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    Anime Evolution



    Saw this video earlier today and thought it was pretty interesting. I actually learned quite a bit, thought to share it here.

    I had no idea that anime dated back that far. I thought anime wasn't a thing until like the '80s but this is likely due to me being a kid in the 90's and anime (Japanese cartoons) not being as available until the late '80s in the US.

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    Huh....if you hadn't heard of Astro Boy, I would have thought that everyone has heard of Speed Racer, which is from the late-60's (first anime I watched, btw. Dad is a fan!). Speaking of late 80's anime availability, the way that it worked before commercial releases were a thing was really interesting, imo. You could join these small clubs (you could meet them at various sci-fi/comic book conventions) who distributed fan-translations and subs on VHS via mail. So they would mail out these pamphlets every once in a while with the names of anime they had on-hand, then you mail them a cardboard box of VHS tapes along with your selections. They'd go through the painstaking process of duplicating their tapes for you (if you recall, recording onto a VHS tape takes as long as it takes to play the thing you are duplicating. Imagine copying 5 or 6 of your standard 26-episode anime series in real-time).

    As I understand, the subtitling was another brutal process. While it did involve a computer, it was far more primitive, and required a lot of guess-and-check to get the timing right. One typo or mistake during the subbing process and you had to restart from the beginning as well. There's a pretty famous guy from Canada who was sort of the hero of the North American 80's anime scene called "kingofsmut95". A google search will tell you a much more detailed story than I have time to transcribe here.

    Edit: Forgot to mention that I've seen Osamu Tezuka's (Astro Boy author) house! I was staying with a Japanese family at the time, and we went out for a walk. They took me on a short detour and showed me the house he used to live in. It isn't where he worked on Astro Boy or anything relevant to his career, but it was a cool little surprise that the locals could let me in on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zemekis View Post
    Huh....if you hadn't heard of Astro Boy, I would have thought that everyone has heard of Speed Racer, which is from the late-60's (first anime I watched, btw. Dad is a fan!). Speaking of late 80's anime availability, the way that it worked before commercial releases were a thing was really interesting, imo. You could join these small clubs (you could meet them at various sci-fi/comic book conventions) who distributed fan-translations and subs on VHS via mail. So they would mail out these pamphlets every once in a while with the names of anime they had on-hand, then you mail them a cardboard box of VHS tapes along with your selections. They'd go through the painstaking process of duplicating their tapes for you (if you recall, recording onto a VHS tape takes as long as it takes to play the thing you are duplicating. Imagine copying 5 or 6 of your standard 26-episode anime series in real-time).

    As I understand, the subtitling was another brutal process. While it did involve a computer, it was far more primitive, and required a lot of guess-and-check to get the timing right. One typo or mistake during the subbing process and you had to restart from the beginning as well. There's a pretty famous guy from Canada who was sort of the hero of the North American 80's anime scene called "kingofsmut95". A google search will tell you a much more detailed story than I have time to transcribe here.

    Edit: Forgot to mention that I've seen Osamu Tezuka's (Astro Boy author) house! I was staying with a Japanese family at the time, and we went out for a walk. They took me on a short detour and showed me the house he used to live in. It isn't where he worked on Astro Boy or anything relevant to his career, but it was a cool little surprise that the locals could let me in on.
    Funny thing is, I knew of both animations but I just didn't realize they were THAT old or that they were Japenese in origin. I only just got into anime in the late 90's and never fully explored back far enough I guess.

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