A wise man once said:
“One top 20 anime list is worth a thousand blog posts” -flomu
The same man also said:
“Judge a man not by his blog posts, but by the content of his top 20 anime list” -flomu
I’ve found it hard to talk about which anime are “good” and “bad” without any context. How can you trust my judgment of Shirobako when you don’t even know what I’ve seen before? What if I’ve only seen Berserk 2016 and Berserk 2017? Maybe Shirobako isn’t so good, then. At the same time, it’s overkill to have to look through my entire anime list — a top 20 should be good enough to tell you what I’ve seen and what I like. And here’s that top 20.
By the time you read this, I will no longer be here.
In a week and a half from now (from when I am writing this), I will be in Hawaii, and I have just left yesterday (according to when this has been published).
To commemorate my nearly-week-long vacation, I’ll be talking about vacation spots in anime. Nothing specific, mind you. I don’t have the memory banks to store any specifics. My brain is an old model, and it has a RAM of 128 megabytes. I don’t want to save something so useless as anime vacation spots to my hard drive. I should carry around an external brain. I hear they make them with dozens of gigabytes now.
In my journey in the anime world and fandom, I have come to the realization that “first episode impressions” are about as impressive as “random episode impressions.” People are getting dumber and dumber these days and assume that a “three episode test” – that is, watching the first three episodes of a show to determine if it’s good – works wonders. Some even believe that a three episode test isn’t enough, and that we need more and more episodes to watch before we can determine if an anime is truly good.
Eventually, we’ll reach the point where everybody agrees that watching an entire anime isn’t enough to determine if it’s good. You’d have to write episodics analyzing every last detail of each episode before you can scratch the surface of such a holy and radiant anime.
But enough of that! What I wanted to do was watch a random episode of a random show and see if forcing a “in media res” would tell me anything about the show in question.
I also just wanted to watch Naruto.