It’s that creepy eye! – I haven’t seen any of Giant Robo, but I do remember the Giant Robo box set Media Blasters released years ago with the plastic eye ball which held the DVDs.
Every two months in 1994, US Manga Corps released a crap ton of A-KO. 5 VHS releases.
When manga was released in the 90s, it was comic book form first – manga volume later – flipped. The Street Fighter II series by Tokuma Publishing was 8 monthly issues $2.95 each. This price was over double the price for a Marvel comic – $1.25 for X-Men. Image sold their comics at $1.95 per issue. 1994 was the speculator bubble for the US comic book industry. I wonder how many copiess Tokuma actually sold per issue at that price.
If I asked you “Who was the first company to sell anime pillow cases in the US?” Would you have guessed Animeigo in 1994? I had no idea. I normally don’t scan articles, but this one I had to share.
“Their Bubblegum Crisis pillow case set is sure to sweeten your dreams with ice-blue satin pillow cases (standard size), illustrated with the peacefully sleeping, lingerie-clad Bubblegum beauties. The two-case set will sell for $25.95.”
Good thing they sold them as a pair, in case you get a stain on one.
Truth in advertising appears when VIZ’s Ramna 1/2 ad states “The Best Selling Anime Video in North America.” Because it is according to Page 15’s Video Clips – America’s Top Sellers list. List was based on pre-orders from Capital City Distribution – back when Diamond Distributors were not the only game in town.
The Pioneer ads are getting somewhat better – this one has some design sense. I love the fact that you had to call the 1-800 number to find the locations that carry Pioneer Laserdisc – no Internet, AOL or Prodigy listings.
ADV keeps adding to their list of wacky headline ads.