100 followers + Anniversary + Anime 3×3

     Hey, everyone!

     I’m pretty excited since a few days ago I passed a very round milestone. One hundred (and now a little bit more) followers is a thing, and a big one.

     Also April is the month when this blog began its existence 2 years ago, so I guess there’s another reason to celebrate. I’m not going to link my first review (of Suisei no Gargantia) there because I’m afraid to read it myself. I hope I have improved since then. Looking at that time, I remember simply wanting to post my thoughts somewhere without thinking about any milestones. Well, as a kid I’ve always thought that fantasizing about future careers and stuff isn’t very productive – what are the chances that you’ll really become a firefighter or a basketball player? It’s no wonder then that I never thought of how big an audience I could gather, especially during the first months. In the beginning I already had some little experience with blogging though these attempts didn’t concern anime and were very short-lived. I guess anime is something special to keep me around without ever wanting to quit. Speaking about quitting, it’s a bit sad when I look at my follower list and see several people who have reduced their activity (hopefully temporarily), sometimes even to the stopping point. It’s not too cheerful when a person you enjoy or who encouraged you very much isn’t around anymore. Still, AniBlogging isn’t going away any time soon and there’re plenty of wonderful new bloggers out there, (not to mention discovering some old timers as well) and that’s great. Well, I don’t think I can call myself a veteran by all means but somewhere I read that 2 years is a critical period for blogging – if you don’t quit during that time, you’ll likely to endure quite a bit. I don’t know how longer I’ll keep posting as life may take strange directions any time, but hopefully there will still be plenty of anniversary posts.

     Going back to the main milestone, naturally the big number doesn’t correspond to the reality that much (not even counting the no longer active members of the community), as for example a few months ago several (like 4 or 5) accounts whose name has a word “Casino” subscribed to the Attic. Well, I have nothing against that, it’s just an inevitable fact that spam gets everywhere. Unless these people really are interested in anime. Theoretically there’s a non-zero probability of that.

     Anyway, thanks to you all (Casino people included) for this, as it’s truly gratifying to know that your thoughts may resonate even the tiniest bit with someone else. Well, why am I talking – you all probably know this great feeling – I’m not going to say anything novel, this post is just a way to bow my head to all of you. I’m not going to give special thanks to some of you because even if there’re blogs that I love more than others, every single reader deserves to be thanked equally.

     I’m sorry that I haven’t subscribed to all of you who helped me achieve this milestone. Time is a limited resource (and probably the most valuable thing in this world) and sometimes I already feel like I spend too much time reading various blogs. Still, even if I haven’t subscribed, I have bookmarked many blogs and I check them from time to time so I can be considered a part of the readership.

     So yeah, let’s cut to the chase. I thought that on such an occasion when two nice events almost coincided, I’ll share my favorite anime 3×3. Well, it’s always on the blog, but it’ll do no harm posting it here and saying a few words about it.

            

  • Top leftMushishi. I don’t know how I would think of it now but att the time of watching it I formed an opinion that this show is one of the best at telling short stories that affect you very deeply. 4 cours (and a bit more) weren’t enough to become repetitive and both the OST and the visuals are instantly recognizable.
  • Top middle Mononoke. Ah, the visuals. You can hardly find anything like that. Ah, the suspenseful OST. Yasuharu Takanashi became one of my favorite anime composers. Ah, the supernatural element that works as a way to pry into the souls of the characters. Also, it’s one of a few anime that can legitimately be called horror.
  • Top rightKono Sekai no Katasumi ni. The newest but not the least great. A war story told from a perspective of a naive and very optimistic girl isn’t what comes to mind when you think about WW2 setting. It’s just an epitome of the idea that life always finds a way in the best way possible. That doesn’t mean that it’s easy though.
  • Middle left Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki. An incredibly packed story that I have no idea how Mamoru Hosoda stuffed into its runtime. If you need a family friendly experience of the highest grade or want to introduce someone to anime without disclosing the more niche areas – I could hardly suggest anything else.
  • Middle rightMonster. Naoki Urasawa can definitely craft a realistic story. It’s incredible how fluently a Western setting is exploited. I could think of only 1 episode out of its 74 that might be described as filler so even if its a lengthy story, it’s worth watching every single minute. Animation might not be Monster’s selling point but in the end it doesn’t matter – the story overpowers everything.
  • Bottom leftSpice and Wolf. Yeah, the guide to medieval economy though I’d argue that trading is only a small overtone compared to the meat of the show – the relationship between the two leads. And that’s great – they balance each other out and have enough secrets to keep things interesting.
  • Bottom middleNichijou. The king, the queen and the emperor of absurd comedies. KyoAni did wonders to animate everything and abnormal situations that happen in normal life have so much more impact because of that. It’s definitely silly but the spirit makes me come back to Nichijou any time I feel I need to cheer up.
  • Bottom rightShouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu. Seeing two generations growing from a young age to full maturity while struggling to keep the art of rakugo alive through different means that not everyone agrees on has been an unforgettable experience. Voice actors need to be given medals of the highest grade for what they have done.
  • The middleKara no Kyoukai. My favorite for a very long time. Kinoko Nasu and ufotable may be known mainly for Fate but to me it’s the film series that captured my heart. Solitary people trying to solve their problems while encountering an elaborate supernatural incidents – it’s cool, it’s great, it’s got an OST of Yuki Kajiura, what else could you want?

     So yeah – thanks again to all of you – for you encouragement, for your likes, for your comments, for you time and for being such a nice community to be part of!

     Let’s keep blogging!

Cheers!

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21 Comments

  1. This is awesome! A great list of anime too! Sometimes it is hard for me to narrow down. Here’s to more years and more followers! Cheers!

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    • Thanks a lot! Yeah, crystallizing the best of the best isn’t easy. I feel guilty for omitting some really great shows, but there’s only so much you can fit in a 3×3 grid.
      Cheers!

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  2. You gotta have to thank the casinos! 😀 Maybe they are an Anime casion? I don’t know! Either way, congratulations in this big achievient! Cheers to the next 100 eheh! 😀

    The 3×3 grid is really a great idea! 😀 Don’t get mad at me if I end up stealing it xD I mean, stealing with persmission of course 😀

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    • Thanks!
      I’m not the biggest fan of gambling but I would definitely be curious to visit an anime casino.
      Well, it wasn’t me who invented putting all sorts of stuff into grids so all the credit should go to Mr/Ms Unknown Person. Anyway, looking forward to your 3×3 if you end up making one.

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  3. KingDylbag13

     /  April 20, 2018

    Congratulations!!!! You deserve all the followers you get

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  4. Congratulations on the milestones and I hope you continue to enjoy.

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  5. Keiko

     /  April 21, 2018

    Congratulations!! 😊

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  6. Awesome 😀 Good on ya for all the follows and enjoyed seein’ the 3×3

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  7. Well hello there, slice of life person!
    I salute you for making it to this point. You are dead right with the final paragraph — it is definitely the biggest reason that pushes us into blogging more.

    I actually have quite a brutally honest post coming up regarding some bloggers’ futures but do not let it take away my congratulations to you!

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    • Thanks!
      Well, you intrigued me quite a bit with this teaser. Looking forward to read about your perspective on that.

      Like

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  8. Congrats on 100 followers, @Aldael. ^ ^

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  9. Conga-rats! Both are huge milestones!

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