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.

Did Anyone Else Get One of These?

I got a PM today about having my art featured on someone's Facebook page. Since they didn't address me by name, I'm wondering if this is a scam. Anyone else get a PM about this?

Keba's Big Ol' To-Do List

OK, so it's come to this. I've been making lots of lists for various things, so I might as well make one for theO. This will be for my drawing, writing, posting and other stuff.

Higher priorities will be in bold.

The Rebels of Planet Aadau: Finish chapter 3 and post.
Destination: Finish chapter 7. Post chapter 6 through whenever this arc ends.
Survival Instincts: Consult beta about how to continue the story. Give chapters 5 through 10 a tune-up and post.
Develop ideas about mythological creatures story.
Develop ideas about comic book characters in the "real world" story.
Develop ideas about a girl who finds a portal to another world and has adventures with a talking sheep. (Random, I know.)

Surprise gifts: 4/4 done.
Finish picture for Judai Winchester.
Finish T7DS fan art.
Sketch marathon: 33/52 done.
The Rebels of Planet Aadau "movie poster"
Update character designs/colors for Destination: 0/4+ done.
Update character designs/colors for The Rebels of Planet Aadau: 0/12+
Anime portraits of bands/music artists?
"Hero in Armor"
"Clap Your Hands"
"Inner Children"
"You Look Familiar" (save for winter)
Open up for trades once all 4 surprises are complete.

Manga-ing which is totally a word
Get to Know an OC!: finish last two pages and post. Open for more questions.
Finish one-shot Naruto Shippuden gag comic.
Start planning Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood fan manga.
Take poll as to whether people would want to read a gag comic about the band Linkin Park. I'm serious.
Draw summer-themed Fullmetal Alchemist comic (save for next summer).

Eternal Rain (restart)
Excel in Cipherland
Send me some requests on which of your works you want me to read. Let me know if you want me to critique it.

Yeah, that got really long really quick. I do realize that life happens while you make plans, but I need a plan in order to conquer life.

Showing Off

Here's some artwork of my OCs that other people drew. I just wanted to show my appreciation to the artists.

Conus vs. Pikachu by kita mikichi
Naomi and Marshall by IaymiNaHamusutaa
Fiery Spirit Keba by elricbrothersfan
Keba (amongst others) by MangaKid
Marshall by kita mikichi
Naomi (amongst others) by 15385bic
Survival Instincts main cast by Zuzu Uchiha
Naomi and bishie Dice by yummy suika
Lots of my OCs by Valerie014
Conus by MangaKid
Keba sketch by clueless101
Jon and Keba by FUNimation
Naomi (amongst others) by MangaKid
Naomi (again, amongst others) by kita mikichi
Keba with Judai's OC, Felicia by Judai Winchester
Keba smiling by nikkeh09 (Sketch version here.)
A beautiful pic of Keba by 21isagoodnumber

Save the Wallers!

Ignore the lame attempt of a joke title.

Recently I've noticed a lack of activity in the Wallpapers section. I've heard complaints about not having good scans to use. Well, I may not be a waller (though I'd like to learn the craft), but I have some solutions.

Solution #1:

I rounded up a bunch of sites that may be of use. Disclaimer: I don't exactly know how reliable these sites are in terms of official art, though I'm pretty sure most of them are fine.

Anime Artbooks
Spectrum Nexus
Celestial Star
Renders Graphics
The Jaded Network
The Forgotten Lair
Anime Galleries
Pure Anime Gallery

I had bookmarked a few more, but it seems those sites went under. Kinda sad.

Solution #2:

If someone would be so kind as to hold a Challenge for people to submit artwork for use in wallpapers, I would greatly appreciate it. (I'd do it myself, but I'm hosting another Challenge right now.) Wallers could make suggestions in the comments of what they'd like the fan artists to do. Or something like that. Any other rules are up to the Challenge maker.

Solution #3:

I was thinking of something like the Secret Santa event with both artists AND wallers. Instead of an SS, it would be a Valentine's Day/White Day sort of thing. If you don't know what I mean, it's a Japanese sort of thing. Google it. I'm probably going to get it wrong if I explain it here.

So, the plan would be to sign up as an artist, waller, or "flexible" (meaning you could do either, if there's a shortage of one in relation to the other). The wallers would make wish lists for fan artists, and each artist would receive a wish list. Then the artist would draw a picture for the waller to use as a "Valentine". The wallers would then make a wallpaper from the artwork and dedicate it to the artist as a White Day present.

There could be kinks in this setup, but I'm currently not aware of them. I'm not even sure if this should be a fan-run event or if I should PM the higher-ups to make this official. Let me know what you think.

*Blows Away Dust*

I guess I haven't really updated much lately. Let me change that.

I've been on a manga/light novel kick recently. I took advantage of Barnes and Noble's "buy two get one" sale on manga, and I finally got down to reading the one I got for free. It's the first volume of Blue Exorcist. It wasn't as hooking as I'd hoped. Then again, it was only three chapters long, so I haven't got enough of a feel for it.

Today I was selling some old magazines at Half Price Books. When they were looking the magazines over, I found five volumes of the FMA light novels (which are all of the ones translated into English). Needless to say, I'm roughly $26 poorer. The magazines, if you're wondering, only fetched me a buck-- and there were 241 of them! Hey, at least I'm not $27 poorer.

Hmm... not sure what else to say. I was going to finish watching that Yu Yu Hakusho DVD set that I borrowed from the library, but the third disc is badly messed up. Oh well. But I'll find a way to finish the series. A legal way.

If you managed to get through all my ramblings, I have a little tip: if you subscribe to Crunchyroll's email newsletter, they give out free premium trials. That's how I got to watch Cardcaptor Sakura in its entirety. Subtitled. I burned through that like nobody's business. If you didn't know, I'm kind of in love with Crunchyroll now.

So has anyone seen/read any of these aforementioned series? Better still, do you have a Crunchyroll account? Don't you just love my lame attempts at starting conversation?