How’s your 2018 so far? Okay, it’s still quite early on, but I hope it’s going well regardless. This is part two of my New’s Year’s list. This time, I’ll be focusing on some best of and most lists using the statistics of Iridium Eye throughout 2017.
Without further ado, let’s go.
I personally didn’t expect to get any likes on my reviews, so it was amazing getting a few for some of my posts.
Key the Metal Idol was a bit of a surprise given how many people weren’t familiar with this 90s OVA series. I’m glad people found my points and writing to be interesting enough and hopefully intelligent enough. I do feel confident in writing that review and I’m glad I watched this anime when I got back into Japanese animation.
Hate 2 Love was a HUGE surprise especially since my review hadn’t been up for all that long. This was a short film I randomly found on YouTube, and I didn’t expect people to pay attention to it not just because of it being lesser-known, but also because it has a major character that’s a White Supremacist of all things. The concept of a character like that being smitten with a Black woman did make for a unique watch. I guess controversy gets attention. Either that or the obvious romantic genre hints from the title. I’m not sure.
Most Commented: Song of the Sea (10 comments)
We meet again, Tomm Moore and Cartoon Saloon! I certainly got some attention for this review as I found people who had seen this Irish animated movie. I had fun having a conversation about this film which I don’t get to do often online or in real life. It’s amazing when I can have intelligent dialogue about movies ignored by Hollywood even if this movie did get co-distribution from Universal of all things.
Distributor with most representation in Iridium Eye: Film Movement
This was no contest. I’ve reviewed more movies from Film Movement than any other company ever. Film Movement is a fiercely independent company that brings movies from all over the world over here, and it’s astounding how many countries get represented from this distributor alone. I’ve known them for over a decade and I’m glad they’re still bringing quality films stateside.
Distributors with the most 10s: 3 Way Tie between Film Movement, Funimation, and GKIDS
(2 per company)
Film Movement certainly got mentioned again. It would be a matter of time before I’d find movies that I truly find to be incredible. Those films from this company that got my highest scores were the Turkish neorealistic tragedy film Before Your Eyes and the Finnish/Swedish WWII period piece Mother of Mine. Both of them are extremely recommended from me.
Funimation got to be in the winner’s circle even if it was based on a technicality. This huge anime company has tons of series and movies to choose from, but one of the reasons their catalog became so huge was that they’ve been rescuing licenses for years now. If Geneon USA were still active, they’d be in this spot. Which Funimation titles got 10s from me? Haibane Renmei and Texhnolyze. Both of them were originally brought over here by Geneon USA, but since they’re gone, that award goes to the company who re-licensed them. That’s right, the same company responsible for the Dragon Ball franchise, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Attack on Titan helped these anime series to stay in America.
GKIDS is a company I started to follow when I started to check out some non-mainstream Western animation as a way to expand my horizons. The fact that they’ve gotten a bunch of Oscar nominations for years now really surprised me and they now own every Ghibli film stateside except Grave of the Fireflies and The Wind Rises. Which GKIDS films got 10s? That would be Wrinkles and Perfect Blue. Those two have Iridium Eye firsts. Wrinkles is the first animated project getting a 10 that’s not from Japan (it’s a Spanish/Filipino project) and Perfect Blue is the first anime film to get a 10 while also being the first review not made in the 21st century to get my highest score. Okay, Perfect Blue was based on a technicality because GKIDS rescued the license later in 2017.
Country with most 10s: Japan (3 reviews)
I guess my rekindled anime fandom made this obvious. Hahaha! Maybe I have a geographical bias towards that country. Which Japanese things got 10s? Haibane Renmei, Texhnolyze, and Perfect Blue.
Director with most representation: Jafar Panahi (5 films)
That name should be familiar with many of you. I really wanted to check out his filmography after being interested in his fight against censorship in his home country of Iran and his penchant for neorealism. I’ve reviewed This Is Not a Film, Taxi, Offside, Untying the Knot, and The Accordion. I recommend checking out his work. Jafar Panahi is living proof that you can make engaging movies without blockbuster profits.
Creator with most representation: Masamune Shirow (5 films)
I might as well throw the fact about a series with the most representation on the list. The reason why Masamune Shirow is gets this nomination is because I’ve reviewed five Ghost in the Shell films. That’s four out of the five Arise Prequels and GITS 2: Innocence. Good work, Shirow-san.
Creator or director with most 10s: Yoshitoshi ABe
Yes, I know he’s not really a director, but the fact that he played a big role in two of my 10/10 reviews makes it count. Some of you may know that I’m a huge ABe fan when it came to his art style, aesthetics, and the fact that he’s worked on some really high quality anime series. If you don’t know with anime he worked on that got my highest scores, that would be Haibane Renmei and Texhnolyze.
Production Team with most representation: Production I. G.
Here’s a well known animation studio that I’ve covered several times. I know people fawn over them for their visuals and the storylines that get animated. Since Ghost In the Shell was the series with the most films reviewed by me, Production I. G. certainly had a leg up in the competition. However, I did review other things not relating to the adventures of Motoko Kusanagi and company. Other I. G. material I covered included King of Fighters: Another Day, Shinesman, and Cyborg 009: Call of Justice. Just sayin’.
Production Team with most 10s: Madhouse
Madhouse is such an otaku darling, but they’ve made high-quality animation in their decades of work. Even though they’ve made some super famous works such as Trigun, the Hunter X Hunter remake, and The Boondocks of all things, those aren’t the series I reviewed. Those 10s went to Texhnolyze and Perfect Blue.
Actor with most representation: Jason Douglas
An English dub voice actor was #1? What?. Hahaha! Don’t worry, at least it’s one who’s actually good at his job. He played Paz in the GITS: Arise movies, but he really shined as playing Yugo Beppu, the title character from Yugo the Negotiator.
Oldest Movie I reviewed: A Reckless Rover (1918)
This was something interesting because I never thought I would review a movie that goes back to the silent era of filmmaking. A Reckless Rover is something that’s older than your grandparents, yet it recently got preserved by Kino Lorber.
Longest movie I reviewed: The Corporation (145 minutes)
Okay, it’s a documentary, but The Corporation still counts. This was certainly a long watch, but there was so much information presented and it kept me interested for almost two and a half hours. I don’t watch that many movies over two hours with the exception of the director’s cut of Battle Royale and an animated film from a very high-profile studio I surprisingly didn’t cover (that review comes later this month). It was quite a good watch nonetheless.
Longest series: Kimba the White Lion (52 episodes)
Also, this review that the longest word count since I covered so much with themes from that series and addressing THAT controversy that’s associated with this old-school anime. I did enjoy binge-watching some episodes whenever I could from my DVD box set and being able to type my honest opinions about Osamu Tezuka’s famous lion.
Movie with most co-producing nations: Chico & Rita (8 countries represented)
If I didn’t review Chico & Rita at the last minute before the end of the year, then Song of the Sea would’ve easily won. Yes, it’s technically a Spanish film given the directors in charge, but they had people from multiple continents working on this animated feature. I was certainly surprised how that many countries can help produce and animate this jazzy movie. The countries involved are Spain, USA, UK, Hungary, Isle of Man, Canada, France, and the Philippines
What did you think of my little findings here? Any movies and/or anime you watched that was on this list or want to watch?
Happy New Year!
-Curtis from Iridium Eye
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