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My 80’s and early 90’s OVA splurge part 4

Captain Tylor showing you all how it’s done. Because the 80’s and 90’s were still chock full of fanservice and general precursors to the mountains of harem TV shows that were the symbol of the 00’s. That’s the theme for this newest batch of OVA’s.

Time Bokan OVA

1993 – 2 episodes

Probably the strangest OVA I watched over this period. The animation studio Tatsunoko did a whole bunch of similar series in the 70’s, including Yatterman and Time Bokan. They all had similar styles but Yatterman was the most popular of the lot. It was silly, full of cultural references and featured the classic villain trio of two stooges following after one insanely hot women, Doronjo, wearing a corset and a mask, as they do Team Rocket type stuff and get beaten by the good guys. There was even a remake in 2008 of Yatterman with updated cultural references, including, amongst many other things, Obama-kun and Hilary-chan.Unfortunately only 3-4 episodes were ever subbed from what I could find, so there’s very little new age Doronjo hotness available for the digital age.

This OVA was made for people who were already fans so pretty much all the references flew straight over my head, although I did get a kick out of seeing Doronjo getting into an argument with Casshern. It’s very…Japanese, shall we say. I laughed, but I was less laughing with it than laughing at the strangeness of it all. This is what kids in Japan grew up to? It’s totally mad. Very self-referential about anime fandom as well. Also, being an 90’s OVA and all, there were boobs shots, and plenty of other sexual scenes, which made the whole contrast between kids show and self-referential pop culture nature of the show even stranger. But hey, they were Doronjo’s boobs, so I was perfectly OK with that.

Cat Girl Nuku Nuku

1992-4 – 6 episodes

Cat Girl Nuku Nuku is about a cat turned into a robot who lives with some scientist and his son while running away from his neurotic ex-wife. The only thing really remarkable about Cat Girl Nuku Nuku is its lack of remarkableness. Well, actually there’s a few things strange about this series. Asides from the fact that it has a cat girl with no cat ears whatsoever, the other surprising thing is the total lack of cynicism to it. As corny and lame as it is, it feels like the creators genuinely wanted to created a heartfelt scenario. Despite the show mainly being an excuse to put a cute pink haired girl on screen, it really seemed to think it had created some genuine heart warming relationships. It hadn’t, but I can’t bring myself to dislike something so innocent and genuine. Plus, my 8 and 12 year old cousins were watching over my shoulder at the time and they seemed to like it a lot. Imagine that. Your gateway drug being Cat Girl Nuku Nuku.

Tenchi Muyo

1992-3 – 6 episodes

If Love Hina is the daddy of all harem anime, then Tenchi Muyo is the grandaddy. It was the precursor to that blasted genre packed to the brim of dreadful attempts at seinen romance. But when it comes to trend-setters, often the trend setter themselves are quite good. There’s a reason so many wanted to copy them after all. And hey, I like Love Hina a lot. Blame nostalgia, it was my own gateway drug. Which isn’t a whole lot better than having your gateway drug being Cat Girl Nuku Nuku but I digress. As for Tenchi Muyo, I simply had no reaction to it. Many people bitch about Keitaro and the loser male harem lead, but at least that sort of harem lead has a personality. I would take a Keitaro over the blank slate that is Tenchi anyday. Plus, there’s the fact I will always associate Tenchi Muyo with that crazed stalker from the Aniblog Tourney…yeah, the less said about him the better. Worse again, the blasted DVD I had with Tenchi Muyo on crashed in the middle of episode 3 and broke my laptop. Took the thing a full 24 hours before it worked again. Curse you Tenchi Muyo. First you send a troll after my tournament and then you break my laptop. Are you done tormenting me!?!

Dragon Half

1993 – 2 episodes

It was during Dragon Half that I formed my theory regarding 80’s and 90’s OVA’s with boob shots. Dragon Half was pretty sexualised from the off, but it was a bizarre form of sexualisation. This was mainly down to the character designs apparently consisting entirely of isosceles triangles. I’m not sure who was meant to find the massive calf muscles and teeny tiny pointy feet on the characters sexy, especially when combined with the metal battle thongs and traditional early 90’s massive hair. Generally this all went with the feel of the show, because Dragon Half is completely nuts. It’s meant as a piss take of fantasy anime, but mainly it’s just really bizarre, with very few of the jokes actually being funny. But back to the boobs. The show went almost the entire 2 episodes without any boobs whatsoever until the very last scene. The final battle had been won, the main girl had her hands covered over her boobs because the villain had cut off her metal bra. Then, without warning, she lifted her arms in celebration, revealing two rather boringly drawn nipples. It didn’t even feel like fanservice. It had simply felt like someone was standing over the production, realised there were no boobs and demanded the creators put in at least one or this wouldn’t be made. This was the case for practically every single 80’s and 90’s OVA. There must have been a law. It’s the only explanation.


1983-4 – 4 episodes

When I say 80’s and early 90’s OVA’s, I’m not telling you guys the whole truth. In fact, almost all of the OVA’s listed here from the 80’s came from the latter half of that decade. Dallos is the only one from the early half of the 80’s. And oh boy does it ever show. I’m not entirely sure what happened in 1985 but suddenly animation became watchable. That line will probably insult a few of the oldie fans out there, but I just can’t take animation older than 1985 seriously. I’ve tried, but the likes of Macross, Zambot 3 and Urusei Yatsura had me reeling in discomfort. That said, I can still watch something with this level of animation quality if the the story still works. As dated as the animation for the original Mobile Suit Gundam is, I quite enjoyed the 14-odd episodes I’ve watched so far. Dallos, on the other hand, is absolutely awful. Leaving aside the animation quality, which I could mock all day long, there’s plenty of other issues. One little example from the episode: The main character made a pneumatic arm of some sort, which the rebel forces were incredibly impressed by. So much so that they used that incredibly simply pneumatic arm to rescue someone from prison, despite the fact there were bombs and explosions and guns and all sorts of far more powerful and efficient ways of tearing down a wall than that bloody arm.

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  1. Posted February 24, 2011 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    I watched the Yatterman liveaction movie.
    I was…. not impressed. But I laughed sometimes at the stupidity, and the weird bishi male lead everyone seems to fawn on.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 24, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

      Yatterman has live-action Doronjo. I’d watch it for that alone

  2. Posted February 24, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    lol, i watched tenchi muyo back when i was a kid. at first i was kinda interested but then i lost my patience with all the new incarnations of it and cartoon network apparently refusing to air any more than a couple episodes per season, so we kept getting cut off at certain climaxes and whatnot. last season of it or whatever was boring so my sister and i dropped it.

    i’d love to try mobile suit gundam again but ugh, why must some gundam series always insist on putting in a gaggle of insignificant children as comic relief ;/ WHY

    • Scamp
      Posted February 24, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

      Could be worse. Could be like those blasted kids from Eureka Seven =|

      • Posted February 25, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

        havent watched eureka seven, but it is on my “to watch” list D8

  3. Posted February 24, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    I really didn’t enjoy Cat Girl Nuku Nuku at all. I still have no idea why I haven’t put the other parts of it on my won’t watch list… but deep down I think something or someone wants me to like it and give the rest a try… or something like that…

    Dallos’s animation honestly isn’t that bad. watch Dragon’s Heaven, or California Crisis for something that looks much much worse :P then again I always laugh when people are like “ewwww older animation I can’t watch” XD

  4. Posted February 24, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    Ehhhh…Tenchi is a blank slate?? No way. He’s of course a really nice guy…but also a little bit of a nutcase. The punches the heck out of that guy (I want to call him Akamatsu – you got me thinking Love Hina) in the first episode for little reason, he’s constantly getting angry at the girls, and he mutters stuff under his breath quite often. I actually think he has quite a personality.

    Tenchi Muyo was my gateway anime. :P

    Love Hina was pretty amazing, too – I think many don’t like it for what it represents and what it spawned, but on it’s own, the manga and series were both wonderful, funny, and heartfelt.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 24, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

      I’m afraid I just can’t take anything Tenchi-related seriously after the crazed stalker and the crashing of my laptop. Hence you should probably not take anything I say about the anime seriously either =P

      • Posted February 25, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

        Stalker, eh? I wasn’t around then…sounds creepy/interesting.

  5. Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Hahaha, I was reading up a bit on the dorama behind the aniblog tourney a few weeks ago on Mori’s blog.

    I gotta say, that is some funny stuff in the most meta way possible.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

      zomg, vucubcaquix commenting on a post again! OK, it’s a comment that’s got little to do with the actual content of the post, but baby steps =)

    Posted February 25, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    A cat girl without cat ears?

  7. luffyluffy
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    You know, for the amount of boobs that seem to be in these Ovas, there is a severe lack of them in the blog itself…

    • Scamp
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

      The Cart Driver is a SFW blog. The Doronjo boob shots are for my own viewing pleasure

      • luffyluffy
        Posted February 25, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

        You’ve got photoshop, use lenseflare censorship

  8. Posted February 25, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    Remember, who Tenchi ending up fucking is serious business.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

      Since this is an anime, I bet it was his sister

      • Posted February 26, 2011 at 12:02 am | Permalink

        But Tenchi does’t HAVE a sister. He has a half-brother though, and a younger version of his MOM nearly became part of his harem, but I digress…

      • Posted February 26, 2011 at 5:54 am | Permalink

        So it being the 90’s, it was his mom, instead of his sister…

        Oh Japan.

  9. fable
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    I think Ie Naki Ko (which was made in 1977), is actually very watchable. ah well.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

      Never heard of it. Hmmm

      *types it into ANN*

      Ah, I have heard of this. Nobody Boy’s Remi. That is, I’ve heard of the World Masterpiece Theatre remake. Not that I’ve ever watched a single World Masterpiece Theatre show because I don’t think anyone ever bothers to sub the bloody things

      • fable
        Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

        Well, the original is pretty WMT in spirit, although it’s a bit more gloomy than the usual WMT show.

        It’s pretty sad how few have gotten fully subbed considering how many there are, but can think of a few WMT series that have gotten subs. Such as Romeo’s Blue Skies, Anne of Green Gables, My Daddy Long Legs and 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother. A few are also currently being subbed, like Les Miserables, Heidi, the WMT version of Remi, Little Princess Sara, Perrine, Porfy, etc. (with varying rates of speed).

      • Posted February 26, 2011 at 12:04 am | Permalink

        Ah, Nobody’s Boy. I remember that airing when I was younger. I ALSO remember its remake, Nobody’s Girl (which was aired dubbed here) … Which made for strange conversations with my cousins, since whenever it got brought up I inevitably referred to the former, while they talked about Remy.

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