One of my favourite anime openings of all time is the first Xam’d opening. Yeah that show eventually crapped out in the second half like an alarming number of Bones anime, but I still love that OP. I kept waiting for Boom Boom Satellites, the band who performed the OP, to be picked for another anime song. All we got was a random ED halfway through Gundam Unicorn and a very short OP for Ninja Slayer of all things. Then the main vocalist got cancer and quit from singing and that was it.
There was this one scene in Keijo that was a perfect demonstration of why this show is special. Our main character had just swung her butt around at supersonic speeds, ripping through the air and cutting the swimsuits of the other competitors in the game. For one second the girls grab their swimsuits and go kyaaa. But instead the scene suddenly becomes super serious. The eyes of the instructor widen. The music becomes menacing. The instructor says something along the lines of “this can’t be….”. She turns to the main character and informs her that she just used the dangerous technique known as….VACUUM BUTT CANNON!
It’s a 100% super serious, super robot shouting powerful moves, ridiculous logic applied to special attacks, shounen battle anime. With butts. Keijo is amazing and you should all watch it. That’s all I have to say.
Recasting historical figures into future warriors with a variety of super powers is a popular plot point for fantasy stories, but in these sorts of stories there are always a few people you’re not allowed to represent. Hitler is rarely used, mostly because Hitler is so cartoonishly evil it’s kind of boring to make him one of your characters, but mostly it’s religious figures because people are afraid of insulting that religion. Drifters decided to drop in the main man himself: Jesus Christ. I loved it not because I’m someone who loves seeing people get offended like I want to crush the safe space SJWs while I browse 8chan and Breitbart or anything. I enjoyed it because of what a fascinating take it had on his character for this world.
Working in London is weird in ways I hadn’t imagined it would be. I wouldn’t have thought myself a country boy by any stretch of the imagination, but there’s something a bit different about an international city and one of the most iconic places in the world. So much so though random gag anime have characters visit their on holiday and casually pass by landmarks because going to London is A Thing people do.
The 12 Days of Anime project are a series of posts run by anime writers during the Christmas period where they write about 12 particularly notable moments in anime in the days leading up until Christmas. I’ve been taking part in this for several years now. Heck I used to help organise it until this year when someone else happily took up the reins (they have spreadsheets now and everything). But I still want to take part so here we are with my first anime moment of 2016: That moment when a bunch of hot naked anime boys covered themselves in lotion.
While writing this season preview I found myself thinking of the laughing producers in Girlish Number and their hair-brained ideas for how to create a hit in the hottest new craze. I’m pretty sure half of the anime from this season came from their think tank. There’s a bar somewhere in Tokyo with a number of them proclaiming they won! Gahahaha!
Welcome to The Cart Driver’s perhaps not world famous but at the very least reliable anime season preview, winter 2017 edition! I’m fast approaching 9 years writing these things and I’ll admit in the realm of pre-season hype generator, this upcoming season ranks as one of the worst I’ve seen in a while. Not quite Winter 2013 where the only good anime was Inferno Cop, but not far off. Are you still excited? Good, because so am I! Yeah I can’t help it. It could be an entire season of idol shows and flash animated shorts and I’d still get excited.
Welcome back to A Day with The Cart Driver anime podcast with myself and Day from GAR GAR Stegosaurus. This time we’re talking about anime from 2016 we’ve been catching up on before the year ends. This means most of it is us talking about Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash but Day squeaks in some time for Bungou Stray Dogs and Tabimachi Late Show. Also I have a big old rant about the ending of Erased which I had only just finished. The feelings were still raw.
My Hero Academia is fairly clearly inspired by American comic books and culture. This is about much more than the superhero aesthetic though. It’s more a deeper, symbolic inspiration, a lot of which comes through All Might. His muscle-bound body bears a far greater resemblance to American superheroes than that of Japanese skinny Sentai heroes. His outfits and background images when he appears are all star-spangled banner themed and his attacks are all names of American cities. This is important to distinguish as it gets down to what My Hero Academia is fundamentally about: The American dream.