Hmm…how “retro” should one go to call an anime or manga “retro”?
This Angry Anime Bitches post on High School Girls has this statement near the beginning (slightly edited for clarity and blog standards):
Girls’ High was a show that aired in Spring 2006 and is currently about 12 years old, making it a retro anime.
It really jumped out at me because 1) it made me feel old and 2) 2006 isn’t that retro to me. I mean, I was still using a Nokia candybar phone from 2010 to 2016, so flip phones aren’t the ancient things you think they are…or maybe I’m the antiquated one…
But the real question is: how “retro” do you think an anime should be before it deserves the term? “Classic anime” is probably a subset of that and I’ve discussed that in a Konobi post.
Knowing today’s simulcast culture, anything over a year old could already constitute “old” anime, with “retro” being a nicer name for that. We also have anniversaries for 10 year old anime (notably Eden of the East had some new merch come out for this purpose).
Interestingly, I was looking at this set of seasonal simulcast pages from 2010 and 2011, then laughing. Hindsight is 20/20 and while the critics got the legacy of Steins;Gate right, they didn’t do the same with Occult Academy (and Hanasaku Iroha is arguable, at least within English-speaking circles). The first time I’d heard of Occult Academy was through a “hidden treasures” thing which occasionally appears as a feature on Crunchyroll sometime in the past few years…and the other two I’d heard of before that.
This makes me think the right line to draw is maybe about 15 – 20 years old – the anime of 1994 – 1999 or thereabouts hit nostalgia sweet spots without being entirely forgotten due to being part of the anime boom, but they’re enough to show their age. Anything else is either “too obscure” or “an enduring classic” by its own merit…but the great thing about the internet is that everyone will care about something, even the obscure stuff.
Anyways, what do you think? Is drawing this line in the sand necessary?
Personally, regardless of whether you agree with this or not, people who like so-called “old anime” and “new anime” should really just learn to get along. I mean, you might just learn a thing or two from each other…