William Chow's vodcast series, History of Fan Anime in North America

The roughly mid-90's and earlier (generally pre-Toonami, pre-anime boom) era of anime & manga fandom: early cons, clubs, tape trading, Nth Generation VHS fansubs, old magazines & fanzines, fandubs, ancient merchandise, rec.arts.anime, and more!
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One thing I appreciate about old-school fans is how persistent they are when they decide to make something -- "100 views? That's about how many people read my zine articles back in the day..."

Series still going on, seems to get a new episode every week. Some of them are indirectly-related, like the last episode on Akemi Takeda's PC Engine work, but I think this actually helps because it reminds people that anime fans back in the day often had a collection of related interests of which anime was at the center, rather than being exclusively anime, whether it was anime/furry, anime/sci-fi, anime/gaming, etc.
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OOOoOo *Happy seal claps*
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Still updating! A little more self-reflective rather than anime-reflective, I guess, but an episode about Anime Jyanai, his brick-and-mortar anime store back in the day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEZEj0Okj30
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A good motivator to start old-school anime I've been putting off, seeing it in its natural environment. (^_^)
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I really wanted to watch them all in order but the old school anime store has me curious!
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Here's one on anime fanzines and newsletters -- nice stuff! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FcA2Z92Y7k
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Yup, always a pleasure to hear about scene-related things like this. Despite also being an anime "middle schooler", I'm quite interested in anime fanzines, newsletters, etc. (Both physical and online BBS) I just bought a couple issues of "From SIDE to SIDE" to add to my collection.
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Series still going strong -- interesting context on the early-era anime hunt for anime-middle-schoolers like me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqdKlHls_2U
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Nice show on tape trading -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=942oW06xK3U
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Still going on- inspiring :!: Lately he's been interviewing other old-school fans, but this has brought up a common struggle, which is that some folks who are big fans of animated girls became that way due to their adversarial relationship with actual girls :lol: This isn't a gender-specific problem, of course, some big fans of animated boys became that way due to their adversarial relationship with actual boys too, but worth keeping in mind. :D
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