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Fall 1971 Anime Season Preview

All these animation fans talking about Disney and Looney Tunes, shut up for a second and let me tell you where the true future of animation lies. It’s Japan where you have to start casting your eyes towards. Astro Boy, Speed Racer, Princess Knight. All of these were made in Japan. I’ve decided a good way to draw some interest is to preview the Japanese animation TV shows coming out next season.

Shin Obake no Q-Taro

Type: TV Series

Air Date: 1 Sep

Stu­dio: -

Syn­op­sis: Qtarō, also known as Q-chan or Oba-Q, is a mischief-maker who likes to fly around scaring people and stealing food, though he is deathly afraid of dogs.

Little kids show. Not the first time this has aired on TV either. There was a black and white version of this a few years back and they’ve decided it was popular enough to deserve a remake into colour. Not a whole lot to say about it beyond that though.

Tensai Bakabon

Type: TV Series

Air Date: 25 Sep

Stu­dio: Tokyo Movie Shinsha

Syn­op­sis: It is about the misadventures of a dim-witted boy (Bakabon) and his insane father, the latter of whom eventually becomes the central character.

Based off a manga and, thankfully, looks to be not quite as childish as Q-chan. That said, it still looks rather childish. I had my eye on Japanese animation because people said they were slightly more adult-orientated than the Disney stuff, but we’re not really seeing that so far. Neither is the animation nerd inside me welling up in excitement at any of the cast. Heck, I don’t recognise a single name on here. But I am a newbie so…

Marvelous Melmo

Type: TV Series

Air Date: 3 Oct

Stu­dio: Tezuka Productions

Syn­op­sis: After nine year-old Melmo loses her mother in a car accident, she is left to care for her two younger brothers, a task far beyond her age or means. However, in the midst of her grieving, Melmo is visited by the ghost of her deceased mother who gives her a bottle of miraculous candy, capable of transforming her into either an adult (blue candy) or an infant (red candy). A combination of the two can reduce her to a fetus and then change her into any animal she imagines. Drawing on a seemingly inexhaustible supply, Melmo uses her candies to solve the various problems thrown her way, aided by her younger brother Toto and her cantankerous mentor, Dr Nosehairs.

Aha, this is more like it. Something by the creator of Astro Boy and Princess Knight, Tezuka himself. Based off a manga about a magical girl. I have been hearing some strange things about this though. It’s still, essentially, a kids manga, but Tezuka apparently meant it as a introduction for kids to sex-education. Even better, the anime is planning on changing a few things. In the manga, when Melmo changes from 9 years old to 19 years old, she chooses the uniform of her choice. However the anime is apparently going to forgo that, instead having Melmo simply keep the same clothes on that either rip or tighten, leaving little to the imagination. The screens I saw showed Melmo’s panties when she transformed, which is a bit…heh heh, I wonder if flashing panties midway through a transformation will catch on?

Sarutobi Ecchan

Type: TV Series

Air Date: 4 Oct

Stu­dio: Toei

Syn­op­sis: Ecchan appears to be a normal little girl, but appearances can be deceptive. She is descended from the great ninja Sasuke Sarutobi, and possesses ninja skills of her own. Ecchan is also capable of all sorts of extraordinary feats: she can communicate with animals, possesses hypnotic and telepathic abilities, and is stronger and more intelligent than normal girls of her age. But despite all this, Ecchan is still only a young girl, and like any young girl makes mistakes. But with the help of her friends Miko, Taihei and her dog Buku, everything always turns out right.

Another magical girl anime. Well, ninja girl to be precise. But it’s still based off an manga and still appears to be aimed at kids. Not that we should expect anything otherwise by this stage. Toei certainly seem to be interested in changing around from the manga. They even changed the name from Okashina Okashina Ano Ko to the one it has now. I don’t approve of changing stuff from a manga, unless that thing your adding happens to be shots of underwear.

Apache Yakyugun

Type: TV Series

Air Date: 6 Oct

Stu­dio: Toei

Syn­op­sis: Something about baseball

A baseball anime and, even better, something that doesn’t look like it was aimed at kids! Finally, it exists. Quite looking forward to watching this one actually. This isn’t the directors only work either, so it isn’t a bunch of newbies. Oddly though, it’s being funded by a chemical company. Errr, will the baseball group all proceed to take special pills that makes them excellent baseball players? Hurrah for steroids

Kunimatsu-sama No Otoridai

Type: TV Series

Air Date: 6 Oct

Stu­dio: Toei

Syn­op­sis: God only knows

Yeah, sometimes Japan can be awfully tight-lipped about what’s coming out. I know nothing whatsoever about this. Just the small picture. Oh, and that the director Masami Hata also worked on Princess Knight. Which should be a good sign of its quality, if I could find out what the damn thing is even about.

Shin Skyers 5

Type: TV Series

Air Date: 7 Oct

Stu­dio: Tele-Cartoon Japan

Syn­op­sis: I dunno

A sequel to Skyers 5. Why they decided to make a sequel seems strange. Like, why didn’t they simply finish the story in the first airing? They only made the first series 12 episodes long. Like, who does that intentionally? Surely everyone will have lost interest or forgotten what happened in the intervening years. Still, it looks kinda cool. Plus it has a gun in the picture. I consider that a good thing. Just gotta somehow find the reels for the first season. Might have to do some illegal activity to get my hands on that. I should go over to Japan on a boat and steal the original reels, like a pirate!

Gegege no Kitarō

Type: TV Series

Air Date: 7 Oct

Stu­dio: Toei

Syn­op­sis: Kitarou, a ghost, spends his afterlife helping humans in need of his skills. He thwarts the plans of evil spirits who live to torment humanity.

Another sequel. This time to a show that actually had a decent airing run the first time around, with 65 episodes long. It was made back in the days on monochrome, so I guess it deserved a remake. Plus, it was incredibly popular, as was the manga. So I’m quite looking forward to watching this colour version myself.

Lupin III

Type: TV Series

Air Date: 24 Oct

Stu­dio: Tokyo Movie

Syn­op­sis:Arsene Lupin III is the grandson of the master thief Arsene Lupin. With his cohorts Daisuke Jigen and Goemon Ishikawa XIII and his love interest Fujiko Mine, he pulls off the greatest heists of all time while always escaping the grasp of Inspector Koichi Zenigata.

The title might have you think this is another sequel, but it aint. This is the sole Lupin series in anime. The III part is part of the story, because the titular character is the grandson of Arsene Lupin, the character from some french dudes series of novels. The author of this version calls himself Monkey Punch, so I’ve already warmed to the guy and this creation of his. Yeah, really looking forward to this.

Genshi Shonen Ryuu

Type: TV Series

Air Date: 30 Oct

Stu­dio: Toei

Syn­op­sis:Set in primitive times, a baby with white skin is born into the world. As his skin color is different from the rest of the children around him, the baby is immediately disliked and alienated from the others. Deserted and left on his own, the baby is eventually picked up by an ape called Kitty and raised as her child. The baby, Ryuu, grows up to be a good man but at this moment, his mother is attacked and killed by Tirano. In order to defeat Tirano and also find his real mother, Ryuu decides to set off on his own journey. In the midst of his travels, he meets the siblings Ran and Don. With his new-found companions, Ryuu begins his battle against hardships and obstacles.

How dare ‘dem black people treat our white lead character so harshly! Do they not know he is superior to them? *cough* err, joking aside, I’m not sure if this is meant to be a commentary on racial divides or simply plain old racism. Japan isn’t the most xeno-friendly country. I have dream that one day the black jungle kids and white jungle kids will swing through the forests together. I have a dream, ladies and gentlemen….too soon?

Afterword

I deliberately picked such an early year because there’s so few anime out. Makes my work easier. Well, shorter anyway, but certainly not easier. Especially considering how difficult it is to get any information on some of these anime. What did rather shock me was how many of these series existed on youtube. I would have linked to the videos there, but that would have been creating just a little bit of a time paradox. Even VHS and Betamax tapes didn’t exist in 1971.

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15 Comments

  1. luffyluffy
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    If you’d done 1973, I might have giggled.

  2. Posted March 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Kitaro. <3

  3. averaen
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, I really enjoy these. Glimpse into the past propped up against modern fandom, in the form of season previews.

    A+++ would visit blog again

  4. Posted March 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, green jacket Lupin! I heard they let some screwy kids direct a bunch of episodes, like Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. Who knows if they’ll ever amount to anything.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 17, 2011 at 9:51 am | Permalink

      Hayao Miyawho? Isao Takawhat?

  5. Posted March 16, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Never seen any of those…Maybe I should. Lupin III is considered a classic, after all.

  6. Posted March 16, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Ah, could you make more of the 90′s?~

  7. Posted March 16, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Eh, Lupin just looks like an attempt to cash in on the success of those James Bond movies they’ve been making for the last ten years. Guns, girls, and barely a story in sight. Even if the villain is actually the protagonist in this one, it’s the same kind of thing. Lupin doesn’t even have Sean Connery to carry it.

  8. Posted March 17, 2011 at 2:08 am | Permalink

    Seasons made before the turn of the century were required by law to have at least one dinosaur.

    • notuldivad9
      Posted March 17, 2011 at 2:48 am | Permalink

      cake

    • Scamp
      Posted March 17, 2011 at 9:53 am | Permalink

      Clearly anime has gone downhill since

  9. Posted March 17, 2011 at 2:14 am | Permalink

    i do believe 3 years is too soon D:

    i haven’t seen any of these @_@ i suppose i should check out lupin at least, but eh. lol @ the race related one. i wonder how that was received?

    cool to see the birthings of mahou shoujo in there, plus the origin of the sexual transformation sequences. i found a youtube video of all of the sailor moon transformation sequences, short skirts lifting and all, in glorious HD. ’twas awesome.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 17, 2011 at 9:54 am | Permalink

      I haven’t seen any of these either but I have seen a bunch of the Lupin III movies. I highly recommend you check out Castle of Cagliostro. It’s Miyazaki at his (in my totally biased opinion) best

  10. Posted March 17, 2011 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    If I had more time, I’d blog the original “Lupin III” TV series. May try to do it once I finish the original “Gundam” series.

  11. jmaeshawn
    Posted March 18, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Doing 1973 with a mention to the ill-fated original Doraemon series would make a funny read (Hint hint) ;D

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