Crunchyroll is now streaming the Mononoke anime series in the United States and Canada to Premium members. Free users can tentatively start watching the series on April 11, 2015. New Video Group (Cinedigm) released the series on DVD in July 2014.
Crunchyroll also has a website with a synopsis for Zatch Bell!, but as of this writing, there are no videos included on it.
“Konjiki no Gash Bell!!: Attack of the Mecha-Vulcan” is a 2004 Japanese animated film, the second based on the anime, “Konjiki no Gash Bell!!”. The first was “Konjiki no Gash Bell!! Movie 1: Unlisted Demon 101”, also released in 2004.
Crunchyroll has officially announced that the service has added the Zatch Bell! anime to its website. 100 dubbed episodes are available for viewing for Premium members now.
As of this writing, the first 25 episodes are available for free users to watch. Episodes 26-50 become available for free users on January 21, 2015, episodes 51-75 become available to free users on January 28, 2015, and…
Okay, but can we like talk about how much a freakin’ love Zatch Bell?
This was my show back in the day on Toonami, I don’t know, maybe I just have a weakness for show about teaming up with magical being and going on adventures, battling foes, and growing a close bond with people, but this show was fucking ace!
For those who don’t know, it was an anime adapted from a brilliant manga that also goes by the name Konjiki No Gash Bell! One hundred Mamodo go to Earth every 1,000 years to battle to be the
king of the Mamodo world. Each Mamodo needs a human partner in order to
use his or her spell book, a book that seals the powers of the Mamodo.
When read aloud, the spells are cast by the Mamodo producing many
effects. If the spell book is burned, the Mamodo is forced to return to
the Mamodo world, and they lose all claim to the position of the Mamodo
king. While the spells in each book typically are different for each
Mamodo, there are Mamodo that share spells, like Zatch Bell and his evil
twin brother, Zeno Bell. The human and their Mamodo gain these spells
through experience and hard work. The last Mamodo standing without their
book burnt is the new Mamodo king.
The name was changed while porting to the English dub because having a character named Gash was a no-no apparently. Like a lot of shows on Toonami, it’s was censored a bit, but the anime in general was altered a somewhat from the source material as some adaptions often are, not to mention it was being made by Toei, the same company who did the Dragon Ball series and One Piece as well as Toriko, so there’s that for censoring.
Even with all that’s the show was still AMAZING, it was funny as as all hell, the themes it tackled where very mature have heavy for such a seemingly silly show, and while the animation should have been better, since it was animated by Toei in 2003-06, it’s totally passable.
The spells the momodo unlocked where kickass and the fights were awesome! not to mention the lead protagonist was a genius so his fights had a lot of strategy put into them.
why do I bring this up, you ask? well lately I’ve been getting beakc into the series, reading the manga and watching the English dub(which was never completed just like the MAR dub, talk about some other day) and I’ve been sucked back into the greatness of Zatch Bell, and it’s made me realize something.
I want a Zatch Bell remake.
And It’s not like it couldn’t happen. Sailor Moon got an awesome remake this year and that show’s even older that this one! For those who have seem the show or read the manga, can you imagine some of the stuff that goes on remastered in new-age animation? How epic this series would be? Like, you don’t understand how much I fucking want Zatch Bell Gaiden or something like that so badly. I would be STOKED. I actually need this in my life.
It’s SOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOOOOD! I really, really want this, someone needs to start a petent or something for this, we need a resurgence of Zatch Bell fans, a renaissance of Toonami anime greatness. Zatch Bell Gaiden, MÄR Zero, Prince of Tenis Returns-I barely watched that show and I want it back! But Mostly Zatch Bell. Sorry for polluting your dash with my Zatch-ness, but i really needed to get this out.
The Fandom Post is reporting that the first 30 episodes of the Zatch Bell television anime series are now available for streaming on Hulu. It’s marked as being the second season of the series and appears to be missing an episode or two.
Only the English dubs of the episodes are available on the service.
I typically don’t really care for rivalries as a character dynamic for some reason I can’t place my finger on, but I do really love the way the red book/black book rivalry was written
it’s probably because they weren’t constantly clashing and trying to prove themselves by battling each other, but instead they only fought at the very beginning and very end of the series. in between all of this, we got development to show why both zatch and brago wanted to be king, as well as kiyo and sherry’s strong reasoning for wanting to support them until the bitter end. everyone involved in the battle knew that there’d only be one team as the victors at the end of it all, so both zatch/kiyo as well as brago/sherry kept each other in the back of their minds that they acknowledged as a powerful team they’d have to clash with eventually in order to take the crown.