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First in an epic trilogy?

Matt Alt's Katsuhiro Ôtomo story is the best! It was too funny. Ôtomo-sensei! He did his version of "speak to the hand". The best line was "You the guy that draws the pictures... on the cartoon!" I can't stop laughing. Great podcast.

More like an epic two-parter. The Riderman saga from Kamen Rider V3, for example.

"It's like a Wal-Mart run by Bob Guccione, Jr."
"Suddenlly you were the Occupation soldier walking with his mom...He felt very complicated feelings."
"Wow! What a fucking gauntlet this is!"

Once again, the greatest two-man show in the prefecture. I'm pretty sure Mickey D's and Mos were there in 2001--on the other hand, I don't remember the UFO lobster catcher. I once ran into Hiroyuki Yamaga on the platform at Nakano, but by unspoken mutual agreement we pretended we had never met before. And a good thing, too, or else I'd have to explain the manga I had bought.

Matt, did this "industry insider" place happen to have a bar made out of a big redwood burl? And I don't mean to be greedy, but I'm sure we're all still looking forward to Hot Tears of Shame's visit to the Bandai Hobby Center...

Carl: It does indeed! Have you been there?

The big question your listeners are still asking is, "Chocolate Kid wa doko desu ka?"

Tetsujin 28 says: "HEY! You gonna buy that? This ain't no fucking Library!"

Yeah. That was the place where I found out that the Japanese like chitlins, too. The story is that Otomo originally owned the property, and, when the principal background painters for AKIRA asked him for their pay after the film was made--how about a little something, you know, for the effort--he deeded them the restaurant.

Another outstanding podcast. Just astonishing.

*ahem* I don't know if I'm dropping science or being an ass, but GI Joe's real name is Joseph Colton, US Army, Sgt. (ret.).

At the meatmarket at Mandarake, would it have been bad form to whisper to a fellow seller "I'll pay (y) for that, cash, right now"?

The more Matt mentions the '80s, the more I remember my one trip to Barbarian Comics back in...mmmm..'86 I think it was. They had a Tomy DX Ideon there among other Treasures from Pony toy. I bought some books.

I wanna walk the wild streets of Neo Tokyo. I wanna dodge the skinjobs looking for holy grails. I wanna slurp ramen noodles from an Arrivederci Yamato bowl.

I have fond memories of the Nakano Mandarake. (Are the other stores still going? I visited ones in Shibuya and Osaka back in 1999). When my friends and I visited there seven years ago, we were in crazed never-been-to-japan otaku mode; we basically went fucking berserk and bought EVERYTHING. Toys, books, cels, doujinshi, CDs, models, all kinds of shit.

My wife (then girlfriend) bought an entire set of Tsukuda Hobby Sakura Taisen dolls (these cost something like 5,000 yen each, which was a fucking bargain at the time, though they'd later be marked down even cheaper at many outlets since they were so expensive they sold poorly). While she bugged the clerk to get the stuff out, I quietly observed a fat, sweaty Japanese man wander the aisles, shrilly repeating the same line from Barefoot Gen over and over again. (The "Mommy! It's hot!/Okaa-san! Atsui!" bit that the melting little boy said in the film) Soon, I ignored the man and watched the other Japanese fans in the store, who carefully avoided making eye contact with him but stared goggle-eyed as soon as he turned away from them.

I loaded up on Giant Robo cels, 400-yen pornographic doujinshi (immediately sold on eBay when we returned-- one shitty Tenchi Muyo book sold for $300, and the overall proceeds ended up subsidizing a large portion of our trip. Too bad you can't do that anymore...), artbooks, and on the way out, I spotted a gigantic doll of Lachesis from Five Star Stories. I can't even find a mention of it on the internet anymore. I wonder if it's rare.

Anyway, nice podcast. What's the opening song? It sounds like it's at least 25 years old, which means that there's a one in five chance that it's something by Godiego.

Great podcast as always. These are always so awesome and constantly blow my mind. Matt's story of meeting Otomo was pretty fucking rad too.

For me the great discovery was old copies of ANIMAGE, very difficult to obtain in the United States. Issues from the 1970s and 80s, often in quite reasonable condition, are 200 yen--there appears to be no collector's market for them (used issues from the 90s are actually more expensive). Eyes shining with greed, I entirely filled a rolling luggage carrier with them, not even stopping to think that I might be exceeding my weight limit. Sure enough, I did, but ANA showed kindness and waved me through. I pictured the plane going down in the Pacific, and me drowning as I resolutely clung to my purchases, like a morality fable.

Oh, Carl, I am SO on board with you, only my downfall would be the 'main 4' mags, Animage, Animedia, My Anime and The Anime. I would fill the holes in my collection -everything pre- June 1982, single issues here and there to 1996, then everything since '96 to today (which would be only Animage and Animedia now)..oh, and some Newtype issues as well, Yuji was good enough to start me from the get-go on that.

So that's....hurm...a bazillion magazines to bring home...oh, and I suppose I could start collecting Fanroad and Out as well...and...

I'm doomed.

I know some folks who think it's insane and useless to even buy the Japanese anime mags. I see them as a valuable reference source, a time capsule of what was happening then, and how it interacted with everything. Of course the interviews would be bland and positive and nothing shocking, and everything is keyed to whoever paid to promote whatever, but that's cool. It's all useful data in the end.

And damn they made some pretty pretty magazines back then, didn't they? Some of those covers were just amazing, the kind of thing you'd wish someone would make a poster of.

Re: Animage.

I liked the ads for blank cassettes and Sony Walkmen that got increasingly surreal as the '80s rolled on. One of these days, I'll scan the ad that shows a swinging late Showa-era bachelor pad, complete with a decanter of Suntory whiskey, a silvery hi-fi stereo, and the Space Cruiser Yamato Image Model proudly displayed on the mantle (Be Forever Yamato re-release, of course)...

I know exactly what you mean...back-cover ads around 1984 sporting Japanese girls with permed hair and colored contacts promoting gaily-colored dual-cassette boomboxes. It was MACROSS: DO YOU REMEMBER LOVE in real time.

One of the great things about the early ANIMAGE is that it was always aware of how much catching up there was to be done--after all, a whole lot happened in anime before the first issue came out in 1978. So it's a resource for the 60s and early 70s as well--even for the 50s, 40s, and earlier.

I'm strapped with a fair amount of THE ANIME and OUT as well, but my holdings are spotty. OUT had the best overall coverage on blah blah blah THE WINGS OF HONNEAMISE, devoting about 25 pages to it during 1987, plus the bitchin' "ticker tape parade" poster that Yoshiyuki Sadamoto did for it as an insert. I gave high marks to “Atomic Club,” an anime store in Paris, for having that issue on sale. ANIMERICA's cover story on HONNEAMISE back in '95, by the way, was a scan of an image of Leiqunni and Shiro from OUT--more evocative, I thought, than any of the official promo character art.

No permed hair, alas, but stereo components a'plenty in this 1985 Bandai High Complete Model pamphlet, courtesy the Datafiles of ToyboxDX.com:


The tradition is alive and well: For a while, Bandai had a website called "MG Style" that ran photos of stylish bachelor pads decorated with Gun-Pla. Unfortunately, it was taken down a while back...

Matt, wasn't 'MG STYLE' more about selling the MS Hand chairs and Gundam Shield coffee tables and White Base shelving units that their online store offered?

That was a *bizzare* phase for Bandai, I have to say...

That's a wonderful image, Matt. I'm sure that the swinging otaku bachelor with the Hi-Complete collection was turning women away left and right.

I'm still waiting for a clue on the podcast OP. What's that tune? Where's it from?

Lord help us all...

Though kickass that within minutes of talking you made a Kaiki Daisakusen reference, it made me remember that right now on Youtube they've done mashups of the afformentioned series with Haruhi Suzumiya episodes.

Yeah I thought it was messed up too.

And a Kagestar DVD Box actually exists? The hunt is on!

"For me the great discovery was old copies of ANIMAGE, very difficult to obtain in the United States. Issues from the 1970s and 80s, often in quite reasonable condition, are 200 yen--there appears to be no collector's market for them (used issues from the 90s are actually more expensive)."

My downfall is old issues of Terebi-kun and Terebi Magazine. You can't beat those old Popy/Bullmark/(insert 70's Japanese toy company name) ads. Japanese kids is short pants ALWAYS look like their having fun. I was planning on looking for old issues of these when I was there, but realized I would have to lug them home. Guess I'll settle for YPJ!'s exhorbitant prices...

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