AnimEigo are currently Kickstarting a region-free English bluray release of the 1995–96 Gunsmith Cats OVA. They’ve already hit their initial target, and in the past they’ve successfully run other crowdfunded projects to re-release anime, so this is probably relatively reliable for a Kickstarter (and ‘for a Kickstarter’ is an important caveat there…).
And now let’s get stuck into other links. As usual, asides from Feez are written in blue and those from Thaliarchus are in red.
Ideas without End carries a write-up for F-Zero: GP Legend (2003–4), a write-up which neatly captures what it’s like to be charmed by something that is, if we’re honest, kind of bad. Incidentally, this anime is where the famous Falcon Punch clip is from.
Animehead’s Retroworld covers the first 3×3 Eyes OVA.
The Princess Tutu series at Wrong Every Time continues with episode 2.
Mike Toole has a tour of vintage posters for Toei’s early full-animation children’s films, in a column which doubles as an interesting window onto those films themselves and their international distribution.
Over at Land of Obscusion George carries on his examination of Idea Factory anime with the Rebirth Moon Divergence OVA (2005), which was apparently a compilation of game cutscenes. It was a cousin of the infamous Mars of Destruction, but George reports that it looks rather better, and I suppose this is another of those periodic reminders that a fair amount of Japanese animation is found in games, rather than on TV or video releases.
Crunchyroll’s retrospective column, which often isn’t retrospective enough to get beyond this site’s cut-off date, highlights Shingu (2001). I’ve only seen the first couple of episodes of Shingu, though it’s something I firmly plan to finish: those two episodes were entertaining and very assured, and the show’s staff’s not a bad pedigree.
Dynamite in the Brain has another ‘famous anime’ episode, this time focusing on 1998, ‘the year anime broke’. They also put out a review of the second, 1991–2, tranche of Guyver OVAs (for Part I, see here).
Anime is Lit bring in some ballet expertise to cover Princess Tutu (the first half of the episode is spoiler-free, if you’ve not seen the show and are curious).
Here’s a neat thread of the art from the Hollywood-inspired Dirty Pair calendar paired with the film posters which inspired it. What I like most about this calendar is that it continues to be brought up in conversation, year after year. It’s an amazing thing.
And here’s an interesting example of the long-running discussion of the relative merits of the 1999 and 2011 adaptations of Hunter x Hunter.
- Daikengo 19 (Luurah)
- Dr Slump and Arale-chan 66 (shiteatersubs)
- Bismark 36 and 37 (GANGO)
- Bonobono (1995) 15 (GANGO)
- Queen Millennia 37 (live-evil)
- Captain Future 49–52 (South Wind—finishing the TV series!)
- Attack No. 1 41–2 (Old Castle)
- and an HD version of the 1970 Animerama film Cleopatra
What we’re up to
Feez — I finished Nadia. The climax and ending were satisfying, but I can’t help but feel that they were rushed and are simply too little too late. It’s a damn shame that it had production issues, because Nadia is an anime brimming with charm and character early on. Those twelve ‘filler’ episodes halfway through really suck. On the other hand, I’m making good progress with Dunbine, and I particularly like how the universe’s pseudo-physics operate differently in the real-world vs the other-world.
Thaliarchus — I’ve made a little progress with Dunbine, which has really come into its own in its third quarter. I’ve also started reading The Forty Days of Musa Dagh (yes, I am easily influenced by good reviews), and I’ve hauled my little-used 3DS out to play Fire Emblem Echoes. Before you get the wrong impression, I’m not a Fire Emblem superfan—in fact, the only other iteration I’ve played is, yes, Awakening. We’re all that person for one group of fans or another, and I’m that person to Fire Emblem fans.