Hello and welcome to Keba's Anime and Manga Place (KAAMP for short)! Here at KAAMP, I write about anime and manga that I have seen/read as well as my views on them. I'll also post about my original stories from time to time.

Just beware that some of my posts contain spoilers. I'll put them in spoiler tags just in case.

KAAMP's history: KAAMP was created in July 2002 by yours truly. It was a sloppy-looking website on Yahoo's now defunct Geocities. I posted my anime fan art on that site. Also, for a time, I posted my thoughts on the few anime series that I had seen. Now that I look back on it, my thoughts were rather ill-informed (is that even a word?) because I had only seen bits and pieces of anime dubs. Now that I've seen more series, I think that my commentary on various anime will be a little better than before.

So, come on in and stay awhile! KAAMP is now in session.

Let's Be Friends (on Other Sites too)

I don't know if I've done this already, but just for kicks, I'm going to list some of my current Internet hangouts. And when I say "current", I mean, "sites that I have logged into sometime over the past five years". Note that my username doesn't change much.

DevaintART: KebaSiRota (Contains art and knitting. Will include cosplay photos in the future.)

Anime-Planet: KebaFox (For watching and keeping track of anime.)

Crunchyroll: KebaFox (For watching anime and reading manga.)

Tumblr: kebasirota (Contains recordings of original music. Posts are infrequent, but may become more common. Hopefully.)

YouTube: Keba Si Rota (Contains videos of old song performances. Updates are rare due to the fact that Google is a jerk and wants me to use my real name.)

I decided not to include my Ravelry account because, with my DA account, it's kind of redundant. Besides, I doubt anyone has an account there. I'm also excluding the kind-of dead message board that I go to on occasion.

Man, this is kind of pathetic. I need more places to hang out. Suggestions, please?

Speaking of suggestions, I need a little username advice. I want to make a CharaHub account, but I'm afraid that with the name "Keba", people are going to think that my character of the same name is a Mary Sue. Should I use the name anyway, since I'm so attached to it? I have no idea what I'd name myself if I had to pick something else.

Drawing Dysfunction

All of my Challenge prize sketches are done! There's just one problem: I can't scan them.

Let me explain. I injured my back really badly last week. I had a muscle spasm that I still haven't quite recovered from, so I'm afraid to lift heavy things. Like my laptop. And as you know, I use my parents' scanner, but I currently can't transport my laptop to their house.

Winners, I'm sorry that I'm making you wait so long. I will get your prizes done. I'm just having a little setback right now.

On a side note, I feel like I have ideas and half-finished drawings all over the place. I want to enter all the Challenges I'm interested in, finish those prizes, and complete some stuff that I've had in the works for years. That's at least 12 drawings right there. I hope I get 'em all done in time.

Japanese vs. English Names

Ever since the announcement of the re-dubbing of Sailor Moon, I've been thinking a bit about the days when anime characters received westernized dub names. Most English speakers knew Usagi as Serena. Likewise, Satoshi from Pokemon became Ash and Taichi from Digimon was Tai. I'm sure there are other series that gave characters westernized names, but I'm not as aware of them as I am of these three examples. If you know of any others, please comment and tell me.

Nowadays, dubbing companies want to preserve characters' original Japanese names. But what if they didn't? Think of an anime set in modern-day Japan. Think of the characters. What would those characters' names be if the dub changed them?

I have often wondered this, especially in the case of the anime, Azumanga Daioh. Chiyo would likely have a "cute" name like "Christie", Sakaki would have a more masculine name like "Morgan", and Osaka's nickname would be "Alabama". Even after all those name changes, there are so many gags and cultural references that they'd have to cut or change to make the show make sense for western audiences. Basically, the show would be butchered. Kind of like the original Sailor Moon dub.

My final thought on the subject regards anime in which the characters' names are clearly western to begin with. When I mentioned Eren Yeager from Attack on Titan to my dad for the first time, he had to cut me off to tell me that Eren's name should be Japanese. I tried to defend myself by telling my dad about Mikasa, but I purposely neglected to mention that her last name is "Ackerman".

I guess the east is as interested in western culture as the west is with eastern culture. At least, that makes things a bit easier to translate.

Why Do These Things Happen?

I'm halfway through sketching all of the Challenge prizes-- three down and three to go. I was about to start the fourth when my mechanical pencil broke. I don't know how it happened. The lead just doesn't want to come out. Guess who'll be buying a new mechanical pencil tomorrow. Anybody know of any good brands that won't randomly stop working?

I might have to rethink the 4KRR. It's very behind schedule, and I get the feeling that one person might be dropping out.

So far, I got no feedback on this post that I made. You don't have to read the thing about the artwork, but I would like to hear thoughts on the rest of the things I brought up.

I also had this idea for a World where people plug their works. Of course, I don't have a lot of active subscribers so I don't know how good plugging your work will be if I created the World.

I wanna draw something so bad now! I haven't posted anything since May and I want to get back in the game.

Ryoko Reactions

Back when I had frequent access to the TV, I'd watch the Toonami block on Cartoon Network. I'd come home from school (it occurred in the afternoon at the time) and veg out for two hours.

These were the days before there were hundreds of series available online for viewing. You had to take what the network gave you. So I watched the limited repertoire of anime that Cartoon Network had for viewing. One of those happened to be Tenchi Muyo.

To be honest, I didn't get "Tenchi". There were too many cultural elements that I wasn't familiar with. That, and I wasn't able to catch it everyday. But I still watched it, mostly because of the cat/rabbit/spaceship, Ryo-Ohki. Hey, I got a thing for cute, made-up animals, OK?

Flash forward a decade later, and I found "Tenchi" on Hulu. I thought eventually I'd watch the episodes in order. Well, with the introduction of anime streaming on Anime-Planet, "eventually" happened late last spring (if one could call it spring).

On Anime-Planet, each anime has a series of tags that describes it. For "Tenchi" one such tag was "ecchi".

Wait a sec.

This show aired on TV! During after-school hours! Don't tell me they hacked it to bits like Sailor Moon and DBZ....

I went through a couple subtitled episodes. Nothing too bad. Maybe they didn't water it down as much as I thought. From what I saw, it looked more-less the same.

Then I got to the hot spring episode.

When that episode aired on Cartoon Network, one of the characters, a woman named Ryoko, was wearing a lavender bikini in the hot spring. When I saw the same episode online, she was completely naked. Now, it wasn't graphic or anything. Still it was very apparent that she wasn't wearing any clothes.

Suddenly everything made sense. Except for the fact that Ryoko has a tail at some points, but at other times, she doesn't.