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Name: Rec.arts.anime.misc (RAAM)
Date(s): 1988(?)-1996 (as rec.arts.anime)
1996-present (as rec.arts.anime.misc and additional)
Moderator: Steve Pearl (late 1980s to the mid-1990s), later none
Type: discussion newsgroup
Fandom: anime, manga
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Rec.arts.anime.misc was the major newsgroup for English-language anime discussions. It began as rec.arts.anime, and in the mid-90s to early 2000s saw several thousand posts a month.

In 1993, several additional Usenet communities were created, including:

In March 1996, R.A.A. was so high-traffic that it was disbanded (though Usenet being what it is, many servers still used it, and there continued to be posts to it until 2004[1].) and split into several different groups:

There were also many more specialized newsgroups, including groups for individual anime, such as listed on this 2004 Master List of Anime Related Newsgroups.

Steve Pearl was a/the moderator of rec.arts.anime.misc from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s. He created the group's "list of frequently asked questions."


  1. ^ GoogleGroup's archive lists 7 posts for October 2004, none later. (Accessed 1 March 2009)
  2. ^ As listed on GoogleGroup's archive (Accessed 1 March 2009)