Wish list

Things I’d like to see:

Dirty Pair TV: This should have been licensed ten or twenty years ago along with the OVAs and the movies, but there isn’t even a fansub currently available for most episodes.

Yasutaka Tsutsui: Salmonella Men on Planet Porno demonstrates that he is at the very least a capable satirist, but almost none of his books have been translated into English. The recent films Paprika and Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo were based on novels by Tsutsui. In the former case, the orginal was probably better.

Divergence Eve and Misaki Chronicles: I’d like to see a remake, with the same script and cast, but without the pointless fanservice, and with better computer graphics. It’s a pity that one of the best science fiction stories in anime looks like porn.

Petitnone: This was a short CD included as a bonus with the third disc of the Japanese edition of Haibane Renmei. If one were to add some of remaining uncollected background music, such as the solo harpsichord in the third and fourth episodes, the resulting disc would be worth releasing in its own right.

Binchou-tan: One of the very few series that deserve good English dubs. This is an excellent show for small children, but most haven’t learned to read subtitles yet.

Kino no Tabi, vol. two and beyond: Evidentally there’s a licensing snafu and the rest of the books may not be released here after all (see Astro’s note on the previous post). This is criminal.

Ribon no Kishi: Besides its historical importance as the first shoujo anime and, if I remember correctly, the first anime series produced in color, the first episode is also quite lively, looks good and promises an interesting story. Yet the first episode is is all I’ve ever found.

Bandai Visual: Hurry up and go bankrupt, please, before you license anything else I want to see.

Vocaloid: Please port this to Macintosh so I can annoy people with Hatsune Miku.

Alfred J. Kwak: The first four episodes were subbed last year, but there haven’t been any more for several months now. This looks like another good show for kid and adults.

The KuriCorder Quartet: Masaki Kurihara composed and performed the music for Azumanga Daioh with his KuriCorder Pops Orchestra. He has released many other recordings in Japan, none of which are available in the west. The music he wrote for Yotsuba&! is as good as that for AD, and I’d like to hear more.

Mojos: I’m not really into plushies, but I wouldn’t mind a couple of Isako’s helpers to sit on top of the monitor. While we’re at it, let’s have a Guchuko plushie for Steven. (Densuke and Oyaji plushies are available in Japan but not here.)

4 thoughts on “Wish list”

  1. There was a VHS fansub of Dirty Pair TV, which have been digitized at least once (I’ve got a complete set).

  2. I don’t understand why there’s music for Yotsuba&! when it wasn’t turned into an anime.

    That harpsichord piece was the reason I ordered the Haibane Renmei OST, so I was really, REALLY disappointed when it wasn’t included.

  3. I was fansubbing DP TV – I have the region 2 DVDs and a very old and poorly timed translation – and then I got run over by a bus and killed.


    Actually, I discovered that my subtitle editing program had been nibbling on some of the text and I needed to go back and re-do all four episodes I’d completed up to that point. And then I got run over by a bus and killed. Yep, that’s the ticket.

    As far as I can tell, it’s not licensed by anyone. ADV has (or had) the DP OAVs, but never the TV series.

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