The Neptune City-Saturn Town Review #2

15 Jun

With all of the Anime currently blanketing video store shelves, I’m sure it can be a little overwhelming for anyone trying to know where to start if they haven’t been reading Animerica Magazine for the last decade.

Since Anime films are no longer aired on the Sci-Fi channel every Saturday morning like was once done all the way back in the 90’s (those were the days), it has also become a potentially pricey hobby. As a helpful public service, the “Neptune City-Saturn Town Review” (which is painstakingly approved by the Board of Beatnik Foxes before publication) offers the following high quality suggestions.

 Unico in the Island of Magic. All-ages dramatic fairy tale from the imagination of Manga and Anime’s  founder Osamu Tezuka. Wonderful film.

Anything by Hayao Miyazaki. My Neighbor Totoro (I prefer the original Troma/Fox Family dub); Kiki’s Delivery Service; and Spirited Away are highlights.  

Galaxy Express 999 and Adieu Galaxy Express. Based on the stunning epic of Leiji Matsumoto. Very original science fiction/fairy tale.     

Dominion: Tank Police. Hilarious OVA science fiction comedy based on the manga of Masamune Shirow; with a very likable cast of characters. You can’t help pulling for Buaku and the Puma Sisters at least a little bit.

Iria: Zeiram the Animation. Another outstanding OVA series. Dramatic epic with a great film score.

Armitage III: Poly-Matrix. Gritty and complex science fiction in the tradition of Blade Runner.       

Whisper of the Heart. Penned, but not directed, by Miyazaki. Very moving film. “Country Road” never sounded so good.

Last but not least, Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer. Rumiko Takahashi’s wonderful comedy cast from the Lum comics are adapted expertly in this interesting science fiction/fairy tale (when will Viz ever finish its fantastic Lum manga translation. Sigh).

Well, that’s all for now, and remember: “Freedom is Ink on the Page!”   

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