The best way to spend your birthday… giant nostalgia cake!

Happy Magical Birthday!

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):

Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Ken­shin

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!

Digimon Tamers

Digi­mon Tamers

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

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.

Cyborg 009

Cyborg 009

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.

Dragon Ball

Drag­on Ball

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.

CHA LA HEAD CHA LA

5 thoughts on “The best way to spend your birthday… giant nostalgia cake!

  1. it’s already July3 but still, belat­ed Hap­py Birth­day! 😀

    we did­n’t share so much nos­tal­gia shows but both Digi­mon Tamers and Yu Yu Hakusho are both my fave shows as a kid. Tamers is my fave Digi­mon (although I’ve only seen 3. lol). oh, and I’m cur­rent­ly re-watch­ing Yu Yu Hakusho. XD real­ly great series.

    btw, I’ve read some­where that Cyborg 009 will have a movie remake. Although I’ve nev­er seen the orig­i­nal one.

    1. Haha, thanks for the birth­day wish­es. ^^ What are your nos­tal­gic shows? We prob­a­bly share a lot more, I prob­a­bly don’t just don’t think they’re all that amaz­ing any­more to put on the list. xD

  2. Prob­a­bly that’s it, since they don’t seem that amaz­ing any­more -.- Any­way, as a kid I can actu­al­ly remem­ber myself watch­ing stuffs like Crush Gear, YuGiOh Duel Mon­sters, Ran­ma 1/2 and oth­er stuffs like that (aside from the series you’ve men­tioned). oh and Super Gals — I want to watch this again XD

    1. I loved Ran­ma 1/2! Con­stant gen­der­bend­ing was the lolz. xD Awe­some roman­tic com­e­dy.

      I watched Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Mon­sters (both the orig­i­nal and dub) when I was a kid, and liked it as a kid, so that’s a nos­tal­gic show for me as well. =) But I got into the Yu-Gi-Oh! man­ga a lit­tle bit lat­er and thought it was loads bet­ter, maybe one of the best shounens based on gaming/gambling. Present­ly, the man­ga is still awe­some to me while the ani­me leaves a lot to be desired (most­ly the point­less changes and fillers for card game adver­tise­ment, the missing/changed sto­ries from the man­ga were loads bet­ter than the ani­me’s exclu­sive fillers, imo).

  3. I love Rorouni Ken­shin and Yu Yu Hakusho, too! Im kin­da new here but I have a rec­om­men­da­tion if you haven’t check it out already, Ao No Exor­cist (Blue Exor­cist). But to be per­fect­ly hon­est, I think that the eng­lish dub sucked. The japan­ese was so much bet­ter, espe­cial­ly in episode one when Rin was going “Owwowowowwwww” It made him sound like a pan­sy even though he fights every day, and [SPOILER] is the son of satan along with his broth­er. [/SPOILER]

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