1994: The Year Faye Valentine Was Born

All the news you can no longer use from Issue 7 of Manga Mania, cover date January 1994.


  • Manga Video: The Guyver begins its monthly release schedule at £6.99 for a VHS containing one episode of the OAV series. I think this may be more important than either Akira or Legend of the Overfiend in the early growth of the UK anime market. Also out was Rumic World: Fire Tripper and some cinema screenings for Golgo 13:The Professional.
  • Kiseki finished off Macross II.
  • Anime Projects released Otaku no Video.
  • In the historical curiosity stakes, there’s a big one this issue. The announcement of Crusader Video, and their mission to release anime that goes against the trend of “exploding demon rapes and robotic death machines”. They were aiming “children’s titles with the same appeal as Saturday Morning cartoons like Trevor and Simon and The Magic Roundabout.” More on Crusader Video in later installments of these posts. But come on, people in the past, Trevor and Simon were not cartoons. Get it right, you were there! In the past!
  • Remember those news items about the Akira computer game and Akira on BBC, well they are reported as delayed here.
  • Demon Records release an Akira OST on CD. This was an evergreen CD in HMV, Our Price and Virgin Megastores for many, many years. Don’t know if that meant it sold well and they restocked often, or they were never able to get rid of them…
  • Andi Watson’s “Samurai Jam” is picked up by SLG.


  • Pioneer add Giant Robo and Ambassador Magma to their Laser Disc slate.
  • Trish Ledoux gives AD Vision some back handed compliments on their picking up of Akane Nagano’s Fantasia.
  • AnimEigo – AD Police, Urusei Yatsura
  • Dark Image Entertainment – Devilman
  • LA Hero/US Renditions – Ambassador Magma, Macross II, SuperDimensional Century Orguss
  • Streamline – Doomed Megalopolis, Akira Criterion release
  • Viz – Ranma 1/2 Desperately Seeking Shampoo
  • Manga – notable new titles include Silbuster, Ultraman Classic


  • This stuff was coming out:
  • Super Soldier Sonic Borgman
  • SuperDimensional Century Orguss OAV
  • Ranma 1/2 OAV 2
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • Protect My Earth!
  • Dominion
  • Cashan
  • Heroic Legend of Arislan
  • All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku II
  • Lance
  • Devil Hunter Yoko Super Music Clip
  • Ah! My Goddess