The OVA Project! article in the 9/1987 issue of Newtype.  

All about OVA’s here! Page illustrations: Hagane no Oni illustrated by Koichi Ohata, Dirty Pair illustrated by Tsukasa Dokite (He was key animator in the missile jumping scene in Project A-Ko), Hi no Tori illustrated by Takuo Noda, Junk Boy illustrated by Yasuyuki Kunitomo, Battle Royal HS illustrated by Nobuteru Yuki and Madox 01 illustrated by Hiroaki Gohda.

Third page is all Neo Tokyo.

**I have had parts of this article translated. Please read and share. Thank you.**


Title: The OVA (original video animation) Project! You read it here first!

Subtitle: We present illustrations and lots of new information about upcoming OVAs in this special report! We’re very pleased with the characters and stories of this year’s OVAs!


Thank you for waiting! Here is a special report on OVAs chosen by Newtype! With the motto of “You read it here first!,” we present highly-anticipated and most-talked about OVAs. We’ve also asked the character and mechanic designers to draw illustrations especially for us (although we’re sorry that the drawings of “Junk Boy” were drawn by Yasuyuki Kunitomo, the illustrator of the original and not Tamiko Akaboshi). So many OVAs are going to be released at the end of this year until next spring, some of which have parts 1 and 2, some of which will have 5 or 6 videos released as a series. Artmic will release “Gall Force 2” and “Bubblegum Crisis 2” at the same time, and Dangaioh - Hyper Combat Unit will be made into a video series that will be completed in two years. Fans have also waited for Omnibus’s “Meikyu Monogatari.” Atsuji Yamamoto’s “Saishu Kyoushi” manga is also being made into OVA. Hirotoshi Sano and Shin Matsuo are also involved in Ashi Production’s OVA “Le Deus.”  

OVAs that will be released beginning October

Junk Boy


Good Morning Althea

Kizuoibito (Wounded Man)

Gall Force 2

Saishu Kyoushi

Le Deus

What’s Michael 2

Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Sea of Stars

Hagane no Oni

Battle Royal High School

Hi no Tori Uchuu Hen (The Phoenix: Space Chapter)

Meikyu Monogatari

X Densha de Ikou

Tank Buster Madox 01

Bubblegum Crisis 2-4

Devilman: the Birth

Dirty Pair

Youtouden 2


Kaze to Ki no Uta (The Song of Wind and Trees)

The Magic Flute


Katte ni Shirokuma


Migi Magari no Dandy


Godmars: The Legend of 17 Years

Hagane no Oni

Toshihiro Hirano is definitely the hottest director now. His new work “Hagane no Oni” is highly-anticipated by fans. We talked to mechanics design and special skills director Koichi Ohata. “I wanted to make it a visually appealing robot and not a robot where you can clearly see its internal configuration. We pursued images that would show the relationship between the robot’s design and its battle scenes.”

Dirty Pair

Dirty Pair will be produced as a new video series! The character designer and director will be Tsukasa Dokite, who also did the TV series. Dirty Pair was just released as a movie this spring, and we wonder what these two beautiful girls are up to in the video series! Each video will have two episodes, and the first episode will be more than 22 minutes. One video per month is slated to be released beginning December, and there will be 10 episodes in 5 videos in all. Production will of course be done by Sunrise. The director will be Katsuyoshi Yatabe.

page 3- *purple box with the Mikimoto art.

Title: A Record of Akihi’s Irresponsible Comments about OVA, No. 11. What is the future of OVA?

Leave the conclusion of the “You heard it here first” OVA Special Report to Akihi!

The Newtype editorial department received inquiries from the ladies of the editorial department of a famous anime magazine the other day. One question was “Is there a reason why Newtype calls original video animation as OVA?” Um, I think I answered this question in the early days of this column. OVA, pronounced as “Ovah” is more stylish and is easier to say. Saying it as “O-A-V” isn’t bad either but “O-A-V” could mean “office automation video” or “original anarchism video.” I also like saying “Ovah.”

More OVAs will be announced until the end of the year so we might have more OVA Special Reports. Regarding anticipated OVAs, there are rumors about Sunrise works being made into OVAs. Rumors such as new OVAs of “Soukou Kihei Votoms” and “Dunbine.” Regarding “Dunbine,” those over at Network would like to produce it but I think that if it is going to be made into an OVA, it might as well be directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino. Also, the release of “Soukou Kihei Votoms” has not been decided yet but they say it is in production. I’m so happy that I’ll be able to see the work of Director Ryosuke Takahashi who wrote the script of Dragonar.


Remember this old video of Nobuteru “NOB” Taniguchi street drifting in his AE86? There’s a dark story behind the boots that Taniguchi is wearing. Taniguchi stole those boots from a homeless man sleeping in Roppongi Station. While this sounds bad, we need to be understanding. We can’t blame Taniguchi (at least not solely) for his actions because he, like the man he stole from, was homeless. Taniguchi had been living out of his car for nearly 3 years and it was during those rough days and cold nights on the street that his old flip flops predictably broke at the straps. Taniguchi was a desperate man.

The real issue is how Taniguchi did it. It’s one thing to steal them with little to no injury dealt to each party, it’s an entirely different thing when the victim ends up murdered.

30 Day Leijiverse Challenge - Day 28

28. Favorite official art/screencap

(Pretty much any artwork like this, aka done by Kazuo Komatsubara:

This guy’s artwork is amazing and he’s done a great chunk of the old school Harlock stuff. Nobuteru Yuki has also done some great production artwork for Harlock, such as for Endless Odessey and also for The Galaxy Railways, however I think right now he’s most well known for his stuff for Yamato.)