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Just watching Megazone 23 for the first time....
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Just watching Megazone 23 for the first time. Holy fuck. Two god level character designers (Haruhiko Mikimoto and Toshihiro Hirano), and their character designs work perfectly together.
Also, do you miss 80s anime girls doing aerobics?
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They even go to the cinema to see Streets of Fire in it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJGo2rvfSuA

That film influenced a lot of anime, incidentally. The Bubblegum Crisis opening live show is really similar to it.
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Sometimes I can't even tell if it's a Mikimoto or a Hirano character design I'm looking at.
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>>11039020
>80s anime girls doing aerobics
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>>11039020
Now go watch Part II.
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1980s confirmed for best decade by the most complex computer in histroy.
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>>11039191
Don't do it!
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>>11039256
Megazone really loves telling that.
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>>11039181
>>80s anime girls doing aerobics
Yeah, guess that explains the leotards. Aerobics was fashionable so anime females end up with the outfits at the time.
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Just finished part 1.
Damn. Talk about depressing end. Beginning the second film now.
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>>11039484
Part II is awesome (only good thing Itano ever did besides animations). And Umetsu's designs are great. Shogo as a redhead looks badass.
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>>11039484
What the hell? They've changed character designers and I can't tell who anyone is supposed to be...
Why change all the major characters' hair colours as well?

I mean, the art is fucking awesome, but confusing.
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>>11039601
They changed staffs for each part.
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>>11039601
>What the hell? They've changed character designers and I can't tell who anyone is supposed to be...
>Why change all the major characters' hair colours as well?
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>I mean, the art is fucking awesome, but confusing.
Welcome to the 80's OVA industry. A Wild West of short projects where anything goes. The industry was still unstable at the time so things happen between episodes.
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>>11039601
It doesn't really matter, since the only characters that are really important at the end of things are Shogo, Yui and Eve (whose design wasn't changed). And you'll recognize B.D. right away anyway. Just pay attention to the show.
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What is it about? Are there mecha or is it just cyberpunk?
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>>11039668
Robots and stuff
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>>11039668
Can't really say without spoilering it, but the Matrix ripped off its core concept from it, it seems.

Also, space battles, transforming robots, Itano Circus and beautifully accurate depictions of 80s Shinjuku lifestyle.
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Holy shit.
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>>11039793
Just wait for the motorcycle parts. Someone posted the entire parts in webms some weeks ago.

>>11039771
The Wachowski will never admit it was their inspiration, who knows why.
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>>11039668
Mecha transforming motor cycles, jets and tentacle rape robots
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>>11039020
Mikimoto only did the character design for EVE. The rest was Hirano.
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>>11039323
Part II was good though. Different but good. It's Part III that's irredeemable shit.
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Why can't I hold all this shading?
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>>11039885
SUPER HARD ON
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The human animation is phenomenal.
I can't believe I haven't watched this before now.
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>>11039960
Umetsu should've just moved to Europe to continue doing stuff like this.
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>>11039967
>to continue doing stuff like this.
Thanks for the laugh
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>>11039974
You're welcome.
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>>11039967
>Thinking Europe is booming with anything special

It's all flash and CG3D shit nowadays. He'll be more out of work than he is nowadays plus the guy is absolute shit at planning for stuff that's not high budgeted OVAs.
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>>11039982
>It's all flash and CG3D shit nowadays.
Yes, but what about back in '91?
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>>11039885
I wish so bad Part III didnt exist.
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>>11040012
I liked it, but at the same time, it was completely unnecessary. At least we got hotties designed by Kitazume.
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The SHADING just never lets up.
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>>11040025
>>11040012
>I wish so bad Part III didnt exist.


Despite the fact that they can't be bothered to colour in the cels half the time...
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>>11040466
...It does have some seriously beautifully animated VR sequences. The bits that are drawn well are drawn really well.

They should have managed their budget better.
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>>11040466
Isn't that a screen, though?
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So, Part I or II?
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>>11040487
I'd say both, but Párt II seemed better structured and had better animation. Both are tied in the art department, though.
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>>11040487
Part II > Part I
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>>11040487
I liked part 1 more than part 2, but both are good.

Unrelated to that, in part 3's dub, I thought it was neat how the chick sang in Japanese for a bit, and actually sounded decent.
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>>11040473
Some of these opening game shots are actually bona fide amazing.
Which makes it even more depressing when they cut to the badly drawn shots of them running down alleyways.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0s_rm1qRGU#t=46s
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>>11040499
This dude was great.
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>>11040519
I loved all the bikers. It's actually really impressive that they get you to care about a gang of bikers and set each one up with their own personalities in the space of an hour and half. This guy was awesome.
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>>11040519
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>>11040527
This chick was great too. Shame she didn't have enough screentime, because her Sylia voice was sweet as fuck.
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>>11039020
That is some impressive sameface there.
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>>11040499
I saw Part 1 then 3, was disappointed that Part 3 didn't follow on from Part 1, then was disappointed that Part 2 also didn't really continue from Part 1. Even ignoring the change in artstyle, I just wanted more glorious 80s anime Shinjuku robots, was that so much to ask?

I'm just going to go sit in the corner and watch Part 1, Madox and BGC on repeat while crying to myself.
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>>11041048
What's so good about Part III then?
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>>11040548

:^)

>>11041069

Do you really think you'll get a worthwhile answer out of someone who posts "Shitty taste plebs detected." in spoiler tags?

Enjoy your five post 'stop liking what I don't like' ping pong with that guy.
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>>11041069
kitazume and the arcade scenes.
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>>11039601
Yeah, I was disappointed that the new designs didn't even try to emulate the first ones.
I actually didn't realise Shogo was in it until they said his name.
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>>11040487
Part I all the way.
Part two, despite being more violent, comes off as much more safe.
Sure there was some trouble along the way, but our MAGIC DIGITAL IDOL, can bring people back to life! And by the end everyone we thought was dead turned out ok!

Part I took risks, especially when you consider that the didn't plan on a squeal. The really open downer ending it had, was suppose to be the end, and I liked it for that. Shogo and Yui develop a lot over the course of Part I, but then in Part II Yui suddenly loses all personality, and Shogo just kinda goes along with the whole thing.

Part I>>>>Part II
Not that Part II doesn't have it's merits, it just feels like such a step down for me.
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No mentions of Rock Cafe yet? For shame.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYllrgmhz_w
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>>11041549
>The really open downer ending it had, was suppose to be the end

There was an alternate ending but you'd have to see the Robotech movie for that.
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>>11041563
Let's get some Tragic Idol in here, too, for good measure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjdZsDFDa6k
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>living in a time with minmays everywhere

too early, /m/; too early.
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>>11039982

It's funny to think that his latest work was Wizard Barristers...what a different guy, right?
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>>11041714
Shit budgets do things to you. I think Umetsu and everyone like him should've turned to do only manga, like Yas.
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>>11041714

the worst part of that show is that there are 0 doujins on sadpanda. every girl was asking to be gang graped, and yet there's nothing--nothing.
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>>11041570
What?
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>>11043964
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaimx6_EdEo
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>>11044073
So bad even Carl Macek even disowned it or some shit. It really says something.
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I really really need a digital scan of the Megazone B-Club special artbook for reasons.
But I can't find it anywhere.
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>Say you want to sleep with a girl
>Bang head on tree until she agrees
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> ???
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> PROFIT
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>Shame
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>>11044680
>>11044682
>>11044699
I've seen worse excuses to have a sex scene
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Megazone 23 is the anime that I would want to live in.
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>>11044740
>implying you need an excuse
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>>11044945
Same here.
That or Bubblegum Crisis. At least in Bubblegum Crisis you can actually leave Tokyo.
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>>11039793
So why did they do that?
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>>11045175
Absolutely no idea.
The space battle scenes were a beaifully-drawn, horrendously-directed mess.
I couldn't tell what the hell was happening.
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>>11045175
Did you watch the show?
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>>11045021
Why would yo want to leave neo tokyo though? I wold just ride motorcycles and hang out with my friends and hot 80s chicks all day while listening to pop idols and working at mcdonalds.
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>>11039771
>but the Matrix ripped off its core concept from it, it seems.
Not really. The one who really ripped off Megazone 23 was Dark City. And later Japan itself when RahXephon was released.
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>>11041064
>Dat Cellophane
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>>11039771
>80s Shinjuku lifestyle

?
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>>11046812
The Tokyo stuff in that movie is pretty much drawn from life of the actual Shinjuku city of the period. The biker gangs and girls in legwarmers, the fashions, the crowds, that hedonistic atmosphere of post-war economic prosperity; it's a time capsule record of 1983 Tokyo. There's a brief frame where you can see a guy dressed as a superhero posing horizontally on his bicycle in the crowd scenes, and he's based entirely on a real life local celebrity from Shinjuku who was famous for that behaviour.

Megazone 23 itself is a reference to the American occupation, when the army designated the greater Tokyo Area as Zone 2-3.
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>>11039020
IT'S YUI.

TA
KA
NA
KA
YUI!

>>11048344
This guy is correct. Flashdance (the film) was pretty huge in Japan, and the fashions that you see in several anime in the early eighties (loose t-shirts slipped off a shoulder, legwarmers, leotards) can pretty much be traced directly back to it.
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>>11047777
>pink explosions
was this made by Sunrise?
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>>11048344
Good stuff I did not know that.
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>>11044576
buy it and scan it for us
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>>11048468
>Sunrise invented pink
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>>11048344
>tfw this type of aesthetic in anime is gone for good. sucks man...
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>>11048839
>I don't watch enough anime.
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>>11048344
>a reference to the American occupation

There's product placement all over the place.
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>>11048871
>modern anime fan damage control
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>>11048344
>Megazone 23 itself is a reference to the American occupation, when the army designated the greater Tokyo Area as Zone 2-3.

So only the title is a reference to that?
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>>11039020
one of the best toys i've ever bought
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>>11040012
>I wish so bad the PS3 game didn't exist
FTFY
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>>11052215
Man, I was so hyped when I heard about this game ages ago. Then I saw "gameplay" of it. I tried to push it out of my mind, but it just wouldn't stop haunting me. Not to mention B.D. What the hell?
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>>11052215
>>11052236
well it's just a VN with shitty SRW style battles
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>>11052746
Not really. The battle system is more like a traditional turn-based JRPG. Still awful, though.
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>>11050859
Yes. I could have phrased that better.
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Fuck it boys, change /m/ to

/M/egazone23
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>>11053755
i wonder what that guy is doing now. if he looked like that in the 80's.. what was he doing all my life (since 1991)..whats he become?
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>>11056707
He has become you.
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Does this guy have Kikka on his shirt? And if not her, who?
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>>11039020
I just watched part III
Massive letdown
If I were to rank them it'd be II>I>SEED Destiny>III
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>>11047777
>Those graphics
Game that looks like that please
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>>11039020
>Also, do you miss 80s anime girls doing aerobics?
You know, it's funny, this must have been the hottest fetish during 80s japan
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>>11039793
funny i dont remember this scene wtf
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>>11039960
eh, it's a little over the top. he was the key animator from akira iirc.

if you really like this shit, watch the short he did for Robot Carnival called, Prescence
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>>11048344
good to know if it's true
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>>11061367
By hottest you mean the most in-demand?
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>>11061393
Just watch the audio commentary for Part 1 on the DVD, that's where I got the info. It's a load of old hands at ADV reminiscing about the early days of the anime fandom, back when they called it "Japanimation", discussing their memories of Megazone, why they wanted to license it so badly and the story behind it's production.

Originally it was scheduled to be a 26 episode TV series but the budget fell through when they'd completed key animation for the first four episodes or so. Taking a gamble, they decided to pour their remaining money into creating a feature length animated work with the exisiting footage, put some extra effort into the new animation, and amped up the action scenes, the gore and the sex. The result was a massive hit on the Japanese home video market, being one of the first truly successful OVAs of the 80s. The sex scene in particular was a major selling point when the hentai animation industry had only barely begun, and rental tapes often had that scene worn out from repeated rewinds and watches.

It was anime without the usual content restrictions you saw on broadcast TV, and that contributed to it's success.
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>>11041069
best plot.
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>>11062167
well guys, you convinced me to give a shot about this OVAs...

this anime was in my watch list , but it`s time...
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>>11056754
whats kikka?
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>>11066543
Just out of curiosity, what are you doing on a mecha board if you've never watched Gundam? It makes you kind of ignorant (regardless of what you may think of the fandom).
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>>11048871

what does that even have to do with his comment? the 80s fashion and animation style is obviously gone, are you really denying that?
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>>11039020
This looks like macross
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>>11068796
Mikimoto doesn't have the spider leg eye makeup
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>>11066549
just because we didn't memorize the names of the annoying brats doesn't mean we didn't watch gundam.
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>>11039020


such a great movie! makes me waaannnaaa cuuum
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Her feet aren't proportionate to her body. Too small.
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>>11056754
Good Eye /M/y nigga, I think it is!
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>>11039020
>do you miss 80s anime girls doing aerobics?
yes
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