I don’t remember exactly the very first anime that I’ve watched. But I remember already watching anime since kindergarten. Maybe I was already watching anime as a baby. (´艸`) I remember that the most distinct anime titles I watched as a child are Dragon Ball and Yu Yu Hakusho.
My most treasured memories of these anime are watching them together with my dad in original Japanese. These two anime are, without a doubt, classic masterpieces. If you ask me which of them I like better, you won’t get any clear answer from me. (I’m a Libra, after all) 😉 I think that both of them have their own strengths and weaknesses.
As a little girl, I attacked my friends more with Kamehame-ha and Reigan more than I transformed into Sailor Moon. Don’t get me wrong, I love Sailor Moon, but my thinking is it’s smarter to shoot a powerful wave of energy rather than to transform where your enemies can attack you while you’re still changing into those cute outfits. I recently read somewhere why Usagi can’t be attacked while transforming, but I digress.
Both Dragon Ball and Yu Yu Hakusho have great impacts on my current tastes in anime. Whenever people ask me my favourite anime, I usually give them titles from the shounen genre. They often wonder why a female like me prefer watching shounen more than shoujo. I think that maybe it’s because of Dragon Ball and Yu Yu Hakusho being some of my formative titles as an anime lover. I just remember the excitement of watching the intense battles and the thrill of seeing my beloved protagonists defeating those much-hated villains.
I have lots of good memories with these two anime. I became adept at drawing muscles on male bodies at a young age because of them. They are also some of my first inspirations of turning me into a creative thinker and story crafter. I still think that Toriyama-sensei and Togashi-sensei are geniuses for creating these epic series.
Writing about these two anime now is making me so nostalgic. I recently re-watched Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. I’m thinking of re-watching Yu Yu Hakusho, as well. I love these two series, and I will continue to love and respect them.
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