In the Beginning, There Was Baki

I’ve known about Keisuke Itagaki's Baki the Grappler for nearly as long as I’ve been a fan of anime and manga. My first encounter was in issue 13 of the ill-fated Rajin Comics. My mom found it at the used book store and picked it up for me, knowing how much I loved "those Japanese comics".

Kite Liberator Is About the Danger of Eating Curry in Space

There are three things that the director of this movie, Yasuomi Umetsu, is good at: character designs, action sequences, and doggystyle. A keen observer would notice that coherent storytelling is not among those three things. Nevertheless, Kite Liberator should be watched by everyone.
chi's sweet home

Chi’s Sweet Home Contains a Certain Amount of Kawaii

Chi's Sweet Home is a great show if you're looking for something lighthearted and you don’t mind cute kittens. Just keep an eye out for those weepy moments, and be sure to bookmark where you are. I always forget when I’ve watched an episode and end up viewing the same one about twelve times.
Future Diary Volume One

Future Diary is Kamen Rider Ryukki Meets Twitter

If you're looking for a crazy book about a kid who's special power is text messaging, then do yourself a favor and pick up the first volume. Afterward, you can Tweet about how cool it was when Yuki threw a dart in that stupid girl's eye. But be careful, "every [tweet] could be your last."
Pale Cocoon Yasuhiro Yoshiura

A Quick Look at Pale Cocoon, Time of Eve, and Aquatic Language

I stumbled upon Yasuhiro Yoshiura's work on accident and subsequently watched everything he's directed in a matter of hours. It wasn't the most mind-blowing anime I've ever watched in my life, but I'm sure that if he were allowed to make something longer than 20 minutes, it would be a force to be reckoned with.