Spring Anime Watchlist: Retro Anime from the 80s & 90s

This spring season has brought about quite the beastly sense of nostalgia for me. I am honestly not sure if I’m feeling a tad bit more emotional due to recent personal growth, if it’s my atrocious allergies constantly trying to get me to sneeze my little brown head off, or if I’m merely getting old. Whatever the motives, I have been craving the aesthetics and storytelling beauty of retro—dare I even say vintage—anime serials

The Big O: A Chic, Cool, and Clever Tech-Noir Mecha Series about Forgetting Our Pasts – Anime 1st Impressions

The traits that I love about The Big O are exactly some of the reasons why the series probably wasn’t very popular in Japan, and instead has become a bit of a cult title within Western otaku audiences.  Some of these include the gorgeous animation style, the perception of how toxic it is to bury our pasts for the sake of our future, and the toss-backs to classic Western media and literary sources.

Ninja Scroll & the Blood-Soaked Criticisms of Japan’s Corrupt Government During Pre and Postwar Era – Anime Review

Ninja Scroll (獣兵衛忍風帖) is a 1993 seinen, jidaigeki-chanbara (period samurai film) motion picture that was produced by Animate Film and written and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust). The film takes place in feudal Japan and revolves around a rōnin named Jūbei that gets caught up in having to battle the Eight Demons…