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Everyone looking to watch some good anime knows the popular ones: Ghost in the Shell, Akira, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Tototro, Battle Angel OVA, Grave of the Fireflies, Howl’s Moving Castle, Serial Experiments Lain, etc. But what about anime that falls below the usual radar? We asked this week’s esteemed panelists:
Q: Which anime titles are underrated and deserve more attention?
Here’s what they said…
, along with his partner Paul Mullie, is the executive produce/showrunner for Stargate Universe
. He also runs a Book Of The Month discussion at his website
Cowboy Bebop, Evangelion, Escaflowne, Berserk, Rurouni Kenshin, Samurai Champloo, GTO, Azumanga Daioh, Patlabor, and Death Note. I just wanted to make mention of these terrific AND popular anime than didn’t make your intro list because I don’t want to catch any flak for seemingly overlooking them in my list.
Some ten years ago, when I was preparing for professional life after Stargate, I started picking up anime with an eye to finding a potential property that would make a good live action film or television series. The idea was to come up with a couple of titles, option them, and eventually set one up at a studio or network. Well, turned out my plans for that next project had to wait as, ten years later, I’m still working on Stargate. In the meantime, my anime collection has swelled to about a thousand titles.
That initial research gave way to a respect and love for the genre and, today, I watch an anime episode a day in a bid to keep current, improve my Japanese language skills and, of course, find that next big project in preparation for life after Stargate.
What follows is a list of my personal underrated favorites:
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