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Stela

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refreshingly different

I tried not to list everything Masaaki Yuasa worked on. for my favourite independent animators I only include one entry per creator
1 1001 Nights

1001 Nights

a story of two lovers, told through music

2 663114

663114

I find the actor's voice mesmerising.

check out Ninja & Soldier, too

3 ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.

ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.

the mystery and the twist can be seen coming a mile off, so best grab a brew and some regional cake and sit back, because this is all about the atmosphere and the adventure. and how god damn suave eveyone is

4 Alien Nine

Alien Nine

50% main character's insufferable whining. 50% interesting take on puberty

5 Angel's Egg

Angel's Egg

a must see. a description cannot do it justice. a consensus on its meaning hasn't been reached

6 Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror

Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror

this is so eerie without resorting to gore or jump scares

7 Bloody Date

Bloody Date

I've seen a lot of clay animation and this has great attention to detail.

Lemon Home Animation Gekijou is also nice

8 Blue Flames

Blue Flames

no shounen protagonists here

9 Blue Submarine No. 6

Blue Submarine No. 6

when you crave a quick sci-fi snack

10 Bollogi Iyagi

Bollogi Iyagi

animation with noodles

11 Cat Soup

Cat Soup

way up there in the 'WTF did I just watch' charts and based on the even more unpalatable Nekojiru Gekijou

12 Dorohedoro

Dorohedoro

did someone say y2k punk aesthetic? because I have my jeans chain ready

13 Furiko

Furiko

Furiko manages to tell a more compelling story in under 5mins than some anime do over the course of a series

14 Future Man

Future Man

uniquely creepy.

Yukidoke, by a different director, falls in the same category

15 Gisoku no Moses

Gisoku no Moses

inside I'm dancing

16 Glassy Ocean

Glassy Ocean

and this is why I love animation

17 Humanity Has Declined

Humanity Has Declined

brain is engaged at all times with this

18 Hyperventilation

Hyperventilation

doesn't use sexual assault to move the plot forward/ initiate relationship

19 Ibarahime Mata wa Nemurihime

Ibarahime Mata wa Nemurihime

puppet animation but it's not for children.

other interesting Kihachiro Kawamoto stuff: Fusha no Sha (also puppets) and Shijin no Shougai

20 Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek

Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek

good horror is hard to find

21 Kanoun

Kanoun

a man is never satisfied

22 Katanagatari

Katanagatari

when a light-novel adaptation doesn't suck. I still think the last episode is shit because the characters suddenly behave out of erm, character that was being established over the previous 11 eps

23 Kick-Heart

Kick-Heart

the exhilaration of punching someone's face in, expressed through the medium of animation

24 Konohana no Sakuya Mori

Konohana no Sakuya Mori

so many textures, what an eerie sensory experience

25 KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world!

KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world!

the only isekai where I hand-on-heart enjoyed the fanservice. their commitment to sexualising every female character, down to the most insignificant, was impressive. and the point of the joke

26 KonoSuba – God’s blessing on this wonderful world! OVA

KonoSuba – God’s blessing on this wonderful world! OVA

27 KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world! 2

KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world! 2

28 KonoSuba – God’s blessing on this wonderful world! 2 OVA

KonoSuba – God’s blessing on this wonderful world! 2 OVA

29 Land of the Lustrous

Land of the Lustrous

the only anime where wearing heels in combat makes sense

30 Made in Abyss

Made in Abyss

how refreshing to get a show that is not prissy about the human body while not containing a iota of fanservice. a realistic portrayal of pubescent characters

31 Mai Zhu

Mai Zhu

32 Mameshiba

Mameshiba

tasty facts 4 u

33 Michiko & Hatchin

Michiko & Hatchin

34 Midori

Midori

by no means refreshing but quite something else

35 Mononoke

Mononoke

striking art

36 Moving Colors

Moving Colors

there are lots of wonderful anthologies out there - they are a sure bet for interesting anime because the purpose of their existence is to showcase individual animators'/directors' talents - but this one is the shortest

I'm trying not to flood this list with shorts but... Visions of Frank is also good

37 Murder

Murder

taking the piss out of cinematic tropes

38 Natsume's Book of Friends

Natsume's Book of Friends

specifically Takashi as a character: he's kind, gentle, fearless and open-minded. top lad

39 NEONS: Onami

NEONS: Onami

I love all of Sawako Kabuki's dance animations

40 Neo Yokio

Neo Yokio

layers of parody. the 'bad' animation, outdated art, white mech and so on are quite on purpose. if you don't like it, it's because you don't get it. true fact

41 Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas

Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas

42 Night on the Galactic Railroad

Night on the Galactic Railroad

I like the sound design in this, it's so creepy. for example: the train track sounds are played so far apart that they ring out like gun shots

43 Ningyo

Ningyo

a timeless short by Osamu Tezuka.

I also like Muramasa and Push

44 Obake-chan

Obake-chan

cute ghost slice of life

45 Onihei

Onihei

grown-up and restrained, a breath of fresh air

46 Otona Joshi no Anime Time: Kawamo o Suberu Kaze

Otona Joshi no Anime Time: Kawamo o Suberu Kaze

josei anime are few and far between

47 Otona Joshi no Anime Time 2

Otona Joshi no Anime Time 2

each of the 3 stories has a completely different feel to it

48 Out of Sight

Out of Sight

a simple idea expressed in a fun, original way

49 Penguindrum

Penguindrum

when you are being led up the garden path

50 Planet With

Planet With

I didn't know where the story was taking me and that's exciting for someone who's watched a ton of anime. I also like how the character designs are a throwback to early 2000s style

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