Anime ranking rating

Here I'm going to try to rank all the anime's that I've seen in the past b/c I've got nothing better to do & I don't want to forget the anime's that I've seen & I'm also dissatisfied with some of the anime reviews (i.e. Mania's review of Code Geass, which was terrible but they gave it an A) which are completely off & sound like a biased promo jumbo...

I hope that the following "best/worst anime" list will be helpful to those who are trying to find good animated movies/series to enjoy but are afraid that they'll waste time watching something crappy.

5/5 stars

  • Elfen Lied
  • Full Metal Panic! TSR
  • Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae
  • Millenium Actress
  • Paprika
  • Pokemon
  • Samurai Champloo
  • Samurai Harem
4/5 stars

  • 5 cm per second
  • Anpanman
  • The Big O
  • Death Note
  • Dooly the Little Dino
  • Evangelion: 1.0
  • Full Metal Panic! Fumoffu
  • Galaxy Express 999
  • Howl's Moving Castle
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Inuyasha
  • Kare Kano
  • Mulan
  • Paranoia Agent
  • The Prince of Egypt
  • Nadesico
  • Nadia the Secret of Blue Water
  • School Rumble
  • School Rumble Ni gakki
  • Sekirei
  • Spirited Away
  • Suzumiya Haruhi
  • True Tears
  • Welcome to NHK!
  • Yobi the Five Tailed Fox
3/5 stars

  • Air
  • Appleseed Ex Machina
  • Azumanga Daioh
  • Ayakashi
  • Cardcaptor Sakura
  • Denno Coil
  • The End of Evangelion
  • Digimon Adventure
  • Dragonball
  • Eureka seveN
  • Evangelion: 2.0
  • Full Metal Panic!
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Gundam Seed
  • Hamos
  • Kodomo no omocha
  • Laputa, Castle in the Sky
  • Let's & Go!
  • Lovely Complex
  • Medabot
  • Mobile Suit Gundam
  • Nana 707
  • Oseam
  • The Place Promised in Our Early Days
  • Restol
  • Rumbling Hearts
  • Sailor Moon
  • School Days
  • Sora No Otoshimono
  • Spice & Wolf
  • Summer Wars
  • Wagaya no Oinari-sama
  • Wonderful Days
2/5 stars

  • Astro Boy
  • Clannad
  • Dragonball Z
  • Dragonball GT
  • Futakoi Alternative
  • Gundam 00
  • Gundam Seed Destiny
  • Gundam Wing
  • Gurren Lagann
  • Kara no kyokai: Overlooking View
  • Key the metal idol
  • Kimba the White Lion
  • Nausicaa the Valley of the Wind
  • Tenchi Muyo
  • Saikano 
  • Steamboy
  • Strike Witches
  • Toaru Kagaku no Railgun 
  • Yu-gi-oh!
  • Zeta Gundam
1/5 stars

  • Chobits
  • Gundam 00 S2
  • Inukami!
  • Love Hina
  • Manabi Straight!
  • Negima
  • Onegai Teacher
  • Seto no Hanayome
  • Shining Tears X Wind
  • Shuffle!
  • Stratos 4
  • Strawberry Panic
  • Tokimeki Memorial
  • Tonagura
  • Venus Versus Virus

  • Bleach
  • Cowboy Bebop
  • Eden of the East
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Naruto
  • Nodame Cantabile
  • One Piece
  • Patlabor
  • Shakugan No Shana
  • Sky Girls
  • Tokyo Godfathers
  • Witch Hunter Robin

Review of 'The Flower of Evil' Volume 3

(In Korean: 악의 꽃)


Reading this volume made me wonder if the scanlators were too thorough in their cleanups of Vol. 1 & 2 scans because the scanlation of Volume 3 is filled in more & looks much nicer.

(I like how this scene here. It's how Corea feels like at night)
(I like how Seh-wa's drawn on the right - a cute curious face)

I love all the patterns & details that were in the drawing. People at soompi said The Flower of Evil was beautifully drawn, but I didn't really get what they meant until I read this volume.
(Probably this page was colored in by the scanlators. Very nicely : ) )

Meat Street
Originally uploaded by sharilynanderson
So, the story goes like this. Seh-wa asks Seh-joon to demonstrate his love for her by killing himself, so Seh-joon gets in front of a car speeding down the road and is hospitalized. (Interesting plot, but still -1 for realness) Seh-wa feels so terrible for what she's done that she promises to never bother Seh-joon again. When Seh-joon recovers, his girlfriend Shi-yeun (who I think is older than Seh-joon b/c he addresses her as "sunbae," the Korean equivalent of "sempai" in Japanese; Seh-wa, who should be of same age as Seh-joon, refers to her as "unni," literally meaning "older sister.") comes home with Seh-joon & enjoys spending time with him. She visits few times more (like 1 more, I don't quite remember), and this makes Seh-wa mad. She breaks everything in her room and leaves home, planning to tire herself out by wandering in the streets. She's followed by Sung-chan, who walked home with Seh-wa from school and was waiting outside hoping that she'd get come out again because of Shi-yeun. Seh-wa wants to get rid of him, but she can't and eventually tires herself out. Eventually he baits her into a fast food place (like Lotte or McDonald's), & when she falls asleep he calls Seh-joon to pick her up. The next day, Seh-wa draws a lot of attention by walking out of a window on third floor & when Sung-chan comes to the scene she jumps on him, injuring his arm... (Again, very interesting, but still -1 for realness)

Anyhow, Yi Hyunsoo did a much better job overall with volume 3. She made Seh-wa more likable; her personality is very cute in a teasing way.

P.S. I found out Seh-joon & Seh-wa's last name - "Eun," (은) like "en" in "gotten."
  • Visual quality: 10/11
  • General plot: 8/10
  • Comedy elements: 2.5/3
  • Action elements: 2.5/3
  • Romance elements: 3/4
  • Mystery elements: 2/2
  • Sophistication: 5/6
  • Realness: 4/6

Overall: (8.2/10)

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Review of 'The Flower of Evil' Volume 2

(In Korean: 악의 꽃)


The second volume of The Flower of Evil continues the interesting story (i.e. differently new, because of its incestuous theme) with much stronger drama. Having established certain unusual points with the readers in the first volume (or else we would have been confused), the manhwaga is free to develop the personalities and the plot more aggressively here.

A rumor about Seh-wa and Seh-joon kissing each other spreads in school, but Seh-wa is nonchalant and persistent in loving her brother. In fact I think the crisis only heightens the drama as Seh-wa speaks more eloquently to defend her right to love him:

As you can see, it's not the same kind of wine brewing from the last book. The drawing style hasn't changed, but it's strange how just the words can make so much difference in a comic.

About the drawing quality... I gave it 9/10 like last time. For comparison, I usually gave Goong 12/12, LOVE SOS 7.5/10, and Metal Heart 8.5/10. I admire how the characters are drawn realistically as the ones in Goong, but I don't like how the pages aren't filled with enough details and shading as in Goong and Metal Heart.

Seh-joon gets "filthy" with his girlfriend (I forgot her name), but the scenes were covered and brief, barely enough for us to get the point.

I thought this scene here was pretty accurate with how Korean high schools look & "feel" (heh, wrong grammar) like in a usual, late afternoon:

Yi Hyunsook (the manhwaga, a female I assume) introduced several new people but didn't build on them (I remember making a similar observation regarding one of the LOVE SOS volumes). Sung-chan is shown living with his uncle in the 1st chapter, but the uncle doesn't appear afterward (except maybe once more in the last chapter - was that the uncle?). The girl dressed like "whore" (from Vol. 1) who's interested in Sung-chan (who used to be called Gi-hoon) appears like just once here. So far, they were just space fillers that left me expecting something but not getting anything and feeling disconnected.

Although romance should be a major part of the story, it's not. There's just a lot of negative energy (i.e. jealousy) but not much constructive stuff to build on the relationships.

I didn't get what was funny with the author's note at the end of the manhwa here:

  • Visual quality: 9/10
  • General plot: 7.5/10
  • Comedy elements: 2/3
  • Action elements: 2/4
  • Romance elements: 3/5
  • Mystery elements: 2/3
  • Sophistication: 3.5/5
  • Realness: 4/6

Overall: (7.2/10)

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the star online: "Cute but dangerous?"

Malaysia's the star online reports about the cancellation of an anime adaptation of a Japanese manga, Hetalia.

"As soon as the adaptation of the manga into an animation was announced, a number of South Korean Internet users strongly called for the cancellation of the broadcast, as they felt the South Korean character insults their country. South Korea is depicted as a man who 'is weak before the United States, calls China his elder brother, and hates Japan'."
I actually wouldn't mind S. Korea being portrayed negatively as long as it's accurate. When did S. Korea ever call China an elder brother? Shouldn't that be North Korea? Also, I think "hates Japan" is other way around. Koreans may dislike Japan as a country for trying to conceal its holocaust past, but they don't have to waste their time "hating Japan." If the argument goes, "hey Japan, you used to be criminal," and the reply is "no" or "yes, but let's forget about it," still those war crimes and oppressive acts committed by the Japanese government during colonial rule are Japanese' problem, not Koreans'.


I found a good discussion at a blog called Anime Might:

"Please excuse me a little bit for leaving you a comment like this.
(Also, my English is not perfect, but I will try my best.)

Actually…I was keeping on watching its progress so far.
How the anime was cancled, and how the Hetalia fans are reacting…kind of thing.

In order to understand the actions taken by (around ten thousands of) Koreans,
people should understand what their real complains are.
They simply have two major points.
1. No more WWII glorification
2. No more distorted Korean character
and there are a lot of ‘detailed’ complains related to it.

For example, many Koreans were offended when Korea in Hetalia was obsessed with Japanese flags.
Maybe this article can help you understand how Koreans would feel if Korean in Hetalia acts like that.

Koreans were already offended by several “anti-Korean” mangas like this.
No Koreans signed up to protest about it at this point.
(I saw several Koreans saying “the art style looks too much like Yu yu Hakushou!”, though.)

In addition,
the glorification of WWII in Anime, game, and manga is never, not the first time Koreans are experiencing.
I can think of many examples…
I saw a Korean character in SRWOG (a Japanese GBA game) saying “Tora tora tora”
before the final battle operation. That quote was from Japanese soldiers in WWII.
Most Koreans were used to ignore these kind of things and just enjoy.

Plus, several people were worrying about its “shounen-ai” expression
broadcasted by “kids” station in Japan.

Actually, Korean people did not (could not) stop Hetalia Anime broadcast.
Koreans have no such rights. They can only persuade and protest about the anime.
The Japanese TV station decides it. They said that they had “various circumstances”.
The real reason might be more complicated than people are thinking.

The Japanese TV station did not broadcast the show and Koreans got cooled down a lot for now.
So far, Koreans are OK with Hetalia’s DVD and mobile phone premise, I think.

“The show is still available online for those who still want to watch it but the Koreans are also trying to stop that”
->I think you are talking about Youtube broadcast or something.
Online broadcast is illegal. Completely illegal.
In order to watch this anime, you should buy the DVD.
(Japanese people can afford it through mobile phone service, too.)
I think the Japanese anime company is stopping the online broadcast.
They would not be able to make money if everyone watches the anime online.

“How the hell this show insults Korea if they don’t even appear on it. ”
->On the official Hetalia anime website, there definitely was Korea on the list.
You could see the official character design and profile of Korea.
Maybe the animation did not have Korea “yet” at the beginning of the season.
They were going to have Korea at some point.
(Koreans stopped it, so it is hardly going to happen in the furture.)

“…several young Korean’s sliced their finger in protest…”
-> Please, believe me, not much Koreans go THAT far.
That issue (led by some Korean nationalists) and this Hetalia issue (led by Koreans
who are interested in anime a lot….I would say….Korean Otaku?) are completely different.
They have different reasons, different point of view, different reaction, etc.


Still, in my opinion, I also think that the way Koreans approached the anti-Hetalia movement was not the best.
They could take time and think of more…smarter and cooler ways.

I just hope that there will be a peaceful resolution…."

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