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The Best Time to be an Animé Fan Was 2002-2007
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Cecilthedarkknight234 wrote:
...there is plenty of anime being produced with decent quailty hell last year alone had Madoka, Steins;Gate, Hansuka Iroha, Higurashi Kira Ova's, Nichijou, Fate/Zero, Gosick, Wandering Son, Mitsudmoe, Deadman Wonderland, Blue Exorcist, The Mystic Archives of Dantalian, Usagi Drop, Un-Go where are all above tier series 4/5-5/5 but that's my opinion...


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After following this thread a bit I have to agree with Cecil.

There are still plenty of great shows that have been produced recently and are being produced as we speak. I just think that the time frame of the OP was one where Japanese and American companies finally understood how strong a market there was for anime internationally. Combine that with the nearly limitless access given by the internet and it will naturally give someone the idea that a certain scope in time was more productive than the others when in truth it was just the first period of it's kind.

Not better just different.


stark700 wrote:

To add on to kufirst's response...

There are recent anime(s) that are good imo. Last year, I enjoyed Steins; Gate, Toaru Majutsu no Index II, Blue Exorcist, Anohana, Deadman Wonderland, Hanasaku Iroha, Infinite Stratos, Persona 4, and a few others series.

This year so far, I enjoyed watching Shakugan no Shana III, Another, Nisemonogatari, Waiting in the Summer, Listen to me Girls I am your Father!, and the current airing Future Diary.

Just everyone has their opinion. Some people like anime in the old school days while others moved on to the present. Hell, I'm watching Fate/Zero right now and enjoying it despite the fact that it's a prequel of the original Fate/Stay Night. There's even also a few series I'm looking forward to this Spring Season and some of them already began airing.

Basically, I enjoy any anime with a good storyline and avoiding the usual cliche and can give the viewers something unique and special to remember by. To say that anime airing in the 2002-2007 are better than today's is bit more of an opinion. Everyone has different anime tastes.


First off, I don't really know how this thread managed to degenerate into a discussion regarding the morality of popular ecchi series, since that wasn't really my original intent when I made it. As such, I'm not going to continue stressing my own opinions on the matter, since I feel I'm fighting a losing battle anyway.

Anyway, I wholeheartedly agree that a lot of the more recent shows are just as good or better than the ones that I listed originally. I was merely pointing out that there seemed to be an inordinately high concentration of quality titles produced in that span of time compared to other periods of similar length. I wish more people would take an interest in looking back and keeping up love for older shows that they may not have heard of.

As for new series' that I enjoyed, see below:

2008:


With special emphasis on Clannad~AS~, True Tears, and ef~melo~, for making me cry like a little girl.

2009:


2010:


With special emphasis on Angel Beats! for being the best thing ever.

2011:
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90's is the best, no anime beats dbz
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rveniss wrote:
I wish more people would take an interest in looking back and keeping up love for older shows that they may not have heard of.


I agree with you 100% on this one. While I do enjoy some of the flashier shows we have to day, I find it highly important to seek out older series because you'll find plenty of gems you never would have know were there otherwise.

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dammit how could I have missed ano hana.... but yeah last year was a GREAT year for anime it was another i am happy to catch most of those titles and sorry for the derailment.
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I had originally avoided posting because I hadn't seen enough series from the 2002-2005 range to comment on all of them, but now that you've made lists for 2008+ I can go into more detail...

Judging from these lists your main problem is that you haven't seen enough anime from 2008+.

2008


2009:


2010:


2011:


I haven't even been overly subjective in choosing most of these series - I've tried to avoid mentioning the type of series you hate, with the exception of a few standouts.
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well... tbh.... it really depends on what each person watches..... there are animes that they enjoy more that are after 2007.... there are still many animes that came out after 2007 or even before 2002 that you may have not enjoyed so much or you just haven't watched it.....

anyway that is just what i think....
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I had originally avoided posting because I hadn't seen enough series from the 2002-2005 range to comment on all of them, but now that you've made lists for 2008+ I can go into more detail...

Judging from these lists your main problem is that you haven't seen enough anime from 2008+.

2008

Should be added: One Outs, Kaiba, Ga Rei Zero, Natsume Yuujinchou, Himitsu: The Revelation, Toradora, xxxHOLiC Kei, Macross Frontier, Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, The Daughter of 20 Faces, Gundam 00, Real Drive, Library War, Shigofumi

I strongly object to including Birdy in the list too...

2009:

Should be added: Aoi Bungaku, Kemono no Souja Erin, Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom, Bakemonogatari, Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Rideback, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, Cross Game, Darker than Black S2

2010:

Should be added: Katanagatari, Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin, Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei, House of Five Leaves, Bakuman, The Tatami Galaxy, Shiki, Giant Killing

2011:
Should be added: Gintama', Tiger & Bunny, Hanasaku Iroha, Kaiji: Hakairoku Hen, Mawaru Penguindrum, Natsume Yuujinchou San, Chihayafuru, Bakuman 2, C

I haven't even been overly subjective in choosing most of these series - I've tried to avoid mentioning the type of series you hate, with the exception of a few standouts.


I actually agree with most of what you just listed here.

2008-
I forgot about Kaiba, Natsume's Book of Friends, and Ga-Rei-Zero. I'll add those in.
Real Drive, Library War, Shigofumi, and The Daughter of 20 Faces all look really good. I hadn't heard of those before, I'll have to check them out.

-I've heard good things about One Outs, but I have no interest in sports series' whatsoever.
-Toradora is just another tsundere-loli cliché show.
-I didn't include the sequels to xxxHOLiC or Zetsubou Sensei, because I wasn't thinking about them. I think I got the originals listed earlier, though.
The rest I have no interest in.

2009-
The Beast Player Erin, Aoi Bungaku, Rideback, and Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 seem pretty cool. I'll take a look at them.

-Again, no interest in sports shows with Cross Game.
-Again, wasn't thinking about including most sequels on the list. And the DtB sequel sucked compared to the original.
-Bakemonogatari is a bit too ecchi for my tastes. Especially considering the notoriety of the recent sequel, referred to by Japanese fans as "Pornomonogatari.

2010-
With the exception of another sports show, those actually ALL look pretty good. Damn.

2011-
Forgot about Hanasaku Iroha and Penguindrum.
Never got around to watching Chiyahafuru or Tiger and Bunny, but they look good.
C seems pretty damn cool.
Gintama' is going to be a big no. Sorry to overhyped shounen romps, but I have no interest.

I have to say, the best counterargument against me is to give me more shows to add to my backlog. Thanks bro.
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I probably did include too many sports series, but I still believe those 3 series fit very will in this style of list (One Outs as a gambling series, Cross Game as a Slice of Life and Giant Killing as a realistic anime). I actually prefer Major S4/5/6 and Hajime no Ippo New Challenger over those 3, but they would look out of place in your list.

And just a warning but you shouldn't expect too much from Real Drive. There's close to no story so it'll probably end up a disappointment, but I included it as it does explore it's concept quite well.
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