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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


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 Cornelis


13 Deca-Dence


it's not perfect but it is more interesting than 99% of all the 'in a strange world with my modern knowledge trying to impregnate all the boob sizes' incel-bating seasonal stuff.

the final episode is just 25mins of rousing music. thanks, I hate it

14 Dorohedoro


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

15 Future Man

Future Man

uniquely creepy.

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

16 Gisoku no Moses

Gisoku no Moses

inside I'm dancing

17 Glassy Ocean

Glassy Ocean

and this is why I love animation

18 Humanity Has Declined

Humanity Has Declined

brain is engaged at all times with this

19 Hyperventilation


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

20 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

21 In a pig’s eye

In a pig’s eye

22 Kaiba


23 Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek

Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek

good horror is hard to find

24 Kanoun


a man is never satisfied

25 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 had been established over the previous 11 eps

26 Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!

Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!

27 Kick-Heart


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

28 Konohana no Sakuya Mori

Konohana no Sakuya Mori

so many textures, what an eerie sensory experience

29 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

33 Land of the Lustrous

Land of the Lustrous

the only anime where wearing heels in combat makes sense

34 Luo Xiaohei Zhan Ji

Luo Xiaohei Zhan Ji

amazing designs. 

Wan Sheng Jie seems to be made by the same people. the aesthetic isn't as refined but it's the most feel-good series ever

35 Luo Xiaohei Zhan Ji: Fan Wai

Luo Xiaohei Zhan Ji: Fan Wai

36 The Legend of Hei

The Legend of Hei

an example of how something doesn't have to be complicated or terribly original to be enjoyable, just well executed. 

I also love Stranger for the same reason; it has the most basic 'man rescues child' plot but it seems the people who worked on it took it very seriously. it's the perfect length and everything - from the opening scene to the final confrontation - flows seamlessly 

37 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

38 Made in Abyss Movie: Dawn of the Deep Soul

Made in Abyss Movie: Dawn of the Deep Soul

the infliction of pain on children has moved from 'not prissy' and 'realistic' to fetishistic at times. I still appreciate how unflinching it is but I began to question some scenes' intention - it's all in the framing

39 Mai Zhu

Mai Zhu

40 Mameshiba


tasty facts 4 u

41 Michiko & Hatchin

Michiko & Hatchin

42 Midori


by no means refreshing but quite something else

43 Mononoke


striking art

44 Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

the more anime I watch the more I realise how unique the portrayal of the MC is. I LOVED Balsa as a character and, from previous anime experience, was bracing myself for my enjoyment to be ruined by some bathing scene, undressing scene, she gets pinned down and perved on by the enemy scene, but these never materialised. the viewer never gets 'rewarded' with seeing her naked/sexualised.

(I also loved Tanda and wanted them to get together but you don't get to know what Balsa's decision is because this anime doesn't give a F about what I want and I love it for that - truly no fanservice)

45 Moving Colors

Moving Colors

there are lots of wonderful anthologies out there - they are a sure bet for interesting anime because their purpose 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

46 Muramasa


and Push

47 Murder


taking the piss out of cinematic tropes

48 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

49 NEONS: Onami

NEONS: Onami

I love all of Sawako Kabuki's dance animations

50 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


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knoxyal Apr 29, 2021

Please add Odd Taxi <3