indeed, what was it like back then, folks? Well, most of
us did watch anime on puny little TVs and huddled together at
certain times of the month to trade tapes, share manga, and
maybe invade a local anime video shop or anime goods
store. It was the best of times, and it could only get
better when you had an anime convention with... BIGGER TVs and
all the anime shops were in a single Dealer's Room. Now
how cool was that? And to top it all off, you could
karaoke all night, do a little costume play, watch anime in the
24-hour video rooms, do a little gaming, or whatever! This
wasn't your typical elitist club. You could frolic around
to your heart's content to every Dealer's table, every video
room, every panel, and wander into Art Show and pretty much do
everything and anything you wanted because everyone else was
doing the same thing. Now, again, how cool was that?
And you know what, it still is!
Now relax a bit and take a gander at a small sampling of a few
more memorable images from our first Anime Expo.
Iyadomi speaks with fans at a party.
In a time when the mere mention of "Akira"
made an anime fan's ears perk up, Ken was the one of the
big Cool Dudes.
of us grew up with Speed Racer. Some of us grew up
with Starblazers. And god forbid, some us of grew
up with Battle of the Planets. But most of us grew
up with Robotech a.k.a Macross and that's where we
worshipped Minmei, Lisa, and yes, even Rick Hunter, all
because of... Mikimoto!
didn't matter what he did, cool shows like Kabuto,
Cobra, Goku; Buichi Terasawa was just the ultimate
coolest of the Cool Dudes. Take one look at his
shades and you swore he was a cool manga character
brought to life.
powerful team, Fred Schodt and Yoshiyuki Tomino were a
presence that brought you to your knees if you were a
Gundam fan. You could almost see an aura of
heavenly light glowing like a Newtype's halo above
Tomino if you looked hard enough.
Terasawa (left) karaokes with AX translators Yoshi
Karahashi and Toshi Yoshida.
the excitement doesn't stop there! Even the
*gasp!* staffers have caught the karaoke bug!