Here’s your latest round-up of attention to older anime from around the internet. We’re running a week late with this one—for which, apologies—but it’s been a relatively quiet week as far as we can tell. (Although suggestions for things we’ve missed are always welcome!)
As usual, remarks from Feez are in blue and those from Thaliarchus are in red.
Flying Grizzly carries a deep-dive investigation of possible design influences for Kunio Okawara’s iconic Zaku design, involving back issues of Japanese sf magazines and various pop-cultural currents. I’d file the results under ‘persuasive, not binding’, but they’re certainly persuasive.
Kotobukiya are running a survey to find out which Brave/Yuusha giant robots potential customers might like models of, and sdshamshel has glossed the questions for those of us who know 90s super robot anime but not Japanese. I ended up submitting answers to the survey. I appreciate the quick translation and guide!
On All the Anime’s company blog Motoko Tamamuro reviews an account of the making of My Neighbour Totoro from Hirokatsu Kihara, a production coordinator at Ghibli. There are some interesting details here, which Tamamuro reads critically but sympathetically. Her series of posts over the past months discussing untranslated Japanese books about anime have been a really valuable service.
Wrong Every Time has a new set of notes and remarks on Princess Tutu episode 23.
The Anime of Yesteryear Podcast has a new episode putting two fantasy mecha anime, Panzer World Galient (1984) and Aura Battler Dunbine (1983), side by side.
Dynamite in the Brain convenes an episode to consider Paranoia Agent (2004).
Zannen, Canada covers Cat’s Eye (1983).
The CCP discusses the Fist of the North Star film (1986).
- Dragonar 35 (/m/subs)
- Getter Robo 40 (/m/subs)
- Yuusha Raideen 34 (/m/subs)
- Chikkun Takkun 4 (SES)
- Rockman.EXE 10 & 11, 12 (STE-subs)
- Rockman.EXE Beast 12 (IHP)
- Granzort 15 (GANGO)
- Sangokushi film 2 (Orphan)
- Boyfriend OVA (Orphan; v2)
- Beast Wars Neo (Karyuudo; full series)
- Wandering Sun 14–16 (Old Castle)
- Attack No. 1 99–101 (Old Castle)
- Kindaichi Case Files 138 (Kindaichi Lovers)
- Galvion 1 (Inka)
- Patalliro 32 & 33 (aarinfantasy)
No release posts but can be found on trackers:
- Bakusou Kyoudai Lets & Go! WGP 4 & 5 (Square)
- Dragon Quest Daibouken 40–3 (Tenshi)
- Red Baron 16 & 17 (SubsDeLaRosa)
- Riki-Oh OVA (peachflavored)
- Danguard Ace 14 (ARR)
What we’ve been up to
Feez — I ended up finishing Ys VIII since the last post. I enjoyed it quite a bit! I really liked its attempt at building camaraderie between the cast: even by Falcom standards it was especially convincing. I found Dana herself to be a very interesting character as well. I look forward to what Ys IX brings to the table. Life’s been busy otherwise. I went on a business trip to Minneapolis recently. Learned a lot and got to explore the twin cities, which was a fun time. I was traveling with a cold though, and the pressure buildup during the flight was unbearable… definitely not an advisable thing to do.
Thaliarchus — I’ve survived the most demanding part of the teaching term, which did rather trip up my attempts to finish Super Robot Wars T! But I’ll get there yet. I’m about halfway through Yamato 2202, the latest Space Battleship Yamato revival. It’s fun enough and has some strong points, though I’m not convinced that it’s living up to its predecessor.
Now we’ve reached the bottom of this post, I’d like to highlight this useful piece of journalism, in case you’ve not yet read it. It’s not about older anime, but if you watch anime in any general way it’s worth bearing these accounts from production assistants in mind.
I’ve sometimes heard it suggested that technological change will help solve the problem of overwork in the anime industry, but it seems to me to that increases in productivity pretty reliably result in fewer workers working just as hard, and more money going to investors. You don’t have to be a Marxist (and indeed I’m not a Marxist) to observe that.
So, no easy answers from me—I’m suspicious of easy answers announced by people a long way from the coalface—but let’s at least spread this around and remember it.