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.