Day: November 9, 2009
While tooling away on my “best” anime of 2009 list, I started making some mental notes about what to put on my “best” anime of the decade post. After thinking a bit more about it, I’m not entirely sure how useful and exercise that would be. From a sheer logistically point of view, I can’t really think of too many jokey “awards” that I can give out because it’s hard to remember little moments like that from anime that I saw five or six years ago.
The other problem is that well, those anime are anime that came out five or six years ago. If you haven’t been really following the nitty gritty of anime long enough, it may come to a surprise to you that these large seasons of anime are a very recent trend. So recent, in fact that the number of shows that premiered from 2000 through 2002 are about the same as the number of shows that premiered just in 2006 alone. Already, my mental lists were almost entirely made up of shows in the 2005-2007 range. It was really easy to purposely make the list fit within that range. I could say that the worst show of the decade was say, Sister Princess, or I could make it Musashi Gundoh. The best magical girl show could be Princess Tutu, or it could be Nanoha A’s.
Which comes to another, similar point. Not only were there not that many shows in the first half of the decade, there wasn’t much access to them either. Only about half the people in 2004 had broadband internet in the United States, compared to 2009. Then, about half as many people as that had broadband in 2002. While I make jokes about blushing or hand holding in my posts about the anime that I am forced to watch, the real reason that we have (although now it’s getting closer to “had”) hundreds, if not possibly into the thousands of CDs of burned anime was that it used to be pretty difficult to get access to it. A lot of the shows that I watched were in postage stamp-sized RealMedia encodes of VHS subs that were downloaded off of Hotline. If we could even find the show again, it would take weeks of downloading to get them back. Hell, it was rare enough that we needed those CDs as a backup in case we had to trade the episodes in order to get a new show.
(On a side note, when I got a cable modem for my birthday in 1999, only one of my friends had one at the time. He got one a few months before me, and was so in awe of broadband that he downloaded Star Wars Episode I off of Hotline, watched it, then deleted it and downloaded it again to make sure that this was really possible.)
Suffice to say, it’s not like there were tons of people here in 2009 that were were watching shows like I don’t know, A Little Fairy Snow Sugar or something. While looking over anidb, both to count the shows and to remember what came out when, I’d often just have a faint knowledge of many of the shows during this time period. Is this one of those little kid shows that we don’t count? Or does it just look that way? Often times, the only thing I might recognize would just be the title.
So yeah, I’m not really sure where to go with this. Unless, of course, rather than it being “the ‘best’ anime of the decade”, it becomes “the ‘best’ anime of the ‘decade’”.