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Meet the Animefringe Team

ROLE CALL! heheheheheh. Seriously though, here is where you will find out a little more about the handful of people who actually keep this site running. The staff contributes what they can from time to time, but we also encourage you to do the same. As always, if you'd like to help, we'd love to hear from you. And if you have the time and dedication, who knows, maybe you have what it takes to have your listing right here on this page. But in the meantime, feel free to read on and learn about us.


"My name's Adam. I write stuff... I think..."

Full Name: Adam Arnold
Screen Name: "OMEGA"
Web Page: OMEGA's Vanishing Point
First Influential Animes: Vampire Hunter D / Robot Carnival / Lensman (Sci-Fi Channel Anime Festival '93)
Favorite Animes: Sailor Moon, Tenchi-Muyo!, El-Hazard, Fushigi Yugi, Pokemon, Battle Athletes, Bubblegum Crisis, Oh My Goddess!, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and much more.
Short Background: Adam keeps himself well-informed and very involved in the online Anime and North American comics scene, maintaining a number of web sites containing a wealth of information, all accessible via his main Vanishing Point gateway. His former mailing list newsletter, Weekly Stuff E-Zine, was the ancestral predecessor to Animefringe, and he, along with Steve, were the ones who laid the groundwork for Animefringe back in March 1999. Today, his main contributions to Animefringe are articles, HTML coding, and site maintenance.


"Hi, I'm Steve, and I live in a VAN down by the RIVER!!!"

Full Name: Steve Diabo
Screen Name: "Kaneda"
Web Page: None at the moment (working too hard on Animefringe, no doubt! ^_~)
First Influential Animes: DB / AKIRA / Tenchi-Muyo! / Sailor Moon / Ninja Scroll (many others!)
Favorite Animes: Neon Genesis Evangelion, Ghost in the Shell, Saber Marionette J, Dragon Half, Slayers, Tenchi-Muyo!, Gunsmith Cats... Pretty much any anime I see.
Short Background: Steve first joined the online Anime scene in July 1997. Since then, he has served as webmaster to two Anime websites, neither of which are being currently updated due to dedication to the Animefringe Project. Steve, along with Adam, were the people who conceived the Animefringe Project. Steve's main contributions are basic site design, HTML layout, site graphics, and public relations.


"....Oi oi....."

Full Name: Diana Kou
Screen Name: "Seiya"
Web Page: ...remember me
First Influential Animes: Bishoujo Senshi SailorMoon, Shin Seiki Evangelion, Ranma Nibun no Ichi, Street Fighter (although..not quite an anime at the time..)
Favorite Animes: Bishoujo Senshi SailorMoon, Shin Seiki Evangelion, Shoujo Kakumei Utena, ALSO -- SeraMyu !
Short Background: Dai has experience in voice acting, and does work in many fandubs and radio plays. She is friends with many popular seiyuu, both English and Japanese. Diana Kou's Index Page serves as a gateway to her many, many online projects. You can also blame Diana for the former Michiru Kaioh's Mirror Mailings, one of the more legendary mailing lists in the Anime scene. Since then, she has been keeping busy on AOL, CosPlaying, and on Animefringe, of course. Her main contributions are interviews and research, and has given Animefringe the permission to reprint content from her archive of past Mirror Mailings. Yatta!


"Page me anytime for anything or just to say hi! ^_^"
Contacts: ICQ - 5388564, IM - "WataruFx"

Full Name: Ikusabe Wataru
Screen Name: "Ikusabe Wataru"
Web Page: None at the moment
First Influential Animes: "Majin Hero Wataru" (Saw it when I was in sixth grade @_@, the same series where I got my nickname from)
Favorite Animes: Wataru has way too many fave animes to name, and that's why he gets his own special section...
...Favorite Anime CHARACTERS!!: Ayanami Rei, Ifurita & Hoshino Ruri (See a pattern?)
Short Background: Wataru's hobbies are making his own anime-style CGs, playing video games (many anime-related, of course...), and surfing the web, finding Anime stuff in all those hard-to-reach hidden areas. He also collects anime music and movies on his computer.



Full Name: Mia Ortega
Screen Name: "Flamiango"
Web Page: None at the moment
First Influential Animes: Sailormoon (it's like a gateway drug)
Favorite Animes: Rurouni Kenshin, Sailormoon, Oh! My Goddess, Saber Marionette J, Mononoke Hime, Dragon Half, Fushigi Yuugi, Vision of Escaflowne
Short Background: The name may be Spanish, but Mia is part otaku at heart. She currently attends Virginia Tech, where she plans to graduate, well... soon, and hopefully own her own lemonade stand someday. When not drowning in homework, she enjoys doing art. She has completed many fanart works in various anime series. Her latest project is designing graphics for a Rurouni Kenshin webpage, her newest passion. Mia joined Animefringe in September 2000 and contributes articles and reviews.


"I will make a living doing the things I like, or die trying! Well, as long as I find a one-up first..."

Full Name: Jake Forbes
Screen Name: "Yakman"
Web Page: None at the moment
First Influential Animes: Robotech, Gunbuster, Record of Lodoss War
Favorite Animes: Macross Plus, Castle of Cogliostro, Giant Robo, Gunbuster, Wings of Honneamise
Short Background: Jake is a very confused, but very lucky individual. Somehow he has managed to graduate from the prestigious USC film school, edit over 30 major manga titles in English, build LEGO displays for toystore windows, shoot a documentary on the social ramifications of marble collecting on small town West Virginia, and get payed to write about video games. Currently he is a freelance writer for Animefringe,, and He hopes to take over the world if the opportunity presents itself. If not, he'll be content to play with his toys and games.

Well, that's us.

Now, it's time to chant the Animefringe Mantra. All ready? Well, let's go then!

Animefringe strives to be, in time, one of the largest and most popular Anime sites out there. We feel we have what it takes, both in mind and body, to achieve this goal. It also wouldn't hurt to get those cool little press passes so we can see all the extra cool stuff you can't normally see at the anime cons. No, wait, that's not THAT important. What's important is you. Why? Because if you're here, reading this dull old paragraph, you *gotta* share a few things in common with us. Animefringe was made by Otaku, for Otaku, featuring exclusive and quality content we think you'll wanna read. We also want to be different than all the other big Anime sites out there, by allowing anyone to submit material to any of our sections. Not only does this allow Animefringe to contain oodles of great current news and features, but it also gets the surfer involved in a new kind of interactivity, which we feel will help bring the Anime community closer and in better harmony than ever before.

Wasn't that just beautiful? Well, that's us, and there's our mandate. We hope you enjoyed finding out a little more about us, and we hope you enjoy Animefringe as much as we enjoy running it. \^_^/

- The Animefringe Team

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