Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan

Tetsurō Araki (2013)

Attack on Titan is one of 2013’s most acclaimed anime titles. It’s also one that you probably shouldn’t watch right after eating dinner.

Project Blue Earth SOS

Project Blue Earth SOS

Tensai Okamura (2006)

A rollicking retro-futuristic tale of alien invaders, boy geniuses, and cool gizmos that revels in its vintage style and flair.

Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online

Tomohiko Ito (2012)

Sword Art Online starts out with a lot of promise, but a poor narrative decision takes its second half in a much less interesting direction.

Kids on the Slope

Kids on the Slope

Shinichirō Watanabe (2012)

That’s really the heartbeat of Kids on the Slope, the love and influence of jazz as it affects friendships, love affairs, and other teenage melodrama.

Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing

Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing

Koichi Chigira (2011)

A letdown in almost every possible way imaginable.

Sword of the Stranger

Sword of the Stranger

Masahiro Andō (2007)

An increasingly dull and predictable storyline populated by characters that are a collection of clichés.

5 Centimeters Per Second

5 Centimeters Per Second

Makoto Shinkai (2007)

Here’s hoping that 5 Centimeters Per Second represents one last hurrah for Shinkai before moving on to new, and equally fertile territory.

Appleseed Ex Machina

Appleseed Ex Machina

Shinji Aramaki (2007)

Appleseed Ex Machina is primarily disappointing because it squanders so much of the depth and potential that existed in the original.

Paprika

Paprika

Satoshi Kon (2006)

To attempt to come up with a more detailed plot synopsis is sort of beside the point, and to be honest, I don’t even know if it’s possible.

Haibane Renmei

Haibane Renmei

Tomokazu Tokoro (2002)

Haibane Renmie absolutely defies all of the anime cliches that Americans continue to perpetuate.