Rose Brazeale is a Theatre and Film Studies undergraduate at Agnes Scott College and is preparing to work on a senior research project looking at Catholicism and its representation and influence in Trigun and Blue Exorcist. She has been an avid anime fan since she was in elementary school playing the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game on the playground. She also is a co-panelist on the Anime Academia panel at Georgia Tech's MomoCon 2013 with Brent Allison.
When I volunteered for this project, I looked to see which years were still available. Only a few were still up for grabs, so I looked up which anime came out in the years that were still available and volunteered for the first one that had a title that I recognized, which ended up being the year 1971. The title that I had recognized was Lupin the Third
. However, I had never watched any anime older than the ‘90s, so this was an adventure into unknown territory for me where I learned a lot and exposed myself to anime that I ordinarily would not have given much thought to.
The immediate indication that Lupin the Third
is a significant instance in anime history is the new revival of the franchise in the form of the 2012 series Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine
. If Lupin the Third
is able to still be relevant to today’s audience, then it must be significant in some way, and I made it my job to learn why it was. Pushing off from Lupin the Third
, I then investigated which other anime that came out during that year had the most information available. It quickly came out that one other series, of a vastly different genre, could hold a candle up to Lupin the Third
, a magical girl anime geared towards children.
Granted, there are other shows that came out in 1971 that didn't hold an impact to Western fandom as much as Lupin the Third
and Marvelous Melmo
. Wandering Sun
, a drama covering the story of two women switched at birth, was more significant for its production staff, as it united Yoshiyuki Tomino and Yasuhiko Yoshikazu before their venture with the Mobile Suit Gundam
manga. Tensai Bakabon
, a comedy series about a boy and his father who isn’t all that bright, has been a memorable show, mostly in the minds of pachinko
fans. While there were other shows that debuted that year—Sarutobi Ecchan
, a magical girl anime; Hyppo and Thomas
, a comedy about a hippopotamus and a bird; Andersen Monogatari
, a fantasy series aimed at children and based on the Hans Christian Andersen tales—there were really only two shows to cover.
That said, let’s dive right in.