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INTEREST: Japanese Government Study on Robot Anime Now Available in English




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nightjuan



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:39 pm Reply with quote
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...the final chapter features an exhaustingly complete list of robot anime shows and movies...


Well, not exactly. The list certainly has most of the important highlights, but is far from being exhaustive or complete. To quote from the document itself:

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NOTE: This list was complied by the project team. Once this report has been released publicly, we plan to refine it based on comments from industry professionals and fans


Which explains certain absences, some more noticeable than others, especially as far as recent years are concerned.

More generally speaking, the report as a whole seems to be open to further elaboration:

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This report is being prepared with future expansions and revisions in mind. It is a birds-eye view of the “big picture” of the genre and is not intended as a comprehensive “be-all, end-all” on the topic.


It's definitely very interesting, however, and I thank ANN for calling attention to this. I do have one question out of mere curiosity though. What's the untranslated Chapter 3 about?
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Kaioshin_Sama



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 8:13 pm Reply with quote
Wow I can't believe this is not only being made available for free on the internet but in English as well. Should hopefully be a pleasure to read.
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Vaisaga



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 8:14 pm Reply with quote
I'll definitely give it a read, since it's very relevant to my interests Smile
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The second new development is the debut of the director Guillermo Del Toro's film “Pacific Rim," which was released in Japan on August 9, 2013. The plot involves humanity using giant robots
controlled by human pilots to defend Earth’s cities from gigantic “kaiju.” At the end of the credits, the director dedicates the film to the memory of “monster masters” Ishiro Honda (who oversaw many of the “Godzilla” films) and Ray Harryhausen (who pioneered stop-motion animation techniques.) The film clearly took a great deal of inspiration from Japanese robot anime shows.


It's very nice to see PR actually get mentioned as it's genuinely a love-endeared tribute to the genre.

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In spring of 1974, the first of the "gattai" (combining) robot characters debuted. Called "Getter Robo," it was created by Go Nagai, the same man who had created Mazinger Z.


Ken Ishikawa, not Go Nagai.
It's not even like a glance at the cover of the original manga could solve it. Nagai only gave the concept of the jet and for the most part, took a background role. The story and everything else was done by Ishikawa.

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Coming full circle, tokusatsu also represents the last bastion of giant robot productions in Japan today, amidst a declining birth rate that has reduced the audience for robots to the point where only a handful of new shows now debut every year.


I didn't ask for this.
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rojse



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:28 pm Reply with quote
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It's definitely very interesting, however, and I thank ANN for calling attention to this. I do have one question out of mere curiosity though. What's the untranslated Chapter 3 about?


I ran the first few paragraphs of Chapter 3 of the original Japanese document through Google Translate, and it seems to be about how toys and the like relate to giant robot anime (which was briefly covered in Chapter 2).
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Ryuk25



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:50 pm Reply with quote
Robot anime/cartoons have always peeked my interests. Gundam and Transformers are two of the BIGGEST INTELLUTICAL PROPERTIES in the world.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:53 pm Reply with quote
nightjuan wrote:
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...the final chapter features an exhaustingly complete list of robot anime shows and movies...


Well, not exactly. The list certainly has most of the important highlights, but is far from being exhaustive or complete.


Updated; thanks!
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GVman



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 5:24 pm Reply with quote
Lynx Amali wrote:

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In spring of 1974, the first of the "gattai" (combining) robot characters debuted. Called "Getter Robo," it was created by Go Nagai, the same man who had created Mazinger Z.


Ken Ishikawa, not Go Nagai.
It's not even like a glance at the cover of the original manga could solve it. Nagai only gave the concept of the jet and for the most part, took a background role. The story and everything else was done by Ishikawa.


While I know that Ken Ishikawa is responsible for something like 90% of Getter Robo, Go Nagai still created the original idea behind the series. Didn't he also work a little on the original manga and pitch the idea to Toei for their TV anime adaptation?

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Coming full circle, tokusatsu also represents the last bastion of giant robot productions in Japan today, amidst a declining birth rate that has reduced the audience for robots to the point where only a handful of new shows now debut every year.


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This is part of why I rarely watch any recent anime.
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joisu



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 4:19 am Reply with quote
someone explain to me why Gundam Wing was not mentioned at all :/
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Lynx Amali





PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:58 am Reply with quote
GVman wrote:

While I know that Ken Ishikawa is responsible for something like 90% of Getter Robo, Go Nagai still created the original idea behind the series. Didn't he also work a little on the original manga and pitch the idea to Toei for their TV anime adaptation?


Nope. Ishikawa originally wanted to have it be cars. Nagai gave him the idea for it be jets instead. That was really the only involvment Nagai had with it, outside of the Dynamic Pro label and the numerous crossovers the two did together. Nagai is credited as the co-author because of how much the two bounced ideas off of each other, as well as the fact Ishikawa was Nagai's assistant at the time which is maybe why Nagai gets credit a lot with creating Getter.

It's explained in one of the Saga volumes, iirc.
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Banken



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:02 am Reply with quote
As a professional translator, I am surprised how good this translation is. They must have spent a shitton of money on it.

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Director Kazuyuki Hirokawa's"Uchū Senshi Baldios"(SpaceWarriorBaldios), which also debuted in 1980, is another robot anime that utilized a "hard" sci-fi setting.
The "alien" invaders turn out to be humans from the far future, driven to the brink of
extinction and forced to travel back in time as a last-ditch survival measure, which
turns out to be the cause of their downfall in the first place. The producers' confidence in
incorporating a classic hard sci-fi time paradox into their storyline illustrates how
expectations had grown for robot anime productions and their directors.
But both of these series suffered extremely lackluster toy sales, resulting in their
cancellations before the full stories could play out. They had obviously been ahead of
their time. Both eventually saw their finales shown not on TV, but as theatrical
features. They represent the first and the last of the robot shows that sacrificed
"merchandisability" for "content."


This was the first anime I ever saw as a child. No wonder it seemed so kickass at the time (I rewatched it a while back and the animation and dub was terrible, though).
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Wrangler



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 1:06 pm Reply with quote
Will this study do anything to the government, what will they do with it?
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Banken



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:49 pm Reply with quote
"Cool Japan" is one of the government's initiatives right now, so this is probably just to increase increase interest in Japan for tourism and such.
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