Plot: Renton dreams of escaping his mundane life with his mechanic grandfather, and when LFO pilot, Eureka, comes to the shop, bringing trouble behind her, he gets his wish -- he is brought into the Gekko State, a group of pilot-mercenaries that he has always looked up to. But he soon finds out that the Gekko State isn't all it's cracked up to be. (There's a lot more to it than this, but it's rather convoluted. B-)
Art & Animation: A
Voice Acting: A
Objectionable Content: Blood, profanity, sexual content
Other: I tackled this series after a friend recommended it to me. As I said up in the "plot" section, there's a lot of stuff going on in this series, and it can get pretty confusing. There's Renton and Eureka's relationship, the military being after Gekko State, conflict between humans and these strange beings known as "scrub coral" (the most confusing part) and a bunch of smaller plots. There are some really good parts and some parts I really disliked or found unnecessary. So this series is kind of a mixed bag, and on top of that, you come out of it scratching your head.
There's a manga too, but I've only read the first volume.
Overall Score: B
The top five by grade and recommendation are...
1. Accel World
Great story and characterization and outstanding art!
2. [C] Control
Strong original premise with strong execution and good characterization!
3. Terror in Resonance
Interesting premise and characters and outstanding art!
4. Sword Art Online
Interesting premise, very good characters and outstanding art!
5. Oban Star-Racers
Great story and characterization! Also has very little objectionable content.
Sands of Destruction
Interesting premise and execution, good characterization!
Well-defined characters, great art and a good story.
Great art, unique cast, raw emotion and good plot.
Plot: Rick, a young swordsman who washed up on the shores of Wyndaria, now works at a bakery with his friends, Airy, Amil and Neris. The island is peaceful until a girl bearing a powerful treasure washes up on shore... (B-)
Characters: Sadly, the main character is as flat as cardboard, at least at the start. The supporting cast isn't much better. (C)
Art & Animation: B+
Voice Acting: A-
Music: Doesn't really draw attention to itself as good or bad (B)
Objectionable Content: mild
Other: This is based on a video game in the same series as "Shining Tears" and "Shining Wind". I've never played any of the games, but perhaps the dry characterization is a result of having a blank slate as the player's character. Early episodes are also somewhat uneventful.
Since I haven't really watched that far yet, I'm holding to the hope that it gets better, as there are elements introduced that have potential for development.
Overall Score: B-
Plot: Sakura Chiyo finally gets up the nerve to confess to her crush, Nozaki -- but her hopes for romance are crushed when Nozaki mistakes her for a fan and gives her a signed copy of his shoujo manga. As a result of a strange string of misunderstandings, Sakura becomes Nozaki's assistant and realizes that even though Nozaki draws shoujo manga, he's absolutely clueless when it comes to love! Can Sakura somehow win the romantically-challenged mangaka's affections? (B)
Art & Animation: B
Voice Acting: A-
Objectionable Content: profanity, suggestive themes, mild blood
Other: The plot is fairly standard, and though the characters aren't especially deep or anything, this anime is a lot of fun. It's a series that you can just sit back and laugh with.
The manga is from the same mind as "Oresama Teacher", and her unique humor is definitely a draw. I have only seen the anime, though.
Overall Score: B
Plot: High school student Jung Yaeji falls into a river near her school, and when she wakes up, she finds herself in another world -- inside the body of a boy named Aren Crowin. If Yaeji has any chance of returning to her own world (and her own body), she'll have to help Aren on his quest to find the Lime... (B+)
Objectionable Content: Blood, mild profanity, mild fanservice
Other: Evidently, this web comic is based off of an online RPG. But you don't really need any prior knowledge of the game to enjoy the story. It's a fun boy-girl body-swap story with a couple neat little plot twists and fun characters. Nothing super-flashy or elaborate -- just fun.
Overall Score: B+