It's up there, although personally I think A Place Further Than The Universe tops it. And, of course, Madoka Magica (2011, so it counts).I would, too. I recall rumors that there was going to be a six-episode OAV series set after the current story.
Easily stands in my ladder as the top anime of the 2010's.
1 minute 30 seconds of upbeat song. 30 seconds of Mankind colonizing space before the first colony cylinder explodes. 15 seconds later half the human race is dead in the first month of the war. 15 seconds after that we find out that was 8 months ago and the war is still on.I've also started watching the original Mobile Suit Gundam because I feel I must plug that hole in my anime education. The opening is very 70's, and also in the running for the most misleading in anime, tone-wise. It only loses to Madoka's because the rah-rah song and heroic mech posturing is immediately followed by a grim narration that reminds us Mr. Tomino is not fucking around when he says war is hell.
Amuro is wracking up the potential PTSD though. By Episode 3 it is entirely possible he's less ready than Shinji.I've heard people saying that Amuro literally falls into the cockpit of the Gundam, but it ends up being a lot less literal than I thought. Sure, he has no military training, but he's a gearhead who knows exactly what the Gundam is, he has a manual that he actually reads, and he enters the cockpit on purpose to fight the nearby Zakus.
He's both more prepared and more willing to fight than Shinji Ikari was at the beginning of Eva!
Which is amazing. The narrative that Shinji Ikari was a "deconstruction" of mecha anime really is... well, bunk, if you actually go back and watch them!Amuro is wracking up the potential PTSD though. By Episode 3 it is entirely possible he's less ready than Shinji.
You could say Evangelion is a deconstruction of Super Robot Shows such as Getter Robo and Mazinger, instead of the real robot genre Gundam is part of. There are still a lot of earlier deconstructions and playing with the genre (one of my favorites is the one where the pilot is the head of a corporation, and he needs budgetary approval to use his special attacks).Which is amazing. The narrative that Shinji Ikari was a "deconstruction" of mecha anime really is... well, bunk, if you actually go back and watch them!