Greetings, one and all. I am Arashix, member of SUTORAIKUanime, owner of Kaminarianime, and also now, guest writer here at AOIA. Wanted to do something big for my first post, but think I will start out rather simple. Hope you all find it interesting.
As a seasoned viewer of anime, ever once in awhile someone mentions a title or series I never heard of and one that will seem up my alley of taste after some research. Once I start watching and really get engaged into all that is happening, I have to ask myself: “Why Didn’t I Watch This Sooner?” Even to this day, I find myself doing it ever once in awhile, but not as much as I did back in my rookie days (that was before finding sites like Myanimelist, AnimeNewsNetwork, etc). Why do some series seem shadowed…?
Pushing aside things like studio history, promotional campaigns, series life, genre, and even blogger support (review or coverage wise); most of the series are mainly done in by their own peers — either series of lesser or even greater renown. Let’s face it, you will probably remember a mainstream title like One Piece or Bleach compared to something obscure like H2O: Footprints in the Sand or even something old-school like 3×3 (Of course, depending on who you are). I rather watch the latter. I am not declaring any hate for Mainstream or memorable series, but simply saying their are some titles that deserve equal notary and also just as memorable.
For example, a series in the slice-of-life/comedy genre that I felt got overlooked is Hyakko. I did a recent review for it and even a fellow blogger, @fkeroge voted it the Most underrated during AOIA’s award cermony. I would rather place that first on my list to watch rather than something that I minimally enjoyed like K-ON or even something I did like Lucky Star. Again, not casting any hate, but it is somewhat inconceivable of how or why series miss the intended target audience or are just plain missed entirely by a large portion.
Even series that I initial thought were poor turned out to be brilliant and deserve some spotlight. In this case, the mecha series, Zegapain. While the first four episodes are abysmal at best and enough to make me drop the series; sticking with the series was the most rewarding thing I ever did. Above the action and the aesthetics, it was the themes that captured my heart. I see why now it was granted a remake, but still lacks some the prestige I was hoping it would get. However in some regards, I believe it is for the best and something you can not really force someone to set down and watch. At least, it was the themes that I expected to make an impact.
Maybe I am thinking too highly of such series or maybe it was my positive experiences in general. Whatever the case, their is no denying that their are series that deserve more of a chance than given. However, I guess that is why I am so fond of reviewing, since it gives you a chance through words to make the best case you can for your favorite series and also explain why you dismiss or dislike others in a fair and logically manner. Well, most of us anyway. Simply, maybe these series are “shadowed” for a reason and is up to each of us to uncover these hidden gems and present them into the world the way we remember them. To that end, it is up to everyone else to decide whether it is junk or a a diamond in the rough….
Any series you think deserve more attention?