Ghostlightning did a post yesterday on shows that he finds difficult to write about in spite of the fact that he is a huge fan of them. I have shows like this myself as well as shows I just… never really brought up, even though I enjoyed them so much. Looking back, I didn’t used to really talk about shows much after the initial ‘I finished it’ post, and it was really only near the end of last year that I started not only to post about my impressions upon completion, but to really offer up discussion and thoughts on the show. That said, there are still shows I just never managed to mention.
A quick glance over at my Top 10 page will reveal my 4th favorite anime of all time, Serial Experiments Lain. Unlike many shows in my top 10 that will probably be bumped out when other shows qualify for their places, Lain is really one of my alltime favorite anime; However, I’ve never made a single post about the series. I’ve mentioned Lain in any of my character posts as my second-favorite anime character ever, and I’ve mentioned the opening song in various lists, but that’s about it besides using tons of Lain images in posts. It just comes down to this show being really hard to talk about – it’s an entirely subjective viewing experience, and I have always felt that when I do blog it, it will be my biggest show-blogging project to date.
I’ve mentioned Otaku no Video once or twice in my posts studying the nature of otaku, but never talked about the show directly. This is less something difficult and more something I never got around to. I actually have considered doing a fanfiction for OnV.
Interestingly enough, I haven’t really said much about ANY Akiyuki Shinbo show. Among some of my favorite anime are Hidamari Sketch, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, the SoulTaker, Pani Poni Dash, and Le Portrait de Petit Cossette, but I’ve said almost nothing about any of them individually. I’ve only talked about my love for Shinbo himself – I guess it makes sense that people are always asking me why I like him so much! I think what makes it hard to talk about is that my reasons for liking his shows are reasons that I know most people don’t care about, and I can’t really vouch for any kind of credibility on any of the show’s parts. A post would be entirely fanboying about things no one cares about. (that, of course, won’t stop me from posting about them eventually.)
Neon Genesis Evangelion – There’s an excellent reason for this, and it’s that by the time I started my blog, I couldn’t remember any of the show, and I still haven’t gotten around to rewatching it, lol. I’ve considered blogging it episodically. The time since watching also explains other absences such as Kino no Tabi, Last Exile, Gankutsuou and King of Bandits Jing (the latter of which I rewatched a week ago and have a post in the works.)
Black Lagoon the first time I watched I think it had just sort of floored me and I wasn’t sure what to say about it. I know I could talk about this show if I tried.
Perhaps the most perplexing thing that I’ve never talked about is The Legend of Black Heaven, the micro-cult classic that touched me close to the heart. When I watched this show near the end of 2007, I remember being really pissed that no one talked about it anymore, because it was so great and made such a lasting impression on me. And yet, I could never decide how to talk about the show. A year later, I tried to do a recollective post on it for The Epic Journey, but I just didn’t really know what to say. I guess the best advice is “EVERYONE should see Black Heaven.” It’s a timeless, ageless classic.
5 Centimeters Per Second is a movie that I think I merely had ideas about that I could express much better in a post about Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu, so I left his movie largely alone.
I don’t have any idea at all why I never once talked about Genshiken in spite of it being HUGELY influential to me. This needs to be fixed.
I never did a post on Giant Robo. This is a sin. On the note of Imagawa, I also don’t think I ever really posted about Hatenkou Yuugi here. That’s a shame too because the show could have used more attention. Imagawa’s script is out of this world. And meanwhile, on the Giant Robot coin, I never did posts on either of the Gunbuster OVAs. I should just break.
That about covers it, leaving aside shows that I liked mostly for mindless entertainment and probably had nothing real to say about, such as Strike Witches or Sengoku Basara. And now I have to ask you – since you now know I am a fan of all of these shows, are there any you want me to finally post about?