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Studio: Production I.G
Director: Shitani Naoyoshi
Series Composition: Urobuchi Gen
Original Character Design: Amano Akira (Mangaka of Katekyo Hitman Reborn)
Aired: October 2012 - April 2013
A dark, dystopian police thriller, Psycho-Pass mixes science fiction, mystery, film noir, and police drama. Fans of cyberpunk will love this series, one of the better recent examples of the genre. Written by Fate/Zero creator and Madoka Magica writer Urobuchi Gen, with original character design by Katekyo Hitman Reborn mangaka Amano Akira. Contains graphic violence.
A Letter to Momo
Genre: Fairy Tale
Studio: Production I.G
Director and Script: Okiura Hiroyuki
A Ghibli-esque fairy tail, A Letter to Momo is a beautiful story about letting go, and moving on without ever forgetting. Touching, and often funny, Momo is a must see classic anime. Very much an under appreciated movie online, A Letter to Momo has been nominated for multiple awards in Japan.
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Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Director: Takahashi Takeo
Series Composition: Arakawa Narihisa
Based on the Novels By: Touno Mamare
An unexpectedly original anime, Maou Yuusha turns action tropes inside out. Rather than action and combat, the focus is on the politics and economy of a fantasy world. The Demon King and Hero seek an end to the political and economic source of the war, and to build a society ready for peace. A very similar series to Spice and Wolf, also directed by Takahashi Takeo. The cast is spectacular, practically a voice actor all star team - featuring Fukuyama Jun (Lelouch, Code Geass), Koshimizu Ami (Holo, Spice and Wolf), Sawashiro Miyuki (Kanbaru, Monogatari Series), Saito Chiwa (Senjougahara, Monogatari Series), Tomatsu Haruka (Anaru, AnoHana), and Kamiya Hiroshi (Koyomi, Monogatari Series). The only fault I can find with Maou Yuusha is the animation. The backgrounds are excellent, but there are too many talking head scenes, and character design could have been more detailed.
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ef ~ a tale of memories. & ef ~ a tale of melodies.
Genre: Romance, Tragedy
Director: Oonuma Shin
Series Composition: Takayama Katsuhiko
Aired: October 6, 2007 - December 23, 2007; October 6, 2008 - December 23, 2008
A two part anime adapting the visual novels Ef: A Fairy Tale of the Two, and Ef: The Latter Tale. The ef~ franchise are bittersweet love stories, focused on love, loss, and longing. The character design might be a little off putting, antiquated bishoujo art that has since gone out of style. The animation though is pure SHAFT, fans of Madako Magica and the Monogatari series will instantly recognize the studio's touch. 5CM Per Second director Shinkai Makoto helped storyboard the series. His touch is almost instantly recognizable. Ef thematically is very similar to his movies. Recommended for fans of Shinkai, Key Studio (Air, Kanon, Clannad, Little Busters), and SHAFT.
Last edited by Kaiten; March 12, 2013 at 11:54 AM.
Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. (Oregairu)
Genre: School Life, Comedy, Drama
Studio: Brain's Base
Director: Yoshimura Ai
Series Composition: Suga Shoutarou
Starring: Eguchi Takuya, Touyama Nao, Hayami Saori
Airing: April 5, 2013 - June 28, 2013
A funny, sarcastic, somewhat bitter story about two jaded, cynical high school students. Yukino and Hikigaya are two loners, who like it that way, forced to take baby steps towards being slightly more social. Neither really want to change, both are forced, neither really take to it well. Part of the fun of Oregairu is the halting, fitful, incomplete, slow, and unwilling nature of Hikigaya and Yukino's character development. They change, but only slowly, without losing their wonderfully sarcastic humor. All of the characters, even the supporting cast, are fun, and a little more interesting than they at first will seem.