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I started a blog so I could write a series of posts called "Anime Throwback". The concept is simple, I go back and talk about animes I felt didn't get the attention they deserve and give information on that particular anime. I in no way, am a master writer and I try to do my best in making sure I give the best presentation I can while not revealing any spoilers and making it seem interesting. It has not been receiving much attention on the blog, so I am transferring everything over on the Crunchyroll forums. Everything related to Anime Throwback will be posted in here so I don't clog the forums up. Just a heads up, everything I have done so far will just be a copy past from my blog. So lets start, I hope yall enjoy.

A list of the weeks I covered
Week 1: http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-864505/anime-throwback#47646303
Week 2: http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-864505/anime-throwback#47646323
Week 3: http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-864505/anime-throwback#47646333
Week 4: http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-864505/anime-throwback#47646357
Week 5: http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-864505/anime-throwback#47646377
Week 6: http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-864505/anime-throwback#47646531
Week 7: http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-864505/anime-throwback#47995377
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Anime Throwback Week 1: Scrapped Princess

Hello and welcome to the first ever post of Anime Throwback. I will be looking at animes in the past, in no particular order, and choose a title and write about it. I will provide a brief summary on said title, give character introductions and why you should watch it. For the first week, the anime I choose to start off is Scrapped Princess.



It was adapted into an anime and its original source material is a light novel series written by Ichiro Sakaki. The series itself is 24 episodes long and ran from April 8th, 2003 to October 7th, 2003.

Here is the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0NwbDAZz5Q

Scrapped Princess follows a trio of siblings, one of which is not biologically related to the other two. (I am pretty sure you can tell from the picture) Pacifica Casull, a 15 year old tombow is on the run, because on her 16th birthday the world will end and the church of Mauser is trying to kill her before her 16th birthday to stop the world from ending. Accompanying her are her two siblings, Shannon Casull. a master swordsman, and Raquel Cassul, peerless when it comes to magic. Together they are traveling to protect their sister by turning their back to the world.



Why should you watch Scrapped Princess? Scrapped Princess is a story full of character, and those characters in the story are diverse and well written. The story itself is a Romance, Sci-fi, Fantasy setting, and it delivers a similar experience through its story progression which is solid. The visuals for a 2003 anime are really good and the fight scenes are really solid. The soundtrack is decent and lends to the anime, already a visually pleasing experience, great motion through the well time music in certain instances. Now I did mention Ichiro Sakaki, and as I write this, two other animes he wrote the stories for have ended. One being Outbreak Company and the other being Chaika the Coffin Princess. If you enjoyed both of those, you should watch Scrapped Princess, as it is the older sibling of the three and far exceeds both series.

You will also notice similarities from the other two works incorporated in Scrapped Princess. Scrapped Princess Is my most watched anime series of all time, and thats 4 times watched. I would say its only con is that it never received a sequel series, and the anime itself was only there to advertise the source material, and felt uninspired in certain episodes.

After reading this, I hope I have convinced you to watch Scrapped Princess
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Anime Throwback Week 2: Shining Tears X Wind

On this second week of anime throwback, I will be recommending an anime based off of two games. This 13 episode anime covers the plot of two games and picks a route the creators deemed to be canon. The anime is Shining Tears X Wind which is based off Shining Tears and Shining Wind. The series started airing on April 6th, 2007 and ended June 27th. 2007. It was directed by Hiroshi Watanabe and produced by Studio Dean.



If you are familiar with animes like Escaflowne and and Inuyasha, Shining Tears X Wind basically follows in that spiriited away to a fantasy world archetype. The male protagonist of this anime is Souma Akizuki who gets spirited away with Kureha, the person he likes to a world he is not familiar with. He obtains power, and for the most part, lets it get to his head. He meets a harem of females who support him and in order to "wield" them, he must have a strong bond with them. Personally, I like the characters in series. The art style and animation is great, the music is good, the story progression and character development are solid, and I love the diverse cast of characters.



Why should you watch it? Well for one, it won't take up much of your time, being 13 episodes and all. It also has a cat girl in spandex, I forgot to mention that. Power struggle, political warfare, friends become enemies and the MC has a life revelation. I can't say much more without it being a spoiler, so I will leave it off introducing the characters. So I'm trying my best with summarizing and letting you know why you should watch it, but I feel I could be wording it better. Feedback would be great. Needless to say, you should watch Shining Tears X Wind if you haven't.
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Anime Throwback Week 3: Mars Daybreak

This blog is not receiving a lot of attention, but thats to be expected I guess. On the third week, I will be recommending Mars Daybreak. Its original air date is April 4, 2004 to September 4th, 2004. Directed by Kunihiro Mori and co-produced by TV Tokyo, Dentsu and Bones. As I'd like to call it, its the Outlaw Star and Cowboy Bebop of the ocean. Now I don't copy and paste story synopsis, and/or summaries, so they won't be too detailed as I haven't watched it in a while, but I will cover the gist of it.



Mars Daybreak takes place in the future and on Mars after it has been terraformed. The martian inhabitants themselves live in huge city-ships and there main export to Earth is water. Mars is also independent from the Earth, so some conflict arises between the two planets. The story follows the protagonist Gram River, who wants nothing more but to be the captain of his own submarine. Gram River himself is a master pilot of machines and underwater crafts which aides him early on and gets him in league with the crew of the Aurora where he stays for the remainder of the series.

The cast itself is pretty big, and there is no shortage of colorful characters with personalities. The majority of the characters get a lot of screentime and are fleshed out with backstories of their own, some of which affect the main protagonist in one way or the other. The underwater combat is comparable to space fights from Outlaw Star, which is a good thing, and the ship designs are interesting. This is one of Bones earlier works, and because of that and it also being a collaboration; you can see some of that signature Bones animation. The soundtrack itself sets the pacing pretty well and helps the overall narrative from the story progress, leaving you interested and wanting you to just finish one more episode.



The dub itself is good. Gram River is played by Johnny Yong Bosch, and he does a really great job at expressing the main character. Of course, there is no shortage of talent in the roster, and all the English voice actors did well at expressing their particular characters in their roles. A good dub/sub can go a long way in making an already good narrative even better through the interaction between the characters through good dialogue.

I hope you give Mars Daybreak a try, and the two I've already written about prior to week 3, and all future weeks. I feel that, despite not going into too much detail, that I wrote Week 3 a lot better than the other prior weeks.

Oh yeah, and here is the trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkBT_nPDdtk
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Anime Throwback Week 4: Rune Soldier

Yeah so I basically almost didn't write anymore cause I'm kinda bummed out, but I decided to keep going for now. Just been unmotivated, sick and in pain from a dentist visit. So here is week 4, kinda later. This week I will be recommending Rune Soldier, its based on a light novel written by Ryo Mizuno and it got adapted into an anime directed by Yoshitaka Koyama and animated by JC Staff. It aired between April 3rd, 2001 to September 18th, 2001 and ran 25 episodes.



Rune Soldier is a fantasy, comedy following the exploits of our hero Louie, who is a member of the magician's guild in Ohfun.Though he is not really good at magic and ends up beating people with his fists. An adventuring party of three girls reluctantly accept Louie's help since they were in need of a mage, and he was the only one willing to go on an adventure. Louie has a strong sense of justice. He travels with a thief named Merril, a fight named Genie, and a priestess named Melissa, and together, they get into some trouble, and get closer along the way.



Rune soldier is a bit on the older side of animation, and it has a kind of grainy, blocky feel to it. The main characters are animated really well and are very detailed, that can't be said the same for the surrounding cast. The english dub is average, but for the most part good. There are certain points where I just didn't like the dub, but I'm not too picky when it comes to dubs. Some people may not like it in general. I like the music, but its nothing to write home about. Sound effects were good too. What I enjoyed the most were the characters and the interactions they had between each other and how they grew pretty well.Rune Soldier is a must watch if you love comedy and fantasy. Also, Louie don't take crap from chicks treating him like a punching bag. Much like what happens to main characters of animes nowadays.I hope you decide to give Rune Soldier a chance.

Below is the Rune Soldier opening:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL2ziHcq6lg
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Anime Throwback Week 5: D.N.Angel

Yes this week is a double post, since I didn't write the last one until the last day. Week 5 is huge recommendation for D.N.Angel, where I got one of my first waifus, Riku Harada. D.N.Angel is a manga series written and illustrated by Yukiru Sugisaki, and was adapted into an animation by Studio Xebec. D.N.Angel originally ran from April 3rd, 2003 to September 25th, 2003 and it ran 26 episodes.



D.N.Angel followes after the protagonist,

Daisuke Niwa, and his adventures. At the start of the series, we know pretty fast that he has a huge crush on Risa Harada on his fourteenth birthday, but gets shot down. After that, he goes through a mutation and transforms into a completely different person. It turns out, its genetic and his other self, Dark Mousy, or Dark, is a legendary phantom thief, Dark steals certain artistic objects of value, works made by Satoshi's ancestors, because they contain dangerous magical properties. Whats worse is he only transforms into Dark when he has romantic feelings. Whats even worse, Risa Harada falls for Dark.



At its core, D.N.Angel is a lovely romantic story entwined in the struggles of the forces of Light and Dark, and acceptance and realization. D.N.Angel is a series that will leave you wanting to rewatch it later on it life. The animation is great for an older title, and is full of color and looks alive. The music really REALLY sets the tone for this series and the Japanese does is second to none. This, is one of the few series that I really recommend skipping the English dub and watching in English subtitles instead. The English actors really couldn't convey the emotions of the characters that well. D.N.Angel, is a series that you shouldn't judge things at face value, because what happens at the later half of the series, is the complete opposite of what is going on in the beginning.

Below is the opening, I hope you give D.N.Angel a chance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKgNPqojzlM
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Curiously the only one in the bunch that I have seen is Scrapped Princess, and I must disagree. That show felt generic and uninspired when I watched it several years ago, and back then I wasn't as discriminating as I am now.
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Anime Throwback Week 6: Chobits

My favorite from Clamp. Chobits was first published by Kodansha in Young Magazine from February 2001 to November 2002. It was adapted into a 26 episode anime from April 2002 to September 2002.



The story itself focuses on someone named Hideki Motosuwa, a student that got held back in school, attempting to enter a university by studying at a prep school. He wants a personal android, called Persocoms for himself, which he could never afford. On his way home one night, he trips over a girl with long hair lying against some trash bags and carries her home... And thats where it begins, and where I leave off.

Chobits opening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXNJ-6qpU6c

The series is a shoujo, which is my favorite genre and has been for a while. Why? I am a sucker for character development, and it just so happens shoujo has some of the best character development around in 12-26 episode series. Chobits is no exception to this. Not only is the character development great, but they make use of added suspense really well which in turn makes you want to watch one more episode to see that particular issue resolved. I prefer older animation style more, and that doesn't mean that its any less crisp than newer titles coming out. Also music in older titles are always pretty good. Most notably the best thing of the series is how Hideki and Chi interact and grow.



So for this week, which was last week, but not written till now cause I am bummed out, is the anime I recommend you go back and watch. I hope you watch Chobits. Starting Monday, I am gonna try to get back on my schedule.
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evilotakuneko wrote:

Curiously the only one in the bunch that I have seen is Scrapped Princess, and I must disagree. That show felt generic and uninspired when I watched it several years ago, and back then I wasn't as discriminating as I am now.


Generic, unoriginal, cliche doesn't make a fictional story bad. Uninspired however is kinda right. At times it did feel uninspired, but to me, is an overall 7/10 series and is deserving of at least a watch.
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I'm a sucker for romances, but Chobits ended up disappointing me.
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I'm a sucker for romances, but in all honesty Chobits ended up disappointing me.


To each their own I suppose. I found the ending satisfactory.
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I loved chobits
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Interestingly enough, I've seen all of these except Rune Soldier. Liked Shining Tears X Wind the most out of all of them. Still got to finish Mars Daybreak though.
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I loved chobits


This.

Chii is one of the most adorable characters.

I also love the fact that they didn't give her huge boobs.
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Anime Throwback Week 7: Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne



It certainly has been a while since I actually wrote. Needless to say, I want to try to continue this to the best of my abilities. Here is the next one, one of my favorite magical girl animes of all time, Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne. The original story was from a manga that started in February 1998 and ended in July of 2000. Doesn't that make you feel old? I know it does to me. It was adapted into a 44 episode anime starting February 1999 to January 2000.

16 year old Maron Kusakabe is visited by an angel of god named Finn Fish, and she is tasked with gathering gods power before the end of the millennium or god will die. The power in question is the beauty in human hearts in the form of chest pieces. In order to hunt the pieces, she transforms into Jeanne D'Arc to reclaim the power. To ordinary people, she is nothing but a thief that steals priceless possessions. The opposition? The devil sent out two agents to stop Jeanne D'Arc from collecting the power.



Queue the opening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SonB-f5fZU

Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne is one of those series any fan of the anime genre needs to watch at least once. KKJ's old animation in no one detracts from the experience of the show. Instead, it helps it out since it was done well as opposed to half-assed. The whole premise of the story is great considering most magical girl animes revolve around fighting an ultimate evil through transformation sequences and flashy, yet short confrontations. Rather they decide to take a non combative approach per say. Speaking of transformation sequences, KKJ has my favorite one, and the 3 sentences she says when she transforms will get stuck in your head, like an incantation.

Transform sequence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYHquLIh4F8

The music is nice too. Well that its for now, I hope you give Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne a chance and watch it.
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