Kind of a follow-up to the FMV game post I made a good while back. Nowhere near as interesting but it's still a neat piece of history from the era to look into.
Back in 87 there was a US kids show Captain Power, which was live action with some occasional cgi. It had a gimmick using the old Video Challenger tech (Which I believe itself was based off the infamous Action MAX) where you could use the toys in a lightgun-like fashion to score points shooting at specialized VHS tapes (Or other toys).
I'd seen some of the show but never looked into the VHS tapes as I never had any of the toys they were made for. Interestingly enough, the "lightgun" sections of the tapes were 2d animation done by the old Artmic-AIC combo. Much like FMV games Cobra Command or Road Avenger, these had fully animated scrolling environments done at about OVA quality. They're not the most interesting things to sit through due to what they are but I always enjoy seeing fully animated environments (Sadly something that seems to no longer exists in 2d animation) and these are mostly just that:
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Much like the FMV games I was curious about the staff who was behind this animation.
So right off we have Yasuo Hasegawa directing (Well, animation director but in this case he seems to be serving the same function). He's generally known more as a producer, notable for stuff like El-Hazard, Bastard!! and various Tenchi works. As a director he's been involved in some notable stuff like some of the old Time Bokan series, the infamous Cosmos Pink Shock and of course everyone's favorite, Riding Bean.
Shinya Ohira is working as one of the animation supervisors. He's know for doing key animation on works like Akira, Lensman, Gall Force, Bubblegum Crisis, Violence Jack (that
), Riding Bean, FLCL...it goes on. =P
Kazuhiro Arai was the art director for this and he's been art director on Dangaioh, Megazone 23 p2 and Layzner, along with tons of other stuff since.
And surprisingly all the robot and mecha designs are from none other than Shinji Aramaki who everyone should know for his mecha designs on Mospeada, MegaZone 23, Bubblegum Crisis and Madox-01 (Which he also directed). He's also listed under backgrounds and I don't think I've ever seen him credited with background art outside of this.
And for music, all that crazy synth was done by Kenji Kawai who has scored an assload of stuff. Though for this thread notable stuff would be Ghost in the Shell, everything Patlabor, Devilman (OVAs)and Ranma 1/2.
A lot of the credited animators were involved in some interesting and notable works but none were as distinguished as the staff listed above.
Not a shabby staff for some gimmick VHS tapes. =P