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2011 - Anime (Watch list + Reviews)
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Currently Watching:

GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka created by Tohru Fujisawa --- comedy, character-driven; original air date: 1999; 10/12/11-?; rating: 5/5 (re-watch)
Onizuka, a big-hearted, tough-yet-sensitive former motorcycle gang member, decides to become a teacher and hopes that his new career choice will make a real difference in society -- as well as help him get girls. Onizuka's street smarts come in handy when he's dealing with colleagues and students. In spite of his successes (both at school and with the girls), he realizes that he still has much to learn.

Gunslinger Girl (Season 1) created by Yu Aida --- drama, action, science fiction; original air date: 2003, 13 episodes; 09/08/11-?; rating: TBD
The Social Welfare Agency, in spite of its name, cares little for the interests of those it serves. No wonder Henrietta, an orphan who's been living there, has become a hardened soul and a killer. Henrietta remembers nothing about her childhood, and somehow she's grown into someone who keeps an emotional distance from the hard truths about her life: that her family was mercilessly destroyed. Love, however, may bring her back.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit created by Nahoka Uehashi --- action, fantasy; original air date: 2007, 26 episodes; 03/10/11-?; rating: TBD (Hiatus - episode 10)
Warrior and master of the spear Balsa accepts a job to protect Prince Chagum from his would-be assassin, Emperor Mikado. On a mission to atone for her complicated past, Balsa becomes bodyguard to Chagum, whose mysterious connection to a legendary water spirit with the power to destroy the kingdom makes him the target of his fearsome father, Emperor Mikado.



001. Kaze No Stigma created by Takahiro Yamato--- fantasy, action, supernatural; original air date: 2007, 26 episodes;12/20/10-12/23/10; rating: 3/5 ----> Review
Descended from an ancient family of fire handlers, Kazuma faces disgrace when his younger and more skillful female cousin, Ayano, becomes his generation's successor, and his father banishes him from his home. But Kazuma returns after studying with the spirit of wind and becoming a master of the wind arts. Now wind and fire will collide in an epic battle to settle the family feud.

002. Full Metal Alchemist created by Hiromu Arakawa --- drama, action, fantasy; original air date: 2004, 51 episodes, 12/20/10-02/23/11; rating: 5/5 -----> Review Forthcoming.
After losing their mother, brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric use the alchemic taboo science of human transmutation to try to resurrect her. Instead, they unleash a chemical reaction that tears apart their bodies. One lost an arm and a leg; the other became a soul locked into a body of living iron. Fast-forward four years: The siblings are scouring the land for the mythical Philosopher's Stone, which could restore their maimed bodies. And they may have located the fabled rock in an affluent desert burg.

003. Samurai 7 created by Akira Kurosawa --- action, drama, science fictioni; original air date: 2004, 26 episodes; 02/23/10-03/01/11; rating: 4/5 ----> Review Forthcoming.
As villages perish under the thumb of the Nobuseri -- a cruel race of warriors who are part men, part machine -- a young priestess named Kirara travels the countryside gathering stray samurais. But while her hope is that these brave souls can rally to save the land, she's not certain they can put their differences aside. Set in a postwar, futuristic world, this animated tale is based on the epic Akira Kurosawa film The Seven Samurai.

004.Trigun created by Yasuhiro Nightow --- action, adventure, science fiction, comedy: original airdate: 1998, 26 episodes; 03/11/11-6/10/11; rating: 5/5 ----> Review Forthcoming.
To bounty hunters, Vash the Stampede is an outlaw with a massive price on his head. But to Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson of the Bernardelli Insurance Society, Vash is a walking disaster who has cost the company a fortune. On a distant, deserted planet that resembles America's Old West, Vash wanders from town to town, with Meryl and Milly in pursuit trying to minimize the destruction.

005.Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood created by Hiromu Arakawa --- action, adventure, fantasy: original air date: 2009, 64 episodes; 02/13/11-09/24/11; rating 5/5 -----> Review
After losing their mother, brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric use the alchemic taboo science of human transmutation to try to resurrect her. Instead, they unleash a chemical reaction that tears apart their bodies. One lost an arm and a leg; the other became a soul locked into a body of living iron. Fast-forward four years: The siblings are scouring the land for the mythical Philosopher's Stone, which could restore their maimed bodies. And they may have located the fabled rock in an affluent desert burg.

006. Soul Eater created by Atsushi Ohkubo --- action, fantasy, supernatural: original air date: 2008, 51 episodes; 10/14/11-10/18/11; rating: 5/5 ------> Review Forthcoming.
Along with their classmates at the Death Weapon Meister Academy, Maka and her human weapon Soul try to bolster their fighting powers and fortify their special bond with each other by slaying and absorbing the spirits of 99 evil humans and one witch.

007. Samurai Champloo created by Shinichiro Watanabe --- action, drama, character-driven: original air date: 2004, 26 episodes; 10/05/11-10/13/11; rating: 4/5 ------> Review Forthcoming.
Fuu is a spacey waitress at a teahouse where a sword fight breaks out between Mugen, a wild warrior, and Jin, a more composed ronin. In exchange for saving them from execution, Fuu demands that they accompany her on a journey to find "a samurai who smells of sunflowers."

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