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     Around the start of 2001, I started to really get into anime.  Cartoon Network's Toonami (may it rest in peace) played a large part in my growing interest.  Featured both in the afternoon and late at night was one show that I had first seen a piece of on VHS years before, perhaps when the videos were first hitting the US.  Tenchi Muyo! was soon my favorite, and after viewing the first Tenchi movie in humid and stormy weather in June of 2001, I set out to build a Tenchi site on GeoCities.  Within a few years, I had large galleries, a lot of links, downloads, an encyclopedia and character bios.  The forums I had over at ezboard had a Survivor style Tenchi character populiarity contest called Oniisan.

     I learned early on by chatting with somone from Japan that this site's name roughly translated to "Mayonaka no Mizuumi" (Midnight Lake) in his own language.  While focusing on Tenchi, for a while I had a section of the site devoted to Toonami, even going as far as creating a sister site called Tsunami that featured the goddess and various information about the programming block that shared a similar name.  This changed in spring of 2006, when first seeing a series of Hayao Miyazaki films (aired in honor of Toonami's birthday) inspired me to rebuild and expand Midnight Lagoon to include all sorts of anime.  I liked a variety of shows, so it made sense at the time.  It's an idea I might visit again one day, but a certain distraction combined with the scope of the project lead to me abandoning web site work for a time.

     Nothing else I've done has been quite as satisfying as building a website, and while I've enjoyed other anime, Tenchi Muyo! still holds a special place in my heart.  The first Tenchi OVA will be 20 years old soon enough, but it doesn't matter to me.  I regret tearing the old site down, and I've resolved to rebuild it, better than ever.





Inspiration

     "Midnight Lagoon" on it's own doesn't immediately stir thoughts of Tenchi, but I wanted a night theme, and the shows and related art do contain some watery places, such as the one above.  The dark forest and waterfall provided just what I needed for early inspiration and layouts, particularly the first, which I neglected to save in any form.  Each of these following layouts came as the site grew,  or when I changed it's focus.  I always liked the style of the Star Trek: TNG computer panels.  Seems like the creators of Tenchi in Tokyo did, too.  Click each one for more info.

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