We go back to the far reaches of anime time, in our flux capacitor fitted, time machine Ferrari…

AoY Podcast # 23 – To-Y Review


Also known as: “Don’t mess around with the guy in the shades in To-Y!”

We tune our strings and warm up the mics to an anime that was an OVA one hit wonder, To-Y. This was a review “on the fly,” where the fansub of this OVA was sitting in front of me and I wasn’t in the mood to watch this alone. So Jonn and I decided to give this a shot on youtube to see what this was about (without us knowing what to expect).

To-Y is a product of it’s time, or should I say, a time where animators did whatever they felt like doing to an OVA in the Japanese economy boom of 1987. I saw To-Y as a visually fun looking  55 minute music video that told a story of a band and the people around it. Where as Jonn saw it as a giant waste of time 5 minutes into our AIM conversation. Like what prompted my interest to watch this OVA in the first place, was also my discussion about Mike Toole history on his first exposure to this in the latest Colony Drop zine, by mentioning it was on an old programming block called Night Flight (in other words, GO BUY THAT THAN TO LISTEN TO US TALK ABOUT THIS ANIME!)

Depending on how you view this anime to your all knowing otaku/weeboo/fanboy logic, you might side with one of us on what we have to say about it. We also throw in a minor review of Mars of Destruction for good fun (and that “review” is about as much as we are gonna say about “that” anime). And like the usual fashion, we talk about mecha anime we have been watching, old website providers who hosted old anime websites long ago, 6th graders who did Gundam Wing comics, some mic issues and much more.

Download Episode HERE (Total Time: 52:13)

Music Selection:

OP – What I would imagine cool Japanese people listened to in 1987… 


This show has:


You guys need to totally pick up dat Colony Drop zine… so good!!!!

Hey come on now, were only 26 years late to the concert, cut us some slack.

Hey come on now, were only 26 years late to the concert, cut us some slack.


Why j-pop fans and j-punk/ funk/ grunge/ goth/ metalcore/ new wave/ etc can never co-exist at a concert.

The visual to this anime was like sticking in your 8th generation MTV music video tape from 1984 int a VCR that's about as old and on its last leg because you wonder "Hey, what did I put on this thing 30 years ago?"

The visuals to this anime was like sticking in your 8th generation MTV music video tape from 1984 into a VCR that’s about as old and on its last leg because you wonder “Hey, what did I put on this thing 30 years ago?”

If he's the Corey Hart of Japan...

If he’s the Corey Hart of Japan…

...then he must be the Yoji Aikawa of America.

…then he must be the Yoji Aikawa of America.



I just hope he saw the stake in the ground when he landed...

I just hope he survived the mosh pit afterwards…

"Too Be Comtended..."

“To Be Comtended…”

6 responses

  1. Better believe I got the newest Colony Drop zine the first week it came out. It blows the last one out of the water. Really love that zine and I can’t wait for the Patlabor themed one coming out next.

    I happened to be a musician myself. I think I’d more likely recommend it to people who watch anime and are also into 80’s movies. I thought the story was okay but kind of typical of an 80’s movie and I also enjoyed the music inserts quite a bit. I kind of liked the ending to To-Y as well, it really reminded me of the last few episodes of the Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad with the notification of the show being cancelled, going an performing anyways, and the scenes of the corporate music suit looking over things while people are fleeing concert stages to see the protagonist’s band. I wouldn’t be surprised if the anime/manga of To-Y influenced Beck. Overall, I’d agree it was too condensed for its own good and I thought it was alright.

    Your Sunglasses at Night joke didn’t go to complete waste. I picked up on it before you explained it. haha. I’d also like to say that that guy from the Gasp band totally looked just like the lead singer of Siouxsie Sioux and the Banshees. Except, you know, the anime’s version is totally a dude of course.

    About the mics: Yeah, sometimes people’s mics are pretty terrible on this podcast. Of course, you guys probably know that. Zeonic’s mic sounds great and Jonn’s mic actually sounds pretty fine for a built-in mic, good enough that I or Zeonic don’t really notice. Your other two friends’ mics are borderline unbearable to listen to. haha.

    Ahh, Gundam MS Paint comics. Pretty funny, now I want to see some incredibly dumb Sweet Bro Hella Jeff style Gundam MS Pain comics.

    08/31/2013 at 2:18 pm

  2. You must mean Josh and Daft when there on to talk about something. Yea Daft… is another story. Believe me, we have had a convo about his mic issues many times, which he just “hipsterly” blows us off about it thinking its fine, followed by a remark about no one listens to this podcast, blah blah blah. Jonn and I have a recording coming out soon and his internal mic sounded fine that time.

    Do you know if the next CD zine is just straight up Patlabor? Regardless of what they do to it, ill still throw money at the cause.

    What instrument do you play if you don’t mind me asking. If we ever feel the need of a theme song, I might call upon you for a tune, so keep that in mind someday.

    08/31/2013 at 7:24 pm

  3. Yeeeeeah, its not really fine to listen to. Really hard to hear what he’s saying even with headphones on. But, ya know, whatever.

    Yeeep, pretty sure the next zine is going to be all Patlabor.

    Ohh boy. haha. I mostly play guitar and bass. I’ve got some experience in other instruments too, but mostly guitars.

    08/31/2013 at 8:12 pm

  4. At least there honest on their TBA… because you never know with them. But, id roughly give it 2 years or so.

    08/31/2013 at 8:37 pm

    • Yeah.. It has been 2 years since their last one. They did say their Patlabor article entries end on Sept. 4th, I guess we’ll just have to see what happens.

      08/31/2013 at 8:47 pm

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