#WeekendCoffeeShare: Saturday Morning Cartoons and Anime
It does not matter how old I become one thing that will never change is watching cartoons and anime in the morning on Saturday. For many of us who grew up in the 90s - early 2000s, "Saturday morning cartoons" was more than a phrase, it was a way of life as a kid and teenager.
Back then I grabbed the biggest bowl of cereal that I possibly can, eat multiple bowls of cereal, or eat something like fried chicken at 11 a.m., sit in front of the TV and relaxed! Now I'm not a big cereal fan for some reason. However, I do eat pretty much whatever is on my mind when I wake up whether it is chinese food, pizza, some whiskey, sushi, a variety of candy/snacks... whatever I have in stock is what I eat on Saturday mornings!
In my younger years (before a goatee was on my face) this was a sacred time that I completed my homework done way ahead of time just to enjoy. Between elementary and high school, I don't really remember ever doing much homework during the weekend's now that I think about it!
I know you all hear (well read) me talk about YouTube a lot, but just so you know, I love Hulu with the same amount of love (if not a little bit more at times). Hulu is where I watch most of my cartoons, anime, and documentaries.
I am going to list off a few of my favorites. I say a few because I don't think we have that much coffee right now for me to give you a full list of my favorite cartoon/anime shows.
I am a little bummed with Hulu about this because they only have 5 episode of Spongebob Squarepants available. However, it is fine, I have high hopes that more seasons/episodes will become available in due time.
Spongebob is is pretty much neck and neck for the top spot when it comes to my favorites' list. It was (and still is) amazing to see how much of a quirky nerdy personality from Spongebob and I seen myself in him. I was never 100% comfortable and confident with being a nerd until I entered high school because growing up in an urban environment, nerds were the uncool/lame people.
I grew up watching Dragonball Z every morning before going to school What has made DBZ unique to me personally is the way that it approaches the story plot. There is a time and place for complexity... thankfully I was able to find it here. Instead of the basic "hero sees villain, there is a slight tussle, yet overall the hero always win" type of situations, I was really concerned with Goku, Gohan, Trunks, Krillin, Tien, Piccolo, and the rest of the Z fighters actually winning.
That kind of character and story development is what will make DBZ tied at the top of my list with Spongebob for all time favorite cartoons/anime. Technically, DBZ is an anime, which if I was to be super technical, DBZ would be number 1 hands down.
Fairy Tail is obviously the newest/youngest (however you want to label it) on this list. To be quite honest, I stumbled upon Fairy Tail because of Hulu (so thank you Hulu team)!
At first I didn't really get the story plot nor the characters including Natsu, Era, Lucy, Happy, and Gray F. However, I was interested enough to continuously repeat episodes until it all made sense to me. Fairy Tail is in my top 5 anime shows of all time. I would love to read the actual manga... but I know that will not be able to happen at this very moment.
Hey you... yeah you 25+ year old grown adult with kid tendencies like me, what cartoon/anime shows do you still watch? Don't lie, this is not a place of shame and if you are a nerd, you are fine here.