What are fanlistings?

As its name suggests, a fanlisting (FL) is a non-profit, non-commercial site that lists all fans of a certain subject, primarily for entertainment purposes (meaning: it's just for fun). An entire community has been built around this concept by and for fans since 2000, so practically every fanlisting on the internet is listed in one of two "master directories": The Fanlistings Network and The Anime Fanlistings Network. (The staff of those sites have been running the networks for almost two decades now, so kudos to them!)

Why join FLs? Because when we love something, sometimes it's not enough to be quiet; we want to tell and show people that we care about it. When you sign up for an FL, it's a simple and easy way to let everyone know that you like this subject enough to declare so in the world wide web. Fans don't even need to do anything else after signing up—the whole point is in putting your name down and being able to say, "Yeah, I'm a fan. And I'm proud to be one."

It's even better if you have your own website (though this is not required to join), because you have a place to show off this proclamation badge of your interests. If you link back here, I will link your site on the members' list, too.

Bottomline: You're a fan, you're proud to be one, and you want everyone to know. You have nothing to lose by joining. ;)


The Ranma/Akane (乱あ) Fanlisting

This fanlisting is specifically about the relationship (either romantic or platonic, but you obviously see my bias) between Saotome Ranma and Tendo Akane from Rumiko Takahashi's hit manga series, Ranma 1/2. These two were engaged against their will by their fathers, who wished to unite their martial arts schools through their children's marriage. The series focused on the development between the two stubborn teenagers as they resist and deny their growing feelings for each other, despite the strange circumstances that brought them together.