Through the last month or so, I did a lot of specific genre watching in order to bring myself up to a slightly more respectable level where horror films are concerned. Well as you may or may not know, there is another film genre out there where I am sadly ignorant…and the ignorance is at an even more shameful level than my piddling horror knowledge.

The genre is anime, and it’s a genre where I have seen a pitiful two films.

My ignorance is not due to any sort of aversion as there’s nothing about anime that turns me off. It’s just one of those styles of filmmaking that I’ve never reached for and never been specifically prodded into…until now.

I followed a Twitter conversation as it unfolded between Alison the Nerd Vampire, Ryan “Univarn” Helms, and the artiste responsible for the doodle you see in this post, Alex “Film Forager” Kittle. the three of them bounced titles around for tweet after tweet, and while I’d wager most of them made it into this list, it’s Miss Kittle that’s ultimately responsible for this syllabus.

Here’s what I hope to tackle in the coming weeks…

SPIRITED AWAY
WHISPER OF THE HEART
PRINCESS MONONOKE
PAPRIKA
MILLENIUM ACTRESS
TEKKONKINKREET
5 CENTIMETRES PER SECOND
GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES
THE PLACE AS PROMISED IN OUR EARLY DAYS
THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME
AKIRA

I won’t be a scholar by the time everything is said and done, and I’d wager that there are many more titles out there that could enlighten and educate my anime-deprived soul. What’m I’m hoping to do is successfully ace ‘Anime 101’, and I’m trusting Alex had that in mind when honing down the final tally to ten. For the curious, she actually explains her logic on the most recent episode of Some Cast it Hot.

Now with all of this said, you might have heard my latest episode of The Matineecast where I advise against setting time-sensitive watchlists (And if you haven’t listened yet, the podcast has been up for two days – get on it). It might seem a tad hypocritical of me to unveil a dvd laundry list a mere two days after decrying such watching habits. However, I don’t intend on mainlining these titles one-after-the-other. Quite the contrary, I’m hoping to pepper them in with my own usual habits in an effort to make anime a bigger part of my usual repetoire. The idea is to have a mittful of them watched by New Year’s, but we’ll see how it all goes.

So wish me luck folks! I’m trying it and hoping that I like it. If you’re an anime fan and can think of a title or two that have been omitted, please feel free to suggest ’em (keep in mind, I’m very much a novice). Likewise, if you have any thoughts on the genre for me to keep in mind as I watch, I’d be glad to hear those too.

Wish me luck!