Hello, readers old and new. This time last year, I published my first post on T.H.A.T., so I thought I’d mark the occasion with some brief words to illustrate the highlights of my first year as an anime blogger. I don’t really have anything profound to offer, except to say that overall it’s been a pretty awesome (and often surprising) experience. I could just leave it at that of course, haha, but I would also like to add my thoughts on the shows that I’ve covered and on the interactions and experiences that I’ve had as a result of doing so…
Well, I joined T.H.A.T. primarily as a shoujo/ josie/ SoL/ comedy/ mystery-loving episodic blogger and I’ve pretty much stuck to these type of posts (with the occasional editorial and bit of random fun thrown in), which I’ve certainly enjoyed and still enjoy writing, as well as reading and sharing comments about them, in turn. The shows I have covered, both myself and as a co-blogger, are:
-Kaichou wa Maid-sama! (Spring 2010)
-Arakawa Under the Bridge season one (Spring 2010) and season two (Autumn 2010)
-Occult Academy (Summer 2010)
-Kuragehime (Autumn 2010)
-Kimi ni Todoke season two (Winter 2011)
-Nichijou (Spring 2011)
Naturally (seeing as I didn’t drop any of them, haha), I’ve really enjoyed watching and blogging these shows. You can, of course, refer to the respective posts themselves for more detailed thoughts and impressions. However, I’ll add that these posts are certainly responsible for my highlights as a blogger over the past year (namely, for the unashamed fangirling that writing about them has allowed me to pour out, and also for the fun comments I’ve shared about them on this blog and elsewhere). So, in no particular order of preference, these highlights include: trying to make sense of the mind a certain bishielicious perverted space alien from the planet Pheromones; pouring the haterade on pointy-masked guitarists with a penchant for craptastic lyrics; collecting screenshots of the many (pissed-off) faces of Maya; wishing I had a fairy-trapmother as awesome as Kuranosuke; dawwing over the adawwable Sawako (and Ryuu x Chizu); and (so far/ currently) dawwing over robot girls and a fluffy kitties. DAWW!
Of course, no one blogs in a vacuum, and the comment-sharing that I mentioned above has been just as much fun, if not more so at times (one of the pleasantly ‘surprising’ things I was referring to above), than the writing part itself. However, firstly, I have to thank Impz and Executive Otaku for enabling me to be here in the first place, and also Crusader, Reverse Vampire, Ghostlighting, Chronolynx and Mystlord for being just as great to write and speak with. And speaking of speaking, it’s lovely being able to actually talk/ listen to you guys every now and then, too.
As well as my lovely T.H.A.T. family, pretty much everyone who has taken the time to read and comment on any of my posts has left an impression on me. Being primarily an episodic blogger, this depends on whether or not you’ve even been following the shows I’ve been covering (lol), but some of those comments have been outright hilarious at times, and it’s great being able to get to know some of you recurring/ less shy folks a bit better. *Suddenly recalls the more spirited and wildly theorising comments she’s read…* Okay, I’d better add ‘weird and wonderful’ folks! More DAWW!!
There are so many more names I could have mentioned above, but I don’t just want to name-drop and risk alienating non-commenters and/ or non-bloggers, not least of all because it would be a pretty long list of names I’d be, er, dropping. However, since the winter, I have been speaking to more people via Twitter and Skype, usually about/ to watch anime together, but often just to chat as friends. All I can say about the latter is that it’s been lovely. Really lovely. Andyeahthat’sallI’mgonnasayaboutthatbeforeIstartblubberingandembarrassingmyselfevenmore.
I will, however, drop three more names because I was lucky enough to meet them in person – yesterday, in fact at the MCM London Expo! So thanks again to Roghek, Andy and Scamp for meeting up and hanging out with me. You are also lovely.
Lastly, thanks again to all of you lovelies for reading – cya again soon!