I remember trying to mimic the multitudes of hand signs my favorite characters weaved. I remember desperately hoping that my hair would one day glow with a yellow aura and that infinite power would lie at my finger tips. I remember wishing my martial-art's movements could control all the elements. As a child, anime played a huge role in who I was as a person. My favorite characters were my heroes and I subconsciously mimicked their behaviors. Anime provided an escape from reality; the prospect of creating another reality to escape the troubles of my life back then greatly appealed to me. I believe that the origin of the flame of creativity that burns within me was partially sparked by my love for my favorite characters.
Son Goku in Super Saiyan Form
Dragon Ball Z was first aired on April 26, 1989, nine years before I was even born. The series still continues today, a testament to the success of the anime. I consider the creator of the Dragon Ball metaseries, Akira Toriyama, to be a genius. The level of creativity it takes to make an anime is very hard to fathom. It not only requires a creative genius, but the skills to put on to paper the very projections of one's imagination and the ability to transcribe the souls of each charachter.
Brought To Life: Super Saiyan Son Goku
Goku is the main protagonist of the Dragon Ball Z franchise. While his power to seems to be limitless, (a claim that one might associate with Superman), Goku has limits, but he continually breaks them; he never gives up. Goku is very easy-going and compassionate.
Zuko & Katara
Avatar: The Last Airbender first aired on February 21, 2005. I was finishing kindergarten when I discovered the series and I was instantly hooked as were millions of other young children. The vivid colors and characters' ability to manipulate and control the age-old four elements, water, air, wind, and fire, greatly appealed to my young imagination. I often found myself whirling around my room trying to mimic the movements of the limbs of my favorite characters in an effort to make something happen. Alas, nothing extraordinary happened, but vases and lamps were broken.
Zuko is a firebending master, born as a prince in the Fire Nation Royal Family. Zuko starts out as a very hate and angered filled person; however, as the series continues, his persona changes to that of a righteous soul. He is very driven and determined; for him, failure is never an option.
Katara is a young girl from the Southern Water Tribe, which has been strongly affected by the war of the Great Nations. She is fiercely loyal to her friends and family and is a very calming presence to her friends, especially the Avatar, Aang. Oh, and she's ridiculously strong.
A more recent discovery, Naruto has been my favorite anime. Naruto is a teenage ninja of The Hidden Leaf Village. He constantly searches for recognition and dreams to become the Hokage, the ninja in his village who is acknowledged as the leader and the strongest of all. The series incorporates very interesting fighting styles including ninjustsu, the use of weaving hand signs and chakra, (a ninja's inner energy), taijutsu, a ninja's physical combat ability, and genjustu, the use of illusions.
Hidden Leaf Shinobi: Naruto Uzumaki
Naruto never gives up on his dreams and never gives up on his rogue friend Sasuke Uchiha, who Naruto ultimately saves from walking down an evil path. Naruto is not particularly talented, but though hard work he is able to achieve his dreams of becoming Hokage and saving Sasuke.
Brought To Life: Naruto Uzumaki in Sage Mode