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GASP is a popular alternative band. Conflict arises when the lead singer To-Y is offered a pop idol contract that stipulates he leave the rest of the band behind.
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55 minute OAV released in Japan on October 1, 1987.
Animated by Studio Gallop
Based on the manga by Atsushi Kamijou
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This was a fairly obscure little gem. This one-shot OAV adaptation of the mid-80s manga centers on the leader of an alternative rock band named To-y who finds himself challenged by the mainstream music industry when he is offered to ditch the band and become a J-pop singer. The anime is an idealized tale of playing music for the enjoyment of it and going against the popular culture of the time period. This is believably portrayed through the various fashions, crowds, music and culture that you see within this title. To-y is portrayed as a young man willing to defy what is considered popular in the mainstream, shown clearly in his encounters with a popular pop singer and mainstream record label executive. To-y's girlfriend, Niya, does look a bit out of place considering her playful attitude and demeanor as it did take a bit for me to get used to her character. But she does have her role in being To-y's anchor in reminding him of the joy with playing his music and not giving in to the popularity, glamour and money of the mainstream.

In terms of presentation, TO-Y's visuals are standard quality for the time period though parts of the anime are animated well enough to look like a music video whenever musical tracks are played. Speaking of the music, TO-Y's soundtrack is notable for mostly consisting of musical tracks coming from popular J-rock and J-pop bands of the time period like Psy-S, Barbee Boys and the Teenage Sliders. The tracks flow naturally with whichever situation they are played in and are actually quite catchy to listen to.

If you are looking to see any good quality anime titles from the 1980s, TO-Y makes for a decent recommendation thanks to its excellent soundtrack and simple tale of a band defying what the mainstream considers popular.

Last updated Monday, May 14 2012. Created Monday, May 14 2012.

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