My Top 5 Locally Translated Japanese Opening Songs

If you’re a 90’s kid, you probably grew up with anime and tokusatsu series with Filipino version opening songs. It’s such a shame that local TV stations don’t do that anymore. I mean, I totally love JPOP and JROCK songs, but there’s a certain charm in translating the songs in our native language (if done right or at the very least, entertaining way). To be honest, I wanted to post more than my top five, but the sources are scarce. Not too surprising since back then, we record TV shows through VHS tapes, and it’s not that common. Furthermore, it will take some effort to convert that recorded video into digital format. Anyway, here’s my list!

Magic Knight Rayearth

Bt’X

Dragon Ball

Shaider

Maskman

Ugh, I wish I could find more videos like Thunder Jet and The Musketeers. I was supposed to add Julio at Julia, but after verifying, it’s not a Japanese anime. How about you guys? Which localized opening song is your favorite? (~^_^)~

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Some of the Anime Shows That I Want to be Remastered

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.

Slam Dunk

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.

YuYu Hakusho

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! (~^_^)~

Anime Movies in SM Cinemas

After SM Cinema’s successful theatrical release of Rurouni Kenshin: The Movie, they continue to acquire more exclusives from current and upcoming Japanese movies. Right now, there are three anime movies that are added to their queue.

Naruto Shippuden: Road To Ninja

Synopsis:
Sakura and Naruto are brought in a mysterious world by a mysterious masked ninja where all the people they know have alternate personalities. Moreover some of the people who are supposed to be dead are revived in this world most notably, Naruto’s parents. With Naruto finally having the chance to fulfill his desire to live with a complete family, he’s now facing the risk of being trapped inside this fake world. Watch a whole new fight featuring the Akatsuki members, Uzumaki Kushina, and 4th Hokage himself Namikaze Minato.

If you’re planning to watch this movie, then you should get moving. Today’s the first day of showing for this film. See the schedule here.

Hunter X Hunter: Phantom Rouge

Synopsis:
The story is supposedly part of the YorkNew City arc which the writer, Yoshihiro Togashi eventually scrapped off. Kurapika had his eyes stolen, and the suspect happens to be the former No. 4 of the Phantom Troupe (Before Hisoka). Gon, Killua, and Leorio come to his aid but the Phantom Troupe blocks their way. The former No. 4 is also speculated to be the one who exterminated the entire Kurta clan. Kurapika is determined to execute his revenge no matter what sacrifices he has to make.

As a fan of the original series, I’m interested on what this whole lost chapter is all about. Schedule of the local theatrical release is still to be announced.

One Piece Film Z

Synopsis:
The marine’s trump card, Dyna Stone (stones that create powerful explosions when exposed to air) was stolen by a marine Ex-Admiral, Zephyr. He formed a new group called the Neo Marines that aims to exterminate every pirate on the Grand Line. The Straw Hat pirates joined the battle when the Neo Marines attacked their ship while crossing their path. Luffy and the rest of the gang are set out to battle their most challenging opponent yet.

I haven’t watched the entire series. Having 594 episodes (and still counting), it will take me a lot of time to keep up unless I file a month of vacation leave and do the marathon all day long XD. I watched a few episodes though and I really enjoyed it. Schedule of release is still to be announced.
If you can read katakana, then you might observed that part of the movie’s soundtrack was performed by Avril Lavigne with her own version of Bad Reputation (Originally popularized by Joan Jett).

For my wishlist, I would like to see Dragonball Z: Battle of Gods and Detective Conan: Private Eye in the Distant Sea. Make it happen SM Cinema (~^_^)~.

Sources: animenewsnetwork, wikia, tvtropes