Anime Classics

Anime Classics - Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack

Yoshiyuki Tomino isn't for everyone. The anime director and creator of the Gundam franchise is a bit of an odd duck. It's hard to get a good snapshot of his personality, both in direction and in life. I'm guessing that a lot of this has to do with his long history in the business. After a while, a guy's got to get tired of answering the same five or six questions about the same thing, no matter how much they've prospered from it. Then there's his style of directing, wherein he refuses to hold the hand of the viewer. A plot may be pretty straight forward, but his approach to it in directing may leave some scratching their heads.

Anime Classics - Space Battleship Yamato: The Movie

Let's first talk about Gundam. Everyone who reads this blog knows that I'm a huge Gundam fan. Gundam didn't do well at all at first, but took off after repeats, and eventually did well enough to garner support for a theatrical version. There were three theatrical movies that retold the series in movie form, and in many fans' opinions, improved it by removing some of the filler and streamlining the story by enforcing the "Newtype" element. This was in the late 1970s/early 1980s. But years earlier, this same thing had happened to another science fiction anime series. A show that was spearheaded by howitzer enthusiast Yoshinobu Nishizaki and remodeled by manga author/artist Leiji Matsumoto. The show was called Space Battleship Yamato, which, like Gundam, had a time release explosion.

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