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Looking for recommendations for 2001 anime

From conception to completion, the list of my favourite anime from 2000 took about 6 months. At that pace, I should be finished with the 00s by early 2017. I’d like to get this project done a teensy bit earlier than that, so moving on quickly to 2001. I need recommendations for what anime from 2001 I should watch. Here’s the list. A few quick guidelines first though. Don’t recommend anything with more than 50 episodes (so no Hikaru no Go). Don’t recommend anything stupidly obvious (so no Sister Princess Millenium Actress). Try to avoid titles you know I’ve already seen, but don’t worry too much about that. When in doubt, go ahead and recommend anyway, it will be interesting to see what people still consider to be good from that year.

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  1. Posted July 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Galaxy Angel!

    “Don’t recommend anything with more than 50 episodes”

    … ;-; It does have multiple season. That’s out. Eh. Eh.

    I’ve watched Animation Runner Kuromi. It wasn’t that good, though.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

      Eh, first season has 24 episodes so it still counts. Although do you seriously think I would like it? Like, seriously?

      • Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

        I don’t really know, to be honest. I haven’t even watched the full season. I remember watching perhaps half or so a few years back. It’s a bit odd comedy, but I found it charming.

        Wish I had watched Hare Guu, then I could make a proper comparison. But I doubt it’s like that.

      • Scamp
        Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

        tbh, you could get me with anything by saying it’s like Hare Guu

  2. Gunslinger
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    1> Earth girl Arjuna
    2> Initial D
    3> Noir
    4> Scryed

    • Scamp
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

      I thought Arjuna was pretty but total nonsense?

      As for Initial D, Wikipedia is a bit wrong on that one. The only Initial D that aired that year is an OVA after season 2, and I can’t be arsed getting through 2 seasons first

      • Mr. Anon
        Posted July 27, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

        You haven’t seen Initial D? Man, you’ve been missing out. You don’t have to watch it for your 2001 thing, but do yourself a favor and put it on your to watch list.

      • Scamp
        Posted July 27, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

        Yeah I know I should buuuut I’ve got so much stuuuuuf to waaaaatch

      • Mr. Anon
        Posted July 28, 2012 at 12:05 am | Permalink

        Initial D is better 8-)

  3. slurp
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Bible Black. :D

    • Scamp
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

      Man, I’ve seen some of Bible Black, and it’s honestly too fucked up for me.

  4. clipeuh
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    You’ve probably already seen it, but Cat Soup obviously.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

      Oddly enough, no I haven’t. It’s definitely one I plan to get to though

  5. CaptainHairy
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Mezzo Forte is pretty great. Especially the version that has the incongruous and completely pointless porn scenes cut out. I believe they were put there to get funding, but the whole thing was specifically designed that when the porn scenes were removed, everything still flowed perfectly.

    Can’t remember if you liked Excel Saga, but Puni Puni Poemy is basically Excel Saga: The Unrelated OVA.

    And of course, Fruits Basket is a great target for laughing at, with Tohru’s terrifying moon-pool eyes.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

      Huh, I never knew Mezzo Forte was related to Kite. I haven’t seen either, but heard…well, I’ve heard mixed things, but enough people genuinely like it to give it a shot I guess.

      Didn’t like Excel Saga at all, so will probably skip Puni

    • Mr. Anon
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, I thought Mezzo Forte was a pretty awesome movie, with great action scenes and awesome background music. And for some reason it included porn. I watched the hentai version, but yeah I can imagine how a version with the sex could out would work great.

      • Mr. Anon
        Posted July 28, 2012 at 12:07 am | Permalink

        Oh shit I was actually thinking of Kite. Haven’t seen Mezzo Forte.

  6. Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Bearing in mind I have no idea what you’ve seen, from that list there’s only one I would recommend unreservedly and that’s the Read or Die OVA.

    Other ones I remember watching and enjoying at the time include: Fruits Basket (caveat: this was likely based on girlfriend of the time); Happy Lesson is fairly bonkers; Hellsing TV series is alright, goes off the rails as it runs out of manga to adapt; Love Hina was one of the first of its ilk I saw, your tolerance for the genre will define enjoyment, the protagonist Keitaro is an utter cretin though; Metropolis movie was entertaining; Noir is the first of Koichi Mashimo’s “girls with guns” trilogy and could have down with half the run time; S-CRY-ed is very silly and brainless thus entertaining; SoulTaker was very stylish for the time but more or less impenetrable; Vandread, 2001 would be the second series so if you disliked the first the second won’t be much better.

    Again, I haven’t seen many of these since 2001 and I doubt much of our tastes align but take from that list what you will.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

      I never really got why people go nuts over ROD. It looks kinda nice, the girls are hot…and that’s about it.

      Also lol Happy Lesson. I remember looking at that back in the days when I used to search out ecchi harem anime, and even then I thought “maaaan this looks kinda terrible”

      • Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

        Not a fan of the TV series follow up but the OVA is remarkably solid and good fun. Could just be rose-tinted spectacles but at three episodes you could do a lot worse with your time.

      • Karry
        Posted July 27, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

        US president pisses himself, and White House blows up in the first five minutes – what’s else do you need ?! Geez, what a hard customer.

      • Posted July 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

        Oh my god, I actually agree with our boi Karry here. R.O.D. is a comic book-styled popcorn action movie with no other pretense than to be cool and creative. I turn the typical retort you use often on me back to you: Don’t you like fun?

  7. Inushinde
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Angelic Layer was a genuinely decent show from the six episodes that I’ve seen, and technically a Chobits prequel. I’ll have to watch more of it, obviously, but those six episodes were pretty neat, if somewhat formulaic.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

      Prequel to Chobits? Welp, that’s on the list.

      Actually I’ve generally heard good things about Angelic Layer, so sure why not. Let’s see if that era just happened to be a good one for Clamp

      • Posted July 27, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

        I hesitate to call it a “prequel” because the two stories have no relevant connection. There’s just a LOLCLAMPverse thing going on. Despite being a kids show, I would still recommend Angelic Layer to most people because it’s smart and funny and handles mature subjects with sincerity and emotional weight, but I’m quite certain you’ll hate it.

      • Scamp
        Posted July 27, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

        But I like Clamp! Sometimes

      • Inushinde
        Posted July 29, 2012 at 9:38 am | Permalink

        It’s a prequel in the sense that the Layer game went on to become the basis for the Persocom units. Certainly one of the less tenuous connections in the CLAMPverse, anyway.

  8. Kiseki
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    2001 is not my year ahh.

    I’ve never watched any Digimon, but I heard Digimon Tamers (51 episodes) is the darkest series in the franchise thanks to its writer. IIRC, the director wanted to to deviate from the previous two series or something. But it’s still a kids show and I can’t put a personal word for it.

    Angelic Layer was alright. Idk if I’d recommend it but it was an improvement over the manga.

    I think I enjoyed Pretear but I don’t remember how good it actually was. But it’s a magical girl series with transformations that needed naked men?

    • Scamp
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

      I’ve heard good things about Tamers too, but I’m generally not good with kids series anymore. Which is kinda depressing to be honest, but oh well. Plus I never got into Digimon as a kid. I was always strictly a Pokemon guy, so it doesn’t even have the nostalgia factor to sink into

    • KBKarma
      Posted July 28, 2012 at 11:11 am | Permalink

      I was about to recommend Tamers. I’ve not watched it (except a few dubbed episodes), but the synopsis makes it look real interesting.

      Except… 51 episodes. :(

  9. IKnight
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Mazinkaiser, GGG Final and Shin Getter vs Neo Getter are great, but you won’t like them because you have no taste.

    Figure 17 is pretty good if you can stomach each episode’s incredibly slow-moving first half.

    Scryed is a good laugh, and unsurprisingly ticks some of the same individual-vs-community boxes as Infinite Ryvius.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

      Why yes, I do have terrible taste and hate Mazin-stuff. Double no for GGG as well, because I know I won’t have the patience to sit through the reportedly 30-odd episodes before it actually gets good.

      Scryed was already on my list because of Goro Taniguchi, but hearing comparisons to Ryvius definitely helps

      • luffyluffy
        Posted July 27, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

        >won’t wait the 30 episodes for GaoGaiGar to get good
        >watched logh

        stop digging yourself into a hole, it’s physically painful.

      • Scamp
        Posted July 28, 2012 at 10:34 am | Permalink

        Sit through 30 episodes for 10 good episodes of GGG

        Sit through about 10 episodes for 100 good episodes of LOGH


  10. Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    I assume Cat Soup falls into obvious recommendations because of Yuasa. Something tells me you’ve seen Guu as well, so…


    First couple are just consistently great. Mahoromatic is rather fun and has exceptional production values that hold up even to this day, as you’d expect of Gainax. Beware of the mood whiplash in the last arc though, since it pissed many people off. SoulTaker is worth because of Shinbo+mecha. He wasn’t nearly as good back then and it has a ton of scenes with simply nonsensical visuals, but that combination is too good to pass on.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

      Considering my avatar for about 2 years was Hare :P

      Seen those first 3, although I’d due a Hellsing rewatch. Hadn’t even heard of SoulTaker before, but Shinbo mecha sounds like something I need to see

  11. luffyluffy
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    The only thing on that list that I’d recommend is GaoGaiGar, but this lists Final so lalalalaa watch S-CRY-ed

  12. Lucky-7
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    2001 was so so

    The Kenshin OVA was hit-and-miss with many people and a poor follow-up to the previous trust-betrayal OVA, but still has amazing animation quality even by today’s standards.

    It helps if you have some knowledge of the plot since it’s essentially a huge recap of the show and manga.

    Speaking of Taku Iwasaki works, you would most likely enjoy read or die. Good action OVA that later led to a pretty good full series.

    Noir, if only to experience the anime that bee train modeled all of their works on since.

    I’m no big fan of this one, but my wife tells me that there isn’t one female anime fan that didn’t fall in love with fruits basket, so you might consider giving it a nod. It honestly isn’t bad, but it isn’t amazing by any standards either.

    That’s really all I can dig up in there.

    I will say 2001 was a great year for hentai apparently

    • Scamp
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

      I’ve never really got on with Kenshin. Even Trust and Betrayal I thought was meh, although that may because I watched the dub which sucked all emotion out of it.

      lol Fruits Basket. That’s the defining anime that made me go “fuck shoujo”

      I think you may be onto something with the hentai comment. I’m no connoisseur, but there’s a remarkable amount of names even I recognise from 2001

      • Mr. Anon
        Posted July 27, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

        Even Trust and Betrayal I thought was meh, although that may because I watched the dub which sucked all emotion out of it.

        That’s exactly what it did. I first watched the original version, and then because I was curious, I watched the dub. Apart from ruining the style (by doing things like adding long screams to someone who was expertly executed almost instantly), they misinterpreted the tone of basically every scene and character … I don’t think whoever directed the dub had seen or understood the original.

        I think the original OVAs are nothing short of a masterpiece.

    • gw_kimmy
      Posted July 28, 2012 at 12:27 am | Permalink

      ugh, here’s one female fan that abhors fruits basket. i enjoyed the manga at first until it became stupid, then watched the anime which was just condensed stupid. tohru’s eyes combined with yui horie whatever’s voice haunted me for days.

      um, choose a better year o_o

  13. Redcrimson
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Echoing Angelic Layer and Scryed. Supergals was good. Pretear was pretty good for a magical girl show. Noir was well, it was Bee Train. Vandread was decent for a Gonzo Harem. Alien Nine and Geneshaft were weird as hell.

  14. Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    I liked Afro Ken, but I wouldn’t recommend it to you or anyone really.
    Angelic Layer is much better than manga, but still a bit childish.
    I know that you have already seen and liked Hare to Guu and Millennium Actress, which makes me content.
    La Blue Girl is a special anime for me, but it’s good only when you laugh at it with other people (that’s why I think of it as special – for the people I laughed with).
    SoulTaker is very… unique, maybe you could like it if you like anime that you are not completely sure about them being seriously artsy or just pretentious, kinda like with the first Evangelion.
    I also see a bunch of things I wanted to watch for a long time, unfortunately none of them would be worth a recommendation, would it live up to everything I have heard about it, save for Princess Arete, which I am savouring for some special times.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

      Truly 2001 was the year for hentai

  15. Kioku from Laptop
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    S-Cry-Ed and Rune Soldier for laughs… Angelic Layer I never got around to watching/reading, but its still on my list of to-read stuff. I likes me some Chobits.
    *Reads over list* Huh, not much here that I’ve seen. A scene from Puni Puni Poemi that I remember…
    Voice: Playing eroge during the day?!
    Girl bursts through the floor and punches dude sitting at his computer through the ceiling and yells “PLAY THOSE AT NIGHT!!”
    …Yeah, wierd shit.

  16. Posted July 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    I like Alien Nine. It’s an interesting, screwed up OVA, although there’s a decent possibility the lead character may annoy you, and the ending resolves absolutely nothing. But I think it’s worth a shot just for the general mood of it.

    I’ll back up the recommendations for s-CRY-ed, too. Directed by Goro Taniguchi, so that’s one awesome point for it, and it has that so dumb it’s awesome shonen feel to it. Even those shitty Gundam SEED character designs couldn’t make me hate it.

    I dug the Metropolis movie. It’s directed by Rintaro but adapted from a Tezuka manga (though apparently many things were changed) and the script’s written by Katsuhiro Otomo, so all Rintaro has to concentrate on is making shit look pretty.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

      Taking Rintaro away from anything to do with the writing and plot sounds like a damn good idea to me.

    • Posted July 27, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

      It’s a shame Alien Nine is painfully unfinished because it was quite good otherwise. Makes a really combination of bizarre alien shows from the early 00’s with niea_7.

  17. Posted July 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    How about Alien Nine? I heard good things about the manga, though I haven’t heard a thing about the anime. Also, have you seen Metropolis? It’s by Katsuhiro Otomo, so you might really like that one. I need to see it myself.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

      Metropolis is on the list because I love me some Otomo that isn’t called Steamboy because fuck Steamboy

  18. Anca
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Princess Arete was pretty good. One of the rare Studio 4C non-CG works. Everything else was already mentioned. Well, Kaze no Yojimbo might be good, but apparently nobody watched it (me neither).

    And damn it, Hikaru no Go is one of my favorites.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

      Someone on twitter compared Princess Arete to Utena, which sorta demanded I watch it. When in doubt, I’m more likely to pay attention to people who say shit is weird rather than formulaic, because at least then I know I’ll get something out of it even if I don’t like it.

      For what it’s worth, I’ve been slowly collecting the Hikaru no Go manga, and I like it a lot. Just not really interested in jumping into the anime

      • Karry
        Posted July 27, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

        Get Hikaru no Go OP/ED collection, at least. Good stuff.

      • Anca
        Posted July 27, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

        It’s identical to the manga, except with more suspense because the soundtrack is godly, and Sai and Akira have fantastic voice actors. And yes please do check the OPs and EDs out.

      • Scamp
        Posted July 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

        I probably should watch the anime, seeing as I normally enjoy anime more than manga anyway

  19. Posted July 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Permalink


    I know you’ve seen my list already but I may as well whore it out.

    Metropolis ain’t bad, but compared to the original silent movie it’s pretty unnecessary. Doesn’t improve anything and doesn’t add anything that’s particularly interesting. At least it’s pretty and competently made.

    You might like Angelic Layer. Pretty much Pokemon with action figures and some standard CLAMP twists.

    And yeah, watch Cat Soup. It’s the short OVA that’s from 2001, so even if you hate it you’ll only be out 20something minutes.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

      Those lists of yours have been put on recommendation probation ever since Reign featured on your last one. Fucking Reign, I’m tempted to call that the worst anime I’ve ever seen, more painful than Lucky Star and Apocalypse Zero combined…well, maybe not quite that bad, but still

      I’ve seen the Metropolis movie and I didn’t like it. I know it basically birthed sci fi movies and all that, but I guess it felt too dated to me and I couldn’t enjoy it on anything other than a historical artefact level

      • Posted July 27, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

        Reign was worse than the anime that gave us the tit-bomb? Say it ain’t so!

      • Posted July 27, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

        If you didn’t dig the original I don’t really see you getting into the anime remake. It’s the same basic plot except 1) It’s anime and 2) it’s centered around a little girl instead of adults.

        Actually, those two points are the same.

        There’s only so much awesome in the world, so not everyone can love Reign and Apocalypse Zero. I feel sorry for those of y’all with such awesomeness deficiencies.

      • Scamp
        Posted July 28, 2012 at 10:38 am | Permalink


        Apocalypse Zero may be an abomination unto this world, but at least that’s an accomplishment in of itself. Reign is just bad

  20. Karry
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Baki the fucking Grappler, all-time fighting classic that rivals Ippo in number of manga volumes. Shingu, school kids fighting aliens. Legend of Condor Hero – i personally prefer Chinese show from 2008, but anime is fine too, if a little cheap-looking. There’s a reason it’s one of the most popular wuxias ever.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

      I saw a bit of Shingu a while back when I was in my “watch every EVA ripoff” phase and didn’t think that much of it tbh

  21. fathomlessblue
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    It’s worth noting that Popee the Clown wasn’t in that list, despite (according to MAL) airing in 2001. Just thought I’d remind you in case you forgot & inadvertently stuck something else in the no.1 spot. God forbid.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

      Don’t worry my good man, I shall never forget about Popee

  22. Posted July 27, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to put another good word in for Digimon Tamers. It starts off very slowly, but it gets incredibly mature around the halfway point. Still a lot of episodes though.

    Also, SoulTaker is very interesting, if only for the visual style
    Shinbo working with Tatsunoko Pro made for a very different looking show.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

      Soultaker appears to be the big one that I hadn’t planned on watching from 2001 that I really should give a shot

  23. Posted July 27, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Permalink


    2001 is…rather lacking.

    Still, it has Metropolis (which you already mentioned you’re watching).

    Also, Read Or Die is a solid OVA, and Z.O.E. Dolores, i was pretty enjoyable. Z.O.E. Idolo does tie in to Dolores, but it’s mediocre and not necessary to understanding Dolores.

  24. Vincent
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    On that list…
    Fruits Basket
    I My Me! Strawberry Eggs
    Love Hina
    Rune Soilder

  25. Insurrectionist
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm, beyond the obvious shows, 2001 had quite a few entertaining but not particularly great shows to me. I also watched most of them back when I was both new to anime and a stupid teen, so I’m not sure how well they hold up (though I do think Galaxy Angel was genuinely funny, I believe I skipped the first season and only watched the second on because it was recommended to me).

    The only good but neglected one on the list I see is Figure 17. It was very warmly recommended to me, I liked it when I started watching, and it’s apparently the one that made the best impression on me. Admittedly I never finished it, but its quality had nothing to do with it – I tend to drop amazing series for no particular reason, including Cowboy Bebop, Banner of the Stars, Twelve Kingdoms, Hare+Guu and tons more. If I don’t catch a show while it’s airing there’s a better than 50% chance I won’t finish it, whether it’s a masterpiece or complete dross. In this case, I believe slow pace plus long episodes failed to hold 17-year old me’s attention. I’d definitely recommend giving it a shot.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

      I’ll give Galaxy Angel a shot, it has some surprisingly good staff on it. Can’t say I’m anticipating much though

  26. Posted July 27, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    I’ve already spilled quite a bit of digital ink writing about Hikaru no Go:

    In short, it’s a measured, more realistic approach to the shounen tournament formula, following boys growing into young men as they immerse themselves into a game, history, and subculture. The anime specifically helps along Go noobs with teaching segments at the end of every episode, so you’ll get the general idea of the games if not the specifics. It’s one of my personal favorites and I think it’s worth giving it a shot.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

      Yeah I’ll get to it one day

  27. Posted July 27, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Figure 17, it was one of my Secret Santa series last year and I liked it a lot.

  28. Posted July 27, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Off that list Hikaru no Go is probably my favourite – great show. Noir probably comes 2nd, and is still one of the very few Bee Trains shows I legitimately liked.

    2001 really wasn’t the best year was it – tempted to suggest the unholy trinity of stereotypical shoujo for for the lulz (Fruits Basket, Fushigi Yuugi & Pretear) just because I enjoyed their crappy fluffiness. However think you’d get on better with Angelic Layer on that front.

    Cat Soup and RoD are the best OVAs of the year. I’m not a fan of Alien Nine at all – interesting concept, but annoying as fuck characters & very slow pacing – manga is probably miles better.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

      I genuinely liked Noir too, although I don’t really have any desire to go back to it anytime soon.

      Also I was considering Pretear, but hearing it placed alongside Fruits Basket in the shoujo category has put me right off it

      • Posted July 27, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

        Gotta love dem magical girls! Pretear even has a different outfit & transformation sequence for each of the bishies the main girl is paired with~!

  29. Emophia
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Zoids: New Century, especially if you can get your hands on the dub.

    But I’m probably biased because it was my gateway anime.

  30. lesterf1020
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Not sure what you’ve seen but I would recommend

    Zone of Enders (Idolo and Dolores). It isn’t often you get a middleaged Space Trucker with estranged adult children as a pilot of an experimental mecha that behaves like a girl.

    The Daichis. It is sort of like the Incredibles only while the Incredibles had a few family issues and were taken care of by the government and had a main villain, The Daichis are completely dysfunctional, heavily in debt and they are their own worst enemy.

    I do love Shingu but it’s slow slice-of life pace is not for everyone.

    If you want to try your hand at trippy experimental stuff you could look at soultaker. That was a weird ride.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

      Never even heard of Zone of Enders. Not sure, might give it a go. I’ve got a lot of other stuff to check out

      • lesterf1020
        Posted July 27, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

        If you are short on time just watch Zone Of Enders Dolores. The Zone of Enders Idolo Movie is a darker prequel but it is only necessary to give the villain some depth and explain a few minor things about the setting and dolores.

  31. 3242
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Here I was thinking I haven’t watched anything from this year when lo and behold:
    A Little Snow Fairy, Sugar
    YOU MUST WATCH THIS SHOW.I could even make you a list of unneeded episodes, plot-wise so you can get straight to the IT GETS BETTER I SWEAR. Though it is always awesome. Or this is just my nostalgia talking. I don’t even remember whether it even had any actual fillers.
    Either way, add it to your MUST WATCH. It is ONLY 24 EPISODES.
    K, Scamp? K.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

      You really think I’ll like something as cutesy lovely doverly as Little Snow Suger Fairy?

      • 3242
        Posted July 29, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

        Yes I do.
        It will help you in your journey to toleration at the least.
        Also, it isn’t a sugar fairy. That’s why I put the comma in.
        Its a snow fairy named Sugar.

    • Posted July 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

      I do believe that show was one of the first shows I placed on my “will not watch even if it is scientifically proven to cure every disease known to man” list.

      Creepy, creepy, CREEPY!

  32. Posted July 27, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    I’d toss in a recommendation for Vandread, which is a fun romp; but the one airing in 2001 is technically the second season to the first one which aired in 2000, so it may not count.

  33. lmm
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Do I really have to be the guy recommending Najica Blitz Tactics? Guess I do. (Honestly from what I know of your tastes I suspect you wouldn’t like it, but it is good. Despite its… superficial aspects)

    Looking forward to hearing you on Galaxy Angel and Angelic Layer

    • Scamp
      Posted July 28, 2012 at 10:39 am | Permalink


      • lmm
        Posted July 31, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, I know. But beneath the panties there’s something really worth seeing.

      • Scamp
        Posted July 31, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

        You win the Cart Driver award for best comment on the year so far

  34. nedoshi
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    hello. This would be my first post here. long time lurker hehe. Anyway, since im already old by my standards, i definitely recommend soul taker (kick ass opening theme btw) and vandread. those are my favorite.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 28, 2012 at 10:41 am | Permalink

      More recommendations for Soultaker, looks like I have to watch it

  35. JD
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    Last year I tried out at least an episode of every single Spring 2001 show as part of an elaborate April’s Fools joke, and The SoulTaker was clearly the best of the lot and the one I immediately wanted to watch to the end. Shinbo being Shinbo (i.e. every single shot being somehow visually interesting), and a conspiracy plot so ridiculously convoluted it stops being self-parody by the middle of it and just becomes utter brilliance. It sometimes lacks clarity to really work, but it’s certainly worth checking out.

    (Other highlights of that season : Hare + Guu doesn’t need presentation. Rune Soldier Louie is goofy fun, without much substance. Digimon Tamers is okay but definitely a kids’ show ; and it hits all the obvious plot twists and genre subversions so that you’ll never want to watch any other Mons series ever again. Noir starts off promising but I lost interest by episode 10. Zone of Enders – Dolores had a promising first episode – we need more loser space trucker series – and I hope to get around to watching the rest of it soon-ish. Angelic Layer looked okay but was so obviously a strictly-formula sports/competition series I could predict every single plot development from the first episode alone.)

    • Scamp
      Posted July 28, 2012 at 10:59 am | Permalink

      I just checked out Soultaker on MAL and it has a shockingly bad rating. Wonder why? Well, I’ll be trying it out anyway, so we’ll see

      • JD
        Posted July 28, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

        Well, SoulTaker is probably Shinbo at his most obtuse : the direction is at least as idiosyncratic as with Bakemonogatari, but the plot is paced way faster, making it very easy to get lost (it doesn’t help that most episodes play the “everything you thought you knew is WRONG!” card). It’s very easy to lose interest and dismiss it as hyperactive gibberish. I can see how it could be divisive, especially as it came out way before Shinbo got hailed as the second coming for Bakemonogatari & Madoka.

        Do note that it’s far from perfect : the storytelling is often choppy and borderline incomprehensible, there are a few early “clone of the week” episodes that are a bit boring and repetitive, and some stuff comes out as tone-deaf (WTF near-parody of a giant robot theme song stuck in the middle of a grim-and-gritty conspiracy show ?)

        Still, it’s pretty and demented enough to be worth watching.

  36. anim3spy
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    My list of animes worth watching:
    – Alien Nine (nice OVA, too short)
    – Banner of the Stars (realy good sci-fi Space Opera anime, need to watch Crest of the Stars first)
    – Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (good movie)
    – Figure 17 (interesting sci-fi Slice-of-Life Anime)
    – Initial D (best season of Initial D francise)
    – The Legend of Condor Hero (good if you like shounen anime)
    – Noir (girls with guns story)
    – Sadamitsu the Destroyer (interesting mecha anime)
    – Salaryman Kintarō (if you like GTO, then you would like this anime)
    – Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars (good sci-fi anime)
    – Vandread (first season of “girls vs. boys” anime)

  37. Posted July 28, 2012 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    I’m finding it hard to see any relation between Princess Arete and Utena. Arete is not bad, but, despite being an ardent fan of Studio 4C, I wasn’t wowed by it. Even so, it’s been on my list of things to import from Japan for a long time.

    I’m going through the list alphabetically. But I’m only mentioning things that I think are top notch. Though I suppose you should be warned that I quite liked Shingu (much more than Stellvia, for example).

    Animation Runner Kuromi: it’s a short OAV about anime production, directed by Akitaroh Daichi. Delightfully manic, with a bit of Lupin and old-school SF anime nostalgia thrown in (one of those series inspired Kuromi to become an animator). Oh, you’re a Hare nocchi Guu fan, so Akitaroh Daichi’s comedy should suit you.

    Alien Nine is quite a strange little OAV. It’s about middle-schoolers who are drafted into a squad to defend their school against aliens. Its main character spends her time terrified and repulsed. She has good reason for both reactions. I file the manga (by Hitoshi Tomizawa) right next to the works of Mysterious Girlfriend X-creator Ueshiba Reiichi: borderline creepy and disturbing.

    Cat Soup: another short OAV. I hadn’t realized Yuasa was involved, but I believe it. I’d always just classed it as the strangest thing I’ve ever seen by Tatsuo Sato. It really reminds me of the wonderful experimental OAVs from the eighties more than anything I’ve seen made since. Like Angel’s Egg only much less gothic.

    You’ve seen FLCL, of course.

    Figure 17 is an odd mix — two thirds “a young girl from the city adjusts to life in rural Hokkaido” one third alien invasion. I’ve always assumed the Hokkaido tourist board put up part of the funding — the landscapes are beautiful. It’s a delightfully sweet story.

    Kaze no Yojimbo I never finished, though I keep thinking I should. It’s a pretty faithful adaptation of the Dashiell Hammet novel, Red Harvest that was also the source material for Kurosawa’s Yojimbo. The series probably would have been better if it had been several episodes shorter. Basically, a “drifter” comes into a town divided by two gangs. The gangs recognize his value, and vie for his allegiance. He plays them off against one another, leading to their destruction (meanwhile, there’s a 20-year-old mystery involving a shipment of gold).

    You mentioned Noir, and Millennium Actress is obvious.

    The Read or Die OAV was a wonderful send-up of espionage thrillers, and was much better than the TV show that followed it. I do think it’s worth a look.

    Soultaker is one of Shinbo’s most stylish works — at least until Bakemonogatari came along. Beautiful use of color and the contrast between light and darkness. Wonderful character designs by Akio Watanabe. I don’t remember being particularly impressed with the story, but I plan to watch it again just for the visuals.

    Sweat Punch is basically a Studio 4C sampler reel. A lot of shorts with interesting visuals. Heavy use of CG.

    Metropolis was a pretty good homage to Fritz Lang’s work. It suffers from trying to condense a large, complex story into too short a period, but those flaws aren’t fatal.

    I assume you’ve seen the Cowboy Bebop movie. Think of it as an extended episode.

    WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3 one can watch without having seen much of any other Patlabor. It’s an excellent SF movie of the Oshii sort — it could almost be a Ghost in the Shell film.

    Okay, weaker things:

    Comic Party was fun — it’s one of the few game adaptations that’s actually good. It’s about high-school students who fall into the world of doujinshi. I never cared for any of the sequels. Give it a couple of episodes.

    Malice@Doll is slow. It feels like an Eastern European movie from the sixties or seventies, and looks a good deal like it was made by the Brothers Quay or Jan Svankmajier. If you like works by them, you’ll be able to tolerate, maybe even appreciate, Malice@Doll.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 28, 2012 at 11:40 am | Permalink

      I’ve heard Animation Runner Kuromi a few times before, but I have a feeling that was more because it was a look at how anime was made rather than how good it was

      • Posted July 28, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

        Daichi started his anime career as an animation runner, so it does have a true-to-life feel in that respect, but it also stands on its merits as a (comic) story about a young person starting on a career they’ve dreamed about — and having their illusions tarnished, but survive.

        Plus, it, and Animation Runner Kuromi II, are only a half-hour each, so it’s not like it has enough time to wear out its welcome.

        I also enjoyed the Kuromi soundtrack — I don’t know my music genres well, but I think its ska.

  38. Mikejacobs
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    Lets see

    Hanaukyo Maid Team, you really should watch it and make sure you film yourself blowing your brains out, I love the brain splatter on wall effect.

    The 2001 anime list was very…..dearth in terms of quality but here’s the recommendations from me (excluding the ones you have already seen)

    Fruits Basket
    Fushigi Yugi

    I would really like to see you review Bible Black :p

  39. Posted July 28, 2012 at 2:00 am | Permalink

    So-not-serious suggestion: I Me My Strawberry Eggs

    More-serious-than-that suggestion: the Cowboy Bebop move.

    Serious suggestion: Puni Puni Poemi

    • Mikejacobs
      Posted July 28, 2012 at 2:01 am | Permalink

      I liked I Me My Strawberry Eggs :p, fun mindless entertainment

      • luffyluffy
        Posted July 28, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

        who hasn’t already seen Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door a thousand times though? Back in ’08 I’d watch it like once a week.

        It was like going out on a date with Spike omfg what a year.

  40. XXL
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 2:36 am | Permalink

    I recommend watching Vandread because it’s fun and it’s Gonzo. Definitely Angelic Layer because it’s one of the first shonen anime featuring a female heroine – and since you like Chobits, you’ll finally understand certain references that anime made as well.

    Alien Nine completely creeped me out when I was a little kid. I didn’t understand it, I didn’t know what the hell was going on – it just has this really weird atmosphere throughout. Might be something you’d enjoy.

    Also, have you watched any Doraemon at all? You might want to check out the movie just so you get that under your belt.

    You might want to check out Legend of Condor Hero. It’s adapted from of the most popular novels of China’s most popular wuxia writer, Louis Cha. (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is an example of an wuxia work.) His works are widely considered modern classics and have been adapted into countless TV dramas and Chinese movies. (This adaption was done by a Japanese studio, so you can guess how influential his work is.)

    As for Galaxy Angels, I remember loving the hell out of it when I was younger, and now I watch it and I can’t figure out why the hell I loved it. Give it a shot anyway, I say.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 28, 2012 at 11:42 am | Permalink

      I’ve seen both seasons of Vandread a couple of years ago, but I didn’t think much of it tbh. It started pretty damn good when the first line was “women are monsters” but unfortunately never lived up to that afterwards

      • XXL
        Posted July 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

        I think it was unfortunate that they only used the premise for the romantic comedy hijinks instead of actually exploring the consequences of having monogendered communities. It ended up feeling very safe. No envelope-pushing whatsoever.

        Still a fun, entertaining series though. This might have something to do with the fact that BC is one of my favorite anime characters of all time – she was already entertaining even before you-know-what happened. What can I say, I’m a fan of strong female characters. ;) Not to say that BC’s portrayal was completely unproblematic – it just felt refreshing to me as a kid, coming from lots of anime with female characters that I found completely unsatisfactory – like Hibiki’s love interests, for example. BC, Bart, Grannie, and Gascogne were the ones keeping me interested and engaged, as far as I can remember.

  41. Posted July 28, 2012 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    Cat Soup and Geneshaft. Angelic Layer is cool too but not important.

  42. Posted July 28, 2012 at 5:49 am | Permalink

    Looking at the list, I would say you should take your chances on either Digimon S2 or 3. Just don’t watch the dub, when I watched S2 subbed I suddenly realized just how poor the dub actually was and I think it makes those who watched that season dubbed take it for granted.

    A few others: Geneshaft seemed all right, Angelic Layer is something I want to re-watch myself, and others have put in for Vandread, so there you go.

  43. MAQ
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    My personal TOP 10 except obvious ones like Spirited Away ,Millennium Actress ,FLCL and etc.
    No order :
    Tales of Eternia
    Spirit of Wonder: Scientific Boys Club
    Zone of the Enders: Dolores
    Fruits Basket
    Arete Hime
    Cowboy Bebop movie
    Kaze no Youjinbou
    Figure 17
    Banner of the Stars

  44. Posted July 28, 2012 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    I can’t recommend Figure 17 enough. I suggested it to steelbound for the secret santa project and he wrote up an excellent explanation of why this show is so great here: http://thenullset.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/secret-santa-project-figure-17-review/

    Also, Galaxy Angel is hilarious, and I enjoyed Alien Nine as well.

  45. Anonymous
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    Angelic Layer
    A Little Snow Fairy Sugar

    It’s a shame about the 50-ep limit, Hikaru no Go is quite a good anime.

  46. Mech
    Posted July 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Permalink


  47. Alix
    Posted July 29, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    My recommendations from the wiki list:
    Angel Tales
    Angelic Layer
    Cat Soup
    Fruits Basket
    Millennium Actress
    You’re Under Arrest: Fast & Furious
    Z.O.E. Dolores
    Z.O.E. 2167 IDOLO

  48. Sarif
    Posted July 31, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Jump right to 2007. Best year for anime in the 2000’s.

  49. Sarif
    Posted July 31, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Read or Die (OVA) Is one of the best ones there. Though you have probably seen it.
    Alien Nine is… Also from that year.

  50. Someone Else
    Posted August 4, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Midori no Hibi?

  51. Erif
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Angel Blade.

    It’s so good it’s good.

    • Erif
      Posted August 7, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

      Also, Shaman King. It may be sixty four episodes, but totally worht checking out. Rave Master is something I watched when I was younger, so I can’t really vouch for its goodness (dem damn nostalgia lenses), but it caps at fifty one episodes.

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