I love the old Chanbarra films I've seen, and the shows we have discussed here, and some other things based on Japanese culture (Love SHOGUN!- the miniseries, have not read the book) but I cannot say I ever got into anime/manga- It just doesn't float my boat.
But I absolutely loved and watched Tenchi Muyo/Universe back in the early Y2Ks when it was on Cartoon Channel? Cartoon Network? I believe that I had picked up on it because I was buying some GOO books for my collecting, and Big Eyes, Small Mouth mentioned Tenchi Muyo. Anything else I've tried to watch just...can't.
On a related note Tunnels & Trolls is apparently huge in Japan (it arrived before OD&D did), and in recent years FBI have translated some of the T&T Japan stuff into English- Link below- it's a fun little book with the basic T&T rules, some comics to show new people how to play, some pre-gens and some adventures (solo & GM).
Another standout anime from 2001 or so was Big O, which is basically Batman meets Gundam.
Big O was a great one. The lead writer also did another anime around that time, Serial Experiments: Lain, which I don't think broadcast outside of Japan but we had VCD and VHS copies of it floating around school like crack. That's one I always point to people who want to like the genre but can't, along with Cowboy Bebop.
More recently, Space Dandy was a surprisingly fun homage-parody of all those classic 70s space cartoons mentioned in this thread already.
I wouldn't mind a tokusatsu themed clone of OBAD&D, or preferably just a small campaign setting with monster manual and a class or two—I think I might have caught one or two over the years but they never grabbed me. Too much "Black Hack A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. Story System" and not enough "Here's Godzilla, and here's a magic helm that turns you into Ultraman."
Johnny Sokko and His Giant Robot! Yeah, that show was absolutely HORRIBLE...and I loved every minute of it as a kid. But Ultraman came on TV too early for me (even then I didn't like getting up in the morning), so at best I only caught the last few minutes before Speed Racer, then Giant Robot. But I still remember that sound when Ultraman was getting low on power in the middle of a fight.
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Post by ampleframework on Oct 23, 2021 6:06:40 GMT -6
Pacific Rim seems like a loveletter to this genre of Japanese film, I feel. I haven't seen the anime but I saw the two live action films. I prefer the first one. The Jaegers seemed a bit too weightless in part 2. I like lumbering giant robots more than nimble ones. Personal preference. It's like slow zombies vs. runners. Slow is classic.
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