February 13th, 2009

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Inspiration for Epilogue Simon: Treasure Island

Maybe I'm the only one who finds this stuff interesting, and maybe this was already obvious to some people, but anyway. For a while now I've been seeing mentions online that the creators had wanted to give Simon a manly "Takarajima ending." I knew that "Takarajima" meant Treasure Island, but I wasn't sure if they meant the actual book or what. I also faintly recalled seeing a mention of that in an official interview somewhere, but I couldn't remember where.

But yesterday I found this, which aside from showing some nice clips of the first movie, had Nakashima mentioning that when he and the director first talked together, they both said they wanted to make a manly anime like "Takarajima" or "Ashita no Joe" by Osamu Dezaki. Which made me immediately go, "OH, DUH! Osamu Dezaki!"

So yeah. Takarajima is an animated adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, made in the late 70's and featuring a particularly badass Long John Silver.

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