Since the 1970s, anime has given millions of followers stories of action, romance, adventure, horror and science fiction. At the beginning there was Astroboy, Candy Candy, Mazinger Z and now we can enjoy Bleach, High School of the Dead and Madoka. After an arduous investigation and opinions, balance between genres and tastes, in addition to talks with many otakus (and anime fans), these same titles always appear on this list. Of course, genres are broken in tastes and perhaps some were missing. What is your favorite? What would be your top ?. Vote and comment.
The adventures of Fly.
Creator: Riku Sanjo Year: 1991-1992 Episodes: 46 Although the original idea came from the mind of Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball), Sanjo was responsible for shaping the Dragon Quest saga, which has had dozens of video games, manga and series anime. The only one that was transmitted with dubbing in Spanish in our territory was The Adventures of Fly. Unfortunately, the video game industry did not give enough capital to continue adapting the original 350 episode manga, and the thing remained in 46 animated episodes. Fun fact: Although Ranma and Slam Dunk had already done the same before, Fly's entry and exit music tracks are remembered by Latin anime fans as one of the most faithful to Japanese in interpretation and feeling.
Samurai Pizza Cats.
Director: Katsumi Kosuga Year: 1990-1991 Episodes: 54 Perhaps the main reason for the success of the Samurai Cats in our territory is due to the ingenious adaptation and dubbing provided in Mexico, as originally many dialogues of these crazy feline adventures in Little Tokyo did reference to cultural aspects of Japan. The musical theme was disgusting, but the jokes and dubbing charm conquered hundreds of otakus in the country. Fun fact: In the United States, several scenes were censored, but not violent, but the Great Quesote dressed as a woman! It is also curious that the Cats never take off their armor (and are supposed to be incognito, even parodying Clark Kent). Polly Ester does take it off to go to school.
Director: Osamu Dezaki Year: 1977-1978 Episodes: 51 Based on the French novel Without Hector Malot's family, it consisted of 51 episodes with the misadventures of a child who discovers that the loving woman he lives with is not his mother, and is sold by his stepfather to a street entertainer. It was characterized by highly dramatic scenes and hence the famous term "Remi Eye" was coined to denote deep sadness. A horrendous version updated in 1997 where Remi was replaced by a girl caused fan repudiation worldwide. Fun fact: Alma Nuri, the actress who gave the voice to Remi's adoptive mother (Mrs. Barberin) confessed that she was really crying in her scenes, because she couldn't stand the misfortune of little Remi. Precursor of the “Remi eye”!
Creator: Yuji Shiozaki Year: 2003-2011 Episodes: 49 One of the most successful Seinen sagas in recent times. The pretexts to exhibit the curvy warrior Hakufu Sonsaku seem to have no end in a saga full of impressive fights and numerous eye-candy. The saga is divided into 3 series and has 189 OVAs. Fun fact: After hundreds of requests to Netflix Latin America, part of the series can finally be seen through this stream system. The dubbing and the absence of censorship have made it one of the most watched anime series there.
Creator: Noboru Ishiguro Year: 1983 Episodes: 36 (with a feature film, numerous sequels, OVAs and spinoffs in later years) The adventures of the young pilot Hikaru Ichijo in the Super Dimensional Fortress Macross mixed battles between giant aliens and wicks, when the human race try to survive the attack beings in search of the so-called Protoculture. In America, Carl Macek adapted the series under the name Robotech. Fun fact: In the final episode of the series ("To The Stars"), Lisa narrates that Captain Gloval pushed her out of the SDF-1 to survive. Given the size of Macross and the body of water beneath, it was impossible for it to survive the fall.
The Magic Warriors.
Creator: CLAMP Year: 1994-1995 Episodes: 20 + 29 The CLAMP female quartet gave the world Magic Knight Rayearth, a wonderful but short series that made the otakus of Mexico vibrate with a fabulous dubbing and exciting adventures of 3 beautiful teenagers at magical world of Zephyr. 3 subsequent OVAs showed an alternate history, more stylized in design but with different personalities. Fun fact: Names of places and characters in the magical world of Zephyr are based on car names. Here are some examples: Cefiro: Nissan Cefiro. Emeraude: Mitsubishi Emeraude, Clef: Mazda Clef, Alcione: Subaru Alcione, First: Nissan Primera, Debonair: Mitsubishi Debonai.
Creator: Osamu Tezuka Year: 1963-1966 Episodes: 193 After 11 years of insistence, the "god of manga" Tezuka was convinced to take his successful manga to TV in one of the first Japanese animations of high success and longevity in Japan. Few remember it, but part of that first series was broadcast in Mexico in the seventies. Unfortunately, the other 2 reinventions did not have the drama and action levels of the first adventures of the tender robot boy. And the Hollywood movie ... lousy! Fun fact: Much of the episodes of the first animated series doubled in Puerto Rico, not in Mexico. Fans of the saga recognize that, although there were great Mexican dubbing in later series, the Puerto Rican is the most remembered. It happened in Imevisión!
Creator: Shinichiro Watanabe Year: 1998-1999 Episodes: 26 Most likely, Keanu Reeves will never be forced to take this western-space opera to the big screen, but Watanabe's masterpiece will not die in the memories of hundreds of otakus worldwide. The adventures of the Spike Spiegel space bounty hunter in the Bebop junk spacecraft can be seen again and again. Fun fact: The soundtrack of the series is inspired by classic jazz songs from the 40s, called precisely "bebops". His music is so popular that 8 different albums with lyrics in multiple languages were released.
Creator: Gō Nagai Year: 1972-1974 Episodes: 92 The precursor of the genre mecha par excellence in the world of anime. Based on 5 manga volumes originally published in Shonen Jump magazine, it narrated the adventures of Koji Kabuto and the powerful Mazinger robot against Dr. Hell's forces were legend. The amazing robot toys and detailed figures of the beautiful Sayaka are still sold! Fun fact: More than a comedy relief, Boss Borot became a crucial ally in some Mazinger battles. Boss was a bully at Koji's school, so it was a while before they became good friends.
Creator: Hiroya Oku Year: 2004 Episodes: 26 Although it only had 2 seasons of 13 episodes, Gantz is a dark seinen saga that grew thousands of fans for its intriguing story where Kei Kurono and Masuru Kato die in the first episode and are taken to Participate in a sinister game that includes highly powerful weapons, battles against aliens and ... girls. In addition to manga, there are a series of novels and 2 live-action movies. Fun fact: After the negative results of Death Note, the number of countries where Gantz has been censored is staggering. Some European authorities consider it a crime to see and read this work, with penalties ranging from fines to prison.
Creator: Kyōko Mizuki and Yumiko Igarashi Year: 1976-1979 Episodes: 115 Candy Candy began airing in Mexico in the 80s with Argentine dubbing and tremendous success. In the recent Mole 2013, we chatted with Cecilia Gispert, the Argentine actress who dubbed Candy, who told us that playing the character has been the experience of her life not only for fame, but because the lovely girl with blond curls made the change way to see life. Who among you does not prefer the Italian final, where he stays with Terry? Fun fact: Going deeper into the theme of the alternate ending, in Italy they edited the conclusion in such a way, that Candy stays with Terry instead of Albert. Japanese fans liked it so much, they paid heavy sums to get the episode in home formats. Does that count as "canonical end"?
Creator: Johanna Spyri (novel) Year: 1974 Episodes: 52 Actress Cristina Camagro (Mimoso Ratón) gave life to the beloved prairie girl in a beautiful anime adaptation of the Swedish novel of 1880. Carlos Amador was a leading producer in the time and without a doubt its distribution meant some of the most important anime encounters with the Mexican people. Fun fact: The sale of Heidi's LP record in the 80s was a resounding success in Mexico. The beautiful songs and even the vinyl editions in red and green colors conquered children and adults. You can still get them in bazaars and antique stores!
Creator: Naoko Takeuchi Year: 1992-1993 Episodes: 200 The tender Usagi Tsukino (Serena, in Mexico) and the group of powerful warriors "who fought for love and justice" conquered Latin America in a matter of days, there in 1996 (3 years after its transmission in Japan). It is the only anime that has doubled to almost 40 languages and that of Mexico is one of the most accepted, especially for the great work of Patricia Acevedo (Lisa Simpson, Lisa Hayes, Milk), in addition to a great cast. A reboot of the saga is being prepared in Japan. Will it have the same success? Fun fact: Patricia Acevedo, the voice of Sailor Moon, once told us that if she had not rejected Bulma's role in Dragon Ball, she would have lost the opportunity to double Serena. Can you imagine the pretty protagonist without Paty's voice?
High School of the Dead.
Creator: Daisuke Sato Year: 2010 Episodes: 12 This seinen miniseries, with everything and a rare OVA, strangely combines voluptuous bodies with ... zombies! Young survivors cross Japan in search of relatives and friends surviving the zombie apocalypse, while displaying unsuspected skills. A second season is coming, in January 2014! Fun fact: Despite the resounding success of the first season, its creators fought for creative differences and canceled the continuity of the series (one of them got involved in the Resident Evil saga).
Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Creator: Hideaki Anno Year: 1996 Episodes: 26 (in 2007 he started a new series of films Rebuild of Evangelion, which tells the story from another point of view) An extraordinary story full of fighting between extraterrestrial "angels" and powerful wicks. The human race stands against supposed divine forces, but the young pilots eventually realize that they are part of a sinister plan. The philosophical and psychoanalytic character in this saga is remarkable. Fun fact: NERV's phrase comes from Robert Browning's poem called "The Year's at the Spring," whose full text is: "The year's at the spring, And day's at the morn; Morning's at seven; The hill-side's dew- pearled; The lark's on the wing; The snail's on the thorn; God's in his Heaven, All's right with the world! "
Creator: Rumiko Takahashi Year: 1989-1992 Episodes: 191 Although censored in repeated episodes, the anime series Ranma ½ was incredibly popular in Mexico and some of its 13 OVAs were also transmitted with a great dub in Mexican Spanish. The adventures of a boy who becomes a girl when wet are the masterpiece of the brilliant author Shonen, Rumiko Takahashi. Fun fact: Mexico was the first country in America to broadcast the series, at the end of 1997. Interestingly, although it was later doubled in the US, the translation was more faithful than the Mexican one.
Creator: Hiromu Arakawa Year: 2003-2010 Episodes: 51 + 64 The adventures of the brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric had 2 adaptations to the anime, both of great success and with good reception. Square Enix conceived the saga in manga and anime in order to start a saga of video games, and although it has several successes, otakus no gamers adopted it with love. His steampunk style, good stories and great battles are captivating. Fun fact: The story takes place mostly in the country Amestris, which if seen on a map, has a circular shape. Is it related to the circle of transmutation?
Creator: Yōichi Takahashi Year: 1983-1986 Episodes: 128 In addition to having an untreated theme in anime and manga, the huge number of football fans around the world adopted the adventures of young Oliver Atom and the incredible way in which their football matches were resolved. 14 OVAs and 2 subsequent miniseries have kept the saga in force. And the final assumption, where Oliver dreamed that he was world champion and wakes up with his legs amputated, is a mere urban legend. Fun fact: The name of Aoi Shingo means "traffic light with green light". Even in one episode, Aoi uses the nice chance to say: "When they give me the green light, there is no one to stop me."
Creator: Tite Kubo Year: 2004-2012 Episodes: 366 The search for the Occult and powerful battles against spirits are characteristic of Bleach. Who said that Tite Kubo would create such an extensive and successful anime series after his "failure" with the Zombie Powder manga. The adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki have transcended hundreds of episodes, manga, numerous video games and even musicals. Fun fact: There are several planes of existence in this universe, which correspond not only to earthly life but also to the future, ultra-earthly life and a very peculiar representation of Hell. The world of humans looks a lot like modern Japan.
Knights of the Zodiac.
Creator: Masami Kurumada Year: 1986-1989 Episodes: 114 The adventures of Seiya de Pegaso and his warrior friends transcend since 1986 with the sagas of the Shrine, Asgard, Poseidon and Hades. Based on the homonymous manga, the adventures have been extended in OVAs, spinoffs, video games and specials, keeping up to date among thousands of fans. Fun fact: Michael Jackson himself was a fan of Saint Seiya, and his favorite character was Peiya Seiya. It is said that his futuristic costume on the HIStory tour was based on the golden armor of the Knights.
Pokémon / Yu-Gi-Oh! / Digimon.
Creator: Masamitsu Hidaka / Kazuki Takahashi / Akiyoshi Fungus Year: 1997-to date / 1998 / 1999-2011 Episodes: +1600/224/220 It is not with offensive intention to gather these 3 sagas in one place, but their similarity in the sense of "collect and fight" made us decide. Each one has its own (including thousands of followers of different ages and tastes), but it is clear that Yu-Gi-Oh! and Digimon are just a couple of examples that followed the resounding success of the Nintendo saga. Fun fact: As there were rights issues with the title "Pocket Monster", Nintendo changed the name to Pokémon in America. It was so popular that it quickly changed also in Japan.
Creator: Eiichirō Oda Year: 1999-to-date Episodes: +800 Eiichirō Oda created one of the most prolific manga and anime in history, with more than 800 episodes aired to date, in addition to numerous films, specials and OVAs. The search for the elastic Monkey D. Luffy to become King of the pirates seems endless, and his adventures have been so many, that they would jeopardize Jack Sparrow himself. Fun fact: The One Piece manga is the most sold in Japan in all history (sorry, Dragon Ball!), Recognized as number 1 in the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Have you noticed that No pirate in the series wears an eye patch?
Creator: Tsugumi Ōba Year: 2006-2007 Episodes: 37 Awesome. With only 37 episodes, 12 manga volumes and 2 specials, Tsugumi Ōba and Takeshi Obata managed to conquer a generation of otakus who acquire books, special editions and dress cosplays of Light Yagami and other characters in the saga. There are 3 Japanese live-action of good quality. Fun fact: There have been crimes around the world, imitating the series. On September 28, 2007, 2 notes that said "Watashi wa Kira desu" were found near the remains of a man in Belgium. In Alabama, 2 6th grade children were arrested for possessing a Death Note with the names of several written students.
Creator: Masashi Kishimoto Year: 2002-2007 Episodes: 220 (Naruto Shippuden, 322) The quest to become a great ninja of the young Naruto Uzumaki was so striking for the otakus, that he not only jumped from manga to anime, but to other regions of the world, finding in Latin America a huge group of followers. Its deep universe with strong influences from traditional Japanese martial arts made it extremely popular and long, spreading with the Shipuden saga for 100 episodes more than the original. The Mexican dubbing, magnificent. Fun fact: The name of the protagonist, Naruto Uzumaki is based on the condiments used to flavor the ramen noodles. The use of food names was first used by Akira Toriyama with Dragon Ball.
Dragon Ball / Dragon Ball Z.
Creator: Akira Toriyama Year: 1986-1996 Episodes: 153/291 Without doubt, the most popular anime saga in the world. The adventures of Goku and his friends thrilled a whole generation and the phenomenon promises to be repeated after the surprise that will include movie number 18, Dragon Ball Z: The Battle of the Gods. Fun fact: Goku's battle outfit (adult) is inspired by the Shaolin monks of China. Toriyama felt that it would be more striking and that it would give Kakarrot a "more oriental" touch.