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Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2023 9:32 am
by Castien
Lovely to meet you all, my name is Eileen. I am a collector and a bit of an archivist.
I am super excited to see all your wonderful anime swag! I'm already envious of many of your collections.

I grew up on anime in the 90's, but I didn't really know what anime was until middle school. I wasn't able to afford to buy anime in those days. We traded fansub and TV recorded VHS tapes in the back halls of my school like criminals. The first anime I fell in love with was Tenchi Muyo on Toonami and it's remained one of my top favorites. I didn't have an interest in collecting until 2000, when I found a pile of Tenchi DVDs at a dollar store. One case had a collectible coin inside and inspired with the desire to collect all four, which started me on my lifelong quest. Now, 20+ years later, I'm still at it. My favorites still lean towards classic titles, including Captain Harlock and Maison Ikkoku. I hope one day someone is able to publish all the old, overlooked anime of the 70's and 80's.

My Collection is primarily:
1. First Print US licensed DVDs and Blu-rays
2. Limited Editions
3. Promos, Mail Order Offers and Pre-order Bonuses
4. Licensed Publications and Catalogs
5. Official Press Kits

I'm really focus on official American anime media. Not because I don't appreciate the original Japanese or the fan made materials, but because I can't collect everything and there are others more dedicated, I keep my focus on the ones I like best.
I really love press kits and I own over 40 of them. It's very difficult to find them, so hunting them down is especially rewarding.
If I could be reincarnated as myself 25 years ago, I would have made an effort to archive more.

Here's a picture of one of my favorite Press Kits!


Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2023 4:48 am
by DKop
Welcome to the forums. Yea its wild to think that Tenchi Muyo was on Toonami nearly 25 years ago, I was in middle school at the time it came out. I remember getting Evangelion tapes from friends in high school who lent me their stuff to watch what they had which is how I first saw the show. Glad to meet another fan on here.


Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2023 1:32 pm
by Captain_EO
Hi Eileen, welcome to the boards! That's an awesome collection. I also find press kits, mail orders and catalogs to be interesting, so you're in good company here. Press kits in particular give a unique look into what executives were thinking at the time... That Pokemon kit must've been made when US Poke-mania was in full-swing.
Oh and of course, that Ryo-Ohki plush looks precious in her shrink wrap. :lol:


Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2023 6:38 pm
by Daniel
Welcome :D


Posted: Thu Nov 02, 2023 9:20 am
by Drew_Sutton
Welcome to the forum, Eileen! I'm interested to learn more about your press kits, looking forward to you starting some threads around here!


Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2023 3:20 pm
Oh my goodness! (^人^) That's a nice collection! Last exile is one of my favorites, so I wonder what's in the press kit? That's an interesting the collect, so now I'm curious about it. It's a pleasure to meet you~ (o゜▽゜)o☆