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Ani-Gamers Podcast #185 – Dallos

Here it is, the result of the “Tyranny of the Majority” Golden Ticket poll that we ran during Patron Appreciation Month on Patreon! This episode, all four hosts…


Satsujin Kippu wa Heart-iro v2

Satsujin Kippu wa Heart-iro ( The Murder Ticket Is Heart- Colored ) is a 1990 standalone OVA based on a series of young adult novels for wo...

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2023 in Review

A year of retreads and repeats, none of them good: War in Ukraine. War in the Middle East. Covid, flu, and RSV. Donald Trump and Joe Biden r...

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Inochi no Chikyuu: Dioxin no Natsu

Here's another project that has been stuck in limbo for a very long time: the 2001 movie Inochi no Chikyuu: Dioxin no Natsu ( Life on Earth...

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Heart Cocktail Vol 5

Heart Cocktail , based on a manga series by Watase Seizou, is a joint project between DarkWispers (Darkonius), Lonely Chaser (MartyMcflies...

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Maken Liner 0011 Henshin Seyo!

Maken Liner 0011 Henshin Seyo! ( Wonderdog Liner 0011 Transform! ) is a 1972 Toei sci-fi anime movie. It seems like a descendant of 1970's ...

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Sanada 10 - The End of the Beginning... Actually, Just "The End" (Ep10-12)

The final episodes of Sanada 10 bring the series to a close... sort of. In fact, there are so many loose ends that it's clear the creators…

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Sanada 10 - If SIx Turned Out to Be Nine... (Ep 7-9)

At long last, Sanada 10 stops setting the stage and moves into telling a story. However, it promptly runs into a prime difficulty of histor...

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Dallos (Blu-ray)

It's been more than ten years since Orphan first released Dallos . After release posts for the DVD version , the HD web version , and the la...

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Sanada 10 - The Battle of Sekigahara (Ep 1-3)

Sanada 10 - more formally, Shinshaku Sengoku Eiyuu Densetsu Sanada Juu Yuushi ( New Legend of the Warring States Heroes: The Ten Warriors ...

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Sanada 10 Special

Once upon a time, in the ancient days of the mid-oughts, there was a TV series with the rather long title of Shinshaku Sengoku Eiyuu Densets...

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Tengai Makyou

Our 300th release, or at least that's what is says on the release page. Orphan starts out 2023 on the right note with the first English-subt...

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Fire Tripper

Orphan's Rumiko Takahashi mini-festival continues with 1985's OVA Fire Tripper . This is a terrific time-travel adventure, the first of the ...

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Wolf Guy v2

When Orphan released Wolf Guy back in 2016, I noted , "The laserdiscs came from two sources. The first three volumes are from Erik's collec...

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Birth: a complete chronology

Birth is an infamous name in Yoshinori Kanada’s career: often considered to be one of the animator’s most personal projects, it is also criticized for its confusing plot…


Junkers Come Here: Memories of You

Stop me if you've heard the one about the talking dog... Junkers Come Here and its sequel were novels by Kine Naoto. They featured a Schnau...

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Choujikuu Romanesque Samy: Missing 99

Choujikuu Romanesque Samy: MISSING 99 ( Superdimensional Romanesque Samy: MISSING 99 ) is a 1986 sci-fi fantasy that makes no sense along m...

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Tezuka Osamu's Tales from the Old Testament, Ep10-12

In my blog post on the third set of episodes, I piously hoped that there wouldn't be a year gap again, as there had been between the…

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At the dawn of the golden age of the OVA, Studio Pierrot followed up their success with Dallos with Area 88. Watch how a famous director and writer…


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Mother: Saigo no Shoujo Eve

Here's another project whose antecedents are lost in the mists of time: an English subtitled version of the 1993 sci-fi movie Mother: Saigo ...

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To-Y Blu-ray

To-Y is a 1987 OVA about a Japanese indie rock band and its lead singer. It is based on a ten-volume manga by Kamijou Atsuji. To-Y …

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Blue Sonnet

Akai Kiba Blue Sonnet ( Crimson Fang Blue Sonnet ), usually known as just Blue Sonnet , is a five-episode OVA series from 1989. It is based...

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Oh Me, Oh My, OVA! α: The Forefathers of the Short-Form OVA

On December 26, 1983, Bandai (though its newly-launched Emotion label) released Episode 2 of Dallos in Japan, becoming the first anime ever...

The Land of Obscusion: Home of the Obscure & Forgotten

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A brief history of Kaname Pro

Unlike other great and influential studios with a distinct animation philosophy, like A Pro, Ghibli, Sunrise or Kyoto Animation, the Kanada school never had a single, durable place…


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Call Me Tonight

Pink Noise was a series of unrelated OVAs issues by C.Moon, the "adult" label of Bandai Visual. It consisted of four titles: Call Me Tonight...

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The Green Cat v2

One of Orphan's earliest Tezuka Osamu projects was the set of six OVAs known as the Lion Books: 1 The Green Cat 1983 2 Rain Boy 1983 3…

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The nascent OVA

Over at Heisei Etranger, Austin’s posted a new interview translation which deserves a read. It covers a short mid-eighties conversation in Animage with Shigeru Watanabe, planner of Dallos (19…

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Birth of the OAV: Talking Dallos and the Emerging Rental Market with Shigeru Watanabe

In this mid-80s Animage interview with Shigeru Watanabe, he talks about the reception of the first OAV Dallos and the emerging home video rental market.

Heisei Etranger

Dallos (Darosu)

Dallos (Darosu) 1983 The first OVA produced! Dallos feels extremely topical now when wealth inequality is so vicious, and you could certainly also read the OVA as a…

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#OshiiOct Dallos: The Winds of Change

To start Oshii October, we’ve got to start somewhere near the beginning of Oshii’s career. That means we start with the first official anime OVA ever, Dallos. Ok,…

Mechanical Anime Reviews

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Eiyuu Banka Koushi-den

In these disastrous times since the 2016 US election, I've taken solace in watching (and endlessly rewatching) The Great British Baking Sho...

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Translation – New Anime Century – Year 5 of OVA Animage 1988/11

The post Translation – New Anime Century – Year 5 of OVA Animage 1988/11 appeared first on Full Frontal.

Full Frontal :: (Show #756) Dallos

Shownotes :: (show 756) :: (website) :: (podcast feed) :: (direct download) :: (direct iTunes link) With Dallos, recorded live December 1st, 2019. This week we ate…

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Redshift #26

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…

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DALLOS (1983)

I take a look back at the dawn of the OVA.

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Hikawa Ryusuke’s Akira Article(jp)

Hikawa Ryusuke is probably the most famous Japanese anime critic. He wrote an extensive article on the anime industry before and after Akira, articulating what lead to Akira…


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OtakuGeneration (Show #455) Manly Battleships

  Shownotes :: (show 455) :: () :: () :: () :: () With , recorded live February 23rd, 2014. This we week talked with an awesome panelist group…

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OtakuGeneration (Show #454) Gunbuster 2: Diebuster

  Shownotes :: (show 454) :: (website) :: (podcast feed) :: (direct download) :: (direct iTunes link) With A.I. Knows Love, recorded live February 9th, 2014. This we week…

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OtakuGeneration (Show #453) A.I. Knows Love

  Shownotes :: (show 453) :: (website) :: (podcast feed) :: (direct download) :: (direct iTunes link) With A.I. Knows Love, recorded live February 9th, 2014. This week watched…

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OtakuGeneration (Show #452) Yumedamaya Kidan

  Shownotes :: (show 452) :: () :: () :: () :: () With Yumedamaya Kidan, recorded live February 5th, 2014. This week discussed a short animation Yumedamaya Kidan.…

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