Trying to Please Everyone: Or Converting multiple Pop Culture Utopias into a Timeline.

I get the feeling that Sonny Chiba would have been chosen over Bruce Lee due to a combination of Japan's general xenophobia and the fact that Chiba already played a similar role in the Street Fighter series:
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Of course Chiba is a similar age to Lee so maybe not.
A combination of US funding where Bruce Lee is still popular and the creator of the series being fine with it led Lee to play the role. Though that did play a factor in the box office in Japan. Also Sonny Chiba did play a manga character in Golgo13.
 
Great work on the anime and manga stuff throughout the years Marco.

Two questions, if you don’t mind me asking.

1. Is there anything else about Birth of a Nation ITTL? All I know is that it’s based and focuses on the American Revolution instead of the Civil War + Reconstruction, and that it is presumably way less racist than IOTL.
2. How is Jordan Peele doing in this universe?
 
Great work on the anime and manga stuff throughout the years Marco.

Two questions, if you don’t mind me asking.

1. Is there anything else about Birth of a Nation ITTL? All I know is that it’s based and focuses on the American Revolution instead of the Civil War + Reconstruction, and that it is presumably way less racist than IOTL.
The original novel the Klansman was controversial even in its own time and was essentially banned into obscurity even in the South, where it was controversial as well OTL. It was therefore never adapted into a play, which OTL made it more popular and that was adapted into Birth of a Nation. As stated, Birth of a Nation is about the American Revolution. It has a sequel called Death of a Nation which is lost OTL. That depicts essentially an imagining of how America would collapse. Though from the perspective of its era there is no indication of A Nuclear War.
2. How is Jordan Peele doing in this universe?
May change but I am planning to possibly have him meet Keegan Michael Key but in a different setting like Saturday Night Live due to Butterflies. He will still get into films with Get Out. Us has a different explanation of the tethered instead coming from an Alternate Universe. He also directed Candyman. Nope doesn't exist ITTL as it owes its existence to Peele wanting to create a spectacle film to bring people to theatres since the Pandemic threatened the entire industry. Without that, the film is not made.
 
The original novel the Klansman was controversial even in its own time and was essentially banned into obscurity even in the South, where it was controversial as well OTL. It was therefore never adapted into a play, which OTL made it more popular and that was adapted into Birth of a Nation. As stated, Birth of a Nation is about the American Revolution. It has a sequel called Death of a Nation which is lost OTL. That depicts essentially an imagining of how America would collapse. Though from the perspective of its era there is no indication of A Nuclear War.

May change but I am planning to possibly have him meet Keegan Michael Key but in a different setting like Saturday Night Live due to Butterflies. He will still get into films with Get Out. Us has a different explanation of the tethered instead coming from an Alternate Universe. He also directed Candyman. Nope doesn't exist ITTL as it owes its existence to Peele wanting to create a spectacle film to bring people to theatres since the Pandemic threatened the entire industry. Without that, the film is not made.
Interesting and nice stuff.
 
I get the feeling that Sonny Chiba would have been chosen over Bruce Lee due to a combination of Japan's general xenophobia and the fact that Chiba already played a similar role in the Street Fighter series:
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Of course Chiba is a similar age to Lee so maybe not.
We have seen multiple verson of the same story in the past .
Hong Kong did two live action versions of Crying Freeman and the US did one .
So an American version of Fist with Lee and an Japanese version with Chiba would not be out of line .
 
Since Bill Cosby will be most likely exposed earlier than IOTL, what happens to the Cosby Show ITTL? Does it have a replacement?
 
1987 in Anime
1987 in Anime

Compilation Movies:
Persia, the Magic Fairy.

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Little Women(1987)
Released as part of World Masterpiece Theatre. Based on the Louisa May Alcott novels. It was produced by Nippon Animation and aired on Fuji TV. It is loosely based on the original story. The March family live near Gettysburg. Mr.March is a union officer sent him with a broken arm. He sees a Confederate Scout and leaves to warn the army. The Family is soon forced to deal with Confederate Occupation and help hide an escaped slave. When the Union arrives there is a massive battle which destroys the House and most of their possessions. The family is forced to leave to Newcord and live with a cruel aunt and nephew David. The young girl Jo works towards becoming an author. The March family move into a new home and the Anime now begins to follow the novels more closely. This was largely believed to be due to Toei Animation having adapted the same story in 1981, and so there was a desire to change up the story, resulting. In a sort of original prequel. Several Studio Ghibli staff worked on the Production including Yoshifumi Kondo and the Director of Japan Masterpiece Theater Fumio Kurokawa. Jo shared her voice actress with Princess Sarah from the 1985 production in Eiko Yamada.

Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend(1987)
Based on the erotic horror Manga by Toshio Maeda.Due to its nature, the series was adapted into a DVA Anime, an adaptation which include greater violence, sadomasochism and rape not in the source material. The work is predicted with originating the trope of tentacle rape. The series follows a demon/ human hybrid named Amano Jyaku sent to Earth to find the Chojin, the unbeatable God of the Demon World who is hiding in a human body on Earth. More demons arrive to either help Amano or try and find the Chojin first. Most of Amano’s allies are lecherous.

Campus Special Investigator Hikaruon(1987)
A DVA series produced by AIC. It follows a superhero posing as a transfer student in order to solve a string of mysterious suicides.

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Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ(1987-1988)
Continuing from Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, this series follows the Anti Earth Union Group (AEUG) battleship Argama as it fights against Axis Zeon, called Neo Zeon. Captain Bright Noa recruits the aggressive teen Judua Ashta as a mobile suit pilot, who is quick to jump to violence and is out for himself and his gang. New Mobile Suits include the titular ZZ Gundam, Zeta Gundam, G Defensor Mk-II, two Gundam Mk-IIIs(one of which is used by Judua). Double Zeta Gundam, Gundam Mk-II, and the Hyaku Shiki. Many previous characters are featured from the previous two show including original protagonist Amuro Ray, Axis leader Haman Karn, Hayato Kobayashi, Kamille Bidan, Fa Yuiry, Wong Lee, Yazan Gable, Mineva Lao Zabi, children Shinta and Qum, Sayla Mass and finally Char Aznable, albeit at the end of the series to set up the film Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack. Char leads a rebellion against Axis leader Kaman Karn.

Fist of the Blue Sky(1987)
A Prequel to Fist of the North Star by Tetsuro Harada and Buronson, the original duo. The series was made to satiate Shonen’s desire for more of the popular series as well as the creator’s desire to end the series with Raoh’s defeat. Naturally it was only a matter of time, given Fist of the North Star’s popularity, that the sequel would be adapted as well[1].

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Doraemon: Nobita and the Knights on Dinosaurs(1987)
Nobita begins to see Dinosaurs but they disappear before anyone else sees them and Doraemon’s scan detects no Dinosaurs currently alive. Nobita finally decides to follow one and sees a Knight on a Dinosaur, revealing an underground Society which coexists with the Dinosaurs and due to being underground were not picked up by Doraemon. The Knights are revealed to be lizard men evolved from Dinosaurs and plan to retake the surface from the Mammals. The lizard men reveal they believe an angry God caused the destruction of the Dinosaurs. The group thwart the invasion attempt. The film also includes a scene where Doraemon rebuffs the theories of the society and explains actual scientific theories as to what killed the Dinosaurs.

Bats & Terry(1987)
Based on the Shogakukan Award winning Manga by Yasuicji Oshima. It was adapted as a film by Studio Sunrise and directed by Tetsuro Amino, along with a tie in Video Game release. The Game features the superhero Bats who can hurl baseballs at enemies but will revert to the normal form of “Terry” when hit and can only swing a bat unless he kills enough enemies to regain the Bats form.

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Royal Space Air Force(1987)
The film was the most expansive at the time, surpassing last year’s Tale of Ashitaka, only to be surpassed one year later by Akira. The film was presented to Bandai in 1984 following the success of the live action Gundam. It was pitched by Hiroyuki Yamaga and Toshio Okada. Ryuchi Sakamoto provided the soundtrack. Yamaga and Okade were both behind the amateur animation studio Daicon Film, known for their Daicon openings, which effectively pioneered the DVA, which quickly became known as the “Third Medium”, alongside film and television. Most of the staff had worked on Daicon films. This included character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, Hideaki Anno, and Kenichi Sonoda. The staff decided not to recycle the use of the name “Studio Gainax” as they did with the previous film, the negatively received “Lupin the Third: Tower of Babel”. Which most of the group worked on. It’s commercial failure had warped much of the young men involved. When that film proved controversial, it was decided to retire the Gainax name, which became a shell company. Their previous failure put even more pressure on their second film to succeed. Bandai was reluctant to fund it but saw it as a potential new franchise to replace the increasingly dwindling change of a Gundam film sequel. There was pressure from the studio to make the film marketable, which clashed with the creator’s wanting to tell an emotional story and serious story. Many predicted that the film would fail to takeoff, crash and burn.

Yamaga had been the director at only age 20 on several episodes of Battle City Megaroad and wanted to create a work that challenged the conventional idea of Anime and to counter the Peter Pan syndrome as most fans of Anime distanced themselves from society. The story was pitched in 1984 using over 30 sketches. Hayao Miyazaki saw the concept film and offered his feedback that the Daicon filmmakers were amateurs but they had potential if they had a solid foundation. Yamaga went to speak with Miyazaki to get his feedback but spent only ten minutes speaking while Miyazaki spoke to him for most of it. Miyazaki criticized the film using science fiction designs in some parts but realistic designs in others, telling them to pick one but Yamaga stuck to his guns. The Production Crew travelled to both the National Air and Space Museum and witnessed a shuttle launch at the Kennedy Space Center for research purposes. The character designs were done by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, later to be praised for his female main characters in Nadia and the Secret of Blue Water and Evangelion. Hiromasa Ogura joined as art director and, his previous experience having been on Miyazaki films. He was surprised by the group acting like College students, due to already knowing each other since school.

The film was praised for one of the greatest examples of World Building. Instead of narrating about the world, Royal Space Force instead organically introduced parts of the world as the story progressed. A young man named Shirotsugh Lhadatt is attending a class that is part of a country’s fledgling space force led by General Khaidenn, who dreams of spaceflight. Shirotsugh meets a woman named Riquinni who takes care of a little girl named Manna and is poor while Shirotsugh lives a middle class life. Shirotusgh decides to volunteer for the space program before the plug is pulled. Riquinni is strongly against the space program as it drains resources and has a strong belief in god. Riquinni’s home is foreclosed and demolished and she rejects Shirotsugh’s offer to pay for a lawyer. Shirotsugh reads the religion Riquinni follows that stats that God is punishing humanity for stealing fire. One of Shirotsugh’s friends, the Chief Engineer, who refers to the Engines he built as his daughters, is killed when terrorists blow up his engines. The Government moves the project to the border of an ally nation which borders another nation they are at war with. The General learns that the Government doesn’t care about the project and want to use it to provoke a war, goading their enemy into attacking to prevent the launch.

Shirotsugh goes AWOL and begins to support Riquinni. One night he snaps and sexually assaults her but realizes what he’s doing and stops himself, allowing Riquinni to knock him unconscious. Shirotsugh apologizes but is disturbed when Riquinni instead asks to be forgiven for fighting back. The two break up, it being clear that they are not compatible.An assassin from the rival nation tries to kill Shirotsugh but after a lengthy chase through the city, he turns the tables and kills his assassin. Shirotsugh asks his friend Marty if someone can be the villain in their own story and is told that a person’s purpose is to serve one another. He also asks the General, who tells him that he wanted to be a historian but became a General because history reminded him that human nature never changes. As the rocket is taking off with Shirotsugh about to become the first man in space, the rival nation attacks and despite a warning to evacuate, Shirotsugh convinces the crew to proceed with the launch. He is launched into space successfully despite a rocky start. From Space, uncertain if anyone can hear him, or is left to hear him, Shirotsugh gives a prayer for peace to all of humanity as the sun rises over the horizon.

While the film received a mix reception, it was praised by Critics and played at Mann’s Chinese Theater due to Bandai’s funding for its screening. The film eventually became the highest grossing film of the Year. Its success would lead to a sequel in the early 1990s: Uru in Blue.

Laughing Target(1987)
Based on the 1983 manga by Rumiko Takahashi. It was adapted into a DVA. The series follows Yuzuru Shiga. Due to the Shiga Clan expiring, Yuzuru is forced to marry his cousin Azusa when they are of age. When Azusa’s mother dies, she fully intends on fulfilling the promise made when they were children. Yuzuru had forgotten the promise and has his own life in girlfriend but Azusa takes the challenge very seriously. Azusa is also partly a demon due to a family curse and begins to target Satomi, hoping to kill off her competition.

Hiatari Ryoko!(1987-1988)
A High school romance manga by Mitsuru Adachi. It was published by Shogakukan from 1979 to 1981. It follows high school student Kasumi Kishimoto, a high school students at Myojo High School. She moved to her aunts boarding house where boys from the High School are staying. While she is determined to stay loyal to her studying abroad boyfriend, she founds herself falling in love with the students of the boarding house, specifically one named Yusaku. The story wad adapted in 1982 with Mink Sawamura in the lead role. It was cancelled after one season but once it concluded, another Adachi series Touch, became a hit when it was adapted from 1985 to 1987. When Touch ended, Hiatari Ryoko was adapted in its timeslot.

Digital Devil Story: MegamI Tensei(1987)
Degital Devil Story: Megami Sensei was the start of a trilogy of novels by Japanese Science Fiction author Aya Nishitana and published by Tokuma Shoten. The novels were a success in Japan. Th series began as a DVA which retold the first novel and it received a tie in video game by Nintendo. The premise follows Akemi Nakajima, a high school student who discovers he is the reincarnation of the deity Izanagi, who creates a computer program that summons demons which he uses to revenge on his school bullies before losing control and unleashed a horde of Demons. The Demon Lucifer resurrects Loki and Set. Izanagi discovers his girlfriend is the reincarnation of the Deity Izanami and the two united to defeat the Demons.The duo fight, the Minotaur, Loki, Medusa, Hecate, Set and finally Lucifer, sealing away the Demons[3].

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City Hunter(1987-1988)
Based on the Manga by Tsukasa Hojo that ran from 1985 to 1991. It was adapted by Sunrise Studios. The series follows Ryo Saeba, a “Sweeper” who is a private detective and ladies’ man. His partner Hideyuki Makimura is murdered and her sister Kaori becomes his new partner while trying to find the murderer. Kaori clashes with Ryo Saeba, often hitting him with a giant hammer when he acts perverted.

Akage no Anko(1987-1989)
Based on an older Manga by Fujiko F.Fujio. The series began as an earlier short translated to “Redheaded Anko” or “When Anko Really Gets Angry” following Any Aoyama, a teenage girl, who discovers she has psychic powers due to her family on her mother’s side being witchesl[4].

Boes(1987-1988)
A series produced by the Netherlands based company Telecable Benelux B.V. in association with Saban Entertainment. Animated by Telescreen Japan. The series was a Dutch-Japanese coproduction adapting the Dutch Comic Strip Boes by Will Raymakers and Thijs Wilms. The series follows Ollie the Ox, who runs the Funny Farm with his best friend Jack the Turtle. The farm seems to primarily produce grain and non animal based food with the Animals being the workers. The series contains quite possibly every animal known(or at least one of each type that can be named such as a bird but not every kind of bird).

Zillion(1987)
Several former Tatsunoko employees had founded a studio called M.T. which was founded by Mitsuhisa Ishikawa and designer Takayuki Goto. Zillion is set on the planet Maris in the year 2387. The Empress of the Nohzas civilization starts a campaign of genocide on Earth to lay eggs and reproduce on the planet with three teens being chosen to wield mysterious guns which appear to help them. Streamline Pictures adapted the series into English and parts of the anime were used in Music Videos by Michael and Janet Jackson as well as Del the Funky Homosapien[5].

Wicked City(1987)
An Adult Animated Horror-Action dark fantasy film by Studio Madhouse. It was an adaptation of the first novel in the Wicked City series, Black Guard, by Hideyuki Kikuchi. The film is the directorial debut of Yoshiaki Kawajiri, who did character design, storyboards, animator and animation director. The film takes place in a world where Demons secretly coexist with humans with the secret police called the Black Guard protecting the boundary. Renzaburo Taki is a Black Guard member forced to protect a comedic and perverted 200 year old mystic named Mayart, who is to sign a treaty between the human and demon world. Taki is given a partner in the attractive Makie. Make is abducted by the leader of the Radicals called Mr.Shadow and Taki goes to rescue her. The two fall in love and it is revealed that this was the plan of the Black Guard to create a human-Demon Hybrid and ensure peace. The series contains much sex and nudity, with Makie being raped by many demons before Taki interrupts and saves her.

Yutoden(1987-1988)
Set during the Sengoku Period, Oda Nobunaga is actually an evil demon bent on taking over the world. Three mystical Demon Blades belonging to three different Ninja Clans. A female ninja named Kasumi Ayanosuke sets out to gather the three Demon Blades and kill Nobunaga. It was released as a DVA.

2001 Nights(1987)
Based on the Science Fiction Manga series by Yukinobu Hoshino that ran from 1984 to 1986. It consisted of a series of short science fiction themed stories, drawing from both One Thousand and One Nights and 2001: A Space Odyssey for inspiration.

Battle City Megaroad: Flash Back 2012(1987)
A Collection of Music Videos released for the fifth anniversary of the Megaroad franchise, featuring the singer character Minmay performing in universe. There are story elements woven into the musical segments with no dialogue.

Black Magic M-66(1987)
Based on a Manga by Masamune Shirow(best known or Ghost in the Shell) that was released in 1983. A helicopter carried two M-66 Battle Androids when it Is attacked and crashed in a forest.Both M-66s activate and flee into the forest. Sybel, a freelance journalist investigates, while the military, led by a figure known as “Major”. The M-66s had a dummy program installed to kill the granddaughter of their creator, Ferris. Sybel and the Major then set out to rescue Ferris from the killer machines, resulting in a terminator-esque film.

Maps(1987)
Based on the Manga by Yuichi Hasegawa that ran from 1985-1994. The DVA follows a boy named Ben and his girlfriend Yoshimi, who meet a scantily-clad blonde woman named Lipmira from outer space who tells Gen that a map to a great treasure was coded in his genes and all three are taken to search for the treasure, while fighting others looking for the same thing with both robots and spaceships resembling women.

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Robot Carnival(1987)
An Anthology DVA with all stories being robot themed dark humor tales. It opens with a boy finding a poster saying “Coming Soon: Robot Carnival” and then runs to try and warn his village, which is destroyed when the Carnival appears, though the carnival is old and rusted. The first story has a scientist create a robot like Frankenstein which imitates his movements. When he trips, the robot imitates this and falls on the scientist, killing him. The second story, possibly based on Rowlf, has an alien invasion of robots attack a city and kidnap a little girl. The Android protecting her then goes on a quest to save her from the evil missions. The third story is about a man in love with a female android over his own wife and family. The Fourth Story is about two friends who are in a robot themed park, one of which discovers her boyfriend is cheating on her with her best friend and is runs into a dangerous ride, leading to a teenage park employee to bravely rescue her, with the two becoming boyfriend and girlfriend. Characters from the then in progress Akira cameo in this segment. The fifth segment is a robot in the past watching the evolution of humanity until the point of a nuclear war destroys everything before an angel makes him human. The Sixth Segment is a parody of Japanese propaganda which is black and white and feature a Japanese piloted Mecha fighting an American Piloted Mecha. The American character speaks English. The seventh and final segment is about a night where all things in a city come to life when only one drunk human sees the whole thing with the robots dancing and celebrating. When the day begins the machines turn back to normal and the rest of the humans see nothing. The Ending segment has the Robot Carnival attempt to get over a hill, only to fall backwards and crash, falling apart due to its age. The credits roll. After there is a segment where a man finds a music box in the remains. He takes it home where a robot ballerina dances to his daughter before the music box explodes, destroying the house.

Crystal Triangle(1987)
A DVA. Koichiro Kamishiro is an assistant professor at a university searching the world looking for various things. He finds a cube shaped stone in the Middle East. This triggers a chase as many spy agencies from various nations try to obtain the object as it will lead to the Ten Commandments and that the Crystal Triangle may contain a message from God in the form of an Eleventh Commandment that could prevent the world from destruction.

Legend of Lemnear(1987)
A Fantasy DVA directed by Kinji Yoshimoto(known for Omega City 23) with character designs by Satoshi Urushihara and produced by AIC. Lemnear is a young warrior girl who lives in a city ruled by a corrupt warlord named Vuan. She seeks revenge on an evil wizard named Gardin who slaughtered her people when she was a child and who is Vuan’s master. Garden did so due to a prophecy of a hero called the Champion of Silver. Lemnear is defeated at first and brainwashed into being part of Vuam’s harem, but breaks free and kills Vuan. Lemnear escaped from Gardin and the true mastermind Bristol. She finds another survivor of her people named Mesh who Gardin believed was the Champion of Silver. She fights and kills Gardin and then fulfills the prophecy by killing Bristol with Mesh’s help.

Lily C.A.T.(1987)
A Science Fiction/ Horror film written and directed by Hisayuki Toriumi(known for directing Science Ninja Team Gatchaman), and fellow former Tatsunoko designer Yoshitaka Amano(Speed Racer, Gatchaman, Tekkaman) and the fairly new Yasuomi Umetsu, who worked on Omega City 23 and Robot Carnival. The plot is based on horror films such as Alien and the Thing. In the 23000rd century, companies search for planets to mine with the Syncam Corporation investigating a new planet by sending the crew of the Saldes there. The President’s daughter Nancy is among the crew and brought her cat on board. The crew enters Cryogenic sleep for the voyage. The ship collects debris on its own and picks something up with the crew realizing that two of their number are imposters. It is revealed there is a sentient bacteria onboard which dissolves human bodies and leaves only their clothes and that it takes the form of its human victims. As the survivors fight the bacteria they discover that an A.I. called Lily C.A.T. has taken over the ship and the company wants to study the bacteria at the cost of the lives of those onboard.

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Hi Kitty Furry Tale Theater(1987)
An adaptation of the popular Hi Kitty Character created by Yuko Shimizu. The series was the first major role of now famous voice actor Tara Charendoff. Set in London(reflecting the original character’s nationality as when the Hi Kitty character was created British culture was very popular), Hi Kitty and her friends and family are depicted as putting on plays for the viewer, which are then seen and used to tell stories raging from Fairy Tales such as Pinocchio, Cinderella, Goldilocks, to Movies(Jaws, E.T., Star Wars), to Novels(Dracula, Tarzan, the Phantom of the Opera)[6].

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Neo Tokyo(1987)
A science Fiction anthology film produced by “Studio Madhouse” a nickname for a Division of Mushi Productions. Masao Maruyama and Rintaro conceived the idea. It adapted three short stories by Taku Mayumura. The music was provided by Mickie Yoshino of the band Godiego, though several classical pieces are used such as Erik Satie’s Gymnopedies, the Toreador Song from George Bizet’s Carmen, and “Morning Wood” from Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt in an intentionally ironic context. It premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival. The First Film Labyrinth follows a girl named Sachi who plays hide and seek with her cat and accidentally stumbles into labyrinth world. The second film Running Man is about a death race. A. reporter discovers that the top racer has psychic abilities and causes the other racers to crash so he could win. In the next race his psychic powers grow and turn against him and he begins fighting a psychic being personifying himself, which chases after the car before tearing it apart and causing him to crash, resulting in his death. The final story “ Construction Cancellation Order” takes place in a fictional South American country that has just overthrown its government. A company invested in a project there but made a deal with the old government and send a man to cancel the project. It turns out to be fully automated by machines built to continue the project with no interruptions. When the man attempts to shut him down the machines nearly kill him, seeing him as a threat to their mission. Once he finally destroys the machines, he learns that the old government has returned to power and the project is to resume. The first segment was by Rintaro. The second was by Yoshiaki Kawajiri and he immediately began working on Wicked City afterwards. The third segment was by Katsuhiro Otomo, who was working on Akira at the time(being the creator of both the Manga and the Anime)[7].

Dangaioh(1987-1989)
A DVA Series produced by AIC and Artmic. The characters were designed by creator Toshiko Hirano. Designs for the machines were done by Shoji Kawamori, creator of Battle City Megaroad and the Dialcone series, which inspired Transformers and Masami Obari. The series begins when the mysterious Dr.Tarsan gathers four psychic together to united four planes to form the giant robot Dangaioh and fight back the tyrant Captain Galimos and Gil Berg.

To-y(1987)
Adapting a Manga by Atsushi Kamijo which ran from 1985 to 1987. It follows a fictional punk rock band called GASP and their rise, trials and tribulations.

Mister Ajikko(1987-1989)
Based on the Manga by Daisuke Terasawa. The series follows a young boy chef named Ajiyoshi Youichi, who runs a restaurant with his mother until he is discovered and challenged to compete against world famous chefs.

The Three Musketeers Anime(1987-1989)
An Anime adaptation of the Three Musketeers by Studio Gallop.

Tsuide ni Tonchinkan(1987-1989)
Based on the gag manga by Joichi Endo that ran from 1985 to 1989. The title translated to “Anyway it doesn’t matter”.

Bikkuriman(1987-1989)
Bikkuruman was a line of wafer snack cakes created by the South Korean company Lotte. The wafers were released in Japan with stickers and cards of various mythological and religious figures, making them collectibles. The characters were split between Good and Evil. Their success led Toei Animation to produce an animated series based on the cards.

Ultraman: The Adventure Begins(1987-1989)
A joint production between Hannah-Barbera and Tsuburaya Productions with animation by Ashi Productions. Like the Godzilla Hannah-Barbera collaboration it was a joint production to create an American based version of the Japanese icon in the form of a television series[8].

Grimm Fairy Tale Theater(1987-1988)
An animated series adapting many the fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm in their original form.

Lady!(1987-1988)
Based on the Manga written by Youko Hanabusa which ran from 1987 to 1993. The series follows Young Lynn as she travels with her mother from Japan to meet her father Viscount Marble in England. On their way there they are caught in a car accident and Lynn’s mother is killed and Lynn wakes up in the hospital. Lynn’s father hides her mother’s death from her and she has some amnesia from the event. Lynn then goes to stay with her father and his servants. She also finds she has a half sister called Sarah and both have a crush with two different boys who live nearby. Lynn is forced to become a Lady as she becomes accustomed to high society and things get worse such as the mansion being lost to the bank and the sisters being separated.

Violence Jack vs Great Energer(1987)
Violence Jack has remembered his true identity, unfortunately for the world he remembered he was Demon Lord Dante and has returned to plunge the world into hell once more. The previous battle between Demon Lord Dante and Energer Z concluded with both seemingly dead. Now the son of the original Energer Z, Tetsuya Tsurugi must battle his father’s old enemy, back from the dead!

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Kaze to Ki no Uta(1987)
A series by Keiko Takemiya that ran from 1971 to 1979 in Shojo Comic. The series was the earliest work to depict a male-male romance and follows the tragic relationship between two men named Gilbert Cocteau and Serge Battoir who attend an all boys boarding school in late 19th century France. At the time of the Manga’s production, a new generation of female manga artists were rising to prominence, referred to as the Year 24 Group which came together under a group under that name due to the difficulties of being women in the industry. The series upon release was a critical and commercial success, winning the 1979 Shogakukan Manga Award for both Shojo and Shonen, though it was also controversial for its themes of sadomasochism, incest and rape.

Keiko Takemiya made her debut in 1967 but receded little attention, favoriting romantic comedy and Cinderella-like female protagonists. The Year 24 Group she joined included Yasuo Aoike, Moto Hagio(They were Eleven), Riyoko Ikeda(The Rose of Versailles), Toshie Kihara, Minori Kimura, Yumiko Oshima(Wata no Kunihoshi), Nanae Sasaya, and Ryoko Yamagishi. The Year 24 Group willingly shared a rented house to influence each other. Takemiya conceived the story in 1970 and wrote the first 50 pages in her sketchbook by January 1971. She had difficulty getting the story accepted due to beginning the story with a scene of the two male leads having sex. Most editors wanted it moved but Takemiya insisted on keeping it in as it told the reader what the story was about in the very first page. She teased it in the magazines telling readers to “remember the name Gilbert. I might use it something later. One hurdle was that she felt she didn’t know enough about the European setting and went on a trip to France Ryoko Yamagashi and Riyoko Ikeda to learn more. The series was eventually adapted and directed by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko(who had been a character designer and animation director for the original Mobile Suit Gundam series) and Sachiko Kamimura(an animator known for her work on City Hunter).Due to the mate content of the story was released a a DVA with Sequels made to continue the story. The story is credited with giving rise to the Yaoi genre[9].

Gall Force 2: Destruction(1987)
The sequel to the previous year’s Gall Force, which concerned two warring races and a ship known as the Star Leaf being stranded in space. After it was rescued with two survivors, one of the survivors Luffy learns about a potential plan to unite both races by force and create a new life form in the process while both sides fight to destroy each other by deploying a weapon that would annihilate an entire solar system.

Twilight of the Cockroaches(1987)
A film combining live action with animation directed by Hiroaki Yoshida. The plot involves a society of cockroaches that live in peace in the apartment of a bachelor named Seito. Seito meets a new girlfriend who begins exterminating the cockroaches, which are depicted in animation while the humans are live action, though the cockroaches are designed as essentially resembling humans dressed up as cockroaches. The Cockroach perspective of the event is essentially an apocalyptic event where the survivors are forced to escape to safety, many dying in the process, like the Day After Tomorrow for Cockroaches. Yoshitaka Amano worked on the film. The film is seen as an allegory for racism and war crimes. It was dubbed into English by Streamline Pictures, who also released Wicked City and Lensman.

Battle Royal High School(1987)
A DVA based on the manga by Shinchi Kuruma that ran from 1986 to 1989. The series follows Riki Hyoudo. a high school parade prodigy who fights challenges but is secretly the vessel to Byouodo, Demon King of the Dark Realm. This leads to several battles between the those seeking to prevent Byouodo’s return and those seeking to ensure it.

Daimaju Gekito: Hagane no Oni(1987)
A DVA directed by Toshiki Hirano with a screenplay by Sho Aikawa, mechanical design by Koichi Ohata and animation direction by Masami Obari. The premise involves two scientists named Takuya and Haruki, who test an experimental weapon which accidentally tears a whole in reality, causing a giant monster to emerge and wreak havoc and the military and character’s attempts to stop it.

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Lupin the Third: Green vs Red(1987)
While two of Go Nagai’s greatest creations in Demon Lorde Dante and Great Energer were clashing in theaters. Lupin the Third had a match of his own….Himself! Yes despite the efforts of the Lupin right holders to get Miyazaki back they could not. He considered himself done but he did supervise his version of the character, though Isao Takahata directed instead. The regular cast returned along with composer Yuri Ohno. Despite Lupin creator Kazuhiko Kato being strongly against it, Mamoru Oshii was brought on but not in a directing role but to right his version of Lupin while Miyazaki wrote good Lupin. Another Miyazaki regular Yasuo Otsuka, who had worked with him on the tale of The White Serpent in 1958 also helped on the project having worked on many projects including every Lupin project, Basil of Baker Street, and From the Apennines to the Andes, Pippi Longstocking, the Sun over Chikkisani, the Wonderful World of Puss ’n Boots.

The Film’s plot begins with the green shirt Lupin seemingly being murdered. It is then revealed that “Red Lupin” from Lupin The Third: Tower of Babel is going around killing Lupins in the multiverse until he enters a world with a green jacket hopeful Lupin. He attempts to convince an insane and depressed man to nuke Tokyo and be “Free”. Green Lupin is shocked to discover his counterpart and how insane he is and when he sees him murder innocent people and frame the Green Lupin for it, as well as attempting to force himself on Fujiko Mine, vows to bring him to justice alive. What follows is a fascinating look into Idealism vs Cynicism. It’s therapeutic as Red Lupin tries to points out all the bad in the world and how humans are horrible while Green Lupin remains optimistic and positive and fights back during their battles. In the end, a bomb is about to go off and a portal is opened. Red Lupin is touched by his counterpart’s words and begins to cry tears of joy, apologizing for everything before telling his Green half “There is only one Lupin the Third “ before willingly pulling himself and the bomb into another universe where it explodes harmlessly as Green Lupin fails to save him. The film ends on a hopeful note as Lupin leaves on other adventures.

Red Lupin’s revelation towards the end seems to reflect the mindset of Hideaki Anno, who worked on the project. Working with Miyazaki seemed to lift his cynical spirits and helped aid him in combatting his depression. In short, the film seemed to help both Anno and Lupin in overcoming their personal demons[10].

As for next year, in gratitude and a bit of embarrassment for needing "The Great Miyazaki-san" to undo their actions, Anno and the Daicon staff offered to aid Miyazaki on his next project, the long in development "Nadia and the Secret of Blue Water." to be released alongside Takahata's next planned film: Kiki's Delivery Service. Takahata however is looking more and more distracted with making Borders 1939, a reality by 1989 and Miyazaki may have to step in and take over production of Kiki's Delivery Service.

Butterflied Away:
Metal Armor Dragonar. Intended as a starter series for new fans of Mecha Anime and a possible successor to the Gundam franchise, which ITTL is still going strong without the push for comedy, meaning this series does not exist.

Bubblegum Crisis. Was born from the troubles production of techno Police 21, which went a lot smoother ITTL, butterflying away this series.

Twilight Q. Butterflies away as it was conceived as being similar to the Twilight Zone, which ITTL exists as the original idea of Ultra Q was preserved, making this redundant.

Proect A-ko 2: Plot of the Daitokuji Financial Group. Butterflied away as Project A-ko never branches outside of being a Creamy Lemon project.

Transformers: the Headmasters. The Japanese Producers of the American Transformers series OTL declined to adapt the three part miniseries “The Rebirth” and instead created “the Headmasters” as a replacement, creating an alternate continuity. ITTL they actually did dub The Rebirth, butterflying away this series.

Sleeping Princess in Devil’s Castle. An OTL Dragonball film. The plot ITTL was folded into the main show as filler, though its considered a very good filler arc just as the film is fondly remembered, being propped up as an example of Anime filler being done well. The plot fo the film fits more organically since it already features a Devil as the antagonist while TTL’s Dragonball world is plagued by them.

Saint Seiya: The Movie. Due to the creator going in the original direction, he made a Karate kid style series and not a space themed one, butterflying away this film.

Oraa Guzura Dado. Was remade in 1987 for its 20th anniversary. Unfortunately it was a Tatsunoko show, meaning that company’s fall averted its remake. It's also too far back that Production M.T. wouldn't remake it before something like Speed Racer of Gatchaman first. On the plus side you'll be hearing less of me saying "Tatsunoko went under so it doesn't exist" now.

Akakage. Had been a live action series since 1967 with a 1987 Anime being the sole exception. ITTL the 1987 series is released as a live action series instead.

Notes

[1] This prequel to Fist of the North Star was released in 2001 OTL, but pushed earlier due to the creators deciding to do it as a middle ground to meet the request of Shonen to keep the series going but wanting to end it after Raoh.

[2] Royal Space Force: Wing of Honneamise. Was OTL the first film by Studio Gainax and also first film funded by Bandai. ITTL the Gainax staff worked on Lupin III: Tower of Babel due to Hideaki Anno being among that group of friends and bringing them onboard. Gainax was a name intended to be used once and ITTL it is as the company keeps the name Daicon. The film OTL was a financial failure and a pricy one. ITTL there are a few changes which save it. One of which is the remove of the Studio demanded change to the title to add “Wings”. The Film’s failure led to Hideaki Anno falling into further depression and Gainax not making a feature film for quite some time. OTL Doraemon: Nobita and the Knights on Dinosaurs was the highest grossing film of the Year and beat out Royal Space Force. In terms of differences, the animation style is more Miyazaki inspired and the story was touched up. There OTL sequel went unproduced but as a result of this film’s success ITTL it will be.

[3] OTL Shina Megami Sensei was pitched and rejected by Ninendo. ITTL just for fun they accept, likely taking an approach similar to Disney would ITTL and create a division for Mature Games that would appear distinct from the family friendly brand.

[4]Replaces Mami the Psychic, which can be seen as a later version of the same premise as Akage no Anko. One element that has been removed is Anko posing nude for her own father’s art. Family nudity not being as taboo in Japan since families tend to shower together, but removed in international released.

[5] Studio I.G. was made up of former Tatsunoko staff OTL so its existence ITTL is more justified given their collapse. For the heck of it the initials have been swapped so the studio founder names of Mitsuhisa Ishikawa and Takayuki Goto go from leading to the name Production I.G. to Production M.T. which also alludes to the passing of Tatsunoko founder Tatsuo Yoshida and the company’s collapse.

[6] Hi Kitty OTL very nearly became the name for Hello Kitty. Tara Charendoff is now known as Tara Strong but was not known at this time.

[7] A Retcon. Studio Madhouse was founded OTL by Masao Maruyama when Mushi Productions went under. ITTL Mushi Productions survived and so most of the Studio Madhouse founders and most prominent figures such as Rintaro have stuck around as Part of Mushi Productions. The “Studio Madhouse” or just “The Madhouse” is a sort of nickname given to that particular group of people. Them sticking around means they’ve basically taken over the company while Tezuka finishes his Manga. The “Madhouse” ITTL is famous for their work on the Metropolis Film, the Mighty Atom reboot, Planet of the Apes, Nobody’s Boy: Remi, it’s sequel Nobody’s Girl: Remi, and the Aim for the Ace series. When Osamu Tezuka passes away(which he died in 1989 OTL), Maruyama is expected to succeed him.

[8]Ultraman: The Adventure Begins OTL was intended to be a pilot for a television series but was reworked into a film. ITTL it was an animated series. The Hannah-Barbera Godzilla cartoon was made earlier and did better as Toho OTL limited what they could use such as preventing the use of the classic Monsters or iconic Godzilla roar. The series is closer in tone to something like Johnny Quest. Despite the title it includes elements from other ultra Series as well.

[9]First thing is the Year 24 Group was a nickname given to what was not actually a group. ITTL however most of the people who have that label banded together and formed an actual studio under that name. Kaze to Ki no Uta struggled to find a publisher but with Year 24 existing it was much easier while OTL it took seven years to make and lasted from 1976 to 1984 while ITTL the franchise lasts from 1971 to 1979, making it essentially seen as a staple of the 1970’s Manga culture. The Direct to Video Adaptation also gets sequels which were planned but never made OTL, here largely due to Year 24 existing.

[10] replaces the OTL film of the Fuma conspiracy, though the title is from a 2008 film of the same name about two imposter Lupin fighting while here it’s two versions fighting. The Fun Conspiracy OTL had to make budget cuts and removed the voice actors who had played the characters since the beginning, which hurt the relationship with Lupin’s voice actor Yasuo Yamada who played him since the pilot and hurt the relationship he had with Lupin creator Kazuhiko Kato, who thought was responsible despite it not being his fault and formed a wedge between them that was unresolved until Yamada’s death. The series regular Composer Yuri Ohno could also not return due to budgetary reason while ITTL all return.​
 
Cool stuff. What happens to Junji Ito and Akita ITTL?
Junkies Ito has so far a similar career though Uzumaki ends differently. Less anticlimactic and Hellstar Remina ends slightly different. Ito successfully completed Silent Hills with Guillermo Del Toro has Hideo Kojima. I’m not sure who or what you mean by Akita. If you mean the film Akira then well I’d rather keep that a surprise since it will be covered in the next year. Akira Toriyama created Dragonboy and will then do DragonMan. Akira Kurosawa will be covered in film but biggest changes are he played nice and actually directed part of Tora!Tora!Tora! As well as a Godzilla movie in the late 90’s.
 
Ito successfully completed Silent Hills with Guillermo Del Toro has Hideo Kojima.
Yes!
I’m not sure who or what you mean by Akita. If you mean the film Akira then well I’d rather keep that a surprise since it will be covered in the next year.
Yeah I meant Akira.
Junkies Ito has so far a similar career though Uzumaki ends differently. Less anticlimactic and Hellstar Remina ends slightly different. Akira Toriyama created Dragonboy and will then do DragonMan. Akira Kurosawa will be covered in film but biggest changes are he played nice and actually directed part of Tora!Tora!Tora! As well as a Godzilla movie in the late 90’s.
Nice stuff.
 
Yes!

Yeah I meant Akira.

Nice stuff.
Well i guess I can spill it but Akira will actually be a sort of stealth two parter similar to It chapter one and two or the first Dune film. This is due to the manga still being worked on when the film was made. The main divergence is when tetsuo finds Akira in the film he is dead and dissected. In the manga Akira is still alive and takes over Tokyo with Tetsuo with Kaneda now having to lead a rebellion against two powerful city destroying psychics and not just one.This is basically where part one ends and part two is the final battle. The sequel will likely be titled either Akira Part II or TETSUO(with the trailers dropping the title over audio of Kaneda shouting his name). This is specifically because the OTL film is basically only half the story and the ending is fairly rushed.
 
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Well i guess I can spill it but Akira will actually be a sort of stealth two parter similar to It chapter one and two or the first Dune film. This is due to the manga still being worked on when the film was made. The main divergence is when tetsuo finds Akira in the film he is dead and dissected. In the manga Akira is still alive and takes over Tokyo with Tetsuo with Kaneda now having to lead a rebellion against two powerful city destroying psychics and not just one.This is basically where part one ends and part two is the final battle. The sequel will likely be titled either Akira Part II or TETSUO(with the trailers dropping the title over audio of Kaneda shouting his name).
Nice stuff.
 
Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend(1987)
For a real Utopia tied to anime , Have the record store , I worked in the late 80's and early 90's , put the Anime Video tapes elsewhere then next to the Disney tapes and let the workers warn people buying Urotsukidoil , that it was not for Children .
Yes that really happened in this timeline .
 
For a real Utopia tied to anime , Have the record store , I worked in the late 80's and early 90's , put the Anime Video tapes elsewhere then next to the Disney tapes and let the workers warn people buying Urotsukidoil , that it was not for Children .
Yes that really happened in this timeline .
The way I imagine most VHS or DVD set ups is Anime is its own section which will begin with kid friendly stuff and more adult as it goes down. So you'd have to look for it and there are little tabs showing the Japanese rating and and equal sign next to the American equivalent. DVAs are usually in the adult section since those tend to be works that are either independent, Hentai or works that feature Mature elements anyway. There'd be more of a mindset to blame the parents for not paying attention to the ratings system than the product itself.
 
It’s next on the list. It’s had a Manga release with the Fist of the North Star creators collaborating with Araki. Their involvement will help to streamline how Stands work, which are a thing straight from the beginning. Phantom Blood would be getting an adaptation next year. Stay tuned for how the plot changes.
 
To add onto that while i was writing out the plot I decided that it will most likely be told in parts covered year by year as it was released rather than a dedicated post. Since each part is separate, but it will be receiving an anime adapting part 1 in 1988 while Jojo OTL took a longtime to be adapted into a fairly divisive adaptation.
 
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