Five shows that restored my faith in anime

Some of you have been bitching about this site’s recent dearth of anime reviews:

“Nice review :p Need more anime reviews though, preferably of new ones!” – keke

“I came here with a dinosaur joke but forgot it in the time it took to read all this crap… Er, I mean excellent, award winning content.” – Yamcha

“Finaaaaly a non “filler” post of baka-raptor” – Laguna Loire

“Go back to blogging about how much Eli sucks. God, he’s so bad.” – Joe

“yayy, filler! XD” – blissmo

“Fucking hell, stop being a drama-queen and come back already, geez.” – A Day Without Me

I simply haven’t been motivated to write reviews of all the mediocre crap I’m watching lately. Nothing has really stood out (in a good way), except for these five shows:

Mnemosyne

The first episode of Mnemosyne was perfect:

  • It was the earth-shattering meteorite impact that marked the end of this site’s pre-historic era
  • I rewatched it at Otakon just to see first-time viewers revel it its awesomeness

Too much of the plot got crammed into the last episode. Otherwise the series rocks.

Kamen no Maid Guy

I hereby retract the first warning in my original review (the second warning still stands). Maid Guy kicks so much ass that I’m going to get a new license plate:

I’ll stick it on this new bike I’m getting.

Garden of Sinners

Garden of Sinners = Mnemosyne + Plot + Dialogue – Lesbians

Well developed minor characters
Simultaneous subplots
Comical victimization
Regular victimization
Recurring random character(s)
Badass mid-episode transitions
Soundtrack by Yuki Kajiura
Catchy dance sequence
Themes of Hatred/Suffering/Revenge
Lesbians
Hilarious ambiguously gay dude
Stylish visual effects
Dinosaurs
Giant Robots
Rivalry
Graphic violence
A character vaguely resembling myself
Pimp in a white suit
Soft-spoken girl voiced by Mamiko Noto
Time Travel
Supernatural Power
Trademark Infringement
Catch phrases
Obligatory hot springs episode
Ghosts
Self-parody

Kaiji/Akagi

You might think that Kaiji and Akagi are two different shows. Wrong – they’re exactly the same: a male protagonist with a pointy nose must risk his life to out-gamble an insane old plutocrat. Just like Kaiji, Akagi has no female characters because the artist can’t draw them. Whenever he tries, they end up with sharp, jagged tits. However, unlike Kaiji, Akagi has a moé character:

Detroit Metal City

Detroit Metal City is the laugh-out-loud funniest anime I’ve seen in years. Unfortunately, it’s only a one-episode special.

DMC rapes your soul.

UPDATE: There’s more DMC for the raping. See comment #3.

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  1. digitalboy says:

    raperaperaperaperaperaperaperaperaperaperaperaperaperaperape~~~

    all totally fucking awesome shows indeed. You know, you might like Tsukihime. Also Tokyo Majin.

  2. issa-sa says:

    Will the new bike come with a Maid Guy Voice Alarm?
    So the next time I star losing faith in anime, I’ll make sure I’ll have my soul raped bylesbians and gambling. Or wait for this new Maid Guy special episode to come out.

  3. double says:

    DMC is a 4-DVD OVA, so there’s much more than just the subbed episode that’s already released online.

    Gawk in awe while you witness Krauser II rape the Tokyo Tower.

  4. Hoshi says:

    I’m agreeing with you on Mnemosyne, it had so much plot in at the end. And that black-beard dude only had like, 10 minutes of screen time and he seemed important from previous episodes. oh well, it was fun.

    DMC has raped my soul. Even the stage name does – “Johannes Krauser II”. XD

  5. Michael says:

    I LOVE TSUKIHIME TOO. I THINK IT’S ONE OF THE BEST ANIME OF ALL TIME.

    in before tsukihime is not an anime

  6. blissmo says:

    I want a new bike too. I haven’t ridden one since … years ago …

  7. keke says:

    B-R do you read the Anime News Nina? Found out about it a few days ago, the strips are totally awesome!

    http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/images/cms/anime-news-nina/23361/comic-33.jpg I’d say that one is the funniest.

  8. Baka-Raptor says:

    @digitalboy: Seen Tsukihime, haven’t seen Tokyo Majin. Will consider.

    @issa-sa: Maid Guy special? I’m still waiting on the sub for episode 11.

    @double: You just raped my day!

    @Hoshi: I agree that Krauser II is the rapingest name ever.

    @Michael: Get thee to a nunnery. You’ll find one in Mnemosyne episode 5 (in both definitions of the word).

    @blissmo: This isn’t just any bike; it’s the manliest bike ever. If you can’t get one like it, you’re better off walking.

    @K-K: Who is this B-R? No wonder you got spam filtered the first time you tried posting it.

    I just read through the Anime News Nina comics. The one you linked to gets bonus points for referencing Touch. I also liked the Ultimate Mop Daisuke strips.

  9. TheBastid says:

    Mnemosyne?

    I’m on episode 3 I think this is garbage…..maybe the final 3 episodes will enlighten me?

    I believe Akagi is a better character than Kaiji….the guy has no morals, no feelings whatsoever. I was hoping to see an Akagi cameo in Kaiji

  10. blessthefall says:

    Thank you for reminding me that there aren’t any good new shows out there.

  11. korosora says:

    @BR: Where is mah Talk-a-Raptor?

  12. i-k says:

    Detroit Metal City is absolutely beautiful.

  13. Baka-Raptor says:

    @TheBastid: Mnemosyne is tits & blood fanservice. If you don’t like it after the first episode, you never will. Watch Garden of Sinners instead.

    @blessthefail: You’re welcome.

    @korosora: I’m still working out the pyrotechnics.

    @i-k: It belongs in a museum.

  14. otou-san says:

    I guess I have to check out this Garden of Sinners thing. I liked Mnemosyne because it made me think of the tits-n-blood videos that got me into anime in the first place. Not that it’s as good as 3×3 Eyes or something, but it sure has more lesbians.

  15. I agree with that Joe guy, you need some more hate on Eli Manning blogging going on… although, yes, I know, that part is “dead”.

    Also, otou-san’s 3×3 Eyes comment = seconded; 3×3 Eyes kicks ass.

  16. biankita says:

    kamen no maid guy rocks!

    i LOVE detroit metal city but the number of episodes is weird. fansub wiki said 1 episode but wiki and ANN said 24 OVA specials – 4-DVD special as double said. and when checked in TT, OVAs 2&3 are in raw. -__-”’ if it’s like that, i wish someone would sub them already *grumble*

  17. TheBigN says:

    I think this post reconfirmed my faith in you. :P

    If I ever have the time, I should check out Kaiji/Akagi, since I’ve watched everything else. :3

    Tsukihime is pretty decent, but Garden of Sinners does the TYPE-MOON thing better, FYI.

  18. Baka-Raptor says:

    @otou-san & Day: Now I have no choice but to watch 3×3 Eyes.

    @biankita: So far I’ve raped the “special” and “episode 1″ as raped by the fansubbers. I’m not sure how that rapes into the DVD/OVA framework, but as long as there’s more, I’m not raping.

    @TheBigN: Everybody can enjoy Kaiji equally because the games are unique to the story. Akagi is all Mahjong. If you don’t know how to play (like me), you can only follow along to a certain extent. It still kicks ass, but some of it will go over your head.

  19. Yamcha says:

    A post with both Maid Guy and Kara no Kyoukai = Gar and excellent.

  20. j.valdez says:

    What? No Kanokon?

  21. I must have watched the Detroit Metal City Special ten times, I thought it would be some Metalocalypse knock-off but it really has some original plot. The comedy value of it is amazing.

  22. My friend says that Akagi is better than Kaiji.

  23. Gnarfard says:

    Are you guys serious, what about some mainstream masterpieces like Yu Yu Hakusho or One Piece? :)

  24. Shin says:

    You didn’t mention the Rie Kugiyama moanings in Mnemosyne ):

  25. Laguna Loire says:

    Came up late !!! hooh ohhoo, whaaaat ??? you call yourself this animes reviews ?? it was more like previews or something…besides there’s no screen shot for Garden of Sinners…
    cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeers.

  26. Baka-Raptor says:

    @Yamcha: In no particular order.

    @j.valdez: Shit, how did I forget about Kanokon? I must’ve thought it too important to share the spotlight with 5 other shows.

    @The Sojourner: Why must this be a competition? They both rock. I must say though, the most awesome arc in either series was the first arc of Kaiji.

    @Gnarfard: Mainstream masterpieces gave me faith in the first place.

    @Shin: I also forget to mention Mamiko Noto moanings, but I suppose you could get those from Kanokon…

    @Laguna: There’s no need to put up a Garden of Sinners pic. Just take the Mnemosyne pic, add plot, add dialogue, and get rid of the lesbians.

  27. Laguna Loire says:

    @Baka-Raptor: even so…everyone else had pics ! it seems that you’re ignoring Garden of Sinners at all…but anyway…this is acceptable due to the slacker +100% factor/attitude.

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