Hello dear reader. Either you have stumbled upon this blog entry or you read previous posts discussing anime but this is the first in a series examining major female characters involved in my anime education. I quickly realised that by examining the sorts of anime heroines I grew up with that this would turn into a personal journey through anime screened in the UK since the early 90’s.
Like most western kids of the 90’s I didn’t have the sort of choices that are available today so I grew up watching things like Transformers (which I found dull), Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, Duck Tales, The Real Ghostbusters and Gummi Bears (which I loved). Also broadcast on British television were anime like Battle of the Planets (Gatchaman), Ulysses 31 and The Mysterious Cities of Gold but I never attributed nationality or cared about it at the time. One day I actually paid attention to the credits for The Real Ghostbusters and Dennis the Menace and saw that the animators had strange names – not American strange but totally different.
My mother informed me they were Japanese. That was probably my first realisation that cartoons could come from countries other than Britain and America (as silly as that sounds).