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Welcome to /ar/!
This board is for the discussion of retro anime and manga, generally keeping it pre-2000. This isn't a hard rule, but don't go posting seasonal stuff. Also, this is still a young board and site as a whole, so if you have any suggestions, put them in >>>/meta/
Please keep the global rules in mind, especially rule 3.
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Thread dedicated to the great Osamu Dezaki.
Starting his career notably as an animator for Astro Boy, Dezaki made his claim after directing the Ashita no Joe anime. In it he defined much of what would become his signature style, which he would continue to develop throughout his future works. Many aspects of his style became defining tropes of anime. For example, his famous freeze frame technique, known as a postcard memory (pics related) has become a staple of anime. If you want more examples of tropes he started I recommend watching Ashita no Joe.
IPs he has directed include: Golgo 13, Black Jack, Space Cobra, Lupin III, Aim for the Ace, Moomin, The Roses of Versailles, and more. Without Dezaki the golden age of anime, that this board relates to, would not have existed as it did.
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Who digs giant robots?
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Now THIS is a classic.
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Just watched this. Pure badassery in animated form, Gunsmith Cats was fun but I think this edges it out.
Any more Sonoda stuff worth checking out?
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Magical Girl thread
Does /ar/ like mahou shoujo anime?
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Education resource thread
This is a thread to provide resources for anons to educate themselves on the history, production process, and common critical language of anime and manga (I am less educated on manga personally, so my recommendations will be anime focused).
Here is a useful article that is a great overview on anime as an artform, how it got to be the way it is, and what distinguishes it from cartoons: https://www.tofugu.com/japan/anime-vs-cartoons/
The Dragonball fandom has an excellent series of articles about the production process of your average television anime (both the retro and digital workflows are explained), as well as a map of all of the staff and what they do:
Here is another article that helps establish a baseline knowledge for talking about animation quality, or more specifically some pitfalls to avoid when discussing it:
For those who want a much more in depth and technical book on an academic study of anime as an artform, there are several books I could recommend, but by far I find this the most useful: https://film7000.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/thomaslamarre-2009-theanimemachine.pdf
Finally if you'd like some insight into the history of the American anime community, this is a great book:
Feel free to share your own resources if you have any, the more educated the community, the more we can appreciate what we love!
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Anyone here collect anime cels? Or dougas/gengas? My collection is pretty small so far, pic related is my cel and douga of Yuumura Kirika from Noir.
I'm actually looking for a good UV-blocking frame for it, anyone know of a good one that's about the needed size? (my douga measured to be about 10.5x9.5 so I'm guessing the cel is about the same)
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Takarajima (Treasure Island)
This anime was incredibly good. I am surprised nobody really talks about it especially with other adaptations of Treasure Island being dug up because of recent memes.
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Have you seen Golden Boy?
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Didn't expect Trigun to be this bad. These production values are on par with those Lost Universe webms. Surprised there was no backlash against it and that the show is remembered fondly in spite of this.
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Cosmo Police Justy
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You watch your retro anime on a period appropriate CRT, right anon?
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List of Mandatory Classic Movies
Kanashimi No Belladonna (1973) is a masterpiece of tragic/erotic/psychedelic animation directed by Eiichi Yamamoto. Jeanne is a peasant who gets raped by a noble and becomes a witch; based on/inspired by La Sorcière by Jules Michelet, a treatise in the history of witchcraft. Noted for its experimental artstyle, bizarre visuals and its connection to Western classical art works like Klimt and the cubist movement, it's a unique piece of art with a moving narrative and breathtaking moments on screen.
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Loli cat girl animuz
I am in dire need of old generic loli cat girl animes. Would you guys help me out?
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Dream Hunter REM
Rem Ayanokoji a cute
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Not sure if it needs a thread but it's not like we're overflowing with discussion here ;), still I recently started watching the original HxH anime from 1999. I have never actually watched/read any of HxH and all I know of it was that it's permanently on hiatus, that cat girl (or boy?) that everyone posts a lot and the designs of the MC's. I decided to give it a shot for no real reason and so far I've been enjoying it.
I've watched YYH last year and enjoyed that as well. I found Season 1 of YYH to be good, 2 to be great the first half of 3 to be fantastic and then it kinda falls off after Sensui is introduced which was a shame, but it's nice to know that Togashi hasn't lost it with HxH.
I will say the first couple of episodes were...fine, I'm still not entirely sure what the plot is. Sure, Gon is trying to find his father and that's the goal but the whole idea of Hunters just seem odd. The fact Gon and that other hunter in the first episode were seen hunting animals and Gon wants to become a hunter kind of makes you think Hunter's are animal hunters, but then they add several characters who don't really fit that niche at all which makes the term "Hunter" kind of confusing. I guess it's more like a catchall term for someone who is exceptional and reliable in everything and thus the guy you go to for troubles, like an official bounty hunter or mercenary.
Character wise, I enjoy them a lot.What surprises me the most about this show was that I expected Gon to be the main part of the whole show and everyone else to sort of be secondary characters who don't really interact with one another since it's about Gon and his story, but it's actually pretty cool to see Leorio and Kurapika be together a lot and see their histories and helping each other out and such. I also like how Gon and Killua have a really normal friendship. They basically act like kids their age would act if they were friends. Which is very surprising since I thought Killua would be very stoic and not want to be friends with Gon but he opened up pretty damn quickly to him. Hell their dynamic feels like the other way around. Killua should be the MC and Gon is the friend who helps him out of his shell, but it's not like that at all.
I'm currently on episode 27 and the final part of the Hunter exam. I found the first section (running) to be a bit lackluster and the second section (cooking) to be worse, but it REALLY picked up by the third section (trick tower) which I wished was longer and had them dealing with more psychological aspects over just fights, plus that 50 hour wait in the room could've been a really fun filler episode. The fourth section (battleship) was also REALLY good, a tough situation and a time limit where everyone had to work together felt really engaging to watch, especially with how it ended. The fifth section (badge hunting) was also quite engaging, giving Gon the task of grabbing Hisoka's badge was great even if we spent around two episodes watching him train and stalk him. A shame Ponzu didn't stick around, I liked her.
I still have no idea what this series is even going to be about, sure Gon finding his dad, Kurapika getting revenge(?), Leorio becoming a doctor and Killua having...fun? I'm sure Hisoka is going to throw multiple wrenches in their plans but otherwise it's quite refreshing to not really know where this is going (although I have been spoiled on how Gon's arc ends).
Anyhow, it probably didn't need a thread but I wanted to throw my thoughts out onto the board. Will probably update it in a few days when I'm nearing the end. Watching 4 episodes a day is fun when the show is actually quite good, as opposed to trudging my way through it like I did for other longer shows.
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What are the essential pre-2k hyperviolent anime?
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the great recommendations thread
give one get one.
I start: Outlanders (16.12.1986), great trashy fun on a saturday evening.
back of the box blurb:
>Scantily clad space princess Kalm arrives on Earth to shake things up! As her father’s armada pummels the Earth’s forces this busty space maiden plunders the planet in search of a good man to call her own. Hapless Earthling Tetsuya finds himself caught between the alien invaders and the warrior woman who would be his wife!
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Share cool retro anime Webms and GIFs with your fellow anons.Any other supported format is fine as well.
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Is this still the most soul crushing ending scene in anime? It is for me at least.
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It's nearly easter, post bunnies.
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Thoughts on new cutie honey?
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Have you ever played any retro anime Laserdisc games? Never found a cabinet in person, but I've played them on an emulator before. Big fan of Thunder Storm (Cobra Command in the west).
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Royal Space Force Theatrical Showings
So earlier today I was looking up if there was any news on Uru in Blue (hah, no), and found an article from August which mentioned that not only was Royal Space Force getting a 4K 35mm scan released on bluray soon, but that it would also have a theatrical re-release to coincide with this. I looked it up and the bluray is coming out on the 4th of November, but I can't find any more recent sources giving a date or locations for any screenings.
Anyone have any more info? I'd really love to see this masterpiece on the big screen and I don't want to miss what's likely my only chance.
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Classic anime music
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So I know the 20th Century in general is the gud shit, but I argue that the '90s, (or rather, from about 1988 onwards), was the absolute best, in terms of animation quality and good draftmanship, as well as actual directing,creating atmosphere and unique imagery.All those little special effects were great too-The glistening, the glowing,the blurry scenes, heat waves etc.
The 70s and 80s were good, but to me it felt sort of like the animators and director and writers etc were still establishing themselves. The 90s is when they found their feet and took off running in practically every aspect.
I think this era ended in around 2003,and I'm not sure why, maybe digital was just hard to get used to-- but I read somewhere that in the late '90s and early '00s there was a sort of "anime brain drain"-- that is, a lot of older greats left the industry, and the new young talent had a lack of mentorship.Of course there was also increased appeal to otaku and probably some budget issues.
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Does anyone have experience buying cels or other production materials off of ebay/yahoo auctions? I've been contemplating picking one up but it seems like the sort of thing where you could get easily scammed. Any advice?
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Old Japanese Web Pages
It's time to play the retro otaku famous sport, finding old Japanese web pages! Now these days, various search engines have been filtering these pages, making them harder to find, but if you know a thing or two about old anime/doujin circles, this shouldn't be a challenge for /ar/.
Do pixelly oekaki scribbles make you blush? Does finding dithered old .MAG anime CGs make you cum? Then take note of these examples to find these types of images on your local search engine
>"index of" ~[insert generic japanese nickname here]
>"index of" ~[insert old PC model here]
>ＣＧ [insert 90s anime or 90s anime character name], "ne.jp", 1998.03.05 (this date is just an example, any date between the early 90s-early 00s will give you results)
Voila! You've done it. Now contribute to the thread with your various findings. Happy hunting, /ar/.
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Who is she and why is she so cute
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Favourite /ar/ anime.
What's your absolute favourite /ar/ anime, and why?
For me, it's Irresponsible Captain Tylor. I remember watching the first episode back in 2017 and finding it to be somewhat uneventful, and it wasn't until the fourth episode where the crescendo made me laugh for a solid ten seconds that I fell in love with it.
I found the anime to be incredibly hilarious and it had that charm of not knowing how the characters were going to get out of an impossible situation and then seeing them get out of it flawlessly. I do think it suffers from a few slow moments, some out of character moments for Tylor and a very lackluster, confusing final fight. I wanted to see Tylor and the crew get out of impossible battle situations and he's only in four in the entire anime, I get not wanting to make an anime that's all about winning impossible situations but I just wish there was more.
The crew are fantastic as well, great characters all round. The Mad Max style soldiers who are so stupidly dressed for their jobs, the android spy sent to kill Tylor who everyone falls in love with and even Yamamoto and Yuriko who are pretty normal by comparison are still great for being straight men to Tylor's idiotic ideas and escapades. As for the enemy alien army, there aren't that many but I did find the two main ones Azalyn and Dom to be pretty fun, although I did find Azalyn's obsession over Tylor a bit of a meh plot point since it doesn't really go anywhere.
This was probably the first anime where I saw my favourite trope of "underestimated lucky idiot" being put into full effect and I noticed that I LOVE that kind of trope. I saw it a few times in things like Ace Attorney and Index, but never pieced it together until this show. Worst part is, I've never seen another anime really do it again, although Golden Boy was close.
Surprisingly, I've never seen the OVA's despite this being my favourite anime. For some reason I just never had the drive to do it despite having no reason not to. I'll have to figure out a good time to watch them. I also kind of want to read the entire Japanese wikipedia page for Tylor since it seems to have the ENTIRE light novel up there but only in Japanese which I learnt from a quick google translate skim has Tylor be a 30 year old pedophile who is also sent back in time to WW2 to command the Yamato in one of the novels which sounds hilarious.
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Card Captor Sakura
Sex with Sakura.
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You VILL listen to the stunning soundtrack by Kaoru Wada
You VILL get comfy at the sight of the Ferris wheel
You VILL get immersed into the world of medieval Japan
You VILL marvel at the beautiful backgrounds and colour palettes
And you VILL enjoy it
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Rose Of Versailles
I've been watching this anime.
So far it's a simple but well done story.
Due it's age it lacks in animation sequences, but it more than makes up for it with Dezaki's great directing.
And the artstyle is really charming.
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Retro Anime that you want to see subbed.
Self explanatory. For me it would be three late 80s Studio Comet produced TV shows all with Hirosho Kanazawa as character designer and heavily involved as an animation director. I believe all three are manga adaptations, and they all have the similar kind of pudgy faced caricatured character designs that are really unique. High School Kimengumi, Tsuide ni Tonchinkan and Meimon! Daisan Yakyuubu. The latter two I watched raw, with Tsuide ( screenshots shown here) being a well executed slapstick comedy, albeit a bit repetitive. Meimon is an incredibly well done sports drama with storyboards that feel somewhat reminiscent of Dezaki, as it was his student, Hiroshi Fukutomi who directed it. The animation quality was outstandingly good and consistent, full of subtle weighty convincing motion during the baseball games. Kimengumi has its movie subbed and I enjoyed it, but the series has yet to be picked up.
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Remember JJBA OVA?
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Helping anons remember anime
Feel free to delete if this thread is too specific but I think it might be nice to have a thread where anons help each other identify anime that they only hazily remember but still want to watch.
I say this might be nice because I'm currently having this very issue. It's a one or two episode Girls with Guns OVA from the 90s, not Gunsmith Cats but sort of like it, maybe a bit more scifi? It had "Uta" in the name. It didn't seem super well known but it looked right up my alley, I jist forgot to write the name down. Any help is much appreciated. Thank you!
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Classic Dragon Ball
>I... I can't see them!
>they are beyond even the eyes of God!
How do you folks feel about classic Dragon Ball? Personally obsessed with the 23rd Budoukai and Saiyan arcs. Insurmountably peak shonen, imo.
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/ar/'s Country Classics
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Hit a huge milestone in my quest to watch every anime opening ever. I finished the 20th Century!
I started with only caring about TV openings, but realizing that my experience would neglect classics like "Gunbuster" or "Dirty Pair Project Eden" I expanded it to cover all anime. That means I've checked out everything, TV, OVA, Hentai, Specials, OVAs, and Music Videos (Exceptions would be lost anime or anime not listed in the MAL database.)
Along the way, I curated a list of what I consider to be notable anime OPs. I've separated the notably good and the notably bad apart from each other (unremarkable openings are off the list). This list is raw and unorganized (only by year and only at a first impression). I figured you guys might want to see it.
Any suggestions of a better way I could present the data would be appreciated.
What are your favorite retro anime openings?
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Macross is fucking stupid
Are we really supposed to believe that hardened soldiers are going to defy their superior officers, whom they've been conditioned to fear all their lives, to defect to an enemy they've been conditioned to hate all their lives, just for the sake of some shitty pop songs? That would be like the Norks or Talibans defecting to the United States in mass because of Taylor Swift. And why would anyone in that situation even give a shit about gay idol drama anyway? They're supposed to be fighting for their lives, stranded in the outer solar system millions of the nearest supply base, and yet they have not only the available resources but also the audience for this garbage?
Or that the chief archivist whose supposedly spent his entire life studying combat footage, wouldn't notice that a goddamn martial arts movie was clearly faked? Actually zentradi in general seem pretty dim, the infiltration team is able to speak perfect Japanese with no effort, but somehow remain clueless about every other aspect of Terran culture. They really should have been caught right away, especially since they acted like total buffoons and Hayase actually saw them in the miclone chambers.
The way they handle romance was also pretty dumb. At most civilian workplaces its frowned upon for officers to engage in relationships, let alone in the military. And then there's the whole romance between Max and Milia. "I tried to kill you an hour ago, let's get married!"Yeah, right.
How is this garbage considered a classic in any way? My eight year old sister could come up with a better mecha show.
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Have (you) read his works?
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Happy Odaiba Day!
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Japanimation Viewing Guide
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Lots of chonners love to make fun of Americans. Well old anime did too. So here's a thread dedicated to those very special anime moments, where writers jap slap lady liberty right on the pussy
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In this thread: Fever dreams.
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Trigun, but the storytelling is kino's journey, the MC is kirby, and the women come and go as often as they do in Space Pirate Cobra.
Anyone else really enjoy Eat Man? Is the manga worth a read?
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Am I stupid or is there no Bubblegum Crisis thread?
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Post cool /ar/ related stuff you've found in the wild at yard sales, thrift stores and the like. I was surprised to run across this today.
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Happy Mother's Day, /ar/
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Game Link: https://nexusclash.com/clash.php
Have you heard of Nexus Clash? I've been playing it for around a month and it's fun.It's essentially a free to play text browser based PvP MMO that you can play in any browser. Think something like Urban Dead except it's a fantasy game.
It's got a deep class system based on morality (evil, good or neutral) where you can become an angel, a demon or a superhuman based on what alignment you are. Some classes such as lich (a neutral mage class) allows you to build undead armies from players you have killed, while others such as corrupters (evil class) can corrupt players or players minions and pets. There's a plethora of classes such as revenant (basically a creature of the night, have skills that allow you to track players who have killed you or people you know, or eternal soldiers - masters of any sort of human combat be it guns, hand to hand or melee, to archangels - high ranking angels that can command other angels to some degree. (Here is a list of all the classes. https://wiki.nexusclash.com/wiki/Classes
A big thing is after a few years one side of the game (either evil,Neutral or good) wins the game and the game resets with the winning side helping to structure the new game map.
If you do play, I highly suggest reading a new player guide
Map of game:
Picture is a retro anime character I created in game
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/ar/t and oekaki thread!
Let's make /ar/t! This can be traditional, digital, animated, anything goes. I've been working on learning how to draw decently myself (pic very much not related), so giving feedback to your fellow anons is appreciated. I've also implemented oekaki into the posting form in case you ever want to make simplistic drawings (i did one here based of an old guide)
this post was delayed a week because oekaki kept breaking but it works well now...
>NOTE: currently if you upload an image at the same time as a drawing, you will lose the drawing, so don't add files with your drawing post
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What do you guys think of Go Lion?
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Yu Yu Hakusho
Let's appreciate peak shonen anime
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Who do you do it for, /ar/?
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Best Patlabor Episodes
What's everyone's favorite episode of Patlabor? For me it's a tossup between one of the goofier episodes like the ones where they go into the gator labyrinth and SV2's Longest Day from the original OVA.
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What did she mean by this?
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How did he always appear everywhere, anyway
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Here's hoping this goes well
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/ar/ styled media
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Watching pre-2000s anime
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>Moshi Moshi, Ghostu Suipa Mikami desu?
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We're about a month out from the 40th anniversary of Xabungle. You have seen Xabungle, right?
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Did Anno run out of budget (again)?
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Why did older forms of animation die off anyways?
It's just weird to me, like, if you look at any anime prior to 1990 you will see a clear difference in art style. The anime of the time is less jagged and more rounded and bubbly as opposed to modern anime which isn't. I'm just curious as to why that is. When exactly did this shift away from the softer less pointed animation begin and why?
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lets have some silly fun with edits
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Beautiful Background Art Thread
Self explanatory. It's fine if characters are featured, but try chose shots focused on the background.
I'll start with some from Tokimeki Tonight.
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wapTV - coming soon!
Yes, the weekly stream idea is real, and it's going to start up within the week. I am thinking of running the streams biweekly on tuesdays and thursdays (unless other days work better, but i'd like to keep it during the week)
The idea is that each day would have an episode from two series during the same season. Here's what i'm thinking of starting with
>Tuesday: Fall 1982
>Thursday: Spring 1983
This would all be taken care of by a bot (finally got one working), so I won't have to micromanage everything. Times are probably going to be 17:00 UTC since thats the time that presumably works for the most people.
(Another idea - doing rebroadcasts at a few common local times during the day such as noon in PST, EST, and CET)
(With an episode a week, these would take many months to get through a whole series, so I may do two episodes of each in a block if people would prefer that)
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Have you seen it? It's a blast!
If you like stuff like Urusei Yatsura and Project A-Ko it´s definitely up your alley
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Claiming this board as belonging to his majesty kaiser Reinhard von Lohengramm. You are free to go on as usual.
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Attack No. 1
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Night on the Galactic Railroad
Please, someone help me understand the appeal of this movie. I love the idea of it and the artwork is really nice, but the pacing is just... there's no reason for the movie to be as long and as slow as it is. I'm not against films having a slower, more meditative or dreamlike pace, but Railroad drags everything out for as long as possible, well past the point of interest.
I'm really not trying to shit on this film, I understand it means a lot to many people and I respect that. I'm trying to understand and maybe come to appreciate it myself. If anyone who really likes this movie could explain to me why they do, I would really appreciate it.
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Watch p/ar/ty 2
We're gonna have our second watch p/ar/ty on March 19th, same time as before (15:00 UTC). Suggestions will be taken for a week and the the finalists will be voted on next week. Looking forward to it!
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old otaku documentaries/news coverage
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Dragon half thread
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Often overlooked, I think there's a lot of good retro anime based on historical events that get often overlooked. Let's have a thread about them.
I'll start with Ai no Wakakusa Monogatari, adapted from the 1868 novel Little Women about the lives of four sisters during the American Civil War.
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Manabu Oohashi passed away recently. Give your respect to a legend. A MAD of his work is linked below. He is probably most well known for the Takarajima intro animation.
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hey /ar/, lets play hangman.
I give you a little tip: The original television series is from 1983
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lets get cuddly
valentines day is one month away, time to get in the mood. only the best romcoms allowed
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/av/ - Alternate Versions
Many classic anime have been re-released, re-scanned, re-mastered, and re-edited countless times. This is a thread where you can post about differences between versions of any anime, from shitty upscales and botched crops, to alternate scenes, animation, and extended cuts. Try to avoid spoilers, so that if someone checks the thread for the “definitive” version of whatever they’re trying to watch they don’t get spoiled.
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The first wapchan watch p/ar/ty suggestion thread!
To keep discussion on here fresh and to get a broader perspective on retro anime, I'll be hosting monthly watch p/ar/ties on cytube. I'm planning on this first one being held on the 29nd at 15:00 UTC, which hopefully works for most wapnons, and will run from 4-6 hours in total. This thread is for submitting suggestions for the stream. Less well known or obscure suggestions would be appreciated as I know there are a lot of works people want to discuss but few have actually seen.
>Voting has finished, thanks everyone!
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Anime Night with friends
Raunchy Anime Night (Friday, February 4, 2022- Stream Starts at 6:30PM EST)
Streaming a few retro movies tonight (some not retro) if anyone's interested.
Blood - The Last Vampire (This is both ENG/JAP)
Demon City Shinjuku
The Empire of Corpses
Kanashimi no Belladonna
And Maybe Bible Black lol
Come and have a comfy time
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Lupin part 1
Did anyone else see how insane this was on the stream? They really didn't fuck around back then.
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here we go