CEL SHADED

Hyper - - CONTENTS - With Patrick Lum

Patrick Lum bids farewell with a list of must see anime

All things must come to an end, and my stew­ard­ship of Cel Shaded is no ex­cep­tion. It’s been fun talk­ing mess about new anime with ya’ll ev­ery month, and I leave you all now in the ca­pa­ble hands of Dave Koz­icki, since I’m jet­ting off to Ja­pan for a while. One last part­ing gift - the shows (not movies) that I con­sider es­sen­tial view­ing. So – un­til we meet again… stay gold.

Bang.

10. DUSK MAIDEN OF AM­NE­SIA

Ro­mance with creepy bits. The art style’s noth­ing to write home about but the way scenes are shot and com­posed and the oc­ca­sional plunge into ab­so­lutely bizarre vis­ual mes­sag­ing, al­lied to a story that bal­ances ro­man­tic fluff with sin­is­ter ter­ror, means that Dusk Maiden is def­i­nitely worth your time.

9. TONARI NO KAIBUTSU-KUN

A shoujo that’s un­afraid to move quickly and com­pellingly, with an in­ter­est­ingly bro­ken set of main char­ac­ters that nonethe­less re­main largely re­lat­able. Un­for­tu­nately ends half­way through the manga story, and is thus in­com­plete – a pity.

8. SPACE BAT­TLE­SHIP YAM­ATO 2199

Re­make of the clas­sic 70s anime, pre­serv­ing the un­abashed op­ti­mism of the era but tem­pered with more mod­ern pro­duc­tion val­ues and writ­ing. Fan­tas­tic all around.

7. DAILY LIVES OF HIGH SCHOOL BOYS

Skit show that en­com­passes ex­actly what it says on the cover, but gut­bust­ingly hi­lar­i­ous, with mega­ton jokes that hit ev­ery minute. A sim­i­lar at­ti­tude to Gin­tama (which is also good), but you don’t have to watch two hun­dred episodes.

6. TORADORA

A beau­ti­fully con­structed shoujo that de­con­structs the tsun­dere archetype with skill and care. De­spite some mi­nor faults near the end­ing, a thrilling, en­thralling jour­ney that may thaw your icy heart. Com­pul­sive view­ing, once it re­ally gets go­ing.

5. Ghost in the shell: stand alone Com­plex

Cy­ber­netic po­lice pro­ce­dural set in the near-fu­ture. Ex­pands on the world of the movies, giv­ing some themes more time to breath while let­ting the en­gag­ing and in­ter­est­ing cast of Sec­tion 9 shine. Stand­alone episodes can of­ten­times be just as en­thralling as the com­plex ones, too.

4. BlaCk la­Goon

If Quentin Tarantino di­rected an anime, it’d turn out some­thing like this. Piracy in the South China Seas has never been so bloody, so dra­matic or so damn cool. Unapolo­get­i­cally raw and vi­o­lent, but in a dirty, de­struc­tive kind of way; like a shot of pure adren­a­line right in your arm.

3. ten­Gan-toppa Gur­ren laGann

Gi­ant ro­bots and fiery de­ter­mi­na­tion; a hot-blooded, in­sanely charis­matic anime that isn’t afraid to go ab­so­lutely bonkers nuts to en­ter­tain with a sim­ple but pow­er­ful mes­sage at its core. Row, row, fight the power!

2. plan­etes

A real­is­tic take on liv­ing in space; starts episod­i­cally slice-of-life, but be­comes an amaz­ingly pow­er­ful drama by its end. It’s the char­ac­ters you’ll find yourself root­ing for, but the well-re­searched and thought-out treat­ment of liv­ing in space is at least just as cool. Not well known, but should be.

1. Cow­boy Be­bop

Stylish, ac­tion-packed and all-around cool, Be­bop is a rec­og­nized clas­sic for a rea­son. From its funky jazz mu­sic to the emo­tion­al­ly­charged per­for­mance of its cast, the show bounces from ac­tion to com­edy to se­ri­ous crime noir to deep space thriller and never fal­ters while do­ing so. If you can only watch one anime in your en­tire life, I’d make it this one. Sim­ply the best.

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