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The Best Time to be an Animé Fan Was 2002-2007
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I recently went through a list of every single animé ever made, from the 1960's to the upcoming summer 2012 season. I took the effort to categorize each show that I deemed worth watching by year of release, and to look up most of them to see what other people thought.

Far and away, this span of years holds the greatest number of exceptional, brilliant titles when compared with any other time before or after. Certainly, a number of gems exist from other periods, but the sheer quantity of amazing material available from 2002-2007 is just staggering.

For fans of any age, just read through this short list real quick, and let the nostalgia ensue.

2002:


2003:


2004:


2005:


2006:


2007:


Feel free to discuss any show mentioned here and why it's so much better than the stuff airing these last few years, or, if such is the case, why you feel I'm wrong about this analysis. If you notice any noteworthy series' that I've missed, feel free to point them out, but I think that I've definitely covered the best of the best.
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Well the problem with these lists is that any "Best anime of XXX" is always going to be very subjective. For example you left out Gintama in the 2006 section. Also, if you are going to do this you really should think about including a link to the site listing the anime made from 1960 - Present.

All that being said .. It seems like a great run. I am just going to list the anime I have seen from these years and loved. Others I have heard are very good and haven't seen or I just disagree with you.



Like I said .. these kinds of lists are VERY subjective. I wish someone more knowledgeable in anime as me would break this down even further because I would like to see others "Best years for anime & which ones they liked"
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And the Digimon kingdom as well =)

i especially love 2004 onwards, till 2008 or 2009.
and from that onward....it is basically eye candy.

and i can't remember when Redline and Sword of the Stranger movies were released...

although i started to watch more anime in...2009? and i watched 2000s at that time, not the newest ones..
i thought the sword ones were good =)
not evrything is on top of my head, but:
samurai 7, samurai champloo, afro samurai, cowboy bebop, shana, bamboo blade, jubei-chan, tsubasa chronicles (battles...)... i can't remember....

and comedies... SHAFT's, psychological like Welcome to NHK, spiral (manga is so much better)...

but 1999-2000 also got some good ones like Cardcaptor Sakura and Digimon (basically childhood stuff, the ones i can think of)
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To clarify, yes, I did include titles that I'm personally a fan of, so it is indeed quite subjective. Any list like this is going to be.

I'd like to add that I have absolutely zero tolerance for any of the following:
-moéblobs
-Shounen romps (Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Gintama, Fairy Tail)
-Fanservice romps (Sekirei, Rosario+Vampire, Queen's Blade)

and I believe that people who only watch those kinds of shows have no right to call themselves animé fans. They're just weeaboo scum.

Also, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_animated_television_series
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rveniss wrote:
and I believe that people who only watch those kinds of shows have no right to call themselves animé fans. They're just weeaboo scum.

LOL.

So basically, this is just another "please validate my beliefs" topic.

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rveniss wrote:
and I believe that people who only watch those kinds of shows have no right to call themselves animé fans. They're just weeaboo scum.

LOL.

So basically, this is just another "please validate my beliefs" topic.



Well, everyone is entitled to their opinions, no matter how wrong they are. ;)

Anyway, I refuse to get too wrapped up in nostalgia. Yes, you could argue that such-and-such period of time was the best/worst ever, but I don't think there's much point in that. I prefer to look forward to new seasons and new shows. You never know what surprises are in store!
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There will always be that one guy that likes that one anime that everyone hates.

haruhi is a mediocre anime for people who think otherwise, good concept bad execution.
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deadpanditto wrote:


TheAncientOne wrote:


rveniss wrote:
and I believe that people who only watch those kinds of shows have no right to call themselves animé fans. They're just weeaboo scum.

LOL.

So basically, this is just another "please validate my beliefs" topic.



Well, everyone is entitled to their opinions, no matter how wrong they are. ;)

Anyway, I refuse to get too wrapped up in nostalgia. Yes, you could argue that such-and-such period of time was the best/worst ever, but I don't think there's much point in that. I prefer to look forward to new seasons and new shows. You never know what surprises are in store! :)


Lol yes!

Nostalgia was the first word that came to mind when reading this thread... I'm sure I could go back in time and pick my favorite series from that time period as well, er I mean... "best" titles... I mean really, give me a break, in my own opinion there are a lot of garbage titles on that list... but that's exactly why, as you said, there is no point in arguing it.

Now as for the weeaboo scum part... I guess it's nice to see that there are elitist assholes no matter what rock you turn over.

I'd actually also argue just based on how quickly we get anime, how it's free/cheap through streaming or DVD's, that RIGHT NOW is the best time to be an anime fan. I remember 2002-2007... $30 a DVD... no way to preview the content other than a terribly cut together preview that was meant to hype even the crappiest of shows... ever era has it's great titles, even in recent years... but the difference is I'm not stuck paying and arm and a leg for a title I've never seen a single episode of.
Posted 4/4/12
While I may be a nostalgiafag at times, anime is not one where I'm really nostalgic about. Variety of anime comes out each year and anime has improved in many ways in the past decade. Animation has changed, the general appeal has changed, and what works are made into anime has changed, albeit little, as well.

No matter what genre people like, they're still anime fans if they enjoy anime or watch it as a hobby. I could argue saying that people who don't buy DVDs, or VHS if people even still buy them, aren't "true" fans.

I believe it is a great time to be anime fan in North America because of the easy access to legal streams, DVDs, and other anime related merchandise.
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dokudokugwo wrote:

I'd actually also argue just based on how quickly we get anime, how it's free/cheap through streaming or DVD's, that RIGHT NOW is the best time to be an anime fan. I remember 2002-2007... $30 a DVD... no way to preview the content other than a terribly cut together preview that was meant to hype even the crappiest of shows... ever era has it's great titles, even in recent years... but the difference is I'm not stuck paying and arm and a leg for a title I've never seen a single episode of.


That's the kind of thinking I like! Well said.
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Any time is a good time to be an anime fan. You can't miss what you don't know. For those who grew up watching anime in, say, 2004, they may have lost their interest by now, and subsequently, they will also miss any new anime airing. And for those who missed the anime from 2007 and older, they may never have the interest to watch "older anime," but they may very well be enjoying the newer stuff.

Regardless of age, regardless of year, there will always be something to take from specific anime. And there will always be people who miss them.
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TheAncientOne wrote:]
LOL.

So basically, this is just another "please validate my beliefs" topic.



Mayhaps "weeaboo scum" was too harsh a descriptor.

Let me put it this way, with examples for the types of shows I listed.

I don't like moéblob shows like K-On! at all. I'm not, however, going to rant that they're ruining the industry with their plotless material. If someone wants to watch them, and enjoys them, that's fine with me. There's enough shows with actual substance instead of fluff coming out to negate their presence for me.

When it comes to people who watch fanservice romps--people who actually watch Queen's Blade, Qwaser of Stigmata, ToLoveRu, Dance in the Vampire Bund, and the like--they really are scum. They're disgusting. This isn't me being an elitist asshole. This is a fact. At that point, you might as well just go watch porn or legitimate hentai. It's just as intellectually stimulating as that garbage, without hiding under the guise of being not-quite-porn.

Lastly, shounen romps. Shows like Naruto, Bleach, Gintama, Fairy Tail. You know what I'm talking about. They're obscenely popular. I believe that anyone who says that those types of shows are the "greatest things ever" haven't really experienced the rest of what animé has to offer. When I was a freshman in high-school, I thought that watching Naruto on YouTube was the greatest thing since sliced bread. I simply hadn't gone out and watched quality, deep, meaningful shows. I was naíve. They are too. Yes, these high-schoolers who flip out over Gintama are weeaboos, but we were all weeaboos in high school. So I don't judge them much. I just try to introduce them to real shows.

The problem I have with them, though, is their habits when it comes to actually consuming animé. They all watch the same shows, and it's all online. None of them spend a dime on actually supporting the industry; they're killing the DVD market for real collectors. Example: FUNimation licensed Haibane Renmei back in 2010, saving it from when Geneon collapsed. It's one of the greatest emotional, artistic masterpieces ever produced--to the point where it puts even Clannad to shame. They have yet to actually release it on DVD and it's been two years, because they know it won't sell, because no one wants to buy quality shows from the past on DVD when they can watch new shows online. It bothers me immensely.


deadpanditto wrote:
Well, everyone is entitled to their opinions, no matter how wrong they are. ;)

Anyway, I refuse to get too wrapped up in nostalgia. Yes, you could argue that such-and-such period of time was the best/worst ever, but I don't think there's much point in that. I prefer to look forward to new seasons and new shows. You never know what surprises are in store! :)



dokudokugwo wrote:
Nostalgia was the first word that came to mind when reading this thread... I'm sure I could go back in time and pick my favorite series from that time period as well, er I mean... "best" titles... I mean really, give me a break, in my own opinion there are a lot of garbage titles on that list... but that's exactly why, as you said, there is no point in arguing it.



It's not simply nostalgia. I watch shows from years past again and again, and show them to people who haven't heard of them, all the time. My favourite thing to do is to introduce people to quality animé that they haven't seen before, and to think about what people might like based on their preferences in current material.

Nostalgia is going, "Oh, I loved Digimon when I was a kid, I wanna watch it again!" in spite of it being a kid's show full of lame puns that make you cringe nowadays. Recognizing and immortalizing quality entertainment is another thing all together. For instance, you may have simply bypassed CrunchyRoll's announcement the other day that Discotek is going to be releasing Captain Harlock on DVD, but I flipped the hell out and yelled about it to everyone I know. Captain Harlock was a MONUMENTAL series in the world of animé, and has never seen a proper, modern release.

The only newer shows that I'm interested in are the new Space Battleship Yamato, Lupin III, Eureka Seven, and Fate/zero. All of which are related to previously established series'. Nothing else lives up to the legacy of past shows these days. I would much rather dig through decade old content to find gems that I may have missed than watch new animé. Because, hey, it's new to me.


dokudokugwo wrote:
I'd actually also argue just based on how quickly we get anime, how it's free/cheap through streaming or DVD's, that RIGHT NOW is the best time to be an anime fan. I remember 2002-2007... $30 a DVD... no way to preview the content other than a terribly cut together preview that was meant to hype even the crappiest of shows... ever era has it's great titles, even in recent years... but the difference is I'm not stuck paying and arm and a leg for a title I've never seen a single episode of.


You make a very good point about the ease of previewing series' nowadays, but that also applies to people being able to check out those shows from the past that they've never seen. I just watched the first two episodes of The Irresponsible Captain Tylor for free on the official YouTube page (a wonderful show from 1993), and that convinced me to buy the DVD. People need to go back and check out older titles more often.

Also, I love the old concept of buying the first DVD for a series that comes with a big artbox for the rest of them, and you slowly fill up the box as the series is released. It's a lot of fun.
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rveniss wrote:

You make a very good point about the ease of previewing series' nowadays, but that also applies to people being able to check out those shows from the past that they've never seen. I just watched the first two episodes of The Irresponsible Captain Tylor for free on the official YouTube page (a wonderful show from 1993), and that convinced me to buy the DVD. People need to go back and check out older titles more often.

Also, I love the old concept of buying the first DVD for a series that comes with a big artbox for the rest of them, and you slowly fill up the box as the series is released. It's a lot of fun.


This reminds me I have to sit aside enough money to buy the Dirty Pair movies and OVA ah the classics original Kei and Yuri were hot!



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TheAncientOne wrote:


rveniss wrote:
and I believe that people who only watch those kinds of shows have no right to call themselves animé fans. They're just weeaboo scum.

LOL.

So basically, this is just another "please validate my beliefs" topic.



I agree with the Ancient One ('cept for the weaaboo part 'cause I don't know about that).
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ill stick with my the 80's was that best decade for anime
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