There are many who believe in the humanization of Death and that his task is to collect the souls that have gone astray. There are many myths surrounding the personification of death and the creation of his famous scythe. Funimation created the animated show Soul Eater to give an explanation on how the weapons used by Death were created.
Many fans of Nickelodeon were introduced to a new hero named Aaog in Avatar: The Last Airbender. The animated show ran for three seasons before its story was complete and a sequel was created. The show has influences of Budish beliefs, war, and human’s connections to nature through the four core elements.
What if there was a power that allowed you to change the world? To hear people’s thoughts, change their emotions or memories? To make them obedient without question? For those gifted with the power of Geass, these powers are both a blessing and a curse.
Luna introduced me to the classic comedic anime Inuyasha, thinking I would enjoy the comedic nature between the characters and its use of time travel. The show equally balances both the present world in Tokyo, Japan and Japan's Sengoku Period. Many consider Inuyasha one of the classic animes, given how popular the anime became in the United States, earning a second installment to the series titled Inuyasha: The Final Act to show the rest of the manga written by Rumiko Takahashi.
One of the classic animes that focuses on brotherly love and their journey to discover a legendary treasure, The Philosopher’s Stone, is Full Metal Alchemist. The Elric brothers push the boundaries of science and magic by using alchemy, hoping to defy the governing law of equivalent exchange with The Philosophers Stone.
Cartoon Network used to run anime shows after midnight on a series called Toonomie. One show that I watched was Bleach by Tite Kubo is an action drama about a soul reaper substitute named Ichago. The series focuses on a society that is tasked with collecting the souls of the dead and the souls that go dark with the intentions of attacking those in the human world.
It’s common in animes to use common features in magic as a focus point or a key plot in their stories. Arcana Fsmigila is an anime that falls into this category. The anime is a drama or action mixed with fantasy. The anime plays on the ideas of family and what people will do to protect those they care about.
Luna introduced me to the comedic anime, Trigun, after she heard how much I appreciate action, developed characters, and humor in anime like Full Metal Jacket, she had me watch a few episodes of Trigun, and I became addicted to the show amused by how despite Vash hated violence yet was known as a deadly gunslinger. The anime was adapted from the manga of the same name, written and illustrated by Yasuhiro Nightow.
Many people who know me, will tell you that one of my favorite animes is Yugioh. I first discovered the manga published by Clamp before watching the English dubbed anime created by 4Kids. The show has two things it focuses on, teaching people how to play the card game and the strength to overcome the odds stacked against you. Fans of the show enjoy the card graphics and how the cards are tied into the characters daily lives.
In the early 90s, it was common for school children to rush home after school to catch the cartoon lineup hosted by Fox Kids. One of the shows that I enjoyed viewing growing up was Card Captors is based off the manga written by Clamp. Card Captors was an anime that introduced children to the concept of tarot cards. The main protagonist was a young girl allowing viewers to see that woman can be the hero.