The Death of Classic Anime

  • Published on May 15, 2019
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    Today I extend my thoughts on a comment I made previously in my "Best of Anime 2018" video about the lack of modern classic Anime, since non of you could agree on it in the comments section.

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  • XXCreed
    XXCreed Day ago

    It's the Super Saiyan problem of escalation.
    It took years, literal and fictional for Goku to reach that level. It stuck with that show's universe as a defining moment. Then two kids hit that same level before the age of ten, and it's not enough of an impact to last.
    Cowboy Bebop deserves to be a classic, but it also didn't have to compete with such a saturated industry. When more people had the skilled artists, access to cgi, the money to pay for passion projects, we got a lot of anime that could have been on the same level as Gundam or such.
    So while I accept the idea that anime hasn't gotten worse, I reject the idea that there are no modern classics, because the people who will call them classics are the 12-15 years olds of today who grow up to talk about SAO, One Punch Man, Rage of Bahamut, Attack on Titan, etc in the RU-clip of the 2030s.

  • Saturn V
    Saturn V Day ago +2

    Easiest solution: Admit SAO is a classic.

  • godwhomismike
    godwhomismike 2 days ago

    While there is a lot of new anime each season, we're plagued with endless imouto, romcom, isekai, and poor quality cgi generic trash shows. Even some of the slice of life, where there is no character development or real conflicts. Older anime sometimes had significantly better character development and high stakes, plus anime of yesteryear was not scared to have an unhappy ending where the MC or important character would die or lose everything at the end. I feel like most shows today feel the need to have to wrap up with a generic happy ending, which is not how anime used to be. Back in the 90s and early 2000s, you never knew how it would end, does MC succeed or fail, or even die.

  • godwhomismike
    godwhomismike 2 days ago

    Nothing will ever top the Winter/Spring 2018 season. There was endless quality anime. This Summer 2019 season is one of the biggest duds in years. 3/4 of the week there is nothing to watch. A couple of seasons ago, it was new quality anime shows almost 7 nights a week the whole season.

  • chase trowell
    chase trowell 3 days ago

    Do a Vid on plastic memories.

  • Wisdom&Strength
    Wisdom&Strength 3 days ago

    too much anime is too much just like everything else , it will make you jaded and it will make you lose your appreciation of things....

  • Dadley Ongori
    Dadley Ongori 3 days ago

    Hey, what's the background music from 2:45 - 3:30. Thanks

  • Cry baby Senpai
    Cry baby Senpai 3 days ago

    Aw for pc

  • georgedisorder
    georgedisorder 3 days ago

    I will NEVER not recommend watching Escaflowne to anybody, anywhere, anytime, forever. They don't make 'em like that anymore, that's for damn sure.

  • truth tæller
    truth tæller 4 days ago

    One punch man and mob pshyco are fucking classics. ''weeabo noise iintensified'' WrRRR

  • Oyamada13
    Oyamada13 4 days ago +2

    Puella Magi Madoka Magica is one of the modern classics.

  • Astral Buddha
    Astral Buddha 4 days ago

    YES! I love Legend of the Galactic Heroes.

  • Massive Boi
    Massive Boi 5 days ago

    Gigguk thinks that sao is the most relevant 2012 anime? Jojo’s bizarre adventure must’ve not came to mind while writing the script

  • PetroFTW
    PetroFTW 5 days ago +1

    If the “classics” get remade/reformed/buffed art style I’ll watchem but my eyes just cant take the animation styles of them all

    • Otaku 4life
      Otaku 4life 4 days ago

      So you only care about art? Not the story, characters, and themes?

  • Suggarion 13
    Suggarion 13 5 days ago +1


    • Rendi Fahlevi
      Rendi Fahlevi 3 days ago

      tokyo ghoul have great main story i think. but with very bad execution, story line, and its kinda boring especially in root A. the manga was good, but the anime is shit. not like jojo or aot, tokyo ghoul doesn't have character development it make tokyo ghoul just being an avarage show, just like SAO its good at first but after 10 episode its turn into an avarage show. and tokyo ghoul and SAO doesn't have consistency in story line sometimes its good sometimes is really bad, i mean sometimes tokyo ghoul was good and sometimes feells like completely shit. disaggre with my opinion? how about you go to myanimelist and check tokyo ghoul rating score.

    • Fenix Anime BG
      Fenix Anime BG 5 days ago

      Tokyo Ghoul? Lol.

  • A Google User
    A Google User 5 days ago +1

    The beginning of the video I though was an actual ad. So I looked for the skip ad button.

  • Daniel Schmidt
    Daniel Schmidt 6 days ago

    JoJo is a modern classic

  • Zypris
    Zypris 6 days ago +1

    Sad Trigun wasn't included in any of the clips for examples of classics.

  • corbeneck
    corbeneck 6 days ago

    for someone that reads manga shield hero is better than mob and promised neverland is going to blow your mind in season 4 or five depending on if the anime skips threw the story you the manga is always far ahead the shows read promised neverland and prove me wrong....

  • TempoRoyale
    TempoRoyale 6 days ago

    how dare you lump in demon slayer with one punch man season 2

  • ian okan
    ian okan 7 days ago

    UHH....... Attack on titan anyone

  • ur mom
    ur mom 7 days ago +4

    Vinland Saga: Allow me to introduce myself.

  • Cat Lover
    Cat Lover 7 days ago

    I am mostly out of the loop in terms of “new anime”, so I almost always only hear of an anime anywhere from 10-2 years after it has come out. Honestly it has so far been working as a pretty good filter for me, as only the really good ones stick in people’s minds long enough for me to have a chance to hear about it. This also gives me a buffer period so that if there’s a bad year I can easily just catch up on all of the older anime that is fantastic enough for people to recommend it years after it has come out. But it also makes it so that I cannot have up to date conversations about anime except for with other people who use a similar system.
    (One of my friends is so out of the loop that I almost always have to introduce her to the anime that I am talking about and have a full length movie night before we can actually have a discussion about the shows though.

  • ruhl1337
    ruhl1337 7 days ago +1

    Started watching LOTGH after seeing this video. Just finished it this afternoon. Absolute masterpiece.

  • Noemie Pace
    Noemie Pace 8 days ago

    Fruits Basket is a classic
    It fills all three criteria and is very impactful. Since the reboot is still on going, I think you have to finish at least season 1 to understand what I mean, except if you read the manga, and possibly the first anime version ( sort of )

  • Math
    Math 9 days ago

    We need a new Anime Original Series, after all, they made the classics.

  • Math
    Math 9 days ago

    Again with Gigguk starting the video very memey and ending it like a fecking Ted Talk

  • Violetshift
    Violetshift 9 days ago

    Sangatsu no Lion is a modern classic

  • Moss Is Usually Green
    Moss Is Usually Green 11 days ago +2

    attack on titan
    attack on titan
    Attack on Titan
    fight me.

  • TheOnlyExotic ,
    TheOnlyExotic , 11 days ago

    The Game is fun

  • thedancing petal
    thedancing petal 12 days ago +1

    We used to have 50+ episodes per anime and a show could last for a year. Nowadays, we only have 13-26 episodes per anime which only last about 3 months. The short air date gives us no time to get engaged with the story and growing older along with the character. Like firework. While it is great and sparkly, it doesnt last long.

  • Clara Payá Medrano
    Clara Payá Medrano 12 days ago

    Soy el comentario en español que estabas buscando😂

  • Super Sea Snails
    Super Sea Snails 13 days ago

    I've definitely played that piece near the end in orchestra

  • MrMeh23
    MrMeh23 13 days ago

    I would genuinely say that K-On should be considered a classic anime. It's relatable to anyone who ever went to high school.

    • Math
      Math 9 days ago

      Not sure about that fam, we're not all cute anime girls that want to be a superstar

  • Zelousmarineinspace
    Zelousmarineinspace 13 days ago +1

    So basically it’s Jojo that’s the modern classic, even if the manga is old.

  • Infinity Gauntlet
    Infinity Gauntlet 13 days ago +1

    Man if I could make an anime I’d flip every trope upside down.
    No overpowered Mcs(looking at you ISekai anime)
    No asspulls or bullshit power of friendship (looking at you fairytail)
    No over the top, extravagant hair colors for the main characters.
    Have a fair amount of fan service(less than Fairytail but more than Naruto)
    No bullshit hidden powers everytime characters come close to the brink of death (dragonball )

  • Mohammad Hadidi
    Mohammad Hadidi 14 days ago

    Such a motivational video thanks

    DOUBLE O WOO 14 days ago +2

    The Anime community should really consider creating a unanimous hall of fame of anime......

  • Fabi_ Kun
    Fabi_ Kun 14 days ago

    I think Dr.Stone has the potential to become a modern classic because it has that special thing that i don't know how to describe it that a lot of classic animes have.

    • thedancing petal
      thedancing petal 12 days ago +1

      Dr Stone cleverly twists the standard troupe of shounen genre. For example, there is 'from nothing to something' troupe. But, instead of fantasy, it goes with science element. That's why Dr Stone feels classic yet unique at the same time.

  • Sasquatch Gaming
    Sasquatch Gaming 14 days ago +1

    Bruh “just who the hell do you think I am?” Hit hard

    HALKYXN 15 days ago +3

    Underrated classic: hellsing ultimate

  • 「dumbass」
    「dumbass」 15 days ago

    Holy crap most dedicated fanbase 5:45
    Didn’t think I’d see that here

  • baker ihjul
    baker ihjul 16 days ago

    How can you set your words ... fam they really leave an impact👌👏

  • Hungry God
    Hungry God 16 days ago +1

    Recently I decided to rewatch Hanasaku Iroha, Nagi no Asu kara, and Shirobako.

    These shows aren't old per se. Nagi no Asu kara, and Shirobako released in 2014 while Hansaku Iroha released in 2011, but hey felt so old and foreign to me when revisiting them. If I could describe that feeling of rewatching them again it wouldn't be the nostalgia, but the opportunity to look back upon my own past and think about all that's happened in these 8 years. Personally, I consider these pieces classics even if they weren't the most impactful.

    • thedancing petal
      thedancing petal 12 days ago

      Thw anime you mentioned belongs to Coming of Age and Slice of Life genre. Those genre indeed connect to people very easily because people experience similar problem in their life. So, don't confuse those genre with classic anime.

  • Cats Moo
    Cats Moo 17 days ago

    Id call gurren lagann a classic.

  • Francesca Gonzalez Ramos

    Yeah Mark Ruffalo huh! Martian Successor Nadesico and Neon Genesis Evangelion were great, and Darling in the Franxx is terrible.

  • Mark Dowse
    Mark Dowse 18 days ago

    Please shut up about """""TROPES""""". Irrelevant.
    Stop wanking. Start thinking..........

  • Big Toblerone
    Big Toblerone 18 days ago

    Higurashi is a classic anime.
    Made in Abyss is a modern classic.

  • Infinity Gauntlet
    Infinity Gauntlet 18 days ago +1

    “If everything is special, nothing is.”
    Wait, is he legally allowed to say that?

  • Denis Schneider
    Denis Schneider 19 days ago

    Gurren lagann was my First Anime :D

  • Nova X
    Nova X 19 days ago

    Imma make a big anime tiddie thick gal 😏

  • Trisha Heron
    Trisha Heron 19 days ago

    Funny how he didn't include a single Dragonball/Z clip, considering how long that franchise has been around (DBZ first aired in Japan in 1989......) and is still relevant. I understand the pain though of finding a modern classic, but really no one can predict what holds up with time. Just look at cinema.

  • duncan kuijpers
    duncan kuijpers 20 days ago

    The game you linked isnt on steam anymore

  • The Queen Of Demons
    The Queen Of Demons 20 days ago


  • Re2pect Is earned
    Re2pect Is earned 20 days ago

    Id call bunny girl senpai a classic

  • Deaket Gt
    Deaket Gt 21 day ago

    Is jojo a classic?

  • anAmateurGamer
    anAmateurGamer 22 days ago +1

    I think something that will always be a classic in my mind is devil man crybaby and I might even go as far to say it’s my favorite anime of all time

  • Mikumi Shiota
    Mikumi Shiota 22 days ago

    Thanks for showing clips of Revolutionary Girl Utena. That... that was a true classic.

  • United States of America

    JoJo: *laughs in bizzare*

  • Dr. Bear
    Dr. Bear 23 days ago +3

    Promised neverland, Aot S3p2, MHA (if it doesn't go on too long), if I trust what my manga buddies tell me - then Dr. Stone might make it.

  • Marek Siciński
    Marek Siciński 23 days ago

    ah yes the great """"""classic"""""", endgame, that is going to define 'my generation'. go fuck yourself

  • Marek Siciński
    Marek Siciński 23 days ago

    I mean ur definiton of a classic seems to factor in a lot the idea of how you saw them when u were a kid/young

  • Piece Of Kei
    Piece Of Kei 24 days ago +1

    “What’s the point of looking back?”
    Me: watching anohana instead of the animes that’s coming out

    • TheAskald
      TheAskald 21 day ago +1

      if you haven't you should watch a movie from 2018 made by the director of Ano Hana: Maquia.

  • Itsyeboi
    Itsyeboi 24 days ago

    Most of the comments are just jojo and attack on titan fans

  • 3 A-Holes
    3 A-Holes 24 days ago

    I feel like One Punch Man is a modern Classic. Season 1 will stand the test of time as one of the greatest anime seasons just for how it changed the way we look at the tropes in the industry. It also still has memorable and likeable characters that keep us wanting to follow along to see where this different concept is going.

  • King Soft
    King Soft 24 days ago

    I miss my 300+ episode shounens...

  • Raja Sunwar
    Raja Sunwar 24 days ago

    Long as JoJo is around, we'll be okay.

  • Sunny M
    Sunny M 25 days ago

    What anime is the shot from 11:33 from?

  • Marthe Tanghe
    Marthe Tanghe 25 days ago +1

    I have been out of the anime scene for about 3 years, and there are so many new shows that's it's too overwhelming and I'm unable to choose, so I always rewatch old animes lol

  • Stevie G
    Stevie G 25 days ago

    Some moderns I would consider classic would be AoT, One punch man, Mob Psycho 100, Future diary's and thats about it atm. What anime got you into anime? DBZ was the first anime I was exposed to, but Hellsing was the first anime I had to rewatch a thousand times.

  • Jeffrey Canzani
    Jeffrey Canzani 25 days ago

    Garden Of Sinners (and quite possibly Fate Zero) is absolutely a modern classic. It’s a cult favorite, is insanely well animated, directed and scored, and evokes emotions that most viewers didn’t think were possible through anime. Like Bebop, it is only now reaching the acclaim it deserves, mostly through word of mouth. But by far, it is the absolute masterpiece of the 2000’s.
    I could also make the case for Gundam the Origin and the masterful Ghost in The Shell: Arise series, but those are new interpretations of classics that arguably outshine their originals in many ways.
    So, I will make the argument for a much less polished and controversial pick:
    Elfen Lied. It weirdly seems like the perfect “bridge classic”- or a beloved and masterful series that bridges the 80s/90’s classics and those of the 2000’s. It’s art style and pacing resembles the slower, calmer style of older classics Like bebop and Trigun, but it has a sort of cinematic calm that runs through it as well. I know the show is sort of controversial in the anime community, but from what I’ve seen, most people who have seen it have thought about it as very emotional and dear to their hearts, and often time, it’s their gateway into more dramatic, adult oriented anime, which is very much what those 90’s classics did for us older fans.

  • Jeffrey Canzani
    Jeffrey Canzani 25 days ago +1

    You are the definitive anime RU-clipr for people between 20-30 years old. Everyone else likes moe trash

    • Robin Astra
      Robin Astra 25 days ago

      Don't know if I fully agree with you. But I don't disagree either.

  • Caecus Umbra
    Caecus Umbra 26 days ago

    I know about 60% of the anime used for background clips and I really want to know the other 40...

  • all hail the whale
    all hail the whale 27 days ago

    when jojo fans literally drive you insane and you start repeatedly spamming reee in comment sections

  • Cure4Living
    Cure4Living 27 days ago

    Am I the only one who hated Serial Experiments Lain? Like just hated it, well not as much as Earth Girl Arjuna but as far as I'm concerned Arjuna is the anime equivalent of Timothy Treadwell