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| "Re(2):Anime Recommendations - Part 2" , posted Tue 8 Feb 19:06|
Grenadier is good, and complete AFAIK.
That's the only complete and unlicensed show in Japan that I've managed to finish thus far. Well, that and Kannazuki no Miko, but I doubt it fits your description (despite being a good watch).
Maria-sama ga Miteru just finished recently. I only recommend it because it's a pretty off-beat show, so there's not necessarily anyone who will definitely like or not like the show. I'd recommend downloading two or three episodes and if you're not strangely engrossed in it by then, dump it.
If you haven't heard of it before, it's a very formal little show about a Catholic girls' school with a lot of implied lesbian romance. The girls never really get past the dating, kissing, and angsting stage of romance, but for some reason, I'm glued to it. Maybe because it's probably the first show I've seen about lesbians that isn't the lesbian equivalent of blaxploitation. If I had to make a comparison, it's sort of like "Little Women... If They Were Gay".
Another show you might be interested in, though it isn't finished, is Keroro Gunsou. It's a grievous crime against mankind that only six episodes have been fansubbed, but they're six hilarious episodes that don't really follow any kind of established plot. It's a pure comedy show, mixing bits of Pinky & The Brain, Invader Zim, and a bunch of references to classic shows like Mobile Suit Gundam and Hokuto No Ken. And if you find that you're upset by the lack of more episodes, there's always the manga. Six volumes of it have been released in the United States. It's Tokyopop, but it's not too bad.
And Re Cutie Honey, if it isn't licensed yet, is essentially Godannar with a female superhero instead of robots. It's an OVA, so there's more actual nudity, and the majority of that nudity is even more hilarious than the fanservice in Godannar. I haven't watched the final (third) episode, but I know it was fansubbed by someone other than the first two. Hopefully that episode's subbing doesn't suck.
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| "Re(5):Anime Recommendations - Part 2" , posted Wed 9 Feb 08:59|
I started Monster this season because of a huge lack of new shows to watch. yum.
Monster is worthless. It's not because the crappy formula of "let's adapt a comic page after page, episode after episode" is used on a great manga and not of a moronic Jump thing that it is any worthwile.
The adaptation is... there is no adaptation. There are colors, objectable music, bad direction that flattens the rythm even more, and some voice actors are really poorly chosen (I mean, Grimmer. What ?)
There are two really great shows this season : Gankutsuô continues, and Starship Operators, despise what it seems, is not Maria sama in space. There are a few weird characters with really kimoi voices, but the show is a great SF story and the characters are not bad at all.
If it needed another selling point, it is shown near Xenosaga, who has all the failures Starship Operators could have had : kimoi characters all over the place, cliché situations, Nobuteru Yuki...
I still don't understand how a show with operators talking to each other while sitting in their chairs can be more thrilling than a show with cyborgs and boobs and battles in space. Maybe because the first one is very well written and the last one very badly.
I don't remember there ever had a season when I was wondering if I would buy the DVDs for 2 shows (Gankutsuô and Starship Operators). Yes, they are that good.
Ah, also, Champloo continues, and the recent episodes are surprisingly not bad. It was about time.
Beside those three, there is nothing worth watching... UNTIL THE TOKUBETSUEN OF OTOGIZOUSHI !
Aaah, Urabe, what antics do you have in store for us next.
| "Re(1):Anime Recommendations - Part 2" , posted Wed 9 Feb 09:06|
I'm a bit ashamed to admit it, but I liked Migic Nurse Komugi. It's a cute, funny little show with good art. I enjoyed it much more than the convoluted, loopy Soultaker it was spun off of.
As for the unlicensed front, I haven't gotten through much of the backlog on my computer. 2x2 Shinobuden is a great, funny series and it's a crime that there isn't more of it. If you want even more absurdist humor, go for Bobobo. I'm still waiting for someone to release the next goddamn episode of Keroro Gunso. Do we really need 50 seperate groups each releasing a verison of Naruto, or Bleach, or Ah! My Goddess?
It's been a while, but I echo the accolaides of Re: Cutie Honey - watch the first episode if just for the outsanding animation.