Konnichiwa! You can call me by my fandom name “Sanjo-chan”. I’ve been blogging for several years, starting with a LiveJournal back in 2004.
I’ve been here and there on the Internet: I had a brief stint as a moderator on some message boards before writing. My first moderator job was on A Wandering Poet, a forum for fans of the game, Dynasty Warriors. I was the co-founder of Asian Kung-Fu Alliance, a small guild on Gaia Online named after our old guild on Ragnarok Online. I was also the guild’s forum moderator until the Ragnarok guild disbanded in 2005.
I currently live in Chattanooga, TN, originally from Chicago, IL. Aside from blogging, my hobbies include watching Anime and Manga, Gaming, and Asian Entertainment—an all around Otaku! ^_^
There are lots of anime series I enjoy such as Dragonball Z, Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist, Elfen Lied, Paranoia Agent… pretty much the entire Gundam franchise (being a proclaimed local Gundam expert). I’ve been an anime fan for about a decade, but it still feels like I’m missing out. I am also the secretary of Scenic City Anime & More, our weekly anime club right here in the Chattanooga area.
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About the Blog
CEN.TAKU.ME started out as three blogs hosted on Blogger. It was originally meant for updates playing Final Fantasy XI. The blog went well for a year, until it was put on hiatus due to the moving trip to Tennessee from Illinois. The blog eventually resumed publication—until I decided to quit in favor for World of Warcraft; a blog was created just for WoW content as well.
A few months prior of opening the WoW blog, I (Sanjo-chan) created a test blog related to anime, originally called NA.KI.ME. In November 2006, both the WoW blog and NA.KI.ME was put on hiatus due to a family emergency. (“NA.KI.ME” was a name thought of combing the names Nakashima, my chracter in FFXI, and “Anime”.)
I started blogging again in January 2007. It wasn’t until May of that year I contemplated on getting a domain name to officially begin AniBlogging. The name CEN.TAKU.ME came to mind as I wanted to share my love of Anime, Gaming, and Otaku culture with everyone!
Anime or Gaming?
When CEN.TAKU.ME was launched, most of the content was about my progressions in FFXI and WoW exported from the original blogs on BlogSpot. As readership increased, I decided to phase out anything relating to WoW or FFXI (except if it was related to the “CTM Network”) and focused on Otaku culture from the US and Japan.
Unfortunately, even though the majority of the blog’s content is now Otaku related, other webmasters look the blog down as being Gaming related without browsing through the actual content. In March 2009, the blog was designated as a source of additional Otaku and Anime related content.. Any content not relating to CEN.TAKU.ME would have a separate area of its own outside of the blog, should continued interest allow. (If you are reading this, pardoning the tone of the text, now you know! Thank you for understanding! ^_^)
Who Reads the Blog?
Anybody who is a fan of Anime! Blog traffic not only comes from search engines, but from visitors via Otaku.fm and JapanSoc, a Social Bookmarking community for people who are or have been to Japan, fans of Japanese culture (including Otaku), or a guide to what’s hot in Japan.
With the limitations of content aggregators for Anime, Otaku, and Gaming fans, I am currently working on AniBroad. I hope fellow bloggers and those seeking independent content from the fandom will benefit from this service. ^_^