One of the side projects I work on outside of my job is a Japanese anime site called AniDB. It was put together by some German guys quite some time ago with Perl, PostgreSQL, and some old donated hardware/bandwidth from an ISP. They were kind/foolish enough to let me help out with the site about two years ago. Anidb has almost anything you could possibly need to know about Japanese anime series (much like imdb for movies). Including things like what characters know each other between the different series.
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