This starts as a solid mystery with a bus full of interesting misfits, each one with an intriguing reason for wanting to leave behind society and start a new life. However, its a downhill ride the hole time and I could not recommend it to anyone in good conscious. The final twist and pay off is dull, uninspired and bland. Save yourself the time. Its hours of your life you won't get back.See full review
Gantz is an interesting concept and it was a crime the original series wasn't given a proper conclusion. However, the ending in the manga is an absolute cluster fuck. Honestly, one of the most disappointing endings I've ever encountered. But what does this have to do with GANTZ:O? Well, it would have been very easy to continue on the series or go back to square one and start it all over again. So the fact they did neither was a really wise move. Gantz: O is a self-contained story that progresses the timeline without taking into the realm of stupidity. It can also be watched with little to no understanding... See full review
I'm rating this five across the board because it commited the worst crime anime can, it choked. I'm going to be "that guy" but in the manga the main character pisses off God (big beardy God) and so as punishment the main character is reincarnated into a magical mirror of Nazi Germany as a frail little girl. Worse, no matter what he attempts the Nazi empire loves him and considers him (well, her) a hero and a patriot. This is extremely underplayed in the anime, which focuses more on the magic and action and less on the comedy of being reincarnated as a Nazi that can't fail. I wish it was closer... See full review
In one word, Shlock. This is NOT the spiritual sucsessor of Gurran Lagann. It is an absurdist comedy series about over the top action and fan service. If you are expecting any real heart or compelling character advancement like in Gurrann Lagann you are going to be let down. Now, there is nothing wrong with watching brain dead violence and screech owl comedy, but if you don't like that kind of thing don't invest the time. You're left wondering if the series is going to pick up and improve constantly, its teased that it is going somewhere, but the story is lackluster even by shonen standards.See full review
Macross Delta is the dumpy ugly chick of the Macross franchise. You think, "Hey... maybe she's got a winning personality" and agree to take her to the prom, only to find out on the night that she is obnoxious and has down syndrome. As a long time fan of the Macross franchise this series is SOUL CRUSHING. The series feels like a "modern anime" struggling to hit its own beats and tropes. It fails to tell a rich and involved story with interesting characters, which would be forgivable if this was a forgettable one season anime and unattached to such an iconic franchise. Unfortunately for... See full review
"FEED ME SEYMOUR!"
There are no musical numbers and Skid Road its not, but Pet Shop of Horrors still manages to be an interesting and engaging series. This series is essentially a four-part Horror Anthology series. If you like Japanese folklore, you will love Pet Shop of Horrors. Its far superior to Requiem from the Darkness -- though unfortunately much shorter. STORY: Each episode is a-stand-alone story exploring the darker side of human desperation and temptation intertwined traditional Japanese folklore (albeit... See full review
Some people believe this is the worst anime ever made. This may be because it is a Korean immitation of anime trying to cash in on the fame of Dragon Ball Z. To be honest, its not really that bad compared to DBZ -- coming off a little like what the orginal Dragon Ball series but with far less class. The people who think this is the worst anime ever have not yet seen Puni-Puni Poemy.See full review
WORSE THAN SUPER KID! This is without a question the WORST anime I have ever seen in my life. It is so terrible that I have been unable to give it away for going on 10-years. Every time I meet a new friend into anime I show it to them and ask if they want to keep the DVD and so far it has been rejected by everyone who has seen it. It lingers on my DVD shelf like a dark omen of crap. The only reason I have not melted it is because I am worried I would wake up one day and it would just be sitting there like nothing had happened and I don't want it to... See full review
Rozen Maiden commits the worst sin an anime can. It looks like a really great idea, fails to live up to its own potential, then gives you an unrewarding and incomplete ending. Avoid it.
STORY: Rozen Maiden is essentially a shonen series for young women and strange little men. I would not have watched the series at all had my partner at the time insisted. However, after the first two episodes I thought there was a lot of potential for something interesting to develop. I struggled with the personality (and lack thereof) with many of the characters (see below), but it is the story... See full review
ITS A CONSPIRACY! Believe it or not, Welcome to the NHK is an interesting insight into the hikikomori lifestyle and the psychological impact of the Otaku in Japanese culture. As someone who was here in the begining, as more and more time goes on the anime scence has become much more mainstream and society has really changed. So this series was a breath of fresh air in what has been a rather stagnant, stail, and predictable wave of mediocre anime. STORY: The honest truth is that contrary to what a lot of people are claiming, Welcome to the NHK is rather light on story. At least in the anime. There is a... See full review
HARLEM BOMBER -- A BLAST FROM THE PAST!
Another adaption of a classic Go Nagai manga, Violence Jack: Harlem Bomber is a cautionary tale about the collapse of societal structures and the danger of gang mentalities and mankind's most primal and bestial impulses.
STORY: Often under-valued by many casual and western viewers, in this graphic tale Go Nagai uses Violence Jack as an allegory for the concept that there is always a bigger fish and those who abandon society to live as animals will ultimately die like animals.
Harlem Bomber shows the worst aspects of humanity in an attempt to issue a... See full review
Also known as THE MONSTER OF FRANKENSTEIN.
Kyoufu Densetu - Kaiki! Frankenstein is a masterful animated adaption of the classic Mary Shelly novel. Although not entirely beholden to the source material, there are only a few deviations from the original.
STORY: Overall, it has a mature tone and and the audience are treated with a great deal of respect. It is slow-paced, focusing on drama and storytelling over more modernized anime tropes and fast-paced action. However, in my opinion this helps add to the atmosphere. If you are looking for a love letter to the classic horror... this is the anime for... See full review
If you enjoyed the series, this is a must see. Although the OVAs go to a great length to setup the series (and themselves are superior quality to the series itself), there is still so much left unsolved and unexplained. Regardless, even though I was hoping for more, I was pleasently surprised by these features and certainly would recommend them to any fan of Science Fiction. If you're reading this and you're just stumpled on whether to give this series a chance, I recomend reading my review of the Terra Formars Series. As I give a much more in depth review.See full review
No one is safe! Terra Formers is an interesting series with some of the strongest characterization I have seen since Cyborg 009. The series handles itself maturely, and believably. Which is especially remarkable when you take into account that it is a show about giant anthromorphic cockroaches living on Mars. Although slow getting started, by episode three I was thoroughly engaged and invested in the characters. Things were not as they seemed and the inhabitants of Mars were obviously more than we’d been lead to believe, showing remarkable levels of adaptability, tool use, and human-level... See full review
Cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic setting, sounds like everything you've been looking for, right? Well, its not. Keep on looking. Don't waste your time. Its hours upon hours you'll never get back. It isn't absolutely terrible, but its mind-numbingly bland without anything particularly original or engaging. It feels like you're watching medicore Reality TV. In just one word... disappointing.See full review
Mazinger is pretty much the Grand-Daddy of all giant robots. He was the first real piloted mecha in all of anime, and although the original series have gotten somewhat dated this series is great. Don't worry if you don't know what is going on in the first couple of episodes. You'll end up thinking youve watched an episode out of order or something, but stick with it. It all makes sense in the end. Classic giant robot asskicking with some smart plot and an ending that you won't see coming, what more could you want? Also it has missile titties.See full review
Cyborg 009 is one of the lesser-known anime. It just came out of nowhere, with a really diverse and complex cast of characters and surpised me with just how compelling it could be. Although the metaplot is not particularly complex, each story is very character-driven and interesting. Moreso when you realize that like the Osamu Tezuka-verse these characters cross a number of anime series. With the series' primary antagonist being the star of the later (and much higher budget) SKULLMAN anime. However, still judging this on its own... See full review
Macross 7 is heralded as the red-headed stepchild of the Macross Franchise because the main character plays a guitar in space and fights demons and space elves in a giant transforming robot. However, this is more about a lack of ability to appreciate the series in all its complexity, and hardly a fair condemnation. Macross 7 is quite intelligent, and although the musical numbers can become quite grating if you watch all 50 episodes back to back, if you space them out than you'll infinitely more appreciate the series. Macross is an intelligent series about culture, the birth of civilisation, and... See full review
Neo Ranga is the worst-type of anime, in that it constantly has you waiting for a surprise twist that just never comes. So, after watching the first couple of episodes I thought I'd stumbled upon a horror-based Neon Genesis Evangelion clone and so immediately rushed out and purchased the entire series. Instead what I got was a really bland series about three young girls with some pretty interesting visuals. To its merit, the characters are not obnoxious... they are just bland and uninteresting. The action is sorely lacking, and the plot is extremely weak. Its so shallow that I was expecting a big reveal... See full review