FEATURE: Japanese Anime Magazine Retrospective: "OUT" in 1983

One of the first anime magazines

Monthly OUT was one of the oldest anime magazines in Japan along with Animage from the late 1970s. A small company Minori Shobou started publishing OUT in March of 1977 as general subculture magazine at the beginning. But the second issue featuring Space Battleship Yamato was sold like hot cakes thanks to the first anime boom in Japan. Then the magazine decided to change its editing theme to only anime series. Unfortunately, the magazine stopped its publication in May of 1995 due to the publisher's breakup.


I found some issues from 1983 to 1988 in my shelves the other day. They are very useful material to know what kind of anime titles were popular in Japan back then. The first Japanese anime magazine retrospective feature introduces the front and back covers from OUT's 1983 issues. Have you ever watched any of these anime?


January 1983 issue

Feature: Magical Princess Minky Momo



Back Cover features Digital Trip series (anime music synthesizer cover albums)


June 1983 issue

Feature: Aura Battler Dunbine


Back cover features Final Yamato soundtrack albums


July 1983 issue

Feature: The Super Dimension Fortress Macross


Back cover features Final Yamato soundtrack albums two consecutive months


September 1983 issue

Feature: Super Dimension Century Orguss


Back cover features the legendary anime singer Mitsuko Horie's album


December 1983 issue

Feature: Ginga Hyōryū Vifam/Round Vernian Vifam


Back cover features the first Guin Saga image album

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