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.
Sound is key. Like all parts of a production, with bad sound design you’ll end up with a bad show, and the soundtrack is a key part of that design. Every good anime has at least a passable OST, and every great anime has at least a good OST. But some shows go beyond that, not settling for an OST which simply tonally fits, but one which constantly astounds the viewer, one that remains in the heads of those watching, one that elevates every scene. An OST which makes you want to save it to your phone. This project is for looking at those OSTs, and breaking down why I love them. This time, we’re focusing on Turn A Gundam.
This is out of date.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.
I wrote a good bit about my thoughts on Gundam Thunderbolt in a previous post. I said that while I had enjoyed the show, its oppressive bleakness and lack of faith in humanity’s potential kept it from being emotionally resonant. The show was far too dark for it to one of my favorite Gundam anime, let alone one of my favorite anime overall. It’s fortunate then that I recently finished Turn A Gundam which avoids all the major issues of Thunderbolt and delivers the satisfyingly positive, pro-human, and anti-war Gundam anime I was looking for, with fantastic visuals, sound, and execution as well. Continue reading “Humanity and the Moonlight Butterfly in Turn A Gundam”