Plot: When Sorata takes in one stray cat too many, he is forced to move into his high school's "Sakura Hall" -- a dorm full of
problem kids eccentric geniuses. The newest addition at Sakurasou is a girl named Mashiro, a manga artist who can't even do simple things like getting dressed by herself. Sorata is put in charge of taking care of her. (B-)
Characters: Definitely..unique. (A-)
Art & Animation: A
Voice Acting: A
Objectionable Content: Sexual innuendo/situations, profanity
Other: Because of high praise and the clips I saw in AMVs, I wanted to give this anime a shot. And I would have liked it better if there wasn't SO MUCH (negative) FAN SERVICE. But I pretty much gave it up when, rather than focusing on progressing the story, more fan service characters and sexual elements kept being brought into play. (I mean, really, was it necessary to have one of the Sakurasou residents sleeping around with older women and visiting love hotels? That really turned me off, and it's a big blow against my recommending this anime.)
Overall Score: B+
Recommendation: 1.5/5 (stopped watching)
Plot: When Riku Amami gets a message on his cell phone from a relative he'd thought was dead, he goes to find her and stumbles into the dangerous battle between an organization called F.L.A.G. and the monsters called Kanshu. While trying to run from the Kanshu, Riku finds a strange cocoon that winds up saving his life. But the life form that hatches from it will turn his life upside-down... (A)
Objectionable Content: Blood/gore, profanity, suggestive themes
Other: Has an extremely good building plot, but I stopped reading this one because of the gore. Therefore, I'm taking points off on the recommendation.
Overall Score: A-
Recommendation: 1.5/5 (stopped reading)
Plot: Sousuke Sagara is a member of the anti-terrorism organization, Mithril. His mission this time is to protect a high-school girl named Kaname Chidori -- which will entail his enrolling in the school to keep an eye on her at all times. (B)
Characters: Hilarious! -- A-
Art & Animation: B
Voice Acting: B+
Music: I don't recall it being good or bad, so it must have been okay. (B-)
Objectionable Content: Blood, suggestive themes, profanity
Other: Military maniac + normal high school life = lots of laughs! In the first season, though, not a lot of questions are answered. FUMOFFU, a comedy spin-off is great, if you just want to sit back and laugh. Season two, Second Raid, I didn't finish.
I have never read the manga for this series.
Overall Score: B
1. Video-game-based Anime
Chances are your friend may be into video games and may love to see his/her favorite as a movie/series.
- Halo Legends (select segments)
- Final Fantasy
- Sands of Destruction
Let's face it -- most people would rather stay inside their comfort zone. So if you know your friend likes action and aliens and mechs, try this genre.
- Trigun: Badlands Rumble
- Birdy the Mighty: Decode (season 1)
3. Book/Comic/Movie Adaptations
We know there are plenty out there, and again, these aren't too far out of the average viewer's comfort zone.
- Gotham Knight (select segments)
- Animatrix (select segments)
Plot: Yuuya finds two tiny cat people (called "nuko") in a box on the side of the road one day and takes them home, leading to all kinds of adventures... (C)
Characters: Cute and fun (B)
Objectionable Content: Mild
Other: An irresistibly-adorable slice-of-life/comedy manga
Overall Score: B