Rate the last anime you watched out of 10

WMD

Cardcaptor
I didn't connect with PPD as much but I did watch that dubbed as well and I suspect the sub's a bit better. It had it's moments :) Glad you really enjoyed both shows, I quite want to finish Natsu no Arashi as well as that's based on a manga by the same creator as School Rumble (and the anime was done by Shaft) :)
Tbf I've only seen them dubbed. PPDs surreal humour really works for me though. Even School Rumble is pretty surreal at times. Havent seen NnA. May need to see if I can find it somewhere.
 

Lordhippos

Vampire Ninja
Hibike Euphonium

I have no real interest in ensembles or bands but this was still a very good anime from KyoAni. I am going through and watching various KyoAni shows I haven't seen yet, next on my list is Haruhi Suzumiya.

Despite my lack of interest in the subject matter I still enjoyed this on the whole, it's not quite up there with things like Violet Evergarden, Clannad, Hyouka, but it's above K-ON for me personally :)

This is for both series + both films (Liz and the Blue Bird + The Finale movie). It seems like there will be a Season 3 at some point.

7.5/10
 

Lordhippos

Vampire Ninja
86

A very solid mecha anime with an interesting premise that I hope gets explored more in later episodes as yet unreleased. There are some holes in the logic that don't make sense yet but perhaps reasoning will be uncovered later on.

The CGI in this works really well, this is an example of how to do good CGI :)

8/10
 

Dai

Hunter
Dear Brother

An important part of story-telling is the promises the creator makes to the audience. When it comes to TV shows, the first episode is usually enough for the audience to at least get a rough idea of the type of story they're watching, or maybe a few episodes if there's an early game-changing twist. Yet, throughout its 39 episodes, Dear Brother repeatedly confounded my attempts to solidly grasp what kind of story it was trying to tell me. This isn't to say that it's confusing or muddled, as it was never difficult to follow what was happening, but it kept shifting focus.

It starts simply enough. Nanako enters a high school renowned for its sorority, a prestigious inner circle composed of the school's elite students. Though not an exceptional student, Nanako is granted entry into the sorority, and becomes a target of bullying from others who suspect she used underhanded means to get in. How Nanako copes with the bullying is the main focus of the early episodes, and I expected the show to mainly be about her struggles within and against the sorority, but soon it becomes more of an ensemble piece with several other intertwining plotlines. This would have been fine, except that Nanako becomes overshadowed by the other characters, turning into more of a passive observer, puppet, or narrator for their stories. There are times when she starts to return to the centre of the story, but she always drifts back to the fringes again after a few episodes.

So what kind of story is this in the end? Is it about high school bullying, an allegory for the excesses of the French aristocracy (which the author explored more directly in Rose of Versailles), an old-school yuri romance, a classical tragedy, or a bittersweet family drama? It's a bit of all of them. All of these elements are established early, so there's nothing that comes out of left field or feels particularly jarring, it's just the repeatedly shifting focus that can become frustrating.

That said, both writer Riyoko Ikeda and director Osamu Dezaki handle each of these elements expertly. I've seen anime that were heavily influenced by both this show and Rose of Versailles, but there's an assured sense of mastery at work here on an episode-by-episode basis that makes this feel like the definitive version. When it's firing on all thrusters, Dear Brother is riveting, tackling intense emotions head-on with a sincerity that few can pull off as well as Dezaki. While I would have preferred to see Nanako take centre stage throughout, as the early episodes implied she would, this is an unforgettable story. Or rather, an unforgettable web of stories.

8/10
 
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Dai

Hunter
Shin Getter Robo vs Neo Getter Robo

This show has great action direction. I mention that up front because this 4-episode OAV series is almost 100% action scenes. It never pauses for breath. In some shows that would be exhausting or tedious, but for an old-school super robot story it works just fine. As with seemingly every Getter series, it assumes familarity with other shows in the franchise, but the proceedings are so simple that it doesn't matter if you don't know these characters. There's really nothing you could call a plot here, just: bad guys show up, so fight, fight, fight. Fortunately, the fight, fight, fighting is entertaining from beginning to end, packed with high energy and back by a rousing score, so that's really all it needs. Getter Robo Armageddon was a better series overall, but that had 13 episodes to work with, so it had time to build a real story. If you just want a quick, sharp shot of giant robot action straight into your veins, this one does the trick.

7/10
 

Dai

Hunter
Sweet Blue Flowers

This is a pleasant, gentle yuri romance. As you would expect, it was an adaptation of an (at the time) unfinished manga. The opening titles of each episode include a provocative image that makes it pretty clear which pairing the overall story is meant to be about, but this 11-episode TV series never gets to that point. So it runs into the usual problem of not being a complete story, but it handles it in an interesting way.

By adopting a fairly loose slice-of-life structure instead of just the rigid tracks of the romance genre, it focuses on the overall knot of unrequited loves and lingering feelings for old flames that bind together the several major characters. Rather than spending much time on the lead-up to a pairing that we never see, it's instead about the messy, painful business of processing emotions that you can't just wish away, no matter how difficult they make people's lives, and the important role that a steadfast friendship can play in that. Consequently, it feels like a more self-contained story than other unfinished yuri adaptations like Bloom Into You or Adachi & Shimamura. I prefer both of those over Sweet Blue Flowers due to their more interesting characters and focused sense of progression, but both just stop abruptly in a frustrating manner, while Sweet Blue Flowers handles its final episode far better. If you want a yuri anime that doesn't give you a hard shove in the direction of the source material at the end, it's a good option.

7/10
 

awadama fever

Za Warudo
Future Diary

It's awful.

I liked Yuno (and the show generally looked decent, apart from a few scenes), but pretty much everything else is baaaad. It started off fairly well (it's an interesting concept and the cast of characters seemed varied), but descended into the absolute pits before too long.

It seems to desperately want to be smart with all its twists and turns (Oh you thought you betrayed me, but actually I betrayed you, but you'd already betrayed me and it turns out we've both betrayed everyone else!), but it's just a stupid, convoluted mess. It all feels very edgy, like a 14-year-old who's only ever seen Death Note and Battle Royale was given a pen and six cans of Monster and told to write a story.

The story barely clings onto the tracks as it goes along, but it completely flies off the tracks toward the end when versions of the characters from other dimensions appear and start fighting with/chatting to their counterparts from the "main" universe. I didn't think it could get any more stupid, but I was naive.

Yuki (I had to Google his name - he's that memorable) is easily one of the worst MCs I've ever seen in anime. He swings between being a complete drip and a moody badass so often, it's jarring. Think of the most boring, generic harem anime protagonist you've ever seen - now imagine him turning into a poundshop knockoff of Light Yagami at random. If that sounds appealing to you (why?!), you might like Future Diary!

The post-ED scenes of each episode are sweet and amusing, so that's something positive, I guess!

I'm bored of talking about it now. It's awful - 3/10
 

RadFemHedonist

Thousand Master
I really liked the first 7 eps of Future Diary (all I have seen) when I watched them years ago, so I'm cautiously optimistic that I will like it. I'm also curious to read the manga, I wonder what people thought of that by comparison :)

Natsume's Book of Friends Season 4 - I had not watched a whole season in years before coming back to this fourth outing a little while before I left for my trip to my mum, I do find it difficult watching anime subbed these days because of my short attention span and some other factors but I do love this series and the seiyuu are wonderful so I was like "I must return (not) at once!" So, I guess this could be said to be more of the same, to a certain extent, but 1. There is some interesting character development, not just for Natsume as such either. 2. It's SOL you're not generally wanting a major character death every few eps in a show like this. and 3. As with the earlier seasons, this one does progress the characters and their relationships more subtly from episode to episode, not just through the bigg important moments and scenes that happen but in the way they grow simply by living day to day and through their interactions with each other.
The scenes and episodes about Natsume's past in this season were greater in number than in previous ones and added a lot of understanding of his character, you see how he used to be kind of "weird" and a bit antisocial or at least less friendly and trusting because of his experiences and even though it's perhaps not meant to be about mental health problems or neuroatypicality as such as he does actually see yokai, there's something relatable to me about his experiences, as an autistic person with ADHD who was very isolated as a child socially.
I also think Natsume is perhaps meant to be aro/ace and while I do not think I am anything close to completely aro/ace (more likely demisexual if anything) I like the way the series represents this as it puts more of an emphasis on how much he values friendship and reminds the viewer to value their non-romantic relationships and treasure them, instead of focusing on him viewing sex negatively or having a misanthropic cynical opinion of romantic relationships. Like I think everyone could learn from this series' outlook because even if you are def not asexual or aromantic it just reminds you to treasure your friendships and any loving family you have, which is a really nice positive outlook :) Also the visuals were super pretty this season as always, looked gorgeous on Blu-ray, I will also say that I respect Brain's Base/Shuka for doing this (and Durarara) proud in terms of trying to adapt as much as they can of the source material and am glad the fans supported the show so much so we could get 6 seasons and 2 movies plus some OVAs and/or specials :) I will get to seasons 5 and 6 at some point in the near future hopefully :)

EDIT: I forgot to rate it! 不 不 不 OK let's say 9/10 :)
 
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WMD

Cardcaptor
Personally I really enjoy Future Diary. It's a crazy OTT premise with a crazy OOT story and with crazy OTT characters. It's a glorious rollercoaster of death and mayhem.

I really enjoyed the story with its twists and turns and the main character is one of the very few whiny crybaby types I dont hate (Deku is the only other one I think off right now). The show can be unforgiving and brutal, messed up and demented, morbid and funny but I dont know for me it all just worked and I'd happily give it a very solid 8/10.
 

Girls with Guns

Combat Butler
And, the OVA is required to have the proper ending. I enjoyed the series very much, and just double-dipped on the UK CE boxset. Well actually I've quad-dipped, because I own the US DVD LE boxset and the original US Blu-ray release, both of which came without the OVA, and then I got the newer Blu-ray release with the OVA included. Since the US Blu-rays never got an LE release, I still plan to frankenstein the nice chipboard DVD Boxset, converting it into a BD/DVD combo set with the OVA episode.
 

Dai

Hunter
Marmalade Boy

This show has been on my radar for decades as one I wanted to watch some day, but its length (76 episodes) made it a costly proposition for importing until recent years. I'm glad I finally bought it, since it's instantly become one of my favourite shows.

Miki finds herself living with a handsome but aggravating boy called Yuu when their parents swap partners and all start living together. After this quirky setup, Miki falls for Yuu, and the two become embroiled in the kind of love dodecahedron you would expect from a romance anime as various other suitors show up. What makes Marmalade Boy special is how sympathetic most of the characters become, and how every shift in the relationships between any of them tends to have a devastating knock-on effect on others. Though the mid-episode eyecatches flat-out tell you who really loves who, the trials the various couples face keep escalating to the point of being virtually insurmountable, and I was never certain if any of them would manage to stay together by the end. It goes through all these different permutations where happiness for some means misery for others, and by the final few episodes it was an almost unbearably nail-biting experience waiting to see how it would all play out.

Only two things bothered me about the show. Too many of the male characters forced the first kiss at times when the girls clearly weren't interested yet, and some straight up harrassed a girl into dating them until she caved in. The story didn't always vindicate this approach, but it cropped up far too often. The other problem is the show's chronic case of flashbackitis. Fortunately it doesn't have any actual recap episodes, but it's forever flashing back to scenes from the previous episode, or often just earlier scenes from the same episode. Some key moments are repeated up to a dozen times across the course of the series.

None of that dampened my enjoyment too much though. Despite its length, it took me barely a week to watch all 76 episodes. It never feels like it's spinning its wheels or going in circles. There's always some new challenge facing the characters, and the story arcs don't outstay their welcome. I can see this being a show I'll revisit time and again in the years to come. If you have any interest in the romance genre, it's essential viewing.

9/10

One thing to note about Discotek's SD on BD release: the first disc is region-free, but the second is locked to zone A, so don't let that catch you out.
 

RadFemHedonist

Thousand Master
Marmalade Boy

This show has been on my radar for decades as one I wanted to watch some day, but its length (76 episodes) made it a costly proposition for importing until recent years. I'm glad I finally bought it, since it's instantly become one of my favourite shows.

Miki finds herself living with a handsome but aggravating boy called Yuu when their parents swap partners and all start living together. After this quirky setup, Miki falls for Yuu, and the two become embroiled in the kind of love dodecahedron you would expect from a romance anime as various other suitors show up. What makes Marmalade Boy special is how sympathetic most of the characters become, and how every shift in the relationships between any of them tends to have a devastating knock-on effect on others. Though the mid-episode eyecatches flat-out tell you who really loves who, the trials the various couples face keep escalating to the point of being virtually insurmountable, and I was never certain if any of them would manage to stay together by the end. It goes through all these different permutations where happiness for some means misery for others, and by the final few episodes it was an almost unbearably nail-biting experience waiting to see how it would all play out.

Only two things bothered me about the show. Too many of the male characters forced the first kiss at times when the girls clearly weren't interested yet, and some straight up harrassed a girl into dating them until she caved in. The story didn't always vindicate this approach, but it cropped up far too often. The other problem is the show's chronic case of flashbackitis. Fortunately it doesn't have any actual recap episodes, but it's forever flashing back to scenes from the previous episode, or often just earlier scenes from the same episode. Some key moments are repeated up to a dozen times across the course of the series.

None of that dampened my enjoyment too much though. Despite its length, it took me barely a week to watch all 76 episodes. It never feels like it's spinning its wheels or going in circles. There's always some new challenge facing the characters, and the story arcs don't outstay their welcome. I can see this being a show I'll revisit time and again in the years to come. If you have any interest in the romance genre, it's essential viewing.

9/10

One thing to note about Discotek's SD on BD release: the first disc is region-free, but the second is locked to zone A, so don't let that catch you out.

OMG I LOVE Marmalade Boy I was just showing my mum the first ep a few nights ago (she liked it too!) after binging the whole thing on my own at home a while back, so glad that you enjoyed it so much! I fell completely head over heels in love with it, and I also think the English dub is really good :)
 
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zrdb

Great Teacher
Ghost Hound-I finally got around to watching my Sentai bluray set of this series after owning it for years. I like the premise of the series but it's too realistic for the shows own good a lot of the time. It seems like Shirow Masamune had taken some lsd when he came up with the concept for this series and called in a favor from Production IG to get it animated. It's not a bad series but it could have been so much better with more work and rewrites. I'll give it 6.5 out of 10 points.
 

Lordhippos

Vampire Ninja
Couple of things to add to this lately :)



The Promised Neverland (S1)

This was really good, it's fairly short but the overall story goes along at a good pace, and I enjoyed following along with all of the antics. It's been on my PTW list for a while now.

I am not going to watch S2 though, from what I understand it's fairly terrible. I may check out the manga though if it's any good/finished?

8/10



The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

I'm continuing the march on the KyoAni shows, there are some that I like more than others (Hyouka, Clannad, VE, Kobayashi, Amaburi) and some I don't like enough to watch them (Lucky Star, Nichijou) but KyoAni do some consistently good work, and I think I often like their shows even if not 100% of the time.

I watched the 2009 version in chronological order, and yes I even watched the 橘8 episodes. Honestly I was expecting things to change in each episode, but nope, minor changes only to events and small details. These episodes felt like a bit of a cop-out, and could have been shortened to about 3 episodes to the same effect..

I felt at times that Haruhi herself was not my favourite character. I wouldn't want to be her friend, seeing how she treats them, taking them for granted at times, and abusing them at others, all in the name of her self-centred amusement. I'd say the main show was kind of middle of the road 6.5/10 maybe.

But the thing that really took me by surprise was just how good the finale film was, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. This film was genuinely amazing despite being 2hr 40m long, and made watching the kind of mediocre main series worth it. I don't think you could watch the film in isolation without seeing the series and get the same impact to events.

The film portrays a less obnoxious Haruhi and highlights some of her actual good qualities. It also seems to kick the art up a notch, showing how we go from the KyoAni of old to the more modern works of art like Hyouka, Hibike, and Violet Evergarden.

If anyone has seen the show but not the film I'd definitely recommend re-visiting the film.

Main series: 6.5/10
Finale film: 9/10
Overall: 7.5/10
 

Dai

Hunter
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

I'm continuing the march on the KyoAni shows, there are some that I like more than others (Hyouka, Clannad, VE, Kobayashi, Amaburi) and some I don't like enough to watch them (Lucky Star, Nichijou) but KyoAni do some consistently good work, and I think I often like their shows even if not 100% of the time.

I watched the 2009 version in chronological order, and yes I even watched the 橘8 episodes. Honestly I was expecting things to change in each episode, but nope, minor changes only to events and small details. These episodes felt like a bit of a cop-out, and could have been shortened to about 3 episodes to the same effect..

I felt at times that Haruhi herself was not my favourite character. I wouldn't want to be her friend, seeing how she treats them, taking them for granted at times, and abusing them at others, all in the name of her self-centred amusement. I'd say the main show was kind of middle of the road 6.5/10 maybe.

But the thing that really took me by surprise was just how good the finale film was, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. This film was genuinely amazing despite being 2hr 40m long, and made watching the kind of mediocre main series worth it. I don't think you could watch the film in isolation without seeing the series and get the same impact to events.

The film portrays a less obnoxious Haruhi and highlights some of her actual good qualities. It also seems to kick the art up a notch, showing how we go from the KyoAni of old to the more modern works of art like Hyouka, Hibike, and Violet Evergarden.

If anyone has seen the show but not the film I'd definitely recommend re-visiting the film.

Main series: 6.5/10
Finale film: 9/10
Overall: 7.5/10
If you're judging both seasons of the TV series together, I'd say that's a fair score, since season 1 ranges from good to great, and season 2 is a case study in how to kill a franchise. The movie is fantastic.
 

Lordhippos

Vampire Ninja
If you're judging both seasons of the TV series together, I'd say that's a fair score, since season 1 ranges from good to great, and season 2 is a case study in how to kill a franchise. The movie is fantastic.

Yes it's both series together, I don't like reading too much into things to avoid spoilers, but I think I could have skipped some of the 橘8 episodes to be honest. The movie really was amazing :)

Edit - it occurs to me that the promised neverland was far better at ruining a franchise than haruhi would ever be!
 
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