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.

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