We’re back! And we’re a week late: sorry. We’ve had another spell in which both of us have been busy in our respective jobs. But new things have continued to happen in the world of older anime, and we’re still here to chronicle them.
As usual, remarks from Feez are in blue and those from Thaliarchus are in red.
The first post we’ll highlight this week is about preservation. Collectr has a fascinating new post up explaining the lengths some fans are going to to preserve anime which is only available on rapidly-declining physical formats (most especially, laserdisc). It’s worth noting that Orphan fansubs are currently accepting donations to improve the sophistication of their archiving process. Please reach out in the comments (on Collectr’s post) if you’re interested.
Andrew Osmond has posted a useful introduction to Belladonna of Sadness.
Nefarious Reviews has a new piece up on Future Boy Conan (1978).
Coverage of Ojamajo Doremi at Wrong Every Time continues with posts on episodes 36, 37 and 38. If I can ever reconcile myself to watching this show it’ll be interesting to go back over these, I reckon. B0bduh has also published the latest dispatch from his journey through Princess Tutu, on episode 17.
The Great OAV Watch, meanwhile, has covered Urban Square (1986), Shinesman (1996), Shin Getter Robo vs Neo Getter Robo (2001), Getter Robo Armageddon (1998), Savings Soldier Cashman (1997) and Bounty Dog (1994).
Besides writing about the battle to save anime before disc rot gets to them, Collectr has three informative release posts out on the obscurities Boyfriend (1992), Singles (1993) and Izumo (1991). The first two are more chapters in the generally ignored history of one-off shoujo manga adaptations, and the third is a curious historical-fantasy piece. Orphan have also just released Nightsong of Splendour (Kasei Yakyoku; 1989), an adaptation of a josei manga title about romance in high and low life in 1920s Tokyo. From its first episode, it seems to be pretty entertaining. Dezaki directed it, with his usual flair.
We’ll remind you one last time about Catsuka’s month long series of daily production material articles, many pertaining to older anime. The series finished just within the remit of this post, with an entry from Utena.
Finally, Fred Patten, a trailblazing US anime fan and early North American industry figure, recently passed away. We don’t normally cover North American old anime news, for much the same reasons that we don’t normally cover UK old anime news, but this seemed like an event weighty enough to justify lifting that restriction. So here’re a news piece, an obituary, and a more informal fan tribute.
It’s been a quiet time for podcasts about older anime, but the Chinese Cartoon Podcast has convened to discuss the 1990 Bubblegum Crisis spin-off, A.D. Police Files.
- Metal Armor Dragonar episode 31 (/m/ subs)
- Ganba no Bouken episode 17 (Senritsu)
- Attacker You! episode 22 (Johnny English)
- Bosco Adventure 8 (GANGO)
- Yume no Crayon Okoku episodes 34 and 35 (Square; no post but check the usual trackers)
- Boyfriend, Singles, Izumo and Nightsong of Splendour (Orphan; see posts above)
What we’ve been up to
Feez — This last month has been busy for me; work, and I’ve been rather involved in local politics. I can only speak from my experience in SoCal (US), but I find it rewarding and I encourage everyone to be involved, get your hands dirty, because your voice matters. It also serves as a great networking opportunity! Other than that, I’m slowly working my way through Daimos, with less than ten episodes remaining now. I finished Path of Radiance, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I’m now slowly playing through Radiant Dawn and other games too…
Thaliarchus — Well, I’ve mostly been working. So why don’t I tell you about that? We’re just entering the part of the year when we decide who to admit to study here as an undergraduate next autumn. This involves a huge amount of work on our part, assessing candidates’ applications and the work they’ve submitted to us. I’m running the process for the first time this year, so I seem to spend my entire life at present answering email. But it’s a pretty interesting business, and a chance to deal with a bunch of very smart potential students, so I’m trying to look on the bright side of it!