May Anniversary Giveaway Week 1
Spring has sprung! Or…if you live in the Midwestern United States we skipped spring and went from winter to summer in only a week or two. We have a joke in Michigan, there’s only two seasons – winter and road construction. And for as much road construction that goes on, our roads remain fairly crappy.
As promised, the May Anime giveaway starts this week.
Sailor Moon was definitely my gateway into the anime world. Of course, at the time, I did not know what anime was as to me it was just another cartoon I watched. I think when Ronin Warriors was aired on public television my sister and I had an inkling about the difference between American cartoons that we loved to watch (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Spiderman, Batman, Gargoyles, X-Men, etc.) and this anime that had us completely addicted. We never missed an episode if we could help it. We even had our favorite warrior. I love Sage. She loved Cye. Then Escaflowne came around and at that time we were aware of the genre of anime. Then throughout high school and beyond, various friends of mine introduced me to different animes and I was always quick to sample something that I had actually read the manga version of, i.e. Marmalade Boy, Hana Yori Dango/Boys Over Flowers, Fruits Basket.
So, in honor of the anime I have loved and that first really brought me a taste of the Asian entertainment world, the anime giveaway commences.
So what’s first up for grabs?
The Vision of Escaflowne OST which features some pretty awesome instrumentals and this lovely song by Maaya Sakamoto. The English title is roughly something like “I Don’t Need Promises.”
Now…I actually would have loved to gift this anime in its entirety as I love it so much and have watched it so many times. But…since the time I purchased Escaflowne, first on VHS for $19.99 a tape (I collected up to the doppleganger episode on VHS I think) in high school and then the complete series for $19.99 on DVD in college, the series has actually become very hard to find and if you can find it, it’s super expensive. I mean super expensive. I found the entire series for over $100. So…I’m stuck only being able to giveaway the music, which I must tell you is very good. I love the OST for Escaflowne.
To be eligible to win the soundtrack, all you have to do is reply in the comments section what your gateway anime was. If you haven’t had an experience with anime, but are interested to wet your toes in the genre, tell me about your favorite cartoon.
The winner will be chosen by a random draw and will choose between a digital copy or a physical copy.
The story of the anime series (not the movie…which has a somewhat similar plot, but is really entirely different) revolves around Hitomi Kanzaki, a normal high school girl who has a crush on her sempai Amano. One day when she tries to confess her feelings for him as Amano will be leaving, she ends up getting mysteriously transported to a world called Gaea where the Earth is seen as a moon. There she gets caught up with Van and his guymellif (I’m sure I spelt that wrong, lol) Escaflowne on his quest to stop the evil emperor Dornkirk. While the ending was not ideal, it was a great anime over all and if you ever get a chance to check it out, please do.