In the early 2000s, I was just beginning to follow Japanese cinema. At the time I was already familiar with Japanese anime, like most people from my generation were. In fact, a few of my favorite shows from the 80s were, Voltron, Robotech, and Star Blazers. All of which were dubbed in English and aired in the afternoon for kids to watch after they got home from school.
Around 2003 though, I happened to come across a film called The Dimension Travelers. The film involved a couple of Japanese school girls named Midori and Mayumi. During the film they become dimension travelers and could switch their realities by the sheer force of imaging them with their minds. It forced them into several dangerous situations throughout the film as they entered the various realms.
That film left an impression on me and I was surprised to find out later that it was actually a remake of a TV show in Japan, during the 1970s. I found the whole idea intriguing and started brainstorming about how I could incorporate some of those elements into my Lin Wu stories. Eventually I came with the idea of, The Multidimensional Girl. In that story, there’s a slight nod to the idea of multidimensional travel. There are also slight influences from the film if you ever get a chance to compare the two.
Just like in Nasty Little Robots of Doom, the story format worked well for Lin Wu. It involved two intelligent girls, in this case, Lin and Gretchen. And there was a strong background in an Asian theme, in this case The Dimension Travelers. The Japanese have always been good and creating psychological teasers. The Multidimensional Girl is nod to that style of storytelling. If you’re interested in the film, you can see a copy of the DVD cover below. And if you don’t like reading subtitles, it also includes a decent English dub track.