This post is an entry to the 30 Week Anime Challenge series of posts.
Oh my. It’s still the first week of the challenge, but I am already having difficulty in answering the question. Hmmm. But what’s a challenge if it isn’t even difficult?
First of all, the supply of my unwatched anime is endless. We will have those anime in the future seasons which we are sure to look forward to. To add to this list of plan-to-watch goods are the anime in the past that I didn’t give a try. Yet.
I have many bases with which to determine which anime to watch at any moment. Is the synopsis interesting enough? Are the character designs and the art style beautiful? Or are they just like the generic anime art? Which studio is doing it? Which professionals form the production staff? Were their previous works highly entertaining or well-received by viewers? How was it rated in anime database sites? Were the ratings of the anime from the different sites highly inconsistent? Was it just overrated or underrated? How was it received by the public? Were there positive feedbacks? Negative comments? Did the love for the show outweigh the hatred for it? Or is it the other way around? Will I actually learn something from it? Will I ever remember it for the rest of my life? Or will it be just another item in my “watched” collection?
But in the end, those are just the opinions of other watchers plus my own perceptions. Unless I experience the anime itself, I can never truly give my own answers to those questions. It’s primarily my interest in any anime, partly influenced by my friends’ recommendations, at a particular moment chooses which anime to download next and put in my immediately-to-watch queue.
Recently, I have taken a bigger interest in the older series, like those in the 1970s and 1980s (e.g. Urusei Yatsura, Lupin III, Rose of Versailles, Ashita no Joe), but never really got to watch them in a continuous fashion. First and last, they’re difficult to obtain. Only a tiny percent in this generation’s watchers are actually interested in tracking back the history of anime and the industry or in caring how anime started at all. Thus, we only have few and occasionally inaccessible resources.
As much as I would like to answer One Piece or Detective Conan, VERY long series that I have started watching, but stopped a few episodes in due to scarcity, I would have to lay out another answer. It’s not that I will not resume watching the two series. But for now, since I still have a long way to catch up but no materials to start picking up, I will just temporarily leave them in my shelves.
So the most valid answer is all Gundam series but primarily the first one, Mobile Suit Gundam, the origin of all other sequels and Gundam spin-off series.
Let’s say I’m just really curious what is in the material that made fans all over the world love it. I’m not exactly planning to become one of the franchise’s fans, but since I also am planning to explore the genre of mecha, why not emphasize the need to watch the most popular among the mecha geeks?