Jul 29, 2023
I wasn't expecting much when I stumbled upon this anime, but I'm pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable it is. I know the man himself is a controversial figure, and rightly so for starting the series of inquisitions of the natives on the western hemisphere, but while the humanization is a bit weird and propaganda-like, I think it successfully does its job at building character, at least while he's still young. It honestly gives me nostalgia for Liberty's Kids, and the at-times awkward dubbing makes the show pretty funny (I'd like to know who voiced young Columbus). The music is also really catchy, especially the theme
song. Reminds me of old shows from the fifties and sixties. Honestly, if my history teachers found this growing up I would have watched a couple episodes of this alongside Liberty's Kids. I've also learned quite a bit about Columbus himself that I'd never learned from school, like how he grew up in a region of Italy called Genoa (I thought he grew up in Portugal), and that the cross that's now known as England's official flag was officially theirs (England stole it because of course they did).
Overall the anime itself is objectively fine, the main criticism I have is that it's 26 episodes, so eventually it's going to get pretty boring. I think the show should have been ten or twelve episodes instead. I also noticed that the title screens are a bit mixed up. There was one episode where the title was "Christopher meets Felipa" but he had already met Felipa and he was on a trip to Iceland. However, I would recommend this for the entertainment value it has, especially the first three episodes I've seen. Give it a watch, see if you like it :)
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