And here we at the end. Eventually, I’d like to review non-anime shows as well, but all these hour-long programs like “Lost” and “Dexter” take significantly longer to watch and don’t show any signs of ending anytime soon.
In the meantime, here’s the last of the animes:
17. Those Who Hunt Elves
What is it?: An actress, a martial arts champion, and a tomboy with a tank get transported to a fantasy world, and the only way to get home is to find missing spell fragments that are tattooed on elf women. So they travel the world coming onto elves like a bunch of rapists and tearing their clothes off. I’d like to nominate this for the worst premise ever.
What?! Why????: I found a DVD of this in a prize pack I won at an Animethon. Yeah – that’s right. It… wasn’t the best of prizes.
Target Audience?: I don’t know. I just don’t know. The humor isn’t funny, the drama is bewildering, and there isn’t even any nudity. It’s like some D&D nerd’s sick porno fantasy turned into an ABC sitcom. The logic doesn’t even make sense – the team consists of one guy and three ladies, and they always have the guy violently strip the elves. Is it too much trouble for the women to politely take the elves behind a curtain or something?
Any redeeming factors here?: Yes. They ride around in a tank that’s possessed by the ghost of a dead cat, and one of their sidekicks is a teddy bear that poops out rolls of toilet paper. Otherwise, this show is the anime equivalent of Japan’s used-panty vending machines.
18. FLCL (Fooly-Cooly)
What Is It?: Six episodes of SHEER INSANITY.
No, seriously, what is it?: This was my introduction to Japan’s interpretation of the term “parody.” It’s very much like ours, except that instead of having Shrek singing Billy Joel songs, they just have random nonsense and in-your-face seizure-inducing animation with obscure references that mostly Japanese people will get. Every episode, there’s an alien monster that comes out of someone’s head, and this pink-haired girl shows up on her motorcycle and beats the crap out of it with her guitar. But otherwise, I could seriously show you any clip and it wouldn’t make any sense. There’s no story or coherence, and the dialogue is a game of Mad Libs – it’s that random. And for that, it’s fantastic.
Target… Audience?: I can’t recommend this to anybody, yet… I still want to watch it again.
Biggest WTF Moment: There’s way too many to choose from, but I’m going with this South Park parody they did. If you can call it a parody. I’ve rewatched it several times trying to figure out if there’s even any context to it and still come up empty-handed. I think this show just likes to mess with me.
19. Vision of Escaflowne
Why I Started Watching It: All my friends kept preaching the amazingness of this show to me, so yeah, I got around to watching it.
Recap: I can’t, for the life of me, remember anything past the first episode, other than that there’s sword fights, robots that turn into dragons, and Earth has an invisible moon that fantasy creatures live on. I also remember that people really, really like the soundtrack. I guess I’d have to see it again.
Target Audience: My memory of this show is limited, so I’ll just say it’s targeted at Brittany at her friends.
Fourth Thing: Rita McNeil, Gerbils, Bananas in Pajamas, and Dead Hookers.
20. Excel Saga
Why I Started Watching It: I was telling a friend about FLCL, and she started telling me that if I want a REALLY crazy show, I should check this one out.
But what is it?: It’s FLCL on valium. Another parody series, only this time it’s about two girls who work for an evil organization, and every episode, they’re experimenting with a different way to take over the world. The jokes often revolve around the show trying to reinvent itself using different genres, and it follows a lot of running gags including one girl always trying to eat a dog, and the other girl always coughing up blood and passing out. It’s retarded, but still easier to follow than FLCL.
There’s something to be said when: During the first six minutes of the opening episode, the main character gets herself killed at least three times, forcing God to step in, resurrect her, and keep restarting the show until she gets it right.
Target Audience: I watched bits and pieces of it with a bunch of fraternity guys once. They were really drunk and having the best time ever. I think it reached it’s audience.
21. Wolf’s Rain
What is it?: It’s a pack of wolves on an epic journey through an apocalyptic wasteland searching for paradise. Also, they have the power to disguise themselves as humans, so the fans have someone to dress up as at conventions.
Why I Started Watching It: Just another recommendation from a friend.
Target Audience: This is going to sound weird, but… I think it’s aimed at Virgo women who wear glasses. Seriously. I’ve seen the box set in three different people’s collections – and now that I think back, all three of those people are of the female persuasion, optically-challenged, with birthdays in September. Coincidence? Probably, but a very strange one.
Favorite Part: I’ve always liked listening to the opening theme. I also really enjoyed the animation. And no, I’m not bias because it’s done by the same guys who did “Bebop.” Well, okay, maybe I am. But I fart in your general direction.
Why I Started Watching It: For the longest time, I actually got tired of anime because nothing was really hooking me anymore. Then I saw my co-worker was reading the manga of Hellsing at lunch and figured I’d check out the 13-episode series.
What is it?: It’s VAMPIRES working as SECRET AGENTS. And they can shape-shift, and suck blood, and explode into a million pieces just to regenerate! The main vamp is this kick-ass dude in a red coat called Alucard, and when he turns into his “true vampire” form, everybody just craps their pants. Even those vampire armies in the Underworld movies wouldn’t stand two seconds against this guy.
Target Audience: This one’s more along the lines of “Trigun” or “Escaflowne.” It’s weird, different, and takes some getting used to, but it’s still cool.
Worth Checking Out?: Sure, why not? In this age of Glitter-Vamps, it kind of redefines what a vampire SHOULD BE.
23. Azumanga Daioh
What is it?: It’s about the lives of a group of a high school girls and their normal everyday adventures all the way up to graduation. Normally, I would not watch this, but many have insisted upon it, so let’s take a look see:
Episode 1: All right, no sign of a plot yet. Just random acts of stupidity.
Episode 2: This is starting to be a little too retarded for me. I think I’m done here.
Episode 3: Right after this episode.
Episode 4: Heh, that was funny.
Episode 5: And look at that. A beach episode already. There’s always a beach episode.
Episode 9: So many things in this show would make great screensavers.
Episode 10: The opening sequence is haunting my dreams.
Episode 14: Yay! More fun at the beach!
Episode 16: La la-la la-la la-la… kitties! Oops, there goes a testicle.
Episode 19: yaaaaaaaayyyy
Episode 21: Why is this stupid thing my new favorite show?
Episode 22: More beach fun! And more kitties!
Episode 25: Almost over. Still no sign of a plot. Just kitties, hugs, and OMG CHIYOCHAN IZ A PENGIUN!!!
Episode 26: And there goes the other testicle. I’ll be watching “Crank 2″ if anybody needs me…