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07 Jan 2009 - 18:219329
Anime history in the UK
Hello my fellows anime-lovers,

It's something I have been curious about, and if you can share your knowledge with my it will be very appreciated.

As you may know ... not really. Most likely you don't know, but I have been in Europe only for a little more than a year. And I'd like to know about the first animes shown on TV in the UK What where they? Since what year? Maybe you don' know for sure, but post anyway the oldest ones you know or the ones you remember watching as a kid.

In part my curiousity it's because I've seen in another UK forum, that people consider animes like Escaflowne, El-Hazard or such as retro =/. And a lot of people said that started watching anime with Dragon Ball, Zoids, etc. So, I'm looking for something a little older than that . Or maybe I'm too old (27)

Lots of tnx for any info


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07 Jan 2009 - 18:339330
I think Marine Boy was one of the first, if not the first, anime series to be shown on British TV - certainly that's the one that my workmates who are in or near their 40s remember. That would probably have been in the early '70s, since it was produced in Japan between 1966 and 1967.

I'm 27 and I started out on Mysterious Cities of Gold and Ulysses 31. My mum tells me I used to watch Battle of the Planets too but I don't remember that!


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07 Jan 2009 - 21:289343
Quote Sillabub:
I think Marine Boy was one of the first, if not the first, anime series to be shown on British TV - certainly that's the one that my workmates who are in or near their 40s remember. That would probably have been in the early '70s, since it was produced in Japan between 1966 and 1967.

I'm 27 and I started out on Mysterious Cities of Gold and Ulysses 31. My mum tells me I used to watch Battle of the Planets too but I don't remember that!


Cool! I haven't seen Marine Boy but I do remember Ulysses 31. And about Battle of the Planets I had no idea until I googled it. I knew it as G-Force.


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07 Jan 2009 - 23:579357
I think the first animes I watched when I was little were Sailor Moon, Shinzo, Monster Rancher... Then moved onto Dragonball Z and Beyblade later on. I watched Dragonball Z religiously as a kid!

Then again, I'm only young (turning 18 this month) so I may not provide much insight here, haha!


08 Jan 2009 - 10:379376
I was a product of the Pokemon generation. *__*


08 Jan 2009 - 11:139377
yeah its mainly gigantor (tetsujin 28) that first came, then after that bomb hit things like the afore mentioned marine boy came to power, cities of gold, gatchaman and stuff like that then it kinda went slow until the early 90s when things like the japanese/french contribution like jayce and the wheeled warriors came on bbc, you really wanna look at bbc for your early anime ^^ then of course pokemon came and well you know the rest ^^


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09 Jan 2009 - 06:489444
Quote Sillabub:
I think Marine Boy was one of the first, if not the first, anime series to be shown on British TV - certainly that's the one that my workmates who are in or near their 40s remember. That would probably have been in the early '70s, since it was produced in Japan between 1966 and 1967.

I'm 27 and I started out on Mysterious Cities of Gold and Ulysses 31. My mum tells me I used to watch Battle of the Planets too but I don't remember that!


Yeap I was the same. I was introduced to shows like Ulysses 31 and Cities of Gold. I also loved Starblasters which I think was made in the 70's. I'm 34.


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09 Jan 2009 - 07:389445
Quote Sephirayne:
Yeap I was the same. I was introduced to shows like Ulysses 31 and Cities of Gold. I also loved Starblasters which I think was made in the 70's. I'm 34.

You know, I interviewed Jean Chalopin, one of the co-creators of MCoG and Ulysses 31, last year and mentioned to him that his creations had been largely responsible for creating a whole generation of anime fans who still hold his work in high regard. He had no idea and was delighted to hear it!

And that's my heartwarming story of the thread.


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09 Jan 2009 - 10:029446
Quote Sephirayne:
Quote Sillabub:
I think Marine Boy was one of the first, if not the first, anime series to be shown on British TV - certainly that's the one that my workmates who are in or near their 40s remember. That would probably have been in the early '70s, since it was produced in Japan between 1966 and 1967.

I'm 27 and I started out on Mysterious Cities of Gold and Ulysses 31. My mum tells me I used to watch Battle of the Planets too but I don't remember that!


Yeap I was the same. I was introduced to shows like Ulysses 31 and Cities of Gold. I also loved Starblasters which I think was made in the 70's. I'm 34.


Man O_o Starblazers BLAST FROM THE PAST!!! *fighting with the gamelons going of to iscandar* thats a really obscure title


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09 Jan 2009 - 11:039450
How about Starvengers (aka, Getter Robo G)? Anyone else remember that?


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Last edited by Sillabub (09 Jan 2009 - 11:16) Reason: Because I can't tell my super robot series apart when I haven't had much sleep!
09 Jan 2009 - 11:059451
Quote Sillabub:
How about Starvengers (aka, the original Getter Robo)? Anyone else remember that?


Starvengers ^.^ I remember watching it and seeing it bared little resembelense to G-robo


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09 Jan 2009 - 15:449471
Well I'm not from the UK originally, I was born and spent 5 years in Ireland. On Irish tv there was a cartoon channel that showed Dragonball pretty much ALLLL the time xD

In the UK, Anime didnt really kick off until the days of Toonami and Fox Kids!

If I remember rightly:

3:30 Sailor Moon (Fox Kids)
4:00 Digimon (Fox Kids)
4:30 BREAK FOR TEA!
5:00 Dragonball Z (Toonami)
5:30 Gundam Wing(Toonami)
6:00 Tenchi Muyo (Toonami)
Another gap
8:30 Outlaw Star(Toonami)
9:00 Cowboy Beebop 8D(Toonami)

Lolz


09 Jan 2009 - 16:149472
adding link
tnx everyone for their input

Of the ones mentioned I remember Ulysses 31, tetsujin 28, Starblazers, Getter Robo G...

Did you get Marco (aka From the Apenines to the Andes, aka 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother)? It was a crime to show such sad anime to 5ish year old kids!

Marco link

@at stripey_dani: probably I'd have failed school with that TV program schedule :O


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09 Jan 2009 - 16:479476
I don't remember if we had 3,000 Leagues. We did have Belle and Sebastian though, and I remember that being rather gut-wrenching.


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09 Jan 2009 - 21:249492
I was introduced to anime at 12/13 which was 9 years ago now (2000/2001). Sailor Moon and Cardcaptors were the first one's I watched. I remember DragonBall Z & Techi Muyu (spell?) but I didn't like those lol.
Oh and Pokemon of course.


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11 Jan 2009 - 20:149591
i think the first anime i ever watched was technoman (sp?)


17 Jan 2009 - 13:209833
Pokemon on SMTV live. When Ant and Dec were on it and it was good. Good times. Not the first time anime was shown, I know, but I bet it introduced a lot of people to it.

Card Capture Sakura was being shown on ITV when I started secondary school too, so that was sometime in 2000.


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20 Jan 2009 - 07:229902
Quote Sillabub:
Quote Sephirayne:
Yeap I was the same. I was introduced to shows like Ulysses 31 and Cities of Gold. I also loved Starblasters which I think was made in the 70's. I'm 34.

You know, I interviewed Jean Chalopin, one of the co-creators of MCoG and Ulysses 31, last year and mentioned to him that his creations had been largely responsible for creating a whole generation of anime fans who still hold his work in high regard. He had no idea and was delighted to hear it!

And that's my heartwarming story of the thread.


That is a fab story. Gald to hear taht he was delighted. Must of been ace to interview him.


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20 Jan 2009 - 10:069905
Quote power576:
i think the first anime i ever watched was technoman (sp?)


Ahhh Tekkaman blade was awesome ^^ technoman on fox kids


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20 Jan 2009 - 18:129913
I saw Laputa on ITV when I was youger, in the early '90s. Can't remember the exact years (it was shown twice) but still got it taped off the TV, somewhere, on an old VHS.

Its amazing that Laputa hasn't been shown on terrestial TV again, given that most of the other Ghibli films have.


20 Jan 2009 - 20:249916
screw toonami SCREW THEM TO HELL

THE BEST DAYS OF ANIME WERE BLATENTLY THE DAYS OF CNX!!! THEN TOONAMI TOOK OVER AND IT ALL WENT DOWN


20 Jan 2009 - 20:319917
Quote ryaoki:
THE BEST DAYS OF ANIME WERE BLATENTLY THE DAYS OF CNX!!!

Ahh, you poor child.

Staying up till 2am and watching Channel 4's Late License was where it was really at!

Even if it was Legend of the Four Kings.


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20 Jan 2009 - 21:099918
Quote Sillabub:

Staying up till 2am and watching Channel 4's Late License was where it was really at!

Even if it was Legend of the Four Kings.


Ah yes, I just remembered watching 3x3 Eyes at night. Awesome!


20 Jan 2009 - 22:029921
Quote Sillabub:
I'm 27 and I started out on Mysterious Cities of Gold and Ulysses 31.
I vaguely remember watching that as a child it had a great theme tune.

Quote drowned_panda:
Quote Sillabub:

Staying up till 2am and watching Channel 4's Late License was where it was really at!

Even if it was Legend of the Four Kings.


Ah yes, I just remembered watching 3x3 Eyes at night. Awesome!

You watched anime on TV?!
Joking aside I recorded Blood: the Last Vampire and episodes of Fist of the North Star when channel 4 showed them late at night.

Quote drowned_panda:
I saw Laputa on ITV when I was youger, in the early '90s. Can't remember the exact years (it was shown twice) but still got it taped off the TV.
I remember that. Defiantly the first time I really watched anime (even if loads of the cartoons I watched as a kid had been animated by the Japanese; e.g. The Real Ghostbusters, Thundercats, ect). I think it was first shown in 1988 or 89 but it was defiantly shown again in 1993.

Quote drowned_panda:
Its amazing that Laputa hasn't been shown on terrestial TV again, given that most of the other Ghibli films have.
Because for the most part anime has always been seen too niche for mainstream TV in the UK. With only a small amount seeping though, and of that only half gets shown at a decent time. And yet it's not really that more niche than Sci-fi, and lets face it Star Trek & Dr Who don't suffer too badly at the hands of TV scheduling now do they?

So for me the thing that turned me into an anime fan was watching Neon Genesis Evangelion on VHS.

BTW: does anyone else remember the Japanese anime Samurai Pizza Cats?


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20 Jan 2009 - 23:099923
I remember *liking* Legend of the Four Kings, even if I can't for the life of me remember any of it now..

3x3 Eyes was still a highlight of those 2am showings.. While The Guyver was coming out one episode per VHS tape T_T

..and then one channel randomly started showing Moldiver. That was odd.


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