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Kowaii, Myanimelist!

I got quite the scare this month. Since 2009, I've maintained my anime and manga list on Myanimelist.net . It's great for the times I take a break from a show and can't remember where Ieft off. Two weeks ago, I was locked out of my MAL account. I tried various likely passwords. No dice. Password recovery was useless as well since I couldn't find a place to notify MAL that my email address changed a while back. くそ!

Then on Wednesday, all of a sudden, I had no problem logging in. なんだよ これ?

Needless to say, I've exported both my manga list and anime list as soon as I logged into Myanimelist. I have 215 anime and almost 20 manga on my list. There's no way I'm going to rebuild that from scratch.

It's pretty scary for an otaku to be locked out of her lengthy list of anime.

こわい です ね?

Perhaps I'll check out some of the other anime list building sites. Any recommendations from the peanut gallery?

Looking for the Perfect Messenger Bag - Otaku Style

Last weekend, I had to retire my Fullmetal Alchemist messenger bag. The plastic shoulder strap adjuster thingie broke enough to poke me. いったい! This is my messenger bag:

I was really sad to hear that Mythwear closed its doors in 2007. Great quality bags! Photo by R-M Arca.

So I've started to look for the perfect anime messenger bag. So many choices. My criteria is as follows:

  • ample pockets
  • design: cool enough that otaku would say "Sugoi", safe enough for my students to see and grown up enough that other adults wouldn't say, "Aren't you a little old for this?"
  • sturdy design
  • from a show I like
  • decent price
  • decent shipping

Pockets and more pockets make for a great messenger bag. Photo by R-M Arca.

I could simply replace my FMA bag with the FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood: Flamel Cross Messenger Bag:

It's not as nice as my retired one though. This Soul Eater: Meisters Anime Messenger Bag is a serious contender. It has the entire gang: Maka & Soul, Death the Kid with Liz & Patty and let's not forget Black Star & Tsubaki:

Oh yay - there's also the The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: SOS Anime Messenger Bag:

However, the Code Geass: Lelouch Geass Symbol Anime Messenger Bag is pretty cool - and it doesn't look childish:

Choices. Choices. I've only just begun. I'd like to see if there are messenger bag designs for some of the more current anime, such as Hyouka, Accel World, and Sword Art Online. One that's for the ladies. Lyfa and Asuna are cool characters, but I'd much prefer to have a bag with Kirito on it - or the main cast.

I'll have to check out my other main places for otaku gear: Right Stuf, CD Japan and JList. I've been meaning to check out AmiAmi too. See what I mean about so many choices?

In Search of Japanese Sesame Street

As a musician, it's only natural that that I'd gravitate towards jingles and songs to help me study Japanese. This had me wondering, "Is there something like Sesame Street in Japanese?" I didn't get far in my search. Once I found GenkiJapan.net last year, I called off my search. These earworms truly stick with you.I'm at the point that I launch into singing "10 Little Samurai" when trying to remember the counters for people and sound like an anime character when rattling off the colours in Japanese.

But don't take my word for it. Check out these free video study aids for yourself:

"10 Little Samurai"

"Colors" ("Colours")

There's plenty more video tutorials on Genki Japan.