It looks like another harem anime, but due to the date it was produced it's more of the Tenchi formula with a lot of girls around, but only two are involved in a love triangle. Reasonably charming, but not very deep and doesn't get too far with its story.
Prequel to Agent Aika, but has a good balance between excessive panty shots and a story. Wait, there's a story? It's easy to forget between pro wrestling moves, girls in short skirts sprawled out everywhere and the epic bathing suit fight scene, but yes there is a story in there somewhere.
A visual novel turned into a TV series that didn't go the right direction. The Air movie takes the basic story and reworks it into something worth watching. You may require sun glasses to mitigate overzealous lens flare.
A school romance that's pretty generic, but has a few good stories which may be worth checking out.
Hanging out all day only going to class if you want to. Having gun battles at night, with resident girl band: I wish my high school were like this. If it weren't for everyone being dead that is.
Ross is a cop who gets a new assignment on Mars. His first assignment is to figure out who killed the last country music singer. His new partner is known as the "badge toting terror in hot pants". Is there ever a normal day on Mars?
Azumanga Daioh is an unusual comedy that doesn't have a plot, but instead is all about characters in different situations. This series is often praised as being one of the best anime comedies out there, but personally wasn't my thing.
A violent anime set in 1930s America. Not exactly an anime does a mobster movie, but it gets close. I didn't find this one anywhere near as good as many claim, but the unique setting might make it worth checking into.
TV series remake of a mostly unremarkable 90s OVA and also manages to be... unremarkable. Not a bad way to kill time, but you'll probably want to watch something mightier than Birdy.
The usual shoujo stuff, although reserved in its approach.
Burn Up W takes the Burn Up concept of girls and action, but this time mixes in a lot of comedy and fun. A decent title that has always been one I liked, it features police babes, big boobs and guns.
Not that anime about phone sex you've been waiting for, but quirky old school OVA weirdness at its best.
A cute girl in a frilly dress toting a gigantic sniper rifle in a coffin. It captured my curiosity just looking at the cover, and thankfully the show lives up to it.
Ashita no Joe was a pioneer in what would eventually evolve into sports anime. Even today Joe is considered a well known icon in Japan. This movie is assembled from an earlier TV series and very raw, but interesting from a historical perspective. Only recommended for those looking for a classic title.
Seems typical for "people get super powers" kind of title, but has enough weird directions to make it worth checking out.
What does a single guy do with a cute robot girl he found in the trash? *cough* Considering this is anime I could have guessed all night and not gotten that one correct. Chi and Hideki form an odd relationship but it's not clear where it will go. The question you're probably dying to know is "where is her power switch?". *sigh* That one is more typical of anime.
Roaming cities which wander the wastelands of Earth, fighting over the one resource needed to survive. Pretty cool sci-fi stuff, with most everything else not being so great. An average watch as it stands now.
Clannad is basically moe incarnate. From that perspective it's almost educational, although a little scary in how calculated it all is. The story is messy in parts, but it manages to be a fair watch.
Unlike the first, this version of Comic Party doesn't try to be "insightful" and instead becomes an anime for the sake of anime. Hit and miss but mostly mediocre with a few great sports parodies.
Based on a major paradox plot hole, DNA2 is an old school title mainly based on the premise of cute girls unable to resist a guy for some reason. And 20 years later anime is still during this. A quirky title that still might be worth your time.
An off the wall sci-fi anime which has more depth than first impressions might give. Goes in an odd direction for the last third, but otherwise a solid sci-fi anime.
A fluff title mostly noteworthy as the first title released by ADV. The OVAs vary in quality, but are a fair watch if you don't need much depth to get to the action.
I always knew working at fast food joints was hell.
A girl meets a guy who is buck naked and holding nothing but a cell phone and a hand gun in front of the White House. Now THAT'S how you start a show! Eden of the East has a lot of great ideas from a spy thriller type of story, but falters badly towards the end. I so wish more had come of this series.
Third series featuring girls with guns from studio Bee Train. Lots of filler in the beginning but gets decent by the end. Girls, guns and tacos; what else does an anime need? Wait, where are the robots?
Elfen Lied has nothing original, but packages extreme cuteness and brutal carnage in a package that makes it unique. This can make it very hard to watch, but can also be fascinating. Possibly the only series I've ever watched where I was never really sure if people were going to die.
One of the attempts to "fix" Evangelion, this one basically turns the end into a melodramatic apocalypse... that's really freaking weird. It's more remembered for one controversial aspect than doing a proper job of an ending. If you ever get a visit in the hospital from Shinji Ikari, you better be awake. Trust me on that one.
Appears to be another fluff brained show, but is really cute if you give it a chance.
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An interesting update, but not up to par with the original. Takes all that cool edgy stuff and gets rid of it in favor of better animation, resulting in just another giant robot show. Gendo still an ass. Shinji still insane. Misato still hot.
If you took a totally insane anime with robots fighting and a nurse beating the crap out of people with bass guitars and then put this in the middle of a alternative rock concert... you still wouldn't be close to describing how weird this one is.
Takes the road less traveled by a blitzkrieg of insanity. That's funny? I thought so, but have to admit half of my laughter was probably from confusion and fear. Archen's Anime Page Award: Most Insane Anime.
Shoujo title with a pretty weird hook. A fair watch, but lacking a resolution. Would have been awesome if Touru's biker mom had been around.
Similar to season one, but with slightly improved animation and design. Sagura may not have a clue about civilian society, but his hormones are puzzlingly absent around Kaname.
A romantic comedy love pentagram that's fun but may be turning into a standard anime romance. Not about gaming so much like might be expected.
Does well fleshing out the concept between modern military vs fantasy land. Starts strong, but the story struggles later on. I came to watch the elf girl, I stayed to watch the goth loli death god.
Old school mecha anime. As usual, those tricky alien women you fall in love with cause problems.
If you're into cyberpunk, this is a must see. Ghost in the Shell is the best cyberpunk anime ever produced. Features high quality... everything.
Strong character focused anime with a so-so story. The voice acting aspect is another draw, and it's a fair watch but lacks any stand out feature. Still a mystery which number is girlish and why.
The TV series follows the manga pretty closely, and thus character development and stories are nearly non existant. Instead Golgo 13 is all about how he manages to pull of nearly impossible feats to get the job done. Hey, it's a forumla that has worked for nearly half a century. Don't knock it.
This takes Golgo 13 and plops him into an 80s action movie, mostly ignoring what made the franchise interesting. This film features the first CGI sequence in anime, and has some very cool animation sequences. Aside from that it's a bunch of sex and violence.
He's the sword who wants vengeance for his dead bride. She's the gun who wants to rescue her brother. Together they wander through a show basically assembled from parts of other anime. Not bad, but lacks flavor.
Typical romantic comedy stuff. The mischief of the cat god and cute story make it slightly better than similar titles. Most perverse sit-ups in anime.
When anime does history: the paragon of the Romance of the Thee Kindoms is a busty high school girl with a big spear, the emperror is the schoolgirl meganekko book worm, and the master strategist is a loli. Anime not only warps the mind but history as well!
An anime all about street racing that's really catchy. Even has crazy music. Unfortunately it has terrible designs and CGI animated cars that detract a lot from the title. While many are indifferent about Initial D, this series also has a rabid following. Certainly worth checking out for those into cars.
Fast paced comedy series, where girls take on animal attributes.
A guys apartment is invaded by cute girls, yet it's not a total disaster. A harem anime with oddly good points considering it's a harem anime.
There's nothing outstanding about the Kakyuusei OVA, but it's always been a favorite of mine as a great execution of the classic high school anime romance. Great character designs, and a fair amount of charm.
Popular guy falls for quiet socially inept girl. Probably qualifies as wish fulfillment for (otaku) girls, but is a solid shoujo title worth checking out.
Yuzura was promised to marry his cousin as a child. Years later she turned out to be quite the hottie. He didn't think she took the marriage seriously, but when your childhood fiance is possessed by demons, she is unusually serious about a lot of things. What all this has to do with the title is anyone's guess.
Like an RPG with girls cast into fantasy land 1990s style. Has problems with padding in the middle, but is fun enough with a good ending to justify the watch.
Decent comedy. Decent story. Decent for a robot maid anime title, although I'm not sure that's saying very much...
If I were going to make a Barbie doll, she would be 'Ass Kicking Princess of Metal Barbie'. She'd look prissy. She'd be backed by screaming guitars. She'd be covered in the blood of her slain enemies, as she protected her kingdom. This would be her anime.
Good Shoujo anime with a heroin I loved, but stuck in a tough position with no ending (which it very much needs)
Sweet, cute and more sweet. Kinda like overdosing on sugar if you're not in the mood for it, but otherwise a nice feel-good romance.
More mysterious than the treasure location is where they hid the story. A fun adventure anime, but lacking direction at the moment.
Time travel comedy? Yes please!
Big budget, so-so story. Another XXX "the movie"
Generic high school anime stuff, merged with fairytale lore. Not very successful that way, but the narrator is an interesting idea.
Translates to anime fan's anime. An interesting watch if you're an anime fan yourself. References are very dated, and includes some 'mocumentary' stuff
If the end of the world were a Starbucks, Utena would hijack a semi truck of shoujo style and drive it right through the front door. In the back seat someone would be slapping the rose bride Anthy. This anime makes as much sense as that explanation.
Ridebacks are a hybrid of motorcycle and robot. Take a former ballet prodigy and put her on one, and you've got a pretty cool anime. It gets into this police state resistance plot I wasn't to hip on, but I liked the main character more than enough to overlook that.
Top tier car chase anime. If Chicago were really this violent, we'd nuke it ourselves.
Rumbling Hearts is a mature drama, which cuts down the target demographic quite a bit. A little sloppy, but if you want drama, this one serves up a lot!
A series with some pretty cool ideas, and a heroin who is really stupid. It's a mix of good and bad, but worth watching. Features a blacksmith that is fairly cold, and a sword which is kinda hot.
There's likely irony in the title "How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend" for a paint by numbers harem anime. Not bad for what it is.
Surprisingly not a fighting anime, but a high school comedy with a huge cast. It took a while to warm up to, but I grew to like a few of the characters. Hang in there Harima. Someday you'll figure out Tenma is totally not worth the effort. Hint: Eri is rich.
If Seraphim Call were a girl, she'd be a misunderstood aloof beauty. Guys would hit on her because she's attractive, but would discover that she's incredibly brainy and way out of their league. While true she gets scary crazy if she forgets her meds, and she can space out like she's in a coma, she's not deserving of her bad rep just because a lot of guys got shot down. It's not her fault she only wants to talk about philosophy and astrophysics. Maybe the problem is more with the guys asking her out.
Much like a dirty joke, Shimoneta isn't the most intellectual anime, but it's still a lot of fun.
Heavy nudity, dumb plot, main guy is a pervert.. and yet it's not completely bad? I guess it had to happen sooner or later.
Typical for "guy meets mysterious magical girl" kind of anime, but unlike most titles in this vein, Sola has a very strong story with interesting plot points.
Old school sci-fi anime featuring giant robots. As is often the case, there isn't much that's special about this one, but it has some cool sci-fi ideas behind it.
Bad animation, good story, a few stand out characters, and debauchery that would even make Rick James blush, or tell you the story about when that happened to him in the 80s..
An anime featuring an adorable wolf girl, with a plot based around economics. Interesting chemistry between the two main characters (one of which is adorable wolf girl) but the story ends up too convoluted and poorly executed. Not a bad show but needs work. Also, adorable wolf girl.
Remember that cross dressing teacher in school? Neither do Hibiki's students. No one suspects...
A fun family adventure based around the Internet... if the internet wasn't the depraved place that it really is. If only we could all use our elite math skills to woo hot girls.
Stories of courage set in World War II. Probably too depressing for most, but might be a good watch for those who want introspective war drama.
People through into fantasy land, but a gimicky comedy take on the concept. Fun and a bit brainless, but a cool idea using a T-74 tank if nothing else.
If anyone says anime objectifies women, laugh at them. They have no idea. Only in Japan, would they turn assault rifles into school girls. It's ok, but should have been better.
This is a TV series which follows Miyu around a modern school. It has a much different feel when compared to the OVA, and comes off more like an occult magical girl show. A decent title with a mix of good and bad.
One of those titles still remembered as a classic, Escaflowne has all the fantasy mecha romance with feathered hot guys an anime title could want.
A realistic approach to an idol group, mainly focused on the difficulties of show business. Nothing amazing, but has its heart in the right place.
Wicked City is an erotic horror movie that is perilously close to (and often confused with) hentai horror. There's a lot of violence, and it's heavily oriented towards that erotic element but manages to pull off a story that's alright. I honestly have no idea why I liked this show because it should be the sort of thing I strait out hate.
An anime that does something interesting with "witches" other than pandering. Ayaka is badass enough to make it watching for her alone.
Imagine a sexy voluptuous woman offering to fix a high school boy's problems, and him complaining about that. Yeah, I totally don't buy that part either, but the basics of interesting occult stories and adventures works well.
An anime with 7 witches that doesn't involve a harem. There's hope for anime yet. Great pacing covering a lot of ground each episode, not a bad watch.
A totally obscure anime with very subtle humor. It's retro. It's serious. It's dumb. - all on purpose.