Today, I become 19. I am no longer barely legal, just… legal. How boring. ):
Well, what better way to spend your birthday than to watch a bunch of Cardcaptor Sakura episodes with you little sister. She seems to be just as in love with the show as I was when I was in grade school. That’s great, knowing that I’m supplying her with wholesome amounts of awesome. >:D
I remember, way back when, where every anime I watched was awesome. While a good amount of them turned out to be a guilty pleasure as I grew older, an equal amount of them stayed awesome. I love nostalgia, but I never apply it to critique. Trust me, otherwise I’d call Barney & Friends a masterpiece among entertainment for children.
Notable anime that remain awesome in both my heart and quality (keep in mind that I was an early 90s baby):
Oh god, the romantic story of a lengendary assassin of the Bakumatsu, who became a ronin after the war, swearing to never kill again and uses his reverse-blade sword to help others. While it’s a shame that it overtook the manga and ended on filler, it’s still a much more appealing take on historical Japan than genderbender Nobunaga (more than likely). We all probably watched it on Toonami, and we all probably thought it was the most badass thing ever. And it sort of still is, even with the presence of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann in modern times. Oh yeah, let’s not forget about G Gundam which aired alongside it on Toonami.
Aside from being badass, though, it was one of the earliest examples of introducing the west to a shounen series that was capable of having a certain amount of emotional depth in both the characters and the writing. This could be contributed to its mix of shounen and shoujo elements, giving it a good blend of action and emotion. Kenshin Himura is quite possibly the best protagonist a shounen anime could ever have. No lie.
I’ll definitely get around to starting up the Shin Tokyo OVAs. I’ll go crazy if I hear Heart of Sword play at any point in these films. That song was my favorite Kenshin song!
Screw anyone who is still stuck on the misconception that this franchise is a Pokemon clone – it’s 2012, people! Digimon is a totally different beast than Pokemon, which was only truly awesome for the first 80 episodes and for several movies. Not to mention that the whole “mon” thing is a whole genre of its own in Japan.
I loved the first three Digimon series as a kid. Nowadays (in terms of quality), the first one is average, the second one is meh to me, but Digimon Tamers remains a solid entry in this monster franchise. Man, was this a rather dark show for a Digimon anime, and how could it not be? It was written by Chiaki Konaka, famous for Serial Experiments Lain and Texhnolyze. It’s no surprise that this series had a healthy amount of psychology, mind screws, and added Lovecraftian elements to the mix. The fact that it was character-driven helped bring the Tamers to life and added extra depth to the story.
If Puella Magi Madoka Magica is the Neon Genesis Evangelion of magical girls, then Digimon Tamers is the Neon Genesis Evangelion to mons.
Be the biggest dreamer!
Yu Yu Hakusho
Oh, the days when a lot of anime stuck to one opening theme and identified itself with it!
Yusuke Urameshi and his gang showed us how to do a tournament saga right. I don’t know what to say, other than it shares a lot of Rurouni Kenshin‘s qualities in being a shounen that has great writing, characters, and just plain badassery. Unlike Kenshin, though, Yusuke is sort of a straight example of a idiot hero, but his smartass personality never makes you want to facepalm at him and his stupidity. Yusuke is awesome. Plain and simple.
I loved this just as I loved Shoutaro Ishinomori’s other works, such as Kamen Rider. It had an awesome dub, and all the basic things that made all of Ishinomori’s stories so good were there, such as losing your humanity to fight for the greater good. You can say that this was my first glimpse of what Japanese superheroes were really like.
The ending theme was catchy as well.
Kind of self-explanatory, isn’t it? Unlike others though, I actually grew up with the Japanese version that aired on the Internation Channel, back when that broadcasting station was still alive. I watched the dubbed version at the same time since I didn’t understand Japanese (not a good move since FUNimation used to be terrible company back then), but I much preferred the music, voices, and awesome screaming the Japanese version had to offer. No one can beat Takeshi Kusao as Trunks!
Man. That feel where I was the kid in class who actually did know what was going to happen NEXT TIME ON DRAGON BAAAAALLLLLL ZEEEEEEE.