Welcome to my page, I welcome friend requests made if you feel we may have anything in common, but if I feel we may not, I won't accept the request. Below are my favorites in anime titles and characters, my favorite anime are those I enjoyed most and for characters are those that I'm fond of. I found a variety of titles entertaining that encompass various genres and decades.
I watch various anime consisting of older shows and new titles of those that capture my interest. When it comes to the anime I watch/would like to watch; the criteria I look for is a good story/plot, interesting characters, and a talented cast of VA's. Also, I look how well the story/characters develop when watching an anime. I rate anime by looking at the whole picture and enjoyment is key, most of those I rate 8-10 are ones I like to re-watch. I don't give something a good score just because it's well-regarded and highly rated by others, there will be some where I won't share the same opinion. At times I'll watch a light-hearted or guilty pleasure anime that seems like it will be a fun watch and rate those types differently. I dislike loli/shota anime, trashy ecchi like Masou Gakuen HxH & Prison School, and those long running shounen anime that goes on for 200+ episodes...they become a chore to watch and quality diminishes. I refuse to watch those kinds of anime.
I feel in today's anime, it's lacking in having a number of great female seiyuu who made their mark in the 80's and early 90's voicing main characters and are cast aside to supporting roles, which is sad. I'm mainly a fan of the female seiyuu that were active in the 80's and the 90's because I love their voices and those that I favor are excellent in terms of their acting and singing talent. I encourage all to support these fantastic veteran female seiyuu for their amazing talents. As a fan of older anime, I disagree with those who base their superficial arguments on disliking/not watching older anime because of the animation. When it comes to anime; the story/plot, characters, and how both progress is what counts, not what the series looks like or how pretty it is. I encourage everyone to watch anime of the 80's and 90's, there's plenty of awesome titles to choose from and you'd be surprised on how entertaining the classic anime titles are.
ANIME CHARACTER OF THE MONTH-MIA ALICE
*I'll post a new character next month*
In my Anime Character of the Month feature for this June, I’ve decided to profile Mia Alice, one of the heroines of Haja Taisei Dangaioh, an anime OVA which turns 30-years-old this year and is considered a cult classic. I decided to feature Mia this month to shine the spotlight on a character from a relatively obscure anime and being inspired to do so after re-watching the series again. Mia Alice is a beautiful and courageous young woman who is compassionate and kind to her friends and comrades on the Dangaioh Team, but she shows her fierce strength when engaged in battle against her malevolent enemy Gil Berg. I like that she stands her ground when it comes to confronting Gil, considering how dangerous and violent he is. Mia is devoted her teammates and although she did have the option to return to her former life on Earth after her lost memory resurfaces and after the first battle against Gil Berg ends. However, she decides to stay with her new friends knowing that the Bunker would still hunt them down and Dangaioh couldn’t operate without all four of them present, it shows Mia’s character growth in a short period of time as an admirable individual that earns the respect of the strong-willed Pai Thunder. As the de-facto leader of the Dangaioh Team, it’s her determined drive and personality that brings them together to defy the machinations of the Bunker. Mia’s perseverance is a quality that I admire in her character in the hardships she tackles on and although she’s a pacifist by nature, Mia fights for what she believes in.
Mia Alice was originally an Earthling who once lived in Japan and was an ordinary high school student. Her teammates include Pai Thunder, whose real name is Barius and is the headstrong daughter of the high commander of the Bunker Space Pirate cabal, Galimos. Lambda Nom was a princess in her home planet that was once peaceful before the Bunker invaded and a devastating war ensued that ultimately led to the planet’s destruction. Rol Kran may not look like much from his appearance, but in his former life he was the hero and leader of a resistance group against the Bunker that also invaded his home world. She stands out amongst her teammates as she was able to live a relatively carefree existence in her former life on Earth. Their past memories are purged, however at random points during the series the four regain those lost memories with Mia being the first to remember what had been lost to her. Together they are aided by Professor Tarsen; the alien scientist that changed their lives forever becomes their ally. The Bunker Space Pirate cabal operates like intergalactic warlords spreading terror and destruction in their wake. As espers, Mia and the others can feel and read each other’s thoughts and as individual fighters, they have their own special power that can be used in conjunction with Dangaioh. Dangaioh comes together when the quartet’s individual Dan-machine fighters conjoin with Mia’s battle cry of “CROSS FIGHT! DANGAIOH!” and when Dangaioh is formed, Rol is the main controller of its’ operations. The machine is an extension of the quartet as a united front and only can be used when all four are present.
Mia, Pai, Lambda, and Rol are enhanced beings who were taken from their home worlds and granted with strong esper powers by Professor Tarsen. He calls them his greatest masterpieces with the intent of handing them over to the tyrannical Bunker Space Pirate cabal who plan to use them as weapons. Mia herself has no desire to be used that way for the sake of any personal ambition or conquest and join the Bunker. This infuriates the malicious Gil Berg who has a thirst for power and violent conquest as he desires to be a Bunker space pirate to fulfill those ambitions; he loathes the fact that someone like Mia is considered the superior being. It immediately sets off a mutual antagonism between them. Mia and her fellow espers soon make their escape, rejecting the idea of being handed over to the Bunker and are pursued by the android Dira and her partner Yoldo to eliminate them for desertion, but the pair are felled in battle. Bunker brand Mia and the others as traitors and decide they must be eliminated. In his meeting with the Bunker with his strong desire to join their cabal, Gil gouges out his left eye as proof of his loyalty to them and wishes to kill Mia and her teammates with his own hands. He heads off to Earth where he goes on a rampage to lure Mia out, using the knowledge of her original home world to his advantage. When Mia and the others arrive to confront Gil, they unite as one on their first engagement with Dangaioh. The second episode is centered on Lambda as she is faced against her former servant, Shazara and two other survivors of her home world who have allied themselves to the Bunker and have vowed to hunt down the Dangaioh Team and kill them. For Shazara, this is a personal vendetta against Lambda as in her eyes the former princess is guilty by association being the daughter of the weak and cowardly king, seeing his actions as the ultimate betrayal. The final episode goes into Rol’s story as he and the others are brought to his former home world. Gil Berg resurfaces and sets his sights on revenge against Mia and the quartet will be drawn into a devastating battle against their enemies.
Here are the OP & ED songs for Dangaioh, the opening is in glorious BD quality and wow does it look AMAZING, it comes to show you how great old anime looks. Both songs are sung by the queen of anison, Mitsuko Horie. “CROSS FIGHT!” is a duet she sings with the king of anison, Ichiro Mizuki.
Mia Alice is voiced by Mayumi Shou who was at the peak of popularity in the 80’s with her roles in a number of cult classics of the decade made by AIC which include her performances as reluctant heroine Nagisa Kanou in Fight!! Iczer-One whom I profiled back in December 2013 alongside Iczer-One, Shildy (Rabby 2.0) in Gall Force 3: Stardust War voiced by Waka Kanda in Gall Force 2: Destruction, alluring antagonist Yuratei in Hades Project Zeorymer, cute and sweet-natured Mai Yumekanou in Megazone 23: Part I, and mysterious beauty Ranka in the Vampire Princess Miyu OVA. Shou also appeared in the TV series version of Vampire Princess Miyu as Miyu’s mother. She also worked in the Cream Lemon hentai franchise, as Mako Kiryu (7th episode in the 1st season) and Mina (6th episode of the 2nd Season) of the legendary series. Shou was also the original voice of ChiChi in Dragon Ball and early seasons of Dragon Ball Z up to episode 66 before Naoko Watanabe took over the role, whom Shou has worked with previously in various projects. I pretty much think she is versatile in the types of roles she has done with those anime I’ve watched that she was in with the roles I have mentioned. Her role as Mia Alice is one of my most favorite roles Shou has done and I have a soft spot for Nagisa as well since she does develop as a character as she decides to be willingly be Iczer-One’s ally. Shou reprised the role as Mia in the 2001 sequel, Great Dangaioh for a single episode. She is married to fellow seiyuu, Keiichi Nanba who once was married to Hiromi Tsuru. These are other roles that Shou has played in her short career as she has retired from voice acting since 2007 and working as an employee of the Kekke Corporation talent agency, which represents seiyuu such as Kazuyuki Okitsu.
*Irena of Angel Blade
*Hitomi of Appleseed (1988 OVA)
*Naomi Anderson of Bubblegum Crisis Part 4: Revenge Road
*Ruka Kobayakawa of Darkness of the Sea, Shadow of the Moon
*Murasaki Inabe of Lupin III: The Fuuma Conspiracy
*Ikuko Otonashi of Maison Ikkoku
*Haro, Qum, and Kikka Kobayashi of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
*Yuko Kurita of Oishinbo
*Rie Misumi of Pretty Cure
*Eri Aizawa of Saint Seiya: Evil Goddess Eris
I’ll provide a couple of pieces of music from the OST of Dangaioh composed by Michiaki Watanabe, when I think of the vibe of 80’s sci-fi anime, I think of his music. He did quite a lot of music for tokusatsu shows as well. The first is “Esper Senshi” and the second is “Ujin! Dangaioh”.
Dangaioh later received a Drama CD and manga follow-up titled Shin Dangaiou Seiden DOLL in which Mia Alice has developed into alluring young adult woman and is depicted wearing a sexy new bodysuit.
Key Staff & Cast
Director & Character Designer-Toshiki Hirano (Fight!! Iczer-One, Megazone 23-Part I, & Vampire Princess Miyu)
Shoji Kawamori (Macross, Mobile Police Patlabor, & The Vision of Escaflowne)
Masami Obari (Bubblegum Crisis, Dancougar-Super Beast Machine God, & Fight!! Iczer-One)
Koichi Ohata (MD Geist, Sonic Soldier Borgman, & Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster)
Kaoru Mizutani (AD Police Files & Gall Force: Earth Chapter)
Michiaki Watanabe (Fight!! Iczer-One, Getter Robo Go, & Mazinger Z
Toshiki Hirano and Koichi Ohata worked on the screenplay alongside Shou Aikawa (Ghost Slayers Ayashi, Kikou Sen'nyo Rouran, & Neo Ranga).
Alongside Mayumi Shou in the cast also includes…
Pai Thunder-Naoko Matsui
Lambda Nom-Maya Okamoto
Rol Kran-Akira Kamiya
Professor Tarsen-Takeshi Aono
Gil Berg-Shigeru Chiba
Overall, for a short series it was enjoyable to watch even though it’s not on par with the grandeur that is Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster for example. A plus with Dangaioh has over Gunbuster is that Mia has a stronger head on her shoulders than Noriko as Mia doesn’t make herself a victim and deals with what she must do without agonizing over how harsh her circumstances are. Mia stands up for herself and the scene in the first episode where Gil has her by the neck and threatening her is proof of her mettle. True that Noriko’s journey in her character arc in which she comes out of her shell and rises to become the force of nature she develops into by the last half of the series is something I’ll always find great about her. However, I can understand there are those who will find how Noriko is in the first half of the series grating. Dangaioh’s Mia Alice is just as badass, is a character with an encouraging persona within the core of her being, and I can guarantee she’s worth investing in when you look at her positive character traits. This series is also enjoyable in terms of how the Dangaioh Team operate, there’s none of the clichéd “Nakama Power” going on; they don’t need any of that, just the trust they have in one another to have each other’s back. The seiyuu cast did a great job with each of their characters and the stand-out is Shigeru Chiba’s Gil Berg, he’s amazing in an antagonist character role. Toshiki Hirano’s character designs look beautiful as he has great taste in designing the female form with well-proportioned bodies and seductive curves. I certainly like Hirano’s female character designs over any that are a staple in most modern ecchi anime. Hirano has good taste in how he designs female characters. In Michiaki Watanabe’s music score, it does sound like leftovers from Iczer-One’s OST as both series have a strongly similar sound. Dangaioh currently has a BD release in Japan and it looks fantastic in high-definition and shows how great looking 80’s anime can be with remastered video quality and on par with modern anime. Although stateside it has a DVD release from a defunct company that had issued a poor quality version and taken out the first episode which is necessary to understand the whole picture of the OVA, it’s no wonder it performed poorly. US Renditions did release the 1st episode in their VHS release although they made a subtitling error for the Dangaioh’s attacks “Psychic Wave” and “Psychic Sword” by misspelling them as “Side-kick”. Pretty much this series did not get the proper release it needed to be received better than it did. That’s why I hope Discotek will rescue license this series and release it properly with new translations and with all episodes intact. I recommend when watching the series by skipping the first ten minutes of the second episode as it’s just a recap of the first, that’s pretty much a glaring flaw of the series as it was unnecessary to include. I do recommend seeing Dangaioh, it’s an underrated OVA that’s entertaining to watch and is definitely a gem for the 80’s anime decade, be sure to watch the remastered BD-quality version to get the best out of the series. Watching the opening song of Mitsuko Horie and Ichiro’s Mizuki’s “CROSS FIGHT!” is certainly one good reason enough to be inspired to watch Dangaioh as it was for me.
-Finally this is the full length version of Mitsuko Horie’s “Kokoro no Honesty”.
My Rating System
10.Masterpiece-Ultimate perfection, re-watch is a must because it was so terrific a series to watch that I can enjoy endlessly without it ever being a dull moment.
9.Great-Truly awesome and a definite re-watch, but just barely makes it to the level of masterpiece.
8.Very Good-A pleasant watching experience, some re-watch worthy, but has at least one or two flaws that prevented it from getting a higher score.
7.Good-A decent series, just a few flaws, yet was entertaining to see.
6.Fine-Could've been done much better, but wasn't too bad.
5.Average-Just meh, not bad but not great either.
4.Bad-Nothing really good to speak of because the flaws outweigh anything good about it.
3.Very Bad-Flawed and possesses no redeeming qualities.
2.Horrible-Too flawed and too horribly made, a complete waste of time.
1.Unwatchable-Things like those trashy harem ecchi and lolicon anime is what I would consider unwatchable. Tasteless anime like that is beyond horrible. Also anime that makes me facepalm myself and say WTFPWP!
Top 35 Anime I Dislike (Those With An Average Rating of 6 or Higher)
5 Centimeters Per Second
Aki-Sora (Both OVA's)
Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya Series
Genesis Climber Mospeada
Genji Monogatari Sennenki
Inuyasha (TV Series + Movies 2 & 4)
Kimi ga Nozomu Eien
Kyoukai no Rinne
Masamune-kun no Revenge
Masou Gakuen HxH
Mobile Suit Gundam 00: A Wakening of the Trailblazer
Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny
Najica Blitz Tatics
Rewrite: Moon & Terra
Rurouni Kenshin Seisou-hen/Shin Kyoto-hen
Sailor Moon Super S + Super S Movie
Shingeki no Kyojin
Tales of Symphonia
The Sky Crawlers
Yume de Aetara
Anime Characters I Dislike
Gavlet Gablae-Heavy Metal L-Gaim
Sabato Rokudo-Kyoukai no Rinne
Kazuya & Kyoshiro Ayanokouji-Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora
Emile von Seele-Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Masamune Makabe-Masamune-kun no Revenge
Wong Yun Fat-Mobile Fighter G-Gundam
Ribbons Almark-Mobile Suit Gundam 00
Bernard Monsha-Mobile Suit Gundam 0083
Shinn Asuka-Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny
Katz Kobayashi-Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
Happosai, Tatewaki Kuno,& Genma Saotome-Ranma ½
Kyouichi Saionji-Revolutionary Girl Utena
Kotarou Tennouji-Rewrite: Moon & Terra
Genis Sage-Tales of Symphonia
Ataru Moroboshi-Urusei Yatsura
William Jones-Victorian Romance Emma
Caster-Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works
Luviagelita Edelfeldt-Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya
Quwasan Olibee-Heavy Metal L-Gaim
Kozue Izumi-Infinite Ryvius
Mitsuki Hayase-Kimi ga Nozomu Eien
Kuu Shiratori-Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora
Suzu Sakuma & Jinny Golding-Marmalade Boy
Aki Adagaki-Masamune-kun no Revenge
Nena Trinity & Mina Carmine-Mobile Suit Gundam 00
Nina Purpleton-Mobile Suit Gundam 0083
Quess Paraya-Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack
Flay Allster-Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
Rosamia Badam-Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
Shampoo, Cologne, & Kodachi Kuno-Ranma ½
Anthy Himemiya-Revolutionary Girl Utena
Madame de Polignac-Rose of Versailles
Chibi Usa/Black Lady-Sailor Moon R
Katsumi Liqueur-Silent Mobius
Colette Brunel-Tales of Symphonia
Favorite Movie Trilogies-Captain America, The Dark Knight, The Godfather, Lord of the Rings, & Rurouni Kenshin
Favorite Live-Action Movies-2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien, Back to the Future, Blade Runner, Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), The Breakfast Club, Cleopatra (1963), Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Die Hard, Dr. Strangelove, The French Connection, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Right Stuff, Robocop (1987), The Shining (1980), Silence of the Lambs, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Streets of Fire, The Terminator (1984), Teminator 2: Judgement Day, & Titanic (1997)
Favorite Japanese Movies-An Autumn Afternoon (1962), The Bad Sleep Well (1960), Gate of Hell (1953), Godzilla (1954), High & Low (1963), Kuroneko (1968), Princess Yang Kwei-Fei (1955), Rashomon (1950), Seven Samurai (1954), Sansho the Baliff (1954), Sisters of the Gion (1936), Stray Dog (1949), Throne of Blood (1957), Ugetsu (1953), & Yojimbo (1961)
Favorite Live-Action TV Shows-Adam-12, Babylon 5, Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, Burn Notice, Dragnet (1967), Emergency!, The Expanse, Hell on Wheels, The Hollow Crown, Miami Vice, Sherlock, White Collar, & X-Files