Sunday, 25 December 2011

Animes: Not Just For Children

First of all,Merry Christmas to all my Christian friends.
Yup,today is 25th December.Christmas Day ^^

Hehe...

Okay,enough about the 'hehe..'.

Today,my topic is 'Animes: Not Just For Children'.
I love watching animes.

Many people asked/said to me 'Oh my gosh,you're already a university student and yet you still watched animes?'.
My answer was 'Animes actually for people of all ages.In fact,the Japanese people created animes that can be watched by different age groups'.

First,take a look at Doraemon.I bet all of you watched Doraemon.Oh,for those who don't know  Doraemon,he actually look like this.(See picture below)
Doraemon (the blue one) and friends
Doraemon for me,is a universal anime.It was made for the whole family to sit in front of television and watch it together.In fact,the anime itself contain many moral values such as we should be independent and do not be lazy,which greatly depicted in Nobita mannerism.Doraemon actually is a 22nd century cat (he actually had ears before being bitten by mouse,thus he developed great fear towards mouse) robot that is sent back by his owner Sewashi to the 20th century to help his great-grandfather,Nobita,from bad misfortune that, in the future drowning Sewashi's family with great financial problems.Doraemon has a pocket from which he produces many gadgets, medicines, and tools from the future.Those gadgets are used to help Nobita mainly to get out of trouble.

Overall,Doraemon can be watched by all group ages,and people of all walk of life.It's not just for pure entertainment,for it have many moral values that can be absorbed by people,especially children.I'm happy and proud to say that I grown up watching Doraemon and,until now,I still watch Doraemon.

Second,for those who said that anime is for children,please think about it again.Why did Sunrise bother to produce Gundam Series if the children couldn't understand why the characters in the series fight?
The answer is simple,the series is targeted for teenagers and above.Don't you dare saying to me 'My 7 year olds little brother watched Gundam and hope to be a newtype/coordinator/innovator'.I'll brainwash you,for sure.

Since Gundam have many series,let me pick a famous example of Gundam series,which is Gundam Seed.Why did I write 'I'll brainwash you'?That is because the plots in Gundam Series are really heavy and not understandable by children (even by a 13 years old girl,which is me at that time).The questions of humanity and war always being brought up in the series.

Gundam Seed is the first Gundam franchise set in the "Cosmic Era" in which mankind is divided between normal Earth dwelling humans, known as "Naturals", and the genetically altered humans known as "Coordinators", who live in space colonies.

The story of Gundam Seed,which set during the Bloody Valentine War,begins in the neutral space colony Heliopolis, where secret development of advanced mobile suits for the Earth Alliances,Naturals' war effort is being conducted. The colony is attacked by ZAFT forces, the military of the Coordinators, with the objective of stealing the new units. During the incursion a teenager Coordinator named Kira Yamato, upon seeing his friends in danger, pilots the GAT-X105 Strike mobile suit to fend off the invaders but the colony is critically damaged in the ensuing fight.The story goes on and Kira meets his childhood bestfriend,Athrun Zala,who sided with ZAFT,as a mobile suit pilot.In order to save his friends from Heliopolis,Kira decided to stay with the Archangel,a battleship owned by Earth Alliances and fight his fellow Coordinators and Athrun Zala.

Main Characters:
Kira Yamato
Athrun Zala
Lacus Clyne
Cagalli Yula Athha
The plot gets thicken as Lacus Clyne,Athrun Zala's fiancee,whom Kira saves before, fall in love with Kira.Lacus helps Kira by giving her Freedom Gundam later in the episode.Archangel and its' crews break away from Earth Alliances and joined Orb Union,a neutral colonies who doesn't stood by ZAFT or Earth Alliances.Kira later found out that he actually the only Ultimate Coordinators that exists,created by his own blood father,Ulen Hibiki.He also found out that he has a twin sister,a natural,who became the adoptive daughter of the representative of Orb Union.His sister is the girl he met at the first episode,Cagalli Yula Athha.Athrun and Cagalli became closer as the series goes as Athrun finally betrayed ZAFT and stood by Orb Union.

Any more and I'm giving you spoiler,so I won't continue my spoiler on the story.You need to watch Gundam Seed by yourself to understand the story.

Gundam Seed also has its sequel,which is Gundam Seed Destiny.The timeline is 2 years after the final battle in Gundam Seed.It involves around a Coordinator named Shinn Asuka whose family is killed during battle in Orb Union.He developed hatred towards Orb Union and its' policies.Gundam Seed Destiny introduces many new characters such as Shinn Asuka,Lunamaria Hawke,Rey Za Burrel,Stella Loussier,Meyrin Hawke,Meer Campbell and the mastermind of GSD,Gilbert Dullindal.

Main characters (new):
Shinn Asuka
Lunamaria Hawke
Rey Za Burrel
Stella Loussier
Meyrin Hawke
Meer Campbell
The plots are heavier in GSD than in GS.Because there are many new characters so,each character has his/her own history.One of the interesting character there is Meer Campbell.She is a Coordinator who has the same voice as Lacus Clyne.Gilbert Dullindal took advantage of this and asked her to impersonate Lacus Clyne,whom she greatly admire.Meer however is full of energy and flirtatious.She took a liking to Athrun Zala,who,unknown to her,had already break his engagement with Lacus.Athrun Zala also went to ZAFT and is promoted as FAITH,a special soldier who can act at his own will and consideration during battle.
Cagalli in GSD however,is not a strong and hard-headed character as her in GS.Maybe this is because of her role as representative of Orb Union.The most irritating moment for me in GSD is when Cagalli is forced to marry Yuna Roma Seiran,the son of a greatly influenced politician in Orb Union.Luckily Kira managed to kidnap her before the wedding.

To be truth,there are many more irritating events that makes you want to kill the plot writer of the story.I'm happy to see Kira still doing fine with Lacus as Cagalli and Athrun relationship already strained when Athrun departed to ZAFT and Cagalli is rumoured to be having married Yuna.Poor Athrun.The plot writer made him look very pitiful in both stories.Not only he lost his mother during the Bloody Valentine tragedy and his father in later episode in GS,he also lost the person he loved which is Cagalli during GSD.Oh,not to mention he lost his beautiful fiancee to his bestfriend in GS.Really,a pitiful guy.

The rest of the story you can watch them by yourself.

So,I bet you notice the complexity of the stories,didn't you?Dare to say animes are for kids anymore?

Not only Gundam Series,there are many animes that are complex and hard to digest,even for me.

For example,take a look at Neon Genesis Evangelion,Ghost In The Shell,and etc.

Neon Genesis Evangelion
Ghost In The Shell

Some animes like Naruto and Bleach are quite easy to understand as the plot always centered at the good guys versus the bad guys.

Naruto
Bleach

It goes the same with mahou shoujo (magic girls) anime like Sailormoon and Cardcaptor Sakura.
Sailormoon


Cardcaptor Sakura
Then,there are also anime about sport like Slam Dunk which tell about basketball and The Prince Of Tennis.

Slam Dunk

Slam Dunk is a story about a boy Sakuragi Hanamichi,whose love is rejected during junior high school by a girl who likes a basketball player.Furious,when Sakuragi go to high school,he beat everyone who says the word 'basketball' in front of him.One day,a girl named Haruko Akagi recruited him into the school basketball club.Sakuragi,fell in love with the girl and agree to join the club.There he met Haruko's brother Akagi Takenori who is a strict (yet funny at certain circumstances) who loves basketball very much.Akagi dreams to enter national game but Shohoku never get it way pass the regional game.Sakuragi also met Rukawa Kaede,a popular high school basketball player,who is quite and handsome,and harbour jealousy of him because of Haruko's affection towards him.Their team also consists of a short player,who can move fast in the court,Ryota Miyagi.They later joined by ex-delinquent Hisashi Mitsui,who was a MVP player during his junior high.Together the team worked very hard to enter national game.

Main characters:
Sakuragi Hanamichi

Rukawa Kaede
Takenori Akagi
Ryota Miyagi
Hisashi Mitsui
Haruko Akagi
 Slam Dunk is a good anime to be watched,especially if you want to begin playing basketball.The anime is like a free tutorial.The plot is well-written and the characters are handsome and beautiful.The manga also very good but since it can't move,I prefer the anime better.Okay,how about you take a look at my favourite character and team in Slam Dunk. XD
Kenji Fujima
Kenji Fujima is the coach/player of Shoyo High School basketball team.They are number 2 in Kanagawa region the previous year,losing to Kainan .In the current storyline,Shohoku beat them with 62-60.Kenji usually sit on the coach bench and only play on the court if the circumstances asked for it.He entered the court quite late during their match against Shohoku (if a bit early Shoyo would have win).Kenji is really popular with girls. XD
Shoyo basketball team

Okay,now,moving on to The Prince Of Tennis.
The Prince Of Tennis
The Prince of Tennis is a story about a young tennis prodigy,Ryoma Echizen who came back to Japan from US and joined the Seigaku Tennis team as a regular member after defeating other regular members.Ryoma is a strong player and never lose his matches except to his father,a retired tennis player who was named 'Samurai Nanjiro' during his active days and his school tennis captain,Kunimitsu Tezuka.Together with his team,Ryoma went to the final match with Rikkai Junior High in Kanto game,defeating them,and became qualify for national game.Again,they have a final match with Rikkai after beating other schools like Higa,Hyoutei,and Shitenhouji,and won the national championship when Ryoma beated Rikkai's captain,Seiichi Yukimura.

Main characters:
Ryoma Echizen
Shusuke Fuji
Kaoru Kaidoh
From left to right:Kaoru Kaidoh and Takeshi Momoshiro
Kunimitsu Tezuka
Eiji Kikumaru
Sadaharu Inui
Syuichiro Oishi
Takashi Kawamura
Picture aboves are from Seigaku (Seishun Gakuen) Junior High School Tennis Team.Although they just a junior high student,they can easily beat high school student and from the anime,I think their talents and skills are beyond exceptional.And not to mention you won't find many of the special moves they created,in real-life tennis.Oh yeah,and the anime has a lot (really) bishounen characters (oh,I really love it >.<).

My favourite characters are Kuranosuke Shiraishi,Choutarou Ootori,and Seiichi Yukimura.
Kuranosuke Shiraishi,Shitenhouji tennis team captain
One word for him: Ecstacy.
Kuranosuke is a perfectionist who likes taking care of his health and playing tennis with his teammate.They are representative of Kansai region,and from Osaka.I like it when Kuranosuke speaks Kansai-ben( a kind of accents,usually used by people living in Kansai region in Japan).He's totally dazzling.He's a strong player and a reliable captain.

Choutarou Ootori
Choutarou is a second year regular member of Hyoutei Junior High tennis team.He plays double with his senior and bestfriend,Ryoh Shishido.They are called 'Silver Pair' and have a strong bond as a team.Choutarou is the second tallest in his team and is very kind.Apart from tennis,he plays piano and violin very well.I like Choutarou sweetness and mannerism.He is a selfless guy who is willing to sacrifice his own spot as a regular for Ryoh Shishido.Besides,he also a hard worker.Anyway,he's really cute and innocent. (>.<)Wish I can find someone like him in the future.

Seiichi Yukimura
He's the captain of Rikkai Junior High School and nicknamed the 'Child of God'.His skills in tennis are without flaw and he's the strongest player (after Ryoma,because Ryoma beated him) in Japan junior high school.Along with his teammates,he led Rikkai towards national game.During final,he played against Ryoma and lost to him after a long tiring game.He's kind and gentle outside the court.But,once he's inside the court,hell will break loose for his teammates (and opponents).He also like to taunt his teammates while being innocent (scary,huh).

Now,what do you think.Animes' world is quite complex,huh?

I believed if before this you thought animes are for children,now you already change your state of mind.

Anyway,have a blessed day.
^^

credits:pictures doesn't belong to me

2 comments:

  1. Doraemon, Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura and Rurouni Kenshin were my childhood!

    Anime, comics, manga, and videogames are all not just children anymore. Sadly, our communities think otherwise...

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    1. Yup.Too bad many adults don't understand it...

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