This post is a little later than usual due to the fact that I am out of town at the time of writing this. As we move forward into summer, some of us will be traveling and/or on vacation, so I thought writing a little on that would be a nice change of pace.
Recently I took a road trip from Canada down to the United States. The drive was about 9 hours with breaks for gas and food. I spent half that time driving and the other half watching anime and listening to music. On my tablet, I was able to watch a few episodes of Kannagi, which adds to my classical list of anime watched this month. Though I haven’t finished Kannagi yet, I think it’s pretty entertaining and interesting.
I can’t remember if I mentioned Death Note and Escaflowne in a previous post, but I’ve been meaning to talk about these two anime for quite some time now. Finally!
For the longest time–at least a few years–I’ve put off watching Death Note because I heard so much about it from other people, whether through friends or just from the internet in general. Mainly it was hyped up and talked about so often that it put me off; hearing about it left and right made me feel like I would probably be disappointed in the end.
This turned out to be completely false; looking at my “Plan to Watch” list on my HDD, Death Note was next on the list and I don’t usually like to deviate from it. So after loading it onto my tablet, I watched an episode each night, and then those nights turned into mornings due to how unwilling I was to put the tablet down.
Of course, Death Note isn’t the perfect anime, and there is no such thing as a perfect anime to begin with. If there was, it would have a rating of 10 out of 10 on MyAnimeList.net. But Death Note does have many things that make it good, really good. A strong plot, a driving and engaging main character, amazing voice acting and suspense, and a climatic ending that makes you wait all the way until the end.
Switching gears for a bit, Escaflowne’s experience was different in that it was not hyped up or talked about by the community. It was one of those anime that slipped mostly under the radar, praised quietly by those that watched it and kept more as a hidden gem.
Escaflowne certainly carries that “classical” feel to anime, reminiscing of the animation and artwork of that similar to Sailor Moon and Dragonball Z. There’s a lot of character development and emotional attachment to the characters, something that I find rarer with newer anime these days.
Overall, the experience was good despite how different Escaflowne’s animation and style is from today’s anime. At first it was difficult to appreciate the style and artwork, but soon you realize there’s just as much quality, maybe even more than that of today’s animation.
Part of the reason why I enjoy watching Kannagi is because it’s simple. It’s an easy-to-understand anime with a fairly simple plot, one that doesn’t require a lot of development and explaining. That being said, there’s not much to expect of Kannagi, at least from what I’ve seen so far, and that’s okay.
When I know there’s not much to expect from an anime, it’s only fair to treat it as that. If you watch all your anime with a lot of expectations, you’re bound to be disappointed at some time. Kannagi did me the favour of showing that I didn’t have to invest a lot into the anime, and I could watch at my own pace.
I bring up these three anime because they are considered classics or “would-be” classics. Kannagi not so much since it’s a little bit newer than Escaflowne and Death Note. However, for the sake of writing on older anime, I felt it was appropriate to include Kannagi.
Classical anime has a completely different feel than some of the modern day anime. They’re generally slower-paced, more packed with depth and character development, and contain slightly different themes and stories. I find that Death Note really appealed to the type of audience that fall under; I generally watch anime that has a very strong plot that carries through all the way until the end.
Escaflowne reminded me of what it’s like to watch the shounen or “coming-of-age” genre done in a classical sense. The main character Van portrayed these themes perfectly, highlighting what it’s like to dive into an anime-like universe.
Kannagi took a turn in terms of themes and genre, giving me a sense of comedic relief and slight hints of romance thrown in. It was pleasant to watch especially for a road trip, where frequent stops and disruptions took place. I could pick it up and pause it at any time without feeling like I had to invest a block of time exclusively for anime-watching.
This month has been somewhat lackluster in terms of anime watching, and again I think that partly has to do with traveling and visiting family and friends. That being said, you can still enjoy some really great anime despite them being more than 5 years old. Death Note and Escaflowne have their place in my list for being some great classics, while Kannagi is more of a time-killer and relaxing type of anime. All in all, a great month for me.