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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 Stampedeis 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.

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Anime versus Manga

Anime is an abbreviation of the word “animation”. Outside Japan, the term most popularly refers to animation originating from Japan; and to the Occidental way of thinking, not all animations are considered anime. Anime is therefore usually considered to be a subset of animation.
Anime is traditionally hand drawn, but like in most animation computer assisted animation techniques have become quite common in recent years.Anime is sometimes referred to as Japanimation, but this term has fallen into disuse. Japanimation saw the most usage during the 1970s and 1980s and had continued use up until before the mid-1990s anime resurgence. In general, the term now only appears in nostalgic contexts. The term is much more commonly used within Japan to refer to domestic animation. Since anime or animēshon is used to describe all forms of animation, Japanimation is used to distinguish Japanese work from that of the rest of the world.

Manga is the Japanese word for comics (sometimes also called komikku) and print cartoons. In their modern form, manga date from shortly after World War II but have a long, complex history in earlier Japanese art. In Japan, manga are widely read by children and adults of all ages, so that a broad range of subjects and topics occur in manga, including action/adventure, romance, sports and games, historical drama, comedy, science fiction and fantasy, mystery, horror, sexuality, and business and commerce, among others. Since the 1950s, manga have steadily become a major part of the Japanese publishing industry,representing a 481 billion yen market in Japan in 2006 (approximately 4.4 billion dollars). Manga have also become increasingly popular worldwide. In 2006, the United States manga market was $175-200 million. Manga are typically printed in black-and-white, although some full-color manga exist

Voltes V

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 , was released in Italy, Spain, and The Philippines, dubbed in their respective languages according to Wikipedia.

It was 1978, the year when the Japanese anime Voltes V hit Philippine television and caught all Filipino children by surprise. For many, it was their first glimpse of Japanese culture, and for those with black-and-white TV sets, the colors were not so vivid then. Imagine most Filipino’s running home from school or from work, wary that it is almost 6 p.m., dropping their things carelessly on the floor and turning on their old black-and-white TV.
I weren’t one of those so-called Martial Law babies, who got caught in the web of Voltes V mania. I was just born then so I never really did saw the first time it aired, but based on their stories, it really was a phenomenom then.

Each morning, the previous night’s episodes would fill classroom talk and everyone would trade stickers or collectibles of their favorite Japanese heroes. Forget about Superman and the Superfriends, or Wonder Woman and Batman! Somehow, in that brief glimpse of time 30 years ago, Japan had caught the imagination of Filipino children, and their lives would never be the same.

The parade of Japanese robots began with Voltes V, and then came Mazinger Z, then Daimos, and soon enough, prime time was swamped by all of these Japanese cartoons, and kids like me then began to mimic them. It was fun acting out Steve Armstrong (or Kenichi Gou), the venerable pilot of Volt Panzer.

Just when Filipino people got comfy on watching Voltes V, former President Marcos banned the showing of all Japanese anime. Many have argued that the former dictator was annoyed with the parallel identification between the villain characters with his regimes. But some others explained that it was because Marcos’ family owned television company could not compete with the popularity of the television company that broadcasted Voltes V, so Marcos had to intervene by banning the broadcast of Voltes V. Still, the first arguments were already widely speculated, thus at some point Voltes V was gaining a more political popularity. Imagine the day after Marcos pulled the plug. An eerie silence soon replaced the animated chatter in the cafeteria. It was as if someone in the family had died. Voltes V and the rest of the Japanese heroes are gone. But life continues, so they speak, but not without the episodes playing and replaying in the Filipino minds.

So when it was re-aired again it’s as if one has risen from the dead. A mania of Voltes V was relived. And it seems that its bigger than ever…

“Let’s fight together! LET’s VOLT IN!”