When US network Nickelodeon was fairly new, they were basically “the international children’s network”, so of course a Japanese anime based on a French children’s book fit right in.
The Adventures of the Little Prince may have actually been the first anime I ever watched, now that I think about it.
Heh, I didn’t remember it saying it wasn’t based directly on the book right there in the opening credits. Of course, serious adaptation expansion is kind of a given.
Continue reading The Anime Adventures of the Little Prince
New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto this morning, but it’s actually too busy observing to transmit right now, plus it’s so far away that it takes hours for the signal to get here.
But if this picture, which it took from about 50 times as far away, is any indication, the closeup ones should be incredible.
Continue reading The small world with the big heart
As I’ve said before, some anime like to have things so big that the square/cube law says they shouldn’t be able to support their own weight. But weight only applies when there’s gravity, right? So how about giants in space?
Continue reading Science of Anime: Ludicrous Size
Transformers Energon was the terrible English dub of Transformers Superlink, which wasn’t that good to begin with. One infamous line of dialogue from it was “We warped into another galaxy on the outer reaches of the solar system.”.
That’s an extreme example of an issue that a lot of other anime have to a lesser degree; mixing up astronomical terms and/or the scale associated with them. Several series have used “galaxy” like it meant “universe”. Others don’t seem to realize how close a “moon” and a “planet” can be in scale.
Continue reading Science of Anime: Space terminology and scale
I said examples don’t necessarily have to be from anime, and here’s my first one that doesn’t refer to a Japanese series. Though the fact that Avatar: The Last Airbender is anime-influenced isn’t really in dispute.
Continue reading Science of Anime-ish Western Animation: Sozin’s Comet
I saw this video in Japanese a while back, but now YouTube user MetroidSuperFan has translated it into English. It shows size comparisons of a lot of mecha, robots both real and fictional, astronomical objects (the mecha get really big), and various other objects for reference.
Continue reading Mecha Size Comparison Video