For the longest time, I’ve tried figuring out to fill out some gaps in my personal log of anime history. I mean, I’m an anime fan that has started out with a lot of popular works like everyone else. The easiest things to start as an anime fan is to look at popular works which have a lot of attention then go in some sort of direction afterwards. For me, I’ve kind of gone in all directions from newer seasonal shows to older mecha and other shows because I love both of them. Finding newer things has kept me so much more interested in anime because is a lot more to see with newer and older creative things too.
From doing that, I just wanted to create my own sort of anime history because I want to look into a lot of creators that I haven’t gotten into before hand. Find a lot of good people who created so much incredible anime that were at the start of anime itself to people who are famous now from all of their own creative vision. Or even see so much great work that the people who are famous now created before they were famous. It’s been a lot of fun seeing things like Flying Phantom Ship and Future Boy Conan for instance because those are Miyazaki anime before he became who most of the anime community knows him as now.
It’s a good time, but it worries me that I might be seeing a lot more influence in areas that I am not sure are real connections or coincidences. A major example is once again, Evangelion. Something which everyone calls as being influenced by Space Runaway Ideon and Ultraman, but really is a kitchen sink of anime influences just like every Gainax production and some, not all, Trigger productions. But there is so much more then that. Operation Yashima, for instance, is like the scene where the Yamato was first powered up. Or the mere mention of the characters Rei and Asuka when there was a character called Rei Asuka in Dear Brother. That’s only a small amount.
The worry from this post came from seeing Flying Phantom Ship and seeing this ancient looking sailing ship that is actually a modern flying ship that can fire laser canons from its bow. This film came out in 1969 and I’m wondering if Leiji Matsumato saw this and this is where a lot of his series productions came from. Or I’ve been thinking about the hyper mode in Daltantious and THE POWER in GaoGaiGar and how they might be from the same thing. I could keep going for this and I am not sure if there is actual influence from one series to another OR if that is all coincidence for them too. It’s that question of whether I am thinking too hard on this or whether I should just enjoy watching the anime instead. Hmmm.