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ACCA | Accel World | Air TV | Aishiteruze Baby | Akagami no Shirayukihime | Akatsuki no Yona
Aldnoah.Zero | Angel Beats! | Animal Academy | AnoHana| Arata: The Legend | Assassination Classroom | Asterisk War | Astro Boy | Azumanga Daioh

Bakuman | Beast Master | Beyblade | Birdy the Mighty: Decode | Black Bullet | Black Cat
Blue Inferior| Brynhildr in the Darkness | Buddy Complex | Bungou Stray Dogs

[C]-Control | Captain Earth | Case Closed | Casshern Sins | Celestial Method | Charlotte
Chichikogusa | Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai | Clannad | Clay Lord | Claymore | Code: Breaker
Code-E | Code Geass | Coppelion | Corset ni Tsubasa | Crest of the Stars | Cyborg 009

DanMachi | Darker Than Black | Darling in the FranXX | Dawn of the Arcana | Dengeki Daisy
A Devil and Her Love Song | Diamond Cut Diamond | Digimon Adventure | Digimon Data Squad
Digimon Tamers | Dimension W | Disastrous Life of Saiki K. | .hack//G.U.+ | .hack//link
.hack//Quantum | .hack//SIGN | .hack//xxxx | Double Gauge | Dragon Drive | Durarara!!

Eden of the East | El Cazador de la Bruja | Elemental Gelade | Erased | Ergo Proxy | Eureka 7

Figure 17 | Frankenstein Family | The Friendly Winter | Free! | Fruits Basket | Full Metal Panic

Gakuen Babysitters | Gargantia | Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun | GetBackers | Guilty Crown
Gundam Seed | Gunslinger Girl

Hayate the Combat Butler | Heat Guy J | Heroic Legend of Arslan | Hetalia: Axis Powers | Hitogatana
Horimiya | Hunter x Hunter | Hyouka

Illegal Rare | Immortal Rain | Inu x Boku | Irregular at Magic High School | Iris Zero | Isshukan Friends

Joker Game | Jormungand | Jyu-Oh-Sei

K | Kado | Kagerou Days | Karneval | Kiddy Grade | Kimi ni Todoke | Kimi to Boku | Kino's Journey
Kino: The Beautiful World | Kiznaiver | Kotoura-san | Kuromukuro

La Corda D'Oro | Lagrange | Last Exile | Last Ranker be the Last One |Library Wars | Lime Odyssey
Little Busters | Love So Life | Lucky Star

Mai-HiME | Maid-Sama! | Majestic Prince | MAOH | March Comes in Like a Lion | Medabots
Michiko & Hatchin | Monster Rancher | Mouretsu Pirates | My Hero Academia | My Little Monster
My Love Story!!

Nabari no Ou | Nagi no Asukara | Naruto | Night Head | Night Raid 1931 | Nisekoi | No.6
Norn9 | Nui! | Nukoduke!

Oban Star Racers | Okami-san and her Seven Companions | Okami-kodomo | One Piece
One-Punch Man | Orange | Oresama Teacher | Otomen

Pet Girl of Sakurasou | Plastic Memories | +Anima | Poco's Udon World | Pokemon | Princess Jellyfish
Psyren | Pumpkin Scissors

Re-Life | Rideback | R.o.D. TV | Romeo x Juliet | The Royal Tutor | Rurouni Kenshin | RWBY

S.A. | Saijou no Meii | Sailor Moon: Crystal | Samurai 7 | Sands of Destruction | School Rumble
Seven Deadly Sins | Sgt. Frog | Shining Hearts | Shirayukihime to 7-nin no Shuujin
Silver Diamond | Skip Beat | SNAFU | Solty Rei | Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii | Spiral | Starry Sky
The Story of Saiunkoku | Sword Art Online | SAO II

Tegami Bachi | Touhou Shinigami | Trickster | Trigun | Tsubasa: Those With Wings | Tsukikage Ran

UN-GO | The Unlimited

Valvrave | Violet Evergarden

Wasureyuki | When Supernatural Battles Become Commonplace | Whistle! | WIXOSS | Wolf's Rain
World Embryo | World Trigger

Yatterman Night | Yotsuba&! | Young Black Jack | Your Lie in April | Your Name |
YowaPeda | Yuusen Shojo

Zankyou no Terror | Zennou no Noa | Zoids | Zoids: Chaotic Century

Frankenstein Family

Plot: Child genius Tanisu and his four older siblings were raised by mad scientists on an isolated island. When their parents are arrested for the experiments they were running on the four older siblings, the children are moved to another island and must learn to get by in normal society. (B-)

Characters: Most are decently developed, but not enough for you to get invested. (B-)

Artwork & Animation: B

Voice Acting: B

Music: C

Objectionable Content: mild

Other: This series starts out as a fluffy, harmless, slice-of-life story, basically focusing on how the kids interact with each other and the outside world. You get glimpses of its darker side throughout the show, but nothing is explained in depth. The climax of the show is also half-baked (and kind of ridiculous).

My biggest complaint aside from the ending is that a substantial chunk of each episode is wasted on recaps and voice actor interviews. Now, I normally have no problem with VA interviews, but they shouldn't take up almost half of the show's allotted runtime.

Overall Score: B-

Recommendation: 2/5

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The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

Plot: Saiki Kusuo seems to be an average and unremarkable teenager, but the truth is that he has ESP. Can he survive high school without blowing his cover or causing a disaster? (Basically summed up as "The misadventures of a teenager with superpowers." Nothing remarkable as far as an overarching plot goes. -- C)

Characters: The highlight of the show. Over-powered Saiki can be bribed with his favorite dessert, Kaido is a delusional dork with a heart of gold, and Nendo is...Nendo. XD -- B+

Artwork & Animation: Simplistic; not great, but not bad. B-

Voice Acting: B

Music: C

Objectionable Content: some sexually suggestive material, profanity

Other: This is a fast-paced comedy with some stupid and hilarious gags (and the characters all talk a mile a minute). There are a lot of 4th-wall-breaking references to manga and anime, including the show's source material. While some comedies suffer from having a character/characters constantly being the butt of the joke, this one avoids that pitfall, which makes it all the more fun. (I did not enjoy Toritsuka, though, and skipped the episodes that centered on him.)

Overall Score: B-

Recommendation: 3/5 because it's good to laugh

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I'm going a bit off the beaten path this time with a series that's not technically anime -- but it's sure close enough, and TDE has me on a roll with his recent analysis of the show.


Plot: In the world of Remnant, huntsmen and huntresses protect the kingdoms from the mysterious creatures of Grimm.

Thanks to her antics during a high-profile robbery, aspiring huntress Ruby Rose is accepted to the prestigious Beacon huntsmen academy, where she becomes the leader of her own team. Ruby, her sister, Yang, and their friends, Weiss and Blake, soon find themselves fighting much more than just the Grimm as tensions come to a head and secrets threaten to shatter the fragile peace. (Early episodes are standard school dramedy fare with a fairytale twist, but pieces of plot dropped here and there build into quite an involved web of events. The latest season or two have made this web a bit more tangled, and not in a good way. -- A-)

Characters: Even if some of them seem tropey or irritating at first, the main characters, and even some of the supporting cast members, grow and get some real depth as the series progresses. -- A

Artwork & Animation: The cel-shaded 3D style, reminiscent to the DBZ and Naruto fighter games, takes a bit of getting used to, but improves with each season. In the earlier seasons, especially, fight sequences look like something straight out of this type of game. -- B-

Voice Acting: First season -- C | Latest seasons -- B+

Music: Not a huge fan of the hard rock vocal numbers used in some of the fight sequences (because it jars me right out of the scene), but the orchestrated BG music is very nice. -- B

Objectionable Content: mild blood, occasional profanity

Other: I actually initially quit this series not even halfway through volume 1, but picked it up again after hearing how great the later seasons were. Volume 1 is an introduction to the world and characters, volume 2 sets up all the pieces that later come into play, volume 3 is where all the villains' plotting comes to a climax, and volume 4 is the fallout, where we get a lot of character development. Volume 5 builds up the action again, but this is also the season with the messiest (meaning most convoluted) storytelling and a number of other issues.

Volumes 2-4 are my favorite, but I'll stick with it to see how they pick up the pieces after the somewhat disappointing 5th season.

Overall Score: B+

Recommendation: Vol 1 -- 2.5/5 | Vol 2-4 -- 4/5 | Vol 5 -- 2/5

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Darling in the FranXX

Plot: In the future, the world is barren and overrun by creatures called Klaxosaurs. Children are raised to learn how to combat the klaxosaurs with powerful machines known as Franxx.

Code 016, AKA Hiro, has fallen behind his peers and is now unable to pilot the Franxx. Just when he is about to lose all hope, a mysterious girl with horns, known as Zero Two, appears. (Starts off with promise that goes unfulfilled -- C)

Characters: B

Artwork & Animation: A

Voice Acting: A

Music: A

Objectionable Content: sexual themes, blood

Other: Mechs that you have to pilot with a partner + an intriguing futuristic world = good, right? ... Well... The piloting system for the mechs themselves is pretty ridiculous and fan-service-laden. The promise of an interesting backstory kept me watching, but this became more and more sexualized as it progressed. The world-building and plot also made less and less sense as the story unfolded. Basically, the strong points in this series are the art/animation and the characters.

Overall Score: B-

Recommendation: 1.5/5

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Violet Evergarden

Plot: The war that ravaged Telesis for four years has finally ended. A girl named Violet, who was infamous as an emotionless weapon during the war, must now settle into civilian life. Taken in by a former comrade of her commanding officer, Major Gilbert Bougainvillea, she joins the CH Postal Company as an auto memory doll -- one who writes on behalf of others. As she learns how to understand and convey the feelings of others, she will also have to confront feelings of her own on her quest to understand the last words the major said to her. (A)

Characters: A-

Artwork & Animation: Gorgeous art, backgrounds and effects are especially stunning. Apparently, this is a test for a new animation technique/software, and the staff shows it off. (A)

Voice Acting: A

Music: A

Objectionable Content: blood

Other: Adapted from a light novel. Violet Evergarden is a beaut' to look at, and though it starts out slow, the story does not disappoint. Have your handy box o' Kleenex ready for the second half of this show -- one episode in particular triggered my Clannad Afterstory PTSD.

Overall Score: A

Recommendation: 4/5

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