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Posted 2/23/18 , edited 2/23/18

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I remember watching my first anime in the early 90s (maybe even late 80s?), I have no idea what it was called but it was extremely gruesome. People were transforming into demons and ripping people apart. I watched it at my uncle's house who was a big computer nerd. (He had a rotary phone looking thing for a modem and it was top of the line shit lol) I dont remember any anime being accessible to me personally besides that one I saw. (I was still a kid tho and wouldnt have known where to look anyway) Now I can watch pretty much anything on a whim. I love it.


Lol, back when Garbage Pail Kids were cool and Cell phones had to be carried in large cases the size of a shoe box.




You might have been watching devilman or guyver if I had to take a guess.
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Posted 2/23/18 , edited 2/23/18
Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles. It was one of the worst things that happened ever
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There are a laundry list of things that I'm glad I don't have to deal with anymore (or at least if it still is a problem, it's not a common one). Among them are:

- VHS tapes. Very inconvenient way to watch stuff today.
- No streaming. Everything had to be watched on physical media.
- Fansubs. Back then they were the only way to watch stuff that was bypassed for licensing, and they didn't give back to the creators that streaming services like Crunchyroll do today. Thank god for Crunchyroll as that answered the biggest question of how to legalize fansubs.
- High cost. It used to cost $30 for 2-3 episodes worth of content back in the VHS days and $25 for 4-5 episodes on DVD. Now it's about $40 for a cour on BD, and that's completely optional with it streaming.
- Dubbing. Back then dubs were poorly put together, and some of them gave the scripts extreme makeovers like with Sailor Moon and Robotech. Today, dubbing techniques are much better and directors are putting in a lot more effort into them.
- Animation quality. No doubt it's better today with technological advances.
- Limited selection. Today, 40 or so series come out every season, but back then there wasn't even that much anime in a year, much less a season.

While there are lots of other problems and stuff, these are the ones I'm glad I don't have to deal with anymore (well, at least the VHS, physical media or bust, and the limited selection won't be a problem ever again, but the others still exist just to a much lesser extent). The industry was facing a crises back that started around 2007, and that's when Crunchyroll stepped in to bring the industry to where it is today.
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Posted 2/23/18 , edited 2/23/18
i remember getting a Buu Saga VHS tape because i just couldn't wait for Cartoon Network to air the episodes. $25-ish for three episodes. that, IMO, is one of the reasons people began to pirate anime so heavily.
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Posted 2/23/18 , edited 2/24/18

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Love Hina


I picked that up at the library, not knowing what a harem anime was. I was new to the genre. The whole time I was thinking "What IS this?"
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Bakaneer wrote:

There are a laundry list of things that I'm glad I don't have to deal with anymore (or at least if it still is a problem, it's not a common one). Among them are:

- VHS tapes. Very inconvenient way to watch stuff today.
- No streaming. Everything had to be watched on physical media.
- Fansubs. Back then they were the only way to watch stuff that was bypassed for licensing, and they didn't give back to the creators that streaming services like Crunchyroll do today. Thank god for Crunchyroll as that answered the biggest question of how to legalize fansubs.
- High cost. It used to cost $30 for 2-3 episodes worth of content back in the VHS days and $25 for 4-5 episodes on DVD. Now it's about $40 for a cour on BD, and that's completely optional with it streaming.
- Dubbing. Back then dubs were poorly put together, and some of them gave the scripts extreme makeovers like with Sailor Moon and Robotech. Today, dubbing techniques are much better and directors are putting in a lot more effort into them.
- Animation quality. No doubt it's better today with technological advances.
- Limited selection. Today, 40 or so series come out every season, but back then there wasn't even that much anime in a year, much less a season.

While there are lots of other problems and stuff, these are the ones I'm glad I don't have to deal with anymore (well, at least the VHS, physical media or bust, and the limited selection won't be a problem ever again, but the others still exist just to a much lesser extent). The industry was facing a crises back that started around 2007, and that's when Crunchyroll stepped in to bring the industry to where it is today.


You're my age, so you probably still remember hearing the Old Timers speak of that "delayed gratification" thing.

I miss the ceremony of it. Even with Netflix. Plan to watch something. Pick it out online. Wait for it to come in the mail. You see it in the mail box a few days later. Feel the disk under the paper in your hands. Maybe see the DVD art through the sleeve. Stop and admire it."Awesome! I can't wait". But you do wait. And you anticipate. Finally that evening comes. You makes some popcorn or snacks and get a drink. Go pick up that precious treasure you've been looking forward to. Pop it in the DVD player. Even the machine powering up builds anticipation.

Then you see it. That menu screen. Admire the layout. The music. The spliced together scenes. Press play. Sit back. Enjoy.

I miss the ceremony of it. These days its like "Oh hey, I have to take a dump. I'll watch some GATE on my phone while I do that.... dang. Poor reception in here. I'll have to rewatch this scene later."
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Posted 3/7/18 , edited 3/8/18
For me the biggest problem, which has been mentioned, is how expensive everything was. Couple that with the fact that your standard 26 episode series would be 6-7 DVD cases worth of shelf space, it just took up so much damn room.
Also, I bought and watched a lot of crap, just because it was what was around.

Shhhh, I do miss the dub outtakes, though.
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Posted 3/14/18 , edited 3/15/18
For me it was the oversaturation of Mecha anime when I came here. Not that I dislike Mecha, just that almost every anime other than Sailor Moon and Digimon/Pokemon was a Mecha anime.
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sztrb wrote:

For me it was the oversaturation of Mecha anime when I came here. Not that I dislike Mecha, just that almost every anime other than Sailor Moon and Digimon/Pokemon was a Mecha anime.


Which is weird, because I remember the oversaturation of Pokemon-style monster/ghost-partner anime than I do the oversaturation of mecha anime.
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Posted 3/15/18 , edited 3/15/18
In Ontario, you either had YTV which oversatured with Pokemon style shows or Space, which oversatured Mecha. I watched more Space than YTV, since I think I was too old for YTV by then at my young 13 years of age...
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Posted 3/15/18 , edited 3/15/18
the good : akira (even though it was 80's) i saw in the 90s a kid, it opened the floodgates to anime for me. dont get me wrong i valued american cartoons but the animation style stuck out and i instantly fell in love with it , which led me to the movie "metropolis" (i cried at the end lol), toonami (dbz, tenchi muyo, sailor moon, gundam wing) , midnight run/toonami at night, then adult swim took on bebop , trigun , blue gender and ever since i never looked back . more good that came with it was when i was kid in the 90's it expanded everyones potential on how well they could draw . you were the shit if you could draw anime characters . another good thing was how it brought people together, people you normally wouldnt even talk to .

the bad: anime elitist who seen the completion of a series 2 weeks before you and they thought they were god, not enough of it in the states at the times , expensive. not much manga either but overall im grateful for what i got then and what im getting now
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The first thing I think about in the early 2000's in relation to anime was my judgmental attitude towards the kids who wore Naruto headbands and would run in that ever-famous Naruto fashion in gym class.

I never picked on these kids, or even spoke out at them, but damn, in my head I thought they were all strange af.

For nearly the next decade my only association with anime was Naruto and those kids (my peers), and hence I didn't even entertain the notion of watching it, and was even wary when people told me they liked anime in general.

That changed a few years back for me when my close friend insisted I watch some shows with him. I'm glad I did. I'm glad I was wrong. By now I've probably binge-watched way more anime than I have American TV.

So I guess after this introspective post, I'd say the worst part of the 90/00's anime boom was me and my narrow-minded self.

To this day however, I still have not watched Naruto...
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Posted 3/15/18 , edited 3/15/18
Anyone else remember when the SciFi channel had anime on at like 3am and it was all stuff like Bubblegum Crisis and First of the North Star interspersed with hentai movies in the early to mid 90s?

Remember how that made a bunch of people think anime was some sort of porn and you really couldn't mention you watched it, especially as a child?... YEAH!!!
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