1979-1990 Anime Primer
Robot Carnival (1987)

The concept behind Robot Carnival was to give some of the anime industry’s most talented animators the opportunity to direct their own works. The result was nine shorts that vary wildly in style and theme, but which all feature robots as a common thread.

Helmed by Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira), highlights of the anthology include: The pensive Presence, in which an inventor’s humanity is questioned by his own beautiful creation; Starlight Angel, which follows a cute teen girl’s romance in a robot-themed amusement park; Franken’s Gears, wherein a mad scientist’s attempts to bring a lightning-powered robot to life go catastrophically awry; and A Tale of Two Robots, a tongue-in-cheek farce about two rustic robots going mano e mano in 19th century Japan. The shorts, largely unvoiced, are backed by a delightful synthesizer score courtesy of Joe Hisaishi (Studio Ghibli).

In many ways Robot Carnival is the quintessential 80s anime. Certainly it’s hard to imagine something as meticulously animated and daringly imaginative receiving so much funding at any other time.

Robot Carnival
is now available for the first time on DVD in the West via Discotek!


Where to start with Mel Brooks’ high-quality low comedy

The Essentials

1. Young Frankenstein (1974)
Blücher! While rarely mentioned among its decade’s greatest films, Young Frankenstein absolutely should be. This is an essentially perfect comedy, one that features remarkable visual beauty and even some pathos among the huge belly laughs.

2. Blazing Saddles (1974)
A safe choice for the funniest movie ever made, this is Brooks at his most deliciously vulgar and anarchic. It’s forever the standard for comic Westerns, but behind the jokes is an unflinching look at race.

3. Get Smart (1965-70)
Brooks would become less involved with this classic spy comedy after its first season, but the whole series is tremendous fun. Even if he hadn’t graduated to film, this effort would be enough to position Brooks as a force of major influence.

4. The Producers (1967 and 2001)
Brooks’ cinematic debut remains a masterpiece of low comedy, one that doubles as a thesis statement for his own success-despite-tastelessness. The onstage version is sweeter, but no less enjoyable.

5. Spaceballs (1987)
While not his most assured or out-and-out funniest film, Spaceballs perfectly demonstrates how enjoyable Brooks’ goofiness can be, even when he’s operating on auto-pilot (at ludicrous speed).

Read our full beginner’s guide to the works of Mel Brooks at avclub.com


1979-1990 Anime Primer
Akira (1988)

31 years have passed since a giant explosion decimated the original Tokyo. In 2019, Neo-Tokyo stands in its place, a sprawling metropolis with a seamy underbelly. Kaneda is the leader of a bike gang comprised of unruly teens, among them his childhood friend Tetsuo, who harbors an intense inferiority complex. One fateful day the military takes Tetsuo into custody, believing he has latent psychic abilities on par with the enigmatic Akira; but their plans to mold him into a WMD blow up in their faces when Tetsuo elects to use his new powers to go on a violent rampage. Can Kaneda stop him before he causes the city to E.X.P.L.O.D.E. for a second time?

is easily one of the most defining and impactful works of anime ever created, and the thematic apex of the 80s anime era. With a production budget of 10 million dollars (an industry record), the film was meticulously crafted with the hyper-focused intensity signature to its director and original creator, Katsuhiro Otomo. There is no exaggerating the artistic and technical merits of this film which tower over most of the rest of the market even today, nearly 30 years after its release. The story, while decidedly less complex than the visuals, nevertheless succeeds in capturing the raw element of rebellious youth raging against a broken system, as expressed via high-octane motorcycle chases, gruesomely explosive psychic warfare, and a heavy dose of atom bomb imagery.


1979-1990 Anime Primer
Dirty Pair OVA (1987)

Kei and Yuri are professional trouble consultants in the employ of the 3WA, a galactic agency that specializes in defusing difficult and dangerous situations. The suave, stylish and sexy duo refer to themselves as the Lovely Angels… but their haphazard (if effective) methods and the trail of debris they leave in their wake has earned them a more descriptive title—the Dirty Pair.

Released not long after the feature film Dirty Pair: Project Eden, this 10-episode OVA depicts the ongoing exploits of Kei and Yuri as they take on a variety of cases, including: quelling a prisoner revolt at a maximum security space prison; dismantling an insidious cult that worships a cybernetic prophet; coming face-to-face with a roided out rival in the wrestling ring; and chasing after a rampaging robot on Halloween. The Dirty Pair OVA reliably delivers action and intrigue with a uniquely 80s sci-fi flair, best exemplified by its heroines, who remain two of anime’s most iconic. Also of note is some early directorial work by Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) on episodes 3, 7 and 9.


Learn how to create two new looks that both deserve a double tap.

The line between the Internet and real life is blurring more than ever before. The words “hashtag” and “meme” come up in normal conversation, and we only consider someone a true friend if they follow us back on all our social platforms. Now the techie world is infiltrating SEPHORA COLLECTION with these two new Photo Filter Palettes—and we love them. When you add Sunbleached or Overcast to your collection, your eyes will receive the flattering effect straight out of the photo-sharing app. Sephora PRO artist Karoline Karakeosian has created a duo of easy-to-replicate eye looks using the 10-shadow palettes: Valencia for day, and X-PRO II for night. Follow along with the tutorials below and your next selfie might get more hearts than ever before. JESSICA VELEZ


We’d argue that Valencia is the most natural looking of all the filters currently on the ’gram. It gives you a subtle glow and lights up the world around you. For that same effect, this look uses the warm eye shadows found in the Sunbleached Filter Palette


When applying shadow, you want to make sure it stays locked in place all day without creasing, so use a primer—try SEPHORA COLLECTION Perfecting Eye Primer. From there, pat Latergram, a slightly shimmery amber-toned color, on your lids with the SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Small Shadow Brush #15, and blend it with Desert Rose in your crease with the SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Blending Brush #27. To highlight the browbone, apply Whitewashed also with the small shadow brush. Next, line your upper and lower lash lines with Sandy Toes using the SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Precision Smudge Brush #29. Finish with SEPHORA COLLECTION Outrageous Curl Mascara—and enjoy!


“For a bronzy peach highlight, use Latergram on the high planes of your cheeks with a fan-shaped brush.”


Like day and night, Valencia and X-PRO II have totally different effects, something you’d notice while scrolling through since they’re neighbors on the app. X-PRO II closes in the corners of your selfie with a dark halo, while adding drama to any color. It’s the filter we’d use if we wanted to show off a smoky eye look like this one, one that’s perfectly suitable for your next “makeup of the day” look—only for, you know, night. Use the Overcast Filter Palette to model this look.


Again, start with an eye shadow primer on your eyes. Then, apply Black Lace on your lids using a small shadow brush. In the crease, take a blending brush and sweep on the smoky gray color, Berlin Underground. Highlight the browbone with Flagstone, a light cream color with a little sheen in the formula with a small shadow brush. Next, line just your lower lash line with Getaway using a precision smudge brush. To finish the smoldering look, glide on few generous coats of mascara.


“For medium-to-deep complexions, use Sandcastle or Cozy Sweater to highlight the browbone instead.”



1979-1990 Anime Primer
The Fantastic Adventures of Unico (1981)

Unico is darling baby unicorn with the special ability to make everyone around him truly happy. This threatens the petty Gods, who enlist the West Wind to abandon him atop the dreaded Hill of Oblivion. But the West Wind takes pity on poor Unico, and instead chooses to carry him from place to place, wiping his memory each time in the hopes that he will be able to live there peacefully without the Gods discovering him. Unico makes new friends and faces many dangers, but as long as someone truly loves him, he can unleash his magical unicorn powers to save the day.

Based on a manga by Osamu Tezuka and produced in a joint effort between Tezuka Productions, Sanrio and Madhouse, Unico is a charming children’s film that is equal parts heart-warming and melancholy. The bright colors and adorable characters perfectly complement the beautiful backdrops and gentle musical interludes. Surprisingly, the movie also delivers a healthy dose of action during the exciting finale where Unico faces off against a giant Fantasia-inspired demon. The Fantastic Adventures of Unico is sure to appeal to viewers young and old.