Buried Treasure/Garbage + Pile of Shame by Justin Sevakis (Anime News Network)

by KAarman | created - 27 Oct 2012 | updated - 22 Aug 2016 | Public

Buried Treasure, an excellent column on Anime News Network by Justin Sevakis, originally ran from 2006 to 2011 and listed old and/or forgotten gems (and sometimes interesting duds) of the genre. It is a great resource for anime fans looking for the kvlt stuff that might have slipped past their radars. The column was resurrected in Febrary of 2013, with the new entries titled "The Pile of Shame," which details Sevakis's pile of long unwatched and neglected titles. Excellently written and full of love, it has informed my viewing choices in the genre over the years.

*Some of the titles might not be listed (I couldn't find them) on IMDB due to their obscurity and are therefore missing from the list.

I wanted to post all the titles on IMDB so that more people can read his work and see the flicks for themselves. Here is his intro on the first posting for Robot Carnival that sums up the rationale:

"It's long been said in anime fandom that new fans tend to ignore anything made more than a few years before they caught the otaku bug. I don't think that's quite fair - even the newest anime fans still see Evangelion and Cowboy Bebop. But that's two shows. And there are thousands of anime, and hundreds domestically released in some way. Some of it is garbage, and there's very little of it that one can honestly say that not seeing it would be "missing out." But, if you look closely, there are little treasures, both polished and unpolished, here and there, strewn about the history of the art form. And I can honestly say that missing them would be a true shame. So, combining my museum curator instincts with my obsession for collecting obscure media, I present to you my selections of anime masterworks of decades past. It's my hope that this column will help you discover some classics that you otherwise never would have seen. For various reasons, some of these shows will not be easy to find. Some are long since discontinued in the US market, others were never released. A couple will be so rare that you might need to dig into used LD bins in Akihabara to find them. I realize most people won't do that, but it's my hope that you check out a few of these. And just to make life easier for you, I'll occasionally toss in something commonly available. (Just, overlooked.) Years ago, when anime fandom was but another zit on the face of the comic book scene, videos of our favorite shows were very hard to get, and very expensive. Finding a show that was truly a classic was like finding a treasure, one we had to snap up quickly, for who knew if we would ever have another opportunity. To generations who never got to experience such a pleasure, I hope I can persuade you to join me. Anime tastes better when you have to work for it."

The link to the column: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/buried-treasure/ Enjoy!

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1. Robot Carnival (1987 Video)

90 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A collection of short stories, made by different animators with "robot" as the working title.

Directors: Atsuko Fukushima, Hiroyuki Kitakubo, Hiroyuki Kitazume, Kôji Morimoto, Takashi Nakamura, Yasuomi Umetsu, Manabu Ôhashi, Hidetoshi Ômori, Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Kôji Moritsugu, Yayoi Maki, Keiko Hanagata, Kumiko Takizawa

Votes: 1,765

First entry

For Nostalgia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_x7l_7O8Pg&playnext=1&list=PL11615EC32884DA29&feature=results_video

2. Please Save My Earth (1993–1994)

185 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

A group of students discover they are aliens reborn on Earth. But their past lives start to overlap with their present ones, leading to drama and heartache.

Stars: Ted Cole, Michael Dobson, Paul Dobson, Jason Gray-Stanford

Votes: 203

3. Kenji Miyazawa's Night on the Galactic Railroad (1985)

Unrated | 113 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

Two kittens go on a metaphysical journey on a magical railroad train.

Directors: Gisaburô Sugii, Arlen Tarlofsky | Stars: Mayumi Tanaka, Chika Sakamoto, Junko Hori, Ayumi Ishijo

Votes: 1,436

4. Time Stranger (1986)

91 min | Animation, Fantasy

Time Stranger is the story of a bunch of teenagers getting transported back in time through Japan's history, and getting mixed up with samurai shenanigans.

Director: Mori Masaki | Stars: Keiko Toda, Hiromi Murata, Mitsuo Iwata, Seiji Kumagai

Votes: 85

5. Like the Clouds, Like the Wind (1990)

79 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Country girl Ginga leaves her home in hope of becoming one of the Emperor's Wives.

Director: Hisayuki Toriumi | Stars: Ryoko Sano, Atsuko Takahata, Ikuko Tani, Yôko Asagami

Votes: 309

6. Nurse Angel Ririka SOS (1995– )

24 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

The Evil Forces of Dark Joker are closing in on our planet after having destroyed the beautiful planet of Queen Earth. Now, 10 year old Moriya Ririka, with the help of her childhood friend ... See full summary »

Stars: Kaori Asô, Yuri Amano, Naoki Bando, Yuriko Fuchizaki

Votes: 12

Nurse Angel Ririka

7. Toi (1987 Video)

55 min | Animation, Drama, Music

GASP is a popular alternative band. Conflict arises when the lead singer To-Y is offered a pop idol contract that stipulates he leave the rest of the band behind.

Director: Mamoru Hamatsu | Stars: Kaneto Shiozawa, Nokko, Tesshô Genda, Toshihiko Seki

Votes: 20

8. Video Girl Ai (1992– )

Not Rated | 174 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Yota's heart is thoroughly broken one afternoon, when Moemi, the love of his life confesses her love for his best friend Takashi. With a hope of cheering himself up, he rents a video, "... See full summary »

Stars: Yuri Amano, Jennifer Copping, Megumi Hayashibara, Takeshi Kusao

Votes: 599

9. Bobî ni kubittake (1985)

44 min | Animation, Short, Drama

A teen boy who loves motorcycles finds that pictures of him were printed in a motorcycle magazine. When he gets a letter from a girl his age, he decides to write her back.

Director: Toshio Hirata | Stars: Hironobu Nomura, Jinpachi Nezu, Hiromi Murata, Ryô Horikawa

Votes: 45

Booby's In Deep

10. The Star of Cottonland (1984)

96 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

After two-month-old kitten Chibi-neko is abandoned by her former owners, she is found by 18-year-old Tokio. Although his mother is allergic to cats and has a great fear of them, she agrees ... See full summary »

Director: Shin'ichi Tsuji | Stars: Mîna Tominaga, Bin Shimada, Nachi Nozawa, Michio Hazama

Votes: 49

11. Here Is Greenwood (1991 Video)

PG | 180 min | Animation, Comedy, Romance

When a young boy's fist love marries his brother, his last resort is to move into the dorms of the local school. Unfortunately, the school administration places him in the weirdest house on... See full summary »

Director: Tomomi Mochizuki | Stars: Johnny Yong Bosch, James Carter Cathcart, Peter Davis, Peter Doyle

Votes: 110

12. My Beautiful Girl, Mari (2002)

TV-G | 86 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

Two boys find a beautiful world of magic and wonder when they find a magic marble in an old lighthouse. There they meet Mari and can escape from the growing hardships of their home lives

Director: Seong-gang Lee | Stars: Byung-Hun Lee, Hyeong-jin Kong, Chong-ok Bae, Sung-Ki Ahn

Votes: 812

13. Gundam 0080: A War in the Pocket (1989– )

Not Rated | Animation, Action, Drama

In a space colony, a young boy discovers a cadre of terrorists and innocently decides to help them.

Stars: Daisuke Namikawa, Kôji Tsujitani, Megumi Hayashibara, Brianne Brozey

Votes: 898

14. Crusher Joe The OVAs (1989– )

Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

Two missions for the crushers. In "The Ice Prison", Joe and his team are assigned to adjust the orbit of a prison located on an ice asteroid before it disintegrates as it falls onto the ... See full summary »

Stars: Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Noriko Ohara, Run Sasaki, Hiraku Takemura

Votes: 60

15. Genocyber (1994– )

Unrated | 46 min | Animation, Action, Horror

A nightmarish combination of cybernetics and psychic potential. At its core: the tortured souls of 2 human beings. Many desire to control this monstrosity, but can its hatred be contained? ... See full summary »

Stars: Rosemary Elliot, Stuart Milligan, William Roberts, Vincent Bagnall

Votes: 793

Part 1

16. Macross: Do You Remember Love? (1984)

Not Rated | 114 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In the next century, a reconfiguring ship (think "Transformer" with a pilot) called Macross carries fifty thousand refugees within its hold as it returns to Earth pursued by giant humanoid ... See full summary »

Directors: Noboru Ishiguro, Shôji Kawamori | Stars: Arihiro Hase, Mari Iijima, Mika Doi, Michio Hazama

Votes: 2,592

17. Original Dirty Pair: Project Eden (1987)

TV-PG | 81 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

WWWA Trouble Consultants Kei and Yuri team up with a petty thief to stop a mad scientist and his legions of mutated creatures.

Director: Kôichi Mashimo | Stars: Wendee Lee, Lara Cody, Kerrigan Mahan, Steve Kramer

Votes: 239

18. Firebird: Karma Chapter (1986)

60 min | Animation, Fantasy

The story of two men - sculptor genius Akanemaru, and former bandit Gao. Discover how the lives of the two men cross repeatedly throughout their lives, how they struggle with their own fate... See full summary »

Director: Rintaro | Stars: Katsunosuke Hori, Masako Ikeda, Toshio Furukawa, Mami Koyama

Votes: 80

19. Only Yesterday (1991)

PG | 118 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

A twenty-seven-year-old office worker travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood in Tokyo.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Miki Imai, Toshirô Yanagiba, Yoko Honna, Mayumi Izuka

Votes: 20,404 | Gross: $0.45M

20. Alien Nine (2001 Video)

TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Horror, Sci-Fi

Otani Yuri, much to her disgust, has been elected by her class for alien fighting duty. Together with Tonime Kasumi, who joined the alien fighter simply for the sake of doing so, and ... See full summary »

Directors: Jirô Fujimoto, Yasuhiro Irie, Kazunori Iwakura | Stars: Juri Ihata, Kaori Shimizu, Noriko Shitaya, Aya Hisakawa

Votes: 92

21. Barefoot Gen (1983)

TV-PG | 83 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

A powerful statement against war, Barefoot Gen is a disturbing story about the effect of the atomic bomb on a boy's life and the lives of the Japanese people.

Director: Mori Masaki | Stars: Issei Miyazaki, Catherine Battistone, Yoshie Shimamura, Iona Morris

Votes: 6,666

22. The Door Into Summer (1981)

59 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

A club of young men who live by logic find themselves in love, and their lives fall apart as they try to cope with the emotions their romance strikes on them.

Directors: Toshio Hirata, Mori Masaki | Stars: Toshio Furukawa, Tôru Furuya, Keiko Han, Makio Inoue

Votes: 54

23. One Pound Gospel (1988 Video)

50 min | Animation, Comedy, Sport

A young idealistic nun helps a gluttonous young boxer gain the self control he needs to train to become a champion.

Director: Osamu Dezaki | Stars: Tôru Furuya, Issei Futamata, Michitaka Kobayashi, Ichirô Nagai

Votes: 52

One Pound Gospel

24. Garzey's Wing (1996– )

30 min | Animation, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A young teen gets sent to an ancient land where he has to fight for his life.

Stars: Tetsuya Iwanaga, Rik Nagel, Maya Okamoto, Tesshô Genda

Votes: 135

Buried Garbage

25. The Ultimate Teacher (1988 Video)

60 min | Animation, Comedy

A powerful school girl battles an odious teacher who plans to reform the worst school in the district.

Director: Toyoo Ashida | Stars: Naoto Takenaka, Marc Smith, Scott McNeil, Hiroko Kasahara

Votes: 158

26. Black Magic M-66 (1987 Video)

Not Rated | 48 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

A freelance reporter discovers that two killer androids are running loose and have a little girl for a kill target.

Directors: Hiroyuki Kitakubo, Shirow Masamune | Stars: Yû Mizushima, Ichirô Nagai, Shinji Ogawa, Yoshiko Sakakibara

Votes: 821

27. Touch (1985–1986)

25 min | Animation, Comedy, Sport

The bond between three kids; the talented Kazuya, his lazy do-nothing brother Tatsuya and their childhood friend, the adoring Minami. Baseball, brotherhood, love, and high school challenges and strengthens their connection to one another.

Stars: Yôsuke Akimoto, Shigeru Chiba, Rica Fukami, Tesshô Genda

Votes: 303

28. Neo Tokyo (1987)

50 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

A trilogy of separate stories. In "Labyrinth labyrinthos", a girl and her cat enter a strange world. In "Running Man", a racer takes on the ultimate opponent. In "Construction Cancellation Order", a man must shut down worker robots.

Directors: Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Rintaro, Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Hideko Yoshida, Masane Tsukayama, Yû Mizushima, Iemasa Kayumi

Votes: 2,613

29. Twilight Q (1987 Video)

60 min | Animation

Diving into the sea Maymui is surprised to find a camera containing images of herself with a man, she has never seen before. Also, the camera turns out to be a model not yet for sale.

Directors: Tomomi Mochizuki, Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Shigeru Chiba, Mako Hyôdô, Kumiko Takizawa, Mîna Tominaga

Votes: 112

30. The Cockpit (1994 Video)

72 min | Animation, Drama, War

Three aviation focused war stories of Axis participants.

Directors: Takashi Imanishi, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Ryôsuke Takahashi | Stars: Ken'yû Horiuchi, Hikaru Midorikawa, Stephen Apostolina, Kanetaka Arimoto

Votes: 224

31. The Heroic Legend of Arislan (1991– )

PG | 59 min | Animation, Adventure

Young Prince Arislan believes he is the rightful heir to the throne, but is he? The mysterious masked usurper claims that Arislan's father stole the crown from his father. Arislan must ... See full summary »

Stars: Ben Fairman, Kappei Yamaguchi, Kazuhiko Inoue, Kaneto Shiozawa

Votes: 216

Part 1

32. Îhatôbu gensô: KENjI no haru (1996 TV Movie)

55 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

The story of Kenji Miyazawa, the beloved Japanese poet, who also wrote Night on the Galactic Railroad.

Directors: Shôji Kawamori, Stuart J. Levy | Stars: Shirô Sano, Mariko Kouda, Chikao Ohtsuka, Victor Chin

Votes: 272

Spring and Chaos

33. Angel Cop (1989– )

Unrated | 180 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

An elite anti-terrorist agent battles terrorists threatening Japan, but a mysterious third player is involved in their own way.

Stars: Mika Doi, Sharon Holm, Masashi Ebara, Jeff Harding

Votes: 706

Buried Garbage

34. Virtua Fighter (1995–1996)

Not Rated | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

An anime adaption of the fighting video game series, "Virtua Fighter".

Stars: Shin'ichirô Miki, Naoko Matsui, Shigeru Chiba, Yasunori Matsumoto

Votes: 135

35. Eat-Man (1997– )

24 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

Bolt Crank is a man who has the specials ability to turn almost anything he eats into a weapon of choice.

Star: Masashi Ebara

Votes: 55

36. Mad Bull 34 (1990– )

195 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

Rookie police officer Daizaburo "Eddie" Ban joins New York's 34th precinct, where he is partnered up with John Estes, also known as Sleepy to his friends and Mad Bull to everyone else. Mad ... See full summary »

Stars: Yuri Amano, Minako Arakawa, Tesshô Genda, Minoru Inaba

Votes: 213

Mad Bull 34

Buried Garbage

37. Urban Square (1986)

55 min | Animation

Ryou Matsumoto is a screenplay writer that runs into a man and witnesses his murder. Unknown to him, he gets caught up in an illegal antique ring along with a girl he meets named Yuki. In ... See full summary »

Director: Akira Nishimori | Stars: Shigeru Chiba, Akiko Hiramatsu, Kazuhiko Inoue, Hiroshi Masuoka

Votes: 23

Buried Garbage

39. Twilight of the Dark Master (1997)

Unrated | 50 min | Animation, Fantasy

In the near future, the demons prepare for a new assault on earth, which is protected by the guardians, a struggle that has gone on for eons. The dark masters have found ways to release the... See full summary »

Director: Akiyuki Shinbo | Stars: Andrew Philpot, Toshihiko Seki, Masuo Amada, Steve Bulen

Votes: 421

40. Roujin Z (1991)

PG-13 | 80 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A compassionate young nurse is determined to help an elderly invalid strapped to a revolutionary health care bed but there are unexpected consequences.

Director: Hiroyuki Kitakubo | Stars: Chisa Yokoyama, Toni Barry, Shinji Ogawa, Allan Wenger

Votes: 1,997

Roujin Z

41. Elf Princess Rane (1995 Video)

60 min | Animation, Comedy

Gou has woved to find the legendary treasure of Salamander. Searching for it he meets Ren, a fairy, who is looking for the four treasures of Heart. Gou's childhood friend Mari is frustrated... See full summary »

Director: Akitarô Daichi | Stars: Scott Bailey, Michael Brady, Izzy Burger, Shane Callahan

Votes: 66

42. Chuka ichiban (1997–2019)

23 min | Animation

After the death of his mother, a young boy travels to China and become a master chef, in his attempt to become head chef of his late mother's restaurant

Stars: Mayumi Tanaka, Yuri Amano, Houko Kuwashima, Yûko Nagashima

Votes: 130

Cooking Master Boy

43. Love Wedge #1 (1992 Video)

52 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

On planet Amoi, a great society has developed, creating a computerized city called Tanagura, ruled by supercomputer Jupiter. The populace is almost entirely male and is based on hair color;... See full summary »

Directors: Katsuhito Akiyama, Akira Nishimori | Stars: Shigeru Chiba, Shô Hayami, Hideyuki Hori, Tsutomu Kashiwakura

Votes: 184

Wedge of Interval

44. Dominion Tank Police (1988–1989)

R | 70 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

In a dystopic pollution ridden future, the tank police fight for law and order and cause massive collatorol destruction along the way.

Stars: Hiromi Tsuru, Masaaki Ôkura, Yûsaku Yara, Ichirô Nagai

Votes: 1,382