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This week is dedicated to the Japanese computer series Sharp MZ-700 (1982-1985). It was very popular to use it for textmode graphics. It is technically similar to PETSCII (see here) and ANSI, but it usually looks quite different.

The difference is not so much caused by the linguistic symbols (like Shift-JIS vs occidental ASCII). In fact, the character set doesn’t seem to have many Japanese characters and they are rarely used for graphics (like with ANSI). Instead, the visual difference is caused by the “semigraphical” characters. And of course, by the cultural conditions (hello anime). 

Each character can have different background and foreground colour (like ANSI), so it’s possible to work with fine details and also complex shading using the -sign.

GIFs from: M-700 & Mysterious man Prints (怪奇版画男), a character created by Ki Nao Karasawa in the 1990s, and from here

More MZ-700: http://text-mode.tumblr.com/tagged/mz-700

Abraham Lincoln’s face with painted styrofoam balls at FACIAL RECOGNITION by Al Jarnow for 3-2-1 Contact (an educational TV show on PBS in the 1980s).
Watch the full animation here.


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! – 2014

“Floor Tiles” animation by Al Jarnow Music by Elliot Sokolov. Recorded by the Sesame Workshop Big Band.
Watch the full animation here

EDTA (1986-1996) Minitel Micro-serveurs for Amstrad, via

By illiorzilli (2012)

infamous rabbits by b’ger.
More ascii animations here

By Zwian

DotEater, Virus/Trojan (1998)