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Lovely Complex

Oct 2, 2010

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 epitome of doing a solid job of this. Tiny runt of a man meets giant amazon of a girl. The couple that by decree of the universe ought not exist. Right? Cue humor and rather capable love story.The two main characters in Lovely Complex are fun. You'll enjoy watching both of them put on their comedy show and then as it turns... See full review

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Nazca

Oct 2, 2010

The short: better than you expected, but still probably not worth the time. Nazca. What a strange show.Positives: Ok, so Nazca isn't completely without value. It's close, but there's a chance you might be the sort of person who sees something worth watching in it. The story is strange, and sort of a weird mishmash of Native American mythology twisted under a weird bushido acid trip, but it's not wholly unwatchable. There were even moments where I thought, hey, this is maybe not a total waste.There are a few compelling moments and a few interesting character moments that poke into view here and there. With a... See full review

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Time of Eve

Oct 2, 2010

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 but notice right off that the art is fantastic, but more importantly, the characters are really well done. Each has a fantastic backstory which only helps draw you in. You'll find yourself wishing to know more about them all, and not for just the story based reasons (that will make more sense when you watch... See full review

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Battle Programmer Shirase

Oct 2, 2010

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, but mixed in between the silly is a compelling concept and some pretty funny moments. I really enjoyed the protagonists character and mannerisms. Having been a programmer at one time he found a quick soft spot in my opinions.Negatives: So there are some kind of strange moments in here, which can come across as really... See full review

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Nana

Oct 2, 2010

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 these types of anime you'll find that the characters and their relationships are far more complex and realistic than those found in other types of anime. For me, this is often a huge selling point. I like the depth and complexity. Most all of the characters are both engaging, and believable.The music in Nana is also... See full review

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Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

Oct 2, 2010

Ah! I had this on my list of things to watch for about a year before I bothered to finally get it done. What a mistake! I have this bad tendency to avoid watching anime that aren't made for TV. I don't know what it is, but it seems to happen...Anyhow...Positives: Jin-Roh is not for everyone. After watching I read some reviews by others who had watched and I found that a lot of their concerns didn't bother me. Without spoiling anything, I'll just say that I found it all to make sense and totally believable. There are some rather deep questions to answer that the characters go through, and for me they were... See full review

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BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad

Oct 2, 2010

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 issues that definitely reduce the overall score, but on the whole it's a really engaging story with a whole lot of plusses. So without further blabbering, here's my positives and negatives.Positives: The characters and the overall feel of Beck are fantastic. Starting with the main character(s) through the supporting cast... See full review

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Welcome to the NHK!

Oct 7, 2009

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 get a really interesting and unique perspective on a portion of Japanese society.  I enjoyed this show so much I ended up watching Genshiken which is now one of my favorite animes.With Welcome to the NHK! you have a funny character who is more or less so pathetic that you can't really find reason to root for... See full review

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Skip Beat!

Oct 7, 2009

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 vengeance.  A common premise, perhaps, but in the end is a great story that unfolds before you including a solid supporting cast.There's a lot of really good humor in here along with a healthy dose of romance and solid character development.  If I had to choose one adjective to describe things I'd say... See full review

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Shuffle!

Oct 7, 2009

Shuffle! is one of those animes that I can't really pinpoint why I didn't rate it higher, but for some reason I also can't get myself to change my score.Positives: A really easy to watch show with a whole lot of upside.  The premise is perhaps nothing all that original or even that interesting, but somehow it comes together nicely and feels if not somewhat original at least not old and stale.I don't remember that many laugh out loud moments with Shuffle!, but I was always enjoying the show and I didn't find myself wishing to return to another arc or character because all of them are interesting and... See full review

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xxxHOLiC Kei

Oct 7, 2009

Considering I barely made it through the first half of season one the fact that I enjoyed season two so much is saying a lot.  Somehow things finally came together and I'm now hoping that we get a third installment!Positives: Finally we've managed to develop the characters and world enough that the mysteries and relationships are all starting to come together.  xxxHOLic has always been about enjoying the exploration into CLAMP's world together with the characters, but at last I'm feeling like there's more reward for the time being invested.The art has always been fun to watch, but more importantly... See full review

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Full Metal Panic!

Oct 7, 2009

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 initial one offers a compelling, albeit kind of silly, story about a boy who is a military prodigy who ends up in a humorous, fish out of water situation.  It's always great for comedy when this sort of thing happens and as is par for the course a romance is developed which also seems to work rather well.While my... See full review

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Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid

Oct 7, 2009

So finally Full Metal Panic! lives up to what it should have been the first season and in that silly mess fumoffu.Positives: Everything you liked about Full Metal Panic! is back, but this time there's actually a good story, some character development, and things happen that matter.My favorite part of most anime is the relationship between characters and finally with this series we get some real development between Sousuke and Chidori.  The rest of the characters also are starting to come into their own and the world finally is coming together.  It's a shame that we aren't seeing more episodes in... See full review

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Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu

Oct 7, 2009

So to my surprise I didn't enjoy Full Metal Pani? Fumoffu as much as I'd hoped.  Somehow the initial season's foray into school life seemed so full of excitement and opportunity that I had tricked myself into believing that a whole season of such antics would be hillarious.  *sigh*Positives: If you're a fan of Full Metal Panic then you will be pleased to see that there's a bit more for you to enjoy that the first and second seasons.  This time it's all about life at school, but unfortunately there aren't a whole lot of great memories to fall back on with this season.Most of what you enjoyed... See full review

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6/10 overall

Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan

Oct 7, 2009

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 didn't like much about the show so this might be difficult.  I read the few bits I could find by those who had enjoyed it and it sounded like a fun, zany romp which would take up a few hours of a long night, but what I got instead was a rather trite, and overly rediculous mess.Crud, this is the positives... See full review

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4/10 overall

FLCL

Oct 7, 2009

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 understanding that most people seem to find FLCL the greatest thing since sliced bread.  Personally I'd rather have a piece of sliced bread over a boat load of FLCL box sets.Positives: There's a really good soundtrack and some fun crazy art going on.Negatives: Yeesh, where to begin.  So I've read all the... See full review

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2/10 overall

The Animatrix

Oct 7, 2009

OH SNAP!  It's the Matrix!  It must be awesome!Do you remember those days before the second movie came out?  I sure do.  Ah well.So for me the Animatrix fit in perfectly where the movies left off.  It's more or less crap that's hardly worth watching but if you stick around long enough there's a few enjoyable bits here and there.Positives: So really, the animation styles are all kind of neat, and if you're really just into the whole art of anime maybe there's something here you'll enjoy.There was one story of all the episodes I liked but I don't remember it enough to tell you what it... See full review

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Ergo Proxy

Oct 7, 2009

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 about it I was on a Ghost in the Shell/Cyberpunk kick and was eating anything of that sort up without much thought and with Ergo Proxy I got exactly what I was expecting.  The art and overall style are just fun to watch.  I really enjoyed the whole cold, dark, and dreary air to the show and in my opinion... See full review

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Air Gear

Oct 7, 2009

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 something very interesting about it.  I wanted to watch the next episode.  There is something in the show that compels you to want to see what happens next.  I'm not sure if it's the whole concept of flying around doing rediculous moves on souped up roller blades or if it's the fact tha nearly every... See full review

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The Familiar of Zero

Oct 7, 2009

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 get past the fluff there's actually a story, and while it's not overly deep it's actually pretty fun.  Several times while watching I found myself wishing that this had been done not as a show for young folk, but perhaps as something a bit more mature.  Inmy mind the concept is really interesting and worth... See full review

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Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Oct 7, 2009

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 much matter.  Anyhow... Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann will likely always hold an unique and yet confused place in my heart when it comes to anime.  It's a show that falls into a genre I normally am not very interested, and yet there was something in it that appealed to me in a strong way. As most of you... See full review

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Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen

Oct 7, 2009

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 not the OVA thing (which I had no idea what that was originally) and so on and so forth. For the uninitiated it was a huge, confusing mess of information and if it wasn't for good old wikipedia I'm sure I'd never have figured it all out. Ahem... So this was one of the first animes I watched and it was... See full review

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Berserk

Oct 7, 2009

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 Berserk.  Now this was still during those first days of my anime career where I was hesitant to just try things out because I wasn't really sure how to find anime that I'd like and there was still that part of me that wondered if I'd just gotten lucky in finding the first one or two shows that I had... See full review

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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

Oct 7, 2009

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 of those shows that actually become better to me once I'd finished it.  What I mean by that statement is simply that once the story had come to completion and the characters then had been fully fleshed out I could think back on the older episodes and appreciate them in a very different way than I could at... See full review

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Cowboy Bebop

Oct 7, 2009

<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 Cowboy Bebop.  It's one of those shows that actually become better to me once I'd finished it.  What I mean by that statement is simply that once the story had come to completion and the characters then had been fully fleshed out I could think back on the older episodes and appreciate them in a very... See full review

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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Oct 7, 2009

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 characters, fun story, lots of crazy plot twists, spectacular anime quality, fun setting, fun characters. Dislikes: Lots of battles (way better than most battle heavy anime though).  That's mostly it.  I just really enjoyed this one for what it was.  Sure it's nothing ground breaking story wise... See full review

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Midori Days

Oct 7, 2009

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 woman thing was really odd and I didn't think I'd be able to get through it this time either, but I put my nose to the grindstone and I'm really glad I did. The recommendations for this one seemed to put it right up the alley that I enjoy when I'm in the mood for something silly and light hearted that just is fun... See full review

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Nodame Cantabile

Oct 7, 2009

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 both but I'm not the type to go buy a cd or something). From the theme song to the closing credits it was a great ride and other than a few tiny things I'd say it's a near perfect anime. Positives: The animation, music, characters, and story are all really great.  There was also a lot of humor in the... See full review

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The Wallflower

Oct 7, 2009

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 I was continuing to watch.  I'd seriously considered dropping it a number of times but whether it was due to my not having anything better in the hopper or simply a desire to see it through somehow I pressed onward.  In the end am I happy I did?  I'm not really sure.  I guess the... See full review

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Ah! My Goddess TV

Oct 7, 2009

<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 had been created in the first 10 or so episodes had hung around I'd have likely rated this as high as a 4 and maybe a 4.5.  Why?  Well let me break it down! Positives: Really fun concept, well planned out characters and supporting cast, mostly great episode plots.  Now this anime again isn't all... See full review

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