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Post Reply Just for fun, a look back at the anime of Fall 1993
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Posted 9/23/13
Ah, the sweet smell of nostalgia! Granted, there are some stinkers on there (Big Wars really isn't all that great, nymphomania aside), but at least it's all hand-drawn. Really takes me back.
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Posted 9/23/13
ah the good old days..................man am I glad they are over
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Posted 9/23/13
This is really interesting, thank you for doing this.
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Posted 9/23/13 , edited 9/23/13
Gunnm/Battle Angel, 2 OVAs in 1993. Bought them... still love them and wish more anime was made of this, considering there are like 27 volumes of manga now!
http://myanimelist.net/anime/1016/Gunnm

Hmm, what do we count as 1993 anime I wonder?

I bought the Angel Cop OVA series. 6 episodes, '89-'94, does that count?
http://myanimelist.net/anime/1351/Angel_Cop

Before there was Casshern:Sins there was Casshern: Robot Hunter, 4 OVAs, August 1993 to February 1994, surely that counts. Bought those too.
http://myanimelist.net/anime/1598/Casshern:_Robot_Hunter

New Dominion Tank Police, 6 OVAs, October 93 to October 94. Bought those too...
http://myanimelist.net/anime/1152/New_Dominion_Tank_Police

Still own all those on VHS and my VCR still works too!

Giant Robo: The Day The Earth Stood Still, 92 to 98, 7 OVAs...
http://myanimelist.net/anime/2321/Giant_Robo_the_Animation:_Chikyuu_ga_Seishi_Suru_Hi

You think waiting a year or two for the next season is bad, trying waiting months or even a year for the next OVA episode... that was fun... not!
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Posted 9/24/13 , edited 9/24/13

hpulley wrote:



New Dominion Tank Police, 6 OVAs, October 93 to October 94. Bought those too...
http://myanimelist.net/anime/1152/New_Dominion_Tank_Police

Still own all those on VHS and my VCR still works too!


I can't believe I somehow missed New Dominion Tank Police on that list. I'll add it to the first post.

But yeah those other examples that you had posted had some classics and a notorious turkey and were basically ongoing at that point.

EDIT: Hulu link for New Dominion Tank Police just in case(Availability is U.S only)
http://www.hulu.com/new-dominion-tank-police
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Posted 9/24/13

pistolsaf wrote:


hpulley wrote:
New Dominion Tank Police, 6 OVAs, October 93 to October 94. Bought those too...
http://myanimelist.net/anime/1152/New_Dominion_Tank_Police

Still own all those on VHS and my VCR still works too!
Both the Gunnm OVAs came out in 1993, but before the fall so perhaps you count them as 1992 anime.

I can't believe I somehow missed New Dominion Tank Police on that list. I'll add it to the first post.

But yeah those other examples that you had posted had some classics and a notorious turkey and were basically ongoing at that point.

EDIT: Hulu link for New Dominion Tank Police just in case(Availability is U.S only)
http://www.hulu.com/new-dominion-tank-police


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Posted 9/24/13
@ hpulley, Gunnm would basically have been a Summer 1993 anime(premiered June 21 and ended in August).

I guess that could see a revivial of interest if James Cameron ever does his live-action Battle Angel Alita .
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Posted 9/24/13

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dracphelan wrote:

I find this true for all entertainment (books, movies, TV, music, and anime). There are plenty of things I've gone back to partake of 15-20 years later and found that they were not as good as I remember. There are a few that stand the test of time, but most turn out to be just OK at best.
IMO, a classic is something that you or just about anyone else can come back to15+ years after it came out and it still be considered good. There is a reason that there are only two or three titles that people recognize on this list. They are the classics.


People are going to find a reason to like an anime more than another... Doesn't matter if other people don't know about it, not everyone recognizes the same anime as a classic.


yeah some older anime is genuinely enjoyable and not so in much in the sense that it's a classic.. more so that people haven't essentially changed since then even if general trends, styles, and technology has.
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Posted 9/24/13
Slam dunk.....only one familiar to me..
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Lots of obscure stuff here.
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Posted 3/12/14
I was only three years old in 1993. I haven't heard of some until years later.
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Posted 3/27/14 , edited 3/27/14
The Fall season of 1993 just happened to be the first "offical" season that I lived in (I was born during the middle of the previous season)
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Out of all these titles, the Tenchi Muyo OVA is the only one I watched. That sure brings back memories to the old school days of anime when they were highly marginalized in America a whole lot more than they are today, and it was quite expensive to watch these shows with VHS tapes being the only means of watching these shows. I have heard of several other titles, but never got around to watching any of them.
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Most of these didn't make it to the USA. New Dominion Tank Police, Sonic Soldier Borgman, Big Wars and Mermaid's Scar made it. Not sure if the Tenchi one did. Probably Mermaid's Scar has endured the best; I think NDTP was worse than the original series.

Back then, it was a lot harder for fans. You bought VHS tapes with 4 episodes for around $25-30, and the default was dubbed. If they chose to offer subs, it cost you $5 more, and not all of them did that. There was no internet, so no streaming; if you were lucky you rented some anime at video stores, or you had a decent comic store that rented current releases and bootlegs. Most stores didn't even carry them for sale; back then, it was a godsend that places like Suncoast or Media Play carried them.

It was much worse, but it was still very fun to be an anime fan. Animation for adults was unheard of back then, apart from a very few underground films. It really opened your eyes to see adult stories in animation, and there were a lot of stylish ones too.
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Yeah New Dominion Tank Police wasn't as good as the original series. Art and storyline wise it was a step down but still entertaining. Battle Angel Alita is one of my favorites from that era the Manga is much better than the OVA series though.
VHS really was hard to find i see so many current young Anime fans complain how it takes so long for stuff to be released in the west and I just laugh. I remember in my small town you could only ever find the mainstream stuff like Ghost in the Shell and Akira in most stores. There was a small record and video store called Andy's Records that sold a few Anime vids unfortunately it was next to the porn section so people always looked at me funny when i was a kid looking at this stuff XD.

Most Anime VHS I bought was second hand at thrift type stores or through catalogues offered by Manga UK and MVM the UK Anime distributors that still survive today. I had a couple of catalogues for fansub bootlegs too but they were really expensive. Depending how many episodes were on it you could spend like £40-60 a tape.

In many ways I enjoyed being an Anime fan in those early years more than i do now. Of course I like how easy it is to find what i want now there are streaming sites like this one showing the latest shows and I can walk into many mainstream media stores and they have a whole section for Anime DVD's and Blu-Ray at really cheap prices. That's another common complaint by Anime fans now the prices. Screw them for what they pay for a boxed set now I paid for one VHS with 2 episodes XD.
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