I buy anime DVDs, and have become some-what of a collector. I'm also a huge English Dub fan, and prefer to watch all my anime dubbed. I like darker, and more mature anime series. I like well written anime and well directed anime series! If the anime is deep, has a statement, or just has a very powerful story to tell, you could bet on me liking it. I also like exploitation anime, as long as there is some substance there. Not to say anime that have no real content, aren't deep or anything, I won't like. It's just I don't find them on the same level most of the time. Of course I do love some anime comedies that really have no content, or just some fun series, or non-deep series, but they won't ever be on the same level as the masterpieces. I guess it's the same with all forms of art/media (books, movies, TV shows, anime, etc).To put it simply I like the "high brow" stuff, and I'm highly critical of titles that get recognition that don't deserve it (cough * Ghibli*cough FMA*cough *cough).
My favorite "anime time period" is the late 90's and early 2000's. I think the anime that aired from around 1995-2001 are some of the best series ever made. It's rather odd that so many great shows came from that time period. I like how the artwork was almost all hand drawn, with some digital paint, some without, and some slight use of CGI (sometimes) but not overkill. That look is the greatest IMO, even if it is a bit dated. Everything feels very warm, and I like the older traditional colors over digital coloring stuff sometimes. Also the overall content and writing seemed better around then, then any other time. Not to say I don't like anime that recently aired, or from other time periods. But that's my favorite time period. I know many people are late 80's early 90's fans, but I'm late 90's early 2000's fan! Guess it comes from living during that time, and watching anime then, and from then a lot more. That being said I'm a super fan of anything 80's, and so I have a soft spot for anime from the 80's. I do like to get into an 80's mood and just veg out with an over the top 80's anime movie or ova.
1. A Wind Named Amnesia
2. The Sky Crawlers
3. Mardock Scramble 1
4. Interstella 5555
5. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
6. The End of Evangelion
7. Patlabor 2: The Movie
8. Case Closed/Detective Conan: The Fourteenth Target
9. Barefoot Gen
10. Lupin III: Dead or Alive
Anime Series/OVA's :
1. Fooly Cooly
2. Now and Then, Here and There
3. Neon Genesis Evangelion
4. Kino's Journey
5. School Days
6. Death Note
7. Infinite Ryvius
8. Hell Girl
9. Gunslinger Girl
10. Case Closed/Detective Conan
Megazone 23, Serial Experiments Lain, Eureka Seven, Paranoia Agent, Haibane Renmei, Dominion Tank Police, Cyber City, Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage, Pani Poni Dash, Maze (Maze The Mega Burst Space) , Red Garden, Black Lagoon , Animation Runner Kuromi , R.O.D. OVA , Speed Grapher, Descendants of Darkness, Jinki:Extend, Shadow Star Narutaru, Lupin III Part 2
Most Disliked Overall (in no order):
Mr. Stain on Junk Alley, Elfen Lied, Most Ghibli Films, FMA, Inu Yasha, xxxHOLiC and Chobits (and anything that is touched by Clamp)
My Anime Ratings:
10 - AMAZING!!! Instant classic, or anime masterpiece. This anime is perfect!
9 - GREAT!! Almost perfect. Very few if any flaws, and instantly mesmerized me.
8 - Very good. I highly enjoyed this anime. Might have a few flaws.
7 - Good. I still liked it but it might have a few flaws, and it probably never grabbed hold of me.
6 - OK. This anime is just alright. It doesn't amaze me, but it didn't waste my time.
5- Average to poor. This anime is boring, and has lots of problems. I’d still watch it.
4 - Bad. This anime is pretty bad. It may be stupid, lame, cliché, or very boring.
3 - Very Bad. What a waste of time. It has little if any content and bore me to death.
2 - Extremely Bad. My time world be better spent hitting my head against the wall.
1- Terrible!!! Horrible! Completely unwatchable, large flaws, and painfully stupid.
*** I've been called an iconoclast, and I take that as a badge of honor***
Favorite Japanese Studios
2. Madhouse Ltd.
3. Manglobe Inc.
1. Tsurumaki Kazuya - FLCL, Kare Kano (co-director)
2. Akitaro Daichi - Now and Then, Here and There, Animation Runner Kuromi 1 and 2, Kodacha
3. Hideaki Anno - Neon Genesis Evangelion, Kare Kano, Nadia: the Secret of Blue Water
4. Satoshi Kon - Paranoia Agent, Paprika, Perfect Blue
5. Yasuomi Umetsu - Kite, Mezzo Forte, Kite Liberator, Mezzo DSA
6. Yoshiaki Kawajiri - Cyber City Oeda, Ninja Scroll, Birdy the Mighty
7. Ryutaro Nakamura - Kino's Journey , Serial Experiment Lain, Colorful
8. Akira Suzuki - Maze: The Mega Burst Space, Kodacha
9. Iku Suzuki - Maze: The Mega Burst Space, Domain of Murder
10. Kenji Kamiyama - Blood: The Last Vampire, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Moribito
11. Shukou Murase - Ergo Proxy, Witch Hunter Robin
12. Koichi Mashimo - Dominion Tank Police, Weathering Continent, El Cazador
13. Morio Asaka - Gunslinger Girl, Nana
* The bolded series is my personal favorite from that director, although all the series listed show the individuals great talent.
** I got the idea to do this from another MAL user while browseing this site, so I do not take any credit at all for coming up with this.
Favorite English Dubbing Studios
1. Ocean Studios (Vancouver, Canada)
2. Amusement Park Media (Houston, Texas)
3. Taj Studios (New York, New York)
4. New Generation Pictures (Beverly Hills, California)
Favorite R1 Anime DVD Companies
1. Central Park Media (U.S. Manga Corps, Software Sculptors)
2. ADV Films / Sentai Filmworks / Section 23
4. Manga Entertainment
Funimation used to be on my list. But the fact they keep suing people aggravates me.
Favorite English Manga Publisher
1. Viz Media
2. CPM Press (CPM Manga)
3. Del Rey
4. Seven Seas
[u]Favorite Live Action Movies (in alphabetical order)[/u]
Back to the Future (all three)
Escape from New York
Leon (The Professional)
The Planet of the Apes (original)
Jack Taylor - He plays the insane King Hamdo in Now and Then, Here and There. His performance is amazing in this anime and I hope to check out more anime he has been in. In fact I site his performance in NTHT as the best (if not, then one of the best) performance in any English Dub. The man should get an award for what he did in this anime.
Chris Ayres - He plays Kei Kurono in Gantz, and he's incredbly funny. He some great one liners! Also owns it up in Speed Grapher. Very nice performance.
Brittney Karbowski - She was amazing in Jinki:Extend as the lead role, Aoba Tsuzaki. She was great as Rose Sheedy in Red Garden, very funny as Himeko Katagiri in Pani Poni Dash, and she was good in Diamond Daydreams as well. Besides I just love the sound of her voice. Sue me.
Ted Cole - This guy has the perfect voice for Taichi Hiraga-Keaton. He truly makes the Master Keaton dub. This guy is Keaton incarnate. It would not be the same show without Ted Cole, it really wouldn't. The man is amazing.
Kirk Thornton - This guy is the perfect person on the planet to play Dr. Black Jack, in the Black Jack OVA's. This guy is epic. Perfect casting, perfect performance, every line is said with intellegence and brute force, yet feel very real. This guy is Black Jack.
Brad Swaile - Not only did he amaze me with Light in Death Note, but he also wowed me as Rock in Black Lagoon. I also liked what he did as Koji Aiba in Infinite Ryvius . The man has a real talent.
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