Reflections on a Year of Fangirling…

It may be my first blog birthday today, but it’s definitely a collective celebration – yay! :D

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…


The Shows:

Oh, the memories…

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!


The People:

Oh, you…

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! :P More DAWW!!


And finally…

Of all the people I’ve encountered (at London Expo yesterday), this guy was the most random… and that’s saying something… XD

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.

Moving on.

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! :D

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38 Comments

  1. Posted May 29, 2011 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    3 quid for that box of cereal seems ridiculous. Anyway, congrats on making it to a year with THAT group of guys. May you make it through year 2 unscathed:)

    • Posted May 30, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

      Well, they are ludicrously tasty. ;) Thanks, it’s been great blogging with them, and I hope I may do so too!

  2. Posted May 29, 2011 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Aww, I feel honoured to be named, and I was even more honoured to be able to hang out with you for a while. Make sure you’re free on July 23rd for Hyper Japan so you can buy me those ice creams!!! ;)

    I also have to thank you again for the THAT bookmark, it’s both lovely a slick piece of marketing. ;) (Note to self: Look into Hanners’ Anime ‘Blog bookmarks).

    Banana man and his box of cereal still makes me laugh harder every time I see it – it’s been an entire day now and it still cracks me up every time. *Anyway*, congrulations on the year of ‘blogging – you’ve certainly picked up a bunch of great shows, and I just wish that I had more time to read not just your contributions but this ‘blog in general properly rather than just the odd flick-through. I shall have to make more time in future!

    • Posted May 30, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

      Yes, I will defo try and make that – and iirc they had green tea flavoured ice cream at the last one, as well as other delicious things, so I might have to buy myself one or two as well! ;)

      Haha, no worries about the bookmark… and yes! Banana man still makes me giggle… and probably will continue to do so for quite a while longer! :D I know what you mean about wishing for more time to read more blogs – guess we can’t read them all, at least not in as much detail as we’d like. Thanks for stopping by, though, and for the kind words!

  3. Posted May 29, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on a year hear, hopefully you’ll grace the presence of this blog for many more. And our little Skype experiment wouldn’t be nearly as successful as it was without you onboard, so thanks for that as well.

    • Posted May 30, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

      Aw… well, I wouldn’t’ve even met half of those people if it hadn’t been for you, so thank you for what you wrought, as well as for the ‘grats! :)

  4. Posted May 29, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! Wow it must mean I’ve been on THAT for a year as well. Sure is nice.

    • Posted May 30, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

      It is indeed, not least of all having you as a senpai and comrade – who’d’ve thought that such a shoujo fangirl and a mecha fanboy would end up with so much in common, eh?! ;) Thanks, Ghosty!

  5. Posted May 29, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Yay, Hana! Happy Blog-Birthday, and many more. :)

    • Posted May 30, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Joojoo! And hopefully Yay to celebrating them with you too! :)

  6. Posted May 29, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on passing your first year. However, it is now that the real test begins. The next 24 months will be a gruelling test of your will, determination and capacity to waste copious amounts of time writing about Asian Cartoons. Get beyond that hurdle and you too shall become a Veteran.

    Oh, and it was fun meeting you too :D

    • Posted May 30, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      Bloody hell, Scamp… not sure I want to think about 24 months of blogging in quite that way… mind you, if they’re as much fun as the last 12 have been, then bring it on! :P

      And yes – hopefully it won’t be the last time, either!

  7. Posted May 29, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Yay |Hana, you did it :D
    Hopefully the next years will be as, or even more, memorable as this one.
    It was lovely to meet you too, so lovely that such event must be repeated some day.
    All the best for the year to come, I hope many more good shows cross your way too, even if they have bishies kissing each other…. shirtless

    • Posted May 30, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

      It will most definitely be repeated. Nuff said. :D

      Thank you, I always look forward to more good shows, and hopefully to watching and chatting about some of them with you… though, ‘some’ (in light of your last point) being the operative word, I guess! :P

  8. Posted May 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    I congratulate you on making it to the first year… Anime blogging may seem like a grueling task, but believe me… it’s rather enjoyable feat as you are sharing the passion for the hobby in a sense.

    Anyways, I wish you luck on making it to the 2nd year!

    • Posted May 30, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

      Hmm, I guess it’s not always easy trying to keep up, but, as you say, it’s definitely enjoyable and rewarding. :) Thank you!

  9. Posted May 29, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    Congrats Hana! I’ve enjoyed reading your posts (even though I’m a terrible commenter, I’ll try to fix that!) and it’s been fun getting to know you while watching anime as well. Best of luck for the future!

    • Posted May 30, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

      Aw, thank you (and don’t worry, I’m often the same!), it’s been great getting to know you, too, and I look forward to continuing to do so! :)

  10. Posted May 29, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Congrats. And beside saying just that, keep up the good work. I feel that anime this year is seeing signs of improvement and recovery.

    Talk about reflections, it’s almost 4 or 5 years since I first joined THAT. Looking through my old posts, I’m getting the feeling of old shame as I cringe every single word I wrote in the past.

    • Posted May 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, RV! A.k.a. another beloved senpai and comrade! ;) I’ve also been pleasantly surprised with how some of the recent seasons have turned out, so I’m looking forward to continuing to work with you. And there will be no shame on my page – whatever merely makes us cringe but doesn’t kill us makes us stronger! ;)

  11. Posted May 29, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! On the first full year! YAY!! :D

    It has been so much fun chatting over twitter and Skype/Team speak lots of fun, we have to do another watch of a series with everyone again!

    • Posted May 30, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Foshy! :D It has indeed! And, bloody timezones permitting grr, we have to indeed do so – I’ll look forward to it!

  12. Crusader
    Posted May 29, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    FOUR MORE YEARS AND THEN SOME. Happy 1st Blog Birthday comrade may you have much to fangirl in the coming seasons.

    • Posted May 30, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

      THANK YOU, Mr RAEG! :P I hope so too – and I hope you’ll be there to fanboy/ raeg along with me! ;)

  13. Posted May 30, 2011 at 5:49 am | Permalink

    Congrats on the year! It’s a shame our only simul-blogging experience was with Occult Academy. Hopefully we’ll both pick a better show to land on in the future. ;-)

    • Posted May 30, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, RP-senpai! A shame perhaps, but what an experience it was – not least of all for giving us your (and Scamp’s) wild theories about wtf was going on in that show, haha! Though, yes, let’s hope for better pickings in the future! :)

  14. ectholion
    Posted May 30, 2011 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    Congrats!!! you’ve had a great year of posting, and ive loved reading said posts :)

    • Posted May 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

      And I have loved reading your (raeg-)comments on them – thanks, ectho! :)

  15. fathomlessblue
    Posted May 30, 2011 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Bawhaha, I actually have that banana costume myself! Never thought to combine it with a box of Crunchy Nut though… so much wasted potential.

    Anyway, congrats on one year down. Hope you have many more! :)

    • Posted May 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

      Aw man, for a minute there I thought you were gonna say it was you! :( In that case, next time you’re down south and there’s another con, I shall know what to look out for, then! And thanks, fb, I hope so too! :)

  16. Darkfireblade25
    Posted May 30, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    It’s a wonder where u ppl find all these pics to fit the mood xD

    Congrats on the blog-anniversary :). keep up the good work!

    • Posted May 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

      Hehe, pics (and songs) are wonderful things! :D

      Thank you!

  17. Posted May 30, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on your first year, comrade. It’s been a pleasure having you as part of the team and I really enjoy your opinions and fangirling, as well as your consistency and enthusiasm in posting. And it’s been great talking to you as well, whether to watch anime together or just to chat about things in general. I look forward to the next year with you on the team and wish you the best going forward.

    • Posted June 20, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

      Aw, EO… Well, as I’ve said, I wouldn’t even be here if it wasn’t for you, so thank you (as always). It’s been great getting to know you too, and I also look forward to more fun times ahead – senpai! ;)

  18. Posted May 31, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on your first year and wishing you many more happy years of aniblogging!

    Sorry I didn’t manage to meet up at London MCM Expo but I hope we’ll be able to cross paths IRL somehow in the future. :)

    • Posted June 20, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Zyl! A.k.a. another cool blogging senpai, I might add! And no probs, I hope so too. :)

  19. Posted May 31, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Hey, I totally commented on your first post and you totally responded. Did you delete it? Did my comment mean nothing to you?

    • Posted June 20, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

      Your comments mean everything to me. (Unless you’re joking, you might be thinking of when you referred to an extract from the above that EO included in a previous post, as the above was pretty much the bulk of my original app. to join the team.)

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  • By Reflections on a 2nd Year of Fangirling… on May 29, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    [...] nothing could possibly beat Banana Man and his box of Crunchy Nut (the focus of this section in last year’s post), I feel that this also comes close as another random highlight: witnessing the birth of Baka-san [...]

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