There was a blog that died about a year ago called ‘In Search of Number Nine’. The main idea behind the blog was this fellow was searching for his 9th all time favourite anime. The 9th anime which he could rate a 10 and love unequivocally. I had, thus far, found six anime deserving of a perfect 10. Well, I’ve found number 7.
I could go on all day about why Gankutsuoh has become my number 7. One large factor was it’s probably the first time I’ve seen a studio go so crazily artsy and for it to work perfectly. Normally I just find myself eye-rolling at the likes of Kaiba and Trapeze, both of which are excellent anime, but try to stamp into your mind how different they are from your standard fare. The crazy artsy style of Gankutsuou pays off to such a magnificent degree (the scene where they enter the Counts house mansionliving quarters for the first time sticks in my mind as one of the most mindblowing pieces of animation I’ll ever see) and CGI that actually works and fits within the entire art-scheme of the show. Oh I could go on and on. The epic plot twists, the trainwrecking, the perfection in story-telling, the flair, the music, the quotable to the extreme, but that is not the purpose of this post. The purpose is to address the idea that I was searching for this number 7.
Let me give you an idea of what I’m on about. The number 6, the last time I watched an anime worthy of a 10, was Mushishi. I watched that about 18 months ago. In fact if I go back to my first blog posts on Natsume Yuujinchou you can see that I had literally just finished watching Mushishi. Since then, I’ve watched over 100 anime. Granted, a lot of these have been weekly airing where the chances of me finding a 10 is much less likely than when I was able to cherry-pick the best from the past, but it still shows how utterly rare it is to come across these anime. Now if I had spend my time from Mushishi to Gankutsuou searching for that number 7, I would have been hitting disappointment after disappointment. None of these anime I’ve watched I deemed worthy of my absolute praise. But I’ve loved anime just as much now as I did then. Why have I not been beaten down by the lack of this number 7? Because I was never searching for the thing.
When I do my season previews I’m looking out for what will be my next favourite of the season. But when I say favourite, I’m not talking about the possibility of being a 10. When I give an upcoming show an anticipation rating of A on my ‘upcoming anime’ page, this means I’m looking at it being a hugely enjoyable watch, not as a possibility of it becoming my number 8. I’m not searching for the 10’s. I’m searching for those 8’s and 9’s. The title of this post is a lie. I was never searching for my number 7, nor have I started searching for my number 8. Don’t go through life searching for those 10’s. You’ll be left wanting.