Today is ET Day in Japan, commemorating the day in 1982 when the movie E.T. The Extraterrestrial was released there. Using that as a jumping off point, let’s say you encounter a curious and benign life form that has traveled millions of light years to our little backwater pre-warp planet. The humanoid being knows nothing about cars, as their civilization is so advanced that they just teleport everywhere and thus have no concept of wheeled transport. But just because they’re unnecessary doesn’t mean they’re not interesting. We still marvel at the pyramids, after all. Clearly this species is missing out on the fun, beauty, and engineering that automobiles offer.
What car would you show an alien to help them appreciate cars?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What car-themed series should we binge over the holidays?“.
Not surprisingly, readers chimed in with a lot of anime series. Not just the well-known ones, like Nigel suggestion of Initial D — though SCOTT warns us to avoid the Initial D Legends remake — or speedie‘s recommendation of MF Ghost and Overtake!, but less popular ones like j_c‘s Capeta. For US-made animated series there’s Archer, but Bryan says seasons 1 through 3 are the best.
For live action series Alan endorses Tokyo Vice. There seems to be some dispute over how much of the book it’s based on is actually true, but regardless the TV series is very good. We eagerly await season 2.
For European fare there’s Land Ark‘s mention of the Edd China-era Wheeler Dealers from the UK, エーイダン‘s Minder, also from the UK, and Andre‘s pick of the entire French Taxi series except for the fifth installment.
However, this week’s winner is Chet Manley, whose choices show him to be a man of exquisite taste:
Season 3 Episode 7 of Archer has his car stolen by the Yakuza and it features RX3s and all sorts of very good cars. Theres good spotting throughout the series.
I recently found a streaming site called RetroCrush that has a bunch of old anime, so I will be watching City Hunter there, otherwise You’re Under Arrest is a good one and Miami Vice never fails.
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