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Anime of the Year 1982 - Sasuga no Sarutobi


Could not call anything a masterpiece in 1982, sadly. The anime I enjoyed the most is Sasuga no Sarutobi . Hopefully, highlighting it advances its translation .
 
1. Sentou Mecha Xabungle 戦闘メカザブングル [1982-I] Sunrise (Dropped 6/50)
Tags: Shounen  Mecha, Military Sci-Fi
On the planet Zora exist two societies: the Innocent, an advanced culture that lives in domed cities, and the Civilians, who are forced to live in the harsh desert wilderness. As dictated by the Innocent, any Civilian that commits a crime is forgiven if they are not brought to justice within three days.
Civilian Jiron Amos seeks revenge on the villainous outlaw Timp Sharon who murdered his parents, despite the fact the three-day period has long since passed. Hoping to get his revenge by stealing the mecha Xabungle from the merchant Carrying Cargo, Jiron teams up with a group of bandits known as the Sandrats and kidnaps Cargo's daughter Elchi, who ends up being sympathetic to his cause. Jiron's quest for revenge soon grows into a conflict much bigger—one that will eventually see the Civilians rise up against the Innocents' rule.
Well, it looks so close to previous Sunrise work Taiyou no Kiba Dagram that it's startling. Again peaceful community is challenged by guerilla, and again mecha plays a crucial part in it. Again there are dozens of characters without a clear protagonist as there are multiple mecha pilots. Can't say it's bad that Sunrise wants to feast on former success, but things need to be changed more radically than adding some jokes and more light motives atop violence and drama. I could not enjoy this show at all, and there's still not a slightest desire to watch it to the end, so score is average .  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
2. Minami no Niji no Lucy Lucy-May of the Southern Rainbow 南の虹のルーシー [1982-I] Nippon Animation (Dropped 3/50)
Tags: Adventure, Drama, Slice of Life
Lucy's family moves from England to Australia planning to run a big farm. Starting a new life proves to be full of frustrations. Their agonizing days of despair continue until they finally obtain their farmland. However, Lucy and her sisters enjoy a range of new experiences such as discovering exotic animals and meeting with aborigines and other new people.
But there was already anime about British coming to Australia in relatively the same time period... and I guess it seems not interesting in general as there are just 3 translated episodes. This inarticulate historical SOL feels like a huge time sink to fill time slots till industry actually invigorates.  
Overall Rating: 4/10
 
3. Time Bokan Series: Gyakuten Ippatsuman 逆転!イッパツマン [1982-I] (Dropped 1/58)
Tags: Mecha Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Gyakuten! Ippatsuman is the sixth in the Time Bokan series. In the 1990s-era Osteandel City is the headquarters of Time Lease, a business that leases almost everything you could ask for including powerful robots. They are proud of themselves for being number one in the international ranking of billionaires, for the past ten consecutive years. Meanwhile there is another lease company in the same city called Skull Lease where the notorious villain trio work as top executives. Their ostensible object is to disgrace the credit of Time Lease and replace them as the leading enterprise. In fact, however, they have a scheme to secure a footing for world conquest. One day a transport robot of Time Lease is assaulted by the villain trio and it is time for Ippatsuman to get on the move to fight for justice.
Last installation had zero translated episodes, and this one has a full single one, so you can feel the enthusiasm. Villains remain the same for at least three last installations, as for goodies... they look new to me each time, so bland that no one cares. The reason for time travel changes from series to series, but the concept remains relatively the same - unsatisfactory.  
Overall Rating: 4/10
 
4. Asari-chan あさりちゃん [1982-I] Toei Animation (Dropped 3/54)
Tags: Shoujo Comedy, Slice of Life
Produced by Toei Animation and directed by Kazumi Fukushima after the manga series by Muroyama Mayumi, this anime follows Asari, a normal fourth-grade girl. One day, while bargain shopping, she wins the lucky ticket at a lottery for a one-person trip to Hawaii. Chaos reigns as her family, the Beach's, fight over who should go. The ticket is lost in a bonfire, ironically. Other circumstances follow when the family finds out that the travel agency offered to "give the equal amount of half the travel expenses in cash for the ticket" from an employee of the supermarket Asahi had shopped at. What will happen to the unlucky Beach family as more elements of despair pelt them?
First things first - it's untranslated. Each episode contains two stories, all all the fuss around Hawaii takes only half of episode. Family members are pretty usual and unremarkable, but humor-wise it's decent and is probably the closest spiritual predecessor of one of the best anime created - Chibi Maruko Chan. If I wanted funny untranslated SOL, I'd rather watch that instead.   
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
5. Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space 機動戦士ガンダムⅢ めぐりあい宇宙編 [1982-I] Sunrise (Finished 1/1)
Tags: Mecha, Military, Space Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
The One Year War comes to a close, as the Zeon forces now retreat back into space. Amuro learns much more of his Newtype abilities and tries to use them the best way he can. He's pushed to his limit as he encounters the infamous Char Aznable once again. He also falls in love with a mysterious woman named Lalah Sune, who knows the full potential of the Newtype abilities.
The greatest battle is about to begin, as many loved ones fall to the power of war. Can the Earth Federation defeat the Principality of Zeon? Or will they fail? Can Char prove that he's the better Newtype than Amuro? They all will be answered now...
Gundam finally moves to space and starts to look familiar. But with the same psycho murderer protagonist it just can't be mended for me .  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
6. 1000-nen Joou: Queen Millennia 1000年女王 Queen Millennia [1982-I] Toei Animation (Finished 1/1)
Tags: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi 
AD 1999, the Earth was in a critical situation; a planet Lar Metal was approaching to the Earth. Meanwhile, Yukino Yayoi was heard about Lar Metal from Dr. Amamori of Tokyo Observatory. She was a junior high school teacher, but she also worked for Dr. Amamori who appreciated her astronomical knowledge. Actually Yukino Yayoi was Queen Millennia who had come from Lar Metal 1000 years before, and she had been watching human beings since then.
Soon, numerous meteors fell on the Earth, and people were in panic. In this catastrophe, Hajime, who was a student of Yayoi, came to help Yayoi. Yayoi invited him into a big cave under the ground.
Well... I can't understand this series. Even in movie half of the time is occupied by explanation of synopsis, and another third of the time is taken just to show nature outrage and attack of aliens with counterattack against them. The real plot and meaningful actions take very little time. And they stretched that to a huge season previously. Can't live on worldbuilding alone.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
7. Sekai Meisaku Douwa: Aladdin to Mahou no Lamp Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp [1982-I] Toei Animation アラジンと魔法のランプ (Finished 1/1)
Tags: Adventure, Fantasy 
This film stays very faithful to the original down to the smallest details, save for the kangaroo-rat that suddenly appears twenty minutes into the movie and subsequently follows Aladdin around, serving no purpose in the story but fulfilling the role of token animal mascot.
The screenwriter needs no introduction; Akira Miyazaki single-handedly wrote five of the classic WMT series, including Perrine and Rascal, and participated in two others. The only other name among the staff that rings a bell, though, is Yukihide Takekawa, who was responsible for the music in the magnificent and unknown Unico pilot film.
The story takes some illogical and confusing jumps at the point where Aladdin begins to court the princess, and the extravagant animation that had characterised Toei films of the 60s, when Toei had the best animators around, had become a thing of the past long before this point; but this is still an above-average film, in large part because of the screenplay that stays so faithful to the original. The character designs are slightly more western-looking than one is accustomed to seeing in anime.
For those who know the story already there's hardly anything of interest here.  
Overall Rating: 4/10
 
8. Asari-chan: Ai no Marchen Shoujo Super Gal Asari: The Dreaming Girl in Fairy World あさりちゃん 愛のメルヘン少女 [1982-I] (Dropped 0/1)
Tags: Shoujo Adventure, Slice of Life
Movie produced by Toei Animation after the anime series, Super Gal Asari and by the original manga by Mayumi Muroyama. Asari and her family go through more unlucky happenings.
Not found.  
Overall Rating: 0/10
 
9. Ohayou! Spank (Movie) おはよう! スパンク [1982-I] TMS Entertainment (Finished 1/1)
Tags: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life 
Based on the shoujo manga by Yukimuro Shun'ichi and Takanashi Shizue serialised in Nakayoshi.
Not translated. Romance themed movie. Basically, Spank falls in love with a cute female dog, and through dogs and many encounters protagonist girl and female dog's boy host also get closer little by little. Main problem of the concept is that dogs play main roles, but can't communicate even with other dogs, so it becomes a mimic fest.  
Overall Rating: 4/10
 
10. Zou no Inai Doubutsuen 象のいない動物園 [1982-I] (Finished 1/1)
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Tags: Drama
After the war, concerned brother Hide promises his critically ill sister Miyoko that he will arrange for her to see a real elephant. But when he goes to the zoo to find one, an old man tells him of the tragic day when the zoo animals were slaughtered.
The story is based on true historical events of the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, where dangerous animals during WW2 were slaughtered in order to prevent them from wreaking havoc in case Allied bombings would let the animals escape. Various methods were used such as starvation, poisoning, death by firing squad, and decapitation. Tokyo was bombed over a year later after the animals' slaughter and Ueno Zoo was never hit.
No translation... ofc. I hardly understand the need for this anime at all. Elephant got ill, children took care of the place together with zoo guard and eventually elephant recovered, the end. Music and art are nice, but that's all.  
Overall Rating: 4/10
 
11. Wagahai wa Neko de Aru 吾輩は猫である [1982-I] Toei Animation (Finished 1/1)
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Tags: Historical Comedy, Slice of Life
"I" is a cat without a name who lives with an English teacher, Mr. Kushami (Mr. Sneeze). "I" can't believe how stupid human beings are and chronicles some of their most incredible foibles. In particular, he is fascinated by Kushami's student Mizushima who falls in love with Haruko, the only daughter of businessman Kaneda.
Based on Natsume Souseki's comical novel.
Not translated. Universe is the same as in Jarinko Chie, so cats walk on two paws and communicate between themselves just alright. It's a very intelligent story with twists, so hardly predictable and keeping intrigue till the end, also with a lot of funny moments. I enjoyed it a lot, ofc there's a limit an untranslated work can hit.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
12. Taiyou no Ko Esteban The Mysterious Cities of Gold 太陽の子エステバン [1982-II] Pierrot (Dropped 3/39)
Tags: Historical Adventure, Sci-Fi
1532. Esteban, age 12 is a foundling from Barcelona, with a mysterious power of ordering the Sun to appear, for which he is called "Child of the Sun." Upon the death of his adoptive father, Esteban learns he was rescued as a baby from a sinking ship in the ocean. The mysterious medallion that Esteban wears since ever has a trace somewhere in the New World, probably coming from the Mysterious Cities of Gold. Esteban leaves Spain to find his parents and find out who he is. On the way he meets Zia, an Inca girl who was kidnapped from her people years back and has exactly the same medallion as him. Later on, they are joined by Tao, a young Galapagos robinson, the last descendant of the Empire of Heva, an Empire said to have built the Cities of Gold. Following Coyolite, the shining star represented on their medallions, the three children travel through the unexplored New World, searching for the Cities of Gold, believing that this way is leading them to their lost parents.
Hello, official dub. No matter how I look at it, it's pure adventure for kids. I'm sure I'd enjoy it a lot as a kid without expectations, but I definitely can't recommend it for adults.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
13. Mahou no Princess Minky Momo Magical Princess Minky Momo 魔法のプリンセス ミンキーモモ [1982-IIProduction Reed (Dropped 3/63)
Tags: Mahou Shoujo
Momo is the princess of Fenarinarsa, a land of dreams that is getting further and further from Earth. She is sent to help the Earth regain faith in its dreams. To assist her are her friends Sindbook, Mocha, and Pipiru and her magic wand that transforms her into an adult. She's ready and willing to help anyone she can in order to make their dream come true, no matter what happens.
A genki cliché magical girl who needs to gather 12 spheres to fulfil her mission, so another time filler show with no sense behind it.  
Overall Rating: 4/10
 
14. Patalliro! パタリロ! [1982-IIToei Animation (Dropped 3/49)
Tags: Shoujo Adventure, Boys Love, Comedy
Patarillo! is set in a society much like ours in most ways, with one decided twist. The manga on which it is based is one of the much-read works produced for adolescent Japanese girls that features a healthy proportion of gay men and beautiful teenagers aka bishounen (beautiful boys). Most of the action takes place in Marinera, the land of eternal spring, located somewhere in the South Seas. The country is a major producer of diamonds; they provide much of the basis of conflict in the anime series. They come from one of the most prolific mines in the world, owned by the king of Marinera, the vertically challenged but horizontally endowed boy-king Patarillo himself. The International Diamond Syndicate - a huge semi- criminal organization/ secret society dedicated to taking over the world's entire diamond supply- wants that mine and will stop at nothing to get it. In the early episodes they send off a number of bishounen assassins to do in Patarillo, which necessitates his having a bodyguard, the English MI6 agent, Major Jack ('Bishounen-Killer') Bancoran. Bancoran's nickname doesn't mean he shoots bishounen in cold blood. The soubriquet comes from the fact that no male under the age of 17 can resist his sexual fascination. This, to Bancoran's eternal disgust, includes Patarillo himself. The action switches often from Marinera to MI6 headquarters in London (London seems to be an easy two hour's flight from the South Seas) or Bancoran's palatial condo in the suburbs of same. (MI6, be it noted, looks a lot like Fritz Lang's Metropolis, while Jack's 'apartment' bears a passing resemblance to Randolph Hearst's spread.) The action also goes into the past and future and out into space. Patarillo evidently gets around.
Wow, that was awkward. Each tine Patarillo with bodyguard from MI6 Bancoran meet same looking girlish boy who plots to kill Patarillo and during the course of the episode plot gets revealed. There's some humor and a lot of graphical novelty in all that, but it's another episodic time filler on a big scale, plus all the sudden romance scenes between Bancoran and girlish boy feel out of place for me.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
15. Ochamegami Monogatari: Korokoro Pollon Little Pollon おちゃめ神物語コロコロポロン [1982-II] Kokusai Eigasha (Dropped 3/46)
Tags: Parody Comedy
Anime about the funny lives of the Greek gods up on Mount Olympus. Polon is the naughty daughter of Apollo. With her little cherub friend Eros, she interferes in various comical ways as she tries to show that she is fit to be a goddess. Her activities often misfire, getting her in trouble with some deity or other and causing chaos for gods and humans. Feeling neglected by her godly parent, she often assists him in his woman-chasing in the hopes of getting a new mommy.
Did not find it amusing, frankly. Childish pranks, childish themes.  
Overall Rating: 4/10
 
16. Tezuka Osamu no Don Dracula 手塚治虫のドン・ドラキュラ [1982-IITezuka Productions (Finished 8/8)
Tags: Vampire Comedy, Horror, Supernatural
After living in Transylvania for several years, "Earl Dracula" (as Osamu Tezuka's official website calls him in English) has moved to Japan. In the Nerima Ward of Tokyo, he and his daughter, Chocola, and faithful servant Igor have taken up residence in an old-Western style house.
While Chocola attends Junior High School, Earl Dracula is desperate to drink the blood of beautiful virgin women; an appropriate meal for a vampire of his stature. However, each night that Earl Dracula goes out on the prowl he finds himself getting involved in some kind of disturbance which leads to him causing various trouble for the local residents. With nobody in Japan believing in vampires, his very presence causes trouble amongst the people in town.
Tezuka Osamu did not let down again. Humor is varied and partially crazy, and there aren't too many episodes to get tired of the show. I still enjoyed it only slightly, so can't call it a masterpiece and universally recommend.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
17. Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV Armored Fleet Dairugger XV 機甲艦隊ダイラガーXV [1982-II] Toei Animation (Dropped 3/52)
Tags: Shounen Mecha, Space Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In the original storyline as aired in Japan, Dairugger XV was simply an exploration robot, as well as an intended peace-keeping force. The Earth is in a time of prosperity. The president of the Terran League (the "Galaxy Alliance" in Voltron) launches a mission to explore beyond the galaxy. After commencing its mission of exploration, the starship Rugger-Guard is attacked by a ship of the Galbeston Empire. Dairugger, the super robot, is deployed in order to defend the Earth. It is somewhat by fate that they must help the people of Galbeston find a new planet before it explodes, and liberate it from its despotic Emperor. In the Japanese version, it does not have anything to do with King of the Beasts GoLion, as opposed to the U.S. version, Voltron: Defender of the Universe.
There are three assault team units: Land, Air, and Sea. There are a total of 15 parts referred to as "Rugger," which can combine together to form the super-robot Dairugger. The design of the 15 separate Rugger units came from the sport of rugby, since 15 players are required to form a rugby union. The U.S. version would rename the "Galbeston Empire" to "Drule Empire," along with editing a fair amount of violence and sexual content to keep the show safe for general audience broadcast.
Hi again, official dub. As usual, super boring heroic mecha show with zero interesting characters or anything at all to catch the eye.  
Overall Rating: 3/10
 
18. Tondera House no Daibouken The Flying House トンデラハウスの大冒険 [1982-IITatsunoko Production (Dropped 3/52)
Tags: Historical Adventure, Sci-Fi
The series began in the middle of a game of hide and seek, as a young boy named Justin Casey (Gen) finishes counting and begins searching for his friends Angela (usually called "Angie") and Corkey Roberts (Kanna and Tsukubo Natsuyama).
As he searched for the brother and sister in the wooded area, a storm occurred all of a sudden. Justin managed to sneak up on the two before the rain started pouring, forcing them to run for cover. They would eventually find a house in the wooded area, previously unseen according to Justin. At first glance it appeared nobody was home after entering the house, until they discovered a robot named Solar Ion Robot (Kadenchin), or the acronym SIR. They would soon meet the owner of the house, Professor Humphrey Bumble (Dr. Tokio Taimu), who introduced the children to his greatest creation, a time machine. Professor Bumble's attempt at recreating Benjamin Franklin's famous lightning experiment with the use of a kite flying outside the house to get the machine working only led up to SIR's temporary change in personality before sending the entire house on course for the past.
The children never realized how long the journey back home would be due to Professor Bumble's misguidance and errors in time travel, but in the meantime they witnessed and participated (with little or no consequences) in numerous events in the Bible's New Testament, from John the Baptist's birth to the rise of the Apostle Paul."
Yay, another official dub. And to my surprise I definitely have watched it in the childhood as I remember these characters including robot, the house and the opening. Super childish anime about time travel and some bible stories, so I've serious questions why it's not blocked by MAL as anime for kids.  
Overall Rating: 3/10
 
19. Makyou Densetsu Acrobunch 魔境伝説アクロバンチ [1982-IIKokusai Eigasha (Dropped 3/13)
Tags: Shounen Mecha Sci-Fi
Led by scientist Tatsuya Randou, the Randou family undertakes a journey around the globe in order to search out ancient ruins to uncover the legend of Quetzalcoatl, which unlocks the key to a fabulous treasure. However, tailing the Randou family is Gopurin, an evil organisation that covets the legendary treasure for itself. The Randou family has the secret weapon of super robot Acrobunch. It becomes a race around the world of who finds the treasure first.
Treasure hunt travel with rivals... it sounds super boring already. Good drawing, non-repulsive characters and some humor mend things a bit, but in the end it remains an average mecha focused on aimless adventure and some action.  
Overall Rating: 4/10
 
20. Kagaku Kyuujo-tai TechnoVoyager Thunderbirds 2086 科学救助隊テクノボイジャー [1982-II] Toei Animation (Dropped 3/24)
Tags: Mecha, Space Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Thunderbirds 2086 takes place roughly twenty years after the original series (generally accepted as taking place around 2065, though other dates are seen on screen) and chronicles the adventures of the Thunderbirds, a rescue team working for the International Rescue Organisation. Unlike the original International Rescue, which was small-scale and family-oriented, the IRO is a vast organisation comprising numerous branches and overseen by the Federation, the 2086 equivalent of the United Nations. No direct historical connections are identified between the two series, but it can be assumed that the original International Rescue evolved into its 2086 incarnation over those thirty years. The Tracy family are not mentioned in the animated series. In the animated series, the actual team is known as the Thunderbirds, whilst in the original series the name merely referred to their vehicles. The animated series is otherwise very similar to the original, with most episodes revolving around a natural or man-made disaster which the Thunderbirds team must investigate and help resolve. Unlike the original series, Thunderbirds 2086 also has an on-going story arc revolving around a breakaway independence group known as the Shadow Axis, led by the mysterious Star Crusher. There is a heavy intimation in the series that Star Crusher is not human and may be some kind of alien entity.
Official dub... I've never seen original British series, so for me it's just an episodic show about mending things after some disasters... and a really boring one. Neither bland characters, nor five different models of thunderbirds excite me even to the slightest extent.  
Overall Rating: 4/10
 
21. Anime Yasei no Sakebi Call of the wild アニメ野性のさけび [1982-IIWako Productions (Dropped 0/22)
Tags: Adventure, Drama
Based on the novel by Hatojuu Muku
Not found.  
Overall Rating: 0/10
 
22. Haguregumo 浮浪雲 [1982-II] Madhouse (Finished 1/1)
Tags: Seinen Historical, Samurai Comedy
The year is 1866, the twilight of the Tokugawa era. As Japan boldly moves into a new age, one man couldn't possibly care less. That man is Kumosuke Haguregumo, a retired samurai who has since become the town fool. Though he still carries his twin-bladed katana, Kumosuke spends his days smoking, drinking, and womanizing, rarely coming home before dawn. At home, however, wait his wife and two children, Shinnosuke and Ohana, who are constantly troubled by Kumosuke's antics.
As Shinnosuke grows older, he begins to understand the world around him. Troubled by his father's reputation, Shinnosuke attempts to live a life of honor, though finding what honor means in a turbulent era is difficult. As Shinnosuke navigates his relationship with his father, countless other warriors struggle to find their place in the ever-changing world.
That's what I call an intelligent story. Many lines go in synch. I happened to watch dorama about Sakamoto Ryouma in the past, so could emphasize quite alright. I enjoyed quite like a masterpiece, but for a masterpiece there should be some resolution at least. Basically, there is none in the anime, and no even leftover thought. In this state can't universally recommend it for sure .  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
23. Sengoku Majin Goushougun (Movie) 戦国魔神ゴーショーグン [1982-IIProduction Reed (Finished 1/1)
Tags: Mecha, Parody Sci-Fi
Compilation movie composed of scenes from episodes 17 and 20 of the Sengoku Majin Goushougun TV series mixed with some movie-original scenes and faux commercial breaks featuring the characters selling fictional products.
Wow, it's not even recap of the season, just a joined journalist story and a new enemy appearance mashed in together with some fillers to barely reach one hour length... pathetic. At the very least I saw some more notices of parody genre like answer of protagonists in in interview what they fight for - and they answer just by inertia, no particular reason. With adult cast and additional humor it's still way better than majority of mecha, yet it does not belong to those few mecha that I can rate as 6.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
24. Shiroi Kiba White Fang Monogatari 白い牙ホワイトファング物語 [1982-II] Sunrise (Finished 1/1)
Tags: Historical Adventure, Drama
White Fang is born on the planes of Alaska to a wolf father and a half-wolf, half-dog mother. One day he and his mother run into an Alaskan inuit boy Mit-sah, who has long dreamed of a dog of his own, and by a marvellous twist of fate, the wolves are taken in by him and his father. But life in Alaska is harsh for humans and wolves alike, and as winter comes, hardships lie in waiting for White Fang and Mit-sah. Facing the extreme coldness of their habitat and that of humans' greedy hearts, the two journey towards what they hope to be a happier environment.
Another wolf story, but thanks to Sunrise directorship, quite good. As usual, it revolves around beating animals and having animals fight each other to death, so a rather doubtful pleasure to put it mildly.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
25. Son Gokuu Silk Road wo Tobu!! 孫悟空シルクロードをとぶ!! [1982-IITokyo Movie Shinsha (Dropped 0/1)
Tags: Adventure, Fantasy 
A TV special that aired as a part of "Nissei Family Special" series on Fuji TV in 1982.
Not found.  
Overall Rating: 0/10
 
26. The Kabocha Wine The Pumpkin Wine Theかぼちゃワイン [1982-III] Toei Animation (Dropped 5/95)
Tags: School Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life
Transfer student, Aoba Shunsuke, arrived at Sunshine School only to find the premises empty. He was secretly gleeful to be the first to reach the school, oblivious to the fact that it was Foundation Day and a rest day for the institution. At that moment, a big-sized "L"(Eru) beauty by the name of Natsumi appeared before him and the two of them hit off together even though Shunsuke was so much smaller than her. Shunsuke's mother runs a women's apparel busines but the shop is in need of manpower.
Shunsuke offers to help out at the shop but fumbles a lot because he does not know how to interact with the ladies. Eru decides to step in and help out around the shop and this pleases Shunsuke's mother. This is a romance story that shares the joys and woes of the "SL" combi between Shunsuke and Eru.
I remember several anime with S-L romance, so this is their originator. And I think it's the first anime case of a girl hitting on a boy if we don't consider Urusei Yatsura that was ambiguous and not SOL. Show itself is good, but not super interesting, especially considered 95 episode format, so there are only seven translated episodes.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
27. Ginga Reppuu Baxingar Galactic Gale Baxingar 銀河烈風バクシンガー [1982-III] Kokusai Eigasha (Dropped 3/39)
Tags: Mecha Action, Adventure
600 years after Ginga Senpuu Braiger, Jupiter has been destroyed, and many planets have come from it, bringing about more colonization. To combat the increasing lawless activity, Don Diego Condor gathers Billy the Shot, Samanosuke Dodi, Layla Minesato, and Shuteken Radcliffe, a.k.a. J9-II. They pilot Cosmo Bikes, which combine into the robot Baxingar.
Yay, new crew of law enforcers gather in slightly changed conditions. But it's same horrible, why even try to continue this dead end universe .  
Overall Rating: 4/10
 
28. Waga Seishun no Arcadia わが青春のアルカディア [1982-IIIToei Animation (Finished 1/1)
Tags: Adult Cast, Space Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Earth has been conquered by the evil Illumidus Empire, with parallels drawn to the U.S. post World War II occupation of Japan. Captain Harlock with a group that will become his life long friends begin their fight against this tyranny visited upon the planet Earth, with no regard to the costs the struggle will have on them, caring only for the ideal of restoring freedom to the people of Earth.
First things first - images of woman and boy from space express are reused again. Story is basically prequel of Harlock as it shows how he lost his eye and basically leads him from nation defender to pirate. Execution quality is good, but my score mostly depends on my enjoyment. And I hardly found it enjoyable at all. Can't do anything about it. Just average.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
29. Space Adventure Cobra Space Adventure Cobra: The Movie SPACE ADVENTURE コブラ [1982-III] TMS Entertainment (Finished 1/1)
Tags: Adult Cast, Space  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Cobra, a notorious space pirate, is enlisted by bounty hunter Jane to rescue her sister from the strange being known as Crystal Boy, but then finds himself drawn into a complex struggle over the fate of a mysterious wandering planet.
Cobra is basically James Bond of anime, but in much more favorable conditions of sci-fi future with unlimited technological progress. It entails similar benefits and shortcomings. Despite focus on female cast and action I constantly feel that story and complexity suffer, and that happening events aren't serious, due to how easy everything turns out even despite the facts that girls die one after another to pave the way for the next one. In the end it all depends on the story for me, and in this movie it just did not impress .  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
30. Densetsu Kyojin Ideon: Hatsudou-hen The Ideon: Be Invoked 伝説巨神イデオン 発動篇 [1982-III] (Finished 1/1)
Tags: Mecha, Space Drama, Sci-Fi
Pushed out to the far reaches of the galaxy, the crew of the Solo Ship faces impossible odds of survival. With the Earth destroyed and the remnants of the Buff Clan pushing them to their limit, the Ideon shows as the last line of defense for the battered remains of humanity.
As the tensions of their last stand rack up on their minds, Captain Bes Jordan and pilot Cosmo Yuuki race against the clock to protect their final opportunity of survival, even as desperation eats away at the minds of their loved ones. Using any weapons left at their disposal, the crew desperately fight on to protect themselves in the cold clutches of space, punished with a final duel against Harulu Ajiba, who is now desperate to reclaim the honor lost in her father's eyes.
It's the second movie. Joint comments are after first movie..  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
31. Densetsu Kyojin Ideon: Sesshoku-hen The Ideon: A Contact 伝説巨神イデオン 接触篇 [1982-III] Sunrise (Finished 1/1)
Tags: Mecha, Space Drama, Sci-Fi
Scouring the universe in pursuit of knowledge, mankind has discovered three large trucks and a giant spaceship belonging to an extinct alien civilization on the planet Solo. During their excavation, a humanoid alien race known as the Buff Clan arrives at Solo, and Karala Ajiba—daughter of the Buff Clan's military leader—flies down to the planet against orders. In hunting for Karala, the Buff Clan attacks and destroys the Earth settlement to bring her back.
Desperate to stave off their assaulters, earthlings Cosmo Yuuki, Kasha Imhof, and Bes Jordan board the trucks, which form into the powerful giant robot Ideon when combined. As they fight back against their enemies, the remaining survivors board the spacecraft Solo Ship and flee, while the Buff Clan relentlessly seeks Ideon and the mysterious power source contained within it.
I'm starting to have second thoughts about putting score 6 to TV series. I was probably sorry for so much wasted time, so the score tried to justify that time was not totally wasted. Movies cut so many filler scenes and in some cases substituted them with transformed shortcut scenes. Yes, there is a varied cast (mostly irritating). Yes , there are some intrigues (mostly very simple). But to get a 6 series should give at least something to me - enjoyment/appreciation/experience/emotions/story - like anything I can value or remember it by. I feel nothing. Absolutely lazy resolution and tearjerkers.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
32. Techno Police 21C テクノポリス21C [1982-III] Studio Nue (Finished 1/1)
Tags: Detective, Mecha Action, Sci-Fi
The plot consists of a chase of a hijacked MBT-99A tank, designed by the United States Air Force (which is odd, but will become the saviour of Eleanor, as she can be ejected before the tank explodes, like a fighter jet). The audience is expected to be enamored with this vehicle. At one scene when it looks like the tank is sure to get away, the background music turns into cocktail-lounge jazz and sparkly lights swirl around the tank. The tank carries six ATGM launchers (which Ken is somehow able to dislodge with minimal trouble, along with a piece of the turret, towards the end of the movie), three to each side of the turret, and a laser-based machine-gun-esque installment, in addition to its rifled main gun. The tank's treads are dual-mounted (the tread is split in half, making four sets of treads for the tank).
The employment of the laser, however, seems counter-productive to a machine-gun's mission, as it can only fire once every few seconds. If it can fire at higher rates, it does not do so, and tries to acquire a lock on its pursuer (Blader, in this case). This suggests a low ammunition capacity, unlike thousand-round-and-up machine-guns routinely mounted on modern tanks. It does not appear to have any effect on the road, either, which does not say much about its power.
Another tank involved is the MBT-90D, which are dispatched by the Army (or Air Force—the movie never makes it clear if it is a joint effort, although the general who arrives midway into the movie is shown riding in something resembling an ADATS) to take out the tank. Despite having at least a platoon of these, the MBT-99 still evades capture. The M-90Ds are armed with a three-barreled autocannon, the calibre of which may be around fifteen to twenty millimeters. The MBT-90D is equipped with three ATGM missile launchers, on the left side of the turret, and its main cannon is mounted on the front, instead of on a turret.
After the MBT-99's hijackers (who appear inside the tank after getting away from a recently-committed bank robbery), hired by a shadowy group, backed by a foreign nation seeking an edge in their military (the M-99 is presumably on its way to be tested at a separate base), are forced out by Ken and his team, Eleanor enters to study the tank, and it starts up on its own, having been programmed by the hijackers to head for a pier and drive off its end so as to rendezvous with an enemy submarine. The rest of the movie is made up of the chase through the city, resulting in the destruction of another bank (owned by the same corporation that built the first bank in the movie), and various collateral damage.
Waste of time no matter how I look at it.  
Overall Rating: 4/10
 
33. Andromeda Stories アンドロメダ・ストーリーズ [1982-III] Toei Animation (Finished 1/1)
Tags: Space Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
In the Andromeda galaxy there's a planet of a highly developed human civilisation. The gentle Prince Itaka and another kingdom's beautiful Princess Lilia are about to enter a love-marriage and take over the throne, when they discover a strange object on the nightsky. Later it lands on the planet, and an alien, mechanic civilization invades King Itaka's peaceful country making nearly everybody their slave. On a fateful night Queen Lilia gives birth to twins, and to avoid misfortune, the nanny Tarama takes one of the babies away, and entrusts it to the gladiator Balga. They still don't know, that the children were born with strong powers, and hold the key to the fight against the enemy that's searching to destroy every human civilisation on the planet...
A very nice conceptual and interesting story.  But it's not of masterpiece level, not something that would stay in memory forever.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
34. Juugo Shounen Hyouryuuki Adrift in the Pacific 十五少年漂流記 [1982-III] (Finished 1/1)
Tags: Historical Adventure, Drama 
Fifteen young students embark on the boat that should lead them to their families on the coasts of New Zealand. Unfortunately the boat loses its anchor and heads to the open sea in the middle of the night without sailors on it. In the morning, a violent storm prevents the children from sailing back to the harbor. A few days later boat grounds on a deserted island in the Pacific ocean. During 20 months the fifteen children will be left alone and will have to get organized in order to survive. They manage to store up food for the cold winter that will be soon there. Briant, Doniphan, and Gordon lead the group of children who find out that a sailor has lived and died on the island 20 years before.
Pretty much everything was obvious from the start. No surprises here.  
Overall Rating: 4/10
 
35. Macross 超時空要塞マクロス [1982-IVTatsunoko Production (Dropped 12/36)
Tags: Mecha, Military, Music, Space Action, Romance, Sci-Fi
After a mysterious spaceship crashes into Earth, humanity realizes that they are not alone. Fearing a potential threat from space, the world pushes aside their nationalism, conflicting interests, and cultural differences, unifying under the banner of the United Nations. The newly formed UN forces decide to repurpose the alien spacecraft, naming it SDF-1 Macross. Unfortunately, on the day of its maiden voyage, a fleet of spaceships belonging to a race of aliens known as the Zentradi descend upon Earth, and the SDF-1 Macross, acting of its own accord, shoots down the incoming squadron, sparking an intergalactic war.
In an attempt to escape, the Macross tries to launch itself into the Moon's orbit, but the ship—as well as the city it was in—is teleported to the far reaches of space. Caught up in this mess are Hikaru Ichijou, a free-spirited acrobatic pilot, and Minmay Lynn, an aspiring singer. These two, alongside Macross' crew, experience an epic journey rife with grief and drama, coming face-to-face with the cruelties of war along the way.
I knew from the start that this anime eventually comes to the power of love and singing, so I wanted to watch up to the moment when normal sci-fi transforms into something else. What I want to notice is that show really takes its time pretending to be a normal sci-fi and turns to viewer from its best sides from the start - great action scenes, logical and easy to follow development, focus on developing characters. Crazy stuff starts around episode 11 as we learn that the biggest danger for aliens is expressions of love... it's a good enough place to stop. It would be an excellent anime without this weird shift, so I can give it a high score, but it can't be a masterpiece for me. .  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
36. Space Cobra Space Adventure Cobra スペースコブラ [1982-IVTokyo Movie Shinsha (Dropped 3/31)
Tags: Adult Cast, Space Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Lonely salaryman Johnson laments his meager life, longing for a world of travel and excitement. But after engaging in a hallucinatory experience, he recalls vivid memories of a legendary space pirate named Cobra. WIth the Psychogun attached to his left arm, Cobra had travelled across space with his partner Lady Armaroid. The two formed an infamous team feared by authorities and loathed by the Pirate Guild—a conglomerate of the most powerful pirates in the galaxy,
Back on Earth, an encounter at a casino changes Johnson’s life, as his winnings bring him face-to-face with the manager—Pirate Guild boss Vaiken, whom he’d seen defeated by Cobra in his dream. Recognizing Johnson as the disguised Cobra, Vaiken attempts to exact revenge—but instead activates the Psychogun hidden under Johnson’s left arm, triggering his repressed memories and alerting Lady Armaroid.
Now after besting Vaiken once again and with his memories restored, Cobra leaves hiding and sets out to stop the Pirate Guild’s interstellar mafia. He and Lady Armaroid traverse space, continuing their life of high-stakes adventure while aiding those wronged by the Guild’s members.
Good action, but to get a six it has to offer something substantial to remember it by.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
37. Tokimeki Tonight ときめきトゥナイト [1982-IV] Group TAC (Dropped 3/34)
Tags: Shoujo Vampire Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
The main character, Ranze, is a junior high girl with troubles: her father is a vampire and her mother is a werewolf. Ranze has yet to manifest her supernatural powers, and her parents are beginning to get worried she might be normal. So begins the fantasy romantic comedy story.
Well, I never liked Adams family. This one is on par or even worse.  
Overall Rating: 4/10
 
38. Waga Seishun no Arcadia: Mugen Kidou SSX Endless Orbit SSX わが青春のアルカディア・無限軌道SSX [1982-IVToei Animation (Dropped 3/22)
Tags: Space Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
At the end of Arcadia of My Youth Capitain Harlock and the crew of the space ship Arcadia had been banished from Earth. The Earth, as well as many other planets in the universe had been taken over by the Illumidus, a race of destructive humanoids who ruin, enslave or destroy almost any inhabitable planet they come across. In "Endless Orbit SSX" Harlock battles the Illumidus while searching for a mythical "Planet of Peace" where all the peoples of the universe can live freely and without war.
I rated original movie rather low, and this series is worse pretty much on every level.  
Overall Rating: 4/10
 
39. Shin Mitsubachi Maya no Bouken 新みつばちマーヤの冒険 [1982-IVNippon Animation (Dropped 3/52)
Tags: Adventure, Comedy 
The sequel to Mitsubachi Maya no Bouken.
Children anime. First season is tagged on MAL appropriately, and no one cared about second season at all, apparently.  
Overall Rating: 4/10
 
40. Sasuga no Sarutobi Amazing Sarutobi さすがの猿飛 [1982-IVTsuchida Productions (Dropped 3/69)
Tags: Martial Arts Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Sports
Nikumaru, meaning "meatball" in Japanese, is a seventeen-year-old student at Ninja High School, a special school for the training of ninja. He is short and chubby, but he possesses a super technique known as the "kamikaze", where he stirs up a whirlwind with his feet. The series introduces his many adventures and pranks as Nikumaru meets with his rivals both in and out of school.
Not translated. And that's sad , cause it's the first gang anime from the 1980s and a rather fun one. Theoretically, it might have a similar impact with Great Teacher Onizuka, but one is super obscure and the other one super popular. The maximum score I can give to untranslated anime is 6.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
41. Ai no Senshi Rainbowman 愛の戦士レインボーマン [1982-IVTsuchida Productions (Dropped 0/22)
Tags: Mecha Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In the mountains of India, a man named Takeshi Yamato gains the abilities of the legendary Rainbow Warrior, allowing him to transform into Rainbowman. With this power, he has to stop aliens from invading the earth.
Not found.  
Overall Rating: 0/10
 
42. Cybot Robocchi Robby the Rascal サイボットロボッチ [1982-IVKnack Productions (Dropped 3/39)
Tags: Comedy, Sci-Fi 
Apparently inspired largely by Akira Toriyama's popular Dr. Slump, Cybot Robocchi is the story of Robocchi, a fun-loving, mischievous robot with a TV set in his stomach.
Robocchi lives in a peaceful village with various other robots, all created by the eccentric and somewhat lecherous Dr. Art Deko. Although he is an android, Robocchi has a warm, kind heart and is always willing to help out a friend in need. With his human girlfriend Kurumi, he gets into a variety of wacky adventures.
Lots of chaotic and random humor, plus some perversion..  
Overall Rating: 4/10
 
43. Hitotsuboshi-ke no Ultra Baasan 一ツ星家のウルトラ婆さん [1982-IVKnack Productions (Dropped 0/13)
Tags: Comedy, Slice of Life 
None
Not found.  
Overall Rating: 0/10
 
44. Ninjaman Ippei 忍者マン 一平 [1982-IVTokyo Movie Shinsha (Dropped 3/13)
Tags: School Action, Comedy, Slice of Life
Way out in the sticks, the fourth-graders of the local school in Tokio village all have their own superpowers of doubtful merit, including flying eyeballs and missile-hair. Ippei and his friends study hard to be ninjas, but they are constantly under treat from the arrogant cheats from the neighbouring village of Techno.
A strange mix of ninjas and school comedy, based on a children's manga by Kawai Kazuyoshi.
Not translated. If Sasuga no Sarutobi is the right way of how to make a ninja comedy, Ninjaman Ippei is the opposite. Primitivism in everything - characters, humor, story.  
Overall Rating: 3/10
 
45. Future War 198X-nen Future War Year 198X Future War 198X年  [1982-IV] Toei Animation (Finished 1/1)
Tags: Military Drama
An American scientist constructs a laser–satellite with hope to prevent any nuclear conflicts. However, after a fatal error from both the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. government, war breaks, and humanity faces a new bloodshed.
Very stupid social lesson or whatever this crap is.  
Overall Rating: 1/10
 
46. Rokushin Gattai GodMars (1982) Six God Combination GodMars: The Movie 六神合体ゴッドマーズ (1982) [1982-IVTokyo Movie Shinsha (Finished 1/1)
Tags: Mecha, Space Action, Sci-Fi
The movie is just a recap of the first 25 episodes of the TV series.
A.D. 1982, the planet alignment brought the human beings ordeal we should overcome, and it caused a convulsion on the Earth. During the conflict, a light fell on to the Myojinsho reef, and five lights scattered around the Earth as if they followed it.
17 years had passed since then. A.D. 1999, human beings had developed all of the solar system, and began to embark for outer space. The Earth Defense Army organized an elite squad, Crasher, to provide for various happening in space. Myojin Takeru was the member of the team. He was found in the light fell on to the Myojinsho reef. Actually he was Mars who was born on the planet Gishin. When he grew up, he heard unearthly voice,
“Mars, stop the Earthians’ advancement to the space. Explode the Earth”
He was a living triggering device that had been sent by Emperor Zure, who plotted to conquer the universe. However, Mars, who had been raised as an Earthian, rejected the order, and made up his mind to face the severe fate.
ESP is not the genre I can enjoy, and mecha ESP is even worse.  
Overall Rating: 3/10
 
47. Tsushima Maru: Sayounara Okinawa 対馬丸 -さようなら沖縄- [1982-IV] (Finished 1/1)
Tags: Historical
Based on the same-named book by Ooshiro Tatsuhiro.
A documentary anime retelling the shipwreck of the freight boat Tsushima Maru, which was carrying a class of schoolchildren home in July 1944 when it was attacked and sunk by an American submarine. Produced by the surviving family members of the Tsushima Maru. A highly realistic and carefully crafted film in which the realism is thrown into contrast by the deformed character designs by Kiyomizu Kazutoshi.
Not translated. Basically, the story of the crash with premise taking most of the time. The crash happens a the end when there is only a quarter of screen time left, and leftover part is just surviving in the ocean.  
Overall Rating: 5/10

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1982 here has two anime that happen to be broadcasted in Indonesia (Minki Momo and Macross), so let me try to comment on those two.

Minky Momo - This anime was quite memorable for the reason outside the story, and said reason is definitely not in regard of Momo turned into naked adult female when transformed. But instead it talked about on how a pissed up director can make the story turned dark, and it happen because of the toy company sponsor stop the funding around episode 42 resulting in the two-parter wham episodes. Those episodes are episode 45 and 46, in that we have the pendant for Momo's transformation can be destroyed by a real gun which is wham enough and then Momo was death because of the truck did hit him in the next episode. If anything else, at least it boost the toy sales and the director can extend the series for another 17 episodes. Other than those two wham episodes, obviously this is more or less episodic anime with each episodes had Momo turned into each jobs that was necessary to resolve the problem of the week.

Macross - Unlike some of the other anime, the opening song of this is not dubbed into Indonesia. Anyway while some may be more interested with on how the army can dish out a lot of missile so much there's a trope called Macross Missile Massacre, I'm more interested to comment on how this anime set up the trend on how the singer can combined well with military (Especially in space) with the singer tasked as the support unit who supposed to give the combatant support (The same concept here is also in the subsequent Macross, Yumina VN, and more recently Luminous Witch), and it should be noted that music can be as powerful as missiles in the series. Other than the music, Macross here also has love triangle with the MC usually also has one with the idol, in which case it's with Lynn Minmay for the original series.

That's all for my comment in regard of those two 1982 anime.

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