Posted by psgels on 14 June 2013 with categories: Random Anime Recommendations

Hey guys, I’m currently experimenting with a new format, inspired by the podcast I did together with Deadlights, Scammp and Juno. It inspired me to do a bit more with podcasts, but instead short ones. I’ve always had the idea of writing some kind of recommendation post: I mean I’ve written a lot of reviews at this point, but for most people looking for new stuff to watch it can be very intimidating to search through everything, so in these podcasts, instead of discussing the new shows I thought it’d be an interesting experiment to just recommend some older series that I’ve watched.

What I did, is that I’ve created some random generator of all the series that I’ve seen. After deleting some obvious sequels that list totals 964 series, movies and OVAs together. For each series I get, I’ll give reasons why it is recommended, or why it’s not to be recommended. I have no idea what series will come out of it, so it’s going to be completely improvised. Yes, I like to torture myself sometimes.

Also, I apologize for my accent. I’m Dutch, but even then I know it’s terrible. ^^;

These are the series that came out of the random generator this time, in order:

– Akira
– Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu
– Melody of Oblivion
– Love Hina
– Dororon Enma-kun Meerameera
– Kowarekake no Orgol
– She and her Cat

Also, apologies for ending so abruptly. I screwed around while cleaning up and accidentally removed the last few sentences. And feel free to discuss the series that I’ve mentioned. :)

46 Responses

  1. Akar says:

    Wist niet dat je Nederlands was psgels xD!

  2. Qurx says:

    Hahaha nice Accent :P
    Obviously Dutch
    But is it just me… or is the video kinda quiet?
    I set my volume higher but then I heard more static…

    I quess I’m going to look into “Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu”
    Thanks for the random recommendations!

  3. axel says:

    Long time lurker here, the accent surprised me haha but its nothing to be worried about. Was interesting to listen to, keep it up.

  4. TheUltimateReaper says:

    You have the perfect voice for this XD. Didn’t mention this before but I love your accent. I wouldn’t have imagined it to be dutch though.

    Hey, Legend of Legendary Heroes is top tier! Ha ha, well it might not be the best of quality but it’s definitely one of my favorites. Well worth the time in my opinion.

    As for Youtube, I’ll recommend you 2 things.
    1)Descriptions should be quite descriptive and full of keywords. The youtube search engine cares more about descrpitions than tags, though I’m not sure how much this has changed in recent years.

    2)Creativity will go a long way. Good anime recommendations are actually an unfilled nitch, with extremely few places on the internet giving good ones. And most poeple blurt out lists without structure by genre, types, and stuff. So, well, there is potential there.

    Anyways, I think it’s cool that you are willing to try new things. I’ll try to learn from you and get off my lazy bum more often XP

  5. Emma-hime says:

    I’m finding the same thing with the volume as quirx is, then again my computer may have poor sound output.
    You have a lovely voice actually.
    Akira, now that takes me back, was far too young for that when I watched it, the violence was an issue I recall but I’d reckon a rewatch would land me somewhere around your views on it.
    Densetsu:Your review of this got me to give it a second look after initially disliking the show, I’m glad I did because despite really wanting that second season I liked the blend/balance of action/comedy/politics here.
    Oblivion: This one, especially the ending were like a trainwreck, not exactly a good show but the bizzareness of me for better or worse had me engrossed.
    Love hina:Watched/read this back in the day where I was less comfortable with female fanservice, may deserve a revisit someday.
    Enma-Not usually one for Go Nagai but I died laughing at this.
    Orgol:…I actually found this a very cute short we some feeling involved at the end.
    I think you are doing very well so far with this as well as with deadlights podcast. Your a lot more confident and clear sounding than you may think, I can recall you saying once you were a bit shy in terms of your personality.
    Never saw she and her cat, will give that some thought.

  6. firetoflames says:

    Yesssss. Please keep this up!

    I will agree that the sound quality could use some improvement. But other than that I really enjoyed it.

  7. Enma-kun says:

    Enma-kun is actually a 1973 series, not 1980s. The reboot is actually based on the manga (although not every part of it as you mentioned, it takes the enbi-chan character from a one-shot). The original anime was more suspenseful and way less ecchi.

    Also, this year is Enma-kun/Cutey Honey’s 40th anniversary. Last year was Devilman/Mazinger 40th anniversary, also by Go Nagai.

  8. Yasmen says:

    Oh man, very much agree on the lack of conclusion for Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu. I was so desperate I went and hunted down the light novels on amazonjp

    I’ve been reading reviews on your site for a while, and I like this new idea you’re trying out here. My only comment is that I had a hard time getting it loud enough to hear.

  9. L-a-i-n-a says:

    It was actually quite funny to actually hear you speak for once after reading your blog for quite some years now already XD (Cute accent :3 )

    I would advise you though to maybe take a look at a program like Audacity to remove the noise and maybe raising the volume a bit, too.

    Also, timestamps for when which anime is talked about would be really great! ^^

    Aside from that, great idea and I’m looking forward to the next… uhm… 192 episodes of this! xD

  10. ronbb says:

    I am one of the lurkers for years and only came out my shell a few times, but this is awesome. No problem with your accent — in fact, it’s pretty cute — and love the idea. Seriously, I don’t care much about genre, so love to hear the recommendations from you…learning about why you liked a certain show or didn’t like it. You should so totally keep it up.

    Akira — agree with you…highly recommend this one. While it was produced more than 20 years ago, this movie is better than many more recent movies in terms of quality and enjoyment.

    Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu — it isn’t the best show, and the ending does hurt the overall enjoyment, but I like this show and got myself hooked.

    She and her Cat — this is absolutely a wonderful and charming little story, and Shinkai’s unique ways of looking at things around us starts showing.

    I haven’t watched the others but will give them a try.

  11. Emma-hime says:

    I think as a suggestion the next one should be wholly focused on highlighting hidden gems. That really fits in with this blogs theme.

  12. Superman says:

    Like everyone says Psgels, you’re a great reviewer and you’ve a got a pretty awesome voice! :)

    How often are you planning to do your Random Anime Recommendations and the Seasonal Anime Podcast? I really enjoyed them both and I’m excited to hear the next ones!

  13. Vii says:

    Great! I love this new post, always looking for some random awesome anime to watch

  14. Sobakus says:

    Nice recommendations, Psgels! It was fun to listen!
    ____
    She and her cat is not the first Shinkai’s work. He also did Other Worlds – yes, it looks like trailer, but it’s not. Here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVh6J8JWPEQ

  15. Kiraly says:

    Damn you have one sexy accent.

  16. Starss says:

    Crazy how you can remember all these anime series and directors so well.

    Another great thing about Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu is you get to hear Lelouche’s maniac laugh again. Really enjoyed the first half but the ending was indeed a let down.

    • Emma-hime says:

      Starss y’know what the worst part of it is! Zexcs trolled us by doing Itsuka tenma (also by the densetsu author) and even did a cross over ova! The fiends.
      Not saying Itsuka tenma was bad, just really middling.

  17. Arno says:

    Great accent, great idea.

    I sometimes feel that the era of greatness of Japanese animation is past us, and that oldies are more interesting. I feel that for American TV series too, with a few exceptions.

  18. someloser says:

    I hope you do change the title of your youtube video. I wouldnt want to go through 138 videos all titled “random anime recommendations”

    • psgels psgels says:

      What do you suggest? Put every series in the title?

      • Starss says:

        It should be enough to just put Psgels in the title? Maybe add a date? Just don’t acronym your blog name in the title. I found it pretty funny in the aniblog tourney but SCAB is far from flattering.

      • someloser says:

        something to distinguish it at least. maybe a number or a date. or try not to make it completely random and get seven series within a genre or theme so you could place the theme in the title as well.

  19. saraguu says:

    Don’t worry about your accent, nothing wrong with it. You’re obviously fluent (fluency doesn’t mean sounding “native-like” mind you, some people seem to have this silly idea. English doesn’t belong to any one nation in particular… but this is off-topic, yeah XD) and easy to listen to. Also, I started to watch Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu thanks to you. I like this new recommendation format you’re experimenting with, keep it up! ^_^

  20. Nrad says:

    Forgive me but, the first time I heard your voice, my thot is like…..
    did you just came back from Ente Isla….. :P? (Hataraku maou-sama)

  21. animefan352 says:

    Thanks for posting this! It’s nice to hear what you sound like! Always enjoyed reading your articles and opinions, so this is a great addition. Your english is really great and quite suitable for audio/video reviews.

    Also sorry for my ignorance, but this is the first time I’ve heard a Dutch accent so it sounds pretty awesome to me. XD

  22. Fluca says:

    I agree. It is strange to finally hear your voice, but in a good way.
    Please, keep’em coming!

    Cheers

  23. petitorenji says:

    She and Her Cat… Hnnng, so much feels. Shinkai’s narration is a joy to the ears and soul. And that unexpected interception of the female character… “Someone, someone please save me.” PERFECT.

    I would love to see your myanimelist, btw. Because I’ve been looking for a series on-par with NGE, Dennou Coil, GITS, Kino no Tabi, and Honey&Clover. So far, I’ve been failing big time.

  24. Sabella says:

    I really like the idea of your branching out into another avenue for your anime reviews. If you ever want to change things up with the randomly generated rec videos, it might be fun to hear some episodes based around your favorites list(s), specific studios or creators, or even certain genres. (I’m sure you would do well with any of those options since you do seem to know a lot of random trivia about some of these anime, their studios/creators, and their history.)

    Of course, I’m probably jumping the gun with suggestions since you probably haven’t decided if making podcast/video reviews will be an ongoing endeavor of yours. At any rate, I look forward to hearing more in the future!

  25. skyhack says:

    Good list.

  26. SunDude says:

    Interesting new format, will be interested to see more of these.

  27. Starss says:

    She and Her Cat: hunted this one down and it is indeed a charming little short, but very disappointed the duration is barely 5 minutes. It’s a short I’d love to see as full length ova episode. While I’m dreaming, also have the woman’s story told in the second half and collected with the Otona Joshi Time ovas. (Kawamo wo Suberu Kaze + the three new ones)

Leave a Reply

Shoutbox

Name:
Email:
For:  
Mail will not be published
  • Masky
    (Friday, Jul 3. 2015 08:25 AM)
    Hmm… Can anyone remind me of one thing? Is this the point where most of harem scenes are over(well manga isn’t finished, but so far)? I do remember there being more slice of life stuff after this point in manga, but I don’t remember there being as much or at least there being as long break from action ._.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Jul 3. 2015 06:39 AM)
    @Aidan: If this was the world of sharin no kuni we could place and “obligation of maximum penalty” on Kevin. If it was the world of fate stay night we could summon him as a servant and use command seals on him.
  • ratsgnoF
    (Friday, Jul 3. 2015 06:33 AM)
    yeah put him down! Put him in the coffin!! I’m jumping on the bandwagon! Let’s be mature and just ignore him!
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Jul 3. 2015 03:59 AM)
    @emma, Unless the guy comments on a review I can’t do jack.
    He’s harmless though. Remember that in truth when he calls everyone pathetic, he is really unknowingly referring to himself. I mean the guy goes out of his way to come on this site and insult everyone. Pretty sure he has been banned twice before and yet the guy keeps coming back. Really only someone with no life does that.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Jul 3. 2015 03:39 AM)
    @Aidan: Please ban and block Kevin like you said you would
    I hate him.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Jul 3. 2015 03:32 AM)
    Crap, forgot the rating.
    Well with Gangsta and Rampo this is a strong start to the anime season.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Jul 3. 2015 03:20 AM)
    *is
    not if
  • Emma
    (Friday, Jul 3. 2015 03:18 AM)
    Okay, I am willing to give gangsta a shot. I liked most of black lagoon and some of jormungand, sometimes I can enjoy a story with mob/gangster elements like Layer cake and road to perdition, le samourai, infernal affairs, reservoir dogs. But then again I hated that Yakuza arc in black lagoon and the gangster genre if usually something I’m not generally into. Also how shounen is gangsta?
  • Emma
    (Friday, Jul 3. 2015 02:48 AM)
    @Bam: I never finished Tetsuwan birdy either, the two times I tried to watch the remake.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Jul 3. 2015 02:45 AM)
    @Aidan: Its a solid review of sidonia, but the number you scored the series at isn’t showing up next to the header/title.

1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · »

Featured Posts

Knights of Sidonia S2: Battle for Planet Nine review – 73/100

The second season of Sidonia makes a number of mistakes that a lot of second seasons do. That namely being that the anime slows down and introduces characters and conflicts that are often resolved in a undetermined to exist, third season. A new antagonist is introduced, whom does very little in the season and only […]

Knights of Sidonia S2 – 12

Tanikaze’s rendezvous with Benizumie looks to have been cut short as Izana interrupted with some hacker magic. The entire sequence being as uncomfortable and disturbing as you could imagine. I still wonder just what was her goal in doing all this to Tanikaze. Was it some method of killing him or just some really kinky […]

Knights of Sidonia S2 – 11

It’s quite the coincidence that both shows I am covering have decided to use their last episodes to make up for the season’s shortcomings. This will be a short post as while action packed episodes are great to watch, they make it hard to bring up topics to talk about. Guana look to be imitating […]

Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Bladeworks – 24

Now this is more like it. Well as they say, better late than never and this was at least the best moment to bring back the quality. All I ask is where this was three episodes ago which it could have made all the difference in the world. Admittedly this episode has made me a […]

Knights of Sidonia S2 – 10

Unfortunately this wasn’t the time for Izana to become an ace pilot though she did at least show some ingenuity in her escape from gauna. Instead the spotlight falls once again to Tsugumi and Tanikaze. A lot of the fight scenes before the challenger appeared was to shown that Tsugumi and Tanikaze have great teamwork […]

Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Bladeworks – 23

Sometimes it’s hard being a veteran anime fan and a huge Fate Franchise fan. I sit down to watch the latest episode of this series and I want to shut up the cynical critic in the back of my brain pointing out everything that is wrong with this episode. But as events I adored from […]

Knights of Sidonia S2 – 9

Though the majority of the episode was of the same antics I have been complaining about in previous episodes, it’s nice to see Sidonia get back to what it does best. Dire situations and sci-fi mecha action. Izana being pushed into the role of scouting with a new weapon has to be the best path […]

Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Bladeworks – 22

A fairly uneventful episode this week.In some ways for me that’s good as it allows me to go into detail about the nature of the ever so popular CGI dolpins. But first let’s speak about what happened. Our three heroes had a strategy meeting discussing how to deal with Gilgamesh and the grail while all […]

Knights of Sidonia S2 – 8

I think something is wrong when I consider a protagonist from a movie these characters are watching a more compelling lead than our current one. I was surprised when starting the episode to see a sudden rise in visual quality only for it to turn out to be a movie within an anime. Actually I […]

Latest Reviews

Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Bladeworks Review – 85/100

For a long time now this adaption has been the dreams of many a Fate fan with many believing it would never come to pass, but now that it is here is it everything that we dreamed? Short answer to this is no, long answer is nearly. I feel this show will have many divided […]

Shirobako Review – 80/100

When you see a harem anime and sigh as the breasts of the female lead jiggle with every step and wind that can flip a skirt it’s easy to forget that somewhere in Japan a group of people worked hard to get that jiggle right and draw each frame of animation. The hardships of the […]

Clipboard06

Nerawareta Gakuen Review – 84/100

Let me talk a bit about Ryousuke Nakamura. For a long time, this guy was my hero. He started off as an assistant director to Monster, in my opinion a big reason why that series got such a ridiculously solid adaptation, and then in 2008 he came with the groundbreaking Mouryou no Hako. No TV-series […]

Clipboard03

Kick Heart

Okay, so I didn’t want to exit 2013 without having seen Masaaki Yuasa’s Kick Heart. It’s only twelve minutes anyway, and I consider him to be one of the best anime directors out there. The story here is pretty silly and mostly serves as a backdrop, so I mostly want to talk about the nature […]

Clipboard01

Kyousogiga Review – 90/100

Everyone’s taste is different, and that’s a wonderful thing because that allows us to have so many different forms of media that all aim toward their own niche. My blog is obviously written from the perspective of my own taste, and even when a show doesn’t cater to it (which is nearly always), I love […]

Clipboard04

Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Lovecome o Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru Review – 80/100

Noucome! You do not want to know how long I have been waiting for a series like this. More than half a decade, at the very least. Finally a series comes along and puts the incredibly overused harem genre in its place. And it actually does it well. Thank you! So to elaborate: the harem […]

Clipboard01

Pokemon: The Origin Review – 75/100

Normally I try to avoid spoilers with these reviews, but screw it, it’s Pokemon. Pokemon The Origin is a bomb of nostalgia. If you haven’t played Pokemon Red, Blue or Green, then you will not enjoy this one slight bit. This really is made as pure undilluted fanservice for the fans of the first games. […]

Clipboard08

Tamayura – More Aggressive Review – 75/100

I’m not going to dedicate a post for my impression for the final three episodes of this series. It was just too boring to write much about. I guess that that gives a pretty accurate indication of what I think about this series. Right at the start of Tamayura’s second season, I asked one question: […]

Clipboard04

Silver Spoon Review – 86/100

When Noitamina started airing two series per season, it was amazing. It’s a timeslot that on average tends to be aimed at a much older audience than usual, and having two series with the same mentality definitely helped to bring more diversity to anime overall. Unfortunately it’s a schedule that could not be kept up […]