Another Sunday Blog Post

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure 15 – This contained an early contender for line reading of the year, as Joseph loudly “AHEMS” off screen to get Wham’s attention. On top of that it’s a really great episode, that gets to the core of this arc’s, and Joseph’s, appeal. Joseph has no shame. He’ll lie, cheat, do sneak attacks and even play dead to win a fight. It doesn’t exactly work out for him exactly as he was planning this episode, but he saves his friends lives and manages to survive against an opponent that greated out matched him (for now).

Kroll Show 1 – A really strong first episode for Nick Kroll’s sketch show. What fascinates me is how many of the sketches operate on different levels. For example The Sex In The City For Dudes sketch starts as pretty much what you’d expect to be, but eventually starts parodying itself as the musical stabs get more and more ridiculous.

Dan Vs. – Started watching this, the later episodes seem better paced than the early ones, but Curtis Armstrong’s performance as Dan is fantastically rage filled. So rage filled in fact, watching more than one episode at a time is a little wearying.

Problems – Also started watching this thoroughly strange sketch show from Australian comedian Sam Simmons. It is strange.

1994 – Here is the shortlist of shows I am planning on bringing up in my Golden Ani-versary contribution. There’s one more I am 50/50 one, but can you think of any other notable shows from 1994 I’ve missed? (Just TV, no OAVs/Movies)

  • Magic Knight Rayearth.
  • Macross 7
  • G Gundam
  • Sailor Moon S
  • Little Red Riding Hood ChaCha
  • Blue Seed

Top 100 Lists and the like – While looking for indicators of what were big 1994 shows (both then, and from the vantage point of history), I was trying to find any more recent Top 100 Anime lists than the TV Asahi 2005 one that were actually worth looking at. I did not find any. I did however find the 100 Anime Recommendations list that is very slowly producing.

It got me thinking about trying to create my own top 100. I got to 35 titles I’d include without any further thought, and then realised I’d have to rewatch a lot of the stuff from the 90s that I’d not seen in years. For the curious the 35 are in alphabetical order:

  • Akira
  • Baccano!
  • Cowboy Bebop
  • FLCL
  • Gag Manga Biyori
  • Giant Robo
  • Gunbuster
  • Gurren Lagann
  • Interstellar 5555
  • Kemonozume
  • Kuruneko
  • Letter To Momo
  • Lupin III
  • Mind Game
  • Mononoke
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • One Piece
  • Panty&Stocking with Garterbelt
  • Paranoia Agent
  • Patlabor
  • Ponyo
  • Porco Rosso
  • Poyopoyo
  • RE:Cutie Honey
  • Read Or Die
  • Redline
  • Samurai Champloo
  • Sexy Commando Side Story: Amazing! Masaru
  • Spirited Away
  • Summer Wars
  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
  • The Tatami Galaxy
  • Tiger & Bunny
  • Tsuritama
  • Urusei Yatsura
  • Wolf Children

Currently heavily weighted to the last 10 years as you might expect due to memory and quantity of anime available to watch. The question is can I be bothered to rewatch some of things I really ought to in order to make such a list? Or get around to watching some things that are sitting on my shelf right this second for the first time?