Theme for the ads of issues 6? DIRTY! Tentacles!
First Appearance Ad: Anime 18
Urotsukidoji – Legend of the Overfiend is the inside cover ad – Anime 18 was the adult hentai label for Central Park Media.
Basically this is one of the shows that gave anime a bad reputation to those who are simple minded and uneducated about anime.
This was America’s first introduction (correct me if I’m wrong) to lolicon (edit -not technically, see comment below) and tentacle porn. If you want a review of the title, here’s Colony Drop’s take on it. I like that the cover of this title states “Warning: Absolutely Not for Children”
What’s odd to me about the ad for the VHS release are the quotes from The Village Voice, The New York Daily News and Variety. These publications use to review hentai. Wow.
Next ad is for Dark Image Entertainment – Devilman Volume 1: Genesis – “All contain profanity, violence and nudity. Recommended for mature audiences only”
What I love about this time in 1993 – is that’s before any internet ordering – that’s several years down the road. The ad has the order form on it. The form is meant to be cut out, you have to figure out the tax and shipping according to the ordering instructions, and place the form in an envelope and physically mail it. No COD orders, only money order or check. The wait time was 4 to 6 weeks -no email with a tracking number – you had to be patient. This experience is now lost in the annals of time.
For the magazine content – It has a great interview with Masamune Shirow.