A little under a year ago I published a list of my Top 25 anime. While it was accurate at the time, it’s been a while, and my opinions have certainly shifted in that period. I’ve watched more anime now, so I figured I might as well raise the number, and here I am with a new and improved Top 30. Most shows could shift up or down a few points based on my whims, and there are plenty of shows that would likely rank on here if I rewatched them, but there’s no helping that. I’ll never watch everything I love within a few years. This is the most accurate list I can make for myself right now, and I hope you enjoy it.
This is out of date. Very soon I’ll be making a Top 30 post, so if you read it bear in mind that nothing here is still applicable.
I’ve been a fan of anime for a while now, but I’ve never put together a post with all of my favorite shows, so here’s my first attempt. This is obviously all my opinion, as is everything else I write. I plan on updating this post whenever another anime makes it this far up my list. For the sake of this list, I’ll be consolidating all seasons, movies, and other parts of a series into one, assuming they’re in the same continuity. Without further ado, let’s start the list.
Gundam 0080 starts off happily enough. The main character, Al, just wants to see some Mobile Suits and other souvenirs of the war. And who can blame him? Giant robots are cool, and the surviving popularity of Gundam and the mecha genre as a whole show this as plainly true. For a young kid on a neutral colony, there’s no reason not to be interested in the far-off One Year War. War is spectacle.
Of course, the war doesn’t stay far away for long, but that doesn’t bother Al much. Once Zeon shows up he quickly befriends a Zeon pilot named Bernie, and seeing his Zaku just makes him more obsessed with the idea of the war. He goes as far as to help the Zeon team sneak in to find info on what the Federation is developing. After all, if he does this he wins in two ways. He gets to see the cool, new Federation Mobile Suit, and he gets to work alongside the cool Zeon soldiers. And they are cool, possessing numerous powerful firearms, combat experience, and their own prototype Mobile Suit. Al is just a kid after all, and he doesn’t feel like he’s in much danger by helping the Zeon forces help out, so he has no reason not to do so. War is cool. Continue reading “Gundam 0080 and the Immaturity of War”