Chapter 5: Old Anime

Wow, it’s a pain in the backside trying to come up with consistent gibberish. I ended up writing 2 new posts but they felt more like reviews of things that I like rather than the ramblings I’ve been going for.

So today, I think I’ll talk about growing up with anime and just see what happens.

There were a few anime that I remember watching but the first has to be Pokemon the original series. This was before I had even heard of anime and if you are old enough, do you remember how great Pokemon Blue and Red were? I used to play the hell out of those games, even had the little magnifier and light attachment for my game boy. The show is still going today along with yearly games and of course the Pokemon Go craze.

Then along game Digimon, which equally piqued my interest. It was another anime with monsters battling monsters. And like Pokemon, you could buy games, these little Tamagotchi pets that you could carry around as you walked. My friends and I would carry those everywhere battling each other, much like the Pokemon games.

Wow, there was surprisingly a lot of anime being shown as a teenager.

Then out of nowhere, I discovered Dragonball Z on the TV which brought epic fight scenes and tales of aliens. As soon as I got home from school, I would crowd around the TV, glued to it, soaking in everything I could about this amazing fighting show. And like the anime I’ve mentioned already, it’s still going to his day, just with a different name and in other video games.

Cardcaptor Sakura, now this show was really amazing for me. I don’t remember many of my friends watching it but as a 14-15-year-old, getting to see this awesome school girl run around using magical cards to battle wonderful creatures was fantastic. I’ll be showing this series to my daughter one day.

Then, one evening at a friend’s house, Gundam Wing was aired. This anime was not what I expected. The adverts showed super cool mech shooting lasers and bullets at each other. What we ended up with was a huge politically driven anime, with Mechs. I’m not saying it was bad, actually I loved it, to the point where I ended up buying Gunpla, much of which I still have. Please go watch this show if you ever get the chance.

Along came the monster of a show called YuGiOh! This show changed everything for my friends. Every time we had money we would rush straight to the comic book shop and buy as many packs as we could. We even bought Japanese packs and would look online for the translations. I actually played the game right up until about 26.

These anime shows influenced my life greatly and I’ll always love and enjoy them. I know I’m butchering a lot of what these shows had, but I’m probably going to do more in-depth opinions on them when I rewatch them.

Until next time!