Excellent

Akira

A monumental anime, blah blah blah... Have you seriously not seen this? A decent sci-fi story with incredible animation that will probably never be surpassed.

Animimation: Excellent :: Depth: Excellent :: Design: Good :: Story: Good
Area 88 - OVA

Area 88 is the story about a mercenary pilot named Shin Kazama. It follows his exploits as a pilot, but what truly drives this title is the introspective nature of a man at war with himself. Features cool music and great animation.

Animimation: Good :: Depth: Excellent :: Design: Fair :: Story: Excellent
Aria the Natural

It's more Aria. That's a very good thing, because I just can't get enough.

Animimation: Fair :: Depth: Excellent :: Design: Fair :: Story: Excellent
Aria the Origination

Seems odd to praise a series for being even more accomplished with slow pace and relaxed atmosphere, but this season of Aria has finally attained perfection in it's genre. A great way to wrap up the series. So good, you'll hate to see it finish.

Animimation: Good :: Depth: Good :: Design: Good :: Story: Excellent
Clannad After Story

The first Clannad was yet another high school anime/drama/whatever like the many before it. After Story picks up where the first series left off, but the second half moves into a great dramatic piece about life and family. A little messy in how it gets things done, but I found it to be a great watch.

Animimation: Fair :: Depth: Fair :: Design: Fair :: Story: Excellent
Code Geass

Join the revolution and get half off on your next order from Pizza Hut.

Animimation: Fair :: Depth: Good :: Design: Good :: Story: Excellent
Crest of the Stars

One of the best sci-fi anime shows ever made, but understand that sci-fi does not mean wall to wall action.

Animimation: Fair :: Depth: Excellent :: Design: Weak :: Story: Excellent
From The New World

Fantastic science fiction with the depth rarely seen anime or elsewhere.

Animimation: Fair :: Depth: Excellent :: Design: Fair :: Story: Excellent
Giant Robo - OVA

"Another giant robot show" that is anything but. An amazing example of everything an anime should be. Why didn't I watch this sooner? Everything for Big Fire!

Animimation: Excellent :: Depth: Good :: Design: Good :: Story: Excellent
Girls Und Panzer

I've never been a sports fan, but if my high school had cute girls in tanks blowing stuff up as an athletics program, I'd be all for that. As an anime it's pretty good too.

Animimation: Good :: Depth: Good :: Design: Fair :: Story: Good
Golden Time

Appears to be yet another romantic comedy with gimmicks, yet Golden Time stands out with a great story and awesome characters.

Animimation: Good :: Depth: Good :: Design: Good :: Story: Excellent
Great Teacher Onizuka

Onizuka used to be a biker, and mainly got into teaching to be around teenage girls. I can relate to a guy like that. The story isn't complex, however the developments and interactions between Onizuka and his students are what really makes the show.

Animimation: Fair :: Depth: Fair :: Design: Fair :: Story: Excellent
Gunbuster

With it's late 80s vintage, it looks like any other giant robot title, but Gunbuster excels with outstanding characters, story, animation, and science fiction. Starts weak, but ends a masterpiece.

Animimation: Excellent :: Depth: Excellent :: Design: Good :: Story: Good
Honey and Clover

Honey and Clover is one of those series that is hard to describe just why it is so good because the premise doesn't sound like much. It follows a group of friends through their experiences at an art college and thereafter. I'm not sure why Takumi isn't interested in Ayumi. I'd totally jump her bones if she wasn't defended by that herd of unicorns.

Animimation: Fair :: Depth: Good :: Design: Fair :: Story: Excellent
Hourglass of Summer - vNovel

This is an interactive DVD so it's in fact a visual novel, but generally heaped in with other anime. I've never seen a date sim, but I admit that the story and concept for this one were fantastic.

Animimation: ? :: Depth: Excellent :: Design: Good :: Story: Excellent
Kakegurui

Worth a shot. What have you got to lose watching a show about gambling?

Animimation: Fair :: Depth: Good :: Design: Fair :: Story: Good
Kodocha

A crazy anime comedy, that has really good storytelling and drama as well. Subtitle readers will have their mettle tested, but it's worth it.

Animimation: Fair :: Depth: Fair :: Design: Fair :: Story: Good
Lull in the Sea

No summary

Animimation: Good :: Depth: Good :: Design: Excellent :: Story: Excellent
Maison Ikkoku

One of the classics of anime, and well worthy of it; Maison Ikkoku is an iconic romance / comedy that stands the test of time. A very long watch at 96 episodes, but filled with so much fun, you may want even more.

Animimation: Fair :: Depth: Fair :: Design: Fair :: Story: Excellent
Maria Watches Over Us

No summary

Animimation: Fair :: Depth: Good :: Design: Fair :: Story: Good
Melancholy of Haruhi

A show that came on strong at first, but isn't talked about much these days. Mostly because of season 2. Season 1 however is a lot of fun. Yes, boredom really can be the end of the world.

Animimation: Fair :: Depth: Excellent :: Design: Good :: Story: Good
Nana

I have no idea how to make a short summary for this show. It's about two girls with the same name who become friends and go through various circumstances in life. It also happens to be one of the best dramas in anime.

Animimation: Fair :: Depth: Fair :: Design: Fair :: Story: Excellent
Neon Genesis Evangelion

Shinji Ikari is insane. Not surprising considering his father is an asshole, his guardian is a fraternization-bait party animal, and his roommate is a crazy attention whore German girl with PMS all month long. His only other ally is a spaced out clone girl. Oh yeah, Shinji could you save the world for us?

Animimation: Good :: Depth: Excellent :: Design: Good :: Story: Excellent
Orange

No summary

Animimation: Fair :: Depth: Good :: Design: Fair :: Story: Good
Parasyte: The Maxim

Normally when teenage boys struggle with the actions of their right hand it doesn't involve it being possessed by some alien creature. Another thing that makes anime so novel.

Animimation: Good :: Depth: Excellent :: Design: Fair :: Story: Good
Perfect Blue

This is an unusual title for anime being in the suspense/thriller vein. It features a story with a pop star who is stalked by an obsessive fan, but gets really surreal as things play out.

Animimation: Good :: Depth: Good :: Design: Fair :: Story: Excellent
Record of Lodoss War - OVA

With elves, swords and sorcery: Record of Lodoss war is a purebred fantasy title more common to the traditional Tolkien vein. Animation was decent, story was very good, and the musical score is fantastic. Also has elf girls.. enough said.

Animimation: Fair :: Depth: Good :: Design: Good :: Story: Excellent
Tenchi Muyo - OVA 1 & 2

No summary

Animimation: Good :: Depth: Excellent :: Design: Good :: Story: Excellent
Toradora

Yet another high school anime, but this one gets everything right. Romance, drama, totally adorable Christmas episode, most awesome class rep ever, and even a retarded parakeet. And I know you're thinking that all these high school anime titles would have been better if they only had a retarded parakeet...

Animimation: Fair :: Depth: Fair :: Design: Fair :: Story: Good
Vampire Princess Miyu - OVA

No summary

Animimation: Good :: Depth: Good :: Design: Good :: Story: Good
X - TV

I'm sure a lot of people disagree with me, but I still think the X TV series is one of the better titles out there. Unlike the movie, the TV series was able to better flesh out the epic story as intended. Some people say Fuma is too close to his sister Kotori, but honestly this dude is too "close" to EVERYONE.

Animimation: Fair :: Depth: Good :: Design: Good :: Story: Excellent
You're Under Arrest - OVA

This series has been going for decades now. I don't think any other incarnation managed to capture the charm of the series the way the OVA did. A good story, and exceptional quality in all respects.. except terrible dubbing.

Animimation: Excellent :: Depth: Fair :: Design: Good :: Story: Good