Probably my first exposure to anime were the giant robots/super robots genre, but since I was a very young kid at that time, I can’t really remember…
Plus, there were a lot of animations of the 80’s that were shown during the 90’s that further added to my confusion. A few titles that I do recall are the Transformers (hey, they’re giant robots, right?), and Voltron: Defenders of the Universe. In fact, it was not until a few years ago that I just realized after a bit of research that the original Transformers animation was not anime, but a cartoon. There was also Robotech.
When I was a kid, I sort of enjoyed these giant fighting and transforming robots, but as I look back on them now, it sort of sends shivers down my spine.
Now, don’t get me wrong. They had some influences in my life such as how teamwork is awesome and giant robots are cool. But I guess the plot and animation sort of worn out on me.
An example was when Voltes V was re-aired (as claimed by the network.) At first, I was excited to watch it, but as time went on, I grew tired of it. It was something that I would watch since I had no other choice, but would leave if something better turns out. Maybe the voice dubs also had something to do with it…
In any case, I am thankful for these influences, for if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t probably be enjoying my mecha anime now.
I’ll probably need a little more trip down my memory lane to recall which animation belongs to which genre, which anime or show I managed to finish, and which I’d rather not continue.