The Hip List
Essential Anime
Madeleine Ashby, Aaron H. Bynum, Noell Wolfgram Evans, Marc Hairston, Melissa D. Johnson, Jeremy Schwartz, Ravi Swami, Emru Townsend, Jason Vanderhill, René Walling, Jennifer Wand, Ceri Young, · From fps #8 · June 26, 2006 | This issue's contributors list what they consider to be essential anime.

Spirited Away (2001)
Actually, any film by Hayao Miyazaki. Miyazaki is the master, but if I had to list his films individually, I'd run out of room. So my pick is Spirited Away for its sheer haunting beauty and dreamlike quality.

Astro Boy (1963)
Not only was this the first Japanese animated show on US television, it was also one of the first Japanese animated shows on Japanese television. Osamu Tezuka took the idea of limited animation from US television and reshaped his manga into an animated form, thus spawning a new industry.

Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)
Hideaki Anno's bizarre and beautiful take on the giant robot show. It's at first an action show that turns philosophical, then turns psychological, and finally turns on its otaku audience. Supposedly, the show spawned a cottage industry of serious and scholarly writing among Japanese academics and made writing about anime respectable.
—Marc Hairston

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