Inspired by the posts Matt Doyle Media has recently written, I have decided to tackle the Thirty Day Anime challenge. For those of you who don’t know Matt, you can find his excellent blog by clicking HERE. He is a talented chap whose skill set includes novelist, cosplayer and former wrestler. Technically speaking, to complete the challenge, I am supposed to post one answer per day. Sadly that is impossible due to my laziness busy schedule. What I’ll do instead, when time permits, is answer multiple questions on one post. Okay, enough with the lame excuses. On with the show!
DAY ONE: The First Anime I Ever Saw
I cannot answer this one accurately due to my goldfish like memory. To be fair though, my fortieth birthday is fast approaching. Recalling what one watched when they were a kid isn’t easy. Back when I was a youngster I liked shows such as Robotech and Mazinger Z, but I doubt either series was my first anime. I suspect the winner of this accolade is either one of the mecha shows my parents would rent out on VHS or one of the cartoons that would air on Spanish TV. With that in mind my guess is either Vehicle Team Voltron or Sherlock Hound.
Vehicle Team Voltron is the lesser known of the Voltron shows. When someone thinks of Voltron they usually picture the Beast King Go Lion one. It was the more popular of the two, back in the day, and is presently enjoying the remake treatment over on Netflix. To be fair a robot made up of lions looks way cooler than a mech with cars for feet. Sherlock Hound, as the name implies, stars a canine version of the famous Detective Holmes. Animators love to turn characters into pooches. Just ask Dogtanian And The Three Muskehounds. One interesting titbit about Sherlock Hound is that the legendary Hayao Miyazaki directed six of the episodes.
DAY TWO: Favourite Anime I’ve Watched So Far
Maybe I shouldn’t have signed up for this challenge. These questions are tough! My favourite anime of all time pretty much changes with my mood. One day I’ll pick one show and another day I’ll say something else. In terms of contenders Full Metal Alchemist and Code Geass are in the running. FMA however has its flaws. The first series had a weak anime exclusive finale, whilst Brotherhood intentionally rushes through its early material. Code Geass on the other hand is great, but can no longer be considered to be a complete story. I hear that a new season is in the works. Now I have to wait in fear that the next instalment may potentially tarnish its legacy.
With those two shows out of contention I will cast my vote for Death Note. If you are unfamiliar with Death Note I recommend reading Man in Black’s comprehensive review located HERE. Some people disliked how the story played out, after a certain key event, but I personally was hooked from start to finish. A captivating cat and mouse game, packed with twists and memorable characters. Light is an example of someone with good intentions that gets corrupted by power and hubris. Ryuk’s sharp chompers prove that apples are good for your teeth. L looks creepy but in actuality is a sweet guy (I blame his diabetes inducing diet.) Both the anime and manga are exceptional. There’s a Netflix live action adaptation too, but do yourself a favour and pretend that it doesn’t exist.