The Colony Drop Men of Destiny Club: Let’s Watch Hi-Speed Jecy on Untranslated VHS

The Western Japanimation fandom was built on packs of nerds crowded into hotel rooms, watching dubious copies of foreign cartoons of unclear origin in a language they did not understand. As anime has boomed repeatedly over the generations–…

The Western Japanimation fandom was built on packs of nerds crowded into hotel rooms, watching dubious copies of foreign cartoons of unclear origin in a language they did not understand. As anime has boomed repeatedly over the generations– culminating with an internet generation that has nearly instant access to the vast majority of currently-airing Japanese cartoons translated into English– this sort of experience no longer has a reason to exist.

But if you’re a real dude, you can’t accept this. You can’t be an Official Colony Drop Man of Destiny, one worthy of walking the hard road of otaku, if you don’t do pointless, difficult things just because you can. Some time ago, during one of my packrat Book-Off hunts for media I don’t need, I bought a Japanese VHS copy of the first episode of obscure 80’s anime OVA Hi-Speed Jecy. Only recently have I bothered digging up a VCR to watch a cartoon I will not at all understand. Instead of just doing this all alone and telling you about it, I figured I could try live-blogging it as I watch, and we can all share in… whatever happens. Your entertainment is not guaranteed. Neither is mine.

This will take place tomorrow night at 9 PM, US Eastern time, at this page, in the fancy window below. Before you start reading the liveblog, do yourself a favor and get a Nicovideo account so you can watch along! We’ll be allowing some time for people to get their Nico going, and then we’ll be off. I’ll be in front of my TV with a laptop, and I’ll tell you all how the show is going. I know nothing about this show past its title and the likely involvement of Haruhiko Mikimoto, and I will not seek out such knowledge until after I watch it. If you know something about Hi-Speed Jecy, please hold off telling me until the liveblog actually begins.

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The first meeting of the Colony Drop Men of Destiny Club has been a smashing success! Boy, what a battle that was! Eh, Pegas?

3 Comments

  1. I WAS one of those nerds, though we met in a classroom at SDSU from the mid 80’s to the early 90’s.

    I have to say, today is better. But it’s nice to see that at least a portion of today’s anime fans have respect for the earlier generation of fans.

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