Anime You Might Not Have Try/Heard of
As many of you have known, I'm quite an anime fan. Though sometimes, which I'm sure many of you have the same experience, is that you want to talk about a certain anime you like, but no one beside you had watched it. My solution to it, is to make this thread. Keep in mind though, I'm not saying they are good or bad, they are, as the title suggest, anime that you have yet heard of or try, but worth your attention. Of course, I won't put any spoilers in, nor will I be bias toward any gnere, instead I will tend to introduce anime from various genre instead of focusing on just specifically one of them. So here is the list with some poorly written description and impression.
ブラスレイター OP/Blassreiter Opening (via chaoticoscar)
Studio: Gonzo (Last Exile), Nitro+ (Saya no Uta)
Director: Itano Ichiro (Gantz)
Adapted From: Original
Localized by: Funimation Entertainment
Matsukaze Masaya/Todd Haberkorn as Joseph Jobson
Itou Shizuka/Jamie Marchi as Amanda Werner
Hanazawa Kana/Monica Rial as Elea
Miyake Kenta/Travis Willingham as Hermann Saltza
Ishizuka Unshou/Christopher Sabat as Gerd Frentzen
Minagawa Junko/Micah Solusod as Malek Yildrim Werner
Story: Takes place in the fictional Germany in the future, the story of Blassreiter revolve around zombie-like creature rises from infected corpse known as the Demioniacs. Other than infecting dead bodies, they also have the ability to merge themselves with machines and take direct control over them. The one who fights off these Demoniacs, is the government organization known as Xengenesis Assault Team, or XAT for short. Within the battle between the humans and Demioniacs, there appeared a small group of infected individuals, who have the ability to transform between human and Demoniacs, each fighting for their very own purpose.
Impression: In case you can't tell from the description, it is not an happy story. While it does have a proper main character, the story is divided by different arcs that focus on various different characters. Each character is well defined and their motives are very clear. Though the downside to this is that there are segments in the story where the main character, Joseph, has literally no screen time at all. The story itself is actually rather predictable, but it does makes things enjoyable even if you know what's gonna happen next. For the animations, the Demoniacs are all animated in 3D. Many anime did that and didn't work, but not in here. For me, the most impressive part is the 3D action scenes. 3D is always what Gonzo is good at, and this anime does indeed meet my expectation in that aspect. For the 2D part, well, is Gonzo, it's pretty good for their standard... I guess?
Fafner in the Azure - Dead Aggressor
Fafner Opening (via hikaru710)
Studio: Xebec (Martian Successor Nadesico)
Director: Habara Nobuyoshi (D.N. Angel)
Adapted From: Original
Localized by: Funimation Entertainment
Ishii Makoto/Kevin Hatcher as Makabe Kazuki
Kiyasu Kohei/Steve Cannon as Minashiro Soushi
Matsumoto Marika/Jennifer Sekiguchi as Toomi Maya
Story: To Makabe Kazuki, an ordinary middle school student living in the isolated countryside island Tatsumiyajima, peaceful days are nothing but his ordinary life. Of course, like any other stories in various media, such peace do not last long. The day an alien race known as Festum attacked the island, he had realized that the peaceful days he had been living are nothing but delusion created by the adults, the outside world had been suffer from alien invasion for a long time, and Tatsumiyajima is the last haven for the man kind. On top of that, a new type of weapons known as Fafner had been developed, and the children in the island are in fact secretly being raised as potential pilots. In order to take back the peaceful days he had once lived, together with his friends, Kazuki became the pilot of the Fafner Mark Elf and make their final stands against the Festum.
Impression: Yes, I love stories with a lot of people died, this one, despite it sounds like another generic robot anime, is one of them. A lot of you might have noticed already, the setting and atmosphere bare heavy resemblance with EVA, but that is only in the beginning, as in core they are two entirely different shows. The best part in the story for me, is how they portrayed the contradiction between adults and children. Kazuki thinks that the adults care nothing about their children and only wanted them to save the world for them because the adults can't do it themselves, in the other hand, the adults, despite sounding like complete douche in the description above, also felt the guilt of how they are using the children to protect themselves, and how much they wanted to protect them in their own way. Another highlight for me, it's the mech designs. Unlike the mainstream mecha anime, the mech designs in here didn't try to be too flashy, but instead, take the more simple and unique route, and it really gives you a weapon feel to it rather than taking all your attention away from the story.
★ true tears op★ (via airtv10)
Studio: P.A. Works (Angel Beats!, Another)
Director: Nishimura Junji (Nurarihyon no Mago)
Adapted From: Visual Novel, but the story has nothing to do with each others, which technically makes it an original as well.
Localized by: Bandai Entertainment
Ishii Makoto as Nakagami Shinichiro
Takagaki Ayahi as Isurugi Noe
Nazuka Kaori as Yuasa Hiromi
Iguchi Yuka as Ando Aika
Yoshino Hiroyuki as Nobuse Miyokichi
Story: The story started off with the highschool student Nakagami Shinichiro, an artistically talented drawer who wish to become a picture book artist. Living with him is the daughter of his father's dead friend, as well as his childhood friend, Yuasa Hiromi. While she can interact with her friends and live a normal life outside, she seems to be a lot gloomier while at home, which made Shinichiro hard to talk to her. Other than Hiromi, Shinichiro also has a childhood friend Aiko, and his best friend, as well as Aiko's boyfriend Miyokichi. One day, Shinihiro found a weird girl on top of a tree, Isurugi Noe, who like to say strange things to him. After this strange meeting, the relationship between the five characters had started to change, and the love story revolved around "tears" began.
Impression: No special power, no fantasy plot, no giant robots, no one dies, just an ordinary high school romance love story, a damned good one. I believe I have mention this anime in here for having some superb animation quality. This is the first independent anime the studio P.A. Works work on, and they made a damned great first impression. While it was made in 2008, it still looks better most of the stuff you see in this current season. The highlight for me is the presentation of the character developments. In the story, Shinichiro is a talented drawer, and he was working on a picture book, and P.A. Works somehow found a way to apply this part into the presentation. Throughout the story, you will see there are still shots being drawn in water color sketch book style to represent what Shinichiro was thinking. On top of that, the picture book itself is also implying the relationship between Shinichiro, Noe and Hiromi. In fact, I'm surprised that this anime was not as well known as it should be. I guess it just a sign that the mainstream prefer explosions over a deeper story?
So that's it for now, I might be doing this again if there are enough folks care about, or when I shamelessly feel like doing another one again. Of course, I will be more than glad to hear your own recommendation as well, so feel free to drop them in below.