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I had legal copies of Neon Genesis Evangelion on VHS. Had to import them from Australia...

I saw a number of Anime on TV without knowing it was Anime like: Candy, Candy, Niels Holgersson's amazing journey, Nathalie (That's what it was called in Dutch anyway; about a girl who lived on a farm), Mysterious Cities of Gold; Wizard of Oz; the teaspoon lady (about a woman who could shrink herself to the size of a teaspoon).

In high school a friend of mine got a whole bunch of us watching Anime from fan subbed VHS tapes he would get from
Japan and lend to us. Stuff like: Neon Genesis, Escaflowne, El-Hazard, Oh my Goddess, Tenchi Muyo, Fushigi Yuugi, Golden Boy,
Ebichu, Kare Kano, FLCL, Ghost in the Shell, Magic Knight Rayearth, Kimagure Orange Road, Gundam MS 08 and Nadia The Secret of Blue Water.

When my friends started buying DVD's I got a number of their old VHS tapes so I had: Kare Kano and Escaflowne on fan subbed VHS.
It got easier when DVD's came around. I could get some of those from a record store in Amsterdam. The train ride was cheaper than having stuff shipped from Down Under

Around that time Sailor Moon, Card Captor Sakura and Dragonball Z made their way onto Dutch TV as well. But I had/have to finish them online since the networks never aired all seasons.
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You guys remember the ADV Films "Do It Now" preview? These always got me pumped up:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNOptWysmZc
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That was the shit back then. So many youngsters don't understand that the amount of anime being released in the US was crazy high. Before online streaming became what it is today the late 90's to the early 2000s was the peak of the anime boom. There was 4 separate companies releasing anime each trying to out do the other.

I went to my first AX back then and they were some of the best times. Winning a free manga my very first one....Vol. 2 forcing me to go and buy Vol. 1 lol. Waiting in line for the Yu Yu Hakusho panel, completely oblivious to the fact that the guy directing us where to move the line and making small talk was none other than the VA who actually voiced Yusuke?!?!

I remember ADV released a title called Dragoon and there were 3 episodes and I fell in love with it. I thought this is gonna be an awesome series. And those 3 episodes were all that ever came out. Month after month I'd check the video store waiting for the next one soul crushing indeed.

I dont know if i was the only one who had a VCR that sometimes would mess up the tape if you rewound the tape while it was playing rather than stop it first but I absolutely jacked up one of my DBZ tapes cuz I kept rewinding this scene. Its still so badass and never again was there a scene like it
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xLuffy- wrote:

I did have an anime movie in vhs form only thing is I remember very little about it other than the fact the main character had green hair.



Going out on a long limb here but

Locke the Superman?



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First series that I owned on VHS was probably Evangelion but I had the Fatal Fury box set, Venus Wars, and a couple of random movies that I got around the same time or before. Escaflowne was probably the next series that I owned. I rented all the ones that OP mentioned from the video store but never owned any of them on VHS.

I used to tape a ton of stuff off of the Sci-fi network. They were kind of annoying back then because they wouldn't always start things at the time they said they would. I never did see the first 10 minutes of 8-man After.
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laeuscgretired wrote:

That was the shit back then. So many youngsters don't understand that the amount of anime being released in the US was crazy high. Before online streaming became what it is today the late 90's to the early 2000s was the peak of the anime boom. There was 4 separate companies releasing anime each trying to out do the other.
https://youtu.be/xpRysAo5pU0


Remember how crazy expensive anime was? Like $29.99 for a VHS with 3 episodes. And this was back in the 90's. Plus with lack of internet you often took chances when buying a show. You didn't really know if it 's good or bad. I blew my allowance on a few crappy anime back in the day.

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I started watching anime before VHS was even invented...

"8 Man" - "8th Man" in the US - was shown on a few US stations back in 1965, and I was lucky enough to see it before they took it off the air.

One of the local stations also showed "Alakazam the Great" every Thanksgiving for a number of years in the 1960s and 70s.


I grew up on Tobor the 8 Man, Gigantor, Prince Planet, Kimba the White Lion and Speed Racer so I was just a few years behind you . I believe my first laser disc was Dirty Pair, Cityhunter or Sonic Borgman imported from Japan but I think it was Speed Racer, Gigantor or Tobor that was my first VHS purchase through budget bins in Dept stores.
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cirby1 wrote:

I started watching anime before VHS was even invented...

"8 Man" - "8th Man" in the US - was shown on a few US stations back in 1965, and I was lucky enough to see it before they took it off the air.

One of the local stations also showed "Alakazam the Great" every Thanksgiving for a number of years in the 1960s and 70s.


I grew up on Tobor the 8 Man, Gigantor, Prince Planet, Kimba the White Lion and Speed Racer so I was just a few years behind you . I believe my first laser disc was Dirty Pair, Cityhunter or Sonic Borgman imported from Japan but I think it was Speed Racer, Gigantor or Tobor that was my first VHS purchase through budget bins in Dept stores.


I remember getting home from school and Speed Racer and Kimba the White lion were on TV back to Back. Racer X was so cool to me
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xLuffy- wrote:

I did have an anime movie in vhs form only thing is I remember very little about it other than the fact the main character had green hair.



Going out on a long limb here but

Locke the Superman?





yep thats it
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xLuffy- wrote:


Greylurker wrote:


xLuffy- wrote:

I did have an anime movie in vhs form only thing is I remember very little about it other than the fact the main character had green hair.



Going out on a long limb here but

Locke the Superman?





yep thats it


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Pokemon First Movie. No, I am not old.
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I'm just now realizing that the 90s began almost 30 years ago, and I'm about to turn 20. I'm not OLD per say, but I feel old all things considered.
I first saw anime around the time that Toonami was showing the Cell Saga towards the end of 2000, my brother was watching it and I thought it was dumb that Goku and the Z Warriors were struggling to defeat a bug of all things. I was 3 years old. Around that time I started playing my brothers copy of Pokemon Yellow and I never made it to the second gym.
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zangeif123 wrote:


laeuscgretired wrote:

That was the shit back then. So many youngsters don't understand that the amount of anime being released in the US was crazy high. Before online streaming became what it is today the late 90's to the early 2000s was the peak of the anime boom. There was 4 separate companies releasing anime each trying to out do the other.
https://youtu.be/xpRysAo5pU0


Remember how crazy expensive anime was? Like $29.99 for a VHS with 3 episodes. And this was back in the 90's. Plus with lack of internet you often took chances when buying a show. You didn't really know if it 's good or bad. I blew my allowance on a few crappy anime back in the day.



All we had was the box cover art, the synopsis on the back and the occasional preview we got from a previous title. Found some gems, found some trash...
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laeuscgretired wrote:


zangeif123 wrote:


laeuscgretired wrote:

That was the shit back then. So many youngsters don't understand that the amount of anime being released in the US was crazy high. Before online streaming became what it is today the late 90's to the early 2000s was the peak of the anime boom. There was 4 separate companies releasing anime each trying to out do the other.
https://youtu.be/xpRysAo5pU0


Remember how crazy expensive anime was? Like $29.99 for a VHS with 3 episodes. And this was back in the 90's. Plus with lack of internet you often took chances when buying a show. You didn't really know if it 's good or bad. I blew my allowance on a few crappy anime back in the day.



All we had was the box cover art, the synopsis on the back and the occasional preview we got from a previous title. Found some gems, found some trash...


oh god don't remind me. The whole reason I started hunting bootlegs was because of some .....bad purchases. Originally I could only get them from some guys at the Anime Club I went to. VHS tape with a home printed lable, later found some web sites you could order tapes from directly.

and then came Torrent downloads and Animesuki.

and now full legal streaming

we've come a long way

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I'm not that old but I remember seeing GitS when I was nine. Got me hooked. Watched lots of sailor moon too and there was a sailor moon magazine/comic book thing where I lived which I read all the time. Still have them somewhere, in polish though, sadly.
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