Throughout the course of watching anime, I’ve never been at a loss for recommendations. One source of them is the Megatokyo Anime Grand Prix. It’s strange, because people don’t usually get to watch shows thanks to some character poll.
I’ve written about it before, but what separates the AGP is the fact that people could influence votes by campaigning for their favorite characters. And when they campaign, they really go all-out. It’s astounding how much fun the campaigns generate. It’s a wonderful meme machine, truth be told.
Here’s a little list of shows that I’d never have watched if not for the AGP:
Before, I thought Aria was a boring show. But I realized that you only had to tune in to its wavelength (the same could be said for every slow show)! Perfect for winding down, which is what I always need after a day at work.
ef – a tale of memories
I usually stay away from visual novel adaptations. But ef-memo was superb. The visual overload worked (which may not be said for the sequel), and the TENMON music was exceedingly heartfelt.
When the show was airing, I dropped it at episode 5, citing the all-too-fat faces as a reason. The AGP made me realize how big a mistake I had made. I went and conquered my initial adversity and found an amazing show. It’s my life だから
During the AGP ’08, we had a SHAFT final–that is, Miyako of Hidamari Sketch and Nozomu Itoshiki of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei fought for the crown. Light won against Darkness, and I was trolled (for lack of a better word). How could this unassuming show be so strong? So I checked it out. I like SZS more, but HidaSketch was a worthy contender in retrospect.
Pani Poni Dash
Hailed to be the better otaku-reference show, I was goaded to watch PPD, having been slightly disappointed at Lucky Star’s later half. But my power levels weren’t strong enough two years ago. Maybe this year.
When the campaigners brought up the main character’s god status, I was instantly transfixed. I had been a huge Haruhi fan, and I wanted to see how Yurie would compare. She’s got a better personality, at least. Kamichu’s a neat, quirky show for everyone.
I was tipped before that Mushishi was one hell of an episodic show, like Bartender. However, I didn’t prioritize watching it very much, until a few AGPs went by with some awesome low-key campaigning. Pure class, and an anime I could show to people who are unappreciative of the medium.
Crest of the Stars
Crest is sci-fi. I should’ve seen it long ago, but the lack of humanoid robots prevented me from garnering enough interest. But there is a die-hard Lafiel faction in the AGP, and they’ve done great work to convince me to watch it. Hilariously, there’s one person who’s just as die-hard anti-Lafiel–watching the show is worth it for countering the butthurt alone!
I normally shy away from yuri. It’s not really my taste, but I did like Kannazuki no Miko back then, which was my first yuri show. It had robots! But other than that, I’m just indifferent to it. Simoun’s sci-fi angle helped, but I’d never be curious enough to read about it if the show never had its own share of AGP supporters. The yuri is surprisingly tasteful thanks to some great world-building.
And that’s not just it, I have several more I want to watch, like Tylor, Kimagure Orange Road, and Black Lagoon.
So, what are you waiting for? Check out omo’s post for more info–who knows, you might discover a new favorite show this year!