Do you still remember the "to be continued" Japanese word (shown above) at the end of our favorites Japanese cartoons or anime series? If you’re like one of us (the 80 babies), you will also remember racing home from elementary school, grabbing some snacks from a nearby shop and sit down in front of the TV waiting excitingly for the cartoons or series to start showing. Recollecting that memory, we present to you some of the best and boldest Japanese anime (a.k.a. cartoons) series which were popular among the 1980s babies.
1) Ultraman series
All Ultramans in our era were usually in red-and-silver color with glowing yellow “salted-egg” eyes. They were able to fire energy beams at their own unique postures and of course the most famous move would be the T-crossing-hands gesture. Ultraman could only stay on the Earth for 3 minutes or else the “light bulb” on their chest would start to turn from green to red and then blinking as a warning to them that they were about to die soon. Do you still remember the Ultraman Ace series, Ultraman Seven Series, The Ultraman Series, Ultraman 80 series and etc.?
2) Dragonball Z
Dragon Ball Z featured the adventures of Son Goku who, along with his companions, defends the Earth against aliens or outer space villains ranging from intergalactic space fighters and conquerors, unnaturally powerful androids and nearly indestructible magical creatures. Son Goku's signature finishing techniques or moves were "kame-hameha" and big "ki" ball.
Sailormoon was about the adventures of a young schoolgirl named Usagi Tsukino that could transform into the titular character to search for a princess and an artifact called the "Legendary Silver Crystal". During her journey, she led a diverse group of comrades, the Sailor Soldiers (Sailor Guardians in later editions) to battle against the villains to prevent the theft of the Silver Crystal and the destruction of the Solar System. Did you ever practice with your friends the "Moon Prism Powers Make-up" or "In the name of the Moon, I will punish you"?
The story was about a factory rejected robotic kitten, Doraemon, who was sent back by the great-great-grandchild of Nobita to improve the lifestyle of Nobita so that his descendants may enjoy a better future. Doraemon was known for his small but limitless space pocket where he stored all kinds of gadgets that he bought from the future. Some of the all time favorite gadgets would be the bamboo-copter, a small head accessory that allows the character to fly and the "Anywhere Door", a door that opens up to any place the user wishes. The story was surrounded majorly by 4 characters who were Nobita - the one who was always lazy and got bullied, Shizuka - the sweet and hardworking little girl, Takeshi goda (Gian) the bully and Suneo Honekawa - the arrogant rich kid who always show off.
5) Mask rider black (Baja Hitam)
Baja Hitam was about Kotaro Minami and Nobuhiko Akizuki being kidnapped by the cult "Gorgom" on the night of their 19th birthday. They undergone a cyborg surgery with the purpose of becoming the candidates of the next Gorgom Creation King. Both of them were called Century Kings and were destined to fight each other for the throne of the Creation King. Kotaro escaped before getting brainwashed with the help from his foster father, and turned against Gorgom. Then, he found out that both him and Nobuhiko were born on the day of a solar eclipse, thus Kotaro was named "Kamen Rider Black", destined to rescue his stepbrother from Gorgom whilst Nobihiko was named "Shadow Moon" to fight Kotaro in order to grab the throne of the Creation King.
6) Mazinger Z
Mazinger Z is a super robot, constructed by using metal called Super-Alloy Z which was forged from a new element, mined from a reservoir found only in the sediment of Mt. Fuji, Japan. It was built by Professor Juzo Kabuto as a secret weapon to fight against the forces of evil created by Dr. Hell who plans to rule the world. Unfortunately, Professor Kabuto was assassinated and before he dies, he managed to inform his grandson Kouji Kabuto about the robot and its capability. Since then, Kouji became the robot's pilot, trying to resist Dr. Hell’s attacks and preventing Dr. Hell from ruling the world.
7) Crayon Sin Chan
The story featured the adventures of the five-year-old kinder garden boy Shinnosuke Shin Nohara (Shin-chan) and his parents, baby sister, dog, neighbours, and friends. Shin-chan’s antics were the basis for the series. He loves “Chocobi” chocolate biscuits and TV superhero named "Action Kamen"; hates green peppers and think that they are smelly. He loves changing proper words to another word that is improper at that situation. For example, promise becomes promotion and etc. Shin-chan's buttock action has always been the highlight in the series.
8) Toriyama Doctor (Dr. Slump)
Dr. Slump was a story set in Penguin Village, a place where humans co-exist with all sorts of anthropomorphic animals and other objects. In this village lives Senbei Norimaki, an inventor. In the beginning, he builds what he hopes will be the world's most perfect little girl robot, named Arale Norimaki. However, she turns out to be in severe needs of eyeglasses and also being very naive bringing a huge bear home, having mistaken it for a pet. In general, the anime focuses on Arale's misunderstandings of humanity and Senbei's inventions, rivalries, and romantic misadventures. In the middle of the series, a recurring villain named Dr. Mashirito appears as a rival to Senbei.
9) Mighty Atom (Astro Boy)
Atom is a science fiction series set in a futuristic world where Robots co-exist with humans. Atom is a powerful android created by the head of the Ministry of Science, Doctor Tenma. Dr. Tenma created Atom to replace his son Tobio who died in a car accident. Dr. Tenma built Tobio's memory into Atom’s body and treated Atom as if he was the real Tobio. However, Dr. Tenma soon realized that the little android could not fill the void of his lost son, especially given that Atom could not grow older or express human aesthetics, he then sells him to a cruel circus owner, Hamegg. After some time, Professor Ochanomizu, the new head of the Ministry of Science, notices Atom performing in the circus and convinces Hamegg to turn Atom over to him. He then takes Atom as his own and treats him gently and warmly, becoming his legal guardian. He soon realizes that Atom has superior powers and skills, as well as the ability to experience human emotions. Then the story goes by telling the adventures of Atom in fighting crimes.