As a young boy growing up in Canada, like so many kids I watched alot of cartoons. I loved cartoons. I watch any kind, even on the Canadian French language TV station, TELEVISION de RADIO CANADA. It was on those stations that I have my earliest memories of Japanese Anime. I didn't know that they were from Japan, I just knew that they were different somehow. These weren't no zanny WARNER BROTHERS LOONEY TUNES or family friendly WALT DISNEY cartoons. These were more Action packed! More adult in story telling. It didn't talk down to me as a kid like say the SUPERFRIENDS did. Probably because it they were written for adults in Japan. But North America syndicators didn't care about that. They saw that the shows were animated, so naturally they were for kids.
|Goldorak, aka UFO Robot Grendizer|
|Go Nagai and Mazinger Z|
I recognized the character from MATTEL's SHOGUN WARRIORS toyline, which my parents got for me one Christmas. I was thrilled to find out that he had his own cartoon show, even though it was on the french language TV station my dad use to watch. The robot had a slick cool design I never saw before & his pilot alterego was JAMES DEAN cool way before I knew who JAMES DEAN was. The Super Robot battles were great to watch on the TV for a young boy wanting action.
|UFO Robot Grendizer|
|Candy just reflecting on things|
Unfortunately due many legal reasons CANDY CANDY many never see an officially licensed DVD/BLUERAY release, so fans just have to settle of bootleg copies.
|Some Candy Wish Fulfilment|
|Albator, aka Captain Harlock|
|The Black Terror|
|Clint Eastwood is The Name With No Name|
|The cast of Galaxy Express 999|
|Harlock by Ben Dunn|
I was happy to discover a few years ago that CAPTAIN HARLOCK returned again in a new anime series called CAPTAIN HERLOCK: THE ENDLESS ODYSSEY (2002), were he & his crew fight against "Space Zombies"! Cool huh.
March 2010 TOEI ANIMATION announced a new SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK computer animated movie in the works.
MOBIL SUIT GUNDAM UC author HAROTOSHI FUKUI, APPLESEED director SHINJII ARAMAKI, APPLESEED mechanical designer ATSUSHI TAKEUCHI, & NINJA SCROLL character designer YUTAKA MINOWA all worked on the pilot trailer with MAZU ANIMATION PLANET.
The trailer was shown at the KAWAII-KON ANIME festival in HAWAII April 17, 2010 as a special presentation courtesy of director SHINJII ARAMAKI, much to fans delight. A international release date set for sometime in late 2013.
|Star Blazers, aka Space Battleship Yamato|
The 3 seasons of the STAR BLAZERS have since been released on DVD (The Quest for Iscandar, the Comet Empire, & the Bolar Wars). A great pick for anyone interested in some classic old school anime.
|Cast of Star Blazers|
|Battle of the Planets, aka Gatchaman|
|Zoltar & Sister?|
|G-Force leader Mark|
Voice of the G-FORCE leader MARK/KEN THE EAGLE was provided by CASEY KASEM, a familiar voice on radio (with his Top 40 Countdown) and Saturday mornings (as the voice of SHAGGY on SCOOBY DOO & ROBIN on the SUPERFRIENDS).
|Top Cow's BOTP comic book|
|Battle of the Planets by Alex Ross|
So you North American Producers & Publishers out there,
GIVE US BACK BATTLE OF THE PLANETS!!!
|Gatchaman's New Look|
After a few set backs like the studio being closing down by it's parent company Imagi International Holding, Ltd. over financial trouble in February 2010, they reopened the studio in July 2010 & put their GC animated projects back into production, which included at the time GATCHAMAN & CAT TALE (which would feature the voices of actors SEAN ASTIN & JERRY O'CONNELL).
But sadly on June 21, 2011 IMAGI announced during their annual report that the GATCHAMAN film project was officially dead.
So There it is, some of My Favorite Anime, I Plane to do a 2nd part in the future.
- Raja Devilman74