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Advanced Anime (AA) began late 2000 as a sub-section of a small web site titled, "Mr. Fibblers's Land of Insanity". The original title of the anime sub-section was actually "Premium Anime," but because so many link directories were ordered alphabetically back then, the name was changed to Advanced Anime.
The site was officially launched as "AdvancedAnime.com" on January 14th, 2002. The original concept was to provide non-hentai images of anime girls. At that time, no other site was completely filling this niche online.
In mid 2002, automated galleries were implemented to ease the update process as new images were added to the site. This soon led to the option for users of the site to upload their own images. The popularity of this feature exploded. Users began signing their screen names to posts and comments. An official membership system was created to facilitate this new popularity and Advanced Anime's popularity has grown exponentially ever since.
Affair Anime was launched on September 20th, 2002 in response to the demand to use this new system to upload ecchi and hentai images. Affair Anime has since been referred to as the "dark side" or "flip side" of Advanced Anime.
In late 2003, both sites underwent a major redesign dubbed, "Parisian". The redesign was inspired by the administrator's experience in Paris. The once separate forum section was integrated with the site and a links directory was later added. The popularity of both sites continued to grow.
In early 2005, both sites were once again redesigned inspired by the artwork of past Advanced Anime contest winners. By this time, the true value of the site was being realized: the community. Members were now able to customize their profiles, send private messages and interact with each other like they had never been able to before.
AA 4.0 was launched on March 12th, 2007. It endeavored to take feedback from members and transform the site design into a light-weight and streamlined experience. Many sections on the site were enhanced to be faster and more efficient while features continued to be added without overwhelming the core of AA.
On December 18th, 2008, AA 5.0 went live. It combined web 2.0 interactivity, a dedication to usability, and a strong sense of community in a way that no other Anime web site did. This release was the biggest change AA had ever had. Most notable of the new features were the Anime series section which included wikis, and the reorganization of images based on user contributed tags.
What started as a small site where users could find non-hentai anime girl images has transformed into a unique online community for fans of anime. It is with the support of all the members, many of whom have been with the site since it was launched, that this site has grown into the inclusive community it is today. People come for the anime galleries, but stay for the community.
The following are all of the versions the site has gone through:
- Pink and purple with tables and a girl holding an umbrella. (early 2001)
- Cool Blue version with frames. (mid 2001)
- Image map version and member section (late 2001)
- Image map with automated galleries (spring 2002)
- Fully automated galleries based on Phphotoalbum (summer 2002)
- User posted galleries (late summer 2002)
- Affair Anime created (late summer 2002)
- NavMenu version (early 2003)
- Parisian Version (late 2003)
- AA Style (early 2005)
- AA Style Mascot (2006)
- AA 4.0 (2007)