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 on: Yesterday at 05:07:15 PM 
Started by InsaneDavid - Last post by InsaneDavid
Good evening old schoolers!

Closing out September with this week's post, which is kind of hard to believe, but every day brings advances that will lead to us all getting together once more again at FanimeCon and other conventions.  Today's OP is a true classic, Gatchaman!  I really need to sit down and re-watch the series but it's a MASSIVE time sink to complete the continuing story of the first three series.  I do love this OP, especially the little nod to Mach GoGoGo (Speed Racer) that Tatsunoko apparently slipped in.

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

 on: September 18, 2020, 06:14:11 PM 
Started by InsaneDavid - Last post by InsaneDavid
Good evening old schoolers!

Some clear skies here today finally, a welcome change - even if just for a bit.  Today's OP is more of a fun, end of Summer vibes type thing, from a series that while isn't great - is pretty entertaining for its devotion to fan service.  This is actually the second opening theme and I believe the fourth opening as they changed up a bit of the animation each time.  Either way, I like this opening song way more than the original OP.

I also want to once again emphasize that we intend to host this gathering whenever FanimeCon gatherings resume, even if that means FanimeCon retruns with modifications on Memorial Day Weekend in 2021, or at another time.  The future continues to be very uncertain but one thing that is certain is that the conventions are going to be out there again sometime eventually.  I will continue to post weekly OP's and updates every Friday until the gathering, whether it occurs on the optimistic date of Memorial Weekend 2021 or the longshot of sometime in 2022.  That's all simply unknown at this point but until it all comes back, I'm going to continue with these posts.

Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  Aika / Agent Aika (1997)

 on: September 11, 2020, 07:33:07 PM 
Started by InsaneDavid - Last post by InsaneDavid
Good late evening old schoolers!

Horribly smoky skies overhead here lately but very thankfully no threat of fire.  Going with another ED rather than an OP tonight, from Star Musketeer Bismark - a series I love.  I posted the OP a few weeks ago but the ending is equally as awesome.  Honestly, the ending feels like the prototype for a Sailor Moon ending credits sequence - total shojo vibes.  Remember, the entire series has been fansubbed by GANGO Fansubs and can be found at the usual places.

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

 on: September 04, 2020, 08:03:37 PM 
Started by InsaneDavid - Last post by InsaneDavid
Good late evening old schoolers!

With Labor Day just around the corner, the unofficial end of summer is upon us.  Kind of hard to believe, as this lost year of sorts continues to roll on.  Rather than an OP for tonight I'm going with an ED, from my favorite shojo series - looking forward to the possibility of a normal spring and summer next year.

Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  Marmalade Boy (1994) (ENDING 1)

 on: August 28, 2020, 06:17:31 PM 
Started by InsaneDavid - Last post by InsaneDavid
Good evening old schoolers!

Still moving along here, these weekly posts are really helping me not drift away from cosplay and give a routine cap to each workweek.  True to my word, I'm going to keep going with these every week.  This week's OP is a series with an interesting English release history and a pretty rocking opening theme.  Mospeada was reworked in the USA to be the third "generation" of Robotech, heavily reworking the series as was done previously with Southern Cross.  Taken on its own, I like Mospeada fine, however the subtitled DVD release is a total mess.  Rather than romanize the Japanese names, ADV and Harmony Gold modified them into odd half-localized versions.  About half of the main cast had their names mangled in the subtitles, due to bringing along baggage from the Robotech fan community of the time.  I believe all releases that followed used these subtitles - which is kind of a shame.  I waited so long to have this series in its native Japanese, dropped the $120 for the box set when it was announced, only to get subtitles on par with a bootleg release.  Mospeada deserved better.

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

 on: August 22, 2020, 10:52:26 PM 
Started by victory_angel - Last post by victory_angel
I was a fan of Yoroiden Samurai Troopers AKA Ronin Warriors back in the day. For fun, I'm planning out how an updated version of the series would go.

This will largely end up being a fanfiction, but it could be a basis for something more original later.

Ronin Warriors AKA Yoroiden Samurai Troopers was one of my favorite anime back in the day. I first heard of this series when it was airing on UPN TV 44, the same channel that had aired Sailor Moon when it was being produced by DIC entertainment. Unfortunately, this series aired during times when it’s target range viewers were in school so it didn’t have a particularly long run on US TV. It was only years later that this series would air on the Toonami lineup and gained a greater interest from American anime fans than it had during its first airing.

Currently, Samurai Troopers is celebrating its 30th anniversary and it made me wonder, what this series would be like if remade for the more current age. After all, the main TV series was set in 1988 and a lot of things reflected that time period. Now in 2020 things can be updated to match current settings and technology.

As much as I love the original series, I do feel that it is certainly deserving of an updated reboot. The original series did have a number of moments where they were constrained by budget and it showed. Budget cuts and repeating animation is a common way of cutting corners in animation in various series, but it is rather obvious when you see the animation cheapen.

 on: August 21, 2020, 07:13:52 PM 
Started by InsaneDavid - Last post by InsaneDavid
Good evening old schoolers!

As fire crews battle massive wildfires across the state of California, I hope you are all safe and well.  For this week's old school OP I decided to go with something swanky and cool - and you can't get much more of those things than with Space Cobra.  An English subtitled release went out of print not to long ago but Discotek rescued it almost immediately and a Blu-ray release is on the way shortly.

Celebrating An Era - 1980's!  Space Cobra (1982)

 on: August 14, 2020, 05:21:21 PM 
Started by InsaneDavid - Last post by InsaneDavid
Good afternoon old schoolers!

Crazy heat wave beginning in Fanime's backyard today and for the next few days.  For this week's OP how about a sadly very much forgotten OVA series?  801 T.T.S. Airbats is one of those quintessential 90's anime series, to me anyway, that you would always see at Suncoast or if your local video store had a good anime rental section.  This one is right up there with Devil Hunter Yohko in bringing back wonderful memories and instantly transporting me to the time in which I first saw it.  Only seven episodes long, it uses every moment to hit all the hallmarks and tropes of anime during the 90's boom.  An episode that revolves around an all-you-can-eat ramen contest at a newly opened shop is one of my favorite episodes of any anime series.  Additionally the final episode of Airbats is so sugary sweet and mature that you'd swear it was concluding a full 50 episode show.

Incredibly this series has been out of print for FIFTEEN YEARS!!  What gives?  Time for a re-release!  It's probably not even an expensive one to acquire the rights for!

Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  801 T.T.S. Airbats / Aozora Shojotai (1994)

 on: August 07, 2020, 05:43:20 PM 
Started by InsaneDavid - Last post by InsaneDavid
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)

 on: July 31, 2020, 06:24:09 PM 
Started by InsaneDavid - Last post by InsaneDavid
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)

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