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Ooo! Question: I just realized that my Area 88 Mickey Simon cosplay is based on the 2000s version, not the 1980s version (the color and symbols of the uniform changed). Would I need to revise my cosplay to the older version, or is just being part of the same series good enough?

No need to revise, as it all sprung from the same source work and lineage, it's all good.  Doubly so for a character like Mickey Simon, who has always been part of the franchise since the beginning, no matter the variation.

Technically Area 88 was created in 1979, making it a 70's property, although the first animated adaptation wasn't until 1985 with English issues of the manga even later.  For a franchise that never gained "mainstream" popularity, it sure spanned a lot of years and a lot of media!

Although, full disclosure, while I love the arcade and Super Famicom / Super Nintendo games based on Area 88, the otherwise unrelated arcade sequel Carrier Air Wing (U.S. Navy in Japan) takes the spot as my all time favorite shooter. hehe

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 ***

Good (very early) morning old schoolers!

*** Important Gathering Update ***

The Old School Cosplay (Pre-2001) Gathering has been officially confirmed! We are set for Friday, May 25th (Day 1) at 6PM. This year we will be moving just around the corner from last year to the ~new~ Gatherings G3 location.

Gatherings G3 is the wooden tiered platform area along the STAIRS THAT LEAD DOWN TO THE VIDEO ROOMS on the lower level. This location will give us more space to spread out, even lighting, lower stair platforms, and a protected backdrop wall. It's all around more convenient and if it works out well I would like it to become the new permanent location for the gathering.

Additionally the Photography Order has been expanded once again! If anyone has any ideas for photography order additions, any time from now until right up to at the gathering, let me know and I will add them to our extensive list!

Thank you all so much for your interest! Keep spreading the word, join us on Fanime Friday and continue to prove that just because it's old doesn't mean it isn't awesome!

Good afternoon old schoolers!

There are so many awesome pre-2001 cosplayers at Fanime every year and the amount of interest this gathering has generated is testament to that.  I am truly blown away with the amount of people that are looking at attending the Old School Cosplay Gathering, something that celebrates all of us and the media that created the fandom we all share in.  Speaking of sharing, thank you so much to everyone who has shared the event page!

In honor of Ryotaro Okiayu being announced as a FanimeCon 2018 guest of honor last week, I though I'd lead off the old school anime OPs and EDs this time around with my all time favorite shojo series, which he happens to voice the lead in.  Marmalade Boy was recently re-licensed and re-released, making the long out of print series affordable and available once more.

Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  Marmalade Boy (1994)

Celebrating An Era - 1980's!  Hokuto no Ken (1984)

Celebrating An Era - 1970's!  Space Pirate Captain Harlock (1978)
*** 40th Anime Anniversary ***

Doing one more OP for Friday as it appears that it began thirty years ago to this day!  It's also in my top three anime series I'd like to see an English fansub or official English subtitled release of, awesome opening song as well...

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

Good morning! Let's do three from Go Nagai this Saturday, beginning with my personal favorite of his works.

Celebrating An Era - 1970's! Cutey Honey (1973)

Continuing on with another massively influential Go Nagai creation -

Celebrating An Era - 1970's! Mazinger Z (1972)

And fishing up Saturday with what is currently the most well-known Go Nagai property outside of Japan -

Celebrating An Era - 1970's! Devilman (1972)

Let's begin Sunday's OPs with one of my favorite series. Yes, I'm one of the five people on the planet who likes Orguss more than Macross. The link features both the OP and the awesome ED as well!

Celebrating An Era - 1980's! Super Dimension Century Orguss (1983)

Another of my absolute favorites, crazy to think this first aired 40 years ago this September.

Celebrating An Era - 1970's! Galaxy Express 999 (1978)
*** 40th Anime Anniversary ***

Another favorite of mine to round out Sunday. Then again, I have a soft spot for Tsukasa Hojo's works. All kinds of crazy photographic tricks in this opening, I can't think of another anime series that has this much composite work in the OP, but there's a subtlety to it.

Celebrating An Era - 1980's! Cat's Eye (1983)

Registration / Re: Registration Question
« on: March 08, 2018, 09:27:39 PM »
I am not staff.

No idea about the opening times, they should be listed on the registration section of the website - if not now, they will be as the convention gets closer.  Usually it's open around 8am if I remember correctly.

If they use the same self-service badge-on-demand system as last year the at-con line should move fast as it takes to register and pay.

For single-day registration, I would suggest buying your badge online the day of to speed up registration.  Then at-con all you have to do is go up to one of the self-service stations, scan your code, and grab your badge.  No delays while they take your information or process your payment, that's all done beforehand.  That's how my sisters did single-day last year (I do all weekend with Day Zero pickup) and it took them as long as walking through the small registration area to be finished.

Granted, that's if they use the same system, which I would assume they would considering how it looks like registration is going this year.

FanimeCon badges don't sell out, that's not something to worry about.

On another post you said HxH cosplayers were welcome on Friday evening. What time exactly? I'll be there as Killua

You are correct, Hunter x Hunter is good to go as it began in 1998.  Until final confirmation of gathering slots is given by the Cosplay Gatherings Department, times are tentative.  However we're always on Friday evening and the plan is to have the gathering at 6pm (again) as it accommodates more people getting off work and getting through registration.  I'd assume we'd retain that time slot as the gathering has a long history at that time.

If I can find it (and still fit in it =P), I'll go as Mickey Simon from Area 88.

Ah, that would be freaking awesome!!  We had Shin Kazama there two years ago!

I remember being around two years ago as Moonlight Knight.  Long as my schedule and plans don't clash, wouldn't mind making a comeback.

That would be great, we'd love to see you return!

Good afternoon old schoolers!

Here we are at the beginning of March, just about three full months until FanimeCon 2018! Crazy rain and wind in Fanime's backyard right now - let's hope for cool temperatures and clear skies come the end of May.

As we're within three months of the convention, I'm going to expand the old school anime openings and endings to a couple every day, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. As a courtesy the Fanime Forums thread will only be bumped once with OPs / EDs each Friday along with the initial post weekly, with all the following OPs / EDs for that weekend being added as a post edit.

I'm kicking things off this time with my favorite of Hideaki Anno's works, which will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this October.

Celebrating An Era - 1980's! Aim for the Top! / GunBuster (1988)
*** 30th Anime Anniversary ***

Celebrating An Era - 1990's! The Irresponsible Captain Tylor (1993)

Celebrating An Era - 1960's!  Ribon no Kishi / Princess Knight (1967)

Keeping things rolling along this Saturday with more OPs and EDs...

Celebrating An Era - 1990's! Martian Successor Nadesico (1996)

Celebrating An Era - 1970's! Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (1972)

Celebrating An Era - 1980's! Ranma 1/2 (1989)

'Morning everyone, here are a few more OPs for Sunday...

Celebrating An Era - 1990's! Outlaw Star (1998)
*** 20th Anime Anniversary ***

Another one of those once super well-known and highly regarded series that sort of just faded out of the fandom as time rolled on.

Celebrating An Era - 1990's! Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990)

Rounding out the classic OPs for this Sunday, one that just got re-uploaded ten hours ago! Glad to see this one back up because it has a great theme song and a cool intro. For whatever reason it gets pulled down all the time. Makes no sense, it's not like the Dairugger was very big in Japan or the USA, the subtitled DVD release was notoriously limited and of poor quality, and WEP hasn't done anything with their localized Vehicle Voltron version in forever. Oh well, check it out while you can!

Celebrating An Era - 1980's! Armored Squadron Dairugger XV (1982)

Good evening old schoolers!

FanimeCon gatherings submissions are now live, so if anyone here is hosting a gathering of their own, check out the forums for an official post and link to the gathering form.  The Old School Cosplay Gathering has been submitted and upon hearing confirmation of our date, time and location it will be made official.  In the meantime, the tentative plan is still for Friday evening as usual, 6pm, but we should be moving around the corner to the lower wooden riser staircase that leads down to the video rooms.  There we should have way better and more consistent lighting, less foot traffic behind the gathering, and easier accessibility (no climbing up and down the huge stair platforms).

As the voyage to gatherings for FanimeCon 2018 sort of officially began today, I thought this OP was appropriate.  Next weekend we'll pick up with more OPs and EDs each Friday, Saturday and Sunday as March begins.

Celebrating An Era - 1970's!  Space Battleship Yamato (1974)

I'm still figuring out my cosplay lineup, but if all goes well, I'll be Shaina from Saint Seiya. It was a 1980s-1990s manga/anime. Hope to see you there!

Cool!  We had a couple of Saint Seiya cosplayers at the gathering last year. ^_^

I've been giving things a lot of thought, and while I want to do Michiru, I think it would be better if I did Boi instead because I'm already in the middle of that cosplay since I was trying to have it done for Sac-Anime last year, and if I did him for Fanime, I would have him done for PMC.

So yeah. ><" Next year though I'll probly do Michiru. :3

Hehe, cool. ^_^

At least with Sailor Moon characters, they're pretty timeless in the vibe of current anime fandom, so they usually don't have the urgency to complete that some other cosplays may cause.

Good afternoon old schoolers!

I hope you are all well this Friday and that you're doing whatever you wish to do today.  Going with an anime ending today, one of my favorites.  Also one of my favorite ending songs, Atsuku Naretara / If I Can Be Passionate from City Hunter 3.  I swear, the City Hunter franchise has the best anime series soundtracks ever released.

Celebrating An Era - 1980's!  City Hunter 3 (1989) [ENDING]

Good afternoon old schoolers!

Crazy few days of summer-like weather here in FanimeCon's backyard, too bad I don't need to do any cosplay spray painting this year!  An extra thanks to those who have shared the event page for this gathering, it is most appreciated!  There are tons of pre-2001 cosplayers at Fanime, let's bring us all together for this gathering on Friday evening!

Going to stick to one OP per week each Friday through February but in March I'll start to pick them up and move to a few every weekend - as always - as there are a ton I'd like to get through and they really get me in that pre-2001 anime mood for the gathering!  Today an opening from 1971 that has been massively influential - just take a look at the Cowboy Bebop opening for proof.

Celebrating An Era - 1970's!  Lupin III (1971)

I started getting things to make Michiru! I'm aiming to get the fruit maid version done for Fanime. ^^

Yay!  Although I'll be wearing Captain Kiichi Goto from Mobile Police Patlabor ( 30th anniversary! ) at the Old School Cosplay Gathering, my wife and I are doing Sailor Moon S episode 106 Michiru and Haruka for the Sailor Moon gathering.  (Retiring Makoto Kino and Motoki Furuhata for Fanime 2018 after two years)  That's the origin / how they met flashback episode of the series - which means I ~really~ hope it isn't hot at Fanime this year as that cosplay consists of a full driving suit.

Really happy to see a Devilman / Go Nagai gathering this year!  For any classic Go Nagai cosplayers that may be suited up on Friday evening, you are also welcome at the Old School Cosplay Gathering -,21285.0.html

Two gatherings Go Nagai cosplayers can attend in 2018 - it's the end times, man!  :)

Definitely coming to the gathering as Pen Pen.

 But not sure where I would be in the line up.

Cool!  All Evangelion peeps are welcome at the gathering, obviously.

I think I'll add an animals spot to the photography list (always looking to expand the list every year) but for Pen Pen you have...
1990's (obviously).
Military / rank and file.
Public servants / government organizations / secret organizations.

And whatever else we all come up with at the gathering depending on who's there.

well, I do get to see the person who is working on said form on the 10th, so you could say an announcement of an announcement is the tenth of this month.

Ah, alright! Just another question though, do we all really need to wait till May 14th to get a confirmation on our gatherings slots as well receiving for the day, times, locations?
I feel as if this isn't enough time for cosplayers who would like to attend the gatherings to know if they would want to attend or not since it's only about 10 days before the con. Some cosplayers plan ahead of time so they'll need to know the exact day and such as soon as possible in order to see if they are able to make it. I've had others who came asking about my gathering and they were wondering about the same thing.

If I remember correctly, the May 14th date was for 2017 and was a last minute catch-all contingency for hosts that were unable to have their requested gathering times / locations fulfilled.  It was so an alternate time / location could get worked out before the gatherings list went to print for convention materials, basically the last stop before the final list was set in stone - or cardboard.  Again, that's what I recall from last year - I'm not convention staff or anything.  The gathering list came out well in advance of that date, it was just the last date for changes.

Good evening old schoolers!

Going to get back into an old school opening or ending every Friday once again, starting today.  Zillion is kind of an interesting one as while it is pretty obscure, the two Sega Mark III games (Sega Master System in the USA and other regions) were released stateside.  Additionally the Sega Light Phaser is the Zillion gun, and apparently the Zillion laser tag sets had limited North American distribution.  Cool opening with a catchy theme.

Celebrating An Era - 1980's!  Akai Kodan Zillion (1987)

Cosplay! Construction, Tips, Gatherings, Advice / Re: HunterXHunter 2018
« on: January 30, 2018, 01:57:08 PM »

My friend who hosted last year will be hosting a HxH Gathering this year and will be posting an event soon. Thanks!

Cool, same thing - if any HxH peeps are cosplaying on Friday evening, they are welcome at the Old School Cosplay Gathering as a second gathering op.

Cosplay! Construction, Tips, Gatherings, Advice / Re: HunterXHunter 2018
« on: January 29, 2018, 06:40:48 PM »
If you are unable to pull a gathering group together for Hunter x Hunter (and even if you are and attendees would like a second gathering to attend), friendly reminder you are all welcome at the Old School Cosplay Gathering as the manga began in 1998:,21285.0.html

Traditionally the Old School Cosplay Gathering is on Friday evening and that is my advance plan yet again.

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