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Hello everyone, my name is Diana Garetson, and I too, am
an alcoholic. Well ok so that's not true, but that is
a popular cliche with which we can introduce ourselves, isn't it? I run
two sites (well, collectives anyway),
and . You all
will have to excuse me for I am home with
the flu today. If I sound a little out there, you can blame the needlessly
strong medication my physician-parents gave me. But
that, my friends, is quite another story. I was asked by Nikkou to relate
to you my anime experience for this article and so I will.
So buckle up everyone, keep your arms, legs, hands and other parts in the
cart for the ride through my mind. No flashbulbs
please. I hate cameras.
My path to being an otaku started almost two years ago,
and like many other anime fans, it started with
Sailormoon. No, I was not one of those kids who got up at a heinous hour to
watch that heinous atrocity of DiC's. Not even
anime can yank me away from my mattress earlier than what is absolutely
necessary. My introduction to Sailormoon was an
unusual one. I used to be an active role player in AOL chat rooms. I was a
part of a very relaxed RPG game where anything
goes. There was a group of kids who started their own little clique within
our RPG group who named themselves the musketeers
(I told you this would be unusual didn't I?). Now, the few girls that I had
grown close to in the RPG group decided that we too
should form our own little clique just to infuriate the other one. And
since all of the other girls were fans of the dubbed abomination
of Sailormoon, we each identified with a senshi. Intrigued , I looked
around the web for Sailormoon sites. My first episode
was a subbed one I downloaded off the web, and I was well versed in the
details of the original Japanese version well before I
saw my dubbed episode of Sailormoon on the Cartoon Network. I built crude
web sites (ones that no one but my friends saw)
to show off to the other girls in our little RPG clique. Who would have
thought that my competitive nature in the RPG game
would have lead to writing a guest article for a prominent anime web site
two years later? Fate is a funny thing.
I branched off from just being a Sailormoon fan over a
year ago. Because of my location and my neurotic
obsession with money, I can't say I've watched as many titles as some
people but I do enjoy the ones I watch. And since my
favorite web sites are supposed to be a part of this article, I'll add
those in too. I'm not adding any Sailormoon sites to this
article. There's not much point. If you don't know your favorite Sailormoon
site by now, there's a huge listing right here at the
Shoujo Kakumei Utena
This was my first non-Sailormoon anime. I'm a big fan
and am pleased to find that the number of Utena sites
is growing at a rapid rate. However, I must say that my favorite sites are
some of the older ones.
The Utena Encyclopedia
is the place for general Utena
information. It's a sad thing that they no longer update, but I can
understand. Also, on my pick list for this series is
End of Innocence.
They have a ton of movie information and
it's fun to look at the fan art submitted for their tarot card project.
I'll admit I'm not a huge fan of this series. I'm at a
point in my life where gooey, sticky, sappy romance is
anything but appealing. To say it must bluntly, Tamahome and Miaka together
make me yack and my bonding with the fast
forward button on my remote increases when watching this series. But I
absolutely love the secondary characters. They make me laugh. And so, to
add to this category, I'm placing what I feel to be the BEST Nuriko shrine
on the Net
. Yes the owner, Caroline, is a
friend of mine. I'll try to keep friends' sites out of here from now on.
But seriously, I can't think of a bigger Nuriko fan than her.
She's put a lot into this site, which is what makes it a must see.
Serial Experiment Lain
I just recently watched this series. It's very short
with only 13 episodes, and after long stints of strictly shoujo
series, it was rather fun show to watch. It was complex, intriguing and
felt very real. There aren't a lot of Lain sites on the net at
this time, but the ones I do know of (and like!) are
and . Both sites offer good information,
multimedia, and images. I hope more sites pop up so I
can add to this list someday. If you (yes, I'm talking to you, readers)
know of any good Lain sites, email them
Magic Knight Rayearth
I started with this series through the manga (which I
love.) The art is gorgeous, although the anime version
makes most of the characters look rather awkward. It's fun and
entertaining, although it doesn't get really deep until the end.
My favorite MKR sites are ,
(just because I love Umi!), and . Welcome to
Cephiro is a good place to start for MKR information. It features
everything from series information, to links, to
scripts. It has a little (often a lot) of everything there.
is Michelle's MKR music site. It also has a really good gallery in it.
Besides particular series and fan sites, there are
other anime-related places I haunt. I am a member of the
Moon Circle, so I'm a regular at their .
They're all really great people and I enjoy all of their sites. I owe a lot
to them for all of their support and inspiration that they've
given me. Besides, what's the net without friends? You can check out a
listing of the other sites involved at the .
Other places I can't live without are the ,
and the site I owe a lot to,
is a great source for current information. I'm usually out of the loop on
that kind of thing, so I have to check there just to keep myself from being
totally clueless. The is a great resource for free
stuff. They offer webspace, email, site redirection and more. They also
have chat, reviews, image galleries, and various multimedia resources.
So if you have a few hours to kill and are looking for something to do, AON
is a good place to start! The Animanga Community
is another huge resource the anime web has to offer. They have large
galleries for a variety of series. The majority of my images
come from there. The place is immense, so if you haven't been, GO. Lastly,
there are the sites that I particularly enjoy because of
their style of design. My new favorite collectives (purely based on design)
are and . They always have enjoyable
designs and I visit them often.
Well, that's it. I never intended to make this article
so long, but then it isn't every day that I have this kind of
audience is it? As always, I appreciate any comments, questions
and the like. . If you've made it to the end of the article, you're a
real soldier. Thanks!
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