Anime Review: The Amazing 3

The Amazing 3 anime 1965 to 1966

Okay I fully admit the only reason I know about this series is Joe Strike’s book Furry Nation. Siting it as one of the early anime’s that is furry. Yes I am fully aware of siting something is furry in the mid 1960s is a longshot at best. But I have to admit after seeing just one episode this series is 100% furry.

Airing from June 6, 1965 to June 27, 1966 with a total of 52 episodes.

Plot as taken from Wikipedia

The Galactic Federation is concerned about the number of wars on the Planet Earth. It sends three agents to determine if the planet is a potential threat to the universe, and whether it should be destroyed. The instrument of destruction is a device resembling a large black ball with two antennae that is variously called an anti-proton bomb, a solar bomb, and a neutron bomb. The agents (Captain Bokko, Nokko, and Pukko) are originally humanoid in appearance, but upon arrival on Earth they take on the appearances of a rabbit (Bokko), a horse (Nokko), and a duck (Pukko) that they had captured as examples of Earth life forms. While on Earth they travel in a tire-shaped vehicle capable of enormous speeds called the Big Wheel, which can travel on both land and water (and, with modifications, through the air).

After landing, they are befriended by Shinichi Hoshi, a young boy who becomes their ally throughout the series. The series also features Shinichi’s older brother Koichi who is a member of the secret intelligence agency “Phoenix”, formed to protect the peace of the world. The Wonder 3 are initially repulsed by the violence of the earthlings, especially Pukko, but gradually change their thinking after being touched by the kind personality of Shinichi.

In the final episode of the series the decision is made by the galactic council that mankind is irredeemable and that the Earth is to be destroyed. Although Pukko is in favor of this as much as ever, Bokko puts off the order as long as possible, and eventually decides to disobey the council’s decision. However, prior to Bokko’s decision to disobey her orders, Shinichi is appalled at the likelihood that his friends would obey the order and runs to Koichi to ask Phoenix to intervene.

Although dozens of Phoenix agents fight the Amazing 3 in their saucer, they are unable to destroy it, and Shinichi appeals to Bokko, Nokko, and Pukko to take him back to their home planet to plead Earth’s case. During the trip Bokko, Nokko, and Pukko revert to their humanoid forms for the first time, much to the surprise of Shinichi, who had never seen their true appearances before (perhaps not clearly, anyway – he had also seen them through the window of their saucer in the first episode, though it’s suggested in the episode that he could only see their silhouettes).

Shinichi is particularly surprised by Bokko’s beauty in her actual form. A3 are presented to the galactic council on charges of disobeying orders. Shinichi is given a chance to plead Earth’s case and the council offers him the opportunity to stay on their planet with all the rights and privileges of other citizens. Shinichi becomes angry and attacks a guard, thus proving mankind’s inherently violent nature to many there. The order is given to wipe out Shinichi’s memories, but before this can be done Bokko pleads for him to be released, and for the Earth to be given more time to develop. The council eventually decides to return A3 to the Earth and re-examine the matter when Shinichi reaches adulthood.

Upon their return to Earth Pukko is ashamed of his attitude toward humans before that point, Shinichi is reunited with Koichi, and Bokko is transformed by Nokko and Pukko into an Earth girl so she’ll have a chance to be with Shinichi as the human girl she really wants to be – for a short time, anyway. The closing shot of the series is of the now-human Bokko walking towards Shinichi’s home to find him.

If you doubt this is truly furry watch the episode below, and then tell me I was wrong.

Media

The complete Japanese-language manga is available in two volumes. A late 1970s three volume set can also sometimes be found. The manga has never been officially released in English.

During the 1990s, the series was available in Japan both on two sets of laserdiscs and on a series of thirteen VHS videocassettes. The series was first released on DVD in Japan in two volumes in 2002 and 2003. A complete single-volume 10-DVD set was released in 2005. A lower priced (¥15,000) 10-DVD set was released for a limited time in 2008 in honor of what would have been Tezuka’s 80th birthday. Though the negatives for the series were damaged in a warehouse flood, the episodes on the Japanese DVDs were taken from the best existing sources.

The American (English-dubbed) films are rumored to have been either lost or destroyed. The English-dubbed version of the series also aired on Australia’s Channel 9 beginning in 1969. Anime Sols, which closed officially on May 1, 2015 attempted to crowdfund the streaming rights for the official English-subbed version of the show.

A handful of episodes are on YouTube generally only can be seen in their original Japanese with English subtitles

Anime Review: Samurai Champloo

It is as different from the anime most watch as possible it begins with a chance meeting of these 2 samurai who want to kill each other and this 15 year old girl looking for a samurai that smells like sunflowers. Really that is the plot.

My description is backed up by Wikipedia which goes in to more detail

A young woman named Fuu is working as a waitress in a tea shop when she is abused by a band of samurai. She is saved by a mysterious rogue named Mugen and a young rōnin named Jin. Mugen attacks Jin after he proves to be a worthy opponent. The pair begin fighting one another and inadvertently cause the death of Shibui Tomonoshina, the magistrate’s son. For this crime, they are to be executed. With help from Fuu, they are able to escape execution. In return, Fuu asks them to travel with her to find “the samurai who smells of sunflowers”.

It’s really a fun series to watch as every episode is so different you really can’t even guess of what trouble these 3 characters will get into or who they meet. Everything from Elvis type characters, to an artist, and even terrorists. They get out of the last one by burning the terrorist supply of weed. Really I am not joking, they do that and more. Yes, everyone does get stoned.

Fun series, great action, a good mix of both and more. I could go on and on on why this is such a great series.

Here is a video of short clips

If you like what you see the DVDs are fairly cheap I picked up my copy for $23 and the series is available for viewing on crunchyroll

Anime Review: Samurai Gun

Samurai Gun is a rather unique series set in a time period that was itself unique. Japan between the ancient ways and modern society. It was also a time period when 2 parties were out to control in Japan. The Shogun a self appointed ruler, and the Emperor.

It is the beginning of the industrial revolution, and feudal Japan is in turmoil. The ruling Shogun are wielding their abusive powers to instill fear and dominance over their oppressed subjects. Beatings, imprisonment, rape and even murder are the adopted tactics chosen to maintain their reign. The bloodshed must end. A group of Samurai have banded together, and, with the development of new weapons and new technology, they have both the will and the hardware to stand up and fight. Ichimatsu is one of these fighters. By day, he works incognito at a local tavern, in the evenings he frequents the brothels, and by the dark of night, he doles out some big-time, gun-barrel justice. He is here to help. He is Samurai Gun.

Every episode is a delight for the eyes, you see a mixture of so many genres…even a bit of steampunk. I have been watching the series for years and there is always something I have never seen before. The plots are a period of time, where you feel their world is almost at the point of civil war. Of how balance between “The Shogun Protective Bureau” and the “Samurai Gun”. Is always at a point of just before all out war, not to forget of how their world is changing, even though you already know the results you wonder was it a good thing?