D&A’s Throwback Thursday: Black Magic M-66!

Well guys n’ girls it’s Thursday! That means its time to bring you another one of our Throwback Thursday anime titles from the past that you may (or may not) know. This time around we’re going back to the late 80’s when the mecha/sci-fi and cyberpunk genre was all the rage (and still is in various aspects) with an OVA entitled Black Magic M-66!

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This is the part, where you run away…

Here’s what you’ll be in for if you decide to take a shot at this story:

A freelance journalist named Sybel and her cameraman named Leakey find themselves on the verge of a scoop after receiving an intercepted Military Broadband Transmission, alerting them of a chopper crash that happened in a remote forest near Center City. Events prior to that tell of two men having to evacuate the doomed aircraft after suffering some sort of attack, as two storage pods containing battle androids known as M-66 were thrown around after the crash. Both pods open as the robots begin their mission, and that mission happens to be a bounty hunting one.

After a series of events it is discovered that the M-66 androids are tasked will killing the granddaughter of Professor Matthews, with the reason behind it being that he loaded a ‘dummy’ program into the android’s system. With this information Sybel finds herself on a rescue mission to find Matthews’ granddaughter before the M-66 finds her first. She’s not alone however, as a platoon of military soldiers known as the SpecOps Forces and their ‘Major’ are out to destroy the droids as well.

This is basically a 48 minute movie filled with action, sci-fi, and cyberpunk. So if you’re an anime fan looking for some classic titles, then be sure to check this one out!

This will end it for us, but as always until next post, stay nerdy my friends! 😉

Throwback Thursday Anime: Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

It’s been awhile since we’ve done one of these, but after combing the web and doing some research we’ve found an old school anime title for you to check out (if you haven’t already)! For our Throwback Thursday segment we’ll be traveling back to the 80’s to a time during the final months of WWII with a title called Grave of the Fireflies! This title is not actually an anime series, but an anime war movie produced by the legendary studio known as Studio Ghibli. (And it’s also based on a book of the same name.)

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The two siblings on a firefly-lit night…

For those who haven’t seen this anime movie classic just yet, here’s the overview of the story! On September 21, 1945 not long after the Second World War, a teenage boy named Seita dies from starvation in a train station in Kobe, Japan. Upon finding a candy tin while going through the boy’s possessions, a janitor throws the tin into a field, where the spirit of Seita’s sister Setsuko springs from the tin and joins Seita’s spirit before boarding the train. Months later their house is destroyed by a firebombing that takes out most of Kobe, leaving the two to move in with a distant aunt after their mother dies of severe burns after the bombing. Not long after the aunt starts resenting the children saying that they do nothing to bring in food as the number of refugees in the house begins to grow.

Seita and his sister eventually move to an abandoned bomb shelter where they have to live on their own and gather food for their survival. During air raids the elder sibling loots from the local farmers and brings it back to the bomb shelter, and is beaten because of it. When Seita’s sister falls ill, he takes her to the doctor to see what could be wrong with her. Upon hearing the doctor’s answer, Seita prepared for the worse…

With this title being a war story, you might want to have a box of tissues nearby. Its a heart-tugging tale of family, war, famine, and love, and if you’re looking for something of this caliber, then we insist that you check out this title!

Until next post, stay nerdy friends! 😉

Throwback Thursday: Time Bokan!

It’s Thursday again so you know what that means, right? Another post about an old school anime title that you probably heard of, but after reading this post you might be interested to check it out. Today we’re heading to the 70’s with a title known as Time Bokan (which actually has a 2016 reboot on Crunchyroll), and if you want to know more about it, we’re happy to tell you! 🙂

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Why does the guy on the right look like someone I know…?

The story’s plot goes a little something like this; A scientist by the name of Dr. Kieda has invented insect-shaped time machines he calls Time Bokan (go figure). To prove that his invention works and is safe for others to use, he himself decides to self-test his creation. When the time machine came back however, Dr. Kieda was nowhere to be found – but a talking parrot and a large gemstone called the Dynamond was. Due to this situation a search party was assembled thanks to Dr. Kieda’s lab assistant named Tanpei, as he and his group travel back in time to find his mentor. The only problem Tanpei’s gonna have is the fact that they’re ‘others’ who are after the same thing that was found in the doctor’s time machine…

The formula for the story pretty much goes as follows; the heroes travel back to a certain period in time to look for clues to Dr. Kieda’s whereabouts (while encountering historical figures in the process), then they encounter the villains and a battle ensues. Afterwards the heroes come out victorious while the villains retreat to live to fight another day. You can find this title and its reboot on Crunchyroll, or any other legal anime streaming site.

That’s it for this post, but as always we’ve got awesome stuff that’s coming to the blog, so we’ll keep you up to date for the latest and greatest from the two-man crew of D&A! We thank you for all of the love and support and as always, stay nerdy! 😉

Throwback Thursday: Project A-ko!

Hey guys! It’s Thursday night, so that means another night of overviewing a classic title from way back in anime’s heyday. Tonight we return to the 80’s with an action-comedy that we’re pretty sure is not for kiddos, but for old school fans. On this Throwback Thursday, we bring you the classic 80’s anime movie known as Project A-ko.

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Pretty sure we’ve seen this before…

We’re going to be keeping the spoilers to a minimum, but here’s the overview…

An alien spacecraft makes a crash landing in Graviton City; taking out the entire population with it. Years later the city gets rebuilt as two students; A-ko Magami and C-ko Kotobuki, are starting their new year of school at Graviton City. A-ko has superhuman speed and strength yet considers herself as an ordinary teenage girl, who is rather keen on making sure she gets to school on time.

Although everything seems normal in the city, the two girls catch the unwanted attention of the school’s richest and snobbiest student, B-ko. During this situation B-ko has a crush on C-ko and tries to win her over, but after her attempts fail, she soon discovers the she had a rivalry against A-ko during kindergarten. Therefore every morning she uses mechas piloted by her all-female army to attack A-ko each morning, in hopes of having C-ko all to herself. The rivalry between them isn’t the only thing that’s happening, as the Trench-coated spy known as “D” has been monitoring the situation, and has reported it to an approaching spaceship on its way to Earth.

There are a lot of references from other anime titles of the 70’s and 80’s such as Gundam and Fist of the North Star. The title itself is also a reference to Jackie Chan’s movie Project A, but bears no resemblance to the actual movie. If you’re a fan of sci-fi and action comedies then this is an anime movie that you’re gonna wanna see!

That’s all we’ve got, but there’s more next week! 😉

D&A’s Throwback Thursday: Neo Ranga!

FYI, this anime title is an 18+ series, so if you’re 17-and-a-half you’re STILL not old enough to watch it! (But you probably will…)

Happy Thursday guys n’ girls! Last week we brought you an old school title from the 80’s, so it’s only appropriate that we bump it up by a decade and head to the 90’s! The 90’s was a classic time filled with cross-colors, Nintendo, SEGA, Fox Kids, and so many other awesome things from your childhood. If you happened to be a teenager in the 90’s and was somewhat familiar with the term ‘Japanimation’, then you probably have seen a few titles that you may (or may not) recognize. This may (or may not) be one of them; a dram-com that has action, adventure, and even some mecha. A show called…Neo Ranga.

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Holy crap!! That looks COOL!

For those who have no idea what this series is about, we’re gonna give you the brief overview while keeping the spoilers to a minimum.

The Shimabara sisters; Manami, Ushio, and Yuuhi, are three siblings that live on their own, with the oldest of the three being the breadwinner of the family. Suddenly a young man from the Island of Barou comes with news of the sisters’ long-lost brother, who has since died after marrying into the Barou royalty, thus leaving the sisters the current rulers of the island. Because of this they are now protected by the island’s god named Neo Ranga; a Godzilla-like monster who is now the sisters’ personal god. Although it follows them back to Japan, Neo Ranga soon becomes the target of the Japan Self-Defense Forces.

Each of the sisters use the powers of Neo Ranga for their own personal goals and ambitions; Ushio uses it to help Neo’s interactions with people, Minami uses Neo for financial gain due to being the breadwinner of the family, while Yuuhi simply uses Neo to deal with any unsavory elements in her neighborhood – which includes the Yakuza.

The series is 48 episodes long and (of course) it’s for mature audiences, so that means partial nudity, maybe a few swears, the usual. So if you haven’t seen the series yet be sure to check it out! Also, we’re happy to announce that we’ve reached 200 followers on our blog! We are so happy that you’re a part of our aniblogging lives, and we thank you for all of the love and support that you give to us, and the community!

Until next post, stay nerdy! 😉

Throwback Thursday Returns To The 80’s with Mobile Police Patlabor!

After an 18-month hiatus one of our main segments is back by popular demand! Tonight we go back in time to the 80’s of the anime world; where the mecha genre (especially Gundam and Transformers) was all the rage. While America had MTV, arcade shops, and a movie where nerds finally got revenge on their bullies, a select few of us old school otaku were engaged in Japanimation – or at least knew about it. For the first time since its hiatus we welcome back Throwback Thursday to the blog, with its first 80’s anime title being Mobile Police Patlabor!

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Japanimation in the 80’s!

Mobile Police Patlabor is a classic late 80’s shonen anime title created by the group known as Headgear; with members Masami Yuki, Mamoru Oshii, Kazukori Ito, Yutaka Izubuchi, and Akemi Takada. The franchise itself has its own anime and manga, as well as three movies and a few OVAs. Although its a shonen title this series is known for using mecha in its policing works and military, as well as industrial jobs such as construction.

Here’s the Non-Spoiler’s Overview: The story takes place between 1998-2002, where robots called Labors are employed in construction work. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police also have their own Labors that they use in order to combat crime, as well as rescue any Labors that happen to find themselves in any dire need of rescue. Noa Izumi is the main character of the series as he works in the second division of the Tokyo Police Special Vehicle Section, however the story arcs focus on the entire second division as a whole. The TV series has a different plot however; as division two combats a Schaft Enterprises Labor called the Type J9 Griffon.

The OVA has only seven episodes while the series has 47 in total. It’s even noted that this series was the inspiration behind the Hollywood blockbuster Pacific Rim, which is something that even we did know. (How about that? XP)

On that note that will do it for our first Throwback Thursday title of 2019, and it won’t be our last! Until next post guys and girls, stay nerdy! 😉

Happy 2-Year Anniversary D&A!!!!

Can you believe it?! It has actually been two whole years since this anime blog’s been launched! Back then D&A wasn’t even a blog, it was just a place where cosplayers could see their pictures that we took of them at conventions. Now we do more than just that, we do reviews, have trivia, produce original media content, and so much more! We just want to thank you guys for riding with us for two whole years, and for giving us so much love and support through it all!

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To help us celebrate this awesome anniversary, we’ve brought back an old favorite of ours known as D&A Throwback Thursday! Our Title tonight is called Brain Powerd, a post-apocalyptic/military title where the main character Hime, discovers a disk plate belonging to a huge alien spacecraft named the “Orphan”. If you want to read the full review that we’ve posted, click here.

We’re getting close in figuring out the problem for our RSS Feed for FUNimation, so that you get the chance to see what they’re up to, as well as what new titles and releases they have in store for the 2018 year. On our end we’ll be re-modifying the album artwork and official logo of our DJ and Music Producer, Orlando Bassline (aka Donte’ Lewis of D&A). There’s more awesome things coming over the horizon for us, so we’re hoping that you can stick around for our five-year anniversary, and even our ten-year one! 🙂