"FOUL! The animation in the first YAMATO series, perhaps, can be seen as
"bad" in retrospect -- its not as bad as some make it out to be -- although
there were many innovations made to the art as well; on the other hand,
YAMATO 2 and the features, starting with SARABA YAMATO, showcased the best
state-of-the-art animation of their time."
I liked the animation for what it was, but I still gotta admit it looks
wretched for its time. (Especially when you compare it to shows like Gundam
and Gatchaman. Hell, Mazinger has better art, and Toei probably spent less
money on that series than Yamato.)
"One could argue that some of the episodes of LUPIN III Second Series, has
animation that is as "bad" as YAMATO's first series -- with 155 episodes,
not all of them are going to be winners..."
Maybe the first series, but not the second one.
"But, its not the animation, good or bad, per se, its the writing and the
characters that make these series -- that's why YAMATO and LUPIN III are
still considered classics of Japanese animation today, 30 years after the
shows first premiered."
Like I said, I love em for what they are, though ironically, Japanese
audiences didn't at first. It took re-runs of the first Lupin to become
popular enough for a second Lupin series, and it took Star War's success to
bring back Yamato. (In fact, the second movie-which killed off just about
everyone-was going to finish the show, but when Yamato became popular, they
put a more positive spin on it when they re-made it as the second season.)
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