Takahiro Kishida is the character designer and frequent key animator for the awesome series Noein. Other notable shows include Arjuna, Giant Robo, Spring and Chaos, Lain, Haibane Renmei and the show that seemingly every notable animator working today worked on – Hakkenden.
He also worked on Koi Kaze, but don’t hold that against him. Actually I think a lot of the Haibane Renmei staff worked on that show. Which is kind of hard for the brain to wrap itself around.
What’s the four episode rule?
Do not gush like crazy until you’ve seen at least 4 episodes of a show. Too many times I’ve gone crazy about a show on the first episode, only for it to let me down further down the line. But I think if you can deliver four quality episodes in a row, a show’s worth recommending.
So, enough explaining the new segment of the blog, on with the show.
I first came across Urashiman when I was looking up details of Tatsunoko shows when I was going through the Top 100. However it wasn’t until the Anime World Order podcast reviewed the show and torrented a few episodes of the HK bootleg that I really became interested in it. So what’s this 1983 show all about? Well here’s Tatsunoko’s website to tell you:
52 thirty-minute episodes. A 16-year-old boy encounters a time slip and is transplanted in a future world. The boy, called “Ryu Urashima” in the series, completely loses his memory and even forgets his own name, as he is time slipped. Ryu becomes a police detective in the future world and begins his new life with his cynical colleague, Claude Mizunuma, known as “Claude”. Ryu, though bewildered with the new surroundings, challenges his new job to beat the evil called “Necrime Empire”. Claude, an elite detective, helps Ryu although he trifles with him for his lack of knowledge about his new world. However, Ryu, with his formidable fighting spirit, tries to adjust himself to the new circumstance and gradually becomes a good cop surprising Claude now and then. The series depicts the adventures of these two young men and beautiful woman police, Sophia.
What that’s not telling you is:
- The character Sophia starts off the series as nun.
- Claude is voiced by god of 80’s voice acting Akira Kamiya (Ryo Saeba, Kenshiro, Mendou, Kinnikuman, Roy Focker).
- It has very early animation work from Studio 4C’s Koji Morimoto.
- The “chief” character occasionally appears to be designed to look and move like Alfred Hitchcock.
- And it’s an hugely enjoyable action comedy.
So hat’s off to Anime Classic for proving the purpose fansubs are meant for.
From GAEA, my favourite comedy wrestler, the now retired Sakura Hirota wrestles LLPW’s Eiger. Yes there is someone doing that whole pale ghostly woman thing as a wrestling gimmick. And it rocks hard, especially as it’s being done as a variation of the whole classic wild man gimmick.
The Calvin Pelorian Cat Project – A history of cats being made to pose for photos as if they were humans.
Namennayo Cats Website – More cats dressed as man.
VBS.TV – Shows: Soft Focus – Ian Svenonius’ chat show on Vibe’s internet TV thing. Yes, Ian Svenonius has a chat show now. And next week he chats with Andrew WK. I get the feeling stars are aligning somewhere.
Matt Gill has been running The Silent Penultimate Panel Watch blog for the past year, where he recorded when the cliche of a silent penultimate panel was used in newspaper comic strips. He’s moving that to a weekly blog now, and his new daily blog is Today’s Rockstars, where he does the same for the cliche of comparing someone or something to a rock star.
Never Not Funny is Jimmy Pardo’s weekly podcast. I’d heard the trailers on TSOYA, but they weren’t really selling it to me. Cut into to tiny clips it seemed a bit too “zoo radio” for my liking, which it is I suppose, but more in line with how Danny Baker or Ricky Gervais have carried out the format. Anyway, after hearing Pardo on TSOYA’s “Jesse, Jordan, Go!” podcast, I gave it a shot and was pleased I did. It’s just 3 guys (and occasionally a guest) chatting about stuff for 45 minutes to an hour, but it’s good stuff and good chat.