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Anime I jammed this year

So last year I did a list like this and it was fun so I'm doing it again. I currently have a pretty severe case of writer's block, so I've just not been around at all. Umm, so yeah this is shit I watched this year (rather than being stuff that came out this year), I watched like half as much as usual cause I just didn't feel as interested as I was in the past, so I've included a movies section separate from the series part to make the list bigger. The stuff I ended up checking ranged from absolutely bitchin to fucking embarrassingly awful with very little in between. So, yeah idk. Where there wasn't an appropriate album associated with the show, i've just replaced it with stuff that I like. I’m doing this now cause I’m never going to finish Great Teacher Onizuka by the end of the year and I also want to watch Life on Mars so yeah may as well just do this now.
31Cocteau Twins

Yojuu Toshi (Wicked City): … christ almighty. I think there might have been a movie under all of the DEMON HENTAI but I’m still not sure it was a very good one. The writing was superbly cheesy and boring… but I guess at least the artwork was kinda cool, very nostalgic feeling. Lots of blue tones. Don’t watch this. 4/10

Tenshi no Tamago (Angel’s Egg): So, if you enjoy movies with like 20 lines of dialogue then this is amazing. For someone like me that doesn’t usually watch this sort of thing, it’s more about the charm of the art and the animation then anything else. This film is highly atmospheric, strangely haunting but probably a little far out of my comfort zone. 7/10
29Joe Hisaishi
My Neighbor Totoro

Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbour Totoro): So besides being one of the most iconic films of all time, what else is My Neighbour Totoro? Umm… a really charming film to show to your kids or your little siblings or cousins I guess. 8/10
28Kenji Kawai
Ghost in the Shell: Original Soundtrack

Ghost in the Shell: Cyberpunk masterpiece. Artistic genius. Amazing story… ok nearly an amazing story, you know, if it actually felt like you got more than a quarter of the way through it. But what Ghost in the Shell doesn’t quite achieve in that area, it makes up for a millionfold with atmosphere and particularly with philosophy. 8/10
27Kashiwa Daisuke
Kotonoha no Niwa Soundtrack CD

Kotonoha no Niwa (The Garden of Words): Pretty tough competition in the running for cutest film ever and the most breathtaking animation ever. All the small things in The Garden of Words are so painstakingly detailed that it’s practically more realistic than the actual thing. A great short film (well, technically it’s long enough to qualify as a feature length). 9/10
26Kinoko Teikoku
Fake World Wonderland

Perfect Blue: Satoshi Kon really knows how to make a bizarre flick make complete sense at the end. Perfect Blue is a brilliant criticism of Japan’s consumerist society in relation to how women in show business are viewed. It attempts to show the way idols are controlled, especially by men and the way they are viewed by their fanatics (again, primarily men) and it does it in a way that makes the film feel like one big fever dream. However, it still flows perfectly and isn’t particularly difficult to follow. 9/10
25Simon and Garfunkel
Bridge Over Troubled Water

Tekkon Kinkreet: One of the most beautifully vibrant animations ever. Taiyo Matsumoto’s illustrations translated perfectly onto screen, dragging you down into the colourful guts of Treasure Town. There’s corruption, there’s corporations, there’s the innocence of childhood and there’s gang life. It’s all a big, colourful world with black and white at the centre. Or something. Buy the manga, it’s great. 9/10
24Kenji Kawai
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence OST

Ghost in the Shell -Innocence- : So I’m full of unpopular opinions when it comes to anime. Ghost in the Shell, cyberpunk masterpiece but you know what? Not a particularly strong story, feels really half-baked. Innocence? Problem solved. 10/10
23Joe Hisaishi
Spirited Away

Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away): Ok, let’s address this objectively. So basically this is an animation and fantasy masterpiece about a girl whose parents turn into pigs and then she gets stuck in the spirit world and becomes imprisoned in a bath house by an old witch and there’s this big, fantastic adventure and there’s a romance angle and also the whole thing is (maybe) a metaphor for prostitution aaaaaaand it’s a kids movie?!?!?!?! So yeah, it’s an 11/10
22Geinoh Yamashirogumi
Symphonic Suite Akira

Akira: This went from a really good movie to my favourite movie ever in zero seconds tbh. Everything about this is just legendary. From the iconic artwork with its vibrant and painstaking night scenes to the phenomenal soundtrack and the action driven, adrenaline pumping story. Akira is just everything a movie needs to be and everything you didn’t know a movie needed to be. 10/10
21Moi dix Mois

Dance in the Vampire Bund: Now, here, I found myself realising something that having watched Blood -c, I never thought I’d find myself ever saying. But, here I go: this is the worst anime I have ever seen and probably ever will see. This is quite literally worse than Mars of Destruction, cause this shit isn’t even ironically funny or justifiably inept. Could not finish this. The entire thing is basically just one big cry for help from the director like “help, I’m a paedophile!” Writing, art, story; all beyond awful. 0/10
20Etienne Sin
The Art of Stealing Hearts

Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou: I haven’t forced myself all the way to the end, but I’ve read most of the manga, so i know for a fact that this just keeps digging itself deeper. This is quite possibly some of the worst shit you will ever watch. What this is, in a nutshell, is super over marketed and easily distributed fetish porn. There is a total of zero depth to this in any sense. The most one dimensional anime ever created and ever will exist. There is actually no way at all to justify this, no arguments, there aren’t any. You can’t, nothing about this is good and I’m not even talking in a premise sense, I mean literally every aspect of this is garbage. 1/10
19Diamanda Galas
The Divine Punishment

Corpse Party -Tortured Souls- : Nope, no words. 1/10
18Steven Wilson
Grace for Drowning

Clannad: Look out, unpopular opinion here but this is awful. No really, it is. This is basically the Steven Wilson of anime. I like Steven Wilson but w/e it works for the analogy kinda. This show is forced as shit, the writing is embarrassing, the characters are stupid, everything is goofy and would you like a drink with your fanservice? Have you ever played poker with all the cards face up? Cause that’s what this is. 1/10
17Soundtrack (Anime)

Jormungand: This is shite. Like wow it doesn’t even deserve to be talked about. Take everything good about Black Lagoon and just waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaater it the fuck down and you’ve got this basically. Oh and play the cheesy child soldier angle too, that’ll be good! 3/10
16Rookiez is Punk'd
From Dusk Till Dawn

Durarara!! X2: Durarara!! was actually one of my earliest introductions to anime and I love it. But this so far has been a fucking mess, it really has. I haven’t even managed to finish it yet cause it’s just such a clusterfuck. So much going on and so little time for it to be going on in. 3/10
Today is a Beautiful Day

Bakemonogatari: Ok wow, do you know what was really, really dumb? Like, pretty much everything right down the middle of this show. The relationship building between Araragi and Senjougahara and their dialogue was actually really interesting and you know what? That was basically all that was interesting. So, they basically write them out for ¾ of the show and then everything in between is really boring and then they write it back in for right at the end and it’s interesting again for a little bit. 6/10
14Beat Crusaders
P.O.A.: Pop on Arrival

Beck -Mongolian Chop Squad- : So, I really, really wanted to like this more. It’s pretty cool, it’s not all that ridiculous. But, god, the romance angle is so jarring that I just can’t. I don’t have a lot to say here, it’s good but the romance was honestly really jarring tbh imo. 6/10
13David Bowie
Hunky Dory

Trigun: Trigun is an anime that is a thing. So basically, like, Vash the Stampede is meant to be like this really nice guy who’s op af but he’s also secretly done some not so nice stuff and he’s trying to stop his evil brother, who is also op af, who killed their sister or something from destroying the world and… wait… holy shit Trinity Blood completely ripped this off! 7/10
12Yoko Kanno
The Vision of Escaflowne - Lovers Only

Tenkuu no Escaflowne (The Vision of Escaflowne): Introducing, the only universe in which you will have any actual practical use for a deck of tarot cards. The Vision of Escaflowne is an odd sort of gem, not the brightest star in the sky, but it's definitely nice. I would recommend it to people new to anime, or hey, any body might like it, though it probably helps to be a young girl...... you know, the actual target audience. 7/10

Texhnolyze: Brilliant atmosphere, strong message, held back by being boring as shit for the first half. You've heard of shows that are a little slow to start, but when they kick into gear, they kick into gear? Well, this is the pinnacle of that. It's worth the wait in the end but oh wow is the first half slow. 7/10
10Yoko Kanno
Zankyou no Terror Original Soundtrack

Zankyou no Terror: Wonderful directing, wonderful music, wonderful artwork. In fact, There isn’t a hell of a lot wrong with Zankyou no Terror. Unfortunately, what is wrong with it held it back quite a bit for me and that was it’s characters. For me, I felt the characters were kinda vague for most of the show. Five in particular was a very wishy-washy anime villain and I felt it kinda took away from the atmosphere a little in contrast to the other characters. But, I mean, overall good shit, just could have done with a little more time to itself. 7/10
9Dir En Grey

Baki the Grappler: This show is far more enjoyable and entertaining then it has any right to be. The animation is pretty piss poor and gets worse in the second season (it's produced by the same company that made Gilgamesh, so go figure) but honestly it's kind of endearing. This show has the most ridiculously overpowered characters you will ever see, but you will root for them anyway. Like, you will enjoy this even though it's the dumbest shit. The second season is highly entertaining too, quite a bit more than the first. 7/10

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica (Puella Magi Madoka Magica): I think what I liked the most about this was the fact that it took a really generic and homogeneous genre like magical girls and gave it an actual consequence; gave all the bullshit some collateral. Like, you know, if they're gonna all be op af, make it hard for them. Make them think about what they're sacrificing. 8/10
Power of Life

Death Parade: Aside from the art being absolutely gorgeous, this is actually a really good show to just have a quick watch of. I do admit, there are quite a few flaws about it, but honestly I reckon it's enjoyable enough overall to ignore them. This is easily one of the strongest anime in recent memory. 8/10
6Yoko Kanno
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex OST Vol 1

Ghost in the Shell -Stand Alone Complex- : So I actually haven't gotten around to watching all the other copious spin-offs, but this as it's own thing really is pretty enjoyable. But, you know, ignoring the fact that Ghost in the Shell exists, cause this is something completely different. The characters are pretty far removed and the art... oh my goodness the art coming off of the movies and into this was so jarring. But hey, you enjoy what you do. 8/10
5Lost Weekend
Lost Weekend

Ah! Megami-sama! (Ah! My Goddess!): So the story here is that I found this in a store for $15 and you know, I'm losing money if I don't buy it, right? So anyway, I bought it and watched it and goddamn it's so cute. Like, it's just so harmlessly cute but in a good way. Like, damn the mc is one unlucky fuck and I mean the whole thing is just so heart-warming idek. The writer's block is stopping me from making any actual constructive critism atm. 8/10

Check the placeholder album, solid indie rock/pop from this year that got no votes.
4Ling Tosite Sigure
Enigmatic Feeling

Psycho Pass 2: Apparently this isn't catching such hot opinions, but fuck that noise, I enjoyed this more than the original series. I felt that the shorter length trimmed out all the fat nicely and made it a far more immediately enjoyable affair. 9/10
3The Seatbelts
Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop: Introducing an anime that really is beyond introduction at this point is pretty pointless, so I wont. All I'll say is that yes, it is as good as people say. Yes, if you haven't seen it, watch it. It's a lot of fun and has tonnes of replay value. So yeah, check it. I’m pretty sure Shinichiro Watanabe is a genius or something and so is Yoko Kanno. 9/10
2maudlin of the Well
My Fruit Psychobells... A Seed Combustible

Aoi Bungaku: A fascinating collection of classic Japanese literature. Each story left me intrigued to read all of the featured works, even the two that were only given 1 episode to be told through. The addition of giving background on each of the stories in place of an opening theme song was a brilliant touch too and made the experience all the more enjoyable. 10/10
1Nujabes/Fat Jon

Samurai Champloo: Samurai Champloo is the most beautifully anachronistic thing ever. Despite working perfectly to create on of the funniest snapshots of all time, you can simultaneously feel how completely awkward the marriage between feudal Japan and hip-hop culture actually is and how very, very different they are. Everything about Samurai Champloo is the essence of cool, with each of the three central characters embodying their own flavour of it. Above all else, Samurai Champloo is also a prime example of how a series of individual incidents tied together loosely by a background premise can work just as well and even better than something that continuously builds towards something. Story, character development and atmosphere is never sacrificed. 10/10
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