Reflections on a 2nd Year of Fangirling…

Um, basically, it’s my second blog birthday today and I wanted to mark the occasion, share a few memories and thank yous, and then bugger off again for another few days or so, lol. Seriously though, the last 12 months have been even more of a roller coaster than the previous ones, but, overall, they have been just as enjoyable if not more so. Once again, I don’t have anything particularly profound to offer, but here, in no particular order, be some highlights…

The Shows:

So, being mainly an episodic blogger, I was fortunate enough to be able to review some great shows over the past four seasons, both as a single and co-blogger. These were:

-Nichijou (Spring 2011, but, being a 2 cour show, it continued airing into the Summer of 2011, hence its inclusion in this years’ anniversary post as well as in my previous one)
-Chihayafuru (Autumn 2011, and another 2 cour show, so I ended up covering this over Winter 2012 too)
-Space Brothers (Spring 2012, a.k.a. my current blogging waifu)

In addition to these, I also found myself writing more editorials and meta stuff, and the shows and subjects that these posts focussed on included:

-my best of 2011 round-up
-a post on what it was like for me to be a first time cosplayer at an anime con
-slice of life moments in Kimi to Boku (on season one that is, still need to catch up with season two)
-the presentation of ‘the uncanny’ in Another and Shiki
-on Dem Feelings in various Natsume Yuujinchou posts
-on the awesomeness that is Berserk
-on the gorgeousness that is Hotarubi no Mori e

I guess, in comparison to the previous 12 months, there was less epi-blogging and a bit more non-epi-blogging-related stuff. I still very much enjoy epi-blogging, but I think I like the fact that I have more of a variety in my blogging output these days, so I guess I’m happy to continue in this vein for the foreseeable future.

The People:

I might have mentioned elsewhere that I was also lucky enough to interact with more anime lovin’/ bloggin’ folks since my last (i.e. my first) blog birthday, so I’ll keep this short. So, er, in short: they know who they are, so I’ll just add that it was a pleasure to meet (again, in some cases) some of the lovely US-ians and folks closer to home who I got to hang out with at the end of last Summer and Autumn, and I hope to meet more of you in the not too distant future too. :-)

And Finally…

Not much else to add, except to emphasize how happy I am to have survived another year in the ani-bloggersphere and that, though I have my more productive and less productive moments, you ain’t getting rid of me just yet. ;-) Also, while 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 the Twitterer. Quite frankly, I don’t know if I was more happy or more disappointed that he finally joined Twitter. Either way, it was a truly memorable occasion. That is all.

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  1. Posted May 29, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations, and keep surviving. Anime forever!

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Joojoo – keep up the good work on A.F.A.R. too!

  2. Posted May 29, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on your second year! Ah, it doesn’t feel like that long ago that you first joined us, but I guess it has been that long. It’s great to have you on the team, and I’m proud to call you comrade! And it’s been great getting to talk to you online and having had the chance to hang out with you when Roghek, 6ry, and myself were in town too. Here’s to another year of blogging for you, and to many more great posts and conversations!

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

      How time flies, eh?! And that was an amazing weekend – not least of all because I finally got to meet our very own EO-senpai in the flesh! Thanks again for coming over, and for everything (as always)! Cya again soon!

  3. Posted May 29, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations Hana, keep up the good work ^_^

  4. Posted May 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Wow, it has been 2 years, eh. For some reason, I can’t decide if it feels longer than 2 years or shorter than 2 years. I am confused! I vaguely remember when you first joined. It was quite a bubbly moment!

    I have family in London, so, if I ever end up visiting them, I might try and grab brunch or something with you (if you do not mind that is. :P).

    Anyway, Congratulations! May you stick around for a long time!

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

      Ooh, ‘bubbly’, I like that. ^ ^

      And I most definitely would not mind – do so! (Unless by ‘or something’ you mean toxic muffins. The non-toxic kind would be A-okay, though. ;-) )

      Thanks, Mr. Muffin!

  5. Posted May 29, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    To two more, Hana. And many more after that.

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, lovely Vucy-tan tilde tilde tilde

  6. Posted May 29, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Yay Hana congrats~

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Mr. Adora- Er, I mean, write more!! #MyLittleKohaiCan’tBeThisLazy

  7. Posted May 30, 2012 at 5:32 am | Permalink

    Happy birthdayaversary! :P

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

      Haha, what a fab portmanteau – thanks, Charles! Not least of all for a certain guest post! And keep up the good work on BtT!

  8. Crusader
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Congrats comrade hopefully I can do more than pay the hosting bill for the rest of your time here.

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

      Again, leme know if you need help with that (seriously, don’t mind). And thank you, to another awesome blogging-senpai!

  9. Posted May 30, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Glad Nano is the lead picture of this post. I would have been disappointed had you not had at least one picture of her ;)

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

      I aim to please. ;-) Hope you’ve been well, dude!

  10. skyhack
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    Love your blog. Keep up the good work!

    • Posted June 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

      Well, it’s not just mine (haha), but thank you!

  11. Dein
    Posted June 2, 2012 at 5:10 am | Permalink

    Congratulations! I started following this blog ages ago and yet it seems like you’ve always been part of it. Very much enjoy your posts and hope to see even more of them in the future. Keep on keeping on!

    P.S. Shame you’re not blogging Sakamichi no Apollon, would’ve loved to read your thoughts on that show.

    • Posted June 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

      Oh, I’m afraid I fell behind with that, and was already blogging Space Brothers etc. etc., but might do a random review/ editorial or two on it when I catch up. Either way, thanks for the thought and for the kind words, Dein!

  12. Posted June 22, 2012 at 3:05 am | Permalink

    Better late than never. Congrats, hon! Here to many more years to come. ^^

    • Posted July 11, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

      What Kyokai said.

    • Posted July 29, 2012 at 10:37 am | Permalink

      Eek, and my response is even more late (sorry!), but thanks very much, hun! And likewise, Ms Metanorn Boss Lady! ;)

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