Any anime history book mentions that 1988 was an important year by reason of the release of Katsuhiro Otomo's epoch-making film AKIRA, the highest budget anime film at the time. Many foreign people learned what "anime" was for the first time by this film in later years. Check the 1988 covers of the OUT magazine after the jump!
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. Check the OUT's covers of 1987 after the jump.
The most featured TV anime by the OUT magazine's 1986 issues was Blue Comet SPT Layzner produced by Sunrise. Also many notable OVA (Original Video Animation) titles were produced this year such as; Project A-ko, Gall Force, Windaria, Mujigen Hunter Fandora, Megazone 23 - Part II, and MD Geist. Check the covers and posters from the mid-1980s after the jump!
Obviously, the most featured anime by the OUT magazine's 1985 issues was Mobile Suit Z Gundam, the first sequel to the original Mobile Suit Gundam. It became the top-rated TV series in the history of the Gundam franchise (excluding re-runs). Check the covers and illustrations from the magazines after the jump!
Here is the covers from the Japanese anime magazine OUT's 1984 issues. No doubt the most notable thing in the year was the release of the three masterpiece anime movies, "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind", "Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer", and "Macross: Do You Remember Love?". Find out the popular anime of the year after the jump.
Monthly OUT was one of the oldest anime magazines in Japan along with Animage from the late 1970s. I found some issues from 1983 to 1988 in my shelves. They are very useful material to know what kind of anime titles were popular in Japan back then. Check the covers of the 1983 issues after the jump.