I'm most certainly a bit of an otaku, but I've never actually talked about my anime watching and manga reading habits, which are quite prevalent for me, on here. I guess I'll make this a "Part 1" in all technicality, just whatever I can type up before I decide to go to sleep. I think I'll start with earlier times (80's) and work my way up. Think I'll probably cover all of my 80's series today, there's not too many. I won't cover any Tezuka stuff, I'll shove that all on some other day.
I've read this series so many times I've almost lost count (it's been at least 4). Yeah, it's a romantic comedy and it's an old one but a good one. You'd have to wonder why other series seem content to shout "pervert" every 5 seconds in place of actual comedy. This is the type of series where you know how it's going to end from chapter 1, but the journey is so good, you can't help but stay glued to each page or episode. It's a cla$$ic love story to be sure, and despite the picture which would imply the woman in the foreground is the main character, it's actually the guy with his hand behind his head in the background. I personally found this manga incredibly easy to relate to for some reason, even back in high school. I still haven't been able to find a manga where I feel so genuinely sorry for how bad a character's life is. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll just love it. Unlike many other series, Maison Ikkoku takes place over several years and actually has their characters grow up (some of the younger ones at least noticably), graduate, find a job, etc. Yusaku Godai is fed up with living in Maison Ikkoku, an apartment house inhabited by comic relief characters that drink in his room all the time as he's trying to study to get into college. Just as he's about to leave, the beautiful new manager, Kyoko Otonashi, announces that from now on, she's the new manager of the apartments, which thus prompts Yusaku to end up staying. Manga ran 1980-1987, 15 volumes, anime ran 1968-1988, 96 episodes.
First up is Banana Fish, a criminally under looked manga. For some reason, I find a lot of my favorite series to sit as far away as possible from my normal likes as humanly possible, and this is no exception. I hate bishonen characters, don't care about semi-life like gun fights, don't care about NYC, don't care about mild gay undertones, etc. and yet the way this story is told with non-stop action, drama, and moving the plot and character development forward is just astounding. I still don't care about gangs in NYC in the 1980s, but this is still one of the most unforgettable thing I've ever read. Ash Lynx is a pretty boy genius who obtains a phial of a mysterious drug that had caused his older brother to go mad over in Vietnam. It turns out this phial is incredibly important to the Corsican Mafia, whom Ash Lynx has been under the wing of for years, but when he refuses to hand over the drug, he's suddenly got half the city against him. Over in Japan it's one of the most favored manga of all time. Went from 1985-1994, 19 volumes
Yet another anime cla$$ic! This aired in 1985 (initially), which was not when I watched the series on the basis that I hadn't been born yet! I actually watching this around 2004-2005 area and it's still one of my favorites. Sure, it had robots, but it also had great characters and character development (except for Minmei, of course, I think she annoyed us all). Lupin the 3rd Tony Oliver even does Rick Hunter's voice, it's actually quite a good cast. Really, this is a must see (the Macross Saga at least, not the other ones aren't bad, but they don't quite compare). It just goes to prove that some things are considered cla$$ic for a very good reason. First aired 1985, 85 episodes total (36 for Macross, 24 for Masters, and 25 for New Generation).
Things I hate: Tree huggers, hippies, environmentalists, shojos. So why did I like this you ask? Because it's hardly any of the preceeding at all! It's one awesome sci-fi fest of brilliance with almost nothing earth friendly tree-hugging hippie about it, despite it's obvious turn off to me title. Seriously, I'll read a good sci-fi no matter what genre it's in and this is one of the finest to be sure. Odd premise, there's 7 teenagers on Earth who used to be scientists from another planet who were working on the moon before they became reincarnated on Earth. They see the memories of their past lives through their dreams and all 7 of the scientists refind each other. But not all memories are pleasant ones, which is especially true of our two mains Rin and Alice (or *spoiler* and Mokuren). The past lives of all the character affect the current lives that everyone is living with a major impact to everyone involved. Manga went from 1987-1994, 21 volumes, OVA went from 1993-1994, 6 episodes. I highly recommend the manga on this one, it's well worth it.