Radio City Fantasy (街角のメルヘン) is one of the first OVAs, scripted by Takeshi Shuto at 18 years old.
In the 1984 OVA, a young artist named Hiroshi falls in love with his muse, a moody pale-skinned girl with something he sees as special. Phantasmagorial surrealist segues ensue. This avant-garde anime is known as "Machikado No Meruhen" or "Street Corner Fairytales" in Japan, and is named so in hopes of people confusing it with the 1962 Osamu Tezuka short film "Aru Machikado no Monogatari".
It should be noted that Yoshitaka Amano designed the characters in one of his earliest gigs.
Tropes related to the film:
- Attempted Rape
- Crash-Into Hello
- Deranged Animation
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Hiroshi's muse is strikingly pale with black hair.
- Genre-Busting: A surrealist avant garde romantic comedy? Sure.
- Gratuitous English
- Gratuitous French: Combined with English for a pretentious yet nonsensical introduction.
- Jukebox Musical: 17 different songs from the same J-POP artist scores the movie.
- Mind Screw
- Perky Goth: Hiroshi's muse
- Smoking Is Glamorous
- Title Drop: Both titles; one in conversation, one written on graffiti in the background.