[Anime – worth checking out, I think]

Version 1.1 (23.06.2013)
This is NOT a list of best Anime. It’s actually a list of good ideas and motives. Some of those series are good, other flawed but worth at least a sneak-peak.

Acchi Kocchi (12 eps) – Comedy – Based on a 4-coma, please don’t ask me how the humor in this one can be entertaining, I don’t know.
Area 88 TV (12 eps) – Aviation, Military – Very good, solid series about jets and betrayal. Doesn’t share the same story as the OVA.
Area 88 OVA (3 eps/2 eps) – Aviation, Military – Clearly superior to it’s successor. I would recommend watching this after the “TV” one.
Appleseed (Movie) – Post-Apo, Mecha – The first CGI movie on this list, the visuals didn’t age well.
Black Lagoon (12 eps) – Guns – Shit blowing up.
Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage (12 eps) – Guns – More shit blowing up.
Blue Gender (26 eps) – SF, Horror – Mother earth strikes back.
Blue Submarine No. 6 (4 eps) – SF, Post-Apo – Well, it has subs, that’s awesome, right?
Cowboy Bebop (26 eps) – Outer Space, Western – Because it has style and a proper ending.
Desert Punk (24 eps) – Post-apocalyptic, Comedy – A title with a proper antihero, not many of those around.
Fullmetal Panic? Fumoffu – Comedy, Parody – It is imperative for you to watch ‘Fullmetal Panic’ before starting Fumoffu, as its humor relies on parodying the main show.
Geneshaft (13 eps) – SF, Outer Space – This is on the list only because I’m a sucker for Space and the “10 women/1 man” motive.
Ghost in the Shell (Movie) – SF, Cyberpunk – If you didn’t see this then something is wrong with you.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (26 eps) – SF, Cyberpunk – Season of Awesomeness.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig (26 eps) – SF, Cyberpunk – Season 2 of Awesomeness.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Solid State Society (Movie) – SF, Cyberpunk – Ending of Awesomeness.
Golgo 13: Queen Bee (1 ep) – Made in the style of the ’80, a OVA about a professional assassin a.i. sex, violence and the world being a fuck-up place. Totally awesome.
Grave of the Fireflies (Movie) – Tragedy, World War 2 – Probably the saddest thing you will ever watch.
Great Teacher Onizuka (43 eps) – Comedy, School – One of the better adaptations of Manga (and that one sucked) out there.
Hellsing (13 eps) – Vampires, Supernatural – If you are looking for faggy bloodsuckers then this is the wrong place.
Hellsing Ultimate – (10 eps) – Vampires, Supernatural – This time a direct take on Kohta Hirano’s manga. It has gore, slapstick and Nazis. It’s absolute fucking madness.
Interstella 5555 (Movie) – SF, Music – animated album, “Daft Punk – Discovery”… it’s awesome.
Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari (13 eps) – Fantasy, Harem – a pretty entertaining spin-off series in which the women actually have reasons to crowd the protagonist.
Iria: Zeiram (6 eps) – SF – I seriously don’t know what to write about it.
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (Movie) – Thriller – The MG-34 is awesome.
Level-E (13 eps) – SF, Comedy – Manga adoption of a work that at it’s core was supposed to troll the reader… and it fucking did.
Macross Plus (4 eps) – Aviation, Military, SF – Probably the only Macross title truly worth seeing.
Memories (3 eps) – SF – Three different movies.
Mononoke (12 eps) – Horror – The right mix of horror and suspense (a lot of it) shown in an abstract way.
Princess Mononoke (Movie) – Fantasy – Ghibli, enough said.
Record of Lodoss War OVA (13 eps) – Fantasy – In the “Sword-Magic” category it doesn’t get better then this.
Riding Bean (1 ep) – Guns&Cars – Why aren’t Kenichi Sonodas works fully serialized, fuck!
Seikai no Monshou/Crest of the Stars (13 eps) – Space Opera – Here it is, my favorite series. This time we are not fighting on the humans side (lie).
Seikai no Senki/Banner of the Stars (13 eps) – Space Opera – You won’t find better space battles in any other anime.
Seikai no Senki II/Banner of the Stars II (13 eps) – Space Opera – Because conquering stuff isn’t always fun.
Seikai no Senki II/Banner of the Stars III (2 eps) – Space Opera – Why the fuck does this only have 2 episodes.
Skip Beat! (25 eps) – Comedy, Romance – Rise of the Femme Fatale. Also, Sho must die.
Slayers (26 eps) – Comedy, Fantasy – THE Fantasy Story, with one of the most kickass heroine in anime history.
Slayers Next (26 eps) – Comedy, Fantasy – The Lord of Nightmares will rip you a new one.
Slayers Try (26 eps) – Comedy, Fantasy – More of the same wackiness.
Spaceship Agga Ruter (4 eps) – Space Opera, Hentai – An entertaining hentai following the ‘Tenchi Muyou’ formula.
Spice and Wolf (13 eps) – Medieval, Drama, Economy – Who said medieval economy can’t be fun.
Spice and Wolf II (12 eps) – Medieval, Drama, Economy – More medieval economy and drama.
Spirited Away (Movie) – Fantasy – Ghibli, enough said.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (27 eps) – Mecha, Comedy, SF – ROW ROW FIGHT THE POWER!
Terra e… (24 eps) – Space Opera – Authoritarian Super Computer trying to kill me because I’m a danger to it’s calculations? This shit will not stand!
The Irresponsible Captain Tylor (26 eps) – SF, Comedy – being adapted from a series of novels, here is the crew of the Destroyer Soyokaze… and her Captain, which no rule could contain.
Those Who Hunt Elves (12 eps) – Comedy, Fantasy – Nothing like making fun from fantasy stories… did I mention they are also stripping elves?
Those Who Hunt Elves II (12 eps) – Comedy, Fantasy – This series English dubbing is probably the only one that didn’t make me instantly wish I was deaf.
They Were Eleven! (Movie) – SF – a title from the ’80. A group of 10 students is on their last test, isolated on an abandoned space-ship… but why is there 11 of them?
Tiger & Bunny – Action – I didn’t expect a story about super heroes to be any good, but surprisingly enough, I was wrong.
Toradora! – (25 eps) – Comedy, Romance – A really well made anime based on a Novel. Solid execution that make this one stand out among the rest of ‘School Life’ titles.
Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer (Movie) – Comedy, SF – To appreciate this one fully it is recommended for the viewer to have some previous experience with the Urusei Yatsura universe. Oshii is flying the Director’s chair on this one so get ready for some awesome mindfuck.
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (Movie) – Vampires, Supernatural, SF – Vampires and shit, yo.
Vandread (13 eps) – Comedy, Outer Space, Mecha – Yeah, you can laugh at me.
Vandread: The Second Stage (13 eps) – Comedy, Outer Space, Mecha – Did I mention how much I like Space?
Wolf’s Rain (30 eps) – Post-apocalyptic – Not my type of a show but fuck me if I won’t acknowledge it as being “worth it”. In post-apocalyptic soviet Russia, the Wolf eats you.
You’re Under Arrest! (51 eps) – Comedy, Police – A little bit of everything.
Yukikaze (5 eps) – Aviation, Military, SF – Macross can go suck a cock, this is how you do it.
Zipang (26 eps) – Military, World War 2 – Time-traveling warship FTW.
Zone of the Enders: Idolo (1 ep) – SF, Mecha, Outer Space – Opening to the “Zone of the Enders” series.

  1. ghostdog
    09/02/2010 at 04:10

    God, this is so fucking nerdy but what the hell , I’m drunk. Your list- not so shit, most of it I agree with. Well, I can’t stand 99% of anime comedy , except GTO. So, let me add:

    -Berserk. – Yeah, the manga is (was) much better, but what’s new.
    -Captain Harlock TV – Part for nostalgia, part because it was good. And Cool. And sometimes awesome.
    -Guardian of the Sacred Spirit – good medieval Japan fantasy.
    -Gungrave – Mainly because 3/4 of it is Godfather/Once upon a time in America- mobster movie done right.
    -Monster – Awesome. Really, it’s something else.
    -Ninja Scroll (the movie) – It’s good for what it is, which is the best anime ninja action movie.
    -Tsukihime – Veeery good atmosphere.
    -Legend Of Galactic heroes – The one Space Opera to rule them all. Crest of the stars drew heavy inspiration from this one.
    -The Twelve Kingdoms – fantasy/mythology/political intrigue all done superbly. Too bad it was unfinished.
    -Battle Angel – Good cyberpunk.
    -Planetes – Realistic sci-fi at its best.
    -Area 88 – What can I say, childhood fav. The best air-fights.
    -SDF macross – another childhood fav.
    -Kaze no Yojimbo – Kurosawas Yojimbo in present day with a mystery twist… wait what ? Well, it’s good.

    Damn, by the time I finished this , I sobered up.

  2. whiskeywolf
    10/02/2010 at 23:20

    – Gungrave – why does everybody I meet like it? First of all it’s fucking boring… one big retrospective with a transparent ending.

    – Ninja Scroll – have it on VHS (censored), so-so.

    – Legend Of Galactic Heroes – it’s not really “that good”. To say more, I got bored around episode 60… and God, the axe fighting and other stupid shit.

    – The Twelve Kingdoms – heard a lot of good stuff about it, it’s on my to-watch-list.

    – Battle Angel – OVA, why even bother, just get the real deal (manga).

    – Planetes – also to-watch.

    I will look up the rest

  3. Black_Willow
    17/02/2010 at 22:38

    My five cents:

    -Hellsing, the series. If only for the awesome soundtrack.

    -Iria, for the 80’s SF feel.

    -Full Metal Alchemist – don’t you find it awesome, Whiskey? ;>

  4. whiskeywolf
    17/02/2010 at 22:45

    – Hellsing is… if I think about it, yeah, will put it on the list.

    – Iria – already on the list, like it.

    – Full Metal Alchemist – trying to troll me won’t do you any good.

  5. ghostdog
    21/02/2010 at 17:47

    Hmm, I forgot to mention Mononoke and Black Lagoon.

  6. whiskeywolf
    21/02/2010 at 18:20

    – Black Lagoon – I can agree, will put it on the list.

    – Mononoke – Normally, I can’t put this on the list because I didn’t watch it… but I will give you the benefit of doubt for the “Area 88” this one time.

  7. ghostdog
    05/03/2010 at 19:52

    Cowboy bebop the movie is worth mentioning here too. If you haven’t watched it WW, do it. And Fate/Stay night now that I think of it.

  8. whiskeywolf
    07/03/2010 at 10:14

    Get real, who didn’t watch “knocking on heavens door”. I’m pretty satisfied with the series (more then the movie) so I didn’t put it on the list.

    – Fate/Stay Night – I didn’t watch this but have serious doubts from what I have read about it and stuff I saw in the manga. Not to mention it’s based on a game (ero-novel to be precise), go figure.

  9. ghostdog
    08/03/2010 at 13:43

    Yeah, I know that , but from what I gather The anime is pretty different than the anime (and there’s no echi stuff in the anime) and the manga was just released after the anime. I consider it pretty good in all levels (nothing spectacular). I liked Tsukihime better, but if you seen it, taey have the same style in terms of atmosphere.

  10. ghostdog
    05/05/2010 at 15:21

    I’ve got a habit of bumping this thread… I just watched Requiem From The Darkness and it was very good. Definitely recommended. I’ve started Desert Punk and it seems promising.

  11. whiskeywolf
    05/05/2010 at 15:36

    “I’ve got a habit of bumping this thread”
    I’m very thankful for that.

    With “Desert Punk” the thing is, it was on the list for some time but I change my mind. What really makes this title stand out was probably the last few episodes (the ark of the main character who also… I won’t spoil it for you) unfortunately this anime belongs to those with no ending which is very frustrating.

    “Requiem From The Darkness” – looks like it’s very much in the spirit of Mononoke which I still did not watch. I have to get my butt into gear and start watching stuff again. There are still some titles from the 80′ I have to see.

  12. whiskeywolf
    12/05/2010 at 10:51

    Version 1.02 – .01 meaning I added one title under “G” and one under “T”

    Version 1.03 – I finally got to watch “Requiem From The Darkness” and “Mononoke”. RFTD was good but to tell you the truth I don’t like horrors… on the other hand Mononoke has shown to be something truly unique.

  13. ghostdog
    11/11/2010 at 01:33

    Ok, I’m back in my anime mood.
    – I think Fate/Stay Night deserves to be mentioned. Probably the most commercial anime of type-moon, but I find it very enjoyable.
    – Planet Of The Beast King definitely deserves to be mentioned. Pretty solid PA/Sci-fi with just the right length.

    And that’s my wisdom for now. Next on my watch list are Blue Submarine No. 6, Golgo 13 and soultaker.

  14. Rasputin
    20/11/2010 at 22:10

    Also needs to add:
    *Noir – I thought it was very good. At least it had 0% fanservice.
    *Ergo Proxy
    *Earth Girl Arjuna

  15. whiskeywolf
    01/02/2011 at 19:15

    I liked the general idea behind Noir but somehow the rest didn’t stick. Ergo Proxy, that one I may still watch.

    Earth Girl Arjuna is a hell no on all fronts.

  16. Grief
    02/04/2012 at 02:18

    I’ve got to second Berserk.

    Black Cat – Very charming series.

    Hunter X Hunter – *The* most feelgood anime.

    Death Note

    Maybe Trinity Blood?

    Full Metal Alchemist

    5 centimeters per second (Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru) – Amazingly detailed art.

    I heard Basilisk was good too, but I only watched one episode.

  17. Rasputin
    18/08/2012 at 21:06

    Hey Whisky.
    What do you think about ”Claymore”? I am 5 episodes in and it’s pretty good stuff (have to say that episode 1 was not so good, but it picked up very soon).

    It may seem a bit emo from first glance at character artwork (at least for me) but actually show is pretty badass.

  18. whiskeywolf
    18/08/2012 at 21:22

    I didn’t watch “Claymore” but I’m very much aware of it’s existence mainly because it’s based on the manga made by Yagi Norihiro (author of the godlike “Angel Densetsu”). I’m still waiting for the Claymore manga to finish so I can start reading it, ergo I don’t want to spoil myself by watching the anime.

    EDIT: Updated the list, added “Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari”.

  19. Rasputin
    07/09/2012 at 21:14

    Can you name any good anime movies in recent years like 2009-2011 (or a bit before) except the obvious Studio Ghibli movies?

    Not that I hate classics and such, it’s just I haven’t seen any good new anime movies in recent time (I liked Summer Wars though).

  20. whiskeywolf
    07/09/2012 at 22:38

    Sorry can’t really recommend one, I don’t watch much anime those days… part of the problem is that most of it is absolutely fucking shit (somehow it managed to decline like the west’s gaming industry). The only things I watch are those by recommendation from reliable sources, not many of those around sadly.

  21. Rasputin
    11/09/2012 at 18:47

    Just watched Highlander: The Search For Vengeance.

    A nice throwback to 90s anime. And I mean, it really feels like from 90s.

    Was Ok. Sad that it didn’t had Queen soundtrack though.

    Have you seen it?

  22. whiskeywolf
    11/09/2012 at 20:09

    No, this is my first time hearing about a Highlander anime. I’m actually surprised they made one.

  23. 21/01/2013 at 18:16

    Generally love ol’ “Slayers” – all before R-E-… whatever stick of simlifying beyound bound of infinity. Well, last movie was kind of bad, too, but overall that was quite a classic fantasy/comedy. Novels were better , though (simplifying characters for sheer lulz is not always a good thing)

  24. whiskeywolf
    21/01/2013 at 20:42

    Hmm, yeah it’s past time I put “Slayers” on the list. I wounder why I didn’t do that earlier?

  25. Rasputin
    21/06/2013 at 12:14

    1. Do you like Patlabor?

    2. Also, can you update your list?

    3. Are there any animes containing good vehicular combat? (ala Mad Max, Twisted Metal)

    • whiskeywolf
      22/06/2013 at 12:37

      I watched Patlabor a long time ago, it really didn’t really catch my fancy, not to say I didn’t like it. It also comes highly recommended from multiple trusted sources of mine.

      I will try to find some time to update it this weekend.

      Vehicular combat you say? Not that I know of. I don’t recall any vehicle combat, even bad one.

  26. whiskeywolf
    23/06/2013 at 21:20

    Okay, added the following:
    – Hellsing Ultimate
    – Toradora!
    – Acchi Kocchi
    – Tiger & Bunny
    – Terra e…
    – Urusei Yatsura – Beautiful Dreamer
    – Space Ofera Agga Ruter
    – Macross Plus
    – Fullmetal Panic? Fumoffu
    – Skip Beat!
    – Sunabouzu/Dester Punk (I added it back on the list)
    – Slayers 1-3

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