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Trinketo

Trinketo

Theodore Mak is a founding member and current Executive Editor of The-O Network Online. He is also responsible for development including managing and updating the website.

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For those of you that have followed us over the years, first let me thank you all for being with us. This April saw our first major breakthrough when we migrated our site to an updated platform which opened up new possibilities.

After years of struggling on finding a design model that would fit our goals, I have decided a professional blog/magazine style would be best for our needs. This entails some massive reorganization and implementation of some new tools.

If all goes well, we should be able to launch the new site within the next week; however, it may take an additional few weeks to hammer out all the bugs. So far from the beta version, I am happy announce that the new site is a step closer to my vision for The-O Network.

Stay tuned!

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Hello guys and gals! It has been a long time and I apologize for not updating the blog. There has been a lot of new exciting things going at The-O Network and we've been swamped with the convention season in full swing!

As promised, I'll try to use the blog to discuss a little more about our own personal thoughts and experiences covering events and running The-O Network. So instead of trying to recount everything that's happened in the last couple of months, let's get started with Anime Expo 2012!

Today was Day 0 (the day before the official start of the convention) and we were able to interview the awesome American rock group AniMetal! Senior Editor Jason and Staff Writer Salvador did a great job talking with these seasoned rock stars about playing anime related music and it was a real eye lifter. I really hope you enjoy our interview with them which we should have up hopefully soon!

Probably the main highlight of the day for me was hosting our video coverage of Anime Expo's Red Carpet Event with our resident translator and reporter, Arthur! It was pretty exciting talking with some of the guests as they walked in and it was definitely surprising near the end when Japanese pop star LiSA walked in and chatted with us and we got mobbed by cameras from other media outlets! Although Arthur did most of the work (great job Arthur!), this was a great learning experience and I hope personally I can grow to be a better host in front of a camera. All in all, I think it turned out pretty well for our first try. Definitely check back later as we'll have the video compiled and ready for viewing and as usual we'll have all the photos available for viewing in our gallery!

As I am writing this, we are offloading videos and images, transcribing content from earlier, and prepping for Day 1. We will definitely try to get you more video from the convention. Stay tuned as we will be covering LiSA's and Fiction Junction's press panel as well as interviewing them! Thanks for reading this and I'll do my best to remember to do a post for Day 1 later tonight!

Make sure to keep an eye on our twitter page as there we will post any live updates from panels or live streams of events! twitter.com/tononet

 

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Wow, it's been 2.5 years since I last foot in Japan, and oddly enough, after dropping my bags off at the hotel, it was off to Akihabara! For better or for worse, I felt a real connection prowling the streets, almost like visiting a favorite relative. It's a Sunday evening, and the roads are closed for the weekend to allow shoppers easy access. The streets are flooded with cute maids on every block corner handing out pamphlets.

The biggest change was the disappearance of the Radio Kaikan which was torn down after the 2011 earthquake. Most the stores that were in there such as K-Books and Volks have relocated into new buildings with the former having their very own building northwest near the Mandarake store.

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If you are seeing this, then hopefully that means the migration was successful. We have also updated the platform our site runs on so there will be a vast amount of changes. We've spent months moving all our content and making sure everything works fine; however, there were several things such as the URL paths which we could not test until we ran it in production.

We decided that it would be best if published the site and work out the little things such as formatting and layout later.

We will continue to post new content as well as fix any broken links or articles.

Thank you for your patience.

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If you are reading this, either the site has successfully migrated over or you are a staff member. Lots to do left!

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This is a test area for The-O Network Online Staff blogs!

 

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