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Bleach: Episodes 1-70
Samurai Champloo: Episodes 1-26
Fullmetal Alchemist: Episodes 1-51
Rurouni Kenshin: Episodes 1-19 Manga Volumes 1-28
Naruto: Episodes 1-40 Manga Volumes 1-29
Hellsing: Episodes 1-13
Excel Saga: Episodes 1-5 Episodes 6-26
Gundam Wing: Episodes 1-49 and Endless Waltz
Ayashi no Ceres: Episodes 1-3 Episodes 4-24
FLCL: Episodes 1-6
Firefly: Episodes 1-9 Serenity
xxxHolic: Episodes 1-10 Manga Volumes 1-8
X/1999: Manga Volumes 1-4 Volumes 5-19
Yami no Matsuei: Episodes 1-13
Loveless: Episodes 1-12
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and Last Order
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Episodes 1-14

Gundam Wing
My full and final thoughts on Gundam Wing )

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
I enjoyed this one; it keeps you on your toes. The plotline is completely mixed up throughout the episodes, so the story flows like the movie Pulp Fiction. The first episode doesn't seem to make any sense...Which turns out to be fine, because it doesn't need to; it's set in the form of a student film. That episode is just funny; it looks like something you and your friends could produce if you had a camera and a script designed to make fun of shoujo anime like Sailor Moon.

The basic plot of the entire story is that this girl, Haruhi, somehow contains a secret of the universe. And she has no idea. Aliens, time-travelers, and psychics all show up to monitor her covertly, and whenever she becomes emotionally unbalanced, she causes disturbances in the fabric of the universe. The main character, Kyon, is just a normal kid who's become caught up in this whole mess and tries desperately to make sense of it all.

I love Kyon...He narrates the whole anime in the Greek Chorus style, and his comments (especially the sarcastic ones) are classic. I love it when he breaks the fourth wall and speaks directly to the audience. (Which generally run along the lines of something like, "Gah! What the hell?! Uh...If any of you actually know what's going on here, I'd appreciate it if you'd let me know. Seriously.")

The last episode made me laugh. Cut for spoilers )

So, yeah....Good stuff. Big thanks to Chris for providing me with the highest quality anime, per usual.

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