Analysing your own favourite anime is an amusing passtime, however many people start to take it a bit too personally. Their favourite anime are up there because they connected with them or felt relevance with them in some form or another. That certainly isn’t the case with this post. I do not love Death Note because I am an emo prick who couldn’t hold a conversation to save his life and wishes everyone would go away. Neither do I love Evangelion because…well, for the same reasons. I love them because they are fine entertainment. So let me take an objective view of my top 30 anime. Ah, glorious self-indulgence~
Top Anime Studios:
5 Titles: Gonzo (Gankutsuou, Last Exile, Seto no Hanayome, Full Metal Panic, Hellsing)
Anyone who cheered for the death of Gonzo, I curse you. Yes, it was inevitable. When they started bringing out titles like Strike Witches, Rosario to Vampire and Saki it was clear that they were no longer catering for fans like me. And yet they were capable of so much. If I ever needed to give them a more ringing endorsement then the fact that they dominate my top 30 should be enough. I’m a newfag so I only popped in around the time of their demise but looking back at what they created, I couldn’t help but shed a silent tear as I deleted Alive from my ‘upcoming anime’ page. I miss you Gonzo. Please come back, but maybe not until you’ve sacked half of your staff.
4 titles: Madhouse (Death Note, Chobits, Kaiba, Black Lagoon)
While Gonzo have more titles, I generally rank Madhouse as my favourite studio, especially seeing as they made 2 of my top 3. Plus, a lot of those anime ranked 30-50 are Madhouse gems like Claymore, Casshern Sins and One Outs. Not only that but if this Hellsing Ultimate is really as good as everyone says it is then that instantly swaps round these rankings around.
3 titles: Production IG (Cromartie High School, Eden of the East, Ghost in the Shell:Stand Alone Complex)
Mainly thanks to that man Kamiyama…wait, isn’t the main character in Cromartie called Kamiyama? How cool is that! Granted, outside of this there isn’t much Production IG amongst my favourites but if they can create these three then it’s all cool!
2 titles: Gainax (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Neon Genesis Evangelion) Sunrise (Code Geass, Cowboy Bebop)
So about half of the anime in my list are ‘one-hit wonders’, although if Durarara keeps up its form then it will almost certainly take a spot in there and double the Brains Base count. Do I prefer if a studio brings out a lot of good titles or only the occasional epic title? Probably the latter so hurrah for Gainax.
As for the other one-hit wonder studios, some of them are one-hit wonders in pretty much everyone’s minds. Artland have made an awful lot of anime but none of them ever come even remotely close to Mushishi and they are generally considered a terrible studio. Studio Comet just got lucky animating School Rumble. I’ve yet to watch Ergo Proxy but that’s pretty much the only other Manglobe title worth remembering (no, Michiko to Hatching is not worth remembering). However looking at only one Bones title is a bit of a surprise until I remember that pretty much every Bones title fails to quite live up to its potential (bloody Xam’d). Shaft, in my eyes, are a one-hit wonder with only Bakemonogatari really worth remembering and JC Staff usually only animate high school girls anime, with their only title being one of the few that doesn’t focus on that.
Conspicuous by their absense: Kyoto Animation, Ghibli, Pierrot, Deen, A-1 Pictures
Anyone who was surprised by the lack of KyoAni in my list clearly doesn’t read my blog enough. Let me repeat this: I do not like moe. Their one chance to get in was with the FMP sequels but personally, I prefer to the first season by far because that accursed TSR destroyed the fun of that series. Ghibli movies I do like but I am no way near as enamoured by them as most people seem to be. For Pierrot, I’m not a fan of long-running shounens, although that’s only based off Bleach and the truth is I haven’t given their titles enough of a chance. This is pretty much the same reason why there’s no Deen on the list, although I’d like to stay as far away from their shojo titles as is humanly possible. A-1 are still a relatively new studio and have yet to quite take off to the extent that Brains Base or Shaft managed so I’m still waiting for them to take off. Their best chance comes from this Anime no Chikara project of theirs. Come on Senko no Night Raid!
…yeah, this was going to cover other things other than studios but that took up an awful lot of time. I think I shall stop my self-indulgence now and write some proper posts tomorrow.