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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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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 23: A cover song

“A cover song”

I could say something about songs that people don’t even realize are covers. A good example is “Fly Me to the Moon”; there is a very real chance that by now the 50 billion recordings associated with Neon Genesis Evangelion might have left some people unaware that song had prior existence. Okay, probably not too many; Frank Sinatra is still famous, and his version was even used by the Apollo program, becoming the first music heard on the moon. But did you know that Frank Sinatra’s version wasn’t the original either? The song was written by Bart Howard and first recorded by Kaye Ballard in 1954, 10 years before Sinatra.

Megumi Hayashibara’s version is a cover of a cover of a cover.

(uploaded by Miguel Concepcion)

There are bands that are all about covers. I really like Animetal and Animetal USA, who, as their names imply, do metal covers of anime songs.

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