Rate the last anime you watched out of 10

WMD

Death Scythe
Amagi Brilliant Park

As the title suggest this show is brilliant. Thoroughly enjoyed it. It manages to feel really charming and relaxing to watch whilst actually being quite a hectic and loud show. The cast is fun and memorable, the story is unique. It has a nice hook that gives a season arc whilst allowing each episode to be a stand alone story. It's also funny. I found myself breaking out into laughter several times. It's silly but it's fun and has several running gags that get a good pay off.

It's also interesting how no one is perfect. Everyone has a flaw or two they are fighting against. At a glance the main character seems like he might be a perfect isekei type. But he has his own demons hes battling against and putting on something of a front to get the job done. Hes certainly no one-man heroic army.

I cant believe it's taken me so long to finally watch this. I definitely feel like I'll be giving it a rewatch eventually. 8/10
 
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Law

Completely Average High School Student
Escaflowne

I love this series, great animation, music, story, characters, there's a few moments where it feels like it drags, or that certain characters are one dimensional, but it still holds up. 9/10

Also I forgot to watch the movie, so I'll have to get to that.

Kill la Kill

I'm catching up on all kindsa series and I didn't get around to finishing this one when it was on Netflix but I bought the blu-rays anyway, and it's awesome, I love how over the top it gets, even when it's trying to tell a serious story it's goofy as hell, I kinda wish it didn't end, but it's a perfect length, 24 episodes tells the story perfectly, the 25th episode isn't needed but it's just a little bonus thing, no big worry. 8/10
 

Aaron

Combat Butler
Heaven's Lost Property

One of the millions of series I've got from MVM's sales/DOTWs over the past few years and never got around to watching.

It was alright. Not amazing, but not appalling either. There was nowhere near as much fanservice as I expected. The main character was pretty gross, but most of the rest of the characters were nice enough (the standard neighbour/childhood friend girl was probably my favourite). The OP and the EDs were all really good. It was an OK way to pass some time - I don't regret watching it, but I probably wouldn't watch any future seasons. 6/10
 

João Gomes

Student Council President
Escaflowne

I love this series, great animation, music, story, characters, there's a few moments where it feels like it drags, or that certain characters are one dimensional, but it still holds up. 9/10

Also I forgot to watch the movie, so I'll have to get to that.

Kill la Kill

I'm catching up on all kindsa series and I didn't get around to finishing this one when it was on Netflix but I bought the blu-rays anyway, and it's awesome, I love how over the top it gets, even when it's trying to tell a serious story it's goofy as hell, I kinda wish it didn't end, but it's a perfect length, 24 episodes tells the story perfectly, the 25th episode isn't needed but it's just a little bonus thing, no big worry. 8/10

Very late to this post, but I think people were maybe kind of down on the escaflowne movie because it changes the tone and even the characters and adapts only the broadest strokes of the story. If you watch it without the expectation of it being in the same vein as the series, then it becomes much more enjoyable.

And it's a gorgeous, gorgeous piece of animation. I have the intro burned permanently into my brain, it is incredible. I really liked the movie, overall.

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João Gomes

Student Council President
Sorry for the double post, first of all.

Watched Erased over the last two days.

I really liked it, it's a very tidy and small scale story, and I liked the main character's journey into becoming who he wanted to be. The supernatural twist to the series kept things interesting even if they didn't went too crazy with it. I suppose that could be seen as a plus.

It looked good, the main theme used throughout the series is beautiful and the conclusion is satisfying even if I wasn't expecting the relationship with the antagonist to be what it was. One thing that irked me was the amount of red herrings. It felt like it had a ton and it felt like a cheap way to defy the viewer's predictions.

Solid 8/10.
 

WMD

Death Scythe
Sorry for the double post, first of all.

Watched Erased over the last two days.

I really liked it, it's a very tidy and small scale story, and I liked the main character's journey into becoming who he wanted to be. The supernatural twist to the series kept things interesting even if they didn't went too crazy with it. I suppose that could be seen as a plus.

It looked good, the main theme used throughout the series is beautiful and the conclusion is satisfying even if I wasn't expecting the relationship with the antagonist to be what it was. One thing that irked me was the amount of red herrings. It felt like it had a ton and it felt like a cheap way to defy the viewer's predictions.

Solid 8/10.
It's a real gem of a show Erased. I'm a big fan of who-done-its anyway and the supernatural twist in this show really spiced things up. It was a good mix of some stuff I was able to predict and some stuff I didnt see coming.
 

João Gomes

Student Council President
It's a real gem of a show Erased. I'm a big fan of who-done-its anyway and the supernatural twist in this show really spiced things up. It was a good mix of some stuff I was able to predict and some stuff I didnt see coming.

That's an extremely apt description, actually.

Next post in this thread for me should be Made In Abyss. The world is crazy interesting, at first glance.
 

João Gomes

Student Council President
Alright, as promised: Made In Abyss.

This is a weird one for me. Reading some general impressions I was expecting something despair inducing like Berserk or Madoka, and that seems like a widespread sentiment...? Correct me on that if I'm wrong. The point is, it really wasn't nearly as bad as I was expecting, and judged by itself, I'm not convinced it's that remarkable. This may change with time and a rewatch, but for all the enticing mystery and superb world-building (and it is superb, make no mistake), this feels more like laying the foundation than something that can be fully appreciated on its own.

I am curious about Reg, Lyza, the other white whistles and the Abyss and its effects (I love the way it looks and works so much), but from the moment only Reg and Riki leave in their adventure, you kinda know not a lot can happen to them because neither one nor the other could go far without each other.

The last couple of episodes surprised me in that Riko finally suffers the consequences of her thirst for adventure in such a perilous place, even if it's in a less severe way than I was expecting. The other thing that surprised me was Mitty. They held nothing back and I admit a few of her flashback scenes made me sick to my stomach. But the thing is that I can't judge an entire series based on its last two episodes.

The series looks great, sounds beautiful and has some nice moments of animation. Something I appreciated also is the clear feeling you get that the world is uncaring for our protagonists, even if, again, I don't see either being in any true danger so soon.

I don't know. I don't know if it's just a 7 or an 8. I don't know if knowing what happens next in the manga would make me appreciate it more or not. I do know that I want to watch the movie. But I watched this on Netflix because I was interested in the MVM set and I still don't know if I want to buy it or not. If it becomes something exquisite to my eyes, I will be annoyed at myself for having missed a CE for the first part of a great series.

Im going with a solid 7 for now. I'll maybe re-watch down the road.

Apologies for the disgustingly long post.
 

Captaaainuniverse

Time-Traveller
Alright, as promised: Made In Abyss.

This is a weird one for me. Reading some general impressions I was expecting something despair inducing like Berserk or Madoka, and that seems like a widespread sentiment...? Correct me on that if I'm wrong. The point is, it really wasn't nearly as bad as I was expecting, and judged by itself, I'm not convinced it's that remarkable. This may change with time and a rewatch, but for all the enticing mystery and superb world-building (and it is superb, make no mistake), this feels more like laying the foundation than something that can be fully appreciated on its own.

I am curious about Reg, Lyza, the other white whistles and the Abyss and its effects (I love the way it looks and works so much), but from the moment only Reg and Riki leave in their adventure, you kinda know not a lot can happen to them because neither one nor the other could go far without each other.

The last couple of episodes surprised me in that Riko finally suffers the consequences of her thirst for adventure in such a perilous place, even if it's in a less severe way than I was expecting. The other thing that surprised me was Mitty. They held nothing back and I admit a few of her flashback scenes made me sick to my stomach. But the thing is that I can't judge an entire series based on its last two episodes.

The series looks great, sounds beautiful and has some nice moments of animation. Something I appreciated also is the clear feeling you get that the world is uncaring for our protagonists, even if, again, I don't see either being in any true danger so soon.

I don't know. I don't know if it's just a 7 or an 8. I don't know if knowing what happens next in the manga would make me appreciate it more or not. I do know that I want to watch the movie. But I watched this on Netflix because I was interested in the MVM set and I still don't know if I want to buy it or not. If it becomes something exquisite to my eyes, I will be annoyed at myself for having missed a CE for the first part of a great series.

Im going with a solid 7 for now. I'll maybe re-watch down the road.

Apologies for the disgustingly long post.
I'd say she manga makes you appreciate the plot more, though the art gets a bit messy at times with large blotches all over the pages, can be quite unclear to know what you're looking at sometimes, but it's still as beautifully set as what's covered in the anime, I would love to see how the rest looks animated

Dont forget theres a film in japan next month, based on the end of volume 4 and pretty much all of volume 5. If you hate bondrewd now, you'll be praying for a time where Abyss Still had a bit of it's cute charm when the film comes along...
 

WMD

Death Scythe
Alright, as promised: Made In Abyss.

This is a weird one for me. Reading some general impressions I was expecting something despair inducing like Berserk or Madoka, and that seems like a widespread sentiment...? Correct me on that if I'm wrong. The point is, it really wasn't nearly as bad as I was expecting, and judged by itself, I'm not convinced it's that remarkable. This may change with time and a rewatch, but for all the enticing mystery and superb world-building (and it is superb, make no mistake), this feels more like laying the foundation than something that can be fully appreciated on its own.

I am curious about Reg, Lyza, the other white whistles and the Abyss and its effects (I love the way it looks and works so much), but from the moment only Reg and Riki leave in their adventure, you kinda know not a lot can happen to them because neither one nor the other could go far without each other.

The last couple of episodes surprised me in that Riko finally suffers the consequences of her thirst for adventure in such a perilous place, even if it's in a less severe way than I was expecting. The other thing that surprised me was Mitty. They held nothing back and I admit a few of her flashback scenes made me sick to my stomach. But the thing is that I can't judge an entire series based on its last two episodes.

The series looks great, sounds beautiful and has some nice moments of animation. Something I appreciated also is the clear feeling you get that the world is uncaring for our protagonists, even if, again, I don't see either being in any true danger so soon.

I don't know. I don't know if it's just a 7 or an 8. I don't know if knowing what happens next in the manga would make me appreciate it more or not. I do know that I want to watch the movie. But I watched this on Netflix because I was interested in the MVM set and I still don't know if I want to buy it or not. If it becomes something exquisite to my eyes, I will be annoyed at myself for having missed a CE for the first part of a great series.

Im going with a solid 7 for now. I'll maybe re-watch down the road.

Apologies for the disgustingly long post.

I guess I was lucky in that I saw the show knowing nothing and without any outside influence. For me the way the show juxtaposes the cutesy art style and happy go lucky attitudes of the early part of the show with the horror and brutality in the last 4 episodes (which to be fair is a third of the show) was really striking for me.

It really highlighted what was, to me at least, a major theme of the show which was: how far is a person willing to go, and even forsake themselves and their humanity, to achieve their goal.

This is the question the show is always posing Riku from the landscape and the creatures posing challenges to her to Ozen much more literally asked the question. You then have Reg, Nanachi and Mitty who are all in their own way asking the same question of Riku. Reg begins with no humanity and no goal. Mitty has had her physical humanity forcibly stolen but remains able to care even if they can no longer move forward and Nanachi is trapped in stasis emotionally unable to push forward trapped by their remaining humanity.

For me the show was an easy 9 and I cant wait to see what transpires. For the record I have still avoided the manga and will probably just follow this in the anime form. For the time being at least.
 

João Gomes

Student Council President
I'd say she manga makes you appreciate the plot more, though the art gets a bit messy at times with large blotches all over the pages, can be quite unclear to know what you're looking at sometimes, but it's still as beautifully set as what's covered in the anime, I would love to see how the rest looks animated

Dont forget theres a film in japan next month, based on the end of volume 4 and pretty much all of volume 5. If you hate bondrewd now, you'll be praying for a time where Abyss Still had a bit of it's cute charm when the film comes along...

Yeah, I took a look at one of the PVs for the movie, and it looks like we're getting an intimate look at Bondrewd's experiments.... I've seen talk about "THAT ONE SCENE", so I'm guessing the kiddie wheels are definitely coming off of the series! Very curious to see more of that dude, for sure.

I guess I was lucky in that I saw the show knowing nothing and without any outside influence. For me the way the show juxtaposes the cutesy art style and happy go lucky attitudes of the early part of the show with the horror and brutality in the last 4 episodes (which to be fair is a third of the show) was really striking for me.

It really highlighted what was, to me at least, a major theme of the show which was: how far is a person willing to go, and even forsake themselves and their humanity, to achieve their goal.

This is the question the show is always posing Riku from the landscape and the creatures posing challenges to her to Ozen much more literally asked the question. You then have Reg, Nanachi and Mitty who are all in their own way asking the same question of Riku. Reg begins with no humanity and no goal. Mitty has had her physical humanity forcibly stolen but remains able to care even if they can no longer move forward and Nanachi is trapped in stasis emotionally unable to push forward trapped by their remaining humanity.

For me the show was an easy 9 and I cant wait to see what transpires. For the record I have still avoided the manga and will probably just follow this in the anime form. For the time being at least.

You're right, it's still a significant part of the series, but I still don't know if I can paint the whole thing as being as interesting as the last few episodes. Personally, I was always waiting for some kind of really shocking thing to happen, and it never did, so yeah, it's possibly a case of me managing my expectations the wrong way.

On the other hand, it was this constant, natural evolution of **** hitting the fan, so when it happened, I was like "OK I'm a bit surprised, but at the same time, this is the kind of world they're in, and they've never hidden it". If they keep this level of drama and consequence from now on, I'm more than happy to just treat the first season as a somewhat long, world-establishing, necessary part of the whole thing.

I am **** at interpreting themes and I am unfortunately not intelligent enough to take things at more than face value most of the time, so those tidbits about characters and their humanity are appreciated.

I am still interested in what comes of this and I'm open to a rewatch, so it did something right for me.
 

João Gomes

Student Council President
Here we go, double posting again. Eagerly anticipating the incoming ban 🤷‍♂️

Done with Garden of Sinners, watched it all over the course of a week or so.

This is my first experience with anything Nasuverse outside of Fate, so it was pretty interesting seeing the same terms and some concepts, mostly related to magic, mentioned in a different context and with a different tone (closer to the Heaven's Feel movies, which I appreciate very much).

The murder mystery structure of the whole thing is very enticing, even if it's not very action heavy (there's always some fighting to be had in every movie, with the exception of the final one, though). Add to that a romance story between two ultimately interesting characters (I really love Kokutou and appreciated that Shiki was the action hero of the pair) and you get a sometimes slow paced, but always entertaining series.

On the visual side of things, you have a very somber and violent tone, and an almost palpable sense of place with detailed backgrounds and the colors used to depict the many dangerous-looking alleys, hospitals, buildings, roads, etc. . I was very impressed with the overall visual identity of the movies.

Animation is competent throughout and character design achieves what it wants to whilst avoiding any excess, generally.

The story around a murder mystery presented out of order may seem confusing at first but you get enough information throughout each movie to be able to fill in the gaps, so the choice to present events out of chronological order proves to be the right one.

All in all 8/10 for the entire thing.

Possibly talking about Yuri on Ice or Terror in Resonance next, depending on which I finish first... And if I have the will to write something 😰
 

Professor Irony

CYBER FUNKER
Moderator
Ergo Proxy

It’s been a couple of weeks since I finished this show, but it’s taken me a while to really gather my thoughts on it.

Even if I don't feel it always quite succeeds in what it sets out to do, Ergo Proxy is a work of distinctive and original vision, that I think sets it apart from the general milleu of sci-fi anime. It did, however, take me a couple of attempts to get into it, partly because I think the many, many outlets that label it as ‘cyberpunk’ consistently lead me to believe the show would go down a path that it patently has no interest in.

While the first episode certainly has all the trappings of a cyberpunk thriller, the series quickly diverges from the usual anti-corporate ‘high tech/low lives’ tropes to go off on a journey more akin to Greek myth than hard boiled detective fiction. Even its philosophical considerations are quite different, picking up on gnostic ideas of personal theological enlightenment rather than the typical transhumanist dilemmas. In literary terms, it feels closer to the sort of thing J.G. Ballard used to turn out, rather than William Gibson. Anime wise, I think it’s more Galaxy Express than Ghost in the Shell.

Unforunately, it’s less accessible than a lot of its contemporaries. It wrongfoots the viewer about what its narrative intentions are on quite a few occasions along the way and at times proves wilfully obscure, dropping the audience into new situations without much warning and lacking the kind of straightforward core story that a lot of more challenging shows like to hang their stranger moments on.

Having persevered with it, however, I think it is still quietly rewarding to watch Re-L and Vincent stagger across their peculiar post-apocalyptic landscape; their journey is rarely predictable and the show always seems to have a fresh take on what they find along the way. Despite its typically melancholic mood, the series also frequently indulges in whimsical little flourishes that really breathe life into its potentially drab setting. It's a shame that some of these weren't pushed a little more into the foreground, but things like the characters appearance on a gaudy gameshow, their cabin-fevered debate on how best to eat beans or the low-key nods to the French revolution in the background all help build its unique identity.

Not sure it's something I'd recommend to everyone, but I'm glad I came back and finished Ergo Proxy, it's the sort of thoughtful sci-fi adventure I wish we saw more often.
 

WMD

Death Scythe
Ergo Proxy

It’s been a couple of weeks since I finished this show, but it’s taken me a while to really gather my thoughts on it.

Even if I don't feel it always quite succeeds in what it sets out to do, Ergo Proxy is a work of distinctive and original vision, that I think sets it apart from the general milleu of sci-fi anime. It did, however, take me a couple of attempts to get into it, partly because I think the many, many outlets that label it as ‘cyberpunk’ consistently lead me to believe the show would go down a path that it patently has no interest in.

While the first episode certainly has all the trappings of a cyberpunk thriller, the series quickly diverges from the usual anti-corporate ‘high tech/low lives’ tropes to go off on a journey more akin to Greek myth than hard boiled detective fiction. Even its philosophical considerations are quite different, picking up on gnostic ideas of personal theological enlightenment rather than the typical transhumanist dilemmas. In literary terms, it feels closer to the sort of thing J.G. Ballard used to turn out, rather than William Gibson. Anime wise, I think it’s more Galaxy Express than Ghost in the Shell.

Unforunately, it’s less accessible than a lot of its contemporaries. It wrongfoots the viewer about what its narrative intentions are on quite a few occasions along the way and at times proves wilfully obscure, dropping the audience into new situations without much warning and lacking the kind of straightforward core story that a lot of more challenging shows like to hang their stranger moments on.

Having persevered with it, however, I think it is still quietly rewarding to watch Re-L and Vincent stagger across their peculiar post-apocalyptic landscape; their journey is rarely predictable and the show always seems to have a fresh take on what they find along the way. Despite its typically melancholic mood, the series also frequently indulges in whimsical little flourishes that really breathe life into its potentially drab setting. It's a shame that some of these weren't pushed a little more into the foreground, but things like the characters appearance on a gaudy gameshow, their cabin-fevered debate on how best to eat beans or the low-key nods to the French revolution in the background all help build its unique identity.

Not sure it's something I'd recommend to everyone, but I'm glad I came back and finished Ergo Proxy, it's the sort of thoughtful sci-fi adventure I wish we saw more often.

I've always loved Ergo Proxy. It was one of the earliest animes I ever watched alongside Ghost in the Shell, Noein, Texhnolyze, Death Note, Claymore, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Darker Than Black. As a group they've set a tone for what I generally feel is anime at it's best. Thoughtful but also willing to be completely crazy with how far it takes ideas and how they are presented.
 

WMD

Death Scythe
Good list of anime there (except for the mecha of NGE, lol), WMD - We definitely have similar tastes in anime.

Back then dark SciFi was all I wanted to watch. It wasnt until I watched Full Metal Panic Fumoffu that I released other genres (especially comedies when they go completely off the wall) can also be great.

Though I do wish the anime Sci Fi genre would go back to the early noughties dark madness. Although very different I'd say Madoka Magica is probably the show of the last decade to best fit with that style.
 

Girls wIth Guns

Pokémon Master
Back then dark SciFi was all I wanted to watch. It wasnt until I watched Full Metal Panic Fumoffu that I released other genres (especially comedies when they go completely off the wall) can also be great.

Aaand, you totally ruined our mutual tastes with the comedy part, lol - No comedy for me! I've got the FMP box set and Fumoffu will forever remain sealed/unwatched. There's almost too much comedy just in Season 1 for me, I have to struggle some to even get through that. Not to mention all the mecha, lol. I hope 2nd Raid and IV are a bit more serious...
 
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WMD

Death Scythe
Aaand, you totally ruined our mutual tastes with the comedy part, lol - No comedy for me! I've got the FMP box set and Fumoffu will forever remain sealed/unwatched. There's almost too much comedy just in Season 1 for me, I have to struggle some to even get through that. Not to mention all the mecha, lol. I hope 2nd Raid and IV are a bit more serious...
Haha. I mean these days I'm pretty open to any genre of anime. My collection is pretty big now and the only anime I couldnt finish was Maid Sama.

2nd Raid pretty much does away with the highschool comedy stuff. In fact as far as I'm aware the reason Fumoffu exists is because none of that stuff would fit in the second raid storyline so rather than mix and match between the two styles (military/highschool) they split them into 2 different shows.
 
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