The Anime Nostalgia Facility.
Join me on my Nostalgic journey of the Anime Fandom in the UK from mid 1980's to the late 1990's, in celebration of the pioneers.
After years of hoarding boxes of Anime magazines, Japanese comic books, Anime convention ephemera, personal correspondence, VHS Video tapes, fanzines, and Anime Club details.
I would like to add to the World Wide Web's records this account of a time before e-mails and websites were popular, and how a Fandom grew.
[My intention is to get across the accurate facts of how different 80's & 90;s Fandom is to the ultra modern Internet generation, that have it all that their fingertips, what takes seconds, minutes, and a few hours, took days, weeks and years for the postal generation!]
I would like to dedicate this Blog to two pioneers that heavily influenced my fascination with Japanese popular culture – Toren Smith (April 12, 1960 to March 4, 2013) and Carl Macek (September 21, 1951 to April 17, 2010). Your choices shaped a whole generation, even outside of the US in falling in love with the pictorial image and animated visuals from Japan.
[The start of the UK Anime Fandom was a collection of Pen-Pals – That's right people wrote letters to each other on paper and sent them in envelopes via the post, and it took days to get to the other person and you had to wait days or weeks for a reply (as long as you included a SSAE). There was NO Instant Messaging, or texting and e-mail was practically unheard of.]
Two entries can be found; One for the Fan Club 'ANIME KYO UK' and one for its Publication 'A.K.N.' (Anime Kyo News) @ fandata.com
[NOTES: For 1980's and 1990's early Anime fandom, that was from a paper-age before the popularity of the World Wide Web (Internet), The Fandom Directory helped so many find like-minded enthusiasts!]
2016 Marks 25 years of supporting Anime Conventions in the uk.
Well done Sheffield Space Centre.
Anime Day 1991
Ads from 1991 and 1992