12 moments in anime #4: There’s always more to watch

Spurned on by the combination of the brilliance that was this years Eden of the East and the ingenuity of the Ghost in the Shell movie, I finally got around to watching Ghost in the Shell:Stand Alone Complex this year. For the record, I prefered Eden of the East mainly because of the annoying level of inconsistency in GITS:SAC. But it was still fantastic enough to break into my top 20, one of only 3 series I watched this year to achieve that (the others being Akira and Eden, although I’m not counting Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood in there because I group it with the first series because they are just about equal). However there was a slight panic  when I finished Ghost in the Shell. This was the last ‘great’ series I had watched. All the other great anime series I had seen. Cowboy Bebop, Full Metal Alchemist, Neon Genisis Evangelion, Death Note, Samurai Champloo and so on. I had this genuine fear that I had seen the last great series.

This might require a bit of backstory. I’m a member of the youtube generation of anime fans, only starting to watch anime in mid-2007. Oh boy, did I shoot through series at an alarming rate. In the space of about a year I shot through around 100 anime series. When you start watching anime obviously your eye is drawn to the popular and the highly rated series. You gradually begin to learn what are the must-watch series and since anime is still so new you can’t help but fly through these and acquire more and more. This year though, I’ve found myself glancing over my shoulder at that beast known to the world as ‘The Burnout’.

It’s not as though I’m in any danger of burning out myself. I still love anime to bits and have never gotten tired of the stuff. But the idea that one day I will no longer enjoy watching anime is a bit of an irrational fear of mine. I find myself dropping series at an alarming rate through the fear that the chore of watching an average series will dampen my enthusiasm. One of the odder things I did was ‘save’ classic anime so if I ever felt the presence of a burnout there would always be something left in reserve that’s virtually guaranteed to combat it. But the press of the likes Cowboy Bebop proved far too great. It wasn’t until I finished watching Ghost in the Shell did I realise that I had completely drained my stock of sure-fire hits. So I went to My Anime List and starting skimming down through the top rated and most popular anime to find something to keep in reserve.

In the end I made myself a list (because I’m weird like that) of series I should watch if I feel in danger of a burnout.

  1. Legend of the Galactic Heroes
  2. Gankutsoh
  3. Akagi
  4. Wolf’s Rain
  5. X
  6. Gundam Seed
  7. Crest of the Stars
  8. Escaflowne
  9. Beserk
  10. Gunbuster
  11. Mononoke
  12. Gungrave
  13. Toward the Terra
  14. Ergo Proxy
  15. Hellsing
  16. Hell Girl
  17. Detroit Metal City
  18. Revolutionary Girl Utena
  19. Aria
  20. Phantom
  21. Kemonozyne
  22. .Hack//Sign
  23. Higurashi
  24. Hajime no Ippo
  25. Laputa
  26. 5cm per Second
  27. ef – A Tale of Memories
  28. Ichigo Marshmallow
  29. Big Windup
  30. Macross
  31. Hidimari Sketch
  32. R.O.D TV
  33. Shigofumi
  34. Eyeshield 21
  35. Touch
  36. Paradise Kiss
  37. Saikano
  38. Chrono Crusade
  39. Nana
  40. Oh Edo Rocket
  41. Getbackers
  42. Boogiepop Phantom
  43. Now and Then, Here and There
  44. Gantz
  45. Rozen Maiden
  46. Ghost Hunt
  47. Hikaru no Go
  48. Bokurano
  49. Shakugan no Shana
  50. One Piece

My moment in anime #4: The day I realised there will always be more to watch.

15 Responses to “12 moments in anime #4: There’s always more to watch”

  1. 1 Karry
    22 December 2009 at 6:11 pm

    “prefered Eden of the East mainly because of the annoying level of inconsistency in GITS:SAC.”

    So Eden is more consistent ? Thats a good joke.
    Watch GITS again next year. Along with Bebop, you will appreciate it more, the older you get.

  2. 22 December 2009 at 6:24 pm


    Eden was certainly inconsistent but nothing compared to GITS. One laughing man episode would blow me away while the next tatchkoma episode would annoy me. If every episode was a good as the laughing man episodes, GITS would sit in my top 5.

  3. 3 luffyluffy
    22 December 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Make sure to watch Hellsing Ultimate~ In Engliah~ More Nazis and fun accents that way~

  4. 22 December 2009 at 9:09 pm

    You accidentally listed Detroit Metal City as “17” instead of “not applicable because you’ve already decided to watch it.”

  5. 22 December 2009 at 9:36 pm

    From the list, try Wolf’s Rain, Escaflowne, Mononoke, 5cm per Second, .Hack//Sign, Hellsing, and One Piece. BTW, have you watched Dennou Coil?

  6. 22 December 2009 at 10:01 pm


    I kinda wanted to watch the original first and then wait for Ultimate to finish. I know everyone says Ultimate is better but fuck waiting 6 months for a new episode


    Damnit, that was a silly mistake to make


    I did watch Dennou Coil and I really really liked it. The characters were a bit dull but the world was so well constructed and imaginative. Most of all though, it had Boku Satchii

  7. 7 kadian1364
    23 December 2009 at 6:03 am

    Haha! I think you’ll see that the more anime you watch, the larger your list will grow. A truly strange phenomenon.

    I think if you pace yourself, stick to your trusted recommendations, and are open to surprises while still being a little discriminating with new seasons and whatnot, you’ll keep the burnout monster at bay for a good while. Works for me at least.

  8. 8 Super Noodles
    23 December 2009 at 7:37 am

    R.O.D. Read or Die both the OVA and the series are excellent.

  9. 9 blindability
    23 December 2009 at 9:35 am

    Eyeshield 21? Really?
    Don’t get me wrong: I watched the series and I loved the manga but I am a little surprised that it’d be on your list (albeit near the bottom of your list).

  10. 23 December 2009 at 11:41 pm

    I recall I heard someone(ling time ago)sais that another way to heal ‘anime burnout’is to stop watching anime for a short period and the hunger for anim will automatically rekindle. Anyway, those anime in the list are generally good-great anime 🙂

  11. 11 heyheyho
    24 December 2009 at 3:29 am

    You should watch Kaiba, if you haven’t.
    And I supose you already watched Monster…

  12. 24 December 2009 at 3:46 am


    When people talk about ‘clearing their backlog’ I just look on in total confusion. It would take me 2-3 years to clear my backlog, providing I didn’t watch anything airing weekly and didn’t go on the interwebs and find new shows to watch.

    @Super Noodles

    I’ve seen the OVA and..well, I was hardly blown away but mainly because I felt it would work better as a TV series. Hence why it’s on the list


    Hey, I like sports! 😦 It would be a relief to watch a sports anime that’s NOT about baseball


    Stop…watching…anime? My brain cannot comprehend that suggestion so I shall pretend it does not exist


    Monster I watched recently and I liked it, especially Johan, but it got sidetracked so easilly and that annoyed me quite a bit. Kaiba, on the other hand, is one of my all time favourites.

  13. 13 Duelit
    25 December 2009 at 4:48 am

    Yes! And BTW, Hellsing 7 Came out today

  14. 14 gw_kimmy
    26 December 2009 at 4:03 pm

    highly recommend wolfs rain. and ghost hunt was fun too. i’m guessing “laputa” refers to the miyazaki film? if yes, it’s wonderfully fun also, as all miyazaki films are.

    despite the all the pink and sailor-moon-ness, i would also highly recommend the princess tutu anime. it’s pretty damn deep for a mahou shoujo. and DARK too. as an english major i had a ball with all the literary references.

    i dont think i could ever run out of anime to watch since my “to watch” list is always growing at a far faster rate than my watching rate is (which is sad, at best). i guess i can blame (thank?) my laziness in starting new anime.

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