32 years and three months since the official end of the ’80s, and pop culture is still yearning for the bright neon lights, futuristic synths, and cyberpunk flirtations of what that decade brought to the table. Anime, too, was not exempt from the post star wars and blade runner world, among the new manifestations of pulp popular in horror and action films, and with this meteor impact of influence, it gave us more than just Akira, Nausicaa and Totoro to chew. Here are seven other ’80s animated movies that we assure you’ll still have a great time with, even if you’re not obsessed with that sort of thing.
Imagine your local all-you-can-eat yakiniku spot, already wonderful and salivating, serving the same perfectly marbled slices of wagyu beef as the Michelin-starred variants? This is the future of 1987 Robot Carnival in a word; Not only a lot of everything you would want in an anthology film, but a lot of the best of everything. from Akira own Katsuhiro Otomo opening and closing the work, Ghibli musical maestro Joe Hisaishi doing something quite different on these cuts, cult animation legends Yasuomi Umetsu and Koji Morimoto coming into their own, the artistic curiosities of the ’80s anime culminates in this tender 91 minutes featuring nine different visions of robots.
Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise
With a vision as bold as Akira and an inherent magic comparable to the great Ghibli, Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise should be held with the same respect, and those who have participated often do. The first fully realized effort from the once-influential Studio Gainax effortlessly blends the lines between sci-fi and fantasy by focusing on humanity’s very first astronauts, but an otherworldly “humanity” with slightly more hardy crops still present. Made by a set of people who would go on to make “Neon Genesis Evangelion,” on a budget not often handed out to enthusiasts, “Honneamise” remains a lavish and indulgent, yet thoughtful, space flick.
Vampire hunter D
The 80s saw tons of gender blurs, with the original Vampire hunter D being a prime example. Horror? Fancy? Science fiction? Stock? Romance? This excursion into cool vampire princes and the slaying of monster demons in a post-nuclear ravaged land earns all those genre labels, even topping the Bechdel test along the way! Fans tend to prefer the year 2000 sequel Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlustand while the Yoshiaki Kawajiri animation crunches harder than the original, the happily over-the-top genre fusion through the prism of ’80s horror results in deliciously eerie miasma.
A-Ko Project is animated. His domineering girls in sleek school uniforms with big starry eyes are blasting around town. His brave teenagers pilot robots to stop the impending alien invasions. It’s colorful and loud in equal measure, with the characters shouting at each other at 1,000 miles per minute. However, A-Ko project embodies all of these tropes on purpose, emboldening them; Reminding us every time we watch it why these have become the enduring mainstays of Japanese animation that they continue to be. There’s no better time to watch than the cult classic that says anime is cool looks better than ever thanks to Discotek Media’s gorgeous new movie remaster!
Many have tagged lower cost Mobile Suit Gundam “The Japanese Star Wars” simply because both are long-running sci-fi franchises that roam around in space. We understand the general comparison, but take a look at either beloved title and you’ll see the swashbuckling adventures of star wars and torn by war Mobile Suit Gundam have little to do with each other in practice. If you want to see a bunch of space cowboys fighting over galaxies and their retro-futuristic cities but in anime form, Joe grinder approximate star warsmore playful qualities than most of his children.
Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer
Don’t be bothered by the “Urusei Yatsura” or the “2” in the title of this movie, familiarity with Rumiko Takahashi’s revered classic that introduced Lum-Chan to the world may spark additional affection for beautiful dreamer, no previous knowledge of the series is necessary to pass the most dreamy moments. The second feature film from the future ghost in the shell director Mamoru Oshii, who, unbeknownst to many, has made several films as good if not better, beautiful dreamer saw the director lean into his signature philosophical lamentations and honeyed atmospheres for the first time! Throughout the looks of this beloved ’80s high school rom-com.
We named Yoshiaki Kawajiri referring to his Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust movie that came out around the turn of the millennium, but the man cut his teeth making pulp OVAs throughout the 80s. We’re featuring the best of them here at the end because they’re also excessively violent that they are atmospherically dense; Simply put, the always kinetic and visually bold wicked city depicts borderline X-rated demon slayings among other adult circumstances. But if you also grew up with the Carpenter and Cronenberg movies, butter that popcorn!