I have never seen the source material for some of my favorite anime, and that is a-OK.
I have a stranger relationship with Boogiepop Phantom than I do any other anime.
It is entirely possible I may not have an association with any other piece of media in the rather particular way this series and I have danced around each other over the years.
As I have been granting a rather extensive amount of time this month to seasonally Halloween appropriate anime affairs (one previous column dealing with the holiday in a friendly fun focus via Dirty Pair, three weekly entries on horror and gore back catalogue resurrections, with two more distinct pieces still in the pipeline) a few questions have been sent along to me.
In summarizing them and in so many fewer words: Why and how can I bring myself to watch so many disgusting anime? Don’t I just want to watch some nice things?
Over the years, I have become increasingly disillusioned with how Hollywood and entertainment media at large has been portraying superheroes.
Gatchaman Crowds has my back and shares in this opinion.
It is a series of broadside confetti canon blasts exuberantly rebelling against and reconstructing the very genre of entertainment it knows can thrive in the precise areas it has been casting aside.
As we’re into the month of October, it’s the time of year when one might get to thinking they want to pop something in for the upcoming Halloween holiday. Questions like “What’s your favorite Halloween anime?” start popping up around forums and suggestion threads. Often, while the responses are often quite populated by all manner of horror or blood and guts titles, I tend to find them lacking in a certain respect.
Few, if any, ever actually feature Halloween.
There comes a point the life of any given fan where they are so fascinated by all the Cool Things they like, that they just really want to show it all to other people. They’re practically bursting at the opportunity, the chance, the potential to explode in the raw ecstasy of talking up said Cool Things to anyone within earshot. There’s a certain childlike wonder and glee to that, so while it can certainly be handled poorly by many in less than socially acceptable ways, it’s a powerful sensation to both feel and behold.
Daicon Film, an amateur film club who came together to work on the opening ceremony video for the 1981 Nihon SF Taikai convention, clearly had such sentiments in their hearts when assembling a means of kicking off a science fiction event. To concoct an embodiment of the concept of Cool Things. In many respects, the eventual two opening animations they would go on to create are arguably among the most anime of anime to ever anime.