Redshift #33

The Big O (1999)

Here we are again! This post covers attention to older anime between the previous post and 1 August. We’ll aim (aim!) to get a post covering activity in August out early in September. In the meantime, there’s plenty of interesting writing, talking and translation work indexed below.

As usual, remarks from Feez are in blue and those from Thaliarchus are in red. Continue reading “Redshift #33”

Redshift #32

Royal Space Force (1987)

This site’s been silent for too long! Our audience look up, and are not fed. But—with heartfelt apologies for the delay—we’re back. This post covers new material up to 22 June, and a subsequent post will catch us up. We hope! We’ll be experimenting with monthly rather than fortnightly updates from then on, and we’ll see how that goes.

In the meantime, the links gathered here contain all kinds of good stuff, and the translation section contains several capstone releases which complete the first full English translations of older titles, something that’s always a delight to see.

As usual, remarks from Feez are in blue and those from Thaliarchus are in red. Continue reading “Redshift #32”

Redshift #26

Gosenzosama Banbanzai! (1989)

Welcome back! Here’s your latest round-up of attention to older anime around the internet. We’ve been at this for a year now, so thank you very much for your interest if you’re reading this, whether you’ve been here from the start or have only just dropped in!

As usual, remarks from Feez are in blue and those from Thaliarchus are in red.

This site started because I wished a resource like this could exist so that I could use it myself. I’m sure we do a very imperfect job, and we’re always expanding our net to try to catch what’s happening out there, but I’m still pleased with what we’ve done so far. As an unexpected bonus, I think we’ve both learned new things, and indeed learned of anime which we didn’t know existed before!

It’s also been heartening to see just how active the various communities gathered around older anime are: when you see the odd post in isolation it’s easy to get the impression that things are moribund, but when they’re pulled together matters look rather different—this post details, for example, translation efforts on more than twenty older anime titles. Here’s to a successful second year of indexing!
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Redshift #24

Genma Taisen (1983)

We’re back, after a festive extra week’s break. The holidays seem to have brought out a feast of posts and podcasts about older anime, and of new translation work, perhaps because we’ve all had a bit more time to spare. So, without further ado, here’s all of that activity that we could find, indexed!

As usual, remarks from Feez are in blue and those from Thaliarchus are in red. Continue reading “Redshift #24”

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”