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Title: 2021 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on December 03, 2019, 07:56:18 PM
As I am sure you are aware, FanimeCon 2020 has been deferred to 2021 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  We are fully committed to hosting this gathering (as well as our Vintage Anime panel) in 2021.  However until official gathering submissions open for FanimeCon 2021, all information below is TO BE ANNOUNCED, although we generally are at the same time (evening of of the first day as tradition) and place every year.

Until then, every Friday I'm going to continue to share an old school anime opening or ending right up until Fanime, as usual.  That means you have over a year of weekly posts to look forward to and we'll keep that old school fire burning.  If you have any questions or concerns, just let me know.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and we'll see you next year.

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Greetings old school cosplayers!  The previous Old School Gathering was a blast as always, thank you all for your amazing attendance, awesome cosplay, and continued representation of the fandoms that created anime conventions!  Of course I'm back to host yet again!  Continuing the tradition of the gathering that got me into cosplay, I announce the...

Fanime 2021 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering!

(http://www.classicplastic.net/zzforums/fanime/2021-OldSchoolCosplayGathering-001s.jpg)

Come celebrate the rich history of Japanese entertainment culture!

This is a hugely open gathering for those of you / us who cosplay as characters from the previous century.  Essentially if your cosplay character appears in Anime, Manga, Video Games or Live Action that began PRIOR to 2001, then this is the gathering for you!  Although I like to have a decidedly Japanese lean to this gathering, it is not completely exclusive.

Day : Friday, May 28th, 2021 (Day 1).
Time : TBA, more than likely 6PM - 7PM.
Meeting Place (MP) : Same as Location.
Location (L) : TBA, more than likely Gatherings G3, Downstairs Tiered Platform.

This will be our fifth consecutive year hosting! We will be at the same location as previous - turn right from the main Convention Center entrance, and head down the stairs to the video rooms on the lower level.  We will be on the downstairs wooden tiered platforms between the stairs and the escalators.

Gatherings G3 is the wooden tiered platform area along the stairs that lead down to the video rooms on the lower level.  This will be our third year at this location, with the familiarity allowing for good crowd management.


Cosplayers : If you would like, please post who your cosplay character is, what title it is from and what year you are representing!  As this gathering is a total wildcard mix of different characters, series, studios, and genres - spanning time rather than properties - a definitive list is otherwise not provided.  Part of the fun of the OSCG is seeing just who shows up.


Legal Statement : 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.


Photography Order : If there is any specific setup or shot you would like, just let me know!  This gathering is to celebrate all of us as cosplayers who keep the vintage fire alive.

Group shot.
By era - 1960's (or earlier).
By era - 1970's.
By era - 1980's.
By era - 1990's (to 2000).
Characters who use swords / knives / blades / etc.
Characters known to get physical / fighters / brawlers.
Military / rank and file / soldiers.
Characters with psychic powers / spiritual powers / espers / magic / etc.
Pilots / drivers / craft operators / mech jockeys.
Teachers / students / faculty / school attendants / etc.
Characters who use firearms / laser guns / projectile weapons / etc.
Magical girls.
Animals / pets.
Spacefaring characters / those who live off-world.
Robots / androids / synthetic people / mecha.
Characters who are mysterious / shadowy.
Public servants / government organizations / secret organizations.
Characters with secret identities.
Characters in uniform of any type.
Battle teams.
Video game characters.
Characters who are on the run / fugitives / scoundrels / bounty hunters.
Monsters / demons / youma / zombies / etc.
Characters who are technically minded / deductive / intelligent / geniuses.
Great warriors / legendary masters.
Civilians.
Aliens.
Heroes.
Villains.
Heroes vs Villains.
Cosplayers representing the manga version of their character.
Age vs Youth / old characters vs young characters.
Live Action only characters.
Pairings / couples.
Group shot for late attendees (regular / humorous).

Series groups (dependent on attendance / cosplayer request).
By studio / production team (dependent on attendance / cosplayer request).
Solo shots (cosplayer request).
Additional requests (cosplayer request).

I am always up for future ideas to add to the list!  A good portion of the photo order is built upon suggestions from previous years.  I may be trimming the list a bit this year to get the order cycled faster.


Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/974633966226466/


This is an excellent gathering to psyche you up for the convention weekend.  If you're an old school cosplayer, stop by and join us!  Feel free to pop in for a moment to say hi, see some incredible cosplay, pose for some pictures, and continue to prove that just because it's old doesn't mean it isn't awesome!


Thank you so very much.  Let's have another great turnout and continue this wonderful Fanime tradition!


Title: Re: 2020 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on December 03, 2019, 07:57:02 PM
Hold Space (A).
Title: Re: 2020 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on December 03, 2019, 07:57:40 PM
Hold Space (B).
Title: Re: 2020 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: Angelx624 on January 02, 2020, 01:41:55 AM
I should be there as Satsuki from My Neighbor Totoro! :)
Title: Re: 2020 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: Eri Kagami on January 05, 2020, 07:15:33 PM
So, I'm working on two UC Gundam cosplays in the works to compliment my partner's Bright cosplay. Looking forward to this!
Title: Re: 2020 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on January 12, 2020, 09:25:35 PM
Housing over the horizon!  This is the first FanimeCon since I've started cosplaying where we don't have any new cosplay lined up.  There's stuff we're working on but don't plan on having it ready to go for Fanime 2020.  Present plan for the gathering is to bring back our Patlabor captains cosplay, since we didn't wear them at all in 2019 - surprisingly!

I should be there as Satsuki from My Neighbor Totoro! :)

Woohoo! Still a long way off but I hope your cosplay and scheduling plans come together smoothly.  Thank you for attending every year!

So, I'm working on two UC Gundam cosplays in the works to compliment my partner's Bright cosplay. Looking forward to this!

Awesome! I love seeing Gundam characters at the gathering!!
Title: Re: 2020 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: Angelx624 on January 12, 2020, 10:52:12 PM
Yup, though I've had the cosplay done since last August. And you're welcome! ^^ Hopefully this time I won't be late.
Title: Re: 2020 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: Cyanide_Exploder on January 17, 2020, 07:22:26 PM
Depending on what I can put together, I could show up this year as Ichiro Ogami from Sakura Wars. If not, then I'll return as Shinji Ikari from NGE.
Title: Re: 2020 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: The Sea-Faring Otaku on January 28, 2020, 09:43:29 PM
Our Outlaw Star crew will be back, yet again! The best gathering at Fanime!
Title: Re: 2020 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: Angelx624 on February 09, 2020, 07:35:25 PM
There is a possibility I might be bringing Sheeta instead, but the blue dress instead of the other outfit.

But will know for sure closer to the con. ^^ (If I bring Sheeta, I'll likely bring Satsuki to AX)
Title: Re: 2020 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: sylveoncos on February 16, 2020, 05:44:39 PM
Tokyo mew mew began putting out copies of its manga in 2001, would that still be included in this gathering? It was being written in 2000. I’m thinking not because it didnt end until 2003, but i thought i would check just in case :)
Title: Re: 2020 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on February 23, 2020, 05:16:35 PM
Depending on what I can put together, I could show up this year as Ichiro Ogami from Sakura Wars. If not, then I'll return as Shinji Ikari from NGE.

Either would be great!  Crazy times we live in, as the first Sakura Wars game ~just~ had a fan translation released.


Our Outlaw Star crew will be back, yet again! The best gathering at Fanime!

Your group is awesome, thank you for attending over the years!!


There is a possibility I might be bringing Sheeta instead, but the blue dress instead of the other outfit.

But will know for sure closer to the con. ^^ (If I bring Sheeta, I'll likely bring Satsuki to AX)

All good either way.  Fanime seemed so far away but only three months to go now!


Tokyo mew mew began putting out copies of its manga in 2001, would that still be included in this gathering? It was being written in 2000. I’m thinking not because it didnt end until 2003, but i thought i would check just in case :)

The golden rule for the gathering is the series / game / property had to be RELEASED before 2001.  That said, although collected volumes of Tokyo Mew Mew weren't published until 2001, per my research it was first published serialized in Nakayoshi in late 2000... so it ~just~ makes the cut, so you're good to go!


Note: while I REALLY try to ensure we're all pre-2001, I don't narc and research every series / character. However I do also host a vintage anime panel (Vintage Anime Name That Year - returning for two hours on Saturday morning for Fanime 2020), so I always look into series that people bring up for possible use there.  :)
Title: Re: 2020 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: sylveoncos on February 27, 2020, 11:05:28 AM
Thank you so much for the reply! :)
Title: Re: 2020 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: Angelx624 on February 27, 2020, 04:14:52 PM
I do make sure to research that the series/movie/etc my cosplay is from was released before 2001 if it's not obvious or if I don't know for sure beforehand. :3
Title: Re: 2020 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on February 28, 2020, 08:10:51 PM
Thank you so much for the reply! :)

You're welcome!


I do make sure to research that the series/movie/etc my cosplay is from was released before 2001 if it's not obvious or if I don't know for sure beforehand. :3

Thank you!  I have learned about so many more anime and manga series through the past five years hosting this gathering - through discussions at con, here, and on the Facebook event page - than I ever would have otherwise.

Additionally there are so many who have no idea a series they love or cosplay from is from before 2001 - Wangan Midnight is a series that comes to mind as an example.  Sure the anime is from 2007 and video games based upon it continue to be released to this day but the manga began in 1990 - predating even Initial D! (another series that gets overlooked as old school)


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As for gathering updates, the gathering has been officially submitted for the usual day / time (Friday, 6PM).  Now that the form is active, I'll be more active both here and on the Facebook event page.  (yeah, that means it'll be time for the traditional anime openings soon.......)
Title: Re: 2020 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on March 08, 2020, 12:19:22 PM
Good morning old schoolers!

Among concerns in relation to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Silicon Valley, I want to state that as long as FanimeCon is held as scheduled, both the Old School Gathering and our Vintage Anime - Name That Year panel WILL BE HOSTED as scheduled.  We are local to FanimeCon, are living our lives as normal, and absolutely plan on attending this May.

Best practices of washing hands before and after eating, using the restroom, or utilizing public transit are no different with or without a viral outbreak. As are confining coughing and sneezing, and avoiding others when sick.  Although these are general hygiene precautions, it can't hurt to be reminded of them now and again.

If anyone has any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me either here or via the Facebook Event Page.  Thank you.
Title: Re: 2020 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on March 13, 2020, 01:24:48 PM
Good afternoon old schoolers!

A lot going on right now in the world and here in Santa Clara County where FanimeCon is hosted.  Santa Clara County Public Health Department announced today an additional mandatory countywide moratorium on gatherings of more than 100 persons, and a conditional countywide moratorium on gatherings of between 35-100 persons, for at least three weeks from 3/14/2020.

It should be said, while I am NOT convention staff in any way, the likelihood of FanimeCon 2020 being rescheduled or canceled is a real possibility as we have seen with other conventions and events around the world.  This is reality right now, and I implore everyone to resist becoming cynical or angry in response.  We're too awesome of a fandom for that.

I want to emphasize that if FanimeCon 2020 is is postponed, whenever that may be - EVEN IF IT DOESN'T HAPPEN UNTIL 2021, we will host this gathering on the evening of Day 1 as tradition.  Additionally as long as Fanime Panels are held whenever the convention may occur, we will absolutely host our Vintage Anime - Name That Year panel as intended.  We are continuing to prepare for both this gathering and our panel as if it were business as usual.  We are totally committed to hosting these events at FanimeCon.  Best case, worst case, it will still go on once we come out of this crisis.

That's what old school otaku do, we persevere.

To that end, at minimum, every Friday I'm going to share an old school anime opening or ending right up until Fanime, as usual.  If by worst case scenario FanimeCon doesn't happen for a year - then you have a year of these posts to look forward to, and we'll keep that old school fire burning.  If you have any questions or concerns, just let me know.

So today I kick things off with a smooth, jazzy, relaxing ending that is one of my favorites - from my favorite hard sci-fi anime series -

Celebrating An Era - 1980's!  Armored Trooper VOTOMS (1983) [ENDING]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcJoViCuefc
Title: Re: 2020 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: Angelx624 on March 17, 2020, 06:28:34 PM
Hoping for the best and that Fanime doesn't get cancelled. But if it does, there's nothing we can really do.

Just gonna plan ahead regardless. :)
Title: Re: 2020 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on March 20, 2020, 11:09:55 AM
Hoping for the best and that Fanime doesn't get cancelled. But if it does, there's nothing we can really do.

Just gonna plan ahead regardless. :)

Absolutely.  A postponement (even until 2021) doesn't mean the end of Fanime, fandoms, cosplay, or conventions in general.  Sure it isn't ideal but that's just how it is.
Title: Re: 2020 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on March 20, 2020, 11:22:05 AM
Good morning old schoolers!

As I'm sure you are all aware, the global COVID-19 situation is continuing to unfold and affect events and everyday life everywhere you look.  Here in Santa Clara County (where FanimeCon is hosted), we have been under shelter-in-place ordinance for the past week, ahead of the statewide California ordinance issued yesterday.  We're doing fine, are thankfully able to work from home, are good on provisions and are adjusting well to the changes for the short future ahead.

I'm sure at this point FanimeCon 2020 will either be postponed or canceled for 2020.  What I continue to implore attendees NOT to do is get cynical or angry toward FanimeCon or facilities staff before a specific announcement is made.  A FanimeCon cancellation and refund is completely new territory for this event (as it is with many others), and as such its implementation will take time.

As stated last week, we are committed to hosting this gathering whenever the next FanimeCon is held (even if it isn't until 2021), on the evening of the first day, as tradition.  Additionally I am committed to sharing an old school anime opening or ending every Friday until that glorious day comes.

With that, here is this week's anime opening, from the Gundam series that everyone seems to like.

Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  Mobile Suit Gundam The 08th MS Team (1996)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKlR_J2H6YA
Title: Re: 2020 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on March 27, 2020, 03:51:06 PM
Good afternoon old schoolers!

I do hope you are all well and following shelter-in-place ordinances if they are in effect where you reside.  We are continuing preparations for the gathering and our panel, however with rumblings that the California shelter-in-place ordinance will last between 8-12 weeks, we do believe that FanimeCon 2020 will be postponed until 2021.  That's fine though, as we'll be there on the other side of this to continue our annual FanimeCon events. 

Nothing is certain until an official announcement is made but at this time it's pretty much inevitable.  Once an official announcement is made, we will be sure to update the relevant initial threads for the convention programming we host.

Continuing with a weekly anime OP or ED, I thought we could all use a modern classic most of us are familiar with.

Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  Cowboy Bebop (1998)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRI_8PUXx2A
Title: Re: 2020 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: The Sea-Faring Otaku on March 28, 2020, 04:00:14 PM
Good afternoon old schoolers!

I do hope you are all well and following shelter-in-place ordinances if they are in effect where you reside.  We are continuing preparations for the gathering and our panel, however with rumblings that the California shelter-in-place ordinance will last between 8-12 weeks, we do believe that FanimeCon 2020 will be postponed until 2021.  That's fine though, as we'll be there on the other side of this to continue our annual FanimeCon events. 

Nothing is certain until an official announcement is made but at this time it's pretty much inevitable.  Once an official announcement is made, we will be sure to update the relevant initial threads for the convention programming we host.

Continuing with a weekly anime OP or ED, I thought we could all use a modern classic most of us are familiar with.

Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  Cowboy Bebop (1998)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRI_8PUXx2A

Here’s hoping! If things fall through, I’m planning on trying to post some updated cosplay photos the day of the meetup. If we can’t do it in person, we can do it virtual, right?
Title: Re: 2020 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on April 03, 2020, 08:04:12 PM
Here’s hoping! If things fall through, I’m planning on trying to post some updated cosplay photos the day of the meetup. If we can’t do it in person, we can do it virtual, right?

That's cool!  I'm thinking of running through the 2018 and 2019 versions of my Vintage Anime - Name That Year panel and posting them on YouTube if Fanime 2020 ends up being postponed until 2021 (where the planned 2020 version would be run) as a bit of a consolation.
Title: Re: 2020 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on April 03, 2020, 08:13:20 PM
Good evening old schoolers!

Adjusting to the current normal?  Things around here have started to level out a bit - as more follow the requested precautions, grocery stores begin to get their stock levels back to something resembling a standard, and each day rolls on.  I've been getting more and more in the cosplay mood as even if postponement until 2021 is more than likely over the horizon, as even those far-off dates are growing closer every day.

This Friday's weekly old school anime OP is from a reasonably obscure series that I love.  The film version - SF New Century Lensman (which came before the series) was localized and released simply as "Lensman" by Streamline Pictures, and actually aired as one of the three original anime films on the Sci-Fi Channel under their "Adventures in Japanese Animation" film showcase.  The series has been slowly undergoing high quality fansubbing and it can be found with a simple web search.  While it has very little to do with the Lensman books (which themselves influenced pretty much all modern space operas), it's still a lot of fun and has some very unique ship designs.

Celebrating An Era - 1980's!  Galactic Patrol Lensman (1984)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBod6EKQaok
Title: Re: 2020 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on April 10, 2020, 03:47:22 PM
Good afternoon old schoolers!

I do hope you are all safe, all well, and are all taking precautions where possible and necessary.  With the in-person Bay Area school year recently scuttled, I believe the Fanime 2020 cancellation notice is just around the corner.  That doesn't matter for us though, as we're in this for the long haul.  Here's a great opening for today of a really wonderful series I'm in the process of watching. (the Blu-ray is really cheap if you're curious)

Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC-ZOme1UEA
Title: Re: 2021 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on April 17, 2020, 05:13:38 PM
Good evening old schoolers!

As FanimeCon 2020 has been postponed until 2021, we're going to go ahead and roll the gathering over to 2021 as we predicted would happen a couple weeks ago.  Nothing has changed for the gathering, other than the date.  For this week's old school anime OP, I thought I would go with one that exudes positive energy.  It's also my favorite anime OP, from one of my absolute favorite anime series.

Celebrating An Era - 1980's!  Mobile Police Patlabor - Early Days (1988)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMpI_bc3LrI
Title: Re: 2021 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: The Sea-Faring Otaku on April 18, 2020, 04:28:57 AM
Good evening old schoolers!

As FanimeCon 2020 has been postponed until 2021, we're going to go ahead and roll the gathering over to 2021 as we predicted would happen a couple weeks ago.  Nothing has changed for the gathering, other than the date.  For this week's old school anime OP, I thought I would go with one that exudes positive energy.  It's also my favorite anime OP, from one of my absolute favorite anime series.

Celebrating An Era - 1980's!  Mobile Police Patlabor - Early Days (1988)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMpI_bc3LrI

Can’t wait to see y’all in 2021!
Title: Re: 2021 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on April 24, 2020, 06:14:19 PM
Good evening old schoolers!

This week's old school anime OP is one of slickest ever made and a series that was incredibly out of print until very recently.  2020 marks the OVA's 25th anniversary!

Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  Gunsmith Cats (1995)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7HPyUcy37I
*** 25th Anime Anniversary ***
Title: Re: 2021 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: Angelx624 on April 25, 2020, 01:06:46 AM
Sad that we won't be having Fanime this year, the wait's gonna be long but we'll make it!
Title: Re: 2021 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on May 02, 2020, 01:32:45 AM
Sad that we won't be having Fanime this year, the wait's gonna be long but we'll make it!

Absolutely!
Title: Re: 2021 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on May 02, 2020, 01:41:15 AM
Good very late evening / morning old schoolers!

Had a bunch of connection downtime today so this post is a bit late, but here as always.  So May has begun, the first May for many of us that won't feature a FanimeCon.  Shelter in place has been extended to May 31st, which I am sure doesn't surprise anyone currently.  This week's old school anime OP is an adaptation of a massively influential work by Go Nagai, that continues to be popular to this day.  I honestly prefer the anime adaptation over the original work - but I know I'm in the minority.

Celebrating An Era - 1970's! Devilman (1972)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQF_dw2eivM
Title: Re: 2021 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on May 08, 2020, 06:18:13 PM
Good evening old schoolers!

How about an old one this week, an old property that is still well-known and going strong.  Not bad for a manga series that began in 1962!

Celebrating An Era - 1960's!  Osomatsu-kun (1966)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGjzVewfIAU
Title: Re: 2021 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on May 15, 2020, 05:37:56 PM
Good evening old schoolers!

Going with another Gundam series for this week as I've actually been working on some Gunpla during shelter in place.  I hadn't touched one in almost twenty years but it has been entertaining so far.  I really only like very specific kits, one of which is in this opening sequence!

Love it or hate it, Gundam Wing is without a doubt the most important Gundam series in the west.  When it first aired on American television it almost instantly made Gundam mainstream and along with it Gundam kits began to show up at virtually every big box store.  On the surface Gundam Wing isn't the best series - it's character development is kinda weird, it was more or less made to attract a female audience with its pretty-boy cast and political rise of its young female lead, and the longer it runs the more its narrative falls apart.  It's not bad, it's just strange for a Gundam property.  There are way better Gundam series to check out, both if you're looking for crazy mech action or more somber and adult stories.

.....that said, Heavyarms is my all time favorite Gundam and its pilot, Trowa Barton, is my favorite Gundam character.  It's such a unique take on the mecha of the series, relying on massive conventional firepower rather than fancy gimmicks or fanciful weaponry.  It's a bit like a scopedog from VOTOMS equipped with the missile pods of a valkyrie from Macross.  Then of course the massive gun on its left arm, which is combined with a defensive shield.  I also really, really like the Tallgeese from Gundam Wing as well.  ...I guess there's a lot I like in a series that I really don't care for.

It's also celebrating its 25th anniversary this year!! (crazy)

Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (1995)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY1IH4D1LNQ
Title: Re: 2021 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on May 21, 2020, 06:43:05 PM
Good evening old schoolers!

This is by far the strangest gathering update I've written in the five years since inheriting the Old School gathering.  Today would have been Day Zero for FanimeCon 2020, with many of us already on site and heading over to Day Zero swap meet.  I can remember at this time on Day Zero in 2019 I was finishing up dinner downtown with my wife (who is also the gathering co-host) and roughing out some video room plans for the weekend and discussing photography setups for the gathering.

Occasionally I get a bit of the post-con depression but I think this year we're all going to have a bit of pre-con depression.  I can't express how much I miss being at Fanime, hosting this gathering, and seeing all of you.  We have so many cosplayers who attend the gathering consecutively year after year - which just amazes me!  The way I look at it right now is every day that passes is another day closer to the 2021 convention.  That's a great thing - that a little further over the horizon we'll be able to have this convention, this gathering, and I assure you it will be a blast.

Although I will not be hosting any online events this weekend (cosplay prep time was traded for making non-medical face masks), if anyone is hosting any old school anime related events or panels online - please let me know and I will promote them here over the weekend.  With the deferment to 2021 I haven't been promoting the gathering as much as I usually do, but I will do what I can to shine a bit more attention on events that attendees may be hosting.

How I'm going to contribute to this "Fanime at home" programming that a few are running with, is provide an old school anime video link that is NOT an OP or ED but something you may enjoy that won't take much of your time.  I'm going to post one today, and then Friday - Monday.

Please stay positive, please stay safe, and please remember that when FanimeCon 2021 rolls around you'll see me standing at the top of the Gatherings G3 stairs on Fanime Friday with my megaphone in hand.

Today's special video is a couple of music videos from Project A-ko, a film and OVA series that was crucial to getting me into anime during the second western anime boom in the early 90's.  Nostalgia is a big part of a lot of the anime from this time but the first Project A-ko movie is really freaking entertaining all on its own.  The two songs featured in this video, Dance Away and Follow Your Dream, not only instantly send me back to my early anime days, they're also perfect for what we're currently going though.

- Special Virtual Old School Celebration -
Celebrating An Era - 1980's!  Project A-ko (1986)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdX6U5OOoag
Title: Re: 2021 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering
Post by: InsaneDavid on May 22, 2020, 10:28:18 AM
Good morning old schoolers!

So here we are, the clock has continued forward, and we are at the day that would have been.  I'd be lying if I said I wasn't saddened today but I'm glad to be healthy, to still be working, and have things still good enough where I can feel bad about an anime convention being postponed.

Again - anyone who may be hosting some kind of online or virtual old school anime / retro event today, please let me know!

Continuing with the special weekend of videos to share, this one is an official music video that features a song - Full Moon Light - that instantly sends me back to the mid 1990's.  Hearing it totally makes me feel like I'm in high school again, it's the weirdest thing.  There was a time that Devil Hunter Yohko was a core series that virtually every anime fan had seen or at least knew about.  It was the first title that ADV distributed, making it one of the most important anime series to the introduction and growth of anime in the west during the 90's boom.  It blows my mind to think that it's currently a lost property in desperate need of rescue and re-release.

This video is from the fourth OVA (Devil Hunter Yohko 4-Ever), itself a collection of music videos - essentially AMVs before there were AMVs.  Apologies for the video quality and non-English subs.

- Special Virtual Old School Celebration -
Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  Devil Hunter Yohko (1990)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24jDOctBdXc
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Post by: InsaneDavid on May 23, 2020, 01:07:18 PM
Good afternoon old schoolers!

How're you all holding up over this non-convention weekend?  I was planning on recording some virtual panels but it really doesn't work out with my setup as they're so heavily based on audience participation.  On the bright side, we do have a bit of a heat wave coming up here in Fanime's backyard so at least we're avoiding that - have to look for the positives.

For today I have a few special videos to share, two advertisements and the television version of one of my favorite OVA films.

First off is the Columbia House anime video club and their Akira commercial, something that was on heavy rotation on 90's cable television.  If you haven't seen Akira (or haven't seen it in awhile) it's the perfect time to give it a watch as it surprisingly lines up with the world we're living in right now - right down to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  It's currently available on many streaming services.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIfu-FsxG00

Second is an old Sci-Fi Channel promo for "Adventures in Japanese Animation" which was the American television premier of Robot Carnival, Lensman, and Vampire Hunter D.  This was the first showcase of anime films on the network and what would be come their annual "Festival of Anime" in the summers and later "Saturday Anime."  Of these films, Robot Carnival and Vampire Hunter D are currently licensed and available from your favorite anime distributor.  As for Lensman (which is the Galactic Patrol Lensman film), due to a number of factors it's in a licensing hell it will never get out of, although if you search online the entire film has been restored with the English dub track and English fansubs and can be found - including the series that later spun off from it.  These are all great films, with Robot Carnival being my favorite of the three.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvF5Mw8iR7A

And finally, something a little different.  This OVA is available from Discotek Media right now on DVD in its original four episode format, both the dub and previously unavailable sub - go buy it if you're even remotely interested!  Please support the physical media anime industry!  The version included below is a VHS recording of 8 Man After as it once aired on the Sci-Fi Channel, television edits, commercials, promos and all.  It is being presented here only for nostalgia and because it's one of the most old school con-at-home type things I can think of.  The original 1963 8 Man series was hugely influential to anime history - arguably being the first anime series to incorporate dynamic camera movement, realistic character designs, and possibly the first use of speed lines.  He's also Japan's first cyborg superhero! (energy cigarettes not included)

- Special Virtual Old School Celebration -
Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  8 Man After (1993)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzpVJUIgpSk
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Post by: InsaneDavid on May 24, 2020, 04:01:41 PM
Good afternoon old schoolers!

Continuing with this weekend's special posts, here's a half hour compilation vintage Japanese Sailor Moon product commercials.  I want to also mention that the Sailor Moon Super Famicom RPG (of which a commercial is shown in this video), Sailor Moon Another Story, has recently been fan re-translated and is absolutely worth taking a look at as it features an excellent post-Sailor Moon S story.  As for the commercials in the compilation - everything from video games to fish sausage... and a strange amount of sliding puzzles.  Were those really that popular for licensed properties?

- Special Virtual Old School Celebration -
Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon (1992)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8rV3i71C8c
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Post by: InsaneDavid on May 25, 2020, 10:34:09 AM
Good morning old schoolers!

Any other Monday of Fanime I'd more than likely be sitting in a video room, finishing my coffee and stretching out before doing another run through the halls right about now.  Convention Monday's have always been a bit low-key, usually either not cosplaying or wearing something that is reasonably less involved.  Heck, the past two years wearing an Ultraseven festival mask has been the extent of my Monday cosplay.

As we close out this convention weekend that wasn't, I'm going to pull back to an OP / ED with a specific ending.  Hundred Beast King Golion is most famously known as the original source of Lion Force Voltron (AKA Voltron III), which has continued to take on a life of its own outside of Japan.  The original anime series is still where it's at though, with a good balance of drama and humor, story and action.  I also can't think of another combiner super robot series where what is seen in the anime actually goes together the same way with the toys and figures.  This is the ending theme, and the key here is the repeated line at the end which translates to, "We five will go down the same road."  I hope that road leads all of us to FanimeCon 2021.

Regular Friday OP/ED posts will resume this Friday, right up until the 2021 convention!

Celebrating An Era - 1980's!  Hundred Beast King Golion (1981)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Zfp1uleAQs [ENDING]
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Post by: InsaneDavid on May 29, 2020, 06:30:18 PM
Good evening old schoolers!

So now the clock begins ticking as we advance toward FanimeCon 2021.  In fact the date of the gathering for next year is now one day less than one full year away!  For today's OP, I though I would dust off one relevant to a piece of video game hardware that just began shipping worldwide, the TurboGrafx-16 Mini.  For whatever reason the game NEC bundled with the console during its original North American release was Keith Courage in Alpha Zones - a rather strange localization of a Japanese game based on an anime property.  That property was Mashin Hero Wataru, and that's the OP for today.  While the game isn't bad, it is rather underwhelming and certainly not a title to introduce a new generation of video game hardware with.

Celebrating An Era - 1980's!  Mashin Hero Wataru (1988)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bimWq6_oUcc
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Post by: InsaneDavid on June 05, 2020, 11:11:00 AM
Good morning old schoolers!

To say a lot has transpired since last week's post would be an understatement.  I sincerely hope you are all safe and that you are taking care of one another.  Please make a positive impact on yourself and your surroundings - and help others to do the same.

For today's OP I decided to go with one that I have always really liked.  While Dairugger isn't a series I'm super in to, it does feature possibly my favorite super robot OP and theme song (Youth of the Galaxy).  I can't think of another super robot series with such a large cast.  The series was localized as Vehicle Voltron (Voltron I), with the usual World Events Productions changes and edits in the mid 1980's.  As with WEP's attempt at a Golion DVD release, the subtitled version of Dairugger was of mixed quality and quickly went out of print.  It fetches crazy money now and is honestly not worth the cost for what you're getting.  However... the link to the OP for this week is an official one from Bandai, and if you look at that YouTube account you'll see they are offering the entire series with English subtitles!  Well worth checking out, at least a couple episodes.

Celebrating An Era - 1980's!  Armored Squadron Dairugger XV (1982)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4UBY2W1GRI
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Post by: InsaneDavid on June 12, 2020, 04:34:16 PM
Good afternoon old schoolers!

Yes, I'm still keeping it rolling here.  This week's old school OP is Martian Successor Nadesico, a series I'm not very familiar with but the opening is super nostalgic.  Why?  Because it seemed to play as a preview before so many anime releases of the era that I bought or rented!  ...I can't be the only one. 

Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  Martian Successor Nadesico (1996)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XphjF-fHZkM
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Post by: InsaneDavid on June 19, 2020, 08:21:07 PM
Good late evening old schoolers!

Going with a fan favorite for today, the rare case of both the dub and sub being equally as enjoyable as one another.  Kyatto Ninden Teyandee will be more familiar to those in the West as the series that was reworked into Samurai Pizza Cats.  While both shows are full of off the wall humor and antics, the Japanese original is a bit more structured than the flat out comical localized release - just a bit.  Either way the series is great fun and just as enjoyable now as it was when it first aired.

Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  Kyatto Ninden Teyandee (1990)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-jelS4x-hI
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Post by: InsaneDavid on June 26, 2020, 10:40:59 AM
Good morning old schoolers!

Closing out June today, I hope everyone is doing okay - not going too crazy with the adverse weather we've been having in many parts of the country lately.  Also hope everyone is safe and taking whatever required precautions are necessary for whatever you need to do day-to-day.

This week's OP is a great one from an outstanding series, it's also an OP that looks way more modern in my opinion than its 1989 vintage.  Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl! is an adaptation of the long-running manga series that began in 1986, about young Yawara Inokuma and her reluctant rise in the world of competitive judo.  The anime ran for a total of 124 episodes and the first 40 episodes were actually released subtitled in English by AnimEigo in 2008, although no other releases followed and it has long since went out of print.  The entire series has been fan translated and is out there but it would be awesome if a company such as Discotek could rescue this one and give it the English subtitled release it deserves.  A judo anime may not sound all that interesting at first but definitely check this one out if able!

Celebrating An Era - 1980's!  Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl! (1989)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjXJrkxQeAE
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Post by: InsaneDavid on July 03, 2020, 07:45:53 PM
Good evening old schoolers!

As tomorrow is Independence Day, I figured I'd share an obscure one that's tangentially related.  Eagle Sam is one of two anime series that were based on Olympic mascots, in this case for the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles.  The anime series began the year before and, if you can believe it, ran for 51 episodes.  Yes, this wasn't some little promotional OVA, it was a full on series that ran for a year on Japanese television.

Celebrating An Era - 1980's!  Eagle Sam (1983)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSZuuIP3Sdk
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Post by: Angelx624 on July 04, 2020, 12:27:45 AM
We will see what next year brings, but for now I'm planning either Sheeta or Satsuki at this point.

Gotta represent Ghibli 8) I miss that person who had the giant robot cosplay from Castle in the Sky! :(
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Post by: InsaneDavid on July 10, 2020, 07:20:40 PM
We will see what next year brings, but for now I'm planning either Sheeta or Satsuki at this point.

Gotta represent Ghibli 8) I miss that person who had the giant robot cosplay from Castle in the Sky! :(

Agreed, who knows how things will be next spring but until it gets closer I'm going to remain optimistic.  I miss the guy with the giant robot too!
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Post by: InsaneDavid on July 10, 2020, 07:29:45 PM
Good evening old schoolers!

Tonight's old school OP is from my favorite Sailor Moon ... anything.  In my opinion nothing in the vast series ever topped the Sailor Moon S anime.  In fact undoing the Sailor Moon S anime ending at the beginning of Sailor Stars is one reason (among many) I really don't care for the final series.  Interestingly, Sailor Moon S had a sequel of sorts - a Super Famicom RPG that takes place shortly after the conclusion of S and incorporates characters and plot from both the anime and manga that came before.  It was recently given a revised fan translation and is well worth checking out if you haven't yet.  For FanimeCon 2018 and 2019 we cosplayed as origin story episode Haruka (professional driving suit) and Michiru (white and teal school uniform) - unique outfits only seen in the flashback portion of episode 106.

Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon S (1994)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUnr-qmqKAA
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Post by: InsaneDavid on July 17, 2020, 06:33:15 PM
Good evening old schoolers!

Hope you are all well this Friday.  Here's one that is going through a bit of a revival currently as a lot of people seem to be discovering it (or re-discovering it without the terrible "Cardcaptors" rework) via current streaming distribution.

Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  Cardcaptor Sakura (1998)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-fLrxTsYIc
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Post by: InsaneDavid on July 24, 2020, 07:53:35 PM
Good evening old schoolers!

Going with a personal favorite for today, a series that was completely fansubbed in English a few years ago.  Star Musketeer Bismark is probably better known (if at all) outside of Japan as the series that was reworked into Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs.  Handled by World Events Productions, the reworked English adaptation was an attempt to duplicate the success their Voltron project, specifically Lion Force Voltron (itself a rework and expansion of Hundred Beast King Golion).  While it never reached the popularity of Voltron, and had massive rewrites over the Japanese original, I always really loved the series.  Saber Rider aired in the afternoons in the bay area on local channel 26, where I watched it as a kid - and for many years it seemed like no one else had ever heard of the show but me.  The Japanese original is even better, and interesting as it's a battle team series with a giant robot that isn't assembled from different parts.  What other space western features a giant robot modeled after a caped desperado?

Celebrating An Era - 1980's!  Star Musketeer Bismark (1984)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA8OYMwqkM8
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Post by: InsaneDavid on July 31, 2020, 06:24:09 PM
Good evening old schoolers!

How about a series today that everyone seems to love but me?  I've never been able to place my finger on it but I just can't get into Irresponsible Captain Tylor.  It also seems to be a show that runs pretty much every year in the Nostalgia Room at Fanime - and always happens to be running during a time in the middle of the day I want to sit down and watch some anime... so I always end up sitting though an episode or two... and still don't like it.  That all said, I still do really like the opening and ending themes and the OP is cut pretty uniquely.

Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  The Irresponsible Captain Tylor (1993)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8W7eF49xv4
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Post by: InsaneDavid on August 07, 2020, 05:43:20 PM
Good afternoon old schoolers!

After taking some time off from cosplay related things (other than posts here), I've finally begun getting back into them.  I've also been watching the series featured as today's old school anime OP, Future Police Urashiman - which is streaming on HiDive.  The series is a lot of fun, about a thief who is transported from 1983 to 2050 while evading the police.  The time slip causes him to lose his memory, and with few other options he joins a specialized mech police force to protect his new home of Neo Tokyo.  Super catchy theme song as well.

Celebrating An Era - 1980's!  Future Police Urashiman (1983)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kvf_Y_HTdls