Back when the internet was still young, I watch anime through VHS rentals, and random anime that pops up on TV and some shows on cable TV with no subtitles. And that reminds me of an anime that was well-animated and it was the first anime I saw boobs. There were two scenes from that anime I found memorable: One is the snobby rich bitch taking a dip naked in her big pool and thought of that redhead classmate she couldn’t beat in combat. The second is some guy in a futuristic vehicle doing a mecha transformation to fight the redhead. The resulting robot was powerful-looking, but the redhead was perplexed as to why the robot was just standing still. It turns out the pilot was stuck inside because the transformation made his cockpit hard to maneuver in. Redhead kicked the robot’s leg, it fell and exploded. Decades later I found out that anime I saw was Project A-Ko.
I’ve seen a lot of anime and I’ve grown attached to them. I immediately jump to the fandom once a new show comes up and dedicate my time talking, dreaming, drawing about that anime. Gundam Wing was the new shit, I go to the toy vendors for those 1/44 scale models, trading cards, etc. Yuu Yuu Hakusho? Trading cards, stickers, laminated the good trading cards and put them on my backpack zippers for display (then they got stolen by jealous kids). When the internet became accessible, I downloaded every artwork I could find, and even printed them using those bubble jet printers.
Vision of Escaflowne is my favorite anime of all time, by the way.
Once my allowance grew and we got our own computer, I started downloading anime OSTs and burn them to discs. A soon as DVD-Rs became cheap, I started burning the anime I downloaded, or otherwise my computer’s 80 GB capacity will fill up. Plus I don’t want my parents to find out the lewd stuff I downloaded. After I got my own computer and own internet, I dedicated my life to fansubbing, and eventually scanlation. I’m still doing these, as you can see. I can probably go out and print Aikatsu! pictures, and make a photo album, but, eh, it depends.
I’m already in my thirties and I’ve been watching less and less anime now because of work and other stuff. And also less time on getting into a new fanbase or community to engage in. This also mean that Aoi will continue to be my waifu in the forseeable future. Aikatsu! will be the last fanbase I will dedicate my time on, hence why I’m doing doujinshi translations… probably for the rest of my life.
2018 is very close and each passing day I worry I may fail again in my goals to be number one provider of Aikatsu!-related stuff. Things to buy and maintain aren’t getting cheaper, new doujins are coming in every season, and finding help isn’t getting easier. All I can do is remain optimistic and hope (and probably pray) for my fortunes to turn around. But will my fortunes really turn around though and will my future end with Aikatsu!-? With all of the doujins I have with me, they either get scanned and translated or they remain untranslated and rot away together inside my grave. Or get washed away by a super typhoon. Whichever comes first.
— SHiN @ Lazy Lily Fansubs
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