A reframing/retelling of the main series that is slightly more condensed, and with a tiny amount of new content/story. Not suitable to watch "instead of" the main series, but to be done after.
Akebi’s Sailor Uniform
A simple slice of life with very impressive artwork quality. Cute girls doing cute things, but with less "anime nonsense" and more loving tribute.
An absolutely amazing mystery, crime, drama ride that simultaneously feels very comfortable and very dangerous.
In/Spectre and the Unfortunate Truth about the Truth
Public (and private) opinion and belief are often swayed most by what would be convenient, helpful, exciting, or easy rather than objective truths.
Laid-Back Camp (Yuru Camp) Season 2
More of the same comfy vibes like last season, with a bit more immersive of a pace.
Fruits Basket (2019) – 1st Season
A more intentional, palatable remake than the original. Characters get a bit more depth and the story as a whole is treated with a bit more respect.
I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying
Like most short pieces, it's not phenomenal but it's short enough that it's not a waste of time. Hits its groove after a few episodes.
A refreshingly mature high school romcom with some solid substance and intricate characters.
Fruits Basket (2001)
While definitely an "Early 2000's shojo anime" there is a lot here that really endures (and endears) that makes it worthwhile as more than just an important contextual piece, but an excellent exploration of growth through trauma.
An interesting mystery and exploration of truth with strong classically Japanese cultural spirits, albeit with somewhat shallow and annoying characters at times.