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?

#171 : Scoopers

Wow the title alone is enough of a grabber… just what in the world is Scoopers? An anime about a young couple who run an ice cream shop?… no. Maybe an anime about a  pet scooping service that goes around to the parks when your dog leaves a souvenir?… no. Wow you got me… maybe Scoopers is about journalists in a sci-fi, slightly cyberpunk universe, trying to catch the next big ‘scoop’ on guy who has been blowing up satellites and space shuttles? No way, that sounds to good to be true and yet… it so is. OK, we have the basics out of the way, lets throw that tape (or digital file) into the old dusty VCR ( or whatever your media player of choice is) and hit play!

Scoopers1A supposed Mr. X and his organization are the responsible party for the havoc of blowing up these satellites and space shuttles. Who can stop this dastardly foe but for two… reporters? Enter Yoko and Beat (BEATO!) who work for for the organization Private Eyes. “Private eyes are watching you. They see your every move.” Yoko is a strong and determined lead and Beat is a combination of things. He is a Yoko’s partner, a photographer, Yoko’s bodyguard and would you believe it… he’s an android too! He gains super powers when Yoko pulls out her compact and hits a couple of buttons, almost like a remote control. Talk about killer makeup! Together they track down the hide out of Mr. X at the amusement park of Techno Land, but what lays in store for them is more than any roller coaster ride.

Scoopers2Scoopers is one of those 80s OVAs you find at the very bottom of the undiscovered bin of lost oddities. It resembles a lot of retro action properties of the time, City Hunter, Space Adventure Cobra, Dirty Pair and Lupin III in terms of style, color and attitude. It just lacks staying power and being a one off OVA may be part of the issue. The concept of guerilla journalists who are more like crime fighters is a fun concept and the sci-fi high technology is a nice touch. Nothing like the element of fantasy of what we thought the future might be like from the perspective of the 1980s. And speaking of hi-tech, check out those computer graphics interspersed with the cel drawn animation. For the time that was high end stuff, but it is kind of laughable now.

Scoopers3Can I return back to Lupin III? It seems that Scoopers and Lupin III have something in common; are kind of related… perhaps siblings? When watching the credits one name jumped out at me and made me go, oh wow! Does the name, or I should say pen name of Monkey Punch ring a bell for any of you? He is the original creator of everyone’s jacket wearing thief, Lupin III and he also is responsible for Scoopers as well. Nice to see some of his other work. The character designs and some of the behaviors favor a Lupin style with Beat being similar to Lupin and Yoko being an alternate to Fujiko. Wait!… Monkey Punch, why not have a crossover of Lupin with Scoopers?

Scoopers4Scoopers is a lot of fun and finding off the wall, weird, bizarre, or out of this world older anime is the joy of combing through the lost archives of what Japan released way back yonder. This is what being a classic anime fan is all about because just when you think you have seen everything, something else shows up and say, “Um, you missed one!” I  am glad Scoopers founds it’s way into my viewing experience, although the ending… yeah we need to talk about that… kind of a let down and makes you want, or hope there is a second installment in some form. And yet in the end, we have to make due with what see, which is an aircraft flying off into the distance carrying an escaped Mr. X. What’s his final fate, will he get to some sort of trial? Will justice prevail? And will the story and photos from Yoko and Beat make the top headline? Your guess is as good as mine.

I want to give a special thanks to Kingmenu Subs for their work on Scoopers. Thank you and keep up the good work!