What We’ve Been Watching + News (0:00):
- Mifune: The Last Samurai now available on Netflix (trailer)
- King of the Braves GaoGaiGar legally streaming at Daisuki.
- Mazinger Z 45th anniversary film trailer
- Ultraman Geed 2017 trailer
- Dragon Ball Z Fighters trailer
Fist of the North Star (movie), a remake of the first arc of the TV show (itself a remake of the famous manga by Tetsuo Hara and Buronson), released to Japanese movie-goers in 1986 with greatly improved art and animation over the TV series but also, like almost all anime movie remakes, a heavily cut down plot. General TV Series director Toyoo Ashida returned to helm the film along with character designer & animation director Masami Suda and many other Toei Animation staff; but, for my money, it’s the soundtrack by classical composer Katsuhisa Hattori and rock group Kodomo Band (“Heart of Darkness”, “Purple Eyes”) that provides the real emotional punch making this absurdly macho, apocalyptic splatter-fest seem almost poignant. Tune in for the full review!
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