162 8 7.81. Gurren Lagann (2007)
I used to think that the best shows had to be intelligent or have something that would distinguish them from the others. However, after watching TTGL I thought to myself: "Why do I like, why do I watch anime?" And the answer couldn't be simpler, because I am entertained by it. What was the show that has entertained me the most in my life? It was TTGL. Some would call it mindless fun, which is most likely true, but I can't find another series with as much heart as TTGL. Basically the simple story, the memorable characters and the over-the-top excitement rocked my brains off and made me feel so good.
Even if you start under the ground, you can still reach for the sky!
128 8 7.82. Evangelion: 2.0 - You Can (Not) Advance
This was the most amazing anime movie I've ever seen, it blew my mind away. From the characters, to the quality of the animation and the soundtrack, to the over the top action, it was all perfect.
I don't know if I like this new aproach to the story better than the original Evangelion (for instance: the scene where Eva 01 goes berserk on Eva 03 felt a little more disturbing in the series, but in the movie it is superb nevertheless, in a different way), I just know that if I ignore the original events, this new direction is simply out of this world and totally worth the revamp.
For me the greatest improvements so far are the work they have done with Shinji and Rei (and I never cared much for Asuka and her personality, in fact I like her better in this movie), it's really developing into something beautiful, and then the work they have done with the angels, truly otherwordly and mystical entities that really make you feel it's an impossible struggle. I really liked the way they ignored the angel in the magma and brought us a much more fearsome and unique beast of a 10th angel, just an example.
In short, I'm not saying it's better or worse than the original Evangelion, just that it's too good, whether you compare it to the TV series or not.
198 7.6 8.43. Fooly Cooly (2001)
Do you need to FULLY understand a visual/graphical story to be entertained and amused by it? No.
This was the most refreshing and inventive piece of media I've seen in a very long time and a hilarious, fast-paced and chaotic one at that. Not to mention a superb soundtrack and overall production values, funny (and literally invencible) characters, other works and franchises references and parodies, and a lot of "hidden" sex jokes/puns.
Definitely an original, wild, daring piece of pure entertainment to remember, re-watch, and be be mind-blown every time.
8 9.6 74. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Movie: Lagann-hen (2009)
As if the amounts of adrenaline and entertainment weren't already huge enough in the TV series, this movie pushes it to the next level. I can't really delve much into this, because I'd be writing the same I wrote for the TTGL TV series. However, after watching both "stories" I realized Gainax gives you two choices here: You start the journey, pick one from the two routes you are given (2nd part of the series or 2nd movie) to ultimately reach the destination. And the conclusion stays with you even after a while, with whichever route you take...
You could say this one has the more happier ending, but no matter how you look at it, both Movies and Series reach unimaginable proportions of perfect story-telling and over-the-top excitement!
14 6.8 7.75. Gunbuster (1988)
This is the best 80's OVA I've seen. It is truly a classic with an amazing and deep story, great characters developed as the story progresses, with drama, romance and kick-ass action scenes with insectoid bad-ass alien fleets... and the visuals are stunning. The last episode, from an artistic point of view is outstanding, a true masterpiece. I was on the edge on my seat the entire last episode. The thing is the anime starts average, gets good, becomes very interesting and reaches epic proportions of greatness in the last episode. You like Gainax and haven't seen this yet? WTF are you waiting for??
552 8 8.56. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)
Great series, it got me hooked from episode 1. The mecha designs are incredible...simply amazing, the action scenes are amazingly animated and intense, the characters are frightening well-developed and the psychological theme gets you in a lot of episodes, some can become really disturbing and graphical. Overall this series was outstanding with the ending being the only and great disappointment as a whole.
Note: End of Evangelion is the right ending for this series.
140 7.8 7.77. Evangelion: 1.0 - You Are (Not) Alone
If you ask me, this is what an anime movie should be. Fast-pace, great direction and a perfect mix of action and character development. What I always loved about Evangelion was the frightening realism of its characters and how their emotions could be felt, especially their feelings of despair and hopelessness. The story is very disturbing, and in this movie (so far), it didn't change much, but it was beautifully done nevertheless.
In the art department this movie was incredible... the work they did with the 6th angel (the geometric one) was simply mindblowing, it really makes you feel that there's no way an abnormality like that can be destroyed.
I'm really looking forward to the next movies. This is reviving Evangelion with a breath of fresh air in an epic comeback. I can't wait to see what they do with the other Angels!
52 7.8 7.78. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990)
I had heard of the quality of this show before, still it was surprisingly good. The characters were great and they kept developing each episode, the story was interesting and gripping and the ending was absolutely outstanding (a trademark of Gainax).
My enjoyment of the series and my score of it do not include the infamous island/Africa arcs. I've heard of how bad they were and how they didn't contribute to the story, so I skipped them and I'm glad I did, I don't think I have missed a thing. So my score ignores those events, apart from 2 episodes that were very important to the plot.
254 7.9 7.99. Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangeli... (1997)
I really don't know what to say... The first part was amazing, continued from the last events of episode 24 from the series quite nicely. I could feel the fear and determination of the characters, and the intensity of the battle was just out of this world... Now the second part was a lot harder to watch, seriously it does screw with you (especially if you really delved into the complexity of the characters).
It was beautiful and disturbing at the same time, but its heavy symbolism, artistic and abstract style makes it hard to fully comprehend and the ending didn't quite satisfy me. Seriously Gainax, I need to rest now...
13 7.3 710. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Movie: Gurren-hen (2008)
ONLY for the fans of the TV series. Whoever watches these movies without knowing the original storyline will be missing out on A LOT.
With that said, this was great. Most of it was a recap of the first half of the series with some twists and a finale leading to a different and promising approach of the second part of the story.
13 7.2 6.811. Gunbuster 2 (2004)
This wasn't a bad anime, I confess I had high expectations for it and that it wasn't what I was expecting.
For starters, the ending was superb. The nostalgia of "re-watching" the ending of the first OVA was a great feeling, and Gainax always manages to surprise me with their endings.
I didn't like the first 3 episodes. The characters were flat, shallow, boring and uninteresting... and the story confusing. However the last 3 episodes gave it a turn for the best. I loved the absurdly dimension of the story and the ridiculously proportions of the galactic battles. Huge and Epic. Pretty much like the first OVA If you think about it, with the exception that the characters and the story were much better in that one.
This one gets a high score from me because of its incredible animation and overall production values, and especially for the fantastic, satisfying and nostalgic ending. For me the main flaw was the atmosphere... the feeling wasn't there... I dunno I just couldn't care for the humanity in this story, I think it lacked some realism.
Note: Man what a concept! It didn't happen, but it was a crazy thought! The idea of using the Earth as a weapon, ramming it against a planet-sized space monster is just too insane! I hope Gainax doesn't discard this possibility because with their skill it would be too freaking insanely memorable.
38 7.6 7.112. Wings of Honneamise: Royal Space Force (1987)
In the end I felt speechless. It's an incredible movie, really deep and intense and it really shows the dark side of man and humanity in general. "Because evil exists, no one is pure good".
The art is stunning. This movie doesn't get a better score from me because it has a rather slow start and it felt a little long, but it does develop into an amazing story.
83 6.6 6.713. Sky Blue (2003)
Good story, great action and superb animation for 2003. The English voice acting could be better though.
13 5.1 7.414. Otaku no video (1991)
Rather enjoyable and interesting OVA reflecting on the early days of the Gainax guys themselves.
128 6.7 7.415. Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth (1997)
Entertaining and refreshing enough knowing the content of the previous series.
This movie is a retelling of the TV series Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Better watched befere "The End of Evangelion" since it will tie in rather well with it and refresh the memory of some of the more important events. Other than that, passable.
15 6.8 6.716. Mahoromatic (2001)
Disappointing and ridiculous for the most part, it had some funny moments and the last episodes weren't bad. Overall, one of the weakest Gainax productions.
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