Question: What’s Your Favorite Anime?

I started to get into anime in the early 90’s when the Sci-Fi channel used to run it’s “Saturday Anime” block uhm, on Saturdays. Dominion: Tank Police, Vampire Hunter D, Project A-ko, Ninja Scroll, Fist of the North Star. Man, I used to take my Mom’s lame VHS tapes and record over them every Saturday. It’s not like she watched Gone with the Wind or Casablanca that often anyway so it’s cool.

Anyway, from that point on I was heavily into anime.

That’s probably not a surprise considering the fact that I’ve created an EP dedicated to late anime director Satoshi Kon, I’ve referenced films on tracks and occasionally chopped up samples for songs (like the remix to The Cry from Within feat. Vast Aire, Breez Evahflowin, Krohme, LMNO & C-Rayz Walz.)

Also not a surprise, my favorite will always be Akira.

Tetsuo from Akira

It wasn’t the first anime film I watched but it was definitely the best. For me it was the complex story, unprecedented level of detail in the animation, the unique score,┬áthe insane pace and crazy energy and the raw, visceral images that were unlike anything else that I had seen before.

I probably have every copy of Akira released, from laserdisc to Blu-Ray, the manga (I highly recommend), books, animation cells, all of that cool stuff.

What still impresses me is how closely the anime matches the manga in terms of style, quality and technical detail. Otomo created a masterpiece on paper that somehow also became a masterpiece on film.

Anyway, I’ll admit that it’s been a minute since I’ve watched any new anime so do me a favor and leave your personal favorite flick in the comments section below.

  • ostubash


    And this is the third time telling you but watch Sword of the Stranger you fook.

  • atariblitz

    I have Serial Experiments Lain but I still haven’t watched it. I might dig it out of a box this weekend. Sword of the Stranger might be the worst title ever but I’ll look into it. Maybe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/CantiFV Eric McRae

    Samurai Champloo

  • ostubash

    Yeah it is a horrible title, I thought the same shit but gave it a shot. One of my favorite recent anime movies like woah.

    And yeah Samurai Champloo was grand. Lain too.

  • atariblitz

    Samurai Champloo was dope because it was so different from what I was expecting. It was set in feudal Japan but mixed in the awesome Nujabes production with modern English.

  • http://sardless.com row1

    I watched Akria for the first time (in full) the other day. The story was so-so, but the music and animation was amazing–especially considering the age.

  • Paul Fmp Fornash

    I’d have to go with Ninja Scroll, but I guess I need to watch Samurai Champloo now.

  • ostubash

    A year ago and still no Sword of the Stranger toward your eyes? Whyyy? Cry.