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Monday, 30 May 2016

May 1990 Pt.3 Anime Hasshin

What next arrived by post was “The Rose” the Newsletter of Anime Hasshin number 21, and what follows is a brief overview, with Special Features – Hayao Miyazaki spotlight & Nausicaa, Interview With Rob Gibson (writer of the Harlock comic-books), Minky Momo, A Winter's Tale, Patabour, Lupin III, Totoro – Kiki & Eriko Songs.

Front cover: “Totoro, Nausicaa & friends” Fan-Art by Kevin O'Connell

'Editorial' Lorraine Savage reports on the benefits of money saved by using bulk mail in the US, “as this issue is a whopping 22 pages long!” Canadian membership & renewal prices were raised by $2 to cover the postage of the heaver issues of “The Rose” as the bulk mail did not apply to Canada, however back issues and synopsis packs remain the same. Two more synopsis packs have been added, and a NEW Flyer “that you may pas around to tell your friends about us”.
Lorraine adds “Miyazaki fans should enjoy this issue, but we do have a lot of other good stuff besides.”, and that there seems to be a renewed interest in starting up a NEW APA (Amateur Press Association).

Lorraine also reports on the sightings of the AKIRA movie in: Tulsa OK; Lakewood & Columbus OH; West Los Angeles CA; Pittsburgh PA; Autin TX (but at the time of writing – had no news as to its next schedule, and that it hasn't reached New England). The club's bulk order of 'Madox-01' arrived very quickly “My cheers to AnimEgo.”, and She noted the standing ovation for musician\writer Kitaro who wrote the music for 'Queen Millenia' while in New England as part of his World tour - “His breath-taking drum piece shook the house”.

The company 'General Products' that a few of Anime Hasshin members had dealt with, voiced their concerns and complaints.
Lorraine Savage would “like to meet a lot of you” as she attends the Conventions in Indianapolis (ConJunction) in June, and in August at the San Diego Comic Con.

In the NEWS section I see an interesting statistic from Eclipse Comics - Eclipse reports that its typical readership is 18 to 24 years of age, but its readers of Japanese comics in translation are 15 to 20 years old.

On Page 4 you will find that the Interview With Rob Gibson (writer of the Harlock comic-books) was by Lorraine Savage who gives us an insight in to an American adaptation of a well loved Anime
As part of Page 5 David Merrill writes about Lupin III's origins “The Exploits of Arsene Lupin” from the French stories of the Victorian age.

On Page 8, the two paged article By John Ott on 'The Return of Nausicaa' was very well done, adding the technical notes about how the Manga art work was printed in different sizes affecting its detail and look have you a keen eye when re-reading the Manga.

On Page 10, John Ott provids another two paged article, this time centring on Hayao Miyazaki - Animator, Animated Film Director, and Manga Artist.

Page 12 has an article written by James Troutman entitled “Around in Minky Momo's Dreams” a Magical girl TV show from the mid 80's, with its happy ends for its captivating characters in an action adventure that on occasion has some good social satire & symbolism for a kids TV show.

A Manga Review on Page 13 by Widya Santoso on the Japanese Manga (non-translated) “Winter Story” - Written by Hara Hidenori & Published by Young Sunday (Volumes 1 to 5 – as of May 1990). The story of 3 students and tier time just before getting in to the Universities that they want, and not of their families, as well as dealing with the feeling of friendship and love.

On Page 14 we would see an Anime Film review of the 'Patlabor Movie' by Tsao Sheng-Te. Tsao reminds us that in 1989 Hayao Miyazaki's animated feature “Kiki's Delivery Service” was topping the box-office charts and in stark contrast the Science Fiction Movie of Patlabor, “is very different to the OVA in that it is deadly serious.”, and with the character designs by the popular artist Akemi Takeda (Orange Road, Urusei Yatsura). The reviewer notes how much more in-depth and fleshed-out the characters are compared to the OVA series. With a compelling action, a terrific soundtrack, and an excellent (but complicated) story, He Ends by saying “it certainly ranks as one of the best animated features ever done.”

A Manga Review on Page 15 by Kevin O'Connell on the Japanese Manga (non-translated) 'Dragon Half' that was first published in 'Dragon' Japan's popular role-playing game magazine (RPGs that you need Dice and Pen & paper for).

[NOTE: The manga was created by Ryūsuke Mita and serialized from 1988 to 1994. The two episode anime OVA series was adapted from the Manga in 1993.]

A Manga Review on Page 15 by James R. Winchester on the Japanese Manga (non-translated) 'Laughing Salesman'

You will still find Information on other Clubs, Fanzines, Computer Bulletin Boards, APAs (Amateur Press Association) , Classifieds Ads, addding to this will be Personal Ads (were you can ask for Pen-Pals)Conventions, Businesses, mini synopses, Japanese vocabulary lessons. and a Members list. With plenty of Fan Artwork that were all done in a strong Black ink

[Note: A synopsisis a brief summary or a condensed statement of the major points of a subject (be it Anime or Manga in our case) giving a general overall view, without opinion or review.]

[Note: APAs (Amateur Press Association) is a fanzine of sorts featuring fiction, art, and topics of interest, written & distributed between the same 20 or so people, who photocopy their work and then mail it to a CM (Central Mailer) who then on a bi-monthly basis redistributes it]

Thursday, 26 May 2016

May 1990 Pt.2b Special Correspondence

By the end of May, once again a thrust for knowledge, and the feeling to connect with a force that for Me drove part of Anime & Manga Fandom especially from over here in England (UK), it was a delight to receive a letter from 'Studio Proteus' sign by Toren Smith.

For those of a later generation of Fans Toren Smith of 'Studio Proteus' scouted Manga in Japan for a north American English speaking audience back in the 80's and 90's, His company translated the Manga and then in conjugation with comic-book publishers & distributors brought them to a wider western market. Companies like 'Dark Horse', 'Eclipse Comics', and 'Viz International'

Having someone hand pick a wide selection of Manga gave us the mark to set other manga by, and by chance or design many of them were made in to Anime OVAs and films too (greatly helped viewing all those raw Un-subtitled Japanimations that we all had acquired!

[NOTE: 'The Venus Wars' was published from April 1991 – May 1992 The Venus Wars issues 1 – 14 and The Venus Wars II 1 – 15 from June 1992 to August 1993.]

[NOTE: 'Lost Continent' was published I believe from September 1991 over to May 1992 - Lost Continent #1-6 , but I would need copies of these comic-books\manga to prove these dates.]

[NOTE: 'Dirty pair – A Plague of Angels' was published was published I believe trimonthly from August 1990 to August 1991 Dirty Pair III A Plague of Angels 1-5 but I would need copies of these comic-books\manga to prove these dates.]

[Special Note: Does anyone know of the projects in England that Studio Proteus was involved in?]

Having the power of the Pen has given Me another unique memento that I will always treasure, and even thou I never met him Toren is sorely missed from over this side of the pond.

TorenSmith (April 12, 1960 to March 4, 2013)

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

May 1990 Pt.2a Special Correspondence

Special Correspondence.

It was not my intention to mimic the speed of witch information travelled in the 80's and 90's, with Newsletters, Fanzines, Magazines, and Journals, that only took a few months to make there way across from North America and Canada to the UK (as so much printed martial was Bi-monthly\Trimonthly), it was also the age of Letter writing by post to other Fans and Businesses.

The Blog continues....

Taking the addresses that the Japanese Embassy had given me I must have sent out a couple of Letters, and now years later (about 25 or so) I find to my astonishment a reply from KODANSHA Ltd.

  Not only was this a reply from Japan's big publishing house KODANSHA Ltd, in relation to my inquiries about the animated feature film AKIRA, but a reply from Ken Tsunoda (Associate Producer of the AKIRA Committee).No doubt fuelled by my love of the manga AKIRA by Katsuhiro Otomo.
Sometimes we make our own unique mementos, with little thought of the future, having at the time only a thrust for knowledge.

[NOTE: May 7th.1990 “in the near future, you can see the movie AKIRA,” - “in English theather”, it would be London a première January 25th. 1991 and then the rest of the UK – Edinburgh April 24th. - 27th. - May 16th. - 17th. Leicester]

[NOTE: That as of 24/05/2016, I have as yet to find more details on Channel 4's ' The Media Show' introduction to Japanese comics and animation in and around June or July of 1990.]

[NOTE: I did get the VHS video of the 'AKIRA Production Report' from the American distributor of the AKIRA movie STREANLINE PICTURES, but that is for another time.]