really early comic Iyami: is the oldest of them. graduated from “a legitimate medical school” and has a job (if sometimes slightly illegal) and a house and everyone’s mooching off of him and he has to clean up by himself if someone’s coming over. is he even part of this family. he doesn’t even sheeh properly
typical comic Iyami: we all know him. has tragic-ass circumstances keeping him down-on-his-luck. is not above throwing everyone else under the bus but hides it
60s anime Iyami: a real charmer. basically like Iyami 2 but a conversation about personal aspects will not make you want to cry, so really fairly different
2nd run and later comics Iyami: he’s like some kind of bizarro Juushimatsu where he must have been normal at some point but went off along the way. spends more time naked, pissing on walls, etc. than the others are comfortable with
80s anime Iyami: S E X Y. very fashionable. fun-loving and has worse luck than karma should allow but also has a surprisingly vicious streak
-san Iyami: has a strong inferiority complex and he tries to look different to stand out, but when it comes down to it, he really looks up to his older brothers. the others don’t have any memories involving him from when they are kids despite them being sextuplets and thus the same age
In the 90s, the dream of giant man-operated robots has become a reality in the form of Labors. Unlike the showy mecha of many an anime otaku’s imagination, Labors are utilitarian machines created largely for use in the field of construction. Naturally, however, it’s not long before they are also being used to commit crime. In response to the surge in Labor-related offenses, the Tokyo MPD establishes the Special Vehicles Division, which employs its own line of Patrol Labors— a.k.a. Patlabors. Patlabor: The Early Days follows the exploits of Special Vehicles Section 2 and its eccentric crew as they struggle to thwart bio-terrorists, unravel political upheaval plots and make sure the delivery boy from the nearest Chinese restaurant doesn’t screw up their order.
This 7-episode OVA is the first installment in the Patlabor franchise, which would prove popular enough to spawn a manga, TV series, additional OVAs and two feature-length films. While it features a fair amount of action and intrigue, its real strength lies in its amusing but relatable characters and down-to-earth depiction of how modern society might integrate the technology Labors represent. Creative talents behind the production include character designer Akemi Takada, mechanical designer Yutaka Izubuchi, composer Kenji Kawai, and lauded director Mamoru Oshii. Patlabor: The Early Days presents a breath of fresh air for mecha anime fans fatigued by high-stakes war stories and space opera theatrics.
Aqualoid was once a lush, vibrant planet, but it has become a desert wasteland since the invasion of the sinister Inorganics. These hostile lifeforms exist only to destroy the humanoid Organics, in order to suppress their evolution and prevent the birth of a new universe. When a young Organic man named Nam discovers a powerful sword inhabited by an interdimensional being, he and his friends are caught up in a madcap chase, unaware that the fate of the entire galaxy lies in their hands!
Birth is a bombastic OVA in which some of Japan’s most talented young animators got to truly show off what they were capable of. This notably includes: Yoshinori Kanada, Mutsumi Inomata, Mahiro Maeda and Hideaki Anno. The plot is flimsy and the characters, while expressively animated, aren’t very deep. But they hardly need to be; the pure visual spectacle, practically non-stop action, imaginative sci-fi world and large doses of irreverent humor are more than enough to keep the viewer’s eyes glued to the screen for the duration of Birth’s hour-long running time. Add in an eclectic score by Joe Hisaishi (Studio Ghibli), and you have a real treat for the senses.