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What retro anime titles are long overdue for a blu-ray release in North America?


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I haven't watched a lot of retro anime besides Astro Boy and Transformers and morning cartoon stuff like Samurai Pizza Cats and Voltron as a kid. I was really fond of a show called the Mysterious Cities of Gold which I think was a French-Japanese production. I didn't know any of this at the time though, just thought of them as cartoons. I got interested in "anime" when I saw Ninja Scroll on TV one night and thought it was so much better than other cartoons I had seen up until then. I hired some titles that my video store had, like Akira, Ghost in the Shell and some others that I can't remember. I think Patlabor sounds familiar. Being a kid at the time though, I didn't really understand much of what I was watching and can't really remember a lot. I had a few video catalogs I had requested from the distributor and I remember looking over them and marking all the titles I wanted. Never was allowed to order any though and being too young I just eventually lost interest.

I have recently watched Ghost in the Shell again and I think I enjoyed it far more than I did when I was a kid. I'll looking at watching the new 4K Akira after I get a new TV later on, so hopefully that will be as enjoyable. The reason I'm posting though, which may sound strange, is I found myself watching some 80s Japanese pop music videos on YouTube and scrolling through a bunch of 80s Japanese ads and anime stills that had this weird effect of making me feel nostalgic about something I'm not sure I ever experienced. I don't know how to explain it. I started recently watching some modern anime, and while some titles like Demon Slayer I think are great, it's a very different experience to the older stuff. Not sure if this post is appropriate here, I just thought I'd share.
Most were introduced to anime in a similar way outside the U.S. in particular. In Mexico Candy Candy, Heidi, and Saint Seiya. When I was a kid we saw Samurai Pizza Cats and because of the localization...really never knew it was Japanese. Going back to watching older anime is something that is really only for a more particular people who have taste in classic animation in general. It's not really an anime thing and when I first got into it in the late-90's, no one was cosplaying or branding themselves as "Otaku." Pretty much the few I knew who were watching on VHS just liked the anime and didn't take the fandom part any further than the visual experience. Nobody was collecting figurines, wearing clothing with anime, or trying to speak Japanese. It was and still is an enthusiast hobby for me that attracts me for the story value and traditional animation used during those times. I can't get into modern anime because I don't get into things with big fan bases and the mentality of creating and marketing anime has changed. I tried to get into maybe 8-years ago but as much as I watched and tried; it felt weird and didn't seem to really be about animation anymore. Just seems like a fad for a younger generation of nerds now.
 

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It's better than the show without a doubt. There are few classic anime titles I've seen that follow a manga very closely to match (with the exceptions that some OVA's were based directly on manga with little story boarding to fill in). The TV writers for Trigun didn't want to depress their audience by starting up showing Vash's loss of REM. They do that pretty early on in the manga to give context to Vash as not being a villain but someone mislabeled by the sci-fi Western atmosphere. Trigun would have made a great 2-episode OVA. They could have covered a lot and increased the quality of the animation likewise. Either way, the TV series wasn't bad but it's not the manga. I've seen different Trigun manga releases in the West but this is the particular printing I was reading and gives the best context of the characters. So, whether it's in paper or digitial...look for the fat printings like this.


Word. Guess I'll have to check out the manga sometime. I actually haven't watched a ton of anime. Browsing through the thread and making a note to myself when something looks interesting.
 
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Most were introduced to anime in a similar way outside the U.S. in particular. In Mexico Candy Candy, Heidi, and Saint Seiya. When I was a kid we saw Samurai Pizza Cats and because of the localization...really never knew it was Japanese. Going back to watching older anime is something that is really only for a more particular people who have taste in classic animation in general. It's not really an anime thing and when I first got into it in the late-90's, no one was cosplaying or branding themselves as "Otaku." Pretty much the few I knew who were watching on VHS just liked the anime and didn't take the fandom part any further than the visual experience. Nobody was collecting figurines, wearing clothing with anime, or trying to speak Japanese. It was and still is an enthusiast hobby for me that attracts me for the story value and traditional animation used during those times. I can't get into modern anime because I don't get into things with big fan bases and the mentality of creating and marketing anime has changed. I tried to get into maybe 8-years ago but as much as I watched and tried; it felt weird and didn't seem to really be about animation anymore. Just seems like a fad for a younger generation of nerds now.
Yeah, the otaku thing was part of what kept me away from anime for a while. The only problem I have with older animation is the same I have with a lot of older television, the 4:3 aspect ratio. It's annoying, but it is what it is. I've got an old CRT I might hook up again to deal with that.
 
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I finished Trigun not too long ago. Really enjoyed it. Great visual style and enjoyed the rock intro/transitions. Good cast of characters. The writing did really well to interject just the right amount of humor.
I rewatched Trigun recently as well and loved it as much as the first time. I particularly appreciate Vash’s monologues in episode previews. Very thought-provoking stuff.
Can we get a remake of this ala Ushio and Tora, please?

I think it's a better version of Inuyasha.
3x3 Eyes! One of the first mangas I read , though I only read the first few volumes. So much gore and nudity lol. But the characters and pacing were great. I think it has at least 30 volumes? Such a long story would be tricky to adapt. I heard the studio that adapted Karakuri Circus (by the author of Ushio and Tora) had to cut a lot of content from the manga to fit the story into three cours.
 

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Remember Love Hina? How tame that was compared to most harem type anime today? Crazy how much that genre has changed.
 
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I rewatched Trigun recently as well and loved it as much as the first time. I particularly appreciate Vash’s monologues in episode previews. Very thought-provoking stuff.

3x3 Eyes! One of the first mangas I read , though I only read the first few volumes. So much gore and nudity lol. But the characters and pacing were great. I think it has at least 30 volumes? Such a long story would be tricky to adapt. I heard the studio that adapted Karakuri Circus (by the author of Ushio and Tora) had to cut a lot of content from the manga to fit the story into three cours.

It has 40 volumes. I would imagine that studios would have to cut some stuff but I think this deserves more love for sure.
 

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What's a pre hd anime yall would love to see a "remaster" of? I'd love to see a remaster of Texhnolyze. That show would look gorgeous in widescreen and 1080p.

 
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Did the last anime adaptation cover the full manga?
Nah, it takes some shortcuts to the story compared to the manga but it hits all the main story beats. And there are also OVAs and even a movie. It's one of the better adaptions, still.
 
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Nah, it takes some shortcuts to the story compared to the manga but it hits all the main story beats. And there are also OVAs and even a movie. It's one of the better adaptions, still.
I've got the original ovas and the movie. I have the first season of the series and maybe part of the second season but the show just lost me at the time. I remember really enjoying the movie a lot.
 
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Remember Love Hina? How tame that was compared to most harem type anime today? Crazy how much that genre has changed.

For the longest time I didn't realize Love Hina was actual show. I always thought it just some random hentai.

Harem anime actually seems to be on a bit of upswing. I stopped watching them entirely for awhile and then got they got super pandering with seemingly every series having a loli, a relative, a trap, a milf, etc. but I've actually liked a couple of the more recent ones. They aren't high art by any stretch but they're at least entertaining again even if I still find them a bit depressing.
 
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I've got the original ovas and the movie. I have the first season of the series and maybe part of the second season but the show just lost me at the time. I remember really enjoying the movie a lot.
Yeah, when I was first watching it, I also lost interest during the second season. Well, I haven't watched the movie, however! So if you liked it, I probably should watch it.
 

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Remember Love Hina? How tame that was compared to most harem type anime today? Crazy how much that genre has changed.
Sorry for the "double reply", lol. But yeah, I also liked Love Hina, although the pacing wasn't always perfect. Sometimes it just dragged on too long without any real development and too many slapstick jokes. But it was still enjoyable overall.
 
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Yeah, when I was first watching it, I also lost interest during the second season. Well, I haven't watched the movie, however! So if you liked it, I probably should watch it.
Sorry for the "double reply", lol. But yeah, I also liked Love Hina, although the pacing wasn't always perfect. Sometimes it just dragged on too long without any real development and too many slapstick jokes. But it was still enjoyable overall.
The Goddess movie has some banging animation and it's obviously faster paced than the show which I always felt could stand to be half as long.
Love Hina was fun as I recall. I thought it would be interesting to bring up because I don't think it has any fan service to speak of. Certainly not compared to harem anime that have come after.
 
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What's a pre hd anime yall would love to see a "remaster" of? I'd love to see a remaster of Texhnolyze. That show would look gorgeous in widescreen and 1080p.

For the longest time I didn't realize Love Hina was actual show. I always thought it just some random hentai.

Harem anime actually seems to be on a bit of upswing. I stopped watching them entirely for awhile and then got they got super pandering with seemingly every series having a loli, a relative, a trap, a milf, etc. but I've actually liked a couple of the more recent ones. They aren't high art by any stretch but they're at least entertaining again even if I still find them a bit depressing.

OmegaSupreme OmegaSupreme Type search into this thread at how many times I've tried to make it imperative Viz Media gives an HD release for Maison Ikkoku. I barely got to see the anime and never had it in my collection due to how high the price of the old releases went up on DVD. Only got through most of the manga. Along with Space Runaway Space Runaway , I'm also a bit nervous they'll air brush or screw something up with general HD releases of certain older anime. I'd be happy if some titles even made it to blu-ray. So, I guess I'd say Gunbuster and Gunsmith Cats need proper HD releases.

Harem anime stopped being fun to me after the first 6 Tenchi OVA episodes. The latter episodes and the TV series just got boring to me as an adult. I liked them when I was 12 but they didn't age well with me. The moment I saw harem anime shifting an ugly way into modern mainstream anime was with Negima. Can't say I ever was into that and I defy any idiot who calls Ranma 1/2 harem anime (because I've heard people try adding that label). kunonabi kunonabi

Hudo Hudo The Ah! My Goddess OVA was actually very good. I first saw it when I was 12 and just wasn't mature enough to get into it. I had the movie on VHS for many years. The movie was visually quite a treat but the story seemed exceedingly boring and for that reason, I've never gone back to rewatch it as an adult. I did see the TV series that came out in the early 2000's. It was actually very good and probably the best they ever did with the title to match with the mangas. The mangas had some beautifully painted covers if I remember. Those would be nice to see again...been awhile.
 

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Hudo Hudo The Ah! My Goddess OVA was actually very good. I first saw it when I was 12 and just wasn't mature enough to get into it. I had the movie on VHS for many years. The movie was visually quite a treat but the story seemed exceedingly boring and for that reason, I've never gone back to rewatch it as an adult. I did see the TV series that came out in the early 2000's. It was actually very good and probably the best they ever did with the title to match with the mangas. The mangas had some beautifully painted covers if I remember. Those would be nice to see again...been awhile.
No joke, one of my favourite covers ever:



And that's not only because I am a BMW motorcycle fan.
 

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They usually show with a beamer in the auto-club. It used to baffle me how a teenager owned a bike that expensive.
That's a good question, lol. I always thought that maybe his father or his mother (who I remember also being quite the racers) gave that bike to him.
 
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A lot of Urban Vision's old titles are there unless they get license rescued. I still own them on DVD and VHS fue Psycho Diver.
I figured. We should band together and license rescue them along with the many others we talk about in here. GAF Anime Distributors. lol
 
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Yeah, it's been in the works for awhile, Japanese release came out some time ago, but we finally got a date. It's going to be DNR-ed to hell but I'm still getting it to support 4k anime.
Shame about the DNR. Looking on the blu-ray forums, it seems like the problem is on the Japanese side? They don't let foreign distributors do their own remasters?
 
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Yeah, it's been in the works for awhile, Japanese release came out some time ago, but we finally got a date. It's going to be DNR-ed to hell but I'm still getting it to support 4k anime.
Shame about the DNR. Looking on the blu-ray forums, it seems like the problem is on the Japanese side? They don't let foreign distributors do their own remasters?
Older anime getting released on blu-ray in the West has had numerous issues. Discotek for one - never fully obtained rights to remaster all the anime they released on blu-ray. Therefore, a number of titles are simply transfers and even have a special section called "standard-definition blu-ray." You have to applaud the fact that Discotek/Eastern Star have license rescued and renewed more older anime titles in the 21st-century knowing good and well that their target buyers are mostly only collectors (which means lower print numbers and not the highest profit for the amount of work put it).

kunonabi kunonabi If it helps readers of this thread -- it's much easier for Western distributors to secure video rights than audio. Audio (especially OSTs) is something that holds pretty heavy copyright leasing restrictions in any country. If I were running the software for the remaster on the audio alone, I'd isolate the soundtrack and try to avoid any compression as much as possible. That way it's maybe not preserved but it doesn't come off sounding like a mono-to-stereo simulation.
 
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Older anime getting released on blu-ray in the West has had numerous issues. Discotek for one - never fully obtained rights to remaster all the anime they released on blu-ray. Therefore, a number of titles are simply transfers and even have a special section called "standard-definition blu-ray." You have to applaud the fact that Discotek/Eastern Star have license rescued and renewed more older anime titles in the 21st-century knowing good and well that their target buyers are mostly only collectors (which means lower print numbers and not the highest profit for the amount of work put it).

kunonabi kunonabi If it helps readers of this thread -- it's much easier for Western distributors to secure video rights than audio. Audio (especially OSTs) is something that holds pretty heavy copyright leasing restrictions in any country. If I were running the software for the remaster on the audio alone, I'd isolate the soundtrack and try to avoid any compression as much as possible. That way it's maybe not preserved but it doesn't come off sounding like a mono-to-stereo simulation.
I'm still learning how home media distribution works. I wasn't aware until recently that prints come from the master and not the source. Well, at least I thought the master was equal to the source.

I wonder how much the mastering process costs if so many are dragging their feet in releasing in 4K.
 
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I'm still learning how home media distribution works. I wasn't aware until recently that prints come from the master and not the source. Well, at least I thought the master was equal to the source.

I wonder how much the mastering process costs if so many are dragging their feet in releasing in 4K.
Some blu-ray releases didn't even come from a master. Like I said, some were simply transferred that have been polished up a bit. I believe, but don't quote me, that releases like the KImagure Orange Road blu-ray boxsets (there are 2) are from the source. When Discotek processed those, they needed a more substantial source to render the high-def. What AnimeEigo released prior on VHS and DVD was something sloppy. Discotek has started getting lazy, though. They used to pay for copyright distribution for certain titles by physically going to Japan to get them a few years ago prior to releasing or messing with remastering. What they've been mostly releasing since 2017 has been anime which was already released no more or less than 8-12 years prior and they appear to be nothing more than transfers. These are also titles which aren't necessarily the rarest things to get your hands on. For example -- they released Wicked City and that had previously been released and dubbed by Streamline and later on U.V. I believe. So, I'm not sure what the difference is. Another bizarre thing they did was the duplicate release of Lupin the 3rd season 1. So, they released Lupin the 3rd season 1 like in 2013/14. Then a few months later they released it again...still on DVD format with an alternate cover art. I bought both at the time thinking there was a difference and there wasn't.

Space Runaway Space Runaway could list quite a few anime titles (especially OVAs) which need to have the masters dug up at bare minimum due to never even getting a proper DVD release. A lot of good anime got left behind in the VHS/Laserdisc era.
 

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Anyone ever give the original Japanese version of Windaria a watch? One of Kaname Productions theatrical features from 1986 and a pretty good one. Something of a whimsical fantasy that descends into death and tragedy and also preys on that feeling of nostalgia. Does it quite well without being manipulative or giving you a toothache. Production-wise it's largely the Leda team so it has some pretty nice visuals and direction. It's certainly a product of the era.

It's US release was infamously handled by Carl Macek who wanted to put it out as a children's title (Which was never going to fly in it's original form) so he did the usual and chopped the shit out it, deleted a bunch of footage, rearranged parts, rewrote the script and released is as "Once Upon a Time". To this day I believe this is the only version that was ever released in the US. The original unaltered Japanese version is on youtube but various parts are silent due to copyrighted music being removed and that's definitely not the way to watch it. For sure download a fansub or if you wanna be legit, import the dvd.

Defintiely one of those "It's fun to be depressed" watches. =P


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Anyone ever give the original Japanese version of Windaria a watch? One of Kaname Productions theatrical features from 1986 and a pretty good one. Something of a whimsical fantasy that descends into death and tragedy and also preys on that feeling of nostalgia. Does it quite well without being manipulative or giving you a toothache. Production-wise it's largely the Leda team so it has some pretty nice visuals and direction. It's certainly a product of the era.

It's US release was infamously handled by Carl Macek who wanted to put it out as a children's title (Which was never going to fly in it's original form) so he did the usual and chopped the shit out it, deleted a bunch of footage, rearranged parts, rewrote the script and released is as "Once Upon a Time". To this day I believe this is the only version that was ever released in the US. The original unaltered Japanese version is on youtube but various parts are silent due to copyrighted music being removed and that's definitely not the way to watch it. For sure download a fansub or if you wanna be legit, import the dvd.

Defintiely one of those "It's fun to be depressed" watches. =P


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Anyone ever give the original Japanese version of Windaria a watch? One of Kaname Productions theatrical features from 1986 and a pretty good one. Something of a whimsical fantasy that descends into death and tragedy and also preys on that feeling of nostalgia. Does it quite well without being manipulative or giving you a toothache. Production-wise it's largely the Leda team so it has some pretty nice visuals and direction. It's certainly a product of the era.

It's US release was infamously handled by Carl Macek who wanted to put it out as a children's title (Which was never going to fly in it's original form) so he did the usual and chopped the shit out it, deleted a bunch of footage, rearranged parts, rewrote the script and released is as "Once Upon a Time". To this day I believe this is the only version that was ever released in the US. The original unaltered Japanese version is on youtube but various parts are silent due to copyrighted music being removed and that's definitely not the way to watch it. For sure download a fansub or if you wanna be legit, import the dvd.

Defintiely one of those "It's fun to be depressed" watches. =P


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A travesty on the North American release. The butchering of the film is likely why it never got renewed. What was with importing anime in the 80's and assuming "it's a cartoon...it has to be for kids" attitude of distributors? I can just picture those guys back then sitting in an editing room watching and saying, "Look at that! That dress looks almost transparent on that character! We can't make money from this...cut it!" I'm not sure why it had not occurred sooner to Americans that Japanese used to present animation way differently. Americans almost strictly targeted animation for children (with exceptions like Ralph Bakshi). Japanese used anime as a form to communicate for all forms of film for different ages (mostly adolescents and adults) the same way you would present a live-action movie. For that same reason, I started watching anime -- because they would push things to the next level that I had not seen Americans doing back when I was 12 and 13-years old.

So, I guess the only way to get this one out is write it in as a petition for Discotek (if they still have that option). However, knowing what cheapskates they've been lately;; they'd likely end up releasing a polished trasfer from the NTSC-1 VHS source. Sigh...no wonder it took anime so long to catch on.

By the way, Space Runaway Space Runaway welcome back and thanks for sharing the amazing photos to conclude that article. I'm not sure where you find all that but it's awesome!
 
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A travesty on the North American release. The butchering of the film is likely why it never got renewed. What was with importing anime in the 80's and assuming "it's a cartoon...it has to be for kids" attitude of distributors? I can just picture those guys back then sitting in an editing room watching and saying, "Look at that! That dress looks almost transparent on that character! We can't make money from this...cut it!" I'm not sure why it had not occurred sooner to Americans that Japanese used to present animation way differently. Americans almost strictly targeted animation for children (with exceptions like Ralph Bakshi). Japanese used anime as a form to communicate for all forms of film for different ages (mostly adolescents and adults) the same way you would present a live-action movie. For that same reason, I started watching anime -- because they would push things to the next level that I had not seen Americans doing back when I was 12 and 13-years old.

Yeah in the US television pushed animation to be largely kids entertainment and that was very much the case in the 80s. After the early 80s there didn't seem to be any market for animation that wasn't made for children. Bakshi couldn't really get anything serious off the ground after 83 and movies like Starchaser were unsuccessful. Though at the time theatrical animation did at least still contain some adult or challenging elements for kids.

So, I guess the only way to get this one out is write it in as a petition for Discotek (if they still have that option). However, knowing what cheapskates they've been lately;; they'd likely end up releasing a polished trasfer from the NTSC-1 VHS source. Sigh...no wonder it took anime so long to catch on.

I'm not really sure why the original version has never been released in the US. Perhaps it's still tied up with Harmony Gold in some way? Or maybe the controlling company simply doesn't want to license it out? :pie_thinking:
 
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Yeah in the US television pushed animation to be largely kids entertainment and that was very much the case in the 80s. After the early 80s there didn't seem to be any market for animation that wasn't made for children. Bakshi couldn't really get anything serious off the ground after 83 and movies like Starchaser were unsuccessful. Though at the time theatrical animation did at least still contain some adult or challenging elements for kids.



I'm not really sure why the original version has never been released in the US. Perhaps it's still tied up with Harmony Gold in some way? Or maybe the controlling company simply doesn't want to license it out? :pie_thinking:
How are Harmony Gold still around? I mean all the older distributors have been bought out or simply vanished with the exception I think being AnimeEigo.
 
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How are Harmony Gold still around? I mean all the older distributors have been bought out or simply vanished with the exception I think being AnimeEigo.

They certainly seem completely irrelevant outside of blocking Macross products. =P
 
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DId they release Macross: Do You Remember Love? or was that someone else? I can't figure out why that series is so hard to find.

Only US releases of DYRL I'm aware of are the "Macross" release from Best Video and the chopped up "Clash of the Bionoids" release by CHE. They both have the same junk Toho dub too.
 
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It's a bit past the cutoff date, but I'm going to recommend Desert Punk from 2005, because it feels like an old school anime.

Sorry, mate. If the manga publication started in the 90's I'd possibly consider it relevant to the thread; but then I'd have to make an exception for Jo Jo's Bizarre Adventure too. In the OP I listed from late-70's (or before) until about 2001 would be considered retro. If Desert punk has aged well after 15-years, you can always say it's a classic. Classic doesn't necessarily refer to something older or retro. You said it feels like an old school anime. Which one?
 
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Sorry, mate. If the manga publication started in the 90's I'd possibly consider it relevant to the thread; but then I'd have to make an exception for Jo Jo's Bizarre Adventure too. In the OP I listed from late-70's (or before) until about 2001 would be considered retro. If Desert punk has aged well after 15-years, you can always say it's a classic. Classic doesn't necessarily refer to something older or retro. You said it feels like an old school anime. Which one?

You're being incredibly pedantic about your definitions.
 
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I found this thread in Off-Topic. So, kunonabi kunonabi you might remember him. Kirby Morrow was the English voice of Dr. Tofu in Ranma 1/2 during seasons 6-7.

 

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Anyone need some cassette labels? ;)
Would have loved those about 19-years ago! My first car (which was a truck...1996 Chevy Z71 Silverado) didn't have a CD player. I have to create mix tapes with one of my dual cassette decks. I used to draw the covers for my cassettes with colored pencil and give names to them based on memories from each song. I did a lot of printing and collecting of pages and articles from old anime sites back then and before, too. If someone had shown me these back then -- I would likely still have the cassettes today for the cover alone.
 
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I found this thread in Off-Topic. So, kunonabi kunonabi you might remember him. Kirby Morrow was the English voice of Dr. Tofu in Ranma 1/2 during seasons 6-7.


I bailed on English Ranma too early to encounter him. And yeesh asking him to replace Corlett sounds like a painfully unfair position to be put in.

He also seems to be a later Goku after Kelamis and Corlett so I wouldn't have encountered him there either. In that case though he probably smoked funimation Goku.

Still a shame regardless.
 
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Eliminating some more random stuff...



Down Load - Namiamidabutsu wa Ai no Uta

Pretty obscure Rintaro effort from 1992. Future thing where some program called Death Mail makes certain people commit murder and such acts kinda like Videodrome. Main character is some pervy monk who's mainly trying to get with some stripper. After such and such the stories converge, they figure out what's going on with Death Mail and have to go to the enemy HQ to stop it and all that. You'll have to watch it if you want to know the details. Not the greatest OVA in terms of characters or story but it's a Rintaro flick so it's definitely notable for it's direction and visuals.

And on the production side, it looks pretty good. The character art is generally simplistic but like other Rintaro efforts the characters are very animated in their movements and expressions while the animation itself is mostly smooth barring some moments. Other than that the best aspects are probably the photography, backgrounds and tech stuff. If you want cyber machinery shrouded in darkness while only lit by lights and monitors, this def has plenty of that. Also some striking photography and use of color. Though not really the biggest fan of the score or that style of music.

I believe it's another OVA stuck on VHS and LD though it can easily be found subbed on youtube and the usual places. It's not amazing or anything but worth spending 50 minutes for the visuals.




I also watched Vampire Wars. There was a vampire but no wars. It mostly sucked shit. Lots of talking for very little story. No real action until the very end, which is just a basic shootout. Had a decent budget yet never really made worthwhile use of it. Some gore but...eh. Seems to have been based on a light novel series. Perhaps if I was familiar with those then this OVA would have maybe held some value. This actually got licenced and released on VHS and DVD by Manga video. I imagine this was a "regretful rental" to many. The best thing about the OVA was the JP box art which Manga video didn't even use. =P
 
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