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Upcoming JP BD: (BD発売予定作品)

Movie/OVA (劇場版/OVA)

[7/31]+Tic Nee-san (+チック姉さん)
[7/27] Code Geass: Nunnally in Wonderland (コードギアス ナナリーinワンダーランド)(eng sub)
[6/22] Gunbuster 2 OVA BD-BOX (トップをねらえ2!)
[6/8]Gundam Unicorn vol. 5 (機動戦士ガンダムUC) (eng sub/dub)
[5/25] Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation (movies) (機動戦士Zガンダム 劇場版)
[4/25] Seitokai Yakuindomo OVA (生徒会役員共 OVA)
[4/20]Sacred Seven: Shirogane no Tsubasa (movie)(セイクリッドセブン 銀月の翼)(eng sub?)
[4/20] UN-GO episode:0 (movie)
[4/13] Jin-Roh priced-down re (eng sub/dub)
[3/28]Lupin III Master File BD 3/28 (ルパン三世 Master File)
[3/21] Holy Knight(ホーリーナイト)
[3/21] Suite Precure Movie (映画 スイートプリキュア)
[3/21] Rurouni Kenshin: Shin Kyoto-Hen (るろうに剣心―明治剣客浪満譚― 新京都編)
[3/2] DORAEMON THE MOVIE BD-BOX (2006-2010) (映画ドラえもん)

TV Series Box

[12/21] Mobile Suit Gundam SEED BD-BOX 4 (機動戦士ガンダムSEED)(eng sub)
[9/21] Mobile Suit Gundam SEED BD-BOX 3 (機動戦士ガンダムSEED)(eng sub)
[7/27] Uchuu Senkan Yamato TV series BD-BOX (TV 宇宙戦艦ヤマト BD-BOX)
[6/22] Mobile Suit Gundam SEED BD-BOX 2 (機動戦士ガンダムSEED)(eng sub)
[5/25] Super Dimension Fortress Macross TV series (超時空要塞マクロス)
[5/23]Durarara!! BD-BOX (デュラララ!!)(eng sub/dub)
[5/2] Kannagi Blu-ray BOX (かんなぎ)
[3/30] Kobato. BD-BOX (こばと。)
[3/30] Maburaho bd-box (まぶらほ)
[3/23] Mobile Suit Gundam SEED BD-BOX 1 (機動戦士ガンダムSEED)(eng sub)
[3/23] Strike Witches 2 BD-BOX (eng sub/dub) (ストライクウィッチーズ2)
[3/23] Please Twins (おねがい☆ツインズ)
[3/21] Eden of the East "Noblesee Oblige" BD-Box 3/21 (東のエデン)
[3/7] 咲 -Saki- season 1
[3/7] Hyouge Mono bdbox part 1 (へうげもの)

Fall (秋) Season

- Hunter X Hunter (ハンター×ハンター)
- Last Exile -Fam, The Silver Wing- (ラストエグザイル-銀翼のファム-)
- Guilty Crown (ギルティクラウン)
- Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle (ファイ・ブレイン 神のパズル)
- Chihayafuru (ちはやふる)
- Gundam Age (機動戦士ガンダムAGE)
- Mirai Nikki (TV)(未来日記)
- Shakugan no Shana III (Final)(灼眼のシャナIII)
- Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai(僕は友達が少ない)
- Fate/Zero(eng sub)
- Ben-to (ベン・トー)
- C³ (C3 シーキューブ)
- Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!! (真剣で私に恋しなさい!!)
- Tamayura ~hitotose (たまゆら)
- Shinryaku!? Ika Musume (Squid Girl: Season 2) (侵略!? イカ娘)
- Mashiro-iro Symphony (ましろ色シンフォニー)
- Maken-ki!(マケン姫っ!)
- Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon (eng sub) (境界線上のホライゾン)
- Kimi to Boku(君と僕)
- Persona 4(ペルソナ4)
- WORKING'!! (season 2 - 2期)

Summer (夏) Season

- Usagi Drop (うさぎドロップ)
- iDOLM@STER (Idol Master)
- Mayo Chiki! (まよチキ!)
- Kamisama no Memo-chou (神様のメモ帳)
Rou Kyuu Bu! (ロウきゅーぶ!)
- Mawaru Penguin Drum (輪るピングドラム)
- Dantalian no Shoka: detail (ダンタリアンの書架)
- R-15
- No.6
- Uta no Prince-sama (うたの☆プリンスさまっ♪)
- Yuru Yuri (ゆるゆり)
- Sacred Seven (eng sub) (セイクリッドセブン)
Nurarihyon no Mago season 2 (ぬらりひょんの孫: 千年魔京)
Nekogami Yaoyorozu (猫神やおよろず)
- Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel (快盗天使ツインエンジェル)
- Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi (いつか天魔の黒ウサギ)
- Natsume Yuujinchou San (s3) (夏目友人帳 参)
- Manyu Hikencho (魔乳秘剣帖)
- Baka to Test season 2 (バカとテストと召喚獣にっ!)
- Kamisama Dolls (神様ドォルズ)
- Ikoku Meiro no Croisee (異国迷路のクロワーゼ)

Spring (春) Season

- Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 BD (宇宙戦艦ヤマト2199)

Winter (冬) Season

- Black Rock Shooter(ブラック★ロックシューター) (eng sub)
- The New Prince of Tennis(新テニスの王子様)
- Thermae Romae (テルマエ・ロマエ )
- Inu x Boku SS (妖狐×僕SS)
- Recorder and Randsell (リコーダーとランドセル ド)
- Nisemonogatari (偽物語)
- Ano Natsu de Matteru (あの夏で待ってる)
- Moretsu Uchuu Kaizoku BD (モーレツ宇宙海賊)
- Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? (Season 2) (これはゾンビですか?)
- Rinne no Lagrange (輪廻のラグランジェ)
- Kill Me Baby (キルミーベイベー)
- Amagami SS+ (アマガミSS+)
- Tantei Opera Milky Holmes season 2 (探偵オペラ ミルキィホームズ 第2幕)
- Another
- Brave10
- Zero no Tsukaima F BD 2/22 (ゼロの使い魔F)
- Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou(男子高校生の日常)
- Highschool DXD (ハイスクールD×D)
- Natsume Yuujinchou season 4 (夏目友人帳 肆)

Final Post

Small Talk / 2012/03/07 22:01
Blogging takes immense amount of time, and it's fine if you enjoy it. However, what I do, updating Blu-ray info, can become like a chore as you can easily imagine. I expressed this feeling sometime ago, when I was going through a very busy time. So why did I keep going? Perhaps I was too afraid to let it go. Or enjoyed that little attention I got from quick updates. You know, I started this blog during my freshman year. I spent my wandering days with my blog, so I have quite a bit of attachment to this blog. But it's time to move on. I'm a little tired, yes, but more importantly, I would like to focus on my career.

But this is NOT an anime blog. It is made to post my art works and for social interaction purposes. So, I'm pretty much quitting anime blogging. I will be shutting down @muhootsaver twitter account but will keep @muhootsaver_7 account alive. @muhootsaver_7 account will be used for rambling and communicating with my friends, just as usual.

At the end of the day, the fact that I quit wont' matter much to many people and this post probably doesn't mean much. However, this IS a good place to thank my visitors and show some appreciation. Thank you. Thank you, for the support all these years. 

Special thanks (perhaps you can play Green Day's "Time of your life"): 
- hissatsu: you monster, you :p If I check my affiliate records, I'm sure you'll be like 80% of the purchases ^^;; Thanks for your support. Hope I can see you in forums and other social media.
- WTK: thanks for helping me out man. It saved me a lot of trouble.
- ultimatemegax: Hey friend. Thanks for all the support and uh... life advices as well :p
- TMSIDR: danke :) I ended up having so many European followers and I think you were behind it...
- Ulrik: And you! (following up on TMSIDR comment). Thanks bro.
- Tratious: My faithful visitor. Hope everything goes well for you, too. Good luck!
- kyouray: merci, my French friend!
- zaockle: Thanks for all the support (If I ever go to California, we'll chill)
- Oni: Thanks for all the support (same ^^ )
- Buster Darkwings: Thanks for your support :) If I ever go to Japan... naw, I won't bother you :p
- grunty: known you from like... my previous blog :p Yeah, I quit too.

- kitsune: Seems like you are extremely busy these days. Thanks for your advice in art.

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  • Standard edition - 7140yen, 6/20
  • Limited edition - 7350yen, 6/20
via ANN
Walt Disney Studio Japan also announced on Wednesday that the Japanese Blu-ray Disc/DVD release of Goro Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's From Up On Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-Zaka Kara) film will include Japanese and English subtitles when in ships on June 20. The Blu-ray Disc will also have French and Korean subtitles, as well as soundtracks in Japanese (linear PCM stereo and DTS-HD MasterAudio 5.0), French (DTS 5.0ch), Korean (DTS 5.0ch), Cantonese Chinese (DTS 5.0ch), and Mandarin Chinese (DTS 5.0ch).

The standard edition of From Up On Poppy Hill's Japanese Blu-ray will have just one disc, but the disc will have a storyboard picture-in-picture feature, the recording dialogue script, the press conference for the theme song, footage from Aoi Teshima's live concert to mark the film's opening, the onstage greetings by the staff and cast after the first preview screening, the onstage greetings on opening day, the theme song's music video, and trailers. The standard 2-DVD set will just have the storyboards and trailers.

The limited first edition or "Yokohama Special Edition" of From Up On Poppy Hill's Japanese Blu-ray and DVD release will add another bonus DVD with an interview with Goro Miyazaki, footage and photographs of Yokohama City during the film's Showa era and the modern era (set to music from the film's image album), and another music video of the theme song with footage from the film and real-life Yokohama.

The packaging of the "Yokohama Special Edition" will feature a key piece of visual art from Goro Miyazaki. The special edition will also bundle a guide map of Yokohama.

People who pre-order any version will receive a pair of marriage protection charms. Starting on March 16, people who buy or pre-order any Studio Ghibli Blu-ray Disc or DVD in Japan will receive original sticker of From Up On Poppy Hill. The sticker includes a link to a site with personal computer wallpaper and a Flash-animated ringtone for mobile phones.


Posted by WTK_
During the past months, I was surrounded by animation enthusiasts and had more chance to meet anime-fans. For some, I had similar taste whereas others, not so much. However, that wasn't the deciding factor of what kept the conversation going. Even if we have the same taste, if the person doesn't have the knowledge beyond his/her favorite 5 anime, it's really hard to go beyond that. Now, I'm in no way an expert in Japanese animation, especially outside of major titles. However, I think knowing classics just shows that the person isn't a noob who's only following trendy shows. In addition, many people have very strong attachment to classics. Having some knowledge in those titles will give you credibility as an in-depth anime fan. I don’t think one needs to watch everything on the list. Heck, I didn’t watch every title on the list. But these are the shows I personally feel like one should have some knowledge about. Without further ado, here is the list:


- Astro Boy: (ANN) One of the biggest Japanese anime icons. Probably the most "popular" Tezuka Osamu's production. This is the first TV anime that had the sequential plot. As much as it holds a significant place in Japanese animation history, I personally found it hard to go on more than few episodes.

- Kimba the Lion: (ANN) Another hit TV series by Tezuka Osamu. It was iconic enough in Japan for it to stir rumors of Lion King copying Kimba. 

- Tetsujin 28-go: (ANN) Another big one but definitely less iconic than Astro Boy. It was pretty famous even back when I was a kid in Korea (80's). It's one of the most well-known series created by Mitsuteru Yokoyama (Giant Robo, Babel II)

- Sazae-san: (ANN) Still on-going. Still holds the highest TV anime ratings. THE anime to watch in the morning for Japanese people.

- Cyborg 009: (ANN) Ishinomori Shotaro's most well known anime. He is also the creator of Kamen Rider, a live action TV series with huge followings (and I believe still spawning sequels).

- Kyojin no Hoshi: (ANN) Most well known sports anime in the 60's I think.

*Note: I'm sure if you are old enough, you'll have more titles you'd want to pick out but I really don't think any of them are worth looking into for the purpose of this list. I think only the ones who want to study Japanese anime history will need to go further. Personally, I find shows this old to be a little hard to enjoy. Some of these titles have remakes and perhaps those are better suited for modern viewers.


- Ace wo Nerae Movie: (ANN) This and Ashita no Joe are perhaps director Dezaki Osamu's most popular and well known titles. Referenced COUNTLESS TIMES in later era. Gunbuster's Japanese title is Top wo Nerae and you can even say the first episode of Gunbuster is almost entirely based on Ace wo Nerae. I personally don't think watching a TV series is necessary. Many of the 70's TV shows have serious production quality issue. I also think it was really the movie that shows director Dezaki Osamu's greatness. Not to be confused with Attack no.1

- Rose of Versailles: (ANN) This and Ace wo Nerae would be my pick if I had to choose two of the most significant Shoujo titles in the 70’s. This series was popular and very highly regarded and even had an international boom. Even had strong male followings (I think this was rare back in the day). 

- Galaxy Express 999 movies: (ANN) Leji Matsumoto is one of the big names in this era. TV series is also very popular but it's your choice. I find all Leji Matsumoto series to have similar and distinct style, so if you can't stand one series, don't force yourself to try others. They won’t be different.

- Captain Harlock: (ANN) Might as well list it. There is a movie, but I believe it didn’t do well in Japan nor was very popular. Leji Matsumoto is famous for his connected universe so if you are into that, you’ll probably enjoy his series (though I heard the continuity of this universe is sketchy).

- Space Battleship Yamato: (ANN) Another Leji Matsumoto series. This one is probably as popular as Galaxy Express or maybe more in Japan but outside of Japan, I usually find Galaxy express 999 to be more popular. Probably it's the World War II thing, but I’m not gonna try to rationalize something that I don’t quite know about. Anyways, it often rank highly whenever there is a vote for favorite anime in Japan.

- Original Gundam series: (ANN) Beginning of the infamous Gundam franchise. "New Type" and "lala" parody are often brought up in anime industry. Also, many Gundam series follow the basic structure of the original Gundam. I guess watching such a long TV series is a big commitment but this is the one of the most well known anime franchise. Wouldn't hurt to know a little bit about the beginning.

- Lupin the Third ~ Castle of Cagliostro~: (ANN) Lupin is another franchise that still continues even to this date. This movie is directed by Miyazaki Hayao and has a love or hate reaction by Lupin fans. Still, one of the most beloved Lupin movies and definitely the most well known. It's a must watch. TV series… first season (the one where Lupin wears a green jacket), despite having die-hard fans, was less popular than the second season (red jacket) and probably less refined. That said, second season was considered watered down considerably by many Lupin fans.

- Future Boy Conan: (ANN) Before Laputa, there was Futureboy Conan. Very Very popular Miyazaki show that you should look into. Not my personal favorite but it's definitely a classics you shouldn't miss.

- Akage no Anne (Anne of Greengables): (ANN) Director Takahata Isao (Grave of the Fireflies) directed this. Miyazaki Hayao also worked on this together as a layout artist. One of the most well known World Masterpiece Theater series.

- Cutey Honey: (ANN) Nagai Go was another big name in the era. I believe he was one of the most hated mangaka by parents due to the violent and sexual nature of his manga. Cutey Honey, I believe was more on the sexual side. Anyways, it’s a very popular title and had few spin offs as well as a live action movie even up to 00’s.

- Devil Man: (ANN) Unfortunate thing about Nagai Go was that all his stuff was handled however Toei liked. I heard it was a common thing back then but in his case, this watering down process was quite extreme. They were still very popular adoptions though but obviously created a huge gap between anime and manga (and eventually, rage from manga fans). Devil man manga was highly regarded, too, so I believe many fans had resentment towards Toei. I believe the OVA made in later era was more faithful to his original concept but never really got a proper ending. Can’t recall…

- Mazinger: (ANN) Again, Nagai Go. Mecha. Popular. Numerous spin offs. I think Nagai Go X Toei were the force behind the mecha push in the era. A bit depressing since Toei really tarnished many of his manga. Another depressing fact is that later mecha remakes, which his style was more faithfully adapted, weren’t’ popular (it just wasn’t his era anymore).

- Getter Robo: (ANN) Again, Nagai Go. Mecha. Popular. Numerous spin offs.

- Doraemon: (ANN) One of the most iconic Japanese anime character. One of the longest running TV show in Japan. 

* Honorable mentions: Yatterman, Gatchaman, Grendizer, Candy Candy, World Masterpiece Theater series, and I’m guessing I’m probably missing some mecha shows.


- Ashita no Joe movies: (ANN) Final scene of the Ashita no Joe series is perhaps the most referenced moment in anime industry. Knowing where it came from wouldn't hurt. I think TV series is also worth checking out (again, quality issues, first season was done in 70’s) but if you don't have time, movies will do.

- Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind: (ANN) Probably what most people consider as the first Ghibli movie, though technically, it is not. Still, it's a very significant one that really started the whole Ghibli franchise that now pretty much represents and dominates Japanese theatrical animation for family.

- Laputa: (ANN) I think this is technically the first Ghibli movie. Story somewhat has a resemblance to Future Boy Conan and sometimes criticized for that. In any case, definitely a significant and a very well known Ghibli film you should watch. 

- My Neighbor Totoro: (ANN) Symbol of Ghibli. I think it holds a record for the best selling video product in Japan, but I could be wrong. Obviously, it’s a must watch.

- Grave of the Fireflies: (ANN) Often the highest rated of the Ghibli movies. I'll admit, I have yet to watch this one, but one should watch it if he/she is serious about watching anime classics. I’m just not into sad movies and it’s hard to check it out when I already know it’s just gonna make me depressed. Just so you know, while this is a Studio Ghibli film, it is NOT directed by Miyazaki Hayao.

- Kiki’s Delivery service: (ANN) Yes, another ghibli movie. At 2ch, it’s famous for the Kabocha panties and often referred to as “evidence” that Miyazaki’s obsession in little girls, but I digress. Again, this is another widely popular Ghibli movie. 

- The Wings of honneamise: (ANN) Now that Ghibli stuff is over, let’s start with Gainax Classics. This and Gunbuster will kind of give you the idea where Gainax came from. Personally, I don't think it was as significant as many Gainax fans make it out to be but it IS considered as classics by many. Not a bad idea to check it out. I think it's a very well done movie.

- Gunbuster: (ANN) One of the Gainax classics. It essentially starts off as an Ace wo Nerae parody but it ends with its own color. Wings of Honneamise flopped BADLY and this was Gainax’s solution to that. Totally different direction but still with passion. I heard the actual profit wasn’t significant enough though.

- Patlabor: (ANN) Hmmm... this is a tricky one. Second movie is considered as a must watch for Oshii fans. First OVA series as well. It really was Oshii that got this franchise famous but the second movie is really just an Oshii movie that borrowed patlabor name. It is quite disconnecting to the overall series. Also, I rarely see this anime referenced. I have a feeling that this is one of those series that has a small group of very strong followers. I recommend the TV series and the new OVA by the way. Personal favorites.

- Urusei yatsura ~Beautiful Dreamers~: (ANN) I personally love the TV series so I recommend you to check it out, but it's also very very long. Second movie, Beautiful Dreamers is a must watch classics by director Oshii but it has a very different atmosphere from the TV series and general Rumiko Takahashi stuff. Lum's trademark Oni clothing and speaking habit (~cha!) is often parodied. Good idea to know where it came from.

- Ranma 1/2: (ANN) Very well known amongst Asian, especially to those of my age. It's a long series but having a little taste of the series wouldn't hurt. First season was definitely the highlight of the series and worth checking out. Later seasons… I personally find that quality just keep goes down-hill.

- Maison Ikkoku: (ANN) Very well regarded amongst Rumiko Takahashi franchise and by many, considered the best. Kyoko is often parodied or based after in later era. I’d say even Love Hina was loosely based after Maison Ikkoku.

- Kimagure Orange Road: (ANN) One of the most famous romantic comedy anime of all time. Anime cel for the heroine Madoka used to go for insane prices. By the way, probably a good idea to remember Takada Akemi. She is the character designer for many of the famous 80’s hit (later part of Maison Ikkoku, Patlabor, Creamy Mami, parts of Urusei Yatsura, and this).

- Zeta Gundam: (ANN) Sequel of the original Gundam and probably the only significant one in UC universe though I’m SURE Gundam fans will beg to differ… and to be honest, being a non-Gundam fan, it’s a bit hard to consider what’s “significant”. I believe the movie Char’s Counter Attack is also very famous but I think it’s more of a Gundam-fan thing after this point.

- City Hunter: (ANN) Inherits the perverted Gunman concept of Lupin. Hojo Tsusaka’s biggest hit (probably). Cat’s Eye is also often mentioned but I don’t think it has as strong of a following as City Hunter. First City Hunter series spawned numerous sequels.

- Touch: (ANN) Probably the only popular Adachi Mitsuru anime adaption. It had VERY VERY high TV ratings back then, rivals that of even Dragon Ball, if I remember correctly.

- Macross: (ANN) Hmm… I’d say go for the movie, Do you remember Love, rather than the TV series. Just because TV series is long and quality is very patchy. TV series and the movie has a different story development so if you want to, you can check it out. Definitely one of the biggest 80’s hit. Spawned numerous sequels. It is also often referenced as a start of the idol voice actresses. If you watch the series you’ll know why the voice actress could gain such popularity all of a sudden.

- Minky Momo (ANN) & Creamy Mami (ANN) : These are two separate titles. I don’t know too much about them and I only checked out the first episode long long time ago. I’m including these because these are probably considered as the most well known magical girl shows of the 80’s.

- Dr. Slump, Arale-chan: (ANN) I think Toriyama Akira only had two hits. This and Dragon Ball. Those were enough to make him one of the richest mangaka anyways. TV series was very popular and had high TV ratings.

- Dragon Ball: (ANN) Z was much more popular but this was the start. Not much to say, since it’s pretty much legendary.

Dragon Ball Z: (ANN) Need I say more? I personally consider this as more of a 90's title, but oh well.

- Akira: (ANN) This, Dragon Ball, and Pokemon pretty much created the anime boom in North America. Must watch even if you hate this genre, just so you can bash it. That said, is the content really up to the hype? If you ask me… meh… Animation is beautiful though. You can probably say the highlight of 80’s animation production quality.

- Saint Seiya: (ANN) It was extremeeeeely popular. At its highest glory, it was even more popular than Dragon Ball. I think cel for this anime is one of the most expensive of the bunch. Not my thing though so I can’t say much more than that.

- Fist of the North Star: (ANN) “You are already dead” I think if you watch anime for a long time, you are bound to see this parody somewhere. It was one of those trademark violent anime that parents didn’t want their kids to watch back then.

- Armored Trooper Votoms: (ANN) I think this was more of a highly regarded classics (especially among mecha fans), rather than a popular classics. None the less, popular enough to spawn OVAs.

- Dirty Pair: (ANN) I was wondering if I should put this on honorable mention or not, but oh well. I just don’t see too many people getting hung up on this series other than few die-hard fans.

- Legend of the Galactic Heroes: (ANN) Longest (as far as I know) OVA series that began in 1988 and ended in 1997. One of the most political anime series I know. I believe its large scale stories, tactic based battles, and ruthless portrayal of dystopia (well, relatively) are the reasons for the popularity.

- Bubblegum Crisis: (ANN) After Iczer One, AIC started producing hit OVA series that really had its own era. Bubblegum Crisis was one of them and really pushed the trend.

*Honorable mention: Yawara, Area 88, Megazone 23, Angel’s egg, Kinnikuman (Muscleman), Iczer One, Ideon, Project A-Ko, and World Masterpiece Theater series.


- Ghost in the Shell (first movie): (ANN) Probably the most well known Mamoru Oshii movie, perhaps his trademark movie. Also, one of the highest regarded anime of all time. Must watch.

- Nadia: Secret of Blue Water: (ANN) Kind of a set up for the next one on the list but this was Gainax’s next big project after Gunbuster. It was also Hideaki Anno’s second directing experience and probably what made him ticked enough to make something like Evangelion (a bit of a sarcasm there). There were numerous rumors behind the series such as fight between Anno and producers. Meh, not sure how much of those stories are true though.

- Evangelion: (ANN) Biggest one in 90’s era. It has a HUGE impact on the industry, even changing the way TV shows are produced. Only reason why so many people talk about Gainax even until now is because of this series. Only mecha series to even match the significance is perhaps the original Gundam. 

- Kare Kano (His and her circumstances): (ANN) Based on a popular Shoujo manga. Apparently director Hideaki Anno wanted to quit after Evangelion because he felt like he did everything he wanted to do in anime business with Evangelion. He still took the job for Kare Kano and uh… did a weird job on it. He had a severe budget management problem with Evangelion (which you can easily see from later episodes of Evangelion) and wanted to make sure he doesn’t overspend it this time. So in Kare Kano, he did everything he could to save money. Again, it shows. I don’t know which is worse. 

- Cowboy Bebop: (ANN) I personally feel that this one is actually more popular outside of Japan (same with Trigun. Perhaps it has to do with the Gunman setting). Anyways, probably one of the big 5 in 90’s.

- Trigun: (ANN) Another show that I find to be more popular outside of Japan. Used to be always in top 5 whenever there was a popularity vote among western anime fans. Not sure about now.

- Serial Experiments Lain: (ANN) Despite its abstract approach, this earned both reputation and popularity. Considered as one of the most intuitive anime of all time, and very much deserved so. Just not my personal favorite. This is the series that boosted Yoshida ABe’s popularity.

- Porco Rosso: (ANN) A bit of an odd ball among Ghibli titles. Apparently, Miyazaki Hayao said that he wanted to make something more personal, rather than make something to please the audience. Personal Ghibli favorite.

- Princess Mononoke: (ANN) Also, a bit of an odd ball. Very violent for a Ghibli movie. I think many of the old school Miyazaki Hayao fans think of this as the last “good” Miyazaki Hayao film.

- Whisper of the Heart: (ANN) Almost put it in the honorable mention but I think it’s a pretty significant film because this was produced when Miyazaki Hayo was trying to create his successor. Kondo Yoshifumi was one of them. Unfortunately, he died in 1998. People used to say he was the closest Ghibli got for finding a good successor.

- Turn A Gundam: (ANN) Very weird twist to Gundam franchise but probably the reason why it has such a strong following. Director Tomino’s return to Gundam franchise.

- Slayers franchise: (ANN) This was very big back then. TV sequels, OVAs, movies, I’d even go as far as probably the most successful fantasy genre anime franchise ever made (though I don’t have any evidence for this :p)

- Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki: (ANN) AIC OVA series. Start of Kajishima Masaki’s never ending franchise. Often referred to as what really created the whole “harem” boom in anime industry. Created a lot of spin-offs and had a big influence over the era.

- El Hazard: (ANN) Continuation of AIC OVA series. While it doesn’t have connection to Tenchi, because of the influence from the director Hayashi Hiroki, it feels very similar. Anyways, another big hit.

- Oh My Goddess!: (ANN) Extremely popular OVA adaption of an extremely popular manga (I think it’s one of the best if not the best selling OVAs of all time).

- Giant Robo: (ANN) Yes, more OVAs. It was infamous for the long wait between each volume. For mecha fans, this is probably a must watch. Along with Testujin 28, Yokoyama Mitsuteru’s most well known anime series.

- Record of Lodoss War (OVA only): (ANN) Probably influenced heavily by Lord of the Rings. None the less, very classy OVA that’s considered as one of the better fantasy anime. TV series was pretty much an OP-bait: OP quality is exceptional. However, quality of the actual episodes are down-right crappy. 

- Rurouni Kenshin: (ANN) OVA series is more highly regarded and more popular among anime fans but TV series was quite popular as well. Manga was extremely successful.

- GPX Cyber Formula: (ANN) Spawned several OVA sequels. I don’t think it was as popular among western fans but it was quite big in Japan and Asia.

- Cardcaptor Sakura: (ANN) In my opinion, CLAMP at its finest. One of the most popular and well known Mahou Shoujo anime of all time.

- Sailor Moon: (ANN) One of Toei’s biggest hits in 90’s. Probably the most widely known Mahou Shoujo anime of all time. Spanwed numerous sequels and raked tons of money.

- Slam Dunk: (ANN) Another  one of Toei’s biggest hits in 90’s. It was popular from both male and females. I think many of the western Takehiko Inoue fans knew him from Vegabond but for Asian fans (of course including Japan), Slam Dunk was the one. Manga was extremely successful (in fact, more so than the anime).Anime, unfortunately, ended prematurely.

- Martain Successor Nadesico: (ANN) I think character Ruri is more popular than the series itself. I feel like this is one of those Otaku favorites.

- Irresponsible Captain Tylor: (ANN) It has a very strong following but not really a widely known series, to be honest.

- Memories: (ANN) Despite the fact that it’s a combination of 3 movies directed by different directors, it was pretty much advertised as Katsuhiro Otomo thing because he got so big after AKIRA.

- Perfect Blue: (ANN) Satoshi Kon’s first feature film directing experience. Very highly regarded. Became somewhat controversial due to Black Swan’s (2011 film) similarity to the plot. I never watched this one actually, so I can’t say.

- Yu Yu Hakusho: (ANN) Based on a popular Shonen manga by Togashi Yoshihiro (Hunter X Hunter). 

- Hunter X Hunter: (ANN) Based on a very popular manga by Togashi Yoshihiro. It’s usually the mangaka that gets criticized, not the anime (for a good reason). I’d say it’s a classic.

- Fushigi Yugi: (ANN) Popular Shoujo anime with many die-hard fans. It did well in both North America and Japan. Had few ova sequels.

- Revolutionary Girl Utena: (ANN) One of the most highly regarded and respected anime of all time. It isn’t as popular as many people make it out to be but definitely well known among anime fans. I’d say it’s a must watch.

- Escaflowne: (ANN) I think this one had one of the biggest budgets out of the 90’s TV series. Sunrise really wanted this to succeed. Unfortunately, it DIDN’T. It was well received outside of Japan and I’m guessing it made a profit but in Japan, it flopped. It’s still considered as a fantasy anime classic and rightfully so, in my opinion. Movie wasn’t as well received.

- Infinite Ryvius: (ANN) I don’t know if it was popular or not but it is definitely highly regarded. A bit like Lord of the Flies.

- Macross Plus: (ANN) Probably the best known out of all the Macross franchises spawned from the original (Other than Macross F).

- Berserk: (ANN) Almost went into honorable mention category. I think the popularity of the manga is often mistaken as the popularity of the anime. That said, many people are introduced to the manga by the TV series, so...meh.

*Honorable mention: Video Girl Ai, Battle Athletes, To Heart, Gundam Wing, and Wolrd Masterpiece Theater series.
*Note1: Voice actress Hayashibara Megumi is involved in many of the hit series. Somewhere in the beginning of her career, I think her popularity started influencing the popularity of these series.
*Note2: 90’s is an interesting period. In the late 80’s, TV ratings of anime declined and resulted lots of budget cuts and program cancellations. Perhaps the reason why OVA series succeeded in this era. Evangelion kind of changed all that. Different companies formed a production committee to spread the risk. It being so successful, many companies followed that case, and this continues on even till now.
*Note3: 90’s was also an end of cel animation era. Most companies moved on to digital production by 2000.


- FLCL (OVA): (ANN) Quite an experimental series from GAINAX. It gets lots of hate or love responses. Either way, I think it’s a must watch for any anime-fans.

- Ghost in the Shell – Stand Alone Complex (S.A.C.): (ANN) Almost as well received, if not better than the original movie. I started to appreciate the movie more these days but that’s a personal taste. It was a very successful series and it's a definite a modern classic.

- Millenium Actress: (ANN) Along with Perfect Blue, this is probably the best regarded film from director Satoshi Kon. 

- Honey and Clover: (ANN) First show to air on Noitamina slot. That alone should hold a significance. Popularity wise, there were shows with higher ratings but thanks to Honey and Clover’s success, Noitamia started off on a good footing.

- Fullmetal Panic! franchise: (ANN) Based on a very popular light novel series. I think sales number was okay but not too great. Still, I’d say this series will withstand the test of time.

- Rahxephon: (ANN) Clearly influenced by Evangelion but it does have add a unique color to it.

- Azumanga Daiou: (ANN) One of the most popular and highly regarded comedy series of all time. It was very successful and lead to Azuma Kiyohiko’s popularity.

- Maria Sama ga Mitteru: (ANN) This was quite big in Japan, which lead to numerous yuri titles later. Due to its specific target, I’m sure it will remain as a classic.

- Gundam SEED: (ANN) Totally separate from the UC universe of Gundam (Nautrally, it received hatred from many UC universe fans). Probably the biggest hit since the first two Gundam series and I would say very significant. It adapted a totally different look and created a new generation of Gundam fans. Very successful series and it will definitely be considered as classics. 

- Fullmetal Alchemist: (ANN) Huge success in both western and asian anime communities. It was a pretty unique Shonen show with an interesting setting and general tone. Reboot series didn’t really have the same effect despite the fact that for some, its more highly regarded.

- Haibane Renmei: (ANN) ABe Yoshitoshi's involvement probably gave this series quite a bit of boost. Definitely a modern classics with interesting ideas. It has quite a bit of die-hard fans.

- Gunslinger Girls: (ANN) Well adapted anime that's often regarded as better than the original. Mangaka wasn't happy with the changes and decided to get involved directly for the second season. Second season isn’t nearly as highly regarded as the first season though.

- Spirited Away: (ANN) Thanks to the Oscar, it attained a huge publicity, which eventually created the whole Ghibli is the best! movement in Noth America (Sorry, bit of a sarcasm there).

-  Samurai Champloo: (ANN) This was way more popular outside of Japan. Manglobe really got their names out thanks to this series. Unfortunately, I think that was their high point. Anyways, definitely a classic already among western anime fans. I don’ think it’s as highly regarded among Japanese.

- PLANETES: (ANN) Despite the so-so sales number, it was very well regarded and quite popular among hardcore anime fans. I think it will easily remain as a classic.

- One Piece: (ANN) Extremely popular worldwide. Original manga is the best selling manga since Dragon Ball. Guaranteed to be a classic.

- Naruto: (ANN): Very popular world wide. same reason. 

- Bleach: (ANN) Same reason. It should be fine.
- Inu Yasha: (ANN) Same reason. Should be fine.

- Twelve Kingdoms: (ANN) It used to have much stronger followings. Not sure if the status that it has as of now will last. I think it should be considered as a modern classic though.

- Eureka 7: (ANN) Hmm… I think it should be fine with AO coming out and all. I have some doubts about this though.

*00’s is bit of a tricky era. I decided to cut it off at 2005 so I can include early 00’s shows that are already considered as classics such as FLCL and Azumanga Daioh.

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- 8p booklet
- audio commentary
- other clips

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