Rate the last anime you watched out of 10

Discussion in 'General Anime Chit-Chat' started by AironicallyHuman, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. britguy

    britguy Za Warudo

    My Love Story - Thought the premise at times wore thin, I really enjoyed this show, mostly for the relationship between Takeo and Suna if i'm being totally honest. I liked the romance between Takeo and Rinko, but at times I thought her character was too perfect, and I also harbored the desire for Takeo to end up with anyone but her!

    Some nice episodes throughout, some great humour at times and a fitting conclusion

  2. Dan

    Dan Thousand Master

    Dimension W - 6/10

    Another disappointing anime. I thought the plot was seriously lacking. I did like the two main characters but they couldn't save it.
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  3. crashmatt

    crashmatt Thousand Master

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  4. Smeelia

    Smeelia Thousand Master

    The Case of Hana and Alice / Hana to Alice Satsujin Jiken

    I quite enjoyed the film, it's something odd and a bit different and that probably works in it's favour. I'd say it's kind of a slice of life film, there is a main storyline that reaches a resolution by the end but much of the film is spent on insights into the lives of a variety of characters. The main story, about two girls who get to know each other while trying to uncover the truth behind some past events (that have been spun into a legend of sorts), doesn't really get fully started until a good way into the film and feels like it is used more to tie the series of events together rather than as the primary purpose of the film. Even so, people who prefer a more straightforward and focussed storyline may be able to enjoy the film because it does handle the flow of events fairly well and generally feels like it's moving towards a resolution (if, perhaps, a little slowly at the beginning).

    The main strength of the film for me was the characters. The main characters, Hana and Alice, aren't necessarily "normal" but they feel like believable and realistic people. We mostly follow Alice through the film and what we see feels like a natural effect of the personality that Alice has rather than feeling like we're just following a story that the characters exist to tell. Some of the characters are particularly odd but even the strangest tend to justify their personality and still feel believable (possibly depending on your own experiences with people). The little glimpses into the lives of the characters that we get help to make them feel more like real people and also makes for some interesting viewing.

    The animation uses rotoscoping, I think it generally works fine for the film and it has it's own good and bad points. There may be a few moments where things look a little strange and not quite right but there are probably about as many where it captures something that might not have worked as well in a different form. Personally, I don't think I'd want to see rotoscoped animation too often because I don't think it works so well for me but I suppose it's really just a different way of doing things. There's plenty to enjoy in the film anyway, even if the animation doesn't necessarily work for you (and more so if it does, I suppose).

    Overall, I did enjoy the film quite a bit. I'm not sure it'd quite make personal favourite but I'd still rate it somewhat highly and I'll almost certainly watch it again (probably from time to time). I'd certainly recommend it to fans of character focussed stories, especially slice of life fans, and it's probably worth a try in general.

    Not part of the film (although it is part of the release), but I did think some of the comments by the director on animation were interesting. I might have misinterpreted, but it feels like the director underestimates what animation can do. They seemed to be trying to replicate reality, with rotoscoping aimed to bring out more realistic movements. I think one of the strengths of animation is that it doesn't have to be limited by reality and that it can show meaning in a wide variety of ways. The director seemed to think that most animation doesn't really have the capacity to capture more subtle details and movements that can indicate the feelings of the characters. While it's probably true that many anime don't make that a focus, I wonder if the director has seen shows like Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinju and others that put a lot of work into their more subtle details. I did think it was odd that the director seemed somewhat negative about animation, although they apparently haven't worked with animation much before and it's not like it's entirely unusual for animation directors to be negative about animation.
  5. Dan

    Dan Thousand Master

    Heroic Legend of Arslan - 7/10

    I thought it started very strongly but slowed down in the middle and I felt it lost all its momentum. It did end well but I kinda lost a bit of interest by that point. That's not to say it wasn't good its still worth watching and there were some interesting characters but I felt like they even they could have been fleshed out more but it was more the story that waivered. I did however think it was very well animated and they blended the CG and 2d animation very well. They also used it at the right moments (I.e. Big battles wth lots of soldiers on show). I only wish Berserk would have gone down this route. I still haven't seen it mind but very off put by the CG.
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  6. bakum4tsu

    bakum4tsu Pokémon Master

    You got the same opinion about it as me. I did say some similiar things in the previous page. Though I gave it a 6 out of 10. Not looking forward to even watch the 2nd season to be honest even though its only 8 episodes long.
  7. Dan

    Dan Thousand Master

    Yeah I feel a bit like that now. I may force myself to watch it though.
  8. orgun

    orgun Pokémon Master

    City Hunter Series 1 - 8/10

    City Hunter was a pleasant surprise for me. It's one of those franchises with a prolific reputation and has been on my radar for ages but I've never actually got round to watching any of it. I knew the basic premise and I didn't think I would be into it for 50+ episodes but I found it laugh out loud funny from the very beginning and despite the show being essentially based around a single joke, I continued to find City Hunter highly entertaining and very amusing. I think I liked as much as I did because I really liked the characters, yes they were very 1 dimensional but he whole premise of the show worked for me. The animation looks very dated now but I'm a sucker for that type of aesthetic. I'll give it a break until I start Series 2 so I don't burn out on it, but so far highly recommended.
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  9. Professor Irony

    Professor Irony Cardcaptor

    How I always used to describe City Hunter is that it's a bit like the A-Team, if you combined the entire A-Team into one man.
  10. orgun

    orgun Pokémon Master

    Yeah, it has that same sensibility as the A-Team but with lots of 'Mokkori'!
  11. Dan

    Dan Thousand Master

    Drifters - 8/10

    Finally I find something I liked. Absolutely loved the two main characters Shimazu Toyohisa and Oda Nobunaga, they made the show very enjoyable. I wasn't so keen on the comedic moments but then I've never really got that style in anime, it just doesnt make me laugh very often, however the action was great, I'm guessing it's obvious form my avatar what kinda action I like and this didn't disappoint add that to Shimazu's unrelenting thirst for success in battle and we have a winner.

    Don't get me wrong, the show seems to be very much a half season. There is a lot to resolve but it certainly entertained me up to this point and can't wait for part 2/cour 2/season 2.... whatever you want to call it :)
  12. qaiz

    qaiz Stand User

    City Hunter is the best.
  13. Lambadelta

    Lambadelta Stand User

    Blue Exorcist the Movie - 9/10

    I found the film to be very good with a sustainable plot that was good from start to finish, and introduced a very cute character for the film. The visuals and music were really good, and overall was a enjoyable viewing experience. It is much better in the non-canon department of story compared to the final episodes of the first season.

    If you enjoyed Blue Exorcist I'd highly recommend watching the movie.
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  14. bakum4tsu

    bakum4tsu Pokémon Master

    Sword of the Stranger 10/10

    So after rewatching it for the 3rd time (I dont know why I dont watch this more often...) I can assume that this is my favourite anime movie at the moment. The plot is fine but the rest is where it shines. Good animation (excelent during sword fighting), good characters, good ost and (this one's my favourite) lots of chopped off arms and heads along with blood everywhere xD

    Even though I usually dont go fo CE's, I will probably go for the one AL releasing in a few months, as long as its worth the price.
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  15. Smeelia

    Smeelia Thousand Master


    This film is either really well written or really badly written, maybe it's both. I think it's probably best represented by the main character, Tuan. She spends the majority of the film talking about how rubbish society is and how people are just putting on a show of caring rather than having any genuine feeling, all while worrying about people and following up on leads due to her personal feelings and affections for people. Many of the characters have similar issues, making generalised statements about their complaints while simultaneously undermining those statements. A positive interpretation of the film could be that it's trying to say that making assumptions about others while also assuming you (and those close to you) are the only exception is foolish and potentially destructive.

    It's also interesting that what the characters say about society is almost never really supported by what we're shown. We see a lot of individuals doing things that aren't always for the best, but the society itself doesn't seem to have any inherent oppressive qualities and seems to be built with the idea of benefitting people. There are social expectations that could put pressure on some and there is an emphasis on having warnings for any potentially unhealthy behaviour, but there don't seem to be any enforced restrictions that force people to follow the guidelines (beyond the kind of law and order we have in our own society, at least).

    On the downside, the majority of the film is spent listening to disaffected people ranting about how bad they think things are. I'm not sure I could say I really enjoyed the film because there's no character to latch onto as the voice of reason nor anything to break the constant flow of moaning. The film raises some interesting questions (deliberately or otherwise) but it's not always fun to watch. There are a few highlights where little details or touches bring out something more entertaining, but there are perhaps not quite enough. I'm not sure I should admit it, but I particularly enjoyed the black humour of the health and safety warnings appearing in footage of someone attempting suicide. Sadly, that sort of thing isn't too common either.

    I could see some people enjoying the film by empathising with the characters. The feeling of being apart from society and struggling to understand how other people can just happily go along with things is likely something that a lot of people can relate to. The characters never really justify their positions but they wouldn't necessarily have to, sometimes it's just nice to feel that other people might have similar feelings to you (that's also a possibility for what the film could be about).

    There are a few grim and potentially shocking scenes in the film, there are descriptions of sexual violence and there's some graphic violence and self-harm. I'm not really a fan of shock or horror content and it wasn't quite enough to seriously bother me so I doubt it would be enough to appeal to fans of that kind of thing. Still, it could potentially make the film even less accessible than it already is.

    At the end of the day, Harmony is probably something of a bad film. There's potential to enjoy it if you approach with a certain mindset and it touches on potentially interesting subjects but it's constructed in a way that makes it unlikely to appeal to most people. I wouldn't say I regret watching it, because I did get something out of it, but it's not likely to be something I'd watch again and I don't think I could really recommend it either.
  16. Lord Bacchus

    Lord Bacchus Dandy Guy, in Space

    Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack 2/10

    I was tricked by the fact that it was Ufotable, and the director of Kara no Kyoukai: Mugen Rasen behind it. The animation was pretty, but it was such a waste for that awful movie. I should have suspected something was amiss when I bought a used DVD of it online and it was being distributed by a company I'd never heard of, and had cover art which had no anime on it, and looked like it was hastily put together in photoshop (with a glowing testimonial from someone called "Billy Chainsaw"). The acting was terrible, everything moved at a horrible pace, the subtitles were the most poorly translated, stilted, and error ridden I've ever seen, and despite the fact it was clearly trying to be scary, it just wound up grossing me out. I only don't give it a 1 because Ufotable animation is always good, and it did occasionally make me chuckle because of how bad it all was.

    Seriously though, about the cover...just look at it:

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  17. Blaize

    Blaize Adventurer

    91 Days 10/10

    This was my most hyped series from last year, the promo material for the show had me very excited to see it. But I decided to wait for the dub as I figured this would be the best way to experience the show given the setting. I'm certain I made the right decision as Funimation did a great job with the dub, similar to how they handled Baccano. I won't go into great detail about why I loved the series so much, just to say that the story is a really well done revenge tale that I was totally engrossed in and was happily going to give a 9/10, the only thing that could bump up the score was how the ending was handled. Well suffice to say the ending is sublime, the last episode or so is really fantastic (the show twists just enough to surprise you) and the final moments is everything I could have hoped for and more. I just really hope the Episode 13 special doesn't ruin it. Because as the show stands it has one of my favourite endings in all of Anime right now.

    This film might well become a guilty pleasure of mine. I just love the insanity of it. It's not good but it was totally fascinating and full of imagination all be it a weird one though that is par the course when it comes to Junji Ito. I'd like to get the Australian BD set one day.
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  18. bakum4tsu

    bakum4tsu Pokémon Master

    Gyo was creepy and crazy but ok.

    91 Days was a good surprise last year.
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  19. Patient-X

    Patient-X Straw Hat Pirate

    Kids on the Slope
    Fantastic show! Who'd have thought that jazz in anime could work so well. The only reason I didn't give it a 10 was because it wasn't longer :)
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  20. Blaize

    Blaize Adventurer

    Rage of Bahamut: Genesis ~ 8/10

    Fun fantasy with a ton of action and really likable lead cast. The Story is pretty generic though, nothing special and is solid for what it is but it's certainly by the numbers in many ways. Beautifully animated character designs and animation in general though could have perhaps done with a little less CG. Recommended and I look forward to the sequel in a few months, though I'll be waiting for the simuldub since the dub cast was really solid.
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