A lot of anime series have been rebooted or re-mastered for the past decade, which entertained a new set of audiences and brought some fun nostalgia for the old ones. Some of the notable franchises are Dragonball Z Kai, Full Metal Alchemist, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Hunter x Hunter, Rurouni Kenshin (New Kyoto Arc), and most recently Sailormoon Crystal. I can’t help but wonder if the other anime series that I’ve grown to love will also follow their path. I remember rushing up to go home after the class so as not to miss the local TV station’s spot for the weekday’s anime series (yes, there were five which corresponds to a specific day for the same time slot), oh memories XD. With this, let me share with you some of the anime shows that I want to be remastered.
Sure, Kuroko’s Basketball is a pretty cool series on its own, but back then, the anime basketball fever was brought by Slam Dunk. It became a hit here in the Philippines since A LOT of Filipinos are big fans of the sport.
The story revolves around Hanamichi Sakuragi, a high school punk with a long streak of rejection from girls (50 times). One day, he met Haruko Akagi, another girl who instantly made him love struck again. In the hopes of getting close to her, he joined the basketball team as suggested by Haruko herself, despite his zero knowledge for the said sport. Good news, he was accepted in the team. Bad news, Haruko’s brother Takenori Akagi is the team captain and a super rookie by the name of Kaede Rukawa is stealing the spotlight for the team.
Even though I know how to play basketball, I’m not really a loyal follower of the famous leagues, but this anime gave me a nice perspective of the intense moments of an actual game. Okay, maybe dunking the ball on top of another player’s head is going overboard, but the events keep you hanging in your seat as you watch how the team struggles to win, second by second. If there’s one thing that I want to change with the series, it’s the loooooong flashbacks that happens every once in a while. It’s so long it took Kogure’s three-point shot to reach the rim only after the end of an episode. Ranting aside, this series is really good, and after watching a couple of youtube clips, I realized that this anime could use a digital re-mastering (I also realized how old I am haha… not funny). TOEI, I hope you consider this possibility.
Before the phenomenal Hunter x Hunter series, Yoshihiro Togashi made the equally sensational YuYu Hakusho, a.k.a Poltergeist Report for the western audiences, a.k.a Ghost Fighter here in the Philippines. The show is just great; it was re-aired here in the Philippines several times, and yet it still gathers a considerable amount of viewers, though not as many as it was first shown here.
Yusuke Urameshi is a delinquent high school brawler (hey, am I seeing a pattern here?) who out of sheer response, saved a kid from being hit by a car which supposedly cost him his life. I used “supposedly” because it turns out, he has a shot of having a second life again. The plot gets thicker as it unfolds that Yusuke has a greater purpose to fulfill as a detective of the spirit world. From there, he encounters new formidable foes and allies through his missions leading to the revelation of his real identity.
It’s hard to think of something to be improved in this show other than its outdated animation. The pacing is just right. There was never a dull moment. If there were fillers, then I hardly noticed it. Maybe the fight scenes could be improved, not that there’s anything wrong with it, but more fluid motions can make it more awesome, specially Yusuke’s fight with Sensui. Given that Hunter x Hunter is still running, a remake of YYH may seem less probable to happen, but who knows? Come on Togashi-san, make it happen. ^_^
Time Travel Tondekeman
Popularly known here in the Philippines as Time Quest, this one-of-a-kind story about an accidental time travel led to fun ride full action and comedy with some occasional trivia about world history and geography. A lot of you may be too young to get a glimpse of this show (it was shown during my elementary school days, you do the Math), but try to watch a few episodes, and it will get you hooked the same way it did for the 90’s kids.
This is about Hayato, a soccer player and Yumi, an aspiring musician who came across a talking kettle Tondekeman, who apparently can travel back in time. By accident, the two were transported to Baghdad, but got separated from Tondekeman in turn as Abdul gets his hands on the technologically-advanced kettle. Since then, Hayato and Yumi continuously try to win back Tondekeman only to end up in another time-travel adventure.
If you’re a bit saturated by action-packed series or dragged by teen-based anime, then this anime has a balance of both. It’s a good refresher and will bring out the child within you. If this gets remastered, the only worry I have is that I will long for the Filipino dubber of Tondekeman. For those who haven’t watched this in local TV, his chant for traveling through time is a classic. Lilipad! Lilipad! Takure! (Fly! Fly! Kettle!). I know it sounds kinda lame when translated, but this phrase had been instilled to the mind of every child who had watched this show.
Most likely, the 90’s kids will be the ones who will enjoy this post. To be fair, several new series were great too. Too bad, I don’t have much time anymore to follow an anime that runs hundred of episodes (sigh One Piece). Well, if you didn’t have the chance to watch these shows back then, I suggest you give them a try. The trend may be different, and the animation may seem outdated, but you’ll still be entertained. To end this post, I’ll leave you with one of the remade scenes in the DBZ Kai, the Ginyu Forces’ arrival where they added an official soundtrack just for the team itself! Enjoy! (~^_^)~