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Anime Series I've Seen
List creator: JTurner1
Created on: April 16, 2004 - 7:12 AM PDT
Description: And What I thought of them, too!

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Record of Lodoss War - Collector's Set (Disc 1 of 2) (1990)
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  I absolutely LOVE this series. As a fan of FINAL FANTASY III and fantasy in general, Record of Lodoss War sucked me in. Even though it's an older series with a low cel count, the characters are well-developed, the story meticulously crafted...
Record of Lodoss War - Collector's Set (Disc 2 of 2) (1990)
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  ...if sometimes a little jumpy (we start at the middle portion, before going back to the beginning), and all in all, it's great fun. Highly recommended.
Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight Boxed Set (Disc 1 of 4) (1998)
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  No, it's not a sequel, but an interesting remake of the aforementioned OVA. This 26-part TV series actually begins less than promisingly, as the first eight episodes basically rewrite the battle with Shooting Star. If you were used to how it was...
Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight Boxed Set (Disc 2 of 4) (1998)
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  ...portrayed in the OVA, it may be a little jarring to get used to it. However, things pick up gradually when the story jumps ahead another 10 years later, where we are introduced to Spark, whose quest is to stop the Dark Wizard, Wagnard, from...
Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight Boxed Set (Disc 3 of 4) (1998)
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  ...awakening Kardis, the Goddess of Destruction. Although not as good as the OVA (in my opinion anyway), the animation weak, and the LODOSS ISLAND episodes at the end regrettable, this is a fun, enjoyable...
Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight Boxed Set (Disc 4 of 4) (1998)
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  ...fantasy series in its own right. Recommended, in spite of its flaws.
Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Vol. 1 - The Adventure Begins (1990)
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Not Rated
  Many fans often liken this show to Miyazaki's CASTLE IN THE SKY. It's easy to see why: the story was originally crafted by Miyazaki himself, which is why it bears many similarities to Miyazaki's 1986 classic. However, the show was done by GAINAX...
Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Vol. 2: The Dark Kingdom (1989)
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  ...under the direction of Hideaki Anno. It's an uneven series; although the characters are endearing and the animation brilliant, the show doesn't always stay afloat. Fortunately, it gets off to a great start: the first eight episodes...
Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Vol. 3 - Aboard the Nautilus (1989)
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  ...which comprise the first two DVDs are brilliant, as are the next 14 episodes, aka the Nautilus episodes, which begin on this DVD, continue on for two more installments...
Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Vol. 4: Battleground (1989)
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Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Vol. 5 - Nemo's Fortress (2001)
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Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Vol. 6 - The Deep Blue Sea (2001)
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  ...and conclude on the first half of this volume. Unfortunately, the show goes downhill, for GAINAX was pressured into extending the episode count of this show to 39, resulting in the "infamous island episodes", which start on this DVD...
Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Vol. 7: Nadia's Island (1989)
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  ...and get gradually worse on this volume. The Lincoln Island Episodes, in particular, should have been cut. The only time the story moves along is when the kids migrate to a floating island about 3/4 of the way through, but not before...
Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Vol. 8 - The Secret Cave (2001)
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  ...character stupidities, rushed and very poor plotting and animation, and worse follow. Only on this DVD do the filler episodes go somewhere (on episodes 30 & 31), but the following African episodes are the pits. Seriously. They should have been cut.
Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Vol. 9 - Nadia in Love (1989)
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  The first episode on this DVD wraps up the awful African arc (in such a way that its mere existance is all the more ridiculous), and after an OK but flawed "musical" episode, things get much better with the final five episodes. They end the show a lot...
Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Vol. 10 - The Prophecy Fulfilled (1989)
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  ...stronger than it starts, and literally blow the filler episodes out of the water as if they never happened. All in all, a decent watch, but be warned, there are some episodes that are totally intolerable.
Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:1 (1995)
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  GAINAX's second Anime TV show also happens to be their most popular ever. It's considered to be director Hideaki Anno's personal creation, too. It shares many resemblences to Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, but while there are no filler...
Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:2 (1995)
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  ...episodes which threaten to sink the show, Evangelion has a darker, and essentially sadder story. Its characters are very flawed, almost unlikable at times (with the exception of Misato) dealing with tangible emotions in a post-apocalyptic...
Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:3 (1995)
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Not Rated
  ...Tokyo-3. As a character study, Evangelion is amazing, and, for the most part, the show is engrossing to watch and engaging. Unlike Nadia, however, the plotting is very labyrinthe and, around the middle half, delves into a series...
Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:4 (1995)
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Not Rated
  ...of puzzling questions which are thrown at us but remain almost completely unanswered. And the last two episodes are both weird and unsatisfying, having almost nothing to do with the plot but with the central protagonist's inner demons. These...
Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:5 (1995)
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  ...infamous episodes were eventually remade as theatrical movies, most notably End of Evangelion, which is darker, grittier, and potentially far more confusing and disjointed than the way the ending was originally "resolved". Chances are you...
Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:6 (1995)
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  ...may find this series to live up to the overwhelming hype which surrounds it. Chances are you may hate it. Chances are you probably won't care less. I honestly cannot consider myself a big fan of Evangelion; for the most part I liked what I...
Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:7 (1995)
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  ...saw, but I was pretty disappointed at its lack of a good conclusion. As such, this series ranks as a decent, but flawed production. It does have a lot of positive merits and its characters are interesting, but be warned, the plot is the...
Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:8 (1995)
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  ...kind that will almost leave you in the dark, particularly toward the end.
His and Her Circumstances Vol. 1: Appearance of a Normal Life (1998)
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  Two competing high school students find themselves drawn to each other, and eventually decide to abandon their "perfectionist" images in favor of being themselves. This GAINAX series is outrageously funny, full of a lot of heart, engaging, and...
His and Her Circumstances Vol. 2: Love and War Under the Cherry Blossoms (2002)
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  ...for a long while, it is a total delight. The characters are likeable and easy to identify with, but its the style of the animation which will have you on the floor. It switches unexpectedly and unpredictably from style to style. One moment, we're...
His and Her Circumstances Vol. 3: Another Life, Less Ordinary (2002)
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  ...badly drawn Saturday morning cartoon news strip cartoons, the next, we see super-deformed versions of our characters. This works wonderfully as we see the characters' multi-faceted personalities and relationships unfold....
His and Her Circumstances Vol. 4: Formulation of Truth and Sentiment (1998)
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  ...Unfortunately, as with Evangelion, His and Her Circumstances all but collapses at the end. In other words, it just appears to, well, stop all of a sudden, leaving many points unresolved. Too bad, because this show has one too many...
His and Her Circumstances Vol. 5: Alterations and New Perspectives (2003)
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  ...precious moments to even be hampered by one such flaw. Still, it's mostly watchable and highly recommended.
Rurouni Kenshin OVA Vol. 1: Trust (2000)
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Not Rated
  Also known as Samurai X, this four-part OVA series about an assassin whose murderous ways are transformed through his dealings with a beautiful woman is surprisingly good. The animation is gorgeous and breathtaking, rivaling that of Ghibli's...
Rurouni Kenshin OVA Vol. 2: Betrayal (1999)
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  ...the story powerful and meaningful, and, although violent, it's at least not overdone. Unlike the titles I mentioned in this list, however, the English dubbing is disappointingly lame. Still, this OVA is highly recommended.
Macross Plus Vol. 1: Parts 1 & 2 (1982)
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  Meh... I was pretty underwhelmed by this one. Although it has great production values and music by Yoko Kanno, its storyline is less than appealing, and the characters are not all that sympathetic. And the English dubbing, sadly, didn't impress me....
Macross Plus Vol. 2: Parts 3 & 4 (1992)
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  ...all that much. On the whole, I cannot recommend Macross Plus, but chances are that you may find this to be up your alley. I just didn't enjoy this one as much as I would have liked to.
Serial Experiments Lain Vol. 1: Navi (1998)
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  This incredibly dense, surreal cybertech drama about a young girl torn between the real world and the "computer world" she's really from has great production values and is engrossing to watch. However, it's much too confusing, plot-wise. I probably...
Serial Experiments Lain Vol. 2: Knights (1998)
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  ...would have liked this series a lot more if at least some effort was made to make the story more sensible, and if the ending was less cold and abrupt. For Sci-Fi and Anime buffs only....
Serial Experiments Lain Vol. 3: Deus (1998)
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  ...but I probably won't bring myself to watch it again.
Serial Experiments Lain Vol. 4: Reset (1998)
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M.D. Geist - Director's Cut/Death Force (1986)
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  I can't imagine why this poorly animated, dubbed, directed, executed, nasty, mean-spirited OVA would spawn an American made sequel for our shores. It is truly HIDEOUS. Don't watch it, period.
Love Hina Vol. 1: Moving In (2001)
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  Ouch, Love Hina hurts indeed! Gorgeous animation and high production values are wasted in this 26-part "comedy" series about a young college undergraduate who becomes the manager to an all-girl's dorm... in which the girls are some of the most...
Love Hina Vol. 2: Go West! (2002)
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  ...gorgeous but rambunctious, nasty, mean-spirited (not to mention physically abusive), and narrow-minded bitches anyone can imagine. While there are indeed some funny moments (the best of which is a parody of the Japanese RPG Dragon Quest)...
Love Hina Vol. 3: Secret Lives (2002)
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  ...the series suffers miserably from character behaviors which are so despicably stupid that one cannot suspend his/her disbelief. Added to which there are one too many scenes where we see our "hero" getting the crap kicked out of him by the supposed...
Love Hina Vol. 4: Love Hurts (2002)
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  ..."girl of his dreams", who mistreats him constantly. So much, in fact, you'll find yourself driven to hate her and wonder how the poor guy could possibly survive being beaten to death over and over. I also found the gags to be less amusing and more...
Love Hina Vol. 5: Summer by the Sea (2002)
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  ...baffling, which ultimately made Love Hina more infuriating to watch than fun. Even the ending was a groaner. I understand that this show has its fans, but I stand by this review. And the dub is pretty weak, too: do cute girls REALLY...
Love Hina Vol. 6: And the Winner Is... (2002)
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  ...have to sound so high-pitched and squeaky? And what's with the Southern accent anyway? All in all, I cannot recommend Love Hina, but chances are you may believe otherwise.
Ys: Book One
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  This is an adaptation of the popular Japanese RPG series. Although its decently done, there is something about it that's a bit underwhelming. I haven't seen the second editions yet, but I guess I'll probably be mixed about them too. So-so, at best.
Ys: Book Two (2002)
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Ys II Vol. 1: Castle in the Heavens (2003)
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Outlaw Star Vol. 1 (Disc 1 of 2) (1998)
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  Currently watching. I liked what I saw of this 26-part Sci-Fi Star Wars style action/adventure series thus far. I actually prefer it to the overrated and sometimes confusing Cowboy Bebop. The production values are great, the characters...
Outlaw Star Vol. 1 (Disc 2 of 2) (1998)
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  ...are well developed, and there's plenty of action, humor, and adventure to boot. The dubbing sounded good as well.
Outlaw Star Vol. 2 (Disc 1 of 2) (1998)
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Outlaw Star Vol. 2 (Disc 2 of 2) (1998)
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Outlaw Star Vol. 3 (Disc 1 of 2) (1998)
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Outlaw Star Vol. 3 (Disc 2 of 2) (1998)
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The Slayers: Next - DVD Collection (Disc 1 of 4) (2000)
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  In 2003, I got VA Lisa Ortiz's autograph for her performances as Deedlit in Record of Lodoss War and Tsubasa Shibahime in His And Her Circumstances. She suggested that I should see her as Lina Inverse, the gorgeous, red-haired...
The Slayers: Next - DVD Collection (Disc 2 of 4) (2000)
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  ...flat-chested (no offense, Lina) sorceress who travels across the world with her three comrades to face off against evil and steal treasure for herself. I regret I didn't watch this one before I met her. I really liked it. And it reminded me how...
The Slayers: Next - DVD Collection (Disc 3 of 4) (2000)
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  ...much I love her voice acting. She was practically born to play Lina Inverse, stealing every scene she's in with glorious hamminess. The whole series is reminiscent of Lodoss War, but it relies heavily on comedy (though it...
The Slayers: Next - DVD Collection (Disc 4 of 4) (2000)
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  ...occasionally takes some dramatic twists--particularly toward the showstopping climax) and the characters are just a lot of fun. There are filler episodes, but unlike Nadia, these fillers are a lot of fun. The whole show is fun, too.
The Slayers - DVD Collection (Disc 1 of 4) (2000)
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  The Slayers has a total of three seasons of episodes. The aformentioned NEXT happens to be the second season. Given that I saw that first, it might be a little daring on my part to say that the first season didn't "wow" me as much as...
The Slayers - DVD Collection (Disc 2 of 4) (2000)
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  ...the second season (in particular, the climax of this season was a bit underwhelming after the spectacular finale in NEXT), but there's still plenty to enjoy. The filler episodes on Disc 3, in particular, are howlingly funny: the...
The Slayers - DVD Collection (Disc 3 of 4) (2000)
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  ...Wedding, Drama Club, and Chase episodes are all superbly edited, paced, and executed. Two minor complaints about the dub: Although it's still watchable, there are some flaws, notably the earlier voices for Zelgadis and Amelia, who don't match up...
The Slayers - DVD Collection (Disc 4 of 4) (2000)
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  ...to Crispin Freeman and Veronica Taylor. And on at least one episode, the synchronization is off by about 1.5 seconds! However, as I said, the dub isnevertheless a lot of fun despite its flaws. Less strong than NEXT, but good fun.
The Slayers: Try - DVD Collection (Disc 1 of 4) (1997)
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  This is the third -- and weakest -- season of The Slayers series; the formula-driven episodes tend to run a bit dry at times, and the new characters introduced (a tempramental, yet benign dragon priestess and surprisingly multi-faceted villians)...
The Slayers: Try - DVD Collection (Disc 2 of 4) (1997)
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  ...are less interesting than the principals (though the arguments between Xellos and Filia are a riot). And the filler episodes on the third DVD are the weakest I've ever seen from The Slayers -- granted, the island and African episodes of...
The Slayers: Try - DVD Collection (Disc 3 of 4) (1997)
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  Secret of Blue Water make them seem like music in comparison, but even still, it's disappointing to see such irrelevant, un-Slayers-like episodes plaguing the show. I have yet to finish this. Hopefully it'll end strong.
The Slayers: Try - DVD Collection (Disc 4 of 4) (1997)
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The World of Narue Collection (Disc 1 of 4) (2003)
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Not Rated
  I'm surprised that Hayao Miyazaki didn't conceive The World Of Narue. This sci-fi romantic series about a young android girl and her first real friend (boyfriend?) is very sweet, heartwarming, and magical... just the qualities of a Miyazaki film.
The World of Narue Collection (Disc 2 of 4) (2003)
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  Granted, there's a lot of fan service shots, but even still, this was one of the biggest surprises for me. The dubbing is great as well. Veronica Taylor's portrayal Narue is simply adorable: "a direct hit to your heart!"
The World of Narue Collection (Disc 3 of 4) (2003)
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The World of Narue Collection (Disc 4 of 4) (2003)
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