VHS Memories: Discovering Anime in the Early ’90s
By - MagicalProject-S
I loved all of these as a teenager, just fantastic all around... Not sure where to get digital copies of any of them these days....
These types of things are often surprisingly well-seeded on anime-specific torrent trackers, but they can also be pretty easy to find just doing a web search and finding downloads on anime sites, which is probably the best bet for finding specific niche OVAs from the '80s and' 90s. I just looked up Gall Force last night and found a '90s style genre site that hosts it, and even the original higher quality .ogm files I downloaded 15 years ago on another series download forum.
Some are even on YouTube, but the quality is lacking, and I much prefer a file with dual audio and subtitles. It's interesting and often amusing to switch the audio back and forth to hear the different performances. That, and YT is pretty much always English dubs only, and those are pretty terrible for these old anime. Sometimes that works, other times not so much.
Nyaa, BakaBT, and AnimeTorrents are the three main sites I use. AnimeBytes seems to be the best site for this stuff but it's impossible to get an invite for that. Nyaa's open to anyone and BakaBT I believe just requires [an IRC interview now](https://wiki.bakabt.me/index.php/Sign_up) (used to be open) and I don't know about AnimeTorrents (most of it's stuff taken from the same sources as Nyaa/Baka anyway though). I might be able to get you an AnimeTorrents invite if you really, really needed one.
Edit: There's also NIBL which is a site you can search in your browser and then direct download the files via an IRC client like Hexchat (moderately easy to set up, there are YouTube tutorials for this). A lot of anime's still there as well. I just downloaded the Ellcia OVAs from it.
Thank you! Much appreciated...