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My 10 Favorite Anime OPs of the 2000s

Or “the rise of the series that change OPs really often and artists fond of caps lock”.

10. Gurren Lagann, “Sorairo Days” by Nakagawa Shouko

I love the way the third opening actually uses the later part of the song.

Incidentally, it just edged out the opening for New Getter Robo. Even on this list Gurren Lagann overshadows what it homages.

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Search Engine Terms

“sailor moon 8 bit music” – here

“bird transformations cartoon pictures” – uh…

“violence jack and devil man crossover” – I think the basic idea is that the main character of Violence Jack is a reincarnation of the main character of Devilman, after the universe gets reset or something.

“coleco gemini donkey kong” – My first video game!

“best super robot transformation” – How about this one:

“mecha that changed anime” – That might be worth a whole post, but for now, a partial list: the four most influential mecha series, in chronological order, are probably Mazinger Z, Gundam, Macross, and Evangelion.

“if the law of equivalent exchange in fullmetal alchemist is a scientific law how can it be ignored” – That’s really specific. My answer would be because it’s not a truly absolute law, it’s just close enough to be treated as one in everyday situations. Similar to Newton’s law of gravity in real life; it’s not 100% absolute, but outside of extreme situations the differences between it and general relativity are small enough to ignore for practical purposes.

“super cartoon smash ball z great ape” – I have no idea what this person was looking for.

“facebook spellcheck doesn’t recognize scientific names” – I’m not surprised.

 

Science of Anime: Equivalent Exchange

In Fullmetal Alchemist, the most fundamental law of alchemy is Equivalent Exchange; like most real physical laws it’s not always phrased the same, but the basic idea is “To gain something, something of equal value must be given”.

The most-heard phrasing is from the first anime and seems excessively human-centric: “Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is alchemy’s first law of Equivalent Exchange.”

In alchemy that does not involve living beings, this is typically seen as a conservation law; elements are only rearranged, not created or destroyed.

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Search engine terms

I’m seeing “unknown search terms” more often so this kind of post might get less common.

“1st transforming mecha” – This is from yesterday and seems to have found the most relevant post already, but there were no hits yesterday for this one that says a little more about Raideen.

“blue transformer drill” – If you weren’t looking for Cybertron Menasor, maybe it was Twin Twist?

“katebasma sto tablet angry birds transformers” – It’s Greek to me… actually I’m pretty sure it’s misspelled Greek.

“worst happy meal toys ever” – The only time I’ve mentioned Happy Meal toys I was talking about what are probably some of the better ones…

“fullmetal alchemist dog die” – I hope this wasn’t the same person who searched for “anime challenge pets”…

 

30-Day Anime Challenge Day 22: Favorite Weapon

“Favorite weapon, gear, or armor used in an anime”

Weapon: Senbonzakura

Gear: Hagurumon (What? He’s a gear.)

Armor: Alphonse Elric.

I want to mention Nu Gundam’s Fin Funnels, and similar weapons on other mecha. They just detach and function as the pilot’s personal attack drones, flying around so one person can shoot from any angle.

But for my final answer, I think I’m going back to what I said first. Well, zanpakutō in general, really. The swords from Bleach, that are weapons, and partners, and parts of the wielder all at the same time, and each one is unique. They have their own personalities and, of course, their own special powers. I’m actually not sure which one is my favorite but Byakuya Kuchiki’s might be.

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.

PiccoloLSM

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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