Anime Video Rentals Were A Minefield Of Porn
Outside of glorious, glorious Toonami, there weren't a lot of televised choices for anime fans in the late '90s. Thus, you had to search elsewhere, which usually meant going to the back of a video store, where the shadows lie. My local store called this section "Japanimation," which is a word that only gets created when you ask a suburban dad to classify Dragon Ball Z.
Toei Animation"That's the one where they catch all the animals in the little balls and make them fight, right?"
And when you didn't want to watch three episodes from a Toonami show crammed onto a VHS tape, you took a total gamble and picked something else. One of my most vivid memories was when I rented Devil Hunter Yohko from Hollywood Video, a place that only exists in the memories of the dead. All I knew about it was that Yohko was a ninja, and the series was touted as sort of a magical girl / action anime. Then I popped in the video, settled onto the couch next to my mom, and found that in the first ten minutes, Yohko is naked, getting her sweet anime boobs sucked on by some dude. So you get to have the "This is what anime is" talk with your parents, and then the "And it's not always like this!" talk right after.