March 27th-Amitage III: Poly-Matrix from 1997 (Director: Hiroyuki Ochi, Writer: Chiaki J. Konaka, Stars: Keifer Sutherland and Elizabeth Berkley, Runtime: 95 min)
Two cops on Mars are looking for the origins, and killers, behind Third Type androids. Scifi-cyberpunk anime. Looks good and music cool. The dub version is… lackluster. Never really realized this. Though Berkley tries hard with Naomi Armitage, whereas Sutherland is terrible. Like he didn’t want to be there. I don’t know if it was the direction or what. Story… Okay… its an interesting concept. Humans vs machines is not a new thing before this but the idea of the Third Types being androids that can have children is fascinating. It plays well into the reason as to them being killed. With feminism having discussions of inclusion and inter-sectionalism, the idea that their being killed due to the Earth Government being a Feminist Government and the Third Types challenging their definition of female-is pretty deep. The little I know about feminist history has shown there has always been a “get in the back” attitude to certain woman. First women of color, then later LGBT. That said, while the explanation is great, the pacing in the film is too quick and not exactly thrilling through out. But-I had seen this movie years ago and felt it fell apart in the end but now I see the ending being one of the strongest parts of what really is a, at most, an okay anime.
March 28th-Redline from 2009 (Director: Takeshi Koike, Writers: Screenplay by Katsuhito Ishii, Yōji Enokido, and Yoshiki Sakurai with Story by Katsuhito Ishii, Runtime: 102 min)
The greatest race movie ever made. Pompadour sporting Sweet JP burns out on the Yellowline race as Sonoshee McLaren wins, advancing to the famed Redline race. However thanks to a few drop outs, due to the race being put on Roboworld, JP is voted in. Now its a big race on a planet where the government is actively trying to kill them. This movie looks great, is quick and entertaining, and ridiculous. Its awesome! Thats it. I also watched the dub, and the dub was great. Seriously. Its the copy I got, its the copy I watched and was thoroughly entertained by the whole lot. Love the flashback reason why JP races. I had heard the hype, I believe it now.
March 29th-Patlabor: The Movie from 1989 (Director: Mamoru Oshii, Writer: Kazunori Itō, Runtime: 98 min)
A mecha/scifi anime where Tokyo is in a major redevelopment and certain Labors (robots) are going haywire. The police have to figure out whats going on. This movie, was kind of boring. Looked good. I lost interest pretty quickly. Not much to say.
March 30th-Macross: Do You Remember Love? from 1984 (Directors: Shōji Kawamori and Noboru Ishiguro, Writers: Screenplay by Sukehiro Tomita with Story by Shōji Kawamori and Based on The Super Dimension Fortress Macross by Shōji Kawamori, Runtime: 115 min)
The film is about the soldiers of Macross, a super space fortress housing tens of thousands of people. They are finding themselves in conflict with a race known as the Zentradi. Anyway, the movie is basically the core story of the first 36 episodes of the original Macross series. I never saw that, but saw Robotech’s first season which is an Americanization of said series. The film has several more plotpoints regarding human music to the aliens, the Zentradi’s lack of understanding of culture and men and women coexisting as their women are battling them (the lady aliens are named Meltrandi). Then there is the sort of love triangle going on between pilot Hikaru, popstar Minmay, and Misa*. The movie is pretty good. It pretty much knocks out all the main points of the anime. There is a slight misogynistic streak in it but, you know, the times. I did find the aliens fascinating, wishing there was more to them but the movie was more a summary then the full thing. It was good. Might not ever watch t again, but kind of curious about watching the original anime Macross now.
*The Robotech show changed Misa to Lisa, claiming she’s white. Hikaru also became white, Rick Hunter. Minmay stayed the same, mixed race Japanese/Chinese. In fact, Robotech pretty much erased most Asians which is weird because the original anime was in retrospet more diverse with several American characters including a black woman (who dated a white guy in the show) and Minmay being mixed which for some native Japanese is a sore spot.
March 31st-Ghost in the Shell from 1995 (Director: Mamoru Oshii, Writer: Kazunori Itō Based on Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow, Runtime: 82 min)
The classic anime based on the classic cyberpunk. Major Kusanagi and Section 9 are on the case of the Puppet Master, a famous hacker. Yeah… Lots of talk about identity in a world where cyborgs exist. Um… Rewatching this for the first time in years (I had to rip the case apart to get to the damn DVD. So I haven’t watched my DVD copy ever) and I remember that its kind of whatever. Great looking, haunting music, and a story that I don’t engage all that well with. I much rather prefer the Stand Alone Complex series. That was great. Anyway, there’s a live action movie out which you may not have known. Anyway, okay film. Visually stunning and more complex than most scifi movies but… empty. Still feel like its more aesthetic than anything else.
2. Planet of the Apes (1968)
3. Redline (2009 anime)
4. Kong: Skull Island
5. Pete’s Dragon (2016)
6. Power Rangers (2017)
7. Flash Gordon
8. Radioactive Dreams
10. Time After Time (1979)
11. Macross: Do You Remember Love?
12. Forbidden Planet
13. Rock and Rule
14. Ghost in the Shell (1995)
15. Armitage III: Poly-Matrix
16. La Planète Sauvage (Fantastic Planet)
17. Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure
18. I Married a Monster from Outer Space
20. Fantastic Voyage
21. Patlabor: the Movie (1989)
22. Weird Science
23. I Come In Peace (aka Dark Angel)
26. Golden Voyage of Sinbad
27. Omega Man
28. The Sword and the Sorcerer