went more or less like this.
My friend Lizz sends me Cowboy Bebop
2. I begin to watch said tapes.
3. I develop an instant crush on Spike Spiegel,
quite possibly just because he is called Spike.
4. I continue to watch said tapes.
5. Jet Black grows on me until I find Spike rather
6. I decide (while at the gym trying to use my
quadriceps, a rather reluctant muscle group in my
case) to make a Jet Black shrine.
7. I go to see what's already out on the Web,
and almost despair, because the webmistress
expresses everything I'd already thought of with
clarity, wit and verve.
8. I decide to make a shrine anyway, because even
if all I tell the world is 'I love Jet Black too!'
that's still worth saying.
shrine is a bit of a departure for me; it's the
first I've made focusing on a character from a
truly adult series. Given that I started out with
Sailor Moon, I've come a pretty long way in
my anime fandom. Given that that first
shrine was for an underappreciated supportive hairy
guy (Yuuichirou - you know, Rei's unwanted swain),
maybe I haven't after all... My other anime
guy shrines are devoted to The Vision of
Escaflowne, which is certainly mature and deep,
but pitched at teens and twenty-somethings (if the
ages of the core cast are any guide). Indeed, I was
initially interested in Bebop because I knew
Escaflowne creator Shoji Kawamori was a
contributor and Escaflowne composer Yoko
Kanno wrote the music. Otherwise, I didn't know
jack about it, although I was aware that it was a
bit beyond my world of biseinen. (Feel free to
picture me cuddling UFO catcher dolls of Gaddes and
Folken. Ooh! Another hot guy with a prosthetic
then there's Jet. Burly, nudging middle age,
scarred and prickly. He sure didn't grab me when I
first saw him, but then, we can't all be Allen
bloody Schezar, can we? Besides, Allen gets less
appealing the more you find out about him. Jet is
just the opposite. So I developed another crush,
and another shrine. I hope you'll enjoy