Anime

Anime

OK. I cut my teeth on anime in the days when Robotech had barely broken out – actually earlier on Star Blazers, Battle of the Planets (aka Ninja Science Team Gatchaman) – when the only practical way for a kid to get a lot of movies was to trade tapes, blanks, or copies, with other people or pick up horribly overpriced laswedisks at the occasional con. Saw some offbeat stuff, including Megazone23 1&2, Urusei Yatsura, Iczer One, Bubblegum Crisis, Gundam, of course, Golgo13, the Area88 vids, Vampire Hunter D, Project A-Ko, Arion, Wicked City, Honneamise, and Akira. Some of the…

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Psycho-Pass

Psycho-Pass

Over at Wasteland and Sky, the “100 best anime” series has come to an end. There are a lot of items new to me on the list. Of the ones I’m familiar with though, I generally agree. First – please, God, no for Attack on Titan. Yes, the quality of the animation is excellent, and it’s a big deal, but it’s such a dark, depressing mess embodying the worst of the zombie genre – though the monsters in question have more in common with the nightlands than traditional zombies. Maybe it picks up later, but five episodes of death,…

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Review: Blame

Review: Blame

What do you get when you cross Gregory Benford’s Great Sky River with a spaghetti western? Blame. A brief voiceover gives us the setting. In the far, *far* future where humanity lost the ability to communicate with the city it constructed, that they lived in, and so the city deemed them illegal residents, and began to exterminate humanity. Our story starts generations later. An aside. Yes. Given the word choice, I’m sure some people would love to make it about the current immigration kerfluffle, but keep in mind this is a Japanese comic from 20-30 years ago, and…

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Alt-Star Wars, and Childhood

Alt-Star Wars, and Childhood

Bradford Walker has suggested we fork Star Wars, and then proceeded to suggest some other sources to look at – and said sources immediately tugged at some truly nostalgic memories. First – Yamato. While I’d had some exposure while visiting the grandparents via Boston channels to the giant-robot cartoons out of Japan, “Star Blazers”, as it was released in the states, was truly something else. Sure, the Battleship was awesome, but instead of a giant, and even then, sortof cheesy robot (despite also fondly remembering “Shogun Warriors”, you had a spaceship that looked like a battleship, interesting characters, nail-biting action, beauty,…

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Japan Has Some Awesome SF

Japan Has Some Awesome SF

Walker has recently had some excellent posts on SF in Anime, including looking at the influences that Votoms, Dougram, Macross, and Crusher Joe have had on, among other things, Battletech. So it’s fair to say that there’s a lot of evidence that they’ve not been as susceptible to Social Justice Convergence. They certainly inspired one of my favorite movies, which Jeffro would find refreshingly short on excessive backstory. As with Star Wars, Japan’s long-running pop-culture SF/F franchises are built on pulpy and superversive foundations- despite significant differences in mood, theme, tone, and subject matter. Mobile…

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