As I slowly get myself back on track I thought I'd deliver one more anime post for those looking to educate themselves on some of the best options out there within the genre.
Unfortunately, this is yet another odd, random list from Anime Insider #18 (2005). I'm not exactly sure what the operating variables were in their selection process for the 50 Best Anime Series. For me personally a series denotes something with continuity or more than one. So, why would some full-length feature films make their list and not others? It's a completely bizarre assembly of the best and certainly defies logic, but I thought I would give that list to you in the event you were looking for a starting point on films or series despite the Anime Insider's complete disregard for the English language while I strategize on more robust future posts. I've edited the list to try and note this Sci-Fi Fanatic's highlights. This is a small complement to the previous Anime Insider Best Anime Ever post here.
43. Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack
39. The Animatrix
34. Ghost In The Shell
32. Witch Hunter Robin
30. Macross Plus
28. Interstella 5555 (music by Daft Punk)
26. Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer
25. The Castle Of Cagliostro
24. Wolf's Rain
23. Perfect Blue
20. Ninja Scroll
19. Castle In The Sky
17. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
15. The End Of Evangelion
14. Mobile Suit Gundam Seed
13. Grave Of The Fireflies
11. Cowboy Bebop
10. Fruit Basket
9. Read Or Die
8. Robotech: Macross Saga
6. Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
5. His And Her Circumstances
3. Rurouni Kenshin: Legends Of Kyoto
2. Spirited Away/ Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Gatchaman (Battle Of The Planets), Starblazers (Space Battleship Yamato) and other classics just never get the love. And will they ever release ISao Takahata's Only Yesterday on DVD or Blu-Ray? What is the hold up?
It's sad to think the anime industry has really taken some major hits in the states as far as economic viability. As an industry it has become increasingly fragile with many of the free streaming sights and bootlegging options harming companies and even forcing some to close their doors entirely. I've always been a firm believer and advocate of purchasing officially licensed and produced product to support the industry. With the downturn in the economy over the last many years anime has struggled and any opportunity to support the industry is the way to go.
Having said that, there has not been a great deal of new anime product that has captured my attention. I am looking forward to Ghost In The Shell: Arise and maybe Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing (both slated for release in 2013 in the states). Still, I often look to the classics and many of the titles from the heyday of anime. It would be nice to see anime have a strong resurgence in the market. Still, there are plenty of wonderful ideas and concepts being generated from anime and the art form deserves better.