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Sugata Sanshiro

When Orphan released Botchan , I mentioned that YES raws had an equally good rip of the 1981 TV special, Sugata Sanshirou , just waiting to ...

Collectr's Blog

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Tomorrow’s Joe 2: The Movie – A Dangerous Obsession

It’s been literally more than 4 years since I’ve written about the first Tomorrow’s Joe film. I wrote it when Discotek released it a long time ago and…

Mechanical Anime Reviews

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Ranking Retro Anime Watch Priority

List of anime: • Aim for the Ace • Akage no Anne • Akira • Angel’s Egg • Ashita no Joe • Barefoot Gen • Beck • Belladonna of Sadness • Berserk • Birdy the Mighty • Bubblegum Crisis •…

Anime Top Scholar

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Mad About Madhouse: Toshio Hirata

Toshio Hirata briefly talks about the origin of Japanimation, the revolution of limited animation, Masao Maruyama’s unusual and pivotal role in Madhouse, and his prior work, such as…

Heisei Etranger

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Previously Unreleased Osamu Dezaki Interview

A previously unpublished Osamu Dezaki interview, brought to light thanks to the 2018 book “Complete Analysis! Osamu Dezaki, the Man who Created the Tomorrow’s Joe Anime”

Heisei Etranger

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The History of Tatsunoko – 5 – Maturities

If one single work were to sum up Tatsunoko’s entire production, it would probably be Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. By far the studio’s most iconic series, it was…

Animétudes

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MEGALOBOX Season 1 (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray) Unboxing

The successor to Ashita no Joe landed in the UK last year, and I finally picked it up as part of the Christmas 2021 haul.

The Normanic Vault

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The Story of Animerama: Belladonna of Sadness

 By 1971, things looked grim for the Animerama project and Mushi Productions.  Cleopatra had flopped, Tezuka had resigned from the studio i...

Renaissance Josei

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Kasei Yakyoku v2

When Orphan released Kasei Yakyoku in late 2018, we had to use a VHS tape for the first two episodes. At the time, I said we'd redo…

Collectr's Blog

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Megalo Box: Nomad Anime Review 83/100

Megalo Box first aired in the Summer season of 2018. Part of the 50 year anniversary for the legendary series Ashita no Joe it was… satisfactory. It brought…

Star Crossed Anime

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The Promised Neverland Fanbook: Vol. 0 Mystic Code - (3)

Translator's note: This chapter covers pg. 101-127 from the fanbook. Previous chapters: Chapter 1  .  Chapter 2 Chapter-3 Goldy Pond ~: Comm...

TPN Translations

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MAMORU OSHII book review [extra] A FLEDGING PRODUCER'S DIARY

----- There're some Mamoru Oshii book lists on the Internet, but they don't have detailed explanations about the contents. My Mamoru Oshii book collection is far from complete,…

Manga/Anime Memorandum

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The Story of Animerama: Cleopatra

  A Thousand and One Nights didn’t come together quite as smoothly as Osamu Tezuka and Eiichi Yamamoto hoped, but they did manage to make a...

Renaissance Josei

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First Impression – Nomad: Megalo Box 2

Megalo Box, the acclaimed anime series that celebrates the classic show Ashita no Joe but goes on it’s own path, returns with a second season. Episode one begins…

Beneath the Tangles

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Spring 2021 First Impressions: Megalo Box S2, Thunderbolt Fantasy S3, Sayonara Watashi no Cramer

Megalo Box S2 Short Synopsis: Seven years after his victory at Megalonia, “Gearless” Joe has become a shadow of his former self. Lenlo: My biggest gripe with the…

Star Crossed Anime

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The Kanada style in context

It is tempting, as is always the case with great artists, to imagine Yoshinori Kanada as a solitary shooting star who appeared and revolutionized Japanese animation from nowhere,…

Animétudes

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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...

Collectr's Blog

Healin' Good Precure Ep 19 Review: Cure Earth Descends from the Wind! Part 1

Hi, Everyone! This is Episode 19 of Healin' Good Precure and here are my thoughts of this episode! Before we begin, my thoughts on Episode 18 was that it…

Hall of Anime Fame

8th Anniversary Quick Takes

This blog’s eighth anniversary came and went on April 5th without comment. Oops! Hopefully, I blog a little more regularly next month. May these quick takes in some…

Medieval Otaku

Before the Golden Days: Of Mice and Osamu Dezaki

Director Osamu Dezaki started a revolution at Tokyo Movie in the 70s, according to this 1997 interview on The Adventures of Gamba.

Heisei Etranger

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Year 1 Issue 7

Arcadia Dragnet, Year 1, Issue 7   February 12 - 18, 2020 Welcome back to Arcadia Dragnet, hope you…

Arcadia Dragnet

The Other Half of the Golden Combo: Akio Sugino Interview – Establishing Annapuru (Part 4/6)

“When the production for Tomorrow’s Joe 2 was confirmed, we pleaded with the company president to let us just focus on Tomorrow’s Joe 2 instead of working on…

Heisei Etranger

The Other Half of the Golden Combo: Akio Sugino Interview – Work Outside of Tokyo Movie (Part 3/6)

“Yes. I distinctly remembering meeting with (Isao) Takahata several times in Sakuragaoka. We’d have two hour meetings just to talk about 30 shots.”

Heisei Etranger

The Other Half of the Golden Combo: Akio Sugino Interview – Mushi Production Era (Part 1/6)

“I barely got published in two [gekiga] magazine volumes. I have those volumes stored away. No one has seen them. (Osamu) Dezaki was under the impression that none…

Heisei Etranger

Notes on Animation Quality in Anime

I had a rare chance in 2017 to meet Hiromi Matsushita, one of Minky Momo’s most prominent animators. Matsushita is still active in the industry, and when I…

Alex

Ashita no Joe and Megalobox

Crazy Rich Asians has a preshow coming up this Wednesday, then wide in a week. I have been waiting for however long it is since I’ve read that…

Taiiku Podcast

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Three anecdotes about Ashita no Joe

A funeral service was held for Tooru Rikiishi in an auditorium at Shonen Magazine publisher Kodansha’s Tokyo headquarters on March 24, 1970, roughly a month after the character…

manga brog

2004, Part 2: Respectful, Yet Rebellious

Over 130 new anime shows debuted in 2004 on Japanese television, a number in magnitude that would be the norm for the next decade. Naturally...

The Golden Ani-Versary of Anime (1963-2013)

2003, Part 1: The Cresting Wave of Cool Japan

When Bradley Meek is not coding, sleeping, reading or playing Dota 2, he's watching every kind of anime he can get his hands on. At times,...

The Golden Ani-Versary of Anime (1963-2013)

2000, Part 2: Retrospect Before Passage

Happy 2000 (all over again!) At the rollover of the 1990s into the 00s, fandom was digesting the collectability of Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, a...

The Golden Ani-Versary of Anime (1963-2013)

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MONOCHROME ANIME: AKANE-CHAN

Toei-Doga’s 1968, 26 episode, black and white, anime TV series AKANE-CHAN あかねちゃん (LITTLE AKANE) was one of the first programs just for girls...

Black Sun

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First Look: Ashita no Joe

Here we go again with an old-school manga related post. This time it’s one of the best sports mangas called  “Ashita no Joe”. This is the second oldest…

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OtakuGeneration (Show #151) Ed LaComb

  NOTE: This was also cross posted in the otakugeneration LJ community. Shownotes :: (show 151) :: (website) :: (podcast feed) :: (direct download) :: (direct iTunes link) With Ed LaComb,…

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