Normally I have no trouble figuring out what I want to watch. Typically I find myself in the mood for a particular genre, so I simply peruse MyAnimeList to find something that I have not already watched, or maybe I dig back through some recommendations that I was given once upon a time. However, I’ve now come to a crossroads. I’ve watched so many anime, both film and television, that I’ve hit the bottom of the well sort of. It isn’t that I’ve run out of stuff to watch, I’ve simply gone through a lot of it and now I have a couple to choose from and I honestly can’t decide which to watch first. So I’m gonna list them off and I’d really appreciate it if you guys could weigh in.
This is one of those series that I often see mentioned on various forums as one of the anime greats. So why I have not watched it yet is beyond me. To be more specific though, everyone recommends the original 90's television series over the more recent CG films. I can definitely see why after seeing footage of the two. The original show is more raw and dirty, while the newer CG films look... clean and clunky. Plus, a 25 episode television series will always trump what are essentially compilation films in the story department. Having now practically heaped praise on something I have yet to watch, I’m questioning even more now why I’ve procrastinated for so long on this one.
Like Berserk, Gantz is another one of those raw shows that have been recommended to me over the years and that has kind of sat in my backlog. Now, I’ll be completely honest here, I’ve already started Gantz. I got two episodes in before I dropped it. I haven’t got the faintest idea why I did. It wasn’t the gore and uncensored nudity, I can tell you that much. Maybe it was too slow? Or maybe confusing? I’m just not really sure. And so now I’m on the fence regarding whether or not I should pick it back up.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, I love gorey shows, especially ones that don’t censor the juicy details. I’ve seen some clips from the Blood series and that is what, more or less, caught my interest and held it to this day... yet I never dove in because other series grabbed my attention.
The Sky Crawlers
Figured I’d switch it up a bit. The Sky Crawlers was directed by Mamoru Oshii, the same man who directed Ghost in the Shell and the creator of Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade. That should immediately tell you exactly what kind of film you’re dealing with. Of course, that also brings up the fact that like anything he’s involved with, its a very divisive film. You either like it, or you don’t. And that is, more or less, why I’ve put off watching it for so long now. I watched Ghost in the Shell and I liked it, but I walked away confused as all hell. So I’m afraid that I’m gonna walk into this film and come away equally as confused or disappointed.
This show started airing right around the time that I first saw Black Lagoon and it gave me a very similar vibe. But since I was so caught up in a metric shit ton of anime series at that time, I never got around to watching Jormungand. And as hours turned into days, days in months, and months into years, any compulsion I had to watch this show dissipated and it was overshadowed by newer shows.
So, I’ll be completely honest with you, all I’ve seen of this series is a trailer. I know next to zilch about it compared to everything else on this list. I literally just pulled this one out of my ass because it seemed remotely interesting.
I read the synopsis for this film series. The verdict? Its completely fucked up. And I love fucked up shit. The only problem has been tracking down good HD versions of the films. Why HD? Because after looking at screenshots and watching trailers I’m convinced that watching this in anything less than HD is a disservice, just like its younger sibling K-Project.
All I know is that Applessed is the precursor to Ghost in the Shell and it looks really interesting. The main problem? I have absolutely zero idea where to start with this franchise. That is what has been holding me up with it.
Akame ga Kill
You ever have that one series that you really didn’t have an interest in until you stumbled upon the soundtrack? Yeah, that’s Akame ga Kill for me. I had heard all the talk surrounding the show and its very apt nickname Akame ga Kill all the Characters, but it never did anything for me. Then I listened to the track “Le Chant de Roma” and that was it. Now I want to watch this show, but as with everything else, other shows had a higher priority.
I could go on, but these are the major ones from my backlog that I will likely end up choosing from, and having you guys weigh in will help me decided what to watch first. Other’s that didn’t make the main part of the list include:
- Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror
- Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
- Plastic Memories