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Anime I Saw for the First Time in 2012

This is a list of the anime OVAs, TV shows, and movies I saw for the first time in 2012 to completion.

1. Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva

(Early January) - A fun example of a great children's film and a great video game adaptation.

2. Redline

(1/20) - Anime has evolved into an incredibly inaccessible medium that fewer and fewer people can enjoy. Redline may be the industry's greatest creation in a long time for the mere fact that anyone could enjoy it. I also loved the old Speed Racer show when I was growing up and Redline has a similar appeal.

3. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

(2/11) - Wow this movie is pretty. Wow those fights were really cool. Wow the ending was surprisingly emotionally effective. Bloodlust is a great film that should be seen by everyone.

4. The Secret World of Arrietty

(2/18) - I liked Ghibli's latest film but it felt very slow, sleepy, and small. Howl, Earthsea, Ponyo, and now Arrietty all feel like movies that have no real point, no passion. I still enjoyed the film but someone needs to give Studio Ghibli a shot of adrenaline.

5. Legend of the Angel

(2/12) - Shinichiro has a scary face but is actually a really nice person. Various comedic circumstances accrue and Shinichiro somehow gains the respect of all the gangs and punks at his school. The show is a two part OVA and the first episode is down right hilarious. The jokes starts to get a little old by the second episode but overall I had a good time watching Angel Densetsu.

6. Sukeban Deka

(2/19) - Ha ha ha ha! Unbelievable! Sukeban Deka is great over the top fun.

7. Pom Poko

(2/21) - Maybe one of the best environmental films ever? Also balls.

8. Irresponsible Captain Tylor

(2/27) - A really funny Sci-Fi adventure with one of the greatest final battles in anime (maybe). Tylor is a must see for fans of Martian Successor Nadesico and the new Bodacious Space Pirates.

9. Junkers Come Here

(3/1) - A very enjoyable and mature children's film with one of the worst anime DVD covers ever.

10. Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack

(3/7) - Char's Counterattack is a fun movie but it is impossible for anyone to understand or enjoy if you haven't seen the original Gundam. The film also heavily emphasizes the mystical, Newtype, aspects of Gundam witch my turn many people off. I liked it though.

11. Blood Reign: Curse of the Yoma

(3/8) - One of the few horror anime shows I've seen. I did not find the show too scary but the tragic story is fairly well done and the super violent fights were always entertaining.

12. Yokohama Shopping Log

(3/9) - Yokohama is basically a screen saver. The show consists entirely of watching Alpha looking at pretty scenery and drinking coffee nostalgically. Yokohama seems to want to make the audience feel relaxed but it did the opposite for me. I was depressed for the rest of the day after watching it. Nothing is "wrong" with the show it just wasn't my cup of tea (or coffee).

13. Geobreeders

(3/24) - This show is fun! The characters are simply, the premise is silly, and the action is comical. What else can I say, the show is just a fun watch.

14. Neon Genesis Evangelion

(3/30) - I originally saw the first episode of Evangelion in 2003 during Toonami's Giant Robot Week but now I've finally seen the whole show. I had actually been avoiding Evangelion for many years because of its infamous reputation. I thought I would hate the series but I actually ended up really enjoying it. The ever increasing attacks of the angels and the ever decreasing sanity of the show's cast created some really exciting moments. Everything keeps building until the final two episodes where the plot just stops moving and devolves into philosophical nonsense. I don't really care that show's conclusion leaves so many questions unanswered. The final two episodes are disappointing because the show simply stops telling a story. However, Neon Genesis Evangelion was still an enjoyable show, it just ends prematurely on episode 24.

15. Catnapped!


16. MD Geist


17. MD Geist II - Death Force


18. The End of Evangelion


19. Cyber City Oedo 808


20. Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade


21. Riding Bean


22. Dirty Pair: Flight 005 Conspiracy


23. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Comples - Solid State Society


24. Puella Magi Madoka Magica


25. Ai City


26. Odin: Photon Sailer Starlight

(5/18) - I saw Odin! All of it! All 235 minutes of "Odin: Photon Space Sailer Starlight" and came out stronger because of it!

27. Interstella 5555


28. Digimon Adventure: Our War Game


29. Lupin III: The Fuma Conspiracy


30. Licca-chan: Wondrous Yunia Story


31. Blood: The Last Vampire


32. Kids on the Slope


33. Fate/Zero


34. Macross Plus


35. Princess Jellyfish


36. Mighty Space Miners


37. Martian Successor Nadesico: The Motion Picture - Prince of Darkness

(9/2) - Martian Successor Nadesico was one my favorite shows I saw last year and in general I enjoy the work of Tatsuo Sato. Despite this I originally planned on never seeing "Prince of Darkness" because of the film's bad reputation even among fans of the series. However after purchasing Nozomi's box set of the show I decided to give the "Prince of Darkness" a shot and I ended up straight up loving the movie. The film was originally going to be the first part of an unfinished trilogy so many questions are left unanswered and many plot lines go nowhere. However everything else in the "Prince of Darkness" is classic Nadesico with its great balance of parody, action and drama. If the other two Nadesico film had been made "Prince of Darkness" would have been a fun first chapter.

38. Gekigangar 3


39. Space Adventure Cobra


40. Gulliver's Space Travels: Beyond the Moon


41. Hells


42. Run Melos!


43. A Wind Named Amnesia


44. Twilight of the Cockroaches

(10/21) - I liked this film way more than I thought I would. How did this thing get made let alone get an American release? Man...this could be the Windaria of 2012 for me.

45. Coo: Tooi Umi Kara Kita Coo


46. Locke the Superman


47. Venus Wars


48. X: The Movie

(11/24) - Picked up "X" on VHS for a dollar at my local Goodwill and watched it on my old projection TV. The film actually reminded me a lot of one of Rintaro's other masterpieces, "Harmagedon." Both films were very beautiful for their time, both are highly summarized adaptations of a much longer source material, and both are VERY flawed yet still enjoyable movies.

49. Pale Cocoon


50. Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance


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