Thursday, 30 August 2007

Nineteen19 - 1990

Nineteen19 (also referred to as Nineteen 19) is an obscure, stylish 45 minute OVA produced in 1990 by the renound animation studio Madhouse. This particular title has been on my radar for quite some time now but it was until I read the review on the Buried Treasure column that I became motivated enough to dedicate precious time and resources into tracking it down. Anyway after months of searching I finally snagged myself a vhs copy of original fansub that was done way back in the early 90's by Nexus Studio.

Nineteen19 is a delightful story about a gentle, intelligent man called Kubota who has yet to lose his virginity at the age of 19 despite plenty of offers from the girls around him. This could infact change though, when he meets the women of his dreams at a nightclub. Her name is Masana who is a beautiful and successful model whose geting plenty of exposure in the city of Tokyo. Kubota is completly stunned by her beauty and as later flashback scenes will show, they actually have quite a history. It's from here in the nightclub that the romance and story begin to blossom.

Nineteen19 is a shounen romance, some might find this an unusual mix since the romance genre is almost always linked with shoujo. However the reason it's shounen is because it's one of the few romances told entirely from the male perspective. We do get a decent insight into characters around him although it's usually from Kubota's angle of understanding. I really like this form of execution since I've always loved shows that delve deep into the minds of the characters especially if it's through the form of self narritive.

This isn't the only unconventional aspect of this show since another key part of it are the music video segments spliced into the key scenes of the show. Each music video focuses on a different aspect of their growing relationship, the animation does a great job of transforming relativelly casual scenes into something artsy, experimental and very different from the norm. The animation style during these moments can shift from anything to the look of a nice sketchy production shot to a detailed labyrinth style chase sequence through the city from the first person view. These unique twists of style will certainly keep the viewers attentive along as they can also appreciate the 80's MTV style music and visuals. Everything from the colourful flashing lights to the accurate company logo branding embarks a certain ambience to it from this decade. I find it novel that copyright infringement wasn't really an issue back then so creators could borrow real company logos to intergrate into the show to add that extra sense of realism, fan should have fun looking out for them all since there are alot. Those that don't appreciate the pop culture aspects and references of this title might struggle to find enjoyment from this title.

As already mentioned above, the animation in this title is really good but I also really must give major credit to Naoyuki Onda for blessing it with his finely crafted character designs which really fit into the show nicely. Some of his other works which adopt a similiar artwork style include the original Sol Bianca and To-y. His designs for Nineteen19 are closely based on the work of Sho Kitagawa who was the original creator of the manga which ran for 12 volume between 1988 to 1990. The same manga artist would later go on to create another shounen romance called Blue Buttefly Fish (B.B. Fish) which was also later adapted into an OVA in 1993 by a different company and group of artists.

Overall if you want a creative romance drama that focuses deeply on it's characters with it's own unique twist of style then Nineteen19 is more than worth watching. Well recieved back in the fansub circle days of vhs, I hope it's rescue from obscurity once again will allow it to meet an equally positive reception.

Download Here - Nineteen19

Overall Grade/Rating: A-
Commercial Availability:
VHS (Japan), Laserdisc (Japan)

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can't thank you enough for finding this and putting it up for download(even though I missed out on the first version. Hope v2 is out soon! :). I've been hoping it would turn up ever since I came across the wonderfully stylish opening on youtube. Searching for this also got me interested in Shou Kitagawa's other maga and the oddball obscure OVAs that proliferated in the 80's and early 90's. Have you ever come across this other Madhouse production, Singles?
http://www.madhouse.co.jp/works/1993-1992/works_ova_singles.html

danth78 said...

Eagerly awaiting version 2.

musouka said...

Nineteen is actually a seinen romance (I own the manga) and one of my absolute favorite things about it is the way it combines a lighter shoujo sensibility with the more down to earth seinen feel. Kitagawa is actually very much a fan of shoujo manga, and made his debut in Margaret--it really comes across in his writing.

Darkseid said...

Hey, been wanting to see this for some time. I'm liking your library so far, looking forward to more 80's titles. Please get updated version up soon. Thanks and good luck with your efforts. ^_^

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Please put up the new version it sounds really interesting.

tresh said...

This looks very interesting, I too hope v2 is coming soon. Anyway, thanks for all the work!

Anonymous said...

still waiting for that v2 :(

tresh said...

patience, anonymous grashopper ;)

danth78 said...

Come back to us, Area88!

Hey, you and this site was mentioned on the Anime World Order podcast. You're famous!

Anonymous said...

Any word on new episodes of Layzner?

Anonymous said...

It is truly great to someone post these old and rare and somehow obscure animes! Looking forward for the next release(s).
P.S. Additionally to torrents there is any chance for hosting files also in fileshare sites?

Anonymous said...

when are you going to put out more episodes of layzner?

Anonymous said...

are you going to continue layzner?

Lisys said...

Thank you so much for your hard work! I wait expecially Nineteen because is one of my impossible dreams! I really wanted to watch this video...
Thank you, anyway.

Anonymous said...

I recommend: "Kyou Kara Ore Wa!!"
from the looks of it, it seems like a comedy about deliquents

Anonymous said...

Anyone know the name of the theme song?

Eeeper said...

Area88, can you email me? I can't PM you anymore because animejump is down and possibly out. Have an idea you might like.

Anonymous said...

Don't mean to haggle you, but I was just wondering if you had any plans of finishing layzner. It would be such a shame to see such a great show
go unsubbed.

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Anonymous said...

I've actually been looking for this for a while now and wonder when the second version will be up. I'm not trying to rush anyone, it's just hard to deal with the anxiety to see the OVA.

mella said...

I've never heard about this anime!

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Purplefinch said...

Hello, Area88? Right?

Since you have no blog entry for Fandora I'll put it here.

Now, I see that you wanted a translator for Fandora on the ureshii fansubs. Well that was quite some time but I still looked. Actually, a friend of mine( a independent old fansubber)is actually interested in this 'Fandora series'.. Would you mind sending all three episodes to purplefinchkary@gmail.com? No clips or anything, the 3 episodes.
He will see if his Japanese is good enough(haven't fansubed for awhile) to fansub it heh. Then I'll e-mail you back if he is good to go.

my friend really would like to see fandora. Well, please e-mail as soon as you can. Actually, I am interested in fandora too. And 80s anime aswell. I even have a old Fandora single..but unfortunately don't have any LP convertor thing to put the songs on a computer...

thanks ^^

Anonymous said...

you can watch it subbed here http://www.crunchyroll.com/series-12528/Nineteen-19-OVA.html

Anonymous said...

Thank you soooooo much !!!!

African said...

Is there any chance of you guys having the OST to Nineteen 19?

Anonymous said...

If anyone reads this, the OVA fansub has finally been released!

http://bt.edwardk.info/groups/animeclassicreviews/

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. The last time I saw this was over 15+ years ago.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately you don't have an entry for "Dirty Pair," so, I am leaving this comment on the home page title.
I am hoping that you might continue with the Dirty Pair TV series, something I am surprised hasn't been properly fansubbed since the dark days of really bad VHS copy.
I miss the show, from back when I watched it raw, with a friend who brought back tapes from an airbase in Japan and would translate live for us.

Keep up the good work tracking down and working on these little rare gems.

--Aiko

Akimi said...

This made me cry, for reasons I shall not explain.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Akimi, very sad.

So I'm guessing that she wasn't a virgin.

Marcellus Guerin said...

If you want some of the music, It's by TOSHIKI KADOMATSU,

Here's some of the links to the opening

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aa4I9BmDl5M&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w17byUPtWQ&feature=related

Jon said...

Thanks very much! You guys are the definition of a fansub group, you add subs to anime that is either obscure or 0% chance of being licensed. I'll keep on seeding for all your fansubs!

-Jon from AN.

Anonymous said...

You are like a god!! Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

wow.. I´ve been looking for this anime for ages!!!
Thanks...

 
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