Version 5.4 ~ Haruhi gave rock and roll to you.

Dated 4 February 2019: Yakusoku no Neverland is going to produce this season's Queen of Cardio

Emma has some hair.

I wasn't planning on watching Yakusoku no Neverland (The Promised Neverland), but the Anime War Crimes Tribunal guy thought it was good, and it does have that noitaminA credibility (such as it is) attached to it, so I figured I'd give it a try. Through four episodes, it's all right, and benefits from its mostly serious subject matter and mysterious setting. Neverland is based on an ongoing manga that already has 12 volumes, though, so spoilers are plenty available, and it's just a matter of time before I stumble upon one accidentally, I'm sure. I assume this also means the anime will end without any real conclusion, unless the manga happens to have discrete stopping points.

Sister Krone
Oh, I like her.

Honestly, I don't think Yakusoku no Neverland is quite as clever as I think it wants to be, but it is at least refreshing to see non-idiot anime children think their way out of a jam. All the older kids with prominent roles are fairly precocious, and while we're not talking Ender's Game levels of genius, there is some thoughtful planning to tackle the constraints facing their plan. There is also a lot of running in this show, and it's all been animated in a satisfying sort of way. Running is one of those activities that loses me if animated in some sort of "uncanny valley" wrong way, so I'm pleased at the way the characters convincingly haul ass. In a relatively weak season (compared to, say, Winter 2018 for example), The Promised Neverland is an interesting and serious enough departure from typical generic anime that it's worth your time to chase it down.

Dated 25 November 2012: GIRLS und PANZER has running while crying

Yukari, Saori, Shinzaburo, Miho, and Hana
I can't tell you why he's crying because it would be a spoiler.

Although the series had to take some time off due to "circumstances," GIRLS und PANZER remains one of my favorite shows this season. Tank battles as a girls' school sport is an absurd premise, but an entertaining one. I suppose GIRLS und PANZER technically qualifies as science fiction, but aside from the tanks thing and the giant boats thing, it's really not so different from the real world, is it? Perhaps for suitably liberal definitions of "real world." I wasn't going to tell you about GIRLS und PANZER though, I was merely going to point out it features running while crying—which it does. So there you go.

Dated 1 January 2011: Needs more running while crying (we would also have accepted "while dying in snow")

It's a real pity SHAFT wasn't able to animate running for the second ef - a tale of memories ED as well as J.C. Staff was able to do it for the "Silky Heart" Toradora! ED. Or Hell, as well as Kyoto Animation for their Kanon ED, for that matter.

Second ef ~a tale of memories~ ED

< Link`> you're aware OP/ED sequences are sometimes done by other animators that work very little or not at all on the rest of the show, right?
< Link`> that has little bearing on the studio involved with the show

Fine, then whatever sub-contractors won the respective ED bids.

Dated 24 June 2010: Expect a crush of Rebuild of Evangelion 2.22 posts herein, part eight

Makinami Mari Illustrious
Either that or her Gainax Bounce.

The best part about MAKINAMI MARI MEGANE ILLUSTRIOUS' appearance in Rebuild of Evangelion 2.22 was her Maaya Sakamoto-type singing while piloting Unit 05. Singing while piloting mecha is my new running while crying.

Dated 24 February 2008: ef - a tale of memories

ef ED
My emo theory is that she can book like none other because
nothing runs faster than the blood from a broken heart.

I've started watching ef ~a tale of memories~ because of all the reports praising it. So far I'm not too impressed, but I at least appreciate how it tries to be different. I also find the well-animated but overly-mechanical running silhouette in the ED somewhat hypnotic, although the girl's form and gait is not nearly as natural as Ayu's indefatigable helicopter legs in the Neo-Kanon ED.

Also, I find Chihiro's voice incredibly annoying, but one of her seiyuu's hobbies is allegedly "playing with cats," so she can't be all bad.

Dated 15 September 2007: Meia is the best character in VanDread

Meia Gisborn
Meia Gisborn.

I love Meia. That's not saying anything; everyone loves Meia. And it's only mostly because Meia is fully awesome.

Meia before bed
Asuka:Hair Clips::Meia:Face Thingy.

It's also because we first see Meia as a strong, confident, standoffish leader that the other characters look up to and respect, then get back-to-back episodes revealing her vulnerable side. It's a tried-and-true formula designed to evoke admiration, sympathy, and empathy in the viewer, and it works here.

Meia captures Bart
Meia captures Bart.

We go from an extremely fit, no-nonsense warrior who stops Bart cold with a fist and some cameltoe, to a wounded girl who hallucinates about running while crying. Naturally, Meia is going to be a viewer favorite.

Meia from episode two
Meia from episode two.

Also, her character design gets softer and prettier. Compare the episode two shot above with the episode six shot below. Both feature similar poses, but the latter clearly appears more engaging and personable.

Meia from episode six
Meia from episode six.

Contributing significantly to Meia's appeal is the superb voice acting of Fumiko Orikasa. She's great as Meia, and I still consider it to be one of her better roles. Re-watching VanDread reminds me how much I miss her work. Now that she has a steady starring role as Rukia in Bleach (which I've long stopped watching), I have to wonder if maybe she could have found time to be in five or six other shows if she wasn't lost in neverending Shounen Land.

Meia crying while running
Meia running while crying.

In related news, I would like to nominate "crying while running" for the moe melting pot.