Superbook: Reviving Childhood Nostalgia in Our Hearts
Let’s face it: our childhood would not be complete if we did not watch cartoons or even anime. Most of the time, our youth would be filled with fantasies of having superpowers, being a detective that can solve several cases, or piloting large futuristic robots while fighting large monsters. But ever since the steady rise of anime from the 1980s, there’s one animation that would set the foundation for more religious-themed shows in the next few decades: Superbook.
There’s anime that discusses almost every essential aspect of society. Whether it’s a show about cooking, school, crime and investigation, action, and romance, there’s bound to be one iconic show that focuses on one genre. But when it comes to religion, it’s Superbook. It is known for one of the more popular children’s shows leaning towards bible stories.
How Did It Make an Impact on Animation Today?
Superbook isn’t just a mainstay in the Japanese animation industry; it has also influenced many ground-breaking animations around the world. The show even got a more contemporary remake animated in 3D than the traditional 2D animation back in the 1980s.
Even if you’re not entirely familiar with the Superbook, you might be familiar with most biblical stories, especially those that are in the older testament. Ever since the show’s rise in popularity during the 1980s, several animation studios worldwide have used it as an inspiration for creating children’s shows and shows that were educational.
A decade later, several animations from Dreamwork Studios such as Joseph: King Of Dreams. Although, most would claim that Superbook doesn’t necessarily have any influence regarding that industry.
But what makes it such a great series, and how did it make a lasting impact on the Generation X audience? What makes it a great animation for kids today? Here’s what you’ll need to know.
Time Traveling Fun
Everyone loves a show that emphasizes different locations. That is especially true for shows that love to explore different periods. In addition to highlighting the history, this makes the show educational for its viewers and would explore other parts of biblical history. Everyone loves time travel as a trope!
In a way, it had a “realistic” premise by traveling back in time, which would tie the show on several significant historical events and biblical stories that were mostly the central premise of some stories.
Great Lessons for Children
We’re all aware that the Superbook was greatly influenced by stories in the Bible. Since the Bible had a lot of extraordinary stories, it had a lot of wisdom and knowledge that it can teach children. But the Bible is also filled with materials that aren’t necessarily appropriate for children. Strangely enough, both Superbook and The Flying House know how to spin some more violent parts of the Bible to fit a younger audience. For instance, it surprisingly made some beheadings of crucial characters in the Bible more “appropriate” to children.
Unforgettable Theme Songs
There’s no denying that one of the most unforgettable parts of almost any childhood show is the catchy theme songs at the beginning of the show. Now only is this theme catchy, but it brings back that 80s vibe that will instantly get you thinking of “going back to your childhood friends again”!
Like Superbook, several production numbers, especially those in the theatrical industry, deserve praise, such as Sight and Sound’s Jesus, emphasizing sound design and lighting.
Animation that Ages Like Wine
Superbook came at a time were the Japanese animation industry was still forming its own identity. Although it doesn’t necessarily have the same “anime” feel that most Japanese animations would have, it did have that nostalgic retro feel that we all know and love.
We admit that animation is not as “polished” if we compare it to more modern animations, but the way it was animated is what makes it a timeless classic.
When it comes to the new Superbook remake, they have used CGI animations in place of 2D animations. That has been met with mixed reception with some people saying that it’s a bit jarring while others would say that it’s an excellent addition to its audience’s attention.
Even when we’re older, Superbook and other prominent Japanese animations will always remain in our hearts and will always be part of our childhood. Even as we grow older, we can let our kids watch Superbook and teach them a thing or two about the different lessons that we’ve learned from the show and some biblical stories from that generation.