1991 Otaku no Video Incomplete Settings

This is a translation of the information sheet distributed with the initial release of 1985 Otaku no Video in Japan.

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Introduction

The Making of Otaku no Video

“Time passes us by. We live within a chain of moments that we can never get back again. Recreating and re-experiencing once again our fleeting youth, along with the events, customs and fashions of the time — that’s the theme of this work.

Everyone wants to cherish their memories. Surely you too have stored no few number of memories in your heart, one after the other, as proof that you lived.

Like American Graffiti, or like Stand by Me. I want to take a work that portrays the vicarious experience of youth and realize it in a more familiar form.

This is not a work you ‘watch,’ this is a work you ‘remember.’”

— From the Planning Document

The planning goes back to the summer of 1990. Just when the word “otaku1) was causing an uproar in the world, the eccentric title Otaku no Video began to take its first steps. The New Year came without any idea of what the actual content would be, but then what could only be called a dazzling staff lineup was announced and a scenario with an eccentric style was delivered. Full-fledged production on Otaku no Video began.

After that, everything went by in a flash. By June the BGM2)recording was finished, and by the beginning of July the unprecedented documentary that GAINAX staff had worked so hard to produce, “Portrait of an Otaku”, was completely finished. Otaku no Video rushed towards completion with a power no one could have predicted.

In an anime industry where the production environment keeps getting worse and worse, Otaku no Video was made in a blessed environment rarely seen. Everything was produced domestically, the pictures already there when it came time for post-recording, and there was so much leeway they were taking press pictures two months before release.

When it comes to a series3) or OVA4), it’s not uncommon for a work’s momentum and sales to go down as the number of episodes increases. However, GAINAX works have the power to upend this common wisdom. Naturally, Otaku no Video is no exception.

Otaku no Video is part of a chain of GAINAX works… linked to Gunbuster and Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, it was finally completed as one part of GAINAX’s “future history.”

About the “1991 Otaku no Video Incomplete Settings Document”

Various materials related to Otaku no Video are compiled here. It contains character designs related to “1982” and “1985,” rejected designs that didn’t make it into the actual movie, key frames that allow you to enjoy little details in the drawings, part of the storyboards, the first draft of the scenario for “1982,” etc.

We hope you enjoy the model sheets that allow you to trace the changes in the characters’ ages, key frames that allow you to see the staff’s almost excessive attention to detail, the first draft of the scenario with a completely different ending, and many other designs you can’t see anywhere else. Otaku no Video is one of those rare works that you enjoy more the more you understand the fine background designs and playful content. We’re sure the materials here will be helpful for understanding the work.

And More…

Toshiba Videosoftwares and Otaku no Video

Otaku no Video, made by the otaku champion, GAINAX. One might say that Toshiba Videosoftwares, which had otaku in charge of animation, was exactly the appropriate publisher to sell the title.

There wasn’t any trouble worth noting, and production proceeded with a smoothness unheard of in the harsh anime industry. Since it was a completely original work, it was tough at first in terms of sales, but as the initial release kept getting larger and the mountain of back orders piled up, every day we reaffirmed that GAINAX’s vision was not wrong and that fans would not be deceived.

In one sense, Otaku no Video was an all-out frontal assault on the OVA, the representative otaku media. Who knows where this “Path of the Otaku” could have lead…

Unfortunately, however, Toshiba Videosoftwares would not become the Otaking of the OVA world, but would be forced to end its life as a video software maker against its will due to outrageous pressure. It was a retreat filled full of regret and work left undone.

But to put it another way, even though this would be the last project, being able to have a hand in this work was the ultimate happiness for the people involved. For example, we were working on “1985” during a difficult time for the company, and every time something happened, we felt encouraged by the work.

I want to thank from the bottom of my heart all the staff who helped with the production, everyone at GAINAX, and all the performers. I got to experience that ultimate moment for a producer: encountering an amazing work. I’d also like to express my gratitude to the many fans who supported us. I know Otaku no Videois a work that will continue to give us strength.

November 15, 1991
Misuzu Kubo
Toshiba Videosoftwares, Inc.

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Kubo

Height: 172cm. After taking a year off (a rōnin year), he entered college in 1982. At the university, he belonged to the tennis club, but after a reunion with his high school friend, Tanaka, his life would change drastically. It seems like he was already inclined to take an otaku approach to things anyway, and he rarely showed up to the half-serious Tennis club. Kubo, who experienced the “light” of his time as a city boy5) and the “dark” of his time as an otaku, didn’t get a job after graduation, but instead decided to fight prejudice against otaku in society and become the “Otaking.” Perhaps only someone like Kubo, who was not a born otaku, could think up ridiculous things like establishing an otaku business and building Otakuland.

1982

[left side top to bottom] A little thin.
Jean jacket with jean pants.
Levis, of course.
[Center bottom] Compass Allstars
This is the inside.
The outside doesn’t have the logo or the two holes.
[Right side top to bottom] Kubo-kun
91.3.1
18 years old
172 cm
1-2
[In box] Finalized Version

1985

[right side, top to bottom] Kubo-kun’s later costume
91.4.16
Turtleneck shirt, down jacket and jean pants.
2-1
Levis
[in box] Finalized Version

2035

[middle] Air tank
[right] Old Kubo diver look
91.4.24
2-3 (b)

Original Picture

Stubble
Slightly clouded, shocked

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1982

[left side] He’s put on some weight compared to his previous lean appearance.
[middle left] Hair a little longer.
Wearing a BVD sweatshirt over his shirt.
[right middle] He grows stubble depending on his haircut?
[Right] Kubo-kun from his otaku era.
91.3.1 1-3
[in box] Finalized Version

[left side] boots with zipper in the back.
[middle] Adidas
Head shoes
[Right] Kubo-kun’s cosplay and tennis look
91.3.1
1-4
[in box] Finalized Version

1985

[left] black sleevelets
fingerless white gloves
[left middle] Animex paint stains here and there.
Adidas jersey with lines
white socks under slip-ons
[middle right] shadows under eyes
Worker Kubo-kun
91.4.16
2-2

[speech bubble] “Business suit”
[left Middle] Metal pin
Tiepin with TDF6) logo
The back is the same.
[right middle]
[speech bubble] “Formal wear”
[right] The formal wear cuffs are like this.

1999

This middle-aged Kubo is something you can’t find in the model sheets. Plus, appropriate for someone who has claimed the mantle of “Otaking,” here we see how he looks cosplaying.

Unused
belt clasp
Kubo as Hikaru7)

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Tanaka

Height: 166 cm. He was in the same grade as Kubo when they were in high school together. He ran the Jack-of-All-Trades Club and created anime dōjinshi, among other things. He is the very person who dragged Kubo along the Path of the Otaku. For a time he looked for a job seriously, but then he was inspired by Kubo in turn and chose the path of living as an Otaku with him. While Kubo is the one who shows his resourcefulness as a businessman, Tanaka is the brain that supports him from the shadows. Although they parted ways after the GP Corp. takeover, their bond as fellow otaku was not severed, and their friendship continued into the 21st century.

1982

Tanaka-kun
91.3.1
166 cm
1-8
[in box] Finalized Version

[left] Cosplay Tanaka-kun
91.3.1
[speech bubble] “He needs this, of course?”
[bottom] just white rubber boots that have been cut into a V-neck.
[middle] 1-9
packing tape
[right] Tanaka-kun the Job-Hunter

1985

[left] Jeans, of course.
Tanaka-kun’s later costume.
91.4.16 2-4 (a)
[right] Double buttons
Divided in the middle of the back.
Tanaka-kun suit outfit
(For formal dress he just fastens the buttons.)
[in box] Finalized Version

2035
[left] Balding. so you can’t see his hair.
[right] toothbrush mustache
Old Tanaka-kun diver suit.
91.4.24
2-4 (b)

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Fukuhara Misuzu

She first appeared in “1985” as a staff member of the first Grand Prix store. Although she appears to be quiet and reserved on the outside, her ability to draw cute girls is the best in the world. She is the creator of both Märchen Doll Maki and Misty May. She drew all the pictures for Misty May’s first garage video; it was an amazing accomplishment, although it’s hard to believe that a “trendy woman” like her drew all of Misty May’s “breast jiggle” scenes… It seems she has a certain yearning for Kubo-kun, and you could say that that’s the reason she participated in GX Corp. Furthermore, the Fukuhara character was originally set as a man. Maybe there wasn’t enough sex appeal? Suddenly the design was changed to make her a female character.

1985

[left] Leg warmers
[Middle] These are jeans.
Levis
Brand label
[right] Leather
Fukuhara-san
91.4.24
2-16
[in box] Finalized Version

Fukuhara-san expressions
2-17
91.4.24
[in box] Finalized Version

[middle] Sleevelet. only on her right arm.
[right] Worker Fukuhara (apron)
91.5.11
2-18















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Misty May

A character who is “similar but a little different” from GP Corp.’s hit product, Märchen Doll Maki. She boasts a design and concept that is popular worldwide. Before transformation, she has the appearance of a rather plain girl named Satsuki, who doesn’t stand out. According to the design sheets, at first she was called Daikon Modoki (“Like a daikon radish”). Of course, this was a reference to the bunny girl that appears in the opening anime for DAICON IV.

1985

[left] Daikon Modoki before transformation
(or possibly a name like Asuka.)
91.5.11
140 cm
2-19
[middle] It has a heart-shaped jewel embedded.
(Left wrist bracelet) Bracelet → [circled] Magic wand
Front and back, left and right symmetrical
The wings open and a stick extends, transforming it into a magic wand.
[right] She doesn’t show her eyes!
[in box] Finalized Version

[left] Magic broom? (not in the designs)
Daikon Modoki
91.5.11
170 cm (with high heels)
2-20
[middle] You can see bare skin in the diamond shape in her back.

Magic broom
91.5.13
2-21
symmetrical
[in box] Finalized Version

Storyboard Panel

At the storyboarding stage, the design for “Misty May” hadn’t been decided on yet. For the time being, she was drawn similar to Nad█a8).


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Original Picture Misty May

All of the cuts of the ultimate anime idol Misty May were overseen by the production director of “1982,” the “magician of breast jiggle,” Honda Takeshi. You could say that the “breast jiggle” that started in Gunbuster reached the point of perfection here.

[top right] Otaku (2)
















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Satō Yuri

156 cm. The illustrator for Tanaka’s Jack-of-All-Trades Club. She found her reason for living in cosplay, and only ever did risque cosplay like Lu█9) or Do██nique10) that showed off her bust she was so proud of. At GP Corp. she worked in product development.

1982

[left] Slightly plump.
Bust is rather big!
[right] Satō-san
91.3.1
156 cm
1-10
[in box] Finalized Version

Satō-san cosplay
91.3.1
1-11
[in box] Finalized Version

1985

[left] 156 cm
Stockings
[middle] Back slit
[right] Except for still closeups, just a circle… is fine.
Satō-san suit outfit
91.4.16
2-5
[in box] Finalized Version















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Hino

188 cm. A friend of Tanaka’s from his club days. An SF otaku. At GP Corp. he was in charge of advertising.

1982

Hino-kun
91.3.1
188cm
1-12
[in box] Finalized Version

1985

Hino-kun’s suit outfit
188 cm
91.4.16
He hasn’t changed at all.
2-6
[in box] Finalized Version

Iiyama

181 cm. A friend of Tanaka’s from his club days. A military otaku. Even after becoming the General Manager of GP Corp., he still wore a camouflage shirt, which moves one into tears.

1982

Iiyama-kun
91.3.1
181 cm
1-13
[in box] Finalized Version

1985

Camouflage shirt underneath.
Iiyama-kun suit outfit 181 cm
91.4.16
2-7
[in box] Finalized Version

Miyoshi

150 cm. A friend of Tanaka’s from his club days. An idol otaku, but with a deep knowledge of special effects and military work as well.

1982

His jaw is just somewhat wide.
Under T-shirt (red on white background)
Miyoshi-kun
150 cm
91.3.1
1-14
[in box] Finalized Version

1985

There’s leather in just this one place, the color is different. Miyoshi-kun suit outfit
150 cm
91.4.16
2-8
[in box] Finalized Version

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Ueno Yoshiko

Kubo’s classmate and girlfriend during their high school years. It seems like she kept going out with Kubo even after they left high school, but their relationship ended because he became an otaku. They met again about six years later, in GP Corp.’s conference room. She chose the rich banker over a poor otaku, but when GP Corp. was acquired by GX Corp. she abandoned her husband and disappeared with her child.

1982

[top panel] Chest emblem
[middle left panel] Single-color jacket with no color differentiation.

Unused

[right] Ueno-san’s appearance as Minmei.
(only the lower half of her hairstyle is Minmei)
91.3.1
1-7
[in box] Finalized Version

1985
[middle] Back slit
[right] Earrings
Her expression has gotten a little meanier.
Red lips
[speech bubble] “I choose a banker over poor otaku!”
[middle] Sorry, there wasn’t a reference for Minmei’s shoes or appearance from behind.
We have to leave the rest to you, Mr. Key Animator!

Banker Kanda

1985

Married to Ueno Yoshiko, and an employee of Tōzai bank, the bank that took over GP Corp. Originally he was supposed to be named Yoshida, but Yoshida Yoshiko11) didn’t roll off the tongue right, so it was changed.

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Tennis Woman

Tennis woman12), who appeared very briefly in “1982.”

Minmei Man
A design that wasn’t used in the end. He appears in the first draft of the scenario.

1982

[left] A slightly silly face.
[middle] Eyes are a little smaller than the other female characters.
Small nose.
We’ll leave her bloomers up to the animators.
[in box] Finalized Version

Unused

[top right panel]
[left] Pockmarked face.
[middle] Was Minmei’s stagelook this hairstyle?
This is his appearance, but please have him cosplay as Minmei’s stage look.
[in circle] Hairy [right] Minmei Man
1-16
91.3.1

Xiǎo Bái Lóng

A Chinese person working at GP Corp.’s factory in China. For some reason, in the originally designs he was named Murata. I’m sure you know the origin of the name Xiǎo Bái Lóng (also read Shao Pai Lon).

1985

[left] Something like a Mao hat
Mao suit
Cloth shoes
[right] This is what he looks like with his hat off.
[in box] Finalized Version

[“Sticker on first editions of Otaku no Video
advertising an included original single CD”]

First edition exclusive
Original Single CD included!
(VC13): inside package LD14): given at store counter)
A special version that you can only hear on this CD, that you’ll never be able to get anywhere else!!
1. The Lost Way of the Otaku (Phantom Verses 3 & 4: The Industry Years)
2. Fight! Otaking! (karaoke)
The Gang

The Cast

[Circled] Kubo['s height line]
Hino 188 cm
Miyoshi 150 cm
Tanaka 166 cm
Ueno-san 162 cm
Kubo 172 cm
Satō-san 156 cm
Yamaguchi 169 cm
Iiyama 181 cm
Tennis woman15) 166 cm

[bottom] Otaku no Video proportion comparison
[Circled] Rough Draft
91.3.4
1-1

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Tōkyō Otakuland

Kubo’s lifelong dream as an otaku was the construction of Otakuland. “Tōkyō Otakuland,” an amusement park that boasted several hundred times the area of Tōkyō Disneyland and realized the dreams of otaku worldwide, finally opened on April 1, 1991 in the Tōkyō Bay area.

Incidentally, there were no mechanical diagrams for Otaku no Video. There were none for Otaku Tower either, but the details were the same as the original drawings. In the storyboards you can see the Yam█to16) and the Arca█ia17) on the sides of Otaku Tower after its transformation, but this didn’t actually make it into production.

1999

[upper right] Disneyland


[middle bottom] 500m road
[left] Pedestrians, bicycles only.
[top right] #2 Otakuland (1)
91.5.11
2-22
Girl’s-style O-ta-ku writing
[bottom] Road with speed limit of 200 km/h
[in box] Finalized Version

[left] Otakuland (2)
91.5.11
2-23
[right] Plasma is ejected
Elevator
Otakuland’s tower
[Circled] Rough Draft
The balcony Kubo and friends stand on

Rocket

[top] Drill
[left] Arcadia
[right] Yamato

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The Drunk and His Woman

Unused

He appears in “1982” as a representative of the normal people who make fun of otaku. If you look at the original drawing, the woman with the drunk looks just like a character who appears in Na█ia18). But maybe they judged that a more glamorous look would create a better atmosphere, and it was changed to the current look.

















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Grand Prix & Giant X
  • 85. Grand Prix founded.
  • 85.5.22 GP’s first store opens.
  • 85.8.15 Appearance on a late-night television show.
  • 85.9.25 Appearance on “It’s OK to Laugh!
  • 85.10.10 Held the “Wonder Carnival” in Kōrakuen Stadium.
  • 87. GP’s home office building completed.
  • 89. GP’s Chinese factory completed.
    • Kubo is removed as CEO at an emergency board of director’s meeting.
    • Kubo demoted to GP’s Kichijōji office.
    • Kanda Yoshiko appointed GP’s new CEO.
  • 91. GP releases “Märchen Doll Maki” and it becomes a big hit.
  • Kubo and Tanaka reunited.
  • Giant X founded. Fukuhara designs “Misty May”.
  • 92. The first Movie Screening held.
  • 93. Large event held in Tōkyō Dome.
  • 97. GX buys GP.
    • GX sells its products worldwide.
    • GX products declared a Super 301 target.
    • Kubo and Tanaka’s collaboration The Japan That Can Say 'Oh No!' released.
  • 99.4/1 Tōkyō Otakuland opens.

General Products & Gainax

  • 81.8.22 DAICON III held in Osaka, Opening animation screened.
  • 82. GENERAL PRODUCTS founded, opens store.
  • 82. Patriotic Squadron Japan (DAICON Film)
  • 82. Kaiketsu Carefree (DAICON Film)
  • 83.8.20 DAICON IV held in Osaka, Opening animation screened.
  • 83. Ultraman Returns (DAICON Film)
  • 84.12.24 GAINAX founded.
  • 85. Eight-Headed Giant Serpent's Counterattack (DAICON Film)
  • 87. Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise (GAINAX)
  • 88. Gunbuster (GAINAX)
  • 88. Dragon Quest Fantasia: The Video (GAINAX)
  • 89. Cybernetic Hi-School released (General Products)
  • 90. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water aired on TV by NHK.
  • 91.8.30 AnimeCon held in America.
  • 91. Otaku no Video (GAINAX)



















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1982 Otaku no Video Scenario First Draft

AN APARTMENT
KUBO IS PAINTING A CEL
SATŌ: Ah, I’ll scrape off the places where you go outside the lines later, so don’t worry about it.
KUBO: What’s color is this hair?
SATŌ PASSES HIM A JAR
SATŌ: Here. Kubo-kun, you have slender hands.
KUBO: Really…?
SATŌ: Hey, try this on for a minute.
SHE PASSES HIM ███████’S OUTFIT.
KUBO: This?
HE HOLDS THE OUTFIT UP TO HIS CHEST
SATŌ: Oh, I knew it would suit you! Hey, hey Iiyama-chan, doesn’t he look just like ███████?
IIYAMA: Oh, cool! Kubo-kun, you should do ███████ for the next Comiket. It suits you.
KUBO: Really? It suits me?
SATŌ: Yes, yes. You’re tall, and your personality is just the same.
KUBO: Maybe I’ll try it.
IIYAMA: Do it. It’ll be really cool.
KUBO: Really? Hehe.

AT A PARK
Men are sitting with a binder spread out, exchanging cels between them.
MAN A: This is “A dome19)” from XXXX.
MAN B: Can you exchange it for my 3 sequential cels from YYYY?
MAN A: Do you have genga?20)
Man B: All of them are gen tore. Cels are passed back and forth.

AT A COFFEE SHOP
KUBO IS READING MANGA
YOSHIKO: Hey, haven’t you put on some weight?
KUBO: Really? Do I look it?
YOSHIKO: And you look a little unkempt.
KUBO: How so?
YOSHIKO: Just somehow.
KUBO: I was up all night last night, so I’m tired.
YOSHIKO: Were you helping Tanaka-kun again?
KUBO: Gundam!!
YOSHIKO: Huh?
KUBO: The Gundam movie. We waited in line all night for the first showing.
YOSHIKO: Even though it’s anime?
KUBO:
KUBO FEELS LIKE IT WOULD BE TOO MUCH TROUBLE TO ANSWER
KUBO: Oh, right, what day is it today?
YOSHIKO: The 10th.
KUBO: The new Animage is out.

AT COMIKET
GIRL: Please let me take a picture with you.
KUBO STANDS NEXT TO HER, AFFECTING A HEROIC ATTITUDE
ANOTHER GIRL PRESSES THE SHUTTER RELEASE
CLICK
THE SCENE BECOMES A PHOTO
SATŌ HUGS HIS ARM
CLICK
SEVERAL PICTURES OF KUBO LOOKING HAPPY

STOP MOTION

We asked 100 otaku (1)
We asked 100 otaku (5)
We asked 100 otaku (6)

SUPERIMPOSED
1982

NARRATION: This year could well be called the first year of the otaku.
THE SCREEN SHIFTS TO CONTEMPORARY FILE FOOTAGE.

SUPERIMPOSED
1983

MASKED VOICE: People who like anime, you know, they all kind of look the same.
MASKED VOICE: In the summer T-shirts, and in the winter sweatshirts with the cheap jeans they sell in the supermarket, holding paper bags in both hands.
MASKED VOICE: Oh, what’ve they got in there?
MASKED VOICE: Cels and model sheets and things like that. And they gather at coffee shops and show them to each other.
MASKED VOICE: Wow, you know a lot about it. Are you actually an anime fan?
MASKED VOICE: Hehehe, well, I do like Minky Momo.
MASKED VOICE: Recently, anime fans all alike are bashed, aren't they?
MASKED VOICE: Well there’re a lot of weirdos. Lolicons and the like.
MASKED VOICE: Oh yeah, that guy’s an anime fan.

KUBO IS WALKING ALONG HOLDING PAPER BAGS IN BOTH HANDS (LOOKING QUITE AT HOME IN A T-SHIRT)
TANAKA: Hey, Kubo.
KUBO: Oh, if it isn’t Tanaka. What are you doing dressed like that?
TANAKA: Job-hunting. I’m visiting a company.
SMOOTHING HIS SHORT CUT HAIR
KUBO: Really?
TANAKA: What about you?
KUBO: Animec and Pero.
TANAKA: Anything good?
KUBO: A collection of Mia-chan’s sensual photos.
TAKANA: Let me see.
KUBO: Buy your own.
TANAKA: Whatever. Hey, after this I’m having drinks with the people who have found jobs. Want to come? Satō-chan will be there.
KUBO: I don’t have any money.
TANAKA: We’re doing it at my place.

TAKANA’S ROOM
THERE ARE LOTS OF VIDEOS AND AVS
ON THE WALL IS A SELF-DRAWN POSTER OF A GIRL
EVERYONE IS IN BUSINESS DRESS
IIYAMA: Look at this. They’re the model sheets for the Macross movie.
HE TAKES A BUNDLE OF COPIED PAPERS OUT OF HIS BAG
IIYAMA: One of my friends is an animator.
HINO: Looks like they changed them all into Super Valkyries.
KUBO: I like the female characters in the TV version better.
TANAKA: Doesn’t this Minmei’s face remind you of someone?
HE ASKS JUST KUBO
KUBO: Hm? Who?
TANAKA, LOOKING AT KUBO’S FACE
TANAKA: Ueno Yoshiko.
KUBO: What? She doesn’t look like her at all.
TANAKA: She does. She has exactly the same face.
KUBO: …Well, I guess they are similar.
SATŌ: Who does she look like? Me?
MIYOSHI: Satō-chan, you’re Misa.
IIYAMA: Yes, yes, I concur.
SATŌ: Kubo-kun, do Hikaru next time. And I’ll do Misa, OK?
TANAKA: And Ueno Yoshiko could do Minmei.

KUBO’S ROOM
KUBO HAS JUST RETURNED HOME
HE TURNS ON THE LIGHT
THERE ARE ANIME MAGAZINES, GUNDAM PLASTIC MODELS AND THINGS LIKE THAT THROUGHOUT THE ROOM.
HE TAKES A PICTURE FROM A THREE-SHELF BOOKCASE.
A PICTURE OF YOSHIKO AND KUBO
THEY’RE WEARING POLO SHIRTS AND HOLDING TENNIS RACQUETS
KUBO FLOPS ONTO BED
KUBO: What’s wrong with me?

FLASHBACK SCENE YOSHIKO IS SITTING IN THE PASSENGER SEAT OF ANOTHER MAN’S CAR
SHE NOTICES KUBO LOOKING AT HER AND SMILES AT HIM
HER FACE IS SUPERIMPOSED ON MINMEI’S
KUBO TRIES TO CHASE AFTER HER, BUT HIS BODY DOESN’T MOVE
KUBO: Ueno-saaan!
SATŌ DRESSED AS LUM-CHAN IS CLINGING TO HIS LEGS
THE CAR GOES AWAY
KUBO SHAKES OFF SATŌ WITH ALL HIS MIGHT, AND BEGINS TO RUN
PEOPLE ALONG THE SIDE OF THE ROAD ARE LAUGHING
Look, look, that guy is an anime fan. Grooooss.
KUBO HAS SOMEHOW CHANGED INTO AN ICHIJO HIKARU COSTUME
SUDDENLY HE SEES A VALKYRIE
KUBO JUMPS IN
KUBO: Minmeeei!
YOSHIKO POKES HER FACE OUT OF THE CAR
YOSHIKO: Hikaruuu!
KUBO REACHES OUT WITH HIS HAND
HIS HAND CLASPS YOSHIKO’S
KUBO PULLS HER ABOARD THE VALKYRIE
YOSHIKO KISSES KUBO

STOP MOTION

We asked 100 otaku (7)

KUBO’S ROOM
KUBO IS PICKING OUT A SHIRT
HE TIES A NECKTIE
HE PUTS ON SHOES
HE PUFFS A COUPLE OF TIMES TO CHECK HIS BREATH
KUBO: Alright, here I gooo!
KUBO EXITS THE ROOM

AT A PHONE BOOTH IN THE PARK
KUBO SPINS THE DIAL
THE OTHER END PICKS UP
KUBO: Hello, Ueno-san?
OTHER END: Yes… (a man’s voice)
KUBO: Uh….
OTHER END: Who’s calling, please?
KUBO: My name is Kubo, uh, is….
OTHER END: Oh, wait a moment. Heeey!
KUBO HOLDS HIS BREATH
YOSHIKO: Oh, Kubo-kun! It’s been a while. Are you doing well?
KUBO: Y-yeah…
YOSHIKO: Have you found a job yet?
KUBO: Oh, no. I’m still a junior.
YOSHIKO: Really? Oh, right, now that you mention it you took a year off, right?
KUBO: Right. Did you forget?
YOSHIKO: Sorry, it’s just been a while since I last saw you. Hey, why don’t the three of us have dinner together tonight?
KUBO: The three of us…?
YOSHIKO: Oh, didn’t I introduce you to my boyfriend?

BISTRO
THREE PEOPLE SIT AROUND A TABLE
A TALL, OLDER MAN
YOSHIKO: This is Tsuchida-kun! He’s a pilot for an international route.
TSUCHIDA: I am most pleased to meet you. Have you known the young lady long, sport?
KUBO: Eh? Oh, uh, well, for a long time I guess…
YOSHIKO: We were in the same class in high school.
TSUCHIDA: So this is the first time you’ve seen her since then.
KUBO: Well, we’ve met two or three times.

AT COMIKET
MINMEI BEING PLAYED BY A MAN
MINMEI: Whoosh, whoosh! Whoosh, whoosh! My booyfriend is a piiilooot!
CLICK
KUBO, COSPLAYING AS HIKARU, HAS HIS PICTURE TAKEN WITH MINMEI
ON HIS OTHER SIDE IS SATŌ AS MISA

SUPERIMPOSED
1984
The movie version of Macross21) comes out

CITY AT NIGHT
KUBO AND TANAKA, WALKING ALONG DRUNK
TANAKA: Damn it! I liked Ueno too!
KUBO: Minmei, you idiot!
TANAKA: Kubo! Let’s siiing!
KUBO: Do yoooooooouuuu rememberrrrrrr~
FADE FROM THE TWO OF THEM SINGING TO THE REAL SONG
IMAGE SHIFTS TO FILE FOOTAGE

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THE SCENE SHIFTS TO THE PRESENT AT GENERAL PRODUCTS
KUBO IS WATCHING A VIDEO
THE DOORBELL RINGS
SEEING NO ALTERNATIVE, KUBO ANSWERS
POSTMAN: Here are your New Year’s cards.
HE HANDS OVER A BUNDLE OF POSTCARDS
ONE OF THEM HAS TANAKA’S NAME ON IT
KUBO TAKES THAT ONE
HE TURNS IT OVER AND FINDS AN ORIGINAL DRAWING OF A GIRL
SONG
WIDE SHOT OF APARTMENT BUILDINGS RAIN IS FALLING
F.O.

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a person with obsessive hobbies, enthusiast
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Background music
3)
aired on television
4)
Original Video Animation; video exclusives
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fashionable urban man
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Terrestrial Defense Force; Ultra Seven
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Ichijō Hikaru; Super Dimension Fortress Macross
8) , 18)
Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water
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Lum Invader; Urusei Yatsura
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Dominique; Space Adventure Cobra
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Ueno Yoshiko's married name
12) , 15)
Yōko
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videotape
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LaserDisc
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Space Battleship Yamato
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Space Pirate Battleship Arcadia
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The cel closest to the background
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key animation art
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Super Dimension Macross: Do You Remember Love?