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12 Days, day seven. The End Of Ideon.

It’s been a long time coming. In fact, it almost didn’t make it into this list. Honestly it’s not much to talk about — everything happens that you think happens, with perhaps a little more brutality and child-beheading than you might expect — but the achievement in itself after a long episodic slog and poor […]

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Secret Santa Non-Review — Giant Robo OVA: The “-est” anime

Of all the various mounting traditions that anime bloggers have been saddling themselves with, the most well-organized and effort-intensive is probably the Secret Santa project, masterminded by the Reverse Thieves. This year it was the magnificent Giant Robo: The Day The Earth Stood Still OVA by the retro-robot master Yasuhiro Imagawa. It was the anime’s […]

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Today’s blasphemy will be…

Maybe it’s because I was sick, maybe I haven’t been paying close enough attention — yes, it’s incredibly awesome, but Giant Robo: The Day The Earth Stood Still has not moved me in quite the way that the opening of Shin Mazinger did. Maybe you always remember your first Imagawa?  

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I can’t sympathize with a villain that can erase me in the blink of an eye, so sue me

I mentioned earlier that I found Gundam’s relative sophistication missing in Space Runaway Ideon during the first half. The genesis of this post actually came a couple episodes ago, but the 18th episode did a mix of reinforcing me and throwing me off a little. One of Gundam’s overarching themes is that war is hell […]

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That seminal post-rock record called Space Runaway Ideon

Your college entrance exams probably featured analogies. Try this one: Slint’s Spiderland is to Mogwai’s Come On Die Young as Tomino’s Space Runaway Ideon is to…

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Being a woman aboard Ideon’s Solo Ship

How Yoshiyuki Tomino’s career might have been different if a woman would have just made him a goddamn sandwich. Not really. It’s more about laughing at Ideon’s misogyny because it’s easier on your head than facepalming constantly.

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