The Red Comet World | 8 Great Rivals from the Robot Japanese anime genre (Part 4) #Auris #Char


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We’re at the halfway point, and I wanted to mention GUNDAM at one point.

Char Aznable was a commanding officer in the Zeon Republic and the focal threat for  Amuro Rei, the main character of Mobile Suit Gundam. That’s the first title to this long-running series, and after that, there’s always been a masked man (or any guy hiding his eyes or face) that follows in the impression of giving the protagonist hell.

Thinking over the series as a whole, I kept wondering over which masked man/rival should I put on this list? I thought of the majority of the series, including Rau Le Cruset from SEED, Chronicle of V and Scwartz of G; for those who don’t have a mask, there’s Gato of STARDUST, Haman, and Daryl of THUNDERBOLT. Who’d be the best fighter that the main character is determined to face? I don’t even mind mentioning Luin Li of the Capital Guard (G of Reconguista).

I’ll have to go with the beginning, the one who started it all, even though he isn’t the most interesting fellow. Char Aznable has his own spin off, his movie, two artificial beings based off of him. No one can doubt that he has massive influence on this series, in real life, and in other products, really coming from the core of the first gundam series. His C.V Ikeda Shuuichi even calls Char “the main character”. It suits him well considering Char’s parents died, and that’s a typical case for gundam main characters 😉

His lines and nickname “The RED COMET” are often parodied as well, as well as a masked (or red-related) character that Ikeda Shuuchi plays (ie: Shanks from ONE PIECE). There’s even an Amuro-Char reverse parody in Detective Conan. Matter of fact, I think Char and Amuro are one of the most intense rivalries in the gundam series along with Gato and Kou in the short SATRDUST MEMORY series. In fact, the radical TITANS movement in Z Gundam was perpetrated to the actions of Gato and his superior Delaz.

Amuro and Char has constantly fought with each other, thus the latter’s mention. Consistent fighting, creating a new war, a long-time influence, a real-life connection, etc.

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Notable Mention (?)

Yuuki Tatsuya, AKA: Meijin Kawaguchi, is the main rival of Sei Iori and Reiji in GUNDAM BUILD FIGHTERS. However, he isn’t the primary rival in the second season of BUILD FIGHTERS TRY, but still shows his might. I asked myself would I place Yuuki over Char? In conclusion, I said no. There is no denying this kid’s skill. Reiji had an absolute, burning desire to beat Yuuki just as much as Amuro did with Char. However, Build Fighters is a fun parody, shorter, and the battles between Yuuki and main are few in comparison. And since it is a part on a sports genre, Gunpla Battle, there are inevitably a TON of a rivals that intervene in the series that even the main rival has to put down in order to reach the top.

And Yuuki doesn’t parody Char’s lines, but he does use red units, including a Zaku, and he parodies the 0079 opening theme (ie: Moeagaru! Gunpla!“). So maybe Yuuki is theme song parodier ;D Even in second season, it’s the Fighter Try’s OP theme “CERULEAN”

GENKAI NANTE NAI!” (“There are no LIMITS!”)

World Influence
There is too many to mention. but this is one of my favorites. A Char-based TOYOTA Auris was build.

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SOURCE: Zeonic Toyota’s Auris II w/Ikeda Shuuichi (CAR WATCH)

Some Specifications:

  • Double (4 cylinders) OverHead Cam Inline engine. Either 1.2, 1.8 or 1.5 liter.
  • 2WD or 4WD. Front wheel drive.
  • 7 speed-Continuously variable transmission

FREED-san inspects the car. THE SOUND!:

SKE48’s Furukawa Airi rides

You are Sweet | 7 Anime shows that made Doggie cry (Part 3) #gundam


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Mobile Suit Gundam: War in The Pocket (機動戦士ガンダム0080 ポケットの中の戦争; kidou senshi gundam poketto no naka no sensou).

Near the end of the One Year War, there’s an incident in Side 6, a neutral colony.

That’s it. Is this overrated? It was a genuine cry and this is a well-done product. It shows friendship, it shows fear, it shows courage, it shows innocence, in a span of three episodes. That’s why I put it here.

This OVA/novel was mentioned in the GOO Ranking poll, in which I covered, about which gundam makes everyone cry the most. Pocket ranks in TOP 3.

To quote someone on NicoDouga’s comments on the poll:

アルが泣いてた時に「戦争なんてすぐ始まるよ!」って言われたラスト深すぎた

“At the time when Al was crying, ‘the war will begin!’ said, at the end, it was quite deep. Profound.”

EXACTLY! (I think that’s a rough quote). Also, WiP contains one of my favorite OP, in gundam and in anime in general.

8 Great Rivals from the Robot Japanese anime genre (Part 1)


So, I’m doing an article called 7 Anime shows that made Doggie cry, and this was the second idea that I had on the same day. At first, I wanted to add in video games, calling it “rivals from games and anime” but I felt like it would require more time as I can only think of a few. Plus, the term “robot genre” isn’t that loose. You may think Megaman (and MMX series, you can drive robots) or you may think a military drama or a space-sci-fi like ZONE OF THE ENDERS.

In Japanese anime, or rather internationally, if the primary function of battle is using a robot, especially to protect or defeat something then this is what I’m putting focus on. In most cases, there is an extraterrestrial setting or war ends up in space. Therefore, the article is about not about the main character of a show in this genre, but rather the rivals that oppose them stubbornly.

Also, it is very important to me that this rival is in battle with the protagonist in more than one or two occasions.

Let’s start. No spoilers and in no particular order.

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Galden
HAOU TAIKEI RYU KNIGHT (覇王大系リューナイト; high king history RYU KNIGHT)

Galden is THE RIVAL of Ryu Knight TV Series and the pilot of Dark Knight Steru. While Aduu Waltham trains to be a knight, gathering a group of friends from various adventures, they meet up a really troublesome fellow in dark armor. He’s at the pinnacle of rivalry, crossing swords with Adeu and his friends, increasing his strength (And vengeance), evening putting the hero group in a very desperate, near-death corner at one point. This is through the majority of the 1st half and even a part of the 2nd half.

Galden’s C.V is Tsujitani Koji, so we have nobility and gentleman with perfection. Galden made the show entertaining with his sense of pride.

The robots in this series are called “Ryu” and I’ll leave out of the spoilers of their significance. They are considered magical and function as “Super robots” of different variety. As Galden drives a black knight Ryu swordsman and Adeu drives a white knight Ryu swordsman, isn’t it perfect?

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Photo of MACROSS ZERO Vol 4. From bandaivisual.

Nora Polyansky
MACROSS ZERO
Calling the Variable Fighters or VFs “robots” might be pushing it a bit. It is a machine, it does transform into a “battroid” human-like form; real and super robots can transform, and the VFs are included in video games based on robots such as Super Robot Taisen and Another Century’s Episode.

The lover of D.D, and with a magnificent C.V, the ever-so-fun Takayama Minami, Nora is the pilot of a red SV-51γ (Gamma). The gamma is used for ace pilots; SF might mean “Space Variable” in reference to the first Macross ship the SDF-1 (ASS-1), as the SV followed after the variable fighter prototype. Nora’s battles with Shin Kudoh are highlights in ZERO, but then again, when are the dogfights aren’t? The first battle completely shows the difference in technology and ability of both pilots and their machines (VF vs a naval F-14), and lays the setting of Zero. The second is similar, even with Shin’s new machine, and the third shows Shin’s guts facing desperation. Whether it’s her hate for the Earth forces or she’s just plain cold, Nora took a liking in facing Shin.

You’re probably wondering – why not Isamu and Guld in Macross Plus? They are the main protagonists and are actually friends even with a strained past. Their affiliations are the same as well; it is more of a rivalry between the significance of man and machine. Only on one occasion has their rivalry became personal.

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7 Anime shows that made Doggie cry (Part 1)


So I have two entries in mind sooner or later: Top Mecha show rivals and this, which is anime shows that make me cry.

I always wondered myself since I covered a topic on a poll about gundam shows that make people cry. It was nice to make me reflect, so I wanted to do it more. What made me cry in the past? I can definitely say Disney movies and animal deaths in cinema immediately, also sappy soundtracks fitted at perfect moments.

Can I even remember? Did I find it difficult to cry?

Due to time, I’m splitting into maybe two or three parts. Also, these are not in order.

Some SPOILERS (ネタバレ) warning. Not necessarily now.

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Hot eyes! WET TEARS! Poll shows #1 #Gundam Series that makes you cry #機動戦士ガンダム #ネタバレ


OFFICAL LINK: GOO RAKING: TEAR DUCT EXPLOSION: #1 Gundam Series that makes you cry

Nico Nico News article on same ranking

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Hooray, a new gundam article. I’ve seen a few polls on Goo about gundam as it is, such as “worst female character” and “the gundam you’d wish to pilot”. Maybe I’ll cover those one day since they’re interesting. Now, this time, this is about the gundam series that makes you cry.

Indeed, a series with a tradition of war. According to GOO Raking, these are the top three crybaby gundams:

1位 機動戦士ガンダム 鉄血のオルフェンズ (Iron Blooded Orphans)
2位 機動戦士ガンダム (0079’s gundam)
3位 機動戦士ガンダム0080 ポケットの中の戦争 (0080 War in Pocket)

4 and lower are listed on Goo.

SPOILERS (ネタバレ)! GO!

I’ll try not to reveal too much, but there are thoughts here and there. So here are spoilers for ORPHANS, Gundam X, Gundam AGE, IGLOO 1 & 2, 0080 War in Pocket, STARDUST MEMORY, 0079 (1st Gen), G_RECO, Z Gundam, and 00 (Double O; TV series and movie.

I love everyone’s opinions on NicoNicoDouga. They seem to like IGLOO.

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A 90s idea? Okamoto Maya x Asamiya Kia Concept CD Thunder God Eight ZANAM @femmefatale_kaz @maya_pan0203


Voice actress Okamoto Maya released a concept CD of her fictitious anime “Raijin Hachi ZANAM”. What does that mean? It’s basically an independent production in the form of a CD, rendering the idea of a hit 90s sci-fi anime.

Illustration/Key Visual is by Asamiya Kia (麻宮騎亜) of STUDIO TRON, who’s in charge of illustrations for sci-fi Shinseiki Vagrants (神星記ヴァグランツ), Space Battleship YAMATO 2199 movie, Martian Successor Nadesico manga, Batman Child of Dreams, and Silent Mobius. She also does the genga (key animation used for replication) and moving scenes for anime works such as Naucisca, Z Gundam, and Lupin The 3rd Part 3. Character design for Sonic Soldier Borgman, Zeorymer, and Detonator Orgun. She also works on creature design for KAMEN RIDER FOURZE and was animation director for Shurato (OM SOWA!). Check out @kia_asamiya on Twitter and her above website.

First sight, and I immediately liked the key visual.

About the Work

NEWS WALKER: “Concept anime is group performance staged in Earth and Mars. Okamoto Maya’s self-made plan interview”

Part 2 of Interview

She provides the voice of Emma Sheen from Z Gundam (where she was 17 years old), Haruka Minato of Nadesico, Soretta of SAKURA TAISEN and Saiko Yuki Silent Mobius, among many others. She “retired” for a while, dedicating time to singing and overseas dubbing, even going to New York. (Source: Wikipedia). She is a member of talent office NEVERLAND ARTS Co.,Ltd., being one of its few “voice actors”.

Emma Sheen plays the clear minded role of the AEUG (united earth faction), having defected from the TITANS due to their brutal methods. If I could explain Okamoto’s voice quality, it’s “chirpy” with a bit of an adult-sister feeling.

Full title of this project is “The Eight Thunder Gods ZANAM -bFemme Fatale – Girl of Fate.” (雷神八系-ZANAM- ファム・ファタール 運命の女). If ever produced as an anime, the idea for it to be a 52 ep series with the image of a contemporary 90s anime. For starters, there’s the theme RISE AND FALL, which Okamoto sings. In this work, she is the character Kanon J (Jeanne d’Arc) Kusanagi.

Okamoto, in the above interview, states that the main song wouldn’t have a simple theme such as “good and evil” or “light and darkness”. Also, not “fire” and “water”; it is difficult to distinguish. There is a mention of “Wind” and the eight thunder gods as a part of the “anime”‘s concept.

その後に火星や第三勢力の目線になっていけば面白く感じてもらえるのかなと思っています。

地球側には地球側の、火星側には火星側の戦う理由を描けたらなと。

地球には8人の「雷神」がいて、それが「風神」と出会うことで運命が成就するんです。タイトルの「運命の女」はそこから来ています。

“Glance of a Battle on Earth, battle on mars, and possibly a third power”.

The official website of ZANAM provides information on an official CD and radio show that Okamoto hosts, receiving questions via e-mail. The show is called 岡本麻弥のラジオDEファム・ファタール. (Okamoto Maya’s radio DE Femme Fatale)

The CD contains 2 songs + short drama “Blueness Star” for 2,000 yen. Then, there was a music event at M3 [media mix doujishi exhibition] back in April. Here are the CD Contents:

M1.「Rise and Fall」
(”架空”TVアニメ『雷神八系- ZANAM- ファム・ファタール 運命の女』主題歌)
歌 : 岡本麻弥 作詞 : RUCCA 作曲/編曲 : 加藤慶

Main theme. M1 “Rise and Fall.”
Song: Okamoto Maya
Lyrics: RUCCA
Composition/Arrangement: Katoh-san

M2.ショートドラマ 第0話「星の蒼さ」 (脚本 : 岡本麻弥)
カノン・J・草薙 : 岡本麻弥 / シャンテル・シャルマ : 新井笙子 /
チミー・神山・テンジン : 徳本英一郎 / ナレーション : バロン山崎

M.2 is a short drama called “A more blue star.” (blueness?) Original idea is Okamoto. Cast:
Kanon J Kusanagi: Okamoto Maya
Shantel Saruuma : Arai Shoko
Chimi Kamiyama Tenzin: Tokumoto Eiichiro (NEVERLAND ARTS)
Narrator: Baron Yamazaki (NEVERLAND ARTS)

M3.「カゼノオト」
(”架空”TVアニメ『雷神八系- ZANAM- ファム・ファタール 運命の女』劇)
歌 : 岡本麻弥 作詞 : 岡本麻弥 作曲/編曲 : 加藤慶

M.3: KAZE NO OTO (Song of Wind)
Song/lyrics: Okamoto Maya
Composition/Arrangement: Katoh-san [possibly Kyo]

You can hear a piece of KAZE NO OTO on the radio show. Sounds like it’s 90s bridging into 2000s. I can’t find Rise & Fall.

∪^ェ^∪ | Doggie’s Thoughts | ∪^ェ^∪

Good luck in your efforts Okamoto and everyone else! ❤ This is unique and I am always into these bots. Like she said, it is “wishful thinking”: 50 episode anime, participating with a 90s cast, and so on (source: interview). It could be foolish, but an idea can only sprout into something interesting. That’s the whole point of arts. Because there was someone, aside from Okamoto, who contained the feeling of wanting to see an animation that contained the essence of 1990s.”

If 90s is what she looks for, I wouldn’t mind Katsuki Masako as a fierce rival. Hayashibara Megumi could also be that or the evil Mars empress (lol). I can also imagine Ueda Yuji, Yasunori Matsumoto, and Seki Tomokazu. Okamoto mentions that even she would like for the project to be something for a young voice actor to participate in.

I will keep an eye on this project and provide more updates. I’m a bit too busy to catch anything from the radio show, if I can catch any familiar Japanese that is (^.;), but we’ll see. Next time, I’ll look over that interview a bit more.

52 episodes? If anything, I couldn’t mind a cheap budget show even with a freeze frame, akin to an older video game for cutscenes.

Afterthought:
Check out another original mecha audio drama “Chou Onisei ZEA VIDE” (超鬼兵ジーヴァイド). It’s OP is Z TOGETHER. ZEA VIDE

Doggie Highlight – Musician Hano Seiji (羽野誠司)


Link: Hano’s website

How to explain this guy’s style?

“A traditional Japanese with violin”. Or rather, a “storyteller of music”. That is what you call Utagatari (歌語り). Take the thrums of the string instrument for example. Hano debuted in 1978, learned piano in his child days and then moved to guitar, which I confused with a violin I guess.

A couple of his favorite artists are Debussy, Bartok (violin concerto specialist), and Takemitsu Toru. Hobbies are photography (写真)、reading (読書)、traveling (旅)、performance appreciation (演芸鑑賞)、and kabuki (歌舞伎も). He likes jazz and pop, favoring artists like Pat Metheny and Baden Powell.

Check out Hano’s photo collection and music collection. For the latter, the songs contain a theme such as recitation, anime, nature, and story. This is a song for the concept anime Sanada Gunden, produced by Bungyoso (3×3 Eyes, Macross F).

Participated in the music of Musashi Ninpouden Ninja Reppu. A TV drama based on Saitama prefecture’s local tokusatsu hero. Musashi was the former name of Saitama Prefecture. Check out the Twitter account @ninja_reppu for more.

He also participated in the soundtrack of YOTODEN (妖刀伝; supernatural sword story) OVA series. Internationally titled “Wrath of Ninja” series. Also, insert music for the short toku series “Shinraku bishoujo Mami (侵略美少女ミリ; invading pretty girl Mami).

Matter of fact, it was Yotoden that made me think “violin” or “cello”. Heavy strings. Yotoden became popular and the soundtrack became a hit on Oricon charts (Hano’s profile). I agree. It has great music! Check it out by all means.

Other works:
Tsugumi e (つぐみへ)
Yokashi Banashi (妖かしばなし) – 2017 Horror tokusatsu
Sangokushi/Three Kingdoms (三國志)

Trailer for Yokashi.