If you'd rather skip the lengthy "how (person x) got into anime", simply scroll past the break to get to the good stuff.
There once was a young boy who loved Power Rangers
with a great deal of passion. Every birthday and christmas, this boy would beg and plead for the latest versions of the robots and megazords, and enjoyed nothing more than to transform them, put them together, and take them apart. Then, this boy discovered Beast Wars
on Cartoon Network. Nothing was ever asked for that wasn't the new Rattrap, K-9, Optimus Prime, or Depth Charge. The transforming aspect was forefront in his mind. So when he saw a commercial for Gundam Wing
showing a robot change into a jet, well, that became the boys' new thing. And that was his first foray into anime.
It all started here
This boy (yes, its me) went on to discover Outlaw Star
, Yu Yu Hakusho
, Ruroni Kenshin
, Ronin Warriors
, and lots more Gundam. But that wasn't enough for the lad, so he begun to branch out in the directions available to him. Cowboy Bebop
, and Fullmetal Alchemist
scratched the itch, but anime was turning into a full-blown rash. To satisfy it, the boy, now becoming a teen, resorted to print after reading an article about Shonen Jump
in the local paper. It had more Yu Yu Hakusho
, and that was reason enough to subscribe (six years later, the 19 volume series run finally ended, becoming the first and so far only multi-volume property to run in its entirety in the magazine). That first volume (volume 5 to be exact) opened up a whole new world, and the boy had officially become an "animeniac" at the ripe old age of 12.
Suddenly, he had an entire bookshelf dedicated to manga (that hasn't changed, though the books are stacked two-deep), including exotic names like Bleach
, Buso Renkin
, Black Cat
, Hunter x Hunter
, Hikaru no Go
, and of course, Death Note
. From there, I (can I please stop talking in the third person now?) further branched out, and as time went on, my tastes gradually, yet obviously changed, especially as I came into my own, hard-earned money. Negima
and Love Hina
My first love...
became Hayate the Combat Butler
and Air Gear
, which became Black Lagoon
and Welcome to the NHK
, which became Monster
, and Vagabond
But as I became more involved in the black and white comic side, the animation got left behind. Toonami
and Adult Swim
, which planted the anime seed, began to cut back on the medium, leaving me to buy what I wanted. Early paychecks picked up a number of series I was interested in, including Ergo Proxy
, Elfen Lied
, Le Chevalier D'eon
, Samurai 7
, Ghost in the Shell
, and of course, BECK
. But with a new work schedule and college to deal with, as well as an ever-mounting pile of video games, time for anime was restricted. Time to watch all these DVDs was restricted, and even today I own some shows that I have yet to watch (So sorry Tsukihime
Bleach was a gateway drug
Not that I was some anime angel; like most fans these days, I obtained quite a few series through the internet. Black Lagoon
, and Fate/Stay Night
were three such series. I own all three on DVD now. I caught Code Geass and Gurren Lagann through Anime News Network and Netflix respectively. They are quite high on my to-buy list. The idea is that I, save for extreme cases, later buy what I read or watch online. I've been reading Bleach online for 5 years now, yet have bought every english-released volume to date. This is true of every series I have read online. I find this to be a very important point as I detail my plans for this blog.
You see, as a house-squatting college student at the ripe age of 21, I have spent the first day of every trip my parents take without me watching the entirety of an anime that I own on DVD in a marathon format. Through this strategy I have discovered the masterpiece that is BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad
, as well as Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
and Le Chevalier D'eon
. I've also discovered some less amazing shows, like Peacemaker Kurogane
, Green Green
, and This Ugly yet Beautiful World
(shudder). Two weeks ago, that show was Baccano
! And, as I experienced one of the most confusing pieces of media I have ever put in front of me, I suddenly rediscovered my love for anime. I don't know if it was the animation, the great dub, or the humor,
The promised land
but something clicked, and now I find myself on the precipice of what seems to be a hidden valley of anime. Shows that I have put off or ignored for months or years, despite being greatly interesting or highly recommended. That ends now.
I have put together a list
of shows that I feel I have to watch, much like the list of games
that I keep at Giantbomb. I'm starting with three relatively short franchises that have all made their mark in the past year.
Each of these is well-known for different reasons; Angel Beats for being a surprisingly emotional supernatural action slice-of-life show, High School of the Dead for Action-Thriller, and Panty and Stocking for being a shocking parody .
I will watch each of them roughly simultaneously, posting my thoughts directly afterward. There will be days where I watch more than one episode, and others where I don't watch any at all (after all, my Sounders
are my first priority :P)
Also, if things go well and people don't rally for my head on a stake, I'd like to do some rewind posts at a later date, going through a show I haven't seen in years. I'll leave that to readers (if I have any) to choose from my library
. Of those, preferred reruns would be Gundam Seed, FMA, Yu Yu Hakusho, Death Note, any of the movies, and of course, BECK.
I'll have the first episode out sometime tonight. I'm really looking forward to hearing from anyone :P