The Fangirl's Anime Corner at Black Unicorn Wood

About the time I was in high school, I was introduced to Robotech on WUTV in my home town of Buffalo, New York. That was it -- I was hooked. Sure, I'd watched heavily-edited, Americanized anime before, and seen shows in the original Japanese while visiting my mother's family in Japan, but this series was something of a gateway for me. It wasn't long before I was searching out other shows like it. Even though all you could find in the stores in Buffalo at the time were dubbed versions, they were still a lot of fun to watch.

At Toronto Trek 9 in 1995, I was introduced to Bishoujo Senshi SailorMoon when I picked up a tape in untranslated Japanese in the convention dealer's room. Not too long after that, WUTV started airing dubbed versions of the show in Buffalo. I started watching the show, and then began corresponding with other fans over the Internet. That led me into a local anime fan club called Otaku no Tsuki, where I was able to obtain subtitled episodes of SailorMoon.

After a while, I moved away from SailorMoon, but kept looking for subtitled anime. Fortunately, by now I was able to get subtitled anime tapes through various websites. To my amazement, I was even able to rent subtitled anime at the local Blockbuster Video -- what bliss!

I also introduced my husband to anime while we were dating. To my delight, he was just as taken with it as I was, and after we got married, we amassed a sizeable collection of videotapes. There was only one small problem -- at times, we like to watch both the subtitled and dubbed versions of our favorite series, and buying two copies of each tape was prohibitively expensive. Then, last Christmas, we bought a DVD player -- problem solved!

Some of my current favorite anime series include (in no particular order):

If you're reading this and wondering why your favorite series isn't on my list, keep a few things in mind:

  1. I may not have seen your favorite anime yet.
  2. Our tastes in anime may be different, and there's nothing wrong with that. The world would be a very boring place if everybody liked the same thing, after all.

Please keep those things in mind before you e-mail and demand how in the world I could leave out your favorite series. :-)

This web site is copyright 2001 by Midori Hirtzel-Church
This page first uploaded -- January 30, 2003
This page last updated -- March 7, 2003

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