Instead of celebrating the five year anniversary of Tailgrab.Org(y), which would have been in February, I figured I’d do something a little bit different. Celebrating where Tailgrab got it’s name, the original tailgrab.
Eight years ago today the first episode of Under Water Ray Romano (Utawarerumono) aired on Japanese television. And I took no notice whatsoever. There were no simulcasts on Crunchyroll back then, and I don’t recall there being any seasonal charts for upcoming series, but that’s probably my bad memory more than anything. Anyway, a week after the first episode aired I came across an animated GIF on 4chan, back when I actually visited the site. I know it was a week later because I still have that original GIF and the modified date is April 10th, 2006. After watching that GIF, too many times, I had to watch the series it came from.
Now, I’m not going to celebrate eight years of Utawarerumono, because that would be wrong, it would be 11 years 11 months and 4 days. Utawarerumono was an eroge S-RPG before it was an anime, and the anime definitely felt it. It certainly had it’s moments, but it doesn’t deserve praise nearly a decade on. It’s lucky that it had a cute character like Erurū in it or I wouldn’t have even cared about it’s existence. No, all I’m going to celebrate is that ten seconds of animation I affectionately refer to as the tailgrab. As an aside, why do I like characters with names the Japanese couldn’t possibly pronounce with arguments over proper spelling? Eruruw/Erurū/Eruruu/Eluluu and Horo/Holo (Korbo). There’s lots of characters with tails, why did I pick two with strange names?
I do find it interesting that eight years on my interest in this scene has never wavered. In the early days I looped it continuously (and silently) in a small always on top window on my second monitor. For a year. An entire year (if not longer). It would load on boot up and play away. It wasn’t until I switched to Windows Vista did it stop, and only because I never added the shortcut to the Startup folder. Since then, I’ve included a copy of the file somewhere on every website I’ve run. Most of the time never directly linked, just there, hidden away.
Despite my affection for this scene, I didn’t think to register the domain until two years and 2 days after it originally aired, shortly after Spice & Wolf Season One finished airing. Even then I didn’t really know what to do with it, I had some ideas and played about, and in the mean time started OMGWebsite, this site’s original name. I’d wanted to use Tailgrab since my first post was going to be all about how I hated TAKI Corporations Horo figure, my first figure, but I’d thought at the time that I wanted to do something else with the domain and held off. Only to figure out I didn’t like that little side project anyway. Then it took me two years to change the sites name and domain to what I’d always wanted it to be. The reason it took two years was because I’d felt I already ‘established’ myself and all the links pointing in from all over, and recognition, etc etc would be lost. Even now I still receive hits to omgwebsite.com that are redirected to their respective posts in tailgrab.org, and maintain redirects of individual files I’d posted places. It’s kind of a hassle, I should have done it sooner so there’d have been less to manage. But I digress.
It’s both amusing and terrifying to reflect on things since I first saw this scene. I can’t fathom how eight years have passed. It certainly does not feel that long, but then, it also doesn’t feel like it’s been 6 years 2 months and 22 days since Spice and Wolf episode one first aired and Eruru became number two. Or 4 years 6 months and 7 days since every Spice and Wolf fan started demanding a third season. But more interesting than that is the difference between now and then for me.
Back when I watched Utawarerumono I owned next to nothing anime related. A handful of DVDs, because they cost a small fortune each back then, some cheap wallscrolls, a single anime figure of Hakubi Ryoko from Tenchi Muyo, produced by McFarlane Toys, that was gifted to me by a friend, and… even some Megatokyo posters. Since then that same friend built up a huge collection of Transformers, told me I had to collect something too, which started the anime figure collection, which spawned this website, which became a feedback loop amplifying my interests, until I’d finally broken every rule I’d ever given myself. I wouldn’t buy figures from series I haven’t seen, broken. I wouldn’t buy ero-figures, broken. I wouldn’t buy a dakimakura, broken. I wouldn’t actually sleep with my dakimakura, broken. I wouldn’t have a crazy otaku room full of anime merchandise, broken. I wouldn’t become so obsessed with a character that I’d take them out with me in public, broken. I wouldn’t spend the money to buy a Dollfie because that’s absurd, broken. I wouldn’t buy a second Dollfie no matter what because Horo’s the only character I obsess about enough for it to be worth it, broken. I wont refer to my Dollfies as my girls, broken.
If there’s anything I’ve learned in the past eight years, it’s that I like to break my own rules. Constantly. And that no one else really liked Eruru, in fact TAKI Corporation hated her enough to produce a figure apparently in her likeness.
My Internet connection today is no faster than my Internet connection in 2006. How depressing.
- Visited Megatokyo while posting this. Fred’s evil, he’s got some character with a cute tail now.
- Why did no one tell me body pillows are the most comfortable thing in the world? Why did I only just learn this a year ago? I have slept like a baby since getting one, dakimakura aside, the pillow is glorious.
- Still never calling them my daughters. Fun fact, I considered making an MDD of Horo’s daughter, until a friend said to me (paraphrasing) “So you’re going to make a daughter.” Now I can’t do it.