Daily Heroine: Noriko Takaya

Today’s Daily Heroine is: Noriko Takaya (タカヤ・ノリコ), the eager young space cadet from the Japanese animation known as Gunbuster in the West, and トップをねらえ! in Japan (which is literally Aim for the Top! in English). She was voiced by the legendary Noriko Hidaka (日髙 のり子). Gunbuster was a six-episode OVA (Original Video Animation) created by the famed Gainax studio, the first episode of which was released in 1988. It was conceived as an over-the-top, multi-genre parody, but the end result is something truly amazing; it would have to rate as one of my favourite sci-fi adventures of all time. And Noriko, who is a determined yet vulnerable young girl, is such a lovable heroine.😊 I just can’t help but cheer for her from start to finish. Incidentally, the screenshot you can see is from the final episode of Gunbuster, which was in black and white.

I should explain here that Thursdays were supposed to be for Daily Heroines from animated movies, but unfortunately the number of potential candidates in this category is already quite low, so I’ve decided to also highlight OVA heroines on Thursdays. Till tomorrow, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you.😊

Daily Heroine: Yumi

Today’s Daily Heroine is: Yumi (Themis in the original), the small, blue-skinned alien girl with psychic powers from the French/Japanese cartoon Ulysses 31 (known as Ulysse 31 in French), which first aired in 1981. I’m not sure who voiced Yumi in the English version, but according to Wikipedia she was voiced by Séverine Morisot in the French version. I watched a bit of Ulysses 31 when I was a kid, but I never really got into it; I thought that sci-fi and Greek mythology did not go well together. But there’s no doubting that this is (for its time, anyway) a quality production, by the studio that made Inspector Gadget (my favourite cartoon of all time). So perhaps I should give it another go. And I certainly would like to find out more about Yumi; I have a big weak spot for cute alien girls, especially blue-skinned ones!😋

I’m always on the look out for new interesting and likeable heroines, so if you have a particular favourite, please tell me about her! Till tomorrow, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you.😊

Daily Heroine: Meg Bennet (Rock-1)

Today’s Daily Heroine is: Meg Bennet, AKA Rock-1, from Bionic Six, which was a Japanese-American cartoon from the 80s. According to Wikipedia, she was voiced by Bobbi Block, but I’m not sure if this is accurate. Much like Thunderbirds 2086 (which I discussed in my post on Kallan James a couple of weeks ago), I only ever saw Bionic Six once. In fact, I might have only seen a part of an episode!😋 But Meg made an impression on me; she was cute and she seemed like a fun character. If my memory serves me right, the villain in the episode I saw referred to her as a “bionic teenybopper”, which seems to be a rather apt moniker for her.😁

I’m always on the look out for new interesting and likeable heroines, so if you have a particular favourite, please tell me about her! Till tomorrow, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you.😊

Daily Heroine: Susan Murphy AKA Ginormica

Today’s Daily Heroine is: Susan Murphy AKA Ginormica (voiced by the Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon) from Monsters vs. Aliens, an American animated film released in 2009. This was another film which I came across by chance on TV, but one which I really enjoyed. It had humour, it had action and on top of that, it had humorous action.😁 But the best part of it for me was the character of Ginormica. Not only is she a beautiful woman with a sweet personality, she also displays a touch of vulnerability at times, which is a quality I find quite endearing in a heroine.🙂

I’m always on the look out for new interesting and likeable heroines, so if you have a particular favourite, please tell me about her! Till tomorrow, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you.😊

Official “The Clone Wars” Season 7 Trailer Released!

It seems like ages since Disney announced that they were going to produce a seventh and final season of the popular cartoon The Clone Wars (which they unceremoniously dumped back in 2013), but we finally have an official trailer and a release date for it: February 21. It does look like an action-packed end to the series, with Ahsoka Tano playing a prominent role.

As you may know, I’m a big fan of Ahsoka, so I’ll be interested in seeing the seventh season at some point. Till next time, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you.😊