Finally, I got the courage to take this challenge I saw people taking. I’ve always thought of this, but I was hesitant because I’m a bit indecisive. But this is called a ‘challenge’ for a reason, so here am I signing up for it. I just hope I will be able to finish it.
Day 1 – Very First Anime You Watched
From the very start, I already have a problem — I don’t know which is the very first anime series I’ve watched. You see, I started watching way back when I was, what, 4 years old? That’s why I’m not sure which of these is the one:
Choudenji Machine Voltes V, Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon, and Dragon Ball. These are classics so I assume all of you who will happen to be reading this don’t need any synopsis. I may not be sure which of these is the very first anime I’ve seen, I’m sure that they’re the first of their respective genres — Voltes V of the mecha anime, Sailor Moon of the mahou shoujo, and Dragon Ball of the fighting ones.
I remember screaming “LET’S VOLT IN!” along with the pilots of the five machines to put together Voltes V and then sputtering nonsense words as the song plays. I also used to do the Voltes V pose after that. I remember carrying a belt so that whenever they use Voltes V’s belt, I would swing it around, too! Whenever they raise their sword, I imitate it with my imaginary sword. So sad that I can’t actually remember much of the things that happened in the story since I never got to re-watch it after those years it was still the hype.
Sailor Moon is my gateway anime for shoujo series. At that time, aside from Magical Stage Fancy Lala, which aired at the time slot before Sailor Moon’s but for some reason I got to know Sailor Moon first, this was the only shoujo anime I diligently watched. If I remember correctly, it was aired every 6pm (weekends?) back then. I recall bugging my father about turning on the TV because I was too afraid to be electrified whenever I plug it on on my own. Usagi was my second most drawn female character during kindergarten years. The first being Daimos‘ Erika. I wanted to have a hair as long as Sailor Venus, but my parents found long hairs trouble so my hair was usually short, even shorter than Sailor Mercury’s.
Ahh, Dragon Ball series. This is one of those anime series my father used to watch with me. I got to watch Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT, too, and Cha-La Head Cha-La remains one of the most memorable OP for me. Goku made me want to ride clouds (though before that, I just wanted to eat them). Whenever Goku had to do that spirit ball thingy, I enthusiastically raised my hands, too. There are times when I played with my friends imitating different anime moves including kamehameha. Oh, and if Erika was my most drawn female character while in kindergarten, her male counterpart is Goku. I remember always drawing that peculiar hair of his but now that I think of it, I wonder why I didn’t go with Vegeta what with his hair easier to draw. Or with Krillin since he has no hair. Oh well.
This may be cheating, but I seriously can’t remember which is the first one, so I just opted to present these three. I’m going to try my hardest to choose only one for the others.