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Hello old schoolers!!

Thank you all so much for attending the FanimeCon 2019 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering!

2019 marked the fourth consecutive year we have hosted the gathering. The link below is the full gallery of pictures we took at the gathering as host and co-host.


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.  Additionally be sure to check out Fanime's official photo gallery from Friday at 6pm, as we had an official photographer this year as well!

The Official FanimeCon Cosplay Gatherings Department gallery can be found here, as official galleries are uploaded based upon timestamp, the gathering photos will be intermixed with other official FanimeCon photos taken within that hour - so be sure to look through the entire gallery:

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 2020 Old School (Pre-2001) gathering!! It will always be held the evening of Fanime Friday!

I could show up as Shinji Ikari to represent the 90's era.

Absolutely!  We usually have at least a couple Evangelion cosplayers.

Less than a week to go, now!! :]

Yep, just a few days to go!

And our final official pre-gathering Facebook post:

Here is the map (over on the Facebook Event Page) showing the location of the Old School Cosplay Gathering, location G3. This is the same place we were last year, the elevated platforms between the stairs and escalator that go down to the video rooms on the very lowest level.

As there is actually a gathering in the location before us, we shouldn't have any issues with clearing convention attendees out of the space prior to the gathering. Additionally we will be proactive in keeping any crowd further back than last year, giving us more room to move around for the gathering.

We will be cosplaying in our Sugo Corporation pit crew uniforms from Future GPX Cyber Formula, so we should be reasonably easy to find. As with every year we have hosted the Old School gathering, we will be taking a full set of unofficial photos that will be provided, totally unaltered and non-watermarked, within one week of the gathering. Be sure to grab a business card (and a ribbon) from us before departing the gathering on Friday evening!

See you there!

Good evening old schoolers!

Here we are, one week away from the 2019 Old School Cosplay Gathering!!  Weather has been quite unstable in Silicon Valley over the past week and things aren't looking to change much as we move into Fanime week.  However early predictions are starting to align for clear skies over next weekend - here's hoping.

As this weekend is our last push for gathering advertisement, the old school anime openings and endings posts will be more frequent heading into Sunday and I hope they get everyone in the old school cosplay mood.  Starting with the first ending from Marmalade Boy - the type of weather I'm hoping we are given for Fanime.

Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  Marmalade Boy (1994)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YzKdSGVuGA (ENDING 1)

Getting the blood pumping on this rainy weekend. Less than a week to go at this point!!

Celebrating An Era - 1990's! Initial D (1998)

Continuing on with one of Leiji Matsumoto's classics.

Celebrating An Era - 1970's! Space Pirate Captain Harlock (1978)

For all those gearing up for a Saturday night cosplay push, we continue with my favorite of Go Nagai's works.

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

Last Sunday before Fanime! If you pulled an all-nighter, hope it really wasn't all night. Few more old school anime OPs today before we get the maps up and sign off until next Friday.

Celebrating An Era - 1980's! Saint Seiya (1986)

Continuing on, CHA-LA HEAD CHA-LA....

Celebrating An Era - 1980's! Dragon Ball Z (1989)

As I'm currently stretching / cycling Haruka Tenoh's (Sailor Moon S episode 106) driving suit for the Sailor Moon cosplay gathering on Sunday, I thought this one was appropriate. Remember, even if your cosplay falls into a series that has its own gathering over the weekend, as long as the series if from before 2001 it's good to go for the Old School gathering!

Celebrating An Era - 1990's! Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon S (1994)

And to close out the old school anime OPs and EDs this year with my favorite anime opening. We'll have one more official post with the gathering location map.

Thank you all for putting up with my tradition of anime openings on the weekends running up to the gathering - I know they're not everyone's thing but I look at this gathering as a celebration of cosplayers who cosplay the older stuff - which in itself is a celebration of the history of anime and entertainment.

See you next Friday!

Celebrating An Era - 1980's! Mobile Police Patlabor - Early Days (1988)

General Convention Discussion / Re: 2019 Weather Report
« on: May 16, 2019, 07:22:01 PM »
All depends on how far south that pattern shifts.  Unfortunately, with weather like that it really can't be accurately predicted until just a couple days out.

Good morning old schoolers!

In the home stretch, less than two weeks to go! I sincerely hope that your Fanime plans are further along than mine at this point! Kicking off the old school anime OPs with the Gundam series that lead to mainstream appeal in the West. Not the greatest series in the franchise but it sure did resonate with people when it was localized.

Celebrating An Era - 1990's! Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (1995)

Continuing on today with another fan favorite that was massively popular in the West during the peak 1990's anime boom.

Celebrating An Era - 1990's! Trigun (1998)

I've been staying reasonably modern retro with the old school OPs this weekend, so I'll continue with one of the most recent series that falls into the Old School Cosplay Gathering window - such an awesome opening theme.

Celebrating An Era - 2000! Boogiepop Phantom (2000)

One more to close out the weekend.  Back on Friday to kick it into high gear as Fanime continues to close in.

Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  Cardcaptor Sakura (1998)

Three more weeks! :] I've been working on my bow and should get started on my quiver hopefully this weekend... ^^"

Two weeks now, aaaaaaahhhhh!!!  Thankfully pretty much everything is done.  One more test fitting and one more run through my Saturday panel and I should be all set for Fanime - other than wig styling next Saturday but only two this year, and Haruka and Michiru aren't that complex for how I style them.

Good morning old schoolers!

Fanime is closing in fast! I hope anyone that was on the housing waitlist has found success in obtaining lodging, and if not then obtained alternate accommodations. Personally the next three weekends are going to be big cosplay pushes, as new stuff is finished up, old stuff is brought out to be freshly pressed and checked, and wigs are to be styled (groan).

Starting today's old school anime OP's with a true classic and a staple of Tatsunoko's catalog.

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

Continuing on today with a reasonably forgotten series. Primarily known in the West with extensive rewrites as the third generation of Robotech, the original Japanese series is an interesting war drama and highly recommended over the English localization.

Celebrating An Era - 1980's! Genesis Climber MOSPEADA (1983)

A couple more for this Sunday, beginning with a very popular Go Nagai work.

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

Ideas and Suggestions / Re: Please, Do NOT Do “Silver Island”
« on: April 29, 2019, 07:40:44 PM »
I'm going to remain optimistic about it.  The con has more than doubled in size since I started attending every year.  With Clockwork Alchemy flying on their own now, that opens up room there for things to expand.  I've stayed at the Double Tree many times, and can vouch for the shuttle service being very reliable and frequent... if someone hasn't seen the shuttles before, they're simply not looking in the right place.  The schedule has always been available at the information tables.

I like that they're trying new things.  And if it doesn't work out, they don't have to do it that way again.  No big deal.

Paper schedules lol? That would explain why there is 0 info available online. No signs posted for pick up and drop off either? Oh boy, now I really am nervous.

Um.... there have been signboards where all the shuttles stop on the side of the Hilton (Almaden Ave) for years now, with each route clearly marked.  Additionally the schedules are posted there as well and I believe they've been in the pocket guide for a few years now too.  The shuttles pick up and drop off over there for good reason, they don't have to deal with the traffic in front of the convention center.

About a month away! And I will for sure be there as Kagome. :]

Really looking forward to it - although I am starting to feel the con crunch!

Woot! Glad to see the Old-School Meet-Up coming back! It’s great to see people coming together to appreciate some of the old classics the best way we can, with Cosplay!

Absolutely!  As long as I attend FanimeCon, I plan on hosting the Old School gathering.  Since taking on hosting duties four years ago, honestly it just has been getting better ever year.  Nothing at Fanime means as much to me, as if it wasn't for attending this gathering years ago I probably would have never began cosplaying.

Might do a quick appearance as Lupin (Green jacket)

A quick appearance is what I would expect from Lupin!  Green jacket is best jacket.  Hope to see you there.

And a mirror of this week's Facebook Event Page Posts....

Good afternoon old schoolers!

Less than a month until Fanime and the Old School Cosplay Gathering - that's just crazy!  Personally, I'm definitely feeling the con crunch as months remaining have now turned into weeks.  Thankfully I'm almost finished with my cos-plans but there's still a lot to get done.

Going to kick off the weekend right with a few old school anime openings, as is standard.  First one today is a series that was recently released on Blu-ray with English subtitles - I actually just bought it last week during the Sentai Filmworks sale and it should be delivered today.

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

Resuming with a few more old school anime openings for today, beginning with a modern classic - although it's over twenty years old. As I said at our "Vintage Anime - Name That Year!" panel last year, if you were Ed's age when Cowboy Bebop premiered, now you'd be Jet's age - crazy.

Celebrating An Era - 1990's! Cowboy Bebop (1998)

Hasn't been enough shojo so far this year, so here's my personal favorite shojo series - celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, meaning it began the same year FanimeCon was first held.

Celebrating An Era - 1990's! Marmalade Boy (1994)
*** 25th Anime Anniversary ***

One more for this weekend, a series that was just recently rescued and re-released on Blu-ray.

Celebrating An Era - 1980's! Kimagure Orange Road (1987)

With the panel listing now made official, we're set for Saturday morning at 9am in Panels 4.  One Session.

Good morning old schoolers!

Just about a month to go until FanimeCon and the Old School Cosplay Gathering!! Hope everyone is doing well and their convention and cosplay plans are coming along nicely. For old school anime openings today, I'm going to indulge myself a little as it was announced today that the City Hunter - Shinjuku Private Eyes theatrical movie will have screenings in US theaters ... AND the film will be released on home video in North America ... AND the original anime will be rescued and re-released as well, all courtesy of Sunrise and Discotek Media! Easily one of the greatest announcements for old school anime, at least in my opinion.

To that end, here are some City Hunter openings and endings, starting with the original. Still my pick for the "most 1980's" anime opening ever. While City Hunter has an amazing sound track (even the first episode uses five songs off the first album), the original opening theme performed by Kahoru Kohiruimaki has always been my favorite. Decided to go with an encode of the old ADV subtitled release that is floating around.

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

Continuing on with the second opening from the sequel series, City Hunter 2. Discotek Media's official announcement is that ALL the City Hunter anime will be re-licensed and re-released - all four TV series, the three anime OVA specials, and the three anime TV films, in addition to the new theatrical animated film currently showing in Japan.

Celebrating An Era - 1980's! City Hunter 2 (1988)

Okay, I'll ease off of the City Hunter madness. So far the gatherings list for Fanime is pretty incredible, with a few classic fandom gatherings returning! One of which is Evangelion, which as per the current schedule will have a dedicated gathering on Saturday at noon. Eva cospeeps, feel free to double up and attend the Old School Gathering as well if you're also cosplaying on Friday evening!

Celebrating An Era - 1990's! Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)

And to finish up for this weekend, Outlaw Star - as we are always pleased to see the Outlaw Star crew at the gathering!

Celebrating An Era - 1990's! Outlaw Star (1998)

Good afternoon old schoolers!

Another week behind us and FanimeCon 2019 is that much closer.  We'll have a bit of an announcement later this weekend but first let's kick off some old school anime openings with a few having to do with law enforcement (of varying types).  Starting with Future Police Urashiman - apologies if the theme song gets stuck in your head.  MID-NIGHT SUB-MA-RIIINE!  Side note, the playing cards shown about 45 seconds into the opening are a parody of the ace design Nintendo used on their playing cards of the era.

Celebrating An Era - 1980's!  Future Police Urashiman (1983)

Continuing along the same theme with the television adaptation of Patlabor, which followed the success of the OVA and first film. Our Patlabor cosplay (captains Kiichi Goto and Shinobu Nagumo) are currently out of the rotation for FanimeCon 2019 but will reappear at future events.

Celebrating An Era - 1980's! Mobile Police Patlabor - Patlabor On Television (1989)
*** 30th Anime Anniversary ***

Closing out Saturday's variation on a theme with Dominion Tank Police, the dub opening of course.

Celebrating An Era - 1980's! Dominion / Dominion Tank Police (1988)

And a final opening to close out the weekend.

Celebrating An Era - 1990's! Rurouni Kenshin (1996)

Good afternoon old schoolers!

Looking at the current gathering list, it's incredible how many gatherings have been submitted for this year! Things are still moving along unchanged for the Old School gathering, 6pm on Friday at location G3. With that, here are a few old school anime openings to kick off this weekend.

I'll start with the series that your gathering hosts will be cosplaying from. Cyber Formula is a superb and fairly realistic take on upper echelon motorsport. The third series, Zero, has always been my personal favorite. Mokkori Cosplay will be bringing back our Sugo Corporation pit crew (Double-One / Zero era) cosplay for the Old School gathering!

Celebrating An Era - 1990's! Future GPX Cyber Formula Zero (1994)

Continuing this weekend with more old school anime openings. Amazingly we're getting a second shot at a release of this one, Galaxy Express 999.

Interesting English subtitle history - after having a high-quality fansub get a couple dozen episodes in, Crunchyroll acquired the distribution rights and Toei created a quick and dirty English sub of the entire series for their service. Then a company who had no business acquiring the rights for a DVD release, essentially got the license and began to sell the low-resolution minimal Crunchyroll stream on DVD. Fans knew better though, no one bought it, and only one box set was released. Then, quite surprisingly, late last year Discotek Media announced they would be releasing the entire series (all 113 episodes) as three Blu-ray box sets with a brand new upscale - a full deluxe treatment. It is truly the best time for old anime.

Celebrating An Era - 1970's! Galaxy Express 999 (1978)

Continuing on, a series that had its first English subtitled release just this last October! While many in the West may recognize Zillion from the old Sega Master System video games, the Sega Light Phaser design used as the laser guns in the series, and maybe the Zillion laser tag sets (which made their way to Brazil) - the series is well animated with a distinct style and has some great music. Well worth taking a look!

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

Closing out this weekend with Albegas, the series that was originally slated to be part of World Events Productions' Voltron series along with Armored Squadron Dairugger XV (Vehicle Voltron) and Hundred Beast King Golion (Lion Voltron). After the runaway success of Lion Voltron and the lukewarm reception of Vehicle Voltron (which was unwarranted as Dairugger is a really good series on its own), a continuation of their re-write of Golion was comissioned rather than adapting Albegas. Footage of Albegas was also slated to be used in an unreleased laserdisc arcade game, Cybernaut.

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

Until next week!

Looking forward to the gathering! Also the Rumiko one is at 2pm the same day, so there's a few hours in between gatherings. ^^

Yeah, the scheduling looks pretty good so far!

Good afternoon old schoolers!

We're within two months of FanimeCon 2019. We've been tentatively confirmed at our usual time (6pm) and what is now our usual place (Gatherings G3) on Fanime Friday. We'll have a MUCH better handle on operating the gathering at location G3 this year. I don't want to get ahead of myself but I think this gathering's growing pains are behind it. I'm also going to be way more active here from this point forward, so if you have any questions - send them my way!

With less than two months until Fanime how about we resume the tradition I added to the gathering - a few old school anime openings and endings each Saturday and Sunday! Starting off with Gunsmith Cats, a very enjoyable little three episode (honestly a long one-shot) OVA based on the popular manga.

Celebrating An Era - 1990's! Gunsmith Cats (1995)

Continuing with some old school anime OPs this weekend, a true classic of mid 1980's anime style and substance.

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

Good evening old schoolers!

With the tentative FanimeCon 2019 Cosplay Gatherings list now out, we have been confirmed for our usual day at our usual time.  I'll be way more active from this week forward, so if you have any questions about the gathering, please feel free to send them my way.

Please spread the word!

Outstanding post, Ecchi ja Nai!

My personal highest recommendations are Mobile Police Patlabor: The Movie and Mobile Police Patlabor 2: The Movie.  You don't have to be familiar with Patlabor to enjoy the films but you'll get even more out of them if you at least have a familiarity with the main cast - you can build that by watching the seven episode "Early Days" OVA that kicked off the entire franchise.

I don't want to go into many plot details as both films are more or less mysteries / political thrillers.  Patlabor: The Movie is very approachable for a wide audience, built around themes of industrialization and hypocritical urban expanse.  Patlabor 2: The Movie is Mamoru Oshii's master work - one of the greatest (if not the greatest) anime films of all time, and one of the best films ever made, period.  It is far less approachable than the rest of Patlabor as it expects the audience to know the characters (the film essentially serves as a send-off / where are they now to the entire cast), have an understanding of Article 9 of the Japanese constitution, the realities of how technological superpowers fund their peaceful nations - too much to go into that would spoil the narrative.  If you watch the OVA series and the first film then you'll be better set up for the second.  And if after that you want more, there's a 47 episode TV series with a 16 episode continuation that all takes place in a slightly different continuity.

Gathering has been officially submitted.

Same day / time / location as last year.  (Friday, 6PM - 7PM, Gatherings G3).

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)

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.

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)
*** 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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