Daicon III and IV Opening Animations

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The Daicon III and IV Opening Animations are two short, anime, 8 mm films that were produced for the 1981 Daicon III and 1983 Daicon IV Nihon SF Taikai conventions.wikipedia
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Gainax

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They were produced by a group of amateur animators known as Daicon Film, who would later go on to form the animation studio Gainax.
Their first project was an animated short for the 20th Annual Japan National SF Convention, also known as Daicon III, held in 1981 in Osaka, Japan.

Nihon SF Taikai

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The Daicon III and IV Opening Animations are two short, anime, 8 mm films that were produced for the 1981 Daicon III and 1983 Daicon IV Nihon SF Taikai conventions.
Outside Japan, the Nihon SF Taikai is most famous for the animation for the opening ceremonies of DAICON IV, which was produced by the animators that later became Gainax.

Hideaki Anno

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Daicon III was made by Hideaki Anno, Hiroyuki Yamaga and Takami Akai and Daicon IV credits twelve people, including Yamaga as the director and Anno and Akai as animation supervisors.
Wrapped up in producing the DAICON III and IV Opening Animations with his fellow students, he was eventually expelled from Osaka.

Takami Akai

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Daicon III was made by Hideaki Anno, Hiroyuki Yamaga and Takami Akai and Daicon IV credits twelve people, including Yamaga as the director and Anno and Akai as animation supervisors.
The main staff for the Daicon III and Daicon IV opening animations went on to create the animation studio Gainax.

Twilight (Electric Light Orchestra song)

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The films are known for their unusually high production values for amateur works and for including numerous references to otaku culture, as well as its unauthorized appropriations of both the Playboy Bunny costume and the 1981 song "Twilight" by the English rock band ELO. The film proper begins as "Prologue" segues into "Twilight", the song which follows it on the album Time.
The song was used (without authorisation ) as the theme music for the opening animation to the 1983 Daicon IV science fiction convention in Osaka.

Time (Electric Light Orchestra album)

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The film proper begins as "Prologue" segues into "Twilight", the song which follows it on the album Time.
"Twilight" became popularly known for its use in the 1983 animated short Daicon IV Opening Animation.

Playboy Bunny

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The films are known for their unusually high production values for amateur works and for including numerous references to otaku culture, as well as its unauthorized appropriations of both the Playboy Bunny costume and the 1981 song "Twilight" by the English rock band ELO.
It is commonly featured in manga and anime; notable examples of characters who have been depicted wearing it include Haruhi Suzumiya, Kallen Stadtfeld of Code Geass, Bulma of Dragon Ball, and the unnamed protagonist of the Daicon III and IV Opening Animations. The suit is also popularly depicted in anime and manga fan art and merchandise, even for characters who are never seen wearing it in official works.

Otaku no Video

Clips and characters from the animations appear in the 1991 Gainax OVA Otaku no Video.
The DAICON III and IV Opening Animations from the early eighties are also featured in this OVA.

Kazutaka Miyatake

Kazutaka Miyatake of Studio Nue originally designed the mecha that appears in the Daicon III clip chasing the little girl for a Japanese edition of the military science fiction novel Starship Troopers novel in the early eighties.
DAICON III and IV Opening Animations (1981/1983) - mechanical design (uncredited)

Toshio Okada

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Bathed in light, and now wearing a naval uniform, the girl boards the ship, where the film's producers, Toshio Okada and Yasuhiro Takeda, sit at the controls.
In 1981, his group promoted 20th Japanese SF convention (aka Daicon III), and he put "DAICON III Opening Animation" on the screen.

Otaku

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The films are known for their unusually high production values for amateur works and for including numerous references to otaku culture, as well as its unauthorized appropriations of both the Playboy Bunny costume and the 1981 song "Twilight" by the English rock band ELO.
Daicon III and IV Opening Animations

Densha Otoko (TV series)

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The opening sequence of the Train Man Japanese TV drama series from 2005 was inspired by and uses the Electric Light Orchestra theme and the lead character from the Daicon IV film.
The opening animation is a homage to the legendary Daicon IV "Twilight" anime short, which was created by the founders of Gainax.

Stormbringer

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The Stormbringer suddenly appears in the sky, and the girl jumps on it, riding it like a surfboard.
The sword is featured in the Daicon 4 opening animation, being utilized as a surfboard.

Short film

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The Daicon III and IV Opening Animations are two short, anime, 8 mm films that were produced for the 1981 Daicon III and 1983 Daicon IV Nihon SF Taikai conventions.

Anime

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The Daicon III and IV Opening Animations are two short, anime, 8 mm films that were produced for the 1981 Daicon III and 1983 Daicon IV Nihon SF Taikai conventions.

8 mm film

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The Daicon III and IV Opening Animations are two short, anime, 8 mm films that were produced for the 1981 Daicon III and 1983 Daicon IV Nihon SF Taikai conventions.

Rock music

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The films are known for their unusually high production values for amateur works and for including numerous references to otaku culture, as well as its unauthorized appropriations of both the Playboy Bunny costume and the 1981 song "Twilight" by the English rock band ELO.

Electric Light Orchestra

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The films are known for their unusually high production values for amateur works and for including numerous references to otaku culture, as well as its unauthorized appropriations of both the Playboy Bunny costume and the 1981 song "Twilight" by the English rock band ELO.

Hiroyuki Yamaga

Daicon III was made by Hideaki Anno, Hiroyuki Yamaga and Takami Akai and Daicon IV credits twelve people, including Yamaga as the director and Anno and Akai as animation supervisors.

Animage

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In 2001, the anime magazine Animage ranked the Daicon animations as the 35th of the "Top 100" anime of all time.

Randoseru

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The Jet VTOL ship from Ultraman Science Patrol descends out of the sky toward Earth, as a school girl, carrying her randoseru, observes from behind a tree.

Mecha

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He summons a mecha from Starship Troopers, and it and the girl begin battling.

Starship Troopers

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Kazutaka Miyatake of Studio Nue originally designed the mecha that appears in the Daicon III clip chasing the little girl for a Japanese edition of the military science fiction novel Starship Troopers novel in the early eighties. He summons a mecha from Starship Troopers, and it and the girl begin battling.

Ultraman

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The Jet VTOL ship from Ultraman Science Patrol descends out of the sky toward Earth, as a school girl, carrying her randoseru, observes from behind a tree.

Godzilla

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The destroyed mecha launches a rocket, summoning Godzilla with the Ideon symbol.