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Good morning old schoolers!

Nothing new to report this week other than we are getting positively drenched in Fanime's backyard.  Cosplay Gatherings Department has stated on the Fanime forums that while the gathering form is not yet live, it is being worked on.  For this weekend, here's a series that began the same year that Fanime began.

Celebrating An Era - 1990's! Macross 7 (1994)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_h_rkhnjZzc

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Thank you for linking to the Rumiko gathering!! ^^

No problem!  I always try to cross promote other gatherings that old school cosplayers may attend or be interested in.

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Good morning old schoolers!

With FanimeCon 2019 about four months away, we're going to begin our tradition of weekly posts - in other words it's the usual anime opening and endings posts on the weekends.  However to keep it from getting totally out of hand this year, we're only going to do one a week until closer to Fanime.  This is also because now we host a Fanime panel / game (which we have submitted again for 2019) centered around identifying what year an anime series began based upon the opening sequence.

There is a gathering update this week however!  We have updated the photography list once again, consolidating some groupings and setting the order up to be easier to move through.  With that, here is the old school anime opening for this weekend, a series that is celebrating its 30th anime anniversary this year!

Celebrating An Era - 1980's!  Ranma 1/2 (1989)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Syd129Vla0Q
*** 30th Anime Anniversary ***

Speaking of Ranma, there is also a Rumiko Takahashi gathering being planned for FanimeCon 2019 - https://forums.fanime.com/index.php/topic,21574.0.html - we are not hosting that one but do check it out!

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Yeah, that sounds good!!

And speaking of old school, I'm hoping to take over the Rumiko Takahashi gathering, and plan on having it on Friday, as well(but an earlier time), so that any cosplayers cosplaying from her works can attend both gatherings that day!

I saw that!  I hope you get a big group! :)

The Outlaw Star gang will be back again and with hopefully even more members! As it stands now, we are looking at almost a complete cast give or take 2 characters.

Awesome!  Your group has become a staple of the Old School Cosplay Gathering.  ;D


And a copy of the Facebook Event Page post for today (not doing weekly posts yet but I wanted to make sure all info was mirrored as usual) :

Good morning old schoolers!

A bit of an update now that Fanime is kinda of waking up from its hibernation.  After some thought concerning gathering location I've decided to keep it in the same location as 2018, the G3 video room stairs.  This means we will also be able to utilize the same time as 2018, 6pm.  Of course, locations and times should still be considered TBA until Cosplay Gatherings Department begins their gathering registration process.

We're better prepared to handle the crowd this year (the observers, not the cosplayers - cosplayers have always been great at this gathering) and will try to ensure there is more space for cosplayers to both be able to get up on the stair platforms as well as move off without being absorbed into those watching the gathering.  I've also reworked the photography order for better flow and to allow everyone to get a few great shots.  More space from better crowd control also means I'll be more mobile to help set up shots so we get even better pictures of the gathering.  And as always, in addition to any official Fanime photographer we get, my co-host will be photographing the gathering and that full set of untouched full resolution pictures will be made available the week after Fanime.

As always, if you ever have any questions or concerns about the gathering (before or at-con), just let me know.  I will address them myself and bring them to the attention of Cosplay Gatherings Department as needed.  Do note, I am not Fanime staff but will assist in contacting them.  I'm not as active on Facebook as I once was but I do check in every few days, same with the FanimeCon Forums, so I'm easy to reach.

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We had a really good mix of attendees (and our three contestants) last year and I want to emphasize this panel can be enjoyed by anyone who likes anime, even if you only have a curiosity about titles from 2000 and earlier - not just the "hardened vintage retro otaku."  As three year choices are given for each opening / intro, you can think through it and formulate a good guess as to the correct response - although I do like to make them somewhat tricky (but not frustrating) in that regard.  That was actually really cool last year, watching the contestants work a bit of a process of elimination while the openings were playing.

Additionally I try to ensure the panel has a good mix of anime.  At least one title that's really well-known commonly, a few that are very popular but not universal, one truly vintage title, one where the art style betrays its production year, and a general mix otherwise.  I also attempt to utilize titles that have been recently licensed / relicensed or rescued, have a fansubbing project currently underway, have new productions based upon the property currently in work, are celebrating an anniversary, have a connection to a FanimeCon Guest of Honor, etc.  So they are absolutely not thrown together at random - I really think through what to include in the panel as per what is going on with vintage anime currently and then I research to make sure my information is as accurate as possible.

As an example, here's the list from 2018 (which will not be used in subsequent panels) :

Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV (Japanese source of the ever-forgotten Vehicle Voltron)
Galaxy Express 999 (2018 was 40th anniversary)
City Hunter (new animated theatrical film with all original cast to be released in 02/2019)
Marmalade Boy (Ryotaro Okiayu, who voiced the leading male, was a FanimeCon 2018 Guest of Honor)
Cowboy Bebop (2018 was 20th anniversary + well-known)
Chibi Maruko-chan (currently being fansubbed - also a total trick as the years were A.1970 B.1980 C.1990)
Mobile Police Patlabor - Early Days (2018 was 30th anniversary + new Patlabor EZY series was announced)
Eightman (our true vintage title for the session, also the OVA sequel was recently rescued)
Hana Yori Dango / Boys Over Flowers (recently re-licensed)
Dirty Pair (another well-known title, re-licensed not too long ago)

Lensman Galactic Patrol (tiebreak round, also currently undergoing a pretty amazing fansubbing project)

The above is also just a great snapshot of vintage anime with great OPs.  There's also a lot of interesting anime history within those titles, which the panel discusses.  That's really the push behind this panel - to have a lot of fun, share knowledge about vintage anime, discuss availability and new releases, and make this vast subject matter accessible to everyone.  Last year everyone seemed to really enjoy it and the feedback was great, so I want to keep it going.

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Whatever works best for the gathering! I feel keeping it indoors will result in less confusion(I hope).

After thinking about it more, that's what I'm going to do.  We plan on using G3 once again (same as 2018) but with a better handle on crowd control early on.

I've also amended the top of the photography list to start with a full group shot, then do by era, and to skip the timeline picture going forward - each decade should have their own shot, which also allows more space for the (generally larger) 80's and 90's groups, and more rest for the 60's and 70's groups that are generally up there most of the time.

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Hotel Booking next Week (~1/16)
« on: January 16, 2019, 08:33:30 PM »
No issues here with 7am reservation for the Hilton (I'm local but a couple of my sisters are attending for the weekend this year and I'm looking forward to having a room to stash cosplay in / relax).

Reading on Facebook it looks like people were bum rushing the housing site this morning as the system was allowing them to book rooms without a priority window.  However it appears Fanime has been taking care of the issue and canceling reservations made by people who did so outside their booking window, then fast tracking the waitlist for the people who had their early times filled due to the illegal bookings.

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Submission is in, here's hoping.

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Looking forward to this one again.
Maybe I'll wear Lady Oscar this time...

Outstanding!

I'm still going back and forth on whether to move to an outside location or stay where we were last year.  I'm leaning more toward having it in the same place as then I can keep it at 6pm (which has always been the biggest request from attendees), don't have to worry about poor lighting (sun behind the Hilton tower at that time), and we're indoors (erratic weather last Fanime wasn't an issue because of this).

Since I'll actually have the megaphone for 2019, I think I'll be able to push the crowd back a few more feet so we're not all smashed up against the stair platforms like in 2018.

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Good afternoon old schoolers!

With 2019 underway and FanimeCon housing registration opening in just a few days, we're formally starting up the 2019 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering event page.

This will be our fourth year hosting this long-running FanimeCon event that celebrates anime (and manga, and video game, and live-action) legacy. 2019 is a truly special year as FanimeCon is celebrating a legacy of its own, the 25th year since it began.

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.

2019 gatherings are not yet official via FanimeCon, although our gathering traditionally takes place Friday evening. That should hold the same for this year, either 5pm or 6pm on Fanime Friday.

If you are interested in this gathering, please respond to the Facebook Event Page to stay up-to-date with information as FanimeCon gets closer. The corresponding Fanime Forums thread will be updated in tandem, as is usual.

Thank you so much, we hope to have another massive turnout and continue this wonderful Fanime tradition!

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I will be there as Sheeta from Laputa/Castle in the Sky! ^^

Or Kagome, depends on my schedule. :)

Yay! Either would be awesome.

I was planning on something new for this year but changing careers shuffled it around a bit so we may bring back something older as I don't think it'll be ready in time.  We have one other new cosplay well under way, and while it falls into the Old School time range, it's too bulky to host a gathering in - so it's for another day instead.  :D

I'll be more active concerning the gathering beginning in mid January or so.

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Register as soon as you can to get a position in the housing window later.  Even if housing for the weekend is all booked up, attempt to book a single day where you want to stay.  Then go on the waitlist for when rooms open up closer to Fanime.  It works.  It's certainly better than doing nothing at this point.

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Panels and Workshops / Re: Vintage Anime - Name That Year!
« on: November 11, 2018, 11:34:23 AM »
I guess I better brush on my old-school knowledge.

Or just watch a lot of pre-2001 anime openings.  :D

Last year we had a three-way tie at Round 8 that progressed to a two-way tie after the Final Round, so it went to a tiebreaker.

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Panels and Workshops / Re: Vintage Anime - Name That Year!
« on: November 07, 2018, 07:08:32 AM »
With registration now open, I wanted to ping this thread as we plan on hosting this again for 2019!  Due to positive feedback we're considering expanding to a second session depending on policy once panel registration opens.

Thank you to all our attendees and contestants from FanimeCon 2018 for sharing a bit of your Saturday morning with us and expanding your vintage anime knowledge.

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Hold Space (B).

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Photo Galleries From OSCG 2018 (Previous Year) :

Updated Photography Order As It Was Called / Shot:

By era - 1960's (or earlier).
By era - 1970's.
By era - 1980's.
By era - 1990's (to 2000).
Timeline group shot by era / cumulative group shot by era.
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.
Spacefaring characters / those who live off-world.
Robots / androids / synthetic people / mecha.
Characters who are mysterious / shadowy.
Animals / pets.
Public servants / government organizations / secret organizations.
Dead / expired / lifeless characters.
Characters with secret identities.
Characters in uniform of any type.
Battle teams.
Characters who are on the run / fugitives / scoundrels / bounty hunters.
Monsters / demons / youma / etc.
Characters who are technically minded / deductive / intelligent / geniuses.
Heroes.
Villains.
Heroes vs Villains.
Great warriors / legendary masters.
Civilians.
Aliens.
Age vs Youth / old characters vs young characters.
Video game characters.
Pairings / couples.
Requests.
Final group shot for late attendees (regular / humorous).


Unofficial Gallery of pictures taken by the co-host can be found here:
https://www.facebook.com/496398453882635/photos/?tab=album&album_id=836074006581743

These are high quality, untouched, non-watermarked pictures, essentially everything she shot.  Feel free to tag, share, download, etc. and if you are a cosplayer in a picture you are absolutely welcome to reupload pictures of yourself elsewhere!  If anyone has issue with a specific picture, just let me know here (a PM is fine) and I'll take care of it.  We were without an official FanimeCon photographer this year, so I suppose our photos have become the "official" photos.


ephemient via Fanime Forums, Old School Gathering Gallery -
https://photos.app.goo.gl/EwahLoiM7ompvnzH3
Thank you for taking pictures at the gathering!


bahamutknightzero via Fanime Forums, Fanime 2018 Gallery -
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10160530130130296.1073741850.828005295&type=1&l=bce098e028
Thank you for taking pictures at the gathering!


Studio Stormfalcon, FanimeCon 2018-05-25, Old School Gathering beginning on page 8 -
https://stormfalcon.smugmug.com/CosplayPhotography/FanimeCon-2018-05-25/
Thank you for taking pictures at the gathering!


OSCG 2018 Fanime Forums Thread:

http://forums.fanime.com/index.php/topic,21285.0.html


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Greetings old school cosplayers!  Last year's Old School Gathering was spectacular, thank you all for your amazing attendance, awesome cosplay, and for once again putting up with me as everyone's favorite middle-aged nanpa boy - Ryo Saeba!  Last year was my third year hosting the gathering and of course I'm doing it again!  Continuing the tradition of the gathering that got me into cosplay, I announce the...

Fanime 2019 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering!


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 24th (Day 1)
Time : 6PM - 7PM (TBA)
Meeting Place (MP) : Same as Location, TBA
Location (L) : TBA (Likely Gatherings G3, Downstairs Tiered Platform - same as 2018)

This will be our fourth year hosting! All information is TBA (To Be Announced) at this time.  After some thought we are planning to be at the same location as 2018 - 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.

Gatherings G3 is the wooden tiered platform area along the stairs that lead down to the video rooms on the lower level.  As we are more prepared to host at this location, we will be better with crowd management this year, giving cosplayers more space to get in and out of photographs.

Yes, I will actually remember the megaphone for 2019!


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.
Photography Order:
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.


Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/612912282458404/


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!



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I've added some additional galleries that feature the Old School Gathering, check the second post of this thread for the links!  If anyone else has a gallery of pictures from this gathering, post it here and I'll add it to that post!

In wrapping up the 2018 Old School Cosplay Gathering, we plan on utilizing the same location for 2019 with a few small changes:

-- I'll actually have my small megaphone with me to make hearing the photo sequence easier for everyone.
-- Introduce both our unofficial photographer (my co-host) as well as any official photographer we may have so people will know where they are.
-- We're going to push everyone back another two feet or so to allow more space for cosplayers to be able to get up onto the platforms and also to disembark during photo changes easier. This should also cut way down on photobombing and give our official / unofficial photographers priority position.
-- With the crowd moved back a little more, it'll give me space to get out of photographs while still being able to call the next sequence.

In the three years since we've inherited hosting duties for this gathering we've been in three different locations (The Hub, Entrance Stairs, Video Room Stairs).  Now that it looks like G3 (Video Room Stairs) will be a good home for the gathering going forward, we can work to make next year run smoother all around.  I'm also planning on having ribbons for every gathering attendee in 2019.

Thank you again, you are all awesome! Hope to see you all again in 2019 - as FanimeCon itself celebrates a legacy, with its 25th anniversary!

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To begin, thank you to you and all CGD staff and volunteers for all the effort and hard work you put into FanimeCon.  From a gathering hosting perspective - the gathering submission process, at-con check-in, locations this year, everything was smooth and easy as far as I'm concerned.

Cosplay Hangout was pretty incredible, both a flurry of activity and also a quiet place for cosplayers to kick back and relax.  It's wonderful to see the space utilized in such a useful way to all cosplayers.  A real asset to cosplay at FanimeCon.

You already mentioned missing photos or photo quality issues but I do want to reiterate that while not ideal, I do understand the issues are due to honest mistakes, and that's part of any large event.  You're always going to have little hiccups and being aware and addressing them is all anyone can ask. Thank you for doing so!

Ah, I suppose this relates to above, but not having a photographer at the Old School Gathering - not a big deal as we always take a full set of "unofficial" gathering pictures and upload them publicly.  However we held the gathering back a few minutes in case they were just running late.  That's on me, I should have just started and will do so on time next year.  It's always nice to have two public galleries (an official and our unofficial) of the gathering as they tend to fill gaps in shot setups.

It also took awhile to get non-gathering attendees cleared out of the gathering location.  Sending an experienced rover or CGD staff (I know you don't have a ton) to the on-site gathering locations 5 - 10 minutes before they begin, to assist in ensuring the areas are vacated for cosplayers, would be helpful.  I know generally the official photographer would assist in this.

Security presence was nice, although they seemed to be a bit of a waste.  Then again, we're a pretty well-behaved gathering all things considered.

Listing of gatherings with time table in the pocket guide, as well as the revised gatherings map was awesome.  Thank you for pushing to have this happen and for FanimeCon to finally include them in the pocket guides.  I'd love to see this get carried over into the larger books as well.

Gatherings at Fanime this year were a ton of fun, as usual.  Thank you for adding the video room stairs as a location (G3).  If there were any issues with my gathering, it has to do with becoming more familiar with how to be set up for that location.  (in the three years since I picked up the gathering we've been in three different locations)  Next year I'm going to push the perimeter of observers back a couple more feet to prevent photobombing and allow easier movement for cosplayers to approach and leave the platforms.  I'm looking forward to having the gathering there again.

Thank you again, for everything you do for cosplayers at Fanime.

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Hello old schoolers!!

Thank you all so much for attending the FanimeCon 2018 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering!

2018 marked the third consecutive year we have hosted the Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering at FanimeCon. The link below is the full gallery of pictures we took at the gathering as host and co-host.

https://www.facebook.com/496398453882635/photos/?tab=album&album_id=836074006581743

This is the full set of high-resolution, unedited, non-watermarked, uncropped pictures from the gathering. Cosplayers - please feel free to share, tag, download, crop, use on your cosplay pages, etc. This is everything, so there may be some shots that are a bit blurry, or have someone moving, or are during a photo order setup - but they are all presented so you may crop and edit them as you see fit. We did the best we could, as always, and we were without an official photographer this year. The first dozen or so pictures are a little rosy but we corrected our camera settings from then on.

Additionally be sure to check out the second post in this thread for galleries from other photographers who were at the gathering.  They will be added as they are found.

This gathering is for you, for us, who cosplay as these characters! Thank you to all who attended or showed interest in this gathering. We hope to see you all again for FanimeCon next year and the 2019 Old School Cosplay Gathering!! It will always be held the evening of Fanime Friday!

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