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In Memory of the Original “American Otaking”

November 13th, 2007 No comments

 American Otaking Steve Pearl Passes Away – Anime News Network

ANN made note of the fact that Steve Pearl passed away this past weekend.  He’d been struggling with major medical issues for quite some time.  The last time I saw him was probably back in 2000.  He was one of the original american anime fans, even going so far as to be dubbed the American Otaking by Toshio Okada.   The young whippersnappers of current anime fandom have no idea when they called themselves otakings that the real position was already held.

Rest well Steve, you’ll be missed.

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