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)
Twelve Kingdoms (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)
|All Ages(1)||Kid at heart(1)|
|Adventure(1)||Artificial Girls(1)||Coming of Age(2)||Dark(1)|
|Dating Sim Spinoff(1)||Depression(1)||Fan Service(1)||Fighting(1)|
|Live Action(1)||Slice of Life(2)||Soul Mates(1)||Violent(2)|
|Apocalypse Meow||Unevaluated||See Cat Shit One|
|Boku no Katsu Seni Kanojo no...||Unevaluated||
A tradgic Love Story w/ a VERY odd twist!
Bokura no Saibanin Monogatari
The Japanese government has commissioned a 22-minute anime video called "Bokura no Saibanin Monogatari" (Our Jury Story) to teach its citizens about the re-introduced jury system. In July, Japan will implement jury trials for the first time in six decades, so most Japanese have never experienced jury duty. The anime uses a high school boy's one-sided infatuation for a classmate as an unusual segue to discuss the jury system.
Cat Shit One
The war against terrorism has gone private. War has always been a profitable business, so having private corporations field their own armies to fight against terrorism is just good business. Who else could protect those innocent bunnies from the religiously fervent turbaned donkey fanatics. It falls upon a small cadre of seasoned furry rabbit soldiers to take the battle to the donkey's home turf.
EVE no Jikan
It is common to see the coloured halos of androids at school, on the street or helping out at home. The news is trying to make an issue about being too dependent on these mechanical servants, but how dependable are they? Ruiko is troubled when he realizes that his family's android ‘disappears’ for several hours each day. Using GPS tracking and logfiles, he and a school friend retrace the route taken by his android and end up at a strange little café named ‘EVE no Jikan’ - where discrimination between androids and humans is not permitted, and none of the customers or staff have halos.
Hetalia Axis Powers
Based on a popular web-released manga series by Hidekazu Himaruya, this has been described as a "cynical gag" story set in Europe in the years between WW1 and WW2 (1915-1939), using exaggerated caricatures of the different nationalities as portrayed by a gaggle of bishōnen boys. For example, the Italia Veneziano character is into pasta and women. The Deutsche (German) bishi loves potatoes and sausages, and Nippon is an otaku boy. Installments of the manga have jumped back and forth in setting from the ancient times to modern-day geopolitics. The manga's title comes the Japanese words for "useless" (hetare) and Italy (Italia).
Kozue, a member of an astronomical club, is a girl who dreams of the starry sky and of a summer romance. During one summer break, she sets out on a journey with a shining fragment of a fallen meteor hanging from her wrist and with a distant feeling that someone calling her. On her trip, she catches a glance of a boy with sad eyes. Later that evening she meets him in an isolated astronomical observatory, and feels an attraction to him as they spend time talking about the stars. Ginga is a boy who has lived his life in a bubble as part of a governmental program to contact an orbital satellite and feels very alone in his structured and isolated life. Under the innumerable stars in the sky, a night of friendship and miracles begin...
A romantic comedy which revolves around the high school archery club member Tatsuya Tachikawa and his reaction to Gonzaburō Fudō — the pretty new transfer student whose appearance is misleading.
|Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (web shorts)||Watch||See Suzumiya Haruhi-chan no Yuuutsu (ONA)|
|My life without her...||Unevaluated||See Boku no Katsu Seni Kanojo no...|
Eretto's Nyorōn Churuya-san parody story is based on a minor character named Tsuruya, who is introduced as being a close friend of Mikuru in the Haruhi manga series.
|Our Jury Story||Unevaluated||See Bokura no Saibanin Monogatari|
School Days (ONA)
Itou Makoto, a shy and unconfident teenager, has become very accepting at only stealing glances at a cute girl as they ride the same trolley each morning on their way to their high school - at least until Saionji Sekai, sitting next to him in the classroom, surprises him and chances to get a peek at a photo-snap of the beautiful Katsura Kotonoha on his cell-phone. To Makoto's surprise, Sekai offers to support him in his romance - and due to her commitment the three soon become close friends. Close enough that Makoto braves asking Katsura out on date. And she agrees. Later that day, Makoto finds a quiet moment to express his thanks for all support that Sekai has offered him, and makes clear his intent on finding away to reply her kindness. But he is totally unprepared and very surprised at the reward that Sekai has chosen: Sekai steals a long kiss from his lips, ended only by her breaking away to run for a commuter-tolley. Before Sekai boards the train, she turns and wishes Makoto well on his date.
Shikabane Hime: Aka
|Watch||The title "Corpse Princess" belongs to Makina Hoshimura, an undead girl who seeks to hunt down 108 corpses in order to go to heaven.|