I hope this makes sense, but I'd like to have this thread to help present and discuss the history of the Industry and Otaku to help anons understand where everything comes from. This includes studios, tropes, cons, people, merch, otaku, and whatever else comes to mind.
To get us started, here's a list of things the average anon may not know about:
This is required reading for every /a/non. The full text with annotations can be found here:
It goes over, among many more things, the origin of otaku, SF clubs, cons, doujin, merch such as garage kits, Daicon, and the forming of GAINAX, this last being what I consider the greatest story about anime and Otaku. This autobiographical book is short, but gives a very good description of where we come from and is a good basis for understanding everything about the industry today.
Good supplemental material to this is Otaku no Video and Aoi Honoo.
<Otaku no Video
A psuedo-documentary anime on Otaku and the founding of Gainax, by Gainax, including their old vision of the future. I take it most of us have seen it already, but it's always a good one to revisit.
This goes hand-in-hand with Otaku no Video and Notenki Memoirs. An autobiographical manga by an otaku who went to school with Anno, Akai, and Yamada, the main founders of Gainax. It was adapted into a live action drama that is very entertaining and takes scenes straight from Notenki Memoirs.
Colloquially known as "Mech suit" today, unfortunately. This comes from the suit of the Mobile Infantry in Starship Troopers, because it didn't have a physical description in the novel. For the Japanese release of the book, the illustration on the cover became known as the Powered Suit, and, aside from directly showing up inPost too long. Click here to view the full text.