seawasp (seawasp) wrote,

Thirty Days of Anime -- Day 1 -- Very First Anime

Inspired by arcadiagt5 's ongoing posts I've decided to follow suit with his list of questions. Each post will include the full list of questions as well as the answer of the day.

Day 1: My very first anime

As arcadiagt5 said in his own post, this is a bit fuzzy; does it mean the first anime you caught a bit of, even without knowing it was anime, the first anime you saw AS anime, or the first anime you purchased?

I'd consider the last choice least likely, and to be honest I'm not sure which anime was the first one I bought; that was a long time ago and it's hard to disentangle which ones I bought early on versus later, since that was the day of VCRs slowly transitioning to DVDs (and LDs finally fading away, but for a while we had an LD player, too)

The first choice would be reasonable, but I'm not sure I can answer it. I saw parts of Robotech and of Battle of the Planets (aka, respectively, Macross with some other bits and Scientific Ninja Force Gatchaman). I do remember feeling there was somethng "off" about Battle of the Planets and that weird robot 7-Zark-7 -- which, of course, there was, since 7-Zark-7 didn't exist in the original, and there was a lot cut out of the original.

However, it's the second choice -- what anime I first watched AS an anime -- that is key to my becoming a fan of anime. And that anime was Saint Seiya. The originator of the God-Warrior subgenre, at the time Saint Seiya was revelatory; it was a new take on the general superhero concept, with the children given their powers by a combination of reincarnation and training; it was the darker era of comics before the comics became darker here (so that when ours went darker it seemed old hat and wasn't done as well, either. )

While other anime came along later and did what Saint Seiya did better (a not uncommon phenomenon -- the first show breaks the ground and establishes some conventions, the later ones recognize how to smooth the ground and build a better structure), Saint Seiya and the concepts it introduced had a huge influence on me and my thinking; still does, to some extent. It also became, oddly, one of the strongest and most significant bonds between me and the woman I eventually married, Kathleen, because it was Kathleen who showed it to me, and the two of us built a very strong, complex game-world and fanfiction universe around that series, extending it and making it deeper (in a way its creator, Kurumada, proved in the end to be unable to do, sadly).

Between us, Kathy and I wrote something like a million words of fanfiction in that universe (although only a fraction of that was fully completed; the only fully completed stories were Resurrection (itself composed of Requiem, Rebirth, Ghosts, Awakening, and Meteor), Windlash (prelude/origin story of the eponymous character [edit: said character being seen in the icon above, in his civilian guise]), Fallen Angel, Cry Wolf!, Wild Card, Snow Queen, Corruption, Starpower, and Monolith, and of those the last three were never edited to the point that they would be shown to anyone else (Wild Card and Fallen Angel were published in issues of Anime House Presents and others have been available online). Other stories NOT completed, or only completed in rough form, included (but were not limited to!) Vacation (the Saints go to Disneyworld), The Key, Soul of a Hero, Corruption II, and Brave New World.

That universe also drew others into it; in Starpower the Samurai Troopers became a part of it, and in Brave New World the Z-Warriors of Dragonball/DBZ arrived. But the dominant, and by far most significant, remained Saint Seiya.

One of those fanfic stories was, in fact, the key to my final understanding of some of the most fundamental elements of my own universe. I had written the early parts of what later became my first published novel, Digital Knight, in the late '80s, but it was while I was writing the Saint Seiya fanfic Cry Wolf! that I came to a full realization of who and what the Werewolf King Virigar really was, what he wanted, what he could do, and how he was connected to a myriad other events in my multiverse. In that moment the entirety of that multiverse became completely clear for me, in a way that I had been trying to achieve for over a decade.

Today, Saint Seiya is stiff, clumsy, and its follow-ons add little or nothing to the show. But it remains my first real anime, and in my heart is still one of the best, even while my head knows better.

Day 1 - Very first anime:Saint Seiya
Day 2 - Favourite TV series:
Day 3 - Your anime crush:
Day 4 - Favourite Film:
Day 5 - Anime character you feel you are most like (or wish you were):
Day 6 - Most annoying anime character:
Day 7 - Character you’d most like to slap
Day 8 - Most epic scene ever:
Day 9 - Saddest anime scene
Day 10 - Favorite slice of life anime
Day 11 - Favorite mech series
Day 12 - Best instalment of a franchise you don’t like
Day 13 - Worst instalment of a franchise you do like.
Day 14 - Current (or most recent) anime wallpaper
Day 15 - A reality check for a genre you like
Day 16 - An anime classic that simply doesn’t work for you.
Day 17 - Best Background Music
Day 18 - Best Five-team (?)
Day 19 - Change you’d like to make to any one anime
Day 20 - Most ambiguous anime character
Day 21 – Favourite OAV Series
Day 22 - Animation studio you'd most like to slap.
Day 23 - Anime you think had the best, or most intriguing art
Day 24 - Favorite anime hero or heroine
Day 25 - Best anime villain
Day 26 - Your favorite harem anime
Day 27 - Favorite anime opening theme song
Day 28 - Favorite anime companion/summoned creature
Day 29 - Best Anime Music Video
Day 30 - Favorite anime ending theme

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