October 29, 1998
Graphics have been added to Sayonara Ginga Tetsudo 999, and the version 3 conversions for the Encyclopædia are complete up to the 'R' entries.
October 27, 1998
And once more into the breach... We've changed counters once again. DirectHit didn't give us the level of reporting that we'll need, so now we're using Extreme Digital's counter. I see that several other sites use this same counter, so hopefully, this is a good sign.
October 26, 1998
Our counter has been reset... again. We're trying DirectHit's version, to see if we can go more than two weeks without having to contact tech support.
October 23, 1998
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
It appears that a lot of sites linking to the Café are still using our old URL (was http://www.nucleus.com/~nagatomi/). The Café decided to get a new, easy-to-remember URL last February for the eventuality that we would move to our own server. This now appears likely to happen early next year.
In order to make the transition between servers a smooth, uneventful one, we need to make sure that everyone linking to us is using our new URL for the virtual server that we currently have. If you see a site with the old URL address, please drop them a polite e-mail, letting them know that the proper address is:
There is one site that you shouldn't bother with -- Yahoo! has been e-mailed I don't know how many times, and after eight months, it's still not right.
October 21, 1998
Looks like it's been a Matsumoto Leiji type of month -- a review has just been posted for Sayonara Ginga Tetsudo 999 (Adieu Galaxy Express 999). More updates to the encyclopædia continue, and we're also trying another joint-venture, this time with The Casual Otaku. First up is an essay about the future of anime, now that Disney has arrived. Check out "Look Who's Coming to Dinner" in the Café Espresso section.
Have you noticed that the graphics quality has been improving of late? We've cut back on the amount of JPEG compression that's used on the images. We're still compressing beyond lossless, but we think that the current set of images are a good compromise between clarity and load speed.
On the more serious side: Nausicaa.net is down until further notice. It appears that their site has been wiped out by some Russian hackers. If anyone out there had copies of the site's content, please contact Michael Johnson ( email@example.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org ). This was one of the internet's premier resource sites, and we would dearly like to see it up and running again.
October 14, 1998
We now have a review of Galaxy Express 999, along with a few updated trivia questions.
Updated the graphics on Tonari no Totoro, Mimi o Sumaseba and Key: The Metal Idol. Added a few sites on the links pages, and also made some changes in the 'What the Critics Are Saying About Our Site...'
October 12, 1998
Two more reviews have been posted -- Ninja Scroll (courtesy of George Spirou), and the final two episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion by myself. Before you folks out there start tossing mud at me, remember -- the reviews reflect the opinions of the writer; individual results may vary!
October 11, 1998
We now have confirmed a winner for the August/September Anime Giveaway Contest. We congratulate Devin Burritt of Mt. Vernon, Ohio. This past month has seen more entries (and perhaps not surprisingly, more traffic) than we've ever seen here at the Café. Again, we thank all of you out there for the continued success of this site.
We're now up-to-date on the images for Rurouni Kenshin episodes 6 and 7. Can the rest of the site be far behind???
Perhaps even more interesting is that this site is apparently being used as a teaching aid for one of the virtual English language programs at the Aichi University of Education, Japan. We stumbled upon this entirely by accident, and in a very timely manner -- it seems that our pages get used for the October 12th session.
October 08, 1998
Lost our main counter sometime last night. Rather than try to figure out what's wrong, we're now using the free counter provided by TheCounter.Com (http://www.thecounter.com). This nifty little utility is free, requires you to post no ads, and gives you some very useful stats as well.
Still waiting for a response back from our August/September draw winner. If we don't hear anything by tomorrow evening, another random draw will be made.
In addition to our continuing updates to the Anime Encyclopædia, we've added a new feature to Café Latté. Check out You Know You've Been In Japan Too Long...
October 1, 1998
The Café is now up to over 1000 hits per week. While not as many as the 'Anime Web Turnpike' gets in a day, it's still pretty darned good for a site that doesn't sit on any rings, or have sponsorships. We thank all you people out there!
We've been slowly completing several 'in-progress' pages the past little while. The Encyclopædia still has pages formatted in the old "Version 1" of the site, but we've finally managed to add graphics for Zenki.
The August/September Café Contest has closed. We've received twice as many entries for this draw than we have ever had. Interestingly enough, most of the entries (nearly seventy percent) are from women -- this is even more surprising considering that the prize this time around is more male-oriented.