Happy New Year! 1995! So long 1994!
Macross Plus is on the cover and the previous Macross II is no longer in story canon.
Two different things for Animerica in this issue – new paper stock -matte paper (non-gloss) and lots more ads. This project now looks like it will run longer than I anticipated with the growing number of ads. I’m not complaining, this means more ads to look and observe.
What hasn’t changed for 1995? US Manga Corps ads. Still copy heavy.
One thing I wanted to add is the “From The Editor” Trish Ledoux was the first editor for Animerica Magazine. I like reading the Editor page in magazines. It shows you the people and personalities behind the articles. Even though I was not reading Animerica at this time, it’s fun that now I know a lot of these names – many from relationships formed at conventions and work related.
Time for Major Anime! This was an insert before the table of contents. I love surveys. My favorite part of the survey are the icons. They are used in the anime reviews. My favorite is the “Courtesy Breasts” icon. I guess the term “fan service” hasn’t been coined or was not in widespread use at the time. Maybe we can bring back the term “Courtesy Breasts” back into the current otaku nomenclature. Who’s with me?
The ad for Ranma 1/2 has the best explanation for the series: “The story of a boy who turns into a girl…a father who turns into a panda…and the weird Chinese curse what did it to ’em” “Three thousand years of history.” Three million miles of mystery. All wrapped up in one bouncy blossom of Chinese womanhood.”
Also, Blockbuster Music makes an appearance as a retailer call-out in this ad.
CPM Comics makes its first appearance in this issue. Project A-Ko and Gall Force comics.
Speaking of comics – Star Blazers in Go-Color. “Go Color”?
Next we have what signifies the mid 90’s computer nerdom – The Screensaver. Now you can have Ranma 1/2, Bubblegum Crisis and Project A-Ko. Remember your computer must have the following requirements: Windows 3.1 with 4 megs of RAM or Macintosh System 7.
The subtle hype ad award for this issue goes to Pioneer for Kinshin Heidan – Machine God Corps, for their copy “Long awaited series is here now!” If it’s so long awaited, how come it doesn’t get press or staying power? This is the first I’ve heard of this series. It might have been long awaited, but it wasn’t an anime classic.
Right below the Pioneer ad is the page I scanned so you can see the Top 10 Best Selling Anime titles. I have all the Streamline Pictures -Robotech:Macross The Perfect Collection VHS – I won them on eBay in 1999.
The last ad to comment on is a retailer ad that doesn’t belive in being subtle:
Japanese Animated Videos – – Mature Themes, Action, Violence, Nudity.