Record of the Lodoss Wars was what got me hooked on anime, thanks to my friends influence. We had an anime gang back in Singapore but I haven't been able to find a club in the States. Initially I thought anime must not be as popular but judging by MAL membership, there's a lot of fans here too, we must just be geographically spread out.
My old anime gang was a great cross section of people. There were the manga freaks, the serious otakus, the robot guys, the cutie pie clique, the fight club, the "pretty doll" lovers, the ecchi/hentai fans, the action figure painters (me) and the "must watch something to cry about" softies. Pity, they were great guys, we used to host anime viewing at different members' houses on a rotating basis, the only rules were (1) minimum disclosure of anime plotline - no spoilers, and prep in case some hentai is involved (2) pause VCR for food and bathroom breaks only during anime halftime. We would stay over and watch anime for like 12 hours straight, then go out and eat, then more anime! Sometimes I dozed off. Those were great anime weekends. I really miss my old anime gang but I think everyone's scattered to the 4 corners of the world now.
My dream is to re-start a new and social anime club/gang where I live. The house is big so there's room for people to crash over on weekends.
Media Room Set Up UPDATE!
* Upgraded the Media PC with a cheap $499.99 quad core PC from Costco.
* On board graphics chipset is HDMI'd to a 55 inch plasma. The nice thing is the quad core enables playing/streaming of Blu Ray 1080p without the need for a separate discrete half height graphics card. My, how technology has progressed.
* On board sound from PC motherboard links to a receiver via HDMI and bose 5.1 surround sound system giving us super kick ass OH MY GOD digital audio optical cable quality sound!
* Thanks to my discovery of bittorrent and IRC (Blame ORION) I have tons of anime downloaded. Now have 2 x 500G and 2 x 1 Terabyte external hard disks.
Between the house, the job and the cats, anime time is precious. I need to watch more so I can delete some, or it will be time to buy yet another external hard disk. I will surely run out of USB slots soon .... I mean c'mon, this PC only has 8!
My anime viewing dream place is now fully completed! Ureshii!!! Gambatte! Go us!
IF anyone is visiting or passing by Portland, OR (USA) and wants to do a mega anime session (i.e. watching all 24 episodes in 1 day) just drop me a line, I would love to restart my anime club!