Samantha Ferreira: Hi there, and welcome back to the Herald Anime Club! I’m Samantha, and I’m here with Anthony for an all-new season.
Anthony Simpson: Evening.
Samantha Ferreira: Spring is here, which means it’s a time for sports! And what better way to to celebrate that than with sports anime? This season, we’ll be talking up Battle Athletes: ReStart! A soft-reboot of the ’90s classic by studio Seven.
Anthony Simpson: Confession time. Outside of AMV’s I’ve never seen anything in the Battle Athletes franchise.
Samantha Ferreira: On the flip side, I’ve seen it all – watched Victory on fansub tapes way back when.
Got ’em from a distro that was hosted on some random Angelfire page. So I’m kind of curious to see how our thoughts differ on the series.
Anthony Simpson: The OVA and the original TV series are on my back log I just never got around to checking them out.
Samantha Ferreira: I highly recommend it. They’re classic sports anime in every sense of the word
Anthony Simpson: Hopefully they end up on Retrocrush or some other streaming platform in the near future.
Samantha Ferreira: Likewise. I mean, the new series does a good job of capturing some of that raw energy, but they’re wholly different beasts.
Anthony Simpson: Despite this being a new show I kind of got that 90’s anime vibe from it.
Samantha Ferreira: Likewise. There was a lot of that same aura – the pacing, the characters, feel like they were ripped from a classic series and I’m all for it.
Also, Kanata is a total dork.
Samantha Ferreira: Once that happens, I’ll be shoving the link at everyone and saying, “Watch this!”
… … … All I can say is “wow” – I did NOT expect Battle Athletes to be the stronger of the two titles between it and Tenchi Muyo!, twenty years later.
Anthony Simpson: Katana is a total dork, but she is a lovable dork.
Samantha Ferreira: She is. She’s this geeky bumpkin who will go a million miles, even for her greatest rivals.
Anthony Simpson: Yea. And her love of potatoes.
Samantha Ferreira: And her clear lack of a sense of direction – poor girl ended up on the ass-end of the colony on her very first day!
Her roommate could be interesting, as well – the inferiority complex is strong in her.
Anthony Simpson: Her complex can be practically seen from space.
Samantha Ferreira: Definitely. It… was not subtle.
Likewise with the whole “evil board” element this time.
Anthony Simpson: They were about as subtle as a wrecking ball.
Samantha Ferreira: Now that’s just mean to the wrecking ball.
But yeah… for now, there’s a lot that was kind of dumped out pretty quickly, with enough intrigue to get things started – nothing subtle, but it at least has a fun atmosphere to it. One thing I did appreciate was the clever nod to the original series. When they showed the past Cosmo Beauties, Akari’s portrait could be seen at the tail end.
Anthony Simpson: Yea not having seen the OVA or TV series I missed that nod.
Samantha Ferreira: It was one of those “blink or you’ll miss it” types of things – cute nods that don’t take away, but definitely add for the series vets.
I kind of hope they keep the original series at that length… at 22 years out now, I doubt there are many people like me watching it.
Aniwho, any final thoughts this week?
Anthony Simpson: I’m interested to see how this show plays out being that I’m a rookie to the franchise.
Samantha Ferreira: I’m genuinely curious to see your reactions – Battle Athletes was such a fun series, and I’m glad this is carrying a lot of that same energy.
Aniwho, that’s all the time we have this week. Til next time, remember that all you need to make friends is a good attitude… and a potato.
Have a great night!
Anthony Simpson: Good night.