• I had to take some time away from blogging to help my children with their needs but I’m hoping I can find some time again for a few posts. I’ll make an effort in the months ahead to put up a few things related to the themes of this blog.

    My boys

    My favorite distractions.

  • One of Masamune Shiro's New Year Cards

    Happy New Year from Gears Online!  I hope you ring in the new year with family and friends.  Here’s to a bigger, better year for all of us anime fans in 2010.

    I spent the holiday week between now and Christmas reading the first 21 volumes of Blade of the Immortal by Hiroaki Samura.  I’m on book 5 now of X/1999 by CLAMP.  I’m driving in to downtown Austin today to get my badge for Ikkicon.  Ikkicon is a smaller anime convention so I’m not expecting anything like Anime Expo but it should be fun.  I’ll try to get some good photos.

    Leave a comment and tell us how you spent your holidays.

  • Welcome to GearsBlog, a new blog about mecha, anime, science-fiction and Japan. Because this blog is a part of Gears Online there will be coverage of mecha and mecha-related topics from anime, both past and present. Because mecha fans have other interests the posts here will also delve into science-fiction in general as well as the source of the mecha stories we all love: Japan. It is my hope that posts about Japanese culture and history will enhance your appreciation of the science-fiction manga and anime that come from the Land of the Rising Sun.

    At this point I am the only contributor to this blog so I’ll give a little background on myself. I live in the U.S. and have been a fan of both science-fiction and Japan as long as I can remember. My father started me out right by both watching original episodes of Battlestar Galactica with me on television and bringing Japanese business guests into our home. I became a serious anime fan around 1984 when I was in grade school and was the youngest member of an anime club that met to copy anime at a private home in Menlo Park, California. I started learning Japanese in high school. My first trip to Japan was in 1991. I’ve visited six times with one of those visits lasting for a year.


    Me in Tokyo in May 2006

    Me in Tokyo in May 2006

    I hope GearsBlog will keep you entertained and informed.  Feel free to post a comment if there’s anything you’d like to read more about in the future.