Faries looks at 15 of the anime that shaped the industry into what it is today.
I would argue that you would need to have separate lists in terms of importance of certain shows to Anime. One list for the East, and one list for the West. (Because overall the markets are honestly completely different, and always have been.) With that said, I am saddened to see that Black Lagoon didn't make it into the list. (Perhaps after FMA?) Black Lagoon was one of the first mainstreamed shows (Along with Hellsing) to combine deep and relatable characters and an amazing story with a plethora of black comedy and some of the best action any anime series has ever seen. Though the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was a step in the wrong direction for Eastern audiences, Black Lagoon and Hellsing Ultimate were BIG steps in the right direction for the western market, and helped revitalize the industry here whilst it was very much in a state of crisis. Good list though. Was a pleasant watch. You are right on with most of your points.
Macross became the standard for Space Mecha anime? I mean I can get that Macross has done some serious things in the genre, in a positive way of course, but Mobile Suit Gundam established the entire genre with 0079 gundam with was released 1979.
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