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 on: March 16, 2018, 11:56:43 AM 
Started by InsaneDavid - Last post by InsaneDavid
Good morning old schoolers!

With the first draft of the FanimeCon 2018 Gatherings List posted it's nice to see so many returning gatherings - including this one!  Although slots are tentative until closer to the convention weekend, I suspect we'll stay right where we are on Friday evening at 6pm, as is tradition.

Starting out today's old school anime OPs with a pretty awesome one.  This is Moonlight Mask, a property that began in the late 1950's as a live-action TV series, one of (if not the first) Japanese TV superheroes.  He's kind of like a cross between Zorro and The Lone Ranger - but set in then modern Japan.  This anime adaptation from 1972 just blows my mind.  This has to be Mamoru Chiba's (Tuxedo Mask / Moonlight Knight) father in some alternate continuity.  Wham! Whip to the face!

Celebrating An Era - 1970's!  Moonlight Mask (1972)

Continuing on, here's an OP that I'm glad to see online again. At one point Albegas was slated to be localized as "Voltron II" along with Dairugger (Voltron I / Vehicle Voltron) and Golion (Voltron III, Lion Voltron).  Of course the continuing popularity of Lion Voltron in the wake of Vehicle Voltron prompted World Events Production to commission localization-specific continuation episodes of Lion Voltron, abandoning the original three-series concept.  Voltron II being limited to a few early toy sales of rebranded Albegas robots as "Voltron II."

Celebrating An Era - 1980's!  Lightspeed Electroid Albegas (1983)

Rounding out Friday with one of my favorite series, especially for its time period.  A bold combination of a super robot hero functioning in the world of a real robot series.  Built by a private security company (who was also the lowest bidder for the contract) and operated by the marketing department, the hero robot is a lumbering behemoth that barely works. Dai-Guard turns the mecha genre on its ear, with a realistic parody of bureaucratic red tape, a loving nod at the history of the super robot genre, and a wink at the audience concerning how ridiculous it is to use giant robots for anything.  Also features an unexpected and somewhat polarizing conclusion.

Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  Earth Defense Corporation Dai-Guard (1999)

Here are a few Saturday anime OPs, leading off with an outstanding and sadly overlooked OVA.  Really beautiful and moody opening as well.  If you like Iria, do check out the two live action movies (the anime OVA is a prequel of sorts).  The live action movies are corny but fun small cast sci-fi monster movies.

Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  Iria: Zeiram the Animation (1994)

Yet another series that World Events Productions reworked for American audiences.  Following the success of their Golion rework into Voltron, Star Musketeer Bismark was adapted as Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs.  In addition to the usual rewrites, renames and censoring, Saber Rider changed a supporting character (Richard Lancelot) into the titular hero, Saber Rider.  WEP also commissioned six unique episodes to better blend their localized narrative and changed the airing order of nearly every episode of the series.  Bismark is still number one of all the series I would like to see an English subtitled release of.

Celebrating An Era - 1980's!  Star Musketeer Bismark (1984)

Finishing off OPs for Saturday with a modern classic.  Such a cool opening theme that plays perfectly with the moody visuals.  Also one of the last series one may assume would air on expanded basic cable, but that's exactly what happened in 2003 when it aired on TechTV.  A good match for the upcoming overcast and rainy night here in Fanime's backyard.

Celebrating An Era - 2000! Boogiepop Phantom (2000)

Starting this Sunday's three old school anime OPs with comedy, style, and destruction.

Celebrating An Era - 1980's! Dirty Pair (1985)

Continuing the 80's cool with one of my all-time favorite series, City Hunter.  While Mokkori Cosplay will not be wearing Ryo and Kaori at the Old School Cosplay Gathering again this year, we will be doing so on Fanime Saturday.  So if you attended the gathering last year and was wondering what was up with the host wearing a blue suit jacket with women's underwear hanging out of the pockets - well then, here you go.  And yes, this is where our cosplay pair got its name (and primary logo) from.

Celebrating An Era - 1980's!  City Hunter (1987)

Finishing off this weekend's OPs with another 80's-tastic series.  Sonic Soldier Borgman first aired just about thirty years ago.  While the series has never been released in the USA, the two short OVA films were.  The series is worth checking out and can be found subtitled online but the subs are pretty bad, even by HK subtitle standards.  The biggest brush with the mainstream Borgman had in the West was when the Sega Mark III game based on the series was localized as "Cyborg Hunter" and released on the Sega Master System in the USA.

Celebrating An Era - 1980's!  Sonic Soldier Borgman (1988)
*** 30th Anime Anniversary ***

 on: March 16, 2018, 11:31:14 AM 
Started by Miraculous Cosplay - Last post by Seismogenic
What sort of content are you planning for this panel? Just Q&A?

 on: March 15, 2018, 01:37:27 PM 
Started by lilbreezecosplay - Last post by PrincessSquib
Depending on the Time/Date,

I'll either be Rainbow Quartz,

or My BF and I will be the Big Buff Cheeto Puff and Pink Diamond!

Hope to see you there!

 on: March 14, 2018, 09:10:54 PM 
Started by Noodle - Last post by Noodle

Hello everybody! Welcome to Fanime's Gintama Gathering 2018! Cosplayers, photographers, friends and fans are all welcome. Let's make this years gathering one of the best!  :D

Host/Organizer: Noodle (Nooderu Cosplay)

Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Location: TBA

ACTIVITIES (open for suggestions)
Ice breaker
Group photos
All ladies/female characters (for any crossplayers)
All gentlemen/male characters (for any crossplayers)
Group photos of duplicated characters (e.g. multiple gintoki's)
Shimura siblings
Yato clan/siblings
Joui group
Any other pairing/small group photos
Another group photos
***Note: Fanime will be taking group pictures during the Gathering/Event this year. If you do not want to be included in those pictures please step aside for those photos. By remaining with the group when the pictures are being taken you give your consent to be photographed.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2075596059351712/
Photos from 2017 gathering: https://www.facebook.com/events/226379971090218/

Noodle (Nooderu Cosplay) - Host

 on: March 14, 2018, 08:00:45 PM 
Started by Xia - Last post by Lakari
Woohoo! Thanks Xia! I will definitely be there at 11am, in one of Sakura's new Clear Card outfits!

 on: March 14, 2018, 07:58:11 PM 
Started by thecrazycyborggirl - Last post by Lakari
I am down for Sunday afternoon for Houseki no Kuni gathering! Any day other than Saturday works for me honestly.

 on: March 14, 2018, 04:30:26 PM 
Started by Giantsgiants - Last post by Giantsgiants

Take Two (the publishers behind some well-known video game franchises like Grand Theft Auto and NBA 2K) CEO Strauss Zelnick stated that their future games will have some kind of recurrent consumer spending, that is, to keep gamers spending money on the game after they've already bought it.

A lot of users on GTAForums were outraged about this. It was quite the discussion on there.


 on: March 14, 2018, 09:11:47 AM 
Started by Imperial - Last post by olingamer
I'm cool with that. How about you moderator?

 on: March 14, 2018, 01:09:07 AM 
Started by Kite - Last post by Kite

 on: March 13, 2018, 08:23:42 PM 
Started by Senpai - Last post by Senpai
Bump for support! We have no chessmasters at this time and desperately need some people in gaming cosplays brave enough to take to the stage with their wit and charm!

http://tinyurl.com/y94sgl2n (chessmaster sign up)

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