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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

June 1990 Pt.5 Anime Pen-Pals & Video Game Consoles & Cancer

By June of 1990 the UK Anime Pen-Pal network was growing, most people only knew of 3 to 5 people that they had contacted and this included local friends too, at this time I was corresponding with about 15 or more Anime\Manga fans, all very time consuming for a Dyslexic, even with the support of my Mother using a manual typewriter for typing-up my badly spelt and grammatically incorrect scribbling in English, as well as my health.

From late in 1989 the American Fan club the E.D.C had a list of members and correspondence, and inquiring persons of 8 UK fans and 3 overseas (outside of the USA & Canada), *
You could also find UK Fans via the American Anime & manga Fan Club Anime Hasshin.

The odd UK Pen-Pal that knew about Anime could be found in imported American Robotech comic-books, but when writing a letter to a comic-book publisher overseas it could take up to 2 months before your details appeared in the Pen-Pal section of its comic-book, and another month (if you were lucky) to receive any letters back!

Those Fans that either went to EastCon '90 (UK's Science fiction Convention) or had shown an interest would receive the “Anime contact list” (that was attached to the First News-sheet for Anime Fans in the UK (the proto Anime UK Newsletter) put together by Helen McCarthy, and Steve Kyte this had contact details of 31 UK fans & 7 overseas fans, and was a Hub and a Nexus to many finding the new World of Anime.

On Saturday 23th. (June) I went to Nottingham, and found a shop that Imported Japanese video game consoles, called 'Supervision Electronics' run by a Mr. Wong, on Mansfield Road, and the two consoles that stood out where the Japanese new SEGA 'Megadrive' that cost £165 to £220, and the compacted Japanese 'PC Engine' that cost £160 (the equivalent of £365 in today's money). These imported Japanese electronics were known as Gray-imports. **

It was I believe that in this shop it was when I first pick up a copy of 'Console ma'zine', produced and edited by Onn Lee. Another NEW frontier running parallel to the underground fan base of Anime and Manga, was of 8-Bit and 16-bit gaming consoles from Japan, for 2 or more players, that's right you got yours friends to come to your house to play games, and in the days when you had NO saves, only Lives, and Credits! There were a few games that came from Manga\Anime that were not all text heavy RPG's one caught my eye it was a 'City Hunter' game for the PC Engine console.

City Hunter

Sometime before the end of June My weekly radiotherapy treatment for Cancer was stopped, as it was not effective enough, and so I was quickly booked in to Hospital from the 8th. to the 13th.of July, for surgery to remove the Cancer from my tongue, I was just 23 years old, and the dogma the the NHS Doctors & Surgeons for talking to their patients was very different in 1990 from today.
My new found interests kept me going at this time (and starting a Local Anime Club), as well as the support from my family and friends, and the Anime pen-pals letters of encouragement.

That was My June of 1990 I remember.....!

*[NOTE: 7 of the 8 UK fans listed in American Anime fan Clubs would find their way on to Helen McCarthy's list of UK Fans.]

**[NOTE:A grey import is equipment that has been supplied by a manufacturer in a different part of the world, that ends up being sold on to you in the UK. The key point is that the manufacturer has sold it into a different (not UK or EU) geographic market, and someone else is then importing it into the UK. Different power supplies and fittings\plugs, will be an issue, as well as No manufacturer warranty, but you do get the new technology months or years ahead of the normal UK market, and sometimes the equipment\technology was never exported outside of the original manufacturer's country (Japanese 'PC Engine' games console\s).]

[NOTE: After 27 years (1990 -2017) have gone bye, hoarding letters and Zines does help fill in the gaps in my memory.]

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

June 1990 Pt.4 Manga Round-up \ overview

We still had a few on-going Manga comic-books and Anime based comic-books that could be found “On the racks” in June of 1990, such as:-

from Epic comics,
#21 of 'AKIRA' (1-38)

from First comics,
#34 of 'Lone Wolf and Cub' (1-40)

from Dark Horse Comics.
#18 of Outlanders. (1-33)
#2 Black Magic (1 – 4)

from Viz Comics,
#5 of COBRA (1-12)
#7 of 'Baoh', (1-8)
#4 of HOROBI: Part One (1-6)

from Eclipse Comics,
#8 Cyber 7 Book two (8-17)


from Eclipse Comics,
What's Michael?
Appleseed Book #1
Dirty Pair – Biohazards
from Viz Comics,
LUM Vol #1                              

And you still had from Eternity Comics,
#5 of Lensman (1-5)
#4 of 'Leiji Matsumoto's Captain Harlock',
#15 of 'Robotech II – The Sentinals Book One'

[NOTE:As it says “on the shelves”, via the printing, but as overseas delivery was not always every month to the UK guaranteed for each issue.]

Monday, 24 July 2017

June 1990 Pt.3 Newtype magazine

'Newtype' #6 June 1990. - the moving pictures magazine'. Published monthly by Kadokawa Shoten. Consisting of 180 pages (including front & back covers), 410 Yen.

Newtype still had three serialised Manga (most other magazine only had one or two); Five Star Stories (on pages 47 - 61 (14 pages)); Yotoden (on pages 101 - 115 (14 pages)); and Marionette Generation (on pages 127 - 134 (7 pages).


Contents Page (more verity than post 2000's Newtype!)




Animators and manga artists and writers 
Motoo Abiko & Hiroshi FUJIMOTO 
(creator of Doraemon Sadly no longer with us, died September 1996).

'Watashi No Ashinaga Ojisan'  (My Daddy Long Legs).

A serialized novela ?

Ads.  & Cyber City Oedo 808 

 The Five Star Stories (Manga).

The Five Star Stories (Manga).

Dark Angel. (a manga featured in Newtype magazine).

(an art style that would dominate manga in the decades to come).

Ranma 1/2

Animation College 

 Yotoden (Manga).

 Yotoden (Manga).

 Marionette Generation (Manga).

Marionette Generation (Manga).

 Record of Lodoss War (OVA series).

  Record of Lodoss War (OVA series).

  Record of Lodoss War (OVA series).

 Record of Lodoss War (OVA series).

 Video releases of the time!

 Model Topics.

 How to Art - Step by Step.


 8 Bit Games 
(Splatter House on the PC Engine Console).

 New Manga Volumes.

Gall Force (OVA, so popular they made more). 

As I can not myself translate the Japanese details of the contents of this magazine, are solely from the few English words and the recognizable animation stills, and illustrations (that suited me just fine back in the 1990's). 

Sunday, 23 July 2017

June 1990 Pt.2 Animedia Magazine

I will endeavour to use this page to briefly show you the contents and style in a pictorial manner as a comment on this Japanese monthly Anime Magazine “Animedia”.
Animedia #6 June 1990 (No 107). Consisting of 152 pages (including the front & back covers), 400 Yen. First Published in July 1981 by Gakken Co., Ltd.

from Patlabor

Dreagon Quest Game, and some Ads.

Mashin Hero Wataru 

NG Knight Ramune & 40.

Dragon Quest


..... And AD Police

Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water.


Dragon Ball Z

Magical Angel Sweet Mint.

Magical Angel Sweet Mint.


Hiromi Yamazaki &  Noa Izumi from Patlabor.

Magical Angel Sweet Mint.

 Shin...?  (Manga). Pages 73-88
[Note: No details on the Writer or illustrator].

 Shin...?  (Manga).
[Note: No details on the Writer or illustrator].

Paint Gallery.

Cyber City Oedo 808 & Dragon Quest

Ranma 1/2

Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl.

Chibi Maruko-chan &?

? &   Dragon Ball Z


I do see that ads for teens or older are side by side with ads aimed at children, show the wide readership of the magazine.

As I can not myself translate the Japanese details of the contents of this magazine, are solely from the few English words and the recognizable animation stills, and illustrations (that suited me just fine back in the 1990's).