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Mad Brilliant Anime!!! (on-going) 04/04/07
List creator: Ursus
Created on: December 12, 2005 - 12:48 PM PST
Description: From the "Good" to the "Holy-Sh#t!!! I can't wait to see more" of all the animation I have seen thus far... (You've got to kiss a lot of Frogs to find the Princes... Here are a few Princes I've found amoung the frogs) [single entry = whole series]

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Cowboy Bebop: Session 1 (1998)
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  How cool is it? It makes the ice in your drink feel like an open flame! Yes! It's that cool! Cowboy Bebop remains "THE GOLD STANDARD" by which I judge all others; a "slice of fried gold!" It is unrivaled, unequaled, unparalleled, transcendent, incomparable and peerless... It is my Alpha and Omega; both foundation and keystone for all others in my heart.
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)
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  Even more "Fried Gold!" The mark of good story telling, I believe, is longevity. Cowboy Bebop NEVER fails to "scratch that itch" for a good story, NEVER fails to satisfy. I lust for more, but, saddly there is none to be found... and that's a damn shame, cuz this baby goes all the way to 11! Oh, and, Yoko Kanno... you are a treasure.
Samurai Champloo vol. 1 (2004)
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Not Rated
  A Fresh Remix from Watanabe-san as one would expect of true Champloo. Not just a "feudal Bebop," as some might label it; a different dish entirely. Great story-telling, well choreographed action, humor and humanity. The production values are the dogs-bollocks! I hope for more to come!
Eureka Seven vol. 1 (2005)
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Not Rated
  A grand and imganitive, stylistic tale from a few of the creative cats behind Cowboy Bebop, Eureka Seven blends beautiful animation reminiscent of Bebop (kicked up a notch) with a similar set-up, minus Spike, Faye, Jet, Edward, and Ein. The greatness I feel radiate from this title is blinding, and all of it wonderful; a sweeping adventure!
Planetes vol. 1 (2003)
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Not Rated
  Heros don't need special military or martial arts training or august and marvelous human abilities beyond those of their peers. Heros are everyday people, even debris haulers. Planetes is a wonderful drama touching on everyday heros with a little comedy, tragedy, and human nature. Planetes is beyond "average."
Sol Bianca: The Legacy Vol. 1. Lost Treasures (2000)
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Not Rated
  A homerun that could have been, Sol Bianca's ground-rule double highlights the promise of this treasure lost. Short, at only six episodes, having the premise and set-up to be truly great/hip (maybe even Bebop great); it left me wanting this gem to shine. Despite its brevity, this unpolished gem entertained, but leaves me with: "If only..."
Zone of the Enders: Dolores Vol. 1 - Countdown to Destiny (2002)
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  It's a cryin' shame this series is so oft overlooked... as I do dig what Z.O.E. is puttin' down Daddy-O! While not exactly the "Fried Gold" of Bebop, Z.O.E. delivers a close "Silver" by blending humor, action and drama deftly into an engaging story. Most notable in this series is the use of a mech as cast and not mythical object (e.g. EVA).
Macross Plus Vol. 1: Parts 1 & 2 (1982)
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  I HATE TOM CRUISE and I loathed Top Gun! But, I F-ING LOVED THIS 4 PART SERIES! Yoko Kanno, of Cowboy Bebop Brilliance, works her magic to produce a soundtrack better than the majority of most major motion pictures. And, The Action? Fuh'ged about'it! Co-directed by Watanabe-san, the action is incredible. "Top Gun" on its best day doesn't come close.
Fullmetal Alchemist vol. 1: The Curse (2005)
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Not Rated
  Unless you've been living under a rock, any nerd worth their salt know FMA; it's wide-spread popularity is justified. Starting from a walk, the series keeps finishing stronger and stronger to a full-tilt, sprint of an ending. Well worth your time, its a "good thing."
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa (2005)
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  Taking up the reins from the series ending, providing an epilogue to the series, a more complete end (even though its left wide open for another movie in the future), this motion picture offering (fantastic in everyway) continues chronicaling the Elric bros. adventures. A great supplement to the series, but not a final act (IMHO).
Scrapped Princess vol. 1: Family Ties (2005)
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  What a wonderful bit of Sci-Fantasy! I hate to consider this series as FMA-lite (which sounds like a drink mix), which IT ISN'T; I found myself enjoying this series for many of the same reasons. Fans of FMA should run not walk (so to speak) to experience the goodness within Scrapped Princess.
Samurai 7 vol. 1 (2004)
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Not Rated
  Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" was the first, of his many classics, that I have seen and loved immensely; this adaptation of his classic proves to be no different. While I wouldn't dare re-vamp a Kurosawa masterwork, the cats at the helm of this series have done well with a near impossible task. Very good!
My-Hime vol. 1 (2004)
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Not Rated
  While not the best Dub I've run into in my short time here, I find promise in the story that makes me want to see and know more as the story unfolds. Above average with great potential...
Gunslinger Girl vol.1: Ragazzine Piccole, Armi Grandi (2005)
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Not Rated
  I love Italy. I love their local cuisine, their art and culture (mostly old-world) and their women... sweet, merciful, Jesus (beautiful is too ugly of a word)! The attention to detail of italian culture and art, etc. is very commendable. The english voice talents are very good, with a story-line dripping in realism, sadness and joy. I hope for more.
Gankutsuou Chapter 1: The Count of Monte Cristo (2004)
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Not Rated
  It's taken me awhile, but I'm finally here: IN-TENSE! I don't know what it is about revenge dramas, or Dumas' in particular, but I've always liked the adage: Beware the fury of a patient man. So, if your a fan of "the big payback," as James Brown would sing (R.I.P.), then look no further; embrace the sweet revenge goodness!
Read or Die (2003)
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Not Rated
  I "cut my teeth" as it were with old "Star-Blazers" episodes when I was just a little bambino... after a very-long break it was R.O.D. on The Cartoon Network that ensnared my soul, re-igniting the sleepy lust for animation within my soul. I owe this anime so very much; it may just save someone close to you as well ; )
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1998)
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  A dark psychological thriller, set against a mash-up of a post-WWII Japan (with heavy influences from 40's and 50's Germany) in which Red and the B.B. Wolf have literally been fleshed out. The animation is incredibly smooth, dripping in realism with great sound eng./FX. Black and Beautiful Baby, Black and Beautiful!
Ergo Proxy vol. 1: Awakening (2006)
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  I do so love a good mystery, and while I get a strange "Logan's Run" feeling every so often (though the two are dissimilar, not in their goodness mind you--I chalk it up to my weirdness) my love of a good quandry has been piqued by this burgeoning mystery, Ergo Proxy. I look forward to good things from this series in the future (read: more to come).
Noein vol. 1: To Your Other Self (2005)
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Not Rated
  So fiendishly cool with a heapin' helping of stylish and sharp CG animation, Noein grabbed my attention by the scruff-of-its-neck in the opening sequence and failed to let go through each episode! In a sea of sameness, Noein floats above the "cookie-cutter anime" (and their predictable plots and story arcs) with an intriguing and imaginative yarn. A+!
Kaze no Yojimbo Vol. 1: A New Face in Town (2001)
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Not Rated
  This re-imagining of Kurosawa's classic explores the cost and consequences of a stranger's innocent question upon the inhabitants of Kimujuku, a rural, mountain town outside Tokyo. Packed with mystery and intrigue, this decently executed, engrossing puzzler is sure to delight fans of a good quandary.
Generator Gawl vol. 1: Human Heart, Metal Soul (1998)
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Not Rated
  No, this isn't the "Governator Gawl." No Ahh-nold to speak of or dead-pan catch phrases prior to mass carnage, but the paradox of time travel and a battle to save the future do lie at the heart of this sc-fi jaunt. Despite its brevity, Gawl is well executed with welcome dashes of comedy which, in total, make for fine entertainment.
Karas: The Prophecy (2005)
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Not Rated
  The complexity of this wonderful bit of CG animtion requires many screenings to gleen the fullness of this title, and though other volumes await, I am impressed to see what becomes of it. More to come...
Hellsing Ultimate vol. 1
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  Like a Hummingbird on Red Bull, I couldn't stop myself from "virbrating," literally, with giddy excitment at beholding this fitting tribute to a great story/concept. I remain dumbfounded by the "all the way to 11" goodness of Hellsing that I can't express my joy. I hunger for more.
Soultaker Vol. 1: The Monster Within (2002)
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  Surprising and unexpected, this series, which views like short-story fiction, took an unusual animation style married to an unusual story that twists in ways beyond its more predictable moments to create a series with better than avg. impact (especially as it concludes). It isn't a 10, but an enjoyable/watchable 8 that will catch you off-guard. Enjoy.
Samurai X: Trust & Betrayal Director's Cut (2003)
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Not Rated
  Not knowing much of Kenshin I took Trust (OVA 1) and Betrayal (OVA 2) for a spin, and it blew the back of my head out! The story: Killer! The animation and choreography: fluid, slick, and cool (you can almost taste the blood and steel). Overall, these two OVA's make for an action-drama with great impact! (especially the second half!) Brilliant!!!
Perfect Blue (1997)
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Not Rated
  While rendered in cell animation and not black and white live action, "Perfect Blue," weaves a thrilling, and twistingly suspenseful tale reminiscent of a Hitchcock thriller. Yet, despite such high praise through comparison, "Perfect Blue" remains entirely fresh and original when compared side-by-side to Hitchcock's classics. Very Good!
Ghost in the Shell (1996)
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Not Rated
  A very good SCI-Philosophical animation that raises issues of existentialism and humanity... in addition to the repeated intellectual kicks to the cranium. NEVER watch this movie less than sober -the amount of angst you shall save yourself from is incalculable; you'll thank me for it.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig vol. 1 (2002)
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Not Rated
  A much better offering than the 1st season/gig: better writting, and music (Yoko Kanno is the Bee's Knees Baby!!!) with incredible CG animation. Very high production values, great v. actors and dub. Good, Good, Good.
Appleseed (2004)
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  A very good CG remake of an ol' classic, Appleseed delivers some delectable acting, animation, and story reminiscent of Ghost in the Shell. Good things.
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005)
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  Sure, you COULD say this is nothing more than a shameless, but ingenious, plug for the PS3 and FFXII. You could also say that Square Enix spent the kids inheritance on this baby, cuz I'm here to say: RESPLENDENT!!! The story is avg., BUT the animation (a blend of MOCAP and CGI) is a hair's breadth from (sur)reality. The animation goes all the way to 11!
Escaflowne: A Girl in Gaea (2000)
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  So, Slick! An incredible remix of an already great series: the new character designs (out of sight!) in an animation style higher in detailed precision... just so, fresh and so clean, clean! As good as the original was, this is better, shorter, but better. I makes me long for a revamp of the whole series cast under this new stylistic glow. Sooo Slick!
Dai-Guard Vol. 1: Hostile Takeover (1999)
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  BLESS YOU, DAI-GUARD!!! You have saved me from the mediocrity that was the last two series I "tried;" I'm not naming names. It's THE OFFICE/OFFICE SPACE meets EVA/RAX/GUNDAM, and such a life-saver. Colorful characters cohabitate amongst the cubicles of satire and action in this satisfying jaunt past the watercooler into greatness!
Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum: 01 (1995)
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Not Rated
  Jesus-H-Monkey-Balls!!! This series is so WTF! However, it is brilliant -badly in need of psychopharmacology and serious counseling- at busting the previously stale action/mech genre into the stratosphere. WATCH EVERYTHING! ALL MOVIES, PLUS ALL COMMENTARIES! To say that it is "Deep" is an understatment. WOW! EVA Live??? When?
RahXephon Vol. 1: Threshold (2003)
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Not Rated
  I have seen EVA. I have seen RaX. I love them both (and I am not a mech fan). A wonderful and Imaginative drama, I really enjoyed this series and movie, particularly the superb casting of the leads.
Full Metal Panic! Mission 01 (2003)
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Not Rated
  Although this series didn't finish as strongly as I hoped (it was on the ropes as to what type of series it would develope into; e.g. mech, realistic, fan... etc.) that it would have, the series is worth a shot. I was most pleased with Fumoffu, and eagerly await the coming continuation FMP II.
Dual Vol. 1: Visions (2000)
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Not Rated
  Darling!!! What an incredible find Dual has proven itself to be! I rarely use the word darling, when not in the presence of puppies or kittens, but I am positively smitten, won-over by this wonderful comedy-drama that goes beyond the typical mech or harem genres. Simply darling!
His and Her Circumstances Vol. 1: Appearance of a Normal Life (1998)
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  DAMN THEIR OILY HIDES!!! So, damned addictive, So, damned good, So, real, So... Short. Cut-Down in the Prime of its youth (Budget Troubles???). I have never laughed harder, cared more about characters... Why?? Damn-it! When/If I become a billionare I shall see this work of genius come to fruition, if only to ease my troubled soul or satiate my hunger.
Boys Over Flowers Vol. 1: Declaration of War (2003)
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Not Rated
  Shoujo-Baby! ("No Time For Love Dr. Jones"-Short-round) BS! Its all about the drama. Animation could be better, but DAMN IS IT ADDICTIVE! If you giggle like a pre-teen girl reading "Tiger Beat" when you get these DVD's in the mail (which I did), you've got it bad. What a wonderful series.
Kaleido Star Vol. 1: Welcome to the Kaleido Stage (2004)
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Not Rated
  If you like your drama with plenty of angst balanced with joy and goodness, then look no further! Granted, fans of classical Newtonian physics, 2D and 3D kinematics, and human kinesiology will have to suspend some disbelief; that ain't hard to do when caught up in this series. If you, like I, have become a tad washed out with the (CONT. NEXT)
Kaleido Star New Wings vol. 1: Eclipse of the Star (2003)
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Not Rated
  (CONT.) "typical apocalypse is nigh" plot," or "how dark and mysterious (i.e. F-ed UP/confusing) can we make this," then you will love the low mentation/high yield of Kaleido Star! It's high drama with twists a'plenty; think "Thunderdome-meets-Cirque-du-Soliel."
Princess Nine Vol. 1: First Inning (2001)
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  Not since Redford's "Natural" or Costner's "Field of Dreams," has baseball drama been this good. Wonderful, and beguiling, "Princess Nine's" writing and drama are the true MVPs of this series; making it a simple delight. Devoid of inuendo or fan service, the series shines. It is a joy to watch!
Fruits Basket vol.1: A Great Transformation? (2002)
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Not Rated
  Cryptic title aside, Fruit Baskets delivers a touching and lighthearted series which often belies its darker depths with romantic comedy. A good series for a rainy day.
Moon Phase vol. 1 (2006)
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Not Rated
  Scrumptious, E-Ville, Kawaii!!! ...and the writting, animation, and story are good too; did I mention funny!? The male lead is great and not the typically whiny-assed puss, while the cat-eared lovely is charming and kawaii to near toxic levels! AND NOW MEIN SPROCKETS, WE DANCE!!! The OP song is the best : )
Girls Bravo vol. 1 (2005)
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  OUT-RAGEOUS!!! I used to hate myself for liking this series; its fan-service would make the audience of a Tijuana donkey-show blush, BUT, the series IS highly entertaining, and an absolute gas to watch (the secondary characters make this series shine; magnificent, riotous hilarity!). Get over your lecherous feelings and watch Girls Bravo!!!
Happy Lesson Vol. 1: Mom-ageddon (2001)
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Not Rated
  An Incredibly funny and imaginative twist on the "Harem" genre, "Happy Lesson" delivers an eclectic performance of part "Fruit Baskets," part "Excel," a dash of "Azumanga Daioh," and many others. Hi-larious! Charming! Most Satisfactory!
Azumanga Daioh Vol. 1: Entrance!
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Not Rated
  "Seinfeld" moved to Japan? Yes, yet, not quite as I remember (i.e. no "Soup-Nazi"). This series does well to blend intentionally stereotypical high school anime characters into true "nothing" hilarity. It is the anime about "nothing," that has begotten something... wonderful, and funny.
Strawberry Marshmallow Vol. 1: Cute Is as Cute Does (2006)
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  Unexpectedly funny (read: a comedy of old souls ), this series hides witty, well-scripted humor behind its outer vaneer of cuteness; older audiences will definitely dig on this more than those in their teens. Don't be fooled for how "Strawberry Marshmallow" is marketed; it plays more like a Pixar gem than a piece of cutesy fluff.
Genshiken, Vol. 1: Dojinshi Or Bust (2004)
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Not Rated
  Pathos, and the humor and pain of obsession, of being Otaku. Genshiken offers an unapologetic/humorous look at the life of Otaku from cosplay to doujinshi at Cons to "adult situations." No corner of the Otaku lifestyle is safe from examination or parody in Genshiken.
Midori Days vol. 1: A Helping Hand (2005)
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  What happens when you cross the Cat from "Fruit Baskets" with a 14 episode running masturbation joke? Why, you get "Midori Days!" A romantic (of sorts) comedy that dares to ask the age old question of what were to happen if your hand really was a girl. Ohh the humanity.
Battle Athletes Victory Vol. 1 - Training
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  Ohh My Sweet Buddha!!! She's going the distance. She's going for speed. She's... really funny, and surprisingly entertaining (especially after Vol. 4 and beyond). As I couldn't put it better, I defer to Hamano's Excellent Review
Excel Saga Vol. 1: The Weirdness Has Begun (2002)
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  Nabeshin. Nabeshin. Pedro. One of the funniest characters in anime. Nab's american voice actor is brilliant. Screaming Laughter is always a good indication of brilliance (some episodes were better than others, but on a whole, and Fan-Service aside) Soo very funny, nutty, with a dash of the occasional WTF!?!
GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka vol. 1 (2002)
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  An anti-hero of the first order, the Great Teacher Onizuka, being a "former" gangleader and brawler turned skirt-chasing teacher/brawler turns his often blind and aimless passion (if one could call it that) to guiding the troubled youth of Japan; his paradoxical methods produce hilarious results (he is not his greatest ally at times).
Gokusen vol. 1: The Unteachables (2004)
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  Gokusen knows mob-humor like rock-stars get ass! Featuring one of the most imaginative storylines I have seen in recent memory, Gokusen blends elements of GTO, Beavis and Butthead, and Cromartie High into well-paced, never stale or predictable humor. Most Satisfactory!
Martian Successor Nadesico Chronicle 1: Invasion! (2000)
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  Think "Old School Gundam" + "Star Blazers" under the direction of "The Kids in the Hall." Not only is it very funny, the overall story arc and cast of characters are wonderful to the point of craziness. I (Heart) this Series. hneline1 has a great review for this series.
Martian Successor Nadesico: The Motion Picture - Prince of Darkness (1998)
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Not Rated
  While abrupt, with the feeling of an extended episode, the final installment of this great series gives just a taste of the brilliance found in the series (darker in tone) before leaving an open ending. Markhl has a great review for this title.
Steel Angel Kurumi Vol. 1: Angel on My Shoulder (2002)
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  I have yet to stop smiling! I tore through the first 3 vol. with a smile plastered to my face and a heart light from laughter. I am so very smitten! The writting and delivery of the story and humor is phenominal; the male lead is kind, genuine, and a very likable/believable young boy (not the typical doorstop, whiney-assed, p#ssy seen in most harems).
Desert Punk vol. 1: Into the Desert (2004)
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Not Rated
  DYN-O-MITE!!! A superb english dub and ADR script by Eric Vale (who also plays the lead) made he howl with laughter till my throat was ab-cramping sore. This bawdy comedy is "Gold Jerry, It's just Gold!"
FLCL (Fooly Cooly) Vol. 1 (2000)
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Not Rated
  Gainax in the House! Again, screaming laughter, and "ohh my god" moments amidst stomach-cramps. Very Funny. Off-the-wall/wacked. The animation of his cat's anatomy says it all. A good mix of animation styles deftly woven. Good Things.
Dead Leaves (2004)
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Not Rated
  Frenetically Fantastic! Fans of FLCL will adore Production IG's comedic, inspired lunacy. In an art style similar to FLCL, "Dead Leaves" delivers; where others strive for photo-realism in animation (e.g.FFVII), "Dead Leaves" animation takes full advantage of its comic based, insane style to hillarious results. A fast-paced joy to witness.
Dokkoida?! vol. 1: Ultra Diaper Man (2003)
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Not Rated
  This is "Ultraman" on drugs; I kid you not. Wonderfuly vibrant, comic book-esque animation for the kid in you, and plenty of fan-boy hijinks and off-the-wall comedy for the perv. in you. But, seriously, this series is very funny (along the lines of Excel, FLCL, and Magical Shopping Arcade)
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu Vol. 1: Full Metal Pandemonium! (2005)
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Not Rated
  Silent-Body-Racking Laughter. Fan-Service, which I generally dislike, not becuase of the ladies mind you -Ursus "loves" the ladies -but, typically FS covers for the lack of, say, quality- here, I don't care. Painfully Good Humor. My Stomach's covered in surgical staples
Boys Be...vol. 1: Spring (2006)
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Not Rated
  There is nothing magical or fantastical about this anime series. No super powers or insane hook, i.e. curse, social phobia, allergic reaction, alien, harem, etc... A straight-forward, "boys-eye-view" (kind-of) take on relationships, young love, and romance (with splashes of male introspection). Not quite "fried gold," but better than avg, and enjoyable.
Diamond Daydreams vol. 1: Atsuko + Karin (2004)
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Not Rated
  Fans of romantic drama shall find succor within this three volume series. Set entirely within the northern island of Hokkaido; seemingly unrelated, the series pulls the individual dramas together like loose ribbon into a satisfying conclusion. The DVD extras are not to be missed; both rich, and fascinating, they highlight the series and Hokkaido.
Voices of a Distant Star (2002)
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Not Rated
  Intensely beautiful, with an emotional density and gravity that will floor all but the hardest and blackest of hearts. I cried the first time I saw it. Beautiful... but sad, yet entirely brilliant. A MUST SEE film made all the more impressive as, Makoto Shinkai, deftly animated/created this lush film on his G4 Mac single-handed.
The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)
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Not Rated
  Makoto Shinkai, the sole genius behind "Voices of a Distant Star," brings another simple yet remarkably stunning and beautiful story. His well-written narrative plays well upon the richly-crafted CG animation. Emotional and Beautiful. A Must See.
Koi Kaze vol. 1: The Reunion (2005)
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Not Rated
  This series is not for everyone; having said this, If you can look past its taboo nature, Koi Kaze ("Love's Wind") will give viewers some of the best writing and story, devoid of fluff or cheap theatrics, that I have seen in recent memory. Koi Kaze is an exceptional and mature drama that is not to be missed.
Kamichu! vol. 1: Little Deity (2005)
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  All you magical girls best watch your six!!! With the brilliance of a Ghibli gem (only not Ghibli), Kamichu dazed me w/a jab of cuteness followed by a one-two combo of beautiful animation and writing; not since "Spirited Away" have I been dazzled/charmed in this way. Watch out for the "guns" on this title, cuz they'll get'ya!
Last Exile Vol. 1: First Move (2003)
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Not Rated
  This is not your average Boy Pilot/Magic Girl... It is SO MUCH MORE! Visually, LE is a sumptuous feast of digital Art-Deco styled animation with a simple, yet mad-brilliance of story and execution that increases one's lust for more exponentially. Dubbed by Bang Zoom, Last Exile has a duality of part Ghibli, part Gonzo, but entirely genius!
Spirited Away (2001)
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  Miyazaki. The man should be sainted. Hand-drawn, Heart-felt, Fathomless Imagination... but it all begins and ends with the story. Miyazaki's stories are typically nothing short of an ace-high-royal-flush. How did we get stuck with Walt Disney and they got the "Linus Pauling of Animation?" All of his works are brilliant, but this remains my favorite.
The Castle of Cagliostro (1980)
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Not Rated
  Oh, it's all about the Fujiko! Kidding. A good-romp with a cunning-master-thief under the direction of the Master himself (Miyazaki)
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
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  Miyazaki never fails to entertain the 10 year-old child within, nor the 20-something romantic I've grown into. He is the "frosted mini-wheat" of animation. I challenge any inner-child not to melt into joy and laughter at the Cat-Bus or Totoro himself.
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
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  Christian Bale is a Bad-Ass-Mo-Fo. A truly superb actor, with incredible chops. I find it fitting that he should lend his remarkable talent to this work of remarkable talent. Chocolate and Peanut Butter together at last.
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
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  While not the "Jewel" of Miyazaki's and Ghibli's crown, Whispers of the Heart does not fail to deliver heart-warming perspicacity of the kind romantics dream about, and lover's reminisce.
Princess Mononoke (1997)
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  My first-time entering into the world of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. I first saw this film as a sophomore in High School and was blown away, as I still am, at the level of imagination and storytelling found in this and all of his master works. It saddens me that the US has been slow to recognize the potential in "non-happy meal" consumer animation.
Castle in the Sky (1986)
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Not Rated
  Can Imagination be anymore analogous to Flight: to slip the soily bonds of earth, to fly; unfettered by the clutches of terrestrial life? Is there any suprise that flight is a central theme in most all of Miyazaki's works? No. "Castle in the Sky" showcases the remarkable flights of Miyazaki's imagination, and thankfully, he has invited us all along.
The Iron Giant (Special Edition) (1999)
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  From Brad Bird, the creative genius behind Pixar's mega-hit "The Incredibles," comes this touch of cel animated genius. Hamano has a great review of this title, Hamano Review. Plus, where else will you find Vin Diesel and Harry Connick Jr. IN THE SAME MOVIE! Genius.
The Incredibles (2004)
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  "The incredibles," under the direction of Brad Bird, is stylishly-hip, with an art style and musical score that pays tribute to classical James Bond ("Thunderball" and "From Russia with Love") of the Space Age 60's. With a strong cast of voice and artistic talents, "The Incredibles" is as its name implies: Incredible!

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