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.
My knowledge of anime from the last century is hopelessly lacking. A quick list of those I have actually seen.
- Cowboy Bebop
- Excel Saga
- Ghost in the Shell
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Great Teacher Onizuka
- Jih Roh and the Wolf Brigade
- Nausicca: Valley of the Wind
- Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Outlaw Star
- Patlabor: The Movie
- Princess Mononoke
- Sexy Commando Gaiden
- Magnetic Rose
- Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou
- Serial Experiments Lain (dropped after 6 episodes)
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.