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Archives for: April 2006, 17

Monday, April 17, 2006

07:29:10 pm , 912 words, 2697 views     Categories: Animation

Flag etc

Flag
This summer is going to be hot. In addition to all the other items already mentioned, Ryosuke Tahahashi, famous for the hard-boiled realistic robot (not giant robot) shows like Votoms, has a new show or series or something starting in the summer called Flag that I'm rather looking forward to based on its catch copy. It's supposedly going to be shot in strict documentary style. A documentary anime. They're saying there's no precedent, but off the top of my head I can think of at least the old Tatsunoko series Animentary Ketsudan (Animentary: Decision), and the semi-documentary style Tsushimamaru: Sayonara Okinawa... I've only seen a bit of his work, but it struck me as being very cold and withdrawn in a very deliberate way, like a step forward from the realism Tomino tried to bring to robot anime. Too bad the trailer doesn't seem to work for me...

New season
I tried to watch as much of the new season as I possibly could, but conked out after the ep 1 number twenty or so... I think what I enjoyed most of all were three or four of the background drawings in Simoun... Shichiro Kobayashi himself was in there doing actual background painting, and it showed. Bones's Host Club was well done, the perfect shoujo anime. It reminded me a bit of Mamoru Hosoda with the very formal, deliberate framing and detail-oriented directing, and I remember that Takuya Igarashi was another of the directors behind Utena (which I haven't seen) alongside Hosoda in his Katsuyo Hashimoto incarnation. Anyone watching this unfamiliar with shoujo conventions would probably be lost. Decadent is the only word that springs to mind. It was odd to see Sunao "Princess Arete" Katabuchi doing Black Lagoon. The last line of dialogue was the only part of the ep that I thought did justice to the material, which I think could have been pretty interesting. (Katabuchi is notably writing rather than storyboarding.) It reminded me of Naoki Yamamoto's We're all alive (Bokura wa minna ikiteiru), about Japanese salarymen coping with being suddenly cast into a crazy situation in the south pacific... there was some ice-skating animation by Akira Takada in the seiyu anime Love Getchu... Witchblade was overall fairly enjoyable and well directed, with some good animation here and there... Shingo Suzuki was the AD, never heard of him before... Inukami actually had some effort put into the animation... Nana ep 1 was probably the only ep out of the bunch that I was able to watch through to the end and actually enjoy considerably entirely for the story... oh, and Air Gear. I guess it's there to sell something or other, but it was possibly my favorite ep 1 of the new crop in terms of sheer enjoyment of the animation. Hajime Kamegaki worked alongside Yoshinori Kanada in the early 80s, and he's got a great sense for how to fill the animation with interesting and exciting movement, really getting the most out of the possibilities of the skating material.

Old anime on DVD
Here's a list of old anime that's been released on DVD box that I threw together for my own reference a while back. It's pretty impressive how many things that used to be rare and obscure have been released in full. I'm particularly curious about Fight!! Pyu-ta, Shotaro Ishinomori's Sabu to Ichi Torimonohikae (read the manga long ago), one of the first TV anime for adults, A Pro's Hajime Ningen Gyators (why did they have to release this in a huge, overpriced box?), Yasuo Otsuka's Samurai Giants, Paris no Isabelle, written by Takeshi Shudo...

1963
鉄腕アトム Tetsuwan atom 1-2 ¥17,955 (18)
鉄人28号 Tetsujin 28go 1-4 ¥16,200 (6)

1964
ビッグX BigX¥15,397 (4)
エイトマン 8Man 1-2 ¥9,261 (4)

1965
サイボーグ009 Cyborg009 ¥23,520 (5)
ワンダースリー WonderThree ¥17,955 (10)
宇宙エース Uchu Ace ¥28,350 (5)
宇宙少年ソラン Uchu Shonen Soran 1-2 ¥56,700 (12) OOP
遊星少年パピイ Yusei Shonen Papi 1-2 ¥13,892 (6)

1967
悟空の大冒険 Goku no Daiboken ¥10,868 (7)
ピュンピュン丸 Pyunpyunmaru ¥24,570 (4)
黄金バット Ogon Bat ¥28,350 (2)

1968
わんぱく探偵団 Wanpaku tanteidan ¥34,020 (6)
ファイトだ!! ピュー太 Fight da!! Pyuta ¥24,098 (5)
佐武と市捕物控 Sabu to Ichi Torimonohikae ¥39,974 (10)
巨人の星 Kyojin no hoshi box & bara
サスケ 1-2 Sasuke ¥13,325 (3)
バンパイヤ Vampire ¥8,978 (5)
アニマル1 Animal1 ¥23,625 (5)

1969
タイガーマスク Tiger Mask 1-3 ¥34,020 (6)
どろろ Dororo ¥8,978 (5)
海底少年マリン Kaitei shonen marin ¥9,875 (3)
妖怪人間ベム Yokai ningen bem ¥28,350 (5) OOP
タイガーマスク Tiger mask 1-2 ¥34,020 (6)
忍風カムイ外伝 Ninpu kamui gaiden 1-2 ¥24,499 (4) OOP
紅三四郎 Sugata sanshiro ¥28,350 (5) OOP
ハクション大魔王 Hakushon daimao ¥51,975 (7)

1970
アタックNo.1 Attack No.1 ¥89,586 (18)
あしたのジョー Ashita no Joe ¥45,000 (16)

1971
アンデルセン物語 Andersen Monogatari 1-2 ¥8,978 (5)
原始少年リュウ Genshi shonen ryu ¥26,460 (5)
さすらいの太陽 Sasurai no taiyo ¥26,460 (5)
アニメンタリー決断 Animetary ketsudan ¥19,845 (5)
さるとびエッちゃん Sarutobi ecchan ¥26,460 (5)
国松さまのお通りだい Kunimatsusama no otoridai 1-2 ¥26,460 (5)
アパッチ野球軍 Apacchi yakyugun ¥23,625 (5)

1972
ど根性ガエル 1-5 Dokonjo gaeru ¥25,326 (4)
海のトリトン Umi no toriton ¥28,350 (5) +bara

1973
ミラクル少女リミットちゃん Miracle shoujo limit chan ¥26,460 (5)
バビル2世 Babil2sei ¥30,240 (6)
エースをねらえ! Ace wo nerae 1-2 ¥15,876 (3) +bara
侍ジャイアンツ Samurai giants 1-2 ¥28,161 (4)
空手バカ一代 1-2 Karate baka ichidai ¥22,680 (6)
ゼロテスター Zero tester ¥21,546 (5)

1974
はじめ人間ギャートルズ Hajime ningen gyators ¥66,150 (11)
魔女っ子メグちゃん 1-2 Majokko meguchan ¥28,350 (6)

1975
元祖天才バカボン Ganso tensai bakabon 1-3 ¥28,350 (6)
ガンバの冒険 Ganba no boken ¥19,492 (6) +bara
アラビアンナイト シンドバットの冒険 Arabian night sinbad no boken 1-2 ¥25,137 (7)
アンデス少年ペペロの冒険 Andes shonen pepero no boken ¥14,800 (8) OOP

1976
ドカベン Dokaben ¥113,400 (33)
ピコリーノの冒険 Picolino no boken 1-2 ¥25,137 (7)

1977
無敵超人ザンボット3 Muteki chojin zambot 3 ¥22,680 (4)

1978
魔女っ子チックル Majokko chikkuru 1-3 ¥9,261 (2)
家なき子 1-2 Ie naki ko ¥28,350 (5)
宝島 Takarajima 1-2 ¥17,766 (4) OOP

1979
花の子ルンルン 1-2 Hana no ko runrun (5)
キリン名曲ロマン劇場「巴里のイザベル」Pari no isabelle ¥11,671 (4)
キリン名曲ロマン劇場「野バラのジュリー」Nobara no julie ¥11,671 (4)

1980
あしたのジョー2 Ashita no joe ¥27,000 (8)
ニルスのふしぎな旅 Nils no fushigi na tabi ¥28,350 (6)
釣りキチ三平 Tsuri kichi sanpei ¥34,020 (6)

1981
戦国魔神ゴーショーグン Sengoku majin goshogun ¥34,020 (6)
じゃりン子チエ 1-4 Jarinko chie ¥15,876 (3)
黄金戦士ゴールドライタン Ogon senshi gold lightan 1-2 ¥28,350 (4)
ワンワン三銃士 Wanwan sanjushi ¥23,342 (7)
六神合体ゴッドマーズ Rokushin gattai god mars 1-2 ¥26,271 (4)

1982
パタリロ! Patariro 1-2 ¥22,491 (4)
さすがの猿飛 Sasuga no sarutobi ¥85,050 (24)
スペースアドベンチャーコブラ Space adventure cobra ¥40,446 (9)
太陽の子 エステバン 1-2 Taiyo no ko esteban ¥23,625 (4)
魔境伝説アクロバンチ Makyo densetsu acrobunch ¥23,625 (4) OOP

1983
Cat's Eye 1-2 ¥28,010 (9)
ストップ!!ひばりくん Stop!! Hibari-kun ¥18,711 (3)
スプーンおばさん 1-2 Spoon obasan ¥21,546 (6)
未来警察ウラシマン Mirai keisatsu urashiman 1-2 ¥28,350 (4)
プラレス3四郎 Plawres 3shiro ¥35,721 (6)
装甲騎兵ボトムズ DVDメモリアルボックス Votoms ¥94,500 (20)

1984
GU-GU ガンモ Gugu ganmo 1-2 ¥25,515 (5)
とんがり帽子のメモル Tongari boshi no memole ¥54,810 (11)
巨神ゴーグ Kyojin gorg ¥40,000 (8) OOP
星銃士ビスマルク Seitoshi bismark 1-2 ¥30,240 (5)

1985
蒼き流星SPTレイズナー Aoki ryusei SPT layzner 1-2 ¥19,845 (5)
破邪大星ダンガイオー Hajadaisei dangaio ¥5,040
忍者戦士飛影 Ninja senshi tobikage 1-2 ¥28,350 (4)
超獣機神ダンクーガ コンプリートボックス Dancougar 1-2 ¥28,350 (4)
ゲゲゲの鬼太郎 III Gegegeno kitaro III ¥61,425 (20)

1986
マシンロボクロノスの大逆襲 Machine robo chronos no daigyakushu 1-2 ¥28,350 (4)
宇宙船サジタリウス Uchusen sajitariusu 1-3 ¥27,405 (5)

1987
ビックリマン 1-2 Bikkuriman ¥34,020 (6)
アニメ三銃士 1-2 Anime sanjushi ¥27,216 (5)

1989
青いブリンク 1-2 Aoi blink ¥14,175 (3)

1991
チエちゃん奮戦記 Chie chan funsenki 1-2 ¥18,711 (4)

ひみつのアッコちゃん Himitsu no akkochan I (1969) 1-4 ¥19,800 (4)
ひみつのアッコちゃん Himitsu no akkochan II (1988) 1-2 ¥28,799 (6)
ひみつのアッコちゃん Himitsu no akkochan III (1998) 1-2 ¥19,800 (4)

東映アニメモノクロ傑作選 Toei monochrome masterpieces 1-3 ¥9,261 (3)