Last updated: 1/3/2008
Apparently I highly recommend a lot of stuff. Mostly (hopefully) this is because I stop watching things that don't interest me.
- OVAs/Movies [tag]
- Bleach [tag] - fled
Your standard shounen anime adaptation. The voicework is fun, but I prefer the manga.
- Cowboy Bebop - finished
Highly recommended. Gorgeous animation, bebop music, bounty hunters, and the Western-in-space conceit years before Firefly aired.
- Fruits Basket - finished
Recommended, though the manga is even better. Somewhat too candy-colored at first, but gradually deepens.
- Fullmetal Alchemist [tag] - finished
Highly recommended. Plot like whoa, great emotional arcs, excellent characters.
- Gundam Wing [tag] - finished
My first anime! Giant robots and complex politics, with pretty boys to boot. Recommended only if you're a fan of mecha, or unless you are a giant fan of insane, suicidal bishounen pilots! I just rewatched this with rachelmanija, and boy was it fun.
- Gunslinger Girl [tag] - finished
Pretty good. More one-offs about little girl assassins than plotty.
- Haibane Renmei [tag] - finished
I really liked this small, quiet series about living and forgiving and moving on.
- Honey and Clover [tag] - finished
Possibly my favorite anime ever. Aka, cannot rec this highly enough. Five art students and their lives through several years.
- Last Exile [tag] - finished
Steampunk with fighter pilots. Starts good, but sort of falls apart.
- Mushishi [tag] - currently watching
Highly recommended so far. Dreamy and atmospheric and wonderfully strange.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion - finished
Apocalyptic anime with insane religious symbolism and interesting takes on mecha tropes. I love this; most people understandably don't because the ending wanders off into OMGWTFBBQ-land.
- Ouran High School Host Club [tag] - finished
Shoujo meta. Hilarious and highly recommended.
- Princess Tutu [tag] - finished
Metanarrative about a duck-turned-girl-turned-magical-ballerin
a who saves the world through ballet. Highly recommended.
- Revolutionary Girl Utena - finished
Highly recommended. Fairy-tale meta, genderbending, cross dressing, symbolism, and complete insanity, plus one of my favorite fictional lesbian couples.
- Romeo x Juliet [tag] - fled
Romeo and Juliet with a flying city and cross-dressing Juliet. Despite the coolness of flying cities and cross-dressing, I got bored.
- Rose of Versailles [tag] - currently watching
Anime based Ikeda Riyoko's classic Rose of Versailles. Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution, complete with genderbending and cross dressing. Still withholding judgment.
- Saiunkoku Monogatari [tag] - fled
Not bad, but currently not too exciting. Young woman tries to be a bureaucrat in Tang-Dynasty-China analogue. Lots of bishounen.
- Samurai Champloo [tag] - finished
Hip-hop and Meiji Japan, I kid you not. Recommended.
- Vision of Escaflowne - finished
Fantasy with mecha and an Absolute Fate Engine or something. Not bad, but not great either.
- X [tag] - finished
Gothic shoujo as only CLAMP can do. Pretty good, if you like Gothic shoujo.
- Yami no Matsuei [tag] - finished
Recommended for the True Love of Hisoka and Tsuzuki, completely not recommended for everything else.
Other series that I've seen snippets up and never finished: Gasaraki, Kare Kano, Trigun