Down the Tubes: Opening Animations for ‘80s Japanese Sci-Fi Convention DAICON III and IV are Absolutely Bonkers

Down the Tubes is a (semi) regular feature where we, the SAW staff, share our favorite movie-related videos with the Wasteland. 

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These were created for the 1981 and 1983 Japanese sci-fi conventions known as DAICON III and DAICON IV by then amateur animators Hideaki Anno, Hiroyuki Yamaga, and Takami Akai; all of which would go on to found or work with animation studio Gainax, the studio responsible for Neon Genesis Evangelion – among others.

There’s just no way to really describe what you are about to say and do it justice. The animations make no narrative sense whatsoever, but they’re must-see for fans of pop culture.

Enjoy.


Did you catch all the Easter eggs? What did you think? Are you an anime fan? What are some of your favorite series or films?

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Author: Billy Dhalgren

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