Third. Sorry I was lazy.
Selected Anime Requirements:
•Must be started earlier than or in 2002. It is my belief that anime can only be fairly judged after a large amount of time and 10 years is a fairly standard time frame.
•Must have been considered at least a fair anime the time of production.
•Must be considered an anime that is still considered great in today's standards. This is a fairly loose requirement, but it's more of a quality check than anything else. Art style will NOT be looked at. Everybody has their own opinion on whether cell shading or hand drawn art is better.
2012 inductees (however meaningful that is)
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979, Movie) - Hayao Miyazaki's first directed movie, The Castle of Calgiostro is known as an excellent work given its quality. While not exactly a Lupin movie in theme (Lupin is notably more heroric than in other works), the opening chase has often been known as an influence to other animated films (Steven Spielberg has been rumoured to have called it the best car chase to date upon first seeing it) and has been a trend setting in creating the moe character (much to Miyazaki's displeasure).
Irresponsible Captain Tylor (1993, Series) - This show takes the feel of a space opera and shakes out every single trope from it to parody and play with. Often left behind with time, Irresponsible Captain Tylor will put you into a humorous adventure that will leave you asking who (or what) Tylor really is.
Tenchi Muyo! (1992, OVA) - The show that basically kickstarted the concept of Harem anime. To get a better understanding, take a look at shows today and see how many times you can trace a concept back to Tenchi Muyo!.
Serial Experiments Lain (1998, Series) - Almost too artistic, Serial Experiments Lain brings together scienece, technology, and animation in a way that was rarely seen before. Brilliant in scope and captivating to those who invest time, the show brings up several meaningful questions (and some overall weirdness. You can decide what beongs where)
Spirited Away (2001, Movie) - What is this list without more Miyazaki films? I'm pretty sure you've heard of this, but this excellent coming of age film has you discover issues of generational rifts that become part of today's society. It's rare to see conservative members of the Acadamy acknowledge quality...so rare in fact that this stands out for winning a few awards for it.
Super Dimensional Fortress Macross (1982, Series)
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (1985, Series)
Maison Ikkoku (1986, Series)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988, Movie)
Rurouni Kenshin (1996, Series)
Slayers NEXT (1996, Series)
Martian Successor Nadesico (1996, Series)
Revolutionary Girl Utena (1997, Series)
Princess Mononoke (1997, Movie)
Cowboy Bebop (1998, Series)
Urusei Yatsura (1981, Series)
Captain Tsubasa (1983, Series)
Ranma 1/2 (1989, Series)
Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995, Series)
Vandread (2000, Series)
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