While I have nothing truly against ranked lists, I don’t really enjoy them for the ranking and listing aspect. I read them because I like how bloggers attempt to justify the placement of such anime in their respective lists in a concise manner. I get to read opinions on shows that can be refreshing at times, if not revelatory of the bloggers’ taste, context, and overall experience.
Even with all that, the experience is still a crap shoot. You’ll meet a whole bunch of shows over and over — especially the ones you’ve successfully avoided watching, no matter how great the hype and acclaim for them (perhaps that’s why you’ve avoided them in the first place).
So why do people do these posts? A number of reasons can apply (though not at the same time). They…
- Want to show off their taste in anime, theirs is just sooo much better than yours;
- Want you to get to know them better and get along with people with the somewhat similar tastes;
- Want you to enjoy the shows they really like;
- Want you to conform to their ideas of quality;
- Have no other material to write;
- Demonstrate an exhaustive, least subjective system of evaluation and review for anime;
- Remember love for shows they’ve enjoyed over the years;
- Just love to share and talk about anime.
It doesn’t really matter to me, I require no justification. I’m more interested, obviously for reason #7. I like reading posts that have elements of that — the time in their life when they discovered the show they rank so highly. BUT AS I SAID, THE FUTURE OF REMEMBERING LOVE FOR ANIME IS NOT IN WRITING LISTS. I SHALL SHOW YOU.
My favorite list-related post published at the end of the decade (even if you consider my timekeeping wrong, I don’t care) is Baka-Raptor’s. He didn’t even make a list. He just told everybody who did to go straight to hell (very much in character). Now Baka-Raptor doesn’t need further fellating at this point, but the credit is due. The post is wicked.
Not a single one mentions Detroit Metal City.
But Baka-Raptor, top anime lists are subjective!
Your mom is subjective. Even if each individual list is subjective, aggregating subjective preferences across an entire community invariably drags objectivity into the picture. If DMC is so good, why isn’t it in anyone’s top five? Because most anime bloggers are pussies. Their Top Five lists are full of shows that make them feel warm and fuzzy.
[…] This wouldn’t be such a big deal if people honestly didn’t like DMC, but that’s not the case at all. DMC has received nothing but glowing praise from everyone who’s ever watched it. The problem isn’t that DMC doesn’t deserve to be in anyone’s top five; the problem is that nobody truly appreciates how great it is.
Baka-Raptor can shut up now because I know of at least two other people who can appreciate how great Detroit Metal City is.
Yeah, BusterBeamSlash hasn’t even seen Detroit Metal City yet, but is enough of a badass at THREE DAYS OLD to be soothed by the very idea of Johannes Krauser II’s brand of metal. She’s had sung to her the SDF Macross theme (of course), ‘Totsugeki Love Heart,’ (must hear version and my daughter will learn this some day), ‘Planet Dance,’ ‘What ‘Bout My Star,’ and ‘Yuusha o Tanjo‘ (great results).
Years from now she might come at me with all the freaking Buster Corps. for involving her in a blog post template conversation of all things, and I won’t run away from my eventual comeuppance, but I don’t think she’ll regret ever going to DMC. Even her mother liked it.
My daughter is already a badass mere moments after she was born [->]
The Buster Beam Slash is a spectacular attack by the Buster Machine No. 7 (See Aim for the Top 2!|Diebuster!) [->]
Read this Diebuster! post with your arms crossed. That’s really the best way. (OGT 2009/06/20)
Big moments from both Gunbuster! and Diebuster! (Pontifus 2009/12/22)
How can I do this to my innocent daughter you ask? It’s silly harmless fun. I’ve done it before (while my daughter was still a literal moeblob [->] But to answer the question, It takes a fanboy (otou-san 2008/10/24)
One Year Ago…
I confused Grace O’Connor with Belledandy and had quite an interesting time of it [->]