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Creamy Mami’s Lost Mecha Series | Anime’s Craziest Magical Girl Story

Creamy Mami’s Lost Mecha Series | Anime’s Craziest Magical Girl Story


Magical girl shows have always been pretty popular, but in the wake of Minky Momo, the number of anime being made in that genre was genre, was absolutely legendary. You had Persia, you had Pastel Yumi, you had Magical Emi the Magic Star. But no anime ever rivaled Minky Momo like Creamy Mami. Released in 1983; Creamy Mami is the story of a regular girl, abducted by a UFO, and gifted magical powers by talking alien cats. Pretty standard magical girl stuff really. Just like Minky Momo before her, she can transform into an adult version of herself, and the show follows her over the course of one year, as she juggles her new life as a popular idol, and her everyday life as a regular girl. If that sounds like a short description that’s because it is. Creamy Mami is a light on story, and unlike modern anime there’s no huge plot going on with evil villains to fight. Most of the episodes of the show are fairly normal, and they range from Slice-of-life stories, to Creamy Mami saving Japan from Godzilla. The show doesn’t take itself too seriously and neither should you. Much like Cipher, this series also got a couple of music videos, and MTV was at the height of its popularity at the time, so this is a lot more common than you would think. It’s distinctly 1980s from its floating neon triangles to its aesthetic ending theme; and just in case you were wondering what the name of the show is, her family runs a crepe crepe business called the Creamy Crepe. That’s where the name Creamy Mami comes from. Much like Minky Momo before her creamy before her, Creamy Mami was an absolute media blitz from every single direction that you could think of, except this time, they cranked all that up to 11, by pushing Idol records like never before. Relatively unknown at the time, Takako Ōta voiced the main character, sung all of her own songs, and her show did so well, She eventually released 26 Albums. so yeah, this business plan worked out for pretty much everybody involved. She sold so many records, that almost every show in this genre started copying what Creamy Mami did left and right, and you can see the influence that it had on modern anime even today. It even started to leak into live-action TV shows, and every once in a while you would have a show where an idol fights ninjas with rocket launchers, just so they could sell more records. It got to a point, where they started crossing over all these magical girl shows for a number of OVAs just because there were so many of them. One of which, has Pastel Yumi, Creamy Mami, Persia, and Magical Emi the Magic Star, all fighting a giant tentacle monster in outer space. You know, it’s probably better that you don’t look that one up, but I swear, it’s a hundred percent true. None of that was enough though. The people wanted more. It wasn’t enough that they had Creamy Mami fight a tentacle monster on the moon, or that she teamed up with Minky Momo and wrecked an entire city. Not even the Creamy Mami board game could sate their hunger for more episodes of this show. Even though the show ended up having over 50 episodes, the fans decided, to hell with all that we’ll just make her own damn anime with blackjack and robots. So with nothing better to do, the fans drafted up a realistic, down-to-earth show, that was completely off the wall and swarming with magic robots. Developed from the ground up as a series of fan comics; Pony Metal U-GAIM Yes That is the name of the spin-off, was sold during fan conventions, and ended up being pretty popular as far as unofficial mecha spin-offs go. Each volume would be filled with fan letters, fan art, and stories about this crazy mecha version of a magical girl show that everybody at the time wishes was a real thing. They even started selling custom garage kits at conventions based on this spinoff. And just to catch you guys up, garage kits were unofficial resin statues that you would hand sculpt, oftentimes in your garage, and their popularity spread far and wide, due to their ease of use, and how cheap there were to make. They didn’t always look all that good but Pony Metal U-GAIM was no exception. Now you would think turning an anime character into a robot was a once-in-a-lifetime thing, but Japanese anime fans were nuts were nuts, they did this all the time. Kenichi Sonoda creator of Riding Bean, Gall Force, Wannabes, and numerous other anime that you’re probably familiar with if you watch this channel, actually got his start in these exact same fan circles, and while he was doing all those anime, he designed a robot version of Lum, from Urasei Tatsura on the side, just because he felt like it. Of these shows Creamy Mami is so well remembered, that It actually has an official Twitter account, which is not something you would expect from a show that aired in 1983. The fans weren’t done, just making a fan comic and model kits though, not by a long shot, which brings us to the mystery of the day. Sometime in the last 10, years a full three-minute clip showed up on YouTube Basically out of nowhere, based on Creamy Mami’s mecha spin-off, but unlike doozy BOTS, the American version of Gundam where they wanted to turn a kid in a wheelchair And into the only Gundam without any legs this was never meant to be a TV show, and it was never meant to be a movie, and it was never meant to be An OVA for that matter, and with all that out of the way, what does that leave us with? What was this? What are we looking at? Most places say that this was a pitch for an unmade TV show, but when you think about that just like really hard for a few minutes, that really makes absolutely no sense. Let’s start with the name for one. Pony, metal, U-GAIM. What does that even mean? What even is that? Well anime fans in the 1980s actually made a t-shirt out of this mecha spin-off, and according to them it stands for general, Answeable, intelligent, machine. So she’s kind of a robot, kinda, in general. The anime Heavy Metal L-GAIM came out a few years prior, So they just changed the word heavy to Pony, and then he swapped out one letter and they called it a day. Some people say that this is supposed to be a crossover between the two shows, but not even in the 1980s, would somebody try to combine a mecha show, with an unrelated magical girl show, and then try to sell that idea to a rival company. The company Pierrot owned Creamy Mami, and Sunrise owned L-GAIM. So if they tried, they would have been sued into the ground, so fast their heads would spin; and I also think it’s too well animated to be an eight-millimeter fan short. Those were often done EXTREMELY, Cheaply, and most of them look like slideshows. They look straight out of Twinkle Nora Rock me. and unlike the daikon three shorts DAICON three shorts, it doesn’t mention any anime convention, anywhere in the short. so if it’s too well made to be a fan short, and it wasn’t made for some convention, and it Definitely was not a pitch for an unproduced show, then what even is this? Why was this made? Well I think I’ve got some pretty good ideas where this comes from and why it was put together. In one of the volumes of the fan manga there is an entire chapter that lays out a story for the Creamy Mami mecha spin-off. and why is this an important thing? Well on the very last page of that manga is a message with the tagline in plain English; “to be continue Computer version” aha! now we’re getting somewhere. We got fan comics, we got model kits, and now we got this. That means that this manga is surprisingly a prequel to a videogame! but if this entire Manga chapter was made just to advertise some game…then where is it? Up until now there has been almost no supporting evidence to prove that this existed, but recently someone uncovered some proof. What you’re looking at are the only known photos of Creamy Mami’s mecha spin-off on the MSX 2 computer. Info on this game is so unknown, that it doesn’t even have an article on the lost media wiki. That is how Undocumented this video game is. But how do we even know that this is connected to the anime, right? Well in one of the Screenshots you can see this red fighter pilot character, and guess who shows up for a couple of seconds in the short? That’s right. Same character, BAM, confirmed. So if there was any doubt that this was a promotional short, and not a pilot for some kind of weird mecha Spin-off, well now, you know. The whole thing was paid for by ASCII, an electronics company that teamed up with Microsoft to release the MSX computer series in Japan, and before the MSX came along, Japan was this Lawless wasteland, where every company just kind of made their own Computers, and none of them had any sort of compatibility with one another. Then Bill Gates comes along he goes; “Well, why can’t we just make one standard computer?” “you know like a regular computer? and that way no matter which one you buy they all kind of work with each other?” Makes perfect sense now right? but this is a brand new idea at the time, and it worked. The MSX sold over a million Units. but why did the game get canceled if these Japanese computers sold so well then right? Japanese games got canceled all the time, and many factors both domestic and international, likely played a large part in it getting canceled. Also, they spent all their money on a giant dinosaur statue. Let me tell you about the MSX dinosaur park. You’re gonna love this. On December 1st 1985 to celebrate their one millionth unit sold, the people at MSX made an incredibly bold decision. Really, really good stuff over going on over there in the 80s. Right in the middle of Tokyo, they built a giant $1,000,000 life-size Brontosaurus, smack dab in the middle of the city. What do dinosaurs have to do with Japanese computers? Who Cares, giant Dinosaur. Also they made it roar every couple of minutes to really scare the ever living life out of children. Most people say that this never happened and there was just some fever dream by some person who still has nightmares about about Dinosaurs to this very day, but nope. This really happened. It was real. I have confirmed it. Unfortunately there is ZERO footage of this event, and the only proof that even exists is this article from a Japanese magazine. But can you imagine this? They actually commissioned the Godzilla people to build this thing, And at the time, it costs them a record record 150 million yen. Yeah. Adjusted for inflation, That’s 1 million six hundred and forty six thousand two hundred and forty three dollars and ninety US cents. That does not even count the cost of the event, that’s JUST the Statue. Bill Gates was reportedly so upset with this totally badass misuse of money, that they scaled back all MSX development the following year. So that probably explains why the video game got cancelled, but what about the manga? Well the final episode of Creamy Mami came out in 1984, and interest in the series just kind of started to fade after that. Anime fans and other crazy ideas for things they wanted to do. As an example. They made a magical girl manga called blaster Blaster Mari were they introduced a magical girl into the Gundam universe for god knows what reason. The final volume of Creamy Mami’s spin-off would be released in 1988, closing out this crazy fan series with a text-only like novel as a thank you to all the Creamy Mami fans out there; and as for where that short comes from? It just kind of showed up on YouTube one day, but I think I’ve got an answer that you guys are gonna like. You guys know studio Gainax Right? The Gunbuster, the Evangelion people? Well before they were Gainax they teamed up with a company called General Products that help them fund their DAICON shorts, and out of that store they had a catalog that has an advertisement for this very 3-minutes anime VHS tape. We are talking the store, where prototype Gainax sold their merchandise here. So I strongly Suspect that they sold almost no copies of this thing. I’ve never even seen an image of the box, let alone see one of these go up for auction So who knows what it’s worth. I have no idea. That’s not all though If the article that I’m looking at is true a lot of extremely important people got their start working on this one three-minute clip. One of which includes Hiroshi Ōsaka, who is co-founder of studio bones. Full Metal Alchemist? Escaflowne? You ever hear a Mob Psycho? None of those would exist without Creamy Mami. You can trace back every one of those TV series to a bunch of otaku, who just wanted to turn a magical girl into a robot for some reason. So if someone ever tells you magical girl shows aren’t important, Well, you know don’t tell them cuz they won’t care, but you’ll know it’s important so that’s really what counts right? Now hang on, am I saying they actually animated a Three-minute anime, got some of the top talent in the industry to do it, wrote an entire backstory for this game, drew up a fan manga explaining the story, and at the time that they were doing all this, the game that they were promoting wasn’t even finished? Yes. That’s exactly what I’m saying. And when people say Japan had too much money in the 1980s, this is exactly what they’re talking about. They had million dollar dinosaur money. So there you go. Now if we could just figure out how DOOZY BOTS was a thing, I think I’ll be able to sleep a little bit better at night. “You’ll LOVE the DOOZYBOTS!” If this is the first time that you’ve seen my channel, please consider leaving a like, and maybe a comment to help you to push the video out to as many people as possible. 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Comments (100)

  1. Dunno if you are in the know but like the twinkle nora manga got a fan translation recently. It might be unrelated but you might be why it was memed into life.

  2. I actually had to re-subscribe to your channel. Wtf, YouTube?

  3. Creamy Momi sounds like a MILF pornstar name dude

  4. Awesome, stoked on the delinquent genre content and this. The dinosaur segment had me cracking up.

  5. All that hard work undone by a fucking fart.

  6. Also I love these types of fanmade offshoots of existing characters. Like how Hatsune Miku spawned Black Rock Shooter and Calne Ca.

  7. Hell yeah Blaster Mari!!

  8. Space Adventure Cobra is fun.

  9. I would creamy mami 😉

  10. You have truly outdone yourself with this video. I say this as someone who actually watched Minky Momo on TV.

  11. Sonichu but it was a well drawn 80s Mecha magical girl hybrid anime

  12. So, that MLP Fallout AU to bronies is what this is to Creamy Mami fans, except with more major recognition and actually interesting to people like us? That's honestly, honestly wild – and that's even BEFORE you get started. Great video as always. Thank you!

  13. I was recently watching creamy mami on Amazon. I enjoyed what I saw

  14. Didn't Hajime Katoki have a hand in designing U-Gaim if I'm not mistaken? Also don't neglect to mention that Kitakubo and Okiura, two other very important names, also got their start on that promotional film

  15. Dude, that's a brachiosaurus, not a brontosaurus. Learn your dinos.

  16. Are there any p;d VHS tapes with video game promos on them? Like old PS1 Saturn preview discs? I figure the U-Gaim video was a promo/intro commissioned for the game and sold to promote it and others

  17. Creamy Mami sounds like a futanari hentai or Trannie video on hentai haven

  18. I love her Robot design so much ?❤️❤️❤️

  19. Heavy Metal L-Gaim is one of my favorite series so this grabbed my attention but it doesn't look like Pony Metal U-Gaim has much in common with it aside from the name. If it was an actual mash-up/crossover/parody that would have really been sumthin dude.

  20. >Creamy Mami
    sounds like a name of some hentai doujin

  21. "Life-Sized Brontasaurus" OOPS

  22. Just when I thought I'd heard the name "Doozy Bots" for the last time, and then bam! Another Kenny Lauderdale video comes out.

  23. I got notified when it went up.

  24. This was weird… MORE!

  25. That shot of a schoolgirl shooting a bazooka, is totally badass, where is it from?

  26. Fanart of a fanart

    Fanception

  27. I can't help but feel like you make your videos based on whatever /m/ or /a/ is currently talking about

  28. Your videos just keeo getting better and better

  29. Creamy Mami's are the best Mami's.

  30. I don't know how the YouTube Algorithm sent me here but thanks YouTube and thank you! I'm not really good at 80s/90s anime, do you have a list where I can start watching?

  31. I remember first hearing about Pony Metal thanks to Ben Ettinger's blog post on the short over at Anipages back in 2012. According to him the short was created by a subcontracting studio called Anime R, which is the studio where Hiroshi Osaka got his start in the industry.

  32. That actually happens a lot (minus the dinosaur statue) in development of media products. They kill themselves do promote something that isn't even made, and next thing you know, the cord is pulled.

  33. It has been 0 days since Kenny last took a shot at Twinkle Nora Rock Me.

  34. 4:55 The Guntank is not a Gundam type. Just so no one gets confused.

  35. I think the dinosaur was a great investment. It seems exactly like the kind of crackhead thing I would do if I had a million bucks

  36. That name is truly, viscerally disgusting. 10 out of 10.

  37. Bill Gates will never understand Japanese sensibilities. Then again, no one else could. Not even the Japanese.

  38. Creamy Mommy huh?? The jokes write themselves

  39. …but isn't this design based more on Magical Emi?

  40. "Blaster Mari, where they introduced a magical girl into the Gundam universe for god knows what reason."

    I'LL TAKE YOUR ENTIRE STOCK

  41. One of my most favorite things is the Japanese economic bubble.

  42. People with money must have dinosaur
    That dinosaur must be somewhere cause you don’t have a GAINT life size dinosaur recreation made by the people from Godzilla and not keep it somewhere did like another rich person buy that thing? or what?

  43. I'm still miffed that people keep calling Mobiles Suits that aren't Gundams, well Gundams. They're are not Gundam! A Guntank is not a Gundam!

  44. 0:30 Truck-kun strikes again.

  45. 5:56 WHAT A SLAP, now that's how you know its a good robot show

  46. Creamy Mommy
    Let that sink in.

  47. Mecha Magical Girl?
    Sooooo Mega Man ZX/ZX Advent?

  48. Bones did Escaflowne? I'm not sure about that. I always thought that it was by Sunrise. But I'm wrong about many things.

  49. So basically 80s magical girls were the same thing as the moe boom at the beginning of this decade?

  50. Is that a magical girl vs a Votom's Scopedog at 3:32?
    Still better than the last 2 OVAs

  51. Are you gonna talk about Urusei Yatsura soon? That show needs more love.

  52. Bill Gates wanting to standardize PCs pissed so many Japanese off it became the main evil plot point of Magical Girl Pretty Sammy. It would be great if you talked about that and some of the other anime references to it!

  53. Hi I'd really like the video and I enjoyed the history lesson. That giant dinosaur look pretty cute but I can understand why children got scared by it the eyes I am happy that I watch Sailor Moon back in the day??❤

  54. this video was extremely interesting but the plot twist at the end was amazing

  55. That Bronto statue is rad but wayyyyy expensive! Japan is awesome like that!

  56. Good video man, i don't even like anime

  57. Those anime would all exist without bones. They'd just be made by some other studio, and probably be worse for it.

  58. is like that episode for that dragon ball videogame early 90s, just think in that, the anime industry ans specialy the economic boom was just insane.

  59. Screw blameitonjorge! Your stories on obscure media are far better than his so-called lost media chronicles that are becoming more like creepypastas. Subbed! (You're the only anime channel I'm subbed to, by the way. I'm really not much into anime and manga, I actually hate most of it, that a proof on how good your channel is.)

  60. This was the video from you that made me to decide to subscribe finally… you're a wonder 😀

  61. tbh this just makes me wanna watch 80's magical girl anime, it looks like a good time

  62. Speaking of Daicon. The Daicon III and IV shorts are the reason I made a Youtube account, well over a decade ago. I got an itch to take those shorts and generate flawless (and stereo) audio tracks for both, as a sort of remastering project. In order to figure out which tracks had been borrowed from what early-80s media to serve as the soundtracks, I had to scour Japanese forums. And after I had that info, it was still an incredible journey to actually get my hands on each one. Last but not least, the quality of Youtube at the time was the dark ages, and the best versions of Daicon III/IV that existed were atrocious to look at. Nowadays there are high-quality versions of Daicon III/IV out there, but mine were the first to boast remastered audio.

    (Daicon III's audio could not be fully "remastered" in the same sense as Daicon IV, as it included a number of sound effects at certain moments. So my rendition of that short is effectively just a "music only" track. It's still a treat to hear it in crisp stereo, though.)

  63. Her head gives me MegaMan vibes.

  64. I actually first heard of Creamy Mami by looking for vinyl records on Japanese websites so I can personally attest to how many records got made for this series

  65. Creamy Mami and Minky Momo are quickly becoming my favorite Cryptids thanks to Kenny.

  66. Finally got the time to finish watching this. You seem really hung up on the idea of Japan turning something into a mecha, but you don't actually give a reason why they shouldn't turn something into a mecha. Silly Kenny.

  67. Henkei Shoujo: Anime girl transforms into mecha, it’s something never seen before!

    Pony Metal U-Gaim: Hold my Bolts.

  68. That's a Brachiosaurus not "brontosaurus".

  69. I loved Creamy Mami while growing up and would have loved a mecha spin-off!

  70. Holy shit Kenny, this is absolutely insane.

  71. What the fuck Man. Here i was thinking i was a Creamy Mami fan but it turns out im a filthy casual.

  72. [Algorithm manipulation comment]

  73. I mean, the short said it was a "Promotional Film"

  74. Brontosaurus? Like the Dinosaur that was later said to have been just an Apatosaurus with the wrong skull? They spent a million dollar in 1980 money on that?

  75. How would Pokemon's artstyles have looked like if the franchise existed in the 1980s? That is if the GameBoy and "Pokemon Red & Green Versions(Gen 1)" came out on April 26, 1980.

  76. 2:27 truly the anime answer to the Avenger movie

  77. I came for the discount carpet, I stay for the chance to buy prototype Gainax.

  78. Top quality content as always

  79. The fucking crazy bullshit this guy digs up is mad. I have only heard about some of these shows referenced in old How to Draw Manga books from when I was a kid and this guy goes the extra mile and finds every obscure link to the original topic. The fucking Bronto status is nuts. The fanatical fan made content is relatable, but getting these small and mythical tatters of information and linking the spider web together is insane. How you manage to find this stuff Kenny its crazy. Lost media and art that is nearly 100% eroded to the sands of time is just incredible and then even piecing a story that anyone out of a coma can follow is extra brilliant. Some of my new favorite content and its all about popular and yet obscure 1980's otaku culture and its dynamic impact on the world. This makes me feel nostalgic and I wasn't even born yet.

  80. MSX Vice president: wow, we've just sold millions of units! we've got a bunch of awesome ideas for games, remember that creamy mami spin off, the mech thing? we have that now. what should we do, President san, throw the whole office a party to celebrate?

    MSX president: no, I don't think we'll be doing that

    VP: we won't? what will we be doing then?

    Pres: you're gonna love this – $1 million dinosaur statue

    bill gates fells a disturbance in the force, as if $1 million was earnt, then, was suddenly squandered

  81. I've seen a few episodes of this on YouTube before. Was good. I still can't get it out of my head that the title of the show sounds like the title of a porno.

  82. This is japan were talking about. NOTHING is off the table.

  83. The art style and characters kind of remind me of the Magical girl/mecha Anime and Game series from the early 90s Galaxy Fraulein Yuna. I wonder if they drew heavy inspiration from this.

  84. This has my whole kind of Japanophilia pandering… garage kits, fan events/medias, retro computing, doujinshi before popular-stuffs of legends. I hope to get into further discussion or stories from the actual native Japanese who experienced and contributed to the lesser known works over the years; they are surprisingly more active than I'd like to believe, some even got their games on Steam, trying to make their works reach out with the advent of modern internet after 2010. That Riding Bean producer guy also tried with Kickstarter to make the sequel, haven't got further news other than what I guess that the funding attempts was failed?

  85. That like to dislike ratio ??

  86. I can't find any way to contact you so I'll have to ask here.
    The geniuses at Youtube took down your 80's and 90's trailer compilations.
    Can you re-uploaded them somewhere off-site or send me a download link? I really liked them.

  87. This video gets places weirder and weirder each minute.

    Ther's not enough cute magical girls versus creepy slimy tentacles representation on the media.

  88. So basically Creamy Mami was the OG Magical Falala.

    Or who knows, I may have release dates mixed up. Whoops…

  89. Great video as always but I'm a little disappointed you didn't get into the real history of why the MSX was made: an executive of both Ascii and Microsoft Japan conceived of selling everyone in the Japanese PC industry into a common 8-bit computer standard, to make their products compatible in transition to 16-bit. Kazuhiko Nishi was inspired by how the IBM PC was standardizing office computers, but the MSX itself was entirely a Japan product

  90. I love barly known lost media

  91. The short titles itself as a promo…so we already know it's promoting something…just thought I'd put that out there. It's clearly shown at the end of it too. kinda surprised you didn't mention that. ^^;

  92. What the fuck happened to the statue!?
    HUH

  93. As a person who was born after the early computer era, gotta say that shit was insane, just 20 different OSs every country has like 5 different brands, people forget the Famicom was called a Famicom for a reason

  94. There is a vol 1 of the mango for 4500 yen

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