A Treasure Trove Of Junk: Personal Archive of Internet Anime Fandom, 1996 ~ 2002

Drew here with another Free Talk on Akihabara Renditions! I joke that my parent’s had this plan for their retirement – Operation: Get Your Shit Out Of My House. Phases of this operation are selecting some holiday or family gathering and when they show up, inform my wife and I that they have stuff for us (usually to my wife’s chagrin). This is the story of one of the results of those phases: part of the delivery was old floppy disks I had from my early teenage years up until I left for college, which was nearly all years of heavy anime fandom. I figured this would be a good Free Talk article to both look at how Internet access and anime fandom not only correlated but how they’ve changed over this time period.

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Give it Some Pop: The Music Of Rurouni Kenshin

Hey everyone, Drew here with a Free Talk segment at Akihabara Renditions; the free talk articles are going to be more traditional (text-image-video-based) blog articles that cover a wide range of topics that won’t make good podcast discussion or convention panel topics.

I recently went on a nostalgia bend and uncovered one of my old anime CDs – a Rurouni Kenshin Best Themes collection – and popped it in the car’s CD player. It reminded me of just how much I loved all of the theme songs throughout the run of the TV series and the contrast presented comparing the theme songs to the actual soundtrack of the show. Since I can talk just about anything Kenshin, I really wanted to examine these songs and their relation to a cartoon I love so much.

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