Rate the last anime you watched out of 10

CDAdair

Completely Average High School Student
Finished watching The Slayers, 6 out of 10 for me.
It wasn't bad at all, weird and fun, good for a good giggle, although it seemed to take a few episodes for it to get into its stride.
 

sanji no 1

Vampire Ninja
Soul Eater volume 2
8/10
it was good. Good story and decent fights. What bothers me so much is that they talk way too much when they should be fighting instead
 

ayase

State Alchemist
The Sky Crawlers, 10/10.

The single most fulfilling cinematic experience I have had this year. I love you Mamoru Oshii, I hope you never change in any way (no, wait...)
 

ilmaestro

State Alchemist
Spurred on by the fact that I was falling further behind with the second season, I finally managed to rewatch Strike Witches over the last week or so.

Two years on and the cast of characters is still as much fun to be around, very difficult to have such a large primary cast and make you feel like you know and like all of them in their own way.

About the only failing the story has is that, possibly due to only having 12 episodes to work with, the conspiracy in the military is not given enough room to breathe and ends up feeling a bit rushed. The last two episodes are still awesome and action packed, but a little bit better pacing and it could have been even better. This has the knock-on effect of leaving the mystery of Neu-ko largely unsolved (although it's not hard to guess what is happening), and thus making the wait for the second season far too long!

Production wise, it still looks great, some of Gonzo's best work (and I am actually one of those seemingly rare Gonzo fans). And "Watashi ni Dekiru Koto" holds up as a fine OP. The real standout moments (Mio's shield failing, Perrine's reaction to Gallia being freed) still give the sort of rush that "genuinely" good shows have, too.

8/10

And my list of Witches in order of most awesomeness:

Perrine
Erica~Mio
Eila~Minna
Sanya
Francesca
Yoshika
Lynne
Charlotte
Trude
 

Kei-kun

Student Council President
Cobra The Animation: The Psychogun
Cobra The Animation: Time Drive
Cobra The Animation

Pretty solid entertainment. Never too emotional, and not much fanservice besides naked women all over the place.
The animation was good, and solid for a TV series, but rather average.
Plot was generic, pretty much what you'd expect of a 007 episodic cartoon if it were made, but male lead made is interesting. The setting was pretty good and unusual in anime. Not your usual lazy school setting, and that's a plus from me.

Technical: 7/10
Personal: 7.5/10
This time my personal rating is slightly above because of the setting itself (different planets). And like I said, it's pretty solid entertainment, and the level was the same in the OVAs and TV series.


Strike Witches (first)

Some controversial material here. At first I thought it was quite offensive to look, and be shown, that *cough* material. After a while I simply said to myself "GET THE **** OVER IT AND ENJOY THE THING". And that's what I did. It was a pretty good show after all, but rather slow in the beginning. Although when they start touching the plot (more contact with the Neuroi, and the "type" of Neuroi, if you get it) it becomes much more interesting, and much less slice-of-life-ish.

After all, season 1 was enjoyable and got me wanting more. I've already caught up to episode 4 at Crunchy, and am willing to watch the OVA (which is most likely composed of pure fanservice and slice-of-life, I bet).

Technical: 6/10
Personal: 5/10
Personal slightly below this time because of the much unneeded crotch shots. If you're trying to pass characters as innocent, then don't sexualize them!
 

ilmaestro

State Alchemist
Props for going back and watching the Cobra stuff at this late stage (even relative to the "new" Cobra stuff), more people need to do this!

You didn't provide your league table of favorite Witches, though. :-/
 

Kei-kun

Student Council President
I'm not going to lie at this stage - but I haven't seen the old Cobra.
Assuming you meant this one. I've seen the other 3 though. Psychogun is listed as remake so I didn't bother.

I'll make a listing of the witches, since you asked. Give me 5 minutes. I need to find the image of each because I can't remember just by the name lol.

Sanya
Charlotte
Eila
Minna
Erica
Mio
Lynette
Barkhorn (always thought it was Blackhorn, oh well, my fault for not reading the subs)
Lynette
Perrine
Francesca
Yoshika

It's not like I hated the protagonist. It's more like she wasn't there. Yes, that's how bland I considered her.

Did I miss any?
 

ilmaestro

State Alchemist
Nope, there is exactly a soccer team's worth, but you added Lynne-chan twice. ^^;

And yeah, I didn't think you meant the older Cobra stuff, still good enough to see people watching the OVAs and TV series from the last year or two - they're right there on CR and still hardly anyone seems to have watched them. :-/
 

Professor Irony

CYBER FUNKER
Moderator
Kei-kun said:
I've seen the other 3 though. Psychogun is listed as remake so I didn't bother.

I don't know where ANN are getting that from, the Psychogun OAV definitely doesn't cover the same story as the original series.

If you like the new version though, the old series is well worth checking out.
 

ilmaestro

State Alchemist
Yeah, it's a bit of history between Cobra and Lady, so it more feels like it was made for people who already know about them in some way, whereas Lady is kind of just "there" in the other new stuff, imo.
 

ilmaestro

State Alchemist
Black Lagoon season 1.

Wow, I'm kind of torn over this series after watching it for the first time. The last five or so episodes were exceptional in isolation, and had that represented the whole season I would be placing this somewhere near the top of any theoretical list of action shows.

I felt that the last five episodes were incongruent with the tone of the "backbone" of the show - the relationship between Rock and Revy. Their scenes together (particularly the key one in the submarine, and the scenes in episode 7 both right before they are arrested, and when they are sharing a, uh, cigarette) are laced with a sense of borderline melancholic gravitas, and add a truly human touch to Revy's spunk and aggression - two things which the series arguably plays on a little too much.

This is then compromised, if not actually totally undone, by first of all Revy's quite literally comically OTT fight with Roberta, and then the move to a couple of far more stereotypical scenes between Rock and Revy, in episode 11 when Rock walks into her bedroom to wake her up (there is something to be said here for the natural way this shows their relationship to have developed, but the fanservicey nature of the scene was so far removed from anything else in the show it was just weird), and in episode 12 after they are done rescuing Rock and Revy busts out an incredibly tsundere reaction to Rock's thanks. It's like the series lacks the confidence of its action scenes when it comes to following through on its more contemplative aspects.

Also, the thing with the Nazis dragged on for one episode too many, the side characters lacking completely when compared with the ones that show up in the subsequent arcs.

Definitely above average, but hamstrung by the lack of a cohesive vision behind it. I'm hoping the second season just continues to ramp it up, though.

****

(I am now using a five-star scale, as I don't like 10 point scales)

edit: Nearly forgot, the episodes titles are awesome.
 

sanji no 1

Vampire Ninja
Code Geass volume 2
9/10
GREAT stuff. So many twists and surprirses. Kept me guessing through out the whole show. The ending was such a c**k tease though.

Code Geass (the show overall)
10/10
Im not all into mecha anime but because of Code Geass, Im open to them. this was a great show. Usually i like anime for action. The action was good but the story and plot twists were fantastic. For the first time ever, I cared more about the story rather than the action. The action was very good btw.

MUST. GET. CODE. GEASS. SEASON. 2!!!!!!!!!!
 
ilmaestro said:
Definitely above average, but hamstrung by the lack of a cohesive vision behind it. I'm hoping the second season just continues to ramp it up, though.
Personally I prefer the second season, mainly due to the very strong final six-episode arc. The first season felt a bit "piecemeal" to me, though it certainly had its moments.
 

ilmaestro

State Alchemist
fabricatedlunatic said:
ilmaestro said:
Definitely above average, but hamstrung by the lack of a cohesive vision behind it. I'm hoping the second season just continues to ramp it up, though.
Personally I prefer the second season, mainly due to the very strong final six-episode arc. The first season felt a bit "piecemeal" to me, though it certainly had its moments.
Piecemeal is an excellent word for it, I think. There are great building blocks there, but some of them are for a house and some of them are for a military bunker. Very much looking forward to season 2 now. :)
 

Professor Irony

CYBER FUNKER
Moderator
Hmm, I liked Black Lagoon as a whole, but that final arc rather dragged s2 down for me. I just felt it was a bit overly sentimental and went on far longer than it really needed to.

To be honest, only the second arc in s2 really stood out to me, purely because it was so tongue-in-cheek.
 

HdE

Comic Book Guy
I think Black Lagoon's fantastic whichever way you come at it. The second season delivered a few BELTING moments. The vampire children, the Roanapur Freak Show - but the highlight for me is Revy telling Rock 'don't look at her - look at me!' - but of course, Rock keeps looking.

That sent shivvers up my spine!
 
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ayase

State Alchemist
ilmaestro said:
fabricatedlunatic said:
ilmaestro said:
Definitely above average, but hamstrung by the lack of a cohesive vision behind it. I'm hoping the second season just continues to ramp it up, though.
Personally I prefer the second season, mainly due to the very strong final six-episode arc. The first season felt a bit "piecemeal" to me, though it certainly had its moments.
Piecemeal is an excellent word for it, I think. There are great building blocks there, but some of them are for a house and some of them are for a military bunker. Very much looking forward to season 2 now. :)
You enjoyed Black Lagoon whilst still being mindful of it's flaws? Welcome to the elite. ;)

I enjoyed Second Barrage more, but still felt frustrated by it. The Twins arc is harrowing but... still a bit silly. And that's my great problem with the series. If Hiroe could tone down the sillier aspects (maids, Nazis, children being able to fire heavy machine guns from the hip) and turn up the darkness, Black Lagoon could be brilliant whilst still retaining it's OTT combat scenes. I think that's why I ultimately came away from 2nd Barrage satisfied - the final arc in Japan is the closest to what I envisioned the series being from the start.
 
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