How did anime outside of Japan work pre-internet?
it was suffering
swapping vhs tape through mail was like a game of russian roulette and region 1 dvds were 30-40bux a pop
A lot of waiting.
It was on TV all the time. Kids TV. I remember watching Heidi, Tsuasa, Sailor Moon and that Volleyballanime all the time with my mother.
If you were lucky, you lived within driving distance of one of the big name subbers though, so you could just meet in a parking lot and give him a crate of VHS tapes and save a few hundred bucks on S&H.
You literally had to fly to Japan if you wanted to get your hands on anything, and even then anti-white a laws were so strict in Japan during that time that it had to be done illegally. So you're essentially taking a 10 hour plane trip for only the possibility of getting your hands on maybe 1 or 2 vhs tapes that didn't even work.
These were the good times in german anime TV. You could watch all the good anime.
>Anime club with translatorfags
>Laserdisc player and Imports
>Pipe through Genlock and apply subtitles
>LCD projector (that cost me Arm+Leg)
Of course, it was only a handful of titles we could do this with, the rest was VHS/SVHS.
You could also take your chances on localization, although most of the time the results were products that would be beyond the imagination of a modern /a/non. See http://www.cornponeflicks.org/harlock/harlock1000.html
>and that Volleyballanime
I remember watching anime on television all the time with my siblings, before censorship started to crack down on those "violent and sexual" Chinese cartoons. There was no concept of hiding your power level back then. Good times.
Yes. I remember all the kids girls and boys watching it. Even adults, there wasn't this for childs thing established yet.
Bootleg VHS tapes from the local Chinatown with "Do not want" level subtitles
VHS and Floppy
Just watched dubs on TV, who the fuck watched anime with subs when they were kids?
Some of us are old
Well back when I was living in japan was when VHS became a big thing. I would record shows and add them to my collection. When it came time to come back to the states, I stayed in contact with a few friends, and we agreed to swap shows. I would send them VHS recordings of American TV shows they had heard about and wanted to see, and in exchange they would send me anime. We really didn't think about saving back then so we would end up recording over tapes and sending them back and forth. Well in 86 I met a guy who is now a really good friend of mine at a con. He had heard from a friend of his that I had a connection in Japan and he offered to buy the tapes for me, on the condition that I would let him copy them. It turns out he was translating, and subbing the copies he made, and then selling the copies through a mail order service he set up and advertised in the back of a science fiction zine that was published annually. It wasn't like he made a lot of money, but he was able to pay for the advertisement, tapes, and shipping costs but not much else. This continued on for a few years until Akira was released on VHS, I think this was about 91-92 if I remember correctly. I got a copy of it from a friend, and let him make copies of it which he started selling. Long story short the company that licensed it for NA release found out about him selling bootlegs of his fansub and sued him. After a lot of legal wrangling he managed to avoid jail, got stuck with a huge fine and got taken out of the fansub game. That was the last dealings I had with fansubs, but that was about the time that anime started getting really going in the US and people could buy their own legal copies.
holy shit this is gold
People who wanted to? What a dumb question
That's actually really fucking interesting ojii-san. With bootlegging and piracy all done digitally these days, it's so weird to imagine that at some point lonely weebs had to run their monthly fix into the country like the finest cocaine. Complete with laundering, processing, and awkwardly contacting your local distributor. Shit, being an anime fan back then gave you some real-life applicable skills.
I felt kind of bad blogshitting up the thread, but I figured that most people nowdays have no idea what it was like back when I was a young buck. If you wanted to be an anime fan you had to know people in japan and speak the language, or find out about it through these sort of shady underground methods.
Buying stuff at conventions and then having illicit swap meets at said conventions were pretty big. Of course, there were few anime conventions back then, so this was done at sci-fi conventions. I remember looking through the older (ie 1980s) convention guides of the cons my school used to host and anime showings would be done in a back room out of the way of everything. Now, of course, anime has totally replaced sci-fi in those cons.
Only if the group wasn't Odyssey.
Late night T.V!
>Harlock/Millennia was written by simply watching the episodes with the sound off and making shit up,
It's not blogshitting if it's interesting
Anime was already big pre usable internet in France.
Distribution wasn't the problem, vhs with "kiddified" translation was.
We onlu started getting good stuff when the dvd era happened.
Still have some vhs around, can't get myself to throw them away.
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