So after a short hiatus I'm back to reviewing. Look up my review section in my profile to see my reviews as well as what will be reviewed next.
My Grading System
10 -Masterpiece-: A title where almost every aspect is at least enjoyable and most of them perfect. It doesn't waste a single episode and manages to remain captivating during its entire run. For a show to get a 10/10 even if an element were to be below expectations, for example lack of a great plot/story, then it would have to contain one element that puts it above all others; for example: if the show displays the greatest romance ever seen or tragedy that brings forth even tears, only then will it qualify. Those series usually have the perfect array of elements with most of its aspects (technical or otherwise) just as top notch, but mostly it is the masterful presentation of everything that makes those series so great.
9 -Outstanding-: These are shows that could have been 10/10 but were lacking in some way or another. It could be something as simple as a few bad episodes which lowered the series' overall enjoyment or a bad character. They are nonetheless close to masterpiece level but only fell short a little.
8 -Good-: These are not just some one time watch. They possess qualities that are of almost exemplary level but unfortunately those qualities were overshadowed with a lot of more regular elements/presentation that while enjoyable wasn’t in the same league. These series are enjoyable and more than worth the time to watch them. To me, the ranking "8" gets described as "Good" rather than it being ranking 7 (Like MAL does) because I don't think the term good is something that should be thrown around too easily. For something to be called good, I think certain standards should apply as to quality and that is why the ranking "8" is much more deserving of this designation.
7 -Decent-: No exceptional qualities jump out of the show, it is filled with regular elements but they are presented well enough to provide enjoyment and keep me interested in watching to the end. They are a good one time watch and while I may re-watch them it will usually be some time before I do so. Basically, it provides elements of some interests that are well presented but do not exemplify themselves. These series carry the designation "Decent", however, that is not in any way degrading towards said series. If a series is decent then it means it was enjoyable and did do a lot of things right, but had enough drawbacks in the presentation and elements to be held back from being called a "Good" series.
6 -Average-: The titles provide average elements which, while of little interest, are presented well enough to make the show entertaining to some extent. Titles which I did enjoy will be part of this category though they will unfortunately be burdened by uninteresting aspects that renders their overall enjoyment below that of a decent show even if they do possess redeeming qualities. They are only one level above being bad, so while there is still quality to be found in those titles, it will be few and they are certainly not going to be series to brag about.
5 -Bad-: These contain average elements and aspects which are presented in a mediocre way thus rendering the small appeal they did possess below their potential. They will provide me with slight enjoyment and will have some perks along the way (May that be a good character or a good episode) but will ultimately prove a chore to complete and not worth a re-watch aside from the occasional testing one might do to see if the show improved later on after some time as passed.
4 -Crappy-: They possess no good aspects; they are filled with mediocre elements and fail to present them in an even slightly interesting manner. To complete them one must struggle and they are definitely a no go for a re-watch.
3 -Dreadful-: The elements of the title are bad enough to make it painful to watch it. The title will attempt to provide interesting aspects but will ultimately fall on clichés and failures while tripping on bad writing.
2 -Horrible-: The title will forever stand as a symbol of mediocrity. It is the lowest rank possible for any show that I have completed to its conclusion. The only reason I will have finished the title will be my sheer determination to see each series I start to the end.
1 -Unwatchable-: In the rare occurrence that I prove unable to complete a show because it is so bad I cannot even bear to complete it. This rank will never be attributed to series I have completed because since I will have watched them to their end they will not be unwatchable.
1 - 5: Boring uninteresting crap.
6 - 7: Enjoyable and average series.
8 - 9: Great series, many of which are favorites and I recommend all of them.
Angel Beats!: Stairway to Heaven
B Gata H Kei
Black Butler Recap
Clannad: After Story
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Picture Drama
Darker Than Black
Darker Than Black Special
Darker Than Black Gaiden
Darker Than Black Gemini of the Meteor
Escaflowne: A Girl in Gaea
Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works
Gun X Sword
Heaven's Lost Property OVA
Highschool of the Dead
K-On! Special: Live House!
Living for the Day After Tomorrow
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
Mobile Suit Gundam Seed
Mobile Suit Gundam 00
Nabari no Ou
Naruto: Battle at the Hidden Falls
Naruto: Movie 1
Sakura Wars OVA 1
Sakura Wars OVA 2
Shadow Star Narutaru
Tales of Phantasia: The Animation
Tsubasa Chronicle Movie
UFO Princess Valkyrie
When They Cry
Cowboy Bebop - Grave of the Fireflies - Gun X Sword-San - Mobile Suit Gundam - Puni Puni Poemi
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion - Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 - Elfen Lied - Ga-Rei Zero - Samurai 7 - Tsubasa Chronicle - Tsubasa Chronicle 2nd Season
Important note: My reviews are more an analysis and my collected thoughts of a series rather than a preview that indicates whether or not it'll be a good watch. I just wanted to warn that I give my opinion of a series rather than tell the readers whether they should watch it or not so while you can use my reviews to determine your interest level in a series, its not the primary purpose as I don't like to tell people what they should and shouldn't watch.
Unless specified, all my reviews are based on the English dub. If a review is based on another dub then it will be mentioned at the start of the review.
The Crap Collection contain reviews of any title to rank 5 and below. Titles who are bad and below average are located in that section.
The Masterpiece Collection contain titles who are rated 10. They are the jewel of anime that I have reviewed and stand as the best of the best.
I'll review titles periodically every few days from now on and will always announce what will be reviewed next. If you want me to review a specific title, then just post about it in the comments section and I'll see what I can do.
Next title: Digimon Adventure 02
Next up is season 2 of Digimon.
My Anime Wish List
Basically, a list of stuff I’d like to see happen that ranges from “Possible given time.” to “Fat chance!” In other words, the following is a long winded rambling of what I’d ask Santa for Christmas if I still believed he exist, so brace yourself.
1) A third season of Code Geass (R3) featuring Kallen as the lead as she teams up with C.C. and gains a Geass of her own. Preferably, they’d use some of the material that got taken out of season 2 during the creation stages of the series, like having the main enemy be Jeremiah’s sister (who’s a Lelouch lookalike) pretending to be Lelouch, using her own organisation to wage war on Britannia with the intent of overthrowing Nunnally by claiming to be the true emperor. If Jeremiah returns, he must team up with Anya. Suzaku needs to take actions as Zero, probably a good idea to make keeping his identity as Suzaku a secret an important part of the series considering a lot hangs on that at the end of season 2. Whatever the case, the true Lelouch must stay dead though, they must not ruin the ending of season 2; well, it’s not likes this is happening anyway.
2) A sequel to Ga-Rei Zero that adapts the first arc of the manga (Ga-Rei) but with significant changes in plot and character focus to make it as compelling as Zero was, because let’s face it, while Ga-Rei Zero is awesome, the manga is simply good at best. Likewise, assuming success, the remaining 2 arcs of the manga should be adapted in a similar manner (a season for each) with a completely re-written ending and an aftermath episode.
3) A Tsubasa Chronicle OVA that ends the anime storyline, but completely ignores the manga and does its own thing. Giving us a proper ending to the series at last. Just because the manga ending sucks doesn’t mean the anime ending has to.
4) An anime adaptation of Final Fantasy VII Dirge of Cerberus. As a video game, it wasn’t the greatest thing around, but the story had definite potential and I feel it actually would have been awesome as a TV series. I actually only play it because of the story. If any of the games would work as an anime, it’s this one. Though as a diehard fan since I was young, I am always partial for an anime adaptation of Final Fantasy X and X-2 whatever form it may take. It’s a pity that Square Enix doesn’t do anime of some of its Final Fantasy games really. I mean sure the anime original content wasn’t met with high praise for the most part but the games themselves carry a name and fans so I feel they could really work if done properly.
5) A movie that animates the last “Path” of the Fate/Stay Night visual novel, in other words: A movie called Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel to follow in Unlimited Blade Works’ footsteps.
6) A Gundam series with a female lead. Preferably something along the lines of Louise Halevy or Soma Peries. Or Quess Paraya, just to see the face of the diehard Gundam fanboys when they see the announcement.
7) A true Yuri anime with the level of emotion and drama of Destiny of the Shrine Maiden (Minus the robots) and the sweet heartwarming feel of the NON-violent (the drama and tragedy of Ga-Rei Zero made the show, but if we’re talking about a heartwarming romantic series, they don’t really work) episodes of Ga-Rei Zero that ends up licensed in North America.
8) A true incest anime that focuses on the relationship as well as the difficulties of such a relationship. Not an ecchi comedy (even though I like those) but a serious series. And while I liked Koi Kaze, it would be great to have a series that actually focuses on two characters who are already in such a relationship, rather than having the series build up to them finally establishing their romantic relationship in the finale. In other words, they should make series that takes on where Koi Kaze left off.
9) After the Berserk movies, hopefully they follow with an OVA series that animates the rest of the manga.
10) A second season of Deadman Wonderland, Claymore and Shadow Star Narutaru.
11) A remake of the second half of Soul Eater that ignores the manga and does things right.
12) For the latest Digimon series not to be too butchered by the ones holding the license, at least as intact as the others were, such as they were (fat chance!). Edit: And so the tradition of lightly edited yet loyal and mostly intact dubs for the Digimon franchise dies here, under plastic toy guns, covered cleavage, completely changed names, destruction of the series' themes and a 4Kids worthy re-writing of the dialogue. Thank you so fucking much Saban!
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