At the end of last year I really got back into watching anime, after having not watched any since about 2009. Why? I was a weeaboo in my early teens and I find it kind of embarrassing, so for a long time anything that reminded me of how I was just made my skin crawl for some reason.
Naturally, being white and enjoying anime does not automatically make you a weeb if you’re a sensible person. Which I hope I am.
There are a lot of “essential” anime series and movies that I still haven’t seen, even though I’ve been watching anime since I was very small, and I blame it on that huge hiatus I took. One of my favourite things to do is make gigantic lists of things I want to read or watch, and since I’ve already made a post on my manga TBR, I thought I would show my anime watchlist to all of you.
Just don’t laugh at how much of a noob I am.
Neon Genesis Evangelion – Let me tell you what frustrates me about this series: it’s out of print. At this moment in time, the only way to watch this series legally is to what the rebooted version, and I don’t want to do that so it’s off to streaming sites I go. I am expecting a lot of greatness here.
Bleach – I’ve had Bleach on hold for about ten years now and I’m desperate to start watching it again. From 2007 to 2008 there was a TV channel in the UK called Anime Central and that was where I watched Bleach, now my only options for watching it in English are DVD (which is expensive) or to watch the first three seasons on Netflix and then watch the rest illegally. Gah.
Dragon Ball Super – Dragon Ball is pretty much my entire life. I started watching at DBZ when I was only small (because that was the only series available in English back then) and I still love the franchise to this day. But I still haven’t watched DBS because I never watch it in Japanese and the English dub hasn’t been aired on TV here because we haven’t got Toonami anymore (r.i.p. toonami uk) and all of the DVDs haven’t been released yet. But I will watch it once all of the volumes are eventually released. Reading the manga is a different case though…
Ghost in the Shell – Again, please don’t laugh at my noobishness. There’s a lot of “essential” anime that I’ve missed out on either because of my age or because I just wasn’t as interested in the medium at the time, and Ghost in the Shell is one that I really can’t believe that I’ve missed. It actually didn’t get back onto my radar until the whitewashed mess of the Scarlett Johansson version happened, but I’m not going to watch that one. No way.
AKIRA – Please don’t laugh at me. I’ve been a little hesitant with this movie because it only adapts some of the original story, and also there’s some pretty graphic body horror. I can deal with violence but when it’s as graphic as the scenes from this movie I’ve seen, then I have to cover my face. But I enjoy good stories, so it’s a good thing I can just close my eyes.
Devilman/Devilman: Crybaby – Earlier this year I watched the original Devilman anime from the 1970s, and while it’s a huge laugh (it’s not supposed to be funny, but it’s so ridiculous that it is), I do still want to watch the versions that are closer to the original manga. That I have not read it. There are three OVAs (i think) and also the Crybaby series, but I’m probably going to watch the OVAs first. Hopefully, I can handle the violence in these too. And the OVAs are the rare occasion where I won’t be watching the dub because I’ve seen the compilation on YouTube and it’s… It’s something.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – I’ve been wanting to watch this series for a while but obviously I still haven’t gotten around to it because I’m a butt. I barely have a clue of what this show is even about, but tbh that doesn’t really matter to me because it looks pretty good.
Perfect Blue – I absolutely love psychological thrillers, but I’ve never seen any in anime format. I probably haven’t been trying hard while looking, but still. This feels like a movie I should have seen already, and I recognise a few names in the dub cast list, so I feel like I can trust them to do a good job.
Space Dandy – Two things: 1) it’s set in space 2) it looks so silly and I am 100% for it. Yes.
Attack on Titan – Stop judging me, no I still have not seen Attack on Titan. However, it is in my Netflix queue and I will be getting to it. Eventually.
Samurai Champloo – Historical stories aren’t really my thing, but because this series is set in an alternate Edo period Japan, it’s more interesting to me. (i’ve been bombarded with european world war 2 stuff for 22 years, let me have something else) Also, this series is from the same team as Cowboy Bebop, which is one of my favourites, so obviously I’m really looking forward to this one.
Gurren Lagann – I would say that I’m not a fan of the mecha genre, but I actually haven’t seen any mecha series or movies (I haven’t even seen Pacific Rim 🙊) This series doesn’t sound as serious as Evangelion does, so I guess the two would make good starting points for me.
One Punch Man – I really love shonen anime like DBZ and Naruto, and I also like Western superheroes like Superman, so the idea of having a superhero MC who is so powerful that he can KO his opponents without doing much is hilarious to me. I’m always in the mood for a good deconstruction/parody.
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie – I’ve had this movie on DVD for a good couple of months now but still haven’t watched it because, like I said, I’m a forgetful butt. But I’m really kicking myself over having not watched this movie yet because when I saw it on the shelf in HMV, I took my phone of my pocket, checked my bank account, grabbed it off of the shelf, and ran to the checkout to pay for it all at breakneck speed. I actually only watched Cowboy Bebop in December just gone so I’m nowhere near being a “veteran” of the series, but I should really get this movie watched sometime soon. Partly because I absolutely adore Spike. It says so in my sidebar ❤️
Osomatsu-kun – A couple of weeks ago, I finished watching Osomatsu-san for the second time and now I’m curious to check out the older series. The original 60’s series was considered lost until recently, and because I live in the UK, getting it on DVD just isn’t possible, so I’ll probably go for the 80’s series, which is probably more readily available. I hope.