Well, believe or not, there is a happy ending. Myself and the team at Wasabi Anime have worked with and have completed a lot of amazing projects with members of Anime Sushi, an Orlando-based anime club. The problem with the club has always been the the club’s leader, John. Since the mid-2000’s, members of Anime Sushi have conveyed to me from that John has always perceived some of my actions as a personality in the anime fan community as being negatively directed specifically towards him.
I had (in the past) tried to call John when something seemed amiss, but he would never take my calls. You see, while the Interwebz is a fun communication tool – I am still “old school” about resolving issues with a conversation on the phone or, if need be, in person. John would never take a call from me and even went as far as to call Joey Snackpants once to “tell him to tell me” something.
How very middle school.
This peaked last year (or the year before – I can’t honestly remember) when John DID try to call me. Since John had never taken or returned a call from me for the better part of a decade (and I had made a number of attempts) – I decided to pass on taking his call. I extend courtesy to those that extend it back.
Thus, my distaste for the organization that is “Anime Sushi” is really just the distaste (and conspiracy mentality) of the leader of their club.
That said – I was reminded in the past couple of weeks that sometimes the worst generals can have good soldiers. One of their members (who owns the Anime Sushi domain names) contacted me in a civil and polite fashion looking to solve the dreaded animsushi.com issue from the story above. It’s safe to say that after two years of the same typo, it will probably show up again in 2011 – so Anime Sushi owning the domain is probably a good idea.
SO – I spoke with the other officers of Green Mustard Entertainment, Inc. (since the company actually owns the domains in the Wasabiverse) and we accepted an offer for Mark from Anime Sushi to buy the domain from us. No dramaz or assholery – just a straightforward polite request met with and equally straightforward response. So last weekend, I initiated the process of transferring the domain. So any moment now, the domain should start going to Anime Sushi’s domain.
I’ll be watching for Megacon ad typos next year to see if they truly get their money’s worth.