Dec 16, 2018
Ah, the Seventies!
While today we still have sensationalist shows like "Ancient Aliens" that try to twist around questionable half-truths to fit their narrative, back in the 1970's the fad of UFO sightings was much more the rage than it was today. The findings of the US government "Project Blue Book" were on everyone's minds, and it seems you would hear of some sort of UFO sighting, alien abduction, or cow mutilation or some other sort of woo every other day.
Project Blue Book was a US government program that recorded and cataloged these
unexplained phenomenon, in order to try and see if there was something to this whole UFO thing. Started around the end of WWII and running up until 1970, over 12,000 UFO sightings were investigated. And they were able to identify all but 700 of them (airplanes, cloud formations, etc). But once word of those unidentified 700 became public, along with the growing media fascination with all things unexplainable...well, you get the idea.
In 1978, there was even a prime time television program that I remember watching, called "Project U.F.O.", where two agents would travel the country to investigate these phenomena (based on Project Blue Book). Sort of a precursor to the X-Files, only more serious and documentary/docudrama-style.
This 16-minute anime short, "It's a UFO!", fits perfectly into that narrative.
Based on actual sightings (such as the famous Hill abduction), it spins a story of UFO sightings increasing across the globe. Mixing in speculation with observations, and presenting them as "facts" in a documentary format, all one-sided of course.
Looking back on it now, it all seems sort of silly and quaint. But for those of us who lived through the Seventies, this all fits right in with all the woo that was being passed off during that time. Think of this little anime snippet as sort of a time capsule in the public consciousness of the era.
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