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Archives for: July 2004, 27

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

06:26:09 pm , 601 words, 2258 views     Categories: Animation


In deference to Alan's request, I thought I'd throw together a list. I love lists. But "best" is so general, so I feel the need to be more specific. There are anime that I value tremendously for their animation but that aren't necessarily "great" overall. Then there are anime that I like but aren't necessarily "great". Then there are anime that are historically important but that don't necessarily mean that much to me personally. Then there's the question of whether a list including titles that are unavailable in a particular place will be of any use to the audience the list is written for. Take that Animage Top 100 list; half the titles mean nothing to an American audience.

So first of all, here's a personal list.

10 anime that had a major impact on me

Goku's Big Adventure
Horus, Prince of the Sun
Little Jumbo
3000 Leagues in Search of Mother
Gauche the Cellist
Kondo's Nemo pilot
A Night on the Galactic Railroad
Hakkenden: Hamaji's Resurrection episode
Cat Soup

Not necessarily the top ten, just the ten that come most readily to mind because I've returned to them over and over, or they really bowled me over the first time I saw them.

Here are some other lists.

Great scenes by 10 great animators

Yasuji Mori
Animal fight in Legend of the White Snake
Hilda in Hols, Prince of the Sun

Yasuo Otsuka
Battle with giant fish in Hols, Prince of the Sun
8-headed dragon in Little Prince & the 8-Headed Dragon

Hayao Miyazaki
Pirate attack in Animal Treasure Island
Castle chase in Ali Baba & the 40 Thieves

Yoshifumi Kondo
Various scenes in Tom Sawyer
Conan greiving in Future Boy Conan episode 2

Shinya Ohira
Building collapsing in Akira
Skateboard chase in Animatrix: Kids Story

Toshiyuki Inoue
Opening sequence in Peek the whale

Mitsuo Iso
Rocks crumbling into water in Rahxephon episode 15
Eva fighting Shito in Evangelion episode 19

Norio Matsumoto
Popolocrois (1997) episode 3
Naruto episode 30

Yuasa Masaaki
Drag Race & Shopping Boogie segments in Chibi Maruko-chan: My Favorite Song
Castle chase in Crayon Shin-chan: Adventure in Henderland

Shinji Hashimoto
Chase through the bazaar in Spriggan
Breaking into Murano's house in Tokyo Godfathers

Watch these to learn what makes Japanese animators unique. Each is great in his own way. Although it may take some effort, like learning to savor great wine, the reward is a sharper palate and an enriched experience. (continue your studies on my Karisuma Animators page)

17 cult classics and obscure oddities

Aru Machikado no Monogatari (1962)
Goku's Big Adventure (1967) #4 Osamu Dezaki
Fight!! Pyu-ta (1968)
Dokonjo Gaeru (1972) #73A Kan-Kan Aki Kan no Maki
Ganso Tensai Bakabon (1975) #15A Manabu Ohashi
Zany Knight Don De La Mancha (1980) #6 Yoshinori Kanada
Tetsujin 28 (1980) Masahito Yamashita eps
Gold Lightan (1981) #41 Takashi Nakamura
Ideon: Be Invoked movie (1982)
Urashiman (1983) #26 Takashi Nakamura/Koji Morimoto/Atsuko Fukushima
Radio City Fantasy (1984)
Bobby's Girl (1985)
Machine Robo: Revenge of Chronos (1986)
Captain Power Battle Training game (1988) Shinya Ohira/Shinji Hashimoto
Yumemakura Baku's Twilight Theater (1991) Shinji Hashimoto
Download (1992) Tatsuyuki Tanaka part
Crayon Shin-chan TV series: Buriburizaemon episodes (1995) Masaaki Yuasa

You'll need luck to find these. But if you do you'll be rewarded with something special.

Anime available over here that you don't have to be an anime fan to be able to appreciate

All the Ghibli films
Ringing Bell
The Sea Prince and the Fire Child
The Mouse and His Child
Jack and the Beanstalk
Sherlock Hound
Junkers Come Here

Night on the Galactic Railroad
Cat Soup
Serial Experiments Lain
Haibane Renmei
Neo Tokyo
Tokyo Godfathers
The Wings of Honneamise


This is a self-explanatory list. You'll have to look on eBay for several of the all-ages films.