IT CAME FROM JAPAN: GALAK-Z’s ANIME ROOTS

  Our very own Jake Kazdal reflects on the vintage inspiration behind GALAK-Z… JK: GALAK-Z wears its influences on its sleeve. The game is, in many ways, a love letter to the Japanese animation I grew up watching and loving. It’s hardly an exaggeration to say that these shows and films set me on the creative path I’ve been on for the last two decades—from working in the games industry to studying illustration, I’ve found endless inspiration in the creative output of Japan, and anime in particular. Here are some of the ones that really stuck with me over the years.   Macross/Robotech         The transforming fighter has to be one of my favorite things *ever*. My parents refused to buy me Jetfire from the original Transformers, a memory that still resides in my frontal cortex—it’s a childhood trauma I’m still recovering from. I even tried talking my neighbor into selling me his (he almost folded, but ended up keeping it, which was a massive bummer). The original Macross film is just the best, for all of the reasons: Itano-circus. Badass, blue skinned enemies. Hot commanders. This is easily one of the best sci-fi series/films ever.   Voltron Voltron was cheesy but also amazing. As a kid I watched the hell out of both of the series that came to the States, and it still makes me happy whenever I see that logo.   Yamato/Starblazers      I used to wake up at 6 a.m. to watch Starblazers on KVOS 12 in the Seattle area (yeah, you Seattle folks remember the one). This was the early 80s—I didn’t even know what anime was at the...