There is no excuse for not appreciating culture. I can never understand why people sit at home and watch NASCAR when there are so many better things to do. HOLY CARP BEING SERIOUS TODAY But really. Why would you want to stifle your brain like that? Thinking is one of the things that makes humans what we are. If we never think, what is the point of living? We might as well be animals if we never think. Nothing wrong with that, but... it cannot be right for a person to behave like an animal. Eat, sleep, fight, and fuck. Are we not better than that yet?
A rose by any other name... I read in a book that a clove means I have loved you and you have not known it. Naturally, I made up my mind to threaten someone by taping a clove to a bottle of roofies. I think it would work. That is, if the person in question was interested in the Victorian Era.
   Planned Updates as of October 2016


Ø layout for tumblr
Ø Audiology update/revamp
Ø Game section
Ø ...and a couple of surprises!


 
   Past Updates


Updates Archive: 2000-2002

October 24th, 2016 - The addition of Young Hopes, a new section of the site devoted to the two novels written for Utena shortly after its broadcast in Japan. Translated and hosted with permission from Dallbun!

January 12th, 2016 - The Analysis section has been completely overhauled. Several new essays have also been added, most of them (5 out of 6) in the narrative section, with the last in personality.
Several new high resolution scans have been added to the Gallery, covering the first arc and the first ending credits. Aside from their own sections, these have been incorporated into the episodes as well.
I've uploaded 16 new doujinshi, all from physical copies donated by cscratch, to the Doujinshi Gallery. They are spread across the Under 40 Pages and 40-69 Pages sections. None of them are hentai.

December 17, 2013: The gallery overhaul has been completed and moved to Gallery3. Episodes 1-3 have been cross linked in the forum's archives to maintain links. (This will be a slow process.) Several new pieces of art were added, including the first high resolution scans from Hardcore of Utena, and the Blu-Ray covers. The massive Utena Doujinshi Gallery has been launched, with thousands of high resolution, carefully cleaned and aligned pages of SKU fan goodness. A donation information page has been added to the main site, and the new content has been incorporated into the current layout. The site information section has been completely overhauled for content, since we haven't updated it since the end of the Second Age and the beginning of the Dominion of Men.

2013-10-22 - Some of you may have noticed already, but we have three new Analysis essays and new Gallery software. New content will continue to be added to the Gallery as we receive it.

2013-08-08 - EM got a Tumblr!

2011-12-06 - It wouldn't do to leave the last box set's release unnoted! Here's comin' at you with a little update that took a huge amount of work. :(
Due to some new changes in how web hosts manage accounts like this one, I've had to do massive under-the-hood work, so much of the effort of this update should go unnoticed. Don't wanna bore you guys with the details, suffice to say I've done about a month's coding and troubleshooting and want to set the world on fire.
HOWEVER, I don't come empty-handed!
• A new section in the Akio shrine: The Machines. A work in progress, the current offering is an extensive analysis of his favorite toy car. Check out Things That Go Vroom in the Night!
• Thanks to Rhyaniwyn of IRG, a new interview is available at Mouths of Babes. This moderated IRC chat with Chiho Saito from at least a decade ago actually includes yours truly. My god, I've been around for a while, and since I ask about Saionji and use 'Akio-no-Miko' as my chat handle...can't say as I've grown much.
• Extensive and ridiculous code and database changes in the gallery. I won't bore you with details, but in theory, you shouldn't notice much different, except that images unrelated to the actual series are now on a separate database with different URLs. The gallery functions as before, with the exception of no longer having a search feature. (It was never implemented, anyway.)
• Updated the links section with some new stuff, and stripped the dead links.


2011-05-29 - As you can imagine, Empty Movement's not going to sit by and let an event like this go unmarked! Here's comin' at you with a super awesome site update, with a new subsection and a new hosted site! And more! And so go on...
• All new subsite! From the Mouths of Babes is a compilation of the interviews, commentaries, and goings on of the creators of Utena, primarily Be-Papas. Here you'll find Ikuhara's movie commentary, interviews where Enokido discusses guns versus swords for the series, and information about Be-Papas. Explore, enjoy, and laugh at Nanami-cow! (Also, this is my almost pure CSS layout. I know, late for that party...)
• New gallery artwork! Mostly stuff from the Japanese remasters! Several new images of Utena and Anthy, with a few more from the CD boxes. Also some miscellany, and a couple images that got color-corrections.Does anyone have a better scan of this Animerica Extra cover?
• Clarice of In the Rose Garden offers up two analysis essays for our enjoyment. For The Garden Where All Love Ends: A Discourse Upon The Black Rose Saga, may be familiar to some of you older fans, as it circulated several years ago around the fandom and effectively schooled all of us on how to analyze the show critically. Sometimes I wonder if this essay isn't where it really started for this section, and it's an honor to be able to offer it now. She also offers a deconstruction of Nanami, uncovering what we weren't looking for, and making us appreciate what we saw all along.
• Two cool new fanarts of the Shadow Play Girls, thanks to evrim!
• Linn has donated the transcriptions of episode 38 and 39 of the show in Japanese with romanizations! Hit up the script section and study hard!
• A link added to the pages for the 7th and 8th soundtracks in Audiology leads to translations of several of the Seazer tracks!
• Obviously, a new front page. :) The old one was getting dreary, no?
• (Non-EM) Dirty Hands is a website for the translation project of Shounen Ou (Boy King), a novel with visuals that was created after SKU as a collab between Enokido and Hasegawa of Be-Papas. It has changed hands many times, and now is no where to be found! I recovered it from the Wayback Machine long ago, and host the content exactly as I found it, in hopes that new fans will get to experience this ah...unusual...piece of work!


7/3/10
RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME NEWS: Nozomi Entertainment, known for their sparkly awesome releases of fan-favored anime have picked up the REMASTERS of SKU! That's right, we folks have coming our way real, shiny, remastered releases of the story we all know and love. I've been very jaded about state-side releases of SKU in the past, I had the crappy VHS releases of ONLY ONE ARC and the subsequent horrible transfers to DVD, I have bought the rest of the series on DVD only to have the company go belly up. Now I'm looking forward to our little show finally getting the release it deserves in the US. Does this rev me up for a site update? I think so, my poopykins. :) In the meantime, here's the information we on the forums gathered about the import--something to whet your appetites!


03/14/10
I still hate children. (Pediatric nursing definitely not for me.) I do, however, love my humble little website! I know, embarrassingly miniature update, but see how much you get done when you're writing a care plan that's 81 pages long. And not finished. Not kidding. Not double spaced. KILL ME NOW.
So what'd I do? I cleaned up and added to the gallery the last three remaster DVD album covers. These are all my favorite characters, which naturally means the artist utterly lost any capacity whatsoever to draw the characters in proportion. That or it turns out Akio was a Chinese woman back when footbinding was 'in'. But they're new art, they're huge, and they're here!
• Cleaned and uploaded three new high resolution DVD cover images to the gallery:
Nanami & Her Henchmen
Touga, Saionji, and the Car
Akio, Anthy, and Utena


02/16/10
Happy birthday and Happy Valentine's Day to me! And you all! Ohtori.nu's moved to a new server host because I tired of downtime, and these days, one can get a lot more space for the money! Expect some perks coming up, like the SKU video game available for download! In the meantime, excuse a couple kinks as I work out the server move, though it was far and away the easiest I've ever done thanks to my awesome hostfolks.


1/11/10
It's a new year, and Giovanna's absolutely swamped with Obstetrics and Pediatrics. (PS. She hates kids.) The site? Definitely not forgotten--I've got something special lined up that will be getting a huge boost by the upcoming summer off. In the meantime, this is a super-mini update and a brief moment of silence.
I went though the links in the site info section, and I'm sad to say I thinned it out rather a lot. Several sites that were big cheese long before my humble little offering are gone now: utena.net and Tsuwabuki's Opera Glass in particular. I also removed a few young upstarts that were given up on, and several shrines I'd absolutely adored, including the reason I've never built a Saionji one myself.
It's the nature of the beast when you're dealing with a fandom that's old enough to bear children, but I can't help also notice that people just don't build their own fansites as much anymore. With so many other means of worship on the net, site building seems to be reserved for the upper crust of fan-fanatics.
But I can still mourn the passing of an age, and of a string of websites that sculpted and contributed to the fandom surrounding the story I love. I can also say that barring the death of the internet, this one will never come down. It may someday become permanently static, but it will always be here. I hope it provides some inspiration also for those that do still want to build fansites of their own, and for the love of God I encourage you to do so if you ever had the inclination at all.
It's like what I keep hearing about childbearing. It's hard, it's frustrating, and it's absolutely rewarding.

• One fanart added to fandom. Go Tamago!
• Links for No Angel Came and Empty Cage updated
• Several links removed from link list in site info


10/14/09
Just in time for In the Rose Garden's third birthday! The forum thrives, because it's full of awesome people. LOVE LOVE. <3

In the meantime, Ikuhara and I had the same thought when it came to celebrating Utena’s 10th anniversary! While I was fixing the awful image quality of the DVD screencaps…Ikuhara was fixing the awful image quality of the series. Sadistic.
Still Ikuhara, we love you! Though a US release of these gorgeous box sets, three in all (one for the soundtracks, two for the series/movie/musical), seems unlikely, thanks to Geneon, SKU's US distributor being out of business, they are available through the import lines if you have insane amounts of money to spend. I’ve compiled information on the releases, what’s in them (including extras!), and a couple suggestions as to where to obtain them. This information is compiled from a thread on In the Rose Garden, and a special shout-out goes out to Almaser, Mylene, IceQueenChigusa, and Copyman for being particularly helpful on getting translations and images.
Wanna know more about the Brand Spankin’ New Utena DVD and CD remaster releases? Click here!

Of course, I haven’t been sitting on my ass doing absolutely nothing with this site. Though my available time may have dwindled to nearly nothing, SKU is still near and dear to my heart, and Empty Movement, always on my mind. There was a time when an update of this magnitude was a monthly occurrence, but there was also a time when I had entire weekends (and work shifts, heh) to put into them. These days the updates are going to come a little slower, but I promise, there will always be one coming. Nursing school may be the means to the end, employment in a thriving career and all that jazz, but Empty Movement? My baby. Yasha's too- she's currently on hiatus, but sends her love and wants to hump Touga's leg as usual. Oh and if you couldn't tell--the blog is more or less dead. That's not us falling off the face of the earth--that's the world changing! It's all Facebook these days. I kinda feel like a tool though. =/

Enough with the apologies though! We want goodies, don’t we? Yes we do. The bigger part of this update is an overhaul of the multimedia section. This experimental effort uses blogging software (Wordpress), to allow me to categorize the entries, so instead of sorting through a hundred wallpapers chronologically, you can now search by character! (I figured this was how most people chose their wallpapers.) The swirlies in the layout? Courtesy of boredom in my Pharm class last year.

In addition to this overhaul, several new items in the gallery have been added, new artwork and background designs provided by Mylene, Copyman, and dundundun of the forums and cleaned up by yours truly. Direct links provided in the breakdown. Also, some new analysis by me—or really, it’s old analysis, an essay on Saionji’s body language in the Black Rose Arc that I’ve been working on for the better part of two years, little by little. Like body language? Enjoy! I also cleaned up the Akio shrine's image section, which has been broken for ages. And of course, there's some sweet donation stuff, as always, including, thanks to Almaser, the new remaster CD's extra bonus UTENA IN THE CLUB. Hop over to Audiology!

• New in the gallery!
  Three high-res artwork images from the remastered DVD covers!
  Color background caps fresh from the remasters! Over 300 to oogle! :)
• Brand new Multimedia section, with navigation by character thanks to Wordpress!
• Addition of a release information page on the new remasters from Japan
• 1 analysis essay written by me (gogo Saionji!)
• 1 submitted essay in analysis
• Redid the Photography section of the Akio shrine to cross link it to the gallery
• 5 donated fanfics, including a couple long ones!
• 1 donated fanart
• 1 donated fan dream
• The bonus Utena in the Club CD available for download in Audiology
• Added a bit of information to the CDs about US releases, although they're mostly gone now due to Geneon's bankruptcy.


03/14/10
I still hate children. (Pediatric nursing definitely not for me.) I do, however, love my humble little website! I know, embarrassingly miniature update, but see how much you get done when you're writing a care plan that's 81 pages long. And not finished. Not kidding. Not double spaced. KILL ME NOW.
So what'd I do? I cleaned up and added to the gallery the last three remaster DVD album covers. These are all my favorite characters, which naturally means the artist utterly lost any capacity whatsoever to draw the characters in proportion. That or it turns out Akio was a Chinese woman back when footbinding was 'in'. But they're new art, they're huge, and they're here!
• Cleaned and uploaded three new high resolution DVD cover images to the gallery:
Nanami & Her Henchmen
Touga, Saionji, and the Car
Akio, Anthy, and Utena

02/16/10
Happy birthday and Happy Valentine's Day to me! And you all! Ohtori.nu's moved to a new server host because I tired of downtime, and these days, one can get a lot more space for the money! Expect some perks coming up, like the SKU video game available for download! In the meantime, excuse a couple kinks as I work out the server move, though it was far and away the easiest I've ever done thanks to my awesome hostfolks.

1/11/10
It's a new year, and Giovanna's absolutely swamped with Obstetrics and Pediatrics. (PS. She hates kids.) The site? Definitely not forgotten--I've got something special lined up that will be getting a huge boost by the upcoming summer off. In the meantime, this is a super-mini update and a brief moment of silence.
I went though the links in the site info section, and I'm sad to say I thinned it out rather a lot. Several sites that were big cheese long before my humble little offering are gone now: utena.net and Tsuwabuki's Opera Glass in particular. I also removed a few young upstarts that were given up on, and several shrines I'd absolutely adored, including the reason I've never built a Saionji one myself.
It's the nature of the beast when you're dealing with a fandom that's old enough to bear children, but I can't help also notice that people just don't build their own fansites as much anymore. With so many other means of worship on the net, site building seems to be reserved for the upper crust of fan-fanatics.
But I can still mourn the passing of an age, and of a string of websites that sculpted and contributed to the fandom surrounding the story I love. I can also say that barring the death of the internet, this one will never come down. It may someday become permanently static, but it will always be here. I hope it provides some inspiration also for those that do still want to build fansites of their own, and for the love of God I encourage you to do so if you ever had the inclination at all.
It's like what I keep hearing about childbearing. It's hard, it's frustrating, and it's absolutely rewarding.

• One fanart added to fandom. Go Tamago!
• Links for No Angel Came and Empty Cage updated
• Several links removed from link list in site info
10/14/09
Just in time for In the Rose Garden's third birthday! The forum thrives, because it's full of awesome people. LOVE LOVE. <3

In the meantime, Ikuhara and I had the same thought when it came to celebrating Utena’s 10th anniversary! While I was fixing the awful image quality of the DVD screencaps…Ikuhara was fixing the awful image quality of the series. Sadistic.
Still Ikuhara, we love you! Though a US release of these gorgeous box sets, three in all (one for the soundtracks, two for the series/movie/musical), seems unlikely, thanks to Geneon, SKU's US distributor being out of business, they are available through the import lines if you have insane amounts of money to spend. I’ve compiled information on the releases, what’s in them (including extras!), and a couple suggestions as to where to obtain them. This information is compiled from a thread on In the Rose Garden, and a special shout-out goes out to Almaser, Mylene, IceQueenChigusa, and Copyman for being particularly helpful on getting translations and images.
Wanna know more about the Brand Spankin’ New Utena DVD and CD remaster releases? Click here!

Of course, I haven’t been sitting on my ass doing absolutely nothing with this site. Though my available time may have dwindled to nearly nothing, SKU is still near and dear to my heart, and Empty Movement, always on my mind. There was a time when an update of this magnitude was a monthly occurrence, but there was also a time when I had entire weekends (and work shifts, heh) to put into them. These days the updates are going to come a little slower, but I promise, there will always be one coming. Nursing school may be the means to the end, employment in a thriving career and all that jazz, but Empty Movement? My baby. Yasha's too- she's currently on hiatus, but sends her love and wants to hump Touga's leg as usual. Oh and if you couldn't tell--the blog is more or less dead. That's not us falling off the face of the earth--that's the world changing! It's all Facebook these days. I kinda feel like a tool though. =/

Enough with the apologies though! We want goodies, don’t we? Yes we do. The bigger part of this update is an overhaul of the multimedia section. This experimental effort uses blogging software (Wordpress), to allow me to categorize the entries, so instead of sorting through a hundred wallpapers chronologically, you can now search by character! (I figured this was how most people chose their wallpapers.) The swirlies in the layout? Courtesy of boredom in my Pharm class last year.

In addition to this overhaul, several new items in the gallery have been added, new artwork and background designs provided by Mylene, Copyman, and dundundun of the forums and cleaned up by yours truly. Direct links provided in the breakdown. Also, some new analysis by me—or really, it’s old analysis, an essay on Saionji’s body language in the Black Rose Arc that I’ve been working on for the better part of two years, little by little. Like body language? Enjoy! I also cleaned up the Akio shrine's image section, which has been broken for ages. And of course, there's some sweet donation stuff, as always, including, thanks to Almaser, the new remaster CD's extra bonus UTENA IN THE CLUB. Hop over to Audiology!

• New in the gallery!
  Three high-res artwork images from the remastered DVD covers!
  Color background caps fresh from the remasters! Over 300 to oogle! :)
• Brand new Multimedia section, with navigation by character thanks to Wordpress!
• Addition of a release information page on the new remasters from Japan
• 1 analysis essay written by me (gogo Saionji!)
• 1 submitted essay in analysis
• Redid the Photography section of the Akio shrine to cross link it to the gallery
• 5 donated fanfics, including a couple long ones!
• 1 donated fanart
• 1 donated fan dream
• The bonus Utena in the Club CD available for download in Audiology
• Added a bit of information to the CDs about US releases, although they're mostly gone now due to Geneon's bankruptcy.


5/5/09
Gio: Yes, I know, it's been a year since I've formally updated the site. I have been working on it, and am actually partway through a rather thorough overhaul of the multimedia section, but I'm gonna be frank with you guys--school is tough for me. I work, I do clinicals, I get reamed with more crap to do than I can handle and keep sane, and I just don't have the time for the site that I used to. Is it abandoned? No, not at all. Do I have some catching up to do? Yes, yes I do. I'm just letting you all know I'm still thinking of you, and of Empty Movement, and it's not down for the count and it's not static. Think of it as a virus scan running in the background on low priority. It's still there, and things are still happening, but it's gonna take a while.
4/9/08
Gio: HOLY UPDATE BATMAN. This update's been a while in the making, I realize, but it's worth it. Welcome, boys and girls, to the stupidly huge, all-encompassing new SKU gallery! Those in the know have some idea of the scope of this thing, the rest of you...go find out. (PLEASE NOTE, the URL for the gallery has changed to http://ohtori.nu/galerie, so fix your links!) But this update ain't all about me waving my Photoshop/PHP e-penis! I've also added a new essay to the analysis site (Got Akio? If so, turn him over, you ass.) There's also the usual (because you all rock) plethora of donations, including the Japanese transcription of episode 1 in scripes, and several new vector traces! See below for the nice thorough itemized list, and GET BROWSING!

Yasha: All right, all right, I know I've been pretty absent... but it's all for RoseCon! That and being retail management means you have to pick up any or all dropped shifts. :( But I'll be back soon, I promise. In the meantime, enjoy the gallery and the lovely new donations!

• OVERHAULED THE FUCKING GALLERY. Trying to itemize what's changed would be absurd. Just fucking go.
• Wrote a new essay on Akio and Sex to replace 'Akio Ohtori in Bed'. This one's much larger in scope.
• Added CD information for the Star Mania compilation to Audiology. Thanks Sunnie for the info!
• Updated the forum software and added BBC code to the PM system.
• New front page layout that lists hosted sites.
• Added my own dream to the dreams section.
• Removed a couple link buttons from the site section because they referred to the old domain. Oops.
• Added a link to the links out, as well as updated some of the random information on the site information section.
• Added example screenshots to 'Sex, Torment, and Body Language', the body language analysis of Utena losing her virginity. Slight edits were also made to the text for cleanliness.

Donations:
• Added 2 donated essays by awesome forum members. Kozue? Non-verbal communication? Go go!
• Added a Spanish translation of Razara's essay on Shiori in the analysis section. Cool!
• Added a donated transcription of the Japanese script of episode 1 to the scripts section.
• Added 10 new fanarts.
• Added 7 new fanfics.
• Added 8 new wallpapers.
• Added 4 (or 7, depending on how you look at it) donated vector traces to the repository.


7/16/07 - UPDATE TIME. No, the gallery isn't done yet, but it's in the last legs, so soon enough! In the meantime here's a maintenance update chock full of donations from you awesome folks! Art, analysis, wallpapers, and JA Seazer stuff in Audiology! Before you think Giovanna's totally slacking off here, I did add a new winamp skin (Go Mikage!) and two vector traces of my own. (This update was coded by me, so blame me for any errors; Yasha's drowning in math homework, poor darling.) This week I'm going to be flying up to Canadialand to stay with Yasha for over a month! What does this mean for you? God knows, but boy do we come up with awful stuff when we're together. Brace for impact?
• Two new analysis essays! IRGer Maarika offers up some Virtual Star visuals analysis, and Leaf schools us in the art of fencing!
• Resorted the analysis essays loosely by subject, integrating our essays with the donations, since it's as much a donation section now, thanks to you all!
• Added more duel titles to the character intro section.
• A WHOLE JA SEAZER CD FROM THE 70S in Audiology, thanks to Almaser. Also, lots o' Dona Dona.
• 15 new fanarts! The forum loves to draw and I love how many of them I've badgered into drawing Akio.
• 4 long dream submissions.
• 2 new fanfics, and one's a seven-parter! (So far.)
• 12 new wallpapers, including a sexy Seitokai series.
• 1 new winamp skin by Gio! Mmm. Mikage .
• 2 new vector traces by Giovanna, including omfgrukawhoisthat?
• 1 donated vector trace of Kozue!
• Polish script of episode 7 donated.
• Added a couple links to the site info section.
• Lots of random code maintenance. Under the hood, as opposed to Akio, who goes on top of it.

2/1/07 - Happy belated New Year! (Yikes, a month in already...) Let's update this darn website! First off, ohtori.nu is now, with the blessing of Lady Brick, hosting a permanent archive of The Utena Fanfiction Repository, which went offline a few months ago. This site was a staple of the fan community back in the day, and your humble webmasters couldn't bear to let the internet lose such a wonderful piece of fan devotion. For some of you, it will be a trip down memory lane. For others, you'll find piles upon piles of fanfics for your viewing pleasure. Also, let's announce it here instead of just on the forum: Giovanna is completely overhauling the gallery. Recapping the series, cleaning up images, resorting, and moving to a php-driven gallery program that should ultimately result in a fully searchable gallery. Go ahead. Touch yourself a little. You know you want to. But don't get too excited; this is gonna take some time. For now...UPDATES!
• Overhauled Mother, Dearest for more naughty adulterous, semi-incestuous fun. New layout, completely rewritten content. Yay!
• I did three new vector traces. Hint: Saionji and Touga are hot.
• Made a new front page layout with said vector traces.
• Rotated the mp3s in Audiology.

Yasha's Updates:
Well, and here I was worried that we wouldn't have enough for the update! Guess my worries were unfounded.

• One lovely Shiori analysis from our lovely Razara!
• Sixteen new fanarts! And there are some real doozies this time, just wow.
• Three new long dreams, and one short dream. Dream needs to come by more often.
• Five new fics! As well as another part of a continuation (finally) of one of our multipart stories.
• Seven new wallpapers, and might I mention here that Shiori's getting sweet love in almost every section?
• One link in the link section. Hi-res scans ahoy!



09/27/2006 - Just a little baby addition, two of the images in the vector trace gallery (Akio grinning like the bastard he is, and Anthy and Dios embracing), have been altered. The copies I traced weren't the full ones, in Akio's case, the top of his head and his neck are now there. And his collarbones... ohh yeah.... (Wow, I forget this is an Utena site sometimes and not just an Akio one. Whoops.) Dios also has a head now, and Anthy has legs. So if you downloaded those vectors, go git the new ones.


09/23/2006 - Mini-update, also, the official announcement: Yasha and I are opening a forum on Empty Movement. We want to bring you folks together and get you yapping, whether you yap about Utena, your car insurance, or how violently you'd like to slaughter Akio/Shiori/Saionji. I (Gio), have been working like a maniac for over a month now pounding out hundreds of thousands of lines of php, css, and html to template the forum. (Plain old generic template?? I think not.) No official word on when it's going to be opened, but we expect to have it launch within two weeks. The many of you that have contacted us through our e-mail and blog will be notified by mail.
Giovanna: Sup kids.
• Some very minor tinkering with the Akio shrine. You know, typos.
• Also some very minor tinkering with the new vector trace site to correct a code problem with the Opera browser.
• Added a few mp3s to Audiology; not a rotation, the old ones is still there, folks.
• Added a few links in site info. Also screwed with that code, too.
• Site-wide, very extensive, screwing around with tiny details of footer code and titles and othersuch to make search engine bots (ok fine, just Googlebot) see EM as a more coherent whole so that, for god's sake, we'll actually show up when you search 'Utena', just like god intended.


09/5/2006 - OH GOD, THE END OF THE WORLD IS UPON US
Giovanna: That's right. Yep. We're updating. Just in time for Akio's birthday (9/15), which is oh-so-appropriate what with the brand new Akio shrine. Check out our update lists, there's a lot of new stuff just waiting for you to love it.
• BRAND. NEW. AKIO. SHRINE. Sweet jesus god I can't believe I gave birth to such a monster.
• Visit the brand-new Vector Trace Repository for high-res, high-quality traces of your favorite SKU images. Included a launch batch of traces.
• Also in this section is a tutorial on tracing for Photoshop users.
• Added in Audiology information about the domestic release of several of the soundtracks. Also rotated the mp3s.
• Made Sara a long-ago requested winamp skin. Then had to make a matching one for Yasha. She's so greedy.
• I have deleted my mrsakio(at ohtori.nu) e-mail address and will now be using just giovanna(at ohtori.nu). Having both gave me spam headaches.
• New front page layout. Kinda 'goes with' the Akio shrine one. Oops. (Completely deliberate.)
• Coded the site info layout Yasha did.
• General working under the hood of the sections. Wow I did a lot.
Yasha: Oh my god I think I'm gonna die. That was a lot of fan submissions, folks. Go see!
• Two new scripts! No, they're not lost episodes, they're in Polish! Feel free to send in your SKU scripts in other languages, folks!
• Five new analysis essays. Five. I was in heaven for like a week. It was marvelous.
• More wallpapers-- eleven, to be precise. There's some really good stuff in there, too.
• Added the two winamp skins that Gio made. Thank you so much for the Touga skin, I love it!
• New Site Info layout! It's so pretty. And I'm not just saying that because I designed it.
• Only two dreams this time around, but boy are they ever doozies. I think I might go (more) insane if things like that happened when I slept.
• One new poem! There's blood in it. I approve.
• Ten new fanfics... and they're so, so good... and a couple of them are the kind of creepy weird that I like. Lucky me!
• Last of the additions, but holy carp is this ever not the least, thirty-two new fanarts. You people. You... people. Wow.
• Minor tinkering to make everything fit properly.

9/17/05
- That's right, this site's just about five years old now. Seems like only yesterday I was cutting apart my Luxury Illustrations artbook and piecing together three different scans to make one complete image. Ahhh, but those were the days! Now I (and Yasha, for that matter) are working and in school, but don't think for a second we're leaving our baby by the wayside. It just has to wait a bit longer between feedings. (No one said we were good parents.) Here be a maintenance update! (Because with all honesty, I was getting tired of Juri.)
Giovanna's Updates:
° The usual mp3 rotation in Audiology.
° Updated a link in the Mikage, Manet, and Titian essay in Analysis.
° Added to Analysis and Audiology links to an e-mail pointing out a very cool bit in Internal Clock, Municipal Orrery. It's talking about an actual place! Go go Seazer.
° As you can see, a new front page layout with a link to our blog.
° Someday, I will finish the Akio shrine. Promise.
Yasha's Updates:
° Nothing this time, stay tuned! (As it turns out, one of us is actually doing their schoolwork.)
 
9/6/04 - HOLY CARP. Yes, I know, I took my sweetass time updating. I'm sorry, blame college and work. But I don't come empty handed, no sir! BRAND SPANKIN NEW Audiology AND Gallery!! That's right, double overhauls, double pleasure. Audiology now hosts a small selection of mp3s randomly chosen at update. It also has new reviews, and a ton of new soundtrack info! The gallery has almost doubled in file number thanks to a HUGE set of donations from sletia16 and Blade. Screencap MADNESS from the Akio Arc and the video game, plus everything's been completely rebuilt for less ugly and less cramped tiny image space. If you find errors, PLEASE report them. The problem with the gallery is it's almost 200 individual pages organizing thousands of images, and I do make errors. Please report any bad links or just plain idiot html errors I've made!
Next time on Empty Movement: Brand new Akio shrine. It's coming. Slowly, but it is, honest.
Where's Yasha? She's sittin' out this update while she overhauls fandom. No minor task, so give her time!
Gio's Stuffs:
° BRAND NEW GALLERY JESUS CHRIST
° NEW GALLERY CONTENT, a recolored, new and improved image of the first DVD cover. HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS of Akio Arc screencaps thanks to sletia16, and more hundreds of game caps from Blade!!
° HOLY GOD IN HEAVEN NEW AUDIOLOGY Complete with rewritten reviews, new CD info (thanks Zero!) and mp3s for your downloading.
 
5/07/04 - Check it out, an update I did no htmling for! How nice to sit back and let someone else do all the work. Now I know how Touga felt about that foursome. I wasn't totally slacking off, though, I did do an essay and some photoediting! ° Get thee to the misc. section of the gallery, where a huge new copy of the Touga and Nanami DVD cover waits for you to rape my bandwidth with its 2MB filesize! (I did say it was big!) The image was completely recolored by me for sweet sweet perfection. After all, Yasha would lynch me if I didn't make sure Touga looked his best. The image of Utena and Anthy will follow with the next update!
Giovanna:
° Built Ex Cathedra a layout, and the horrible horrible hellish movabletype coding. It's all elegant because we're nasty foul-mouthed people and it's a suitable contrast.
° I wrote an essay! It's earth-shaking. Well not really, but it's general explanatory fun fun. Love me long time.
° Did some minor rewriting on a couple front pages. Whoopy.
Yasha's Stuffs:
° Yay fanfic update! New chapters in our continuing stories, 'The Way of the Rose', and 'If I Could'.
° One new fan dream. Touga lovers beware! (It hurts us, precious, it hurts us...)
° Seven, count 'em, SEVEN new fanarts! Thank you all so much for sending such wonderful art. SKU fans are such a talented group of people!
° One sinful wallpaper by Penguin (you know you love to be a sinner, go check it out), and two restored wallpapers.
° One new link that has been ignored for FAR too long! Visit the Satellite of Revolution, folks, I am hereby plugging this terribly hilarious website on the frontpage.
° THREE new analysis essays! Proofing and editing on Gio's essay and Nic's donated essay done by yours truly, and my own special little contribution.
° Went through site info and updated bios, thanks, and past and planned updates.
° ONE WHOLE WHACK OF FIDDLING WITH THINGS. I figured it was time to update as much as possible to reflect that the site hasn't been newly retaken by Gio and newly joined by me, so even though I don't think anyone cares but me, there are bits and pieces that have changed all over the site. Not to mention all the rolling back and updating and fixing errors. If something is missing, or if something doesn't work, EMAIL US RIGHT AWAY AND WE WILL FIX IT !
 
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Gio's Stuffs:
° FIVE new images in the gallery. Four in the miscellaneous manga, (donated by Rushita and Laurie), and one in miscellaneous movie (donated by Kimi). The four manga images were heavily edited by me for color corrections.
° I had added to Audiology the original Utena Encyclopedia song translations of the duels of the Seitokai and Black Rose arcs (as well as Absolute Destiny: Apocalypse).
° Bulma has been changed to Sophie.
° Corrected a few link/numbering errors in the gallery.
° Updated some of the stuff in the site info section, and went through it for dead links. Made a couple additions as well.
° I've gone through the entire site and added _!REMOVE!_ to every instance of an e-mail address. That I know of we've never had a huge problem with webcrawlers taking e-mails off the site for spam purposes, but the 'net is becoming a nasty place and I don't want to take any chances. This is for you guys.
° Obviously, a new site layout, and a request by JuriAnnarielle.
Yasha's Stuffs:
° Two fanfics.
° Two fan dreams.
° Six fanarts.
 
12/16/04
Gio:
° NEW SECTION OF THE WEBSITE. SERIES SCRIPTS, COURTESY OF THE DECEASED UTENA ENCYCLOPEDIA. IT'S A WHOLE NEW SECTION, IT'S JUST NOT IN THE LAYOUT.
° Analysis and Audiology sections have been converted to .png layouts.
° I've added content to the name section of the Akio shrine.
° Anti-webcrawler measures have been taken on all instances of my e-mail address. (As well as Yasha's.) Remove the obvious REMOVE stuff. This will eventually be done to all e-mail addresses on the site.
Yasha:
See this? I did work! Somewhat. Thanks, Gio, but you didn't have to html stuff for me again. I CAN TOO DO IT BY MYSELF :p Life has been kinda hectic around here, what with Gio here and all, so apologies to those I haven't emailed about donations yet. SOON, I promise.
° On with the donations! First up, we have two awesome new wallpapers. SPG LOVE AHOY! And Shiori.
° MORE FANART! Some really great stuff, too-- NeoDios has given us somethin' a little bit sexy, and as per usual when Innova donates, I have yet another case of raging envy. WE WANT MORE FANART because we like to be jealous of people and plot their gruesome deaths... er, I was kidding, guys.
° And last but not least, another dream in the dream stories section. Madness, o divine madness...


9/9/2003 - I'm about to be late for work, so I'll make this fast! WHEE! Finally updated! Lots of new analysis, the usual pile of donations (keep 'em coming!), and a new front page layout. Next update: Yasha and I are working on a special something for the analysis section, so that's something for ya to look forward to. (Suspense!) I'll add more yapping later or something. Gonna be late gonna be late gonna be late. GO READ THE NEW FICS.
Gio:
° New front page layout, cuz Blade's been wanting a Keiko layout for a while.
° New essay in analysis. Boring yapping about the body language Utena displays in THE OMG LUNCH scene I bitch about rather frequently.
° Misc tinkering in the gallery under the hood.
Yasha: Woohoo! Here’s my part of the update, and it’s pretty big! I don’t know how Gio managed to do it all by herself for so long… but anyway, there’s lots of new stuff here, and I MADE CONTENT FOR ONCE. Kick ass.
° Four new wallpapers! Thanks to all who donated, and everyone GO CHECK THEM OUT NOW. REALLY.
° So Yasha got off her lazy arse and finished up the essay that’s been sitting on her computer forever. Check it out—FANGIRL analysis! ‘Touga and the Fangirls that Adore Him’, the sister essay to ‘Akio and the Fangirls that Hate Him’.
° One donated, and may I say, very insightful, essay on Anthy, by Azusa Kuraino! Lots of love, Azusa!
° Four, count ‘em, F-O-U-R new fanarts (hey, don’t burst my bubble, this is the biggest haul since the rules were put in place) and one giant inferiority complex for me. Dammit, I wish I could draw.
° Three new short dreams, and one dream story. You know, sometimes I wonder if we’re just nurturing psychoses here… and then I remember that psychoses are fun, easy to grow, and only need water once a week. Like Chia pets.
° *drooling* Fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiics… Go see new fiiiiiiiiiiics… Three characters who have been lacking in adoration lately get some lovin! (And in one of the three fics, it’s literal. *grins* I like this.)
° We got a donated linkbutton! See, I’m all excited because this is the first time I got sent something like this.
° Minor tinkering with stuff—changing emails, site links, html, stuff like that. H’ray!


 

7/12/2003 - MAJOR GALLERY UPDATE. (And lots of new Analysis, too! Donated and otherwise!) Though it might not seem like it to a lot of you, more time went into this update's new content than I've put into Empty Movement in a LONG time. How? I took on several major image restoration projects, logging a godlessly unreal number of hours in Photoshop. I lost track around the 4th day of non-stop 10 hour stretches of image editing, but I've been doing this almost every day for 2 weeks now, and I think my eyes will leap out of the sockets and run away from me if I launch Photoshop one more time this month. Hopefully I shouldn't be doing any Photoshopping images or making layouts for a while. My eyes hurt. Ow.
   This is Yasha's first site update! (Kinda.) And she still likes working on the site. Curious girl. Anyway, on to the specific updates:
MrsAkioOhtori:
° TOTAL OVERHAUL of the first Miscellaneous section of the gallery.
° Donations in the Misc. section of the gallery thanks to Idan, Blade, Himemiya, and wanderingstar. ALL KINDS of new art from the series, movie, and manga!! DAMMIT GO LOOK THERE'S TOTALLY NEW NEVER BEFORE SEEN IN ANY DECENT SIZE ART. WE HAVE A BIG COLOR VERSION OF UTENA AND ANTHY AS CHILDREN HUGGING OMG.
° Several images in the Misc section update took MAJOR editing in Photoshop. This means many of them don't look *exactly* the same as the original artwork, since I'm not god (Akio wouldn't like that at all!). For example's sake and for showing off, here's the original source images for the major edit jobs I took on. The first three were the major projects, obviously. All that jpeg compression? That was there to begin with, folks.
° Added the rewrite of my essay on Touga's Seitokai Arc duels to analysis. IT'S REALLY LONG OMG
° A lot of editing of the content in LLOM. I seem to have had an ellipses fetish. Fixed the bazillion dead links in the image section caused by the gallery moving chaos. Added a few donations to the Absurdity lists.
° Updated a lot of stuff in the site info section. Added stuff to About, Thanks, and updated my ICQ number in Contact.
° Minor changes in the donation rules in Fandom, OST 5 information in Audiology, and content disclaimers in Analysis. Changed a couple monikers/e-mails at request.
Yasha:
° Two donated analysis essays. JURI ANALYSIS (You know you want it.) and the Akio Arc according to Celeste. (Someday my analysis essays are gonna be able to compare to her epics.)
° Proofread my Touga duel analysis.
° Two donated fanarts.
° Three donated dream stories.
° Three donated wallpapers.


 
6/7/03 -  Empty Movement's back! The overhaul is complete (with exception to the analysis section, more on that in a moment)! PLEASE READ THIS STUFF PEOPLE, I put it right on the front page for a reason!
      The server situation is kinda a big question at the moment. For now I've split the gallery between ohtori.nu (which I can't stop direct linking on) and diabolical.nu (where I can, but don't have much bandwidth). This is probably a temporary fix, but whatever. It's all I can do for now, and you folks won't notice too much difference anyway!
      Since Empty Movement has always been more than one person can run, everyone welcome Yasha to the site! Among other things she's taking over management of the donations to the site, both for more quality content, and for my own sanity. From now on, donations will be accepted or denied, but don't worry, Yasha's very nice (most of the time). Thank Yasha for any and all content added in future updates...by splitting the upkeep workload, she's made it possible for me to take back the site!
      Also, folks who have donated stuff!! Check for your donations on the site, if your information has changed, PLEASE let me know! I'd like to keep everything updated as much as possible! E-mail me with your old e-mail/moniker, and where you are on the site, and give me the updated info. Please?
      Like I mentioned, there's a TON of new stuff on the site to check out:
MrsAkioOhtori:
° New main layout. I suppose I should explain why Touga's in it. Yasha is a Touga fan. I was going to use a series Touga image but then I remembered the movie manga boner picture and couldn't resist. Thanks Yasha and Blade for the scans!
° GALLERY UPDATE: You know you all love those. I've gone through the Film Books and movie and Seitokai Arc DVD screencaptures and done some massive color corrections. The Film Books suffered from too much yellow, and washed out colors, and the DVD screencaps had very washed out color. Now they're sparkly and pretty!
° NEW ANALYSIS: I'm not done with it yet. However, there's a new layout and the essays I have up there have been entirely rewritten and expanded on. The other essays are offline temporarily. If you'd believe it, it's been over a year since I've actually had a chance to sit down and watch SKU, so I'm going to do just that and then rewrite the other essays. Hopefully the rewritten ones will hold you analysis vultures over! Also, character heights are listed in the intro page!
° Changed the main font in Audiology, did some minor corrections to info and html.
° Fandom has been totally content overhauled. Check it out for new rules for submission. I readded the dreams donations, since while they're not technically fanwork, both Yasha and I like them too much.
° Media has also been overhauled for content, and new rules have been added.
° New layout, and overhauled content in the Akio shrine! Enjoy it, folks, I know I do.
° Added a few donations to 'Things Akio Would Never Say'.
° Some typo fixin' in the Mrs.Ohtori shrine.
° Added a couple links to site info.
Yasha:
° Two new fanfics, and a new chapter in 'Way of the Rose'.
° One new donated wallpaper.
° Bumloads of proofreading Giovanna's silly analysis essays. Thank you, Yasha!
° Chose fanarts and fanfics that stay in fandom, and multimedia items that stay in that section.
° Wrote her half of the rules list for fandom and multimedia.
° Cleaned up the html in the fanfics.
° Wrote comments for fandom and multimedia.
° Tons of editing and updating in site info: added links, wrote bios for the both of us, html clean-up, etc. Go read bios! (Bios as in biography, not basic input-output system.)

Stuff that's been stripped:
° No more AUCT/Anti-Touga site. I hate keeping up cliques, and I'm kinda bored with the OMG I HATE TOUGA caricature I've made of myself.
° The humor site is gone. I've gotten some feedback about this, and I'm sorry. I killed it partly because I don't find most of my sillysubs funny anymore, and the donations the site got made it consume way too much of my time. I may in the future reopen it and bring back the sillysubs, but it's a wait-and-see thing, depends on how much time I have in the next few months.
° A lot of donations in fandom and multimedia. These were chosen by Yasha and myself. It isn't fair to people donating now that the material already on the site not meet the same standards theirs will have to. Also helped to slim down the site size.
° I no longer offer wallpapers in 1280x1024. They were almost never downloaded, and took up a lot of space.
° I axed a couple of my analysis essays, I wrote some of these essays before I finished watching the show, and the arguments didn't stand up.