My top 5 list 1)Welcome to the NHK:A pretty interesting character study of a hikkikomori, a good example of a narrative that prompts you to empathize with a character while also finding him despicable. Definitely a very personal pick because unlike Eva, if you can't relate to the MC there is nothing here for you 2)NGE(Evangelion):I should not have to expand upon this pick too much. It's the most influential and generation crossing anime since Akira, and I watched it when I was a really impressionable 15/16 yr old(can't quite remember) 3)Death Note:Speaking of angsty teenagers, Death Note is probably one of the only pieces of anime that crosses over to pop-culture that I believes deserves it. It's playful,fun,angsty, and an emotionally gripping narrative that asks basic questions of morality(if you squint at it hard enough). Albeit it does lose steam during the second half 4)The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya:Haruhi, despite being completely unrelated, comes closest to capturing the spirit of 80's-90's Gainax. Anime for anime's sake; It understands the fandom,tropes, and culture and demonstrates that knowledge in a self referential, reflective way that few other anime really do. For everything this show attempts, it executes it very well. 5)Perfect Blue:Everyone owes it to themselves to watch a Satoshi Kon film and this is the best place to start. Not just because it is his directorial debut, but because it is quick, punchy, and effective.
completed - (1) Shiki - I actually liked this. This is exactly the type of anime that I would like that I wouldn't expect to have that much critical acclaim.
The first thing that really stood out about this was the visual direction was very strong, especially during the first half. The director and animators really experimented with composition, visual effects, transitions and cuts that kept a lot of these scenes very fresh and interesting. Even to this day.
Also the characterization wasn't the most compelling and interesting. In fact, I would say the characterization and really fleshing out these characters were the least interesting part of the story. However, in an odd way it just worked. The characters were one dimensional pretty much to the very end of the story. However, they were one dimensional in very relatable and understandable ways until the very end.
watching - (2) Gleipnir - Click the link above on the Gleipnir banner to know my thoughts
Sing, Yesterday For Me - Haven't watched enough to form an opinion. My only thoughts is that it is about adult, post-college life. It is laced in nostalgia for the past and that sense of arrested development that I think is relatable to the demographic it is aimed towards.
It kinda has that very lowkey, understated feel. Kind of reminiscent of Orange(although not as good right now), they both have the feeling that the ball is about to drop and an actually interesting story is going to come out of this.
on hold - (1) GTO - I enjoyed it for what it was worth, but after about 20 or so episodes it feels very repetitive. Everyone is out to get Onizuka and through sheer willpower, and a little bit of help he pulls it out.
I can definitely see why this was such a big hit. Onizuka as a character is very relatable. He is not "elite" in anyway possible, but he has a big heart and a sense of pride that is very relatable. I wish the series fully fleshed out it's secondary characters so they feel as believable as Onizuka, instead of being just antagonistic caricatures.
10)Transcendent media. Art that manages to be more than the sum of its parts
Ex: Bebop, Eva
A crowning achievement in animation, that holds significant artistic merit in terms of storytelling, characterization, and thematic purpose. I don't hold the notion that 9/10 should rarely be given as a rule-of-thumb, if a show deserves it I have no qualms awarding this score.
Ex: GiTS, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Higurashi(When They Cry), Perfect Blue, Flowers of Evil
An anime that is carefully crafted and reaches significant emotional heights. With noteworthy characterization, atmosphere, genre subversion, comedy, etc. However, it falls short of what it was intending to accomplish or has noticeable flaws.
Ex: Ocean Waves a.k.a: I Can Hear The Sea, Death Note, 5 cm/sec, Darker Than Black Season 1, Welcome to the NHK,, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
A show that manages to retain your interest and leaves an impression, but critically has a host of flaws that detract from your enjoyment significantly
Ex: Another, InuYasha, Angel Beats, Clannad, Kimagure Orange Road, Now and Then Here and There
6) Meh. Middle of the road, boring/uninteresting or down-right frustrating
Ex: Voices of a distant star, Erased
5) Did not pass the three episode test
4 )Did not even bother watching the second episode
3)Turned that craap off in the first thirty minutes
2)Turned that craaaap off in the first twenty minutes
1)So bad it manages to be the running joke of all other animes.