Geoff's Reviews of Japanese anime, film and TV shows

Over the years, my life has been enriched by partaking of quite a few films and TV shows created by Japanese talent. The legendary Eiji Tsuburaya is arguably responsible for my favorite series, Ultraman, and Godillza and his daikaiju brethren.


While Gundam Wing was the first of the Gundam series I watched (and remains my favorite), quite a few have been made.

Gundam Series
Year Title Description
1995 - 1996 Mobile Suit Gundam Wing My favorite of the Gundam series.
1997 Gundam Wing Endless Waltz The OVA that concludes the Gundam Wing saga.
1979 - 1980 Mobile Suit Gundam While the classic that started it all....not my favorite.
1989 Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket  
1991 - 1992 Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory  
1996- 1999 Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team  
2004 Superior Defender Gundam Force  


Miscellaneous Anime
Year Title Description
1998 Outlaw Star Great fun. One cannot help but believe the reveal of Melfina was later used in Firefly.
1999 Angel Links  
2007 Lucky Star Beloved by the otaku set for the numerous in-jokes.
2006, 2009 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya One of my favorite. Two seasons of this have been done so far, though the Endless Eight debacle makes it hard to claim there was a really a full second season.
2010 The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya The feature length movie that covered a single Haruhi story. I saw this one in Kyoto in April 2010.
2009 - 2010 K-On! A surprisingly popular series about high school girls forming as band as their afterschool club.
  Burst Angel  
  Evangelion A classic mecha series, but the protaganist is such a complainer that it's hard to feel sympathy for him.
  The Third The Girl with the Blue Eye  
  Samurai Seven  
  The Girl Who Leapt Through Time  

The Five Star Stories

  Robotech The Shadow Chronicles  
  Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion  
  Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion R2  

Live Action TV Series

Most of these are TV series. There are, however, instances where a film released to the movie theaters spawned a TV series (e.g., Amalfi Rewards of the Goddess lead to the Gaikoukan Kuroda Kousaku) or a well-regarded TV series was completed via a film shown in the theater (e.g., Keizoku, Liar Game, Security Police).

TV Series
Year Title Description
1966 Ultraman I saw some of these episodes of this series when originally broadcast in the US. Episode 2 was both so frightening and compelling that I had to turn the TV off, turned it back on, then off... Because I missed the start of the episode as well as its conclusion, it formed the basis of my most terrifying memories for decades. Finally made available on DVD, I was delighted that this show held up on viewing.
  BOSS Series 2  
  Perfect Report  
  Liar Game  
  Liar Game Series 2  
1999 Chushingura A classic story.....but this telling is presented in as slow a manner as possible. The triggering event doesn't occur until episode 19! Talented actors, but most of the characters are quite repellent.
2003 Musashi Spectacular. Gets underway quickly and doesn't let up through its 48 episodes.
2010 Ryoma Den  
  Keizoku My impression: started out strong with a small amount of weirdness....and increased the weirdness as the series went on so far as to be off the scale. Others believe it started out predictably and got awesome. Miki Nakatani was great.
  Keizoku SP Phantom TV special after the Keizoku series.
  Keizoku Beautiful Dreamer Movie concluding the Keizoku storyline.
  Keizoku 2 SPEC A decade-later restart of the series with Erika Toda as the lead; some of the original Keizoku actors return for continuity.
  SPEC Shou First movie sequel to the Keizoku 2 SPEC series.
  Attention Please Aya Ueto stars in this tale of a high school graduate who attempts to become a JAL flight attendant and is forced to grow up in the process. Some of her inappropriateness doesn't translate into English...but the acting is sufficient to make the needed points.
  Good Luck!!  
  Security Police The series is pretty much tolerable only for one viewing. It moves quickly enough that one can almost miss the mind-boggling gaps in logic, but it completely goes off the rails at the end. Many viewers will be completely disgusted by the final episode of the series; the complete lack of reality is enough to make normally calm people just turn it off in anger and disbelief.
2010 Security Police Yabo Hen  
2011 Security Police Kamei Hen  
  Top Caster  
  Amalfi Rewards of the Goddess  
  Gaikoukan Kuroda Kousaku  
2011 Andalucia Revenge of the Goddess  
  Dr Koto's Clinic  
  Dr Koto's Clinic 2006  
  Suspect X  
2011 HUNTER  
  JIN series 1 & 2  
2012 Kagi no Kakatta Heya This Locked Room mystery series was quite good. The music by Ken Arai was excellent, but the music editing was very novel. I've never been so aware of the background music of any series than I was in this one.
2012 Legal High Excellent legal drama/comedy, though the mystery revealed in the final episode was really off-the-wall.
2012 ATARU  
  Kaeru no Oujo-sama Yuki Amami plays a failed Broadway dancer who returns home.
  Hagane no Onna 2  
  Mou Ichido Kimi ni, Propose After his wife loses her memory, our hero attempts to have her fall in love with him a second time.
  Mirai Nikkei  
  Odo Nobunaga  
  Shinzanmono SP  
  Strawberry Night SP  
  Strawberry Night series 1  
  Zettai Reido series 1  
  Zettai Reido series 2  

Daikaiju Films

Daikaiju Films
Year Title Description
1954 Godzilla  
1955 Godzilla Raids Again  
1964 Mothra vs. Godzilla  
1964 Ghidorah, the Three-headed Monster  
1965 Invasion of Astro-Monster  
1966 Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster  
1967 Son of Godzilla  
1968 Destroy All Monsters  
1969 All Monsters Attack  
1971 Godzilla vs. Hedorah (Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster)  
1972 Godzilla vs. Gigan  
1973 Godzilla vs. Megalon  
1974 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla  
1975 Terror of Mechagodzilla  
1991 Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah  
1992 Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth  
1993 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 2  
1994 Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla  
1995 Godzilla vs. Destroyah  
1999 Godzilla 2000  
2000 Godzilla vs. Megaguirus  
2001 Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack  
2002 Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla  
2003 Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.  
2004 Godzilla: Final Wars  
1998 Godzilla  
1956 Rodan  
1966 War of the Gargantuans  
1996 Rebirth of Mothra  
1997 Rebirth of Mothra 2  
1998 Rebirth of Mothra 3  
1965 Gamera [the Invincible]  
1966 Gamera vs. Barugon (War of the Monsters)  
1968 Gamera vs. Viras (Destroy All Planets)  
1969 Gamera vs. Guiron (Attack of the Monsters)  
1995 Gamera: Guardian of the Universe  
1996 Gamera 2: Attack of Legion  
1999 Gamera 3: Awakening of Irys (Gamera: Revenge of Iris)  
2006 Gamera the Brave