On an AnimeNation sponsored purchasing trip to Tokyo, I was sitting on a train beside LT, one of AnimeNation’s Japanese business associates and my volunteer translator. I recollect thinking that his fashion sense was so odd because he wore a casual grey sport coat with red leather cowboy boots. He mentioned to me that he didn’t keep up with contemporary anime, but when he’d been a child, he’d idolized the Kyojin no Hoshi anime.
Before Central Park Media made the bold step of localizing “Urotsukidoji” with its Japanese title intact, my friends and I had known of it for years as “Wandering Kid.”
At the 1988 Necronomicon fantasy convention, I was awed by a dealer who had $15 home-made VHS tapes of untranslated Japanese anime. The table was just covered by row after row of black videocassettes with printed white spine labels. He had episodes of an anime series called “SPT Layzner,” a show that I had never heard of at the time.
On the evening of March 19, 1994, Dave E. showed me the “Double X” music video. The short clip was my first exposure to the music of X Japan. Dave specified that Rintaro had directed the anime PV. Prior to that evening I’d never consciously realized that paying attention to the ovure of particular directors might help me narrow down specific anime that I might enjoy.
In the early 90s a friend loaned me his VHS recordings of the early episodes of the St. Seiya TV series. The tapes were recorded in EP (six-hour mode), and the video quality was so poor that occasionally the screen would simply turn neon blue because the VCR couldn’t read the data on the magnetic tape.
At a Necronomicon fantasy convention in the late 1990s or very early 2000s I thought I was very lucky because one of the guys in the movie room watching the Crusher Joe movie (untranslated) had a Japanese girlfriend with him who was quietly explaining what was going on. I attentively listened-in on her explanations.