Anime Jyanai's  Wall Of Magic 

Have you ever looked at a simple picture and remembered a whole lot of extra history that comes along with that picture.   Of course you do, that is why photos are so great.   Ever look at a picture and it reminds you of something else?   Of course, that is how advertising works.

Let me paint the background for you.   The year is 1995.   My anime store, Anime Jyanai has just finished moving from the Renfrew location to the Broadway location.   The news is just full of child sexual abuse stories from MIchael Jackson, catholic priests, and famous people.  On TV, X-files was filling our minds with abductions and body probes;  Beavis and Butthead were making innocent words like “tool” sexual ones; Star Trek was still coming out with new episodes, and a newly revised Star Wars Trilogy with fresh footage.  Magic the Gathering and Pokemon were the kings of the “Collectable Trading Card” games, and Sailor Moon also had a massive amount of cards to collect.

Which leads to the story of my wall.   Like any collectable card game, there are rare cards which everyone wants to keep, and there are common cards which just about everyone will have more dupes than they know what to do with.   One day, someone stapled a magic common card to my wall.   From that, others started tacking and taping magic cards to my wall.   Soon after some people started to modify the cards and pinning them up on the wall.  Now, I know some people worship their cards so religiously that they wouldn't dream of punching holes, stapling them to a wall or scribbling all over them.    Well, I guess some of my customers were kinda "different".

I have not editted any of these cards, and I don’t know who all the authors are so please no flame mail.   This is not an attack on Magic, rather, this happened to be the rather strange canvas that the customers of Anime Jyanai have painted an image of what the year 1995 was.

So here we have a collection of some of the ones that I managed to save and now post up 15 years later.  Please laugh with us, and remember what your life was like in 1995.

These cards were created by customers of Anime Jyanai, they do not represent my opinion or the store's opinion. Magic the Gathering is copyrighted by Wizard's Of The Coast, and the artwork is copyrighted by the various artists and WOTC.  The magic cards (pictures and captions) are just shown here as a reference to help explain the comedy behind the nicknames, and to preserve the archive of what was posted on the wall back in 1995. They are not for duplication or for actual game play.

In the popular media, Michael Jackson was in the spotlight for lighting his hair on fire and having some of his "special" fun.
Yes, this is really the real "natural" white sticky stuff.   And not the stuff from Miami Vice either.
Remember the quote from Monty Python? "I am squishing you with my fingers!"   Adds a whole new meaning to "coping a feel".
Hey! Where is my whip?   A reference to our translator.

It's gone!!!
And just what is the deal with all this bondage stuff?
A favourite saying among the group that hung around the store.
No comment.

Mateo is spell used in games like Langrissa & Final Fantasy.  It was played by many, including myself. I even built a small FAQ on it.
This is in reference to a "NO DUMPING" sign in the AJ washroom, which just about everyone IGNORED.
This might have been a good party game card.
A group of guys decided to call themselves the Dink Boyz. Gala Gala Happy is that whacked song from the Jackie Chan City Hunter Movie (chinese version), where one of the verses translates to: "good cop, bad cop, gay cop".
This is in reference to a customer nicknamed "Ranma" (renamed as RamAss) who has this obession with Sailor Mars (aka RED school uniform).

The Cho-Aniki chant, see the soundtrack for the PC Engine game.
Another reference to the Cho Aniki game.
“He said penis.  heh heh heh”.   A  Beavis and Butthead reference.
“It looks like a falloc symbol, let’s ban it.”  became the new joke phrase to make everything a falloc symbol.

This is in reference to some of the otaku at the store who thought it wasn't necessary to shower.
With the slew of sexual jokes from South Park and perversions of everything in Beavis and Butthead, ORGY!!
An Animemayhem card:
How many times have you heard that line?  “Lend me $x.  I’ll pay you back next week.”   yea right...
An Animemayhem card: Another popular group game at that time, Super Puyo Puyo.
Most otakus in the store.
Adding new meanings to “getting lucky” and “getting some”.
Ahh.  What is wrong with having more when you are watching a good anime  tentacle rape porn?
An Animemayhem card: The starting of the Sailor Moon generation, girls in school uniforms,
An Animemayhem card: What else do you use the internet for? Porn.