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Japanese Social Media Debates The Greatest Anime of the Heisei Era

It’s a big news week in Japan, with word that Emperor Akihito may abdicate the throne to his son (becoming the first emperor to do so since 1817). That would end the so-called Heisei era, which began in 1989 with the death of Akihito’s father.

Users of Japanese forum 2chan have found a way to tie the news to anime, natch, asking what will be remembered as the best anime of the Heisei era.

The first poster suggested Love Live!!, which set off a flurry of comments attempting to put the OP in his or her place. Other suggestions included:

Okay, folks: January 8, 1989 to now. The best anime. Go!

P.S. the best anime of the Showa era (1926-1989) is obviously Akira, so don’t even.

Premiering July 16, 1988, Akira is the very definition of giri-Showa (barely Showa).

Source: Yaraon

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.