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

[C]-Control | Captain Earth | Case Closed | Casshern Sins | Chichikogusa | Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai
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Crest of the Stars | Cyborg 009

Darker Than Black | Dawn of the Arcana | Dengeki Daisy | A Devil and Her Love Song
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.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 | Ergo Proxy | Eureka7

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

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Gundam Seed | Gunslinger Girl

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

Illegal Rare | Immortal Rain | Inu x Boku | Iris Zero | Isshukan Friends

Jormungand | Jyu-Oh-Sei

K | Kagerou Days | Karneval | Kiddy Grade | Kimi ni Todoke | Kimi to Boku | Kino's Journey

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 | Medabots | Michiko & Hatchin | Monster Rancher
Mouretsu Pirates | My Little Monster

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

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

Pet Girl of Sakurasou | +Anima | Pokemon | Princess Jellyfish | Psyren | Pumpkin Scissors

Rideback | R.o.D. TV | Romeo x Juliet | Rurouni Kenshin

S.A. | Samurai 7 | Saijou no Meii | Sands of Destruction | School Rumble | 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

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

UN-GO | The Unlimited


Wasureyuki | Whistle! | WIXOSS | Wolf's Rain | World Embryo

Yotsuba&! | YowaPeda | Yuusen Shojo

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

Digimon (Tamers)

Plot: Takato is infatuated with the Digimon card game and dreams of being a Digimon "tamer" himself. One day, he finds a blue card in his deck and gets his very own digimon -- a dream come true, right? But he has no idea of the responsibility that comes with having a digimon, and when he meets other tamers, he starts to realize just what it means... (B)

Characters: A

Art & Animation: B

Voice Acting: A-

Music: A-

Objectionable Content: Mild

Other: A much more serious take on the digimon and their world, again, with new characters taking the helm.

Overall Score: B+

Recommendation: 2.5/5

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Digimon (Adventure)

Plot: When seven kids from a summer camp are whisked away to the Digital World, they are welcomed by their very own digital monster -- or Digimon -- partners. Together, the kids and their Digimon are destined to save the Digital World from the threat of the Dark Masters... (B-)

Characters: B+

Art & Animation: B

Voice Acting: B

Music: B

Objectionable Content: Mild

Other: A good, clean adventure series on an epic scale with friendship at its core.

The cast is, for the most part, replaced in season 2, which turned me off when I first saw it.

Overall Score: B

Recommendation: 2/5

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Dragon Drive

Plot: Reiji Ozora has a habit of quitting in the middle of things, so people think of him as a half-baked loser. But when Reiji's friend, Maiko, introduces him to the virtual-reality/card battle game, Dragon Drive, he's hooked. His little dragon, Chibi, doesn't look very threatening, but when things get rough, Chibi unleashes a hidden power. However, D.D. also isn't what it seems: the game is actually linked to an alternate world known as Rikyu, and an evil organization called RI-ON is using the game to train warriors to take it over -- as Reiji and a handful of friends find out when they are summoned to the other world... (A-)

Characters: B+

Art & Animation: B+

Voice Acting: I haven't actually seen the anime in a long time, but I recall thinking the acting wasn't all that great. (B)

Music: Again, I don't remember it well. (But if it didn't leave much of an impression, good or bad, I'll give it a B-.)

Objectionable Content: Blood (The book has some surprisingly disturbing scenes, for a manga with an "A" rating.)

Other: This series masquerades as a tournament anime/manga for younger audiences, but it quickly shifts to something else entirely -- a complex fantasy/adventure story with some fairly dark material. I say this having read the manga until the end of Reiji's arc in volume 8. The anime may have a slightly lighter tone (I only saw the first DVD).

Overall Score: B+

Recommendation: 2/5

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Monster Rancher

Plot: Genki is a wildly-energetic elementary school kid who has an equally wild imagination. He constantly dreams of going to the world of his favorite game, Monster 2000X. When he gets a test copy of said game in the mail, he can't wait to pop it in and play it. But when his wish comes true, and he is transported into the monster world, Genki finds dangers and adventure alike. He joins forces with a girl named Holly and a ragtag crew of monsters to defeat the evil Moo and release the legendary phoenix... (B-)

Characters: B+

Art & Animation: A-

Voice Acting: B+

Music: B+

Objectionable Content: Bloodless violence

Other: Monster Rancher is a bit darker and more complex than other titles in its genre and demographic.

Overall Score: B+

Recommendation: 2.5/5

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Plot: Beyblading -- battling special tops by seeing which can out-spin the other -- is the new gaming phenomenon that has swept across the world. And rookie beyblader Tyson is out to show what he's made of. It also helps that his beyblade contains the essence of an ancient beast called Dragoon. With this secret weapon, Tyson joins the national Beyblading tournament in hopes of making it to the top. Along the way, he finds others with bit-beasts like his Dragoon, battles old rivals and makes new friends -- and, to his surprise, these friends (well, minus one, Kai, the ruthless ex-leader of the Blade Sharks gang) will join him as a team to take on the world! (Tournament anime -- meh... But for the twists thrown in, I'll give this a C+)

Characters: A-

Art & Animation: Manga: B- / First season: A- / V-Force: B / G-Revolution: B+

Voice Acting: Original Japanese -- D+ / Dub -- C

Music: C+

Objectionable Content: Mild (but I hear the Japanese version has blood?). Manga has crude humor and some profanity.

Other: Yes, this is a tournament anime with a load of product promotion and whatnot, but it does a good job with character story arcs, earning it some brownie points. Another thing it has going for it is the comedy aspects (for instance, if you listen closely, the announcers are constantly joking during the tournaments and poking fun at each other). Plus, you've gotta admit the bit-beasts are pretty cool (especially the first season's monochrome-style ones).

The manga is a mixed-up jumble of all the seasons of the anime. Though it does shine some light on a few facts excluded from the anime, it's pretty confusing.

Overall Score: C+

Recommendation: 1.5/5

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