The world of anime is arcane, hermetic, and nigh-unto impenetrable by outsiders. And thats a good thing; part of the fun of anime is discovering something new in the seemingly-endless barrage of options. The Japanese style of animation is nothing like the American experience of happy anthropomorphic animals in stories aimed at kids (although that does make up a tentacle of the anime kraken). Anime allows for all sorts of stories to be told, from classic space opera (the Captain Harlock series) to the raunchy (Girls High
) to straight romance (Emma
). How do you know which series or stand-alones are right for you from among the thousands of films available? Find a guide, like one of the members of Fant-Asia St. Louis
. The anime enthusiasts celebrate ten years of togetherness today from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the St. Charles Fantasy Shop (2426 West Clay Street, St. Charles; 636-947-8330 or www.fantasyshoponline.com). Theres a costume contest, art show, video gaming (the ninth anniversary party featured a lot of Dance Dance Revolution
), and, of course, plenty of anime screening throughout the day. Admission is free.