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Sep 6, 2008
Rurouni Kenshin (A) – in my opinion, THE samurai anime. It’s a series that attempts to blend reality and history with superhuman action and suspense. It succeeds at being hugely entertaining and almost flawless.

The title character, Himura Kenshin is timeless and classic character set in a history piece that manages to be original and absolutely likable despite his past. Supporting characters Saito and Sanosuke also manage to be memorable favorites with some rather annoying, but unique and identifiable characters rounding out the cast.

Kenshin’s story is wonderfully told through seasons 1 & 2, through flashbacks and encounters with characters from his blood soaked read more
Sep 6, 2008
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (A) – my favorite Gundam series. This direct sequel to the original Mobile Suit Gundam (0079) is a coming-of-age, giant/real robot masterpiece. Sure the show is old (I never got to watch it until the highly affordable 2 disc sets started coming out around 2005-06), but it can’t be punished for that.

The story is told well, with some primer not necessary, but very helpful to help understand whom some characters are and where they come from. Amazingly, for a series that spans 50 eps, they never let anything meander too long. It constantly changes and evolves as read more
Sep 6, 2008
Azumanga Daioh (A+) – an anime about a bunch of high school girls and their eccentric teachers, it is a masterpiece of comedy that does what many shows fail to do. Be consistently hilarious and entertaining. It has memorable characters and memorable moments and is done almost perfectly. It is surprisingly accessible even though some references and jokes need you to read the little booklet that comes with the discs.

The characters are a strange group to say the least, but you will definitely find someone to identify with, or a character that reminds you of someone. No matter how outrageous the read more
Sep 6, 2008
Fullmetal Alchemist (A+) – the ultimate in story telling, personal and epic at the same time. Rich, depressing, uplifting. Even the so-called “filler” episodes beat out most other main story arc episodes on other series. It also has the strongest opening scene of any anime.

The story is not really about one character, but two. The brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric have perpetuated the greatest of taboos and have paid dearly. Though both brothers had their distinct personalities and traits before their tragic accident, this moment transforms and traumatizes them forever. The hotheaded Edward is a great character, one who read more
Sep 6, 2008
Neon Genesis Evangelion (A+) – groundbreaking series, the entire show is classic with iconic images coming from everywhere. It is a smart, confusing, deep and polarizing series, with possibly the greatest ending in all of anime (for good or bad).

The characters are all distinct personalities, and have huge gaping flaws that they hide behind talent, duty and sealed lips. But many have the added of effect of being creepy (possibly because they hold onto so many secrets, personal or otherwise). Shinji is probably the original antihero in anime, not in the way Hellsing is antihero, but in being like a sad mirror read more
Sep 6, 2008
Destiny is a tale of two shows, the show it could have been versus whatever the hell the staff of the show presented it as. To get to the point, I’ll point out the shows main problems immediately. The show’s pacing, character development and plot I felt were all horrible and on top of that unoriginal.

Destiny started off better off than any Gundam series I’ve watched so far. While most series in Gundam canon usually start off slow and tedious. Destiny gave you some brief, but useful enough introductions. The age old practice of stealing Gundams right from under the read more