The point of anime as an art form is to entertain audiences by telling a story that can only be brought to life through animation. As such, an anime artist’s ambition is not just to finish the job at hand, but to do it perfectly.

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These anime may differ in terms of their legacy (or lack thereof) in pop culture and their impacts on the industry, but they all share an ambition to push the medium of anime to new horizons or even change how it works.

ten The Gunsmith Cats animators went out of their way to perfectly recreate Chicago

Cartoons set in America aren’t something new, but Gunsmith Cats took his tuning very seriously. Instead of just imagining what the city of Chicago looked like, OLM, Inc. animators traveled to Chicago and scouted locations. In fact, the OVA animators captured Chicago so perfectly that it can be used as a time capsule of the city in the early 90s.

While in the United States, director Takeshi Mori and his team studied firearms and recorded sounds (including Rally’s signature 1967 Shelby Cobra GT-500) from their real-life sources. The result was one of the best anime ever made. Gunsmith Cats may not have the most original story, but it’s still a feat of animation to behold.

9 Cowboy Bebop guarantees weekly cinematic quality

When cowboy bebop first aired, it was advertised as a “new genre unto itself”. Although director Shinichiro Watanabe admitted that was an exaggeration on his part, his magnum opus proved the hyperbolic boasting right. Each episode of cowboy bebop was essentially a short film, and the animation for each episode exceeded the needs of its story.

Sunrise brought the specific cinematic influences and goals of each episode to life, and to this day, little to no anime can match. cowboy bebop in terms of artistic ambition and episodic quality. Watanabe boosted his team’s morale by saying that the animewould become a timeless hit, not knowing that its promise would come true decades later.

8 Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team Was The Most Realistic Anime Real Robot

To be fair, almost all Mobile Suit Gundam the anime made after the original series provides excellent animation (especially in the scenes featuring the giant robots), but fans consider 08th SP Team like the best. It mostly has to do with the OVA’s grounded and grounded take on mecha warfare, but that praise also stems from its ambitious animation and production.

08th SP Team has some of the most detailed and realistic robot animations ever seen in a Gundam anime and real robot shows in general. Moreover, Sunrise’s ambition shone brightest when they finished it, even after the series director (Takeyuki Kanda) died suddenly during production. This caused a major delay in the release of new episodes, but the wait was worth it.

seven Attack On Titan Season 1 Put Wit Studio On The Map

Given its massive cultural footprint, it’s hard to remember when The attack of the Titans was the underdog. Such was the case in 2013, when new company Wit adapted Hajime Isayama’s manga for its debut. Wit’s stellar fight scenes were unlike anything seen before, though the trade-off (i.e. barely animated conversations) was painfully obvious.

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Fortunately, Wit Studio’s bet paid off. Not only The attack of the Titans become a global phenomenon, but it helped Wit make his mark in the anime industry. Wit is currently known for his great series like Ranking of kings and Vivy: Flourite Eye Song, and they wouldn’t be where they are now without the Survey Corps saga.

6 One Punch Man Season 1 Was Made On A Medium Budget

Part of the reason why One Punch Man’s The second season failed so badly that it couldn’t live up to the legendary animation of Madhouse in season 1. Given how amazing Saitama’s fights were, knowing that an episode cost between 70 and $80,000 sounds reasonable. Believe it or not, this is the kind of budget an average anime would get.

For comparison, an equally well-animated episode of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure can cost up to $120,000. In the end, the Madhouse staff really wanted to animate Saitama’s heroics, so they took a pay cut to get the job. The ambition and passion of the animators arguably worked too well, as they set impossible standards for JC Staff when they took over.

5 Post-Timeskip One Piece Outperforms Each New Episode

Toei Animation worked on A play since its inception, and it’s safe to say that the studio has come a long way. First, A play does not stand out from its action-packed peers. Over the seasons, its animation (especially the fight scenes) has improved in ways no one would have thought possible in 1999.

Against all expectations, the Toei surpasses itself every week. This has been going on since the Sabaody Archipelago arc, but became more evident after the time skip. For example, each new episode of Wano Country is better than the previous one. A play is the greatest anime in history, and Toei is determined to give its flagship the best animation until the end.

4 Ocean Waves gave Studio Ghibli newcomers their chance to shine

When it comes to Studio Ghibli movies, anything not directed by Hayao Miyazaki tends to get overlooked, no matter how good it is. An unfortunate example of this is the ode to high school nostalgia that is ocean waves, which was notable for being made by Ghibli’s relative newcomers and young animators instead of the usual veterans.

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While the film lacks the usual Ghibli grandeur and grandiosity, it’s still an admirable effort by those new to the industry. ‘ocean waves’ The focal romance has its flaws, but it more than makes up for them with gorgeous backgrounds and relaxing animation that deserves more credit, especially given the film’s tight budget and production issues.

3 The Animerama Trilogy is a collection of rare avant-garde animated films

There are very few anime movies (or movies, in general) like Eichi Yamamoto’s. animerama trilogy, and it’s easy to see why. Not only were these dark, psychedelic erotic stories nearly impossible to market, but their animation was anything but conventional. At best, the visuals of all three films can be summed up as “cutting edge.”

The trilogy (which includes One Thousand and One Nights, Cleopatra, and belladonna of sadness) features more expressionist settings and panning shots than animated sequences, which may be more of an acquired taste than anything. Even so, the animerama the films must be seen at least once by those who admire and respect the animated art form.

2 Akira has taken traditional animation to the limit and beyond

At the time of its manufacture and release, Akira was the most expensive animated film at the time, and every second of its 124-minute runtime showed where that money went. We talked a lot about from Akira impressive numerical data such as the number of cels and colors they needed, but focusing only on these detracts from the artistic merit of the film.

Akira is a jaw-dropping achievement in animation, and this is most evident in how detailed each shot is and how smoothly every action moves. Despite this level of expert craftsmanship and the fact that this is an epic in every sense of the word, Akira actually failed in Japan, and was only financially redeemed and critically vindicated when it arrived in the West.

1 Paprika was Satoshi Kon’s last animated masterpiece

The passing of Satoshi Kon is one of animation’s greatest losses, and Paprika may very well be his magnum opus. Shortly after finishing perfect blue in 1997, Kon started working on Paprika, and would not end until almost a decade later. Kon hoped to do Paprika his ultimate surreal expression and, needless to say, he did just that.

Paprika has blurred the line between imagination and reality more than any of Kon’s work, and it wouldn’t be possible without Madhouse’s breathtakingly detailed and fluid animation. To date, no anime has managed to achieve even a little Paprika dreamlike wonder and terror, and it’s safe to say it will remain that way for the foreseeable future.