Japanese video media reviews


So I have been watching things like anime and other things from Japan for most of my life. I realised recently what the main appeal to Japanese media is for westerners. It’s that the west is lacking in inspiration, creativity, emotion and many other things that the average person desires, without them knowing it. As such, I’ve decided to keep a review log of what I have seen. I have seen so much that I’ve forgotten most of them, so this will probably never be a complete list. But I will add to it as I remember them and as I watch new things

NAMEUPDATEDRATINGSCORE COMMENTWATCH AGAIN SCOREWATCH AGAIN COMMENT
Neon Genesis Evangellion10/10/1899 / 90Here is the thing. When this first came out, decades ago, it was different to what you can find now. I have looked everywhere for the original and was not able to find it. Although, to be fair, I didn’t look hard. The original is 98, the one I ended up watching a few years ago, is 88. Great show and a classic that hasn't been met.70most likely. Every now and then if I have some down time.
Full metal Alchemist / brotherhood24/9/1898 / 85The original full metal alchemist, while not true the manga, was fantastic. Some of the most memorable scenes of any media are from this. Brotherhood just didn't work out the way they had hoped. However, it would seem people liked it better because it was true to the manga. But if you watch brotherhood on its own without reading the manga or the first anime, its pretty rubbish.75 / 10Watched the original a few times now, very good. As far as I'm concerned, there should not have been a brotherhood.
Re Zero: Starting Life In Another World5/12/18100A lot of reviews of this say that the characters are close to cliches, but because they are implemented in a way that doesn't allow the author or the viewer/reader to impose themselves on the characters it makes it a masterpiece. It is a masterpiece.60The problem with the reviews is that I CAN identify with the main character. I constantly desire to watch this again, but at the same time I can't bring myself to do it for a number of personal reasons.
Attack on Titan S1-s2 + ova24/9/1899Unique story, excellent delivery, instils emotion and inspiration, magnificent. 95Will always be able to watch this again. Always inspires.
Samurai X - trust and betrayal24/9/1899Short, but incredible powerful. Has everything a man needs.90Watched too many times to remember.
Tekkaman Blade (american and original)25/9/1899This score is incredibly biased. The american version that was first aired when I was a kid changed me and set me in a certain direction. In my mind at the time, it was the greatest thing I had ever witnessed and my life was never the same. As an adult I would rate this a bit lower. But the Japanese version is completely different and makes that rating go up again.40I always have this little urge to watch this, but I have already watched it several times.
Trigun + Movie24/9/1898Magnificent. Misses just a bit of that extra touch of emotional pull. The movie did not add or subtract anything to the series.90probably watched through more than 12 times. Probably would not watch it again recently giving how I have changed since it first came out.
Code Geass - Lelouch of the Rebellion24/9/1897Extremely inspiring. Has some very emotional parts, but often lacks some common sense decisions on what should be some very smart characters. While it might appear to perhaps be a sign that all people have weaknesses, I feel it was either poor writing, or over done.80Have watched several times. Would watch again. Fits me very well.
Ergo Proxy25/9/1897Excellent.81I learn something new every time I watch this and the meaning of the ending is in the entire show, but it takes a lot of deducting to work out and its great.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress S124/9/1897Damn good.65Watched a couple of times, will rewatch again once season 2 is out.
One punch man 1-125/12/1897What a great show. Inspiring, a good laugh, good creative moments. Some boring moments in writing, just a bit.55Sure, why not. Already seen in a couple of times.
Overlord S1-S224/9/1897Very good. Would be pretty high up if not for the fact I can not see the core concept ever being explained and a point lost for some irrelevant bits. Cant wait for the third season to be completed.85High chance I will at some time.
Soul Eater24/9/1897Fantastic and I always found it very pretty in a weird way. Has enough humour and seriousness to keep it high on this list.87Have watched several times, always up for it again. All worth it for when Death finally decides to get involved.
Ajin S1-225/9/1896The animation might be a bit weird at first, but this is damn good. Lacks a lot of inspiration and emotion of other animes, but it’s a good thriller type.55Seen it a couple of times, wouldn’t feel bad watching it again. Some scenes are mint.
Cromartie High School25/9/1896Extremely entertaining and funny. A must.75Very rewatchable, have seen it a few times.
Excel Saga25/9/1896Epic. Best Newspaper delivery scene in any media ever.80Watched it many many times.
Overlord S318/10/1896Still good, starting to drag on a bit. 85High chance I will at some time.
Sword Art Online + 224/9/1896I can't go too much into the detail of this one. But the main character is a little bitch and poorly written. Very good anime though. While number 2 didn’t really add anything, I felt it didn’t take anything away. 80I have been wanting to watch this one again for a while. But I don't think it will be a good idea. Various reasons.
The Twelve Kingdoms27/9/1896Very good. Hits a lot of development points and has some good inspiration.73Seen it a few times, think Im due tfor another one.
Log Horizon 1+25/12/1896One of the better "stuck in game" ones. Very good actually. In many ways it is similar to sword art online, but it trades emotion for some pretty interesting story. I look forward to the continued story.75Probably watch it with the wife sometime soon.
Baccano24/9/1895Incredibly well put together. Highly recommended.20Once you know all the secrets and twists there isn't much to it, but I think enough time has passed at that I have forgotten some of the key twists. Maybe.
Beserk24/9/1895Extremely inspiring with a moderate touch of emotional. Great story and great character development.70have seen it multiple times.
Claymore24/9/1895I really like this and I actually don't know why. I felt something, but couldn't pin point it. My wife didn’t like it. It annoys me though, that it had no discerning ending. Like, not even a milestone ending. 40If more of it comes out I will watch the first season again.
Detroit Metal City (original)25/9/1895Haha, great show, great moments, great music.60yeah, why not.
Orphen25/9/1895Very good and a classic to me.65I have seen it a few times over the years.
Paprika24/9/1895Being a movie is what holds this back. But it’s a damn good one and really hits the nail on the head as a metaphor for modern society. And the parade music is fantastic.55Wife likes it more than me.
Wolf's Rain25/9/1895An excellent story. Although a bit lame at the end.70Have watched it every few years.
Zoids Chaotic century24/9/1895Good good stuff. Still get that little tingle when watching this as an adult as I got as a kid.75Always open for a rewatch of this.
Death Note - Animated24/9/1894Absolutely great. I was enthralled right until the end. Which is where those last points were lost.35Not really. Once you know all the twists and secrets that allure is kind of gone.
Eureka 725/9/1894This should get a higher score, but some of the key points get dragged on a little bit and some of the characters "weaknesses" seem over done. But a good one regardless.66Oddly enough I have watched this several times and enjoyed it each time.
No Game No Life S1 + Zero movie26/10/1894Very interesting concept, empowering despite being extremely light and full of humour. Has too many Japanese panty jokes though. Movie was pretty good and very relevant to the story. (unlike many other movies)40Meh. Maybe.
Parasyte24/9/1894Great show, great unique concept, great logic. Not very inspiring or emotional. A high recommendation still. 30Nothing specially about it really, but once my memory fades I wont mind watching it a bit again.
Seven Samurai24/9/1894Very good, bit of inspiration, interesting concept and world, a couple of writing drops I would say though. Very fun to watch65Have already watched is several times, never hurts to see it again
Vampire Hunter D bloodlust25/9/1894I love this movie a lot. But because I haven't seen the original 1985 one at the time of writing, I am left with a lot of unanswered questions. It actually makes me feel a little hollow.74I've watched it a few times and enjoyed each time.
Dragon Ball Z (American dub)24/9/1893People always go on about the screaming and such. But I still loved this show. Still feel the same about it today as I did 15 years ago when I first saw bits of it.50I will be rewatching it soon, but it will be during dinners and not as a binge. I haven't seen it in many years and my wife hasn’t seen it, so after this I might not watch it again for 10 years. The problem with very long shows.
Hellsing (original)24/9/1893Mighty fine show. Written well, missing a lot of inspiration and pull, but very entertaining.60I would probably get around to watching the Ultimate version, but I have watched this version a few times over the many years since it came out.
Nadesico25/9/1893Haha, what a great joy ride this anime is. I don’t know why I like it so much, but I do. 61I've watched this a lot. I still don't know why. And I never feel bad when I watched it again.
Psycho Pass24/9/1893Excellent story and plot, but got predictable towards the end. Also, I remember some stupid stuff happening, but cant remember why I thought it was stupid.60Maybe get around to rewatching it once and then probably not again.
Rahxephon + Movie27/9/1893Over all I liked it, but at the same time I felt there was some flaws in the writing. The movie supposedly corrected these flaws. But as most recap movies do, they just make things worse over all. The score I have given here does not actually include the movie. It was a waste of time and just confuses people. 65I've actually seen this a few times. There is something about it that I enjoy coming back to.
The vision of escaflowne25/9/1893The music in this is amazing. The over all anime though isn't as good. But still very good.29It's been a long time since I last saw this, but it probably wont be watched anytime soon.
Deno Coil26/9/1892Good, done well, good concept and implemented well. Characters a bit annoying, but they are children after all.28I liked it a fair bit, but it doesn’t really warrant a rewatch.
Dragon Ball25/9/1892Haha, this was great, but for stupid reasons. Very long, as these sort of shows are, but I still liked it.24Too damn long and too kiddy to really want to go back and watch it.
KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!24/9/1892A lot of shows coming out about being sucked into an alternate game style universe, this one is not serious at all. I found it quite entertaining, but sometimes the stupidity of the characters can be difficult to deal with. But at least they stay true to their characters50Will want to see the sequels, but not interesting in going back again.
Monster24/9/1892Very well written and perfectly put together. It was however slow, but I have a hard time holding it against this because I feel that if it went faster it would have put strain on how well it was put together. Regardless, this is where most the points were lost35Too long and I know the secrets and twists.
My bride is a mermaid25/9/1892A bit boring in some places, but those scenes and concepts that are funny are some of the funniest things I have ever seen in any anime. At the time or writing this show has the funniest character in any anime that I have seen.31Some of those boring parts are really boring.
Plastic memories24/9/1892Very good, written extremely well, ended exactly as expected, but still very emotional.20yeeeah, probably not.
Steins Gate24/9/1892Great anime, well implemented concept, but a bit annoying in places.20Not really. Knowing what happens in the future and past ruins it.
Vandread25/9/1892I actually really want to think this is a stupid anime and in many places it is stupid, but it has an epic build up that suits me very nicely.58I've watched this more times that I thought I actually would.
.hack//sign24/9/1891Really good and enjoyable, however the main character while designed to be insufferable, is really insufferable. Also, a lot is left unexplained. Refer to other review55I have actually watched this multiple times, but I think there are more interesting things to watch these days that are more engaging and stimulating.
Code Geass - Akito the Exiled24/9/1891I liked it, found it lacking some of the writing of the main story, also the 3d models felt a bit cheap. Also, Akito was a little wimp.45I have watched it twice, but not as interesting as the main story.
Dragon Ball GT25/9/1891A good continuation of Z. A good ending to the greatest passive character ever.35Only if anyone ends up rewatching Z. Maybe the kids.
From the New World24/9/1891This should be a 98 or a 99, but it hit a number of moral points that make sense on scientific level, but then the show glorified it and it took a lot of it away for me.0A must watch for adults, but I will never watch it again. I almost did not add it to this list.
Howl's moving castle24/9/1891I like it. But being a movie, no real engagement or feel can be inserted in time. 40It wasn’t too bad, wife liked it so would probably suggest it during a quiet period for a quick bit of entertainment.
My Hero Academia s1-323/10/1891I enjoyed it a fair bit, has good progression. The inspiration feels hollow though.30Will watch more as I come across it, but not much point rewatching in my opinion.
Planetes25/9/1891Its very good, also a good example of why space is shit. I would say it is recommended watching for sure.45I seen in a couple of times, probably enough, but I wouldn’t feel bad if I saw it again
Samurai X - reflections24/9/1891I had hoped for another Trust and Betrayal, just got another of the main story. It was good and gave closure, but for some reason it felt hollow.50Eh.
The Devil is A part Timer24/9/1891A good amount of laughs. Good show.78Yeah, eventually. Definitely will want to watch more if they release more.
Chobits25/9/1890Covers its topics well and hits a bit of emotion too. Good show.40I have actually watched this a few times, I might again if something comes up that warrants it. Its not that its not bad, its not want I currently desire.
Princess Mononoke24/9/1890Good movie. I generally do not find movies engaging enough.39Meh.
Samurai X - main story24/9/1890Was good, but had some annoying moments and moments of disbelief. 50Meh
Sengoku Basara24/9/1890Was damn fun to watch. Has some great memorable moments. A little haze in the writing though.50Could do it.
Ghost in the Shell - original movie24/9/1889Is good, is interesting. As for all movies, its over by the time you feel like you could or would engage46I've seen it a few times, it is a good quick movie.
One piece 1-50~24/9/1889I read a lot of the manga before I started watching this but it has no influence on my opinion of this. At the time we didn’t have access to the rest of the episodes so we stopped watching. It is good, typical of this style though. No very inspiring and cheesy at times.70I keep telling myself I need to finish this, but never get around to it. It is very long and that might be why I haven't. Stories have to end.
Robotech25/9/1889This is a bit of a classic from my childhood. Its ok, has some awesome ideas and concepts, but falls short in a number of places. Such as the actual characters.28I want to watch the second one, I started it many years ago and never finished it. I would probably rewatch the whole thing from scratch if I ever did.
Haibane Renmei25/9/1888I actually really enjoyed this, but so many questions were left unanswered I was left unfulfilled. Even though I am quite certain the point was to leave people wondering, I think they too it too far.20Meh.
Made in Abyss 1-1224/9/1888Good characters, good story, unique concepts. A bit too soft in writing sometimes, but over all very good.20I really look forward to watching the rest of this, but nothing about it really makes me want to go back and watch it again and I don't see myself wanting to refresh in 5 years time.
Spirited Away24/9/1888A good watch. Typical of movie length things though, not very engaging to me.25I've seen it a few times via circumstance and if I was to watch it again I wouldn’t be overly unhappy, but I wont go out of my way.
Another24/9/1886It was good, well done, but wasn't really my kind of thing. My wife loved it though, she likes the horror stuff. 10I already know the secrets. No real point.
Guilty Crown24/9/1886I really wanted to like this one more than I did. It had a lot of good things going for it, but there was some very jolted writing. It nearly hooked me emotionally a couple of times, but failed. 30Might watch it with the wife, will probably be it.
Noragami + Arogato + OVA24/9/1886Interesting idea, bit lacklustre in anything really. 20I will watch the next seasons as they come because they left too many unanswered questions, but I feel like this is how they will end every season.
Samurai Champloo24/9/1886This is a good show. Actually really good. But one of the characters and the writing around them really brought it down for me. Oh well.40Meeeeh… it has been a while since I saw it.
Cowbow Bepop + movie24/9/1885It was good, but something just didn’t hook me well enough.30It has been a long time since I last saw it and it would be good to see it again, but my watching time is limited and I've already seen it and it just doesn’t have the pull.
Elfen Lied24/9/1885I don't know why people go on about this one. It is good and has moments that apply to me, but for the most part it wasn't that interesting. However I didn't really hate it. 15While I don't regret watching it and at the time of writing this I've actually forgotten most of what happens, I think there would be better things to watch.
JoJos bizarre adventure (2012) S1+224/9/1885Interesting and cliched, enjoyed, but got little out of it. Emotion and inspiration is minimal, but some is there.15I will continue to watch the next seasons and so on as I come across them, but I have almost no desire to go back and watch this again.
Pokemon - first several seasons24/9/1885Since I was a child of the pokemon games, this will always be of interest to me. Its pretty cheesy, but its good to put up and watch while your doing something else.39Honestly, I've watched a fair bit and rewatched a bit too, but its just a thing that happens really.
Gurran Lagenn24/9/1884This one is tricky. I think I started watching it out of boredom and thought it was really garbage. But for what I believe was just laziness, I keep watching it. Turned out to be an epic inspiring anime at the very end. Worth the pain of the first part.20I'm not going through that first part again. But I might with enough encouragement.
Satsuriku no Tenshi (Angels of death)5/11/1884I wanted to watch this because oo the siginifcant differences in reviews. Some were praising it greatly others were writing it off as garbage. It was interesting and honestly, I don’t know what I thought of it. I feel like it has had an impact, but at the same time I feel like I wasted my time. I watched the entire thing in one day as I was tired and sick and I am typing this the next day. I feel something. Not sure what it is.25Hrrm. Nah. But meh.
Seven Deadly Sins (Most of it)24/9/1884Completed the first main part, but the part that came after it (after they save the city) didn’t finish. At the time there were no episode available and both me and my wife were getting bored of it. It has some really interesting concepts. But they seem copy and paste and was no longer really engaging at the end. May come back to finish it since I started it, it was still entertaining.15Dunno. So lacklustre in the second part. Haven't finished it, but even once I do, will probably not come back.
akame ga kill23/10/1883Almost every episode presented a hook for me, then they pretty much got rid of it. In the last 4-5 episodes the hooks finally stayed and then it ended. I told someone that this was a shit show half way through, but in some ways now I sort of take that back. Would never watch it again, but I felt a little. Despite most of the characters annoying the hell out of me, their blantant retardation, I ended up enjoying it somewhat.30Not really.
Digimon - the first set of seasons24/9/1883Was actually interesting, if not cheesy, like pokemon. But not something I would actively watch. However, I never actually got to the end of the first main story, so I have it on my list to watch at home at some time. But I keep watching other things40Eh.
Cashern Sins24/9/1881I didn’t watch the original, but when I started watching this it hooked me. Aaaand then it lost me. Has good moments and a good theme, but its kind of slow and just sort of… deus ex mechina.15Maybe if I ever watch the original.
Fist of the North Star (original, first 70 or so episodes)25/9/1880I really wanted to like this one a lot more. It's actually not that bad, but it had no hooks. No real emotion or inspiration. Perhaps it did when it was first drawn, but when I watched it I felt it lacking. I still want to finish it, but I doubt I ever will.10even if I finish it, I probably would not watch it again. Its too slow.
Kill La Kill18/10/1879If deus ex machina was an anime. Has some humour and interesting moments.0No.
.hack//sign (Most the others after the original )24/9/1878Didn’t answer the questions I had in the original show. Progressively got worse.10I doubt it.
Yu-Gi-Oh (first season or two)5/12/1874Eh. Seto Kaiba was the real star of this show. And he should have just taken a gun and shot every one. Would score 100 if this was the case.11I finished the first and I THINK the second season, might go back to complete the watch, but I doubt it.
Orphen - Revenge25/9/1871A poor continuation of the original. But it had some interesting moments.0No.
Fate / Zero 1+25/12/1863I don't know why this one got such high scores. It just felt so badly written, was so un engaging and not a single thing explained. Sure, there are more contiusations of this, but it was so poor I had zero inclination to watch more. However, at the same time it did have some insightful things that I found interesting. Without this I would have given it a very low score.8No
Tokyo Ghoul + root a + RE +OVA30/10/1861Poorly written, characters are meanginless, a thousand questions left unanswered. We (I and my wife) nearly stopped watching halfway through the first season, in the end we stuck with it because we were already invested. In the end nothing was really gained. Emotion is fake, inspriation zero. But at the same time, you just want to know what happens next. Sugest dont watch at all to avoid this sensation. 10If more comes out in the future. Someone has to answer all those questions never answered. But I will never go back to this again.
Durarara (Most of it)24/9/1855Has some fantastic moments and characters, but got so seriously boring and drawn out that both me and my wife just gave up on it and stopped watching. Despite all the good moments, the fact that I couldn’t finish it means it was shit.6It had its chance, it blew it.
Higurashi: When They Cry (Several seasons)24/9/1851Putting the confusing way this show was put together (because it works in the end), it is incredibly slow. Also putting aside how quickly every one goes crazy (because it works in the end), I think the actual plot line is a deus ex machina for a reason for gore. Its interesting, but we didn't actually finish it, because its also slow. Boringly slow.5Watched a lot of it, but there was too much and it was too boring and never finished it. It had its chance.
Azumanga Daioh25/9/18I watched the first 3 or 4 episodes and lost interest. Wife watched the whole lot and did not push me to watch it, so obviously it was a good choice.
Beyblades S125/9/18I watched the entire first seasons. I don’t know why. It was a long time ago. I don’t think I regret it, but I cant score it. I also do not think I ever want to rewatch it again.
Black Cat26/9/18Yeah, I did watch this, maybe 10 years. Stuffed I can remember what happened in it. I think I left feeling a little disappointed.
Blue submarine no 625/9/18I can't even remember what it was about. But I think I found it alright.
Card Captor Sakura25/9/18Actually surprisingly good for its target audience. I never finished it but I do want to at some stage. Wont score it until then.
FLCL24/9/18Watched, but can not remember a thing about it. Other than it was nuts
Gintama (First)24/9/18Watched the first several episode or so and just straight out was not interested.
My Neighbour Totoro24/9/18I watched it, but I don’t remember much about it. It was average
Night Head Genesis26/9/18I scored this anime, then removed it as I feel I would need to watch it again to rate it properly. It was years ago.
Outlaw star25/9/18I watched it a long time ago, but cant remember. Some of the music was really good and I still listen to it today. No score until I rewatch.
Pandora Hearts25/9/18I actually never finished this, however I did intend to. I only was just reminded of this while going through anime lists to try and figure out what I had watched in the past. Will score when I get around to rewatching and finishing.
Paranoia agent24/9/18I liked it and wanted to like it more, but I sort of felt like enough wasn’t answered in the end. I actually can't really remember enough about this, so I'm not rating it right now.
Serial experiments lain24/9/18This had same amazing concepts that I thoroughly liked, but I watched it so long ago I cant remember most of it, so I'm not rating it yet.
Tenchi Muyou (original)25/9/18Watched it long time ago. I don’t want to score it until I rewatch it.
Witchhunter robin24/9/18Watched, but can not remember a thing about it
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