My episodic notes, reactions, and commentary from Ping Pong The Animation, which aired during the Spring 2014 anime season.
This Week: Blue Comet SPT Layzner (Aoki Ryuusei SPT Layzner)
Despite it being from 1985, this was bleeding edge “I dropped everything I was watching to power through this” material in the past seven days.
This is a series whose name I have heard passed around a lot by robot show fans older than I. As a Ryōsuke Takahashi mecha series (he of Armored Troopers VOTOMS fame, among others), it has a sizable interest from that alone. Yet it has always been a show seemingly out of reach to many overseas like myself though, having never been available internationally and previously only incomplete English subtitles existed for the series. My Japanese is nowhere near good enough to parse out a Real Robot storyline on my own.
This time last week, one would not have been able to marathon this television show from start to finish in English. As of last Saturday however, now you can!
This Week: Iblard Time (Iblard Jikan)
Studio Ghibli’s short direct to video film about the paintings of Naohisa Inoue.
Not about the artist or their creative process, mind you.
All paintings, all the time.
This Week: Ping Pong The Animation, The World is Still Beautiful, and Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara.
Our sumo show is still down for the count this week, as I am assuming our lead character there is either still on or recovering from some massive World Cup partying bender.
Probably a little of both, to be fair.
This Week: Dream Dimension Hunter Fandora (Mujigen Hunter Fandora)
Go Nagai’s first original anime, an OVA built from the ground up to be such a project, near as I can figure out. He had other anime adaptations before, sure. Some gigs where an anime and manga would come out at the same time as well. And indeed even a previous OVA based on his Barabanba manga.
Here though, was for building something direct and specifically for going to the store and buying a tape. Which is interesting to me to check out, given how he works and how his ideas have been received at times.
This Week: Ping Pong The Animation, The World is Still Beautiful, Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara, and Miss Monochrome: Supporter.
Our sumo series hit a production break, and I assume our hero there is trying to use the cover of the World Cup to slack off and take a nap when he thinks nobody is looking.
Instead though, we then have an unexpected substitution call off the bench.
This Week: Twilight of the Dark Master (Shihaisha no Tasogare)
Stop me if you have heard this before: Akiyuki Shinbo directs supernatural sleuthing with a sexually charged vibe.
But, rather than the perverse material being giddy otaku pandering, we have more of a high gloss city rich aesthetic of leather and drug fueled excess, and in a container resembling Vampire Hunter D by way of Blade Runner.
Hatsune Miku is not a character from an anime. But, her music videos would count as animation produced in Japan.
After one of said works ended up included in my binge of Fantasista Utamaro’s animation directing work, database hound tools like MALgraph have been nudging me to watch other music videos featuring her ever since.
We are going to need a much bigger word processor document boat to tackle this fish.
This Week: Ping Pong The Animation, The World is Still Beautiful, Rowdy Sumo Wrestler Matsutaro!!, and Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara.
Some of these programs realized graduation season is soon to be upon them with the end of the spring shows, and stepped up accordingly! Meanwhile, one thinks it can just screw around based on past successes and coast for a bit, so we will have to see if that comes back to bite it come final exams.
This Week: Sadamitsu the Destroyer (Hakaima Sadamitsu)
It’s a Koichi Ohata show.
I could drop the mic and walk off stage after that, as it tells you mostly everything pertinent to your enjoyment. But that wouldn’t really be any fun for anyone.