I had planned to end my day with the dreaded Pok?mon story, leaving it at the top of Topless Robot all weekend to punish you bastards for your hubris, but I just can’t. Not all of you begged me to run it, and you don’t deserve to see the pic of the pre-festivities Gardevoir all holiday weekend. So here’s one of my favorite videos of all time, now in the least shitty quality I’ve ever seen.
This is the legendary Daicon IV animation, a short anime for a Japanese sci-fi con from 1984. It’s a sequel to the anime short from the Daicon 3 con (which gets recapped in the very beginning), and is set to the awesome E.L.O. song “Twilight” (from their album Time, which is absolutely phenomenal). Even if you’re not an anime fan, if you have any desire to see a girl in a bunny outfit kick the ass of virtually every sci-fi franchise up through 1983, I think you’ll enjoy it. Believe it or not, it’s all fan-made… although those fan very shortly got together to form an anime studio called Gainax.
I hope it helps ease the pain for some of you. Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.