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Japanese Anime
First of all, for those of you that

don't know what Anime and Manga mean I'm gonna tell you that those are

two Japanese words. Anime can be translated as Animation Movie (cartoon)

while Manga means Comics. Please note that many people think that Manga

are only R-rated or X-rated Japanese comics but this is not true! All Japanese

comics book are considered Manga! As far as I'm concerned the great and

constant production of Anime begins in the year 1958 when Toei Doga produced

the animated version of a famous ancient Chinese legend: The White Snake.

It is from 1963 that the Anime big

business started to grow faster thanks to Osamu Tezuka and his house of

production (Mushi). Tetsuwan Atom was their first production: the cartoon

was done in black and white and was a true success. Atom was the first

small robot of Nippon animation and later on, many young authors will be

inspired by Tezuka's drawings. In the same year we also had the first prototype

of a giant robot: Tetsujin 28 go created by Mitsuteru Yokoyama. It was

however poorly realized and didn't earn too much success but it's important

to remember because it set the basis for the so called 'Robot Anime' a

new genre that will flourish around the '70s when Go Nagai will create

the best Robot Anime Series ever done: Mazinger Z, Great Mazinger, UFO

Robot Grendizer, Getter Robot and GetterRobotG.



Mazinger Z is one of the

most popular Japanese mangas of all time, which was originally written

by Go Nagai.

Here are the basics of what it

is about. Mazinger Z is a giant robot built by Dr. Kabuto to

fight the evil mechanical monsters created by Dr.Hell.

Dr.Kabuto and Dr.Hell were two famous

scientists: during an archeological expedition in Rhode's Island they found

the ruins of an ancient society that had a technology so advanced to be

able to build giant robots (called 'mechas').

When Dr.Hell realized how powerful

those robots were, he had the idea to rule the world!

Dr.Kabuto didn't like the crazy

ideas of Dr.Hell and decided to retire. However he was still working on

two scientific projects:

-a new alloy he called Super Alloy

Z processed from Japanium (a new element found only in the stratum of Mount

Fuji);

-a new powerful source of energy

called Photo-Atomic Energy.

He decided to use his new discoveries

to build Mazinger Z: a giant robot even more powerful than those mechas

he found in Rhode's Island. He knew that Dr.Hell was a mad scientist and

the only way to stop him was to destroy all the mechanical monsters he

found before he could activate them. Mazinger Z made with Super Alloy Z

and activated by the Photo-Atomic Energy was the last hope.

Years later when Dr.Hell was ready

to conquer the world, he ordered his servant Baron Ashura to kill Dr.Kabuto

because he was the only one to know about his monsters and maybe the only

one who could potentially slow down his conquest of the world. Baron Ashura

destroyed Dr.Kabuto's house but fortunately just before his death Dr.Kabuto

was able to show to his nephew (Koji Kabuto) his secret laboratory and

the giant robot he built.

Koji got really mad because of his

uncle’s death. He runs toward Mazinger Z willing to learn how to use it

as soon as possible. Unfortunately Dr.Kabuto couldn't explain the complex

instructions to correctly operate Mazinger Z but after few tries Koji was

able to land with the pilder (also known as Jet Piloter in some version

of the series) into Mazinger's head and from there take control of Mazinger's

body.

Few days later, Dr.Hell showed his

monsters to the world; they start destroying everything in their path but

a new hero was already there to fight them: Koji Kabuto, now perfectly

able to control his Mazinger Z destroyed all of Dr.Hell's monsters!

The story will be quite the same

later, Dr.Hell will build more and more powerful monsters, Mazinger Z will

have to desperately fight with all of them, but at the end he'll be victorious.

In the series other two robots are involved: Aphrodite A is a giant robot

that resembles a female, it's driven by Sayaka Yumi, and Boss Borot: a

Toy-Robot, built and driven by a fat funny guy called Boss. They will always

provide some help to Mazinger Z in its fight for Peace.

One of the most famous animes of

the 90’s in North America is Sailor Moon. Sailor Moon is an Anime about

a klutzy, crybaby, 14-year-old junior high school girl named Serena/Usagi.

She receives special powers from a talking cat named Luna. Her Powers help

her in her quest to fight evil and to find the "Moon Princess". With a

locket Luna gave her, Serena turns into the sailor suited "pretty soldier"

Sailor Moon. Over time, she discovers other Sailor Scouts/Senshi and another

cat Artemis, who join her as a team, called the Sailor Scouts/Senshi.

She also runs into this guy named

Darien/Mamoru and this super hero named Tuxedo Mask/Tuxedo Kamen. Coincidentally

enough, they happen to be the same person. Tuxedo Mask/Tuxedo Kamen appears

constantly to save the Sailor Scouts/Senshi from the generals of the Negaverse/Dark

Kingdom who, at first, begin stealing life energy out of people, then attempt

to acquire the Imperium Silver Crystal/ginzuishou. At this point Sailor

Moon learns about the Silver Millennium/Moon Kingdom.

A Thousand years ago The Moon Kingdom

existed and the Universe was at peace. The Moon Kingdom was ruled by Queen

Serenity, until the evil forces from the Negaverse/Dark Kingdom decided

to try and take over our universe. Queen Serenity was able to repel the

invasion, but only by sacrificing herself and sending all of her court

and the Imperium Silver Crystal/ginzuishou to the future on Earth.

This is important because much to

everyone's surprise we discover that Serena is the reincarnation of The

Moon Princess, Princess Serenity/Princess Serena in addition to just being

Sailor Moon. It also turns out that the Sailor Scouts/Senshi are reincarnations

of the guardians of the Moon Kingdom, and that Darien/Mamoru is a reincarnation

of Prince Darien/Prince Endymion, who was to marry Princess Serenity/Princess

Serena. This adds a bit of romance to the series, but in the end, the Sailor

Scouts/Senshi and Tuxedo Mask/Tuxedo Kamen are able to use the Imperium

Silver Crystal/ginzuishou to annihilate the Negaverse/Dark Kingdom, but

at the cost of their own lives.
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