Chapter 2: Anime Sth

_ gained permanent access to the Internet at home. _ liked listening to music and used an application called WinAmp for doing so. _ used the Web to access its official site to look for some skins for the application. There, _ found a skin category called ‘anime.’ There were a lot of skins with similar-looking characters on them. _ learnt from the descriptions that the skins used images of characters from a work called Cardcaptor Sakura.

The Internet seemed like a vast space. _ decided to look for the animated series using search engines and found sites about the series in languages _ did not understand. In any case, _ leant that Cardcaptor Sakura was a series of comics, which was adapted into an animated series.

_ decided to look for ways to download its episodes an watch it. Somehow _ succeeded in finding and downloading the first movie. The quality of the movie was awful. There may or may not have been subtitles on that video, not necessarily in a language _ understood. _ remember to this day the experience of obtaining movie data out of who-knows-where and watching it.

_ have used software called KaZaA to download it, but since _ heard it is full of spyware and there were no other hits, _ decided to look for some other peer-to-peer file sharing software. The next software _ used is DC++.

While browsing lists of files and directories shared by other users of the application, _ noticed how well-organized directories make it easier to find content _ looked for. The way directories were organized varied from user to user. Some had the files and directories well-organized and easy to navigate. Others had a load of files in one directory or used some wierd naming. _ preferred the former a lot. As _ downloaded files from other users, _ decided to keep a clean and easy-to-browse directory hierarchy.

_ have managed to watch the series, which _ liked. In the same way as before with Golden Sun, _ decided to create a fansite. _ could not find any in Polish, which was _ native language. _ decided to fill the gap.

While sitting and waiting for classes at school, _ heard few persons talk about something that seemed like an animated series. _ built up courage and asked what were they talking about. They said NARUTO. After some online searching _ found the series, fansubbed by ANBU.

Now, an anecdote. _ parents wanted _ not to leave the computer running for long periods of time _ left it be because of download queues). _ told them that _ will stop doing it when _ finish downloading all episodes of NARUTO. There were less than 100 back then. Actually, what _ told parents back then still holds in , because _ dropped the series at the beginning of the second part, not mentioning there are legal streaming options now. …Though, it depends on how you count the episodes.

_ have learnt about fansub groups this way, which surprised _ much. _ did not even consider the possibility that the series was on-going. It seemed unbelievable to _ that _ were watching a television program that aired just a few days ago on a channel on the opposite side of Earth. It made _ rethink about the speeds Internet packets traverse at.

Making a Web site about just one series felt like a waste. _ decided to create a Web site about Japanese animated series overall. _ changed layout of the site a lot back then. Also, things like lists of episodes were repetetive. _ decided to write scripts and put some of the data into a database. That way, it would be easier to modify the layout later. That is how the neK.imi framework came into existence. _ put way more time into adding and improving features of neK.imi than into filling the Web site with content for visitors to read.

As _ was browsing the Web, thinking about how to name the site, sites about anime in English often used names beginning with the word. _ decided to call it ‘Anime Sth’ for the time being, where ‘Sth’ was supposed to be replaced later. Eventually, _ got used to the name and one day _ put the Web site under the domain asth.net.

Looking at the domain’s history, it seems that not since its registration, but the asth.net Web site was hosted on a paid hosting space that an acquaintance of _ had. _ asked him for a bit of space as he was not using it all. _ got rid of the despised ads in this way. Few years later, _ built a debug version at home.

_ wanted to make a Web site about Japanese animation, but the reality was that _ was developing a server-side back-end. There was zero to none of site content. At one point, the ‘main site’ disappeared completely. The only thing that actually was on the site was a lyrics database and dev(b)log, which was a blog _ created as a form of practice, becauses blog were becoming popular and _ wanted to be able to create such a site. The blog was to contain a developement log related to the site, but it eventually turned into a personal blog with random ramblings. The Diary is its continuation.