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.

Today I Started a Conversation with a Random Stranger

As the title says, I started a conversation with a random stranger. This is extremely rare for me. In fact, I don't remember ever doing it before.

So, I was at a Starbucks, and I was just sitting down with my drink, when I saw this girl with the Attack on Titan Survey Corps emblem on her pants. Because she was in close proximity, and I had nothing much to do besides drink my green tea-type-thing, I said to her, "I like your pants."

We had a pleasant conversation. We talked about our favorite genres, though we didn't get deep into any specific anime. Turns out she's going to Anime Central, too. She told me that she would be cosplaying as a Naruto character.

"Which one?" I asked.

"An OC," she replied.

"So I guess I'll just look for the headband then," I said.

It might have been a little foolish of me not to ask what village emblem would be on her headband. Heck, I didn't even ask her name. Nor did I give mine.

ACen is a huge convention, so I don't know if I'll run into her. I hope I do. She seemed like a really nice person.

Floating Down the Livestream [OFF]

Huge thanks to the one person who stopped by. You made it worth it. 0_~

I'm just doing this for the sheer heck of it.

Edit: Technical difficulties. BRB.

Edit part deux: And we're back.

Lots of Thoughts (theO Ideas)

I had a bunch of thoughts regarding both theO and my art. This post is basically me spilling ideas.

Regarding theO:

1. OC Popularity Polls. We'd vote for each others' characters and the 10 that receive the most votes get a countdown comic.

2. Otaku Manga/Anime Fan Guides. Basically it'll be a ring of fan sites using Worlds. Each person would have a fan World collecting data about their chosen series (character bios, world guide, et cetera). If we don't know everything about a certain series, we can have guest posters and commenters fill in the gaps. Also, instead of using official artwork, we'd make our own (or post artwork from other users).

3. Something secret that I plan to do this summer. No art skills are required. You just have to know how to link YouTube videos.

Yes, I know the Sketch Marathon is still going and I haven't posted anything yet. This is just a future reference thing, just in case I forget.

Regarding my art:

1. Business ideas. I mentioned opening a Society6, but I have absolutely no idea what to draw to submit to it. Anything you guys wanna see from me? I'm also thinking about other ways to market my art, but I don't have anything completely solid.

2. A new Challenge. Hopefully, I'll make it within the week.

I've got some other stuff in the pipeline, but I want those to be a surprise.

So, what of these ideas interests you?

Tagged Times Three

I'm finally doing this.

Rule one: Always post the rules.
Rule two: Answer the questions the person who tagged you asked and write eleven new ones.
Rule three: Tag as many people as possible and let them know you tagged them!!

From SmallxLady

If given the chance would you leave this world to live in an anime world? if so what world and why?

I'm not sure about this one. Various anime worlds sound fun, but I get the feeling that they're also pretty dangerous.

Can you play an instrument?

Yes! I can play the guitar.

Whats something you've always wanted to do?

Be in a band.

Whats the strangest dream you can remember?

I think that the dream that stuck with me the most was the one that inspired my story, The Rebels of Planet Aadau. It was a dream that was heavily based upon the first Pokemon movie. In this dream, Mewtwo (although somehow I knew that his name was really "Myutou") was leading a group of unrecognizable (mutant?) Pokemon through a bunch of tunnels to escape something. Then a bunch of people found them and started shooting at them.

The freaky thing is that I saw something that looked like an Electivire in the dream, but at the time, Generation II was just starting to be rolled out. So I saw a Generation IV Pokemon before it was ever designed.

What is your favorite school subject?

I don't think I had a favorite, but my best was French. Sadly, I can't recall much of it now.

What would you choose as your own personal theme song?

I don't know. I have yet to write it.

What creature surpasses the other vampire or werewolf?

Neither! It's all about dragons, yo.

Would you be the hero or the villain?

I'm probably more of a hero type, but I'm not sure.

Name one thing you couldnt live without.

My laptop.

Oh no! Theres only one type of food left on the planet! What is it?

Peanut butter. Don't ask me why.

What voice acter would you love to meet and why?

I have no clue. I don't really watch dubs, and I wouldn't be able to communicate with the Japanese voice actors.

What do you think of me? =o

I think you're a fun person to talk to.

From Judai Winchester

1. Is there an anime guy or girl you have a crush on? Or maybe real life celebrity?

I don't know about anime characters, but I've had a thing for Jon Bon Jovi for the longest time.

2. Which anime character do you relate to? Can be more than one, I personally relate to Judai from GX the most.

The one I relate to the most is likely Hotaru (Sailor Saturn) from Sailor Moon. When I first learned about her, we were very much alike: shy, sickly, and with few friends. When I finally DID make some friends, we pretended we were the characters from the show. Obviously, I was Hotaru. I still have all the Saturn-themed crafts they gave to me.

3. What or who inspired you to draw?

To be honest, I can't answer that. I've been drawing as far back as I can remember, so maybe it was Disney movies?

4. If you could live in an anime universe, where would it be? I'd live in Yu-Gi-Oh GX so I could attend Duel Academy. :)

Currently, I don't know, but 13-year-old me would have liked to live in the Sailor Moon universe. I'd want to be friends with all the characters.

5. Is there an anime opening you'd like to change and swap out for another song?

Of the anime I've seen, I don't have any problems with the openings. Although I saw a video of the opening for Parasyte, and I thought the song was absolutely terrible. I don't know what I'd change it to, but I'd definitely change it.

6. Is there an anime character that is like you? Did they have similar experiences like yours?

I think that my answer would be very similar to the one for question 2.

7. What about anime or manga inspires you?

I think it's mostly the continuing, sometimes complicated, storylines. And I like the aesthetic, too.

8. What do you think about me? (Couldn't think of anything else)

I mentioned this in my voice meme way back when, but I think you're like that younger cousin that I never had.

From GeekyBluez

1.) If you were given the chance to go to Japan, what would be your reason to go?

This is going to blow your minds, and you might not believe me, but my dad knew a Japanese man who went on to becoming a high-ranking political official. Don't ask me his name or title, because I'm going to get it wrong. So, my dad is planning to go to Japan for the 2020 Olympics. And he wants to take the family. And although airplanes make me very sick, I'd go.

2.) If you have the right materials, which character would you cosplay as? (Could be any character from any television, video game, book, etc. series).

I don't want to be cliche, but I'm gonna be cliche anyway. If I had all the materials, I'd upgrade my Greed cosplay. Which is what I'm planning to do anyway. I don't want to go around with a faux fur collar stuck to a vest with safety pins everywhere. Now I just gotta figure out where to get sunglasses that look just like his (though mine are pretty close).

3.) If you have any, what is your all-time favorite video game?

It would be either Pokemon Yellow or Pokemon Silver.

4.) What sort of anime genres do you enjoy?

I'm kind of an action/adventure type. Fantasy and sci-fi are cool, too. Really, I enjoy just about anything as long as it's not pornographic.

5.) What kind of anime merch do you want?

EVERYTHING! Well, everything for series that I like, anyway.

6.) If you were to choose any sort of accent to have, which would you pick?

I think I'm content with my own bland, American accent.

7.) Here's a classic one!: any sort of super power you wish to have? (Go crazy and creative! There are no boundaries!)

I totally want healing abilities.

8.) #MyFirstComic was trending today... What was your first comic/manga? (It could either be owned or read).

My first comics were stuff that showed up in the newspaper. Mutts and Calvin and Hobbes were both favorites. As for manga, it would be Death Note.

9.) Would you rather advance your art skills or your video gaming skills?

Art skills, definitely. I'm kind of a lost cause when it comes to gaming.

10.) Do you prefer tea or coffee?

TEA HECK YEAH!!!!!!!!!

11.) Who do you want to meet personally? (Could be celebrity, Youtuber, member on theO, etc.)

I have yet to meet a single person that I met online. So it would have to be someone on theO. I'd LOVE to meet up at a con or something. There are other people on different sites that I would have loved to meet, but we have since lost touch.

Now, my questions:

1. What are some of your favorite sites (besides theO, of course)?

2. What's something you've never done but want to try (like a hobby, sport, or other activity)?

3. What's the most obscure musical artist that you listen to? What genre?

4. Is it bad that I stuck two questions into #3?

5. How much rye would a Raichu chew if a Raichu could chew rye?

6. Have you seen the marvelous Breadfish?

7. What anime have you seen that you think everyone should see? List as many as you want.

8. Do you prefer music with singers that sing in your native language or ones that sing in other languages?

9. What is your opinion on elephants?

10. Is it hot or cold where you are right now?

11. What is a word that you know that doesn't often come up in conversation?

I tag whoever wants to do this.

Insomnimania

Guess who's up at 5 AM after only four hours of sleep? ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Guess who had nothing better to do than register for ACen? ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So... anyone else going?