How 70's & 80's Toei Anime Define Justice Through Decency, Hope, and Dream
Posted 1/17/09
Lately, I've been re-watching a lot of the Toei anime classics on CR with my membership. And I've came to noticed that the ones that I like to watch all have a common theme; to define justice with positive elements like decency, hope, and dream.

As I bemused with that realization, I've also found a connection between what had been my strength, my core identity, and my values, with the anime series that I had grew up watching. And that's to have a positive outlook in my life on decency, hope, and dream. For that is the just and righteous thing to do.

I believe that's something that we as anime fans can all come to appreciate, advocate, and to understand. These classic anime series tell the stories of how positive thinking can triumph over negativity like fear, despair, and disappointment with courage, hope, and with possibility. And it is with that belief in my heart, that I would like to invite you to join me on revisiting my childhood fantasy. Starting with these three essential Toei anime series:

Captain Harlock: http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Captain_Harlock?src=topbar


Galaxy Express 999: http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Galaxy_Express_999?src=topbar


Fist of the North Star: http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Fist_of_the_North_Star?src=topbar
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Shows made before i was =D. Havent seen any of them.

What you said kind of reminds of how alot of main characters in anime's now are a bunch of Emo douche bags
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I love these old classics.... The Fist of the North Star is a later one, of course, but it's roots run deep. It's intersting to watch these to show the view of humanity's perils. They are all set in an era of deception and suffering, yet there is hope in this time... even if that hope is small, or misguided.

There are many others out there... it seemed many of these older series love the contrast of deapair and hope. It was an easy contrast to portray... and it's easy to recognize.

I'm not taking anything away from the newer anime titles with their more subtle character development, and situations.... but these themes have never really gone away... These roots continued and evolved into the titles we see today.

It was a great time to be growing up with anime... when the values were simple and well defined... it may have been naive to think life was this simple... and while newer titles have a more realistic portrayal of the complexities of life, I think there's something to be said for those which gave us this contrast. Your core values should be strong and well-defined... then you have an easier time making the right choice when confronted with a world of complexity.

Let's not forget that Toei had a hand in some of the early titles in other Genres as well...

Mecha:
Mazingor Z (TranZor Z)
Danguard Ace
Grandizer

Ecchi:
Cutey Honey

"Journey to the West" Stories (Popular topic retold many times "Saiyuki" is a newer titles in this same vain)
Starzinger (Spaceketeers)

Magical Girl (Not popular genre in the USA until the 80's):
Mahōtsukai Sarī (Magical Witch Sally - Started in B&W then switched to Color - One of the earliest color Anime titles)
Himitsu no Akko-chan (The Secrets of Akko-chan)

These were all 60's and 70's titles. Many were unknown in the US till the late 70's/early 80's - but they were still groundbreaking. Some of them are still unknown today in the US... but they are still classics to those who remember them.

Go Toei!

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sidnarged wrote:Sid Narged
Author - "Anything I ever really needed to know I learned from Anime"


Where can I buy your book?

OT

I like the classics, but the old series that I like wasn't produced by TOEI. Like Peter Pan no Boken and Cinderella Monogatari.
Posted 1/17/09

gnomeonfire wrote:

Shows made before i was =D. Havent seen any of them.

What you said kind of reminds of how alot of main characters in anime's now are a bunch of Emo douche bags

They might started out as the sort of lot, but eventually they got toughen up and mature as the series progress. Just like how Amuro Ray did in the original Mobile Suit Gundam, and he was the one who started it all those growing-up genre anime series. And the painful growing pains are painful to watch.
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lol
Posted 4/30/11
Just found this thread and tbh I watched MSG not so long ago and I enjoyed it way more than most modern anime.
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Posted 4/30/11
lol Someone necro'ed one of Dom's thread. But yeah, what modern anime lack is decency but there are way too many modern anime with themes of hope, dream and positive thinking.

I think that Fist of the North Star is a 'not so decent anime' since it has lots of explicit gore and violence.

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