I got involved with anime about five years ago, primarily because of Cowboy Bebop and a number of other ‘odd’ animated series that I kept stumbling across. After a bit of research, I came to understand that what I was enjoying was all imported (R1-Licensed) Japanese anime and I became fascinated. It did not help that I had a couple of young nephews who were also into anime, so I started up a lending library.
Well, that was five years ago and since then, I have run out of shelf space for my library and have learned a bit more about Japanese Anime.
I enjoy posting to MIKOMI, but I tend to focus on the more off beat and uncommon series. My biggest concern with the MIKOMI site is that while we will always have our likes and dislikes, a single bad posting for a new series might turn off a number of anime fans from something fun & special, so I try to offer some depth on new series, such as images and background information to interest the visitor/reader.
Once upon a time, ANIME was something that was created, produced and animated in Japan, but that was in the past. Much of the Japanese anime series are now being out-sourced Korea. In fact the American series The Boondocks has much of its animated detail work done there. And we can expect China to step up and begin supporting the type of 'anime' that we currently associate with Japan. The world is changing and getting a bit smaller.
For contrast, I visited ANIDB.NET (an anime site) and ran a query on what they have listed for their top 20-some (most highly rated) anime series. You can find the results below – and yes, it did surprise me a bit and yes, I do not agree with it. But, it does call attention just how diverse our differing opinions can be. Some of their posted ratings do not appear to make sense, but it is a popularity contest. In any event, it is fun!!
When reading the listings below, be aware that ANIDB uses a 10 point scale (which is averaged between the number of votes). So when looking at the rating, remember to look at the number of votes.
Enjoy your anime.
Jan-chan. August 2007
Top 27 Anime series as listed at the ANIDB site
Toki Wo Kakeru Shoujo (2006 - Movie) rating 9.03 (with 1,500 vote)
Nodame Cantabile (2006 – 23 TV episodes) rating 9.01 (with 641 votes)
Byousoku 5 Centimeter (2007 – 3part Movie) rating 8.93 (with 367 votes)
Death Note (2006/7 – 37 TV Episodes) rating 8.91 (with 1750 votes)
Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Tsuiokuhen (1999 - 4 OVA episodes) rating 8.88 (with 6,000 votes)
Code Geass Hangyaku no Lelouch (2007 - 25 TV Episodes) rating 8.83 (with 1,000 votes)
Kanon (2006) (2006 – 24 TV Episodes) rating 8.87 (with 1,200 votes)
Monster (2005/6 – 74 TV Episodes) rating 8.76 (with 2,100 votes)
Mushishi (2005/6 – 26 TV Episodes) rating 8.76 (with 2,000 votes)
Nana (2006/7 – 47 TV Episodes) rating 8.74 (with 311 votes)
Great Teacher Onizuka (1999/0 – 43 TV Episodes) rating 8.73 (with 5,700 votes)
Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (2003/4 – 51 TV Episodes) rating 8.72 (with 8.200 votes)
Aria the Natural (2006 – 26 TV Episodes) rating 8.72 (with 244 votes)
Koukaku Kidoutai S.A.C. 2nd GIG (2004/5 – 26 TV Episodes) rating 8.71 (with 2,500 votes)
Fighting Spirit (2000/2 – 75 TV Episodes) rating 8.70 (with 1,600 votes)
Tekkon Kinkreet (2006 – Movie) rating 8.70 (with 24 votes)
Hachimitsu to Kuroba II (2006 –12 TV Episodes) rating 8.69 (with 1,200 votes)
Legend of the Galactic Heroes (1988/97 – 110 OVA Episodes) rating 8.60 (with 169 votes)
Juuni Kokuki (2002/3 – 45 TV Episodes) rating 8.68 (with 4,200 votes)
Major 3rd Season (see Major 2nd Season) (2007 – 26 TV Episodes) rating 8.68 (with 51 votes)
Koukaku Kidoutai STAND ALONE COMPLEX (2002/3 – 26 TV Episodes) rating 8.67 (with 4,200 votes)
Hachimitsu to Kuroba (2005 – 26 TV Episodes) rating 8.60 (with 3,000 votes)
Mononoke Hime (1997 – Movie) rating 8.65 (with 4,600 votes)
Planetes (2002/3 – 26 TV Episodes) rating 8.65 (with 2,300 votes)
Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (2001 – Movie) rating 8.64 (with 4,444 votes)
|A Literary Girl||Rent||See Bungaku Shoujo|
|Absolute Boy||Unevaluated||See Zettai Shonen|
Ace wo Nerae! (TV)
On her first day at Nishi High School, the first year Hiromi Oka is inspired by one her sempais, Ryuuzaki Ochoufuji Reika to join the tennis club. The arrival of the new (Davis Cup winner) tennis coach Munakata Jin upsets the varsity team line up, and Oka finds herself as a member of the competing team. New to the game of tennis and unsure of herself, Oka has to struggle against the torments of the rival whom she displaced and severe challenges of the new coach to find her place on the awarded Nishi tennis team.
|Aim for the Ace! (TV)||Unevaluated||See Ace wo Nerae! (TV)|
Microtechnology has created self-powered roller blades that allow a rider to rip along at blistering speeds, roar up walls and fly to incredible heights. And now AIR TECK (A-T) has become the new rage with all of the gangs. Ikki got the dickens kicked out of him by a roller-blade gang and the four sisters that he is staying with are not going to allow him to forget it. Of the four sisters, it falls upon fourteen-year-old Ringo to be responsible for looking after their trouble-some ‘adopted’ little brother whom they have nicknamed ‘baby-face’. When Ikki finds out that the girls are part of an A-T gang called the ‘sleeping forest’, he borrows one of their skates and rides off into the night vowing to learn to ride . A chance encounter introduces him to a cute roller-blade girl. Ikki follows her to a Stormrider (AT gang) gathering and learns that she is called Simca. Simca really seems to take a fancy for him (or perhaps she really enjoys teasing him), but when his sisters (most specifically Ringo) find out, they are not happy with Ikki’s new friend.
Kunisaki Yukito is a traveler, ever seeking the 'girl in the sky' from a legend passed down in his family. His journey takes him to a small seaside town, where he meets Misuzu, a girl who seems eager to become his friend. A story spanning a thousand years begins to unfold against the background of their peculiar relationship.
|AirGear||Rent||See AIR GEAR|
Aishiteru Ze Baby
|Buy||A crisis in the Katakura family changes the life style of a carefree high school playboy, when Kippei is asked to look after his five-year old cousin, Yuzuyu. Kippei tries to complain and avoid the responsibility but Yuzuyu's quiet charm soon wins him over. In trying to be a mom to his little cousin, Kippei learns some hard lessons on how to be responsible, as well as helping Yuzuyu deal with issues at her pre-school and her longing for her absent mother. And what about Kokoro, the cute classmate, who seems to show some measure of interest in Kippei?|
|Aishiteruze Baby||Buy||See Aishiteru Ze Baby|
|Ajimu Beach Story||Buy||See Ajimu Kaigan Monogatari|
Ajimu Kaigan Monogatari
|Buy||One morning as 17-year-old Nakaido Hirosuke arrives at the train station on his way to high school, he catches sight of a beautiful girl, Ajimu Yasuna, and immediately falls for her - but has a bad start to say the least. Yet over time the two of them get to know each other and become friends, but he can't confess his feelings and she is unsure of hers: Yasuna's heart still holds the memory of her friend who left her two years ago. And then another girl makes her move towards Hirosuke...|
On a cold and stormy night, Shigeru Akagi crawled out of the ocean, stumbled into a dingy waterfront Mahjong parlor and into a rough Mahjong game. Nangu was heavily in debt and had been offered a chance to gamble away his debts by the yakusa. And if he did not win, they had made sure that his life insurance policy would more than cover what he owed them. That evening’s tiles had not been kind to Nangu and with nothing left to loose, he decided to take a chance and let the thirteen-year-old Akagi play in his place. The events of that evening are still quietly spoken about and of how a rank-beginner beat the yakusa rep (or professional) player. It was that night that the legend of Akagi - the genius or monster of the Mahjong game - was born.
Akane-Iro ni Somaru Saka (TV)
One day, Junichi Nagase the 'Geno Killer' saves a girl from getting accosted by 2 thugs. Walking away from her, he curses himself for acting 'too cool'. The next day his classroom gets a new transfer student, Yuuhi Katagiri. She turns out to be the girl that he saved. She walks up to him and asks him out. After having many fantasies about her, the next day when she talks to him he bends over and gives her a kiss on the mouth. She screams about stealing her first kiss and proceeds to beat him black and blue. Later that evening he gets a visit from Yuuhi and it turns out that she is to live in his house as his fiancee.
|Akasaka (nickname)||Rent||See Akane-Iro ni Somaru Saka (TV)|
|Aki Sora||Buy||See Aki-Sora|