10 Things I’ll Like to See in Anime

I got my computer back but with so much new hardware, I’m in a state of mild disorientation. While I re-familiarise myself with the best friend, here’s a simple wishlist on what I’ll like to see happen in anime, hopefully in the near future.

1. Real wars. Anime has always created its own wars, such as the One Year War. What I would like to see is them animating real historical battles but with Band of Brother style small section combat instead. These would be full of the raw, bloody scenes of battle rather than the usual pink smoke. The biggest obstacle to this would be the political climate in Japan. WW2 is probably a no-go, due to their personal involvement and resultant desire to embellish their side’s heroics. What I would like is an anime version of something such as Enemy at the Gates, which is more or less hsa view points from both sides, albeit not too factually accurate. It’s better to go without bishoujo too. Actually, why not just do a live-action? Because I like anime that’s why.


War is evil but it makes for good TV.

2. Another season of Yomigaeru Sora: Rescue Wings. By far the most underrated show at least in the English community, RW is so fantastic it deserves a second season. Far more than Amaenaidayo, Prince of Tenns, Mar and other undeserving crap.

3. Range Murata to work with Kyo-Ani for pure pwnage. Kyo-Ani has proved with Full Metal Panic: TSR that it can handle sci-fi action. I’m sure their works can be improved by the creatively beautiful designs of Murata. Murata’s fasahion designs tend to require a lot of detail to animate and Kyo-Ani with their super-zealous attention to details seems just like a perfect outlet for his talents.

4. Hanazawa Kana to take more female lead roles. She currently has only two anime roles, Kaminagi Ryoko in Zegapain and Punie’s sister Potaru in Daihou Tonge. She has the most refreshing and stress-alleviating voice I’ve ever heard. We definitely need more Kana. This youngster who’s 17, is the next big thing! Move along now, Hirano Aya.

5. Couples should get together early and stay together. Most anime have an ending where the two get togetheri in the end but as everyone (maybe except AVG otaku) knows,  maintaining a relationship is far more difficult than the actual getting together. The Futari Ecchi manga is actually quite a good look at how couples can make marriage bearable. I’ve seen enough shows like Suzuka, where they run around in circles for 26 episodes before kissing. Scifi shows like Zegapain, Gunbuster and Starship Operators kill off their romances with deaths for the lesser character in the relationship just to make the hero/heroine more tragic. Perhaps it’s time for some happiness throughout the show.

6. More radical animation and design styles. For example, the static patterns used in Gankutsuou, the whiteout effect for Bokura ga Ita, the manga style of FLCL. Such styles may be disapproved of by some who prefer familiarity, but I very much enjoy this diversity and uniqueness.

7. Gatekeepers 1985 to be made into an OVA. This is the missing chapter of the GK saga, inaccessible to most non-Japanese fans. And with the current novel-to-anime conversion craze, this is entirely feasible. With Ukiya Shun and Kageyama Reiji’s Gate powers fully developed, and the Invader bosses going all out, this can be quite the Diebuster-scale action epic.


Konoe Kaoru 4tw!


I fangirl Ukiya.

8. Sports anime should cut out the excessive special moves, pretty boys and screaming fangirls. One pretty boy is acceptable. But every single sportsman being one is not. I’ll like to see more backstory, tactics and losing. Perhaps we could even have female players instead of always going bishounen but still keeping the gritty, sweaty feel of sports.


PoT of crap.

9. Toei to close down and donate all their money and resources to a more worthy studio. God these guys really suck. Just look at their recent works - Xenosaga the Animation, Air Gear, etc. They did do One Piece and Kamisama Kazoku so it shows they have some ability. But not that much.

10. More action. Let’s just have more mecha, more fighting, more vehicular mad chases, more guns and more deaths. Nothing beats good action. Scrap all the Chokotto Sisters and Tonaguras and make more Coyotes, 08th MS Teams.


17 Responses to “10 Things I’ll Like to See in Anime”  

  1. 1 T_T|||

    Top 10 things I’d like to see appear in the figurine market
    1. Nagato Yuki
    2. Suzumiya Haruhi
    3. Asahina Mikuru
    4. Kyon
    5. Koizumi Itsuki
    6. Shana(more)
    7. Since Range Murata has his own line of original design figurines, I don’t see why Ito Noizi can’t.
    8. Rest of the School Rumble gang.
    9. A better EVA-01 diecast.
    10. Tripeman. I might just carve one for you tjhan.

  2. 2 Nighty

    Top 10 in no order :
    1. KyoAni Xenosaga Ep I to VI uncensored
    2. Screw Rescue Wings. I want Megumi no Daigo.
    3. GOOD Super Robot moreplz
    4. Chereography.
    5. Gundam of my visions.
    6. Unorthodox animes. Where’s my TMD, SHTBJ?
    7. Le Cirque De Karakuri. Anime. 70 Episodes minimum. High production value. NOW.
    8. Anime studios crafting their own personal trademarks in anime.
    9. The end of PoT/Golden 23. Except Tezuka and Atobe.
    10. Hikaru no Go S2. I demand it.

    0. SAKURA TAISEN. I. II.III.IV.V. ALL OF IT. >_

  3. 3 Sasa

    Hmm… I don’t want anything from anime. For some reason, I just take them for granted and I’m glad when a series is short rather than long.

    About no. 1: Did you see Saishu Heiki Kanojo? Back then when I watched it, I was shocked and really offended by the way war was portrayed… oh well. And honestly I really think that japanese should not make “war” a subject in their media - unless it’s done as well as in Yûnagi no machi; Sakura no kuni (scanlated by Kotonoha).
    About no. 5: Hmm… In Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou, they got together at episode 4 and stay together for the rest of the 26 episodes (in the manga, it’s chapter 4 until the end of the manga which run for 21 volumes).
    About no. 6: Total agreement. Anime, despite its commercial aspect, is (or can be) a form of art after all.
    About no. 8: Hmm… Slam Dunk only has 2-3 good-looking guys in my opinion (Rukawa and Sendoh). Gorilla or Sakuragi aren’t really cute… *hrr* No really, for some reason I think that most basketball stuff is slightly better (Slam Dunk, I’ll, Real…) But well, that kind of manga probably would never get an anime adaptation.
    About no. 10: Absolutely. I can’t understand why there are so few really suspenseful anime. I love the Chokotto Sister manga, but the anime simply looks boring.

  4. 4 moetics

    I so f-ing agree with number 5, the amount of money I’ll fanboy into the company that does this isn’t even funny. Karekano and other shoujotastic entries are good, but not enough, and not exactly what we’re looking for. Ai Yori Aoshi made a semi effort, but devolved into a haremish concoation of vagueness and relationship inepitude. I pray daily for this to happen, my blood burns for this. Can’t a man and his dog god pet enjoy skinship for more than 5 minutes without shikuchi!?!?

    As for number 8, funnily enough the female athletes you wanted did occur in one show, and there was losing. Even important matches! (Avoiding spoilers here) It’s funny how devoid of actual sports stratz a sports anime could have. Then again u realize most anime is just human drama with . None of those gimmicks have to make sense, whether it’s baseball anime where there’s just a fastball and a SUPER OMG DRAGONBALL, ugly CG robots, or crappily colored flying girls summoning retarded looking monsters, we love them all the same because the characters are so compelling.

  5. 5 jpmeyer

    A properly-done Sakura Taisen.

    Oh, and more PASSION! and JUSTICE! Also, bonus points of ABSOLUTE JUSTICE.

  6. 6 Hinano

    LOL “pot of crap”
    Agreed!!! All those shows do is breed yaoi fangirls!! XD;;;

    TOEI animation also did Kanon no?
    But I guess thats why KyoAni is redoing it…

  7. 7 MaIheX

    First of all, hi :)

    #5 shouldn’t apply to all animes, but there aren’t any decent ones, to my limited knowledge, that have a good story where the couple is together for the most of the episodes. In most of the animes we get a hint in last episodes that a couple MIGHT get together thus leaving the rest of their relationship unknown or for our imagination (oh my, what a joy XD). As for myself, I like almost all of those animes, but we could at least get a couple of good animes with clear and long lasting relationships. We deserve it, I just know we do!! Right? ;)

    As for #10, I completely agree with this. I doubt anyone didn’t feel any kind of excitement when watching DBZ battles (just for an example) for the first time ;) Naruto also has good tactical fights as well as fast paced battles. My-HiME (a.k.a. Mai-HiME) had good combat effects to complement for lack of fast action. Watching these animes you feel thrilled. We should definitely see more action. Action like in the Devil May Cry series games or Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children would be just fine for animes. Vote for action :P

    Finally, I just wanted to add one more point to this wishlist. No crappy animes like Ichigo 100% >

  8. 8 MaIheX

    My reply was just cut in half. Weird. -.-

    The Ichigo 100% part. No crappy animes like Ichigo 100%. The manga was just perfect, but the anime version of it was a complete “pot of crap” (nice expression btw ^^). Read the Ichigo 100% manga and then go watch Ichigo 100% anime afterwards. You’ll see what I mean :)

    Hmm.. this turned out to be quite a long reply, TWO posts ^^”

  9. 9 Tsubaki

    Did you just ask Aya Hirano to move on? GASP BLASHPEMY! DIE TJ DIE.
    Lol, okay Kana’s great too. Voice wise. She looks a bit too meaty for my taste.
    Or maybe it’s just the photographs.

  10. 10 tj_han

    MaiheX: PoT of crap was a pun on the acronym of Prince of Tennis. Haha.

    Tsubaki: You don’t hear meat. You see meat.

  11. 11 Hopeless

    1. Agreed. But I’d rather see the Peninsula War or the War of the Roses than some modern conflict, since that’s been done enough even if not related to actual wars.
    2. The first few episodes gave the impression of a semi-Planetes or perhaps Starship Operators for a less sci-fi age, but I wish more of it was subbed so I could have actually seen season 1.
    3. It would probably be the ultimate in anime aesthetics, if KyoAni continue the work they did with Haruhi and Air.
    6. Yes, more and more of this, especially as anime with such techniques strangly tend to be good as well as great looking.
    8. We at least need a tennis anime that isn’t about semi-bishounens using physics-defying special moves to win and prove how fangirl worthy they are.
    10. Action seems to be in short stock at the moment because the non-action based shows are better. While a few years ago I can recall many great shows based on action or at least containing quite a large quantity of it, this year seems to have delivered most of its highlights in comedy, romance and drama. Mecha seems also in short supply at the moment, but hopefully Innocent Venus shall help return the genre to the glory of gattai.

  12. 12 omo

    Kana is a good pick, but who knows what will happen down the road? I’m not holding my breath.

  13. 13 Tsubaki

    Oh I hear those meat talking al’right.

  14. 14 Kurogane

    I so agree on animating Gatekeepers 1985. The original Gatekeepers were one of the series’ that made me otaku.

    I agree also on having Range Murata on KyoAni’s payroll… that was so bloddy win. And yes, we need more Gothloli Faptime… err I mean Coyote Ragtime Show’s. Recently, a friend of mine, whose not an otaku, was complaining to me about the lack of good shows with action. To be honest, I also miss pure mindless, awe-inspring action on the lines of CRS.

  15. 15 DrmChsr0

    Let’s throw in Fukuda to kill himself via harakiri. Such a lousy director and scriptwriter ought to die. If not by his hands, then by the fans’. CE was just a bishiefied version of UC.

    As for 10, WHAT? I don’t want no Hollywood in my Japanese anime!

  16. 16 quitacet

    >>>5. Couples should get together early and stay together. Most anime have an ending where the two get togetheri in the end but as everyone (maybe except AVG otaku) knows, maintaining a relationship is far more difficult than the actual getting together. The Futari Ecchi manga is actually quite a good look at how couples can make marriage bearable. I’ve seen enough shows like Suzuka, where they run around in circles for 26 episodes before kissing. Scifi shows like Zegapain, Gunbuster and Starship Operators kill off their romances with deaths for the lesser character in the relationship just to make the hero/heroine more tragic. Perhaps it’s time for some happiness throughout the show.
    10. More action. Let’s just have more mecha, more fighting, more vehicular mad chases, more guns and more deaths. Nothing beats good action. Scrap all the Chokotto Sisters and Tonaguras and make more Coyotes, 08th MS Teams.
    >>>

    1.
    That’s two different genres altogether and to some extent mutually exclusive. I suspect that nobody actually wants to see what a real life relationship is like. They are realistic only to the extent that the intended audience can relate to the characters. I suppose what you really want is for romance-focused stories to be more realistic in their execution but not their initial premises.

    2.
    The nature of anime as a medium is that its competitive advantage is in what can be done more cost effectively than in live action tv/film ie science fiction/fantasy, period setting, action, horror etc. I find it peculiar that so much of anime doesn’t fit into those categories (contemporary comedy, slice of life and all your shoujo stuff) when I would normally assume that its cheaper to film them with RL actors. Don’t you ever wonder too? My instincts say that
    1) most are farfetched enough and just wouldn’t work in live action (witness the craptacular shimokita glory days) OR
    2) the target audience doesn’t watch live action and prefers anime even for their rom/com needs.

  17. 17 tj_han

    quitacet: You just pointed out exactly what I’ve known: I do not watch live action beyond action movies. Lol. The world is too full of bad actors.

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