Read about and watch some of the highlights all the way through to today
Regardless of its place of origin, animation has a long and impressive history behind it, and some of the most influential examples of the medium are in the spotlight in a recent list from Vulture. The extensive article called upon a team of experts and industry professionals alike to come up with 100 sequences that shaped animation, from 1892's Pantomimes Lumineuses by director Charles-Émile Reynaud to a key 2019 sequence from Steven Universe by Joe Johnston, Kat Morris, and Liz Artinian.
In between those bookends you will, of course, find plenty of representation from the world of anime. 24 or so of the 100 entries come from Japan, and there are some bonuses that have anime talent working in other industries, such as animator Kazuhide Tomonoga's work on the iconic title sequence for Batman: The Animated Series. The earliest comes from director Noburo Ofuji, whose Kujira (Whale) marked the first piece of Asian animation to ever be shown at the Cannes Film Festival.
All told, a variety of voices handled the entries at Vulture, backed by historical expertise from Historical expertise provided by Jerry Beck, Amelia Cook, Jason DeMarco, Maureen Furniss, Monique Henry-Hudson, Willow Catelyn Maclay, Linda Simensky, Koji Yamamura.
The entire article is fascinating, so it's definitely worth a read. Here's a breakdown of the anime featured. Keep in mind that the entries are for specific sequences for the most part, such as the Postcard memories from Ashita no Joe, 'Instrumentality begins' from Evangelion, and the notorious nightclub sequence from Devilman crybaby.
Kujira - dir. Noburo Ofuji
Panda and the Magic Serpent - dir. Taiji Yabushita and Kazuhiko Okabe
Astro Boy - dir. Osamu Tezuka
Ashita no Joe - dir. Osamu Dezaki
Belladonna of Sadness - dir. Eiichi Yamamoto
Space Battleship Yamato - dir. Leiji Matsumoto
Heidi, Girl of the Alps - dir. Isao Takahata
Space Runaway Ideon - dir. Yoshiyuki Tomini, Ichiro Itano (animator)
Super Dimension Fortress Macross - dir. Noboru Ishiguro
Voltron/Beast King GoLion - dir. Katsuhiko Taguchi
My Neighbor Totoro - dir. Hayao Miyazaki
Grave of the Fireflies - dir. Isao Takahata
Akira - dir. Katsuhiro Otomo
Sailor Moon - dir. Junichi Sato
Neon Genesis Evangelion - dir. Kazuya Tsurumaki
Pokémon (seizure sequence) - dir. Kiyotaka Isako
Perfect Blue - dir. Satoshi Kon
Cowboy Bebop - dir. Shinichiro Watanabe
Dragon Ball Z - dir. Daisuke Nishio
Adolescence of Utena - dir. Kunihiko Ikuhara
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within - dir. Hironobu Sakaguchi
Spirited Away - dir. Hayao Miyazaki
Your Name. - dir. Makoto Shinkai
Devilman crybaby - dir. Masaaki Yuasa
Batman: The Animated Series - storyboarded by Bruce Timm, animated by Kazuhide Tomonaga
What animated sequences come to your mind as the most influential?