The Watchlist: Anime for your consideration

This is a list of selected anime that I’ve either watched or I’m in the process of still watching. It is not by any means a top 10 list. The objective of this list is to give you some ideas of what you would consider adding to your list. If you were curious about any of these series, I’m not going to spoil them for you but give you a general description. Whether that makes you want to start watching or discard them altogether is up to you.

(Source: Production I.G.)

(Source: Production I.G.)

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet
(Susei No Gargantia)

Ledo is the pilot of a Machine Caliber that gets separated from his fleet and lands on Earth. The land is covered by water and people live in huge ships like the Gargantia and nowhere close to the technology or the armament that the young pilot controls.

Ledo and Chamber, the AI that runs his Machine Caliber, become the Gargantia’s secret weapon against pirates and other threats.

It’s not a typical mecha anime. Ledo has the upper technological hand so to speak, but Amy and the rest of the crew are going to show him a few basic human traits that his super advanced civilization has forgotten.

Available on Crunchyroll.

(Source: Sentai Filmworks)

(Source: Sentai Filmworks)

Dusk Maiden of Amnesia
(Tasogare Otome x Amnesia)

Yuuko was murdered on the grounds of Seikyou Academy and cannot leave this earth. She finds and befriends Teiichi Niiya who she constantly teases. Teiichi uses a Paranormal Club with the intention of solving Yuuko’s murder.

The series constantly switches between a romance, a comedy and a horror story. Love conquers all? Is Yuuko a good spirit or an evil one?

It’s a bit of an acquired taste. I initially discard it after the first episode then went back.

Available on Crunchyroll.

(Source: Sentai Filmworks)

(Source: Sentai Filmworks)

Another
(Another)

Okey, no qualms about about this one. People will die, and they will die in horrible ways. If this anime is ever cute or endearing it’s by pure accident or for a very brief instant of time. In this anime, the entire town is secretive about what happens in a particular classroom when the number of students reaches a certain number.

This is a horror story, pure and simple. It has a mystery embedded in it, and it can be as depressing as heck. So why am I even putting it in this list? Because it is different to a lot of things out there. It can be rather cruel just so you’re aware. In the end, it almost becomes a Battle Royale… or an anime version of the Omen where ‘accidents’ kill people.

Available on Crunchyroll.

(Source: J. C. Staff)

(Source: J. C. Staff)

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
(Sakurasou No Pet Na Kanojo)

This one looks corny, cheesy, unreal… at first sight, sure. But when you see characters Sorata and Nanami try their hardest at following their dreams of success in a career and failing you realize that this funny and adorable series is more realistic that you’d expect.

The central plot is Sorata trying to escape living in Sakurasou, the academy resident for problem students. On top of that, he’s suddenly tasked with taking care of an oblivious girl named Mashiro. Cue the misunderstandings a plenty and the humor with innuendo. But when all is said and done, you’ll be sad to leave Sakurasou yourself.

If a sweet story and life’s heartbreaks aplenty are not your thing, you might want to stay away.

Available on Crunchyroll.

(Source: FUNimation)

(Source: FUNimation)

Soul Eater
(Soul Eater)

Welcome to the world of meisters and their human weapons. A more mainstream anime if you will, it follows the stories of three teams: Maka and Soul, Blackstar and Tsubaki, and Death the Kid and Patti and Liz Thompson. They’re all students of Death School of Weapon Meisters. If you want the definition of a cool anime this is it.

However, there’s a lot more on the surface and as the typical crazy and quirky come forth, you’ll find either a human character at the the other end or something completely silly like episodes dedicated to the silly Excalibur character. Maka is the most willing to sacrifice everything, Blackstar has its moments although he yells a lot and Billy the Kid can be a badass or go pure emo.

Available on FUNimation.

(Source: FUNimation)

(Source: FUNimation)

A Certain Scientific Railgun
(Toaru Kagaku no Railgun)

Mikoto is a high level esper with the ability to generate powerful electric attacks. Kuroko is her teleporting friend who’s a member of the student police force known as Judgement. Welcome to Academy City, where high tech is all around and every student is a potential psychic or “esper”. There’s school, there’s crime and there’s conspiracy afoot. The two girls are joined by Kazari, a shy low level esper, and Ruiko, who’s a zero with a lot of heart.

The anime alternates relaxed sliced of life stories with adventure. Since it’s a spin off from another anime, A Certain Magical Index, you can expect some of those characters to crossover from time to time, but you don’t need to have seen the other series to enjoy this one.

Available on FUNimation.

That will do for now.

(Sources: CrunchyrollFUNimation)

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