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Fullmetal Alchemist

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Jul 19, 2011

10.00 (excellent) It's an epic. It's a classic. It's a timeless masterpiece.
Original and unpredictable plot. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heart-wrenching. Well-developed characters. I particularly like the 7 homunculi. Meaningful moral lesson and ends with a bright and hopeful note. All loose ends neatly tied up. It haunts you well after the last episode.
Brilliant graphics and voice acting - in both Japanese and English. Great ops and eds too :)

Spirited Away

Seen: completely; Own: completely;

Last Updated: Apr 10, 2012

10.00 (excellent) Out of all Ghibli movies, this one is definitely my favourite. This is an all-time masterpiece, and it thoroughly deserves the Oscar and all the awards it has won.
While the plot isn't anything that will drive people on edge, it sure is very engaging to watch. This is a story about self-discovery. Through her journey in the spirit world, Chihiro transformed from a whiny, timid girl into an independent person that is sure of herself. The symbolism of human greed and avarice in the form of No-Face is worth reflecting on. The seriously polluted River God as well as the reason why Haku came to work for Yubaba in the first place also prompt us to think about the way we are treating nature. All in all, Spirited Away is a movie that makes people think about a lot of things.
The soundtrack, as usual, is touching as hell. The main theme 'A Summer Day', 'Chihiro no Waltz' and the ending theme 'Itsumo Nando Demo' (Always, no matter how many times), are my favourites and they really drive me to tears. Miyazaki-sensei and Hisayishi-sensei, I salute thee.
And now, some fangirling. Haku~~~ <3<3<3<3<3 ;)

Natsume Yuujin-Chou

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Apr 07, 2012

10.00 (excellent) I saw Takashi Natsume featured in a video of top 10 male anime characters in 2011 and found him interesting so I checked out the anime. I became a fan immediately. He is surely one of the most dynamic and three-dimensional anime characters I have ever seen.
The funny thing about this anime is that, though it is not action-oriented or very exciting, I just can't stop watching it. The character development of Natsume from a lonely, isolated boy to a strong and happy person is well-handled and very heartening. All the stories of different yokais are touching. It's funny in the sense that this story can only work with a boy as the protagonist. Seeing miserable girls in tears isn't that strange. But being a boy, Takashi Natsume's emotions become much deeper. His fighting back tears, blushing or simply staring into empty space feels oddly powerful. This is an anime that speaks straight to the audience's hearts and it is precisely this that makes it so successful.

Howl's Moving Castle

Seen: completely; Own: completely;

Last Updated: Sep 09, 2012

10.00 (excellent) One of my favourite Miyazaki movies. A story with deep meaning that deals with self-esteem, love, war and many other things. Kind of resembles 'Spirited Away', but this is more 'grown-up'. Stunning artwork. Wanna swoon at the sight of Howl. Love the theme song, "The Merry-Go-Round of Life". Feels like waltzing every time I hear it :)

Steins Gate

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 09, 2012

10.00 (excellent) A masterpiece in recent years. Creating a well-handled story about time-travelling is never an easy feat, and Steins;Gate really is the creme de la creme of the sci-fi genre.
The plot seems extremely muddled and nothing makes sense in the first episode, which has surely deterred many from continue watching, but the ending clears everything up so thoroughly that the rewarding experience of watching the anime till the end almost seems like an epiphany. It is filled with emotional moments and unconventional elements so I simply can't get tired of it.
The characters are all dynamic and believably authentic. Miyano Mamoru has truly outdone himself in his portrayal of Okabe Rintarou the self-proclaimed mad scientist. The character's apparent lack of common sense and silly flair for the dramatic are delightfully conveyed, but it is the delicate expression of the his gentleness and fierce loyalty buried beneath the surface that makes his performance so impressive and applaudable. The tsundere heroine Makise Kurisu is another of my favourite character, whose selflessness is on par with her adorableness. The interaction among the characters is entertaining enough even if one's not impressed with the plot (which I highly doubt could happen).

Hetalia: Axis Powers

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Apr 07, 2012

9.75 (excellent) There are so many characters that at first it's a bit hard to recognise all of them. But soon... I can even remember all the countries' human names XDD
Very original and creative idea to personify countries and reflect their relations with each other through the characters' interaction.
The most successful thing about Hetalia is that the author managed to point out both the good and the bad things of every country humorously without being judgmental. A bit stereotypical, maybe, but that's what makes it so hilarious.
My favourite character is of course my mother country CHINA :)
I also like Hungary and Switzerland (a bit unusual). Hungary is soooo badass with her frying pan of doom and the fact that she didn't know she was a girl when she was little was just so funny! Hungary-Prussia moments are really cute~~ As for Switzerland, I guess I like him because he reminds me of Lelouch in Code Geass. Both of them are big brothers who are super protective over their little sisters XD His tsundere and trigger-happy personality is cute too :D

Nurarihyon no Mago

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Apr 07, 2012

9.75 (excellent) A story set in a yokai world in which the balance of power is a bit like the mafia world. The protagonist is the 3/4 human 1/4 yokai grandson of the current head of the strongest clan in Japan. Interesting characters, creative plot and gorgeous art. Amazing seiyuu performance, particularly that of Jun Fukuyama. Follows the original manga loyally, which I greatly appreciate. Adore the second season and impatiently waiting for the third :)

Another

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Oct 15, 2012

9.75 (excellent) I was first attracted to this anime by a wallpaper featuring the female main character Misaki Mei right here on Minitokyo. I started watching the first episode just after midnight and I just couldn't stop until I told myself that I had to catch an hour of sleep before going to school.
The dialogue at the beginning intrigued me right away. It only took about 5 seconds for me to know that this anime is no trash. The art is stunning.
The plot is thick with mystery and suspense but does not frustrate me at all. It is full of surprises and keeps me on the edge of my chair. It becomes less and less like what I have initially expected of this anime - in the good sense.
The highlight of this anime apart from the fascinating plot is, of course, the atmosphere and the mood. Dark, eerie and desolate. The repetition of pregnant silence. The croaking of crows. The echoes of footsteps. The flickering lights. The hushed conversations. All these made me hold my breath and remain as still as a statue while watching.
Marks deducted for the ending. It's not exactly bad, but I have to say that I'm a bit disappointed. The last two episodes are filled with deaths that seem unnecessary and understated. To put it simply, the killing has gone so over the top that it has lost the original subtlety which is what makes the entire ordeal so horrifying. The identity of the "Another" makes sense, but the conflict within Kouichi Sakakibara does not come through well and fails to move the audience because the emotional bond between him and the "Another" has never been mentioned in great lengths, unlike in the manga.
But on the whole, it's a beautiful and unique series that belongs to a genre that isn't frequently attempted in anime.

Princess Mononoke

Seen: completely; Own: completely;

Last Updated: Mar 06, 2012

9.75 (excellent) Another masterpiece of Miyazaki-sensei. It is simply beautiful. The best thing about this anime is definitely the moral of the story. It reflects how nature retaliates when humans become too carried away in exploiting her. It shows the impossible balance between developing human civilisation and conserving natural resources. It raises difficult questions like is Princess Mononoke's way of living really the best? Can the people in the iron-producing village really be blamed? In a nutshell, "Princess Mononoke" teaches us a lesson that mankind has yet to learn.
The theme song is ethereally breathtaking. Brilliant art, as expected of Miyazaki-sensei. I'm just a teeny bit disappointed with the relationship between Ashitaka and Princess Mononoke. It seems rather underdeveloped. But nonetheless, it is a must-watch :)

The Borrower Arrietty

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Mar 10, 2012

9.75 (excellent) This movie by Miyazaki-sensei shows how humans always treat minorities and animals. While all of us are hating on Haru in the movie, we should all think about how we ourselves have treated other creatures, and even people with different skin colours and other forms of abnormalities in history.
The friendship between Arrietty and Sho is very subtle, which makes it even more touching. The scene when they say goodbye made me cry :")
The setting of this movie really blows me away. It opens my eyes to all sorts of interesting little things in life on which I've never given much thought or attention.
And last but not least, the theme song sung and played on the harp by Cecile Corbel is extremely beautiful. It goes perfectly with the movie and the lyrics are pretty. I love the French version :)

Jormungand

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 08, 2012

9.75 (excellent) The character Koko got me into watching this. The quirky, 'snowy' (she's so white - white hair, white skin, white clothes) girl with her unfathomable smile is oddly dynamic and never ceases to surprise me. She is one of the most intriguing and compelling anime characters I've ever seen. The other characters appeared underdeveloped at first, but gradually it became apparent that the show would explore the members of Koko's team one by one.
The plot is a bit hard to understand at first (coz I'm no military expert) but it gets better and the show really starts kicking off in episode 3. I like how the setting reflects the real world and the countries interactions in the story are bases off real international situations. It makes the whole thing endlessly amusing and it also reminds us of many depressing things (child soldiers, ethnical cleansing, and of course, illegal arms trade) still happening in some parts of the world. I am up to date with the manga and I really love it. It is gratifying to see the anime remaining loyal to the manga.
Now for the down side. As I've mentioned, I'm no military expert. I heard some hardcore gun fans criticising the author's serious lack of military and arms knowledge and sometimes even I can see the gun fights don't make much sense. But still, the story more than makes up for that.

Ouran High School Host Club

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Apr 01, 2011

9.50 (excellent) It's rare for me to watch something this light-hearted. But it's surprisingly delightful. :)
Beautifully drawn. All the hosts are handsome and dashing, and Haruhi is very cute :D
My favourite is Kyoya, coz I like brainy people. And the way his glasses flashes was very cool. But the back story of Hikaru and Kaoru was the most touching (more so in the manga though). I also like Tamaki as well as his hilarious break-the-fourth-wall moments. And I really like how he was still cheerful and optimistic even though his childhood was not a happy one.
A happy ending for Tamaki and Haruhi. It's very heart-warming :D

Elfen Lied

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Jan 25, 2012

9.50 (excellent) I got to know about this anime because I heard and fell in love with the beautiful Latin song on Youtube.
Then I watched another video about the top ten craziest way to die in anime and "vector death" from Elfen Lied was on the list. The way the pink-haired, expressionless girl killed people really was crazy and I started watching the anime myself. I did not regret it.
In the first five minutes, the body count is up to 19 and the naked girl basically rips them apart limb from limb and blood splashes everywhere. Compared to this, Hellsing is like Teletubbies. It's the most messed up thing I've ever seen.
But Elfen Lied is not just about killing and trashing human bodies. Lucy/Nyu is a pitiful character and her fate is extremely tragic. The last few episodes when her past and her twisted relationship with Kouta are finally unravelled, I bawled my heart out. The storytelling is very powerful and moving.
The only thing I have to complain about is the rough artwork. Usually I find this very distracting and disappointing but somehow with Elfen Lied, I can forgive this.

Spice and Wolf

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Apr 10, 2012

9.50 (excellent) The OP in the first season so beautiful that I could weep!!!
This is a story about the journey of Lawrence the merchant and Horo the wolf. The change of relationship between them is very interesting to watch. The bickering between Lawrence and Horo is funny and sweet. Though sometimes I don't really understand the economic concepts of the plot like exchange rates and all that stuff 0___0

Kamisama Hajimemashita

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2012

9.50 (excellent) I usually prefer shounen mangas to shoujou ones, but Kamisama Hajimemashita has this special charm and sweetness that makes me adore this series.
Nanami Momozono kind of reminds me of Tohru Honda from Fruits Basket (similarities: homeless, selfless, optimistic), though she is less irritating than Tohru. Her becoming a god is a creative and amusing idea and it's fun to see her juggling her human stuff and godly duties.
And though I pride myself with my strong resistance against handsome guys, I shall allow myself a slip when it comes to Tomoe. I like how his affection for Nanami comes gradually, with his past revealed bit by bit. It's still pretty much a mystery now, but things are starting to clear up as the story comes close to the climax. I'm waiting impatiently to see how things will turn out between the girl and the fox.
And the arts, of course, is gorgeous.

Legend of the Sun Knight

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2012

9.50 (excellent) The novels (good thing they are in Chinese) are awesome. I really like the Sun Knight, who is the last person everyone would expect to be the always-smiling, compassionate, handsome and elegant Sun Knight because though he appears to fit all the above descriptions, only 'handsome' is true about this man. Under the facade he actually hates smiling, curses a lot and is very devious (but he is still a good person LOL). The plot is clever and there are crazy (in the good sense) and totally unexpected plot twists and the humour is great. The author is very creative and is not afraid to try out new things.
The style of the manhua adaption is a bit weird at first but the artist's skills seem to be improving.

Mobile Suit Gundam 00

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Apr 17, 2012

9.25 (very good) Personally I think this series is waaaaaaaay better than Seed. The story is better, the art is more beautiful, the characters are more lovable and the whole thing just makes more sense.
Like the setting and the universe of the story. It resembles our current world a lot and that makes it easier for audience to relate to the characters.
All characters have depth, and their backgrounds are all explained clearly. They all have different reasons to fight and things to fight for, and that makes me respect them a great deal. Among them all, Setsuna F. Seiei and Tieria Erde are my favourites. Apart from their badass-ness, they are the two characters that have undergone the most changes. Also, I find it both bold and admirable to make a boy of Middle-east descent the protagonist.
Love the message of the series: Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.
The action sequences are awesome. The characters look attractive. The music is good (nearly cried when listening to the one sung by the children). And to top it off, the cast is perfect (though I wanted to laugh every time I heard Kati Mannequin spoke in Conan's voice XD).
Marks deducted for some uncomfortably preachy moments and the slightly unsatisfying romance.

Detective Conan

Seen: partially

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2012

9.25 (very good) Shinichi/Conan is brilliant!!! Love Kaito Kid and Hattori Heiji as well. And Shinichi's mum simply kicks ass XD
The cases are ingenious and they don't ever repeat. Though the motives of the culprit are more or less the same.
Hilarious and light-hearted at times, but can also make viewers thoughtful about human nature.
There are only 2 things I want to complain about the series:
1. It doesn't make sense how Ran and those police officers never know the truth about Conan. And every time Ran came close to finding out, she was easily fooled into backing down or simply had some kind of convenient amnesia. Bugs me to no end.
2. The big plot (about the Black Organisation) drags on for too long. Is this series ever going to end???
But the movies are really enjoyable. Though once again, it doesn't make sense how people just don't SEE that Conan is Shinichi even after he fired a gun, skateboarded across two skycrapers, drove a speedboat, flew a plane, flew a helicopter...
Still, I really love the relationship between Shinichi and Ran. They are one of my favourite couples in the world of anime!!! <3

Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

Seen: completely

Last Updated: May 21, 2012

9.25 (very good) It's hilarious.
Seriously, Misaki is my idol XDD
She's smart, strong, independent, self-motivated, and practically a superwoman.
And the way Usui manages to tame that lioness is just soooooooo sweet!!!! (Aww...)
The graphics are very well-done, and Misaki is really cute in a maid uniform. Though the green school blazer is rather disgusting -v-
Still, I enjoyed this anime very much :)

Magic Kaito

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Feb 19, 2012

9.25 (very good) Kaito Kid has always been one of my favourite anime characters and I am so happy that he gets a series of his own!!
This series explains why and how he becomes the magician-thief that he is, and his relationship with his childhood sweetheart, Aoko Nakamori, has been deeply explored. Seriously the two of them are every bit as cute as Shinichi and Ran in Detective Conan.
The plot is funny and exciting, though I feel a bit perplexed by Akako the witch... Her presence makes the entire story very weird...
And as much as I love the 32rd OP in Detective Conan, I kinda wish they would make a new one for the Magic Kaito series...

DURARARA!!

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Mar 25, 2012

9.25 (very good) I. LOVE. THIS. ANIME!!!
Really likable characters (my favourites are, not surprisingly, Shizu-chan and Izaya-kun. But I like Celty and Shinra too XD). Awesome voice-acting (the cast is one of the things that got me watching DRRR in the first place). Wonderful theme that reflects both the bright and the dark sides of living in a city as well as reminds us that we are actually more similar to each other than we think because at the end of the day, we all belong to the same group - MANKIND :)
Marks deducted because of the ending. WHAT HAPPENED TO CELTY'S HEAD!!?? I hope there'll be a second season :(

Mirai Nikki

Seen: completely

Last Updated: May 21, 2012

9.25 (very good) This is like Hunger Games times 100 in terms of violence, bloodiness and perverseness!!!!!!! Even I (an abnormally strong-stomached and not easily scared person) feel sick (or at the very least, shocked) at some points!
The plot is ingenious. That is always the case when the story deals with the phenomenon known as the time paradox. It requires four-dimensional thinking and it's just awesome!!! Love the suspense and all that foreshadowing. Nearly choked me to death but now that all the mysteries have been uncovered, it's totally rewarding.
Marks deducted for my despising the protagonist, Yukiteru Amano. He doesn't have a spine. I know his weakness is vital for the plot, but it simply gets on my nerves. He should learn from Aru Akise, a brave and smart guy to the very end.
Love the touching ending, and oh my god... there's gonna be a second season!!!!

Kimi to Boku

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2012

9.25 (very good) Not my usual cup of tea, but I find it really relaxing and refreshing. The overall tone of this anime is soft and warm. The seiyuus' performance and even the colour palette compliment that. Each character has his/her own personality and peculiar quirks, which makes watching the interaction between the characters very amusing. It's not that I don't like my own friends, but I kind of envy the characters because their friendship is so special and sweet. All in all, this anime is a joy to watch.

Ao no Exorcist

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Apr 07, 2012

9.00 (very good) Likable characters. A rare anime that has a great plot even after it diverts from the original manga. I particularly appreciate the theme about family and friendship. The artwork is of really high quality. The blue flames are stunning. I also really appreciate the wonderful job done by the seiyuu cast. Fukuyama Jun and Daisuke Ono!!!!!

Saiunkoku Monogatari

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Apr 07, 2012

9.00 (very good) Chinese culture really deserves more appreciation :)
The story is based on the Tang Dynasty of ancient China. It was one of the most prosperous dynasties in the long history of China.
From the government structure to the fashion, all the details are carefully followed.
The characters are all really well developed and I got to know all of them well and understand how they feel.
The romance is brilliant. It is not overdone nor is it contrived. Each of Shuurei's suitors are unique and special.
Beautiful artwork and the men are all eye-candies, but the original art in the novels is still better.
Shuurei is another one of my heroes. She is hard-working and self-motivated. I like how she becomes more shrewd and not so naive as the story progresses. She is the kind of genius that isn't fed up with the world and always looks at the positive side of things. She really is an admirable person.
Love the feminism message of the story :)

GUILTY CROWN

Seen: partially

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2012

9.00 (very good) The first few seconds were all the anime took to capture my heart. The song "Euterpe" was beautiful. The melody. The lyrics. Inori's voice (provided by Chelly). It blew me away.
Plot-wise, it took a bit too long to get fully warmed up. But once things started to get interesting, the energy and pace are able to keep me engaged and gripped. The whole thing was not too original. I kept seeing shadows of Code Geass all over the place. Terrorists and the 'Power of the King' and all that. Though as the story progresses, it develops its own characteristics and tone.
Usually, I despise stories with weak protagonists. Shu seemed like one at first, but the moment I saw his eyes when he first used Inori's void, I realised he's much more interesting than he had previously let on. Though I still find his whiney manners a bit irritating at times, I see his potential in become a worthy hero.
The graphics are top-rate. And the light effects are splendid.

My Neighbor Totoro

Seen: completely; Own: completely;

Last Updated: May 21, 2012

9.00 (very good) I watched this when I was 6, which makes it my first Miyazaki movie, and it was an absolutely delightful experience. Just recalling the memory brings a little smile to my face.
I didn't understand or remember much of the story back then, except that Totoro and his friends were adorable and I wanted to hug them. Now that I'm almost triple the age when I first watched the movie, I realise My Neighbour Totoro is more of a movie for adults who have grown cynical towards the world than for little kids. Rewatching it seemed to have transported me back to childhood and I could look at the world through the pure and non-judgmental eyes of a child, only with better clarity and a higher level of thinking. I think this is the 'magic' of Miyazaki-sensei: constructing a beautiful world that triggers your raw and unadulterated emotions.

Laputa: Castle in the Sky

Seen: completely

Last Updated: May 21, 2012

9.00 (very good) Like all Miyazaki films, this one is a classic must-see, though it's not my absolute favourite (which is Spirited Away).
The beginning is admittedly a bit boring, but the story starts picking up as soon as the robot wakes up. Then when they finally reach Laputa, I was so moved that I couldn't even make sense of my emotions. It's a beautiful story that gives us a wistful glimpse of the kind of paradise our world could have become had it not been tainted by mankind's greed. The famous song "Kimi wo nosete" plucked my heartstrings and my tears wouldn't stop. And to be honest, I think the music has outdone the story and the song is the biggest reason why the movie is such a success.

Black Rock Shooter

Seen: partially

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2012

9.00 (very good) Black Rock Shooter is much cooler than I've expected! I originally thought it would be a childish show but I couldn't be more wrong.
The art and CGI are amazing and this show is just so creative that my mind has been completely blown! I love the idea that the world of Black Rock Shooter is connected to the real world in the story and whatever happens in the real world is reflected through peculiar phenomena in the world of BRS.
So far things are still rather unclear and the suspense is heavy, but the theme of friendship has already been deeply explored. I really look forward to the next episode. :)

Are You Alice

Seen: partially

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2012

9.00 (very good) Out of all the manga based on "Alice in Wonderland" I've read so far, "Are You Alice?" is my favourite. I've waited long enough for a boy to play Alice! THe suspense is heavy and really gets the story going. I can't wait to see where it goes and it would make an awesome anime.

Fate/Zero

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 08, 2012

9.00 (very good) Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night are in completely different leagues. All characters are well and adequately developed, with all the Servants' personal history clearly explained. Many of them are really likable. While some of the Masters are certainly mad, none of them is actually STUPID like Emiya Shirou in /Stay Night, which is more than I can appreciate. Still, I find Kotomine Kirei's characterisation a bit queer, and I wish it was better explained through flashbacks just as how Emiya Kiritsugu's character setup is handled.
The plot of /Zero is much more satisfactory, with lots of unexpected twists and emotional moments, though it inevitably declines in quality nearing the end because the events have to lead up to those in /Stay Night. It kind of leaves a sour taste, but /Zero itself is not to blame. I particularly enjoy the banquet of the three kings and their debate on what it means to be king. It adds philosophical depths to the story and contributes much to highlighting the characters' differing ideals.
The art has improved and is stunning, and the first ED refuses to get out of my head. Not that I want it to.

Hellsing

Seen: partially

Last Updated: Apr 07, 2012

8.75 (very good) I'm referring to Hellsing Ultimate here and not the original anime, which is so crappy that it shouldn't even be considered as canon.
It is a highly creative sequel to Bram Stoker's "Dracula". REAL vampires (not sparkling ones filled with angst), ghouls, Nazis, blood, gore, huge guns... Cool and exciting. But then later on I realise it's more than these. A few tearjerking moments, especially when certain important deaths happen. I also sympathise with Alucard more when his personal history is revealed. Unexpected major plot twist near the end, and when the long-awaited Girlycard finally came out I was like HELL YES KICK THAT MOTHERF***ER'S ASS!!!
Fair artwork, though I think it's getting better and better. VERY BLOODY, but that's fine with me.
Once again I have to mention how glad I am that they abandoned the original crap and remade the whole thing into OVAs and based them on the manga.

BTOOOM!

Seen: first

Last Updated: Oct 05, 2012

8.75 (very good)

Zero no Tsukaima

Seen: partially

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2012

8.75 (very good)

Pandora Hearts

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Feb 22, 2012

8.75 (very good) The style is rather similar to that of Black Butler, though the mood is not as dark. And I must say, the clothes in Black Butler are more beautiful, though admittedly I think the characters in Pandora Hearts are cuter :P
The characters are very interesting. I just love the allusion to Alice in Wonderland. Their background stories are quite detailed and I find myself sympathising and admiring Oz Vessalius a great deal for his optimistic personality even after what he has been through. And Alice is simply CUTE~ But I find her background story particularly underdeveloped. I kept waiting for the explanation for Jack Vessalius's presence in her memory but it never came.
Plot-wise, I think Pandora Hearts is another typical anime that leaves many loose ends untied. Many things went unexplained. Or perhaps they are going to make another season? If that is the case and if they do a great job with that, I will certainly be a lot more generous with the score I give to this series. :)

Kiki's Delivery Service

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Apr 07, 2012

8.75 (very good) One of Miyazaki-sensei's earlier works and more suitable for young children, but still a delight to watch :)
I like Kiki's adventurous, bold and sort of happy-go-lucky personality. She is a fun person and I would love being around her. She has grown up and matured after experiencing the witch version of something commonly known as a writer's block. I'm sure everyone has gone through this at some point of their lives, be them writers, painters, musicians, inventors, etc. Sometimes no matter how hard we try, we just can't feel satisfied with what we do. We get fed up and lose our confidence. This movie teaches us when we encounter such obstacle, we should simply relax and take a break. It's a simple lesson that all of us need to learn :D

Black Lagoon

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 08, 2012

8.75 (very good) I couldn't resist trying Black Lagoon after seeing some people compare it to Jormungand (which I absolutely adore) while some regard such comparison as an insult for Black Lagoon. I just had to decide for myself. And in the end, I've reached the conclusion that the resemblance between the two anime was merely superficial (guns, badass females and shady deals) but personally I prefer Jormungand's more global and classy exposition to Black Lagoon's more centralised and 'vulgar' (albeit probably realistic) setting.
As a character-driven anime, Black Lagoon certainly has a fair share of intriguing characters. Rock is certainly interesting, and I cheered him on during some of his crowning moments of awesome, but his indecision and inability to adapt (which may appear as defiance of staying uncorrupted to some) bother me, especially during the last arc in Japan. Revy is likable, but I generally tend to hold a certain degree of contempt for extremely hot-blooded people like her. And Roberta the terminator maid is kind of ridiculous. Balalaika, the CIA nun and Mr Chang are by far my favourites.
The problem with Black Lagoon is that sometimes I feel it sacrifices too much plot development and substance for the sake of producing tense and thrilling action scenes. I would have enjoyed the show a great deal more had the subtle balance between story and action been better maintained.

Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Apr 27, 2013

8.75 (very good) Quite a heart-breaking movie about the growth of children. The mother in the story is honestly a superwoman or something. Single-handedly raise two extremely demanding children who have completely opposite personalities. It certainly makes one admire and feels highly indebted and thankful to one's mother.

K Project

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Apr 27, 2013

8.50 (very good) Complete eye-candy in terms of style. Simple storyline. Intriguing premise. The plot twist is unexpected. All star cast <3

Zetsuen no Tempest

Seen: first

Last Updated: Oct 05, 2012

8.50 (very good)

Inu x Boku SS

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Apr 17, 2012

8.50 (very good) A very strange series that's rather hard to catagorise. A crossover between butlers and yokai. Interesting and adorable characters, but the main couple are constantly outshone by the supporting characters. Great seiyuus. Mamoru Miyano and Kana Hanazawa :)
I originally expected this to be just another silly girly romance but... Well, it actually IS a girly romance, but I won't call it SILLY coz the characters keeps surprising me. And there is this certain sweetness and heart-warming quality to this show that I can't really explain...
Love the different EDs in each episodes.

Fruits Basket

Seen: completely

Last Updated: May 21, 2012

8.25 (good) I kept seeing anime fans saying that if one liked OHSHC, one would also like Fruits Basket. So being a fan of OHSHC, it was only natural that I accept the recommendation of more experienced anime watchers.
I won't go as far as to say that I don't like this anime, but somehow it just doesn't draw me in that much. The story is sweet, the humour is nice, the characters are cute and the little message brought out in Tohru's interaction with each member of the Sohma family is great. However, Tohru sometimes really gets on my nerves with her clueless and at times down right stupid altruism. Plus, sometimes the messages are just too obviously conveyed that the blaring lack of subtlety makes the show awkward and patronising. Another reason that I'm not as attracted to the story might be that the legend of the 12 animal zodiacs to me is like what "Three Little Pigs" is to most people, seeing that I'm Chinese.
But on the whole, it's still a nice and sometimes really heart-warming show.

Gunslinger Girl

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Apr 27, 2013

8.25 (good) I like how the show doesn't glorify or fetishise the idea of girls using guns and instead focuses on the emotional side of things. It's quite strange how such a violent show manages to keep up a relaxing tone. Great character development, but wish the mentors are more explored on.

Dogs: Bullets and Carnage

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Apr 07, 2012

8.00 (good) Tightly-packed, non-stop action. Intriguing characters that seem unrelated at the beginning but whose fates will eventually cross one and other. Though I must say Heine Rammsteiner stands out too much from the other three main characters and it is rather hard to pay attention to the other three though they are also interesting. That is partly due to Takahiro Sakurai being his seiyuu, but mostly it is because of his uber-coolness.
I have read the manga and I find the OVAs not enough to satisfy me. I hope they will make a canon anime in the future :)

One-Half Prince

Seen: completely

Last Updated: May 22, 2012

8.00 (good) The novels are written by the author of Legend of the Sun Knight so it's guaranteed to have really original plot, odd but lovable characters and wacky humour. One-Half Prince is about a girl purposefully choosing a bishi male avatar when playing a virtual adventure game and ends up becoming a big boss with lots of females (and gay men) swooning over her (him?).
The style of the manhwa actually resembles manga a lot so it's quite enjoyable and fun to read.

Sword Art Online

Seen: partially

Last Updated: Sep 09, 2012

7.75 (good) So far a rather generic story with rather generic characters. The action is nice and the art is gorgeous. The setting is appealing but uncreative and inoriginal.

Trinity Blood

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Mar 12, 2012

7.50 (good) At first this anime seems really promising. It kind of resembles Hellsing, with both Abel Nightroad and Alucard being vampires that hunt on other vampires. But the art of Trinity Blood is prettier and the naming of characters and organisations cleverer. But ultimately I am disappointed. This anime does not do the novel or even the manga justice. Lilith's name is never mentioned. She just appeared in the very very last episode without any explanation. The reason why Abel hates Cain so much to the point that he must kill him has never been explained either. The ending is extremely lame and leaves too much loose ends. The flashbacks are disorganised, abrupt and don't make much sense. And Esther becomes a completely useless, redundant and annoying character in the entire anime. She whines, prays, fangirls over Abel, cries, yells, almost kills an ambassador, almost kills Abel, then finally becomes the Queen of Albion. WTF. Epic fail.

Baron: The Cat Returns

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Mar 10, 2012

7.50 (good) A funny and lighthearted film by Studio Ghibli. The plot is a bit too simple and thin for my taste, but I believe it's still a jolly good fun for kids. I kept waiting for something to happen between the Baron and Haru but nothing did... The chemistry is a bit wasted.
The ending theme is cheerful and it brings a smile to my face every time I listen to it :)

Code: Breaker

Seen: partially

Last Updated: Oct 15, 2012

7.50 (good)

07-Ghost

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Apr 07, 2012

7.25 (above average) Charming characters, though there's too much BL stuff for my taste. The story is interesting, though the entire plot was still rather under-developed. I hope there's a season 2.
Brilliant artwork and great music. Love the "Raggs Requiem" by Noria. It's a soothing tune that sticks to your head without being annoying.

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