FEATURE: Japanese Anime Magazine Retrospective: "OUT" in 1987

The rise of "Loli", and OVAs going strong

Probably the most featured and beloved anime character in 1987 was Elpeo Ple from Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, the direct sequel to Mobile Suit Z Gundam. If memory serves me right, Ple, a 10 year old girl, was one of the earliest anime characters who was recognized and accepted openly as "loli character" by anime fans. Many Japanese fans still love her so passionately after 25 years. It is not difficult to find her doujinshi at the events even today.

 

Also many anime films and OVAs produced this year were exported to other countries later in 90s and became the first wave of "anime" to them. The notable titles of this year were; Wicked City, Bubblegum Crisis, Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise, and the most infamous adult anime Urotsuki Douji/Legend of the Overfiend.

 

 

January 1987 issue

 Cover: Elpeo Ple, Lina Ashta, and Syla Mass from Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ

 Illustration by Gaji Kamon

 

"Time Stranger" ad

 

 

February 1987 issue

  Cover: Yuri & Kei from Dirty Pair, Batsu & Terry from Batsu & Terry

 

"Dirty Pair" VHS&LD ad


March 1987 issue

  Cover: Transformers&Machine Robo

 

"Bubblegum Crisis" ad



May 1987 issue

  Cover: Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise

   Illustration by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto

 

"Wicked City" ad

 

 

June 1987 issue

  Cover: Metal Armor Dragonar

  Illustration by Kenichi Onuki

 


July 1987 issue

  Cover: Elpeo Ple from Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ

  Illustration by Hiroyuki Kitazume


"DEAD HEAT" ad

 (3D original anime by Sunrise for VHD)


August 1987 issue

  Cover: Magic Star Magical Emi

  Illustration by Studio Pierrot


Back cover: Touch


September 1987 issue

  Cover: Linda Plato from Metal Armor Dragoner

  Illustration by Kenji Kanemori

 

"Hi no Tori/Phoenix: Yamato-hen" ad

 


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