Evolution of useless
Watching the 80’s anime was a suprise, since Francoise got hit by the token girl bat pretty badly in the recent adaptations.
Now taking drawing requests.
Because I want something to look forward to doing after finishing homework.
So, having finished the 2001 series(And feeling sad at the end), I’ve decided to watch the 1980’s show with my friend. As a fan of older anime, and bad Swedish dubbing of said anime, I must say I currently prefer it to the newer show(Which I still like very much). And here is why:
The 2001 show, while having some very enjoyable filler episodes focusing on the cast, seemed kinda stuck on Joe. Which is OK, since he’s the main character, and therefore was in most of the episodes. Seeing as this guy has been stealing hearts since the 1960’s(And it only took the animation studios 30+ years to realize), it’s an understandable move that doesn’t really detract from the show.
In the 1980’s show, most of the cyborgs all have slightly bigger roles, and we see more team interplay. Geronimo Jr gets his own episode, as does Albert, whom we see falling in love. And sometimes, 2-3 cyborgs go off by themselves and have an episode together without Joe, because they are all equal parts of this team. We see more of the Cyborgs during their daily lives, which is really nice. (Seriously, what the heck did Joe do in the 2001 anime? Did he just crash at Dr. Gilmores 24/7 playing videogames?)
Further, they change Joe’s backstory. In the 1980’s anime, he was a teenage delinquent on the run from a juvenile faculty. This follows the manga, where his backstory is revealed to be an orphan from a mixed-race background, and a target for discrimination. That’s a very 60’s backstory, so I understand why they cut it from the 80’s show. Still, they keep the fact that Joe was not a good kid, which shows how far he’s come by the time of the series. And that makes him super cute.
In the 2001 anime, they changed it to him being brought up in an orphanage by a kind priest. Which did yield some interesting story-lines in itself, but ultimately made Joe a victim instead of a proactive force. Which is OK, just not as interesting as the original.
I can see why they’d make these changes, as the 2001 series seemed to strive for being a straighter adaptation of the manga as opposed to the hilariously riffable 60’s show. And it’s a good anime, with decent characterization and production values. I just happen to like some aspects of the 1980’s series more.
Cyborgs and food.
Yes that is instant ramen
(I don’t think I’ve ever seen Joe cook)
(Also just saw the Geronimo ep in the 80’s show as I was drawing this. Welp. Always thought he was was northern, hence the mismatched landscape..)
Note to self: study cheeseburgers.
The fudgesicle is this thing called ‘inking’
Ah, well. Let’s work hard to improve!
My 13-year old self must be soooo dissapointed in me. As is probably my male friend who watches this show with me.
So I am literally this big right now *Holds up 5 fingers*
In other news, they finally arrived! Whopee!
These are official 009 action figures from bandai. They all have paint jobs of varying quality, but nothing too bad(ie can’t be fixed with a few touch-ups). All characters have quite a wide range of poses, and everyone gets their own raygun and a set of hands in different states, plus there’s a slit in their skirts to ease the posing, and they all get stands. Overall, these are decent quality figures, and sooo much fun.
Half-assed doodle to practise gesture, composition, and test a way of shading.
Conclusions drawn: practise moar gesture, anatomy, and find a way to squeeze in enviroment study.
Idea of superheroes meeting for fast food after tough baddie fight blatantly nicked from.the avengers.
Yeah I definitely feel like Im the only one who doesnt feel bothered with any of Pyunma’s designs.
I used to not be bothered either(I just laughed at the sheer cluelessness of it), until I made a black friend, and realized that I couldn’t watch the…
I see your point, and that’s pretty much my argument generally. Plus the series argued that he should be proud of who he was, which I’m not sure was present in a lot of mainstream kids media at the time. Blackface makea my friend uncomfortable, though, so I ended up showing him the 2001 show instead. He took one look and said ‘Yeah, that’s Aqualad.’
But yeah, Pyunma is awesome. And he’s an archeologist sometimes, which is hella cool.
Re-uploaded with some light colouring added. Quickly doodled in Sketchbook pro, which has a beautifull resolution, but has a less user-friendly interface than layerpaint.
Yaaay I like 001, can you tell?
So this is the last chapter of the Area 88 mag and what is on the last page?
A SHIP MANIFESTO.
Headcanon: Albert has his reluctant onii-chan moments to the younger cyborgs, here seen knotting Joe’s scarf.
Look what arrived in the mail!
Near mint condition, and no faded covers. Cost me 22 pounds on ebay.
cyborg 009 as written by white people.
So cyborg 009 is one of the coolest 60s manga out there. The creator (Shotaro Ishinomori) is one of the most important people to my life because he’s basically responsible for the Super Sentai deal by creating Gorenger. <3.
Anyway. I’m always wary of western remakes of manga/anime. There’s always problems. This is no exception. I get like four pages into it before I just give up.
Africa? American Southwest? Thanks. Thanks a lot white people for not even being able to be bothered to work on brown characters at all. It’s so generic and so lazy. Cyborg 009 was written in 1966. I expect that in 47 years you can figure out how to be better. You’ve made changes. It’s not a direct panel for panel remake. You took our Chinese pig farmer friend and made him into a sad sack restaurant owner for absolutely no goddamn reason. So you could’ve figured out what Tribe Geronimo comes from and what region Pyunma comes from. Figure it the fuck out.
Pyunma was already changed out of sambo mode so you can’t get any credit for that. The book as a whole is kind of meh. The art is gorgeous though. No serious complaints here. But the book just doesn’t do anything. And since 005, 006, and 008 are barely characters all you get is this generic lazy bullshit to their background and it’d be cool if they tried at all.
Im sorry, but almost half of the acussasions here are completely invalid, if anything, Archaia cyborg 009 is one of the few western adaptations that stay true to the original source. Pyunma IS African, Geronimo IS from the American border, if they werent given any speficic region/tribe is because they were never given one in the first place, in fact, all profiles are 99% accurate with the exception of Albert, who was supposed to lose his fiancee when trying to cross the Berlin wall in a circus truck instead of a plane.
and of course there would make changes, they had to resume the whole first 10 volumes of the manga into a single book, yet the comic still manages to have a smooth flow between each event, if anything I believe they did a fucking amazing job.
Also, going back to the first paragraph.
"cyborg 009 as written by white people"
Im sorry, but this is wrong too, last time I’ve heard, Asian people were involved in the making of this comic too, people who work for Ishinomori Productions no less, these people worked their asses off to justice to one of Ishinomori’s most beloved creations. So if you please I would like very much if you took your racial remarks somewhere else.
Next time you want to rant about an “horrible western adaptation” at least you could bother to read the freaking source material.
This is such a great rebuttal and therefore relevant to this blog.
Also, note the fact that the writers combined stuff from the different animes in order to pull it all off.