(Note from Ayano: Not Psychotic’s post was supposed to go up last Wednesday but I had to push it back since I am dealing with moving into a new place. So sorry for the delay! I hope you enjoy the post :D)
Not Psychotic here once again to bring you all a post that is near and dear to my heart.
If you’re like me and live on the great continent of Africa who was born in the early 2000’s, then your first exposure to Japanese animation was most likely Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball. This show seemed like it was made for Africa and seemingly for the rest of the world AKIRA was made for the West. DBZ wasn’t my first anime though…I watched both Spider Riders , Yu-Gi-Oh GX, and Pokemon. All great shows but nothing really separated them from the cartoons I was watching day in and day out. Dragon Ball as a show had this certain mystique to it. A show that gained popularity in the late 80’s and early 90’s thanks to Toonami, K-TV, and Animax. Dragon Ball had become nearly impossible to find except for when it was referenced in every other show I was watching. It was kind of a big deal when kids saw this logo flash across on their television screens for the first time.
I remember that day like it was yesterday. That faithful day…the day that would garner tens of millions of kids who would be tuned into SABC 2 every weekday for years to come. That day that ingrained a 5:00 PM time slot into the brains of every child across a continent (well…the parts of it with DSTV anyways XD). This made waves everywhere. At school, friendships would live and die based on who your favorite character was. Fanart was EVERYWHERE and village playgrounds were totally vacant during those wondrous 30 minutes that DBZ aired. But more importantly a sizable chunk of DBZ’s audience would move on to watching Naruto when it took over that 5:00 PM time slot from DBZ. Years later, One Piece and Attack on Titan would go on to create the second anime renaissance for anime fans. These series would also take over the internet and produce mass followings. Anime fans were hungry and ready for something new.
It is thanks to Akira Toriyama that my formative years sucked a little bit less and helped me forge friendships that hold me together when I’m at my worst . So from the bottom of my heart Akira Toriyama thank you. Thank you very much…Oh! and MAKE SURE TO PAY YOUR FUCKING TAXES BAKA!
I will see you all in my next post!