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What Anime Means To Me: Conventions

Friday, February 27th, 2015

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What Anime Means To Me: Battle of the Planets

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

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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

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

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

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

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

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

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

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

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

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

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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

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

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

Monday, February 16th, 2015

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

Friday, February 13th, 2015

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

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

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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Good Lord! They’re Tiny!

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

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Since I collect (original) Dirty Pair memorabilia, I felt obligated to purchase these. SRP on these things is $3.99 each!?

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Thoughts on Whispered Words volume 2

Friday, January 30th, 2015

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One Peace Books’ second omnibus collection of creator Takashi Ikeda’s Whispered Words contains the middle three books of the nine-volume story. In these chapters the two high-school girl friends Sumika Murasame & Ushio Kazama stumblingly become more conscious of their mutual love for each other, yet both girls hesitate to reveal their true feelings while seemingly everyone else around them already recognizes their informal coupling. The book also illustrates more of Sumika & Ushio first days as friends, wraps up Masaki Akemiya’s cross-dressing sub-plot, introduces a pair of new supporting characters, and concludes with a bonus side-story and an unrelated high-school romance story. The strengths of the original volume continue in the second collection, but some of the weaknesses of the first third of the story also become more pronounced in the second collection.

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Thoughts on Whispered Words volume 1

Monday, January 5th, 2015

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Approaching Takashi Ikeda’s lesbian-tinged romantic comedy manga Whispered Words (Sasameki Koto) is a bit of a challenge because objective review of the series is difficult to separate from a natural American predisposition. Any popular culture media in America that treats homosexual relationships sympathetically without being pornographic practically automatically earns some respect and praise. So Whispered Words almost receives automatic credit just for approaching female homosexuality in a positive light. However, a rational, objective examination of the series reveals that the first English translated omnibus volume from One Peace Books is enjoyable nearly in spite of itself. The manga feels as though author Ikeda has a strong foundational concept but struggles to find a precise focus for the story’s tone and attitude.

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Shout-out to Dave!

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Dave from Tampa recognized me as “John from AnimeNation” today while browsing the anime section at the New Port Richie MovieStop store. We had a pleasant conversation about anime.

Then I bought a used BD/DVD copy of Fairy Tail volume 7 and a $6 (after discount) used copy of Pioneer’s old Bastard! DVD.

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