Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell is the cover for the February 1996 Animerica. Wonder how many people got into anime due to this movie. There are definitely gateway TV shows and movies that get people into the fandom.
Below the cover are three ads with horrible play-on-words with anime.
Suncoast: “Get Anime-ted!”
Manga Entertainment: “The Best Anime-tion!”
Can’t really blame them since Animerica titles the GITS article as “Shell Shocked” in the contents.
Teasing US anime fans is all part of the AnimeExpress section. This month is teasing the movie “Sailor Moon Super S: The Nine Sailor Soldiers Unite! The Miracle of the Black Dream Hole” was released in Japan.
The AD Vision ads show me that there were some titles that were forgotten with time. I am familiar with Blue Seed and Gunsmith Cats, but this is the first time I’ve heard of Luna Varga.
Same goes with US Manga Corps VHS ad for Cybernetics Guardian.
Speaking of obscure anime titles, one of the masters of lost anime, Mike Toole, had his letter featured in this month’s Animessages. Mike asks “It makes me wonder, will there be an anime generation gap?”
To wrap this month off, how about 3 pages of fan art – Christmas Holiday and Valentine’s Day themed!