Other way around.
The books the anime is based on were written in the 1930s, 40s and 50s by EE Doc Smith.
Doc Smith INVENTED space opera.
It is considered to be the second greatest science fiction series after Asimov's Foundation series.
The series is so significant that even the "grandmaster" himself, Robert Heinlein added lensmen into several of his books.
And a whole slew of Lensmen books by other authors appeared in the 60s.
You know the Expanded Universe of Star Wars?
The first Expanded Universe was Lensmen.
You could not have either Star Wars or Star Trek without Lensman.
And the anime adaptation is ****.
Dhampy you are the man. I thought I was one of a few people who knew about those books. Got to love the early days of scifi.
When I was a kid my attention was devoted to a paperback hero and his chums. Doc Savage was the leader along with Renny, Monk, Ham, Johnny and Long Tom. Lateron, sometimes also Doc's cousin Patricia was included.
They were somewhat like the 'A' Team but much much more talented. They could basically do anything from piloting, to law, to surgery and everything in between as well as filthy rich. I read almost 60 paperback stories out of the almost 90 in my collection. When a new story came out, I went nutz till I got my hands on a copy.
I wanted to read all of them but my discovery of girls short-circuited Doc and that hobby. There have been a coupla movies about them but they never really caught on like the modern super heroes. There were also some radio shows and comic books but for me it was the paperbacks. I never understood why it wasn't everybodys passion. I mean, c'mon world, it's Doc Freakin Savage!
I used to skip school and ride the busses trying to find new episodes. I never really met anyone else addicted to Doc and friends like I was. Anybody else here? Raise your hand.
[Edited by element5, 7/8/2015 5:06:36 AM]
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