This post’s a day late because both of our jobs have been pretty demanding lately. But one of the nice things about tracking discussions of older anime is that we’re not racing to compete with anyone!
Collectr has a useful introduction to the obscure 1987 OVA Katte ni Shirokuma, a one-off adaptation of a 1986–9 gag manga by Koji Aihara. There also appears to have been at least one Katte ni Shirokuma NES game! Anyhow, this little oddity can now be found in English, possibly for the first time ever.
Collectr also has a post on a rather better-known OVA, Dallos, specifically on the Japanese release of the version cut together from all four original OVA episodes, a release which includes an intriguing pilot film. Dallos is famous, of course, largely for two reasons: it might be the first OVA ever—though apparently its second episode was accidentally put out before its first!—and it was directed by Mamoru Oshii. I never did watch Dallos during my marathon of Oshii’s filmography. I should rectify that!
AngryJellyfish has a new review of Overman King Gainer. I’m fonder of the show than they are, but it’s nice to see anyone writing about it!
At AniFem, Caitlin Moore examines the presentation of adolescent experience in the anime adaptation of Fushigi Yuugi.
Wrong Every Time’s Princess Tutu series continues with a post on episode 8.
Sakugablog marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Tomomi Mochizuki’s TV film Ocean Waves, an unusual Ghibli project from 1993, with a look at its origins and its place in its creators’ careers.
The travelling Anime Architecture exhibition of background art and design work is visiting Sydney from 1 June to 11 August and ArchitectureAu has an interview with the curator. Who unfortunately slips and suggests that anime isn’t still largely hand-drawn—though, in fairness, this seems to be a widely-held misconception! In any case, his remarks about the different ways these design works can be seen, as byproducts or as exhibitable art pieces in and of themselves, raise some interesting questions. This is a pretty interesting exhibition that I did not know existed until I chanced upon this article. Here’s an older piece discussing it further if you’d like to read more.
Humble Ace carries a reflection on what it’s like to be absorbed by the world of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. (See also the Podcasts section below!)
Feez has acquired a copy of the script for Turn A Gundam episode 12, and has a quick post on the writing staff for that episode and for the show overall. The twelfth episode of that show’s an odd one, but it’s also one which feels like it captures a lot of the show as a whole in miniature. Hoshiyama was one of the primary scriptwriters to Mobile Suit Gundam and its movie trilogy, so it’s cool to see one of the original staffers return to work on an anniversary celebratory show. I imagine he had a lot of fun writing for this particular episode.
Finally, I whipped up a brief Twitter introduction to Daitarn 3 to mark its fortieth anniversary. Daitarn 3‘s prevalence in Japanese media is interesting to ponder upon. The Super Robot Wars games are the perfect example, as Daitarn 3 is featured in nearly every SRW title. In the latest entry, SRW X, the Daitarn 3 is playable despite having little story relevance—and to top it off, it is extremely powerful in battle! They say this is because SRW producer Takanobu Terada is a massive fan, but that’s beside the point. Children growing up in Japan witness the legend of Daitarn 3 in their yearly crossover titles and I find that rather heartwarming.
The Anime Nostalgia Podcast has a chunky episode devoted to Legend of the Galactic Heroes, with @silencedrowns as a guest. This is long but spoiler-free, so it might be useful if you want a discursive, informal primer on the sprawling-yet-rewarding beast that is the Legend.
Dynamite in the Brain’s trot through Manga Video UK’s old releases (‘blowing your mind into the 21st century’, indeed!), MANV Feud, has reached the twilight of the project—but that still means chatter about, among other things, several Lupin the Third pieces.
Blade Licking Thieves has an episode on Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Nausicaä‘s one of the first anime films I ever saw, when I was in my mid/late teens and had almost no money to spare on entertainment: I still have the extremely battered second-hand DVD that I bought, somewhere. I liked it a lot when I first saw it, but there was a good long gap, ten years or so, before I watched it properly again. As a slightly older viewer, I thought it was a much angrier film than I remembered, and that it was more of a Cold War film than I remembered. Incidentally that second viewing is also the only time I’ve seen a decades-old film shown from reel-to-reel physical film.
The Retro Mecha Podcast has an extensive review of Panzer World Galient (1982). I’ve a soft spot for Galient, which is another series directed by Ryousuke Takahashi (Votoms, Flag). It’s not as weird and adventurous as some other mecha shows with fantasy settings, but it does have a pretty high level of accessibility, a fun twist, and loads of giant robot centaurs.
Orphan have put out Katte ni Shirokuma and the Dallos special, as detailed above.
- Dr Slump and Arale-chan 69 (SES)
- Bismarck 46, 47 and 48 (GANGO)
- Attacker You! 20 (Johnny-english)
- Daikengo v3 batch (Luurah)
- Queen Millennia 38 (live-evil)
What we’re up to
Feez — Like Thaliarchus, work’s been keeping me busier than usual. It’s been an exhausting month. I haven’t been watching much, aside from the seasonal anime I’m keeping up with. I have a couple older shows lined up though, I just need to get off my butt and start them up! Other than that, I completed Twilight Princess yesterday and plan to start Skyward Sword… soon.
Thaliarchus — I’ve been very busy with work! So busy that I’ve not been watching much, just tiredly squeezing sessions of Super Robot Wars X in. (It’s a good game.)