Bringing Back Memories

My First Anime Post

 

Kodocha

Fancy Lala

Sailor Moon

 

I would like to start my first anime post by reviewing my top 3 childhood shows. Back then it was a cartoon for me; I've learnt the word 'anime' at the age of 22. Yeah, I know! Anyway my very early anime series that I have watched were dubbed in Arabic and I will have a separate post for it. Because I have no idea what their English titles are. Thus, a research needs to be done first before I post their pictures. During middle school period, I started watching anime shows dubbed in Italian, because at the time I found them airing at Italia Uno. They were my first Shoujo anime and I was crazy about them- I've learnt obviously years later that they are under the shoujo genre and they are my favorite kind of genre. I do not speak Italian nor do I know anyone whose Italian, but when you are young you pick up a new language easily. And believe me when I say I understood every word back then, how? I don't know. Because when I re-watched it exactly a decade later subbed in English I was shocked that I have understood everything right. Because I assumed that maybe I was guessing at the time, but no, I knew where the direction of the conversation was going and I knew what the characters were going to say. It’s pretty impressive when I think about it. I wish I could remember the language, but I only remember a few words from back then. The shows were: Kodocha and Fancy Lala. Also if I am not mistaken I watched one with a different genre that goes under sports, Mila - the volleyball player. But I can't seem to find the title for this anime, which by the way was also in Italian. 


Kodocha, was my first girly romance anime or maybe my first time to grasp the concept of romance and obviously adored it in an anime. I loved it at the time, beyond hooked - I still love it for the fact it is one of my shoujo classics. I loved the art; how the characters looked that I have the style ingrained in my head. Because a decade later I couldn't shake the feeling of recognition and attraction on a bunch of manga that later on turned out to be also done by the same artist. (I will dedicate a full post for her work someday)


The 'art' - how the characters where drawn- are my absolute favorite style, in the world of art it is called shoujo style as well - which I have learnt very recently. Maybe because Kodocha was my favorite since I was young that I loved the style or maybe it is the artistic sense in me that loves that exact style, I don't know because, either way I love this style of art. OK I have diverted into a very different direction "Art"- can you blame me? Back to the topic, at the time I recall watching the first season and little of the second season, and then it was cut off and they started airing a different anime, which is Fancy Lala. Before I get into Fancy Lala, I would like to point out that when I watched Kodocha a decade later, Rosanna’s character is very kind but also super annoying and clueless, which made me mad most of the time. But overall the anime is so freaking cute. Rosanna "her Italian name which I love didn't change much from the Japanese short name Sana or I would've hated the Japanese name because I was so used to Rosanna. Also, I recall having a serious crush ON the MALE CHARACTER. I was young don't blame me. Naaaah, I still have crushes on fictional characters, and maybe bordering on loving them. Anyway, his name is Eric and I don't know if it is the same on the Japanese version. He has this bad boy type of facade and doesn't know how to communicate his emotions and all that comes with a mysterious character that makes his kind so appealing and attractive. -Which could also be the reason -or the start- to why I like these type of characters in everything books, anime, manga and movies. YES, I have a type that I realized for a few years now, and apparently they go under mysterious and dangerous. 


English: Kodocha

Synonyms: Child's Toy

Japanese: こどものおもちゃ

 

Information

Type: TV

Episodes: 102

Status: Finished Airing

Aired: Apr 5, 1996 to Mar 27, 1998

Premiered: Spring 1996

Broadcast: Unknown

Producers: TV Tokyo, Nihon Ad Systems, Pony Canyon

Licensors: FUNimation Entertainment

Studios: Studio Gallop

Source: Manga

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shoujo

Duration: 22 min. per ep.

Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older



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Moving on. Fancy LaLa. I freaking love this anime and would advise this to little girls who wish to start watching anime. I loved this so much because it was a dream come true. It has a lot to do with art, so it was a major plus for me. I have always wished that the clothes I drew would come to life one day, and what better to see it happen in an anime - a fantasy actually happening. I was living the dream, in that little girls life. I might be very brief about this anime, but that is because I really can't remember the name of the little character's name, I know her other name though. But I don't want to search it or re-watch it. I will keep it short because I might spoil this. But yeah a very old one but a lovely story that is worth watching.


English: Magical Stage Fancy Lala

Japanese: 魔法のステージ・ファンシーララ


Information

Type: TV

Episodes: 26

Status: Finished Airing

Aired: Apr 5, 1998 to Sep 27, 1998

Premiered: Spring 1998

Broadcast: Unknown

Producers: Bandai Visual, Geneon Universal Entertainment, TV Osaka, Yomiuri Advertising, TV Tokyo Music

Licensors: Bandai Entertainment

Studios: Studio Pierrot, Kyoto Animation

Source: Original

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Magic, Music, Romance, Shoujo

Duration: 24 min. per ep.

Rating: G - All Ages


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NEXT, is the first and oldest anime I have watched maybe I was 8 years old at the time when I first watched it - or younger. I remember two feelings whenever I hear the name of the anime. One, she has very long hair and looks very beautiful when she dresses up. Two, I am in love with guy -not the crush kind like Eric from Kodocha where I imagined I was Rosanna; no, its the innocent kind of love, thinking I want the mysterious guy in the black mask with a rose to be my future husband. Yes at the age of 8!!! Already IN LOVE with non -other than Tuxedo Mask. I found him at the time extremely attractive and husband-like - don't ask me to explain this. Because of him I liked Zorro and masks LOL. Anyway, the anime is Sailor Moon. It is my childhood PERIOD because I can't say anything about a classic 


English: Sailor Moon

Synonyms: Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon

Japanese: 美少女戦士セーラームーン 


Information

Type: TV

Episodes: 46

Status: Finished Airing

Aired: Mar 7, 1992 to Feb 27, 1993

Premiered: Spring 1992

Broadcast: Unknown

Producers: TV Asahi

Licensors: ADV Films, Viz Media, DiC Entertainment

Studios: Toei Animation

Source: Manga

Genres: Demons, Magic, Romance, Shoujo

Duration: 24 min. per ep.

Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older 




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