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Volume III, Issue 8, October 24, 1994
Index:

Dirty Pair

They call themselves the Lovely Angels, but they are notoriously known as the Dirty Pair. They are Kei and Yuri, trouble consultants for the Worlds Welfare Work Association (WWWA or 3WA), a mercenary organization which will solve any interplanetar y crime for the right price. Kei and Yuri earn the nickname, the Dirty Pair, because mass destruction results in every situation they get involved in. They are partners and best friends, but they often argue (especially during combat). Accompanied by t heir sidekicks, Muhgi and Namo, Kei and Yuri are ready to wreak havoc on the universe. The Dirty Pair sends mixed signals to the audience. These women are admirable anime heroines, yet they always end up fighting in skimpy underwear-like clothing. (Ota kus will argue that this allows for greater mobility.) They are skilled soldiers, yet they have all the nuances that are charateristic of stereotypical females. [See "AnimEssence: Babes with Guns"] The Dirty Pair is based on the Japanese novel < I>The Great Adventures of the Dirty Pair by Haruka Takachiho (available in English). Dirty Pair fans will want to see the commerically available movies: Project Eden, Affair on Nolandia, and Conspiracy of Flight 005. The more recent 6 OAV series, Dirty Pair Flash, takes place when Kei and Yuri were just starting out as 3WA agents (Muhgi is a little kitten!). Dirty Pair comic books are available at Comics & Comix.

Today, Kei and Yuri first travel to the gambling planet Vega where they attempt to steal a lucky poker chip from Carello Carpenti. In the next episode, they encounter a mysterious force which is connected with J.S. Criados, a scientist who supposedl y committed suicide. Next, they attempt to rescue Yur's long lost love, Billy Galet, who is forced to work on a secret weapon. their next mission is to rescue Chief Gooley of the WWWA and save Eleanor City from Captain Marcus, who has captured the Super God Cannon!

--Ankan Bhaumik

Cast of Characters:

Kei -
The flirty, carefree redhead.
Yuri -
Kei's calmer black haired partner.
Muhgi -
Cat beast pet of Kei & Yuri
Namo -
A cross between R2D2 and an ostrich egg.
Carello Carpenti, Heir De King -
(episode 3) Bearded, owns lucky chip
Sydney -
Carello's loyal servant
Old Woman w/cane -
Carello's mysterious assistant.
J.S. Criados -
(ep. 5) Mad scientis, committed suicide?
Billy Galet -
(ep. 8) Yuri's boyfriend from age 7.
Capt. Marcus -
(ep. 28) Ex WWWA agent on a power trip

Cross Culture

By Weldon Chen

That anime sucked! I can do better than that!

Welcome to the Cal-Animage Alpha's showing of the Dirty Pair. Hopefully, you've enjoyed our Fall Schedule of anime, but have you wondered: "Man that was lame! I can write better stories than that!" or "There are no more episodes? I wish there wer e more." Don't be afraid. Many people just like you have felt the same way, but they have done something about it. They've written fan-fictions.

Fan-fictions (of fan-fics for short) are "alternate realities," based on an original anime or manga theme. In the realm of fan-fics, anything is possible as long as the writer can imagine it. The Knight Sabers from Bubble Gum Crisis can be of ficers of a Federation Starship from Star Trek. Kasuga Kyosuke and Ayukawa Madoka experience the wild life of college. The imagined devastation of the Dirty Pair continue in gory detail. These tales are real in fan-fics. For those adults in the audience, Adult-rated fan-fics are also available.

So, I invite you into the owrld of fan-fics. Otakus like to publish their works of writing by posting onto the Internet. If you have an e-mail account for the OCF, UCLink, EECS, WEB, or other internet computer service, the bestway to read fan-fics is to subscribe to the newsgroup Rec.arts.anime.stories. Just type rn rec.arts.anime.stories for the recent fan-fics. Also, if you know how to conduct file transfers from computer to computer, try ftp-sites, where old fan-fiction stories h ave been stored. I recommend the site ftp.std.com in the directory /archives/anime-fan-works/. this may sound very technical, but if you have any questions or if you need advice about trying to take a look at fan-fics, ask the officers of this club. Or send e-mail to me, Weldon Chen, at my account weldonc@server.berkeley.edu. We'd be happy to help you out.

--Weldon


AnimEssence

By Bobby Batara

Babes with guns

They are cute. And if one hasn't noticed, wherever cute female charaters pop up in anime, pain and suffering in some way, shape, or form is just around the corner. But with these cute girls, you can add blood, sweat, and tears. Literally. Wh erever these fine examples of anime-cheesecake go, stock markets crash. Insurance premiums skyrocket. The construction industry rubs its palms, and priest and undertakers go into overtime. The blood is so deep, you need hipwaders, the flying viscera is so thick you need goggles, and the corpses pile so high you need climbing gear. Yea, heaven and earth tremble, as if the very bowels of hell have been opened. Yes! Cower and fear, mere mortals! It's The Babes With Guns.

It is as if, to make up for the fact that cute-girls are emotionally non-threatening, animators and manga artists present cute-girls that are a serious hazard to ones physical well-being. Let's , ahem, take a closer look at them. Young, of course, and cute. No femme fatales of the classic style here. Large quantities of high-powered, top quality ordnance at their immediate disposal are coupled with a lack of discretion or actual skill with them. Toss in maybe a gung ho attitude and some form of official sanction to use 'em. And no brains. Allow me to qualify that. They have brains, they're just missing a few components. As opposed to a psycholady's twisted sense of conscience, BWGs seem to have no conscience whatsoever. Blow up a bui lding. Sink a cruise liner. Release a plague. The most you'll get, if they realize "something bad" has happened, is "oops." Mihoshi trips her partner into a reactor core, the Puma sisters cheerfully shell a police station, and the Dirty Pair.. .can you say "Heaven-sent Scourge"? I thought you could.

Underlying all of this is the centeral tenet that the cuter and arguably dumber you are, the more you can get away with. The logic being: how can you punish or blame someone if they just can't realize what they've don is "Very Bad?" Even more so if everything that happened really was an accident. In Dirty Pari: Project Eden, an entire planet along with its population is overrun by hordes of monsters because of a dropped wine bottle. Well, it has been said: "Nothing like a bit of cheesecak e to wash the main course of racial extinction down?"

--Bobby


Konshuu Focus: Choose your own anime:

Ever watch a new anime series and think, "Hmm...loser guy gets universe's greatest babe...this seems strangely familiar"? Was it some strange coincidence? Were you experiencing Deja Vu? Sorry, no, you are not extremely lucky , and it was not concl usive proof that psychic powers exist; you had seen it all before. While the common redundancies may be bad from and artistic standpoint, they are good in that, with only a little effort, You Can Write Your Own Anime! Just fill in the blan ks with the possible selections:


A boy who is _____:
1. a social loser (this one seems to be very popular); 2. lecherous; 3. psychic; 4. a robot; 5. a mech pilot; 6. a martial artist; or 7. a dragon slayer...
who falls in love with ______:
1. the world's greatest babe [male-oriented series]; 2. an average, Japanese girl [female oriented series]...
who has two sisters, one of whom is _______:
1. really young; 2. a computer genius; 3. a capitalist; 4. a Shinto priest; 5. a godess...
and the other is
1. a slut.
The two lovebirds would be going along nicely were it not for a rival, who is extremeley _______:
1. rich; 2. strong; 3. handsome/beautiful; 4. stupid.
Your results sound silly? Not to worry; it's probably a lot better than some of the most popular anime out today! Here are some lines from several hit series that use this or a similar model:

I. "Keiichi-san!" ---- "Belldandy!"

(Next episode)

"Keiichi-san!" ---- "Belldandy!"

(Next episode)

"Keiichi-san!" ---- "Belldandy!"

(A for effort, C for relationship development)

II. "Pull back and direct all fire to the center of the enemey fleet!"

"There will be no retreating in MY detachment!" [boom]

"Tyler-kanchou, the cances that your plan will work are infinitesimal...oh never mind." "Moon Tiara ... ACTION!" (At least it has action)

--David Bautista


NewsDispatch


SignOff

By Rodney Romasanta

The American Otaku

OK! So you've heard of the word "otaku" and you have equated it with a hard core anime fan. You know the type--that person in the last row spewing out tech knowledge about character statistics (height, weight, blood type, breast, waist, and thigh m easurements), the alignments of all the character archetypes regardless of their actions, or the intricate workings of the latest mecha (height, weight, weaponry, breast, waist, and thight measurements ^_^). In any case, these Otaku have nothing better t o do with their lives other than to fill their minds with this useless drivel which can't possibly be applied to anything of use in real life. Anime fantasy becomes their whole world. All of this tech knowledge makes sense, but will not possibly be seen in the real world. (Yeah, like there really ARE healthy, bouncy girls out there with those "Barbie doll" measurements, people with set characteristics along the lines of good/evil, lawfulness/chaos and neutrality, and big giant robots ready to bl ow the nearest mountain away with a single click on a trigger! sheesh! Now who are these Otakus? How can they possibly find time to learn such things and still go to school? Call it an obsession (or is that perversion?) to try to gain something that is just beyond their grasp. They call it having "fun". They t ry to make sense of the world around them by trying to gain full control over the creation of their own little worlds. Just having the knowledge to write scenes from anime in their own mind's eye and write a "Fan Fic" which can't possibly be given to the mass market because not everyone is into anime. Thus, they invite others like thme to congregate into their own little worlds.

But it doesn't stop there! No! They have computers! They recreate anime scenes on AnimeMucks (interactive Internet "talk" worlds), or even try to play out their favorite characters on computer genterated Role-playing Games where they spend weeks o n end earning "experience" and/or "money" that can't be spent anywhere else but in this computer genterated fantasy world. Anime is their world. Take anime away and their lives are filled with a strong emptiness that isn't easy to ignore. Call i t culturally lacking or just "filling in that vacant hole caused by a stressful school life". Anime isn't forever. One of these days, we're all going to have to just let it go and grow up. After all, cartoons are for kids, right?

--Rodney


Next Up:

Spirit of Wonder &
Sound of the Ocean

October 31st, 7:00 PM
155 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley

Sound of the Ocean: [pictured to the left] A love story spread over the years...will he get the girl in the end? Spirit of Wonder: An inventor's dream to reach the moon and a moving story of love.


Cal-Animage Konshuu

Volume III, Issue 9

Please direct all correspondence and submissions to Cal-Animage Alpha, P.O. Box 4263, Berkeley, CA 94704; animage@ocf.berkeley.edu; or (510) 664-1970.
(c) 1994 Cal-Animage Alpha Chapter. Legalese: All artwork, copyrights, and trademarks remain the property of their respective owners. See the Sather Gate signboard for updates.

Editor:
Bryan Lee Lewis
Copy Editor:
Edward Aart Korthof
Konshuu Coordinator:
Rodney Roy Romasanta
Konshuu Staff
David Bautista
Raymond Jue Lew
Robert Azevedo
Bobby Batara
Weldon Chen
Clark Lin
On-Line Editor:
Ankan Bhaumik

Last Modified: Tuesday, March 31, 1998

Cal Animage (animage@server.berkeley.edu)