Groovy 1970s Japanese psychedelic orgy anime


Jen Yamato of The Daily Beast describes Belladonna of Sadness (Kanashimi no Belladonna) from 1973 as a "long-forgotten X-rated psychedelic animation gem about one woman’s violation, persecution, and sexual awakening produced over four decades ago by the makers of Astro Boy." Read about the film here and watch the NSFW "psychedelic orgy of sexual liberation explode" in the clip above.

Now Belladonna of Sadness has been brought to vivid new life by a group of L.A.-based cineastes who have given the 1973 gem a 4K restoration and added eight minutes of explicit footage back in. After its unveiling late last week at Austin’s Fantastic Fest, Belladonna will be released stateside for the first time next year.

The stunning rediscovery, adapted by anime veteran Eiichi Yamamoto more than 40 years ago from Jules Michelet’s 19th century French proto-feminist text La Sorciere, tells the tragic tale of a blissfully happy peasant bride in feudal France.

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Attack on Pizza! (or: A live-action scene done anime-style)


Having watched Attack on Titan, I enjoyed this video of a live action fight over a slice of pizza at a party, edited anime-style. Every line of dialogue is delivered as a seething throaty whisper or a confused angry shout. There are close-ups of throbbing eyeballs and trembling fists. One second glimpses of complex infographics. Slow camera sweeps over static scenes. They nailed it. [via] Read the rest

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Attack on Titan: Live Action Trailer with English subtitles


My 12-year-old daughter Jane introduced my wife and me to Attack on Titan. It's a Japanese comic book and animated cartoon series by Hajime Isayama about a war between the last few remaining people on Earth and the creepy giant humanoids who want to eat them. I havn't read the manga like Jane has, but my wife and I enjoyed watching the animated series on Netflix. Attack on Titan is coming to the big screen, and a trailer with English subtitles was recently released.

I think it looks good, but Jane and her friends don't like it. They especially don't like the way the character Armen is portrayed. In the manga and anime, Armen is a sweet, brilliant mophead. In the movie, he's a tough guy with a buzzcut. That's a shame, because Armen's gentle demeanor and wisdom is important in the manga and anime. Changing his character into a badass warrior seems like the wrong move, but I'm still looking forward to watching it when it comes to Imax theaters. It'll be released in two parts, with the first installment screening on August first. I don't think it will be too difficult to convince Jane to come with me.

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Watch: Bartkira (Akira meets The Simpsons)


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WATCH: Winds of Change (1979)


For years I thought I had imagined this movie from my childhood. But there it is, on YouTube! This amazing piece of work fostered my love of classical mythology and anime.

Originally called "Metamorphoses" in Japan, "Winds of Change" was released in the United States in 1979. An animated retelling of stories from Roman poet Ovid, it is set to music by Joan Baez and Mick Jagger (with supplemental disco from Pattie Brooks), and narrated by Peter Ustinov.

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Each to their own

Legendary voice actor and artist Sonny Strait spotted this outside the offices of Funimation in Flower Mound, Texas. Read the rest
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Corporate mascots as anime characters

Bruce Yan has created some gorgeous anime-inflected remixes of traditional American logos, including the Girl Guides Scouts and Starbucks. Astro Boy/Atom Boy was really born to be Bob's Big Boy mascot. Read the rest

Space Battleship Yamato 2010, anime come to life

I think I may have been waiting all my life to see Space Battleship Yamato done just like this. The movie is so true to the feel of the 1974 Starblazers I adored as a child, I really got to enjoy both the film and the trip down memory lane.

If you are a fan you will want to check this out!

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Battle of the Planets, classic campy sci-fi anime film

Five incredible young people with super powers!

Battle of the Planets is a late 70s/early 80s reworking of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, and was one of my earliest introductions to anime and sci-fi cartoons. With classic in its camp, we join the adventures of Mark, Jason, Princess, Key-op, Tiny and the incredible 7-Zark-7 as they defend space from things beyond space.

It's one of the first US adaptations of a Japanese anime series that I am aware of (Robotech is my favorite in this genre). Sandy Frank Productions draws on all the popular sci-fi memes of the day and brutally rips off R2-D2 to create a fast, fun and confusing series. Five young and highly-trained agents who dress like birds and fly like gravity doesn't exist gather to defend the Earth from Zoltar, the Luminious One, and planet Spectra.

Science Ninja Team Gatchaman has been recut several times over the years, not just into BotP but G-Force and the Eagle Riders as well. 7-Zark-7 and 1-Rover-1 make Battle of the Planets my favorite.

Battle of the Planets, a Sandy Frank Production

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MC Frontalot's "I'll Form the Head" - crowdfunded voltronoid nerdcore

MC Frontalot sez, "At long last, here's the third of three videos from my album Solved that were funded by fans via Kickstarter. It was directed by Carly Monardo and features my nerdcore rap compatriots ZeaLouS1 and Dr. Awkward. Lyrics and credits are on the youtube page. The single is out today, too, and it's free at

Bright-colored robotic space rhinoceri that we pilot — why? 'Cause they're in supply. Plus, we heed the cry of our planet's population to defend them. We report to battle stations! Split screen — ready! — and our rhinos are rocket ships with fully articulated tusk, jaws, and hips. They come equipped with individual special attacks, none with a lack (but a couple a little bit slack). I'm not naming any pilot specifically, but we're all color coded so you notice that typically I (in the gold) lead the charge, do the most damage to whatever very giant space invader managed to threaten the globe in yet another of our episodes. This week? Malevolent galactic nematode! Already beat up the squad when we faced him. I'm calling it: let's form a giant robot and waste him.

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Japanese teen trend: "Dragon Ball attack" selfies

"Numerous Japanese teens, it seems, are uploading photos of themselves doing the Kamehameha attack from popular manga and anime series Dragon Ball," writes Kotaku's Japan-based correspondent Brian Ashcraft. There's a photo gallery and it's awesome. Brian had an earlier post at Kotaku about the broader trend in Japan of young women staging photos with manga-style martial arts. Below, one such image found on 2ch, Japan's largest bulletin board, with the heading, "Schoolgirls Nowadays lol".

(Thanks, Brian Lam!)

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Greenpeace's anime video about hazardous chemicals and fashion

An animated collaboration between Greenpeace and Free Range studios exposes the trail of hazardous chemicals throughout the world.

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