More light on Turn A


I have more things I want to do here, but for now work has me very busy.

In the meantime, though, let me point out that my friend Feez continues squirrelling out and gathering more information about the excellent Turn A Gundam on his site. He has for some time had probably the best compilation of Turn A info on the English-language web, but he’s started a line of new posts with even more details. So go check that out!

The rise of sight, the fall of sound

Aim for the Ace (1973)

Perhaps we don’t often think on the settings in which people watched older TV anime. But quite basic facets of TV’s nature have changed through the decades, in ways which might’ve changed anime in turn. Continue reading “The rise of sight, the fall of sound”

The School of Kanada

Yoshinori Kanada in 1991

Over at Animétudes, Matteo’s begun an exciting series on the career and influence of the animator Yoshinori Kanada.

I played a small role in helping to prepare his posts, and I think they’re well worth reading! Most sakuga fans will know Kanada’s name, but perhaps not so very many other anime fans will; I suspect even sakuga fans rarely have the picture of his importance to anime which Matteo has built up.

Together, Kanada’s life, his artistic experiments, and the stories of those influenced by him form a topic touching on a great many older anime productions. It’s a fascinating route through some key passages of anime’s history. Not the only route, certainly, but a valuable one, and one not hitherto covered in such depth in English.

Hence my note recommending the series! You can find an overview here and the first post here.


Sometimes I’m accused of nostalgia for older anime.

My youth makes that impossible, though: a person can only feel nostalgia for something they’ve known. I’m relatively young. I feel nostalgia about Gundam Seed and Code Geass (rest assured that I harbour no illusions about their quality).

Since older anime is new to me, it attracts me because a significant chunk of it excels, a bigger chunk surprises, and almost all of it contrasts nicely with the newer anime that I watch.

A recent interview with Katsuhito Ishii about Redline prompted this line of thought. Continue reading “Nostalgia”

What Sakugabooru isn’t

Pic not related, but cool (Dangaioh, 1987)

Sakugabooru unquestionably stands among the good things which’ve emerged in anime talk since I started watching. These days, even non-specialists use it: people like me, who aren’t sakuga fans. This fact is a credit to the site and to the team who run it. They have a Patreon. I subscribe myself.

With a wider audience, though, comes a greater risk of misunderstandings. I’ve learned a little more about Sakugabooru recently—all those long days indoors, see?—and I thought I might try to offer some notes for inexpert, lay viewers like me. Continue reading “What Sakugabooru isn’t”

Anim’Archive 2014–21

I thought someone should mark the end of the Anim’Archive project, a collector’s effort to scan and upload their collection of anime ephemera. They kept methodically at this, on tumblr and Twitter, for six years and change—26 November 2014 to 1 January 2020—and they just announced that they’ve now covered everything they’d collected. Continue reading “Anim’Archive 2014–21”