I began making websites in 1995. I love it. I am addicted to it. In the 90's and early 00's, I made a bunch of anime and manga fan sites. And I actually still maintain them. They're old-school now, and wow, mostly hard-coded, but I keep them online because I still love the series they're based on and I really miss the time when everyone was making fansites. I liked to make all-around informational sites devoted to series that didn't have much representation on the web at the time. My sites are listed below.
This was my first attempt at making a site using any CSS at all. In the past, I had used bits of CSS here and there for decoration, but had never really constructed an entire site using it. So this was basically a learning tool for me. Anyway, the site is devoted to one of my favorite anime series, Ashita no Nadja. It is the story of a young girl who grew up in an orphanage in England. One day she learns she may not be an orphan after all, and suddenly finds herself chased by some strange men. She ends up fleeing the orphanage and joins a travelling troupe of entertainers. The show follows her travels across Europe as she tries to find her mother and figure out who she really is.
Believe it or not, when I first created this website about Cowboy Bebop in 1998, there was little to NO information about the show anywhere on the web. That has changed a little bit now, thanks to repeated airings on Cartoon Network. My site is an all-around general information site about various aspects of this space adventure series- the story, the music, the merchandise, the characters, etc. Cowboy Bebop follows the space adventures of a group of bounty hunters as they chase after various outlaws. Great character development, awesome animation, and amazing music really make this a stand-out production.
Manga is love. Manga is life. Shoujo manga is everything! Yeah, I love shoujo manga, and over the years I have spent a ridiculous amount of time and money on it. At the time I started this website, there weren't very many shoujo manga resources on the web, and my goal was to introduce new series to people in hopes of speading the shoujo manga love. I give summaries of various imported shoujo manga that I purchase, and mention if it has been licensed in English or not. I also include a section on common shoujo manga plot devices.
Okashina Okashi - Strange Candy is a manga/anime parody webcomic I started in January 2001. I am the artist and I did some of the writing. Over the years I have had three main writers: Tanzy, Kourin, and Xuanwu. It's a silly comic featuring cat girls, cat guys, tentacle monsters, idol singers, giant robots, origami cranes, sentai teams, the Beauty Man Garden, pr0n shops, jello wrestling, cutthroat coed-croquet, amazons, evil overlords, fetish androids, innocent ukes, sailor uniforms, love hotels, the greatest song in the world, and much more ^_^
Known as Boys Over Flowers in the US, Hana Yori Dango is a manga by Yoko Kamio that has been turned into a movie, an anime, a 2-season live action series in Taiwan, and a 2-season live action series in Japan. I began this site 10 years ago, and am still maintaining it today. HYD follows the adventures of poor-girl Makino Tsukushi as she struggles to survive at a very snobby rich high school. She is up against the F4, a set of elite rich guys who rule the school. Naturally, a love triangle evolves, but it is much more complicated than it sounds :)
This is a site devoted to the silly and fun shoujo manga Hanazakari no Kimitachi e by Hisaya Nakajo. This is such a fun manga. It is about a girl named Mizuki who falls for high-jumper Izumi Sano after watching him high-jump on TV. This prompts her to travel from America to Japan in order to attend the high school he goes to in order to be near him. Unfortunately, he goes to an all-boys school, so Mizuki is forced to do a little crossdressing... ^_^ This series was licensed for release in the US by VIZ and has recently spawned a live action TV drama in Taiwan.
This is the first site I have made that is dedicated to a live-action series. Gokusen is the heart-warming story of Yamaguchi Kumiko, a fresh young teacher assigned to her first class at an all-boys high school. Unfortunately, it is a class full of delinquents. Not to worry though, Kumiko is actually the heir to a feared Yakuza clan, and has a special way of dealing with troublesome students. Much comedy ensues. Gokusen started as a manga, was turned into 2 seasons of live-action drama, and finally became an anime. I mention all three on my site, but I prefer the drama.
There are many different genres of anime out there. This is one that caught my interest early on- Magical Girls. A subset of shoujo anime, these series feature a young heroine (or team of heroines) granted or born with some kind of magical ability. Sametimes they use their abilities to fight evil, other times it is used for day-to-day activities. Often with the help of a talking pet, or guide, these girls grow and mature through their adventures using their powers. My site talks about the genre in general and several of the specific series that fit into it.
Hahaha, this is my guilty pleasure! Kaikan Phrase is a smutty shoujo manga series by Shinjo Mayu. It was later adapted into an amazingly non-smutty anime series. It is about a high school girl named Aine who has a talent for writing smutty song lyrics. She ends up being recruited by an up-and-coming band called Lucifer. The lead singer, Sakuya, takes a particular interest in Aine. In the manga, Sakuya and Aine are very passionate. In the anime, Aine doesn't even show up until half-way through the series. The anime focuses more on the band and how they got started. Anyway, Kaikan Phrase is a super cheezy series, but so fun to read ^_^ The music is nice too!
Yes, I love shoujo manga. Amongst the many many shoujo manga authors, Miwa Sakai is one of my favorites. She doesn't really get much attention in the US, so I created this fansite dedicated to her to express my fangirliness. She has been creating shoujo manga for over 20 years. The reason for the site's name is because a huge number of her heroines have pink hair for some reason... it's always either pink or blonde. I have no idea why, really XD Anyway, her stories are fun and silly, a little bit smutty (but not over the top) and she likes to incorporate themes such as teacher-student romance, or huge age-difference romance. It's all cute though!
Here is another shrine dedicated to one of my gavorite manga artists, Tachibana Kaim. She is the author of the hilarious sentai parody series Shinesman. I just love her art style. The colors are so bright and pretty, and I like the way she uses paper patterns when she colors the kimono in the Rasen no Kakera artwork. Tachibana Kaim draws many types of series, from comedy to drama, fantasy, romance, and shounen ai. My page has some general info and samples of her art. I really need to re-design the site though -_-;
A sweet and gentle shoujo series, Mizuiro Jidai follows the normal daily life of middle-school girl Yuuko Kawai as she experiences adolesence. This is a low-paced series that is a cute slice-of-life drama. There is no grand action or adventure, just a thoughtful look at a girl growing up. This anime is based on the manga by Yuu Yabuuchi. My page gives some general info on the series. I need to redesign/update this site too. I started it in 1996, but then got sidetracked when I discovered Hana Yori Dango ^_^;
I admit, it has been a long time since I have updated this site devoted to the shounen manga, Tokyo Underground. This is because i haven't had access to the manga in a while. This is a fun shounen series about a whole world of magic users that exists Underground below the streets of Tokyo. An average boy is caught up in the struggle between opposing Underground forces when he encounters two girls escaping from the tunnels. His life is changed forever and he gains some unexpected abilities. I really liked the art style in this manga. It is clean and attractive. This is a fighting series, so the plot can be weak at times, but I still like it ^_^. My site focuses mainly on the manga, but the series was also turned into an anime as well.
Here is a small site all about the short, but insanely cute, shoujo manga Fun Fun Factory. This is such an adorable little series that I couldn't resist making this site. It is pretty basic and gives some general information about the story and characters. It involves curses, fairies, and cake! I wish this series would get licensed for release in English!