Here are the final 8 cards , of course GAINAX also got a group on its own in the end, the last 4 cards are again a mixture of different studios, but this time they match a bit better theme-wise I think. This completes the set of 32 cards and my work on them, which was a lot more than I first thought it would be, but it was at least as much fun, too.
For example while putting these cards together I sometimes had to search through my long ago saved video files which was quite entertaining on its own. Here seeing that my 6 year old CD with the Gunbuster files was still working fine today gave me a especial pleasing surprise, and watching the 320 x 240 pixel video with 15 pictures per second made me really happy for living those 6 years later now.
So, here are the links to the cards. I also added a set of card backsides if somebody really wants to print out these cards. As always I hope you have fun with them!
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and for the card’s backsides:
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… but still better than never, here are the next 8 cards. The delay is caused by me being offline at home at the moment, because (surprisingly) my new phone company didn’t manage to properly connect me at time and I’m still waiting for them to do so for now. Thus I’m misusing my workplace at the moment for this post, so I’ll make it quick. This time the 8 anime shows are produced by 7 different studios. I tried to sort them theme-wise, but just plain failed for the second-half. I thought about adding Air and Lucky Star to make those 4 cards completely KyoAni based, but in the end it was more important to me to add those two other series instead, although or rather because their are rather underdogs compared to the KyoAni series.
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As announced here are the next 8 cards for the anime top trump set. This time the featured studios are Madhouse Production and Studio Deen, both having a rather broad spectrum in story themes and in quality of their animation. In fact I was pretty surprised about which basically different animes were produces by the same studio, because I never really took notice of the producing studio while watching anime until recently. Of course it’s quite natural for a big studio to produce on different quality levels and within different anime themes, but I just haven’t bothered to think about it until now.
Well, here are the links:
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Surely Luke is a jerk, and pretty good at it, too, but I think it could help sometimes to try to enlighten him about what he has been or is doing wrong and bring him on the right track instead of just being upset about him and ignoring him. I can’t say that I like him, but I can empathise with him getting frustrated, angry and contra-productive about everything as well as clinging to his old teacher who gave him the feeling of worth and appreciation.
In the last few days I finally found the will and time to do something I regularly thought of: A top trumps game featuring anime shows!
Okay, maybe the idea sounds rather unspectacular and also a bit childish, even boring maybe, but if you think about it a bit, top trump cards are a great way to compress information about a specific topic into a rather small shape, making it easy to compare different aspects of the topic. This topic can be cars, tanks, dictators, even poets or elemental particles. As long as you can find some numerical data to differentiate the different aspects you can put them on cards to compare them. And even if you don’t want to play with them, the set of cards can still give quick overview about the spectrum the topic has to offer. And in the least there might be some nice pictures to look at. I always wondered why nobody already did this for anime shows (or at least I never found somebody who did this, except of this short lived, but none the less nice attempt).
So here is my try on this, hopefully with a not too crappy card design. The further plan is to put 8 new cards online each new advent, leading to a full set of 32 cards shortly before christmas. Those 32 cards are divided into 8 groups of 4 animes sharing the same studio. This concept won’t be always true, because there are some animes I like to add of studios that won’t contribute any other shows. I only put animes on the cards I have watched myself, but I highly encourage everybody who misses his favourite show here to create his own cards, using my design or creating a better one, I will be happy either way.
Now some short words about the numerical data I used. I tried to find some rather objective ways to compare the different anime shows and the obviously first choice was a ranking from 1 to 10 points given by the varied people who have watched the anime. Ironically this value might be the least significant one of all used because most of the time only people who enjoyed or really disliked the show invest the work to rate it afterwards. The majority of viewers with no special feelings toward the show will never influence this rating. Thus, the next value I chose was how many people rated the anime, leading to a number that increases for shows which highly polarise its viewers, in a positive or negative way. I took both values from ANN because it has the highest number of users rating animes out of allt the sites I know that have such a feature.
Furthermore I’d like to have some data that express how much extra work the studio and the fans invested into the specific anime. For this I chose the number of image entries of two different image boards, namely Minitokyo and Danbooru. The idea is that the number of entries of the first one is higher if there is a lot of material about the show to scan and the second one is higher if many users are willing to put effort into creating art about the show. Of course this imaginary borderline between those to sites is really just imaginary, lots of fanart is also featured on Minitokyo as well as many scans can be found on Danbooru, but at least the tendency should be correct. Also the Danbooru entries are often of a more sexual content, so the difference between Minitokyo and Danbooru gives a vague information about the kind of fanart that was made about this anime.
The last data I chose to list is the year the anime was published. Normally the anime of the studio with the earliest year will be the first one of the four, Cowboy Bebop is the only exception of this rule because it’s a tradition to put a “top trump” on the 1A card. Cowboy Bebop has the highest user rating of all cards, thus being the top trump of the whole set.
If a high or a low value in all these categories is preferable I leave to everybody to decide themselves. Also one should always remember that those values are momentary ones, bonded to the date I copy&pasted them from the internet sites. In a few days, months or even years these might and will change with no doubt.
After having collected all this numerical data I’d like to add at least a little personal touch, so I added a little quote under each shows picture. This gave me much more work than I anticipated in the beginning, because while some animes have a variety of memorial quotes to choose from, listed on many internet sites, a lot of other animes are quite the opposite. Thus sometimes the featured quote is just the first sentience that came to my mind thinking about that anime. Therefore, those quotes are often not the best examples of meaningfulness.
So, here are finally the links to the first eight cards, the first four shows were made by Sunrise, the other four by J.C.STAFF:
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Kannagi just gets better with each episode. It’s not like that there are any revolutionary new things done here, but what is done is done well and with just the right amount of self-mockery. I guess it also helps that Jin is a rather believable male protagonist, the minor characters can deliver some comedy on their own and, of course, that Nagi and Tsugumi are just fun to watch.