- Listed under "F": Fire Force Mini Anime, aka. Enen no Shouboutai Mini Anime (30 one-minute episodes) Mini anime featuring chibi characters from Enen no Shouboutai, streamed on the official Twitter account.
- It's a movie: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution 3, aka. Koukyoushihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution 3: Eureka (116 minutes)
- It's a movie: Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time (155 minutes) Following NERV's failed attempt to retrieve the Spears of Longinus and carry out the Human Instrumentality Project, the destruction caused by the Fourth Impact has been largely averted. In a state of disarray, Shinji Ikari, Asuka Langley Shikinami and Rei Ayanami travel to Village 3, a survivor settlement free from Earth's ruination. There, Shinji slowly comes to terms with his past, developing an entirely different life from his days as an Evangelion pilot.
- It's an OVA: Ensemble Stars!! 5th Anniversary Animation PV (4 minutes) A video uploaded to the Happy Elements YouTube channel in order to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Ensemble Stars mobile game.
- It's an OVA: Etotama: Nyankyaku Banrai (28 minutes) The seemingly eternal cat-and-mouse battle has ended, and now everyone is living peacefully. One day, an Eto-musume (Zodiac girl) named Na-tan appears, to the puzzlement of the 12 signs, and to the unreserved delight of Nya-tan (whose spirits are always lifted by the pure, straightforward Na-tan). Meanwhile, Chu-tan also appears and warns of a looming disaster. "The seal… has been broken." Who is this mysterious Eto-musume Na-tan? What in the world is the deity that has awoken beneath the seal?
- It's Chinese: ELF Academy, aka. Renou Xueyuan (10 six-minute episodes) In a certain world bubble, the conflict between the armed dolls and the dead soldiers is never ending. With the conflict between the two escalating, the stability of the world bubble is gradually decreasing. To save the world from collapse, human beings set up a special organization to manage and control the dolls. In order to cover up the dark truth, human specially gave the organization a very cute name: "Renou Xueyuan" - "Doll School".
- Eden (2021)
- Season 1
- Episodes: 4 x 27 minutes
- Keep watching: no
- One-line summary: lovable CGI robots and a child, 1000 years after humanity's extinction
It's Netflix all-CGI SF. That makes sense with the robots, but the child's very CGI too. Ah, I can't be bothered. (Also, the credits are so full of non-Japanese names that I don't know to what extent you'd really call it anime. Apparently the English dub is fantastic, though, and includes David Tennant.)
It's nice, though. The Very CGI Robots are saying at first that humans are harmful and they should report this Very CGI Toddler to the sinister-looking security guards, but before too long they're hiding her from them and even helping raise her. It's impossible to hate this. It looks and sounds lovely. I was moderately charmed. The world's become beautiful and agricultural since mankind disappeared and left everything to robots.
But sod it. There's far, far worse Netflix CGI anime, in fairness, but this one didn't grab me as much as it probably thinks it did.
- Edens Zero
- Season 1
- Episodes: 25 x 23 minutes
- Keep watching: it looks quite good, but I eventually decided against it
- One-line summary: shounen SF adventure from the creator of Fairy Tail
Fairy Tail was big. The manga and anime both ran for ten years. This is the next work from the same bloke... and its main characters (Rebecca and Shiki) look just like Lucy and Natsu from Fairy Tail, but with different hairstyles. This was mildly controversial among the fans, although the two shows are in different genres (SF vs. fantasy).
Never mind that for now, though. This episode's quite good. Shiki and Rebecca are quite funny together, with Shiki beetle-scuttling off that mecha and his unfamiliarity with normal human interaction. The robot theme park story looked like bog-standard shounen fight nonsense at first, but it gains emotional power at the end, retrospectively. The only reason I'm not watching is that it feels a bit too shounen for me. Shiki has AMAZING FIGHT POWERS!!! There's a twist later to undercut the BIG FIGHT... but it's still a BIG FIGHT. He delivers a Superman punch (that does admittedly look pretty damn cool) and someone says "what amazing power!"
That's not a flaw, though. It just means that the episode's aimed at an audience that's younger than me, which is fine. (Although surprising for a show that aired on Sundays at 00:55 in the middle of the night. Hmmmm.) I'm sure this anime will do well too.
- e-ma Nodo Ame CMs
- 3 episodes
- One-line summary: commercials for e-ma throat drops featuring various VTuber characters.
A blue-haired CGI girl dances on the spot, singing "e-ma, eee-ma". Another of these commercials is identical, except with a purple-haired girl in a maid outfit. There's absolutely no plot, story, character or anything else. Even the background is just a static pattern, like Christmas wrapping paper.
After she's finished dancing, the girl encourages us to do the dance and follow the e-ma project and channel.
I have no objection to throat drops, but this advert isn't interesting.
- Endless Vide
- 2 minutes
- One-line summary: forgettable space mecha action
Theoretically, it's a male idol video for a song called Endless Vide
. In practice, I wouldn't have noticed that it even had a song and it looked like mecha nonsense in space with CGI pseudo-animation of pretty boys.
We see a space station. It's the year 2XXX and it's time for LOTS OF NARRATION! "What is my reason for fighting?" Answer: giant space robots! If you want to waste two minutes of your life, this is on YouTube.
Fittingly, it was made to celebrate a 2021 April Fool's Day event.
- Eroge de Subete wa Kaiketsu Dekiru! The Animation
- Episodes: 2 x 28 minutes
- One-line summary: hentai
A startlingly lenient Japanese high school has allowed five students (4 female, 1 male) to make a porn game research club. I'm pretty sure they'd be banned in real life. What's more, the club's president is determined to bully her minions into making a porn game of their own! She bulldozes everyone and does dodgy things.
"I happened to find this sketchbook lying around inside your locker!"
"That's my sketchbook that went missing!"
She sees our hero's sexy drawings and gets excited, so she fellates him. As you do. For research purposes. After much hentai activity, she's then business-like again. "I can count on you to help with the porn game, right?"
Two episodes, two girls per episode. I think you can do the maths. It is, though, wittier and more fun than your average hentai. (It's from Pink Pineapple, which I believe is the classiest hentai studio. If you think "classy" applies in this context.)
- Season 1
- Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
- Keep watching: bwahahahahaha
- One-line summary: CGI SF anime
It was the 2021 anime community's punching bag. It wasn't just regarded as the worst show of the year, but a candidate for worst anime of all time. When its first episode was released, the world had already been laughing about the show for two months, thanks to its trailer.
Its director, action director, writer and animation studio had never worked in anime before. They came from live-action TV and made a CGI anime that's... actually not that bad, really, at least compared with all the anti-hype. It looks as if was made over a decade ago, admittedly, by pointing a camera at a computer game. It is, though, better than the CGI dance sequences in that era's idol anime, or indeed the modern abomination of motion-capture CGI anime of Youtubers.
Don't mistake any of that for praise, though. Action scenes are weightless. Characters have two facial expressions: 1. mouth open, and 2. mouth closed. It looks so bad that you might not notice the silliness of that fight scene between the bulletproof android girl and all those gunmen, because you're too busy laughing at the animation.
I quite liked the plot, though. The hero gets reduced to a brain in a titanium briefcase and is shocked to learn that it's now 2030. (The details of his life support system are not explained.) Everyone called him a weirdo because he didn't have a phone, but now he might be a superweapon. A very puzzled superweapon. There's also an Agent Smith from The Matrix who can walk through walls.
There are things to like here. Apparently the manga isn't too bad, although it got cancelled anyway when its anime became an national joke. Ironically, the manga has really good art.