What is the very first anime you watched?
Honestly, I don’t exactly remember the first anime that I watched. There are several shows that I used to watch before I knew what it was. Dragonball Z and Sailormoon. Monster Rancher and Digimon. I don’t want to go with those. At that time, I considered those cartoons that I would have grouped with Superman: The Animated Series and shows of that nature. So the shows on the Saturday morning block aren’t counted as my first. Instead, we are going to go with the first anime I watched that stood out as unique and drove to seek out more shows like it. The first show that I called an anime. Even this was hard but I think I narrowed it down and got the right one.
My very first anime was Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2024 on the Action Channel.
Just thinking about the show instantly makes me think of the brilliant opening “Y’know” by Akira Suduo. This anime was the first that introduced me to the Japanese opening and ending song that I found myself completely entranced by even though I had no idea what they were saying. I mean this opening was so stylish and different from the usual shows I had watched that I got in trouble several times for sneaking into the basement where the cable television was to watch it. You knew I was going to post the opening. You knew!
At the young age of around eleven at the time, if I am not mistaken, I discovered this adult-themed anime that did not seem like it was for kids which made it even more interesting to watch at the time. Four armor clad ladies that called themselves Knight Sabers taking on rogue zombie-like robots called Boomers and the will of police.
Let’s take a moment to understand just how important this anime was for me. First, this anime was lead by an all-female cast. That is amazing considering the landscape of the present. This did not turn me away from the show like some marketers would like to believe it would. It was actually rather interesting to see these girls throw hands. I compared them to the power rangers at the time because that was really the only reference I had at the time.
Although I remember the show, I couldn’t tell you anything about the plot if I wanted to. It is frustrating! The Action Channel at the time that I had picked discovered this show only aired episodes every now and then and because of the themes how long ago it has been, I can’t remember anything really significant about the series. I do remember trying to watch through the episodes that didn’t have a lot of action. I probably did not understand it at the time. but I do plan on watching this series at some point in the future.
This was also my first anime that show a lot more skin that shows that found the air during the day. But I can’t necessarily say it was fan service. I remember it being tasteful to the story which is more than I can say about the older version of the show. Nevertheless, they took their clothes off in this show often. That may have influenced my decision in a small way but back then, I was all about the cool action scenes and explosions.
However, I can tell you that my favorite character was Nene Romanova. Nene is the short-haired blonde in the group. She was the hacker of the group with the bubbly attitude and sassy voice who gave some comedic relief. I loved the voice of her character! I will remember Mackey having a thing for her throughout the episodes that I did get to watch though I don’t believe it went anywhere. I wonder if I would still like her now if I went back and watched it.
Priss was the hardcore leader of the Knight Sabers. Don’t get me wrong, the others girls were great in their own way but Priss was your girl if you wanted something to get dealt with. She had all the cool stuff as well. Her bike acted as enhanced armor in clutch moments. She was like the Red Ranger but wearing blue armor instead! I still remember the first kick she threw in the first episode against the boomer in the blue armor and how she treated Linna. And she was in a band!
Speaking of Linna, she was the new recruit when the story began. If my memory serves me right, she gets super close with Nene after joining the Knight Sabers. You got some really funny conversations between them to as their personalities played off each other.
Sylia was like the Bruce Wayne of the group and founder of Knight sabers. She was connected to the Boomers through her father. She did not wear her hardsuit often and I think that was because of her father and all the experimenting he did on her? I’m not certain but I remember flashbacks with her in it.
Overall, Bubblegum Crisis 2040 is in a special place to me. It was because of this show that I stuck around and continue to sneak into the basement, discovering the amazing show Vandread (which I will be talking about at some point.) and tons of animated movies such as Dead Leaves and Appleseed, which was my first exposure to a full 3D animated movie.
Have you seen Bubblegum Crisis 2040? If so, what did you think about it? Most people I know never heard of the show so I am looking for someone who might have experienced this show when I did. As always, thank you for stopping by and reading. I really appreciate it, y’know? Nope, you on punishment. That wasn’t called for. What!? That was gold! Go to bed…
Until next post…