So last time I brought up how anime on VHS came to an end in North America, but how did things work out in Japan? The short answer would be "Anime came out on VHS for a fair bit longer over there", but to explain why requires going into the long answer. To put it simply, Japan's relationship with VHS, & home video in general, was never the same as it was in America, namely because Japan has never been big on actually purchasing a tape for a personal collection. For a variety of reasons, with the fact that the average Japanese home is physically smaller than the average American home being a notable one, Japan's rental market became the way the wide majority of Japanese people experienced VHS. Because of this, VHS tapes were primarily only sold to rental stores, which means that they were more expensive in general (usually ranging from ¥7,000-9,000, depending on when it came out) and that has held strong to this very day, hence why Japanese DVDs & Blu-Ray releases tend to be much more expensive there than anywhere else, especially for anime; hardcore otaku, however, are willing to spend that extra money to physically own their favorite works.
Therefore, VHS still had a use in Japan for anime, since the rental market still gave it value. That being said, it didn't last all that much longer, as the last anime to see complete release on VHS (to my research, at least) was Black Jack 21 in 2006, and that was mainly because it continued the volume numbering that had started back with Black Jack TV in 2004. However, the last TV anime to still see release on VHS looks to have been Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, which saw its final tape (Volume 37) sometime in mid-2007, even though it didn't finish the series; still, this is well beyond when Hollywood stopped releasing on VHS. However, the absolute final anime to see release on VHS, in general, looks to be Studio Ghibli's Ponyo in either 2008/2009, and that's only because Ghibli is obviously the exception to a lot of stuff, as by this point VHS was effectively dead in Japan. So, with that bit of trivial anime history out of the way, let's take a look at another six anime that you can currently only get with an English translation on good old magnetic tape!
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is the same as the VHS tape.
We've had the occasional small name English anime company across all of these license rescue lists, like Illumitoon, Western Connection, Synch Point, Super Techno Arts, & ArtsMagic. However, I don't think I've ever included a release from a defunct company quite like Star Anime Enterprises. Mike Toole wrote an excellent history (what little of it there is) back in 2016 over at ANN, but the short story is that SAE was just a single man, David Norell, who had previously worked at CPM and various anime cons, before simply (& incessantly) hassling as many Japanese anime licensors as possible. In the end, SAE managed to license two titles: 1994 OVA Homeroom Affairs from Tokuma Shoten (which SAE did fully release) & 1993 TV series Dragon League from FCI (which SAE did not fully release). If I had to pick between those two titles to include in a license rescue list, then believe me that I'll go with the latter anime. Part of that is because Dragon League only ever saw a single subbed VHS tape released, comprising of two episodes (i.e. "It still got more released than Shonan Bakusozoku did!"), but also because Dragon League is, by far, the way more interesting title. I mean, if one has to pick between a "softcore smut comedy" & a fantasy soccer series... I think most will go for the latter.