I first learned of the term anime from the same place I learned of British Comedies -- Japan. I was stationed at Yokota AB from 1989 to 1991 and my best friend and roommate was big into anime. At the time, I couldn't see the point in anime, especially if you couldn't understand it! Far be it from me to try to learn Japanese though. My priorities lay elsewhere in those days. However, I did see several RAW anime titles. Ranma 1/2 had just started when I came to Japan. Dirty Pair had seen its TV run and OAV run complete so that the OAV's were now on TV. And in the movie category, I saw Castle of Cagliostro, which despite not knowing what was being said, I found myself very intrigued by it as well as Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind. If I'm not mistaken, there were VHS copies of both titles in English and I purchased both (if not there, then when I returned to the US).
I didn't get into anime until 2002 when on a whim, I went to Amazon to see if my old friend and roommate from Japan was right in his prediction of anime eventually being big in the US. He was! Anime was big. Since then, I've downloaded, rented, and then purchased a ton of anime. I find that I have gravitated to the romantic-comedy genre of anime for my favorite type of anime. Here are my current top-10 anime titles and top-10 anime music songs:
Top-10 Anime Titles
Top-10 Anime Music
OP = Open theme
ED = End Theme
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|Adventure(2)||Family Affairs(1)||Fan Service(1)||Fighting(1)|
|Middle School(1)||Otaku Theme(1)||Psychics(1)||Sequel(1)|
|1982 Otaku no Video||Rent||See Otaku No Video|
|1985 Otaku no Video||Rent||See Otaku No Video|
|Baburugamu Kurashu!||Watch||See Bubblegum Crash|
Some time after the events in Bubblegum Crisis, the Knight Sabers have all but split up. Sylia's building is being worked on and her shop is closed. As such, she is no where to be found. Priss's music career is going to the next level, thus she is no longer interested in fighting boomers for fear of injuring herself. Linna has become a trader on the stock exchange and is making money, so she has no time for the Knight Sabers. Only Nene seems to be concered about the groups current condition, but she can't get Linna and Priss to understand. So, Nene uses her skills to help her AD Police co-workers Leon and Daley as they work a case involving a string of robberies pulled off by pro's wearing mecha suits. What do these robberies have to do with Sylia's family? Can Nene get the group back together before it is to late?
|Itsudatte My Darling||Rent||See Urusei Yatsura Itsudatte My Darling|
Kimagure Orange Road OVA 2
|Rent||This is the second of two OVAs, both basically the extension from the TV series, providing four additional episodes with side stories; the time frame of these stories is somewhere in the middle of the TV series.|
Lodoss Tou Senki (OAV)
|Buy||A young hero Parn, son of a mighty but then banished knight, tries to discover the force behind the evil that is starting to terrorize first his village, then the whole island of Lodoss. He is joined by a group of companions: a young and friendly monk named Etoh, a thoughtful wizard named Slayn, a (my)s(t)erious dwarf Ghim, a charming female high elf figher-mage named Deedlit - and they meet some thief on the way (Woodchuck). Will they find out who is standing behind the dark forces from Marmo and be able to save the acursed island?|
Maison Ikkoku: Ikkoku-tou Nanpa Shimatsu ki
Yotsuya-san and Ichinose-san are sitting on a bench drinking in the hot afternoon sun when they recall an incident of a previous summer. When everyone invites themselves onto Mitaka-san's cruiser for some serious partying at sea, the boat sinks. Everyone makes it to shore and Yotsuya-san informs everyone they are on an deserted island. Since Yotsuya, Ichinose, and Akemi-san managed to save ALL of the adult beverages, the partying can continue. Meanwhile, Godai and Mitaka get into a contest over who can best provide for Kyoko while the others discover the real secret of this island after a week when the booze runs out. Can Mitaka or Godai prove their worth to Kyoko? How is Yotsuya-san so easily able to come up with provisions when needed?
|Maison Ikkoku: Shipwrecked on Ikkoku Island||Buy||See Maison Ikkoku: Ikkoku-tou Nanpa Shimatsu ki|
Otaku No Video
A fictional biography ("mockumentary") on the lives of several Otaku and the creation of Gainax. Combines anime segments with live action interview segments of "real" otaku.
|Buy||Saotome Ranma is a boy with a problem. He is cursed so that whenever cold water hits him, he turns into a young red haired girl. Further complicating maters is that his father Genma has arranged for Ranma to marry one of the daughters of Tendou Souun, his former training companion. Of the daughters Kasumi (the sweet one and homemaker), Nabiki (the scheming one), and Akane (the violent one), Akane is chosen to be Ranma's bride.|
|Ranma ½ Nettôhen||Buy||See Ranma ½|
|Record of Lodoss War (OAV)||Buy||See Lodoss Tou Senki (OAV)|
|Roudosu Tou Senki||Buy||See Lodoss Tou Senki (OAV)|
Urusei Yatsura Itsudatte My Darling
|Rent||Ataru is kidnapped by Lupica, another one of the many space princesses to visit Earth. She is in search of the greatest love potion in the universe, and for that, she needs the greatest lust in the universe... Ataru's!|