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By: Sandy Connell

Whilst I may have found another human-being willing to tolerate me for the rest of her life, I still have a profound appreciation for the fact that, despite all the disappointments and heart-ache I’ve endured as a fan of anime, those movies, series and OVAs can’t break-up with me. They’re stuck with me as their ardent admirer, occasional detractor, nag, obsessive and life partner – for better or worse.

This list is more-or-less a favorites list, plus a partial “To Watch” list and, as such, is heavily skewed in favor of sci-fi & fantasy anime (especially that of the late 80s and early 90s). Even those anime on this list that are kinda dumb and cheesy ( TWILIGHT OF THE DARK MASTER ) or exploitative and sexist ( WICKED CITY ) muddled or over-ambitious ( NEO TOKYO ) or terribly disappointing ( REDLINE ) are none-the-less notable examples of this multi-faceted art-form as it has existed in Japan. Here’s to Otakuism…

Not yet on MUBI’s database:
Macross: Do You Remember Love? (1984, dir. Shōji Kawamori & Noburo Ishiguro) – An absolute must for fans of the luxurious, epic anime released during the opulent days of Japan’s economic bubble. Those interested in classic anime should not begrudge the healthy cheese course that is served-up, along with the epic action and grandeur of this film. Certainly the sort of movie I wish I could have seen in the cinema.

Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend (1989, dir. Hideki Takayama) – A film of extremely questionable quality but a must for anyone curious to witness the film that brought mainstream attention to Hentai animation and it’s (allegedly) beloved genre staple: tentacle rape. An interesting experiment, though not one for the faint of heart, is to play the film whilst doing something else, like cooking, and listen only to the audio. The soundtrack alone is enough to turn your hair white.

Read about brilliant obscurities and reviews from the Shanghai International Film Festival at Films Of Every Colour



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