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So on Toy he dug out some of his oldest songs. These were the work of a man who never charted, whose shows had never sold out, whose name barely got into the music trades. The David Bowie of 1968, the Bowie of “Laughing Gnome” and “We Are Hungry Men,” was the Uncle Floyd of his day. The hipsters (John Peel, Penny Valentine, Pete Townshend) knew who he was but the radio wanted nothing to do with him. It was tides and cross-tides of history: what if these songs had been hits? Or what if Bowie in 1968 had given up music, had gone off into cabaret, and Toy was just an actor’s indulgence, a tribute to a lost, failed youth?

Toy‘s finest song used Uncle Floyd‘s lost chance at fame as a way to frame the album. Imagine a ghost world where Bones and Oogie star in films (promoting Uncle Floyd’s Big Adventure, Amy Adams gushes in an interview about how much she loved Bones Boy as a child. “I can’t believe we’re working together!”), a New York where Oogie is inflated to the size of a city block as a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day float.

I hoped to portray Takato as a very normal, un-exceptional elementary school students. The basic concept for Digimon Tamers is “a normal elementary school student has a great adventure over the span of a year”.
This character should not be a stereotypical leader-hero, shouting “Let’s go!” at the drop of a hat. But on the other hand, he mustn’t be perceived as a weak-willed wimp. He must be full of curiosity, fascinated by monsters and digimon, but also flawed enough that he might brag or exaggerate things in front of his friends —- in other words, an every-day, regular child.

However, this kind of “normality” is unusual in a TV anime main character, and so there is a tendency for Takato to be misinterpreted as “quiet” or “withdrawn”. In fact, when I explained my ideas to the producers, I had to emphasize the difference to them again and again.

…After I wrote the scripts for approximately three episodes, Mr. Nakatsuru (the character designer) shared some of Takato’s preliminary sketches and facial expressions.

I gasped in surprise. There, before me, were pages and pages of the sensitive young boy that I was hoping to sketch out in my upcoming scripts. The pictures were overflowing with an ambition to create a character totally different from the ones in previous seasons of Digimon.

… By the time I saw the completed version of the first episode, I looked at Takato — brought to life by Director Kaizawa ‘s storyboards and direction — and saw something alive, not some object that I had created and could be moved about at my convenience. (Of course, it would be a terrible thing if he *had* ended up as such a character.) What I mean is: Takato had become a complete individual with his own personality far sooner than I had expected.

Chiaki J. Konaka is the writer of Digimon Tamers and also worked on many series such as Serial Experiments Lain, Big O and Princess Tutu. He is one of my favorite writers and the reason why I feel Digimon Tamers is such a special series, and stands on its own as a story rather than just a cartoon made to sell toys. He has several notes on character writing and story development for Tamers, translated to English here- it’s a great resource and a rare glimpse into the development of a series like this.  (via magnoliapearl)


[MONSTER] Dora Ladon.

Japanese name: ドーララドゥーン
Romanized name: Doora Raduun

Alignment: Bandora Gang
Species: Dora Monster
Inspiration: Ladon
Status: Killed by the Howling Cannon.

From: Kyouryuu Sentai Zyuranger - Episode 13


  • Ladon is a serpent-like dragon in Greek mythology. It lived in the Garden of the Hesperides, guarding the divine golden apples.
  • Bryan Cranston, best known for his roles in Malcolm in the Middle and Breaking Bad, voiced Dora Ladon’s Saban counterpart (Snizard) in Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. Bob Papenbrook replaced Bryan for Snizard’s reappearances in the series.
  • The Dora Ladon costume was turned into Cobra Incarnate suit for Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue.



Weekly Wipe season 2 clipshow-ish finale

"Like if you had a burger made of old mints…"

Read the whole series on Robocop TV adaptations.

"Ultraman Tiga opening" (1996-1997)


Weekly Wipe season 2 episode 5

"These four sort of hat and beard men."