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.

Battle of the Fans

Warning: This might get rant-y, but if I don't get this off my chest, I might not sleep tonight, thus making me sleep in, thus making me late for work. And that wouldn't be good.

I was cruising around on Anime News Network when I saw a podcast about the two Fullmetal Alchemist series. The thing to reel in the listener was to pit one series against another. Now, I don't really listen to podcasts, but since the title was "Fullmetal ANNcast Brotherhood", I couldn't resist.

A few minutes into the hour-plus podcast, I could already tell that the victor would be the original Fullmetal Alchemist (henceforth FMA-1) over Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (henceforth FMAB). The reasoning behind this was deep psychological stuff is awesome and anything about "good vs. evil" is sucky.

Initially, what struck a chord with me was that FMAB was described as a "typical shounen" while FMA-1 was something more. Personally I'd say that neither is a "typical shounen". If you want a typical shounen, you watch Dragonball Z.

When they started singing the praises of FMA-1's Shou Tucker and totally dissing FMAB's Ling and co., I couldn't help but get irked. Yeah, yeah, FMAB is all about eastern supremacy because the easterners use alchemy for good and the westerners use it for eeeeeeevil. Podcasters, don't take this the wrong way, but you're taking this the wrong way.

To make sure that my blood pressure didn't spike to unhealthy levels, I paused the podcast 25 minutes in and walked away. Then I started thinking things like, "Why am I siding with FMAB, even though I still haven't actually seen it? Is it because of the manga? Do I really hate FMA-1 that much? No, but are these podcasters making me hate it?" Then it dawned on me: I'm not very opinionated about many things, but when I am opinionated about something, I get passionate. And I just so happen to be passionate about the Fullmetal Alchemist manga, and therefore, FMAB.

I thought about the last time I was this passionate about something, and I realized that it wasn't too different than this. I'm talking about the time between 2003 and 2005 that I wasted hours on end on an unofficial Bon Jovi message board. I could sort of liken FMA-1 to Bon Jovi's "dark" album, These Days and FMAB to anything Bon Jovi put out after that. The overwhelming opinion on this message board was that not only was These Days frickin' brilliant, but it was the last "good" album Bon Jovi ever made. The reasoning behind that was that dark, sad songs were deep and awesome and anything happy was automatically "pop" and therefore sucky. For the record, I'm in the minority in that I find These Days to be dull, mopey, and very out-of-character as far as Bon Jovi is concerned.

Maybe I'm in the minority with FMAB as well. After all, they stated in the podcast that not as many people have seen FMAB as FMA-1. Then again, I've seen anime-ranking sites where FMAB is #1 out of thousands. But then why was that podcast so one-sided in favor of FMA-1? I guess to each one's own. Still, the next time I hear a podcast pitting two things against each other, I don't want an obvious victor.

Progress Report/Questions

I think I'll give a little Sketch Marathon update, since I haven't actually posted my sketches. Truth is, I'm over a week behind. In addition to not catching up from my initial stumble, I'm having trouble finding full-body references for certain characters, thus impeding my progress.

If you're wondering why I don't Google pictures of characters, it's because there's so much junk that I have to wade through. I don't want to scan a sea of pixelated junk, bad fan art, porn, and stuff that has nothing to do with anything.

What are some good sites that specialize in official anime artwork? If you know of any, please list them. They can be general or series-specific.

I also noticed that some series have more official art circulating than others. I'm guessing this is because the series are more popular and/or have stood the test of time. I'd like to watch more of those types of series. So, to you, what are some series that are pretty much required viewing? List as many as you want.

Two New Worlds...

...Collide.

Please check out my two new Worlds, "CD Collection" and "Wanted!" The former is in the construction stage, and the latter is mostly set up. I hope they take off.

I still have space for three more Worlds, and I have no idea what I'm going to do with that. I want to make some fan shrines, but I'm afraid they'd be neglected.

Help with My Anime List

I highly doubt you've read this crazy post that I made nearly three years ago. Once you click the link and read it, come back and read the rest of this.

After some thought, I've decided that I want to delete my half-registered MAL account. I want to delete it so that it can free up my username (KebaFox) in case anyone in cyberspace wants to claim it. The problem is that I don't know how to delete it. After all, there is no possible way for me to log in. I know a bunch of you (somehow) have MAL accounts, so could I have one brave volunteer step up and ask the admin type people there to delete it? If you could help me, I'd be grateful. And I'll give you a gift.

Now it's time for a shameless plug!

If by chance you don't have a My Anime List account, and have an Anime-Planet one instead, I'd like to connect with you. My username there is also KebaFox. If you don't have either, I recommend you join Anime-Planet for a multitude of reasons. At the very least, they've got a great admin who actually responds in a timely manner if you have a problem to report.

Mission Failure

I didn't draw my sketch yesterday. Oops. I'd better make up for lost time and do two today.

I guess my excuse is that I was working on my very overdue Secret Santa. At least that's done.

Hopefully, I'll have everything up by Sunday or Monday.

Oh, and I'd also like some more feedback on my previous post if possible.

Edit: It's after midnight and I haven't drawn anything for the past 24 hours. So now I'm two days behind. I'm starting to wonder if I should downgrade....