If you know who I am, you know that I am the blogosphere’s resident Akiyuki Shinbo fanboy alongside Wildarmsheero. Evidently, some Japanese fan wants to let us know who’s boss with this excellent admission of epic fandom!
Akiyuki Shinbo has had a long career that shows no sign of slowing, and it is surely a career worth celebrating! This video goes in something resembling reverse chronological order of his career, though a couple of things pop up in just odd places. All of his work with SHAFT is there, such as Maria Holic, Natsu no Arashi, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Pani Poni Dash, Moon Phase, Hidamari Sketch, Negima?!, and ef (while not technically Shinbo, most people wouldn’t care to make the distinction, since it’s his style and all.)
It’s also got his old stuff, though, which is what makes a diehard Shinbo fan such as myself grin. The first Nanoha, The SoulTaker, Detatoko Princess, Devil Hunter Yohko, Hurricane Polymar, Metal Fighter Miku, and Tenamonya Voyagers are all there. Which brings me to a bit of a disappointment – there is no inclusion of Twilight of the Dark Master or Le Portrait de Petit Cossette – the later of which is one of my favorite definitive Shinbo works.
Now, it occurs to me that Cossette didn’t really have an opening or ending theme, and it may be the same for Twilight, but they still could have found some kind of way to worm them in there. Anyway, regardless, this is an awesome tribute to my alltime favorite director. Maybe people can get up the desire to watch Shinbo’s older shows from this?