By nature's hand, by craft, by art; what once was one now fly apart!
Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light is one of those cartoons made in the eighties which supported a line of toys by Hasbro, like Masters of the Universe and other titles. They remind me of a less complicated time, and sometimes it's nice to go back to those times with the memory. The eighties weren't uncomplicated at all, in fact. It was the last part of the cold war, and lots of obscure things happened. Here in Italy we had terrorism from extremist political groups. Two days before I was born, a neofascist group called "Armed Revolutionary Nuclei" was responsible for the massacre of Bologna. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bologna_…
But how could I know then? I was just a kid. And I was in love with cartoons. One thing is learning what happened during those times, but remembering
those times is different.
Visionaries is probably the one I remember more fondly, despite its short run. The setting's premise was very interesting and had a splendid sword & sorcery vibe. Even if you have your typical good guys vs. bad guys, they were more rivals than actual enemies, and there was even respect between members of opposite factions (Ectar of the Spectral Knights and Reekon of the Darkling Lords being the most notable example). In addition, they were often forced by circumstances to collaborate for a common goal.
I really liked it.
And my favorite was Cindarr. Despite being a darkling lord with fearsome power, he's very fond of animals, especially pets, and sometimes shows a gentle nature. So here's my small tribute to the series.
(the quote is the rhyme Cindarr chants when he activates his banner. Most of the characters have a banner with a different power and rhyme. They're actually pretty cool).