First Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon cover for Animerica.
This is my favorite issue so far because of the 1985-1995 Anime: Then and Now article and the Animessages with messages written by each of the US anime releasing companies. I normally don’t scan articles, but these two had so much perspective.
I really urge you to read both pieces. They are great snapshots in time.
1985-1995 Anime: Then and Now article – Then was Robotech, Star Blazers, Voltron and Battle of the Planets. Now was Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball, Teknoman and Ronin Warriors. Lots of polls and pie charts.
Animessages wasn’t comprised of reader mail. Instead, presidents of the US anime companies each wrote a message on what to expect for 1996. Keep in mind that this is the equivalent of going to a panel or reading a post announcing new titles. (remember this is 1995 – not a lot of people were online – the only company with an advertised website was Manga)
Messages written from:
Matt Greenfield – AD Vision
Robert J. Woodhead – AnimEigo
John O’Donnell – Central Park Media
Marvin Gleicher – Manga Entertainment
Naoju Nakamura – Pioneer LDCA
Jeff Thompson – The Right Stuf International
John Sirabella – Software Sculptors
Seiji Horibuchi – VIZ Video
Barry E. Winston – Voyager Entertainment
The On-Air update for this issue was the a character model sheet of the Sailor Scouts with character descriptions and US and Japanese character names.
If you wanted a little more Sailor Moon – there’s an page with a Editor Wanted post for a Manga anthology magazine comprised of comics based on video games. “Game Project X”
Two pages of Anime fan art with a convention calendar for Fanime, Katsucon, I-Con and Project A-Kon
AD Vision sure did release a lot of Devil Hunter Yohko.
Finally, to wrap this issue up I scanned a special feature page: An Anime Fan’s Holiday ’95 Video Game Shopping Guide. Consoles featured included the Sony Playstation, Sega Saturn, Neo-Geo CD, 3DO, Super Famicon and Nintendo Ultra 64.