Dragonball – is an anime that was produced in the late 1980s, being an adaptation of the first sixteen volumes of the Dragon Ball manga written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama and published in Japan in the Weekly Shonen Jump manga anthology comic. Volumes seventeen through forty-two of the manga series were adapted as Dragon Ball Z in the United States.The Dragon Ball anime is composed of 153 half-hour episodes and ran in Japan from February 26, 1986 – April 12, 1989. It follows the early adventures of the child version of Son Goku as he and his friends search the world for the seven magic Dragon Balls.
One Piece – is a fantasy anime and manga series created by mangaka Eiichiro Oda. One Piece focuses on a ragtag crew of heroic pirates called Straw Hat Pirates formed and led by Captain Monkey D. Luffy. Luffy’s greatest ambition is to obtain the world’s ultimate treasure, One Piece, and become the Pirate King.
Samurai X – is a manga series written and illustrated by Japanese manga artist Nobuhiro Watsuki with an anime adaptation. The story is set during the early Meiji period in Japan. The series tells the story of an assassin named Himura Kenshin, who was known as the Hitokiri Battōsai: Hitokiri (Man Killer) Battōsai (Sword Master or Battoujutsu master). Kenshin later grieves for all the lives he has taken, and vows that he will never kill again.
Ranma 1/2 – is a manga series created by Rumiko Takahashi with an anime adaptation. The story revolves around a 16-year old boy named Ranma Saotome who was trained from early childhood in martial arts. As a result of an accident during a training journey, he is cursed to become a girl when splashed with cold water, but hot water will change him back into a boy.In Japan, the manga was serialized in Shogakukan’s Shōnen Sunday where it ran from 1987–1996. Takahashi has stated in interviews that she wanted to produce a story that would be popular with children. Ranma’s main audience was boys from elementary to junior high school age.Ranma ½ was extremely popular among American anime fans in the 1990s and popularized many of anime’s most common visual gags. The infamous ‘cursed springs’ plot device has even come up in anime-themed custom role playing games as a quick transgender device. The anatomical logistics of the cursed condition were purposely glossed over by Takahashi to avoid complications or detractions from its comedic effect.
Naruto – is a manga series written and illustrated by manga artist Masashi Kishimoto with an anime adaptation. The main character, Naruto Uzumaki, is a loud, hyperactive, unpredictable adolescent ninja who constantly searches for recognition, as well as to become Hokage, acknowledged as the leader and strongest of all ninja in the village.
Hunter × Hunter – is a manga by Yoshihiro Togashi about a 12-year-old boy named Gon Freecss, and his quest to find his father, Ging Freecss. Ging is a Hunter, which in the setting of Hunter × Hunter means that he is a member of society’s elite, with a license to go anywhere or do anything.
Lupin III – is an anime and manga media franchise created by Kazuhiko Kato under the pen name of “Monkey Punch”. The franchise follows the adventures of a gang of thieves led by Arsène Lupin III, the grandson of Arsène Lupin, the gentleman thief of Maurice Leblanc’s series of novels. Lupin and his gang travel throughout the world to steal treasures and escape from the law.
Vash Stampede – is the main character of the anime and manga series Trigun. A fictional character, Vash is also known as The Humanoid Typhoon due to the destruction which surrounds him. He is initially discovered by Meryl and Milly, representatives from an insurance agency investigating claims made due to damages caused by the mysterious “Humanoid Typhoon”. The pair find Vash while he is being chased by bandits who want to collect the bounty on “The $$60,000,000,000 (sixty billion double dollar) Man”. He escapes while Milly and Meryl eventually learn that Vash is actually the person they are assigned to track.
Slam Dunk – is a 31-Tankōbon (volume), 24-Kanzenban Japanese manga and anime series written by Takehiko Inoue about a basketball team from Shohoku (Shōhoku) High School. It was first published in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in Japan and has sold over 100 million copies in Japan alone. In 1995, it received the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen.
Voltes V – is a Japanese anime television series that was first aired on TV Asahi starting April 6, 1977. It was created by Tadao Nagahama as the second part of his Robot Romance Trilogy , of the Super Robot genre. Conceived as a second part/remake of its predecessor Combattler V.