The Fourth Titan

September 21st, 2008 by Author

When I regard my anime favourites, I see a big gap between the few I consider truly great, and the best of the rest. Azumanga Daioh, Manabi Straight, and Haibane Renmei tower over the crowd of lesser shows like three titans of anime series.

Actually, this picture is obsolete, because I’ve seen Gurren Lagann. I am not quite sure where it fits. Is it as great as Azumanga? Or greater? If so, how much greater?

UPDATE: Steven, here’s the list:

Character Series Comment
Archer Fate/Stay Night

No good screencap of Rin or Saber
Yurika Martian Succ. Nadesico
Meia Vandread No good screenshot of Barnette standing
Noriko Ooyama Dai-Guard Uniforms look like Stellvia indeed.
Aina Sahalin 08th MS Team
Lafiel Banner of The Stars
Akane Ranma 1/2
Yurie Hitotsubashi Kamichu Not sure if Kamichu belongs.
Ixtli RahXephon Manifested as Reika Mishima
Nayuta Shingu Sorry to capture Nayuta with such idiotic expression, but again no better screenshot.
Funaho Tenchi Muyo OVA, ep.13 I’ve not seen Ryo Ohki.
Kozue Mahoraba
Aoi Ai Yori Aoshi Hate the show, love first 2 episodes.
Tsubasa Figure 17 I think it’s a masterpiece, but I cannot make myself watch it again.
Inez Fressange Martian Succ. Nadesico I’m cheating to fill the gaps.
Yukari Morita Rocket Girls Doesn’t really belong with the rest, but I love that show.

The list is made out of the list of completed series at my ANN list, with a couple dropping out by accident (e.g. To Heart should’ve been there). Vandread represents both itself and Stellvia.

UPDATE: Thanks to Matthew sagematt@#animeblogger for corrections (Ixthil -> Ixtli). And indeed, Meia’s insert was poorly done. OTZ.

MAYBE IMPORTANT: I went through my old notes found that the collage project was started after I’ve read a post by Evirus looking back to Azumanga. It reminded me just how tremendous Azumanga was. BTW, he had some choice words for the evil Ledford regime too.