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Yu Yu Hakusho is a franchise comprised of 2 movies, 1 anime series, 1 manga series
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To all major Asian culture/mythology/astrology fans, if you have watched certain anime shows then you probably have notice the inspiration behind most of them. For example, we can not have Dragonball and Shinzo without Journey to the West. Well I have discovered another famous piece of Asian culture that has inspired anime...the Four Symbols.

The Four Symbols
The Four Symbols

According to Chinese Astrology, four mythloical creatures - the Azure Dragon of the East (Qinglong/Seiryu), the Vermillion Bird of the South (Zhuque/Suzuka), the White Tiger of the West (Baihu/Byakko), and the Black Tortoise of the North (Xuanwu/Genbu) - represent a direction (like on a compass) and a season (dragon = spring, bird = summer, tiger = fall, and tortoise = winder) as well as their own individual characteristics and origins. In China, some say that they correspond with the 5 Elements (dragon = wood, bird= fire, tiger = metal, tortoise = water, and the center = earth). There is also a 5th beast - The Yellow Dragon of the Center (Huáng-lóng/Kirin). In Japan, they are known as Four Guardian Spirits of Kyoto (and the 5th beast doesn't exist). So how many anime shows were inspired by this concept? Here's the known list:

  1. Shinzo: Although the story was inspired by Journey to the West, the characters were inspired by the Four Symbols: Mursha = Bird, Sago = Dragon, Kutal = Tiger, and Bika = Tortoise (kinda).
  2. Digimon Tamers: Withing the 2nd half of the show, a group of evil Digimon calling themselves the Devas, who, serving the Digimon Sovereigns (also based on the four symbols), believe that true Digimon shouldn't pair up with humans (it is later revealed they were actually misguided). The Digimon Sovereign are named after their Chinese names. There is also a 5th Digimon that supervises the others...which is sort of explained in Digimon Frontiers.
Digimon Sovereign ( Ebonwumon, Baihumon, Zhuqiaomon, Azulongmon, and Fanglongmon)
Digimon Sovereign ( Ebonwumon, Baihumon, Zhuqiaomon, Azulongmon, and Fanglongmon)
  1. Yu Yu Hakusho: Within the first season, there was a third storyline called "The Saint Beasts", where Yusuke and Kuwabara travel to demon world with Kurama and Hiei to stop the Four (Saint) Beasts from invading the human world. They are villains in the show, AND are given there Japanese names than their Chinese names.
The Four (Saint) Beasts (Seiryu the Blue Dragon, Byakko the White Tiger, Suzaku the Lightning Phoenix, and Genbu the Stone Turtle)
The Four (Saint) Beasts (Seiryu the Blue Dragon, Byakko the White Tiger, Suzaku the Lightning Phoenix, and Genbu the Stone Turtle)

(If I missed any, please inform me. Thank you.)

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Wow am I excited to be on here. What can I say I grew up with anime so a site about anime is just what I wanted. I have to say that my love for anime started with the very first episode of DBZ on Cartoon Network and man was hooked. I have always thought there were no cool cartoons or shows on at all until DBZ opened my eyes. Ever since that day I have never missed an episode and all I can say is that it was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had with anime. While DBZ was going I got hooked on to Yu Yu Hakashou and that is when I knew I was in anime heaven. I thought of it as a bad ass and dirtier version of what DBZ was already giving me. And with that I knew my place was not in kids cartoons or in comics ( even though i still was into those) it was in anime and manga. So that is why im here to go through all things anime is why I joined and I hope I am welcomed!
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Sorry, movies and manga are exempt. This list is for shows only. 
I have a number of critically acclaimed series in the on deck circle, so this list may change rapidly. Among those are Gurren Laggan, Darker than Black, Blade of the Immortal, Baccano, and Hetalia.

10. Yu Yu Hakusho
Yusuke > Toguro
Yusuke > Toguro

This is one of the shows that I credit for getting me in to anime. It is also probably the singular reason why I didn't develop a hate for dubs. Justin Cooks performance, in retrospect, singlehandedly made this show worthwhile. After trying to watch subs of this show I realized that without the Yusuke that Cook developed, Hakusho was just an exceedingly average shonen property. So thank you Justin Cook. (He also does a great job in the number one on this list)




9. Gundam Seed
Freedom = Best gundam ever
Freedom = Best gundam ever

Just ignore the whiny bitch that was Shinn in Gundam Seed Destiny. Gundam Seed was a perfect modernization of the original Gundam, containing both emotional complexity and fun, if not great mech fights. 






8. Cowboy Bebop
Ed for President
Ed for President

I'm well aware that Bebop would be on the very top of most peoples lists, and there is little question that it is a stepping stone in the medium. I didn't enjoy it as much as some of the other shows on this list, but that takes nothing away from what an achivement this show was, especially in its heyday. 





7. Gundam 08th MS Team
Short and sweet. Well, by short I mean dozens of meters tall
Short and sweet. Well, by short I mean dozens of meters tall

This is the first gundam that I watched after  the awesomeness that was Gundam Wing, and I was struck by the more serious tone and setting. It really showed me that anime could be more than just tournaments and energy attacks. I didnt realize until recently that I hadn't actually seen the end of the show, and proceeded to fix that. The ending was a little cliche, but that doesnt take away from the overall experience.





6. Bleach
As a shonen property, you could do much worse
As a shonen property, you could do much worse

Please dont hate me for including Bleach. I've been following (and loving) it ever since I saw the first preview in the american Shonen Jump, and the huge cast of characters seems like it was tailor built for me. There are few characters that I dont like, and soooo many that I love (as evidenced by my favorite characters list). The action is top notch, even if the animation isnt (the quality can be very sketchy). Besides all that, every once in a while the show has a good story, as exemplified by the betrayal of he who must not be named. But in the end, Bleach is all about the action and the characters.




5. Trigun
Finally, I'll own the series in a week or two
Finally, I'll own the series in a week or two

Trigun exemplifies what I look for in an Anime. A show focused on action, but with a good dose of humor thrown in, is a show on the fast track to my heart. The funnies may be laid on too thick for some people, but in my opinion, Vash has the perfect mix of nuttiness and awesomeness for a lead role. Its worth mentioning that he pretty much single-handedly carries this show, as there aren't a lot of recurring characters and the story, while interesting, isnt deep enough to justify the series. 





4. Fullmetal Alchemist
Also short (lol) and sweet
Also short (lol) and sweet

What hasn't been said about FMA? A cast of loveable characters, a mature storyline, high level animation, and a number of high level themes running throughout made this series a revolution in anime fandom a few years ago. The hoopala surrounding this show was bigger than any new series since FLCL, and the people involved (especially Vic Monaga) still garner huge lines and crowds at anime conventions. The new series follows the manga on which this series was based on more closely, but it will be interesting to see whether it can match the quality or fandom of the first edition. Also, HUUUGHESSSSSSSSS!!!!!  



3. Fate Stay Night
No, I haven't played the source material. Yet.
No, I haven't played the source material. Yet.

Looking back, I'm not sure why I love this one so much. The characters are good, but other than the few leads, none of them are fleshed out very much. The fights are great, but there aren't all that many of them. It looks very good (thank you Type Moon), but while I like nice visuals as much as anyone, it never makes a show good by itself. The best I can figure is that it's all thanks to the end. I wont spoil it for anyone, but it is a heartbreaker, or at least it was for me. 





2. Great Teacher Onizuka
I have a new idol
I have a new idol

I just watched this one this past week, and It was a ton of fun despite the outdated visuals. The audience for the series is treated to a maturation of a man through teaching his students and helping them solve their various problems. The students and staff dont make it easy for him and his unusual methods, but this former delinquent knows how to reach students who have lost trust in teachers. top notch character development combined with first class humor and the occasional suspenseful scene make this an instant favorite.



1. Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad
 Yes, his performance is better than Haruhis
 Yes, his performance is better than Haruhis
Maybe it's just my love for alternative music that makes me gush over this anime, but I see Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad as an achivement not just as an animation, but as a TV show in general. Throughout my viewing session (singular, because once I started watching it I couldn't stop), the cast constantly had me feeling a number of emotions, and I'd often come out of a scene realizing that I either had a great big smile or clinically depressed frown on my face. I nearly cried when Yukio spent months getting his borrowed guitar repaired, only for it to be destroyed again. I felt his pain when he went on stage and was betrayed by a rival. Between all of that, I laughed at Chiba's antics, and smiled when Yukio and Maho had their pool scene. The dub performance is extrordinary, with a number of characters played even better in the dub than in the sub (remember me talking about Justin Cook earlier? He plays the goofy grunge rocker Chiba, and excels). The music is so good that I have every track on my Ipod and listen to them regularly. On top of all of this, the story progression, character development, and ending, for lack of a better word, rock. There is no bad aspect to Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad. 







By the way, This Ugly Yet Beautiful World is the worst money that I ever spent.
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