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Modern Classics: Kyoto Animation’s “Hyouka”

What makes something a “classic”?

Whether it be film, book, video game, or TV show, every form of media has what is referred to as a classic. Filmophiles will look to Metropolis (1927), for example, as a classic of the science fiction genre.  Book lovers might consider The Lord of the Rings (1954) a masterpiece of literature, while video game and television classics may be The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991) and Twin Peaks (1990) respectively.

What is it that all of these so-called “classics” have in common? Is it their decades-old age? Or is it their lasting appeal–they’re ability to perfect, to innovate, and to influence? Classics are seen, read, and played by many, and are known of by even more.

But does a particular movie, book, game or TV show become a classic as it ages, or is it born one? Some may claim that yes, its enduring popularity after many years is what determines whether or not something is a “classic.” But there are some that say that because it is a classic, it remains popular despite the passage of time. In other words, is its lasting appeal the cause or the effect?

It’s an unresolved debate, even now, but it’s a debate that makes classics classic, after all. For so long as we’re still talking about them, the high pedestals on which we put them remain deserved.

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Never Once Skipped: My Top 10 Anime Openings

Anime openings can sometimes get repetitive. Sure, they’re mostly all great, catchy tunes, but after the fifteenth time (particularly during a binge-watching session), all you really want is for the show to start. But there are some anime openings that grab you by the shoulders and refuse to let you go. Those are the openings that stick with you, the ones that are never once skipped. So, with that in mind, here are my ten favorite anime openings of all time:

(Note: I did not consider the Pokémon opening, cuz–let’s be real–that’s everyone‘s favorite)

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Swimming Is Truly Outrageous: Free! Eternal Summer!

Yeah alright, I watched the first season of this, so go ahead and judge me. But hey, there are far, far worse things to come out of Japan than this Goddammit Kyle. I could have talked about a really good show like Hyouka or Space Dandy, but I lack the mental depth to do either justice. So in lieu of them, we’ll go with buff swimmers. Try to keep your clothes on.

"GOOD GRIEF, HE'S NAKED" - Plankton
“GOOD GRIEF, HE’S NAKED!” – Plankton

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Zankyou no Terror Series Premiere

I don’t keep up enough on anime as I used to, but I still make the occasional effort to renew my otaku-status. Recently, I tried to get into Hunter x Hunter but for whatever reason, shounen anime just don’t do it for me anymore. Anyway, this aside is more of a reminder to myself than anything else.

Watanabe Shinichiro, legendary anime director of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo fame, has a new series coming out today, the ultra-serious Zankyo no Terror (translated “Terror in Resonance”)–an anime that looks to be about two kid-terrorists who bomb Tokyo out of the blue. What ensues is a game of wits between the teenagers and the people intent on stopping them.

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