Here’s a show that I very vaguely remember from my first encounters with television. Along with Sesame Street, Mickey and Donald Disney cartoons, Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies, the first shows I’ve ever seen are super robot anime. The trouble is, out of the five or six super robot shows I’ve started watching, I did not complete any of them as a child. This was because then President Ferdinand Marcos flat-out banned super robot anime!
In the case of Choudenji Machine Voltes V, it took me a quarter of a century to watch the ending. In the case of Mazinger Z, and UFO Grendizer, I never knew how it all turned out in the end. While Mazinger has Shin Mazinger Z Shogeki Hen to provide what I believe is a more concise and overall beter telling of the Mazinger story, for UFO Robo Grendizer I would have to wait for dedicated super robot fans to make subtitled versions.
And it’s here! I eagerly watched the first episode.
Now I can barely remember love for this show because beyond the look and some information, I don’t remember anything anymore about it. I just remembered that I loved this as a 3 or 4 year old. But then again, why wouldn’t I love anything gigantic and robotic at that age?
That was fun. I think I’ll follow this to the 74 episdode bitter end. Here are a few things I wonder about:
How old were you when you first watched anime? Were there any shows you loved then that you weren’t able to complete?
Are there any shows that you didn’t complete then but are only completing now? Do you find your impression changing?
Go watch Shin Mazinger Z Shogeki Hen [->]
A reflection on how we change while the shows we watched in the past stayed the same (otou-san 2009/06/18)
More about President Marcos banning super robot anime [->]