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Welcome to the official webbie of Aozora! Here, you can learn all about the guild and its rules and ranks, as well as anything you could possibly need to know about us.

First and foremost, we are a private, literate, chat-based guild with a Studio Ghibli theme. Interested in learning more? To navigate, just click through the links above. Enjoy your stay!

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About Aozora

Simply put, we are a literate, friendly, chat-based guild focused on building interpersonal relationships between people with similar interests. But there is more to us than that!

Random tidbit: Ghibli means "a hot wind blowing through the North African desert." The name was also used for Italian scouting airplanes during World War II. Hayao Miyazaki, being a huge fan of flight and airplanes, named his studio after them.

Aozora means "blue sky." Many of Miyazaki's films contain flying scenes, so we decided to name the guild after something in the same vein. Creative, huh? We thought so. ;D

Once upon a time...

Friends Alyson and Mari had always shared an obsession with Studio Ghibli and its films. They both grew up watching movies such as Kiki's Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, and Spirited Away, and one day, Alyson had a crazy idea: why not join a guild to find like-minded Ghibli fans?

A search around the GC turned up no results. There were anime guilds, but there didn't seem to be an active guild solely dedicated to Ghibli films. The solution? They made their own guild.

The rest is history, and today, Aozora is a guild dedicated to Studio Ghibli and its films. Founded by Alyson, Mari, and Jess in May 2012, our mission was to create a friendly, tight-knit community with a common interest: a love for Studio Ghibli. We pride ourselves on being the first and only guild with a strictly Ghibli theme. We have yet to meet anyone who dislikes Ghibli's films. On the contrary, everyone seems to agree that there is a certain magic in every movie created by Studio Ghibli, and we are here to honor them all (except for My Neighbors, The Yamadas).

While we are Ghibli-themed, we are by no means restricting ourselves to only talking about the films! We are a chat-based guild, after all, so you can expect to converse about any topic to help you build long-lasting friendships with fellow guild members.

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Guild Rules and Policies

Be sure to familiarize yourself with these rules before posting on our guild message board! We don't ask for a lot in Aozora, so these should be pretty easy to follow.

  • Aozora is a literate guild. We do not expect you to know perfect English, as we have a good deal of members who did not learn English as their first language. That is okay! We don't mind if you don't want to capitalize anything--so long as you are consistent about it--but proper punctuation and spelling to the best of your ability are a must. We do allow occasional chatspeak, but we prefer the bulk of your messages to be in legible English. Just use good judgment, please.
  • Make sure your posts are at least three words in length. This should be extremely easy. We do not like spam on our message boards.
  • Be kind and courteous to other members, as well as any people you may speak to on the guild ad boards on the GC. We do not take drama lightly. Aozorians are a family. If you absolutely must talk something out with another member, take it to neomail. Anyone found causing unnecessary drama in the guild will be deleted permanently.
  • If the subject title on the guild message board has something to do with what is currently going on in the guild, DO NOT change it. The council members use these as a supplementary way to spread news through the guild. Often, the message board titles announce new pages, guild events, and other new features. (That being said, if the subject title is something goofy, feel free to have fun with it! We don't rule over everything with an iron fist.)

Guild Etiquette

In addition to the guild rules, make sure you also keep the following in mind:

Activeness and Member Sweeps

Aozora holds member sweeps on the first and fifteenth of each month. During the summer months of June, July, and August, sweeps are held weekly. Members are required to post at least once every two weeks to remain in Aozora.

Members who have consistently disregarded our literacy policy will also be swept during this time.

Can't be super active? That's perfectly okay! If you plan on being away from Neopets or Aozora for a long period of time, let Maddie (haiga) know so you do not get deleted in one of our sweeps. Please include how long you plan to be away in your message. Otherwise, you will have one month before you are swept for inactivity.


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Hierarchy

Here are the guild ranks, as well as the requirements you must meet before you can be promoted in rank. There are two ways to rank up in Aozora--through post count or through membership in the guild.

Ranks in Aozora

Gentle Breeze: The default rank you begin with
Falling Star: 750 posts or 350 posts + be a member for 3 months
Susuwatari: 1800 posts or 750 posts + be a member for 6 months
Kodama: 3000 posts or 1200 posts + be a member for 8 months
Dirigible: 4500 posts or 2000 posts + be a member for 1 year

Ranks are updated on the first and fifteenth of each month--they coincide with member sweeps. If you notice you haven't been ranked up when you should have been, please alert Maddie (haiga), as sometimes she forgets to update ranks.

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Meet the Council

Aly (mintxstar) Hello, Aozora! I'm Aly. I'm a twenty-one year old university student studying emerging media. When I'm not experimenting with Photoshop, I enjoy reading, writing, drawing, and sleeping. On Neo, I enjoy attempting to collect avatars and lurking the Guild Chat.

Maddie (haiga) Salutations, Aozorians! My name is Maddie. I'm a nineteen-year-old university student studying English and French because learning languages is the only thing I'm good at. I like Dean Ambrose, watching anime, trying (and ultimately failing) to sleep, reading, and attempting to turn everyone into pro wrestling fans. On Neopets, lurking the GC, collecting avatars, and procrastinating on my guildly duties are my favorite things to do. DFTBA!

Unole (unolespirit) Hey there fellow Aozorians! I'm Unole, or Erin as you might see me be called. I am a 23 year old mother of one. I love to draw, write and create in my spare time~ On neo you can most likely find me on the guild board chatting it up or just lurking around! I'm always available to talk to or if you have any questions, so feel free to send me a mail! ^^

Rini (x3_teriyaki) Hi there lovely Aozorians! I'm Rini. I'm a nineteen-year-old that doesn't know what she's doing with her life (at the moment, I'm studying business). I like to sleep, eat and become paranoid because of how much Criminal Minds I watch. On Neopets, I like to creep people, cry while playing Neopets' avatar games and chatting with everyone!

Former Council Members

We owe a lot to our council members, including the ones who have since moved on from Neopets or simply decided to step down. We'd like to give thanks to these individuals for helping to make the guild what it is today! You will always be missed!

Jess (ghiblies) My name is Jess and I am just an average college girl who can't seem to stay away from this site. I also have an unhealthy obsession with Pokemon. Gotta catch em all~

Fuu (bythisriver) Heyo, I'm Fuu. I'm a senior undergraduate in university studying ~ * science stuff * ~. Beyond Studio Ghibli, I have a penchant for comedies and pastries. On neo, I enjoy character creation and avatar collecting, and that's pretty much all I do besides lurking. I also have issues letting go of my childhood (see: Neopets).

Mona (givuss) Hi everyone, I'm Mona~ I'm nineteen years old and working toward an associates degree in Graphic Design Technology at the moment. I spend a lot of my free time coding things, but I also enjoy photography, reading, and playing clarinet and saxophone. Most of my time on Neo is spent customizing my pets and lurking the GC, NCC, or PC.


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Badges

In July 2013, we had a vision: instead of guild teams and activity points--which, admittedly, we had done absolutely nothing with in a very long time--Aozora would move to a badge-based system. Everyone has the option of keeping a portfolio and badge case.

A list of badges and more detailed information on how to obtain each of them can be found here.

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Friends of Aozora

If you decide Aozora isn't the guild for you, feel free to check out the guilds below! We highly recommend them. Keep in mind that these guilds may have their own sets of requirements to join; be sure to read their info carefully. Happy guild hunting!


If you would like to be affiliated with Aozora, please mail Alyson. We're happy to accept all guilds!

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