Compilation of top anime of the decade list – Movie / OAVPosted: March 17, 2010
Finally got time to post the second edition in this series of posts. This time I will be talking about anime films and OAV. The sample size for this is a little smaller but there are still some very cool results and trends based on all the lists posted by everyone.
First off, let’s have a look at top 20 movies + OAV list. I am presenting the data for movies and OAVs in a combined format since most have comparable length anyway. Besides, a lot of blog seems to interchangeably list OAV in a movie list anyway. Method used to rank them is described briefly in my first post:
Figure 1: Top 30 movie/OAV in each year (Click to enlarge)
Here are some comments:
1.1). Spirited Away really run away with this one. It registers in 18 out of 34 lists (53%) that have movies/OAV in them.
1.2). The top 20 are very high concentrated among a few directors. Kon Satoshi has 3 represented, Shinkai Makoto 3 and Miyazaki Hayao 3 and Hosoda Mamoru 2. 11 most well-liked movie / OAVs are made by only4 people. Is this just because these four are just a level above the rest or is there a lack of many consistent talents in general?
1.3) In terms of animation studios, Madhouse Animation wins by quite a long way with 6 movies in the top 20 alone. It is responsible for all of Kon’s and Hosoda’s works as well as Metropolis. Will do more in-depth analysis of animation studios later when I have collected all the data.
1.4). Only 2 list have Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children in it (despite it being the second most popular films in the list). I personally enjoy the many shout outs to the fans in the film. Having considered FFVII one of the best game ever, it was so awesome seeing Cid, Aerith and co. rendered in 3D. However, The story itself seems to take its toll and people sure recognize that.
1.5). Best rated film is Millennium Actress (12 lists gave it an average of 6.8) & Best rated OAV is FLCL (11 giving 4.9 on average)
2). Yearly look
2.1). 2004 is hands down the strongest year for shorter version of anime with 5 releases in the top 20 (Spirited Away, Millennium Actress, Read Or Die, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie & Metropolis). See Below
Figure 2: list of movie in top XX for each year.
2.2). Similar to anime series, 2000, 2008 and 2009 are down years with only 5 features in the top 30.
Figure 3: list of top movie/OAV in each year.
2.3). The three years that Shinkai Makoto released his features (Voices in 2002; The Place Promised in 2004; and 5 Centimeters in 2007) they are ranked no.1 in their respective years. How amazing is that. Miyazaki misses out on that honour when Howl’s got beat by Place Promised in 2004.
2.4). Looking at those two charts above also make me notice that 2005 is probably the worst year for short format features! Only FFVII: Advent Children, FMA: THe Movie and One Piece Omatsuri… (The one that Hosoda directed) made it to the list. And all are tied to popular game/anime franchises. Talk about a chronic lack of original movies in that year!
It’s getting late here so that’s it for now. Will post separate Movie and OAV list in the future posts + any additional analysis I think would be cool to do. Any comment on this is most welcomed!
Thanks again to all the bloggers for posting the lists:) For recognition, here are the additional movie-only decade lists that I have used for the above analysis (also added a few additional series+anime list that I have found after I made the first post:
Behind the Nihon Review – Reflection: http://behind-the.nihonreview.com/20100105/a-reflection-on-a-decade/
THEM Anime – Stig: http://www.themanime.org/editorials.php?id=24
Anime Dream – Matt: http://www.animedream.com/ad/media-spotlight/view/2901
Canne’s Anime Review: http://canime.wordpress.com/2009/12/26/last-post-2009/
Chaos Tangent: http://chaostangent.com/2009/12/anime-of-the-decade-1/