The shop that launched GAINAX first opened its doors on Valentine’s Day in 1982.
The shop that Daicon III built spent ten years selling garage kits, posters, t-shirts, and doujinshi to the otaku generation.
Written by Toshio Okada and Yasuhiro Takeda in 1983, this translated article reveals the haphazard, amateur production of the anime short that made history.
Available for purchase at theatrical showings of Royal Space Force, the movie pamphlet included details about the film’s production and a short piece by the film’s writer and director, Hiroyuki Yamaga.
Long before Evangelion changed everything, Gainax’s inaugural decade was filled with missteps, cancelled projects, head-scratching ventures doomed to failure, and… porn.