Who here is old enough to remember getting anime on VHS?
anyone old enough to browse this site
When I was young, my parents forbade me from watching chinese girl cartoons. By the time I had a job, DVDs were out.
So, I never had the pleasure of getting anime on VHS, even though I'm not underage b&. REAL oldfags remember the 'scene back before the Internet was a thing that could video.
My cousin handed me this tape and said "You like that Sailor Moon stuff, right? Check this out, but don't tell your mom."
Nothing was ever the same.
Oh god the nostalgia.
But here's the superior cover
>Neo-Tyoko is about to
I watched Toei's adaptation of The Wild Swans on VHS and taped a bunch of Sailor Moon episodes
I still have a ton of it.
Tylor, Ghost in the Shell, Project A-ko ( all of it ), Akira, Sailor Moon fansubs, Eva, Slayers, and a bunch of other stuff. All subbed.
When I was a tiny little thing my babysitter used to put this on for my sisters and me. I few years ago I tracked down a torrent and nostalgia'd harder than I had ever nostaliga'd before.
I still have Ranma 1/2 eps on VHS (and a ton of old fansubs).
Back when VHS was still around, my family was poor as shit, didn't have VHS player, and tapes are out of question.
I used to watch some at the neighbor kids' houses, and admired them very much. I considered anyone with a VHS player "a rich person".
I had a few of the ones that were big in the west
in the late 90's
dunno where I put them now though
Do you have a VHS player of your very own now? Are you living the dream?
>renting anime at Blockbuster.
>anime is mixed in with actual children's cartoons.
>Demon City Shinjuku and Angel Cop VHS next to Land Before Time and Barney Sing Along VHS
>clerks even check the titles of things before renting.
Christ, the fuck were they thinking.
I never had a VHS player of my own. Not even a CD/DVD player.
I only got to experience the modern life around 7-8 years ago, and went straight to a computer.
Now I work and can handle everything, but it's too late.
Never too late. eBay throws up old VHS stuff constantly, usually for ridiculously cheap.
They distributed fansubs in VHS, papa Anon?
I had a friend with a large collection of laserdiscs, but it was all just classical music.
When I asked him if he had any anime he was like "you can watch anime on these!?"
You had your fansubs snail mailed to you. Uphill both ways.
VHS is no fun by yourself, man.
It should be a thing between a bunch of kids. Lent things out, watch together, play pretend, etc.
I can buy VHS now but it will never be the same.
They did. I myself was the librarian of the college anime club. Back when that meant more than "I have a high speed connection off campus to torrent shit."
Back then, the only distribution was to make physical copies. It was considered the duty of the librarian not only to preserve the copies we had and loan them out, but to make additional copies with a tape dubber to arrange for trades with other anime clubs.
Not VHS, but I have a bit of stuff on LD.
Yep. That's how we moved stuff in the days before mainstreaming, waaaay back in the 1980s when getting stuff required trust, effort, and knowing when to keep your yap shut about it. Most of the early anime conventions' showing rooms ran on nothing but VHS tapes of fansubbed series that had never made it to a US television screen or market.
Internet did destroy the "anime club" culture huh.
when I was a kid we lived in the boonies so no one had cable, and the only people with satellite tv were the rich fuckers who owned those car-sized satellite dishes.
So the only way to get interesting stuff to watch was to buy a bunch of VHS tapes and convince other people to record/make copies of those cool looking chinese cartoons we never got on the 2 stations that came in (abc, nbc)
pic related, the first animu I ever saw
I remember watching one of the Eva movies in VHS when I was like 9 years old. Don't remember if it was Death & Rebirth or EoE.
The good (shitty) old days, huh?
>back when that meant something
When the telegraph was first invented, everyone thought it would bring world peace, since now communication between countries and cultures would be nigh instantaneous. Then, the Civil War (take your pick) happened.
Then, the radio was invented. People thought this heralded a new age of world peace, since now the disparate nations and cultures of the world would be able to communicate nigh instantaneously. Then, World War I happened.
Next came television. People thought it heralded a new age of world peace, since not only would the disparate nations of the world be able to communicate nigh instantaneously, but free education could be brought to the masses. Naturally, this did nothing to prevent Korea from having too many Koreans.
All these developments in communications technology did, however, revolutionize the distribution of chinese girl cartoons. Remember, anons, that anything capable of bringing world peace will instead bring nothing but kawaii.
Funny you should mention that. Back in the day, we used to wish we had access as easy as we have it nowadays. When Viz and Animeigo and ADVision and all those guys started bringing stuff over and translating it, and Toonami started up and began running shows on TV, it was like some divine authority had heard our prayers and delivered heaven right into our laps. Then we realized that they were censoring stuff, altering translations, and cutting episodes that they couldn't edit into something more palatable to the public, and we came to realize we'd doomed our own little subculture to mediocrity and dissolution. Hindsight, eh?
You bet. It was either wait for some fansubs in the mail or AD Vision to possibly pick it up and distribute it in the United States.
I had a few VHS's like the second Tenchi movie and the first two Vampire Princess Miyu tapes. VHS's were expensive then, at least at Suncoast they were, and I was like 12 so I didn't own many. I had the same problem with DVD's when they started to become popular, not being old enough to work, but my stepdad was nice enough to buy me one DVD a week so I slowly amounted quite a collection.
AD Vision didn't censor that much. My copy of Dragon Half has all those glorious tit shots and terrible sex jokes.
I used to haunt my local Suncoast just to see what was being distributed. Some days I miss that place.
the only VHS tapes I keep around. For some reason I think GitS looks best on VHS and I'm not sure why.
I had MD Geist on VHS if you'd believe it.
I had never heard of Suncoast before coming here. From the story you guys tell me it was an amazing mythical place.
Fuck yeah, I used to go to Blockbuster and rent stuff all the time. Green Legend Ran, I think it was called, Evangelion, Tenchi OVA/TV, etc. I also remember Sci-FI channel's Saturday Anime that was on at like 6 or 7am. They only showed 4 or 5 different movies, though.
I think I have a couple VHS stored around here somewhere, along with some of the Dark Horse Tenchi comics.
>those car-sized satellite dishes.
...ho...holy shit anon. You know, I never realized just how those have COMPLETELY disappeared. I mean back in the day people used to have those things on their lawns didn't they? Wow.
My mom had a cheap 13inch TV with a built in VCR. It had a timer (amazingly our more expensive main VCR didnt), which made it amazing for recording Sailor Moon when it aired 5.30 in the morning when I didn't have the balls, or time, to watch it. I'd get home from school, rewind the tape and watch it before my mom or sis got home.
Also was spectacular to set up to record porn/soft-core that aired at like 2am. Man that thing served me well, it was in a guest-room too so noone could hear it turn on or anything.
Project A-Ko was the last one I rented on VHS... boy, it's been a while, hasn't it?
man I think that not for kids sticker was what got me into anime in the first place. way back in the world of 1990
>not for kids
Oh the good old days when those stickers were not printed directly on the label. All it took was one dude at the rental place scratching off stickers on the boxes to allow children to rent hentai along with their terribly dubbed version of Record of Lodoss War.
Oh shit Suncoast, I used to wander through that place all the time. I remember saving up a shitload of cash to get the Ranma 1/2 Hard Battle DVD set and two of the movies. Place was expensive as fuck.
I think that was about the last one I rented too. Either that or Cutie Honey.
I've watch Mazinger Z, Candy-candy and eva on VHS
Pic related ancient eva gif, from a cd before internets
I have the full Tenchi OVA 1 on VHS, heavy plastic casing and even the character design folded inserts.
Ryoko is still mah fucking waifu.
>Going to Blockbuster and renting Urotsukidoji and Wicked City
nice, also another ancient gif
Desensitizing youth before the internet. Thank you Urotsukidoji!
The guy who animated that did the art for Final Fantasy.
I remember buying the third Tenchi movie on VHS and was so fucking happy that Tenchi had all these memories of Ryoko and nobody else while he was under that spell. Harem or not, he know who was the right choice.
Hah.... man I had just discovered those great comic stores that carried actual anime and rented them. I made a membership and rented ALL the Eva VHS in one shot (it was fucking expensive, and only for 2 days!).
Little did they know my plan was to copy all of them. And I did, in like 2 sittings. I spent the whole weekend marathoning Eva.
....I never watched the copies again. Next time around would be when I downloaded them years later.
Can you post all of these?
Here's one for you VHS guys, remember this thing? I rented it so many times because all I cared about was it being Final Fantasy.
I only watched Project A-ko recently, having the ability to download things instantly really makes me feel spoiled in comparison to the video stores I used to have to go down to.
>$25 on eBay
neat, I might pick it up
Why couldn't Anno leave Eva alone? It would have been fine as a relic of the past people would reminisce fondly. Instead he made those horrible Rebuilds and ruined the franchise forever.
Anyone else by chance live in Tuscon Arizona back in the 90s? Casa Video was the fucking shit. Their stores had an entire wing devoted to foreign films, and at least 1-3 shelves full of anime on VHS.
Reverse image search gave me this.
Yeah, for me only OVA 1 and the third movie mean anything in terms of quality.
Maybe the ending to the date episode in Universe.
vampire hunter d was my first anime vhs
such nostalgia. thanks anon
At least it wasn't all back in the porn section. That's how things worked in my town. I had to have my mother go back behind the porn curtain to rent fucking Tekkaman.
Are there any other older anime sites that are still around or any good?
I can't speak for all of them but the one that was in our old mall had a great anime selection. Rack after rack of anime. Saint Tail, Magic Users Club, Tenchi, Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, Vampire Princess Miyu, Rayearth. And they even had anime merch. I got a Ryo-oh-ki plush from there once and it was subsequently stolen. Fuck my life.
Sucks for you man. My store had F3 and Magical Twilight right next to Ranma 1/2 and Project A-ko. Man was that an eye opener for me when I accidently rented Magical Twilight thinking it was going to be a cute story about witches.
I saw Heavy Metal in the "Japanimation" section at Blockbuster once.
I guess that's not really weird, but it still seemed out of place.
It sucked. I bought it before watching it. Totally disappointed.
I bought Pokemon VHS tapes back in the late 90s. Apart from that,
Yeah I was a kid and didn't know any better. I watched it more recently and it's pretty awful.
Well as an interesting side effect I because known as the 12 year old boy whose mother rented him 'porn'. By the time I was 13 they let me rent actual porn because they were stupid.
I still have some VHS fansubs in a box somewhere, though I think I only have Sailor Moon and some early episodes of Naruto.
My friend and I bonded over Sailor Moon and DBZ when we were in the first grade, and are still good friends to this day, both of us in our mid-twenties.
Every Sailor Moon cassette had 2 episodes in it.
The others I had were Castle in the Sky and my cousin's Ghost in the Shell I stole.
I used to rent the shit out of the la blue girl tape on the blockbuster. together with bubblegum crisis OVA and Evangelion episode 8
And last one I have!
Renting Zeiram at the video store while the anime was on Sci-Fi Channel was a great combo.
My only surviving VHS.
rented battle royal high school half a dozen times before i figured out how to record it.
That live action was sooooooo bad. I still have fond memories of watching that and laughing my ass off.
I forgot this one
Oh god yes! Green Legend Ran was so fucking trippy!
I watched that and A Wind Called Amnesia too from the Blockbuster animation section.
Mom never knew what she was getting me.
How could you guys loose/chuck this stuff? I spent so much of my adolescence busting my ass for no money an hour so I could buy my anime. If I threw it out I'd be sad forever more.
Well I guess I don't keep it all at my house. I have a large entertainment unit still in my old room at my parents filled with all my VHS tapes.
>How could you guys loose/chuck this stuff?
Parents would throw it away, it'd get lost during moves, ect
Amano wasn't an animator. Did charcter design and Illustrated the original novels.
The special effects are still pretty badass.
Eva has been milked nonstop since its creation. What else would you expect?
Except the parts where that face comes out and bites people. It looked like red colored Styrofoam being pulled out of a mannequin every time it bit someone. The costume as a whole was very well done though.
I only ever saw the first tape, and all I remember about it is glowing butts.
It's hard to believe that just a decade ago I could barely afford a dvd and it was still common to have VHS for everything. Pic related is first anime I ever bought.
I was still taping TV shows on VHS as late as 2006.
i wish i grew up squandering my allowance on anime tapes
i feel like i really missed out
My brother and I were huge into Pokemon back in the day. Our mom bought us a ton of Pokemon tapes. What's awesome is that we still have a good amount of them intact.
>mfw I looked up which ones we had and realized we were a few videos shy of the entire Indigo League.
I think mom spoiled us a bit too much...
>Our mom bought us a ton of Pokemon tapes
Oh boy. I remember my mom taking me and my friend to the library to pick up Pokemon VHS. Still remember the episode, it was gym battle against Lt. Surge
I didn't get into anime till the tail end of the VHS era, but I think I might still have my Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz VHS lying around somewhere. I also had a TV recorded version of Outlaw Star on a set of VHS tapes.
I didn't really get into anime until about 2005 and this makes me feel bad.
> I could barely afford a dvd
Well yeah but back then it took $300+ to buy a 26 episode series. I started Eva on VHS and then switched to DVDs, then I went back and bought the beginning again on DVD. I ended up spending just shy of $600 to own Eva.
My god $600 was a lot in high school. I could have bought parts that would been almost a car with that kind of money.
I still have tons of legit and fansubbed VHS tapes lying around.
This was the first full anime I ever bought.
The economy was good back then, at least in America. Even though a VHS tape was $30 and new SNES games were $70, there wasn't a permeating sense of dread to everyday life. You could drop some cash on something you enjoyed and not think twice about it.
Well, yeah. I drove a car that got 8 miles to the gallon, regularly bought entire boxes of Magic cards, anime tapes and discs, and all that was without having a real job or getting anything resembling an allowance.
I miss $8.00 filling up my tank. Had just started working full time, bought a brand new car, shelves full of anime, manga and games. What a fucking idiot I was.
Honestly it could still exist today, there are certain shows that are a lot more fun to watch with a crowd. If people are actually watching them story based shows are great but SoL and comedy's would be a blast with a group of people.
Like imagine playing a Hidamari Sketch drinking game with 15 or so people.
Fuck yeah Dual.
My father moved out of my parents' place after my mother died, kind of in a hurry. He chucked most of the vhs tapes. I don't have anywhere to store them over time at the moment, and vhs film degrades every time you watch it anyway.
Old anime clubs were about people with a keen interest in something relatively unknown, putting in effort to gain access to it. Anjime clubs today are just FotM/mainstream flavored social clubs populated most often by the bottom of the barrel. /a/ is a lot closer to the days of yore in terms of knowledge and passion, even if it also suffers from some typical internet behavior problems.
>and vhs film degrades every time you watch it anyway.
Only if you use a cheap deck. It doesn't really degrade, it stretches.
Back in 2001 I went to my colleges anime club with my friends who had been watching anime with me since '96.
They would not let us talk during the show. What the fuck is the point of watching shit socially if you can't bullshit while you are watching it. They fucking uninvited us after only one night of heated DWARF discussion during Record of Lodos Wars.
I haven't been to anime club before but I'm sure hell going to give it a shot. At worst I'll spend a few hours with idiots watching bad anime, but there's a chance I can meet someone who has good taste and then watch shit with them, or even have a good time. I wont' be expecting much.
It depends on the show and when you're talking. If you're talking during a serious or tense moment in a show it breaks immersion. If it's a comedy there's no reason not to have a blast and talk with each other about the show, who the best girl is and all of that other shit.
I had the digimon movie when I was younger. Thats about it. I didn't even know digimon was anime until much later.
>in the VHS mailing days
I think you read that wrong man.
>getting Slayers S1 fansubbed on VHS
It was quite the moment as a kid in the 90's.
Holy SHIT MAN.
I remember getting that from the video store when I was a wee lad and I think I watched it like twice.
Fucking hell I had forgotten about that, or at least I remembered like glimpses and like some character designs but a title was not something I remembered.
Nostalgia hits hard.
>those Eva gifs
Holy shit I can practically feel the wave of Geocities popups washing over me
I have the BlueSeed collection. Used to rent Gunsmith Cats all the time too.
Forgot my link, fuck I'm tired.
I can still remember that cheesy techno music from the DVD previews.
oh god, I will NEVER forget the lyrics to the Blue Seed opening.
I used to laugh at the way the guy sings
because when I was a kid Engrish was hilarious.
Also, dem omakes. I think it was the first time I watched something and it was funnier in English.
>WHOP BOP A LOOBOP, A WHOP BAM BOOM
>No, child abuse is wrong.
Holy shit, I found it. Kunikida Ker-Woosh!
Before I dropped out due to mental health issues, I went to my school's anime club and that kind of shit happened often.
Sure, 90% of it was pleb, but fuck if I didn't have a lot of fun.
Looking back on it, that's the only reason I didn't go fully hikki.
Still have my Super Buu and Pokiemon tapes
holy pleb, buttman
...Yeah, thats enough /a/ for one night.
I have a few Pokemon episodes and even the first movie on VHS. Good times.
A thread I don't have to feel like an old man in?
This is some sort of trick, and you kids are going to call me grandpa and tell me to get the fuck out, I know it.
I sadly just got rid of my VHS collection recently, with a move to a new state.
I got rid of Akira and NGE. Shame on me.
Oh God dammit the fucking feels, I had those two Pokemon VHS.
My dad was into anime back in the day so I was surrounded by it. GITS,Akira, Gundam wing that kinda shit. It's rad in retrospective but I might have been a little young
>Watched all of Robotech on VHS before I knew about Macross
>Still have Pokemon tapes in storage, with something like 2 episode per tape
God, I'm so glad we're past all that bullshit.
> be 12
> have a VHS player and a recorder in home
> be friends with 18+ otaku
> have them rent hentai and pass it to me
> get up from bed at 2 a.m every night
> everyone sleeping
> make copies for everyone
Good times. The only thing I regret is having watched the End of Evangelion in a very shitty copy of a copy of a copy (add infinitum) of a camrip.
I'm old enough, but unlike murricans, I had anime on my tv. Sailor Moon, Grendaizer, DBZ and such.
So did I. But there was a lot of anime in fansubbed VHS only.
I had Pokemon on VHS.
my brother used to rent a vhs of evangelion each saturday, and my first "digital" fansub was love hina and chobits.
Fuck, anyone know how I can DL Akira without torrenting?
I think I had Hamtaro or something on VHS. It might not've been VHS but either way Hamtaro was my shit.
I know I had Pokemon on VHS for sure though, and my best friend had Sailor Moon so we'd watch that all the time.
>anime in fansubbed VHS
This was a thing before good internet speeds?
Are you guys real VHS era people?
Anyone else remember shows like Tobe! Isami!, Romeo no Aoi Sora, KeroKero Chime, Coji Coji, Bakusou kyoudai Lets & Go, etc...?
I usually feel like the only one, even in oldfag threads.
Akira is licensed in North America, if I remember correctly.
They can track your downloads on the unsecure network.
or use IRC
Seems a bit much, just find a torrent they aren't tracking, read the comments.
All they do is send cease and desist anyway.
Borrow someone else's computer.
It's a university, there's going to be lots of unused computers.
>Lived on Guam
>Power and cable outages all the time
>Had a power generator, so we just went to the video store and rented VHS all the time
>Watch a shitton of old anime(Only really remember ranma and rewatching digimon all the time)
>Used VHS we never watched anymore to record Adult swim anime
>Shounen jump also releases a little later
>Buy that consistently for two or three years every month
Why are old VHS trailers so god damn awesome.
Can't find it on IRC
Force encryption on torrent traffic? Is it possible to do it without relying on a paid VPN?
It's not that, the college somehow blocks P2P traffic.
To clarify, my college blocks DHT traffic. Don't think I can do anything about that, so I was wondering where I could DL Akira from IRC or whatever.
Is that Crayon Shin-Chan in Chinese?