If you remember this girl, you're probably an oldfag
>all those nights spent downloading hard sub real movie files
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I miss the sensation of wonder when downloading an entire episode of something I've never seen before instead of having to rents, buy, or borrow from someone else.
Do you have any idea how fucking expensive getting anime on VHS is unless you knew someone that had them to make copies of? Or even a decent flee market stand for proper boot legs of shows stores don't carry?
>tfw remembering how shit real video was
>renting and copying VHS tapes was also a gigantic pain in the ass
>annoying college fags selling overpriced VHS fansubs online was sometimes the only way to get some series
Now I just press a button and watch shit on Crunchyroll. I don't even give a fuck anymore. I did my pain back in the 80's and 90's.
Also fuck fansubbers even more these days.
>implying I didn't come in 05 from YTMND
>implying it means anything at all
I also remember my first hentai image. It was this edited sailor moon picture at the beach.
I remember this because I used to read a lot of shitty manga that was being translated at the speed of snail. Dragon Ball, Ranma and Rayearth were basically my childhood and Fruits Basket my first subbed anime.
Which reminds me, should I actually watch the Rayearth anime? I remember the manga being derpy, but it wasn't that bad since it was only like 6 volumes. Fucking bishounen who just happens to be Legato's brother. Surprised I even remember the first half villain's name.
I kinda miss webrings.
Anime fans are spoilt these days, getting hold of stuff in the 90's took far more effort.
The whole year was worth it just for Milk-chan.
Fuck I have no idea how you did it. I watched anime in the late 90s too but I have no idea what other options there were aside from watching it on tv. There were not even any DVDs out back then that I could have bought.
>In space, loud sounds, like explosions, are even louder because there is no air to get in the way.
>Hello Kitty was a real anime
Am I stupid for not knowing this until now?
Your time has passed anon.
Trixie Anipike, I'm so oldfag I had a fanfic site linked on Anipike. I'm still using this same name from back then. When I'm asked why I'm using such an edgemaster fedora wearing name I tell them that after 19 years its hard to just give it up.
I was really weirded out at first by pictures of characters like Ami with unusual hair colors having pubes the same color as the hair on their heads. I guess I assumed they dyed it.
>Surprised I even remember the first half villain's name.
Close; it's Zagato.
The manga was one of my firsts, but I still haven't seen the anime. It's in my backlog.
These were dark times. Some of the shit I used to fall for was unbelievable
I remember downloading video files for ants that were of short anime clips that you couldn't even play with a video player and there was some preview function in the properties file you had to use. I used to watch Sailor Moon henshin and attacks with it.
God, I do not miss the 90s at all.
I wish there wasn't as much anime every season. Just give me five or six shows, not this fucking overload of shit. I'm not even complaining about "muh manime" or whatever the /v/ retards do, I just think there's too much.
Turnpikes and webrings were groups of websites that crosslinked each other before search engines were ubiquitous.
There were pages where you could "claim" characters by sending the admin an email. They sent back a custom-made tacky badge to stick on your own webpage (because everyone had one) to say so-and-so was yours, no touching! and they updated a directory list saying nobody else could have that one character.
I paid $45 for a VHS with TWO episodes of Evangelion on it when I was 12.
That said, I never finished the series until the internet became more well established.
Thank god we don't pay voice actors anything anymore.
Oh shit, it's been ages.
>go to check it out for nostalgia
Some things are best left in the past.
>there are people like this on /a/
>and they updated a directory list saying nobody else could have that one character.
I think this site doesn't limit waifus to one person, but...
I got into anime when Netscape was the main web browser.
I had to send letters to a guy in america who would copy the anime I'd asked for on to NTSC tapes and mail them back to me.
My first fansubs were Macross 7, Fushiigi Yuugi and Dirty Pair Flash.
Do the people who attended that realize how lucky they are to experience such a thing? I want to die.
Nah, there were plenty of search engines. They just all sucked. I had like six different ones bookmarked because no single one had comprehensive results. There was Webcrawler, Alta Vista, Yahoo, and more I can't even remember now.
Then Google came along and blew them all away by being just that damned good.
I remember downloading gundam wing on dial-up it took days to complete and one phone call and I had to start over.
It was truly suffering, I didn't even get to upgrade from dial-up until 2005/6.
Man Australia sucks, at least i got fiber now
I remember searching pokemon hentai on this
My first anime was either DBZ or Ranma, but I think it was DBZ. I was probably 10 as it was being dubbed to America. Goku's SSJ3 transition was so hyped. I had like 10 niggas come to my house (we all lived near the middle school we attended) and we watched him get his longass thunder hair and destroy Super ultra Buu or whatever he was at that point.
Oh yeah, search engines were total shit back then. That's why Anipike was so important because it was one of the few places you could go that was a somewhat comprehensive listing of relevant sites.
Yeah, tapes were expensive, and even finding copies of a series with decent fansubs could be hard.
This is why things like my college anime club were important, back then. A group that got together just to watch stuff mattered because that was often the only way you were going to see it. You couldn't just stream it yourself or pass a thumbdrive with copies. Having people show up with tapes from the collection was a way to see stuff you couldn't see otherwise. Heck, you might not have even heard of it before.
It's hard to imagine or remember now but a few years before that people were still using solaris and not believing that it could be possible to communicate with other co-workers thanks to a machine.
At least I was.
To what end? This is the golden age of weeaboos
You can walk in the streets and talk to any 30- year old about fucking chinese cartoons and you're likely to know about the same things
Not to mention the fact that the demand has gone so far up that nearly everything is free or near it
I bought approx 300 laserdiscs over the years and even traveled to Tokyo a few times on buying expeditions. Chances are many of you from way back then had copies whose pedigree came from my discs or discs that I bought for friends and acquaintances thru their buying lists. Subs were via SuperGen genlocks via Amiga 500 and Amiga 2000HD personal computers onto a AG1960 recorder thru a TBC. Yellow amiga text was the rule of the day.
If you buy 50 or more at a time like I did, that offsets most of the cost of traveling there. So, you might as well travel to Tokyo if you're going to buy a lot. Back then, unlike now, importing discs could double the price since the sender wanted their profit too.
Buying in person was also cheaper than the posted retail price and you also could redeem all the loyalty buying club points which was substantial. I boosted the discount by getting buying lists from people I knew.
The price for animation was roughly $1.25 to $3.25 per minute in those years' unadjusted dollars. The lower price came from buying used laserdiscs and those were generally in great condition.
If you recognise these two, you're British and went to a lot of anime cons in the 90s.
Ah, the good old days. I don't miss them. Between sending money orders to VKLL in Canada and waiting weeks for the tapes and encodes done in .rm that took all night to download and were mostly unwatchable I'd say it was a lot of work being a fan of anime back then. Still it was better than watching raws with a script from a local BBS in hand, so I guess it wasn't too bad.
I watched all the usual dubbed kids anime like pokemon and digimon in the mid to late 90's but at the same time I was watching ghost in the shell, akira, 3x3 eyes, and other movies/ovas on vhs at my friends house since her dad was into anime.
>mfw born 1995
>still can't believe I'm 45
Fucking AltaVista man. They had the best translation feature of all the websites when most wanted to charge you. It was called babel fish from what I remember. That site plus the neon green of hotbot will forever be burned into my brain.
I remember rushing home to watch Robotech on channel 44 (was our channel 2...or 3?)
I still have some anime cells from Tenchi Muyo, and I watch anime today.
Never been to a con. Why do I have all these VHS tapes?
>To what end?
If you enjoyed the INTENSITY of anime fandom, then those were the days. Obnoxious fans would be ignored and they would have tough times getting anything since almost everything required interactions with other people and copies via VHS videotape.
In my years, I've made thousands of copies since I had a nice job and the willpower to be that type of fan trying to help others enjoy the hobby. Actually, many others were like that too, but they just didn't have the money to do it a lot. I had better machines and was willing to use TBC. I also provided most of the anime for a number of 24H anime video channels at fan conventions. Those were vital in getting copies out to other fans. Many fans would go to SciFi or anime conventions back then just so they could hook their VHS machines to the hotel TV connection. If I was on the con staff for that con, my TBC output enabled recorder would be supplying the video. A TBC made the signal much better.
The only worry was one time, some rogueish convention attendees (two of them) tried to pretend they were con staff in order to get access to the hardware to steal it and the tapes being broadcast. The staffer at the room refused to be fast-talked though. Theft was always an issue due to the dollar volume at stake in gear and source material. Ben Dunn had his home burgled twice for the anime material. One can say anime material because they always took the anime items while a lot of other non-anime possessions remained unstolen. I was followed to my neighborhood by some anime fans and they fast talked their way into the secure gated neighborhood. However, it is policy for staff or guard to not to say the home address, so they could only drive around the neighborhood but too late, my car was inside the garage by then. Some "fans" are scary since they are willing to steal.
Glad I was a fan out in the sticks then.
I've been watching anime since Reagan was in office.... fuckin' hell.
Remember Bikko, anon?
I got rid of the other 1010 laserdisc player because it stopped working. The Pioneer 3030 is still working despite its age. I am amazed its electrolytic caps have not died out yet. It is basically unrepairable now. So when it dies, the only player I know of is at a friend's home. He also has a lot of discs he hung onto.
When it dies, I will have no player for my laserdiscs. I didn't sell off my discs but thought about it back when ebay was starting up. Oh, that brings up another tale. Buying ebay stock was great back then. Made another 380K on that. There was no pressure to recoup the money spent on the discs. Some of the disc covers were autographed because I often carried various discs with me to various fan conventions. I paid attention to the GoH list as well as the attendee list and picked out covers those people worked on.
If you're wondering who I am, I am the one who had breakfast with Haruhiko Mikomoto and Mike Tatsugawa at the first AnimeCon. He autographed my disc cover and even drew more chars on the whitespace areas on the cover. Afterwards, I would joke to my friends "I showed this to some artist and he vandalized my disc cover!" My friends offered to buy a totally new one to trade for my vandalized cover. ha ha Those were the good old days.
>looking for Sailor Moon episodes on Kazaa
Oh, those weren't so bad. They had great font resolution, at least.
Who else here remembers downloading anime as 50meg Realvideo rips of tapes? It was a fucking terrible format, and at that size the quality was beyond shit, but hosting and bandwidth was so scarce that it was all there was.
I think the first straight up digital fansub I got was Hellsing in 2003.
Why not, you know, track down another working Laserdisc player and buy it? Also have you ever considered making digital copies while your player still works? Storage is cheap now.
>only oldfags remember Bikko
I was really hoping I wasn't an oldfag...
Got you beat. Most people didn't even realize this was an anime.
>all those MSN Groups pages lost in time
My favorite DBZ and Ranma fanfics will never be enjoyed by nobody else anymore
GetRight running overnight to grab half of an episode with mostly unwatchable video and completely unreadable subtitles was how things were done in that era. Divx and Xvid were a huge improvement.
I'm still real jealous of the anon who got his CZ signed by the man himself.
As long as I live, as long as my hard drive lives, I'll never forget.
I'm sure the archives will keep on living, right?
I mean, even the Code Geass and Lucky Star shitposting is just a few clicks away from here. That's a trip back to an almost decade old past.
According to Einstein's Theory of Relativity, ALL times continue to physically exist.
>make Geocities website
>fill pages with Final Fantasy 6 GIFs and links to other pages filled with different GIFs
>add visitor counter
Geocities was awful because of people like me.
>see interesting link to Geocities site
>This page is under construction
When will moot bring back /l/ and /guro/?
I did and still do think that the internet is a special medium that will never be forgotten and that decades from now people will so severely regret not recording the numerous original thoughts, feelings, and works expressed here
In the same way that centuries ago ponderings are a work of art and literature today, I believe that whatever remains in the future will also be art and literature, however whatever remains will be a snapshot of our time, constrained by all the limitations of the medium and the wind of the ages as we lament and rejoice over various things that would be so easily overlooked in the not so distant future
But even then I'm sure not even 1% of the most beautiful sentiments contained here on the internet will ever be remembered and they, like the endless works of yore, will be lost to the crashing sands of time, their only witness, those who wrote them and those who felt them
It's not worth supporting laserdisc video. BOTH the total resolution and the technical video quality itself were inferior to DVD replacements most of the time. I bought quite a few DVD discs to replace the laserdiscs. In some cases, the DVD weren't all that great because they were actually sourced from laserdiscs themselves! I guess the company was unable to remaster the anime for DVD. However, getting DVD was important in order to get away from laser rot.
Most of the laserdiscs have laser rot where the aluminized vapor deposition surface has had some change occur to it. Thus, the video will have spots where that video data was destroyed.
While that is somewhat disappointing, I am not all that unhappy. I got a lot of mileage out of my discs. They've been loaned out to many people. They've generated copies as well as subs. I still have the laserdisc covers with their artwork. And because of them, I met many people. The vast majority of them good, and a few inevitable bad eggs. I still talk or meet with some of those people who have become my friends since. I even travel with some of them once in awhile. Participation in anime fandom gave me the confidence to branch out to volunteer at SciFi conventions and westercon and I even was a member of a WesterCon ConCom which was one of the best ever westercons. I've been on concoms of other major fan conventions. Those fannish days are long behind me, but I remember them fondly. So in that sense, they are still benefiting me with their warmth.
Sorry, i meant ebay stock. When ebay went public, that was a good time to buy its stock. It just kept climbing and climbing and I sold out. It still climbed after that, but I'm the type that sells earlier. After all, you don't make money until you sell it.
There are few instances where LDs performed better than DVD, and that's when there's enough particles moving in all directions, such as stars in space or massive debris of cherry blossoms on screen.
DVD's MPEG was just not suited to handle those well, and LDs came out better on those scenes.
Of course nowadays it's a moot point.
>all these shows are released every year
>without even realizing, your backlog is expanding
>all these books are released every year, and you will never get to read them all
>all these movies are released every year, and you will never get to watch them all
Not exactly a unique dilemma, so chillax
It's too bad some fans retired. I still hope after ten years of waiting for the next chapter. Those were the days when mailing lists were a distribution method for stories as well as pre-reading versions. Pre-readers get to read the fanfic before it is published on a website; they check for logic, typos, grammar, or even offer rewrite suggestions to improve the story.
The best Bubblegum Crisis fanfic I've ever found so far (and I looked hard). BGC was the anime that convinced me to really look at fanfics.
My oldest anime memory is anime week on the Sci-Fi channel. I'm still not sure what movies they were except that one had Lum in it.
I already knew what anime was by then, but I don't remember how.
>strict religious parents
>no internet until somewhere around 2005, when XP was already released for years and everything was already organized
>missed out on all the old fun
>I will never get the experience of being one of the early internet users
Hold me /a/. I missed out on so much.
>strict religious parents
>no internet until somewhere around 2005
Dude my father is a pastor who graduated from a theological seminary school and I had internet in the mid 90s.
What are you, Amish?
>people born after Eva came out will be able to vote next year
>people born after Excel Saga came out can already drive
>people born after Pokemon came out can already vote
I don't want to live on this planet anymore.
The actual experience kind of sucked. It's great in nostalgia, but at the time didn't feel good. Listening to the dial-up noise makes me happy now but years ago it was a symbol of inconvenience.
>mfw having to wait literally 8 minutes when using high speed internet to play a flash games on neopets/newgrounds.
Because computers and every invention of the 21st century are literally Satan.
No seriously, it was not until they the teacher from my school were pressuring my parents that we got internet access. I was not allowed to use a computer until I was 15.
In the end, I ended up giving my Laserdisk player along with 80 or so anime laserdisks (KOR box set from AnimEigo, Green Legend Ran, Tenchi, etc) to a friend before moving away. They were simply too heavy and I was too poor to ship it. I did burn a dvd copy of everything before hand. Doesn't keep me from regretting, but it's something.
Just curious if anyone else got burned on ADV laserdisks. For those that don't know, they did bad pressings and everyone I got from them laser rot. NGE, Goldenboy (oh yes, they had the first one on LD). All garbage in a few months. I was so pissed I still pirate NGE for that reason only.
>anime week on the Sci-Fi
Saturday Anime. That shit was awesome. Sci-Fi channel tought me what anime was. Back then I knew there was a difference between serious cartoons and those shitty bugs bunny reruns, I just didn't know what it was called until the Sci-Fi channel aired them.
I don't remember seeing lum back then but, I do remember some stuff like Mars(I think that's the name), Tenchi ova's, some cop girl show I can't remember, some other vampire shit I can't remember, Guyver, some other show I can't remember about, I think a bounter hunter girl, trying to kill some powerful alien with like a small white face in the middle of its head. I remember that thing scaired the shit out of me. I wish I could remember what its called.
Fuck, the backgrounds are so plain.
I don't mean that they're bad, but it's got that distinct mid 2000s style.
Edgy middle schoolers might not even watch Death Note these days ;-;
i still have that one backlogged goddamnit
Armitage III, Project A-Ko, and Galaxy Express 999 on Sci-Fi are what turned me into the megaweeb I am today.
I wonder what my life would be like today if my dad hadn't been a fan of Star Trek when I was a kid.
All agree the movie was awesome?
I remember when anime was spelled with an accent on the e and when people thought of "anime" they thought of spiky hair, huge eyes, and something with bunnygirls and lots of chicks with giant breasts. I remember when renting hentai VHSs was a thing you wished you could do if you were 18. I remember the first big surge where anime was on the edge of mainstream. I remember much.
>and when people thought of "anime" they thought of spiky hair, huge eyes, and something with bunnygirls and lots of chicks with giant breasts.
Pretty sure that's still what most people think of.
There was a time where gaia-tier shit like this flooded anime forums everywhere, and /a/ was the one safe refuge where people would yell at weaboos to go back to gaia.
>I won't get to signup to win a GBC or 64
Damn. Reminds me of my EoE poster that has a quote from Wizard Magazine on it. It died sometime back but I remember it fondly.
I wasn't that crazy about it. Watching as a kid, Speed Racer seemed fairly serious and realistic (apart from the characters' names), and I would have preferred a movie with a similar tone.
Because I paid good money for the LDs and they all rotted. I even contacted ADV and they refused to refund.
Normally, series I cared about I re-bought with each new technology (ex Akira I had on VHS, LD, DVD, and Blu-ray). As for NGE, I just bought on VHS and LD.
NGE may seem like they suck now, but I'm old enough to remember anime was in a stagnant period. Nothing really that different. I still remember the faces of my friends when Shinji finds out he just crushed his best friend. That scream even as the credits roll...
Those were great and had a very personal, almost welcoming feel to them.
We can never have those simple, feel-good times again ;_;
Hello hot stuff
The only site I went to when I was a kid that's still up is pojo.com
Social media existed before you were born, in the form of dial up boards. Outside of military and academic use, the "internet" was used primarily as a series of text based community boards.
I'm the dude with pastor father, and he would watch Fist of the North Star together and play Bubble Bobble with me all night until we beat all 99 or 100 levels.
I think I was lucky to have such a cool dad.
I haven't spoken to him much since I denounced Jesus Christ and left the house 15 years ago though.
Visited a site I spent a handful of years on only to find it gone. Going through the wayback machine to find what happened but their crawler didn't pick up much. Felt like a kick in the gut.
Stop showing your page.
They are fundamentally the same thing.
Anon, everyone uses their real name on the web these days. In fact, most Internet superpowers have done everything in their power to prevent you from not using your real name.
It also directly gave birth to 4chan.
Moot created this shit so people would post a ton of porn to his website without him having to search for it himself.
I ended up here the second or third week it was online because someone posted a link to it on the shoujo-ai.com forums where I'd been hanging out to get loli yuri.
>There was Webcrawler, Alta Vista, Yahoo, and more I can't even remember now.
Metasearch was like protogoogle, it searched multiple search engines. I used it to find hentai webrings. Until my Dad noticed and I had to have a very awkward conversation with him.
Pokemon predated Eva? That doesn't sound right.
According to Wikipedia, Eva came out in '95, whereas the first Pokemon games came out in '96, and the anime in '97.
People were also a lot less quick to randomly start ranting on about how they would kill a person for having a difference of opinion, though. This whole "nice person on the internet turns into a complete cunt" is a trend which wasn't remotely as prominent as in earlier internet communication.
Dogpile.com was the big one in my neighborhood.
An older neighbor showed it to me in around 1997 when he used it to download a GBC emulator and Pokemon Blue, introducing me to emulators for the first time.
Anyone else remember when the only ways to get help with video games were Nintendo Power and the Nintendo Tip Line?
I still remember my mom calling the Nintendo Tip Line to help me with Zelda: Link's Awakening in the early 90s.
Some one correct me if I'm wrong but the most recent thing on that site is is katanagatari an anime from 2010.
One of my all time favorite movies. I still get motherfucking HYPE watching it. A perfect film.
>Watching as a kid, Speed Racer seemed fairly serious and realistic
lmao. You missed the very first episode when Speed is leaping from motorcycle to motorcycle and and putting the drivers in headlocks while they play hot potato with a briefcase? Nigga the film was 100% true to the source.
Also remembers downloading tons of opening/ending videos from bestanime.com and be curious about all these animes I've never heard of before.
I remember when you read your manga as a phonebook
Aww yee nigga. I was just thinking about Gundam Wing and how everyone hates it cause they suck and I'm the only cool dude left.
And just because I know you're out there, lying in wait for your opportunity to leap out and dish out some sick burns: Fuck you.
>Sailor Moon SuperS
>Magic Knight Rayearth 2
>Macross Plus (movie version)
>Slayers the Movie
>Macross 7 The Galaxy's Calling Me
>Ghost in the Shell
>Sailor Moon SuperS Movie
>Mahou Shoujo Pretty Sammy
Are you even trying 2015?
an oldfag thread? Not bad every once in a while to see how many of us are still alive.
Fuck yeah, 45 minutes to an hour for a single mp3 over dial up and whole OST albums were freely available right on homepages. And it was a fast and reliable US Robotics 56k, not a cheapie winmodem.
I started watching Betterman because of all the hentai I found as a teenager. The recent watch threads this past February really made me think about how far down the slippery slope I've fallen.
>Anime Expo 1996
I like these old convention clips, since it reminds me of how underground anime still was in the 90s.
H-how do you even grow up through the 90's and early 2000's without seeing any anime at all?
Even the kids that made fun of others for watching anime at least saw a couple just to have a frame of reference for what they were bashing on.
That's just baffling man.
I didn't have my own internet and laptop until I was 17 in
One of the very first things I found on my internet was 4chan. If there's a such thing as a fateful encounter in life, I guess that was it.
Kids today don't know how good they have it with hentai. We used to have to wait forever just to load some shitty pixelated image. There used to be a site called Plasticman's Hentai Den or something like that, but I can't find any trace of it, although it might be because I'm getting the name wrong.
PBS in my area used to show anime too, like Evangelion subbed before it was on Toonami, and stuff like Please Save My Earth, Key the Metal Idol, Urusei Yatsura, Bubblegum Crisis, Sakura Wars, Lain, Ranma OVAs, etc.
Back in the late 90s and early 00s Cowboy Bebop was already popular and considered great, so it's kind of annoying now to see kids on /a/ now act like people only enjoyed it and praise it because of nostalgia when that isn't the case at all.
So many fansites for various shows from the 90s are gone now (Eva in particular comes to mind), and there's no cached versions to visit just for fun.
>finding 4chan right off the bat.
Jesus. At least I went through aol chat, irc, ezboards, angelfire/geocities, and gaia before 4chan. You were just yanked away swiftly by a rip-tide.
Even before I had my own personal connection I stayed afterschool to lurk on the libraries internet and played Runescape. Some noob in shitty bronze armor pulled me into a world of excitement I never could have imagined from there.
>He didn't find 4chan after the Fox News shitstorm in 2007
This is the only thing in my life I owe to the shit that is Faux News. They made me find 4chan with their hackers on steroids report.
Shit, you're probably long gone to bed but I enjoyed reading your posts a great deal. Thanks for typing them, anon. A little before my time, but not by too much. Sounds like you had an interesting and meaningful ride on the wave of early anime fandom. It was nice to read about.
Good call, I forgot about PBS occasionally airing subbed anime.
Among the earlier websites I remember hitting up were dedicated to Eva, Kimagure, Tenchi and El Hazard. I found Key the Metal Idol through a Geocities homepage, a few good sites were on Angelfire.
I faintly remember an old Eva message board called Rei Ayanami's Room that might've been hosted in Japan but had an english forum set up.
One of the best wallpapers sites that showed up was ABC. Not the earliest one but it was among the most comprehensive. Some of their wallpapers might still be floating on the web today, although woefully low res by our standards now.
Trixie turnpike. Ah yes.
I remember browsing the Escaflowne fan sites through that page when I was in the ninth grade.
I watched that but you are still small fry.
This might be of interest to anyone else who grew up watching this "anime" as well as any fans of the actual anime it was frankensteined from.
anyone else here went to tmffa?
Used to love reading the numerous fanfics....mainly read the ranma 1/2 / crossovers. they were always good. evangelion crossovers were too.
What I miss most about the old internet is the rough, amatureish, thrown-together style and DIY aesthetic of everything. Now everything is pretty and planned, centralized and conveniently cataloged for anyone who will simply follow them on facebook and twitter. The internet has gone from a sort of wild-west to a corporate, planned people's metropolis for all the good consumers to read their innocent whacky cat images and brand new doge memes on, as posted in your comments section by your aunt. She's pretty internet-savvy after all, she knows what a lolcat is. Everything has become a commodified, sanitized snapshot of some strange backwards community in the past for all the good, productive citizens to get a sensible laugh out of between buzzfeed articles. It's like some sort of weird digital Brave New World.
I prefer it when it was the wild west. You felt a greater sense of true freedom and the average kid was more savvy than the adults trying to regulate everything.
We have now come full circle where todays kids only know how to work their smartphones and create Minecraft mods.