Tell me a story pap/a/
Tell me a story of the time before time. Before Hi10P, DAIZ, Nyaa, torrents and the .mkv format.
What was it like in the days of Anime Web Turnpike or Kazaa or trading shitty piss-yellow subbed VHSs with that guy down the street?
My earliest memory is downloading Dragon Ball GT and Azumanga from Kazaa.
pre yt was great, was free of social media, mmo retards, db(ayo), people thinking rmvb were releases, etc
that was over a decade ago, i think i'll follow pooleykins and other anons to gensokyo, it's overdue
>shitty piss-yellow subbed VHSs
That's called "Optic Yellow" and it's Far far better than white subs and now shadow or border that disappears. Yellow subs with borders and shadows are professional looking and much easier to read and pick out from everything else on screen.
tl/dr: fuck you.
back in my day, it took hours just to download a badly compressed 1 minute clip of anime
>watched entire series of Ranma 1/2 in 320x240 .rmvb files
>episodes broken into two parts
>took 8 weeks because the connection was only fast enough to download three episodes overnight
In the '90s a college friend got Gunbuster on VHS tapes in a box of junk from a swap thing. At that point I didn't really know anything about Japanese animation. We just sat down with no expectations and made fun of it.
Good times. Now leave.
Mislabeled porn everywhere.
Type the name of any popular anime and there was a good chance you'd get three minutes of Bible Black or a minute long clip of a chick being fucked by a dog instead.
My mother was a teacher, so I'd grab the sneak the keys out and use the music room equipment to make copies of shitty anime subs on VHS for my friends, mostly things we'd recorded off of late night television or things we'd rented from Blockbuster.
After the advent of the internet, I remember spending a shit ton of time trying to figure out how to browse Japanese fansites because Japs can't into fucking Unicode and browsers couldn't handle the text without custom settings. Finding any kind of art at all was a miracle. I saved all kinds of awful shit back then, not sure why I still have it all but I do.
Anipike was actually a really helpful tool at the time, Google wasn't as good as it is now and Wikipedia wasn't much of anything so finding the Japanese name of a series was a pain in the ass. Go Gaia was also a very helpful tool but then it changed to Gaia Online and dropped the linklist based design to be a dress up forum flooded with 8 year olds.
Manga download were mostly done via IRC and you just had to hope whoever was hosting the file you wanted was on.
I'm now realising a lot of the images in my /a/ folder are over a decade old.
Good pain or bad pain?
I wish there were more rips of old fansubs in general. Some of them were truly atrocious, but that they happened at all given the circumstances was pretty amazing.
I remember this website introduced me to hentai.
I also remember those hentai Sailor Moon gifs where Moon and Venus were lezing out and the the ones with Venus in some sort of threesome.
The flow of time is cruel. As much as we have now, I'd give anything to go back a decade. I haven't actually watched an anime series since 2013.
Man that takes me back.
Oh god just going there now crashes my browser.
I remember so many anime sites way back, Dragid, Anime-Forums, Galbadia Hotel, Idlechan, Anipike, it's weird thinknig about things that I visited everyday are gone but seeing the shells that remain of the ones that are still around is worse.
Also holy shit I just realised rec.arts.anime.misc is still alive and kicking somehow. How the fuck did usenet spawn outlast message boards and big name sites? I guess that gives me hope for /a/'s future.
I was a dumbshit and tried to save theme songs to 3.5" floppy drives. Took hours to download over dial-up and of course they didn't fit on the disk.
All those "shrine" sites before Pixiv, making collecting fan art a work of passion (the original purpose of /c/ and /cm/ was to collect these, I think, and they were very useful before Pixiv). MP3 rotation sites for "sampling" songs. Anipike being so goddamn useful. WinAmp.
And I will never, ever, for as long as I live, forget the dial-up tone. Or being yelled at for tying up the phone line for hours.
I still have a complete RealMedia rip of Tenchi in Tokyo burnt to a single CD. Dubbed.
I'm pretty sure it's something like 176x144.
It was SHIT
Whine all you want but it's still buttloads better right now by infinite amounts.
Back then if someone showed you what it's like today but you'd have get into van first, you would.
Mosty of anons here are so nostalgiafags that can't remember well how a pain in the ass was to get decent anime. If you didn't had many hours to spend on internet (of course, without relatives yelling at you to get off) to download 240p chapters with poorly translated subs, you had to stalk your anime provider like if you were buting drugs, and you had to lose any hope to get a well recorded tape, or at least to not spend ten minutes dealing with the tracking.
I used to buy anime from the fat IT repairman. He stunk like shit and I'm pretty sure he only changed his clothes once a month.
He's probably here or wizchan now that I think about it.
Aye. It's funny to hear when someone complains about the picture quality today.
Not that it's unreasonable, given the availability, but the lack of appreciation for a) the sheer content and b) it's overrall abundance can get a bit aggravating for someone who once had to fish for scraps.
>anime series is running on tv
>it's reaching it's climax
>network decides to restart from episode 1
Humans expect things to progress though so the same people who downloaded shit quality subs on Kazaa are people fretting over not having a 1080p BD rip today. I know since I am one of them. But I still like the atmosphere of the old subs.
Yeah but once you've watched enough stuff you'll start to recognize Japanese VAs across a lot of stuff too although their talent pool is wider given anime is produced there and they can have more potential VAs for specific role types.
It was a time of high adventure, a time when only the Chosen were allowed access to the treasures of the forbidden East. A time when running bootlegs was giving a huge Fuck You to the domestic shit they called 'children's television', led by the Antichrist Disney and its blasphemous minions Warner Bros. and Hanna-Barbera. A man knew the value of anime then, because he never had it handed over on a silver platter or found it at specialty shops in the fucking mall.
Didn't have Internet at home, had to go to an early streaming site (can't remember the name) at school, let the video buffer amd then download it from the temp Internet files (no audio at school). That's how I managed to watch most of dubbed Inuyasha. Learned how to program an old VCR just so I could record pokemon and DBZ on TV.
Luckily manga was easier to get, I used to download it all at stoptazmo.
Yes, the atmosphere of old subs...
I didn't watch DB. Only more erudite shows which wouldn't insert a ton of swearing because it was "cool"--except Berserk, that had that type of subbing. But something like VPM? no way.
I can deal with any type of subs (even if they have a so shitty translation or subs with a piss-yellow colour), but so fucking degraded tapes killed me. And the impotence of knowing that you'll not get a well recorded copy in your isolated town is very frustrating.
>it's time to get that Dragon Ball hentai
During the early 2000s, when I was living with my grandmother, I used to buy DVDs with my spending money from this one mail-order online anime outfit -- more specifically, the English dubbed Power Stone anime DVDs. Midway into the series, my grandmother found this out and put a stop to it, saying that I was "giving too much money to the white man" (I shit you not).
Yes, I'm black. No, I'm not that one faggot.
It's not about DB, but how people tends to overrate the old years like if they were something to feel proud. No, I don't miss spending weeks to download only one season just to discover the last chapter had an english/chinese/korean dub and there's no any other option but forcing yourself to watch it anyway. I don't miss paying more than 4 dollars for a VHS whose tape rips of its reel after a couple of weeks, or more than one episode are half-recorded. I don't miss the discussions with my relatives for the use of the phone-line. And I don't specially miss to pretend I had a friendship with a petulant anime dealer only to receive an email from him to inform me he got a new supply of anime.
No, fuck off with all those nostalgiafags, I don't want to get back to those dark days.
Son, come here and let me tell you a story about something more sacred than VHS tapes...
>2 episodes of Eva on VHS for $40 from Suncoast Video
>now anime is basically free, but nothing Good is being made
Funny how that worked out. The only plus side is old anime is easy as shit to get now.
Saint Seiya. When the series reached the battle between Seiya and Aiolia, the fucking network restarded all way from episode 1, they did it like 2 or 3 times and everyone was mad as hell.
You missed the point, no one wants to go back to old internet/VHS times, people just like contemplating their self's past low standards and how complicated and primitive anime downloading/watching were back then, compared to today.
First thing I ever downloaded was a full Ranma 1/2 movie. It was 800 MB. Took me 9 hours, and I still had one of the faster connections among my friends, back in 2000.
Back then we used to wait on IRC for new RAW's from Japan. I still remember waiting 4 hours in queue to download the first episode of Pokemon where Charizard fought Blaziken, one of the first things we've seen of gen 3.
Besides that - tons of shit from Kaaza, little to no manga to be found, and if it was - only on MSN galleries Microsoft closed ages ago.
As much as people shit on Naruto - it's thanks to this series' popularity we now have all this manga every week. It all started from Naruto, and later Bleach.
>The flow of time is cruel. As much as we have now, I'd give anything to go back a decade. I haven't actually watched an anime series since 2013.
Than why the fuck are you on here?
You will remember, memegirl-san
Some people in this thread seem confused. OP's description reaches a time where PS2/DVD dumps(full disc) were being made. Having a slow source is just your own problem, even new filehost sites expected some users to have ~2mbit up.
No one even heard of PS2 when I was downloading anime, anon. I was literally there when a program named BitTorrent was made and everyone laughed at how shitty interface it had compared to Kazaa etc.
I wounder what we tell future anons about this era in 10 or 20 years from now?
In 20 years we'll be able to view anime in 4D thanks to VR, along with all anime now being POV where we can actually become the main character along with feeling and touching every sensation they go through.
I remember being 8 and astonished that one of my older friends got his hands on a subbed VHS of DBZ Fusion Reborn. The blood and cursing caught me off guard, and I still have no clue where he got it (we lived in the hood, to me anime was non existent)
Later on I watched the last 8 episodes of GT on VHS, despite the fact that I didn't even know what GT was. Again, no idea where the tapes came from - there was a black market for all kinds of bootlegs in NYC, but its long since vanished/stopped peddling weeb shit. I can only imagine how impossible it was to get your hands on anything in the 80's
Came in after 'anime is impossible to find' phase, and before 'anime was widely and cheaply/freely available' phase. Spent most of my money I got working in high school on dvds. There's an entire other layer behind the first, with single dvds of 4 episodes each that cost $40. Excel Saga, Higurashi, Fate/DEEN, Death Note... Most of them I haven't even bothered to torrent or make a back up copy of.
I remember going into HMV and specifically ordering the Mahoromatic box set. Torrenting and amazon really have made the world a better place.
>before a bald man spamming things like subpar compression knowledge or external groups/sites coming to circlejerk and leave a "name" for themselves
pretty much before fox, sounds pretty good from that description alone
I don't remember any issue with it, just how people wanted to handle subs. I vaguely remember ogm having some weird problem for data, but it's probably something mkv had to fix as well.
I remember taking months to finish downloading a 640*480 tv rip of Trigun and something like that for a lot of other series.
I remember watching the whole HxH anime on YouTube a couple years later, in 360p if not 240.
I remember the birth and the death of mega upload and registering on some anime forum just to access their list of links to episodes hosted on megavideo.
Now I can just set up some rss rules in qbit and when i come back home from work i find the episode already downloaded.
What a time to be alive.
Too bad that I can't find more than two shows per season to watch.
I got internet pretty late it was in 2006 or so. First anime I downloaded was Cowboy bebop or something like that it was via utorrent and it was in Mkv format I don't remember any other formats like realvideo or similar.
I remember hearing many rumors about this place on my local anime forum.
>shitty piss-yellow subbed VHSs
I remember fapping at that NGE hentai vid (you know which one). That and a Magic Knight Rayearth hentai vid were my first faps at hentai. Both with these piss-yellow subs.
That's pretty much as bad as being a Holocaust survivor...
If you've never watched yellow subbed VHS rips in 240p .asf you don't know SHIT about anime
But really, it makes you appreciate how good things are now, other than the mass extinction of sub groups going on.
It didn't look THIS bad you piece of shit.
The worst quality shit I watched was 360p Doom Megalocalpse, and it was decent enough.
End of Evangelion on VHS too I suppose. For some reason the bad quality of the VHS makes the movie that much creepier.
Vinyl still maintains a semblance of audio resolution. Consumer analog tape is hot garbage compared to digital media -- and especially compared to the film masters they are based on.
Back layer, a combination of nostalgia and shit taste.
That was pretty much the time I figured out bd quality was actually different enough from dvd to actually be worthwhile. Every once in a while I'll notice it again, then not actually buy the bd until I've forgotten. This has been going on for years; the bds probably aren't even available anymore.
>rented anime in Albertsons
>once that store kicked, rented from Blockbuster
>loading up computer would take more time to try to download anything
>watched anime through youtube clips
I remember being so envious of my friends who had channels with anime, and could stay up to watch Toonami.
>just a floating arm
Unrelated but I'm still salty over the fact you can buy all of deen/stay plus deenbw on bd from rightstuf for 40 dollars and 12 episodes of zero on bd is thrice that. fucking aniplex...
While I'm glad DVDs are mostly a lot cheaper nowadays, I really miss how big and satisfying those '00s era box sets were.
They were still around when TDKR was coming out? I could have sworn Suncoast was gone by then
The yellow subs were done for legibility after being mastered on a consumer-grade Betamax, then copied to dozens of VHS tapes.
Yellow with a nearly black border looked less shit after all that than white with a black border.
Oh fuck me I'd forgotten and I didn't even really have that much of a connection to the show it just was the only thing they were airing at the time that I hadn't seen fifty fucking times already.
Sorry man, did not get into anime until sometime like 2006. But I do remember watching Naruto on youtube on a guys channel called Lugia something (Cant remember the full name but im sure it was some digits like 2182 or something, he also had a second channel which i cant remember the name of). I also remember staying up late one night to watch the first few episodes of Bleach on some random website I found. All of course in glorious 240p
We still had a Suncoast store at our mall up until a year ago until it went out of business and got turned into yet another store that sells fucking sportwear when our mall already has like 9 sportwear stores
Somebody posted that in a thread a month or two ago. If I remember correctly it was a huge collection that some guy had donated/sold to a video store because his wife wanted him to get rid of it. There were like two or three more pictures worth of tapes.
>Think I'm getting a subbed DBZ movie from the local flea market around 99/00 or so
>It was Spanish GT
>spent a whole 5 days and the equivalent of 11 $ downloading Cowboy Bebop rm files
> Start watching, shit is so cash
>get to episode 20, rest of the episodes are corrupted somehow, try different ways to open the files, no dice
> it wouldn't be until several years later that /a/ spoiled the ending for me
>still haven't seen the rest
code geass on vcd? if you had said evangelion i would believe you i actually have the vcd somewhere in my closet but yeah the shows you mentioned came well after vcd was abandoned as a format
Not the same guy, but
>after vcd was abandoned as a format
The world is big anon, I live in country where vcd isn't abandoned yet, a neighbouring country has vhs as the MAIN video format