This judgment of mine is coming a little late, but here goes. Yours truly has been browsing through the 2018 Summer Anime Chart and reading the opinions of various bloggers. At this point, I can honestly say that Summer 2018 looks like the worst anime season I have seen in a long time. The only show that piqued my interest was Dies Irae: To the Ring Reincarnation, because I wonder whether they can salvage the anime from the train wreck of the original season (★★). The best news about this summer is that certain good anime from the previous season are carrying over into this one, like Isekai Izakaya.*
I can’t think of a better opportunity for catching up with one’s backlog. Surely, you have some anime you’ve placed on the back-burner. (From casually browsing Anime-Planet, my Want to Watch list numbers 361 titles!) Now is the time to watch these shows. Anime is more than the year 2018 after all! This year counts as the hundred and first anniversary of anime, which began with Namakura-Gatana (1917), which means there’s more anime than the average fan can watch in a lifetime.
So, just what will Medieval Otaku be watching? First, I need to stop reading the Allan Quartermain series long enough to finish off Spring 2018 and review those shows. (I have only just discovered H. Rider Haggard’s works this year, which offer both great adventures and a fascinating portrait of early 19th century South Africa.) Then, I have a four new anime I want to watch and two which I want to revisit. Here they are:
1) Vampire Princess Miyu TV (1997-98)
I had the pleasure of watching the Vampire Princess Miyu OVA a while back. The OVA has some virtues over the TV series, such as better animation and a more inhuman protagonist. (Some fans like their vampires–even the good ones–to play by a very different set of rules than the rest of us.) But, the TV series excels the OVA in terms of plot, character, and how effective the horror is. By effective horror, I don’t mean jump scares or emotional terror but awe at the truly horrible ends certain characters meet.
At present, I’ve only watched five episodes, but I can’t wait to see the rest of the anime, which fans consider one of the classics of horror anime. It also made the pages of Anime Classics Zettai, a work I recommend to everyone with an interest in older anime.
2) Master of Mosquiton 99 (1997-98)
As you see, I intend to spoil myself with nineties anime. It might not be the decade with the most classics, but I love 90’s style animation more than any other period.
As for Master of Mosquiton 99, I have not yet made much progress, but I like what I see so far from this comedic, vampire adventure. This anime can be difficult to get. YouTube offers versions with English, Spanish, and Italian subtitles. You can also watch it via Torrent–if you have some savvy with that.
3) Generator Gawl (1998)
I’ve seen the coming attractions for this on many of my old DVDs. So, I want to give it a shot. You may find it in the same places as Master of Mosquiton 99.
4) Banner of the Stars III (2005)
If you like science fiction anime and have not seen Crest of the Stars or Banner of the Stars, what are you doing with your life? I’m not even particularly a fan of this genre, but I love this classic anime series. Sadly, DVDs within this franchise have become hard to find or exorbitantly expensive. Torrenting might be the only practical way for fans in 2018 to enjoy it.
5) Geneshaft (2001)
This science fiction show has an interesting premise. Men are deemed to be the source of all the world’s problems. So, governments genetically control the population so that the ratio of women to men becomes 7:1–or was it 8:1? At any rate, men would have been dispensed with completely were it not for their superior decision making faculties. (I only reference the show’s reasoning; though, we all know imprudent men and prudent women.) I watched this utopian anime a long time ago, and I wonder how I’ll see it now.
6) The Book of Bantorra (2009-10)
This is a real treat for lovers of dark fantasy. As of now, it’s just fallen out of my top ten anime. But, I greatly enjoyed this anime, and now seems like an excellent time to revisit it.
How are my dear readers spending summer 2018? Do you actually like the anime released this summer? Or, are you likewise seeing it as an opportunity to decrease your backlog?
*EDIT: Steins; Gate 0 also deserves an honorable mention.