I demand my birthday cake now~
Two what? Obviously, it is now two years since the establishment of T.H.A.T. Two years ago, four random friends on the Internet decided to set up an anime blog. None of us probably expected this tiny little anime blog to go anywhere, since the Internet is notorious for kicking newbies in the gut, solar plexis and the ass to gain any fame/infamy. With a blink of an eye, two years have past. With that in mind, Calawain asked me to write an anniversary post, despite my reluctance to write a boring post.
Impz: hahaha. i am thinking how to write it well
Calawain15: uh thank all the writers and commenters over the two years
Calawain15: and the other bloggers in the community
Calawain15: you’re glad to be a part of such a great team of people, blah blah
Calawain15: hope we can continue for another year blah blah
Impz: that sounds so boring.
Calawain15: it’s just an anniversary post
However, I decided to get rid of my prejudices for such a post. It’s important to thank the various important people and make a semi-serious evaluation of THAT bloggers. If you are wondering, none of them know that they are going to be evaluated, so they are likely to express as much surprise as you, the reader who is reading this.
Without my co-bloggers, THAT will never be THAT. It will be about green haired lolis and Tsuruya, which is not bad but not exactly great. It’s time to bring the crystal ball of reminiscence and embarrassment. Let me bring you back into the history, where we first started as clueless bloggers of THAT. Alkanphel, Joo and Mr Admin were the initial anime bloggers in this humble blog, and it soon became a behemoth of a team. I think I will make a separate entry on remarkable commentators, since it is probably way too much to include them in this post. The three new bloggers and Maipeisu are not included, so thank your lucky stars for escaping my evaluation!
The past and present bloggers of THAT
Alkanphel was the random poster, putting up a picture and less than a paragraph of words. In his own words, he said that it’s hard to write anything because he is so darn lazy. That reminds me that I got to stay back this Tuesday at work, so that I can meet him up in lunch at my university. If you checked his first post in THAT, you know exactly what I mean.
Jooo writes on J-drama, and she simply got bored of writing in THAT, and returned to her personal blog. Now, unless I am mistaken, she hardly watches any anime anymore since the J and K-drama bug has bitten her completely into a convert. As expected, Joo’s first entry is about Goong, a very popular K-drama series two years ago.
Mr. Admin, well, I don’t know but he is probably having a hell of a time with his girlfriend still. He was in charge of the administrative matters, setting up this blog and ya, admin stuff. Oh, I fail to meet him the two times I am in California too. His first post is coincidentally on the site launch of THAT, which represents our humble start.
Lupus, oh Lupus, how do I start? Before you think I forgot about Luppie-chan, he is the first blogger that came in after abandoning his own blog. He is probably the first blogger that came in and is still in here. Yes, being here but not writing that much is still being in here. I am just so lenient. His first entry, by the way, is on Full Metal Alchemist Chapter 61 way back in 2006. God, he does blog manga stuff huh.
Crusader, the gun-tottering hater of emo-fags and Gundams, entered through our first THAT recruitment drive for bloggers. He came in writing a whole thesis paper about army stuff. I never admitted to him, but I didn’t understand like 80% of what he is saying. That said, I probably still don’t know 60% of all his fricking references in his entries. Nonetheless, you guys love this extremely verbose and sharp writer, and he has become one of the mainstays of THAT. Funnily enough, his first entry is on Hayate no Gotoku and lacks anger (huge shock?).
Shokkeru came in alongside Crusader during the THAT recruitment drive for bloggers. I actually thought that he stopped writing for a while since he got busy, but hey he is now blogging more stuff than me. He’s generally the nicest person here in THAT, though it is quite easy to be a nice person when you have emo-hating Crusader and critical perfectionist Calawain in THAT. You do not need to try that hard. Here’s his first entry in THAT, on TTGL of all things.
Calawain appeared in THAT, and I must admit that I do not really remember how he entered the blog. Once he did, I knew he is going to be a gem of a writer. He probably wanted to kill me more than three times during his time here, and he took up the major task of making our season preview look good. He hates shoujo too, and I hate whatever he likes in general. Oh, I can be particularly lazy with scripting at times and he is an excellent perfectionist, so it is always good to have someone complementing me. Anyway, he started off writing about Night Wizard which is queer since he’s an ecchi-loving fan.
Briar is our token bishoujo who officially sold her soul and body to real life work. I have not talked to her for a long time, but she is always funny to talk to. For your information, never call her auntie. I do that all the time, and I am on the verge of being ignored by her, if I am not already. Anyway, it’s little surprise that her first post is on Kaze no Stigma, with cute men for cute romance and love.
Extrange is the second blogger that abandoned his blog for greener pastures (yes, pun completely intended). He is supposedly the resident lolicon, though Shokkeru is the unofficial tsundere lolicon that refuses to admit that he is one. I mean, it’s so damn obvious. Anyway, he likes manga and forces manga down my throat whenever I am on YIM. Nonetheless, I got to read many manga because of him. Oh, he reads hentai too and asks me to read it. NO, HE WILL DENY IT LATER, BUT TRUST ME HE DOES READ PORN! Anyway, being a lolicon, he wrote his first entry on moe.
Reverse Vampire is our resident loli, who decided to apply to our blog to improve her writing and share her hatred of Kaname. She is perhaps one of the most free-willed spirits in the blog, and it’s really hard to capture her attention. Maybe, it’s the generation gap but I tend to have problems following her thought process. Nonetheless, she is still developing as a writer, and it’s fun to have her here. Her first entry is an intense entry of hate for Vampire Knight’s Kaname.
Igunis disappeared after writing 16 posts. It’s a pity, because he is a really nice guy that just had a severe case of writing block cum burnout. I think he is definitely watching anime still, but it’s a pity that he disappeared before he can establish himself here in THAT. His first entry is him being a bum and watching anime. Life is good.
Riex is another blogger that left the team, and still assists us in maintaining the template and bugs of the website once in a while. He confessed that it is always hard to maintain that individuality in a team blog, and having his own blog often allows him to be extravagant and write what he really wants. I do wish him well, since he always has many interesting ideas up his sleeve. It’s a pity, but a man got to do what a man got to do. As queer and interesting a person he is, his first post epitomizes Riex completely.
That is it. Thank you for reading this whole wall of text and I thank you for visiting THAT for the last two years. It’s always a shock how this blog grew, but it grew because of you. Thank you.