In the coming new media age, a television that can accommodate a variety of electronic equipment connections is best. However, televisions with A/V inputs are quite expensive, so a standard, color tone stabilized color television can be used as well. In the latter case, a large cathode ray tube set will offer a better viewing experience than a compact type.
A full-featured video tape recorder with more features than a standard model, such as a remote control, is a necessity. It can be purchased by saving money from a part-time job. The reason for needing such a high-end model is so as to satisfy the needs of someone who will be using it every day. It's a little luxurious, but purchasing both VHS and Betamax types will give you more freedom for dubbing. For those who can't afford both, most anime fans prefer Beta.
Yappies tend to be visually oriented, but it's still a good idea to purchase a mini component stereo system tailored to the size of your room. The most important consideration isn't audio quality but rather to pick a system that has a timer feature and can play multiple cassette tapes in succession. Remember: this will be the background music machine for your anime life.
You may find a "dubbing controller," which will allow you to dub videos, and a portable home computer useful as well.