AZ Rant: The Golden Age of Anime

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47 Replies to “AZ Rant: The Golden Age of Anime”

  1. Personally, my Golden Age was in the 90s/early 2000s and I genuinely believe that we're in another Golden Age right now. Historian here which is kinda not really relevant but it does help me recognize game changing events and periods. I consider the 90s a Golden Age because a lot of shows were game changers and influenced the growth of the anime genre that still stands today. For me, the 90s wasn't My Golden Age because it had a lot of my favorite shows but because historically, it changed anime. I think the same thing is happening now. Over the years I lost interest in actually watching anime shows no matter how many new series were released. I just…couldn't find anything impactful. I was lucky to find at least one series a year that I liked/that became popular. But these past few years there's been scores of incredible new anime shows and it seems that the most successful ones are revolutionizing/building on the core tropes that 90s/early 2000s created when they were the ones who changed anime back then. Suddenly there's this new standard in anime to show the viewers something different rather than something marketable.

  2. My golden age is still going on
    I only realized what anime was a few years ago and I watch what I like when I like. I don’t plan to end my golden age for a while!

  3. Well, i feel the Golden Age of anime is kind of subjective. The golden age ended for me when Idol anime became a thing..
    Also, I still prefer translator notes over ad-libbing from subtitles. I'd prefer to have the culture explained to me than for them to re-word everything in a way that it applies to western culture.

  4. I've been casually watching anime since the 90s, but my personal golden age is 2007 because that's the year I got hardcore into anime. Everything anime was so new and amazing to me, I would watch anything just because it was anime. All thanks to Code Geass! 🙂

  5. Golden age of anime isn't actually debatable from an objective standpoint. Early 90s to mid 2000s, aka the lost generation, saw a whole bunch of companies that gained a lot of money before the bubble economy popped and were itching to put the money burning into their pocket into incredibly high quality movies, OVAs, and even some TV anime.

    Of course, a lot of experimental shit got put out and a lot of those are instant classics. But I'm not really arguing about quality — regardless of cynicism, and despite the constantly changing landscape of anime production, good shows will be put out each year in some form or fashion. When you talk about golden age, you really just mean a time where economic or social conditions aligned to put ease of creativity at an all time high.
    Trying to label whatever "era" that has all the shows you're nostalgic towards as some sort of golden age is just trying to elevate your personal experience into some sort of global trusim.

    Okay, I will admit, 2006-2007 was pretty awesome, though.

  6. I have issues saying that I'm a fan of "anime" considering how vast it is. Because of this, rather than asking about the "golden age of anime" I find it more productive to break it into genres. For instance, I would say that the golden age of Shounen would be from the late 90s to the tail end of the 2000s, covering the breakout success of DBZ, the rise to power and dominance of the Big 3, and more casual shows like Pokemon, Yugi-Oh, and Digimon. Shounen existed before this period, and have been made since, but their level of dominance in the industry in this period would be a hard thing to understate. Odds are, if you got into anime during this period, it was because of Shounen battle anime, similar to how the Mecha genre dominated from the early 80s to mid 90s. Anime is a massive, thriving industry that is incredibly adaptable, so in that respect I'd say that we're in the middle of the golden age of anime, and it has lasted longer than I care to keep track. It's never buckled or dug itself in a hole it would seemingly never get out of, never failing to reinvent itself as needed. Really, I'm hard pressed to find another medium like this. Unlike something like the video game industry, which is more or less shepherded by a handful of the same potentially stagnant companies, with anime, the minute something starts to go stale, there's always something new to pick up the slack, ensuring the medium continues to thrive. Even if you aren't a fan of the current dominant genre you're probably very aware that what comes next just might be up your alley, not to mention you'll still get some pleasant surprises while you wait, like Mecha fans getting Gurren Lagann in 2007 or, more recently, Shounen fans getting My Hero Academia in 2016.

  7. 70 — early 90's is platinum
    late 90's to now was golden age
    when sony, netflix, amazon completely take over the anime market thats a silver age
    when sony, netflix, amazon ruin anime and sell all there rights to b level companies thats bronze age.
    same pattern happened with video games and comic books

  8. golden age exists independently of trends. you cant say something isn't golden age because it's just trends of the time. golden age is definitely is in the past but it's indeet hard to determine borders of golden age of anime not so long after its end.

  9. There's also the chaff visibility effect.
    There's a ton of chaff that dies off in every evolution in order for the survivor to move forward, and when you're living at the time you SEE all the chaff but when you look back you don't. So it's easy to think the whole time, back then, was full of inspired works. And it was! It's actually really rare for a time with any kind of artistic freedom NOT to be full of inspired works. But the same time is also full of vapid, horrible works, some of which have marketing departments as good as or better than the inspired works. If you see all the chaff, the generation on the whole doesn't look that great. But the chaff will be deservedly forgotten. We will look back and see the greats that came out in these years and, more importantly, we WON'T see the crap. The filtering takes time.

  10. Nah I'm a relatively new anime fan but I also think the mid 2000s is the golden age but I still love the new anime but the classics from a decade ago are my favourite mostly

  11. I'd argue that the golden age of anime came not by the styles or the anime itself, but with the release of streaming services and p2p sharing. Now more than ever the world has easy access to all anime, new and old. Everyone can enjoy what anime they like, when they like. This isn't just for anime either but TV and Movies in general.

  12. I started anime with the late 2000s begining of the 2010s. The big shows were Death note, Code Geass, the big three, and the classics like evangelion or bebop. It was my golden age. But then year after year we get some great anime. Sometimes its a sucky year, but sometimes is an ufotable year, or we get gems like One punch man or Madoka. Every year brings something different. Im watcing a generation of people who know boruto but havent watched boruto's dad, the show. I'm watching a generation that hates studio deen, and loves ufotable, even tho I loved deen's stay night so much it got me into the whole fate franchise, and even tho I know ufotable's work is WAY better, I still respect deen's attempt. Adapting fate must have been a nightmare, and in the time, it gave us some of the most memorable fights in anime and the BEST memes. I dont think fate would be what it is today without deen's works. As you stated there is no golden age of anime. But there is that magical momment, when you're entering the anime world, and everything is awesome, and each series is better than the last one, and that is truly your golden age, regardless of the shit taste you might have. Hell, I'll even admit that despite how much I hate SAO, it got so much non anime into the comunity that I respect it.

  13. And now in 2018 things are exactly like that. The 2000-2010 era is considered by most people of my generation to be the 'golden age' of anime because that's when most of them got into anime in the first place. It's always interesting to look back at the classics only to realise as you get older that classics never stop being made.

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