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What shows aged like wine and which ones aged like milk? What are you watching and what are looking forward to starting?


I just finished Popolocrois Monogatari and am about to wrap up Turn A Gundam. Both were pretty solid, probably gonna check out Taiho Shichau zo at some point.



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I've been meaning to watch more pre 2000's stuff. I downloaded an OVA called Dragon's Heaven and have been meaning to check it out because it has very cool art. I haven't seen a ton from that era but Gunsmith Cats and Riding Bean are favorites of mine.


Ah the YKK girl is so cute


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Kimagure Orange Road is showing its age. They didn't have rotary phones and they were already using CDs for music in the series, but there's stuff like having to develop their pictures for every event worthy of taking one and going to the discos so while I wouldn't go as far saying it's aged badly by any means being able to show delinquent girls smoking on TV is clearly from another era.

In any case I liked it a lot and I'm most likely gonna pick up Lodoss eventually (plus Deedlit seems cute).


>about to wrap up Turn A Gundam
Nice, how are you finding it? I'm planning to watch Turn A soon.


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To this day Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster remains a great show, one of GAINAX's best ever.

Can't post the best GIF, since it's mildly NSFW… aww.

Looking forward to watching Iria Zeiram the Animation from 1994, because the character designs are beautiful.


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Definitely liked it. Has a pretty different feel than the rest of the franchise. In my opinion it gets a lot better when they go to space. War in the pocket is still by far my favorite Gundam.


Happy to hear that, I've got to check it out.
Oh yeah War in the Pocket is great, I love its OST heaps, particularly the ED 'Distant Memory' is one of my favorites. That 80s J-pop sound is pleasant to hear.


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I started watching Golden Boy recently. I love it so far, and watching the english dub has only made it even more hilarious for me.


Street Fighter II Movie (ストリートファイターII MOVIE) [1994]




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There's just something about older anime that I miss


Give anime girls noses again


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80s are great but 70s are better


Lum is cute
I've never watched her show though, I wonder how it is


she wiggles her b*tt around in the OP, also the OP sounds really good in Italian too.


>she wiggles her b*tt around in the OP
Well heck, I'm sold now


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It's actually from the 80s as well, guess I was mistaken. For some reason I always think of it as a late-70s show.


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Lupin III's The Castle of Cagliostro


Isn't that a Ghibli film? I have yet to watch it…


Not Ghibli but Miyazaki.
Feel free to watch any of the other Lupin stuff, the franchise can be hit or miss but there are a lot of classics.


What is the second gif from?




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Ah! My Goddess


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I recently watched Nausicaa, which was my first Miyazaki movie. It was definitely nice, and really pretty


Finally started watching Trigun after putting it off for almost 20 years. This series was really worth the wait. I'm loving every minute so far.

If you're new to Miyazaki I highly recommend Porco Rosso. Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro has already been posted itt, which is another classic Miyazaki film.


I watched it recently after putting it off for a long time
I can't get over how badass Nausicaa is


Love Kimagure. I'd say, it's possible for something to be a product and reflection of the era it was made in and still age well. How well something ages, I think, is more in the writing being able to appeal to people beyond just appealing to the pop-culture atmosphere of the era.

Lupin III Part Two is a good example of what I mean, like it's very much set in the era it came out in and references the technology and politics of the era but it still aged very well and is still enjoyable to modern audiences imo.

gr8 taste. I felt like Turn A was at least partially a send up to Hayao Miyazaki, i.e. a lot of the show's style seemed in line with Miyazaki's typical aesthetics and it really makes the show stand out from the rest of the franchise.

Urusei Yatsura, episode 72


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I've been watching sailor moon (1992-1997) for the first time - the art and animation have held up super well (especially the coloring and character design, wowowowowow) which I know everyone already raves about, but it's hard not to talk about how pretty the whole thing looks.

It definitely takes some time to get started since it takes a few episodes to introduce the other characters, but once you're past that, it's excellent.

I've also been completely blown away by the music, I've never heard anyone talk about it but the soundtrack might be my favorite of all time? It's all really well made and super catchy (something that really helps is that there's a lot of influence pulled from disco music, listen for the string runs and guitar riffs). There are also plenty of more somber/slow tracks that are really pretty.

here are some particular favorites of mine, as well as the title of the track in case the videos get DMCA'd. the comments are often full of spoilers, beware.

disco influenced stuff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJFuGbXEMEk (Sailor Moon OST - Moon Tiara Action)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Swf0SBUpxwM (Sailor Moon OST - Eyecatch #1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeKib4dbt0Y (Sailor Moon R OST - In The Name of The Moon)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWxJgokMkAQ (Sailor Moon OST - Fighting The Enemy)

somber stuff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7rs2u7_6CY (Sailor Moon S OST - Comforting)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx178XZ7_gA (Sailor Moon S OST - Beauty)

other stuff that grooves
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeZySCt_fqI (Sailor Moon OST - Dumpling Head #1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiMobak5lRc (Sailor Moon R OST - Black Moon Theme #2)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cLxRKmGL-Q (Sailor Moon S OST - Uranus and Neptune Transformation)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLmo9tQC8kk (Sailor Moon S OST - Daimon Appears)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joo_fAJXQos (Sailor Moon SuperS OST - A Trap For The Trio)


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I couldn't get into Sailor Moon, but I got into Card Captor Sakura when it came out. I thought Card Captor Sakura had more interesting abilities, and I liked the more explicit LGBT stuff between Tomoya and Sakura, and Li and Yukito, etc. Nearly everyone of the main characters was gay which was a big deal in the 90s. Watching it was also my first real exposure to Japanese culture, Japanese schools, festivals, etc. Moreover, it was a cartoon explicitly aimed at girls. At the time I could live vivaciously through it.

But when I rewatch it I don't think it has aged that well. There's a lot of battles that could have been done smarter so it wouldn't just have been likeable to kids. There are a lot of plot holes and the antagonists' don't make sense. I think the plot suffered from insufficient planning. The new Clear Card arc was lackluster, Sakura's voice actress sounds so old now and the way they're milking it even though they have nothing new to say has reminded me that I've been viewing the entire series through nostalgia goggles…>>3296


I watched it on the Stream not too long ago but it bears repeating that the Dirty Pair movie is fucking fantastic. The animation and music are top notch and the entire length of it is nonstop over the top fun.


>the OP
Courtesy of Koji Morimoto.
Although he's not responsible for the most iconic shot in Akira as embed related has, that was Hitoshi Ueda.


A couple days ago i finished "Key: the metal idol"(1994 to 1997) and i liked it. It reminds me of Lain and blue seed.


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I watched Yokohama shopping trip. It was so comfy I had to read the manga… I just finished it now and towards the end I found myself crying more and more. I dont know how much was in the story, and how much it was making me reflect on my life…
I dont really like sad stories meant to make you cry, but I really liked this one anyway.
I want to watch the anime again now, but I don't know if I'll be able to bear it.


Slice of life that makes me reflect on my life is exactly what I love. The bittersweet realization of things, seeing flaws in the present, mistakes in the past, drawing conclusion how to better myself… It feels like they fill me with what I have lost, or never truly learned. How to be human, how to be a decent human being. They also feel now and then like a therapy session, confronting me with things I experienced but never truly found peace with or gained something positive out of it. Yokohama is on my list since ages and I will definitely prioritize it now.


>Slice of life that makes me reflect on my life is exactly what I love
Me too! I love shows that are SoL at their core but have something extra to them, like a message or overarching plot.

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