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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 Mecha Anime Recommendations

In the process of writing my Mecha that Changed Anime posts, I unavoidably also thought about what I’d say here.

These are my top ten (plus one) favorite mecha anime. (Note there are series with some mecha elements that I’d consider better than some of these, but aren’t quite “mecha” enough to belong on this list: Magic Knight Rayearth, Tekkaman Blade, and FLCL come to mind.)

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Mecha That Changed Anime: Deconstruction and Reconstruction

Considering how the 80’s went, it’s pretty easy to imagine that mecha could have remained a genre that continued to evolve gradually, but would never be completely revolutionized again. Then again, it’s also possible the genre would have declined into a small isolated niche. But I’m getting ahead of myself, and in fact 1994 was a good enough year for mecha that I think it was clearly already rebounding. G Gundam is one of my personal favorites, but didn’t really “change anime” as much as most of what I’ve been mentioning.

Depending on how you look at it, I think it took until Magic Knight Rayearth in 1994 (the manga started in 93, but the Mashin/Rune-Gods didn’t appear early) before there was a great example of a series that had mecha where mecha were nowhere near the core concept.

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Song Challenge Day 19: Obsession

“A song you’re currently obsessed with”

I thought about various short-term obsessions, but ultimately decided to go with one that’s lasted long enough I can be sure it won’t change between now and the end of the challenge. (Several of the other songs I considered are my picks for other days.)

I first heard this song about three years ago, and I am still obsessed with it. The only reason I haven’t featured it in “Awesome Music Thursday” is because I wanted to save it for a special occasion. I have been known to listen to this song on a loop. When I feel really down and need to motivate myself, I listen to this song.

The song in question is “GONG” by JAM Project, the theme from The 3rd Super Robot Wars Alpha.

It doesn’t start at the very beginning of this video by InfringementMAN, but it has the lyrics.

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Awesome Music Thursday: Yuusha Oh Tanjou!

King of Braves GaoGaiGar is the last and most popular anime installment in the “Yuusha” or “Brave” franchise. Actually, at the time it had lower TV ratings but higher DVD sales, indicating that it was more popular with adult fans than with kids. So its continuation, GaoGaiGar FINAL, was initially an OAV before being reworked into a TV series as well.

I only have one more thing to say about this:

Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga GaoGaiGar!

(Uploaded by GaoGaiKIngTheGreat)

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Science of Anime: Size Changing

This is a topic that was already well-covered in The Physics of Superheroes. But while The Atom and Ant-Man/Giant-Man/Too-Many-Names-Man have size changing as their explicit super power, a lot of anime (and near-anime) characters do it incidentally, as a part of other transformations. Of course, so does the Hulk.

For example, Devilman is considerably taller as the demon Amon than as the human Akira. (Or in Mazinger Z vs. Devilman, much taller.) Well, at least he’s supernatural.

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“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.

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