As I try to (belatedly) finish this look back to 2016 as it relates to anime, there was one area that saw a considerable increase of renewed interest on my part and I can’t rightly finish without mentioning it – even though there isn’t a single “moment” I can point to.
In working towards completing a huge project for this site I have first been working on a separate, related, project – an updating and expansion of my grading system. This new system, in my mind, would be a useful tool in completing the huge project and is something I should be able to complete. After all, I have watched nearly 700 anime TV series and have been thinking about how to grade anime shows for over 8 years now.
While letting my mind free range on the topic of what parameters to use in grading an anime I noticed that during my recent renewed interest in anime AMVs that certain anime shows seem to be fertile ground for AMV editors to turn into great AMVs and other shows seem to lack the ability to be turned into great AMVs.
I forgot to include this in my last post, so I’ll leave it here.
(Make sure you have closed captioning on for full effect.)
Since those reading this are probably already aware of the impending start of the Animusic Tournament, I’m writing only to remind people that the time to nominate their favorite OP/ED/insert songs is fast running out.
To help those that haven’t filled out their nominations yet let me help you with a look at the 15 songs I nominated after an exhaustive search through my anime music collection. 🙂
1. Gurren Lagann – “Libera me” from Hell – 2007, insert
Look at the attention to detail as seen in this screenshot.
The set-up is all the potential astronaut candidates have to take part in a survival training exercise in teams of six. The instructor states, as is obvious from the screenshot, that he wanted to keep the various countries together for this training exercise.
Note, however, there is exactly one country that has it’s astronaut candidates split up – Canada – and not only that but each one got put into a group with five people from the USA. American’s common desire to mock and deride Canadians to some degree is something I’d expect to see in an American show not an anime series from Japan. Then again maybe someone in production is a fan of MST3K:
Stranger things have happened.
Either way I loved to see this and have enjoyed the attention to detail Space Brothers has shown in every facet of itself.
Recently, two franchises with a combined history of 89 years released trailers for their respective upcoming series and watching them back-to-back left me with a pair of broken cheeks as a grin the size of the moon spread from ear to ear.
If you can guess which two franchises I’m referring too before looking below then give yourself a gold star because you’re a winner in my books. 🙂