Premiere Date: March 11, 1984
What I would have been doing then: I was seven months old and I was probably crapping all over the place and being anti-social to my peers.
First Watched: October 2004
DVD Purchased: September 2007 along with The Last King of Scotland at a Best Buy.
Thoughts: Representing the only pre-bubble piece in my anime collection, it’s pretty much impossible to say this represents what things were like before massive budget movies.
Overall, it’s a fairly solid movie that many people consider a classic. That said, there are probably a few people out there who don’t like the in-your-face environmentalism presented throughout, but I’d rather have that approach than a post-apocalyptic tale composed entirely of calming effects and the passage of time.
So in all, we have an excellent story, a female lead that is neither annoying or overtly sexualized, and something that is not really commercialized at all. What the hell happened after 1984?
Part 2: More post-apocalyptic 80s cinema, Kanye West references and bidding for the Summer Olympics.