Nisemonogatari

Too much inexcusable uncomfortable fan-service (read borderline illegal) to make the neat dialogue worth it. It is important to the overarching Monogatari story, so if you're embarking on it, muscle through.

NOIR

Definitely a product of early 2000s anime. Tries to be deep, dark, philosophical, and does a decent job. Action gets bland, but if you feel like taking on a slow burn mystery that doesn't require too much attention, it's decent. Music is stellar.

.hack//SIGN

While it is perhaps the seminal "trapped in a game" isekai, the pacing of this was so painfully slow. While the soundtrack is a masterpiece by Yuki Kajiura, it's used so awkwardly and repetitively that it doesn't do it justice. Skip this one.

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