04-27-2012 12:48 AM - edited 04-27-2012 12:51 AM
Eden of the East
Light and involved. As in other previous things I've watched, I like not being sure who is 'good' or otherwise. Sure things develop slowly and the guy seems too colpacetic at times. But, if you liked the Bourne Identity, then this might be something you enjoy. The first ten minutes or so of the first episode are crazy. ...probably the most fun a cartoon character can have without its clothes on. There is a series of 11 short episodes and two movies. Netflix currently has the first series and the first movie available. The second movie is finished as well as dubbed, but is only available on the funimation site if you have a paid subscription.
I suppose there are other options, but I pay for netflix and I've only torrented .iso & .dmg images for work since subscribing. My theory is that if I keep paying for netflix, then a portion of my subscription fees go to funimation. Netflix knows what I watch, so hopefully the relationship between netflix and funimation stays strong-- which in turn means that they get a stable influx of cash to keep making the content I like. --Also, no horrific quality problems or commercials. (I did cancel my disk delivery subscription in protest of the crummy shenanigans netflix pulled. -$2 per month from a guy that only averaged two disks every month. FAIL.)
04-27-2012 02:20 AM
04-29-2012 04:42 AM
? It was there when I watched it then posted. It may well be gone now.
That is just how it might end up for any content on Netflix.
Who knows, it could be back next month if the licensing changes... (No, I don't have any inside information. I am speaking hypothetically.)
04-29-2012 09:39 PM
05-01-2012 12:45 PM
Descendants of Darkness
I will say that the animators did a great job, it is visually nice to look at. But, it was weird in an unsettling way. I am glad it is over. I am perfectly fine with there being a distinctly male main cast. But, something was real 'off' due to the writing. 11 on the creepiness factor.
05-02-2012 02:59 PM
High School of the Dead
High School of the Dead was good. It was a run of the mill students vs. zombies story and I liked it. It was crazy full of animated ####, panty shots, and other fan service, even though it didn't 'need' that IMHO. But, meh. If it helped sell more copies, so be it.
05-08-2012 09:26 PM
Kaze No Stigma
The story starts relatively good and it gets better. Everything goes as one might expect. But, I liked it. It's a batch of kids running around foiling plots and stopping villains.
05-10-2012 11:00 AM
I say this with a little trepidation. I really liked about four episodes. I thought a half dozen or so were mediocre. And the rest were just good. It is more like a glimpse into a select section of journal entries and depicted similarly-- versus a 'series' of things to be watched in order. Really, you could watch them in almost any order. There are only two episodes that I think really are to be watched in order. The artists did a really great job. The background music is pleasant as well. If you don't like the first episode-- then you aren't going to like the rest of it.
05-14-2012 07:44 PM - edited 05-22-2012 11:55 AM
Negima!?: Magister Negi Magi
It's bizarre. So, a ten year old wizard gets put in charge of a batch of teen girls. It is not completely without merit even if nothing makes any logical sense. There are a few different versions of an awesome intro. There is also Motsu. Motsu needs his own series. Some of the ways they had boxes of related animations sliding around on screen seemed in my mind technically difficult yet came off well done and I can appreciate that.
05-14-2012 08:09 PM
Negima!?: Magister Negi Magi
It's bizarre. So, a ten year old wizard gets put in charge of a batch of teen girls. It is not completely without merit even if nothing makes any logical sense. There are a few different versions of an awesome intro. There is also Motsu. Motsu needs his own series.
Skip the anime for sure, but read the manga.
05-15-2012 08:21 AM
Do what you want
I thought to myself that I would try every available, dubbed show on this thread. I have come to the first one I am skipping without watching because of the subject material. I have slogged through some mediocre or worse stuff, but I could not bring myself to consider finishing Princess TuTu after the first ten minutes. I think if you are a very young girl, the show may be more appealing.
05-21-2012 11:56 AM
I just recently watched Fruit Baskets.
Clannad would probably be in the same genre, but is different on the whole. The parts that overlap have to do with unrealistic female characters.
I do like running into women that are irrationally cheerful and positive in real life. --I just hope that I can continue to pop in, get the dose of personality sugar, and then go home to my wife who I could be trapped in an elevator with for extended lengths of time by comparison.
05-21-2012 12:04 PM
Afro Samurai Resurrection
Samurai 7 had a very realistic ending. I think the love triangle ended in the most realistic way I have ever seen in one of these cartoon movies ladies and gentlemen. It is not full of invincible people. The story goes as one would expect, few surprises. I liked it. More would possibly spoil things.
Afro Samurai gets gold stars to give to the artists who did a great job from the beginning and end-- and the writers for only making it a few hours of terrible dialog. The core of the story was really great. I loved episode 5. On the whole though, meh.
05-21-2012 03:18 PM
05-21-2012 03:24 PM
05-22-2012 11:37 AM
I liked Samurai 7. I don't pick the order, the list picks the order. (Saw a snippet of Gunslinger Girl and am looking forward to that coming up on the list.)
High School of the Dead. It's like the writers said, let's make a run of the mill zombie production-- we'll make it an anime and give all the women crazy gigantic ####-- but do a good job on the art and you can be hit or miss on the character development with half the women. I liked it on the subject material alone. Like I said above, it really didn't need all the fan service they crammed into it.
05-22-2012 11:50 AM
FLCL (Fooly Cooly)
Jyu-Oh-Sei was awesome. It isn't in the top 5, but it is definitely in the top 10. Well drawn. Great plot. It is a sticks and stones fight to the top set in the future fate-of-mankind type of anime with a story that centers around strategic choices and irrational humanity. I am extremely happy someone suggested it.
I think I didn't love FLCL because I am old and crotchety. Lots of unusual and creative things that I appreciated though. The sound track and audio things they did were novel and different. For instance, during dialog-- usually the background music gets muted or quieter at least. In FLCL, nope oblivious punk rock radio on in the background is oblivious and blares whether people are talking or not. The portions of the animation drawn to mimic the manga was creative and well done. (Reminds me to edit Negima entry.) I understand the story is deeper than I am aware of. The things other people said about the manga story line missing in the anime hurt the anime for me-- I looked into it because so many people loved FLCL and I was disappointed that I didn't at least like it too.
05-23-2012 11:51 PM
Zero, I registered specifically to thank you for keeping this particular thread updated. I stumbled onto it while doing a search for 'best anime on netflix' on google and you've led me to some really great shows.
It takes me awhile to watch a full series, so I tend to check back here after I'm done to see your opinion on other anime.
It's a much better process than my old one, where I'd pick at random and usually be disappointed.
We have pretty similar taste, so it works out. I still try to watch at least the first episode (maybe 2 or 3) of an anime before deciding it's not worth it, though.
My only problem is that I don't have a ton of time, so doing that lead to a weird sort of anime ADD. I've watched the first few episodes of a ton of anime, now, but there are very few series that I've actually finished. So, I like to pick ones that I actually might stick with and your listing has helped a lot.
Anyway, I'm watching Sacred Blacksmith right now, but I've kind of over-inundated myself action/fighting anime lately, so I think I'm going to go suffer through season 1 of Clannad.
05-25-2012 12:57 PM
That is how I found it, Google. I peed on it. Then naraku361 peed on me-- I think we are are civil enough to each other these days though.
I like thinking I help keep this as the #1 search result for "best netflix anime".
The stuff I do at work bores most people to tears (which is why I watch anime while I program computers in the first place). The other nerds are busy with their own boringness and we don't really geek out en masse ever.
People (like my wife and the guy I carpool with) are starting to catch on that I am a closet anime geek in real life. I just don't have people in my circles that know anything about it, so it doesn't come up in conversation ever. That is why I really like the list.
Glad you found my contributions useful.
05-29-2012 11:42 AM
This one felt slower. The story was decent, the task at hand finished up with few if any questions. But, I suspect that because of the manga/amime dynamic that they leave you hanging on the larger encompassing issues that persist beyond the season subplot. I liked it. It had a soothing kind of sad message in it. Woman warrior bodyguard adventures ensue, past gets revealed.
I do have to say sometimes Cindy Robinson, the voice of Balsa, almost sounded like she was from http://www.xtranormal.com/ . I am looking at it and thinking it is something bad to say about a 'voice actor'-- that she sometimes sounds machine generated. But, it made me smile and laugh every time it occurred to me. So, maybe it wasn't so terrible.
05-29-2012 02:04 PM
What are some good ones on instant to watch while you work out? I rewatched Soul Eater, Last Exile, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Trigun tons of times on the treadmill, but with a lot of the shows I have to worry about them being too sexy or gorey to watch on my phone at a public rec center.
What are some good, actioney shows on instant that don't have a lot of nudity or gore? I usually watch with subs on at home, but it can be hard to read while you're really trying to run, so in this case I'd prefer dubs (so no Inuyasha, Bleach, Naruto, or anything else Viz)
at any rate
Soul Eater, Last Exile, FMA, and Trigun are all
for me, anyways.
05-30-2012 11:40 AM
Demon King Daimo
The story is interesting to say the least. I don't know that I understand what was happening in the last episode. The main story line more or less finishes up in the second to last episode and is completely resolved in the beginning of the last episode. The relationships between the characters are more weird on average, it is the worst hit to the 'suspended disbelief' I ususally hope to achieve. So it is a caste, school, betrayal, revenge, system/theology, love triangle, magic, demon powers, apocalyptic type of anime. There is something to be said about doing less and doing it well and unfortunately you wind up with something mediocre as a result. This would have been better if they had the time to expand everything properly. It was super ambitious to cram so much into so few episodes. It wasn't bad and despite all the stuff they incorporated, it wasn't awesome either.
05-30-2012 12:00 PM
These are decent and would probably be pretty pedestrian for the most part for public watching without the person next to you taking much notice.
Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist Botherhood
Kaze No Stigma
Full Metal Panic
Black Blood Brothers
Darker than Black
Heat Guy J
That means to me that they all have very little to none-whatsoever nudity, less 'fan service', and/or fewer scantily clad female characters.
05-31-2012 12:37 AM
Thanks. If kudos were a thing I could give you, I would give you so many.
I've really been wanting to watch Darker than Black. It's rated TV-MA. Is it just because of violence/language then? Plus, if there are any shows where there's really only nudity at certain episodes, I can always watch that specific episode at home. Really, if I had my own home gym this would never be a problem. I'm not even certain how much a person can see of my screen when I'm on the treadmill or bike, but I don't wanna chance getting kicked out for viewing that stuff in a family place like that.
Really, I wish Netflix would give the more detailed rating descriptors than just the TV-MA... Or that Viz would just put dubbed versions of their shows on the thing.
Funimation recently released their own streaming app though, so maybe I could take a look at that as well...
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