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Finished with the 00’s

There is still a handful of big names from the 00’s that I’ve yet to watch and will probably enjoy. Wolf’s Rain has been sitting on my ‘plan to watch’ list since the dawn of time. Why I haven’t watched more of the Gundam franchise is a mystery because Gundam Seed looks right up my alley. Mononoke is Noitamina and reeks of elitism, so you can count me in for that. Then there’s a few other series that are worth a shot, like Shakugan no Shana, Higurashi, Chrono Crusade and Gantz. However the fact that I’m able to simplify it down to such a small number shows how few big names I have left from the decade.

But never fear, for there’s a whole 3 decades worth of anime out there!

My knowledge of anime from the last century is hopelessly lacking. A quick list of those I have actually seen.

  1. Akira
  2. Berserk
  3. Cowboy Bebop
  4. Excel Saga
  5. Ghost in the Shell
  6. Grave of the Fireflies
  7. Great Teacher Onizuka
  8. Gunbuster
  9. Jih Roh and the Wolf Brigade
  10. Nausicca: Valley of the Wind
  11. Neon Genesis Evangelion
  12. Outlaw Star
  13. Patlabor: The Movie
  14. Princess Mononoke
  15. Sexy Commando Gaiden
  16. Magnetic Rose
  17. Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou
  18. Serial Experiments Lain (dropped after 6 episodes)
  19. Trigun

Out of that list, 8 are movies, cutting the list down to 12. YKK is a grand total of 2 episodes long so might as well count as a movie, cutting the list down even further to 11. Then there’s the fact 3 are from 1999 and 4 from 1998. My knowledge of anime TV or OVA series that are over 12 years old consist of  Berserk, Gunbuster and Neon Genesis Evangelion. Just to put things in perspective slightly, my MAL says I’ve completed over 200 and dropped over 100. But recently I’ve started to correct that. Heck, I watched both Berserk, Gunbuster and Sexy Commando Gaiden this year as it stands and I’ve already started to make a start on many other older series.

I’m 40-something episodes through Legend of the Galactic Heroes (vintage 1988). The series is immense and complex, yet much easier to follow and fun then many of the reviews paint it out to be. It’s one of those great shows that explains its world well enough that you find yourself plotting out potential scenarios in your head before they happen on screen. I could say more but I’ll wait until I’ve completed the show before I say anymore.

Another series I’ve started is Irresponsible Captain Tylor (vintage 1993), simply because legal streams were put up recently and they had a young Crispin Freeman voicing the main character. Because it’s legal streams, they’re releasing episodes weekly (well, 2 new episodes every two weeks, which is the same thing really) and in a season where I’m only watching 3 currently airing shows, having Captain Tylor on that list is great. I think they’ll take down the episodes as they gradually release new ones, so I do recommend you go over now and check them out. Again, I’ll say more about the show when I finish it, but to give you a reason to watch the show, episode 1 consists of Tylor crashing a ship computer’s AI by flirting with it. Yeah, really.

The other thing I’m planning on doing is watching as many 80’s and early 90’s OVAs as I can get my hands on. ‘No anime is dropped forever’ is coming to an end soon, with no more than 5 posts on that left. I don’t plan on starting any new fancy projects like it so I’ll probably make a point of reviewing these assorted OVA’s. So far I’ve downloaded Dragon Half, Cat Girl Nuku Nuku, Silent Mobius, Zillion Burning Night and Roujin Z, along with my Twilight Q download seemingly eternally stuck on 98%. Yup, I’d never heard of any of them either =). I also plan to get a dvd rental service when I move back to England so I can rent out whatever old OVA series they have (although I’m not quite sure what my roommates will make of anime with covers for those like Bubblegum Crisis and Dominion Tank Police. They know I watch anime but seeing covers like those might change their opinion of my hobby somewhat).

I’m never going to turn into an oldfag who starts denouncing the 00’s or currently airing anime or anything. But out of the three series I’ve seen before 1998, namely Berserk, Gunbuster and Neon Genesis Evangelion, 2 of those feature in my top 30. I think it’s time to start seeing if the 90’s and 80’s hold any more potential favourites.

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  1. akani
    Posted August 15, 2010 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    I haven’t watched any old school anime but I can tell you Wolf’s Rain is fantastic. Go watch it if you have the time since Studio Bones did a fantastic job on it.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted August 15, 2010 at 12:45 am | Permalink

      Plus, it’s one of the Wantanabe Trio. It’s sister series are Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo!

      • Posted August 15, 2010 at 2:56 am | Permalink

        Director Shinichiro Watanabe? Was not involved in Wolf’s Rain. Maybe you’re thinking of Yoko Kanno, but then she didn’t compose anything for Camploo…

      • luffyluffy
        Posted August 15, 2010 at 2:59 am | Permalink

        .. I could have SWORN that he came up with Wolf’s Rain.. I just remember that Wolf’s Rain, Cowboy Bebop, and Samurai Champloo are a trio of sisters..

      • Posted August 15, 2010 at 6:39 am | Permalink

        maybe because they’re all awesome anime? i recall them being related in some way as well.

        thirded for wolfs rain. i think you’ll like it, hopefully.

      • Scamp
        Posted August 15, 2010 at 11:08 am | Permalink

        Yeah I’ve been told by others that Wolf’s Rain is right up my alley. I am being just a little bit cautious thought. Bones series, while I usually still end up enjoying them immensly, never quite live up to their ambitions (Eureka Seven, Darker than Black, bloody Xam’d)

      • luffyluffy
        Posted August 15, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

        Thinking on it, they may have all been created by Hajime Yatate..

  2. Posted August 15, 2010 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    I’m been going back and watching a few of the older ones myself like SDF Macross, Ruin Explorers, Saiyuki and Mobile Suit Gundam Wing.

    You need to get all of the Masumune Shirow, I see that you’ve got GitS and Tank Police, but you should give Appleseed, Gundress and Black Magic M-66 a try.

    I can personally recommend Wolf’s Rain, Shak­ugan no Shana, Chrono Cru­sade and Gantz.

    • Scamp
      Posted August 15, 2010 at 11:11 am | Permalink

      Well I think I’ll wait until I see a bit more of Shirow before I go leaping into other stuff he’s done. GITS was good, but I do get the feeling it was more down to the manga than what he did with it

    • Scamp
      Posted August 15, 2010 at 11:31 am | Permalink

      oh whoops, just figured out Shirow actually wrote the manga for GITS. Guess I’m watching more of his stuff then :)

  3. Vinnie
    Posted August 15, 2010 at 1:21 am | Permalink

    Dragon Half is fantastic. I watched it and laughed my head off. Oh Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony… I can’t listen to you anymore. Instead I imagine the voice actress for Sailor Moon singing about omelettes over your sweet choruses.

    Pappara funi funi pappara hoe hoe, pappara funi funi tamago, pappara funi funi pappara hoe hoe
    Yaitara kagechatta

    Pappara funi funi pappara hoe hoe, pappara funi funi wo imo, pappara funi funi pappara hoe hoe
    Yedetara togechatta


    • Scamp
      Posted August 15, 2010 at 11:13 am | Permalink

      Well, that’s something to…look forward to. I guess…

  4. Posted August 15, 2010 at 3:14 am | Permalink

    Wow, for how much anime you follow I never realized your overall experience was so narrow age-wise. I commend your newfound effort, but randomly downloading OVAs from the 80s and 90s is just like randomly picking shows from a typical seasonal chart to watch: high risk with little reward. I’d suggest titles and stuff, but only if you asked for it :)

    But didn’t you watch Wings of Honneamise? I remember you hating it like no other.

    • Scamp
      Posted August 15, 2010 at 11:16 am | Permalink

      I was a little bit surprised by how few I’d seen as well. Especially the pre-1998 list. Gunbuster and Berserk I’d only watched this year, leaving only Evangelion on that list, which is required viewing for any anime fan anyway.

      I’m going to be much more selective when it comes to tv series but OVA’s I’m just downloading whatever I can get my hands on. I originally tried to just get well-rated ones on MAL but it quickly came down to just what torrents were still alive.

      I’ll ask for reccomendations later. At the moment I have pretty much every series as choices from the last two decades. There’s plenty of series out there I’m interesting in trying out before I go hunting for reccomendations

      Haven’t seen Honneamise. Dunno who you’re mixing me up with

  5. Posted August 15, 2010 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    Wolf’s Rain is pretty good, although I’ve noticed a contingent of hate toward it. I was able to skip the recaps and enjoyed the story, so eh. English dub is pretty nice too.

    I’m kind of surprised you haven’t watched Higurashi yet. Sometimes it’s a bit too grotesquely violent for my taste, but the characters are good and the stories actually have solid payoffs other than “LOL RESET”. I mean, there are resets, but Higurashi’s arcs are executed better than Umineko’s, probably because the cast is a lot smaller.

    Most of what I’ve seen from the ’70s-’90s is movies, haha. I have a few TV series and OVAs here and there, but mostly movies. It’s amazing how greatly animated a lot of these older movies are.

    Did you ever read Justin Sevakis’ Buried Treasure columns at ANN? I used a lot of those to get ideas on what to watch. Hasn’t steered me wrong yet.

    • Scamp
      Posted August 15, 2010 at 11:25 am | Permalink

      I’ve noticed the hate towards Wolfs Rain as well. I think it’s because it was perceived as elitist and too confusing. People expected actions and awesome wolves and instead got angsty and a little bit of wierdness. I dunno, I obviously haven’t seen it yet.

      The movies still look fantastic from any era but the same just can’t be said of tv series. Evangelion is still has one of the best directed artwork I’ve ever seen for an anime. Berserk looks great until you realise exactly how little movement ever occurs in the series. Captain Tylor looks all right, albeit there’s quite a bit of re-used shots. Galactic Heroes looks absolutely dreadful =/

      I never read the column but that’s a good idea actually. I’ve give it a peek in the future

  6. Posted August 15, 2010 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    most of the anime i’ve seen from the 90’s comes from my childhood so i’ll have vague, fond memories of them though i can’t say you can count on my opinion since it’s biased and skewed from nostalgia.

    oh god, gundam wing is my most favorite anime of all time, and i can’t even explain why since i’m fully aware of all it’s inherent flaws, lol. nothing will ever surpass my love for it, ever.

    only thing i can really recommend is more miyazaki/studio ghibli stuff ;/

    • Scamp
      Posted August 15, 2010 at 11:30 am | Permalink

      Take away the veil of nostalgia often reveals some pretty terrible flaws in your favourite series. I’m here to deconstruct them with my terrible newfaggyness!

      I’ve seen most of Miyazaki by now, apart from Laputa. What I really need to get onto are movies by other directors, like Satoshi Kon and that fellow who likes dogs whose name I can’t remember…did Jih Roh, Sky Crawlers and GITS….I will remember without checking ANN…aaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggghhhh I give up *checks ANN* Mamoru Oshii! Damnit

  7. Posted August 16, 2010 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    Someone actually put up streams that people in other countries can see?

    A+ Right Stuf, A+

    • Scamp
      Posted August 16, 2010 at 11:43 am | Permalink

      I was just as shocked as you are. Hence why I felt like pimping them out a bit

  8. Posted August 16, 2010 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    I am in a similar boat in that I have plowed through most mecha anime in the 90s and 00s and have nothing left but the 80s and 70’s. I am purposely holding back on watching the few 00s shows left so I have something to watch between 50 episode MOTW shows.

    • Scamp
      Posted August 16, 2010 at 11:46 am | Permalink

      Oh dear, ploughing through MOTW shows over and over again might get a bit jarring after a while. Then again, isn’t Evangelion also classed as a MOTW show? :)

      I used to try holding back certain series but I gave up when I realised that there would always be more out there for me to watch.

  9. Posted August 21, 2010 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    I actually have to say that I don’t think Chrno Crusade is really worth it. It isn’t bad, really, it just has a reputation much bigger than what it really is.

    Hmm, 90’s anime… Turn A Gundam is a good one. Cat Soup is worth watching if only because it is so bizarre (it is also only half an hour long).

    But, honestly, if there is only one show that you should watch from the 90’s, it is Revolutionary Girl Utena. And then hit up the movie. And don’t go all Princess Tutu on it, ’cause it’s gonna look like a typical shoujo-fest initially, but there’s so much more going on there. And then you will watch the movie, and your brain will hurt – but in a good way.

    • Scamp
      Posted August 21, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

      You know, I don’t go out of my way to hate series :(

      I literally finished downloading Utena yesterday and it’s one of the first names on my list to get to. I am a little bit wary after hearing its primarilly shojo roots, but I’ve heard waaaay too much positive reviews of the show by now to ignore it any longer

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