Mothballs #17: Affair of the Pair

This Week: Dirty Pair OVA Series, Dirty Pair: Project Eden, Dirty Pair: Flight 005 Conspiracy, and Dirty Pair: Affair on Nolandia.

I’ve been powerfully stressed out recently, so I went back to an anime fandom standby from the wayback machine for something that would fit like a comfortable pair of pants. Which is to say, I watched Dirty Pair all week.

Manga Entertainment has it all on their YouTube channel, so it’s in easy reach (avoid the Dirty Pair Flash remake, it took all the wrong messages and tanked for good reason). They only have a few hundred views apiece, so I’m sure they wouldn’t mind the attention.
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Mothballs #16: Labor Days

This Week: Mobile Police Patlabor: Early Days, Mobile Police Patlabor: The Movie, Mobile Police Patlabor: WXIII, and Mobile Police Patlabor 2: The Movie.

It was Labor Day weekend in the USA, so… I had a Patlabor marathon.

…Don’t forget to tip your waiters, folks!

I went with the movie timeline, since it’s more narrative driven than the TV timeline.
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Sugar Cereals And Ice Cream Dreams: The DAICON III And IV Opening Animations

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.

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Mothballs #15: We’ve got Owls, Mr. Rico! Zillions of ’em!

This Week: Starship Troopers, Natsuiro no Sunadokei, and Lupin the Third, The Woman Called Fujiko Mine.

What do a classic science fiction book adaptation, a visual novel animation, and a new exploration of a time tested anime franchise have in common?

Prominently juxtaposing goofy bird imagery around their primary female romantic leads.

Naturally. Because of course.

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Mothballs #14: Satoshi Kon

I wasn’t as busy as I normally have been this time of the year, so I watched/rewatched Satoshi Kon’s primary works this week. It seemed appropriate. But do keep in mind, I’ll be delving into spoiler territory.

For those unaware, he was a renowned Japanese animation director who passed away on August 24th, 2010. He was only 46. Shortly before doing so however, he was able to write up a very personal document reflecting on his life that his family released after his death. An English language translation of this piece is available here, and are among the final thoughts of a very creative mind that knows it has rapidly diminishing time left on this Earth with plenty of work it still planned to do and peoples lives they had longed to be see more days with. I recommend reading those words of his far before my own thoughts
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