Anime Favorites: 2000-2009
I can’t really post 50 titles, as I have barely seen 50 titles from all time periods combined! Also, looking through the list, I’ve kinda figured out that a lot of my favorite anime came out in the Nineties… One thing I must say, though, is that I tend to drop series when they start to turn sour, so that most anime that I do finish are shows that I really, really like.
Anyways, these are 5 anime that I really love from the 2000-9 period. The reason is usually that they show a lot of intensity or have a nice sense of mystery. In real world terms: these are shows I would take with me to a deserted island. I will line this up in alphabetical order.
a. Code Geass
This show is all about Lelouch: his agony and his triumphs. He is an intense fellow. And he isn’t Japanese. There is something to be said for an anime series where the protagonist is a gaijin saving Japanese people.
Talk about intensity! The pain in this show is absolutely wonderful!! My feeling toward melodies is about the same as my feeling toward Geass R2: they are both fine as long as you take them as supplements to the first season. Anything good in these second seasons you can take to the altar of the first season, the bad you can simply forget. Enough!
c. Interstella 5555
Now we get into the mystery, by which I mean the sense of something utterly unknown coalescing around the edges of a book whose single page you cannot take your eyes off (and the page reads simply: NOT THIS). Or like looking at a green wall and getting the feeling that it’s actually an enormous snake which you’ll never really get to see in toto, although if you put your hand to it you can feel it breathing and you can (no, you must) marvel.
If you notice, the movie begins and ends with pretty much the same concert…
Of course, this movie was my gateway to both Leiji and Daft Punk, so how can I not love it!!
d. Shin Mazinger
The thing about victory is that its sweetness is proportional to the pain suffered on the way toward it. Basic stuff, right? This show was intense!
e. Space Symphony Maetel
Watching Maetel, Emeraldas and Promethium duke it out in frigid LaMetal is like getting a time-ticket to watch the champions from Athens, Sparta and Thebes do the ultimate smackdown…at least to me it is! In its best parts it combines both intensity and mystery.