Touched by Romantic Retro Anime

Posted by Michael Pinto on Mar 18, 2010 in Animation, Japanese TV

Touch is a manga that ran in Japan from 1981 until 1986 in Weekly Shone Sunday, along with Urusei Yatsura it was on of the most popular comics in that magazine during the early 80s. The manga which became an anime series in 1985 was a combination of baseball with romanic comedy. What’s cool about this commercial is that you can see the wide range of merchandise the show inspired — from a musical album to a “Happy Bag” of goodies that was sold through the Japanese drug store chain Lawson. I love the added touch of having the two characters from the show standing outside an anime version of the drugstore in the last shot. Read more…

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An Amazing Vintage Cosplay Competition from the 80s

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jan 17, 2010 in Animation, Fandom

The year is 1985 and anime fandom is buzzed about new shows like Macross: This amazing video shows a cosplay competition from this long gone pre-internet era when fans traded VHS tapes from Japan. Keep in mind that if you had an anime gathering of any sort back then even having a hundred fans show up was nothing short of astounding.

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Solar Sails: From Science Fiction to Reality in 20 Years

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 10, 2008 in Science

Chinese Cargo Ships Will Have Solar Sails

I just spotted the following news item which seemed very oddly familiar to me:

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