Being an active anime fan for many years, I’ve had quite a few interesting things happen to me, whether they were funny, frustrating, or just plain weird. Today I’ll be sharing a handful of my most memorable anime anecdotes…
ADV fail: I’ll always remember the time ADV accused me of copyright infringement. In mid-February of 2007, I got an e-mail and a letter in the postal mail from ADV’s anti-piracy team stating that my site, AnimeYume.com, has infringing content from five of ADV’s titles – Cromartie High School, Full Metal Panic Fumoffu, Grrl Power, Happy Lessons, and Kimagure Orange Road. The letter went on to say that I need to remove the infringing material or further action will be taken. I knew this was total bogus since I haven’t even seen these five series and my site has absolutely no content from them. Then I realized that maybe they mistook my site for the now-defunct AnimeYume.org, which did have a lot of video content. I wrote back, telling them that it’s a false accusation and a possible mix-up. A few days later, I got another e-mail and letter in the mail from them saying that the matter had been resolved. So yeah, major goof up by their anti-piracy team, especially when the first letter said the information was “accurate” XD I assume they got my home address from Yahoo! but strangely not my name (“animeyume.com” was used in place of a name on the envelope’s mailing address).
Apparently I created anime: One time a bunch of years ago I got an e-mail from someone who thought I was the creator of the Inuyasha manga. Unfortunately I didn’t save that e-mail but I think they complimented me on the story and asked me when I would finish it XD A few years ago I got a blog comment from someone who thought I was the author of the Haruhi novels (can’t remember which post it was on or if I even saved it). Makes me wonder if these people are just trolling or if they’re really that clueless.
The nightmare of Anime Expo ’07: Despite all the Haruhi promotion, many will agree that this was arguably the worst AX ever. After this I’ve been scarred for life about waiting in long lines at AX for anything other that what I absolutely must attend. You can read my full dreadful story here (emphasis on the SOS Brigade-related events XP)
Pokemon movie or bust!: Back in 1999 when the first Pokemon movie was in theaters in the U.S., my mom drove me and a friend to a theater a bit far from our house because it was one of the few left still showing the movie after it had been out for a while. But when we went to buy our tickets, the theater people said the movie was no longer playing! My mom and a few other moms in line got totally pissed, saying how it was falsely advertised and their kids are really upset. The staff tried to compensate by giving us free admission to a Spy Kids movie, but we all know that can’t replace Pokemon! Finally, after we refused to leave, we actually got them to dig out the film reel and play it specially for our small group. Poke-mom power!
The time I broke my blog: Wrote all about it here. I’ve since been traumatized into not doing anything to my blog unless I definitely know what I’m doing!
Anime project plagiarism: As a midterm English project in my senior year of high school, we were supposed to write about some form of media and its impact on American society. Of course I wanted to use anime as my topic and partnered up with a boy in my class who also liked it. He wrote about the history of anime while I wrote about its impact as a form of media. He didn’t seem like the most diligent student so I was surprised when he showed me how much he wrote for his portion. I figured he was just more motivated when writing about something he likes. We got an A on the project, and afterward I asked him if I could use what he wrote for the What is Anime? page on my site, and he said that was fine. Not too long after I posted it however, I got an e-mail from someone accusing me of plagiarizing that page, saying it was copied word for word from a page called A Capsule History of Anime. Sure enough, he had totally plagiarized his part of the project! I immediately took down that content from my site and have since completely rewritten the page a few years ago. I honestly don’t remember if I told him about it or if I mentioned it to the teacher towards the end of the year (I was even more shy in high school than I am now). But I basically gave him the cold shoulder from then on…I wish I had had the nerve back then to do more though.
Anime brings friends together: It always amazes me how fate has brought me together with all my good anime-loving friends. In my high school of 4,000 students, I never would have met one of my best friends if I hadn’t noticed her Pokemon folder and started talking to her. In my Japanese junior college class, another of my eventual friends started talking to me because I had an Inuyasha shirt. Later on that same friend gave everyone in the class little cards with helpful Japan-related web links, my web site among them. If he hadn’t done that, my good friend pkjd, also in that class, wouldn’t have visited my site, found out that I like anime, and we may have never started talking. At university, I may have never become friends with 2DT if he didn’t notice me browsing Anime Nano on my laptop in class one day. If I didn’t haphazardly sign up for this anime meet-up group in Los Angeles last year (which I’ve never even attended), I may have never met my good friend f0calizer, who found my blog through the meet-up page. I’ve met a number of other friends in similar ways – it really is fascinating how things work out like that sometimes.
I’m sure many of you have much wilder and weirder anime anecdotes than I do (especially if you frequent social places like cons and forums). But I hope you enjoyed my “mild” ones and I’d love to hear any of yours if want to leave them in the comments below.