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My 10 Favorite Anime OPs of the 1970s

Instead of doing the traditional single list of favorite OPs, I’ve decided to sort it by decade. Technically you can consider this my favorites of the 70’s and earlier, but the actual top 10 are all from that decade. (The older one that came closest to making the cut was the opening to Tiger Mask.)

10. Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, “Gatchaman’s Song” by Masato Shimon and Columbia Yurikago-Kai

This is actually the second opening…and the same song as the first ending. For some reason, the first season of Gatchaman used the slower “Defeat Galactor” as the OP and “Gatchaman’s Theme” as the ED; later seasons switched them and the songs definitely fit better that way.

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Mecha That Changed Anime: Some Firsts

I ended my previous post with Mazinger Z, but that series was far more the beginning of an era than the end of one.

Traffic jams are apparently good for Go Nagai’s creativity; he had the idea for Mazinger Z wishing his car could just step over the other cars, and the one for Getter Robo started with imagining all the cars merging together.  Nagai and Ken Ishikawa worked on the concept of Getter Robo together, but the manga was drawn and written by Ishikawa. The anime adaptation started three days before the first chapter of the manga was published.

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