I really don’t watch too much anime these days, mostly because there isn’t a lot out there that interests me. I get all of the new Gundam series, of course, but there isn’t a lot of sci-fi available otherwise. Then I stumbled across the 12-episode series Atom: The Beginning, which is a loose adaptation prequel of Osamu Tezuka’s Mighty Atom for a modern audience. Hey, I’m a big Tezuka fan, so why the heck not? So here’s my look at Atom: The Beginning, as I see if classic anime can have a new life.
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As I mentioned at the end of my review of the first season of Aldnoah.Zero, the main character was shot in the head and knowing the Japanese, he just might be dead. While they didn’t actually do that, I wouldn’t have been surprised, but the war continues between the embattled people of Earth and the technologically superior Vers Empire from Mars. Political aspirations rise and fall as humans fight for their very existence.
Who will survive? Let’s take a look.
I really don’t keep up with much in the way of anime these days, most of what’s being produced isn’t my bag. I’m currently getting Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans but that’s about it. So I was idly looking for recent mecha series and I stumbled across Aldnoah.Zero, a 12-episode series that came out in 2014 and from what I could see, people really liked it so I sat down and worked my way through it and I have to say…
They were right!
Doug Walker, who does the Nostalgia Critic over on YouTube has been doing Disneycember where he reviews all of the Disney movies. He did a long series on the Miyazaki anime films that Disney brought over from Japan and frankly, I don’t agree with a lot of what he said and I think the reason we have such different points of view is because he watched them all in English with American voice actors and I watched them all in the original Japanese. Why do I think this is the case? Read on and see.
Not too long ago, I took a look at the J-drama series Kindaichi Case Files Neo, which came out in 2014, but there’s also a 26-episode anime series with a similar name and hey, never let it be said that I let a good mystery series go by, so my wife and I sat down to watch it.
Now granted, I haven’t reviewed a lot of anime lately, mostly because there hasn’t been anything I’ve been interested in watching, the serious sci-fi market in Japan seems to have hit a rather significant low, but I can make do with detectives, can’t I? So let’s see if we can’t figure out who done it in Kindaichi Casefiles Return.
My wife has maintained a subscription to OtakuUSA since it started, in fact, I think it’s the last physical magazine subscription we have. I page through it occasionally to see if there’s anything interesting out there in the world of anime, although let’s be honest, it only talks about things that are officially released in America and that’s a small subset of things that actually come out in Japan, so I don’t know how much value it really has.
Anyhow, I noticed in the most recent issue that there were a number of conventions announcing almost exclusively American voice actors and American actors of shows that weren’t anime and I started to question whether these were really anime conventions.
I’ve always been a Saint Seiya fan, back from the earliest manga to the original anime, I’ve enjoyed Seiya face-planting and over-the-top battles. I have every series, every movie, every manga that has featured Seiya and the guys and I just got around to watching their most recent movie, a full CGI affair called Legend of Sanctuary, which tries to recap the biggest arc of the original series in 93 minutes. It’s flashy and pretty, but is it really a good movie? Let’s take a look and see how it stacks up.
Now this isn’t about bad translations, incompetent fansubbing, or anything technical. It isn’t about fansubbers making their file formats difficult to convert to something that can be burned on a DVD, although there are plenty of those out there. In fact, it isn’t even about fansubbers who drop projects half-way through or vanish into the ether, although that is certainly a problem. This is about fansubbers who are not only inconsistent, they apparently don’t care about their fans enough to even let them know what’s going on.
I love SPT Layzner. I always have, I always will. In fact, among mecha anime, it is, by far, my favorite series of all time. I started watching it back in 1985 when it started, back in the days when there were no fansubs, you had to watch multi-generational video tapes, imported from Japan, and try to work out what was going on. I’ve been waiting for years for the fansubbers to finish the show, and it has been a very long wait. Some shows take forever and finally, they finished it up and I sat down and watched the entire 38-episode run, plus the three specials.
So here’s my take on my favorite mecha show ever. Enjoy.
In the U.S., the art of the opening credits has largely vanished, lots of shows hardly have a title card these days because they’d rather use that minute or two of introduction to play more commercials. However, that hasn’t always been the case, there are some great openings to older TV shows and it’s not just the U.S., in Japan, there are anime series that have some amazing opening credits, especially in the giant robot genre. I thought I’d present some of my personal favorites from the 80s.