and others not liking the studio that made it, not even giving it a chance. But the story is interesting with a mix of themes and action.

'So it looks like everyone else who has reviewed this anime thus far have been quite critical of it. However, I myself found it quite enjoyable. I thought it had a rich story and deep plot, filled with great themes, symbolism, and imagery (though, you probably need to know a bit about Christianity/Catholicism to catch that). Some notable themes include finding meaning in suffering, self-sacrifice, trust in divine providence, forgiveness, God's mercy, the corrupting nature of power, the wretchedness of man as balanced or outweighed by the essential goodness of man, etc., etc.

The animation is okay. It certainly isn't stellar but it isn't so bad that you cringe when you watch it. The CGI was a bit jarring at first, but you do get used to it.

I personally enjoyed the music the series chose to use and thought the characters were well-developed.

I'd recommend this anime to anyone who is looking for a series that'll leave them thinking about the most important things in life. It is a nice break from the mundane, linear plots found in other anime.' -Dpower20

The dub is ok.

35 Fireball

Fireball

Although the animation is not very good, I found it very funny. This is quite a unique set of short comedy sketches by a teenage princess robot and her guardian, but it's more than that. You get hints of the state of the world during their dialogs that compliment the comedy. I found it entertaining, watch a few episodes for yourself, they're just 2 minutes long.

36 Fireball Charming

Fireball Charming

Continuation of the story.

37 Fireball Humorous

Fireball Humorous

Continuation of the story.

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