Sunday, October 30, 2022

Chibi Maruko-chan (1990) 088


Episode 88: Grandpa's Trip Around the World!

Original Airdate: September 15th, 1991

It's Respect for the Aged Day, and Maruko wants to do something nice for her grandparents for a change -- she's going to make their dreams come true! However, Maruko has to think outside-of-the-box when Grandpa insists that his dream is to take a trip around the world. 

1080p: NyaaMEGA

480p: NyaaMEGA

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Hai! Step Jun 02


Episode 2: The Love Rival!
Original Airdate: March 17, 1985

When she discovers that Zero doesn't even remember her name, Jun decides she needs to make a big impression. However, it turns out there's another girl vying for Zero's affections, and to make matters worse, Kichinosuke's bad blood with Zero threatens to erupt at any minute. Can Jun prevail and finally gain a foothold into Zero's heart?

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Chibi Maruko-chan (1990) 087


Episode 87: Maruko and Hamaji, Sitting in a Tree!
Original Airdate: September 8th, 1991

Maruko deals with the fallout from giving Hamaji a souvenir in the previous episode.

1080p: Nyaa / MEGA

480p: Nyaa / MEGA

Sunday, October 9, 2022

Chibi Maruko-chan (1990) 086


Maruko struggles to decide how she's going to distribute the souvenirs she picked up on the South Island. 

"What? South Island? When was that?" you ask. Well, that happened all the way back in Episodes 31 and 32. This show doesn't have a ton of continuity callbacks in it, but boy howdy, when it has one, it reaches deep! On top of that, get ready for something else you never thought possible in a show like this -- a cliffhanger!

480p: Nyaa | MEGA

1080p: Nyaa | MEGA

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Hai! Step Jun (1985) 01


Ah, first episode time again...

Hai! Step Jun is the story of Jun the gadgeteer girl genius, who along with her robot sidekick Kichinosuke -- and eventual other robot sidekick Yukinojo -- gets embroiled in madcap adventures while she attempts to win the heart of Zero, the cool biker bad boy in her class. (At least, for the first half of the series... but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.)

The show is a glorious slice of '80s cheese that has mostly been ignored in the English speaking world, apart from animation scholars who know of it only because it began airing in the 8:30 Sunday time slot on TV Asahi that has been dominated by Toei Animation since the early 80s. The show did air in several European countries, however, under the following titles: Vas-y Julie! (France), Juny Peperina Inventatutto (Italy), Los Inventos de Eva (Spain), and Step Jun (Greece).

Let me address the big elephant in the room: despite appearances, the main human characters are all 14 and in the 3rd year of middle school. This includes Jun, who looks like a toddler, and Zero, who looks like he should be in college. Indeed, many of the European adaptations made it so that Jun is actually a precocious grade skipper. (So, uh, that kind of makes the romantic tension between Jun and Zero hit a tad bit different.) Anyway, feel free to adjust your interest in watching this based on that information.

The video was taken from the following release ( From what I've seen, not too many people are happy with this version, and complain that it has quite a bit of noise. However, I don't have access to the DVDs to make another attempt, nor do I know enough about encoding to make another attempt worthwhile.

Episode 1 - The Heartful Mechanic Girl! (March 10, 1985)

Jun finishes creating her robot sidekick Kichinosuke. But when he and Zero get off on the wrong foot, Jun has her work cut out her in defusing the situation.