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A

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

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

C
[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

D
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!!

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

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

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

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

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

J
Joker Game | Jormungand | Jyu-Oh-Sei

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

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

M
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!!

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

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

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

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

S
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 | SAO: Alicization

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

U
UN-GO | The Unlimited

V
Valvrave | Violet Evergarden

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

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

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

RWBY

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.

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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: 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. Finally, volume 6 introduces a second major turning point in the plot.

Volumes 2-4 are my favorite. Volumes 5 and 6 have some elements that I enjoyed and others that I strongly disliked. I may not be watching further.

Overall Score: B+

Recommendation: Vol 1 -- 2.5/5 | Vol 2-4 -- 4/5 | Vol 5, 6 -- 2/5

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SAO: Alicization

Plot: After Kazuto/Kirito is attacked by one of the remaining members of Laughing Coffin in the real world, he wakes up in a place called the Underworld with little memory of what happened outside. He meets a boy named Eugeo, and as he learns about this strange world with Eugeo's help, he realizes that he is inside of another virtual reality. In order to contact the outside and escape Underworld, he journeys with Eugeo to the Central Cathedral in Centoria. (A-)

Characters: We're introduced to two new characters in this season/arc, and both are likable. One of these is Kirito's first close male friend, Eugeo. Their dynamic brought a welcome breath of fresh air to the story.

On the other hand, Asuna's become even more unlikable, and it feels like Kirito's character development's taken a step backward from GGO. (B+)

Art & Animation: Everything looks shinier, but it seems like the quality was better in previous seasons. (A-)

Music: A-

Voice acting: A

Objectionable Content: Blood, sexual situations, profanity

Other: I separated this season out because we've again started in yet another world different enough from SAO and SAO II (Phantom Bullet/GGO) to stand this one on its own.

This season also stands out from the others in a bad way. For the first time, the series regularly includes blood -- needlessly gratuitous amounts of blood. The series has had issues with uncomfortable sexual assault scenes starting with the Fairy Dance/ALO arc. That's also taken a step further in this arc. These were graphic enough in the novel (which, for the first time, I read before the animated version) that I took a pen to it and blacked out when they went over the top, or even tore out pages. But at least in book form, your brain still has some control over the gritty details. The animated version leaves little to the imagination, and it's not edited, either. Thus, I'm only watching pieces of the anime.

Overall score: A-

Recommendation: Many recommendation points taken off for objectionable content. I also stopped reading the book after they killed Eugeo. -- 1.5/5

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Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee

Plot: Welcome to Amberground -- a land stratified into three sections and lighted only by an artificial sun that shines over its capital, Akatsuki. It's the Letter Bees who connect the hearts of this divided land with the letters they carry. Lag Seeing is one such courier. Inspired by his hero, the Letter Bee Gauche Suede, he is aiming to become Head Bee. (A)

Characters: A colorful cast, lots of fun to watch. (A)

Art & Animation: A

Music: B

Voice acting: A-

Objectionable Content: Very little. There is some profanity and fan service (as well as nudity later in the book).

Other: Tegami Bachi is both a manga and anime.

Don't write this off as just a show about people delivering letters! There are plenty of juicy mysteries to delve into! Recommended to anyone who loves a good story.

UPDATE: The manga has finished since initial posting, and the final volume was... less than satisfying. But overall, still a very good series.

Overall score: A

Recommendation: 4.8/5

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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