We need not be trendy all the time.
While many are caught up in shows that are currently airing due to the wonders of fansubs and the internet, it seems there are times when we do forget to “remember love”, not only for the Macross franchise and all things related thereof, but for past anime in general. There’s an urge to stay modern, current and trendy, unless you want to be left behind after missing the latest plot twist or startling revelation that everyone’s talking about. Though I’m not one to really talk, watching so many currently airing shows at the moment that I don’t have time to catch up on the gems of yester year.
I think it’s just the nature of fans of a media form such as anime to keep watching and taking on new material as much as possible, like gamers; though they do remember older games and how good they were, seldom are they looking anywhere but to future releases and sequels.
Even when we do watch the older shows, it’s most likely through word of mouth or recommendations rather than us becoming intrigued in a show through our own volition. It’s testament to the quality of these shows that they’ve managed to stand the test of time and retain their entertainment value to this day (though at times they may be viewed though the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia) and they shouldn’t be forgotten in the world of blogging for this. We do often make a casual reference to them in passing, but only really for comparison with other shows or by virtue of the fact that they’re complete juggernauts in the anime industry (NGE, for example). I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a hyprocrite, though, as the only “old” show that I’ve blogged is Jigoku Shoujo. But then I look over at OH!, WRL and even Euphoric Field see them giving me a new perspective on older anime (not forgetting the somewhat perplexing re-appearance of Legend of the Galactic Heroes), which shows that demonstrating that the occasional retrospective isn’t too bad in times of the seemingly endless saga of Code Geass.
Perhaps it partially lies with the fact that the old shows just don’t get the hits or the comments; in my opinion, authors write primarily to discuss and hear others opinions on a show, so without that stimulus there doesn’t seem much of a point in blogging. But this isn’t so much a call to arms keyboards as an appraisal of the shows of the past and those who seek to blog them and the thought that re-watching and blogging a show you’ve seen in the past could lead to discussions which would further enlighten you and the reader as anime fans.