I’m so excited about this week’s Listography prompt. It’s: Cartoon Characters from your youth and I couldn’t be happier. As I grew up in Germany, some of my choices of cartoon characters might be a bit different from the rest of yours, so here we go. I’ll try and give you a short summary of every series:
1. Attack No. 1 – a.k.a Mila Superstar in German
The story is about Kozue Ayuhara or Mila as she was called in the German translation of the series, a girl who moves in with her auntie and uncle and tries out for the school volleyball team of her new school Fujimi High. She becomes great friends with another girl from the team, Midori, and it doesn’t take long for coach Hongo to discover her amazing talent. Soon Mila becomes the team captain and goes on to become the best volleyball player in her school, Japan and eventually the world – but it’s not all about being succesful. The series offers plenty of drama, love, friendship and fun. I loved it so much, I ended up in my school’s volleyball team but that’s about as far as it got for me and yes, I do have the box set…
2. Heidi – Girl of the Alps
I absolutely loved Heidi and I can’t wait to introduce Amy to the story. I guess everyone knows what the book is about but if not, here’s a short summary of it: Heidi is an orphan when the series starts. Her aunt brings her to her grumpy grandfather who lives a lonely life somewhere in the Swiss Alps and to make it short, he’s not keen on being responsible for a young girl like Heidi. However, Heidi wouldn’t be Heidi, if the little girl wouldn’t charm people and animals into friendship with her curiosity, enthusiasm and intelligence. She helps Clara, a city girl in a wheelchair, to walk again and brings joy to all her friends in the little village that her grandfather and Heidi move to when the winter comes.
3. Lady Oscar – The Rose of Versailles
The story evolves around Oscar, a girl raised as a man to become her father’s successor as leader of the Palace Guards in Versailles. A brilliant combatant with a strong sense of justice, Oscar is proud of the life she leads, but becomes torn between class loyalty and her desire to help the the poor when the French Revolution brews among the oppressed lower class. But the cartoon is not all about history and the French military. An important part of it shows Oscar’s conflicting desire to live life as a militant and a regular woman as well as her relationships with Marie Antoinette, Count Axel von Fersen, and servant and best friend André Grandier.
4. The Gummi Bears
“Gummi Bears, bouncing here and there and everywhere. High adventure that’s beyond compare. They are the Gummi Bears!” Can you remember it? I loved the adventures of the little furry bears who live hidden in the woods of the medival kingdom of Dunwyn to protect their best kept secret: Gummiberry Juice, a magic potion that gives Gummi Bears amazing bouncing abilities, but gifts humans or ogres with temporary super-strength as well as other numerous uses, including serving as fuel for machines. And how cute was poor old Toadie, the bullied ogre?
5. The Care Bears
The Care Bears live in a faraway place up in the clouds called Care-a-Lot, which is a part of the Kingdom of Caring. With the help of their cousins and buddies, the bears (they all have different powers and colours) go all around the world on missions to make the world a better place whilst Professor Coldheart and his little helpers try to thwart their plans. In the end the good always beats the evil, it’s predictable, but that’s alright sometimes, isn’t it?
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