Art that I Consume

As a child I had been exposed to Speed Racer and Kimba the White Lion, but I didn’t get to really see anime until the arrival of Robotech. And even then it was an American Bizarro version of anime. Underneath the awkwardly-Americanized storyline, one could still understand how this was very different from American cartoons. American cartoons were not written like soap operas, with a single storyline from beginning to end. Robotech was an ongoing drama, with characters who lived, laughed, loved, fought – and sometimes died. This was big.

The slippery slope got only steeper with arrival of U.S. Renditions, who released real anime on videotape – and who released on VHS in 1990 what would be my favorite anime series for 20 years – Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster. I was hooked.

I took my kids to the first 10 Anime Expo conventions. In fact, I have attended an anime convention every year since 1992 – with the exception of pandemic year 2020. Anime has exploded in popularity, so unlike the early days, anime series are readily available for viewing. But back then, the best way was through conventions and fansub VHS tapes. I watched a lot. I learned a lot. I acquired a lot of collectibles – VHS tapes, LaserDiscs, DVDs, Blu-ray sets, CDs, animation cels, manga, art books, figurines, toys, pencilboards, and so on. Fanatical, obsessive, passionate, crazy? Absolutely.

In short, I love anime. I love anime more than photography. My Blog is heavily saturated with Anime Posts. I watch more anime in one week than I watch television in a month.

People interested in current anime series should check out Crunchyroll and Funimation, which make anime available as streaming content over the Internet. There are also zillions of anime blogs; I follow about a half-dozen regularly with another 20 or so in reserve.


My Favorite Anime Series

Out of the hundreds of anime series I’ve watched or sampled, there are a few that never fail to make me smile. This is the short list of shows that I will watch over and over.

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My Favorite Anime Songs

Anime series often have amazing music. I listen to anime music in my car while driving or on my iPhone while walking from place to place. Here is a list of my favorite songs.

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“Anime – it‘s not just a hobby. It‘s a lifelong dedication to poverty.”

– Fernando Lopez