Mail Desk

by Janet Crocker

A wise man once told me, "when in doubt, leave it up to Seinfeld." To that end, I'd like to start off the mail desk with this quote from the show about nothing:

George: Let me ask you something... What do you do for a living, Newman?
Newman: I'm a United States postal worker.
George: Aren't those the guys that always go crazy and come back with a gun and shoot everybody?
Newman: Sometimes.
Jerry: Why is that?
Newman: Because the mail never stops. It just keeps coming and coming and coming. There's never a letup, It's relentless. Every day it piles up more and more, but the more you get out, the more it keeps coming. And then the bar code reader breaks. And then it's Publisher's Clearinghouse day.

Er, so keep that mail coming and keep me crazy.

Christmas time is here; fat men with bad taste in clothing bring you the stuff you want. So tell us, what's good this year? Is the new Robot Hyper Girl series a piece of coal? Or were you extra good and did you get to check out Howl's Moving Castle? Tell us about the good and the bad this Christmas. Until then, let's see what this month's mailbag has in store.

Dear Animefringe,

I reaaally want to cosplay, but I just don't know how to sew and I really don't know where to get the material. I particularly want to cosplay as Pikachu from Pokemon. What should I do?.

- Mark

Dear Mark,

Gee, Mark, it really sounds like you have a Cosplay Complex! Oh, I crack myself up. Bad jokes aside, resident cosplay maven Janet has this to say:

Dear Mark,

Pikachu is very easy to cosplay as, as he is a very well known character. You can either buy a leftover Hallowe'en costume, or much easier, find a pattern for making a Pikachu costume. You may need to alter the pattern or combine multiple ones to make one to fit you.

Can't sew? Find a friend who can or hire a seamstress to make it for you. The phonebook is a good source for names, as well as craft stores. They can usually supply you with a few names. Be prepared to pay for it though; from personal experience, a costume Renaissance-style dress can cost around $200.

Can't sew, but also broke? Try making a costume from paper mache or recycling from ready-made components (i.e. a yellow shirt and sweatpants).

Congrats for getting into cosplay! It's fun to dress up and show your love for the character!


Dear Animefringe,
I was wondering if your publication accepted articles on a freelance basis. If so, how could i contact you and/or submit an article?

Are you accepting a writing application(s) for becoming a staff writer on this site? I'll be happy to send a sample of a anime-related review of a dvd or something. Thanks!!!

Are you still accepting submission for new writers to your website? If so I'll be happy to send a writing sample. Thanks!!!

Dear Potential Recruits,

Wow, look at all the interest in writing for Animefringe. Well, of course, the glamorous staff trips to Hawaii and the night street racing in Tokyo do have their appeal...

But seriously, interest in Animefringe is a good thing. We are always looking for new help. The easy process is to just get together a writing sample (review an anime or other title you like and/or don't like). Attach the writing sample to an e-mail (the general e-mail form is fine) and Janet, our resident word maven (she's a maven for a lot of things) will get back to you. Just make sure your email address is correct, or how will Janet mail you back?

Another good way to get involved with Animefringe is visiting the Animefringe X-forum board, where all your fantasies come true. Not really, but a lot of staff writers got their start by posting to the forum.

Dear Animefringe,

I first discovered the anime/manga series, Ah! My Goddess on one incidental trip into a comics shop. This was back in the summer of 1995 (I had been collecting anime and manga for about ten years at this point) and I didn't really pay much attention to this manga series until a few years later when I was introduced to the anime OAV series of the same name.

Subsequently, since then I've become what you may consider a rabid fan when it comes to Ah! My Goddess and I even have a website completely dedicated to this wonderful anime/manga series. The Goddess Project ( Anyway, ever since the announcement was made regarding this new television series there has virtually no coverage from any of the online or printed forms of publication relating to the anime and manga world.

Does AnimeFringe have any plans for covering this series (past, present or future)?


Mark Talmadge
Flint, Michigan

Dear Mark,

Well, Mark, I'd make a joke about Flint being a third world country, but some Ethiopians might not appreciate the analogy. You're right there hasn't been much coverage, and no one at Animefringe has heard much about it. The project could be stuck in limbo (as many animation projects are these days) or could have fallen through completely. In any case, considering the number of anime fans that adore the series, several members of the AF staff included, should anything break, you'll see it in the pages of Animefringe.

Dear Animefringe,
Hello! I just found your article about Metrocon and I thought it was a great write up! I was in the Human Chess Match and am actually IN that picture you have in the final melee the school/cat girls have together! I was the red one with the spiked collar. Also, I was in the Malice Mizer group as Yu~Ki (Katie Rempe). It's not actually a series though, they're a J-Rock band. You should definatly come again next year!!


Dear Katie,

Metrocon was evidently quite the event. In my personal opinion, Malice Mizer is visual kei not "rock" per se, but that's the view of an old curmudgeon. In anycase, having fans at cons and in pictures is always fun. If you're going to be at an upcoming con let us know!

Dear Animefringe,

Do the Hamtaro DVDs include the Japanese version? Please say yes!
- Tiffany

Dear Tiffany,

From the research done here at Animefringe Labs, it looks like Hamtaro is still dubbed only on DVDs, and although it is a series that many want to see subbed, it looks like it ain't happening soon. If by Japanese version you mean the exact same episodes as shown on Japanese TV... I think you're out of luck. Hamtaro is happy as it is on Cartoon Network's afternoon schedule and in that format. But who knows? Sailor Moon got a re-release a la original version on DVD after they were done broadcasting it on TV, so it might happen, but not for a while.

Dear Animefringe,

I was looking to get a subscription to your magazine for a friend for a christmas gift, how much is it for a yearly subscription, and how would I go about ordering it online?


Dear Dragonridertony,

Well, your friend isn't going to be too thrilled with the gift of a url, as Animefringe is a free, online-only magazine. Just go to Animefringe around the beginning of the month, and you'll see a new issue, every month!

Dear Animefringe,

I've recently heard a rumor that the scifi channel is going to do a live action version of Witch Hunter Robin. Is this true?


Dear reowwl,

Well, the Sci Fi Channel back in April announced that they were producing a live action series for 2004/2005, based on Witch Hunter Robin, so how true it will remain to the animated series, no one knows.

Also, no one knows if it will make it past a pilot and be broadcasted. Some big names were attached to the project in April: Roy Lee and Doug Davison (American version of Ringu) as executive producers, and Joe Menosky (writer and producer for various Star Trek incarnations), as executive producer and writer. However, no one has heard anything about the project since April, so it's quite possible that the series has fallen through or has new people behind it. But we're like you; we want to see this series a lot! Much better than the giant snake movie of the week.

Dear Animefringe,

New to anime...
New to Cartoon Network\'s Adult Swim...
Did a google for Witch Hunter Robin and Wolf\'s Rain and found your animefringe magazine webpage... I wanted to tell you, in all honesty, sincerely, and not just trying to kiss-up, IF I were going to create a web-based magazine, your template is what I would choose. I LOVE the setup. It\'s easy. Straight forward. Like a real paper mag and I love that \'feel\' to it. Thanks for that. And, thanks for the wonderful articles.


Dear tbj,

Thanks! We all put a lot of work into Animefringe every month. It's nice to know that it doesn't go unnoticed.

Now, to again quote Seinfeld: When you control the mail, you control...information!

It's not just Santa doing deliveries this year. You guys send me some mail, I put it up, everyone wins. Otherwise some people are going to be sleeping with the fishies. And we don't want that, right? So let's go ahead and e-mail Animefringe.

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