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Do you know of a site that's about to go down? Does it have information that should be preserved on the web? Let us know, and we'll save what we can!

You can also help us out by keeping your eyes open for any anime-related events or articles. Clubs and convention-goers -- don't forget our events calendar page! If your organisation has something up and coming, let us know!

  • July 11

    Yes, I'm exceedingly behind this month. A couple of personal asides first (to skip this just jump to the next paragraph). The server move and looking through all those search scripts took more out of my webminded head than I thought, so I've been taking a bit of a break over the double long weekend we enjoy with the Stampede. Otherwise, real life raised its head such that I managed to break a tooth on the weekend. That's now been fixed so I can finally eat again! ^_^ Lastly, as long as temperatures here remain in the high 20s to low 30s, I'm sorry, updates are going to take a backburner as I stay very far away from my laptop.

    But enough of that, on to site information. We've been honoured this month with the receipt of two awards to the Cafe from Anime Hanger and Bulezau. The awards have been added to the awards page on the Cafe. The encyclopaedia search engine is still down and won't be up until either the server installs PERL or... I may have to find a script which will run off another server but doesn't have too many advertisements?? We'll see how that hunt goes and I'll give my server's folks a query later this week. In the meantime, I seem to have climbed on the soapbox again in this month's editorial which looks at translations in anime. There is also a new set of monthly picks for the month of June. Congratulations goes to Katie Cordes of Eaghan, MN who is this month's contest winner of Card Captor Sakura Illustration Book 1.

    The Anime Cafe is pleased to announce its first Cafe Fan Art Contest Take a look for rules and details! Otherwise, the prize includes the following:

    • How to Draw Manga: Vol 1, Compiling Characters book
    • Escaflowne: The Movie Soundtrack CD
    • Meitantei Conan Part 5 Vol 9 VHS

    Last contest, I asked for people to submit review requests and comments to which a number of people responded. Enough so that, there is a variety of titles for me to choose from. This is good, because there's nothing worse than trying to review a title you're not interested in watching that day. (You don't want to watch Grave of the Fireflies when all you want to do is see something like Slayers!) However, this also means that titles will not be reviewed in the order that the request was received. Also, there will be reviews which were not requested but which I just want to do simply because it really caught my interest at the time of viewing, like the current review which is in the works for Aa! Megamisama! The Movie.

    One of the most common comments was a request for manga reviews. I have been playing with this idea for quite some time now, but am not sure if/when this will ever be implemented, partially bacause I tend to read primarily shoujo / jousei titles. In the meantime, some people may be interested in the following little goodies I've spotted on the 'net. Fruit Basket, the new anime series directed by Daichi Akitarou (Ima Sokoniiru Boku, Kodomo no Omocha, Jubei-chan etc.) based on the manga by Takaya Natsuki has a screen saver available for download. You have to do a four site hunt and need to be able to read and write Japanese script however to collect the information needed to access the screensaver. The folks from Sho-comi in the meantime have a download special with a number of wallpapers and a screensaver available for download. Needless to say, I probably will not be reporting this type of information too much unless it's anime related rather than manga.

    Lastly, a review has been posted in the Parent's Guide to Anime for Berserk. There are a lot of reviews which have become backlogged over the time from server move to now, and I hope to post another update in the next few days for the APGA and clear most of the backlog, post the latest Cafe review as well as update the releases calendar.

  • June 25

    Reviews have now been posted on the main Cafe site for: Gasaraki Episode 1, Inu Yasha Episode 1, as well as YuYu Hakusho the Movie. Also up are reviews in the Parent's Guide to Anime for: Cyber City Oedo 808, Fight! Spirit of the Sword, Gundam Wing Endless Waltz, Kareshi Kanojo no Jijo, Neon Genesis Evangelion: End of Evangelion, Outlaw Star (unedited), Street Fighter Alpha, and Vandread, so take a look!

    Also up are now some pics of upcoming releases from the folks at MediaBlasters (AnimeWorks) in the New Releases section. The mailbag has also now been updated. The search engine for the encyclopaedia is still not functioning and will be down until further notice (perl needs to be added to the server...).

  • June ?? (22 actually...)

    Welcome to the Rockies! (That's our new home ISP). If you're reading this notice, welcome! You're in the right place. If you're not reading this, I'm sorry, you're in the wrong place. (You just don't know it). For those who were expecting a site re-design... ummm, not yet. I'm not that artistically inclined (I can easily fail stick art 101) so I'll need a bit more time before I get that sort of courage up. In the meantime we have the following announcements:

    Fruit Basket the new anime series directed by Akitarou Daichi will air July 5th at 6PM on TV Tokyo, TV Hokkaido, TV Aichi, TV Osaka, TV Setouchi and TVQ Kyuushuuhousou. New seiyuu announcements include: Souma Hattori: Inoue Kazuhiko, Souma Momiji: Saitou Ayaka, and Souma Kagura: Mitsuishi Kotono. For those folks in Japan or who have access to TV Tokyo broadcasts and enjoy shoujo works, this series might be well worth a look!

    For manga lovers who are interested in the comic scene in Japan, Comiket will be happening in Tokyo August 11 & 12. If you're interested in attending from North America, there's an organised tour here.

    We also have some new release updates from the folks at MediaBlasters / AnimeWorks in the New Releases section. (pics to follow once the scanner wakes up...) Also updated is the list of suggestions and review requests that have been gathered with the latest Contest.

    As the dust settles, we will be adding reviews to the Cafe for Gasaraki episode 1, Inu Yasha episode 1, and YuYu Hakushou the Movie. These will go up in a couple more days along with new updates to the Parent's Guide to Anime.

    Thanks to all the added space here on the site, it's now possible for us to hold a fan art contest as has been requested by many folks out there. Full rules and the prize will be announced shortly, however, if you need to send a paper copy (ie you don't have a scanner), please e-mail me separately at Judging is to take place by the Cafe's denizens during the month of September so your entry must be received by 11:59 PM MDT August 31, 2001. For those people who are not artistically inclined, there will be a normal Cafe contest happening at the same time. The actual theme/pic is up to the artist, but please no hentai entries.

    Now that everything is settling into place, come in have a latte or espresso as suits your tastes and look out for any mulberry bush and cabbit testers lying around...

  • June 21

    Just a very quick note to let you all know that we should be switching to the new ISP any time now. The URL for the Cafe is unchanged at (you can take a peek here). Please pardon the dust as some scripts aren't working properly yet. (Namely the encyclopaedia search function isn't up yet). I don't expect there should be any problems with e-mail beyond my knowing which one's up (pray!).

  • June 6

    Okay! Real world's been getting in the way of any major updates this week, but in the pipeline for mid to late June is a server move for the Cafe. E-mail, forms, and the encyclopaedia's search engine might not function properly during and just after the move as we clean up scripts. (That includes the contest form so be forewarned!) As a result, I'll be holding off any serious updates until post move. Hopefully this will be finished fairly quickly. The good thing is that the move will give me a lot more space to play with for the site as well as give me more e-mail addresses. Hopefully that will take care of the problem I've been having with Parent's Guide reviews being in different mailboxes.

    Otherwise, there's now a new editorial up for this month, where we look briefly at subs vs dubs vs originals again. Also updated are the upcoming releases for anime and manga both, as well as the Cafe's video pick for the month of May. Looks like I'm going to have to get started on reviews again!

    Lastly, there will be an Inu Yasha Movie released in December during winter holidays. So if you're in Japan at the end of December or in early January it might be worth taking a look!

  • May 28

    Already the end of May! Where does the time go? This time, we have two new reviews for Card Captor Sakura episodes 10 and 11, as well as one review for Vampire Princess Miyu TV episode 1. As the Miyu reviews continue over time, I will be redoing the original TV reviews for eps 11-14. There are some new trivia questions for CCS and Miyu too.

    Also up are a link to the monthly picks section which I've decided to continue with for the next while and see how they go. Will I end up with a "most mediocre" award one month?? Well, I'll cross that bridge when I get there. Also new is a genre based listing of the various titles reviewed here on the Cafe. Several titles are cross listed as they don't fit easily into one genre or another. This division will likely need more work as time goes by.

    New reviews for the Parent's Guide to Anime include: Bio Hunter,

    Congratulations go to Matt Herring of Pleasant Grove AL who was last bi-months winner of the Cafe Contest. Matt won a copy of YuYu Hakusho the Movie sub VHS.

    Some updates to the new releases page are also up including a couple more pics from the folks at Anime Works. In the meantime, Blood the Last Vampire, which was recently reviewed here has been delayed until the end of August. Up on the contest page is a table of the review requests received in the contest entries to date as well as some of the suggestions for improvement for the site. Thanks to all those who have responded!

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