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My 10 Favorite Anime OPs of the 1990s

These are the ones most of my nostalgia is for.

10. King of Braves GaoGaiGar, “Yuusha Oh Tanjou!” by Masaaki Endoh

To be on the safe side, people with epilepsy might want to look away for the part from 0:36 to 0:45.

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My 10 Favorite Anime OPs of the 1980s

Martial arts and robots dominate this decade pretty heavily, so it’s no surprise what genres most of the best OPs are from.

10. Dragon Ball, “Makafushigi Adventure” by Hiroki Takahashi

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Science of Anime: Destroying the Moon

Another one from Dragon Ball. Goku’s transformation into a Great Ape is triggered by the light of the full moon, so “Jackie Chun’s” method of changing him back is to use his Kamehameha to blow up the moon. For how much of a task it is to do that, see “Destroying a planet”. This post is going to be about what would happen to Earth if the moon was destroyed.

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Science of Anime: Destroying a Planet

There are few things that signify overkill like an Earth-shattering kaboom. A lot has been written about how much energy it takes to destroy a planet. But most of those discussions involve things like the Death Star, or how fast an asteroid would have to be moving. What about when your planet-killer is smaller; like a person?

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Science of Anime: Scale

A lot of anime like to have things big.

The very first super robot, Tetsujin 28, is 18 meters tall, big enough that it’s English name was Gigantor. Of course, a lot of other mecha (especially the less realistic ones) are even bigger; Zearth from Bokurano is 500 meters tall. But it’s not just mecha; Dragon Ball, One Piece, Naruto, and Attack on Titan are just some of the more obvious examples of anime with giant creatures of one kind or another.

Goku_VS_Gohan_(great_ape)

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30 Day Anime Challenge Day 27: Badass Scene

“Most badass scene from any anime character”

It’s hard to decide. In G Gundam, Master Asia fights mecha with a piece of cloth; in Gurren Lagann, Lordgenome not only fought Lagann with his bare hands but was also able to give a dying speech with a giant hole where his heart and lungs should be (and in the same fight, Simon puts that hole there with what is essentially his keys); in Bleach, Kenpachi Zaraki exists.

This is manga-only, but not much else can top it; in Shin Mazinger Zero, Kouji Kabuto’s reaction to his arm being severed (and what happens to Sayaka in that timeline) is to throw it as an improvised human-scale Rocket Punch!

But I think I’ve got to give it to Dragon Ball Z’s Vegito; silly badassery is still badassery, and well:

Through sheer determination and/or power, he kept fighting (and winning!) after being turned into a piece of candy. After that he went on to let himself be absorbed on purpose so he could (and did) free Buu’s victims from the inside, a case of supreme confidence actually being justified.

Anime Challenge Bonus: Genderless Characters

There are two pairs in the challenge where one calls for a male character and the other for a female character. Okay, that’s gender-balanced, but what about characters who don’t fall into either category? Now, I’ve noticed that my choices have already been leaning a little toward the androgynous anyway, but some of these are really outside the gender binary for one reason or another. I don’t think I can avoid referring to these characters with gendered pronouns, though.

And this is going to be a long one because I’m naming multiple characters.

Unfortunately, I think my very favorite character out of ones that can be called genderless is one that I easily could just get away with calling male.

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Piccolo. Piccolo Jr., technically. Piccolo actually was one of the ones  I considered as a possibility for my favorite male supporting character, but he’s actually from a species that doesn’t have either sex or gender. All Namekians look and sound more masculine than feminine by human standards, but they don’t seem to really have gender themselves, though there’s never any focus on this either.

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Top 21 craziest anime/game hair: 10-6

This is part 3 of my list of 21 of the weirdest, most unrealistic, or just plain crazy examples of hairstyles in anime, manga, and video games.

Part 1 and Part 2.

 

big hair, no goggles

#10. Taichi “Tai” Kamiya/Yagami

The main character of the first season of Digimon, here he is in the second season, after passing his goggles on to Davis/Daisuke.

Okay, I might be placing him a little too high, but you’ve got to admit having more volume in his hair than in the rest of his head is very distinctive. Losing the goggles only made his hair even bigger.

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