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Featured image for Wild Cardz: When Good Animation Can't Save You | KYOTO VIDEOBackground image for Wild Cardz: When Good Animation Can't Save You | KYOTO VIDEO

Wild Cardz: When Good Animation Can't Save You | KYOTO VIDEO

Good animation counts for a lot in the anime world, but what happens when that isn't enough? 1997's WILD CARDZ is here to lay its cards out on…

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Otaku no Video & the History of Otaku | KYOTO VIDEO

For my 6th anniversary, I wanted to take a look back at an anime that's more of a historical document than an actual anime. Through a …

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Crystal Triangle| KYOTO VIDEO

What initially begins as a rip-off of Indiana Jones transforms into something truly mad. But is it enough to make an forgotten OVA movie like Crystal Triangle watchable?…

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Tokyo Godfathers: An Anime Christmas Classic | KYOTO VIDEO

The ultimate anime Christmas film has turned 20 this year. Here's why you should care! Subscribe to KaiserBeamz for the latest episodes of KYOTO VIDEO and more: https://www.youtube.com/kaiserbeamz Donate to…

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Outlanders: A Divided History | KYOTO VIDEO

In 1986, an anime flopped in its home country. Years later, it became a big-selling title off the momentum of being one of the first official manga releases…

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The Animatrix: A Retrospective | KYOTO VIDEO

2003: The Year of the Matrix. As part of a hype cycle mean to promote the two sequels to the 1999 blockbuster that year, the Wachowski Sisters released…

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Slayers Great | KYOTO VIDEO

ORIGINALLY AIRED: May 12th, 2023 It's time for our annual trip to Slayer-town again and this time it's gonna really silly, even by Lina & Naga standards. On the…

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Pet Shop of Horrors | KYOTO VIDEO

In 1999, the nascent genre of "josei horror" finally got its moment in the sun. And while it was brief, it's certainly good enough to look back on…

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Dark Cat: The Worst Horror OVA Ever? | KYOTO VIDEO

Shoujo horror was big in the 80s and early 90s, but that was not reflective by the OVA market. Especially not indicative by a past-its-prime movie studio choosing…

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Arion | KYOTO VIDEO

The European sword-and-sandal genre seems quite unlikely to be found in anime, right? Wrong! Yoshikazu Yasuhiko directed and animated a big budget epic in the 80s steeped in…

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One Piece: Defeat the Pirate Ganzack | KYOTO VIDEO

One Piece is pretty popular right now, so now is an opportune time to do a video on it. So we go back to before the anime's…

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Idol Defense Force Hummingbird | KYOTO VIDEO

You like cute anime girls? You like fighter jets? Well, otaku in the 90s sure did. Take a look at Idol Defense Force Hummingbird and see why it's…

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Ninja Resurrection | KYOTO VIDEO

Ninja Resurrection was once one of the most infamous anime titles that ever got dumped on to the overseas market. Take a look into the lie that formed…

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Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie | KYOTO VIDEO

Enough time has passed! A new Street Fighter game is out so we can now propertly talk about Street Fighter II's cinematic foray into animation! 00:00 We’re Finally…

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Burn Up! W | KYOTO VIDEO

In the mid-90s, AIC resurrected a one-off to reboot it into a franchise. And while it was somewhat successful, it doesn't change the fact that all this reboot…

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Bride of Deimos | KYOTO VIDEO

A popular shōjo horror manga finally gets an anime with a surprisingly storied director at the wheel. But can 1988's Bride of Deimos conquer a paltry budget and…

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Salamander: Konami's Forgotten Shmup Anime | KYOTO VIDEO (feat. Cyra D. Redspear)

KB teams up with streamer Cyra D. Redspear to explore the history of shmups videos games and how resulted in Konami's forgotten in foray into the OVA sphere.…

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Graduation | KYOTO VIDEO

No piece of media set in high school is complete without a graduation episode and for one fore-running raising sim franchise, it was decided that their big OVA…

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Ringing Bell: Studying Sanrio's Cutesiest Tragic Film | KYOTO VIDEO

Is it possible for a cutesy animated film to teach the lesson of the cruelty of nature and fate? The creators of Hello Kitty and Anpanman say "yes."…

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Iczer Reborn: Analyzing an Actionized Sequel | KYOTO VIDEO

You would think that a sequel to a popular horror-mecha OVA that has been far more actionized and cutified would be a recipe for disaster, right? But Toshiki…

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Vampire Wars | KYOTO VIDEO

Before the light novel, there was the pulp magazine. And before the light novel adaptation, there was the pulp magazine adaptation. And out of all of them, Vampire…

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Irresponsible Captain Tylor | KYOTO VIDEO

30 years ago, the space opera anime finally got its comedic take with The Irresponsible Captain Tylor. Tune in and find out why an anime about the laziest…

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Birth: On Yoshinori Kanada & the Kanada School | KYOTO VIDEO

Yoshinori Kanada was one of the first Japanese animators to develop a trademark style that continues to influence animators to this day. But he only one anime that…

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Ayane's High Kick | KYOTO VIDEO

By the late 90s, the allure of the OVA format was beginning to wane and one prominent victim of this sea change was Ayane's High Kick; a kickboxing…

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Memories: An Anime Anthology Masterpiece | KYOTO VIDEO

For KYOTO VIDEO's 5th anniversary, we return to where we started: looking at an anime anthology film that has Katsuhiro Otomo attached. But this one is bigger, better…

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Legend of Lemnear | KYOTO VIDEO

In the late 80s, young gun animators Satoshi Urushihara and Kinji Yoshimoto got the break of a lifetime by being given free reign to bring a wholly original…

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Ranma ½ The Movie: Big Trouble in Nekonron, China | KYOTO VIDEO

You know that one trailer you saw at the end of every Pokemon VHS? Well, this is a video about the movie the trailer was advertising, the famous…

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Those Who Hunt Elves | KYOTO VIDEO

The isekai genre has always been associated with some pretty absurd premises over the years. So you would be pleased to know that one of the genre's earliest…

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Purple Eyes in the Dark | KYOTO VIDEO

You've got a popular and well-regarded shoujo manga that can be adapted to anime. But why do that when you can just make a video using cover art…

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The Last Days of Termite Terrace | THE MERRIE HISTORY OF LOONEY TUNES

EPISODE 7 All things must come to an end. But in the case of Looney Tunes and the studio that made them, it was not a dignified one. 00:00…

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Dead Leaves: Studio Trigger's Prehistory | KYOTO VIDEO

Even a cutting-edge studio like Trigger had to start somewhere. Luckily for its co-founder Hiroyuki Imaishi, he nailed it on his first shot with 2004's whacked-out trip of…

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Blood: The Last Vampire | KYOTO VIDEO

20 years ago, Blood: The Last Vampire looked to be one of the most revolutionary works of animated horror around. Today, it's a mere footnote. What happened to…

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Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned | KYOTO VIDEO

A special vampire-themed month at KYOTO VIDEO kicks off with a look at the strange 1980 anime TV movie Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned. See how a deal…

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Junk Boy | KYOTO VIDEO

1987 's Junk Boy is here to remind you that, as bad as some perverts in modern anime can be, they could also worse. The gorgeous city pop…

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Slayers Return | KYOTO VIDEO

Our annual venture in the Slayers franchise returns with a look at the film Slayers Return and ask the question... is this really the best Slayers movie we've…

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Spriggan (1998): Before the Netflix Series | KYOTO VIDEO

With the Netflix series released this summer, I think it's high time we explore the first attempt to get an animated adaptation of the Spriggan manga off the…

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Cosmo Police Justy | KYOTO VIDEO

Another OVA from the landmark year of 1985. This time it's Cosmo Police Justy, a psychedelic odyssey of a sci-fi anime about the most powerful esper in the…

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Fatal Fury: Legends of the Hungry Wolf | KYOTO VIDEO

Where did all of those anime adaptations of fighting game come from exactly? Why out of the success of the two Fatal Fury specials. And the masterwork of…

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Arcadia of My Youth: On Captain Harlock and Romanticism | KYOTO VIDEO

KYOTO VIDEO finally delves into the storied Captain Harlock and his cinematic 1982 origin story Arcadia of My Youth. A that film not only wanted to show the…

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All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku DASH! | KYOTO VIDEO

When Studio Ashi tried to revive the dormant Nuku Nuku franchise, one avenue they chose was to create a more serious sci-fi action show with the two main…

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Ozanari Dungeon | KYOTO VIDEO

Learn about the early forgotten fantasy franchise Ozanari Dungeon and how its OVA had help from not one, but TWO legendary animation studios. Subscribe to KaiserBeamz for the…

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Bounty Dog | KYOTO VIDEO

In the mid-90s, Manag Entertainment greenlit the licenses for a ton of cheap, schlocky anime in a desperate big to recoup the costs of co-producing Ghost in the…

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Gall Force 3: Stardust War | KYOTO VIDEO

We wrap up the original Gall Force trilogy with its finale Stardust War. How does the war between cute anime girls and amoeba people end? Well, wade…

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Comic Party Revolution | KYOTO VIDEO

Ever had an anime that you personally liked suddenly get a second season out of nowhere? Ever had that second season turn out to be mediocre in every…

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Demon City Shinjuku | KYOTO VIDEO

How does Yoshiaki Kawajiri follow up his success with Wicked City? By going for a more mainstream appeal with Demon City Shinjuku. But don't let that scare you…

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Roots Search | KYOTO VIDEO

WARNING: CONTAINS FLASHING IMAGES Let us decompress by exploring a truly uninspired Alien-ripoff anime. One in particular that may or may not involve yakuza money. This is Roots Search.…

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Project A-ko: A Historical Anime Retrospective | KYOTO VIDEO

Happy 100th episode of KYOTO VIDEO! To celebrate, we will be taking a look at a very loony anime concept done by complete industry rookies that nevertheless was given…

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KYOTO VIDEO 100TH EPISODE ANNOUNCEMENT

Opening song is "I Miss You" by ローマンRoman and マクロスMACROSS 82-99 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3goXxaeksFY Subscribe to KaiserBeamz for the latest episodes of KYOTO VIDEO and more: https://www.youtube.com/kaiserbeamz Donate to my Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/kaiserbeamz KB is…

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Hanappe Bazooka | KYOTO VIDEO

What do you get when you cross the creator of Mad Bull 34 with the creator of Devilman? Why you get Hanappe Bazooka. An anime that, in spite…

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Bobby's In Deep | KYOTO VIDEO

Madhouse really came into their own in the 80s and one of the projects that announced their ambitions was a potentially cynical idol singer vehicle based around an…

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