GoBoiano: "Imagine 1988. Mobile Suit Gundam was less than 10 years-old and new episodes of the original Dragonball were still being aired weekly on Japanese TV. Anime, as we know it, was only a mere 39 years-old at the time; a baby not yet exposed to some of the pitfalls and tropes that would develop in the next 26 years. I'm not saying all anime was better then — it wasn't — but at least we had yet to reach the era of cookie-cutter moe harems and endless shounen battle shows. It was a different time where there was more room for experimentation in stories and animation. Enter Gainax, a young studio that, before making any of the shows that you know them for, only had one hit movie; Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise. Gainax wanted to put out another hit, and for that they needed the right person. At the time, he was most well-known for animating the God Eater in Miyazaki’s Nausicaa Valley of The Wind, but it just so happened that he was one of the co-founders of Gainax. Before he directed Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, His or Her Circumstances, or a little show called Neon Genesis Evangelion, he directed an OVA called Gunbuster. Yes, we’re talking about Hideaki Anno."