animefringe april 2003 / mail desk
Mail Desk

Hey kids, this is Holly again, your Animefringe Content Editor, live and in her natural habitat. Like a merekat, except not really like one at all. You know how it goes.

Once again, we'll answer your questions on anything... Not just in the scope of our magazine, but anything at all. Life, love, and your Physics homework -- we've got it all covered. Seriously. You think I didn't take Physics in school? It's under control.

Anyway, we've got a few verbose letters this month, so without further ado, we're going to dive right into them. I know you have a lot to read throughout the whole issue. It's to save you from eyestrain, people, I'm thinking of you here. You know I'd only do what's best for you. Put that down, you're going to spoil your supper.

Submitting your message is easy -- just click here to access the Mail Desk Correspondence Page, where you can send a message directly to me for immediate glossing over, eventual careful reading and probable reply!

Dear Holly, (Oooh, I'm so excited, it got addressed to me! -ed.)

It has come to my attention that some shoujo manga isn't perverted but some people draw perverted pictures of characters of anime and manga characters and post those pictures on the internet. Is this kind of behavior aimed directly at anime and manga for a reason? If I missed something or this is a stupid question, sorry. But I just don't get it.
-Jason Uremeshi (^_^)

Dear Jason,

Well, I do always love to be a swashbuckling corrupter of innocents, so I'll cut right to the chase... Yes, it's true that a very large percentage of not only shoujo manga, but of ALL kinds anime and manga is completely innocent and without anything naughty or perverted in it. However, it's also true that some people do draw some X-Rated pictures of anime and manga characters and post them on the Internet. Your misconception though, Jason, lies in that you believe that this behavior is limited in direction only towards anime and manga characters -- I am afraid that's not the case. Some of the most beloved Disney and Warner Brothers cartoons, among other animated works from all over the world, can be found in very compromising and adult situations, drawn by fans and posted on the Internet. Yes, it's also true that even television shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The X-Files and books like Harry Potter are subject to such treatment, with people posting some very adult stories using these characters in various places on the web.

The point that I'm trying to get across to you here is that yes, people do some very naughty things with anime and manga characters, but it is not limited to anime and manga -- you can find that kind of stuff for just about anything these days. As for why people do this, well, I'm sure that each person has a different reason, ranging from humor to fetishism to obsession to just plain fun. It's a way to exercise fantasy, to imagine things that wouldn't really happen with people who don't really exist.

'Course, I'm sweet and innocent and know nothing of such things. *polishes halo*


Dear Animefringe,

I was searching on the internet for information on how to tell the difference on bootleg Japanese CDs and what do you know I found your Web site! I only wish mine could be as sophisticated as yours. Well lets not get into that.

Too make a long story short, I love all types of anime. But my one true love will always be Dragonball. Which means I simply just love the slightly odd soundtrack music and the wonderful theme songs. But the only question is where can I find legit Japanese CDs!? The only place I've found is CD Japan, but shipping is so expensive for my little wallet. Thank you in advanced!

I remember once some great and wise Japanese CD Collector told the best place to find Japanese CDs is at Anime Cons. I thought to myself, "Anime what? Oh you mean those places where otakus gather 'round." After days of discovering this wonderful news I contemplated it. And boy did my brain cells ache! No matter how scary it may be, I was going to one of those Anime Cons and I was going to find a dealer that sold those beautiful items that I craved for so and buy them, with my best friend right by my side! Then suddenly my world came crashing down! I didn't know where or when these cons would take place not to mention where to get information on them! So if you know, please tell me where I might be able to obtain this information.

Oh finally this e-mail comes to an end, like how everything must do. I swipe a tear from my eye and say to you all. Farewell, farewell... Parting is such sweet sorrow.
-Krystyl Kane

Dear Krystyl,

You're in luck! Con season is just around the corner, so If you're going, now's the time! I don't know where you live, but here are a few cons you might want to look into:
Sakura Con (early April, Seattle, WA) http://www.sakuracon.org/
Anime Expo (early July, Anaheim, CA) www.anime-expo.org/
A-kon (late May, Dallas, TX) http://www.a-kon.com/
Otakon (early August, Baltimore, MD) http://www.otakon.com/
Anime Expo New York (late August, New York, New York) http://www.axny.org/index2.html
Big Apple Anime Fest (late August, New York, New York) http://www.bigappleanimefest.com/
Anime Weekend Atlanta (late September, Atlanta, GA) http://www.awa-con.com/

These are only a few (and some of the biggest!) cons out there. There are dozens more cons all over the United States and Canada every year, so I suggest that you try doing a Google search if none of those links give you what you want. Try going to Google and search for "anime conventions" or "anime con." Hope that helps!


Dear Animefringe,

Sorry to bother but could you tell me if you know anything about the fourth stage of Initial D? thanks alot for your time.

Dear Initial D fan,

Sorry, but at this point, no one seems to have any concrete evidence of this. It seems to be mere fan speculation and rumors spread by fake files on KaZaA. There has been no confirmation or denial officially, so unfortunately... you may just have to keep holding your breath, on this one.


Dear Animefringe,

This is only my first visit to your ezine, but I have already fallen in love with it and have it bookmarked. ^_^ I haven't had a chance to browse your Archives much, so I don't know if some of this is in any of it or not, so I was wondering if you could possibly suggest some other J-Pop and J-Rock artists to try out, or different anime soundtracks that you would suggest getting into(and maybe have some of the other columnists of Animefringe do as well if not too much of a problem.) I have heard and fell in love with music from Ayumi Hamasaki, Utada Hikaru, Megumi Hayashibara, music from Chobits, Tenchi and music from some of the Gundam series. I have also heard some stuff by Hide, X Japan, and Glay. This artists in this month's j-rock column will really help, anything else you can suggest will too. ^_^
Thanks for any help you can give,
~Way2Crazy~ ^_^

Dear Way2Crazy,

We do have some articles on some of our favorite artists in our archives, and more to come. As for me, well, my personal tastes in J-music are admittedly a little off-kilter. If you want to try out my suggestions, check out Morning Musume/Pucchi Moni/Mini Moni, Tokio, The Pillows (also the FLCL soundtracks!), and my personal favorite, Shinohara Tomoe. My partners in crime here suggest that if you're looking for the biggest things in music in Japan right now, you might want to check the charts:

...Well, even if the top thing happens to be Furedu Durusuto.. most of the popular stuff is from Japan. Enjoy!


Dear Animefringe,

In Volume 1, Issue 4 (April 2000) (Tee hee hee, I was reading some of the back issues), there was an feature about imported games and such. I saw the picture with Sailor Jupiter and Urd and said to myself: I have to find out more about this game! I read through the article over and over, but I couldn't find the name of the game ANYWHERE. ;_; *sniffle*

Tee hee hee, I also just wanted to send y'all a note saying great job with the site! I love the way I can just click through. It's the only magazine I actually read every month... *looks at the pile up of reader's digests* It's also much more interesting than the few things I'm subscribed for.

thanx bunches,

Dear Sunnie,

Adam took that screen shot from the Sailor Moon R side-scrolling action game made for the Super Famicom (a.k.a. Super Nintendo). The screen capture doesn't actually feature Urd, but rather a generic Yoma that looked like Urd from Oh My Goddess! Sorry about the confusion, but we just thought it'd be funny to put a put a caption to make up a bit of story for it. That's also the first time we ever used a cuss word in the magazine. We had this big debate over that one. Thanks very much for your compliments; we hope you continue to enjoy the fruits of our labor.