< Piro >
Thursday - November 16, 2000
Well, yesterday was my birthday. Birthdays are fun, relaxing events (usually). I suppose what makes me REALLY sad is the fact that i relate my birthday with that of two well known anime characters. As many of you may know November 15th is the Kasuga Kyosuke and Hiyama Hikaru's birthday. In fact, Kyosuke and I are exactly one year apart (I'd be a year older).
"Kyosuke who? Hikaru what? Who are they?"
(sigh) I know that's what some of you are thinking. Hey, if you are new to anime, and don't know a lot about it - that's fine, i can understand that. But it's the rest of you anime fans - you know who you are - the ones who've never watch Kimagure Orange Road... SHAME ON YOU!!!
In the past, there were certain classics that EVERY anime fan had seen. We all suffered thru really bad 15th gen Arctic Anime fansubs of Kimagure Orange Road, complete with 'amiga sucks!' messages and bad grammar. We've watched all 96 episodes of Maison Ikkoku without a single break. Laughed our asses off as KO Seki Beast Warriors... but these days, there are people creating digital fansubs of Love Hina and Gatekeepers who haven't even sat thru bad dubs of Ranma 1/2 - people who never suffered thru 20 episodes of some crappy anime they hated just to see a half hour fansub of Marmalade Boy.
(sigh) ... what happened to rights of passage?
One of the problems with anime, manga and gaming is that there is ALWAYS something new and exciting. The biggest shame to me was that sometimes a really good show would be forgotten after just a few months. Anyone remember Sakurai Tomo in 'Gambaristo Shun'? Drooling over Katsura-san in 'YAT Anshin'? It's so easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest that nowadays even the old classics are being jumped over.
Don't be afraid to jump back and look at some of the older stuff. There are real gems there, and even some of the fluff (*cough* Battle Skippers *cough*) is worth a watch or two. And for god's sake, go rent or buy the Kimagure Orange Road OAV's. 'I was a cat, I was a fish' and 'message in rouge' is required watching for reading Megatokyo.
Got that? Good. ^_^