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Anime In 2014 (1/3)

Was initially planning on making this list at the end of the year but figured it would get way too long and I would have forgotten everything by then.
1Active Child

Darker Than Black OVA (2010; Mystery, Supernatural) - The OVA ruined the series for me, even though I wasn't a big fan of the original show itself. Really can't remember much about this except for the stupid plot twist of turning the quiet girl into some sort of Messiah. Wonder where I've heard that twist before. Rating: 4.7
An Awesome Wave

Voices of a Distant Star (2002; Romance, Sci-fi) - One of Shinkai Makoto's earliest works that I think served as a prelude for his future works - it's much of the same (teenage romance, distance, loneliness) but with a low budget, plain characters, uninteresting mix of genres (there was a random mecha fight for who knows why). Definitely not worth the watch unless you're interested in seeing where Makoto started from. Rating: 5.4
3Bombay Bicycle Club
A Different Kind of Fix

Kaiji (2008; Psychological, Thriller) - Thought this would have been an awesome show since it sounded quite similar to Liar Game but this turned out to be a pretty big disappointment - shallow characters, weak and overused plot, uninspired villains, bad character design: even the game elements, which were supposed to sell the show, didn't come off as smart and intuitive most times. Some originality in the types of games though. Rating: 6.1
4Bon Iver
Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Darker Than Black (2007; Mystery, Supernatural) - Enjoyable watch - had great production value, some nice fights, good pacing. Show lacked a lot of context though and rarely provided reasoning for why things happened and that's something that I cannot accept. A lot of the characters also felt overdone to me, and whenever they forced a sob story onto them, it was hard to take the show seriously. Rating: 7.2
I Don't Want To Be Anywhere But Here

Gankutsuous (2004; Drama, Sci-fi) - A modern adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo. The age of the story definitely shows, but the sci-fi elements added were a very nice touch. The show had a great anti-hero (is that what he was?), although I do feel he wasn't given a fitting ending. Aside from the atypical visuals and the aforementioned protagonist, not much else stood out from the anime: from what I remember, the supporting cast was pretty bland and they made really stupid decisions. Rating: 7.3

Monster (2005; Mystery, Drama) - Let me just preface this by saying Monster could have easily been one of my favourite shows but three things ruined this for me: (i) Tenma (anyone who says Shinji from NGE is the worst protagonist in all anime has clearly not seen Monster), (ii) Episode 38 (hands down the worst anime episode I have ever seen), (iii) Lack of context (this seems to be a recurring problem for me, but I despise it when a show makes claims and never justifies/rationalizes them). Rating: 7.3
7Everything Everything

The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004; Romance, Sci-fi) - Another one of Makoto's work but this time, it's done much better: a stronger cast with more realistic and fleshed out characters, a story that seems to know its objective, beautiful visuals and a nice background sci-fi story to boot. Rating: 7.5
Small Victories

Time of Eve (2010; Sci-fi, Slice of Life) - Gorgeous movie with sincere moments that brings up some pretty interesting questions regarding humans vs. androids. Only real downside is the annoying nature of quite a few characters - an older cast would have been more befitting of this story. Rating: 8.1
9How To Dress Well
Total Loss

Infinite Ryvius (1999; Drama, Space) - Think Lord of the Flies but in space this time and with high school characters - lots of angst but it works so well. Was great seeing the characters drive themselves to insanity. Once again, a few extremely annoying characters/moments pulls this down, tagged along with the fact that the show was a bit too ambitious for its own good. Rating: 8.4
10Justin Timberlake
The 20/20 Experience

Kino's Journey (2003; Adventure, Slice of Life) - Think Mushi-shi but with a young girl and a talking motorcycle. The main difference is probably that while Mushi-shi looks at internal strifes and interpersonal relationships, Kino's Journey observes the states of society in different settings. Show reminded me a lot about things I discussed in my philosophy classes. Rating: 8.5

Garden of Words (2013; Romance) - This is the last Makoto movie on the list, I swear! Not much to say about this one since it's pretty much the same as the rest of his movies but I'm such a sucker for them that I can't help but love them. This movie has the most beautiful animation I've seen and I don't expect that to change until his next movie comes out. Rating: 8.5

Aoi Bungaku Series (2009; Short Stories) - 6 adaptations of famous Japanese literary work - never thought I'd like it but turned out to be surprisingly good and definitely interesting. Good watch for those who have never read any Japanese literature but would like to get an idea of what their modern classics are like. Rating: 8.5
13S. Carey
Range of Light

Welcome to the NHK! (2006; Comedy, Drama) - A very honest look at depression, although the "comedy" does tend to get in the way and ruin the show quite a few times. Rating: 8.5

Kaiba (2008; Adventure, Sci-fi) - Only way I can describe this is as a visual experiment. The show has a very interesting, albeit unoriginal, universe but it's endearing in almost all aspects (cast, music, situations, dialogue). Rating: 8.6
15Utada Hikaru
Deep River

Mushi-shi (2005; Adventure, Fantasy) - Already made a list about this one because of how great it was - very honest and twinkly stories. Rating: 9.1
16Vampire Weekend
Modern Vampires of the City

Kemonozume (2006; Romance, Supernatural) - Fluid animation, lovely cast all-round, great sense of humour, blast of a finale: all that this show brings to mind is fun. Rating: 9.2
17Vancouver Sleep Clinic

Ergo Proxy (2006; Sci-fi, Mystery) - Thinking this might be my favourite anime so far, right besides FullMetal Alchemist. Excellent cast (with Pino being my favourite child-character of all time), excellent plot whose focus is to examine the essence of what makes someone, or even something, a human, odd-pacing that shifts between information-filled episodes and empty-spaced episodes, and add to that one of the most impactful endings where everything clicks together in the last 15 seconds of the show. Rating: 9.7
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