‘Give me,’ says Ghostlightning, ‘something you really want to see’. This exercise sounds amusing.
First, though, let’s question the rules. I have a hard time thinking of television I’d like to see, because I really want some careful, expensive animation, and a lot of televised anime rather lacks that.
I also distrust the excitement about newness and the rejection of nostalgia: as I’m sure GL knows, nostalgia felt in 2012 for, say, the seventies is at least as much a new, fresh event of 2012 as a desire for the new. Indeed, nostalgia is more current than neophily, because modern people always want new things, unthinkingly, while nostalgia entails an awareness of the present’s difference from the past, and of past’s distance. The nostalgic fan knows that they are in the-year-of-our-Lord 2012, which the neophile does not, or at least does not automatically.
At least, that’s what I imagine it feels like. As my fanhood dates to the noughties, I’m incapable of feeling nostalgia for anime. Arcadia of My Youth and Mouretsu Pirates are equally new to me. I’m in my mid-twenties and so barely capable of feeling nostalgia for anything: I just haven’t been sentient for very long.
Anyhow, what would I like to see? Well, I have a soft spot for Britsploitation material. That’s why I was able to enjoy a surprisingly large amount of Earl and Fairy, why I like Hellsing more than I should and why I might watch the K-ON film despite never having dabbled in the franchise before. So I’d enjoy something set in the UK, and I’d probably enjoy its inaccuracies at least as much as its accuracies.
It must have some mecha element, that’s a given. I propose motorcycles that transform into exoskeletons, perhaps operated by an organisation which cynically uses a Big Society social enterprise as a front. Less glamourous than Harlington-Straker Film Studios, but it’ll have to do. Grudgingly, I’d accept a limited number of fights, not for the narrative reasons offered by GL in his hypothetical title, but to hoard money so that what action there is can look nice. So substantial amounts of time should be spent on detective work and quietly tense pavement-pounding. But the tone of the show should have an irreverent edge to it, not dissimilar to, though more tongue-in-cheek than, Darker Than Black‘s hardboiled episodes. Perhaps Yousuke Kuroda (in a good phase) and maybe Hiroyuki Kawasaki writing, though I’ve no sense for this sort of thing. tl;dr? Scryed in the Shellsing.
Or, if you don’t like that, how about a slow-burning anime about the Fermi paradox, with particular inspiration, though no outright adaption, from The Killing Star‘s take?