The Death of Classic Anime

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    Today I extend my thoughts on a comment I made previously in my "Best of Anime 2018" video about the lack of modern classic Anime, since non of you could agree on it in the comments section.

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  • TozeKiller TM
    TozeKiller TM 4 hours ago

    This just seems the typical old man that says the same thing every time "in my time it was better" I do think that "Classic" is more subjective to what age you have than more of how "good" they are in you opinion great vid!

  • Mic_Glow
    Mic_Glow 6 hours ago

    Anime has become too mainstream... on one hand it's good (more of it), but on the other hand it means lower average production quality, PG13 (so streaming sites will accept it), studios catering to western audience instead of producing for Japanese market primarily (the "uniqueness" of anime is diminishing, might as well watch a western animation...)

  • Nepo Radebe
    Nepo Radebe 8 hours ago

    Thank you for playing "catch me if you can" referring to a classic soundtrack. Good man 😂

  • G.Kyoka
    G.Kyoka 9 hours ago

    What show is playing at 5:30

  • Demonic Psycho
    Demonic Psycho 11 hours ago

    I thought Mob Psycho was complete ass, *cough*

  • 〝ѦƁↁεя〞
    〝ѦƁↁεя〞 12 hours ago

    My top candidates for modern classics would definitely be:
    Shigatsu Wa Kimi no Uso
    Made in Abyss
    One Punch Man
    and Steins Gate

    It's incredible how people can still be talking about these series so much time after they came out...

  • 〝ѦƁↁεя〞
    〝ѦƁↁεя〞 12 hours ago

    Am I the only one feeling that there's too many people talking about Mob Psycho 100 and Made in Abyss but no one of Shigatsu Wa Kimi no Uso?

  • AidNAbedding
    AidNAbedding Day ago

    Who else cried watching this?

  • utkarsh singh
    utkarsh singh Day ago

    many anime fan don't care about classic any more these just want ever new anime as soon as possible.

  • utkarsh singh
    utkarsh singh Day ago

    many anime fan don't care about classic any more these just want ever new anime as soon as possible.

  • Hellstormer58
    Hellstormer58 Day ago

    End of the line, SAO is for 12 year-olds

  • S H
    S H Day ago +8

    Modern (2010+) Classics... Maybe...
    - Attack on Titan
    - FMA Brotherhood
    - Steins; Gate
    - Haikyuu
    - Your Name
    - Fate/Zero + UBW (by Ufotable)

  • Lucentt Caizar
    Lucentt Caizar 2 days ago +1

    My favorite classic is probably Mazinger Z

  • Lattice2804
    Lattice2804 2 days ago

    There’s too little diamonds among the rough that is anime today. *If only Kircheis were here.*

  • Jake Castillo
    Jake Castillo 3 days ago

    would you dare say mirai nikki to be a classic? (embrace the hate)

  • Andreas karlsson
    Andreas karlsson 3 days ago +1

    Actually, there are specific criteria' for calling something a classic. It's not just "oh it's popular and old so it's a classic" xD

  • Tyler Slogan
    Tyler Slogan 4 days ago +1

    When you said you were reminded on why classics are indeed classics that just spoke to me. I've been watching anime for 5 years now and it has become a huge part of just who i am. After seeing so many different anime over the last year or so something has just been missing for me, as of late i honestly feel like it's that transition from seeking out new classics and genre defining shows to having seen them and looking/waiting for new one's now.

  • Nicholas Sorady
    Nicholas Sorady 4 days ago

    Your lie in April. Modern classic

  • The Elitest Otaku
    The Elitest Otaku 4 days ago

    I honestly love to go back and watch older anime. My favorite periods to watch from are the early 2010's, the 2000's, and the 90's. I'm no expert in older anime, but that doesn't mean I can't recommend an anime from those times. One I recommend is Cardcaptor Sakura. It's losing popularity (slowly), but it's really good. I'm reading the manga right now and I find it both hilarious and heartwarming. I mean, it actually follows a 4th grader that LOOKS like a 4th grader!! Another I can recommend it Nichijou. I know. It's really weird... And it's from 2011... But that doesn't mean it's not good! It's a shounen action series mixed with comedy and... Slice of life? Eh. The last one I would like to recommend is Azumanga Daioh. Read it, watch it, whatever. It's funny.

  • Karan Goradia
    Karan Goradia 4 days ago

    Hey gigguk do one on hamatora

  • Andrew Darrow
    Andrew Darrow 5 days ago +2

    "my name is kazuma" - classic

  • MegaNova Shizzle
    MegaNova Shizzle 5 days ago

    I recently did something I think is a sorta perfect example of combining both classics and the new stuff: Because of the new Godzilla movie coming out, I saw down and marathonned through all the old movies. And I am really happy I did. Cuz not only was it a lot of fun, but it also just gave me a new level of appreciation for this monster, and how far he has come since the 50's, and all the stuff he has been through. And also just generally for monster movies as a whole.

  • Night Knight
    Night Knight 5 days ago

    Classic in reality can mean two things. It can mean:
    - A show that (was capable of) meaning for you so much that you were 99% sure that if only another person watches it they'll become enlightened
    - A show that did some deal of the above yet who's impact is more iconic in a technical or purely conceptual way

  • omer safian
    omer safian 6 days ago +5

    0:20 - "it all looks beautiful"
    20 fps

  • Maskkulin
    Maskkulin 6 days ago

    I have a feeling humanity is running out of ideas. Everything will end eventually, scary thought

  • Marky Mark
    Marky Mark 6 days ago

    Increase the thick

  • Thomas Buckman
    Thomas Buckman 6 days ago

    I enjoyed Bebop and Initial D growing up, but those are about the only classics I've seen, apart from a couple of episodes of the original Legend Of The Galactic Heroes.

  • ARC-77 Fordo
    ARC-77 Fordo 6 days ago +1

    Gigguk, have you not watched any movies in the last 3 years, because Your Name and A Silent Voice would like to talk with you.

    • Jemuel Mongado
      Jemuel Mongado 3 days ago

      @ARC-77 Fordo I think there were references to anime movies in the video, but just in the visuals and not in his script.

    • ARC-77 Fordo
      ARC-77 Fordo 5 days ago +1

      @Jemuel Mongado I'm just saying, he complains about not having classics, but anime films have been killing it lately. Plus, not counting or acknowledging anime films because they are movies is ignorant. It's an important part of this community and industry and we should be acknowledging them more.

    • Jemuel Mongado
      Jemuel Mongado 5 days ago

      He probably focused on anime series, since that's more prevalent than movies.

  • radiactivesoul
    radiactivesoul 6 days ago +2

    You will carry that weight

  • hehe saucy
    hehe saucy 7 days ago +1

    your lie in april

  • aaron laluzerne
    aaron laluzerne 7 days ago +22

    You want a modern Anime that fills all of these criteria? JoJo's Bizzare Adventure!!!!!

    • aaron laluzerne
      aaron laluzerne 4 days ago +1

      @Tyler SloganAdmittedly, The first 3 parts took place in the 80s, part 4 in 1999, part 5 in 2001, part 6 in 2011, part 7 in 2014, and part 8 in 2018 with the anime adaptations being made starting near the beginning of the 2010s.

    • Tyler Slogan
      Tyler Slogan 4 days ago +2

      Well yeah it's "modern" the manga started in or around the 80s and the anime i think in the early 2000s

    • Orca
      Orca 6 days ago +1


  • bretantoinette
    bretantoinette 7 days ago +2

    We are completely spoiled for choice in this age of anime. No one has to watch what anyone else is watching so the community is spread pretty thin in some places. There may be some classics happening right now (or in the last few years) that haven’t aged enough to be considered classic yet.
    I think attack on titan will be considered a classic. Whether it gets a completed anime or not, just because it made such a huge impact, at least on western audiences. Also think Yuri on Ice was significant to many people but may already be forgotten by the wider community. But in another 10 years time who knows what people will consider the 2010’s classics.
    Interesting topic to bring up Gigguk!

  • King Oblivion
    King Oblivion 7 days ago

    Who knew every anime he put on the background. Come on tell me.

  • King Oblivion
    King Oblivion 7 days ago +1

    My Hero Academia is so overhyped I know it's my opinion but I prefer any great shounen or anime movie. Its good but not the type I or my friends would like.

  • Misty Waters
    Misty Waters 7 days ago +1

    When it comes to SAO, in my opinion, it did everything right that the dot Hack franchise was lacking. Now if the franchise could get better writers hahaha and study character development

  • Orca
    Orca 7 days ago +22

    I call "jojo's" a classic because it been takling for years nearly 10 year now, mangga 30 year nothing like jojo so i call it a classic.EDIT:Jojo WILL NEVER DIE BECAUSE OF IT MEME

  • Loritorinco
    Loritorinco 8 days ago

    That’s cause there’s no good anime no more, all’s bullshit tropes after tropes and people’s low expectations fall for it all the time

  • Не Нормальный

    What about

  • AniFred
    AniFred 8 days ago +3

    Time decides classics

  • Papa Bless
    Papa Bless 8 days ago +1

    The only anime that came out in the last few years that I’ll prob never forget is parasite.. and I finally started watching march comes in like a lion and I feel like that one will stick for a while too.

  • Li Maxwell
    Li Maxwell 8 days ago +5

    Serial Experiments Lain wow, definitely an all time classic

  • Turkey Shouaib
    Turkey Shouaib 9 days ago +1

    *T* *H* *I* *C* *C*

  • Mateus Tebaldi
    Mateus Tebaldi 9 days ago

    It's hard to recognize a classic when you're in the time it releases... You need some time to look back and analyse it historically... That's why it feels like "there's no classics anymore". Also, before the 90's, there are 5 shows per season IF they ever release something on TV, because most of releases were in VHS tapes (OVAs)... In the 90's, the popularity of anime and the landscape of Japanese economy, which crashed around 1995 (that's a important year, NGE & Ghost In The Shell original releases, start of the planning of Lain etc), that they started to produce more anime in general, especially to TV due to the fact that ANIMATION and COMPUTING TECHNOLOGY became way more cheaper and accessible. Nowadays there's also 50 to 70 shows per season... It's even harder to recognize the good ones that way, don't you think?

  • Shark Asktik
    Shark Asktik 9 days ago +1

    You can change you're Boob size in that game!

  • Luka Petersen
    Luka Petersen 9 days ago +5

    now I'll watch Neon Genesis Evangelion. wish me luck lads

  • Seleucus
    Seleucus 9 days ago +1

    mob psyho 100 is a mordern classic change my mind

  • KarakuraNinja
    KarakuraNinja 9 days ago +1

    Yeah seasonal anime culture ruined the medium. All these incomplete series are very discouraging for anyone who wants to try something new.
    Promised Neverland did a good job announcing season two immediately after its final episode to keep people caring.
    Attack on titan took too long to go into season two when the story content had been prepared shortly after season one ended. The audience didn't have a long enough attention span to come back after four years. I literally started university after season one ended and got a degree in the entire time attack on titan reached season two.
    As for shonen genre, my hero academia won't replace Naruto, bleach, and all those other past shonen I liked.
    The universe is a joke, I can't take the powers seriously, it's another hero bandwagon. That is what this series is missing that most popular shonen had. I enjoy boruto more than academia because of the universe and seriousness it has.

  • met sko
    met sko 10 days ago +1

    Berserk could have been a classic (the movies are tho for me)

  • GameGuideGallery #Triple G

    Time to get out the classic Voltron DVDs

    • ARC-77 Fordo
      ARC-77 Fordo 6 days ago +1

      Voltron Legendary Defender is amazing

  • Stephanie Aviet
    Stephanie Aviet 10 days ago +2

    I’m gonna be “that person”.
    Evangelion is horrifically overrated. Hated every single character, and couldn’t get past 6 episodes. It’s just that lacklustre.

    • ARC-77 Fordo
      ARC-77 Fordo 6 days ago +1

      I feel the same about Gundam Unicorn. I freaking hate all the characters and couldn't focus on the story.

  • Daniel Vargas
    Daniel Vargas 10 days ago

    I think Next season I is gonna be even worse

  • Alexis Macias
    Alexis Macias 10 days ago

    Please talk about Made In abyss

  • Igazi Kenyer
    Igazi Kenyer 10 days ago

    Death to the classics

  • Swagi has more swag than you

    oh yea. kimi na no wa is classic then and the monogatari series.

  • Dat Dude
    Dat Dude 11 days ago +1

    One Punch Man s1 has really been in my mind for YEARS, I still cannot get how much that anime had an impact on me, it was the first anime that made me laugh my balls off, made me sympathetic over a character, and made me jump because of hype, heck, even my mom (who watches a lot of 80s to 90s anime) thinks One Punch Man s1 was one of the best animes that she has ever watched.

    but then season 2 came, and oh boy, we all knew what happened

    • Emperor Corruption
      Emperor Corruption 10 days ago

      Listen man, sequels are never as good as the original, unless you know it's a certain show starting ''J'' and ending with ''O''.

  • Sonya Ogneva
    Sonya Ogneva 11 days ago

    Тема алхимика на фоне на русском... КАК?

  • the memeiest child
    the memeiest child 11 days ago

    nothing can beat the og fma

  • Captain Hook Glass Art
    Captain Hook Glass Art 11 days ago +1

    You just cant watch all the anime and movies in the world.. not enough time.. Its nearly impossible to do so without making it your job. Classic anime was classic for the people who experienced it-- Everything is a matter of perspective, and for two people one age 20 and one age 25 both can watch gundam and remember the first time they ever saw it on tv. I think Anime is really just movies, its about the story thats told first, and the artwork after. Black and white movies may not be as interesting, but if there is a deep deep storytelling element it may be a tremendous movie.

  • xfroz
    xfroz 11 days ago

    I'll say A Place Further than the Universe is the closest thing to a classic for me. It really is a pity that it somehow flew under the radar of the general anime community D:

  • Baggos Baggos
    Baggos Baggos 11 days ago +2

    Mob Psycho 100 is an amazing anime and I would consider season II a masterpiece , I can't find anything negative about the show apart from the sudden change in plot , which might have annoyed some.

  • Juan Diego Rojas
    Juan Diego Rojas 11 days ago +1

    I think Gundam Zeta is a really good classic if anyone wants to see it.

  • Mr Mantis
    Mr Mantis 12 days ago


  • Shadenuat
    Shadenuat 12 days ago

    LOGG that goddamn War and Peace of anime completely ruined anime for me since now every anime I watch I compare to it.

    • Hail Yimbh
      Hail Yimbh 7 days ago

      Shadenuat what’s the anime at 5:32 on the left

  • Nastya Orlova
    Nastya Orlova 12 days ago

    what music playing at 2:48 ?

  • Aneurihn QUINN
    Aneurihn QUINN 12 days ago +1

    The cold hard truth is Sao is a classic cause it did introduce magnitudes of the mainstream to anime and it basically was the beginnings of isekai. It’s still shit though.
    Okay I wrote this before I saw the SAO bit.

  • Terence McFadden
    Terence McFadden 12 days ago +1

    I kinda want more cartoony anime’s like mob psycho osomatsu kun. Those always tend to stand out to me more then most of the stuff that comes out every season

  • Emil Edlund
    Emil Edlund 12 days ago +1

    Those qoutes you mentioned i only recognized due to them being the anime equivalent of Rosebud

  • DancingValkyrie
    DancingValkyrie 12 days ago +1

    Wait, kids think eva is classic? Lol

  • Mathias
    Mathias 12 days ago +4

    I wish mob psycho 100 was longer

  • mario19885
    mario19885 12 days ago

    I can know why the 3D Fighting game series Dead or Alive was rather inspired by classic animes with their character designs looking reminiscent to old 80s animes like let’s say Cat’s Eye for example. That one I believe had Kasumi a little more inspired by Hitomi Kisugi. But then when things started growing in the later Dead or Alive games, we ended up getting characters who were more influenced by such modern anime girls that look more teenaged rather than being mature. I mean nowadays we end up with Marie Rose, Honoka, NiCO, those who were just around 4 inches and are 18 years old, I mean come on Team Ninja.

  • Ran Li
    Ran Li 12 days ago

    sorry to tell you but kutzple is fucken dead because of the stupid Operator

  • Minako Arisato
    Minako Arisato 12 days ago +1

    Modern classics? I'd say Madoka Magica and Tatami Galaxy.

  • Josh Surila
    Josh Surila 13 days ago +1

    What about march comes in like a lion?

  • isadsales
    isadsales 13 days ago +2

    truth be told i hardly ever watch anime anymore but i still watch your videos religiously
    congrats man you make great content for the community

  • zero unu vampir
    zero unu vampir 13 days ago

    Truly a classic is opinion everyone has an opinion that what a classic is but I believe this anime could last a while The Count of Monte Cristo

  • Makiel Cepeda
    Makiel Cepeda 13 days ago

    My Hero Academia will be a classic

  • gash box
    gash box 13 days ago

    Cowboy Bepop isn't a classic. If you first see it after watching other classics, its gonna suck ass. Don't @ me.

  • Killboy1100 YT
    Killboy1100 YT 13 days ago +2

    The snippit of Elfen Lied still sent shivers down my spine, because of it being my first anime

  • Not a Weeb
    Not a Weeb 13 days ago

    I go back here when i run out of anime to watch

  • Mario Pipitone
    Mario Pipitone 13 days ago

    Immediately liked for Philly D

  • MJKO Letsplays
    MJKO Letsplays 13 days ago +2

    When the anime guy gets payed to show off the waifu game

  • Trevor Moffat
    Trevor Moffat 13 days ago +1

    Between the 70’s and the early 2000’s, Anime had to pass through so many gatekeepers to actually get to the West that it was mostly only the ‘Classics’ that stood a chance of making it.
    It could also be said that Japan’s unique approach to animation with its more adult themes and pacing was a huge factor in making them ‘classic’ as it was so different and ground breaking in comparison to the child-centric focus of Western animation. It’s entirely possible that we’d have many more modern classics if the feed from Japan had remained more constrained, in comparison to how easily available and how widely consumed anime is today.

  • et m
    et m 13 days ago

    nice vid speaks about things i have hard time putting to words as to why i cannot recall any anime i've watched during the past few yrs.

  • Troy Carr
    Troy Carr 13 days ago

    This video is essentially the argument for the Anime 101 theatre at every con. Seriously, organizers need to do this and noobs need to be directed there the first day of the con.
    Also, my tablet's auto-correct attempted to replace the word "noobs" with "morons," thus demonstrating that Amazon is capable of producing a superior product. 👍

  • Matthew Phillips
    Matthew Phillips 13 days ago +1

    Gurren Laggan was the shit and still is.(in my opinion tho)

  • Danixer
    Danixer 14 days ago

    Since this season has been so slow compared to last year. I have started my quest to catch up to one piece, and from what I can tell once one piece finishes it will instantly cement itself as a classic for many different generations for many different reasons

  • Charlie Goodlad
    Charlie Goodlad 14 days ago +2

    I think a few modern classics are:
    SAO(at least in meme form)
    Maybe MHA
    Definitely The Monogatari Series❤️

  • Armathynx
    Armathynx 14 days ago

    I can't say myself what a classic is to me, because I would say "a show which has unlimited rewatch value, that I will always remember and gets me actually engaged, feeling emotions." Therefore almost every anime I watch is a classic since I only watch anime that I enjoy. I actively dislike JoJo because of how awful season 1 was, and the fact that a friend made me watch all 12 episodes of the first season of monotony really killed it for me. Badly. A few months after, I came back to season 2, and by the end of the first episode, I felt that nothing had changed and that it was another waste of time. Immediately dropped. Compared to probably my favourite series of all time, which I would give the award to Kill la Kill. It had fight scenes that were fun to watch, that forced me to be analytical to figure out how a fight would go, and then leave me laughing in the fact that its action, and comedy, and that no fight ended up how I imagined, that there was always an anti-climax, no matter how small, that would make me feel dumb for assuming this OTT show would stick to any sort of logic. But I guarantee that no one would call KLK a classic, as it just isn't popular enough.

    Yes I called JoJo bad, the fight scenes are abysmal, there is so much irrelevant beating around the bush instead of getting stuck right in and all of the openings are awful at hyping me up for a good episode. However, credit where it is due, the character themes are kickass.

    There are my opinions, take them.

  • Neko Chan
    Neko Chan 14 days ago

    HxH is a classic. Anyone who thinks otherwise can drop dead

    • Marvel Peterson
      Marvel Peterson 14 days ago +1

      I agree but I also want to drop dead so what do I do

  • Avery Carter
    Avery Carter 14 days ago

    I hope Dr Stone becomes a classic after the anime comes out :3 . I've read the manga and It's really so different from most other shonens out there. The exploration, the rediscovery, the SCIENCE!

  • Griff Griffin
    Griff Griffin 14 days ago +1

    Gigguk Jojo has classic anime as the ova but Jojo can imitate it atleast

  • honk honk
    honk honk 14 days ago

    sao abridged is a classic change my mind

  • Fall
    Fall 14 days ago

    oh god a real life amerimutt

  • Jade Knight
    Jade Knight 14 days ago +2

    A Place Further than the Universe is definitely a modern classic.

  • Cyber Dragon
    Cyber Dragon 14 days ago +2

    I think Re:Zero is a classic so far.

    • BioBlade
      BioBlade 14 days ago +1

      A classic should be complete, IMO many endings ruined or at least prevented them to be classics

  • BestJo - Rocket League!
    BestJo - Rocket League! 14 days ago +15

    Why Toradora isn't mentioned?
    I put it as a modern classic along with Gurren Lagann.
    Toradora is father of every school-romance made in the following years.
    And btw, my top favourite of all time

    • PirateNinjaKitteh
      PirateNinjaKitteh 8 days ago

      it's also 10 years old - even then, anime wasn't being produced as heavily as today - I think that was the point of the video

    • BestJo - Rocket League!
      BestJo - Rocket League! 10 days ago +1

      @Bob Rushing well it just turned 10 years and people still watching it, i guess that's a good milestone and im sure people will keep watching at least for the next 10 years to come

    • Bob Rushing
      Bob Rushing 10 days ago +1

      That was my thought as I was watching this. I have a feeling Toradora will be watched for a long time to come.

    • Zaxor Von Skyler
      Zaxor Von Skyler 14 days ago

      I prefer Haruhi which isn't even talked about anymore!

  • auwli
    auwli 14 days ago

    I somehow thought about Parasyte as a classic

  • Waluigi Is Sexy
    Waluigi Is Sexy 14 days ago

    don't you dare compare shield hero to the likes of sao

  • Waluigi Is Sexy
    Waluigi Is Sexy 14 days ago


  • Jacob Dunn
    Jacob Dunn 14 days ago

    + with a classic you shouldn't "find yourself trying to remember it"