A-Ko's very near and dear to my heart. It was the first anime I saw with explicit knowledge of it BEING ANIME. I'd seen some of those localized shows from the early 80s (Voltron being my favorite), but that was no different from Muppet Babies or Superfriends in my mind-- it was all goofy stuff I absorbed at an impressionable age. But THIS was the first thing I rented knowing full well that I was getting into that weird shit…
California Crisis: Gun Salvo 1986
Just realized I never posted a link to my review of this thing over on my blog.
I will champion this strange, apparently unfinished (yet still commercially released in Japan) OVA oddity until the day I die. If anything, it works better NOW than it likely did then, because it's playing with a whole bunch of filtering of nostalgia and foreign pop cultures in ways that feel very much in the vein of more recent trends. It does for 50s…
Zindy, the Swamp Boy 1973
The only lesson children need to learn from movies is that the world is cruel and unusual, and that we'll all meet the same end as Zindy.
Yeti: The Giant of the 20th Century 1977
The gods might not exist, but the fact that this and Captain Caveman debuted in the same year is definitely some circumstantial proof of the possibility of some sort of higher guidance.
Yeah, this is pretty much bootleg Italian King Kong-- monster is discovered, rich dude wants to exploit it, monster falls for a woman, BAD THINGS HAPPEN. That said rich dude is a businessman who wants to turn the Yeti into a corporate mascot to sell gas and women's…
Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers 2022
The kid who voiced Peter Pan and starred in a bunch of other Disney movies around that time, got dumped by the studio when he got too old, turned to drugs, and died in squalor in his early 30s. Then, 50-something years later, Disney makes a movie about how Peter Pan grows up and turns into a criminal that kidnaps Disney characters to force them into some sort of cartoon slavery.
We know Disney's evil in that existential, intangible, "too…
Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost 2019
As far as long-running cartoon franchises that take old, apocryphal entries and loosely work them back into the "canon" go, I dug this more than Dragon Ball Super: Broly.
It's a far more herculean effort to take a character like Flim Flam and make him bearable than it is to do something similar with a character like Broly.
Also, there's some genuinely fascinating stuff going on in here with the character dynamics of Fred and Daphne, given that Fred was…