In this episode, Drew and Richard talk about a panel they were planned to present at Anime Weekend Atlanta in 2018, the Yoroiden Samurai Troopers 30th Anniversary! We talk about the original TV series and the OAVs that came after. YST is a series that was near and dear to our hearts in our earlier fandom and is still a show we talk about off-air, so it was great to sit down and chat about this series. As you can tell from some background noise early on, we’re not the only ones who are down with YST!
This episode, Drew and Richard sit down to discuss Japanese animation from the modern era that they are watching and talk about why not all new anime is crap.
In this episode of Akihabara Renditions, Drew and Richard take a walk on the ~spooky~ side as we review the 1985 OAV Vampire Hunter D and its 2000 sequel, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust.
Thus concludes our inadvertent coverage of the Night of the Vampire Robots!
Happy Reiwa, folks!
Continuing on with the festivities for the 40th Anniversary of Mobile Suit Gundam, we review the second Thunderbolt movie, Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower.
When I first decided that I was going to start running panels at anime conventions about ten years ago, I kicked around all sorts of ideas of what to talk about. Early on in my fandom, even longer before I went to anime conventions, Dragonball fansites often discussed the trivia related to Toriyama Akira’s puns when it came to naming characters in his epic. As I started watching more anime and reading more manga, I started noticing more and more of these puns and I thought this would be a fun convention topic to present. But when I started with even the most rough draft of this, I found this was a real short topic indeed and wouldn’t fit a convention format very well. Which means it’s perfect for Free Talk here at Akihabara Renditions.
Japan is preparing for the abdication of its current Emperor, which means the coming of a new era! Actually, this doesn’t mean anything except or history and political junkies… doesn’t it? Well, not so fast!
Drew will explain the significance and brief history of the Imperial Calendar system and Richard confuses monarchies for someplace that elects their figureheads and nominates professional wrestler Jushin Thunder Liger to the post and applies it to pop culture through beloved children’s hero, Masked (Kamen) Rider. Then they’ll go on to discuss some of the most notable series from the first year of the closing Heisei period.
Upon us soon is the 40th Anniversary of the airing of the original Mobile Suit Gundam. A TV series whose original run went from being shortened due to poor ratings to one of the most visible anime franchises. It’s success having gone from Japanese Star Trek to Japanese Star Wars.
Drew and Richard sit down for a chat and reflect on the franchise’s various series, various adaptations and what might be coming next for Gundam.