Anime is an amazing type of media. It is hard to generalize; there are thousands of unique series that can’t be compared to any other and shows range from Sci-Fi space operas to absurdest comedies and school life romances. Of course there are a lot of bland shows that are just run of the mill or worse, but if you dig deep enough you can discover a treasure trove of great shows. To find good anime to watch, I like to surf at AnimeNfo, which has a lot of great user reviews on anime. Wikipedia has some good articles on on anime shows. Also, it is fun to aimlessly browse random forums, read what other people think, and get into all of the anime jargon.
So why anime? Anime is a unique form of media. It combines artistic drawings, animation, great voice actors (Seiyū), and a story usually from a Manga , a type of comic Since this not live action, a viewer can easily be drawn into a new reality with its own rules. Even the most surreal and imaginary worlds can become very real to the viewer. This makes anime great for escapism. Watching a good anime is much like reading a good book; you can get drawn in and towards the end start wishing there was more.
During my first Semester at Cornell, I had surprisingly little work especially since I did no extra curricular activities except for the Cornell Japanese Animation Society (CJAS). The main event of the club is a showing of four hours of anime every week in an auditorium. It’s fun to talk and share ideas with people who also enjoy anime. For the last showing of the semester on December 2nd there was a 12 hour marathon. Yes, I was there for the entire time. Yes, I was sitting in the front row. And yes, afterwards I watched more anime by myself. Perhaps I am a little too obsessed?
So with all of my free time, and my large cache of anime (see below, where did all my space go I wonder?), I watched a lot. Here I have compiled a table of anime in no particular order that I have watched during my time at Cornell. Most episodes are 20 minutes each since I usually skip the openings and beginnings of shows. Most movies were 1 hour 40 minutes. (2nd) means that is was my second time watching it. In total I watched for 170 hours, given that I was at Cornell for about 115 days this means I watched on average about 1.5 hours every day.
|Full Metal Alchemist (2nd)||25|
|Revolutionary Girl Utena||23|
|Great Teacher Onizuka||9|
|Ghost in the Shell (2nd)||11|
|I My Me Strawberry Egg||13|
|Prince of Tennis||30|
|Those Who Hunt Elves||24|
|Martian Successor Nadesico||10|
|Aa! Megami-sama||5 (30min each)|
|Vision of Escaflowne||26|
|Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien||13|
|Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya||14|
|Ima, Sokoni Iru Boku||3|
Now for the movies:
|Laputa: Castle in the Sky (2nd)|
|They Were 11|
|Jin-Roh Wolf’s Brigade|
|Grave of the Fireflies|
|Kiki’s Delivery Service|
|Lupin III – Castle of Cagliostro|
|Conqueror of Shambala|
Some of the shows I enjoyed the most were Paradise Kiss, Berserk, and Aa! Megami-sama (pictured on top). Sorry, I would like to talk more about this but I need to go right now and watch more anime.