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

Hey, i’m back with another list of recommendations. This one is just in written form because I don’t feel like getting everything edited properly. This will still be a list of random recommendations from the nearly 1000-series long list of the anime I have seen, and I’ll still write about the different series out of the top of my head (doesn’t really give the same improvised feeling, but whatever). With this, I hope to introduce a few of you to some series you didn’t know about.

Seikai no Senki II
Seikai no Senki is the third installment of the Seikai trilogy. You need to watch them in order, however all searons are significantly different from each other. Seikai no Senki is the third installment, and the focus is on politics. What sets this one apart is how intelligent it is, and it uses that incredibly well to use these politics to create a very exciting story. And this is in combination with characters who are really, really articulate about their thoughts (this is based on a light novel, and it shows!). The first Seikai seasons were perhaps a bit dry (though still really good as well), but this one knows to excalate perfectly.

Kuchuu Buranko
Kuchuu Buranko is this unique little series about psychology. Right when you see it for the first time, this starts out with its wacky colour scheme and over the top quirky style. Yes, this was done by Kenji Nakamura, the same guy who did Tsuritama and Gatchaman Crowds. It has this formula that you nowadays never see anymore: every episode we see a person with some kind of over the top psychological problem, and the main character of the series is a psychologist, tasked with solving these problems. At first this series seems very shallow, but as it goes on we see a very interesting overall picture develop, and in the end it turned into a series that actually changed my perceptions about the practice of psychology. Its a fun show to watch, however do note that it never shies away from trying to annoy you; however if it didn’t do that you’d miss one of the big points that this show is trying to make.

Now here is an interesting one. This is basically the series that nearly bankrupted Gonzo. Of course things were already going bad for them, but what they did was they bet their entire future on this series selling well. And it became a massive flop. And it’s a shame, because personally, I really liked it, although it is a series with huge ups and huge downs. The animation varies between absolutely gorgeous and off-model. The story jumps from one place to the other and it has quite a few holes. But I loved how ambitious it was. The creators came up with this really strance concept of carbon trading, and all sorts of neat and interesting ideas. The characters are also a bit of a mixed bag, but there really is a lot of charm to them. A lot of people hated this series though, Do NOT watch this if you like to objecitvely analyze your series!

Romeo X Juliet
Ah, more Gonzo. This one didn’t work, though. This is their re-imagination of the classic Shakespeare story, and in true Gonzo fashion they just created their entire own story and made thankful use of creative liberties. It really could have worked, but unfortunately the story gets really bogged down in the middle by really a LOT of emo and angsting. At a certain point the story comes to a halt and never realy picks up again and it just remains boring for the rest of the airtime. A really big shame.

Jungle wa Itsumo, Hale Nochi Guu
Here is the thing with this series: if you love black humour, then by all means: do not miss this series. The humour in this seires is pitch-black; it tries to make the life of the main character, Hale, as miserable as possible. It’s a journey to crack his mind. And in the process this series produces some absolutely delightful comedy. I watched this before starting this blog, so I don’t have a review of it on this site, but I have never seen a series that does abusive comedy with the same flair as this show. Because while most other series that are so dark, they lack one thing: they don’t feel genuine. And this series does. The downside is that this is quite a long comedy, and it’s not always funny. There will be plenty of annoying scenes amidst the hilarity. And how many other series take place in the junble? Oh, and it’s also got one of those instantly recognizable openings.

Chaos;Head is from the same series as Steins;Gate and Robotics;Notes, but apart from that it has absolutely nothing to do with them. It’s a story about paranoia and not knowing who you can trust while the fate of the world is at stake. Apparently the series really butchered the original source material it was based on, but meh. For someone who was unfamiliar to it, it was nice enough. It’s incredibly sloppy, I’ll give it that, and it’s also quite low-budget, but it has interesting ideas and interesting plot twists overall, but it’s also nothing special either. A nice watch if you’re in the mood for something paranoia-ish.

Tihs is one that my memory is very vague on, but what I remember is that I watched this after becoming a fan of .Hack//Sign. I was excited to see that there was more of the series with .Hack//Dusk and Liminality. While Dusk turned out to suck, Liminality had me intrigued, as it tells the background story of some of the concepts that were used in .Hack//Sign. I was young, and a lot of the dialogue went over my head, but thinking back, it definitely made an impression to me and it still stands as my second-favorite .hack//-installment after Sign.

Himitsu The Revelation
Those of you who followed my blog back in 2008 know that I was a REALLY big fan of this series. This series is based on the works of a mangaka who who has mastered the art of mystery. Her stories are the product of brilliance, and that also really shines through in the anime version. As a murder mystery, it knows exactly how much it should reveal. Every clue adds a tiny bit to the puzzle.The storie are all incredibly varied, and some of them can become really disturbing, but they are all chockful of creativity. Not to mention, the premise was amazing: after death, your memories can be downloaded and viewed, and they use that for murder victims in order to solve who killed them. Also, awesome soundtrack is awesome!

Bokura ga Ita
Here is an interesting shoujo series. I remember really liking it when I watched it. It supposedly had these really realistic characters and this very doned-down atmosphere for a shoujo series. The thing is though, that when I think back at it, I hardly remember anything that really captured me. Of course it was a long time ago and all, but I can only recall lots of angst (and I mean LOTS), along with nothing much happening for 26 episodes. So yeah, it’s probably very good if you like serious shoujo series, though I’m not sure anymore exactly why it was.

Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito
Hentai game adaptations that are actually good are really rare. Especially back in the days in which this series was released (2003). Most really are dull harems with no effort put into them whatsoever. What set this series apart though, was its sense of adventure. It’s about this traveler who goes back and forth between a bunch of creative worlds and has a bunc of creative adventures. It’s not great or anything, there are a bunch of really juvenile and annoying characters here, but when compared to the same old stuff that you usually get with these kinds of series. And I also remember that it had a really good ending: the destination was worth the journey.

13 Responses

  1. AidanAK47 says:

    Chaos;head?! If you are going to recommend that one psgels I say tell them to read the Visual novel as it’s executed better. Not to say that it didn’t turn into total crap 1/3 in but well…

    Warning to those thinking of watched Kuchuu Buranko. The animation is very experimental. If bakemonogatari pissed you off with it’s animation this will annoy you. Still it does have some interesting aspects.

    Romero x Jullet I actually remember being good. I recommend watching it in English Dub as they add more shakespeare-like lines to the delivery which just fits perfectly.

    Shangri-la can be enjoyable if you ignore plot inconsistency…and general physics. Steel boomerang craving though a steel wall and then sliding down like it’s cutting though silk….still baffles me.

    Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito I havn’t seen in ages. It’s alright I guess. Lacking production values though and the story gets a bit too convoluted. I suppose when including alternate worlds that’s to be expected.

  2. dango says:

    Shangri la is pretty good, if your willing to go along with the ride. Great adventure series, fun characters.

    Kuchuu Buranko is interesting, but yeah experimental and pretty weird concepts. Not for every one.

    Hale no guu..I agree dark humour, but hilarious.

    Himitsu revelation good watch, if you like mystery series, its dark and targeted towards a more adult audience..great series.

    Don’t watch romeo and juliet…

    Still want to try hack series sometime though.

  3. Emma-hime says:

    Maybe that was the reason I got fed up with the first season of Sekai senkai psgels, it had a very laggy, acrid feel and not much stood out for me.
    Kuchu was just one of those things I ended up finding too “out there” to enjoy.
    On Romeo and juliet..only..I repeat Baz Luhrman should be allowed to do perfect modern re-maginings of that story and not rub me the wrong way. I agree it drag its feet in the middle but I’m too marriage to original text to properly enjoy it.
    Shangrila I watched the first half of but that economics loli character was the dealbreaker for me.
    Chaos head was one of those series that on first glance actually inspired me, had its slew of ideas but the characterization and animation were both awful.
    Harugu I confess I have seen one episode of, I laughed but have yet to seek it further.
    Bokura ga ita is one of my favourite manga of all time, really knew how to make use of its slow pacing to add punch to the drama.
    You pretty much summed up my thoughts on hack luminality but I actually enjoyed the manga for dusk and hated sign for how glacial and predictable it was and I had no gamers mentality for it. Dusk, however I did read when I was 14.
    Himitsu was actually the series that got me following your blog, intriguing, engaging dark, mature josei, little else like it today in anime too.
    Yami to boushi was confusing but I think that was part of the charm, I got caught up in some episodes and adored the gay undertones, good chara art too. Apparently Kaishaku who did Kannazuki no miko took inspiration from it.

  4. dm00 says:

    I enjoyed Yami to boushi to hon no tabibito primarily for its promise (which I think was only spottily fulfilled — a library full of books representing worlds, a journey from world to world searching for a lost love. It’s a very nice concept. Amazingly, this title has just been licensed in the US and is planned for an October release.

    Oh, my, someone else who liked Shangri-la! I hope to read the novel someday, to see how much of the anime came from the books and how much was anime-original (I have seen the manga adaptation, and it is very different from the anime). I agree that Kuniko’s boomerang was oddly capable (and there was that scene in which she ran around on the wing of a bomber), but I loved Neo-Akihabara and almost everything having to do with Karen.

    Kuuchu Buranko is based on a series of short stories about Dr. Irabu and his patients. The first collection has been translated into English and is available in the US as In the pool. Going by this first book, about 70% of the oddity of Kuuchu Buranko is Kenji Nakamura’s work. Where they coincide, the anime follows the plot and characterizations of the stories fairly closely, but the atmospherics are anime-original. I am tempted to import the English-subtitled disks from Australia.

  5. Tomtom says:

    These kind of posts are what sets this blog apart. Was looking for some things to watch. And y, I have seen Himitsu the Revelation. Been around here since forever, after all ;).

  6. kero says:

    ahh I fucking love Guu, went back to listen to the OP…

    could not get through Romeo x Juliet, it just bored me

    shangri la was interesting, but then I sort of lost interest and didn’t make it through to the end.

    I might try himitsu
    and maybe maybe bokura ga ita if I find myself in the mood for angst and crying

  7. Anri says:

    Guu… so wrong… it’s right!

  8. Avalon says:

    Oh Guu…I truly have fond memories of that show.

  9. Beatslars says:

    Thank you for this post psgels. I thought Shangri-la was fantastic, amidst the issues of the show, it certainly DID have one interesting premise. I am checking out himitsu the revelation, I absolutely love mystery anime series, and this one sounds quite intriguing.

  10. Commenter says:

    Woah, you appreciate Chaos Head?

    I do have some fond memories to that series, though it wasn’t exactly my favorite. The one thing that I got really late(which I think was why it wasn’t really succesful) was that none of the characters actually knows or tells the truth. The best you get is someone who think he/she knows what’s really going on.

    I don’t think that translated well into a tv format.

    If anything, I think this show needed some more time to develop. This show could have used the pace of Texhnolyze. Speaking of which, have you been watching this at all yet?

  11. JaK says:

    Bokura ga Ita really didnt end, they just cut the anime at a particular manga arc end point, theirs a whole bunch of chapters after this which narrate their adult life and also end the whole relationship mess :\

  12. someloser says:

    Banner and trapeeze were good. Romeo and Juliet were FUN at most, then the ending came about and fucking TREES came about and made everything retarded. If Shakespeare’s corpse is still intact and has a potential revolving capability, then I could probably dig up his coffin and use to charge my cellphone.

  13. Malkuth says:

    YamiBou and Liminality?!?!? You were really a different person back then ;)

    Nonetheless, admitting that you liked (maybe still do) such anime, while being able to write a coherent reviews (however much I disagree with them), is what I value on your blog.

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 09:02 PM)
    One-Punch Man’s pilot was almost adapted flawlessly. It straight up uses the manga panels as it’s main storyboard, but added just enough new touches to improve the action instead of ruining it. Now let’s see how they animate the mosquitos and all the lasers for the next episode.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:57 PM)
    And that’s why Madhouse is one of the few respectable studios left. I thought that they will be seriously diminished after Masao Maruyama took some of its key members and funded MAPPA, but One-Punch Man showed that they are still one of the best in the business.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:51 PM)
    @Kaiser The anime industry isn’t advanced enough in CG to make it look good, is all it is.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:51 PM)
    @K-off: Your not wrong, it certainly looks poor but some of the old gonzo animated stuff was far more woeful looking. Stellvia, which was done by xebec was another example of old anime cgi which was quite ugly to look at. Just as I prefer traditional effects in film I also prefer traditional animation techniques to cg.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:42 PM)
    Lately, the use of badly integrated cgi have been making my eyes sore,from the obviously cgi background characters in Asterisk to the overly fluid mech movements in Aldnoah. I still remember the shitty cgi piano hands in Kimi no Uso.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 12:04 AM)
    On the note of good balance between humor and drama- I think BoJack Horseman is an example of a show that executed that almost perfectly in both seasons. You are laughing one minute and amused by the hijinks and silliness and the next minute you are actually moved and shocked by the honest introspection. Too be honest BoJack is more a tragic character then a goofy one, and his struggles are deeper and more existential than they have any business being in a show with anthropomorphic animals.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:56 PM)
    The changes in the setting actually made me more excited for season 3 then what I felt the past few weeks, since now the plot needs to move forward from the cliffhanger and hopefully this translates to more cohesion and refocusing on what mad the show great in the first place. I’m pretty sure S3 will also be a blend of episodic and arch story elements tho. Overall a few ups and downs but still a great show.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:52 PM)
    The finale also had some of the most overall arch story elements featured in the season. Earth joining the Galactic Federation is a big deal story-wise from now on. Also the use of a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” (not the Nine Inch Nails one clearly) was a nice fitting yet surprising touch. The throwback to Mr. PB after the credits was a good idea, but felt flat in it’s actual execution.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:49 PM)
    I thought R&M had a pretty good finale. The episode achieved what was missing from most of season 2, and that was a balance of randomness and meaningful bits. What made Rick Potion #9 and the previous season’s finale and general tone great was a sense of humor that was combined with more sincere drama and character developments; a sort of sweet melancholy.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 09:51 PM)
    @K-off, not having too much trouble with the interface but I still cannot create categories.

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