April 23, 2004

Rantings of an Anime Fan.

The new season of anime has started in Japan, and thanks to the advent of technology I’ve actually been able to see the new stuff pretty soon after they come out via download. That is pretty cool. However, I’ve got to admit that there isn’t really a whole lot of good stuff out there right now. And I mean really, really good stuff, the kind that worth watching with each new episode. There were a few that I though were pretty good, and one or two that are mildly amusing, but nothing I’ve seen has really blown me away yet.

But that’s not what I’m here to talk about. Even though there’s all of this new anime coming out, with fansub groups scrambling to be the first out the gate, I’ve noticed recently that there has been more attention paid to older, classic anime titles. I’ve often thought (and ranted about) how the anime fandom in North America does not appreciate the classic anime series that defined the industry all those years ago. And, when you think about it, why should they? There’s hardly been any attempt to expose shows like that over here! Now I’m very glad that the older stuff is not being ignored as it once seemed to be. I’ve recently seen shows like Devilman, Getter Robo, and God Mars, great shows that, despite their dated styles and lack of flash, still entertain nonetheless. I hope that this trend continues so that English-speaking anime fans can have the chance to see more of the important classic anime series that we never had the chance to see before.

As anime fans, the classic shows are our history. Shows from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s are where so many of the conventions of anime started that influenced everything that has come since. And besides that, so much of the new junk out there just doesn’t compare to the classics! So all you other anime fans out there, now you have no excuses. Give the old stuff a chance. You just might learn something.



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