These are seriously two of my favorite children films of all time.
And my first, quote unquote, anime. These films are seriously very trippy and my love of the second one pictured is immense. Don’t let these nice, but understated covers fool you.
I ordered these on dvd and I am incredibly excited. This is amazing guys, you have no idea. I HOPE TO GET THE MANGA FROM DIGITAL MANGA SOON!!!
It took Diskotek Media five years to get this dvd out, and before that it had been a conflict of copyright. Osamu Tezuka Productions bought the rights back from Sanrio for the Unico franchise back in the 1980s. Up until then they had, I think, shared the copyright. So, when this happened, there was no American branch of Osamu Tezuka Productions, so that meant no home release for Americans since the early 1990s, which were VHS tapes then. It has been 20 some years since this film was last available for home purchase. At that time, the then fledgling Disney Channel would show these films and many kids from my generation saw these movies that way.
The animation is incredible, which is impressive given their age. The story of the first one is a bit disjointed, but I prefer the second. The films are very…experimental, a bit “out there”, but impressive in artistic style. And this will be the first time English speaking viewers can watch the Japanese version with subtitles! (I’ve seen it in Japanese, but no subtitle of any kind has ever been available before). You may recognize the animation company: MADHOUSE.
Okay I’m done rambling now! I know this is not my typical fare on my blog (although my blog is no stranger to posts about animation!).
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