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 : June 22, 2014, 03:20:03 PM 
Ray Von Blaue - Captain Southbird (EHOL Creator)
In a very, very late reply, yeah, this age-old forum (and really the whole website) has been propped up over time. It was born somewhere around May 2002, and actually had quite a bit of activity at its peak an era ago. A lot of good times, a lot of friends met. ou can think Icey there for keeping the dream alive. He really did the major legwork to rebuild the site into its current infrastructure. When I was in charge, it was a real early-2000s Internet site, built of raw HTML, some dynamic content by Perl, and a forum driven by a text file database. :)

El-Hazard seems to have only continued to age and I figured mostly be forgotten, but now these Blu Rays have appeared, which is interesting.

My Internet name has changed over time, Captain Southbird is the current permutation.

Randomly, happened to notice Ray posted in the old "Pic of the Moment" forum and the image was broken. I updated the links in all the legacy PoTM's so they should work now. The original PoTM was actually a separate engine (not built into the forum) that would grab one of the episode screenshots and present it periodically. IIRC someone (administrator class) had to manually go in and hit a random button until something that looked usable would show up. Then for a while my brother decided to make it interesting by Photoshopping together situations that didn't occur from the show. And then it just sort of died after that, along with the rest of the community. I believe I based it on something else I had seen on another El-Hazard forum years ago.

Ah, well. Memories of a bygone era. Just glad to even get the trickle-in of passersby.

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 : April 20, 2014, 05:42:47 PM 
Ray Von Blaue - Ray Von Blaue
Well well well, it looks like the goddesses have heard my call. Blu-Ray set is back on track for release July 30th.

Hah, this is the spark of life El-Hazard is needing. ;D  However, let's see the price and if it gets released elsewhere.

Yes!  Spread the word to the faithful!

El-Hazard fans, assemble!!!

 23 
 : April 20, 2014, 03:35:14 AM 
Ray Von Blaue - Icy EyeG
Well well well, it looks like the goddesses have heard my call. Blu-Ray set is back on track for release July 30th.

Hah, this is the spark of life El-Hazard is needing. ;D  However, let's see the price and if it gets released elsewhere.

 24 
 : April 19, 2014, 09:41:51 PM 
Ray Von Blaue - Thomas Jerome Newton
Well well well, it looks like the goddesses have heard my call. Blu-Ray set is back on track for release July 30th.

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 : March 31, 2014, 03:56:13 PM 
shaylashaylaflame1 - Ray Von Blaue
More than most series, this is a really, really tough question, as I love literally all of the characters for different reasons.

But as I'm watching the first OVA, when I hear this line

Fujisawa: Oh no! Someone else has run out of alcohol too.

it was cemented in my mind right then and there: I'm a Fujisawa fan.

It might sound tacky, but I legitimately find his character inspiring. He clearly has more than a bit of a dependence on alcohol, so the way he's presented as having a honest to goodness superpower when he refrains from booze is the show screaming at anyone in a similar situation "look at how much potential you have!"

Fujisawa's an old dog, but even he learns something new about himself on his trip to a faraway world. Despite his hilarious admission "I'm weak!" when we're introduced to him in school, on El-Hazard he begins to learn that sort of thinking is just a mind set. It's a lesson for anyone, be it alcohol or anything else: when we master our own habits, our potential skyrockets, and if you're a slave to a non-productive or undesirable behavior, with the support of others (thank you Miz) and the right mind set you can master it, it's just up to you to choose whether you do or don't.     

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 : March 31, 2014, 03:20:52 PM 
PoTM - Ray Von Blaue
Nyaaaaa! Hey everyone, look at me! I'm Jinn-EYE!!!

 27 
 : March 31, 2014, 03:10:06 AM 
asdfg - Thomas Jerome Newton
Like Ray above, I came into El-Hazard years on down the line after being familiar with Hayashi's other works. His work on Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040, Battle Programmer Shirase but most especially his time with the Tenchi Muyo series. It wasn't until I was doing some peeking around his production credits that I came across El-Hazard and remembered seeing VHS' and DVD's for it floating around the usual joints back in the day (RIP Suncoast). Soon as I knew it had his magic touch in it I decided it was finally time.

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 : March 31, 2014, 03:00:17 AM 
Ray Von Blaue - Thomas Jerome Newton
It was really unusual to see how little of an online presence this series has. I guess it is the cost of having come out before the internet had really taken off. Even the facebook pages were woefully inactive.

I think one of the biggest problems with El-Hazard is the fact that no one ever really published affordable DVD's for this series. Geneon started doing that for OVA 1 and 2, but it went kaput.
The Geocities demise also took down most of the El-Hazard fansites. We were able to merge one of the best, because the creators were old members of this forum, as explained here.

Ah yeah, quite a lot of places got taken out in the geocities purge (including one of my own, which I am most thankful for its eradication ;) ) from all kinds of fandoms. Sites going down in general sucks since that information may be lost entirely to time. Even the Wayback Machine can't save everything. It's why I'm glad to see a place like this still up and running even after all these years of little activity. The information still has a home.

Having any kind of media release would be nice, even a digital high resolution stream/downloadable copy would do wonders. Shame that the Magnificent World BR set got canned, would have been nice to see El-Hazzy on shelves again somewhere.

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 : March 28, 2014, 05:56:41 AM 
Ray Von Blaue - Icy EyeG
It was really unusual to see how little of an online presence this series has. I guess it is the cost of having come out before the internet had really taken off. Even the facebook pages were woefully inactive.

I think one of the biggest problems with El-Hazard is the fact that no one ever really published affordable DVD's for this series. Geneon started doing that for OVA 1 and 2, but it went kaput.
The Geocities demise also took down most of the El-Hazard fansites. We were able to merge one of the best, because the creators were old members of this forum, as explained here.

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 : March 27, 2014, 11:56:19 PM 
Ray Von Blaue - Thomas Jerome Newton
Welcome both! It's always nice to see posts around here.  :)

Yeah, you can probably say this is a lost civilization, in a way, hoping to come back to life somehow.

It was really unusual to see how little of an online presence this series has. I guess it is the cost of having come out before the internet had really taken off. Even the facebook pages were woefully inactive.

edit: I guessed as much, but now I've figured out I've introduced at least one friend here by way of Tenchi!

Indeed, after we got to talkin about wanting to find some other fans and found this place we had just about the right idea. I was only waiting  to see if you'd go first.  ;)

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