Many anime goods such as shitajiki (plastic writing boards) and notebooks include English-language text as part of the decoration. These blurbs range from the comically unfluent (some Sailor Moon quotes), to the bizarrely poetic (Ah! My Goddess), to the genuinely informative and useful (Gundam Wing). Quotes from many sources have been gathered here for your edification and amusement. Everything is quoted verbatim, and spelling and punctuation errors *aren't* mine. Enjoy!
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Last update 12/12/02: New title Doraemon and additions and corrections to Basara, Sotsugyo M, and Desire.
7/9/02: New titles Desire, First Kiss Story, Doki Doki Pretty League, and Akazukin Chacha, and new additions to Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou.
6/21/02: Big update. Added another Slayers quote, a Martian Successor Nadesico one, a tiny Sentimental Graffiti blurb, and another Clamp Campus Detectives quote--amusingly, this seems to be the exact same quote I already had, as interpreted by a different translator. The new entries to Houshin Engi and Arc the Lad are the worst I've seen in a long time. Snark away! Other new titles: Basara, BASTARD!!, Compiler, Cyber Team in Akihabara, a very good Gokinjo Monogatari, a vintage oddity called Love and the Sword in Camelot, Master of Mosquiton, Outlaw Star, the early 90s kids'n'robots anime Raijin-Oh, Violinist of Hamelin (notice that it's spelled a different way on each shitajiki), and Zeta Gundam.
Many of these quotes were taken from shitajiki scans at http://amber.mcs.kent.edu/anime/ I am even further indebted to Ardith Carlton, who e-mailed me a whole bunch of quotes. Arigatou!
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