{Nostalgia} Top 5 Favorite Anime

Like most of my peers, I grew up with anime. It was really big in Indonesia when I was a kid. TVs were bombarded with lots of anime, and I vaguely remembered about a TV station that once solely dedicated just for anime and cartoons.

Anyway, I don’t think I need to explain what anime is, right? So let’s go straight to my all time favorite anime!

Card Captor Sakura

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Aah, my teenage years.

I was 12 back then in 1999, and just started junior high school. I was stumbled onto this gem when I was randomly switching tv channels on Sunday morning. It was broadcasted at 7 am, quite early for an anime back then. And I fell in love at first sight.

I was so so invested that I would buy anything that has Card Captor Sakura in it. I remember hunting the first two volumes of the manga (Indonesian version of course) because by the time I knew that there is a manga version of it (hello, internet didn’t really exist back then), it was already on third volume.

I also remember I hunted down all tabloids I could get which had Card Captor Sakura’s articles or freebies. I even tried to get my hands on Card Captor Sakura Movie’s DVDs although they were quite hard to find as well.

I even started writing fanfiction because I was yearning for more after the series ended AND sent them to a fanfiction website AND they were published (yes, they are still up; no, don’t ask for links). Sure, my grammar and vocabulary were beyond bad compared to now. But I thought those moments were really stepping stones to encourage me writing more in English.

Yes, I am still invested to this series that I still have the whole 70 episodes (plus two movies) in my hard drive now. I even still find myself smiling watching the last movie when Shaoran finally got his reply from Sakura.

I think I will still keep loving it until I am old 🙂

Neon Genesis Evangelion

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While Card Captor Sakura is all about cute and sweet, Evangelion is the perfect opposite. Blood in almost every episode, absurd storyline that I can’t even fathom, etc.

But I love it. I love the cool Eva-01 and the psychology bits in every character. They gave different colour to this series. Again, I was so invested with this series I even bought the whole set of its VCD with my own pocket money. Each piece costs about 25,000 IDR and it contains 2 episodes. 25,000 IDR may not seem a lot these days, but it was definitely something for me back then.

This anime even pushed me to start learning Japanese! I remember learning Hiragana and Katakana by spelling the characters’ and seiyuus’ name.

I am still a fan until now, although the absurd new Rebuild series is completely off from the original I keep scratching my head watching it >.<

The original one is still the best!

Inu Yasha

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I don’t really remember why did I start watching Inu Yasha. I only remember that this series had the best and vibrant graphic I had ever seen. I was surprised to learn that this series comes from the mangaka of Ranma ½. And I was even more surprised that I really like Inu Yasha.

OK, I am a sucker for anime with love story. And add to the fact that its OSTs are SUPER GORGEOUS. I found BoA through Inu Yasha, and became a fan of Do As Infinity afterwards. I never knew that anime OSTs can be that good!

Doraemon

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If you don’t know Dorameon, you must have been living under the rock. No, under the cave I think. This super cute mutant (cat x human) is super duper adorable and so memorable. My first manga was Doraemon volume 6 and since then I never looked back.

Although I don’t watch Doraemon regularly anymore (are they still broadcasting it? I am not sure), this series will always hold special place in my heart.

Sailormoon

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Ah yes. Which one of my peers don’t know about this one? Even Husband knew the soundtrack by heart :p

Sailor Moon was super popular in my era. I am pretty sure every girl knew this one. Actually, the storyline of the series is pretty simple: a group of pretty girls that somehow got their power from planets (????) defending the Earth from a group of bad people with black power. Oh, don’t forget the love stories that were thrown here and there. With final message : the power of love is everything.

As cheesy as the storyline sounds, Sailor Moon was a big hit. Even the merchandises (official or non-official) were always running out of stocks. I, like any other girls my age, collected some of them as well, e.g stickers (omg), loose leaf sheets, and I think I also had a shirt with Sailor Moon characters on it.

My childhood was precious :’)

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So that’s my top 5! What’s yours? 🙂

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