Retasu was created on the 10th December 2021. It serves as my personal website and a way for me to channel my nostalgia for anime graphics resource sites from the early 2000s. (If things seem a little outdated in terms of web design, this is why.)
I named this site after 緑川れたす (Midorikawa Retasu) who is my favourite female character of all time. She is from the series Tokyo Mew Mew, created by Mia Ikumi & Reiko Yoshida.
She's one 1/5th of the team Tokyo Mew Mew, a group of magical girls infused with the DNA of endangered species who have sworn to protect the planet earth from the alien race and anything that threatens its destruction. Retasu is infused with the DNA of a Finless Porpoise.
I cite Retasu as the girl started it all for me. It was the first time I really saw myself in a character, even if I wasn't really aware of it at the time. I was pretty self-deprecating as a child (something I have yet to grow out of) and I remember feeling so seen every time Retasu berated herself for messing things up, every time she tried her hardest to please everyone around her.
Despite being on the receiving end of severe emotional and physical bullying at the beginning of the series, Retasu remained such an empathetic and kind soul who saw the best in everyone, even those who hurt her. Such characteristics are ones that mean a lot to me as someone who wants to be a genuinely good person above everything else. For that, Retasu will forever be beloved to me. I could think of no other character who means as much to me as she does.
As most of my HTML/CSS knowledge is from what I learned as a kid in the early 2000s things may not be 100% responsive. I'm currently going through Angela Yu's Complete 2023 Web Development Bootcamp and The Odin Project to bring me up to date. Please bear with me as I'm still learning! I hope to revamp retasu to be completely responsive one day.
Until then, please keep in mind of the following...
- ✧ Site is optimized for PCs and looks best on a 2560 × 1600 screen.
- ✧ Should look fine on mobile devices but you will have to zoom in as site is not responsive for the most part.
- ✧ You will probably have to scroll a lot if viewing on a smaller screen.