September 9, 2016
Carrying on from last episode, Kim and Chris arrive on Dzoara, a planet of telekinetically powered ships and friendly people, and learn about a couple who were instrumental in fighting off the first Boskone invasion of the planet. And by this point we have completely gone away from the source books. At least the romance is better handled than in the books…
This was also the last episode that got any sort of home video or laserdisc release. From next episode onwards we’re dependant on Nanto’s hoard of multi-gen copies of VHS recorded off the telly. The next episode preview spliced into this episode is about as bad as it gets according to Nanto. I hope he’s right…
August 5, 2016
And now we’re on to episode 5 of this adaptation, and we’ve run out of book to adapt, well the final battle hasn’t but this is a 26 episode show…
This time we’re getting some backstory on the Galactic Patrol which differs from the description given in the prequel book First Lensman (which I do not recommend you read unless you like plots about industrial espionage facilitated by the protagonist having an identical double cousin). Also fun with hyperspace, which doesn’t exist as a concept in the book because it’s old enough that the idea of the speed of light being absolute hadn’t sunk in yet.
On the plus side the animation’s getting better so I suppose that’s something.
July 24, 2016
‘Hey, this film was fun, let’s try and sub it, it’ll be short and easy’, famous last words for this project seeing as it took a year. And yes I know someone else beat us to it in the interim, but I’d started so I’d finish.
Anyways, this is the tie-in film sequel to the tokusatsu show Ultraman Ginga S, which is now on Crunchyroll, along with Ultraman Ginga.
July 17, 2016
Onto episode 4 of this travesty of an adaptation and the anime’s utter gutting of the book plot gives us this slightly weird episode. Romantic leads gotta meet somehow even if the reason for the main character being hospitalised and meeting his cute nurse is completely removed… On the other hand we do get a chance to try and work in one of the book’s favourite phrases…
So apart from my annoyed ranting, enjoy.
July 8, 2016
In the near future strange robots called Kikou attack Japan, and humanity is forced to use their own Kikous to fight back. But piloting them has a cost…
This is a short one-off TV special, so if you want to spent 22 minutes watching robots fight with some cyberpunk drama, give it a look.