One of the most frequent complaints we hear (please keep them coming, by the way, we find them absolutely delightful) is that we’re blinded by nostalgia, favoring older titles over newer ones of similar quality.
A hop through our archives will reveal some harsh reviews of 80s OVAs and plenty of praise for newer stuff. Yeah, we’ve never been coy about our love for lovingly-animated Oriental Video Animation about big ol’ robots, a genre that reached its apex while we were in diapers, blissfully unaware that a quarter century or so later, we’d be spending our free time seriously contemplating cartoons from another nation.
But we watch other stuff too, yo.
So for the remaining doubters out there, we’ve decided to tackle our greatest challenge yet: a theme week on the ’00s, a bitterly contentious decade in the history of Japanimation. We’ve mostly avoided writing about the real heavy hitters (the world probably doesn’t need another Spirited Away write-up), but we’ve taken a look at what we, much like the Library of Congress, have deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Plus, in true Colony Drop style, we also figured we’d stumble in to the decade-in-review party 11 months late, clutching a brown paper bag and mumbling incoherently. It’s how we do.