Young orphan Rachel enters a convent when her mother dies and leaves her to fend for herself. When she grows up, she leaves the protection of the convent only to discover that the world is not kind. After being tortured by the convent nuns and becoming a sex slave for the Bishop, Rachel's only comfort is her best friend Beth and her "Prince Charming," Andrew. Alas, all that changes when her sadistic uncle recruits her as one of the "Love Dolls," a force of young women who make themselves sexually available to members of the royal family. Will Rachel ever find her own pleasure?
What was the golden age of anime?
I would say that the time between the 80s and early 2000s would be what most would consider the "golden age" of anime - not necessary that it is, but what most would believe to be.
I think there are a few reasons why this is so and a few important factors play into it. The first is that, in my opinion, anime was more widely accessible on main cable channels at the time and, for some, at more normalized hours than at present.
At present, anime is concentrated on the internet more than anything else and is not pulling in than average person and instead has concentrated their efforts upon otakus and relying upon them to spread interest.
In the 90s, it was common to find shows such as Dragon Ball Z, Gundam Wing, Cardcaptor Sakura, Tenchi Muyo, Sailor Moon, etc.
on Toonami, which ran earlier in the day to the evening hours.
Additionally, the AZN channel would run less mainstream anime, such as Descendants of Darkness during the afternoon/evening hours.
In addition to those, however, there were the more "adult" anime that ran late at night (after 11pm), such as Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, Paranoia Agent, etc.
As we moved from the 90s into the 2000s, however, there were less anime featured during the afternoon and it was moved into the late night slot.
Most anime enthusiasts had to either stay up late to watch it or find it on the web later or wait for a DVD release.
This is, of course, excluding 4Kids Entertainment anime, as that did continue to run on Saturday mornings and weekday afternoons. Interestingly enough, many of the above-mentioned anime are considered to be some of the most successful and widely popularized.
Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z, Gundam Wing, and Cowboy Bebop are almost always issued as favorites by those who watch anime - or at least one of those four are likely to be listed.
For many people, the afternoon anime pulled many kids into the more obscure anime and, even, to reading some even more obscure manga. Ah, the bathing suit competition...which appears in almost every harem anime at some point and time. The second factor is that many of the anime in the 90s did not end up in what I refer to as cyclic seasons.
With the exception of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, most anime from the 80s and into the 2000s had not yet slipped into a cycle of repeated seasons where there was little to no development and, in most cases, the anime had a defined beginning, middle, and end.
There is a strong appeal to this type of story arc.
For anime like Bleach, Inuyasha, and to a lesser extent, Naruto, the anime are simply too long and too repetitive and they lose fans.
Older anime tended to be shorter and concise, yet dynamic and tantalizing.
They also tended to be episodic within a larger story scheme.
The truth is that the episodic plan works and people prefer it.
More recent anime that have adopted it, such as Psycho Pass and Noragami have received positive feedback from it.
Anime that tend to continue over a long period with the same story, such as the aforementioned ones, exasperate fans and are too predictable, leaving only the truly loyal fans to remain watching while others drop off out of boredom. The last factor is, of course, the issue of fan service.
While anime has always had a degree of fan service, it has increased since the 80s and 90s to an almost obscene amount.
Mind you, there certainly was fan service in 90s anime, there is no doubt of that, but it has become increasingly difficult to find anime without an overload of it.
For some, this can turn a person off from watching an anime even though it has a perfectly good story line.
For me, I can handle a medium amount of it but once it starts hitting every scene, I find it distracts from everything else in the episode.