Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Kentai Films Presents: Dead Heat In The Raw
DEAD HEAT was an original one-shot 1987 OAV about "Formula X" mecha-racing roller derbys, created solely because the 1980s were full of crazy one-shot anime based on a single animator's selfishly fetishistic whims. (How else does one explain oddities ranging from Angel's Egg to M.D. Geist?) This Sunrise/Victor production was directed by KAWASE Toshifumi, a man who's director credits range from moe bait Pitaten, children's mecha "yuusha" prototype Zettai Muteki Raijin-Oh*, boob-fighter train wreck Tenjho Tenge, a show that defies all brief descriptions - Eat Man '98, and goddamn top adventure anime Beyblade.
No, seriously. Pitaten, TenTen, Raijin-Oh and a show about racing robots. Say what you will about any of them, but it'd be a bold faced lie to suggest he's not versatile.
*Now available from Anime Midstream! Seriously. I know, I thought they were just making shit up, too!
This is one of roughly a quarter-million tapes that Shin sent me ages ago, and while I'm still fine-tuning the script for a DVD transfer, there is no translation available, and the odds of one existing seem limited without readily available copies making the rounds anyway. So I figured, crap, why not just give some of these uber-obscure titles away to whoever follows the blog?
While the DVD encode will likely receive some additional tweaks, don't let my continued insanity put you off. This is an H264/AC3 file at higher resolutions than a deinterlaced VHS could ever provide, and I think with a touch of post-processing through my usual FFDShow Tryouts settings, it looks pretty damn good.
Oh yeah, the Victor VHS runs about 37 minutes, despite the OAV itself ending after 32. Why? Because the tape included a bonus gallery of animator genga sketches running about 5 minutes as a primitive extra. It's included, and since this particular encode was Quant based it shouldn't have increased the file size exponentially.
Before you think that 23 year old anime about riding a motorcycle with arms couldn't be less relevant to today's rash of of popular fantasy soft-porn and guitar strumming school girls, just remember: The more things change...