When I see articles like Paste’s Top 100 Anime Movies of All Time, I grit my teeth a little, because I know what to expect, and it’s hard not to get a little frustrated. List articles, so-called “listicles,” are the junk food of the internet—they’re fun and easy to read, and from a writer’s standpoint, fun and easy to create, so the supply of them is limitless. Before I even clicked on the link to the article, my brain exploded in visions of Studio Ghibli‘s oeuvre dominating the top 25. In that respect, the Paste list lived up to expectations – it dutifully included every single Ghibli film minus three (two of them being Goro Miyazaki movies), as well as a trio of notable pre-Ghibli Hayao Miyazaki outings, plus all of Satoshi Kon‘s films and most of the filmographies of Mamoru Oshii, Makoto Shinkai, and Mamoru Hosoda. That alone makes up for no less than 39 entries. So right from the start, almost 40% of the list was sort of a gimmie, a fat stack of well-known favorites that’d be really easy to write about.
Of course, it’s still a pretty good list, a nice point of reference that showcases