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The Analog Diaries Part 1: The Land Of Uncool

A product ripped from the blogs of recent days, The Analog Diaries is a series of recollections of a time before digital distribution. In the days when passion was gargantuan, and access was low. Created in memory of the days when all fans had on their sleeves were their desires amidst a media climate rivaling the Southern California Desert. It was a time of heroes, villains, fools & miles of tape. Welcome to the land of uncool.

Perhaps this post was inevitable. There seems to have been an array of toweringly large picket signs adorned with lights in place saying that I needed to share a little about the early days of one of my most cherished hobbies. So when this weekend finally came to pass, and I shared some of my concerns and hopes for the japanese animation industry, it only felt natural to share some memories of my own regarding the early days of the medium within the US. And very much like a brave few fans, my memories are borne out of what was available on television at the time. From catching the bug at a very early age with Star Blazers (Uchu Senkan Yamato) & Battle Of The Planets (Gatchaman), to of course the big guns of Robotech(Superdimension Fortress Macross, Superdimension Cavalry Southern Cross, Genesis Climber Mospeada), these along with a number of live-action tokutatsu shows aired on local affiliates helped solidify massive parts of my childhood. Even as the american mainstream embraced mere crumbs of these new & engrossing worlds, I was ready for an entire course by age 5!

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Tsundere Banana – Real Life Public Rape

In case you didn’t know this already, a 15 year-old-guy, a high school freshmen, (allegedly) publiclly raped a 26-year-old woman in broad daylight in Toledo, Ohio, last week (no, it’s not quite current news).

Courtesy of CNN

I just feel that I have to say something, particularly because I enjoyed Detroit Metal City Anime and its antics. But this is…Just wrong, man.

Article by Toledo Blade

Article by the Associated Press via The San Diego Union-Tribune, LLC

Mary Mitchell’s column on Chicago Sun-Time page

The Ministry of Agriculture is not in charge of Gundam….

…the Ministry of Defense is! From Anime News Network:

The Technical Research and Development Institute in Japan’s Ministry of Defense has posted on its website the program for its Heisei 19 Research Paper Presentation: Defense Technology Symposium 2007 on October 29, and the November 7-8 symposium’s schedule includes a ground equipment exhibit titled: “Towards the Realization of Gundam (Advanced Personal Equipment System).” The exhibit runs alongside another one for a “Miniature Robot (for Reconnaissance and Data Gathering).”

Mike’s take: LOLOLOLOL so life really does imitate art sometimes! My guess though that this is the Japanese equivalent of DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) in the US, the Pentagon subagency that gave us the Internet, Total Information Awareness complete with a creepy Illuminati logo, and is currently looking into autonomous robots themselves right now (they have a robotics competition every year). They even once had a head who was literally called Poindexter! The US army is also working on personal exoskeletons for soldiers too. But this is robot-mad Japan. If anyone can do it, or think it, it would be them first. They have so many models, plamos, and garage kits to work from after all. And a very willing population in Akihabara to help them.

To the Japanese Ministry of Defense I wish them a successful Gundam ikimasu! May you recruit dozens of angsty young teenage boys to work for their researcher fathers soon and reconsider the meaning of war and violence.