The Binge

Election Day Special: Anime to watch after you go vote.

Ahem… if you are in the US, Go vote. 

If you are not in the US, we at AnimeBinge are sorry that we’ve been all preachy about voting this year.  And weird with our candidates.  We’re so sorry, that we decided to compose a list of imaginary ballot issues in hopes that you will forgive us for this weirdness that happens once every four years.

Why?  Because #betterfictionalcandidates should have never had to exist, that’s why.  So why not embrace it.

But Anime Bracket did that better.

We’re not mad about it.  But, as usual, we do have a few series to suggest.

Le Chevalier D’eon

On the run from the law, D’eon is accused of the death of his sister – Lia de Beaumont.  Something sinister is at the edge of this mystery – possession, zombies, obsession, politics…  how was D’eon to know that his life would become so weird, so quickly?

  • Reasons to watch:
    • Great to compare/contrast with newer anime – some of the frames are very carefully staged, with hand-drawn animation.  Also worth contrasting with Pilgrim’s Progress
    • One of the best EARLY examples of a strong female protagonist in anime
  • Reasons to avoid:
    • Intermittently S….l….o….w… pacing.
  • What to watch instead:
    • Glass Fleet
    • Revolutionary Girl Utena

Castle Town Dandelion

Eight kids. One throne. Sounds like a set-up to Game of Thrones, anime edition.  Well, you’d be wrong.  This one’s a slice-of-life magical-teen edition.  In a world with a polite monarchy, the kind townspeople decide to choose a king.

  • Reasons to watch:
    • Twins, Fanclubs, Idol stories, School arcs, Magic
  • Reasons to avoid:
    • A frustrating amount of “panty shot” jokes
      • (But they’re an anime staple and there are less of them at the end, so YMMV)

Lord Marksman and Vanadis

Go read this review, because it’s pretty on point.

Anime Binge is working on ramping up posts again.  What anime are you watching post-election?  What are you excited about coming out?  We’d love to hear your comments!

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Anime Primer, Anime Suggestion Trail

Anime suggestion trail: January

For January, the Beginner’s guide to anime.  Like Casablanca, they are the classics of the genre; the titles that everybody recommends, or future series borrow from.

  • Astro Boy
    • B&W
    • As classic as it gets. If you are looking for tropes of the kindly man/the bad guy, look for the shape of their noses.
    • 1960’s Science Fiction, Like Buck Rogers and Asimov in its Retro-futurism.
  • Speed Racer
    • One of the first series imported to American audiences with a Japanese translator.
    • The main cast of characters per episode is fairly small, focusing on Speed Racer/Go Mifune and his close family.  Shenanigans ensue.
    • Hero Genre. Shonen Genre. Tournament Genre.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura
    • Codified the consistent tropes of magical girl costumes with the help of the source material by CLAMP
    • The series was edited for “American Audiences” by Nelvana, but there is a full subtitled version with full episodes in their original format out there.
    • Magical Girl Genre. Shoujou Genre in its original format.
  • Sailor Moon
    • A normal high school girl is bestowed powers and fights for justice.  She is… Sailor Moon!
    • If there is a magical costume change transformation sequence, you can thank Sailor Moon.
    • Recently re-done as Sailor Moon Crystal, which changes some of the story lines and has a mild animation upgrade. (Mixed reviews, as with any re-done series).
    • Magical Girl Genre. Shoujou Genre.
  • Cowboy Bebop
    • If you’re a fan of bounty hunters, you might like this series.
    • If you’re a fan of amazing music, you might like this series.
    • If you’re a fan of episodic storylines, you might like this series.
    • Action genre – Noir / Western. Space genre.
  • Trigun
    • Less episodic/planet-hopping than Cowboy Bebop.
    • The psychological developing of the main character is echoed in multiple characters in other, later series.
    • Action genre – Western. Wasteland genre. Space Genre
  • Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
    • In a world that is a treat to the eyes, Nausicaa walks with mountainesque critters with a desire to save the wilderness around her.
    • If the tree spirits neither move you with your cuteness or frighten you with their adorableness, then you are not suspending your disbelief enough.
    • A feature film by Studio Ghibli.  Listen for Patrick Stewart’s cameo if watching the English Dub.
    • Space Genre.  Fantasy genre.

Extra Credit:

  • Dragon Ball & Dragon Ball Z (Series: Long, but classic)
  • My Neighbor Totoro (Movie: Ghibli)
  • AMV: Tainted Doughnuts
    • Spiritual Predecessor of the “Rise of the Brave Tangled Frozen Dragons” AMVs
    • A crossover of Trigun and Cowboy Bebop. (It CAN be successfully watched without spoiling your enjoyment of both, if you don’t mind saying “Hey, I’ve seen that clip before”.)
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