What Anime Means To Me: LT & Kyojin no Hoshi

March 5th, 2015 by John

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.

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What Anime Means To Me: WTF Anime

March 4th, 2015 by John

I haven’t watched either Ryukonohara Labyrinth or Genji in 20 years. Do they still not make any sense?

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What Anime Means To Me: Wandering Kid

March 3rd, 2015 by John

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.”

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What Anime Means To Me: Dragon Ball Isn’t Just for Kids

March 2nd, 2015 by John

Watching an untranslated Son Goku vs. Tao Pai Pai episode in the early 1990s – it might have been episode 63 – made me reevaluate my assumption that Dragon Ball was strictly a show for little children.

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What Anime Means To Me: Conventions

February 27th, 2015 by John

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What Anime Means To Me: Battle of the Planets

February 26th, 2015 by John

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It was “Battle of the Planets” when I first watched it, not “G-Force,” or “Eagle Riders.” I didn’t have a chance to see “Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman” until twenty years later.

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What Anime Means To Me: Drill Hands

February 25th, 2015 by John

This Chojin Sentai Barattack handkerchief was the first piece of anime merchandise I ever owned. My Malaysian aunt gave it to me when I was around 5-years-old.

I love the robot. I’m sad to say that I’m not quite as fond of the show itself.

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What Anime Means To Me: SPT Layzner Tapes

February 24th, 2015 by John

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.

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What Anime Means To Me: The Art of Dirty Pair

February 23rd, 2015 by John

I think that it may have been at an early Anime Weekend Atlanta convention where I haggled with a dealer to agree on $200 for a set of the two Art of Dirty Pair illustration books. Nowadays both books are easily available on Ebay for under $30 each.

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What Anime Means To Me: Learning Director Names

February 19th, 2015 by John

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.

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What Anime Means To Me: Video Dropouts in St. Seiya

February 18th, 2015 by John

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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.

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What Anime Means To Me: Golden Era Character Design

February 17th, 2015 by John

In my mind, Tokusou Kihei Dorvack has always been the defining epitome of Golden Era anime character design.

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What Anime Means To Me: Riding Bean on VHS

February 16th, 2015 by John

I had to get a ride across two cities to reach a comic book store that sold me AnimEigo’s subtitled VHS tape of Riding Bean for $34.99.

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What Anime Means To Me: Megazone St. Pete

February 13th, 2015 by John

Co-founding a county-wide anime fan club that met monthly for over ten years.

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What Anime Means To Me: Eavesdropping on Crusher Joe

February 12th, 2015 by John

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.

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