The first DVD set of Osamu Tezuka’s 24 Hour TV specials (with Undersea Super Train Marine Express, Bander Book, and Fumoon) failed to get crowdfunding during animesols’ last attempt, but animesols was undeterred and launched a campaign for the second potential set. This set would include three feature-length TV movies from the God of Manga:
- Bremen 4 (1981), about a cat, chicken, dog, and donkey who take human forms to save the world. It’s based on a German folk tale, but is also a little reminiscent of Tezuka’s The Amazing 3.
- Time Slip of 10000 Years: Prime Rose (1983), about a female swordfighter in a bikini, also there’s time travel. Can’t comment too much, as I haven’t seen it myself yet.
- Bagi, the Monster of Mighty Nature (1984), is a story of a female cat monster and a human hunter/love-interest. It’s often cited as a nucleation point for the cat-girl/furry phenomenon, but it’s still really good , full of Tezuka’s trademark social commentary and tragedy.
These titles are already available streaming on sites like viki and youtube (though animesols’ subtitles are historically superior), but have never been offered as physical copies with English subtitles. If they don’t succeed, I worry that animesols may abandon them, which is quite sad, since the TV movies that Tezuka made for annual charity represent some of the best anime projects that he was involved with during his lifetime. There’s still My Son Goku, Galaxy Investigation 2100: Border Planet, and The Three-Eyed One: Prince in the Devil Island yet to stream.