Nostalgia Room was AWESOME this year, as usual! I have always wanted to see a large format screening of 8 Man After as it's my favorite OVA and seeing it on the schedule was a tremendous surprise. I was glad so many people were in the room Monday morning to watch it. Out of production stuff like this should always be a huge draw for the nostalgia room. On the other side of the coin thank you for featuring so many old school series which have been recently picked up and released by Discotek Media including Cutey Honey, Mazinger Z, Galaxy Express 999 (movies anyway - let's not talk about S'Mores Entertainment screwing up the series release), and Captain Harlock. That people can watch an old school series they've never seen or haven't seen in years, and then be able to go and buy it, right now, at a fair price from a solid company and support the industry is wonderful. Let's see Lily C.A.T. next year after Discotek re-releases that!
I had forgotten how good Area 88 was, again with a fairly full room in attendance. Same for the 08th MS Team, again, early Monday morning. Just a great mix of stuff this year!
For next year I would love to see one morning, maybe starting at 6am (because that's when they used to air) a three film block of the very first three anime films the Sci-Fi Channel aired all those years ago under the marquee "Adventures in Japanese Animation." I can't think of a more nostalgic thing to show in the nostalgia room. Those three titles are Robot Carnival, Lensman, and Vampire Hunter D. Vampire Hunter D is easy enough to find since it had such wide releases and re-releases over the years. Robot Carnival had a restored 20th anniversary R2 DVD release years ago that had the full opening and ending (removed from the Streamline US release) as well as the Streamline dub tracks for the two shorts that feature dialogue - Presence and A Tale of Two Robots - as a hidden audio option. This can be found online but I own the R2 release and could happily provide a disc swapped to R1. Lensman is the tricky one...
The Lensman anime oddity began in Japan with the movie "SF Shinseki Lensman" (SF New Century Lensman) in 1984. This was followed up by a TV series that began in the same year called "Galactic Patrol Lensman" that ran for twenty-five episodes. The movie would be dubbed into English twice, first in 1988 and then in 1990. The 1990 version being, more or less, a straight localization of the Japanese film with the Japanese music and sound effects left unaltered. A few episodes of Galactic Patrol Lensman were chopped up, stitched together, rewritten and dubbed into English as "Lensman: Power of the Lens" which had a limited home video release. What I'm talking about is the 1990 dub of SF Shinseki Lensman which is what aired on the former Sci-Fi Channel. The 1988 dub is terrible, it's Carl Macek at his absolute worst, while his 1990 dub is the exact opposite. The 1990 dub was released on LaserDisc and there is a rip out there but the audio balance is horrendous. I acquired Lensman on LaserDisc earlier this year and I'm looking to make a better transfer for prosperity since it'll never be re-released due to the estate of Doc Smith being pissed off at how his Lensman source material was handled. Maybe someone with more experience in LD ripping can get together with me and we could make Fanime 2015 the premier of a fresh rip of this nearly forgotten anime film.
Great work this year in the Nostalgia Room! It's always one of my favorite parts of Fanime weekend.