The Skull Man – 01

Shōtarō Ishinomori is probably one of the most overlooked and most under-appreciated manga artists in the whole anime/manga fandom in America. I, for one, love a lot of his creations (especially Cyborg 009, the live action Kamen Rider series [**** yeah!], and of course, this little gem: The Skull Man). I find the themes in most of his work, that is; beings that used to be human, being torn between the good of humanity and the monsters they’ve turned into (sounds a lot like Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy, huh? Huh? “What’s a Astro Boy“? You know, that cute little, half naked cyborg boy who started this little trend we call anime & manga?), to be more interesting than a lot of the new crap we’re getting today. Heck, without him, you mahō shōjo fans wouldn’t have most of your favorites existing in your anime libraries (your typical, run-of-the-mill mahō shōjo anime is basically just an extension of one of his ideas. The idea of a transforming hero was really created by him. Say goodbye to your Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon and Nanoha!).

I recommend that you check out The Skull Man, it’s a really awesome series. Definitely worth a re-watch. The title character is the definition of a real badass hero (of course, they start off by making you think he’s a blood-thirsty, murderous maniac, but you know what I mean). The animation is also amazing and really detailed, typical Bones stuff. I’m not even going to bother with a summary of the first episode – watch it yourself and make your own first impression of it! Of course, watch past the 4th episode (where it starts to get into the more interesting bits) before you make a full opinion about the show, or else it means absolutely nothing.