Over the past year I have been working intermittently on ‘sorting out’ a large collection of anime on VHS tape. The collection, of about 400 tapes -that equals 400 shelf-inches – of tapes very rarely played, was of un-manageable size.
Some of these titles could not be replaced if I were to dump the tapes. Â But a high proportion can be sourced as digital fansubs or as retail DVDs (hopefully not both!)
This winter it’s the turn of the NTSC tapes. Â I sorted out a pile that were already transferred to digital, but found the greatest difficulty in even giving them away to somebody who might enjoy viewing them. Â Clearly in the UK, old anime + VHS + NTSC is a no-go, particularly with people whose brains stop working after they’ve read the words “free animation”.
Now somebody is going to point out that most fans don’t use VHS any more and the young ones never saw a NTSC tape: right.