We’re back! Our latest index of recent attention to older anime from around the English-speaking web follows.
As usual, remarks from Feez are in blue and those from Thaliarchus are in red.
Sean’s latest article at Zimmerit traces the genealogy of Macross’s iconic VF-1 mechanical design through the history of Studio Nue, Shoji Kawamori’s early career, and the first stages of planning for what would eventually become the original SDF Macross.
R042 discusses what might be likeable in Rune Soldier Louie despite the show’s fairly unlikable premise.
At Land of Obscusion, George has a deep-dive piece asking how the little-remembered Clockwork Fighters (2000) holds up. An interesting detail from this piece that I didn’t know: Clockwork Fighters is apparently the only anime that Bones ever made using cels and film.
Sakuga Blog has a new article on the 2009 solo-creator oddity Cencoroll.
Feez’s recent posts on the key figures behind Turn A Gundam discuss the two voice actors most central to the show: Romi Park and Rieko Takahashi. This series of staff highlights shall conclude by the end of the week, most likely. Turn A Gundam‘s twentieth anniversary is on 9 April and I plan to release a special post on that day, so stay tuned!
Orphan have translated Manxmouse / Tondemo Nezumi Daikatsuyaku (1979), and as usual Collectr has a useful blog post introducing the title. A similar piece accompanies Orphan’s re-release of Al Caral no Isan. Collectr has also put up another in their ongoing series of reports on the state-of-the-art in laserdisc and VHS perservation, and the implications for encoding.
Coverage of Princess Tutu at Wrong Every Time has reached episode 22.
Samsung has announced that it won’t be putting out new models of bluray player in the US, and ZDNet recently carried an article unpicking what this means. The piece’s headline is slightly alarmist and since it’s on ZDNet there’s a lot of notification and auto-playing video cruft, which is why it’s not been linked in this paragraph until now, but the gist deserves consideration: streaming is increasingly the normal way to watch television and films, and streaming services just don’t carry all that many titles (relative to what’s out there, rather than to a human lifespan!). Now, I don’t think blurays are going to disappear just like that, and indeed you could make a good argument that this represents other mediums conforming more closely to anime’s model of cheap advertainment access for the masses and expensive physical releases for big-spending hardcore fans. But it’s a salutary reminder that even in lucrative entertainment economies such as the that in the US, access and perservation aren’t solved problems! I agree with Thaliarchus, in that I doubt this will necessarily spell the end to blurays as physical media, but it is a little disheartening. I like collecting and owning physical releases to my favorite media, so I hope that as a tradition never dies out.
Finally we note with sadness news of the death of Fuyumi Shiraishi, who had an extensive voice acting career in anime starting in the 1960s. Rest in peace. May your contributions to anime be remembered. I’m curious to know who’ll they choose to recast Mirai as in the upcoming Hathaway’s Flash movie trilogy.
The Anime Nostalgia Podcast’s latest episode is dedicated to The Little Mermaid (1975), Toei’s adaptation of the fairy tale.
Dynamite in the Brain continues its series on ‘the anime that didn’t make us’ with chatter about Ai Shite Knight (1983), Yu Yu Hakusho and Detective Conan.
The original Gundam is approaching the day of its fortieth anniversary—it’s next Sunday, in fact!—and Akihabara Renditions has an episode reflecting on the franchise as a whole.
The Backloggers consider the 2000 Blue Submarine No. 6 adaptation. I revisited bits of this recently myself! A lot of the then high-tech parts of the animation have aged, ah, exceptionally poorly.
All can be found via the usual trackers; when release pages / posts exist, they’re linked here.
- Wandering Sun 8, 9 (Old Castle)
- Attack No. 1 93, 94 (Old Castle)
- Yume no Crayon Oukoku 49 (Square)
- Bakusou Kyoudai Let’s & Go! WGP 1, 2 (Square)
- Jungle Emperor Leo 9 (Evil-Roze)
- Getter Robo 38 (/m/subs)
- Attacker You 23 (Johnny English)
- Chikkun Takkun 3 (SES)
- The Gutsy Frog 16 (Gutsy)
- Bonobono (1995) 32, 33 (GANGO)
- Gamba no Bouken 22 (Senritsu)
- Dragon Quest Dai no Daibouken 36 (tenshi)
- Patalliro 26, 27, 28 (aarinfantasy)
- Red Baron 12 (SubsDeLaRosa)
- Crayon Shin-chan 18 (BuriBuri)
- Manxmouse (Orphan)
- Al Caral no Isan (Orphan: new laserdisc source)
Our thanks to Liz (@SkySongSonorous) who’s helping us keep closer track of these releases, and regular commenter TrustTheFungus, who usually catches whatever we miss. (We’re still a small enough blog that it’s actually worth looking below the line for the comments!)
What we’ve been up to
Feez — I’ve been playing Super Robot Wars T. It’s a lot of fun! I’m not very far in, but I’m finding the way it includes and interweaves all the plots and characters together to be a step up from V and X. The game also gives GaoGaiGar a LOT of love, which is awesome. I plan to take my sweet time with T, unlike X which I finished in about a week. This era of English-translated SRW games is really quite something, ain’t it? It’s still hard to believe that we’re blessed with such a timeline. Other than that, I’ve been going through some anime and I hope to tackle more of my backlog very soon.
Thaliarchus — My copy of Super Robot Wars T has arrived, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in to that! In the meantime, I’ve been watching Kuromajo-san ga Tooru!!, a set of shorts for kids from 2012–14. It’s very slight, and visually unambitious, but I like its premise (attempting to summon Cupid with a blocked nose calls up ‘Gyubid’, a thoroughly venal dark witch), its sceptical view of humanity and, to be honest, also the fact that it’s undemanding. Lately politics here has been unavoidable and extremely demanding, high-stakes stuff, and something like this is a welcome relief!