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#147c : Botchan (1986)

I never knew Rodney Dangerfield was in an anime? In truth he wasn’t, but in the story of Botchan, our main protagonist literally, “Gets no respect”… except for…

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#231 : Purple Eyes in the Dark

Another music video styled OVA? Haven’t we seen enough of these already? And yet this time, it’s different. More akin to an art book set in motion, the…

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10 Ladies Who Defined Mecha Excellence… 80s Edition (Part 2)

Hey you pilot that giant robot like a girl! Once considered a “man’s job”, like several other jobs, the occupation of being a mecha pilot has over the…

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#230 : Greed

One and only one reason why I searched ever far and wide to track down this obscure OVA from the year of 1985. OK maybe two… 1985 is…

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#229 : Tobira o Akete / Open the Door

Once the door has been open, you will never be the same. So true when certain circumstances happen in our lives it can feel as if one has…

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#228 : Megazone 23 Part III

And I thought this was a 90s anime… goes to show I need to read the release dates more carefully. Megazone 23 is supposedly not done telling it’s…

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#227 : Legend of Lemnear

Legend of Lemnear… I find it funny how a DVD begins with a parental warning of, “The Following Program Contains Scenes of Nudity“ and yet mentions nothing of…

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10 Ladies Who Defined Mecha Excellence… 80s Edition (Part 1)

Hey you pilot that giant robot like a girl! Once considered a “man’s job“, like several other jobs, the occupation of being a mecha pilot has over the…

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#226 : Giant Gorg

You know, sometimes there is nothing better than a show about a young boy and his giant mechanical companion. Mix that with a mysterious island in the South…

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#225 : Patlabor: The Movie

A man examines a woman’s passport and asks, “Sightseeing?” The woman responds, “No.” And then tips her sunglasses finishing with, “Combat.” … Tokyo is becoming the great metropolis…

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Anime Wisdom from Tetsuo Shima… What have I done? The destructive power of anger as seen in Akira.

Many view Akira as one of the the most groundbreaking films in the entire catalog of Japanese animation. This was a film that here in the west opened…

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#224 : Lily C.A.T.

Space can be a lonely and dark place. When one is on a long interstellar space flight time can play funny things with it’s crew. Moving at light…

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#223 : Amon Saga

Can you survive the test to join the army of Valhiss? Do you wish to ride the giant turtle that features a city on top of the shell?…

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#222 : Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Flashback 2012

“1,2,3,4. 1,2,3,4. 1,2,3,4… Ah 1! 2!” I love, love, love the original Macross. This was a cornerstone series, via Robotech and eventually the original, that I can say…

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#221 : Starcom: The U.S. Space Force

“All Starmax and Star Wolves… Scramble!” It must be Saturday morning in 1987 and excitement is in the air from that opening statement. Do you remember Starcom: The…

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#147b : The Harp of Burma

[Intro: The Harp of Burma represents two episodes from the collective 1986 TV series Animated Classics of Japanese Literature.] Could you recognize an old friend who reappears after…

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#220 : Harmagedon

“That’s great it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, and aeroplanes… Lenny Bruce is not afraid”… ? … hold on a minute, is this like the end…

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#27b : The Rose of Versailles

For my original entry for The Rose of Versailles, click here. Sometimes you have to recover your tracks in order to move forward. In terms of classic anime…

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#219 : Space Pirate Captain Harlock: Mystery of the Arcadia

What is it about this beautiful cosmic sailing vessel? Captain Harlock’s ship the Arcadia is more than just a space battleship, it is a symbolic representation of many…

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#218 : Magical Angel Creamy Mami: Curtain Call

Magical Angel Creamy Mami and music video styled OVAs, haven’t we seen this before? 1985 would see the release of the Lovely Serenade OVA and it must have…

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#217 : Bavi Stock

Time for Action! And now yet another OVA oddity from that little studio I love so much from way back when. Kaname Production had their name identified with…

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#216 : Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light

Technology has fallen… society has collapsed. Retrograding to a more medieval type of life, the people of the planet of Prysmos adjust to a more ‘primitive’ existence. Cars…

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Anime Wisdom from Remy Shimada… Even at my darkest hour, I am never alone

I will from today until my last breath love and treasure the sequel OVA to the GoShogun TV series, GoShogun: The Time Étranger. I have spoken not once,…

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#8b : Angel’s Egg

For my original entry for Angel’s Egg, click here. Sometimes you have to recover your tracks in order to move forward. In terms of classic anime and in…

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#215d : The Transformers (Season 3)

The Transformers: The Movie was a game changer for me. I got to see my beloved Transformers in a high quality presentation, set in the then future and…

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#215e : The Transformers (Season 4)

Three episodes! Just three? How can this be considered a season? …that sounds more like a miniseries to me. And alas, The Transformers here in the west would…

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#215c : The Transformers (Season 2)

This could be the quintessential season of The Transformers, the height of it all. The classic that many would put on a pedestal and say this is the…

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#215b : The Transformers (Season 1)

Nothing screams a genesis point for The Transformers like the first season of the original G1 TV series. Before the live action movies, the AllSpark, all the reinvented,…

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#215 : The Transformers (An Introduction)

Let this be heard far and wide… I decree that the original show of The Transformers will be a part of this site. What follows from here on…

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#214 : Cyborg 009: Legend of the Super Galaxy

A great power, an energy source has been discovered that can be the panacea to Earth’s energy. And yet there is always a catch in finding or discovering…

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Saint Seiya and the Myth of Ganymede: One’s Destiny Can Be a Lonely Road

The myth of Ganymede has been very much on my mind as of late. Most likely because I love astrology and in particular traditional approaches of the craft…

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#213 : Ladius

A great treasure awaits you! Imagine this, a power source from an ancient civilization that can also act like an elixir which can grant life, the Rido. A…

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#212 : Superbook (Series 1)

Can one judge a book by its cover? An old saying and yeah we know that answer, but it’s worth stating. This time round I want to talk…

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#211 : Arei no Kagami: Way to the Virgin Space

Do you believe the universe has an edge where beyond that boundary is untouched, pure… virginal?. If space and the universe are infinite, how can there be an…

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80’s Anime Characters Who Know How to Wear a Pair of Sunglasses

Ever heard of the song Sunglasses at Night? This hit song by the Canadian singer/songwriter Corey Hart was released in 1984 and is one of many popular tracks…

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#210 : Take the X Train

If ever an anime made me scratch my head and go what in the world did I just watch, then Take the X Train is perhaps near the…

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#209 : SilverHawks

Now this may just be me, but these pre-intro trailers really spoil the plot of each episode! … Are you a hardcore 80s cartoon fan? Several 80s creations…

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Anime Wisdom from Susumu Kodai… War is Bullshit.

Episode 24 of the original Space Battleship Yamato was an episode that left it’s impact on me the first time I saw it. Perhaps the most powerful episode…

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#208 : Super Dimension Century Orguss

The opening theme says it all, “Where are you going, when are you coming home?” … Atomic, biological and chemical weapons are all heavy duty in terms of…

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#207 : The Fantastic Adventures of Unico

Take one… Sanrio… a company known for all that is ‘kawaii’, cute… the home of the beloved feline, Hello Kitty. Sanrio was also at one time a film production…

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#206 : The Transformers: Super-God Masterforce

More classic tales of the original 1980s G1 The Transformers from the vaults of Japan!; hip hip hooray! I first want to give the utmost thanks to Japan…

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#205 : Legend of the Galactic Heroes: My Conquest is the Sea of Stars

It all began here. Behold a grand vision, an epic beyond scope. Witness a story about a fated meeting between two talented men who were destined to play…

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#204 : Cipher

Wow, an anime that opens with a Phil Collins song! Against All Odds to be exact, except it’s not Phil’s singing voice, perhaps due to licensing. It really…

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#203 : Cherry no Manma

Maybe someone can fill me in and my beautiful audience with a bit of trivia… what is the shortest anime ever made? Or maybe a more precise question…

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Anime Wisdom from Quattro Bajeena… I believe in a better tomorrow that is here today.

Quattro Bajeena, or Char Aznable by any other name, and yes there were others, Édouard Mass and even Casval Rem Deikun… Will the real Quattro Bajeena please stand…

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#202 : Fist of the North Star 2

Legends never die, heroes are immortal… with all that in mind, let’s have a sequel! Considered the genesis point of shonen fighter that defined the genre we know…

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#78e : Saint Seiya: Warriors of the Final Holy Battle

This is one of four entries that take an in depth look into each of the Saint Seiya movies released during the 1980s. For the original overview entry,…

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#78d : Saint Seiya: Legend of Crimson Youth

This is one of four entries that take an in depth look into each of the Saint Seiya movies released during the 1980s. For the original overview entry,…

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#78c : Saint Seiya: The Heated Battle of the Gods

This is one of four entries that take an in depth look into each of the Saint Seiya movies released during the 1980s. For the original overview entry,…

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#78b : Saint Seiya: Evil Goddess Eris

This is one of four entries that take an in depth look into each of the Saint Seiya movies released during the 1980s. For the original overview entry,…

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