Pick my poison

Why not blog about older anime series? Or is ripping on newer shows more fun?

Okay, fine. This summer season has been pretty disappointing, so I’ve come up with an idea. Every subsequent Monday, I will write about an old series. I’ll even watch it from start to finish. I won’t give the show an episodic treatment, of course, but I will do more than… hm, I don’t know… three posts? Does that sound good?

But which old series will I watch? Serial Experiments Lain? Welcome to the NHK? It wouldn’t be fun if I could pick my favorite shows. As a result, I’ve randomly drawn five names out of the hat, and you can vote for one of them in the poll down below. Yes, the internet will decide my fate. You guys have till this Friday to make the choice.

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39 thoughts on “Pick my poison

  1. The Fin

    Good people, I entreat you: make EM watch Hanamaru Kindergarten! It’s what he deserves for making me watch that awful Arcana Famiglia show every week!

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  2. kadian1364

    Outlaw Star is the most interesting just because it’s so much older than the other options. It can make for interesting insight into the perspectives and paradigms of anime over 10 years ago. Or you can watch more of Kawamori’s cynically manufactured idol commercial. Hope your audience likes occult Chinese space pirates!

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  3. A Day Without Me

    Y’know, I said I was being a jerk, but I would legitimately like to see you blog AKBnumbers, because I’ve seen a lot of varying opinions on it.

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    1. E Minor Post author

      I would legitimately like to see you blog AKBnumbers,

      You said the same thing about UN-GO and Sakamichi no Apollon(maybe).

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      1. A Day Without Me

        UN-GO, definitely. I did read your post, but I failed to comment, sadly. I had meant to, but I suddenly had to turn off the computer? I forget the precise circumstances.

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  4. kekekeKaj

    Wow your definition of “old” shows is really broad. I was expecting stuff that’s at least 5+ year old, but turns out you just mean stuff that’s finished airing…

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    1. flomu

      I always thought that that’s what “pick my poison” meant.

      BUT HEY, you get to blog outlaw star. That’s Sunrise. And they animated Gintama, so it can’t be that bad.

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      1. E Minor Post author

        BUT HEY, you get to blog outlaw star. That’s Sunrise. And they animated Gintama, so it can’t be that bad.

        And Hell Girl surges back for the lead!

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  5. alsozara

    Don’t know much about Outlaw Star, but I actually rather liked Hell Girl. You could cut the episode count in half and not lose anything of importance, but it has one of the most satisfying conclusions I’ve seen in an anime. You said on twitter that we watch it and hope the person will pull the red string, I’d be interested to see if you still thought that was what the show is pushing if you watched the whole first season.

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  6. Taka

    Outlaw Star is probably what most people would consider the best choice (and I’ve never actually watched the japanese version) but I also think it’s too easy.

    I personally think there is a lot of fat to chew in AKB0048. Part of it you can enjoy on a superficial entertainment level but there is some strange implications. The world 2.5D has been tossed around a bit and while it arguably is a commercial for the group, it’s not 100% product driven and actually portrays some of the less glamorous sides to the idol lifestyle.

    For me…the commercial actually sort of succeeded. Not most of the music, but the personalities of all the characters come through and while they aren’t exactly the same in real life, (and some of them are nothing like the real life versions) it’s on the strength of the characters that the show sets itself apart, and the real life versions also have strong personalities that make them fun to watch and dare I say it…root for.

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    1. E Minor Post author

      I have no knowledge of the Japanese idol industry, and my gut reaction to it is one of repulsion. For what it’s worth, I think it was for the best that AKB0048 didn’t win. I would not have had the patience to allow for the “strong personalities” to shine through.

      Outlaw Star is probably what most people would consider the best choice (and I’ve never actually watched the japanese version) but I also think it’s too easy.

      Yeah, well, it would’ve failed the three-episode test when I tried to watch it earlier today, but I’m forcing myself to stick with the show.

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      1. Anonymous

        From what I recall of it (which isn’t much), it’s not particularly great at the start. And yes, I am pulling the “it gets better I swear” card on you.

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