An episode of the first “Tensai Bakabon” series (1971-72). This is unusual in that it’s actually crazier than the comic that this story was adapted from.
The story is this: Bakabon’s Papa bankrupts the airplane company after getting into an argument with the important client on the phone. The boss, having gone insane, gives his job to Papa, who tells the employees that, for the following day, they can do whatever the hell they want, since it will be their last.
As you can see, chaos and anarchy happens. They pretty much went all the way for this episode, which was very unusual for the 1971 series. The anime also changed the ending; in the comic, he gets a new job at NHK, a publicly funded TV station. For the anime, he gets a job at the National Diet Building, a legislative building in Tokyo. The joke being that he’s going to ruin the Japanese government.
Produced by Tokyo Movie Shinsha
EPISODE 19-A (Original Airdate: January 29, 1972)
"Papa Goes to a Company and Says Hello’"
Directed by Soji Yoshikawa
Storyboards: Shuji Yamazaki
Key Animation: Seiji Okuda & Kazuo Iimura
(Animation Studio: Za-In)
Going back to “Gamba”, I’m up to episode 24, with just two left. I wrote a detailed blog post about the show, even embedding the first episode in whole.
Somebody pointed this out in the comments, wondering if the show’s lukewarm reception was due to how the show looks. The characters are drawn cartoony and rather cutesy, and there are cartoonish moments, but it’s absolutely nothing like, say, “Hamtaro” (also a TMS production). The direction, pacing, and content is beyond what people would expect from the first look at the image.
Starting episode 20, the main characters finally land on the island that the evil Noroi is in. Since then, at least one character that the seven mice became allies with starts getting killed in a brutal, bloody manner, and the surviving mice start suffering under a famine after their food storage gets destroyed. Really, as far as this story is concerned, it’s about characters getting stuck in a life or death situation. I don’t think I ever saw this many blood in other shows starring talking, cartoon animals.
In a way, “The Adventures of Gamba” is a kind of cartoon that some bronies wants FiM to be like.
I’ve been watching Gamba this week. I’m up to episode 17 now, with 9 more left to go.
They’re really moving the story further now. It was around this point when TMS had to cut the original planned number of 52 episodes down to 26 (52 episodes mean one full year of broadcast). The reason of the reduced number was because the ratings from the original broadcast was too mediocre to justify having that many. As a result, TMS had to hastily replan the storyline around this time so they can give it proper conclusion.
Which isn’t a bad thing. Less fillers that way, and the show had a few out of the way.
Reblogging for newer people following my tumblr.
Heads up, folks. I’m trying to get the remaining copies of the “Koko the Blue” comic books out of my hair, so I’m now offering discounts. Click here!
#1 is now $1.99 and #2 is now $1.00. Get it before I sell every remaining copies out. I only have
eight six copies of #2 left, in particular.
Makes a good Christmas gift. If you live outside US, now would be a good time to snag a copy or two.
Space Dandy Storyboards, key animation and layouts from the talented MICHIO MIHARA’s ( Kick Heart, Paprika, Spriggan, Jin-Roh, Princess Mononoke, Ninja Scroll) work station at Studio Bones. I love how the hottest looking shows are still done w/ pencil and paper for pre-production and main production. It’s about the masters, not the tools. :-)
The first episode of Gamba’s Adventures. No subs, but enjoy!
Cute. Although, whenever I hear samba in a random context I start wondering if there’s some subtext I’m missing. As in this case I have no idea of what the text is (all I could understand were the endless repetitions of ガンバ (gambá?)), I’m completely at loss.
Let me see if I can find a translation of the script to help me…
"Gamba" is named from a Japanese word "ganbare", which means "don’t give up"