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   newgroup, please do read thru this FAQ before you post a
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   deal with FOR THE UMPTEENTH time. We would like to have more
   time and bandwidth to devote to serious issues like what
   underwear the female fans favour, which hentai title is the most
   intellectual, and which anime company we should wage our latest
   vendetta against. If you're a regular, well..! Take a look and see if
   you've been misquoted. ^_^

   Thanks to all raa.misc posters, the answers here have been
   cribbed from your posts and various other resources physical or
   virtual (but not imaginary <G>). Credits shown for those whose
   posts have been taken 'et al'.

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   idiosyncrasies. While striving to be as accurate as possible in this
   list, please don't use it as proof (of anything). I and nobody else
   mentioned in this list is claiming to be a fount of all wisdom
   ..well, if they do, it's nothing to do with me. <G> Hmm, since I'm
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   Here we start on the regular, nourishing, chockful-of-tasty-stuff contents!

   General Questions:

      1.Isn't 'anime' a French word? 
      2.Which 'manga' should I watch now? 
      3.Isn't anime ALL sex and violence? *dro-ool* 
      4.I like (anime title), what else is there like it? 
      5.How can I get fansubs? 
      6.I know about VHS and LD, what is VCD and DVD? 
      7.How do I know if I'm getting the REAL thing? 
      8.What is this 'shounen shoujo' business? 
      9.Is an 'otaku' an octopus? 
     10.What do lemons and the letter 'H' have to do with anime? 
     11."Is this seiyuu married?" 
     12.What music's playing when...? (and other anime music related questions)
     13.Why the heck should I subscribe to raa.music or games or whatever??!!! 
     14.What's all this PS, PSX, P2 doing in raa.misc? 
     15.Why do they list the bloodtype of the characters and even the seiyuu? 
     16.How do I let Disney know I would like to buy Studio Ghibli anime
         subbed and dubbed on DVD?
     17.Is there an anime convention near where I live, or am moving to? 
     18.Can I let all you wonderful people know I am selling or
         auctioning anime or 'almost related to anime' goods?
     19.What's this [GRIT] tag? 
     20.Why the bandana over the head, as worn by Happosai in Ranma and
         by Tenchi's dad at the onsen?
     21.Can you tell me about this Chinese-subtitled (or English, I *think* it's
         English, subbed) DVD/VCD? 

   Questions about Specific Anime:

      1.Was it Whosis took Whatsis and got canned along with _Dragon Half_? 
      2.Tenchi Muyo 
              Does Ryoko (from "Tenchi Muyo") have a tail? 
              Ryoko and the Gems 
      3.I heard that "Grave of the Fireflies" was double-featured with
         "Totoro" in Japan. Is it true?
      4.Can someone post the "Ghost in the Shell" script? 
      5.Cowboy Bebop 
              Is there a "Cowboy Bebop: session #0"? 
              Name of song during fight in church? 
      6.What's this or that (or anything esle) in Escaflowne? 
      7.Hey, is there going to be a Battle Angel Alita movie? (..and all
         other Gunnm questions.)
      8.Where can I find the FAQ for DB/DBZ? 
      9.What is this LoGH? 
     10.When is [insert Gundam series here] supposed to take place? 

    

   What's this Anime?

   Then, "Some more online resources" and the end of it.



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   ---All together now..

   General Questions:

   1. Isn't 'anime' a French word?

   Well, it is, but the Japanese 'anime' is a loanword adapted from the
   English word 'animation'. The Japanese use it to refer to all
   animated works, but 'anime' has been adopted by the majority of
   English speakers to refer only to Japanese animation. Geddit? Please
   don't make me repeat that again...

   The range of Japanese animation made is rather like that for TV. It
   is used for both education and entertainment, some are a happy medium
   of both. There are programmes made for children, teenagers, young
   adults to those of a certain age. *ahem*

   Rei's Anime and Manga Page
   http://web.mit.edu/afs/athena.mit.edu/user/r/e/rei/WWW/Anime.html

    

   2. Which 'manga' should I watch now?

   Maybe round the beginning of the 20th century you'd watch 'manga',
   but since then for the past nine decades or so, 'anime' has been used
   for animation leaving 'manga' to refer to comics. I've noticed that
   people to whom this has to be explained have pointed the source of
   their confusion to a certain purveyor of anime with the word 'manga'
   in their name. No, we shall not also complain about their DVDs now.
   ;)

   If you'll like to discuss or ask about 'manga' as in japanese comics,
   there is a whole newsgroup especially for that: " rec.arts.manga "
   and the very extensive online manga guide, "PRISMS" to consult at:
   http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Ginza/4996

    

   3. Isn't anime ALL sex and violence? *dro-ool*

   No. 

    

   4. I like (anime title), what else is there like it?

   Rob Kelk posts "The Anime Primer" aka "WHAT ANIME SHOULD I WATCH
   NOW?" on the first of every month to raa.misc and raa.fandom. It has
   a companion, "The Anime Ecchi/Hentai Primer". These two lists mainly
   cover titles that can be obtained mainly in the USA and Canada, and
   perhaps the rest of the online world if any of the online companies
   would sell them outside of North America...

   The Anime Primer:
   http://robkelk.tripod.com/primer/a-primer.html 

   The Anime Ecchi/Hentai Primer:
   http://robkelk.tripod.com/primer/ahprimer.html 

   Some online review sites:-

   A Parent's Guide to Anime
   http://www.abcb.com/parents/ 

   Anime Web Guide
   http://www.tcp.com/~doi/alan/webguide/awgHome.html 

   Anime Meta-Review
   http://www.serc.rmit.edu.au/~ashelton/anime/ 

   Non-anime watchers review of anime
   http://www.eldar.org/~brad/anime.html 

   If you're curious about current shows in Japan, by all means post a
   question in raa.misc specifying which recent titles you're interested
   in, or ask what's showing presently.

    

   5. How can I get fansubs?

   First things first: Fansubs are illegal. Next important note: You
   shouldn't have to pay for them.

   Long, long ago, there were privileged beings who received tapes of
   anime from friends in Japan. When these times are mentioned,
   nostalgia wells up amongst the reverend generation and they'll
   admonish the ingrates who complain of the quality of present anime
   media, talk about watching nth gen tapes of raw anime with someone
   reading from a script and proclaim how much they liked it, amidst
   much florishing and thumping of their walking sticks.

   Dedicated groups of people began transcribing scripts and translating
   them. Not content to just read them out at anime viewings, they began
   to sub tapes with the translations. Subbing a copy for personal use
   is apparently all right, but these tapes were copied and circulated
   which made them illegal. Some of the people who did such naughty
   things can still be found in raa.misc ..you have been warned! ;)

   Nowadays amongst the wealth of English subbed and dubbed anime
   releases, we still have deluded heros or vigilantes who continue
   fansubbing, and distros who make copies of the tapes and send them
   out. The honourable way of obtaining fansubs was to trade tape for
   tape, or send a self-addressed envelope and the needed numbers of
   blank tape to the people who offer fansubs. Some will ask for a
   contribution for their time, etc. (Some have a long list of 'etcs')
   It's up to you how much you want to be suckered out of your money.

   If you see a shop selling fansubs, let the owner know they are
   illegal. If they persist in selling fansubs of series that have been
   licensed in your country, by all means let the licence holder know.

   Avatar wrote an FAQ on the ethics and legalities of fansubs, which
   sadly he now cannot maintain anymore, but copies might be found
   online...

   For more on fansubs: http://www.fansubs.net/

   Newsgroups: rec.arts.anime.misc Subject: Re: How much is a reasonable
   price for fansubs? From: Gilles Poitras Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2001
   06:45:03 -0700

   In article <3b1a671c$1@post.newsfeeds.com>, "garfangle" wrote:

   > I would like your opinion on how much should be a reasonable price
   > that one should pay for fansubs.

   SASE - Self Addressed Stamped Envelope

   This protects the distro from accusations of being a profiteering
   scum.

   It also removes the time, labor and cost needed to buy and stock
   blank tapes.

   As for the cost of wear on equipment and time spent duplicating tapes 
   fansubbing should be a hobbist activity. If you are distribution so many 
   tapes it hurts your VCR and reduces the quality of personal life I 
   suggest a different hobby.

   Not that many years ago distributors would only provide tapes to clubs 
   which greatly reduced the time spent duplicating tapes and at the same 
   time placed tapes in many fans hands. It also provided a great incentive 
   to attend club meetings to watch lots of fansubbed anime with others and 
   then borrow tapes from the club library.

   -- 
   Gilles Poitras
   Obsession: Anime
   Profession: Librarian

    

   6. I know about VHS and LD, what is VCD and DVD?

   A DVD looks just like a music CD and is the prefered medium for most
   of us. (I hear ya Dave, hey, I'm not complaining about tapes! ;) For
   all your anime DVD needs, please go to: http://www.animeondvd.com/

   A VCD looks like just a music CD (deja vu? :) and can carry up to 70
   mins worth of MPEG-1 encoded audiovisual. The quality ranges from
   good VHS to really "Is something wrong with my eyes?" terrible. I
   have heard there is a Japanese _Neon Genesis Evangelion_ set put out
   by Gainax, and a Singapore _Gundam 0083_ limited box set. Most VCDs
   come from Hong Kong and Taiwan, unfortunately there are many
   bootlegs. In Hong Kong licenced VCDs cost about US$2.50 to US$6. Most
   of them go for about US$4.

   A VCD faq: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/2496/vcdfaq.html

   --An addition from Ru Igarashi..

   There is a SVCD (Super VCD) format which uses MPEG2 on CD (so in
   a sense it is a cross between a VCD and DVD).  It's getting popular
   in non-professional video circles, but isn't getting the recognition
   that VCD has in commercial circles.  The frame sizes, amongst other 
   specifications, are also different.  The maximum amount of video 
   varies depending on the settings (the more video, the lower the 
   quality).  VCD lacks a lot of the settings that SVCD has, so it 
   has a fixed maximum storage.  See:

   http://www.uwasa.fi/~f76998/video/svcd/overview/

   I think most (if not all) anime SVCD tend to be bootlegs.  SVCD
   should not be confused with DVD, even though they share many
   traits.

   ru

    

   7. How do I know if I'm getting the REAL thing?

   Copyright notices of the original anime owners and creators will
   always be visible, even when licensed to a company outside of Japan.
   For a list of some Japanese companies and their websites:

   http://www.anipike.com/comjpn.html

   (Yes, peeps, an anipike page. ;)

   Pay your real money, for the real thing- support the creators. For
   real in-depth info on how to know what's real and what's fake, visit
   Joe Curzon's page: The Pirate Anime FAQ-
   http://www.digital.anime.org.uk/piratefaq.html A Guide To Unlicensed
   Anime and Manga Related Goods

    

   8. Is this 'shounen' or 'shoujo'?

   I wasn't going to put this in because it's so amusing to see Peter
   Van Huffel get all in a huff about it in raamisc (and rec.arts.manga
   too! ;) Then again, I guess it'll be better for his blood pressure or
   something, so here is Peter's own words:

   *SIGH*. Let me repeat it once more. Something is shounen because it's 
   targeted at shounen (boys), something is shoujo because it's targeted at 
   shoujo (girls). That's the only distinction, and all the rest is 
   nonsense. If Urusei Yatsura and Kimagure Orange Road had been featured in 
   a girls' magazine, I would call it shoujo. But as those series were 
   featured in Shounen magazines, those manga and their offspring anime are 
   as shounen as it can get.

   shoujo, shounen, seinen, seijin : only difference is TARGET PUBLIC, not 
   content, not style, or anything else!!!  
   --

   Peter
   ---
   ************************************************
   *****   PRISMS: The Ultimate Manga Guide   *****
   *** formerly known as the Usenet Manga Guide ***
   *   http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Ginza/4996  *
   ************************************************
   ---

    

   9. Is an 'otaku' an octopus?

   Some of us female fans have met some that lead us to think so...

   The common Japanese meaning for 'otaku' is that of an obsessed fan, a
   definite wierdo, but some take pride in being an otaku as one who
   does the best they can for their interest. (There is a fine line
   between dedication and insanity. ;) In American fandom, to be termed
   an 'otaku' is like receiving a badge of honour. I have heard Carl
   Horn and Gilles Poitras compliment each other on their otaku-ness,
   but by reflex my eyes start searching out the exits of the room.^_^;;
   Steve Pearl, American fan-extraordinnaire (and original keeper of the
   raa.misc faq, indeed of most of the usenet anime/manga faqs) has been
   called the American 'Otaking' by the Japanese 'Otaking', Toshio
   Okada.

   A Little Note: The Japanese word for octopus is 'tako'.

   The prefix 'o' is added to Japanese words to dignify them, the person
   using them, or the person being addressed. 'Cha' very well means tea,
   but one says 'o-cha' in polite company, just as one will need to go
   to the 'o-tearai' after too many cups of 'o-cha'. Thus, an 'o-tako'
   might well be a dignified fan, no matter how many tentacles it might
   have. Much restraint might be needed not to dice them up for
   'tako-yaki'...


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   Subject: Re: Otaku
   From: James Sternberg 
   Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2001 10:36:08 +0900

   "Skeleton Man" wrote in message:
   > How many here call themselves otaku? How man call anime fandom otaku?

   It depends.  When I am in the US, I have no problem calling myself an otaku
   (as long as no Japanese people are around) since it seems to just mean an
   anime fan and seems to be used with some sense of pride.  Here in Japan,
   there is no way that I would claim to be an otaku!  "Thems is fight'n
   words".

   James


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   Subject: Re: CNN's definition of Otaku
   From: Invid Fan 
   Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2001 13:36:20 -0400

   Bruce Grubb wrote:

   > Paul Case wrote:
   > >http://asia.cnn.com/2001/BUSINESS/asia/07/12/tokyo.otaku/
   > >
   > >And here I thought it was just an anime/manga obsession.  I didn't know
   > >there was a techno twist to it.
   > 
   > FWIU otaku basicly means 'obsession'
   > <http://www.kissonline.com/kiss_otaku/misc/def.html> and can be
   > applied to anything.  Ie there are sport car, fishing, and
   > non-anime TV show otaku just as there anime and manga otaku.  Of
   > course one of the more famous otaku groups are the Trekers and
   > Trekies; want to learn more about Star Trek then you -ever- wanted
   > to know?  Talk to one of these people.

   "Otaku no Video" covers fans of anime, models, guns, paintball, porn,
   computer porn, and assorted other activities :)


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   From: Scott Schimmel 
   Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2001 19:09:14 GMT
   Organization: Between Laughter and Forgetting

   Heh.  There's always the definition that appears in William Gibson's
   books (Idoru, specifically):  "Obsessive techno-fetishist with social
   deficit."

   More properly, "otaku" just means "obsessive fan" these days.  It
   doesn't necessarily have to do with anime -or- technology (though most
   otaku are pretty tech-savvy, the better to hunt down new and obscure
   information on their topic of obsession).


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   From: Doug Jacobs 
   Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2001 22:19:43 -0000
   User-Agent: tin/1.4.4-20000803 ("Vet for the Insane") (UNIX) 
    (FreeBSD/4.2-STABLE            (i386))

   Otaku just means you're really, really, *REALLY* interested in something
   to the point of being obsessed with it.  It could be anime/manga, it
   could be computer games, it could vacuum cleaners, sport stars, etc.

   It's like geek in the US.  Geek usually refers to computers, but you can
   also be a photography geek, for instance.


    

   10. What do lemons and the letter 'H' have to do with anime?

   Lemons are something you squeeze and the juice comes out...

   They both refer to what is usually termed, 'adult' or 'mature' as in
   X-rated, NC-17 (does NC stand for 'No Clothes'? ;) Supposedly 'lemon'
   comes from the _Cream Lemon_ series and 'H' (ecchi) is from 'hentai',
   Japanese for 'perverted'. 'Hentai' is used much as 'Adult' is in the
   English-speaking world (and I do think the Japanese category is so
   much more apt ;).

    

   11. "Is this seiyuu married?"

   I don't know and I don't care, but you can find out more about the
   Japanese voice actors and actresses at the "Seiyuu Database":
   http://www.tcp.com/doi/seiyuu/seiyuu.html

   and join the "Seiyuu Mailing List":
   http://www.win.ne.jp/doi-bin/ml-admin.pl?ML_NAME=seiyuu

   Some more here, "Anime Hideaway":
   http://www.anime.usacomputers.net/~hideaway/

   From Rob Kelk: The closest I know of to an English equivalent to
   Hitoshi Doi's seiyuu site is
   http://www.cyhaus.com/Camp/Jupiter/seiyuu.htm - be prepared to do a
   lot of digging, though...

    

   12. What music's playing when...? (and other anime music related questions)

   Please, please, PLEASE use rec.arts.anime.music for anime music
   questions. We are very, very nice and helpful there!

    

   13. Why the heck should I subscribe to raa.music or games or
        whatever??!!!

   Because the rec.arts.anime kami says so. ;)

   Shortly, it's because raa.misc is for general discussion of all
   anime, and if you'd like to discuss anime music, games or an anime
   which has its own newsgroup, you'll find like-minded fans there who
   have more detailed knowledge. You also won't have to wade through
   tides of posts you have little interest in! :) There is an
   explanation too in the "Welcome to rec.arts.anime.misc" list posted
   by Rob Maxwell on the 1st and 15th of every month. There is a
   comprehensive list of anime newsgroups also posted by Rob every two
   weeks. They meanwhile can be found here:

   Welcome To Rec.Arts.Anime.Misc
   http://www.geocities.com/willrobsm/raam/welcome.htm

   Anime Newsgroup Master List
   http://www.geocities.com/willrobsm/raam/anime.htm

    

   14. What's all this PS, PSX, P2 doing in raa.misc?

   Yeah, they should be in the games newsgroups. ;) PS and PSX are
   acronyms for the Sony Playstation, and P2 is the Sony Playstation 2
   They are game consoles. Popular anime have games made from them and
   indeed some games have lead to anime.

   There will be other acronyms, abbreviations, emoticons like (:p) and
   (^_^), as well as tags [HELP!!] appearing in the posts. Rob Kelk has
   gather them into the "Anime Acronym List", posted monthly, which can
   presently be found here:

   Anime Acronym List:
   http://members.tripod.com/~robkelk/acronyms.html

    

   15. Why do they list the bloodtype of the characters and even the seiyuu?

   (From a summary posted by Shez. Thanks Shez! :)

   Basically blood types are the Japanese equivalent of star signs.
   According to Ann Saphir's Mangajin article:

   Type O:
   Self possessed, lover of politics, well dressed, competitive, motivated, 
   realistic yet romantic, cliquey and possibly pushy.

   Type A:
   Perfectionist, sensible, disciplined, stubborn but passive and easily 
   swayed in a group, prefer to be the behind the scenes power rather than 
   up front.

   Type B:
   Own person, hate being told to do things a certain way, openly 
   emotional, open to new issues and ideas. Possibly selfish or even 
   perverse.

   Type AB:
   Dual personality, get along with others but also reserved in manner, 
   rational, critical, tire easily of things.

   The above stuff is just the tip of the iceberg though, the amount of 
   blood-type advice available is such that everyone will find something 
   they can identify with, much like Western horoscopes.

   One thing to note is that blood types are more evenly distributed in 
   Japan than in the West: A/B/O/AB split is approx. 40/20/30/10% compared 
   to US figure of 35/10/50/5%, so A is most common instead of O (which is 
   good because according to the article I'm most compatible with type A 
   women....)

   Here's some more from another chart which looks at "most/least likely 
   to..." features. Type B is most interested in sex, likely to have an 
   affair, is bribable, not dependable but is a strong fighter. Type O 
   is fashionable, dependable and untidy. Type A is neat, unfashionable, 
   asexual and weedy. Type AB is the least bribable.


   -Shez.
   -- 
   ______________________________________________________

   May a Misguided Platypus lay its Eggs in your Jockey Shorts
   ______________________________________________________
   Take a break at the Last Stop Cafe: http://www.xerez.demon.co.uk/
   Use PGP: my key is at http://www.xerez.demon.co.uk/p/Shez.asc

    

   Some more views about bloodtypes and personality:
   ABO World
   http://www.abo-world.co.jp/page/eng.top.htm

   Meaning of Blood Types
   http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Towers/2172/blood.htm

    

   16. How do I let Disney know I would like to buy Studio Ghibli anime subbed
and dubbed on DVD?

   (Well, it's in now Slithy! :D)

   From: Slithy Tove 
   Subject: Re: The quest for Kiki (on disk)
   Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2001 11:54:22 -0500
   Organization: Canker, Moth and Worm, Ltd.

   On Fri, 16 Mar 2001 14:30:21 GMT, Rob Kelk wrote:

   >I don't know whether there's a six-month moritorium, but I think it
   >would be an excellent idea if each of us was to write a *polite* letter
   >to the appropriate person at BVHE, saying how much we'd like to be able
   >to give and/or receive a copy of "Kiki's" on DVD this Christmas.  (Speak
   >with our wallets - the language Disney understands best...)
   >
   >The only question is, who's the appropriate person?

   Isn't it in the FAQ? ^_-;;

   David Jessen
   c/o Buena Vista Home Entertainment
   350 South Buena Vista Street
   Burbank CA 91521-4691
   USA

   Also see: http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/disney/writetodisney.html

   While I'd like Kiki on DVD, I've already got it subbed on VHS. I'd
   really prefer Laputa, Nausicaa, Porco Rosso, or about anything else in
   the Ghibli canon that isn't available in the US at all.

   == Tove
   --
   It would take a scientist to explain it, and I'm from
   the humanities.                          -- Joel Robinson

   More about the Disney/Tokuma Deal:
   http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/disney/



    

   17. Is there an anime convention near where I live, or am moving to?

   Lucky you, some people have put up comprehensive lists of all known anime
conventions with websites:

   Anime Web Turnpike: Anime Conventions
   http://www.anipike.com/cons.html

   A Fan's View: Anime Convention Schedule
   http://www.fansview.com/consked.htm

    

   18. Can I let all you wonderful people know I am selling or
   auctioning anime or 'almost related to anime' goods?

   You can let us know at "rec.arts.anime.marketplace"

   The charter for "rec.arts.anime.misc" says that it was created for
   the discussion of Japanese animation. There is already a lot of
   traffic on this group. People looking to buy or trade would be
   reading marketplace, please post accordingly.

   All raa.misc readers are encouraged to followup FA/FS/FT posts with
   friendly pointers that they be posted to "rec.arts.anime.marketplace"
   or we will forward repeats with headers to their ISPs that they are
   posting against charter in the wrong newsgroup. (This answer crafted
   with advice from an ISP sysadmin too modest to let me name him. :)

    

   19. What's this [GRIT] tag?

   GRIT started in early 1996 on the raa.misc newsgroup, and has been
   going for ever since. The name is short for "Global Ranma Insanity
   Thread", and is basically an online role-playing game based on Ranma
   1/2 and happening a few years after the end of the Ranma 1/2 manga.
   Other anime has been incorporated as well - for example, there are
   elements of Magic Knights Rayearth and El Hazard.

   For more details on it, check out The Official GRIT page, at
   http://www.crosswinds.net/~sscougall/grit

   -With thanks to Steven Scougall for writing this.


   20. Why the bandana over the head, as worn by Happosai in Ranma and by
Tenchi's dad at the onsen?

   Subject: Tenchi question
   From: Arthur Levesque 
   Date: 28 Jun 2001 14:23:15 GMT

        I was "Tenchi Muyo" yesterday, the episode (#4, IIRC) where Tenchi's 
   father is trying to sneak a peek at the women bathing.  He ties a 
   bandanna over the top of his head and tells Tenchi that this is the 
   standard disguise for peeping.  Since Happosai does exactly the same 
   thing, what is the significance?  A cheap disguise, like the train 
   robbers in old westerns tying a bandanna over their mouths?


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   From: DAVID A MILLER 
   Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2001 19:40:45 GMT

   IIRC, it is a "tenugui", a hand towel tied over the head and used to "hide"
   one's face.  The fact that one is still recognizable despite the mask is of
   no real consequence.  About the time of the Heian Era, it was the norm for
   young women of marriageable age to receive visitors who would be out of the
   room by dawn.  If asked if she knew the man, she could truthfully reply that
   he had worn a mask.  If the same guy came back three nights in a row, then
   she became betrothed to him and thus departed her father's home as a bride.
   In noble households, the night visits were enhanced by the exchange of love
   poems and the knowledge that the visitor was a member of the aristocracy,
   who had often made his intentions known to the bride's family in advance.

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   From: Ross TenEyck 
   Date: 28 Jun 2001 23:25:57 GMT

   These days, it appears to be the conventional "I'm being sneaky
   and you're not supposed to know who I am" symbol -- not entirely
   unlike the minimal mask worn by the Lone Ranger and various
   comic-book superheroes.

   If memory serves, in the book _Pink Samurai_ -- which is highly
   entertaining -- the author claims that these nocturnal visitors
   that David describes would often urinate on the tracks of the
   sliding doors, supposedly to keep them from making noise.  Since
   this doesn't seem likely to actually work, the author speculates
   that the visitors were exercising a much more primal urge to mark
   the woman's bedroom as theirs, and warn other nighttime roamers
   to keep away.

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   From: Nobutoshi Ito 
   Date: 29 Jun 2001 13:13:06 +0900

   'tenugui' is the towel itself and the style is called 'hokkamuri'.

   'hokkamuri' reminds me (and 
   perhaps many others) of Nezumi-kozou, a legendary theft
   in the Edo Era, especailly if the tenugi is ties under
   one's nose, rather than one's chin.


   21. Can you tell me about this Chinese-subtitled (or English, I
   *think* it's English, subbed) DVD/VCD?

   Subject: Re: Anime subbed in English in Hong Kong
   From: Nargun 
   Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2001 15:40:14 +1000

   On 12 Oct 2001, George Douglas Bing Lee wrote:
   > Am seeking ENGLISH SUBBED anime in Hong Kong, any shop that might sell
   > this, or offer imports from abroad, haven't had any luck at all.
   > 
   > Would appreciate any tips on this, haven't seen any Hong Kong tips,
   > mostly stuff in Japan or so...

   As I understand, it's really hard to get anime subbed into inglish from
   HK. Getting anime subbed into pseudoenglish is fairly straightforward...

    Louis
   --
    Louis Patterson  
    "A kind of ghostly never-never land where the might-have-beens 
    play with the ifs" - Isaac Asimov, _The End of Eternity_


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   Subject: Re: HK Import Anime DVDs: Report
   From: Nikkou 
   Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2001 10:29:07 +0800

   ru igarashi wrote:

   > Nikkou wrote:
   > >leo86 wrote:
   > >> Someone asked about those low-cost anime DVDs, imported from Hong
   > >> Kong, turning up at discount outlets that advertise English/Chinese
   > >> subtitles.
   > >[reviews snipped]
   > 
   > > This list will go into the faq list for the next update, but this seems
   > >like an appropriate thread to add to. (Thanks leo86! :)
   > 
   > >HK licensed anime DVDs, Region 3, are mainly of movies or OVAs with no
   > >English subtitles or dub track:
   > [list snipped]
   > 
   > Does this imply that the DVDs that leo86 bought are probably bootlegs?
   > The way they were described, they sounded like bootlegs.

   Yes, they did sound like bootlegs, but without looking at the DVDs
   themselves I didn't want to make any judgements. For all I know there
   might be legit anime DVDs from HK with English subs and/or tracks which
   I haven't come across. :)

   As always, the way to check for would be to look for the copyrights and
   logos of the creator/owner japanese companies on the DVD inserts and on
   the DVD itself. These are always clearly displayed on legitimate HK
   anime DVDs. It is the same for VCDs.


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    HK licensed anime DVDs, Region 3, are mainly of movies or OVAs with no
    English subtitles or dub track:

    Anime Title, followed by Japanese owners / Hong Kong licensee
   (depending on whether I could read my own writing.. all contributions
   welcomed, or do a search on Google for the Japanese copyright holders..)
    Captain Tsubasa TV Series, 3 vols. - Toei.. /
    Digimon Adventure - Akiyosh Hongo, Toei.. / Panorama
    Escaflowne Movie -  Sunrise.. / Dynamic
    Galaxy Express 999 -  Toei.. /Panorama
    Gaogaogar Final - Sunrise.. /
    Initial D - Shigeno Shuichi, Kodansha.. /
    Jin-Roh -  Production I.G. / Dynamic
    MAPS - KSS, TSS.. /
    Macross: DYRL -  Big West.. / Panorama
    Pokemon: Mew Two Strikes Back - Nintendo.. /
    Pokemon: Revelation Lugia - Nintendo.. /
    Sakura Wars OVA, 3 vols. -  Sega, Bandai Visual, Animate /Medialink
    Shin Getter Robo vs. Neo Getter Robo - Dynamic Planning /
    Space Travellers - Fuji / Universe Laser & Video Co.


    Nikkou-note: This list compiled with help from my local friendly music
    store, the local suspicious HMV, Chris Beveridge, and Led "You Only
    Exist in Cyberspace" Mirage.  :) 
    As for Hong Kong VCD anime titles, they are too numerous to list. Prices
    range from US$2.50-4.00 for each TV series VCD, to US$10 for movie
    titles.
    Universe Laser & Video Co.:
     http://www.uih.com.hk/tc/main_menu.html


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    Singapore licenced titles.  Japanese track. English subtitles. 
    All VCD format unless otherwise stated. 
    DVDs with Japanese track, English, Chinese, Malay subtitles. 

    Licensed by Gamesmart:
    Escaflowne
    08th MS Team
    Gundam War in the Pocket
    Outlaw Star

    Licensed by Odex ( http://www.odex.com.sg/ ):
    Boys Be DVD (E/C/M Sub/4 CD)
    Fushigi Yuugi
    Nanako,Amazing Nurse DVD (E/C/M Sub/2 CD)
    Serial Experiments Lain Lain DVD (E/C/M Sub/4 CD)
    Sol Bianca: The Legacy DVD (E/C/M Sub/4 CD)
    Tenchi Muyo In Love 2 DVD(E/C/M Sub/1CD)


   Thanks to randy a rinesmith for nudging me on to put in the Odex titles.


`.. `.. `.. `.. `.. `.. `.. `..


   Questions about Specific Anime:

   1. Was it Whosis took Whatsis and got canned along with _Dragon Half_?

   (Thanks so much to Mark Neidengard.)

   Funny how the oddest rumors resurface at the oddest times.  The author of
   the Dragon Half manga, MITA Ryuusuke, was never accused or convicted of any
   drug-related offense.  After finishing all seven tankoubon worth of Dragon
   Half (of which the anime covers like maybe one or two), he went on to do the
   seven volume series "Kurokami no Captured" and is AFAICT still writing.

   My understanding is that it was the then-president of Kadokawa
   Shoten, Haruki who was sent to jail for possession of cocaine,
   although recent news reports cast the actual jail time in some doubt.
   What is indisputable is that something narcotics-related caused a
   reshuffling at the top of Kadokawa Shoten, which is now run by
   Haruki's brother(?) Tsuguhiko.  Kadokawa Shoten is the parent company
   of Fujimi Shobo, the publisher of Dragon Half and Captured (although
   his latest, "Aiten Myou-ou Monogatari", is in Afternoon KC).

   And, given the timing, I don't think the narcotics thing had anything to do
   with Dragon Half only being two episodes.  The series that suffered directly
   were the Silent Mobius/Arslaan Senki double feature movies... had Haruki not
   gotten into trouble, it is likely that both series would have continued in
   movie format instead of the shelving that SM got and the low-budget OVA
   treatment Arslaan got.
   -- 
   /!\/!ark /!\!eidengard, EE Grad, VLSI.   http://keyframe.cjas.org/~mneideng/
   "Fairy of sleep, controller of illusions"   Maigo no Daigakuinsei, Cornell U.
   "Control the person for my own purpose."   "Don't mess with the Dark Elves!"
           -Pirotess, _Record_of_Lodoss_War_      Shadowrunner and Anime Addict

    

   2. Tenchi Muyo

   -Does Ryoko have a tail?

   (Thanks for writing this up and posting it, Rob!)

   No.  We've had many opportunities to see Ryoko completely naked in
   various onsen (which roughly translates as "bath-house") scenes, and she
   doesn't have a tail in those.  The tail appears to be part of the dress
   she wears when we see the tail.

   At this point, many people say "But the tail moves..."  Ryoko has some
   telekinetic abilities (most impressively demonstrated in OAV #6, "We
   Need Tenchi!"), so she can easily manipulate the "tail" that way.

   -- 
   Rob Kelk          http://robkelk.tripod.com/          

   -Ryoko and the Gems

   Subject: Tenchi Series Question: Ryoko and the Gems...
   From: Michael Steve 
   Date: Wed, 23 May 2001 00:21:17 GMT

   After going through the Tenchi Muyo OAV, and now stepping through Universe
   again. I had come to the conclusion that the gems that played so much a part
   of Muyo, are also visibly (though never truly a part of that story arc)  in
   Universe. This was in fact an interesting side relevation which brought to
   me a very interesting question.

   In Muyo, Ryoko and/or the sword at any given time have three gems.  Ryoko
   has a place for one gem on each wrist. Does anyone know (with a warning
   towards good taste...) where the third gem would have been located on Ryoko,
   since it is quite clear that she is one wrist short.

   Silly, with a twist of intrigue. Anyone know?

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   From: Arnold Kim 
   Date: Tue, 22 May 2001 19:57:26 -0400

   It's only in the OAV series.  There is no mention of the gems in any other
   continuity.

   In her throat or neck, I believe.  There's a flashback in one of the OAVs to
   when she was fighting Yosho, and IIRC he sticks his sword in through her
   throat and extracts the third gem.

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   From: Brad Jackson 
   Date: Wed, 23 May 2001 02:53:18 -0000

           I don't think it was ever explicitly stated, but I think you
   are correct. The neck seems like an obvious place, and that flashback
   scene with Yosho definately implied that the third gem was somewhere
   around that general area. Lower on her chest, near her heart would be
   another plausable location, but I think that right where her trachia
   is (assuming that Ryoko has a trachia) seems like the most likely
   place given all the evidence.

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   From: Tcold 
   Date: Tue, 22 May 2001 21:25:09 -0700

   In the Shin Tenchi Muyo! Ryouki novel (which is part of the OVA continuity),
   the cover page show Ryoko with all three gems. She in full Goddess mode and
   the third gem is in her throat. Beautiful picture indeed.


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   Subject: Re: Tenchi Muyo In Depth: META FAQ
   From: Frank White 
   Date: 20 May 2001 20:31:49 GMT

   One thing that always seems to confuse people is, "If there are
   only three gems, where did that gem on Ryouko's wrist come from
   that she had in the first OAV? and where did she get that
   gem that she used when they were fighting Kagato?"  It might be
   wise to add a bit explaining that Ryouko can manufacture
   synthetic power gems by drawing on her life force; that's
   why she looked mummified when Tenchi entered her crypt, she
   was draining her life away to create the gems that would enable 
   her to break free and go to him.  She made two gems that way; 
   one was destroyed in her fight with Tenchi (apparently synthetic 
   gems are unstable and detonate if they aren't in contact with 
   Ryouko's body).  The other she disguised as a earring and
   kept for emergencies; the fight with Kagato qualified as an
   emergency in her eyes, clearly.

   FW 


   Visit the Tenchi Muyo In Depth: META FAQ
   http://www.dimensional.com/~josh/TMID_FAQ/

    

   3. I heard that "Grave of the Fireflies" was double-featured with "Totoro" in
Japan. Is it true?

   Yes. At that time, no one thought that people would want to see "a
   movie about a two little kids and a Monster in rural Japan", and
   "Totoro" was considered a big investment risk. Still, Miyazaki and the
   editors of "Animage" wanted to make this movie, which was Miyazaki's
   pet project for a long time. So they thought up the idea of
   risk-sharing. "Grave" was a well-known novel, and because of its
   "educational" value, a certain level of audience could be expected.
   (Indeed, "Grave" was chosen by many school boards as a movie to show
   their students - and "Totoro" along with it, since it was in the
   package.) Suzuki, then the chief editor of "Animage" (now a producer
   at Ghibli) went to Shinchosha, the publishing company which published
   the novel "Grave". Since Shinchosha was looking for an opportunity to
   enter the movie business, they agreed to produce the movie "Grave".
   Both Tokuma and Shinchosha knew they were going to lose money, but
   they still went ahead with the project (they did lose money from the
   theatrical release). So, if it were not for "Grave", there would have
   been no "Totoro". [1]

   [1]: http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/grave/faq.html#totoro

   [From the "Grave" FAQ written by Ryoko Toyama, posted by Lawrence Lin]

   "Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no Haka)" FAQ:
   http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/grave/faq.html

    

   4. Can someone post the "Ghost in the Shell" script?


   From: Ben Cantrick 
   Subject: Re: Request for Ghost in the Shell Script 
   Date: 2001-03-26 22:37:22 PST 

   In article <99pbe4$dek@freepress.concentric.net>,
   somebody wrote:
   >Can someone please post the script for Ghost in the shell or tell me where I
   >can find it please.

   -----
   #!/bin/sh

   echo           "Boo!"
     #########
   #############
   ###  ###  ####     ###
   #############     ####
   ############   ######
   ###################
   ################
   ################
   ###############
   ############
   ########
   ###
   ##
   #
   -----

     Ooooh, scary...

     Oh, wait, you meant a script for the movie "Ghost in the Shell".
   Sorry, my bad!!


             -Ben "a.h.bou fodder if I ever saw it" Cantrick
   -- 
   Ben Cantrick                     |   Yes, the AnimEigo BGC dubs still suck.
   BGC Nukem:     http://www.dim.com/~mackys/bgcnukem.html
   The Spamdogs:  http://www.dim.com/~mackys/spamdogs
   http://www.akula.com/~tooch/fullauto/auto5.html



   If you want to ask for scripts of licensed anime movies, don't. You
   and whomever makes them available might find some anime company's
   lawyers sending you words too.

    

   5. Cowboy Bebop

   Is there a "Cowboy Bebop: session #0"?

   Subject: Re: Cowboy Bebop: session #0??
   From: Mark L. Neidengard
   Date: 14 Apr 2001 14:00:26 GMT

   In article ,
   Eleanor Kai wrote:
   >Yes there is really such a thing as session 0 (so that item looks real), but

   I have Session 0 on LD; I bought, then resold Session 0 on DVD (the
   first pressing of which comes with a totally useless but totally
   unavailable CD single that contains the full length version of
   "Tank").  The cover is a blue and black color scheme with Spike
   looking at the camera and Vicious behind him looking over his
   shoulder at the camera, along with a red rose.  The rear cover has
   one of the numerous English translations of the "The work which will
   become a genre unto itself will be called..." speech from the Bebop
   concept document, whose unmolested form is contained in the Session 0
   liner notes.

   >from my understanding it is actually spread throughout all of the American
   >disks in the form of special features.  Basically Session 0 has things like
   >a full length tank music video and interviews...  So, if you have the
   >American releases you probably won't be getting anything new.  Of course
   >it's been 2 years since I saw it so...  ^^;;

   Track listing:

   1. Opening    [i.e. the TV opening]
   2. Charactors
   3. Interview of The Staff
   4. Interview of The Cast
   5. The Story Digest of Sessions Not Broadcast on Television
   6. "Tank!" Full Size Muisc Clip
   7. Ending     [i.e the TV ending]
   8. "Tank!" Club Remix Clip
      ["Tank!" (BEBOP AV eDIT) memixed by DJ FOOD / music video clip by Hexatic]


   The LD 27 minutes long, BEAL-1288, 1800Y, 1998.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
   From: Mark L. Neidengard
   Date: 16 Apr 2001 13:25:39 GMT

   Rob Kelk wrote:
   >So I assume these are the same things as what were included on the
   >Region 1 DVDs, except for "The Story Digest of Sessions Not Broadcast on
   >Television".  Is it worthwhile trying to track down a copy just for that
   >section, or is this something for completists only?

   I'd say that Session 0 is for completists only, since most (or all?)
   of the other parts are available scattered throughout the R1's.  If
   there's one thing that it _would_ be worth tracking down, but which
   was (to my knowledge) never released on home video, it's Session XX.
   This was the "thirteenth" broadcast episode, which isn't a real
   ending to the series but rather a retrospective where the main cast
   reinterprets and elaborates on what did happen in the twelve
   broadcast eps.  It's quite fascinating, even if it was a stopgap
   measure until the series could be completed and released.
   -- 
   /!\/!ark /!\!eidengard, EE Grad, VLSI.
http://keyframe.cjas.org/~mneideng/
   "Fairy of sleep, controller of illusions"   Maigo no Daigakuinsei, Cornell U.
   "Control the person for my own purpose."      "Don't mess with the Dark
Elves!"
           -Pirotess, _Record_of_Lodoss_War_         Shadowrunner and Anime
Addict 



   -Name of song during fight in church?

   From: 'Vejita' S. Cousin 
   Subject: Cowboy Bebop - Name of song during fight in church?
   Date: 2001-02-28 19:09:01 PST

      Does anyone know the name of the song that's playing in the background
   when Spike and Vicious first fight in the church?  I believe it's ep6.
   Thanks in advance.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
   From: Avery Davies 
   Date: 2001-02-28 20:04:02 PST

   I just got the DVD, and you're close, it's episode 5. The song is Green Bird
   off of the Cowboy Bebop: No Disc soundtrack.


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   From: Doctor Chibi-Moon 
   Date: 2001-02-28 20:06:06 PST

   The one with the female voices singing with piano accompaniment is called
   'Green Bird', and it was episode #5. Someone's made a whole webpage about
   it... http://www.its.caltech.edu/~isaacs/greenbird/index.html


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   From: Slithy Tove 
   Date: 2001-02-28 22:22:41 PST

   Meta: this ought to be in the FAQ. Raam seems to get a this question
   at least once a week.

   == Tove
   --
   Try to be nice to people, avoid eating fat,
   read a good book every now and then, get some walking in,
   and try to live together in peace and harmony with
   people of all creeds and nations.


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   From: Nikkou 
   Date: 2001-03-01 02:18:47 PST

   Danke for the suggestion, Tove, but even tho I don't police the newsgroup I
   am of the mind that music questions should go into raa.music's FAQ. There
   would be a pointer in the raa.misc FAQ that music questions are more
   appropriate in rec.arts.anime.music

   (11th Nov, ok, I knuckled under, but do go to raa.music for anime-related
    questions. There's also a very good raa.music FAQ.)


    

   6. What's this or that (or anything esle) in Escaflowne?

   Please visit the well-organised and easy-on-the-eye "Escaflowne
   Compendium" for information on both the Japanese and American
   releases. http://www.anime.net/escaflowne/index.html

    

   7. Hey, is there going to be a Battle Angel Alita movie? (..and all
       other Gunnm questions.)

   Read the Gunnm FAQ!
   http://www.reimeika.ca/marco/gfaq.html

   There is a Gunnm newsgroup: alt.comics.gunnm
   and do visit Yukito Kishiro's website, Yukitopia: 
   http://www.interq.or.jp/drums/tsutomu/E-top/E-frame.html

    

   8. Where can I find the FAQ for DB/DBZ?

   The FAQ will posted every month to alt.fan.dragonball,
   rec.arts.anime.info, rec.arts.anime.misc

   You can also get the FAQ from:
   http://www.capcorphq.com/dbfaq/mokuji.html

    

   9. What is this LoGH??

   From: Erik Schultz
   Date: 8 Apr 2001 09:40:54 -0500
    
   "Christopher Beilby" wrote: 

   >Nargun wrote:
   >> Legend of galactic heros, aka Ginga no eiyuu no densetsu IIRC, aka
   >> homo^H^H^H^Hboring germans in space.
   >
   >So, tell me something, Nargun.  Is there something about anime with an
   >actual story that you don't like?

     Actually, that's how fans of the series often describe it to others, 
   including myself.  ^_^  LoGH is definitely not for everyone.


   Everything you want and don't want to know about The Legend of the Galactic
Heroes Ginga Eiyuu
   Dentetsu: The LoGH Info Center http://www.logh.net/


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   A raa.misc look at LoGH...

   Subject: (no longer OT) LoGH (was: The German Military)
   From: Chris Johnson 
   Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2001 15:48:00 -0400

    "DAVID A MILLER" wrote:

   > "Shadow6865" wrote in message
   > > I don't believe in "vassals nobly serving their leige and country,
   > > whether right or wrong." I don't believe in monarchy or nobility, I am
   > > too much of an eagalitarian to believe in such titles. I believe that
   > > all titles such as Lord, Lady, Duke, Baron, King, Emperor, etc. should
   > > be eradicated even if the titles don't grant anyone any actual power.
   > > Call it the spirit of revolution still left in me by my American
   > > forefathers who went against king to form the first government with no
   > > nobility or monarchy.
   > 
   > Cromwell, Robespierre, Mark Twain and Pol Pot are applauding your opinion
   > this moment.  Fortunately, they are already dead, so their opinions don't
   > "Count" (^o^). 

   Your examples merely illustrate that it's somewhat pointless to make 
   statements about "egalitarianism" in general.  In democracies, the legal 
   system is based on the notion that everyone is equal before the law, and 
   when that principle is subvert people tend to be outraged; that's an 
   expression of egalitarianism.  So are the health care systems in most 
   Western European countries.  So is the American tendency to prefer 
   common sense, heartland populist values to the "Eastern Establishment".   
   What ever you think of such examples (and we don't need to have a health 
   care debate or culture war here), there's a vast difference between such 
   phenomena and the "egalitarianism" of a Robespierre or Pol Pot.

   Getting back to anime, one can see this at work in Legend of the 
   Galactic Heroes.  (Note: I've only seen the first 20 or so episode arc.)  
   In some sense both Yang Wenli of the Free Planets Alliance and Reinhard 
   von Lohengramm of the Galactic Empire are egalitarian.  

   Von Lohengramm sees the nobility as a parasitic, decadent class that's 
   living off the sweat of the commoners.  He wants to smash this class 
   system.  Yet he seems to aspire to become emperor.  He's basically going 
   down the road toward becoming an "egalitarian despot"; in Marxian lingo, 
   we might call him a Bonapartist.  Thus, while we sort of sympathize with 
   him, he's a morally ambiguous character.  There's something 
   "progressive" about him - commoners might actual benefit from his rule - 
   but also a potential dark side.  He may be an egalitarian (to an extent 
   - there are contradictions here), but he's definitely not a democrat.

   Yang Wenli, on the other hand, is a democrat.  He does a great deal to 
   save the democratic institutions and protections for civil liberties of 
   the Free Planets Alliance, though they've become distorted and corrupted 
   by the war.  Thus, despite all the shades of grey and corruption on both 
   sides in LoGH, we can say that Yang is the "good guy" in a real sense 
   that von Lohengramm isn't.

   -- 
   Chris Johnson                            

   "In a minute there is time
   For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse."
       -- T.S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"


    

   10. When is [insert Gundam series here] supposed to take place? 

   From: Blue Dragon 
   Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 21:03:04 GMT

   [For those whose first exposure to the world of Gundam was "Gundam Wing"]

   Q: When is [insert Gundam series here] supposed to take place? Since at the
   end of "Endless Waltz" there was a mention that Gundams were never used
   again, how could [insert Gundam series here] take place?

   [information taken from Gundamproject.com and paraphrased.]

   To put it simply, "Gundam Wing" and "Endless Waltz" took place in an
   alternate universe.  There are two timelines which constitute the world of
   Gundam, the first one is called the "Universal Century" (UC) timeline which
   was first established in Mobile Suit Gundam (first broacast in the real
   world in 1979) and is carried on in its sequels (Zeta Gundam, Zeta Zeta
   Gundam, Char's Counterattack, Gundam F91, 08th MS Team, etc.); it is
   regarded as the *main* Gundam timeline.  Begining with Mobile Fighter G
   Gundam (first broadcast in 1994) a series of alternate universe Gundam shows
   were established.  Aside from having no connection with the history of the
   UC timeline aside from the use of Gundams (or even each other for that
   matter), these shows also used their own established timelines.  Future
   Century (FC)  for the G Gundam timeline, After Colony (AC) for Gundam Wing
   and Endless Waltz, After War (AW) for Gundam X.

   In short, there can be Gundams on other Gundam shows because Gundam
   Wing was it's own little universe.



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   What's this Anime?:

   Mystery Anime 1

   From: guy-jin
   Subject: identify this anime 

   there is an anime i want to see again, but it has
   been years since i saw it, and i do not remember
   the name.

   the main charachter is a girl who flies around on
   a jet wing, with no cockpit, just handlebars. the
   movie opens with her going around a jungle. she
   wears a mask, because the forest pollen is
   dangerous(i think). she gets the eye lens of some
   giant insect that kinda looks like a big blue
   pillbug.

   most of the rest of the movie is a blur, but the
   people live in the desert, her father dies from
   pollen(?) and eventually they must escape the pillbugs
   - thier eyes turn red and they start herding en masse.
   they fly over the herd in a hot air ballon, and drop
   a bomb on the bugs.

   thanks for any help!

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   From: vanfanel 
   Subject: Re: identify this anime 

   "Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind", also known as "Warriors of the Wind"
   in its U.S. dubbed version, which is about 20 minutes shorter than the
   full cut).

   --Daniel

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   From: guy-jin 
   Subject: Re: identify this anime 

   aha! i thought the descriptions of nausicaa were familliar,
   but i knew the title didn't have nausicaa in it.

   btw, what was in nausicaa that wasnt in warriors?
   what did i miss?

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   From: S.t.A.n.L.e.E 
   Subject: Re: identify this anime 

   Specifically, the ecology themes were cut or toned down.
   Like the cut scene where Nausicaa grows the forest plants
   in the castle basement, but the plants don't release
   deadly spores because they are fed clean water
   and unpolluted soil.  From that, Nausicaa deducted that
   the plants absorb pollution (which gets into the spores)
   to clean the soil, so the plants actually heal the earth.
   Without the ecology themes, it became a mere action war film,
   which is emphasized in the title "Warriors of the Wind."

   The dubbing was OK, especially for its time
   - it was helped that half the time the charas' mouths 
   are covered with something (gas mask, beard, armor, etc.)
   so there's less trouble with lip-synching - 
   but the editing and the missing 30 min were what killed it.
   (Incidentally, somebody mentioned that June Foray is in it,
   but I'm still not sure about that.)

   Laters.  =)

                                   STan

    

   Mystery Anime 2

   From: Allister Huggins 
   Subject: Identify this Anime 

           Okay, does anyone know the name of the anime that is shown
   during the "Girlfriend" video by Matthew Sweet? If so, what was its
   name and was it any good?

   Allister H.

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   From: Mr. Groovy 
   Subject: Re: Identify this Anime 

      The movie is Space Adventurer Cobra.  It was only theatrically released
   for a brief period in the states-- it unfortunately can't be had on video
   at the moment.  The movie itself is a blast-- a little goofy and sexist at
   times, but entertaining nonetheless.
   -- 
   |------>Michael "mr. groovy" Toole.          
                             email:mazinger@tiac.net<------------------|
   |-------------------->http://www.tiac.net/users/mazinger
              ska music and japanese cartoons!<------------------------|

   Nikkou note: A historical .sig left in for the edification of those new to
raa.misc ;) Visit Mr. Groovy's latest
   site: http://www.animejump.com/ 

    

   Mystery Anime 3

   From: Orion 
   Subject: Identify this anime 

   The story is about this space soldier that crashed to a planet, I think
   its Earth. All the crew are dead except for him. He owns a pendant which
   projects a holographic image of a girl.
   His vehicle is a motorcycle that can transform into an exoskeleton.
   He later finds a aircraft that can transform into a robot.
   He finds at least 2 companions (guy and girl) who also owns the same
   type of bike.

   Please help to identify this anime, I think its Robotech.
   Thanks

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   From: LatCrow 
   Subject: Re: Identify this anime 

   That's "Genesis Climber Mospeada" which was used as the final third of
   Robotech. The planet that Scott Bernard("Stick" Bernard in GCM)lands on is
   indeed Earth

   LatCrow

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   From: Michael "Mr. Groovy" Toole
   Subject: Re: Identify this anime 

      It was indeed part of the Robotech series in America, but its' original
   title (as a stand-alone series) is Genesis Climber Mospaeda. 
   Unfortunately, for reasons that aren't entirely clear to me, Mospaeda
   can't be seen with the rest of Robotech on the Cartoon Network.

      Hope this helps!
   -- 
   michael "mr. groovy" toole  ------>      chiefdork@animejump.com
   Anime Jump WWW magazine.              Go here: www.animejump.com
   "You can take your Stars, and you can take your Bucks,
    And you can shove 'em up your ass-- 'cause your coffee sucks!"
                                        --Skavoovie & the Epitones


    

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   Some More Online Resources:

   The original rec.arts.anime.misc: Frequently Asked Questions, _The
   Anime Frequently Asked Questions List_, maintained and last posted by
   Steve Pearl 1st September 1998. More anime information. The present
   faq list tries not to duplicate answers found in the original FAQ.
   http://www.landfield.com/faqs/anime/faq/

   The Anime Web Turnpike-directory of anime/manga websites
   http://www.anipike.com/

   Google - search engine, find out about all kinds of everything!
   http://www.google.com/

   Google Groups-read and search Usenet newsgroups articles
   http://groups.google.com/

   USA Anime and Manga Report: Anime releases and related products.
   http://www.koyagi.com/USAAnimeRelease.html

   Books and periodicals about anime and manga:
   http://www.koyagi.com/Libguide.html#anchor382575

   UMJAMS Anime News - Scott Green scouts all things anime for us.
   http://umjams.animedream.org/an.html

   Learn Japanese -amuse yourself till the next update of the raamisc FAQ! ;)
   Reiko-chan's "Japanese for Anime Lovers"
   http://regultra.rice.edu/~brent/jal/jal-home.htm

   100 Most Essential Words In Anime
   http://www.yale.edu/anime/glossary.html

   The Japanese Page
   http://www.thejapanesepage.com/

   Java Kanji Flashcards 500 - Java applet helps you learn the 500 most
   commonly occuring Japanese Kanji.
   http://www.nuthatch.com/java/kanjicards/

   webjapanese.com
   http://www.webjapanese.com/


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   Read more from rec.arts.anime.misc..

   There is much more written to rec.arts.anime.misc, and that can be
   found online using Google Advanced Groups Search:
   http://groups.google.com/advanced_group_search

   This page will help you search through a collection of usenet posts
   from March 1995 to present time. Not all the spaces need be filled
   in, neither do you need to select options for all the pulldown menus.
   Just fill in and select as much as you like and then click on 'Google
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   The next page that loads will be a list of titles. If you want to
   read just the one post featured, click on the title. If you want to
   see all the posts for the title, click on ' View Thread'.

   Happy looking up and reading!


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   Having eyes, but not seeing beauty; 
   Having ears, but not hearing music; 
   Having minds but not perceiving truth; 
   Having hearts that are never moved and therefore never set on fire.

   These are the things to fear.

   From 'Totto-chan', by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi.


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   This _Rec.Arts.Anime.Misc FAQ List_ was first posted to rec.arts.anime.misc
1st March 2001.
   Written to the accompaniment of Hajime Mizoguchi's "Please Save My Earth"
soundtrack. (Much thanks to
   Takayuki Karahashi. :)

    

   Last Words...

   Newsgroups: rec.arts.anime.misc
   Subject: Re: Troll hunt [WAS: Re: Saber Marionette J Flamming Fag syndrome]
   From: Nargun 
   Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2001 21:32:57 +1000
   Organization: The University of Melbourne

   On Sat, 30 Jun 2001, Nikkou wrote:
   [....]
   > 
   > C'mon, you all know that no one reads "our brand new shiny bright FAQ".
   > It's basically a vanity project for me which I use to store my Chinese
   > stir-fry recipes.

   It's the cultural equivalent of "These explosives are toxic if eaten".
   Sure, nobody who *does* eat the explosives is really worth having [w/ or
   w/out the warning], but it gives you a good reason not to care when they
   die.

   [The warning's apparently a real one; I found it in what purported to be a
   US army [or was it marine?] basic training manual...]

   Louis
   --
   Louis Patterson  



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