Some Time Ago Memento Morie made an awesome article (Can´t wait for Part 2!) about how to introduce to Anime to the normal people.
Well, that made me think on something , that what Cartoons could one recommend to an Anime only watcher. Don´t get me wrong, i´m not saying that the Western Cartoons are better than the Japanese ones, but in my life I have encountered people who only watched Anime in what Animation refers to and put the Western ones in such a low marks (I also have known with a thinking in the other way around, but that’s not the point of this article).
So I decided to write this article, not to say whats better than what, but to open the horizons of the people who sadly think in that way.
Also I will try to not to put too many American Cartoons or too old (90´s to below).
Having that clear, let´s begin with this:
For the Lovers of a crazy Comedy with some Slice of Life elements.
Irmao Do Jorel (Jorel´s Brother).
Let us meet Jorel, Jorel is the most amazing person in the world, is attractive, athlethic , and everything comes great for him!...Wha- Whait?, are you telling me that this is not a Show about the super Ultra Awesome Jorel , but about his Litle brother?!. Ok, here it´s Jorel´s Bro, What is his name? Who cares, he is Jorel´s Bro.
Jorel´s Brother is a Cartoon who centers on the life and the crazy adventures that the Jorel´s Brother go through his daily life alongside his family, which is composed by his two brothers (Jorel and Nico), his Parents, and Grandmothers.
The Cartoon can go to the typical, like passing notes in the classroom, to slighty crazy like a secret Lucha Libre club, to totally crazy like a duck that is a master of disguise.
Taking that into account, the charm of the series is how Jorel acts around the world sorrounds him , specially his family , which are quite familiar with the ones that I have met: The Brother who is into music, the one super popular; the Mother that is caring, the Father who likes to remember his past, the Sweet Granny (although quite Senile) and the more down to earth granny who is somewhat bossy. To that formula add some portion of craziness and you have an awesome Comedy!.
For the One who loves the Ghibli Movies were nothing outstanding truly happens (But that’s the beauty of it!).
Her name is Anina Yatay ,a Palindrome, so it reads exactly the same from right to back!. She is a normal kid with a normal life. She goes to school until one day, after being mocked by her name, she goes into a fight with another kid.
Both of them then go to the Principal and gives them a weird punishment. A Black Letter which they can´t open for about a week.
This will open to Anina to serie of troubles about her name, the letter, loves, hates, friendship and everything that comes with the Childhood.
The Movie is truly great and for me personally it truly remembers me to my own childhood and the childbooks that were on th School I went (Los libros del Rincon –The Corner Books).
It is truly a beautiful movie.
For the Lover of High Fantasy.
Wakfu And Dragon Hunters (Chasseurs de Dragons.)
Country: France (Both)
Both French Cartoons represents some truly imaginative Fantasy World that breaths originally from every part of it!. But lets see them individually.
Wakfu: Based on the Video game of the same name. Wakfu is settled on the world of Amakna and it features Yugo and its friends, on a quest in search for the origins of our Main Character. It is funny, full of action and with a great story full of misteries!. If you liked: Avatar (oth Last Airbender and Korra), Fairy Tail, or anything like that you will love this one!.
Dragon Hunters: Dragon Hunters is the Story of Gwizdo, Lian-Chu and Hector, two dragon hunters and a … Dragon-Pet- thing. On their quest to become rich by hunting dragons!.The Series is truly good and is in a very imaginative world, a world were a Land as we know it it doesn´t exist, just a bunch of islands floating in the Sky.
The series has a good relaxing humour, and interesting fights against the dragons, who most of the times, are deadly and even a muscle man like Lian-Chu couldn´t fight against them hand on hand, so they must use their intelligence and a strategy in order to defeat them.
Also the series had a Cool CGI Movie who works as a prequel to the Cartoon.
Oh and the Main theme is singed by The Cure and if you change the lyrics just a little you have the perfect Monster Hunter song!. Just Saying.
For the One who Loves the other Ghibli Movies were the fantasy and our known world exist and melt in an exceptional way.
Tales of The Broca Street (Les Contes de la Rue Broca)
Based on the Fairy tales Book of the same name. Tales of the Broca Street is a series of histories That began on the Broca Street, specifically The Store of Said, and a Man, Mr. Pierre –who is a frequent customer-, tells to the Sons of the Owner.
The Stories can go about everything. From a pair of adults that just hate to clean, so much that their last name is “The Floor is too low” or a Demon who enters the Heaven because he is such a hearth kinded person. All the stories mix in a marvelous ways all the fantasy with a world that is familiar, yet, unfamiliar to the viewer.
For the Lover of Mecha Anime
Country: Arab Emirates
Torkaizer is a Soon to be Robot Cartoon. It follows the story of Ahmed, a young man from the Emirati who goes to Japan on Vacations. There, he is catched in the middle of an invasion of Giant Robots. Suddenly A Strange Robot, Torkaizer, comes and choose him as his User. Now Ahmed will have and Adventure!... But what will happen when The Vacations end and he has to come back to his Country?!.
*It is also worth to mention that Torkaizer it still in development, although the Pilot Chapter was released at selected locations on the Arab Emirates the past Year.
As You can see world of “Anime” and the world of “Cartoons” are basically one and the same, an entertainment that can make us laugh, cry, exite us, make us think or just make us forget about the real world and inmerse us in a different world.
Anyway, Thanks for reading!.