Picture of several red items including retro anime like Dragon Ball Z, Inuyasha, Robot Carnival, Armitage III, and 90s shows and cartoons like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers

Retro Rainbow- The Red Collection

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Updated 1/21/23

Embarking on a vibrant journey in September, I launched an exhilarating photo series called "Roy G. Biv." Each installment showcases captivating items from my personal collection, highlighting the brilliant spectrum of colors. Roy G. Biv, representing the rainbow hues, inspired my selection of nine dynamic colors: red, orange, yellow, blue, purple, pink, black, and white. Join me on this thrilling visual adventure, where each color unveils a unique story and a spectrum of emotions. Today, let's dive into the passionate world of Red, where nostalgic treasures and vibrant memories come to life. Stay tuned for a kaleidoscope of hues as we continue exploring the colors that make my collection truly spectacular!


1."Power Rangers "Day of the Dumpster"(1993)

Way back when, I was a part of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers fanclub. One of the perks was receiving tapes. My siblings and I received exactly two tapes: Bloom of Doom and this one, "Day of the Dumpster". This tape is iconic because it features the very first episode of MMPR. I recently started my rewatch of the series and I must say that the series still holds up. I found myself shouting the roll call like I did back in the 90s.

2.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles "The Shredder is Splintered" (1987)

I had this tape as a kid growing up. I watched it so much that the tape popped. Luckily, I was able to find another copy in a thrift store about a decade ago. This episode is basically TMNT meets Freaky Friday when Splinter and Shredder switch bodies. I still find the episode entertaining which is why I wanted another copy.

3.Dragon Ball Z: Rock the Dragon (1989/1998/2013)

Back in the 90’s, Dragon Ball Z was recorded by Ocean Studios in Canada. Known fondly as “The Ocean Dub”, this set features the original 53 dubbed episodes first aired on Cartoon Network plus the first three movies: Dead Zone, The World’s Strongest, and The Tree of Might. There’s also a booklet that explains the history of the Ocean Dub and a character guide. Although it was only around $50 in 2013, this set is now for sale for at least $400+.  I love this set dearly because it has my favorite dub, my favorite episodes, a new my favorite DBZ movies all wrapped in one package. Plus, I got it signed by Brian Drummond (Vegeta) and Peter Kelamis (Goku-episodes 38-53 and the movies).


4. The Last Dragon (1996)

Even though I am technically an 80’s baby and a 90’s kid, I’ve always had a fondness for 80’s movies. “The Last Dragon” is iconic. This film follows the story of a man named Bruce Leroy as he completes his martial arts journey. It’s a fun-filled, action-packed romp with good music (DeBarge’s hit “Rhythm of the Night” is featured in the film).  Some many find the film corny but for me, it’s amazing.

5.Dragon Ball Z Budokai (2002) For many years, North America did not have a widely available Dragon Ball game. This all changed in 2002 with the release of Dragon Ball Z Budokai for the PlayStation 2. This game allowed players to reenact iconic scenes from the series for the first time. Although I needed my brother’s help to hold Raditz, it was a still a fun game to play.

6. Armitage III (1995) Prior to seeing this series, I saw the film, Armitage III: Dual Matrix. I really enjoyed it which led me to discover the other films, the series, and OVA. I love "Armitage III" because it tells an exciting futuristic story with interesting characters and a plot that keeps me hooked. It explores ideas like artificial intelligence and what it means to be human, which makes it really interesting. The mix of suspense, action, and thought-provoking moments makes it feel like I'm part of the story. Also, the show does a great job of balancing its sci-fi parts with emotions, making it a show I enjoy watching a lot. If you enjoy sci-fi, I highly recommend this series.

7. Robot Carnival (1987) I honestly have not seen this film since I was a kid. But when I saw it at a thrift store for a few dollars, I had to pick it up. This anime is a captivating anime anthology film with segments directed by renowned players like Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) and Hiroyuki Kitakubo (Golden Boy). " The common theme is robots, providing a diverse collection of short stories. It's been a while since I watched it, but its unique masterpieces, visually stunning animation, and thought-provoking exploration of technology and humanity make it a must-watch for anime enthusiasts.

8. Mission:Impossible N64 game(1998) I spent too many nights playing this game with my brother. In addition to Golden Eye, we often rented this game on Blockbuster Fridays. I think my favorite part was “borrowing” disguises from unsuspecting bystanders; a memory that we still fondly reference from those cutscenes to this day. The nostalgic joy of playing this game and creating enduring memories makes it a cherished part of my gaming history.

9. "Aaliyah" by Aaliyah (2001) This album may seem out of place on this list but for 12/13 year old me, it fits right in. I used many of the songs for my anime songfics. I wrote many, many fanfics back in the day but I never published them. I was too embarrassed. I’m glad that I have no idea where those notebooks are.

10.Inuyasha plushie (2000) This series introduced me to Ayumi Hamasaki and BoA; two of my favorite artists. Aside from the music, I enjoyed watching Kagome and company’s antic every night before bed. While there’s some parts that make me cringe, I still enjoy this series today. 

What do you think of this list? Are there any red items that hold a special place in your heart? I'd love to hear about your favorite red things, so feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!

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