Here’s our latest index of attention to older anime. Materials! Materials, materials. There’s a little glut of posts about material things—both production artefacts and publications which accompanied anime—this time around, so we’ve put those together at the top of the post.
As usual, remarks from Feez are in blue and those from Thaliarchus are in red.
Let’s Anime has a new article on the phenomenon of the ‘roman album’ (the ‘roman’ is, I suspect, from the French roman, perhaps with input from the German Roman?), an impressive codex somewhere between a book and a magazine which functioned as a combined collectable for and guide to a particular anime title. These, and other texts like them, originated in the pre-tape era when something could only be revisited if it was rerun on television, but seemingly thrived through the eighties too. I actually ordered the Aura Battler Dunbine Roman Album recently. I’m excited to get it; they contain a plethora of information that’s hard to find elsewhere for some older anime. Curious to learn that the Roman Album catalog excluded various anime, seemingly at random.
Feez has been gathering and detailing more materials from the production of Turn A Gundam: the script to episode 48, and the storyboards for episode 42. I’m on a roll with content lately, with more to come!
Catsuka is having a month of posts archiving production art from various anime, many of them titles old enough to be of interest to us here. So, for example, there’s a gallery for the 1989 Peter Pan TV anime here and a gallery for Macross Plus here.
Shin Mecha Guignol carries an appreciation of Kawajiri’s Demon City Shinjuku (1988).
On Otaku USA’s site Dawn (of the Anime Nostalgia Podcast) has written a useful primer on just what Cardcaptor Sakura actually, you know, is.
The Great OAV Watch continues with short posts on Judge (1991), Leda (1985), Macross II (1992) and Space Fantasia 2001 Nights (1987). It’s always nice to see Leda get some attention, as I’m kind of fond of it. You could accuse it with some justice of being frothy, but it features some engaging and joyful action (there’re chase sequences which can do this), and if anything it makes its frothiness a virtue.
Wrong Every Time’s episodic coverage of Simoun has reached episode 16. It’s been nice to see more writing about this title. I hope B0bduh gets to finish this series of posts.
At Beneath the Tangles Charles’s rewatch of Serial Experiments Lain tackles the penultimate episode.
The folks of the Retro Mecha Podcast have a (text) article out on their personal top ten mecha, with many of the examples being from older titles. A top ten mecha list, eh? I don’t know if I’d include them in a top ten, but I like that one of the writers gives credit to Knights of Sidonia‘s mecha. I liked how fitting they were to the plot in their practicality and simple functionality. I may (or may not) be an outlier in this way of thinking, but personally my favorite mecha tend to be from anime or video games I’m particularly attached to, or if I like how the mecha are implemented in a piece of work. For instance, my favorite mecha is the titular Turn A from Turn A Gundam, and I’m also rather fond of the LFOs from Eureka Seven because of their combat manoeuvrability and how they’re incorporated into the setting.
Finally, I thought I’d note this short Twitter thread from Animated Golem on a short anime film produced by and for an animators’ union. It’s interesting to know that this exists at all!
Dynamite in the Brain convenes to discuss the very first Tenchi Muyou OVA.
The Retro Anime Podcast team dig into Twilight Q (1987) and Love Position: Halley Densetsu (1985)
Oldtaku no Radio covers the frenetic oddity Dead Leaves (2004).
All Geeks Considered examine the Saiyan Saga of Dragonball Z.
Anime World Order has a review episode for both the 1985 Vampire Hunter D and the 2000 Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust.
- Dr Slump and Arale-chan episode 73 (SES)
- Attacker You episode 21 (Johnny English)
- Gutsy Frog episode 12 (Gutsy)
- Yume no Crayon Oukoku episode 32 (Square; no post, but check the usual trackers)
- Hustle Punch episodes 1 and 2 (Skaro) It’s exciting to see this 1965 show get some subtitles!
- Techno Police 21c (Orphan, new HD video)
What we’ve been up to
Feez — Work’s been busy and I’ve been in a bit of a rut in terms of motivating myself to consume anime. I did pick up Gridman and the latest season of JoJo’s, however. I finally completed Dragon Quest XI and Fire Emblem Echoes recently. Enjoyed both games a lot, especially the former, which is probably going to be my game of the year.
Thaliarchus — I’ve not picked anything up from the new anime season but at this time of year the local anime club reconvenes, so that’s meant starting some new shows—the recent Girls’ Last Tour, for instance, which I thought had an impressively reflective first episode. And I am continuing to read Dream of the Red Chamber (just imagine me putting this sentence at the end of every one of these sections in the coming months!).