Remembering Robotech: The Anime Gateway Drug

Robotech: The Complete Series

The funny thing about listening to Tommy Yune talk about Robotech in the Carl Macek/Robotech retrospective on this new complete series boxed set is that I was nodding the entire time he described what the cartoon meant to kids. He mentions kids going home right after school because they had to see the next episode of the show. I was thinking, “6:30am for me, buddy.” And then mention was made of getting up early as well. So yes, it’s nice to know I wasn’t the only one.

It was my first anime. It was apparently a lot of people’s first anime. And it apparently opened the doors for a lot of that material to get over here. So kids, ask your parents: this whole “anime section at Borders–whoops, Amazon” thing? This whole anime cons all over the place thing? Back up twenty-five years and you didn’t have that. Granted, as the man stated, we also thought digital watches were pretty badass, but still. Robotech paved the way.

It was, quite frankly, a show my parents probably wouldn’t have let me watch if they had known what it entailed. I must have been twelve or thirteen–and remember television wasn’t then what it is now (it had pretty much been just invented, this was, after all, 1718). The G.I. Joe cartoon? Lasers instead of guns. The A-Team? Nobody got shot unless it was central to the plot of the episode. Violence simply wasn’t…violent. So in the opening episode, “Boobytrap,” Robotech lets you see two huge alien ships get melted in orbit. The attack on Macross city feels like there’s a body count. And you’re watching ships just get destroyed left and right, good guys and bad.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:35:46+00:00 November 3rd, 2011|Headsup|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #133: Wood For Sheep

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast spends way too much discusses what costumes are sexy and which are not. And which one are not, not, not. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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Sexy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Costume WTF Jesus GAH

Agenda:

  • Settlers of Catan
  • Rox gets upgraded (not a euphemism)
  • Arbor Mist in Ireland
  • We’re in a car!
  • Barn door’s open! (But we edit it out)
  • Murder By Death
  • Jon, costumes and hair
  • Random Halloween costume discussion
  • Sexy Hobo with a Shotgun!
  • Compliments in Ireland
  • Avengers trailer!
  • Judge Judy vs. Thor!
  • Chest hair and Alice in Wonderland
  • Sam Jackson on Twitter
  • Paul, camp and drugs
  • Kora and Kongs and food
  • How to quit DirectTV
  • Netster! Qwikflix! Whatever!
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:36:31+00:00 October 14th, 2011|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|1 Comment

    Win Robotech: The Complete Series on DVD!

    Robotech: The Complete Series DVD

    It’s Robotech: The Complete Series, hitting DVD once more–this time from A&E. And I’m psyched up because this was the first anime I ever watched and I’m sure it only aired on my local station because nobody was paying attention. Good for them. More on that later in an article all on its own. But for now, here’s what they have to say for themselves:

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    By | 2017-09-24T22:37:00+00:00 October 7th, 2011|Contests|0 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #61: Adequate and Yet Awesome

    And we’re back. Please note: this podcast, if you haven’t figured it out, is profane and not safe for consumption by children or animals. Or sentient creatures of any sort. Or even cardboard boxes. Nothing. Nobody. Got it?

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    Mazes and Monsters

    Agenda:

    • iPad! Or…not!
    • Recreation
    • Widge and the Nazi DS
    • Gaming MILFs
    • Gaming secret origins
    • King of Kong
    • Rob doesn’t save Leigh’s kid
    • The cutthroat world of competitive Scrabble
    • Phalanx!
    • Hot Tub Time Machine
    • Lars Von Trier, Dick
    • Crispin Glover Returns!
    • Leigh is moving it. Or something.
    • Captain America
    • John Cusack, standoffish
    • Aaron likes getting wet
    • Ken Plume, Super Pimp
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:53:04+00:00 April 9th, 2010|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|6 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know, Monday, November 24, 2008

    New Moon book cover art

    Because some sites want to make you slog through a 400 word article to get 50 words worth of info. To hell with that. Enjoy.

  • In a move that should surprise nobody, the sequel to Twilight, New Moon, has been given the go-ahead. This after the film did an estimated $70M this weekend. Quantum of Solace dropped 59%+ in its second weekend, but don’t cry for it, it’s already broken a half-billion when you add in the overseas. Of course, it opened overseas first, but I still think it’ll match if not beat (slightly) Casino Royale when all is said and done. Disney’s got to be a bit perturbed about Bolt opening with just $27M, since they haven’t had something open that small in…a while. Anyway, if you’re the author of a vampire novel aimed at teens, then you are sitting on a stack of gold at the moment. Congratulations.
  • Arrested Development is looking to become a feature film. Excellent. That plan worked so well for Firefly, after all. Source: Variety.
  • Aaron Eckhart is on board to play the platoon leader in the previously mentioned Battle: Los Angeles. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:09:28+00:00 November 24th, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know: Angels, Demons, Canadians & Damages

    Moby Dick by Ray Bradbury

    Because some things you simply need to know. But it’s silly to make you read a whole post about each one. The only thing sillier is us writing an entire post about each one. Enjoy.

  • Amazon has a DVD sale that looks a lot like the old DVD sale, but they do have a bunch of stuff for 50% off if you didn’t take advantage last time. Maybe they’re trying to make up for all the God! Damn! Down! Time! Found via Dealhack.
  • The Animated Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie, which we’ve mentioned before, has Fox on board. 13 episodes are ordered for 2009 by Global Television. In addition to Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis reprising their roles, at least vocally, also in the cast are Dave Coulier (yes, from Full House), Colin Mochrie (Whose Line All-Star), Pat McKenna, Derek McGrath, Ron Pardo, Jayne Eastwood and Ho Chow.
  • Angels & Demons, the follow-up to The DaVinci Code, can’t film in any of Rome’s churches, according to Hollywood Reporter: “Traditionally, we read the script, but in this case that was not necessary,” said Fr. Marco Fibbi, spokesman for the Diocese of Rome. “The name Dan Brown was enough.” Funny, that’s how we feel about his stuff, too. This, of course, the latest in a conspiracy whereby whenever Dan Brown is out of the news for six weeks or more, Rome does something to remind us he exists.
  • There’s a Beowulf musical. Of course we’re serious.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:17:29+00:00 June 16th, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|3 Comments

    Where’s My Veritech Fighter?

    Real Life Proposed Gundam

    Okay, so I ran across this article in Wired, where a guy trying to drum up interest in robotics priced out what it would take to build an actual Gundam robot. You know, the sixty-foot high business. The price tag? $742 million.

    Now that’s all well and good, but am I the only one thinking: Gundam is neat and all, but when are you going to be able to turn it into a jet?

    That’s right. A veritech fighter. From Robotech. Three modes: jet, guardian (a hybrid jet/robot mode), and full-on butt-kicking robot. Battlebots are nice, but a complicated situation needs an incredibly complicated battle machine. Like this…
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:20:40+00:00 March 30th, 2008|Stimuli|0 Comments

    A Plethora of Cartoon Openings From the 80s

    Cap’n D writes in to tell us about this, a supposed Top 10 of cartoon openings from the 80s, judged by the song and the opening sequence.

    However, this list is null and void. You can’t have a list like this and ignore Robotech. That song kicked ass and the opening sequence was badass. Yes, when you got into the cartoon proper the music took a sharp left turn and you found yourself wanting to just stitch Minmei’s mouth shut, but we’re talking just the openings here.

    The good Cap’n points out somebody also did a solid half-hour of 80s cartoon openings and one of 90s cartoon openings as well.

    There, we’ve shot your productivity full of holes, either for tonight or in the morning. You’re welcome.

    Direct link for the feedreaders.

    I mean, Christ, when was the last time you thought about the Pole Position cartoon?

    By | 2017-09-24T23:24:15+00:00 December 6th, 2007|Animation|0 Comments

    Weekend Recommendations: DVDs

    Here’s yer DVD goodness…

    DVD of the Week: Titanic. A kickass film that caved under the weight of its own insane popularity, it’s still as good as it was when it hit cinemas. This is especially evident on this Paramount release, which fans will freak out over. It comes with three commentaries, deleted scenes with optional commentary, an alternate ending, a slew of background info, featurettes, and effects goodness as well. We’ll just ignore that Celine Dion video, shall we? (Buy it)

    TV DVD of the Week: 3rd Rock From the Sun: Season 2. The twenty-six episodes are here on DVD from Anchor Bay and fans should rejoice–because they come with 3-D glasses for viewing the 3-D scenes in the season closer. If that wasn’t enough sickness, you also get an alternate ending for that episode, a new interview with Lithgow, bloopers, behind-the-scenes fun, and more. Plus the fact that the box comes with a voicechip featuring a bit from Harry. (Buy it)

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:50:55+00:00 December 25th, 2005|Recommendations|0 Comments