Author has written 8 stories for Ranma, Naruto, and Fallout.
Thoughts and reflections:
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Kane (Kin) - www.deviantart.com/art/Kane-Kin-488799561
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Anime I have watched in the order I would recommend them:
-Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Words cannot do justice, so instead let me walk you through my (hopefully) spoiler-free thought process upon watching this anime:
So yeah... make of that what you will. Partway through watching this show I thought that every anime aficionado needs to watch this series; afterwards I thought everybody needs to watch this series.
-Bleach - Excellent Anime,
Favourite Character: Kisuke Urahara or Yoruichi Shihoin... too hard to choose. (Also Tier Harribel but keep that one between me and you).
-Fairy Tail - Loved this from the onset, would probably be higher than Bleach if there were more English dubbed episodes available, they know how to have a good, likable, not too powerful but still enough it is satisfying main character. It also has some moments I am man enough to admit made me tear up a little, namely *spoilers* Lisanna's 'death' and Laxus leaving the guild.
-Naruto - Almost if not as good as Bleach (watched this first), Good story if not slightly strange after Orochimaru's introduction and solid characters (even though Naruto can get pretty annoying after a while).
-Naruto Shipppuden - Started off promising with plenty of action and a new exciting plot... went all downhill from there; definite highlight in the Pein invasion though. Rinnegan is probably the best thing Kishimoto ever did (While Edo Tensei is the worst... freaking Haxx Jutsu).
-Attack on Titan - Words are almost unable to describe how epic this anime was for me; got through all twenty five episodes in two days without barely a break, I only wish there were more (Oh kami why aren't there more) If I have any recommendations for potential viewers though... don't spoil it for yourself; I got curious and looked ahead slightly, completely took the suspense out of some aspects that I won't reveal now. Otherwise the only thing I have to say is go watch it, damn good show; I might even read the manga just to see what actually happens.
-Ranma 1/2 - First anime I ever watched and still one of my favourites to this day; odd but enjoyable storyline as well as intriguing characters, another anime that knows how to have a well-balanced main character (Even if he can be insufferably naïve at times) Only downside... Akane, 'nuff said.
-Code Geass - I was always a little wary of the more mainstream Anime like this one but If this is the example of what I was missing then I've been horribly wrong. An incredible story with amazing twists and turns that I had to almost force myself not to spoil by looking ahead. It's complemented by a cast of incredible characters that each has their part to play, no matter how insignificant they may seem at first. A masterpiece of a woven tale.
-Rosario Vampire - Another of my earlier watched Anime, interesting setting and plot if not a bit childish at times; irritatingly flaky main character but it's made up for by a strong cast *cough*Mizore*cough*Ura Moka*cough*.
-Elfen Lied - One of my favourites of all time anime due to its absolutely beautiful and compelling story (great music too) I only wish it had been longer and there was more LucyxKohta, but what we got was still fantastic for condensing down a 107 chapter manga.
-Sekirei - Another favourite of mine, might have ranked higher had the story had a more serious tone, still excellent nonetheless; once again a good cast supported by an interesting plot.
-Death Note - This is definitely one of those Anime I just don't want to talk about, purely because it should be you discovering these incredible twists and turns (that for once I didn't ruin for myself) However I can say it's well worth watching, the characters and story was immersive and incredibly captivating and just well worth watching all the way to the end.
-Soul Eater - If you like Fairy tail then you will probably like this; a good, if not all that serious, Anime based around people that can turn into weapons and a bad guy whose main strength is his insanity. If that premise isn't enough to draw you in then... I don't know, go read a book or something.
-Mirai Nikki - I have to say I absolutely loved the story this Anime told, it made it worth watching subbed (They need to make a dubbed version). Few others could come up with something so convoluted yet still tell an engaging and riveting story. It's also the first anime I watched with a proper Yandere pairing, which is just rare. If you watch it though make sure you stick around until after the credits on the last episode.
-Kill La Kill - Wow... just wow... seriously; every single episode was like a damn roller-coaster of epic moments, all of them trying to outdo the last with more hilarity, obscene fights and sheer ridiculousness. This is from the same guys who did Gurren Lagaan so some absurdity is to be expected but, well... wow. The Characters, the animation, the music, it was all over-the-top done right; in the end it just makes you want to watch more! And in a time when I am finding it increasingly difficult to say the same for most anime that's a real breath of fresh air. Highly recommended as a light-hearted but still incredibly enjoyable anime.
-Angel Beats! - Man, I actually have tears on my cheeks as I write this; an Anime's ending has never tugged on my heartstrings like this one has. The story, the characters, the music; I had no complaints. Seriously; just go watch it.
-Sword Art Online - I really need to listen to you guys' advice more often; this was a great anime, it had action, a touching romance that you genuinely rooted for, interesting sub plots, a coherent story and an interesting setting (all three of them). Sometimes the plot got a bit disjointed but that was mostly due to suffering from 'teen anime syndrome' and nothing was really ruined for it. Also a fun take on having the 'weak' male lead but putting him in a situation where he can be stronger than anyone else; it makes it awesomely relatable.
-Kenichi: World's Mightiest Disciple - I wasn't sure what to expect with this one considering it was recommended to me amongst a few other less-than-par Anime however I have to say was pleasantly surprised. A lot of Anime now is really tasteless fan service but this, this was a nice, genuine Anime with an interesting story that didn't get repetitive or boring and had great progression. I just wish that the Anime would continue with the manga's story but if I didn't know about that I would have said it was a great, self-contained story in a convenient fifty-episode package.
-Avatar: Legend of Aang - Might not really be considered an anime but this has to go on here as my childhood favourite; great story and setting if not let down slightly by the cast (not the voice actors mind you).
-Avatar: Legend of Korra - You know, I honestly didn't expect this show to live up to its predecessor... and it kind of didn't; but that doesn't mean it still wasn't an awesome show. If there two aspects I feel they really managed to nail, it was the character interactions and the humour. Bolin was much better comic relief than Sokka in my opinon. Plus the characters are older so romance plays a bit more heavily, even if there was a rather stupid and unnecessary love triangle to begin with. Still, Korra kicked ass; none of the villains flopped, her supporting cast were entertaining and not irritating; so all good! Damn if I don't miss Toph though...
-Heaven's Lost Property - You know, I typed in 'good ecchi anime' into Google and this was what I got, don't regret it for a second. Male lead was a bit annoying but quite relatable (you have to admit you would make some of the same choices as him) although the highlight was definitely the angeloids.
-No Game No Life - To be honest, I was wondering if an anime could get this high on my list again but damn if this one didn't give it a good crack. I'm not sure I can pin down the exact features that make No Game so apealing, perhaps the protagonist's relationship (Or the cuteness, in Shiro's case... or alternately the badassedness in Sora's case) Or perhaps the rich world, interesting characters, unbelievable premise, gripping pacing... ah well, you get the idea; it's a really good show and would probably rank higher if it weren't for the sentimental values I hold for those above it.
-Campione! - Interesting anime with very interesting concepts, it makes you want to watch more both with the character interactions, which can be both humorous and serious at the appropriate moments, and the various abilities the protagonist displays. I mean how many anime have the main character's ability be to destroy his enemies simply by having knowledge about them?
-Highschool of the Dead - I'll be honest, I went in for the boobs but I came out with a great story, good character interaction and a surprisingly excellent male lead who wasn't a freaking pussy (you see that far too often now in anime) It was funny, witty and memorable alternating between serious and flippant at the drop of a coin.
-Noragami - Well if this didn't just sneak in to my favourite's list; there's not many a bad word to say about this particular anime. It's touching, action-packed, has an interesting premise and art-style as well as good songs. Best of all it manages to cram all of this into a neat twelve episode package which simply means there is never a dull moment. The Characters were also well-developed in the brief time we know them and a few of them genuinely grow on you.
-Magi - This encompasses both the Labyrinth and the Kingdom of Magic, as one is just the continuation of the series, but that's unimportant. What's important is that this is a great anime; I get so many Fairy Tail vibes when watching it it's unreal. Once again another Anime has found an interesting and unique way to introduce magic to a world rich with interesting characters, races and nationalities. The art style was cute or serious when it needed to be and the fight scenes got epic in proportion, always spaced out just enough to keep intrigue.
-Highschool DxD - Admittedly this should probably be higher in the list but again there aren't enough episodes to ground it as memorable or noteworthy; definitely an interesting plot and reasonable cast but just could have done with, well, more.
-Ao No Exorcist - I had actually been looking for this anime for a while after I saw an image of it; didn't know it's name until I saw it on a list of recommended shows; can't say they were wrong now for recommending it. I love the idea for this show, the animation was superb, even in the small details which I actually found myself appreciating more than once and even if I found a few characters rather lackluster or in some cases a little irritating (this show had a serious case of me disliking the main romantic interest, as many anime do) I found the others made up for it quite nicely, especially the protagonist.
-Log Horizon - With such a strange name I wasn't sure what to think at first; twenty five episodes later though and I have a good idea what this series is... Sword Art Online, crossed with Code Geass. It's not quite up to the level of those two, but it's certainly a good watch; like the former it focuses a lot on characters, the main ones in particular, yet like the latter it is more intelligent than it's MMORPG-styled cousin. All in all though, it's up there on my list and I would recommend it if you enjoyed either of the mentioned two.
-Fate/Zero - Wow, this is like Fate/Stay Night's cooler older brother; the story is tighter, the action is more epic, the characters are better rounded and there is no messy romance mucking things up. Instead of having a protagonist, the story is told from the various perspectives of the participants and you really get a feel for their motivations and the reasons behind their actions. In all its a much more polished version of the Type-Moon universe.
-Psycho-Pass - Phew, you want fast-paced, futuristic, dystopian crime drama from an anime? Look no further friend; with a kind of Ghost in the Shell-meets-Death Note vibe this is an interesting, gripping and thought-provoking show with an interesting cast thrown into an even more interesting "Utopian" society. What's more, it ends on a note you wouldn't be dissapointed with, yet leaves room for a sequel series tastefully.
-Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - This was supposed to be the anime that inspired the Matrix? Don't really see it if I'm honest; not because it isn't good, but there are only loose similarities at best. But beyond that it is in fact good; the world is rich and detailed, slowly being built up and explained over time, and the characters are expressed well while retaining a good air of mystery, which suits the theme of the show. Good Sci-fi thriller, along the lines of a more fast-paced blade runner (A likely inspiration it would appear). My only complaint might be the Tachikoma-ex-machina, but even I have to admit it's necessary some times to keep up with the plot.
-Darker than Black - I hesitate to leave this anime at this spot in the list; to be honest if I had only seen the first season it would have been a no-brainer; it was fast-paced, action packed and interesting despite it's rather episodic nature for the first half. However season two put a large damper on things, it shifted the focus to a wholly unwanted direction, adding in new characters where they weren't needed and took focus off the characters we already know and like. To be honest I would recommend people just not watch the second season; the first is better off without it; throughout the entirety of 'Gemini of the meteor' I felt like there was something I was missing; it was confusing and felt rushed... not to mention the unnecessary shounen elements randomly thrown it, like the stupid magical girl transformation scene (you know which one I mean if you've seen it).
-The World God Only Knows - When I've commended and an anime on it's impressive, diverse or entertaining cast of characters I never thought I would find one like this. It takes an interesting twist of the traditional dating-sim styled anime with an underlying story that is interesting, if not all that pertinent. But where this one really comes into it's own is the characters, especially the protagonist.
-Medaka Box - I remember first watching this a long time ago, when I was first branching out into Anime beyond the traditional Ecchi's and Big Three... I didn't much care for it and didn't make it to the second episode. Now though, coming back and re-watching it; I can't for the life of me think why... It certainly wasn't boredom, or for lack of interesting characters or even a driving plot. At least now I can say both seasons of this fun, exciting and intriguing story were worth the trouble.
-Deadman Wonderland - Hmmm, what to say about Deadman wonderland? It's weird that's for sure, quirky too with interesting character powers and a main character that slowly but surely grows on you; he could have gotten more powerful by the end but that's just me, maybe the manga fixes that. Overall a good watch, certainly kept me interested throughout; maybe I'm just disappointed by the lack of resolution and a second season... ah well.
-Hell Girl - For an anime that starts out rather repetitive, it ends with a rather powerful climax; it completely subverts your expectations of what you think the story will revolve around and takes you for a surprisingly emotional ride all the way to the end. I feel the story might have been a bit dragged out and many of the female characters all looked the same, but the important ones were distinct enough to be memorable, especially hell girl herself.
-Unbreakable Machine-Doll - This was an anime recommended to me by one of my very kind readers so I'd like to thank them for it; I enjoyed this all the way through as it has a unique, interesting plot with funny, cute and empathisable characters (sure that isn't a word but I'll roll with it).
-Neon Genesis Evangelion - This started out as a pretty cool mecha anime which I'm not usually the type for (was willing to give a chance thanks to Code Geass) and I was pretty interested, dated animation aside. Toward the end it got just a bit too psychological and strange for my taste but all in all a pretty solid watch.
-Hellsing - What can I say, pretty much a classic in the anime world now, surprised I went as long as I did without watching it and I can say it was worth the wait. It took a used premise (vampires) and made it incredibly interesting and up-to-date in a way that made me didn't want to kill myself (looking at you Kristen 'mouth-breather' Stewart). Although the female protagonist did somewhat irk me at times she was also well written.
-Claymore - A strong anime with strong characters that have a nice build-up and very human (ironically) back stories. The pacing seemed a bit off and at times it moved relatively slowly but it was rather neat with its twenty six episodes (damn open ending though). Although I have to say for an anime about strong heroine characters, there still managed to be an annoying, weak, male protagonist (sort of?) that pissed me off... especially at the end.
-Fate Stay Night - Oddly, the most I can say about this, is that it is good. It was a good show; nothing outstanding yet at the same time I have no great criticisms for it. It was slightly long-winded and slow-paced but at the same time it had a great deal of content to give. It had an interesting premise but not one I think it handled to the extent it could have. It was fairly predictable in parts but at the same time didn't end nearly the way I though it would. So yeah... Good. One thing I do have to say though is that I really couldn't understand a lot of the Characters' motives or reasoning, they just weren't explained all too well save in a few cases.
-Ben-to - What an absurd, yet oddly charming show; an entire premise built around high school students literally fighting over half-priced bento... only in Japan. But yes, it is charming, the animation is good and does the fight scenes justice, the characters are likable and there's even a Kuudere female lead! Very charming indeed.
-Puella Magi Madoka Magika - Well... mind blown; what else is there to say? If you have preconceptions about magical girl shows just go ahead and abandon them at the door because you can be sure that Madoka doesn't conform to them... at all. Mixing an interesting art style with a story that, while not all that captivating to begin with, really does hook you in after a few episodes.
-Dangan Ronpa - What a weird concept; kids locked in a high school and the only way out is to flawlessly get away with a murder; an intriguing concept that manages to keep you entertained throughout all thirteen episodes. The character are interesting (those that survive long enough to be properly explored at least) and there are a few unexpected turns I will admit (Others are a tad more predictable though).
-Inuyasha - For some reason I never got very far in this series, perhaps due to it's similarities with Ranma, from what I saw though it is still a strong anime with a likable lead (if not relatable) with a surprisingly good female lead, It's nice to see somebody like Kagome for a change as opposed to people like Akane (the bad kind of Tsundere).
-To Love Ru - Another of those classic anime's I'm surprised I went as long as I did without seeing (except for the difficulty of finding it online... Animeron.tv for those of you interested) This is pretty much THE Ecchi anime that started the others (or at least made them more mainstream) and I have to say I wasn't disappointed. There were some pretty cliché things there but I think that was because this Anime started those clichés in the first place.
-Shuffle! - Surprisingly good for what you go in expecting, namely just another harem story with a pathetic male lead. However it actually had a rather engaging story that occasionally surprised me with various plot points.
-Maken Ki! - Wow, this is a pretty much an archetypal ecchi anime, but at least it's a good one... and it definitely tries to be diverse in what it does; can't fault it there.
-Manyuu Hikenchou - Ehehe... everybody has that one guilty pleasure right? I'll leave it at that *hangs head in shame*.
-Seikon no Qwaser - Hmm, how to sum this anime up in a single sentence? People who gain the ability to control certain elements of the periodic table by sucking breast milk (from the source)... yeah, make of that what you will but I have to say it was definitely enjoyable (for the most part).
-Grenadier - While maybe not the best, this is one of those anime that just made me feel a little fuzzy inside the whole way through; it was nice and concise with a nicely wrapped up story and the characters were all good, none of them annoying or contrived. I like to think of this as a spiritual predecessor of Manyuu Hikenchou, with much less Ecchi (not that there isn't a little).
-Hyakka Ryouran - Damn, I could draw so many parallels with Sekirei and this anime it's unreal (but this one is shorter by a wide margin); this is not a criticism as both are enjoyable to watch, and I especially loved the art style they decided to go with, like watching a traditional Japanese painting come to life. In all the Characters could have been a bit more three dimensional but with the time-frame they had, it was a good watch.
-Mahoromatic - Surprisingly enjoyable for what it is, an anime about a kickass retired android who just wants to be a maid with a few funny moments... didn't particularly enjoy the main character (no not Mahoro) or the last episode but the rest was, in a word, good.
-Beelzebub - I have to be honest, at first I didn't think much of this Anime but it definitely grew on me; the initially slightly annoying character interactions become amusing later on and you find yourself (somewhat) sympathising with the protagonist as he has heaps of misfortune piled up on him... only for him to then dump that on his best friend (Oh Furuichi...).
-Gantz - Boy was this one weird; not in a bad way, just weird; although I suppose I have to give it credit for originality. On the other hand I do feel as though this would have been one of those anime that would be better to have read as the manga... oh well.
-My Teen RomCom Snafu - I have to admit this anime caught me off guard; I wasn't expecting such a seemingly ordinary high-school situation show to be so entertaining. The main character's very dry and cynical sense of humour was incredibly funny for me; definitely worth a watch.
-Jormungand - I liked the animation style for this one, very fluid and it served the action scenes well, for which there were a lot of. A few of the main characters were reasonably well fleshed out but overall the anime seemed to fall short on that front. Most of the time though I felt myself wondering just what the point of the story was, or lack there of. The anime lacked any real direction or over-arching plot so it turned out rather episodic which was a bit unfulfilling. Overall fairly decent though.
-OniAi- Not the most amazing or captivating anime I admit but it has more than its fair share of interesting and cute moments; nothing to complain about regarding the Characters to its safe to say it was a decent, entertaining Ecchi with enough plot to keep you through until the end.
-Kampfer - Hmm, odd one this; looked it up because I enjoyed Ranma and thought it might have some of the same themes but really it just an excuse to have a guy in awkward situations and the occasional fan service... didn't say they weren't humorous situations though. Even though it was a little predictable at times (Read: a lot) It had some good fight scenes and awkward moments that made it interesting.
-Tenjou Tenge - Wow, what to say about this other than the fact two thirds of the entire anime story was a giant flashback, that we already knew the end of. Well, it was good enough if action was what you are looking for and the story was at last compelling, if not all that cohesive. However the lack of any real ending was rather unsatisfying, especially when the story finally seemed to be progressing again.
-Hagenai - An often amusing and sometimes just absurd anime, it does often suffer from the stereotypical Japanese high school cliches; however it has an interesting cast with enjoyable, if not slightly predictable, interactions.
-Freezing - A rather interesting, but short anime; its intriguing for the amount of questions it leaves you with by the end (frustrating too) but it's still worth watching as a generic but enjoyable ecchi.
-Infinite Stratos - Again, surprisingly good once you get past the horrific English stereotypes (yes I am English) Some nice action and the occasional funny moment, they do tend to overdo it just a little though and the 'romance' is laid on rather thick.
-Lucky Star - I was amazed myself I actually got through both seasons of this, it wasn't bad by any stretch of the imagination but if you are looking for any kind of action or adventure... turn away now. It was mostly just girls talking, which turned out somewhat interesting; it's definitely a change of pace from traditional anime.
-Maoyu - An interesting twist on the tradition humans vs demons conflict done with a cute and quirky style. There isn't much substance to it and the characters are rather one-dimensional, but they're at least interesting. Oddly, none of them have names, which I found to be both intriguing and strange.
-Date a Live - I think this anime lost the plot somewhere along the way... not that it had much of one to begin with; kind of a silly premise too, but it was somewhat enjoyable. The aesthetics were good, as well as the voice acting (dubbed at least) and the characters were rather amusing. But if there is one word I couldn't use to describe the entire anime, it's "explanation". I had no clue what the hell was going on half the time, and nothing was at all explained, making too many things just confusing.
-Spice and Wolf - Certainly a slower paced anime than most, and perhaps not the most exciting or gripping, however it does have a rather heart-warming feel to it once you begin to learn about the characters. It's also rather interesting with its many plot points based around the mercantile system. The two main character make a good duo and it's mostly their interaction that will carry you through the show.
-Princess Resurrection - To be honest this wasn't a bad anime; it at least had a good premise, decent animation and an intriguing underlying story. The problem was likely that it was in fact an anime and therefore couldn't represent the character development properly in only 24 episodes. The characters themselves were painfully one-dimensional, never showing an inch of change or growth; including, and most infuriatingly, the pathetic, whiny main character that managed to symbolize everything I hate about average male protagonists in Anime. So in other words... alright, but I'll struggle to even remember their names after a few days.
-Love me, Seriously!! - Hmm, I have to say this is a rather plain harem ecchi... and the fact I have watched enough anime now to say that astounds me. But it has some funny and cute moments (although it hasn't seemed to learn the lesson that random does not always equal funny). I suppose it at least makes the difference that he male lead isn't completely useless, although the various girls' affections towards him are somewhat arbitrary at best.
-I Couldn't Become a Hero so I Reluctantly Decided to get a Job Instead - Absurdly long name aside, this was an okay anime. They best way I could describe it is 'cute' It wasn't particularly captivating and the story was a little flimsy (read: practically nonexistent) but the characters were at least tolerable. The protagonist did suffer from a bit of 'can't handle harems' syndrome, but there was a cute kuudere there to at least distract me.
-Mysterious Girlfriend X - One of the weirdest premises to what by all rights is a standard highschool anime, seriously, I can't even really explain it beyond... saliva. Not bad at all, but it is rather predictable in parts, and slow-moving in others. The main boy was also so bog-standard (in comparison to the very unique leading girl) it almost became frustrating.
-Princess Lover - Pretty run of the mill harem ecchi to be honest, however for once I didn't hate any of the girls, so there's that. It's pretty concise too and it knows what it is without trying to pretend to have a real, deep plot. Although, I have to give them props for the OVA; more ecchi anime need to take the next step like this one did.
-Asobi Ni Iku Yo! - A fun andbubbly, if not rather shallow ecchi, but if cat-girls are your thing then look no further my friend; you have founf the holy grail of your genre.
-Black Rock Shooter - Talk about a Shojo disguised as a Shonen; i felt this show could have been so much better. The animation alternated between okay and awesome, but only the awesomely animated parts were actually interesting, and they were just arbitrary action sequences (that were awesome). Maybe it's just because I couldn't really empathise with the characters, but that's because it's really a Shojo disguised as a Shounen.
-Air Gear - This one started out with a lot of promise; cool concept, decent art style, interesting characters... but it totally lost the plot somewhere along the way (around episode 20 I think) I don't know, maybe the manga did it better because it could space out this change a bit more but in the anime it came totally out of left field. Plus at that point the female 'protagonist' was really starting to get on my nerves like a lot of them tend to do. (Oh why oh why is it that the main female characters are usually worse than the side-characters?)
-Sasami-san@Ganbaranai - This anime seemed to start off with a decent premise, even if the characters seemed a little one-dimensional; but then... just what the hell happened? It's like the creators started of with a story idea that they just never finished, instead the ending turned into complete and utter crack!
-Ikkitousen - I had a bit of difficulty following the plot with this one but there was enough action and... other stuff, that kept me interested long enough to get through it, but not enough to get me to watch the second series... yeah, in a word, confusing.
-Bakemonogatari - Again a fairly forgettable story with only a few moments interesting enough to keep you watching until the end, probably still worth watching though if for nothing else than learning a bit about Japanese monsters, also had a vaguely Kisuke-esque character who was amusing. However I do wish there was a second season though just to explain more about that little vampire girl who looked far too much like Kusano-chan from Sekirei.
-Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagaan - Started off really promising, especially with Yoko's introduction, however it only got more and more confusing and convoluted after that; stopped watching some time after Nia was taken over by that red light-thingy, they just lost my interest.
-Queen's Blade - Completely forgettable story, completely forgettable characters save a few exceptions (if you've watched it you probably know who) and a less than gripping sup-par plot; you would only watch this anime for one reason, I know I did (And if you've watched it, you probably know that too).
-Higurashi When They Cry - Chalk this up to another I couldn't make it all the way through; I was struggling by the tenth episode and it was a miracle I got to the sixteenth. It started out intriguing, with a lot of mystery and interesting characters but then it got confusing... then it got convoluted... then it just became boring. I knew suspenseful things were going on and there was some kind of underlying plot; I just couldn't bring myself to care... at all.
-KissxSis - First English subbed anime I watched, probably not for the wiser; it was fairly decent with some amusing moments but it got fairly stale and repetitive after the first couple of episodes.
-School Days - Again, another anime I just couldn't make it all the way through, If I wanted to watch a highschool drama there are plenty of those in England and America, I watch Anime for Anime... so not bad but not to my particular taste.
-So I Can't Play H? - A pretty average, underwhelming anime with the obligatory convoluted plot that I couldn't make it all the way through (Thus the low ranking). I ask you; why in anime must the lone female childhood friend always be either sickeningly sweet (and useless, usually with glasses) or an inexplicably irritating Tsundere (the bad kind)?
-Girls Bravo - I barely remember anything about this anime, weak male lead, abusive female Tsundere *sigh* and naïve 'cute' girl... so typical it just rolls right out of your memory, not much more to say.
-Green Green - Don't watch this... seriously, just don't.
-Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt - Wow, actually found an 'anime' worse than Green Green... who'd have thunk eh? I have to use ' ' marks around anime because I don't know how anyone could call that piece of crap masquerading as a cartoon an anime. The animation looks straight out of a third-rate cartoon network show, with dialogue written by a seriously messed up thirteen year old (So basically toilet humour and PG 13 sexual innuendo). Seriously, and some reviewers gave this four stars... FOUR! And that's out of five! I just don't understand it; I had to drag myself kicking and screaming through the second episode alone. I just refuse to call that shit an Anime.
Manga I've read in the order I read and finished them:
-Choudokyuu Shoujo 4946 - My god this was amazing, I don't think I could have chosen a better Manga to start with than this; words cannot describe until you have reached the end; just an all round amazing story, both in the characters it brings to life and the love it tries to get across (And succeeds at). Read it if you haven't, it is well worth it.
-Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou - For some reason this manga just really appeals to me (go figure huh?), Maybe it's the way too cute ditzy Harpy or the sometimes too-loving Lamia... it's probably the Goo girl though. It's a fun, amusing and entertaining read though so I'd recommend it; probably requires a certain taste though.
-Naruto - Mostly read this just to keep up to date for Fanfic's sake... it's just crazy right now; and not necessarily in the best way.
-Kenichi: World's mightiest disciple - The anime was good, but it left me dissatisfied that I couldn't watch more; this more than made up for it. The anime was great but Kenichi doesn't really hit his stride until right after when those events finish and the Yomi arc begins. Seeing him become stronger, learning and failing and getting even stronger in response; you really do grow an attachment to the characters too, getting a better idea of their motivations, their stories. Right now this is by an far my favourite manga series.
-Soul Eater- I was rather surprised by the differences this held to the Anime, it was a marked improvement for me as it allowed the characters a lot more time to grow and develop. Plus the characters became pretty awesome over time and even my previous dislike of Black star melted away seeing just how far he was pushing himself.
-Sora no Otoshimono - Words... can't really convey it it be honest; from the anime I just expected this to be a light-hearted, slightly ecchi, humorous manga; and it was. But at the same time I didn't even notice how much it began to touch me, right up until that very last chapter when it all seemed to come together and really hit me. Beautiful moments, mixed into an enjoyable, light, well-natured story.
-Ao no Exorcist - Hmm, not really much else to say other than the manga is more of what the anime was giving, although there is the fact it doesn't veer off in one direction like the anime did and seems to have a much longer-term story in the works, which is understandable. Although I am steadily coming to understand that if I find a character annoying in an anime, it is generally the fault of the anime, I hated Shiemi in the anime but in the manga she is actually much better.
-Sekirei - Hmm, not a lot of difference to mention from the anime to be honest, just a continuation and a slight change up of events (that actually make more sense now, but I digress...) I'm a little worried in the direction it seems to be taking, especially regarding Miya, but in all I got more of what the anime offered; a light-hearted, enjoyable story. Although... why Akitsu!? WHY!?
-Rosario Vampire - Phew, did not expect that. Man, from the anime you'd never think this manga could touch on deeper themes, but it really manages to. It's also strengthened my belief that short, status-quo keeping anime are bad for this kind of harem genre. The characters don't progress or grow in the show, but in the manga they actually develop and become better and more likable.
All time favourite Fanfiction stories (completion not a necessity as long as they are ongoing):
The Prodigal Namikaze - A very unique take on an older AU Naruto where his parents lived and he is the older sibling to the Kyuubi Jinchuuriki(s), very good story with believable twists and turns. (Ongoing) NarutoxKurotsuchi