Ok in the last week I’ve watched:
Kurau: Phantom Memoryhttp://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/kurau-phantom-memory/dvd-1
Easily the best story of these. 24 half hour episodes in 4x3/5.1 audio though the 5.1 is a bit thin. I give it 4 stars.
Legend of Himikohttp://www.themanime.org/viewreview.php?id=175
Very retro looking animation with the feel of a Saturday morning cartoon except for the violence and mild fanservice. 12 half hour episodes in 4x3/5.1 again the 5.1 is thin. I give it 3 stars.
No a mecha show but some of the best mecha combat even though I’m not a big fan of it. Lots of violence and fare amount of fanservice. 24 half hour episodes in 16x9/5.1. Great 5.1 track with both direct and ambient surround sound and plenty of LFE even below 40Hz. 3 stars for the story but I bump it up to 3.5 because the audio is very good.
Less lame male lead than most anime but if you don’t like Chii you won’t like the show. 24 half hour episodes in 16x9/2.0. Nothing special just a good show 3 stars.
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanohahttp://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/magical-girl-lyrical-nanoha/dvd-box-set
If you can’t get past the age of the main characters or the fact that this panders (not parodies) to about every anime cliché out there then skip it. I found it easy to ignore the age of the characters since they acted like adults most of the time. Starts out as typical magical girls stuff but eventually turns into some interesting scifi before falling flat on it’s face at the end. 13 half hour episodes in 4x3/2.0. I give it 2.5 stars.
I’m actually making a small dent in watching my anime collection. I’d say about 15% or so. I have to be careful not to watch all the highly rated one first which I started out doing or only the crap will be left at the end. Right now I’m prioritizing the 16x9 and 5.1 stuff to watch on my HT and been focusing on the 4x3/2.0 stuff to watch at work on my portable players. Right now it’s Bleach:http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/bleach
This has to be the anime that I most love and hate. When the characters are interacting and the story is actually being told “Bleach” hits it out of the park, but then there are the fights.
I’m not talking about two people just standing there bitch-slapping each other either. No it usually takes at least half an episode or more to get that far. First we have the posturing and taunting. Then if we’re lucky a digression to something else to come back later and find the taunting continues, sometimes into the next episode. Then there’s a little action followed by hearing the inner monologues of both characters as each realizes something critical about their opponent that could determine the outcome of the fight. Then more digression followed by more taunting as each opponent reveals to the other that they’re really holding back but will now “bring it.” Usually meaning they’re just turning it up a notch but not all the way, cause why the hell would we want to end the fight before it’s lasted 3 episodes.
Also almost all these fights are man to man (beast) or babe to babe taking place with the opponents alone or due to some point of honour engaging in only single combat while everyone else stands around and watches picking their noses or picking their own single combats.
However, if you can get past that “Bleach” has one of the most interesting and odd group of character I’ve ever seen. Yachiru Kusajishi, the 11th Division’s Lieutenant has to be one of the strangest character choices I’ve seen. But the writing and character interaction are so good that all this diversity works w/o becoming overwhelming.
So far I’m on disk 16 or 17 Ito lazy to look which is around episode 50 or so. http://www.quiztron.com/tests/bleach_character_quiz_10083.htm
And the description really does fit me:
You act weird compared to everyone else around you as if you dont give a care