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Winter 2002 Anime Season Preview

Ruroni Kenshin: Reflection

Type: OVA

Air Date: 3 Dec

Stu­dio: Deen

Syn­op­sis: Kaoru goes to the harbor every day to see if Kenshin has returned. After a while, she starts looking back at her life with Kenshin and all the things that have happened.

After what many consider to be the greatest anime production of all time with the Trust and Betrayal OVA, Deen return to the Ruroni Kenshin franchise for what I’m pretty sure is the last time. It’s going to be nigh impossible to beat Trust and Betrayal, and I know many Kenshin fans aren’t happy that the anime ended so suddenly. Maybe they’ll return to it one day? I’m afraid I don’t know. So for now, we’ll have to do this with final instalment of the franchise. Enjoy it while you can.

Patlabor WXIII

Type: Movie

Air Date: 12 Dec

Stu­dio: Madhouse
Syn­op­sis: When the level of Labor accidents begin to escalate around Tokyo Bay, police detectives Kusumi and Hata are assigned to investigate. What they discover leads to a series of government cover-ups, conspiracy concerning a new biological weapon entitled WXIII-Wasted Thirteen and a tragic, personal connection to Hata. The only hope to stop this threat is to cooperate with the military and lead WXIII into a showdown with the Labors of Special Vehicle Division 2.

Anime sure loves to leave themselves with high bars to beat. This time Madhouse have the honour of trying to top Production IG’s second Patlabor Movie, which has been quite critically acclaimed (which reminds me, I really should get to watching that movie. I’ve only seen the first one myself). Not that Madhouse have skimped on the staff or anything. The director was also the director for Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket and for an episode or two on Bubblegum crisis. I think this may also be the last in the Patlabor franchise, but at least Madhouse look to be sending it off with a bang.

Fighting Foodons

Type: Movie

Air Date: 12 Dec

Stu­dio: Group TAC

Syn­op­sis: An 11-year old boy named Zen bands together with his younger sister, Karen, and a young boy who has a large appetite, Pitan, to battle an evil empire by using their “Foodons”; strange monsters that are created from various foods.

Okay anime, mind telling what went through your mind when you thought up this idea? Fighting food? Really? The director has basically only worked on incredibly stupid kids shows. Yeah, just ignore this one.

Kai Doh Maru

Type: OVA

Air Date: 19 Dec

Stu­dio: Production IG
Syn­op­sis: Kai Doh Maru is the story of Kintoki, a girl, who was disguised as a boy at an early age to protect her against the enemies of her house. While disguised as a boy Kintoki’s cousin, Princess Ouni falls in love with her, not realizing that Kintoki is actually a girl. Kintoki fled from her cousin’s love and becomes hunted by her scheming uncle – until she is rescued by a noble samurai warrior, Lord Raiko. Kintoki spends the next few years under Lord Raiko’s protection, learning how to use a sword. Kintoki eventually joins with Lord Raiko and his subordinates and becomes a warrior entrusted with protecting the city from bandits.

Now this looks pretty darn cool. Production IG and their original movie concepts. From what I’ve heard it’s going to be fairly graphic in it’s depiction of violence and sex and all sorts of other nasty things. Director is a total newbie but I suppose it’s a good thing that IG are willing to give him a shot. They must have faith in him if they’re giving him all this money to make an original. Definitely worth keeping your eyes on this one.

Fushigi Yugi Eikoden

Type: OVA

Air Date: 21 Dec

Stu­dio: Pierrot
Syn­op­sis: Taka and Miaka are now happily married and only six months before their new family would be born, but an obessed girl named Mayo would do anything to make Taka hers. She enters the world of the Four Gods, determined to win Taka’s heart and be the new priestess.

Hah, would ya look at that! I was convinced we had finally seen the end of Fushigi Yugi and it’s manic fangirls but noooo! One of them just so happened to write a fanfic and, out of nowhere, that fanfic has become an anime. Now that I think of it though, maybe this was the best way to breathe life into Fushigi Yugi. Get some outside talent in to write the story, taking from the pool of talented writers in the land of fanfiction and adapt their stories. This could very well work. It will be interesting to see the outcome anyway.

Affections Touching Across Time

Type: Movie

Air Date: 22 Dec

Stu­dio: Sunrise

Syn­op­sis: Inuyasha has mastered the ultimate attack of the Tetsusaiga and continues his battle for the Shikon Jewel shards with Kagome, Shippo, Sango, and Miroku. Unfortunately, a freak occurance with a jewel shard has brought to life an incarnation of a demonic enemy sealed by Inuyashas’ father. Inuyasha must surpass his father and destroy this demon or every soul in Japan will be consumed.Speaking of fangirls, now we have an Imuyasha movie!

Has the anime ended yet? I was under the impression that thing was never going to end. So much for Rumiko Takashi and her endless stream of jokey romcoms, she had to go and make deadly serious Inuyasha next. I’m not up to date with what’s going on in Inuyasha at the moment so I can’t really comment on this movie. But I swear, if I get one person pinging me on IRC asking if sexy-ass Sesshomaru is in the movie -_-

Sakura Wars: The Movie

Type: Movie

Air Date: 22 Dec

Stu­dio: Production IG
Syn­op­sis: Since a new branch of division to New York has been created, Ohgami has now been assigned to the Paris Division. Now the Flower Division must be able to survive on their own, with the help of their new American-cultured leader.

It may look like all we’re getting so far is a load of extra movies to long-running franchises at the moment. However that’s because I’m still running through what’s coming out in December. New TV series normally don’t start until January, while movies and OVA’s come out any which way date of the year. So for now, we’ll have to do with even more Sakura Wars. I would say more, but my interest in the fabulous~ Sakura Wars isn’t that high at all.

Slayers Premium

Type: Movie

Air Date: 22 Dec

Stu­dio: HAL Film Maker

Syn­op­sis: Lina and Gourry travel to a seaside town named Acassi, where octopus tentacle is a delicacy. However, the octopus meat carries a curse that dooms the eater to only speak Takogo (octopus language). Amelia, Zelgadiss, and Xelloss all show up, and the main four characters (Lina, Gourry, Ameria, Zelgadiss) get cursed. The octopi enlist the power of a mazoku to get rid of the humans once and for all. The white sorceress Ruma must learn the cure to the curse from her long-lost master in order to save the town

FRANCHISES!!! Oh come on, there’s something kinda amusing about seeing even more Slayers after all the other anime I’ve covered so far. How many Slayers has there been so far? The original Slayers, then there’s Slayers Next. Then Slayers Try. Hmm, I get the feeling I’m missing one. Wait, there were other movies as well! Slayers Return, Slayers Great and Slayers Gorgeous. Then some OVA’s, Slayers Special, followed by Slayers Excellent. I’m pretty certain this is the last in the franchise. However I probably jinxed it and there’ll be even more Slayers sometime in the future. Any Slayers fans out there? Anyone seen every single one? I’d be highly surprised if anyone has.

Azumanga Daioh –

The Very Short Movie

Type: Movie (pfft)

Air Date: 25 Dec

Stu­dio: JC Staff

Syn­op­sis: In this short movie featuring familiar characters from Azumanga Daioh, Osaka is yet again having a strange dream of Chiyo-Chan’s pigtails being posessed. As Chiyo-Chan’s pigtails bounce out of the window, who knows if young Chiyo will ever be happy again.

Really JC Staff? An anime based off a 4-koma? Yeah, that’s not going to work. In an attempt to get some enthusiasm for their upcoming anime adaptation about a bunch of girls doing absolutely nothing, JC Staff decided to make a very small movie of Azumanga Daoih. You know, when I was looking for more franchises, this isn’t what I was looking for. Who on earth would want to watch a bunch of girls doing not very much?

Mahou Yuugi 3D

Type: OVA

Air Date: 29 Dec

Stu­dio: AIC
Syn­op­sis: Padudu is a 12-year-old apprentice witch, chosen to represent her town in the coliseum. Donning her magical fish costume, which keeps her warm and fed, she sets off on her journey. But on the way she’s swept away by a river to Dance Valley. Mayor Koffy captures her and throws her into the dungeon, hoping to eliminate the competition for Dance Valley’s own coliseum candidate. Luckily for Padudu, this dungeon holds the mysterious witch Nonononn. They join together in a magical fight for survival.

Nicking this description off this website called Anime News Network (never heard of the site, but it looks pretty useful)

This is full 3D animation made by AIC. The characters were created by Animation Master (49800 yen). And those externals were modified to a 2D cel look by toon rendering. The backgrounds were created by LightWave 3D and synthesized by After Effects.

So yeah, looks like more of an exercise in animation than creation of a quality story or anything. For animation buffs only. Unless you want to see a 12 year old magician in a fish costume. Which I kinda want to see myself.

Secret of Cerulean Sand

Type: TV Series

Air Date: 5 Jan

Stu­dio: Telecom Animation Film
Syn­op­sis: Jane’s mother dies when she is born, and her father, a rich English aristocrat, soon remarries to a woman with a son, William, who despises his new father and brother. George and Jane grow up with a dream to make a flying machine. George believes the distant Asian sands hold a secret: a mysterious cerulean sand which can make machines fly. He goes on an expedition to find it, and soon is reported executed for treason. William disappears too. After she recieves an unsigned letter holding a handful of pale-blue sand which floats in the air, Jane is sure her brother is alive and leaves to the East to find him and prove him innocent. There are many mysteries to unravel in store for Jane and her new friends on her journey. But perhaps a mystery should forever remain a mystery…

This Anime News Network site is pretty handy eh. Here’s their words on this upcoming anime.

Based on two classic Jules Vernes novels, “Facing the Flag” (Face au drapeau) and “City in the Sahara” (L’Étonnante aventure de la mission Barsac), Secret of Cerulean Sand is a Japanese / Korean co-production and will be broadcast simultaneously in both countries.

I’m afraid I don’t know if there’s been many, if any, Japanese/Korean co-productions. But imagine if this works. It could lead to a whole new world of animation open to us. Even if this does sound like a World Masterpiece Theatre piece, which nobody in the west seems to care about. I’m guessing the subbers will ignore this one.

Panyo Panyo Di Gi Charat

Type: TV Series

Air Date: 6 Jan

Stu­dio: Madhouse
Syn­op­sis: Deijiko is the princess of the planet of Di Gi Charat. After reading a book, she is influenced to want to help everyone be happy. She leaves the castle and pretends to be a normal girl. She tries to make everyone happy by taking various jobs around the town and thereby making all sorts of new friends and inevitably, enemies.

The cute. It’s overwhelming. Look at it. Look at the chibi characters, the pretty bells, the vivid colours. The opening song is called “Happy! Smile! Hello!”. My head hurts just looking at it. Sorry, but I just can’t stand cute for the sake of cute. Kids show that will have creepy otaku all over it.

Mirage of Blaze

Type: TV Series

Air Date: 7 Jan

Stu­dio: Madhouse
Syn­op­sis: Takaya Ohgi is just a typical high school guy who wants nothing more than to protect his best friend and live a normal life. Enter Nobutsuna Naoe, an older man who informs Takaya that he is in fact the reincarnation of Lord Kagetora. Naoe, himself a possessor, awakens Takaya’s abilities to exorcise evil spirits and fight the Fuedal Underworld. While most possessors remember their former lives before being reincarnated, Takaya does not. Naoe is thankful for this, considering his passionate and abusive past with his Lord Kagetora. As Takaya improves his abilities , he also begins to remember what Naoe did because of his love for him. Meanwhile the dark forces of the Hojo and Fuma clans begin their attack as the Fuedal Underworld descends upon the living world.

Long synopsis that makes little sense, beyond the ‘generic male lead’. Normally I associate this with crappy fanservice anime (although after Love Hina, harem leads tend to be losers rather than normal high school boys) but this one looks more bishie filled. Madhouse can do cool anime, even if the director hasn’t really worked on much. Could be a sleeper hit, keep a tentative eye on it.

Please Teacher!

Type: TV Series

Air Date: 10 Jan

Stu­dio: Daume
Syn­op­sis: Kusanagi Kei, a high-school student living with his aunt and uncle, has an encounter with a female alien. This alien is revealed to be a new teacher at his school. Later, he is forced to marry this alien to preserve her secrets. From there, various romantically-inclined problems crop up repeatedly.

Daume are a hard studio to pin down, but they generally pop up doing some sort of fanservice anime. The terrible Hanaukyo Maid-tai being the most recent one they’ve made. So I can’t say I have too high hopes for Onegai Teacher, even if I have heard some good things about the manga, and even if that teacher looks oh so damn hot…

Beyblade 2002

Type: TV Series

Air Date: 10 Jan

Stu­dio: Nippon Animedia
Syn­op­sis: The Bladebreakers have to join forces once again because a mysterious group under the lead of Oozuma has defeated them, but the real enemy is not Oozuma. The real threath is formed by a group of people who use cyber-bitbeasts to capture the original ones from the Bladebreakershe Bladebreakers have to join forces once again because a mysterious group under the lead of Oozuma has defeated them, but the real enemy is not Oozuma. The real threath is formed by a group of people who use cyber-bitbeasts to capture the original ones from the Bladebreakers

Why? Why did we need a second season of these blasted spinning tops? Oh yeah, because those blasted spinning tops sell like hot cakes. Have you ever played Beyblades? It’s kinda fun, even if they just tap of each other for a bit until one of them gives up. My next door neighbour has a humongous pile of them and I like building random beyblades. The only thing that seems to matter was how heavy they are. The heavier they are, the longer they last. Simple really. But yeah, we don’t need another TV show of it.

Full Metal Panic!

Type: TV Series

Air Date: 8 Jan

Stu­dio: Gonzo
Syn­op­sis: Sousuke Sagara, a seventeen year old military specialist working for the secret organization MITHRIL, has been assigned to protect the latest “Whispered” candidate Kaname Chidori. To complete this task Sousuke will have to deal with enemies from his past as well as the occasional panty thief. Unfortunately for Sousuke, the toughest part of his mission isn’t only protecting Miss Chidori but also getting used to living an average High School students life, no easy task for someone raised on the battlefield.

Based off a light novel eh? Don’t see that very often. Plot sounds all rather hodge podge, it’s difficult to make sense off. Plus lines like ‘occasional panty thief’ rather put me off. Character designs look kinda generic too. It could be fun, but I doubt it will make much of a splash. Gonzo may be a studio on the up, but I can’t see them making much of such a generic sounding premise.

Ultimate Muscle

Type: TV Series

Air Date: 9 Jan

Stu­dio: Toei
Syn­op­sis: Kid Muscle (or Mantaro for short) is a bumbling, gross, and wimpy sort-of person. Unfortunately, he has been summoned to protect the earth from the evil dMp, a band of cheating wrestlers from outer space. Luckily he’s not undertaking this task alone. Kid Muscle must join the Muscle League, a group of wrestlers from outer space who are training themselves so they can defend the earth, and stop the dMp by acheiving “Ultimate Muscle”, a hidden power that makes Mantaro an almost unbeatable opponent.

Based off a strangely popular and legendary bad manga. You can kinda see why it has the legendary bad reputation from the character design alone. What the hell is that anyway? A shark fin on his head? Some people have 6 packs, but this guy has the devils 6 pack aka: a 666 pack. See what I did there? Eh? OK, I’ll stop now…

Seven of Seven

Type: TV Series

Air Date: 10 Jan

Stu­dio: A.C.G.T.

Syn­op­sis: Nana Suzuki winds up being split into seven copies of herself. Besides the original Nana, there’s also a smart Nana, a happy Nana, an angry Nana, a sensitive Nana, a sad Nana, and a slow Nana.

The name is a pun. The girls name is Nana. She splits herself into 7 parts. Seven in Japanese is Nana. So it’s Nana of Nana. Seven pieces of the character Nana. Seven of Seven. Geddit? Man, those Japanese guys eh~? They have us rolling around in laughter at those puns. I wonder if they’ll call the character ‘Seven’ in the dub? There’s no way they could just go call her Nana. That would ruin the main selling point of this series!

Aquarian Age –

Sign for Evolution

Type: TV Series

Air Date: 11 Jan

Stu­dio: Madhouse
Syn­op­sis: Five supernatural factions have been fighting against each other for who knows how many centuries, with the beginning of Aquarian Age always in mind. Kyouta, soon begins to see visions of mystical girls fighting, except they do exist. Soon he and his girlfriend Yoriko become involved and the battle for Earth and Aquarian Age lies in their hands.

I’ve got to say I like the look of this a lot. The director is a talented bloke, having worked on everything from Trigun to Infinite Ryvius to Now and Then, Here and There to Galaxy Angel…well, OK the less said about Galaxy Angel the better, but the rest are all critically acclaimed stuff. Madhouse are a good studio. It has a high concept and I’m pretty sure it’s an original project. This is the show to keep your eyes on this season.

Hunter X Hunter OAV

Type: OVA

Air Date: 17 Jan

Stu­dio: Nippon Animation

Syn­op­sis: Gon and Killua help Kurapica search for the Spider Gang in order to seek revenge for horrors commited in the past.

I haven’t watched Hunter X Hunter so I can’t really tell you much about this. It’s probably some stupid side episodes anyway. Or maybe it will follow in the path of that Kenshin OVA? Nah, I seriously doubt that.

RahXephon

Type: TV Series

Air Date: 22 Jan

Stu­dio: Bones
Syn­op­sis: In a world where time passes at a crawl and the blood of your neighbor runs blue, 17 year old high school student Ayato Kamina goes about his daily life within Tokyo Jupiter oblivious to the world around him, having been educated with the fact that the all civilization but Tokyo has been destroyed. But all that changes when the mysterious civilization “MU” invades his home, raining destruction down from the sky in the form of strange monsters called Dolems. The events that occur next will lead Ayato to the mysterious woman named Reika Mishima, to the truth of their existence, the discovery of what and who he is, and to the powerful angelic robot RahXephon.

Hellooooo Evangelion ripoff! Angelic robot RahXephon eh? Looks like Bones are trying to recreate their own Evangelion with this one. They won’t manage it, no series ever does, but it still can produce some crazy series. Come to think of it, who are Bones anyway? They did the Cowboy Bebop movie, so I suppose that’s as good as you can get for a new studio. The crew working on it seems to be a bunch of mecha nuts though so I’d expect more mecha terminology than mindfuckery in RahXephon. Still well worth a shot though, especially if you thought Evangelion was too confusing.

Love Hina Again

Type: OVA

Air Date: 26 Jan

Stu­dio: Xebec

Syn­op­sis: Keitaro needs some time to evaluate himself and his goals, so he goes onto a trip with Seta to attempt the life of an archaeologist. However, not all is safe at the Hinata Inn while he is gone. A woman claiming to be Keitaros sister comes and claims right to being the manager of the inn. Life gets complicated when Keitaro returns, and attempts to deal with his sister of yesteryear.

WHATEVER OK I AM A MASSIVE SAP FOR THIS SHOW!!! Not that I have much confidence in this final OVA. The sister was a stupid character in the manga anyway and it’s kind of a shame they’re ending this great series on that note. Ah well, I’ll always have the memories of downloading that series from those Hawain fansubbers~

Kanon

Type: OVA

Air Date: 30 Jan

Stu­dio: Toei

Syn­op­sis: Changing schools is something Yuuchi is accustomed to, due to his parent’s profession, and with their recent venture to Africa, he is returning to his aunt’s home after 7 years. The time that has passed since his last visit has faded his memories of the people he knew, and the ties that bonded them to him, including his cousin Nayuki. Slowly those people, coincidently all being girls, find their way back to him. However, time has passed and things have happened in their own lives that sets the tone for the series. Secrets that are coming to surface, and memories that are returning to not only Yuuichi, but to those surrounding him.

Fuck you To Heart. Look what you’ve started. Another shitty Visual novel adaptation. Heck, at least the girls in To Heart are hot. The ones in Kanon have their mouth on an equal level to their eyes. It makes them all look so incredibly stupid. Hopefully this trend dies soon enough and this will be the last we see of the likes of Kanon. It’s not like there’s any studios out there that are able at adapting the visual novel format correctly.

Voices of a Distant Star

Type: OVA

Air Date: 2 Feb

Stu­dio: –
Syn­op­sis: A female mecha pilot tries to keep in touch with her boyfriend on earth while she is in space using cell phone text messages. The farther away they get from each other, the harder it is for the text messages to get to each other.

Wasn’t sure if I should put this in or not. It’s just some dude on his Apple Macintosh animating by himself. Heck, the only two voices in it are supposed to be just himself and his wife. But hey, it’s made in Japan and its a cartoon, so why not stick it in here. There’s mecha in it, so why not? Could be some good dumb if poorly animated fun

Genma Wars

Type: TV

Air Date: 2 Feb

Stu­dio: E.G. Films
Syn­op­sis: In the far distant future, hideous monsters roam the Earth, threatening the lives of all people. Genma, the evil ruler of the Mah tribe, has become obsessed with fathering an Heir. Convinced that a child born of a Hito woman will have amazing powers, he sets his sights on a young Hito woman. In exchange for her village’s safety, Non agree to bear Genma’s child. She gives birth to twins and names them Loof and Jin. Jin is left for Non to raise among the Hito, as Loof is taken to Genma, and raised to be the prince of the Mah tribe. Although Loof and Jin live in two separate worlds, their fates soon become intertwined as Loof is banished from Mah tribe once he appears to possess more human than wizard physical characteristics.

This is meant to be a spinoff to Harmagedon, which I only know about as one of the legendary bad anime, along with the ever classic Garzeys Wing. That really can’t be a good starting point. Maybe they’re going to deliberately aim for the existing audience and make this as incredibly bad as possible. That’s the only solution I can see

Galaxy Angel Z

Type: TV

Air Date: 2 Feb

Stu­dio: Madhouse

Syn­op­sis: The continuation of the adventures of the Angel Brigade, Milfeulle Sakuraba, Ranpha Franboise, Mint Blancmanche, Forte Stollen, Vanilla H and the artificial inteligent plush doll Nomad, lead by Colonel Volcott O’Huey, in the search of the Lost Technology, but always under unexplained, crazy and comic situations.

Damnit Madhouse, we didn’t need another fucking Galaxy Angel. One was bad enough. Please don’t try to make this into another Slayers franchise. It won’t work. People won’t buy it…I hope…please don’t buy this guys

Afterword

You can really see this was the year where things started to change to the modern era of anime. Bones make their first big original production. Old franchises like Slayers, Patlabor and Kenshin finish. Makoto Shinkai steps on the scene. Kanon marking the early days of the VN adaptation. Azumanga Daoih starting the 4-koma trend. Love Hina Again being the poster child for how to make crap harems. Full Metal Panic begins the foray into Light Novel adaptations. Even if you look at the comparisons between this year and 2001, you can really see that 2002 was where it all began. All previous Retro Season Previews had anime that were pretty standard products of their era. This one marks a transitional phase. For better or for worse.

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34 Comments

  1. Posted January 22, 2011 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Oh sheet, its Beyblade, Onegai Teacher and Love Hina D:

    I remember being so into Beyblade as a twerp, buying all the toys and crap. That image brings back memories.

    As for the other two, I was always fascinated by the female leads. Never even watched Onegai Teacher but I did end up loving the Love Hina manga. Adolescence…. *sigh*

  2. Posted January 22, 2011 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Cute girls doing cute things? Bah, it’ll never catch on.

  3. hikaru
    Posted January 22, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Ooh Beyblades, used to watch that on TV. Yeah, I stopped watching Kanon because the position of their mouths really really put me off. Plus the story was stupid.

    Wow, the HunterxHunter OVA is actually pretty old…. Well, the whole franchise is pretty old due to good ole Togashi forever putting the manga on hiatus. And HunterxHunter is his newest project meaning Level E is almost ancient…and there’s an anime of it airing this season…the anime world sure works in funny ways aye?

    • Scamp
      Posted January 22, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

      HiatusXHiatus is what I heard the fans call it now

  4. Posted January 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    You know, I have high hopes for Onegai Teacher. The source manga is SO FUNNY!

    As for Azu­manga Daioh, meh. That’ll be one of those passing fads, I doubt we’ll hear much about it after the movie.

  5. luffyluffy
    Posted January 22, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Oh god Kanon, my eyes are melting.

    I watched it once, finished the whole thing and the special.

    Thank god I’ve got the 2006 KyoAni version on DVD. Silly, I just happened to watch Mai’s arc last night.

    Delicious Mai

  6. Morridin
    Posted January 22, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    I really like these “retro previews”.
    It’s great to see how some studios started or how old some franchises are.
    I started watchting anime somewhere in 2002 or 2003, though I didn’t see a lot yet, nor did I follow blogs&subber sites at the time (if they were there at all).
    My only base of info for which series were nice was a small anime forum on a Dutch forum.
    Looking at the “early 2000s” you also see a nice shift in style.
    I don’t know how to put it in words, but somehow characters seemed to get a different drawingstyle later on.

  7. Posted January 22, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    I was scrolling through this post and then tripped over the Kanon chins.

  8. Posted January 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    I felt like the adaptations of light novels before FMP are not as rare as you made it up to be and I don’t really buy the idea of FMP being the one who started it all.

    Maybe due to the lower number of anime being produced when compared to post 2000, it seems like that there aren’t a lot of light novels adaptations in the past. Not to mention, I think that the label “Light Novel” isn’t as popular as it is back then so a lot of novels which should be considered as light novels are not labeled as such.

    All your Slayers , Dirty Pair, Gokudou-kun Manyuuki, Lost Universe are the obvious one to counter your point. Also, depending on how you define Light Novel, LotGH and all of Hideyuki Kikuchi’s novels( Vampire Hunter D and all that jest) can be considered as light novels as well and Wikipedia Japan do categories Tanaka Yoshiki, author of LotGH as a light novel author.

    Then there are also the Crest of the Banner, Orphen, Ai no Kusabi , Record of the Lodoss War(though I heard that the novels are more like the reenactment of the author’s D&D game or such) and such which fit in what you called as “Light Novel” but Wikipedia named them merely as novels and we all know that Wikipedia is always correct so … …

    Regardless, Light novel as a marketing label is too young and obtuse for English speaking communities to decide what is what.

    There aren’t really any experts or even bloggers who write about the history and culture of light novels in English (or any language outside of Japanese for that matter )so it’s kinda hard to form any concrete image of what the hell light novel is.I myself don’t really grasp what the hell it is and just act really confident while rambling bullshit to convince others that I am right. That is why I can see how you came up with the FMP& Light Novel adaptation assumptions.

    However, there are indeed a huge load of light novel adaptations after FMP and the list of anime I wrote above are spread out pretty far apart throughout the 80s and 90s so there are still a lot of room for argument. So even though I don’t necessary agree with it, your point is still valid and maybe even more correct than I am.

    Now on to Sakura Taisen. You are correct for not caring too much about the franchise. Having played the first Sakura Taisen game, I can safety tell you that all its anime adaptations suck even though I had only caught a glimpse of them on TV when I was like 9

    Sakura Taisen the game, to put it simply, doesn’t really have a good storyline. Its appeal is the mixture of wish fulfilling dating simulations and cool Front Mission style of robot battles, all of which are quite shallow and nothing special if you think about it.

    That’s why even though I enjoyed playing it for some reason, I can’t honestly say that it is that good of a game. So if the original is like that, I don’t think the anime adaptation is of any worth when it doesn’t have the game play elements to cover up the shitty storyline.

    Not to mention, some of the Sakura Taisen ova are there to bridge the gap between the game so it will be meaningless to watch them if you don’t intend to play the game.

    The Sakura Taisen TV series however is a standalone alternate take of the game and the ova so if you really need to watch one Sakura Taisen to see what’s the hype about then I guess you can watch that even though it most likely sucked as well.

    Finally, thanks for adding me to your blogroll when all the post I wrote were about Piccolo’s penis(or the lack of) and how Hannape Bazooka is a better “Worst Show Ever” than Mars of Destruction or how everyone needs to watch Aoki Honoo because Noboru Ishiguro, the man who directed awesome stuff like Macross, LotGH and Megazone 23 directed it( I think it is him and ANN credited it wrongly. Or am I the wrong one?) .

    Aoki Honoo, if you haven’t seen it, is one of the best worst show that is so offensive but hilariously dumb at the same time, it makes you felt like the loser if you are offended by it. This mixture of strange feelings made it kinda awesome to watch but I won’t tell anyone to watch it as I think I am the only guy that is fuckup enough to enjoy and liked it.

    Oh, and the name of my blog is from the Engrish lyric of the opening of EF~ A Tale of Melodies. I don’t even like the show that much (I do like the prequel though because I like over dramatic melodrama that are quite prevalent in porno game for some reason) but I used it because it sounds retarded and I was watching it when I created the blog.

    • IMANANON
      Posted January 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

      tl;dr

    • Scamp
      Posted January 22, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

      Well first my get out of jail free card with these posts is my ignorance is a deliberate parody of how little season preview writers seem to know about the latest anime. But that’s a pretty lame excuse so eh~

      I’m not sure when the term Light Novel started in Japan, but there was certainly some anime adaptions around before FMP. Even doing these retro season previews I came across Irresponsible Captain Tylor. I remember reading somewhere once that FMP was the one to start the trend towards LN adaptations, but I’m not sure the stats add up too well for that. The explosion into the LN anime adaptation scene we know today quite clearly happens around the Haruhi era.

      Although the counter-argument to that is maybe LN’s started becoming more popular amongst otaku since the mid-00’s so that’s why we’ve started seeing more adaptations. While LN adaptations did exist pre-FMP, they were few and far between, no more than normal novels were getting adapted. Something clearly changed and it happened around the time of FMP and exploded after Haruhi.

      I made a resolution this year to watch more terribad anime so that post on Hannape Bazooka certainly helped, even if you have already spoiled the ‘plot’ =P. People have probably already said this to you, but you should really look to put your blog on Anime Nano. I only found it after someone linked to your ‘this is why I became a jaded fan’ post a few weeks back.

      Finally, that comment of yours might just be the longest I’ve ever gotten. I’ve written longer myself, but they don’t count because they were before I had threaded comments and had to reply to 20 people in a single comment

  9. Posted January 22, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    B-But I look forward to seeing food fight. ;_;

  10. Posted January 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    Modern era indeed. Not a single dinosaur.

  11. OHEMGEE
    Posted January 22, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Fight­ing Foodons, eh?
    I feel like looking up clips just to see the food monsters.

    And Azumanga Daioh? lolwut/
    What a waste of time~

  12. Posted January 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    reminds me i still have to watch full metal panic. that delicious first ep <3 kaname </3

    voices of a distant star had an anime?! well that proves i live under a rock. must investigate this <_<

    • Scamp
      Posted January 22, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

      FMP <3

      First season still holds a place in my top 30

  13. Posted January 22, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    Some of this looks so good! I’d love to watch it, but school is stressful! It’s my second half of fifth grade, and they’re prepping us for middle school right now. And I have something called The Million Dollar Project due at the end of January!

    • Posted January 22, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

      Man, in 2002, I still had dial-up as well…

  14. fathomlessblue
    Posted January 22, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    2002 was a pretty great year for anime, some of my fave series of the last decade were on that list, ie Rahxephon (Eva ripoff maybe, but a simple clone it is not!), FMP and Voices of a distant star.

    Shame though we were trolled on the movie front. A third Patlabor film that had nothing to do with the original setting or it’s characters, and that god-awful Kenshin Reflection story. Just because the darker style of the Trust/Betrayal flashback ova was superb, doesn’t mean the happier ending of the manga should be skipped in favour of some depressing nonsense that completely rewrote everybody’s personalities to suit the tone. Completely shat on the franchise (well, the third ‘filler’ season didn’t help either)… bastards.

    Oh yeah, try to get around to the second Patlabor film. It’s pretty heavy/dense in places, but definitely worth watching!

  15. Franny
    Posted January 22, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    Wow… this is like, a year or two before I officially got into anime. And I recognise so many of these series!

    Plus… I don’t remember Ultimate Muscle (albeit the 4kids version) being too atrocious… I may have my nostalgia goggles on, but I still find parts of it quite funny and I like how it doesn’t take itself too seriously. *hides*

  16. Posted January 23, 2011 at 1:24 am | Permalink

    I have only watched Reflection. That was awesome. I didn’t care much about the rest of the show. Not even the BL shit produced by Mad House. This reminds me that I need to watch Voice of the Distant Star. I have the DVD since like forever. OTL

  17. Posted January 23, 2011 at 2:20 am | Permalink

    I didn’t realize the first Inu-Yasha movie was released that long ago! It doesn’t feel like so many years to me. Of course, IY was the first anime I watched actually knowing it was anime (because I hadn’t the slightest clue during my early days of Digimon and Sailor Moon). Thank God it is actually over now, though.

  18. smallish
    Posted January 23, 2011 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    Someday, I should finish Kenshin. It was my gateway drug to the anime world, you know.

  19. 711
    Posted January 23, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Nice memories. I only got into anime (knowing what it was) past 2007 with Naruto… pains me to say I only watched two or three of the shows here, even if FMP! is one of my favorite of all time.

    Really, doesn’t feel they are that old, having met Azumanga Daioh! last year I was a bit clueless about how old it’s origins were… it came as a bit of a shock actually ><

    And big lol about BONES. Dammit mecha otakus, I wish they would stop with this already and go back to Soul Eater, FMA or whatever else… I am kinda overloaded with their mechs afer Xam'd, Heroman and Star Driver one after the other ¬¬

    • Scamp
      Posted January 23, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

      Azumanga is pretty old by this stage and many people seem to forget it laid the seeds for the moe boom of the late 00’s

      • 711
        Posted January 23, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

        To be honest, it’s not that “people forget”. Most people that are really addicted to moe got hooked up way past it’s season and don’t even know what it is.

        Me for instance, I got to watch it by coincidence. Unlike long running shows and “classics” (Ghibli stuff and whatnot) it’s not as easy to get catapulted into watching it in the first place, people are just a bit reluctant to recommend such a pointless fad to others I think.

  20. Posted January 23, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    So it was 2002 uh?

    I wasn’t a anime fan in those years, God I didn’t even know what anime was.

    Is interesting how anime gets distributed to another countries. From this list only two series got broadcast on public TV for everyone’s enjoyment, Bayblade and Inuyasha. The curious thing is that even if this series are so flawed I started to watch anime with Inuyasha, and at the moment I thought it was pretty good (ex inuyasha fangirl).

    A good thing is that cable TV offers more variety on what to watch, I believe Full Metal Panic was broadcasted in one of their channels, (me talking about Mexico) which is a pretty good damn improvement from what we, the commoners, would get.

    On a side note Ican’tbelivetheyconvincedmetowatchonegaiteacheritwasthemosthorriblethingIeverwatched.

    • 711
      Posted January 23, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

      oooo… Inuyasha still holds a spot in my heart (I am a male for reference).

      I just watched bits and pieces of it on a random Cartoon Network slot (very few… about 30 episodes or so) that used to air laaaaaaaaaaaate at night togheter with Dragon Ball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho, Pokemon, Digimon, and another one I don’t recall right now… thought I think it was that american CG called Beast Wars and not anime…. even if it was awesome.

      In my pre-teen years I was quite impressionable, and the whole platonic ordeal got me emotionally attached (specially considering the other stuff they showed with it) to the point that even at this day and age, watching Kanketsu-ken got me all fuzzy inside and completely ignorant to the raging voice in my head pointing out flaws and stuff, it was such a wonderful experience ><

      Now that I think of it, Kagome was the first tsundere in my life (even if one can argue that Chichi, Keiko and Botan were a bit brute from time to time as well)! Shana, Kaname, Taiga, Nagi, Haruhi, Louise… it really started some of the best platonic fictional relationships of my life ;p

  21. fable
    Posted January 23, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    Terrible shows from when I was a child all over this.
    Fighting Foodons. Ultimate Muscle. Beyblade.

  22. Posted January 24, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    It’s amazing how pivotal this season of anime was to my fandom. Azumanga Daioh is in my top 5, Full Metal Panic is nearly a legendary anime 10 years later. And RahXephon would be in my top 30, maybe 20 if I was to make a list. It also shows how young my anime fandom was. InuYahsa is one of my core series, but looking back at it now I wonder a bit why I was so excited. So nostalgic.

  23. Posted January 25, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Fushigi Lameass Yuugi Sequels aside, looks like this was ’round about the time the bishies became less fugly and more pretty (I’m looking at you, Mirage of Blaze and FMP). In short: wooo!

  24. Posted January 27, 2011 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    I can’t wait for the InuYasha movie! NICE!

  25. Posted February 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Azumanga and FMP!?!? Aren’t those big series of the decade? I wish that season was like this one.

  26. goobgobber
    Posted February 7, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    Winter 2002… I started watching anime the following year, Winter 2003…

    This season sucks, anyway. Not one anime I care about here. Though the moe and ecchi shit that pollutes anime nowadays is the worst.

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