Circuit Angel: Ketsui no Starting Grid

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Not actually a new release but rather a V2 of an OVA I subtitled a couple of months ago that fixes some issues. Circuit Angel is a 45 minute one-shot from 1987 about motorcycle racing by Studio Unicorn. The subject matter was rather popular  in manga and anime at the time; quite a few of these bike OVAs and comics were released between 1982 and 89, such as Baribari Densetsu and Pelican Road.

One interesting detail about the OVA is that singer Hiroko Moriguchi provided the voice for the main character’s friend Hiroko (creative name, huh?). Moriguchi is well known for performing theme songs for anime such as Z Gundam, Gundam F91, Samurai Troopers and both Aim for the Ace OVAs, but at least to my knowledge Circuit Angel is the only time she has worked as a voice actor. The rest of the voice cast is pretty stellar too, featuring famous names like Tesshou Genda and Kenyu Horiuchi. Moriguchi also did both the opening and ending themes for the OVA; sadly the soundtrack is either extremely hard to find or was not released at all.





Hurricane Polymar: Episode 1

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First episode of the classic Tatsunoko superhero series, now with English subtitles. Hurricane Polymar was created by Tatsuo Yoshida in 1974, following in the footsteps of previous hits like Gatchaman and Shinzou Ningen Casshern. This series is relatively more lighthearted and comedy-oriented compared to the shows that came before it, but it’s also noted for its violent fight scenes. While not as gory and messy like certain 80’s shows, Polymar beats up his enemies in various creative and brutal ways and the fight choreographies are often quite a thing to behold. The title of the series has a double meaning that gets lost in translation; “hurricane” is written with the kanji 破裏拳 (ha ri ken) which translates to something akin to “destructive reverse fist”.

The OVA remake of the series was recently licensed by Discotek, which is also worth looking into despite its disappointingly short length.




Many thanks to Luurah for QC and editing! Go visit his site for more classic anime.