You still see TONS of Street Fighter cosplay at cons – it’s on the cover for this issue.
The Animessages has some sad news for Sailor Moon. It’s reporting another season for syndication is in jeopardy. The article give the address of Bandai America to have fans do a letter writing campaign. That first run was all there was for syndication. Fans would have to wait for 1998 and Cartoon Network picking up the baton for Sailor Moon.
I forgot that El Hazard was only 13 episodes long. This ad is what I would consider “wacky” for 90s standards.
Manga comes in with their wordiest ad ever – this one for Macross Plus. The description for Volume 4 practically gives away the plot and conflict. Also the URL for Manga Entertainment is http://www.manga.com/manga Why the extra manga?
VIZ started to publish a new magazine in 1996. Game On! was about gaming and primarily Japanese gaming franchises with a lot of anime crossovers.
Put Central Park Media’s “Big Wars” on the list of anime that time forgot. Is it any good?
Here’s two and a half pages of anime fan art for this month. Primarily Sailor Moon, Ranma 1/2, Tenchi Muyo!, Ah My Goddess and DBZ. The first Gundam Wing fan art appearance is in this issue. Soon there will be a deluge of Gudam Wing fan art. Believe it.
Anime Expo turns 5 years old in 1996. The Guest of Honor was Noboru Ishiguro – director of Space Battleship Yamato, the first color Astro Boy anime series, Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Megazone 23, and the Macross: Do You Remember Love? movie. Mr Ishiguro recently passed way on March 20, 2012. The other two main guests were Koichi Ohata and Hiroyuki Kitazume.
Craft Time! Anime Nation section shows how you can make your own anime decals.
Closing out with another AD Vision / Soft Cel Pictures combo ad. 5 shows in one ad. Galaxy Fraulein Yuna and Sukeban Deka for anime and First Loves, The Elven Bride 2 and Countdown Continued for the hentai. All of the Soft Cel Pictures are subtitled only in case you wondered.