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Tezuka's Mushi Production: Best Series

Mushi Production was Osamu Tezuka's animation studio and they produced a ton of works before - and after - going bankrupt! Check out this 1984 VHS of their 'Best Series' as described at Let's Anime!

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the osamu tezuka story at let's anime

There's a new Let's Anime all about the gigantic life story of a gigantic talent, The Osamu Tezuka Story!

It's happening now at Let's Anime! http://letsanime.blogspot.ca/2017/06/the-osamu-tezuka-story.html
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Noel's Fantastic Trip

I went back in and fixed a 2009 Let's Anime about the film Noel's Fantastic Trip, a bewildering whimsy of a film made by Japanese folksinger Iruka, starring Iruka's alter ego Noel and her journey to give the Sun ice cream, meeting the Beatles, convincing a planet to go nudist, and calling on a flying whale to defeat pollution. Also the Space Battleship Yamato makes a cameo.


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science ninja bird team battling planets

So a while back - like ten years ago - I wrote a Let's Anime blog post about Gatchaman. Yeah, I've been writing that blog for ten years. Whatever. Anyway, I wrote this really generic bare-bones broad-brush sort of piece about Gatchaman, and then I sort of forgot about it until a week ago.

A week ago I got another one of those emails from Google where they tell me that a blog post has been put into 'draft' because of reported DMCA copyright infringement. The Gatchaman post from '07 was that post. Just like I did with the Space Battleship Yamato post, I filed a counter-claim. Google responded by saying, in essence, "we dunno what you're talking about."

I'm fairly certain these DMCA reports are being generated by a 'bot that a service uses to search the internets for URLs that contain the names of properties, properties owned by the corporations that hired the service. You hire the service, tell it the names of the things you own, it activates its DMCA-bot 9000 and that bot scours the Web looking for illegal streaming sites, Megauploads, and other infringements thereof.

So my counter claim being fruitless, I bit the bullet and edited the post. I changed the title so that it no longer contained the words "science ninja team gatchaman" and I took the opportunity to go into the text and fix links, add some more information, throw in some more images, and generally do the kind of maintenance that most older posts tend to need. That's what I like about blogging as opposed to print; blog posts can be repaired, enhanced, and otherwise changed as necessary.

SO, if you want to read about Battle Of The Planets aka Gatchaman aka G-Force aka Eagle Riders, please enjoy!


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anime at 1984's Worldcon

Thanks to the participation of Steve Harrison, who dug these schedules out of his archives, the new Let's Anime is all about the C/FO's anime room at the 1984 Worldcon, "L.A. Con II", and how its impact continues to resonate with the field.

It's a trip back in time complete with Tomino in Mickey Mouse ears, all at Let's Anime! http://letsanime.blogspot.ca/2017/04/worldcon-84-anime-room-experience.html
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on cinema at the cinema

New Let's Anime details American theatrical releases of Japanese animated films in the days before Akira forced critics to sit up and take notice. Hitherto unreleased images of Warriors Of The Wind and Galaxy Express newspaper ads, Cleopatra reviews, and Nobody's Boy posters! Mean -spirited reviews, bankruptcy, and Jim Backus! It's all there at Let's Anime!

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starzan s

lost 1984 Tatsunoko series OKAWARI-BOY Starzan S gets the Let's Anime treatment in a new column that discusses the show, the real-life origins of many of its characters, its cavalier treatment of copyright infringement, and the connection between this show and "Mad Men". No, really!

Enjoy this cross between Star Wars and Tarzan today at Let's Anime!
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Big new Let's Anime is up all about the 1984 Lensman film based on the books by E.E. "Doc" Smith! Manga, TV shows, follow up novels, toys, the whole galaxy of Galactic Patrol Lensman is covered with varying degrees of accuracy and fidelity, just like the movie.

If you don't read Let's Anime, then Boskone wins - and who would want that?
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New Let's Anime is all about the Discotek DVD featuring the first five Dr Slump movies!

spoiler: I liked 'em
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real deal thunder sub club

new Let's Anime looks at the space battleship anime show that definitely is not a Space Battleship Yamato rip off, totally not, no sir

only one question remains - are YOU a big enough Thunder Sub fan to join the Real Deal Thunder Sub Club?
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Queen Emeraldas review

Just finished the new Let's Anime in which I review Kodansha's North American release of Leiji Matsumoto's QUEEN EMERALDAS Volume 1. Check it out!

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Prince Planet at Fifty

Back when I was very small I watched a Japanese cartoon called "Prince Planet", and it more or less impacted me for life. 2016 is the 50th anniversary of Prince Planet on American television so here's a Let's Anime all about it!

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assemble insert

new Let's Anime is all about the 1990 OVA 2-parter idol-singer-vs-crime-robots ASSEMBLE INSERT and how it's based on manga by Patlabor creator Masami Yuuki and how it got released on DVD back in the day! Check it out!

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superbook/flying house at Let's Anime

it's a new Let's Anime for the holiday season, all about the Christian bible cartoons starring a super book and a flying house, that were of course titled "Superbook" and "Flying House!" Way more than you ever needed to know about the studios that made the shows, the religious broadcaster that paid for them, the ad agencies that made them possible, and the Ukrainian children's show that adopted Superbook for its very own! It's all at the last Let's Anime for 2016!

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galaxy express

new Let's Anime takes a look at Toei's promotional booklet they used to pitch Galaxy Express 999 to the English-speaking world, and how well that worked out, which is to say not very well for a while

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Anime Hasshin

new Let's Anime interviews Anime Hasshin chair Lorraine Savage and explores what may be the longest-running and largest national (international!) anime club in the history of Japanese anime fandom in America!

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welcome to classic anime Dreamwidth

Hey everybody, this is Dave, I am porting over the Classic Anime community from LJ into Dreamwidth, because reasons. If you want to discuss classic Japanese cartoons with fellow fans, here ya go!

I would at this point like to direct your attention to my classic anime blog Let's Anime - http://letsanime.blogspot.com/ - where about once a month I post a longform article about Japanese animation 1960-1990, American anime fandom of the period, and other fun stuff.

There's also an interesting forum at Old School Otaku where fans from and of the classic era discuss older anime, fandom, toys, model kits, laser discs, you name it. https://www.oldschoolotaku.com/forum/

Anyway, hopefully we can get back up to speed over here. Thanks for reading!