A couple weeks ago, a friend and I were watching a rather bland and unknown fantasy anime from 2007 called Prism Ark. After finishing the series, we moved on to watching the remaining specials so we could wrap up the show and get on to something else, but there was a reference right at the end of the last special that prompted me to get around to writing this post.
Not even my father hit me! (Prism Ark)
This reference is one that any Gundam fan knows, but could easily be lost on someone who wasn’t as familiar. Personally, I definitely haven’t seen enough of the Gundam universe to speak as an authority, but I’ve seen enough to know that the original Mobile Suit Gundam series is a must-watch for anyone who considers themselves an anime fan.
It Permanently Changed the Anime Industry
When Mobile Suit Gundam (Gundam 0079 henceforth) first aired, there were two things that made it stand out: real robots and regular soldiers. Up to this point, audiences had grown familiar with super robot anime like Mazinger Z where you have an amazingly powerful robot piloted by a kind-hearted hero. With Gundam 0079, fans found a robot anime that treated its viewers like adults (compared to other shows at the time) and had a more “realistic” take on what mech war in space might look like. It’s also worth noting Gundam originally had a fairly poor reception, but went on to gain popularity after the success of Bandai’s plastic Gundam kits. Continue Reading…
I like to think of myself as being pretty open-minded when it comes to anime. I’ll give just about any genre a chance if it has an interesting story or premise. However, it was just a few years ago that a friend opened my eyes to the possibility that I might be neglecting the over-the-top booby fanservice genre.
Sometimes, it’s okay to judge a book by its cover
I’m sure we all have our own ways of picking and choosing which anime are worth our time. Sometimes I’ll give a show a chance just because it has a good opening song or a voice actor I like. Usually, I find that it doesn’t take much to have a decent guess whether I’ll enjoy a show or not. After all, why shouldn’t we judge a book by its cover? The cover is full of information about the book that can help us make a decision about it. But sometimes, we find things where a cover isn’t quite enough to capture its essence.
One such example of a show I had mostly misjudged is Queen’s Blade. The only thing I knew about Queen’s Blade was that it looked like yet another booby anime, so I never gave it a second thought. Thankfully, a friend of mine turned me on to Queen’s Blade sometime in 2011. It wasn’t the art or story that convinced me to check it out, but actually hearing the soundtrack on YouTube.
So before you read any further, hit play on the YouTube embed below and listen to this while you read.
A little over a decade ago, you may or may not have noticed a rising trend in the way certain anime were titled. These certain types of shows were generally the slicey lifey kind that, more often than not, were adaptations of a visual novel or dating simulator. This trend that I speak of was placing at least two of the words in the title between two ~tildes~.
This started happening in a magical time in the anime industry known as the early 2000’s. New technologies were coming out making digital animation easy on a budget (or in the case of some examples below, no budget at all). Studios were eager to turn anything into a show at the time while audiences were willing to watch almost anything that was put out.
Anime can be a bit of a lonely hobby, but it doesn’t have to be. If your viewing habits are anything like mine, you’re probably doing most of your anime watching after the sun goes down. In my case, this usually means that I end up watching anime after both of my kids and my wife have gone to bed.
This viewing schedule can make it pretty hard to watch anime with friends. Scheduling issues aside, I actually only have two friends that like anime and are close enough to watch anime together in-person. One of which is a very casual fan who doesn’t watch more than a couple of shows per year.
A number of years ago, some online friends and I realized that we could sync our anime viewing manually via IRC (Internet Relay Chat). We would do a countdown and then try to hit play on our media players at the same time. It wasn’t perfect, this added an entirely new social aspect to anime viewing. We could watch anime together with two or more people without any logistical barriers, and the real-time nature of a chat room made it feel like your friends were right there in the room with you.
Have you found yourself wishing you could watch more anime based on Dreamcast games? Well you’re in luck! For this post, I’m going to talk about a mediocre dating sim anime that was based off a Dreamcast game and feels like one big Hokkaido commercial.
If you’ve been watching anime for any length of time, you probably can think of a show you watched that didn’t live up to the hype surrounding it. You might even have a show that you absolutely love, but it seems like nobody has even heard of it. Maybe there’s a show that you just simply think is “underrated”.
Congratulations, you managed to find the first post.
I chose the name Slow Anime because I am never able to keep up with new anime and I’m rarely up to speed on what is going on in the world of anime.
The goal of this website is to provide and outlet for broad anime discussion, reviews, and insights. I decided to launch this project simply because I couldn’t find any websites that covered anime in a way I wanted to read.