Retro Rainbow- The Orange Collection

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Updated 1/21/23

Part 2 of my series Retro Rainbow is here! In my last post, I talked about some of my favorite red items in my personal collection. Today's post will focus on the "O" in "Roy G. Biv": orange. 

1.Dirty Pair: Affair on Nolandia (1985)

I first became familiar with the Dirty Pair series through it's spin-off, Dirty Pair Flash. Honestly, I love both shows equally. I think that they both have their own charm. Starting this summer, I started collecting both series plus the movies. I can't wait until I finish it! 

2.Dragon Ball Z (1989)- The orange brick release of Dragon Ball Z is my 2nd favorite way to watch Dragon Ball Z (the Ocean dub is my fave). Naturally, I started collecting autographs from the Funimation cast. The first Dragon Ball actor I ever met was Cynthia Cranz at Tokyo in Tulsa. It was my first anime convention and I was super nervous. 

3. Rock & Rule (1983)- Unlike many fans of this film, I did not grow up watching it. (I wasn’t born yet). I discovered this film while on a Great Mouse Detective forum. A post was discussing the similarities between the film’s villain, Ratigan, and Mok, the villain of Rock & Rule. Naturally, I needed to see the film for myself. I ended up finding the film online and eventually bought my own copy when I got older. The film is a perfect one for music lovers. Although the story is somewhat weak, the marriage between the music and the animation makes up for it. The film features music by Debbie Harry, Cheap Trick, ZZ Top, Earth, Wind,& Fire, Lou Reed, and more. I still listen to “Send Love Through” and “Triumph” on a regular basis. (The DVD is no longer available for a reasonable price on Amazon.)


4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) - When I was in college, I was a cashier at Walmart. After my shift, I would browse the entertainment area to see what DVDs I could scoop up. One day, I found the first three TMNT movies for $5 each. I loved watching the movies as a kid so I was glad to finally own them. The first film was a departure from the popular animated series but I still consider it one of the best adaptations of the series. 

5. The New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract (1984) - Like many kids in the 2000s, I was a big fan of Teen Titans series that was currently airing on Cartoon Network. I knew of the original Teen Titans but this series was my introduction to the 80s Titans. Whenever I could, I would read scans from the comics online. In 2005, I received this comic as a Christmas gift. I read it so many times as a kid. Once I got a job, I started buying other “New Teen Titans” comics. To this day, this is my favorite comic book. 

6. Charizard, Pokémon (1996) - I’ve always said that I am a Pokémon trainer for life. Although I’ve never been a fan of the original games, I love the anime and the manga. The original starters will always hold a place in my heart so I had to get this Charmander pop figurine. They are just so cute! 

7. Tekken 5 (2004) - My favorite fighting series of all time is without a doubt is Tekken. I enjoy the colorful cast of characters and their crazy back stories. The convoluted storyline has always been so interesting to me. After Tekken 4 (my least favorite entry in the series), I was so happy to get Tekken 5 (It’s my favorite after Tekken Tag 2). 

8. Atom Ant (1965)- “Up and Atom, Atom Ant!” I found this Pez Dispenser at a Game Stop. It was cute so I bought it. Cartoon Network used to show this series along with other classic shows before they started showing original programming.  

What do you think of this list? What are some of your favorite orange things? Let me know below! 

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