Monday, 25 April 2016

1000 Anime Crossover: February 2016

#18: Wanna-Be's (1986)
Director: Yasuo Hasegawa
Screenplay: Toshimichi Suzuki
Based on the manga by Toshimichi Suzuki
Voice Cast: Eriko Hara (as Miki Morita); Miki Takahashi (as Eri Kazama); Akio Nojima (as Oki Sonada); Demon Kogure (as Himself); Eiko Yamada (as Bloody Matsuki); Shozo Iizuka (as Dr. Sawada); Shuuichi Ikeda (as Tetsuma Kidou); Urara Takano (as Buster Horiguchi)
Abstract Spectrum: Psychotronic/Surreal
Abstract Rating (High/Medium/Low/None): None

As premises go for a short animated work, pitting two female wrestlers against a conspiracy to inject them and others with a superhuman serum that may be of alien origins is certainly strange by anime's standards. Aside from this though, this doesn't mean that the result is abstract in the slightest, but that it belongs to a catalogue of eighties and nineties straight-to-video anime that sadly could never be made today; probably too ridiculous to be considered legitimately good but compelling and infectious in what it actually succeeds in.

For my full view, follow the link HERE.

#19: Vampire Hunter D (1985)
Director: Toyoo Ashida
Screenplay: Yasushi Hirano
Based on the light novels by Hideyuki Kikuchi
Cast: Kaneto Shiozawa/Michael McConnohie (as D); Michie Tomizawa/Barbara Goodson (as Doris Lang); Satoko Kitô/Edie Mirman (as Lamika); Seizo Katou/Jeff Winkless (as Count Magnus Lee); Ichirô Nagai (as Left Hand); Kazuyuki Sogabe/Kerrigan Mahan (as Rei Ginsei)
Watched with English Dub

Abstract Spectrum: Fantastique/Psychotronic/Surreal
Abstract Rating (High/Medium/Low/None): None

An anime that's grown on me - while it's the later adaptation - Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000) - that's seen as the superior take on the light novel character, the original adaptation does grow on you even when viewed with a less than stellar English dub. Atmospheric and kind appropriately horrific with some of its character and background designs, it's exactly in the same wheelhouse as Wanne-Be's baring that this does feel like a legitimate gem despite its few flaws.

For my full view, follow the link HERE.

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