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Kame… Hame… HAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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   Just a quick sketch of Goku. It took me longer to apply the sloppy inks to the piece than it did for the pencils.

Sunday Morning Super Dimension Fortress One Fun

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   So it’s Sunday. Sunday’s used to be a dull day. Nothing to watch on TV, except the occasional b-roll cartoon like Galtar or some other show that just wasn’t cut out for Saturday mornings. While I do have a soft spot in my heart for even those shows, nothing compares to choosing what you want to see, when you want to see it. I have a hard drive full of content, a packed Netflix queue, Amazon Prime, and several shows I’ve purchased via my new happy place… Google Plus.

63f58bc6   Now down to it… I am having a great time screening Robotech on Netflix this morning. I have the series, but I really love streaming shows since they keep better track of where I left off than I can with my 47 year old memory banks. I am a huge fan of what Harmony Gold did with Macross, Southern Cross, and Mospeada. I find that Macross holds up really well, and it’s also in my library. I’ve never bothered to track down the other two series. Macross is my thing.

   Back to Robotech. This show had a different feel than the normal cartoons of my youth. I was 14 when it came out, and perhaps it was the Sci-Fi action combined with the more adult drama that had me hooked. Don’t get me wrong, if t had Robots, heroes, or any sort of martial arts, I was all about whatever I was watching. Robotech came at the right time and had an interesting story arch, along with a heavy transforming robot style aesthetic.

UPDATE: While poking around on Amazon Prime, I found both Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber Mospeada! Bonus 👍

Let’s Go Voltron Force…

scale Oh what a time we live in. I awoke at 0400 hours this morning with the odd craving to watch Voltron. So I fired up Netflix, and began an episode. The show wasn’t doing “it” for me, that is UNTIL they formed Voltron. The Nostalgia Feels were ON as soon as the “Activate Interlocks! Dyna-Therms connected. Infra-Cells up; Mega-Thrusters are go!”. 

   It was then when I realized that it wasn’t the show that I remembered fondly, it was a few key moments of the show. When I tried to view the program as a whole, I was bored, and at times annoyed. Modern shows have spoiled me with great storytelling.

   The show’s original template, Beast King Go-Lion, never interested me unlike Choujikuu Yousai Macross. Man, I loved that series.

   While I will keep watching these oldies, of which there are some which have great stories such as a few series by Filmation, or the Robotech Saga, the shows that just have that one moment will just be background noise until that certain time arrives. So, it’s not the old shows, themselves, that I remember fondly as much as the essence for that moment in time, that brings back great memories of fun instances of my youth. Old cartoons, and TV shows, are still worth it for that brief set of scenes, if nothing else 🙂

Princess Mononoke 🐺

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Princess Mononoke, Studio Ghibli (1997)

   So, I guess, I’ve been living under a rock for roughly 20 years now. I have never seen this movie. Sure, I’ve heard of it, but when I watch Japanese Animation it’s usually containing Ninja, Samurai or Giant Mechs & Kaiju. It is entirely understandable how a movie about a “Princess” could fly under my radar. Last week it was being played in select theaters, and a much younger co-worker was all about it. I was curious so that evening I went home and found a trailer for the film. I was surprised to find out that it was just my sort of thing. My wife was impressed as well. I found it on Netflix, the next thing you know it’s here and we’re enjoying it immensely.

   According to the young man that I work with, I have more to look forward to in other titles from Studio Ghibli. I cannot wait!

Star Wars: TIE Fighter

   Am I tardy to the party? Nope, but somebody brought this little gem back into my consciousness, today. This short film is some of the best Star Wars traditional animation that I’ve ever seen. It was uploaded to YouTube back in 2015, and has garnered over 6,742,808 views! OtaKing77077 is a master of his craft.

Go Nagai’s Mazinger Z: Dynamic Super Battle Robots | AniMonday

  While I am not familiar with all of the robots, two of them are new to me, I love some animated giant robot on Kaiju action. This has made Monday a bit more bearable. I may have to make every Monday an AniMonday.

  1. Mazinger Z
  2. Great Mazinger
  3. Jeeg
  4. Govarian
  5. God Mazinger
  6. Grendizer
  7. Shin Getta
  8. Mazinkaizer

Let’s Go, Voltron…

   Voltron: Legendary Defender, was released on June 10th. I cannot recommend this new show enough. I was 15 when Voltron: Defender of the Universe was released in North America from a retooled Beast King: Go Lion. Back then, I enjoyed the show a lot, it wasn’t my favorite but is was fun… until they tried splicing in Armored Fleet Dairugger XV. They quickly re-retooled their show and phased out the “Vehicle Voltron” for the more popular lion version. Clever as it was, they milked the footage for all they could. Coupled with the specialty shops importing Go Lion toys, Matchbox releasing a version then Panosh Place taking a shot at the license, the world seemed to be crazy for Voltron.

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