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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 | Dawn of the Arcana | Dengeki Daisy
A Devil and Her Love Song | Diamond Cut Diamond | Digimon Adventure | Digimon Data Squad
Digimon Tamers | Dimension W | .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 | 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

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

The Asterisk War

Plot: In the wake of a disaster known as Invertia, the Integrated Enterprise Foundation takes control. The city of Asterisk is segmented into six academy districts. At each school, the students, many of them super-powered "Genestella", compete in games known as Festas.
Ayato Amagiri has come to Seidokan Academy looking for answers to what happened to his missing older sister. After certain harem antics events lead to his meeting with Princess Julis-Alexia von Riessfeld, Ayato becomes the wielder of a special weapon and teams up with Julis to fight in the Festas. (B-)

Characters: Harem bait Main character is likable but flat. Some characters are simply there as harem stereotypes. (B-)

Artwork & Animation: A-

Voice Acting: B+

Music: B

Objectionable Content: Suggestive themes/innuendo, blood, profanity

Other: Harem This is based on a light novel that apparently has a number of clones. Another light novel adaptation with nearly the same first episode aired at the same time. The fanservice-laden harem antics get old pretty quick. (I can deal with it to a point, but when they shove it down your throat as blatantly as this does for really no good reason, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.) As far as actual story goes, Asterisk does have some redeeming qualities. And some of the characters do develop in nice ways. Unfortunately, for this one, the negative aspects (including some later plot elements) outweigh the positive.

Overall Score: B

Recommendation: 1.5/5

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Plot: After meeting a mysterious traveler, an orphan named Koharu joins Norn, a ship that is home to a team a gifted teens. Koharu is afraid of her own power to wield destructive flames. But she immediately becomes attached to a young man named Kakeru whose power is to grow plants. When Norn comes under attack, the team learns that there may well be a spy among their ranks... (C+)

Characters: The main character is a "Mary Sue" type, and supporting characters are flat (C-)

Art & Animation: A

Voice Acting: A-

Music: B+

Objectionable Content: profanity, suggestive themes, blood

Other: Norn9 is apparently based on an otome game. The setting and premise are intriguing, and with an idea like this, they could have made something very good. BUT...

The heroine is the closest to a "Mary Sue" character that I have ever seen in a series -- she's an almost obvious self-insert love interest to the male lead, Kakeru. Though it's fairly apparent early on who will end up paired off with who, the show still squanders too much of its time playing matchmaker with the characters and info-dumps almost all of the important plot information in a couple of episodes near the end. Because of the poor storytelling, a series that could have been good ends up being an extremely confusing (but beautiful to look at) mess. And the characters are too flat for the audience to really get invested in them.

Overall Score: B- (If not for the pretty visuals and music, this would easily have fallen into the C range.)

Recommendation: 2/5

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Dimension W

Plot: In the future, mankind has discovered a dimension beyond the three now known -- Dimension W. From this dimension, scientists have discovered a new kind of inexhaustible energy and developed devices called "coils" to harness it. The use of illegal unregistered coils is on the rise, and bounty hunters known as "collectors" are tasked with retrieving them.

Kyouma Mabuchi is one such collector. He hates coils, but his sharp skills make up for any technological disadvantages he may have. Kyouma's job is about to get a lot more complicated when he encounters an android named Mira, who is connected to Dr. Yurizaki, a prominent New Tesla scientist who went missing years ago. (A)

Characters: B+

Art & Animation: Uses some odd background shortcuts. B+

Voice Acting: A

Music: B-

Objectionable Content: blood, profanity, suggestive themes/fan service

Other: I started to read the manga before the anime came out. The anime had a couple of awkward points where it got really confusing, but overall, it was enjoyable.

Overall Score: B+

Recommendation: 3.5/5

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Erased (Boku Dake ga Inai Machi)

Plot: "Revival" -- Satoru Fujinuma has the mysterious ability to jump back in time. Usually, the ability triggers before something bad happens, and he can only jump back by a few minutes. But when Satoru comes home one day to find that his mother has been killed, a "revival" takes him back 18 years, to when he was only an elementary school student. This was the year that a series of child abductions took place -- two of the victims were his classmates. If this was the starting point of fixing his future, Satoru would have to prevent the kidnappings -- starting with his classmate, Kayo Hinazuki. (A)

Characters: A-

Art & Animation: A

Voice Acting: A+

Music: A-

Objectionable Content: blood, profanity

Other: Adapted from a manga called, "Boku Dake ga Inai Machi" (The town without me). I have only watched the anime.

It's a sci-fi/thriller in the vein of movies like "Frequency" and "Deja Vu". Erased is anything but predictable, and it keeps you on your toes (and on the edge of your seat) from start to finish.

Overall Score: A

Recommendation: 4/5

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One-Punch Man

Plot: Saitama is a hero for fun. He can take out any opponent with just one punch -- but that's a problem. Saitama wants to find a worthy opponent. Instead, he picks up an apprentice, a cyborg named Genos, who admires his amazing strength. To be officially recognized for their efforts, heroes must register with the Hero Association. So Saitama and Genos are off to conquer their first hurdle -- passing the Hero exam! (Not much here in the way of overarching plot, but it's still fun -- B- )

Characters: B+

Art & Animation: A

Voice Acting: A

Music: B-

Objectionable Content: profanity, blood/monster gore

Other: Based on a web comic that was then adapted to a smash-hit manga.

One-Punch Man is basically a superhero satire. The anime didn't establish much of an overarching plot. Instead, the arcs each have a big bad guy that our heroes have to defeat. (And then, of course, there's the hero exam.) Great to look at, though, and lots of fun. Just be prepared to cover your eyes or Fast Forward if you're squeamish (first couple episodes are the worst with monster gore).

Overall Score: B+

Recommendation: 3/5

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