Shinzo is an underrated anime-original shonen title

Shnen anime titles have taken the lead in terms of popularity of anime, whether it was in the ’90s, when the medium really debuted in the West, the early and mid-2000s, or the more recent “renaissance” of the 2010s. It has seen many properties come to prominence, but as such many have fallen by the wayside. One such unlucky and unseen series was Shinzo,


Is known Mushrambo In Japan, the series was somewhat unusual for its “genre” as it was anime first, with manga later. Sadly, the anime would be cut short because of its ratings, thanks to another infamous shonen series that was itself incredibly endangered. Here’s a look back at this forgotten series that works incredibly well as an introductory shonen anime.

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What Was Shinzo, the early 2000s Fox Kids Adventure Anime?

the story of Shinzo It consists of a genetically engineered race known as the Antrons that attempt to take over Earth. Renamed the planet Entra, the appearance of the invaders marks the end of humanity’s dominance. Awakening at the beginning of the series is Yakumo Tatsuro, the show’s female protagonist and the last normal human on the planet. Despite embarking on a path to peace, he is the ultimate threat to the frenzied Lanuncurus, both the ancestor of the Antrons and the cause of the virus that wiped out most of humanity. Yakumo is soon joined by Entranes named Mushara, Sago, and Kutala, all of whom wish to use their power to aid Yakumo and defeat Lannakurus’ army. To do so, they search for a lost sanctuary called Shinj, which holds the key to restoring humanity.

Suitable for a shonen series, characters in Shinzo They can have various forms and attacks that they can draw upon, including the powerful celestial form of Mushara. The series is loosely based on Chinese mythology. travel west — a trait it shares with the coveted Dragon Ball, Mushara is also slightly based on Sun Wukong, giving them some surprising similarities. Dragon BallThe hero of Goku. Given the shared “legacy” with one of the most popular anime franchises of all time, not to mention a good thread as a standard shonen series, it’s somewhat shocking. Shinzo performed so poorly.

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Bad Rating and Hunter x Hunter Killed Shinzo

Shinzo It initially aired in an ABC Family programming block, where it was abruptly canceled halfway through. It aired at some odd times in the West, resulting in less-than-stellar ratings. In some regions where it aired, these ratings were tarnished by competing with incredibly popular shows. Hunter x Hunter anime. that franchise is still incredibly famous and highly regarded, while Shinzo Hardly remembered by all but the most ardent of anime fans.

Part of its lack of popularity may be its somewhat generic nature, especially in the visual department. Even when the series came out in 2000, its animation was largely serviceable. Given that it wouldn’t be coming to the West after a few years, it already seemed quite dated compared to some of the more contemporary anime of the time. When the second set of episodes of the show finally aired in the West in 2005, the series suddenly had to stop the likes of hype machines such as one piece And Naruto,

This poor performance led to the cancellation of the show, and Shinzo Only 32 episodes were received. That number is pretty low for a shonen series, especially as it seems to have a lot going for it. Ultimately, the somewhat standard nature of the show would have at least made it a fairly tasty series for general audiences, especially in the West who are getting into anime. There will also be a short-lived manga adaptation that told a different story from the anime, with Mushara and Yakumo eventually getting married and having a child. Sadly, neither this nor the anime are currently widely available, making Shinzo A tough series to go back and watch for those who grew up with it.

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