The Shanasaki Anime Experience Part I: In the Beginning/ The Classic 80s

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.

2 comments for “The Shanasaki Anime Experience Part I: In the Beginning/ The Classic 80s

  1. June 8, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Thank you! 🙂 I will be writing more. So I hope they will tune in!

  2. August 31, 2010 at 8:24 am

    About time! Someone with some information on this. You’d hope with how in demand Comic Book Adaptations are nowadays, some information would actually be kinda easy to locate. Obviously not. Anyway, kudos for this! Much appreciated!

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