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My 10 Favorite Anime OPs of the 1970s

Instead of doing the traditional single list of favorite OPs, I’ve decided to sort it by decade. Technically you can consider this my favorites of the 70’s and earlier, but the actual top 10 are all from that decade. (The older one that came closest to making the cut was the opening to Tiger Mask.)

10. Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, “Gatchaman’s Song” by Masato Shimon and Columbia Yurikago-Kai

This is actually the second opening…and the same song as the first ending. For some reason, the first season of Gatchaman used the slower “Defeat Galactor” as the OP and “Gatchaman’s Theme” as the ED; later seasons switched them and the songs definitely fit better that way.

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30 Day Anime Challenge Day 11: Mech Anime

“Favorite mech anime”

I like mecha. I’m even writing a novel with anime-style mecha in it. I already said Gurren Lagann was my favorite anime, so to avoid repeating myself, I’ll name something else:

My second favorite super robot anime that I’ve seen is G Gundam. Gundam is known for pioneering the ‘real robot’ genre, but when they made a super robot series, the result was so hammy and so cheesy that it belonged between two slices of bread, and it was awesome either despite or because of that depending on your point of view. My favorite really traditional/classic super robot anime is UFO Robot Grendizer.

My favorite real robot anime is probably also a Gundam series. I think I like SEED a little better than 00. I think SEED gets some undeserved hate from English speaking Gundam fans because it gets lumped together with SEED Destiny, which had some problems due to constant changes during productions.

30 Day Anime Challenge Day 1: Very First Anime

“Very first anime you watched”

I have very vague memories of…whichever dub of Gatchaman was on TV in the early 80s (I think it was G-Force), but I’m not sure that should count.

The first anime I watched after being old enough to care what I watched was probably Voltron. The first few Lion Force episodes, to be specific.

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The power to be a Godmaster or a Devil Z

Okay, a little background information. When the original Transformers cartoon ended in the west, several more Transformers series were made in Japan. The first one, Headmasters, was still mostly similar to the third US season (and the three-episode fourth season, which Japan didn’t get). So it was the next, Chojin Masterforce (Super God Masterforce), that was the first time Transformers was ever re-invented in Japan, and, while still in the same continuity, the first time it ever really “started over”, since Masterforce had no returning characters (except one villain who comes in fairly late).

At first the show focuses on the Pretenders, Transformers that can disguise themselves as humans (in the case of the Autobots/Cybertrons) or monsters (the Decepticons/Destrons), but before long the Headmaster Juniors and Godmasters are introduced; both groups consist of humans who use special bracelets to combine with special but non-sentient “Transtectors” to become Transformers. Since that’s sort of like piloting a mecha, it’s often said that Masterforce’s way of distinguishing itself from other Transformers series was to be more like every other super robot anime. That’s true to an extent but it gets more complicated, particularly toward the end of the series.

But what I’ve noticed, and not seen mentioned before, is that Masterforce didn’t simply move closer to typical of a genre; it has a strong influence from one particular set of super robot anime; the original mecha series, Mazinger Z, and it’s sequels, Great Mazinger and Grendizer.

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