More than once, I’ve mentioned that my favourite eras of anime tend to be the 1980s and 1990s. However, the 2000s certainly contain many of my favourites as well. And so today I’m going to write about just one of those years – two thousand and six.
This post won’t have any structure, I guess (apologies!) – but I’ve got some facts and figures here, a bit of trivia and some ranked lists before I mention my own favs, all mixed in with the occasional general thought.
… And I think I’ll start with those stats (as per Wikipedia):
- 306 anime television programs produced.
- Sales of DVDs and Laserdiscs in Japan: 95 billion yen.
- Box Office earnings for The Girl Who Leapt Through Time: 300 Million Yen.
Seeing that number of shows produced, woah – you could nearly watch one a day for the entire year. In comparison, 2018 seems to have at least 260 produced and jumping back to 1982, it’s only 42 with about 15 of those films, not tv series.
Clear marker of massive growth!
Okay, now for some ranked lists from a few different places – sadly, finding historical lists was not possible based on the short amount time I spent on this search 😀
First, here’s one from IMDB focusing on 2006, which placed the following shows at the top:
- Aria the Natural (2006– )
- Code Geass (2006–2012)
- Black Lagoon (2006)
- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2006–2009)
- Negima! Magister Negi Magi (2006–2008)
And now MAL – last night when I checked over there, the all time ‘Top anime’ list contained two shows from 2006 inside its Top 50:
40: Code Geass
(I also saw Mushi-Shi a little further below, though the series started in 2005 and finished in ’06 so I’m not sure I should count it here.)
And two more sites I checked also feature familiar titles from 2006 in their favs – Anilist has Death Note at #3 whereas over at Anime-Planet the first entry for 2006 I found was Code Geass sitting at #43. Next up from the year in question was Death Note in position #96.
How about you – got a fav or two from 2006?
I can’t really disagree or agree too much with those lists, since I haven’t seen enough from each (although Death Note wouldn’t be so generally high for me). Obviously, none of my searching represents anything comprehensive. I’ve also missed a few titles, left off a few that I came across too, since I can’t mention 306 shows here 😀
But finally to my lists – these ones aren’t ranked, it’s mostly just things that I found interesting, favourite shows or ones I want to see.
So, based on my memory + the recent reading up on the year, and lists, it does seem that 2006 was dominated by the following two anime:
- Code Geass
- Death Note
But if I was sharing longer lists before, you could see that 2006 was also the year when the following titles were released/continued/wrapped up, many of which also remain fan favs today:
- Higurashi When They Cry
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Solid State Society
- Aria the Natural (second season)
- Hellsing Ultimate (OVA 1 and OVA 2 I think)
- Hell Girl (finishing)
- Mushi-Shi (finishing)
And, there’s a whole host more, of course!
But in terms of anime from the year, ones that that I’m still chasing down, here are three on my list – and I’m ranging from ‘very keen’ to ‘curious’ about these:
- Ghost Slayers Ayashi
- The Wallflower
If you’ve seen any I’d love to hear if you’d recommended them!
At long last, here are my favourites from 2006, though I might have forgotten to include some. So far, I’ve reviewed only 5 here at the Heap, but I’ll include just a line or so about each now, before finishing up!
- The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
A huge film from Mamoru Hosoda – fun premise, memorable leads and everything looks great, of course. Is it old enough to call ‘classic’ yet?
- Intrigue in the Bakumatsu – Irohanihoheto
I haven’t seen a whole host of anime featuring travelling theatre groups, so this really caught my eye, in addition to the historical setting and supernatural elements.
- Ghost Hunt
More supernatural – mixing suspense and some comedy, though this single season leaves a lot up in the air, I still really liked it.
- Pumpkin Scissors
Sometimes compared to FMA, Pumpkin Scissors is a dark but not oppressive war-time anime following a small team of soldiers fighting injustice and corruption.
- Ergo Proxy
My all-time number 2 from my top ten – one of my favourite science-fiction works in any medium, I think.
- The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye
I also love adventure stories, and usually ones based on light novels or just novels in general, tend to have great plots and charactarisation. I’ve always found it interesting that The Third has a narrator.
- Black Lagoon
Girls with guns, but also crime drama + a SE Asian setting really makes this stand out for me. Over the top but that’s a definitely plus.
- Red Garden
I don’t see this one mentioned a whole lot, maybe because it’s aged visually? But it’s a supernatural crime show that once caught my eye, grim but engaging.
- Le Chevalier D’Eon
I think I’ve said this before, but this has one of the greatest first episodes I’ve seen in anime, though I did find myself struggling with the pacing at times. Still, swords and the supernatural 😀
Satoshi Kon’s Paprika is a superb psychological thriller, great science-fiction that looks great too and is far superior to the Christopher Nolan adaptation known as Inception.
Done! *wipes brow*
I’ve been working on this for a while and foolishly, I thought it’d be a ‘quick’ post but of course, I got carried away a bit.
In any event, how about for you – what stood out in 2006? Anything I haven’t mentioned here that’s worth investigating? Have you seen Ghost Slayers Ayashi, The Wallflower or Nana?
Hit me with thoughts on 2006!