Sep 25, 2008
Remember this from a few days ago:
The mysterious Tatsunoko Pro title that Akemi Takada had worked on and there appeared to be very little information on the internet about? Well here’s what I know so far:
Title according to animated divots is Kaitei Daisenso–Ai no Nisen Miles (“The Great Navy Battle: 20,000 Miles of Love”).
It was a one off anime broadcast on 3rd January 1981.
Its themes appear on this CD: テレビアニメ スーパーヒストリー 22
The mother lode of information is on this geocities site – a fansite for 20,000 Leagues under the sea.
Akemi Takada did do the character design as I suspected.
Mecha design was by Kunio Okawara (most things in the last 30 years that had a robot in it)
The director was Koichi Mashimo (Dominion Tank Police, Irresponsible Captain Tylor, assorted dreadful Bee Train titles).
Tatsunoko head honcho Ippei Kuri produced.
It was writen by writer and cartoonist Mori Sasaki (Ultraman, Ultra 7, Heidi)
It starred Junichi Inoue and three other people who didn’t show up on Anime News Network.
These are, I think:
Masako Kitamura – an idol in the late 70s/early 80s
Makoto Kurosawa – The dub voice for Gary Cooper
And a fourth star, 伊武雅, who I have no idea about.
As for story, well here my Japanese-ignorant research skills grind to a halt. It appears to involve a Future Emperor Darius, so I’m guessing it’s not super reliant on the original novel for it’s story. Someone with actual Japanese skills want to make a stab at the synopsis on that Jules Verne fan page?