The Armored Trooper Votoms Hub

Armored Trooper Votoms is my favorite mecha anime of all time. It's one of the things that made me what I am today. I participated in its import to the US and various other projects, but never got the chance to take my fandom online...until now. This right here is a website-within-a-website that will explore Votoms like never before. Keep watching as new content is added!

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Music collection: Anime theme songs

Theme songs for anime shows have a unique, rarified energy. If you've heard even a few, you won't be surprised to learn that countless compilation albums exist. From straight up reprints to remixes to genre-bending covers to live performances, just about everything can be found in just about any form. And they're essentially limitless. No two collectors will have identical libraries.

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Series profile: Space Brothers

If you're like me (and I know I am), you watch every astronaut movie you can get your hands on, and afterward you think, "I wish someone could give us a version of that that lasts longer than two hours." I've got good news for you: a Japanese fella named Chuya Koyama has been doing exactly that since 2007. And he's still at it as I write this.

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Book & Music Collection: Lupin the Third

Lupin III first made the scene in 1967, two years after I was born. My first Lupin exposure was the 1978 feature film The Mystery of Mamo, followed by the sublime Castle of Cagliostro. Those twin punches made me a fan for life, and sleuthing out the latest treasures kinda makes you feel like the groovy guy himself.

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Series profile: Blue Meteor SPT Layzner, 1985-86

In the parallel fields of comics and animation, there's a dictum that applies equally to both: you reach the pinnacle of success as a storyteller when your story can be clearly followed via pictures alone. This also applies to a story that can be clearly followed despite a language barrier. Blue Meteor SPT Layzner is that kind of story.

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Book Collection: Anime Mecha

The way other Gen X types are nostalgic for 80s pop music, I'm nostalgic for 80s SF mecha anime. It's my absolute favorite genre, and there are books aplenty to explore the topic with a big crossover into modeling and games. Here are over 100 titles that keep the golden age of Japanese mecha alive and rocking!

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Series profile: Planetes, 1999-2004

Planetes wields the predictive power of hard science-fiction by "borrowing" a story from the future that illustrates the probable outcome of today's neglected problems. This is what science-fiction excels at, and it's what lands Planetes on my top ten list of favorite stories to come out of Japan.

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Book Collection: Anime History & Research

When I became an anime fan in 1984/85, there were books and magazines aplenty to document past and present. What I didn't know then was that these efforts had been underway for less than ten years. I started collecting these books out of a desire to learn more, and it was fascinating to see how coverage and presentation styles grew along with the medium they covered.

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Series profile: Fist of the North Star

I adore Fist of the North Star. The manga art is exquisite. Its mythos are unique and propulsive. The characters are engaging and iconic. Its most dramatic moments are transcendent. And there's so damn MUCH of it, you can always return to the well for a fresh taste. Those are the hallmarks of a masterpiece, and it's been around long enough to achieve the mantle of a true classic.

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Book collection: Mobile Suit Gundam

Gundam is the Star Wars of Japan. Once you watch a Gundam show, it's very likely you'll pick up some merch. Once you do that, it's very likely you'll start a collection. Then one day you'll move to a new address and you'll suddenly realize what you've gotten yourself into. I'm a book hound, so that's what I lug from home to home. Once you start down this dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Consume you it will.

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Series profile: Galaxy Drifter Vifam, 1983-1998

Thirteen children, refugees of an alien invasion on an Earth colony planet, are adrift in hostile enemy space. In their struggle to survive on board the training ship Janus, they learn to pilot the powerful Round Vernian robots and fight back as they search for their missing parents. Drama, comedy, action, tragedy; this engaging anime series has it all! Even an impossibly catchy English theme song! Open this profile up and say Hello, Vifam!

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Book collection: Leiji Matsumoto

Leiji Matsumoto is a legend in his own time, known for a huge range of genres from everyday drama to elevated science-fiction. His began his manga career as a teenager in 1953 and is still going in his 80s. This collection encompasses books on Matsumoto's anime and manga projects, art collections, retrospectives, biography, and other odds and ends. It is by no means the complete catalog, but it's definitely extensive.

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Series profile: Giant Gorg, 1984

When anime/manga virtuoso Yoshikazu Yasuhiko began his career as an anime creator, his first project was this 26-episode TV series that occupies a firm middle ground between Jonny Quest and The Iron Giant. Despite an auspicious start, all sorts of external factors dropped obstacles in its path and prevented immediate success. But over the long term, it found its way to classic status. Read all about it here!

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Book collection: Japanese artists

This collection covers the amazing Japanese artists whose work reached out and grabbed me from print media, model boxes, and TV screens. There is information about each book to help anyone who may be filling a shelf of their own.

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Series profile: Panzer World Galient, 1984-85

I discovered Galient after first getting hooked on Armored Trooper Votoms, drawn in by the design aesthetic and directorial style. If you've ever wondered what Lord of the Rings might have been like with giant robots instead of Orcs and Nazgul, this is the anime for you! Created by Ryosuke Takahashi for Sunrise, it's a 26-episode action series that combines medieval settings with high-tech mecha in a story that explodes with action! Dig in with a writer interview, animation art, and a deep dive into its many facets!

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