We’re back! Here’s your latest round-up of attention to older anime in the weeks beginning 15 and 22 April!
As usual, remarks from Feez are in blue and those from Thaliarchus are in red.
R042 discusses an early highlight in the (perhaps uneven) 2005 anime series Gun x Sword, an episode which neatly draws on older anime traditions while avoiding parody. Definitely one of the more (if not the most) memorable episodes in the show.
At Heisei Etranger, Austin has put up a transcript of a recent Q&A session with City Hunter director, writer and producers, covering both the recent revival and the older City Hunter anime.
Orphan have translated three more episodes of Tezuka’s Tales from the Old Testament, and Collectr’s posted some useful commentary on them.
The Great OAV Watch examines Tatsunoko Pro’s fortieth anniversary project Karas (2005). I never finished this show, but I remember liking what I saw! I did finish it, and I thought it was a little slight but great-looking.
There’s a new post from wendeego on the experience of growing up and encountering Revolutionary Girl Utena.
Daryl Surat’s written a column on notable anime from 1989 for ANN.
On All the Anime’s company blog, Andrew Osmond writes a detailed treatment of Satoshi Kon’s own commentary on Perfect Blue.
VRV’s company blog, meanwhile, features a short new essay on Kaiba (2008).
Also at VRV’s corporate mouthpiece, Ricky Soberano has written a sketch-history of anime and manga in Brazil. I can attest to Saint Seiya being an significant anime in Brazil from my anecdotal experience. When I was watching the TV anime two years ago, many of my tweets were circulated quite frequently, which caused a lot of Brazilian fans to interact with me. They have a lot of love and passion for the series and as a result I learned a lot about its production history. Good times.
It was a significant—but sad—fortnight for fans of older manga, as we learned of the passing of Kazuhiko Katou, a.k.a. Monkey Punch, and Kazuo Koike, two significant figures both born in the late 1930s. Koike worked primarily as a writer, and several of his titles received anime adaptations (e.g. Crying Freeman, Mad Bull 34); he also wrote Lone Wolf and Cub. Katou / Monkey Punch was, of course, responsible for Lupin III. Unless I’ve missed something, it looks like companies have been quicker off the mark with tributes; perhaps there will be more writing from others in the longer term. ATA carried short obituaries of both men from Clements, and Dark Horse put out a post about Koike.
Finally, here’s an interesting short thread from Renato Rivera Rusca on anime magazine culture in the early 1980s.
The Anime Nostalgia Podcast returns to reconsider the wrestling OVA Wanna-Be’s (1986).
The Retro Mecha Podcast has a deep-dive episode examining Daltanious (1979).
Akihabara Renditions mark the end of the Heisei era with an episode discussing some of that era’s anime highlights.
Blade-Licking Thieves discuss one of the big beasts, Akira.
In a similar vein, Save Our Progress has an episode on the 1986) Fist of the North Star film.
Dynamite in the Brain has a new episode out on Urusei Yatsura: Only You (1983)—Mamoru Oshii’s feature film directorial debut—and the third iteration of The Anime That Didn’t Make Us examines Mospeada (1983), G Gundam (1994) and Ping Pong Club (1995). I’ve been particularly enjoying these TATDMU podcasts!
- Ask Dr Rin! 29 (Live-eviL)
- Ninku 47–8 (Saizen-Soldado)
- Laughing Salesman 69–73 (Saizen)
- Ganba no Bouken 24 (Senritsu)
- Tezuka Osamu’s Tales from the Old Testament 4–6 (Orphan)
- Dr Slump and Arale-chan 76 (SES)
- Ginguiser 10 (Luurah)
- Attacker You 24 (Johnnyenglish)
- Patalliro 30 and 31 (aarinfantasy)
- Attack No. 1 97–8 (Old Castle)
- Wandering Sun 12–13 (Old Castle)
- NG Knight Lamune EX 1 (/m/subs)
- Yawara 31–32 (Live-eviL-FroZen)
- Jewelpet Sunshine 31, 32 (Paradise)
Without release posts, but available via the usual trackers:
- Dragon Quest Dai no Daibouken 38–9 (tenshi)
- Crayon Shin-chan 21–2 (BuriBuri)
- Red Baron 14–15 (SubsDeLaRosa)
- Ninpen Manmaru / Manmaru the Ninja Penguin 1 (ATTCK)
TrustTheFungus has pointed out that Operation HnK have been making progress subtitling Hoshi no Kirby / Kirby: Right Back at Ya! You can keep tabs on them via their tumblr.
What we’ve been up to
Feez — I believe I’m on Ys VIII‘s final chapter. Thus far I’ve greatly enjoyed it, so I hope it concludes in a satisfying manner. Other than that, work and my personal life have kept me busy. I’m actually going on a business trip next week to Minneapolis, MN. It’ll be my first time in that part of the country so I’m looking forward to it.
Thaliarchus — I’m back in the UK and over my jet lag, though I’ve been feeling under the weather in other ways in the last fortnight or so. But work goes on, and indeed intensifies, because we’re back to another university term now. I’m scurrying around trying to fit all my teaching in, and concentrated anime watching has taken a back seat. Even Super Robot Wars T has taken a back seat!
I did just recently go back and watch the first episode of Kemonozume again, though, and I still think it’s solid stuff. I’d say that I was saddened that the recent success of Devilman Crybaby didn’t stimulate more interest in this show, but to my shame I’ve never actually knuckled down and gone beyond the first episode myself… I’ve also finally finished reading the Dream of the Red Chamber in translation, which was enjoyable to the very end, even if the closing chapters were probably written by other hands. Now I only have two of the Four Classic Novels to go—one day!