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Japanese Pop Culture Takes on the Universal Monsters!

Universal Monsters

Thanks to our friends at Alternative Mindz, we have a look at the Universal Monsters through the lens of Japanese pop culture.

Monsters have been a staple in nearly every culture since the beginning of time, but the Universal Monsters have always been one of the most iconic.  It was Universal’s big picture take on some of literature’s most recognizable of characters that have given us the likes of Dracula and Frankenstein, under the image of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff.  While I have never paid too much attention to anime and manga, for no other reason than just never getting around to it, there’s an undeniable appeal.  Anime and manga are such a rich part of Japanese pop-culture and in many ways have become a sincere part of American culture, as well.

Taking a look at how Japanese pop culture was influenced by the likes of the classic Universal Monsters, Rob of Alternative Mindz has taken a look at Dr. Slump and Dragon Ball and presented us with a look at some of the characters that have undoubtedly been inspired by the likes of the classics.

Here’s a list of a few of the characters you’ll be introduced to in the video below:

  1. Fangs The Vampire – Dracula
  2. See Through – The Invisible Man
  3. Bandages The Mummy – The Mummy
  4. Launch – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  5. Android 8 – Frankenstein’s Monster

We’d like to express our thanks to Rob at Alternative Mindz for putting together this unexpected, but interesting take on the Universal Monsters for us.  We hope you all enjoy it as much as we did watching it.

“The Universal Monsters being represented in Japanese manga and Japanese anime?  That right there shows you how cool the world of the Universal Monsters can be.” – Rob, Alternative Mindz

How familiar were you with the Universal Monsters appearing in Dr. Slump and Dragon Ball?  Make sure to let us know in the comments below, and be sure to point out if we may have missed anyone.

Be sure to visit Alternative Mindz, as well as checking them out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)

About the author

Steven Biscotti

Mild mannered reporter, Steven Biscotti, has an avid interest in all things comic books, movies, and music (especially pertaining to Coldplay.) He stands 5'7" tall and prides himself on being the same height as Tom Cruise. Steven's favorite monster movie? "The Mummy (1999)."

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