Rate the last anime you watched out of 10

Aaron

Dragon Knight
I finished Oreimo. It's a very sweet series, with a likeable cast of characters. The story is nice - there's plenty going on and it never gets boring. I prefer watching shows dubbed where possible, but I still loved this even though it was sub-only.

I'll watch something else next, but I've got season 2 to look forward to!

9/10
 

KurataTrigger

Brigade Leader
Darling in the Franxx First Part 7/10
Not as bad as I remmbered.
It has a lot of good elements that made worthwhile for the most part.
Zorome was my favourite character despite being shafted after episode 10
Zero Two is cool
Hiro is lifeless as potatoes but least he wasn't offensive like Yuno or Shu.
Overall pretty soild first half.
I hope part 2 will be good.
I hope the Blu-Ray fixed the crappy animation in the final 4 episodes.
 

Vanes

Completely Average High School Student
Just finished Golden Kamuy and I loved it, 10/10. Great characters that are really lovable, interesting story with comedy moments as well as more dramatic scenes. I rarely read manga, only when anime picked my interest, and I'm going to read Golden Kamuy and I'm hoping to see next season soon.
 

Professor Irony

Cursed Image
Moderator
FLCL: Progressive

In the end, I liked this a little more than I expected to. I'm not the biggest fan of FLCL, but this still looks and sounds great, and I wouldn't say I enjoyed it any less than the original. It could do with either developing its characters and themes a little more or losing about half an hour from its running time, but I think it does enough to justify its existence as a sequel, beyond a mere attempt to cash in on the illustrious name. At the very least, it deserves to find an audience, rather than being sent into oblivion by poor decisions on where to release it.
 

WMD

Great Teacher
Bacano! Blu ray

This show is so good. Effortlessly cool. Crazy characters, mad story, non chronological story telling and a fantastic OP. It also looks great on the blu ray version.

Even the "epilogue" episodes were way better on the rewatch. The amount of character story being told in them is actuallyboretty astonishing and really drives home the shows primary question of "what even is a story?"

16/10 (one point for every episode...yes I realise that's a little pretentious of me but whatever. This show is awesome.)

Edit: also the voice acting in the dub is exceptional
 

WMD

Great Teacher
Scum's Wish

Well that was intense. Huge web of love, lust, lies, caring and cheating. The show is very bittersweet generally leaning towards the bitter but it is very good. The animation is excellent and makes great use of artful still panel shots overlaid on the main screen with internal monologues incredibly well. I watched the dub version and the acting is excellent. We hear all the main players internal monologues at some point and the voice acting is always on point.

It's a very emotionally charged show about a group of people ultimately lacking in self esteem and self worth and look for validation in others. It can be sad and it can be cruel but it always feels like it could be real.

10/10
 

Luna

Stand User
Taking notes for those, before I start forgetting half of them. (Those have been across a couple of month...)

Concrete Revolutio
So a colorful Magical Girl-ish style mixed with some 009-ish character design main guy, some superhero antics and some quite good sakuga. And nobody really seemd to have watched and liked it. Somehow in my mind this was grouped along with Punch Line in the "went under, but not so bad" pot.
And it wouldn't have been so bad, if it didn't try to hard to subvert the more traditional plotline of these superhero/magical girl stories. Good guys in a group and fight the evil, oh surprise the goodies may not be so goodie after all and one goes astray. (Of course the astray ones go all dark, which looks a bit more cool.) The timelines were a complete mess and what's worse, except for years title cards there was almost no cue for orientation. Nothing visual and since it's happening right from episode 1 there is no chance to differentiate via character reactions. (You don't know any of them yet after all.) It felt like they forced spoilers in, right in the first episode, before those spoilers could possible ever have some impact. Plotlines got even more messier by the by and this show is going to last for a while for feeling rather unsatisfying by its end. (That finale was strange in its weird build up.)

5/10, only for some of the sakuga

Yojou Senki
I head it was one of the better Isekais, but since it all reeks like some Nazi-clichés mixed with Otaku-Loli cliché plus isekai I expected it to be chiefly being just edgy. I was duly surprised, that it's not some Hellsing-ish Nazi stuff at all. It doesn't even really play Loli-tropes-cards out either. Having a villain as the hero is quite rare and then it's even a villain you kind of have to not like, but at the other hand you can't help but sometimes come to root for him. The servings of "serious comedy" are delicious. Most of it ends up being Schadefreude, but as the protagonist regularly reminds you that she's really not a good person, there is no need to feel too bad about it either. Directing and animation are also quite good. The last episodes fight is really cool to look at and for the directing its Match and Jump Cuts stood out to me most. Visual Humor or marking the passage of time clear to the viewer done really expertly.
Only downside, now that I was late at catching up on that, I should have waited a bit. Then I'd not have to wait for the movie. =X

7.5/10

Little Busters!: EX
I thought I liked Little Busters. Or Refrain at least. But it's been a while. EX was... a bit of a drag. Blond girls Saya's route has an interesting base set up as revealed in the end, which blends in well to the Refrain plot, but Saya is such an awfully one dimensional character and rather hard to bear. Second arc was even more terrible with that Ojousama-girl, but again, the twist as revealed wouldn't have been so bad, if it weren't such an unearned tearjerker. Kanata's part was somewhat decent in comparison and picks up a loose end from the main series. But somehow it doesn't have all that much of a conclusion that's so diffrent from the main series.

5/10

Omoide no Marnie
This might be the first Ghibli that captivated me. (I usually always find them very good, but not too enjoyable.) The only thing after watching it is that it turns out to be actually a family drama, which was decidedly guessable halfway through, but for that the film had way to many Yuri-vibes somehow. Regardless, it had such a nice atmophere and I really like those dreamy-elements in general..

7/10

Gi(a)rlish Number
I've heard about this as the cynical extention to Shirobako, turns out I liked it more than Shirobako which I watched right after.
But it does its job with handling Chitose really well. The girl is so lazy and undiciplined, but posseses the skill of having some absurd luck. And yet, plot convenience doesn't befall her, her laziness has effects regardless and she still actually has to put in some actual work in, after all.
Also, quite a nice show to give a reason, why you might grind yourself through some work, you don't actually enjoy whatsoever.

7/10

Shirobako
There is a lot of positive stuff around for that show and I see it's really good (and educative), but something about it... doesn't seem to want to resonate with me. (Especially the antics of the director were a bit tiring.) Might also have something to do with the visuals. Something about the colour palette screams "boring!" right into my face. Which is a bit weird. sure work life is a drag and it looking like it is fine, but it had so many of those inspiration-moments for the characters and they were still not very visually engaging to me. Given that scenery porn is P.A. Works main attraction to me, that was a bit of a letdown. (The key visuals also look a bit more colourful.)

But still 7/10

Little Busters!: Sekai no Saitou wa Ore ga Mamoru!
Figured I could complete the franchise anime-wise after EX. This OVA kind of went in and out straight away. At least it didn't stand out as a complete waste of premise. Could easily be one of the random episodes in Little Busters S1, without standing out.

5/10

Big Fish & Begonia
That one was a bit of a surprise. I've been on the lookout for Chinese Anime even 10 years ago, but back then there seemed to be a good bunch of talented people, who however seemed to hit a dead end, since there simply was no domestic market for it. Absolutely didn't catch that it came from China. Actually also didn't catch that it's totally not a Pixar-ish 3D style animation film, as the internationally most known cover suggests. Talk about misleading marketing. The movie remains a bit of a mixed bag regardless. So many themes, but none seem really fleshed out. The fantasy world seems to real and rich of details at times and completely underdeveloped in key parts of its world building. Characters at times feel flat, but then it has two really intriguing excceptic old characters which were to poignant in their presentation, but ended up being the ones with the most underdeveloped character backgrounds of them all. Regardless, even with all the potential going unused, it does use up some and that part stirrs interest into more of it. (Supposedly a sequel is in the making.) And all things said and done, I really just like those atmopshere dense dreamy things and in that department it hits full force.

7/10


Recovery of an MMO Junkie
Is it just me or does the opening kind of sound like some Vocaloid song? (Or more like Kagerou Daze-ish?) anyway, the opening deserves some heads up for being resourcefull of materials used, while maximing effect via competent directing. It's astonishing, it doesn't actually have all that much animation, it even reused footage from the show, but its one of those I kept watching almost every episode. Nice enough the show itself is also pretty well directed, it's sense for cute-dorky humor is really just likable. Also adult characters dipped in worklife, which gives everything a nicely down to earth dark tinge. Somehow it misses to address is a bit more, but the subtle indicators suffice, too. There are a bunch of too many coincidences, but at least they are aware of them in-world. Parts of it make it clear, that it's just a partial adaption, due to unaddressed side characters, but in terms of main characters, it's nicely round with the last episode's open, but uplifting ending. (Only for it to be partly disabled by Funimation labeling the extras episode as 11 with no hint of it being a sequel-but-still-isolated extra, so I got confused.)

7/10

Expelled from Paradise
So Urobochi does a Madoka and Psycho-Pass, has success with it.... and he gets to write for a movie that's completely CGI and in general has completely unremarkable marketing. What went wrong there?
Either way, I wasn't too interested in that, until somehow the German Blu-ray ended up on my random watching piles. Turns out the CGI isn't quite so terrible as anime-CGI-only sometimes (mostly) ends up being and the plot is compact. While also nothing too innovative, it also escapes the pitfallof being all too pseudo-phisolophical as the topic premise would suggest. Also thumbs up for a organic explanation, why the female agent gets to be a teen in a mecha again.

5.5/10
 
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Aaron

Dragon Knight
One-Punch Man Specials - I had a load of fun watching these. I've been watching season 1 at the same time, but I finished the specials off first. There are six episodes and they're only 11 minutes each, so they were nice to watch when I had a few spare minutes here and there. Each episode focused on a different character and every one had a unique plot, so there was plenty of variety in there - nothing ever felt boring or padded out (TBF, the main series is the same). There were loads of funny moments and the ED was great too. I liked all the episodes, but the Blizzard one was probably my fav.

I've seen some series recently I haven't enjoyed too much, but this gets the same score as the previous anime I commented on on this page (Oreimo) - 9/10
 

WMD

Great Teacher
This morning finished Golden Time

This turned out much better than I expected. I thought it was just gona be a rom com and it started out that way but soon it became an emotional drama. I even got a bit emotional in the last episode.

I feel like this show is trying to capture the magic of Clannad. It doesn't quite manage it but it's still a good watch. Some characters are a bit annoying to begin with and it's not until later that they open up and we get to really understand them.

It's not perfect and it plays one plot device a couple of times too many by the end. But by the end it's a great group of core characters with a good emotional send off and a nice complete story in 24 episodes. The animation is good if not spectacular and the last ep does some nice work.

7.5/10
 

WMD

Great Teacher
Rwby vol 5

This was a great volume. The animation really is very good now! Yang, Weiss and Blake all get great arcs through this volume. Ruby is left a little bit in the exposition group this time around but we start to learn about the bigger picture of what's happening and we get some great world building. Jean also gets a good arc after the events at the end of vol 3 having plagued him until now.

The action really is very good now. It's more lighthearted than the last volume was but theres still good emotional weight to it.

Vol 3, 4 and 5 have all been very good. The only thing that annoyed me this time was they left all the credits in rather than editing the episodes together as a movie. Having the theme song every 15mins was a little to often and I've enjoyed not having the flow of the story broken up in previous volumes.
8 /10
 

Aaron

Dragon Knight
Rosario + Vampire. It was alright. The girls are cute, the main character is a standard harem MC piece of cardboard and there are some nice songs in there.

The episodes were very formulaic and got a bit repetitive/tedious toward the end. The fanservice was never over the top. The dub was pleasant enough. I doubt I'll remember much about this series in a few weeks, but it was a decent way to pass some time and it was never bad.

A very alright series - 5/10
 

Aaron

Dragon Knight
Gintama: The Movie. Ugh.

I've never watched or read Gintama in my life. I knew this movie was a retelling of an arc of the anime, but I assumed it would be the first arc. Apparently it's the fourth.

It made no sense, I didn't know who anyone was, the voice acting was bad and the humour was cringeworthy. I know the series is super popular, but this kind of stuff doesn't appeal to me at all.

I'd been slightly interested in Gintama before this - but it was so bad, I never want to watch or read anything else to do with it.

The absolute pits - 2/10
 

WMD

Great Teacher
Ancient Magus Bride

Really enjoyed this one. It has this Ghibli style whimsy to it mixing the mundane with the fantastical, but then also has a sombre layer permeating throughout. The show looks into grief, loss, isolation but also how friendship and family can help overcome hardship and how those bonds makes us human. The characters are interesting, with few being wholly good or evil.

The animation is great with a lot of movement and vibrancy and uses darkness particularly well.

I really enjoyed the English dub too. Chise starts off so broken and hopeless and her voice similarly starts very flat and the progression to expressiveness is well handled.

9/10
 

WMD

Great Teacher
Hanasaku Iroha

Really charming series this. Teen goes from living the Tokyo life to working in her grandmothers country inn. The early episodes have her go through a bit of a marvel character arc (self absorbed to team player) and the show does a great job of balancing comedy with the more dramatic beats.

The animation is solid but this show is really about the character interactions of those working at the inn. How they get along and how they dont.
8/10
 

Aaron

Dragon Knight
Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters

So so so so BORING.

It was never actively bad. The animation is OK, the voice work is fine and the story is never stupid or senseless. It's just all so tedious, charmless and dull.

Godzilla is completely forgotten about for big chunks of the movie, while people in space suits spout endless technobabble and drone on in detail about plants.

The last 10 minutes were pretty cool though. Shame about the rest of it - 3/10
 

Professor Irony

Cursed Image
Moderator
Darling in the FranXX

It's been a long time since I've watched a show I was so up and down on, but overall, the show was pretty much what I'd expected. There are definitely parts of it I like (the action is good, it has a flair for melodrama), and there were even moments in the parts I didn't like that I thought still worked, but I found the second half a real chore to get through and the ending left me rather indifferent.

Might post some more thoughts in the streaming thread, but mainly what I'm left wondering is what the show would have looked like if they'd been told to make it one cour, instead of two.
 

Neil.T

Railgun
I'm left wondering is what the show would have looked like if they'd been told to make it one cour, instead of two.
Oh god, no. I can't imagine that. 😬
One of the many things I like about FRANXX is that the longer run gives more room for everything to breathe, and avoids it being your typical single-cour anime series with too many different ideas crushed into too little time and not managing to do a decent job of resolving them all come the end of it. And then making a second season that repeats all those same mistakes.

I'd look forward to hearing more of your thoughts on the series, though. 🙂
 
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Professor Irony

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SSSS Gridman

While it never blew me away, I think Gridman, particularly in its second half, gradually got more and more impressive, in its own quiet way. The ending lost me a little bit (I get the feeling it was leaning more on knowledge of the original Gridman series than what came before it), but there were some clever ideas going on in the show, that it managed to get to the table in a way that felt fresh and interesting.

And was that a cheeky poster for Promare on the wall at the very end?
 

Neil.T

Railgun
The ending lost me a little bit (I get the feeling it was leaning more on knowledge of the original Gridman series than what came before it
This actually is the original Gridman series. The only only other incarnation of it is a 10-minute pilot version that was part of Khara's online Japan Animator Expo project. Gridman certainly seems to owe its debt to Ultraman and its long lineage, though.

I coped with the ending okay when I watched SSSS. Gridman, I thought, but the setting is definitely quite convoluted in places. It requires an extra bit of suspension of disbelief with some elements.

And was that a cheeky poster for Promare on the wall at the very end?
Is there? I didn't even notice that (though I wouldn't actually have heard of it at the time). That's clever. 😀
Reminds me of something similar that Satoshi Kon did in Paprika.
 
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