12 Days of Something II: I Timed This So Badly

Shockingly, Nisemonogatari doesn't make the list.

Shockingly, Nisemonogatari doesn’t make the list.

What you are reading here is the beginning of this blog’s 500th post. I worked it out so amazingly well that it falls dead in the middle of another bunch of posts and so it will be buried for weeks on end. So in that spirit, I’ve decided to do a list of my top anime. The humiliation won’t last all that long because of when this is scheduled thankfully.

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The DVD Collection Part 1: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

nausicaaI’ve decided to do this DVD collection thing in chronological order of production. Series will run continuously as swaping discs constantly would just be annoying.

Premiere Date: March 11, 1984

What I would have been doing then: I was seven months old and I was probably crapping all over the place and being anti-social to my peers.

First Watched: October 2004

DVD Purchased: September 2007 along with The Last King of Scotland at a Best Buy.

Thoughts: Representing the only pre-bubble piece in my anime collection, it’s pretty much impossible to say this represents what things were like before massive budget movies.

Overall, it’s a fairly solid movie that many people consider a classic. That said, there are probably a few people out there who don’t like the in-your-face environmentalism presented throughout, but I’d rather have that approach than a post-apocalyptic tale composed entirely of calming effects and the passage of time.

So in all, we have an excellent story, a female lead that is neither annoying or overtly sexualized, and something that is not really commercialized at all. What the hell happened after 1984?

Part 2: More post-apocalyptic 80s cinema, Kanye West references and bidding for the Summer Olympics.