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Saturday, July 22, 2017

My music Hall of Fame gets some reinforcements:

I've been chipping away at my hall of fame music list, taking out remixes and bad songs one by one.  At the same time though, I've also been adding in songs that merit inclusion but were somehow overlooked up until now.

A couple come from Kiki's Delivery Service.  But the rest come from western movies and tv shows -- the Jurassic Park theme, the Indiana Jones theme, the James Bond theme, the Game of Thrones theme, the Mortal Kombat theme, the Hobbit theme, the Top Gun theme, the Harry Potter theme, the Terminator 2 theme, and the soundtrack to the movie Gettysburg.  It's obvious how good this music is, but for some reason I've just never made the connection that it's music I should be listening to independently from the films/tv show.

Overall the number of songs isn't noticeably changing.  It's just the quality is rising with each new edit.  This is meant to be the ultimate musical playlist, so I can't afford to leave a single iconic song out.  Gotta catch 'em all!

36/191 top anime still have additional content coming.  But 8/10 of the top ten series have more content coming.  The rich keep getting richer.  It's almost inevitable SAO will get a 3rd season announced at some point.  If it does, that would mean 11/13 of the top 13 shows all have more content coming.  It's also almost inevitable a new season of Index will be announced.  If it does, it would shoot up the rankings to 14th, and then 12/14 of the top 14 will be receiving new content.  If enough Full Metal Panic! is adapted, it could easily rise to being in the top 15 as well, which would mean 13/15 of the top 15 anime is all receiving new content.

Subtract 8 from 36, and 10 from 191, and you get an accurate picture of all the have-nots.  28/181, or 15%, are receiving additional content.  Meanwhile 80% of the top 10 have sequels promised.  Or if you prefer my hypothetical scenario, a full 87% of the top 15.

In part, good series merit sequels because they're popular, so it just turns out this way naturally.  But the darker side of it is many series could have been as good as the top ten, if only they'd received the level of support the top ten have.  Between them, the top ten shows have 2,706 episodes/movies and rising by the day.  That's practically a third of the entire content of my entire rankings.  How do you compete with that?  If you're, say, Hanayamata, with 12 episodes in length, what on Earth can you do?

The average top ten show is 23 times longer than you and still rising.  So yes, my top ten is horribly slanted towards the mainstream, popular, immortal shows, but that's why I have a separate apples to apples rankings, which I encourage everyone to consult, also included in my top rankings posts, which gives series with similar circumstances the chance to only compete with one another.

In that apples to apples world, there are six different ranking ladders, and PapaKiki is as much #1 as Fairy Tail.  There's even a wishlist rankings, where I detail who would be most improved and is most deserving of new content being given to them, where Bleach is #1, as is Negima, Freezing and others.  So there's a lot of different ways to look at things, and the basic 'who's best?' ranking system only tells part of the story.  My full rankings tells the full story.

A lot of the 36 shows receiving new content are slated for 2018.  Fairy Tail especially.  It's getting to the point where I wish 2017 would just end already so we could move on to all this delicious new material.  Not only will we have the Winter Olympics, the World Cup hosted by Russia (what a stick in the neocon/liberal eye!), the ending to Game of Thrones, tons of new superhero films, and the return of Fairy Tail -- there's going to be Code Geass, Fate/Heaven's Feel, Nanoha movies, Full Metal Panic! S4, Girls und Panzer's final season, and watching the Democrats get drubbed yet again in the 2018 midterms.

So yes, I think we can definitively say 2018 > 2017.  Not every year can be the best, and this was pretty much a lull in the storm.  I can't wait to see the apple drop and the new year chime in.  I am so ready for the new Fairy Tail anime to begin.  I can't wait to see its new opening, what its new theme song will be; it's going to be an emotion like no other.  (As though Zero's opening wasn't good enough!)

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