I’ve always been a fan of Japanese Culture. I was born into the world of anime in the 80s and by the age of five, I was officially a fan. My father was part of some of the first anime clubs in America during the 80s. He gets all of the credit for my Japanese mania. At first, I was exposed to sci-fi anime (mecha, cyberpunk). Shows like Ranma ½ and Sailor Moon were my first glimpses of the other genres (shojo and shounen in the broad sense). I most definitely had the pleasure of being exposed to Miyazaki films at an early age. The work of Studio Ghibli transcends any genre classification in anime.
My first series/film was Macross. Saving the universe with Transforming valkyries and moving lyrics. The movie Macross: Do You Remember Love? eventually led me to want to be an astronaut and singer. A singer in space, just like Minmei! How cute. Well half of that came true. You won’t see me launching into space any time soon. 🙁
Megazone 23 Parts 1, 2 and 3 (Mecha/cyberpunk) A bit inexplicable. Think group of friends/bikers get caught up in monumental government cover-up chaos.
Bubblegum Crisis (cyberpunk) Blade Runner meets female revolutionaries in mecha suits.
Dangaioh: More mecha! Aliens in bodysuits.
Dancougar: Whaddya know? Mecha!
Vampire Hunter D (Horror/Fantasy) At last! Some vamp blood! D is a quiet, undead one with killer looks.
Five Star Stories: The Hair! The Hair! Extreme detail. The imagination of the creator is awe-inspiring from character design onward.
Akira: You have seen this, right?
Just a taste….
Next: The Classic 80s list and their sequels/remakes.