Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again? / Give it a Light Novel Title Challenge!

Now it’s my turn! Even though I’m a little late, I did show up.

Let’s resurrect some titles from the yonder days of Japanese animation awesomeness with short titles and make them really long… really, really, really long… hey the kids will love it! Apparently Japanese light novel series now-a-days have these very long titles that are en vogue and since I am stuck in 1985 I was not aware of this. A quick shout out to Curtis at Iridium Eye Reviews for both nominating and enlightening me about this current trend. I would like to thank the Academy for starters…

… by the way in case you didn’t know I owe my inspiration for my version of the title of this entry via the Monkee’s song, Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again?, which was featured in their psychedelic film masterpiece Head! (Scene from the film)

Now my challenge is let’s go with really super short titles… meaning anime titles of only one word (and maybe the addition of a number), the better. Five titles as well… hmm? Why not eleven? What do I have in stock already? On yeah… check these out!… and if you want more info, or my opinion on each entry I have a link to a respective review/entry.


Akira (1988)

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Reason number 28 why one should not bully, or make fun of, or disrespect your classmates or peers with anger issues.


Appleseed (1988)

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Don’t you see we live in a glass bubble of pure madness that only appears to be clean, safe and orderly?


Area 88 (1985)

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You know you are in for a bad day when you wake up from a hangover finding out you signed up for a foreign legion air force.


Baoh (1989)

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Ah man, why do I have to have these crazy super powers? And my skin turned all blue too!


Birth (1984)

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There is like a sword, and these weird aliens and this ghost that me and my friends have to deal with while surviving a huge explosion that destroys everything.


Nora (1985)

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If you ever need a hero find a bubbly blonde to talk to a misbehaving computer like it’s a spoiled child.


Scoopers (1987)

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The ultimate crime fighters: a reporter and her android partner, who so happens to be a photographer and bodyguard.


Salamander (1988)

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Wow! Konami spaceship shooters can turn be good source material for interesting, yet short space opera OVAs.


Touch (1985)

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Who ever thought I could have been an ace pitcher and fall in love with my long time crush who happens to be my next door neighbor as well?


To-Y (1987)

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Dude, let’s get this plain and clear, I play music my way and my way only! No selling out!


Windaria (1986)

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Are you willing to sacrifice all your true love and happiness for either duty, or money during this upcoming war?

#161 : Nora

Nora_1Why in my right mind did I obsessively want to see this OVA? As a product of 1985, a year I love so much in terms of anime, Nora was on one of my watching bucket lists. Or perhaps it was the design of Nora herself, who is adorable and pretty… I’m jealous of her hair! My hope is that the original manga is way better in terms of story, plot, and even character development because this OVA adaptation of Nora is… eh… bland. Please universe grant me a chance to read a chapter, or two of the manga to prove my hypothesis wrong by stating that Nora is an example of what we refer to as a… Bad Anime! If blonde jokes were true, and of course they are not (Blonde = Genius!), then Nora would be the poster child, or the dictionary definition of that stereotype even though she is not dumb at all. Just very bubbly, goofy and ever popular… but kind of ditzy.

Nora_2Nora Scholar is on her way to a space town, or if this were Gundam, a colony, to take a vacation. I believe it was called Frontier, but please don’t make me rewatch this again to see if that is correct. While on her flight she meets a middle aged bald guy who is a well known professor and they become very good friends… creepy; not so attractive middle aged men and young ladies always screams red flag in my book. Add to that we also gain a third wheel, another old fart who is supposed to be a genius, but is just a cynical drunk. Why not have some handsome young stud of a man accompany Nora? But then again, I think this was a seinen production, so I am sure Nora would be the ideal fantasy girl for older guys who would want to chase someone younger. Sigh! I feel for you Nora.

Nora_3The high IQ drunk invented a computer, Artfiend (nice name?), to take over the functions of the town, or maybe it is the computer that runs the town and it has run amuck… whatever! Bad stuff starts to happen, the gravity stops working as an example because this computer has an issue with the human race. Who can stop this wild menace, but our triple threat of characters with Nora at the helm. She kindly talks to ‘Artie’ and reprograms him much like a mother talks to a child about what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior. Bad Artie, bad! You be nice now, OK! … and that is basically… the story. Stopping a renegade computer from wrecking up the entire place… I dunno… I am sure there are better options with a similar story. I vote for the opening episode of the Dirty Pair “How to Kill a Computer.” Better yet can the WWWA hire Nora and at least salvage something from this OVA? Hence forth we have the Dirty Trio (that sounds totally wrong, lol). Is Nora worth a rewatch? Not this time as I’d rather rewatch Odin first.