Well, that’s just Prime.
Okay, folks, here we are. The big milestone. Series number 100. And this one we’re doing is…Well, quite frankly, you probably haven’t heard of it. And I don’t mean that in a hipster “look at this obscure anime, I’m a better otaku than you” way. I mean it in that, well, this is an odd little one from 200-fucking-1. Comic Party is an also-ran series based on one of many visual novels, an early-form harem-show with then-popular waifu styles.
So why are we talking about it, especially for such a big milestone?
A few reasons.
Comic Party isn’t the first ever anime I watched. Going off of release dates and what networks I had access to as a child, that was probably Pokemon. It certainly wasn’t my first exposure to anything made in Japan, as Power Rangers was a thing in my life practically from birth.
It wasn’t even the first anime I watched, while aware that it was anime and distinct from merely ‘cartoons’. That was prrrrobably Yu Yu Hakusho’s run on Cartoon Network, or perhaps something from first-wave Adult Swim.
But it has two very key roles.
The first is that it was the first anime I owned. I bought the DVDs when they initially came out, prowling my Best Buy’s then-extensive DVD section, and got them each as they were released. I actually still have the DVDs, but we’ll get back to that.
It was my first anime that showed me Japanese culture, and especially Japanese fan culture, as a distinct thing. The concept of doujinshi, of mangaka, and hell, of fucking screen tones is both common knowledge amongst weebs, and pretty easy to find out about these days. But when you don’t even know to ask the questions…Well, Comic Party showed me those answers.
And…It was the first anything I can think of, that really showed the creative process. For all that Comic Party is about goofy antics with cute nerd girls at comic conventions, it’s also about the struggle to create, and the reasons why we do. Comic Party was my first exposure to seeing someone actually build a thing from nothing, even in its very brief and light showing of such. When I decided I wanted to try and be a professional writer, I actually went back and watched the series again, just to get that connection. There’s a scene…Well, you’ll know it when we get there.
It’s a dumb, silly show…But it’s pretty important to me.
So, here’s the bad news. My DVDs have since succumbed to bit-rot. I still have the feelies, and I have every intention of going through them to some degree with you all, because they’re these god damned amazing walkthroughs of all of the stupid references they snuck into this show, but the actual discs are frisbees.
Here’s the good news! I, A: still have my old rips from the discs, and B: just ordered the 2015 re-release of the DVD box set. Which means we’re a lot less likely to tackle its sequel series, Comic Party Revolution, right in this thread…But I’m gonna be honest with you, it’s not why we’re here. We’re here because of all of the emotional memories.
So, the quality and subs might shift a little in a couple days when I get those DVDs in. But until that point, we’ll work with what we’ve got.
All of that said, let’s get things going. It’s Comic Party, episode 01! Here we GO!