Redshift #7

Turn A Gundam, nineteen years old last week and the subject of two posts linked below

In contrast to last fortnight, we have a bumper crop of material this time around: twenty blogposts and columns, plus the usual smattering of podcasts and newly-translated episodes! As usual, remarks from Feez are in blue and those from Thaliarchus are in red. (And I recently noticed that these colours don’t come through in feedreaders, or at least not in the one I use. I’m, ah, thinking about whether we can do anything about that!) Continue reading “Redshift #7”

Redshift #6

Gauche the Cellist (1982), directed and adapted by Isao Takahata

Isao Takahata died this week. Understandably, many of the published obituaries and tributes have focused on his great films and his role as a co-founder of Studio Ghibli. But he was also someone who was involved in TV anime, from 1963 to 1983. In one sense what we’re living through now, and will be seeing for some time yet, is the gradual departure of the remaining industry figures who experienced the birth of commercial, mass-broadcast anime as adults.

I remember taking a friend who knew nothing about anime to see The Tale of Princess Kaguya, the last film Takahata directed, when it ran in cinemas here in 2015. We left afterwards delighted and moved, my friend possibly even more so than me. Takahata was a great artist.

It’s always sad to see an influential figure pass on. Takahata will undoubtedly be remembered. I haven’t seen many of his works, but Only Yesterday is a calm and moving film, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya is something I’ll remember forever.

But time continues to pass, and for now we’re here to try to keep track of things people have written and said about older anime. As usual, remarks from Feez are in blue and those from Thaliarchus are in red. Continue reading “Redshift #6”

Redshift #5

Glory to those who defy their fate (two sites seemingly independently decided to cover Princess Tutu in the last fortnight!)

AnimEigo are currently Kickstarting a region-free English bluray release of the 1995–96 Gunsmith Cats OVA. They’ve already hit their initial target, and in the past they’ve successfully run other crowdfunded projects to re-release anime, so this is probably relatively reliable for a Kickstarter (and ‘for a Kickstarter’ is an important caveat there…).

And now let’s get stuck into other links. As usual, asides from Feez are written in blue and those from Thaliarchus are in red. Continue reading “Redshift #5”