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Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
12/25/23 12:53 p.m.

In reply to GameboyRMH :

I'd put Shirow's Appleseed and Black Magic M-66, in there as well.

For some reason, I've always been drawn to Patlabor, the Moble Police. The dub back in the VHS days was exceptional. The original movie, felt like a movie, not an anime. It ends up being a detective thriller, rather than giant fighting robots, a whodunnit, even though they figure out who the villain is in the first 5 minutes. Beyond Miyazaki, they are my favourites.

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH MegaDork
12/25/23 1:36 p.m.

I just happened to acquire Black Magic M-66 and the original Appleseed today from a man of culture I ran into on my search who has an impeccably curated collection of hard-to-find classic anime. PM me if you want more details wink

mad_machine
mad_machine MegaDork
12/26/23 8:34 p.m.
GameboyRMH said:

I just happened to acquire Black Magic M-66 and the original Appleseed today from a man of culture I ran into on my search who has an impeccably curated collection of hard-to-find classic anime. PM me if you want more details wink

I saw a remake of Appleseed that was very good and very true to the original manga. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/27/23 9:22 p.m.

I’d agree that Akira is more WTF than Ghost in the Shell but enjoy both movies. Might have to re-read the Akira manga, though, as it’s been a while. (Sort of related, but check out the book “Speed Tribes” for more about ’90s Japanese youth culture: bike gangs, hackers, a male porn star, etc. 

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
12/28/23 4:35 a.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

I read the phone books. There's so much more in them. But there still didn't seem to be any answers.

Mndsm
Mndsm MegaDork
12/28/23 8:12 a.m.

A guy I know...kinda...Joe Peacock- once held the largest private cel collection from Akira. Used to do tours and talks and all sorts of stuff related to Akira. Donated the whole thing to the film academy a while back. 

 

https://collections.new.oscars.org/Details/Collection/2753

Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter)
Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter) UltimaDork
12/28/23 8:45 p.m.
j_tso said:

In reply to Appleseed :

Those were the dark days. $50 for 2 twenty minute episodes on a VHS tape.

...and if you wanted subtitles, it was an extra $10. Which of course you paid because dubs were for people who just didn't 'get it'.

Remember tape trading and fan-subs?  Hell, we got our hands on 4th generation copies of random Urusei Yatsura episodes with no translation felt lucky to have it!

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
12/28/23 11:36 p.m.

In reply to Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter) :

Or when you stumbled upon Dominion: Tank Police or Robot Carnival on TV? It was like an unscheduled birthday gift. You were glued to the set because you didn't know if you'd ever see it again.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/31/23 7:48 p.m.

Anyone else ever watch Vampire Hunter D? I remember walking to the video store for that one. 

Mndsm
Mndsm MegaDork
12/31/23 8:51 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

I'm not 100% but I think I own a copy of that. I'd have to go back through my DVD collection. There's a lot of stuff in there I've probably forgotten about. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/1/24 12:43 a.m.

In reply to Mndsm :

I think I once found the entire movie online. One day, I should watch it. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/1/24 1:02 a.m.

Just to add a little wrinkle to Akira, there are two different English language dubs–the VHS/original theatrical release and then the later DVD/later theatrical release.

Since I first saw Akira upon its release, I still recall more of the early dub lines although I have heard that they’re not as accurate as the later ones. 

Sharing this just because I always loved the “Men, we’re going to the Olympics” line. 

 

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
1/1/24 5:22 a.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

If my ears don't lie, the voice actor for Kaneda (also pronounced incorrectly in the original dub) was the same voice as Leonardo from TMNT.

j_tso
j_tso Dork
1/24/24 10:18 a.m.
DjGreggieP
DjGreggieP Dork
1/24/24 11:08 a.m.

I was Toys'r'us (Canada) on Sunday, and they had a box set of Akira manga. I was intrigued but no pricing on it. Amazon lists it at $285 Canadian so it was probably at that $300 mark in store. Special re-translated with 'sound effects never before done in the English translation' for its 30th anniversary. I did not purchase it.

Apexcarver
Apexcarver MegaDork
1/24/24 12:33 p.m.

There are a number of Anime that kind of do the "removed from realism and train of thought" thing.  It can be something of an acquired tast, similar to abstract art or avant garde fashion. It leave a lot of room for interpreting meaning if you can get past "wtf am I watching".

As others are throwing out other series that do similar. In many ways FLCL (Fooly Cooly) sends you on a similar, but more fun trip. Its more of what's termed "Quack Anime".  At least, its a good and popular example. 

 

 

I dated a Weebo (obsessed with all things japan) girl for a bit in college.  I definitely got exposed to some WEIRD anime.   Excel Saga, Chromartie High School, GANTZ, Love Hena, Full Metal Panic, D.grey-man, and so so many others that the name escapes me. 

 

I could spend quite awhile thinking through what the really weird ones were, it was about 15 years ago now. 

codrus (Forum Supporter)
codrus (Forum Supporter) PowerDork
1/24/24 1:56 p.m.

My favorite anime motorcycles were always the ones from Mospeada (mostly known in the US as "3rd generation Robotech").

stroker
stroker PowerDork
1/30/24 4:49 p.m.

Just rec'd (on interlibrary loan) and started the entire series of "Cowboy Bebop".  I saw the feature movie a long, long time ago but never the original series.  I like it so far!

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/30/24 6:32 p.m.

In reply to stroker :

I remember the commercials but never watched it. That good? 

Mr_Asa
Mr_Asa UltimaDork
1/30/24 7:21 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

Serious quality.  Considered a classic in most circles

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/30/24 8:52 p.m.

In reply to Mr_Asa :

Hmmm. Might have to check it out. 

j_tso
j_tso Dork
1/30/24 8:54 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

Do you like jazz?

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
1/30/24 8:56 p.m.

I'm reasonably certain that Cartoon Network has beenairing Bebop continuously for close to 20 years.

Yeah, it's that good.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/30/24 8:57 p.m.
j_tso said:

In reply to David S. Wallens :

Do you like jazz?

Does currently listening to Cannonball Adderley count? 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/30/24 8:58 p.m.
Appleseed said:

I'm reasonably certain that Cartoon Network has beenairing Bebop continuously for close to 20 years.

Yeah, it's that good.

I wonder if we get CN. To be honest, I watch very, very little TV. (I know we have Roku and Netflix, though.)

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