Time has the remarkable power to simultaneously remind us of its speed and near slovenly crawl into the infinitesimal epicentre of the universe. All this is a roundabout way of saying that this first year of littleanimeblog.com has felt both protracted and impossibly quick. It’s baffling that 12 months have already passed since we published our first piece. Little did we know then that this humble blog we put together would transform in the way it has.
Before we’d even thought up a name for our endeavour, still brainstorming ideas, we each agreed that the blog was to be an avenue to chat about anime and write a few reviews. But the more we wrote, the more we discovered exactly what it was we wanted to accomplish. Our original mission statement was ‘Two English otaku types blogging on all things anime’, with our approach a little kitsch and playing up our own Englishness. That aim morphed into a more critical, considered and, we daresay, academic approach.
As we’re both graduates and writers by trade, it made perfect sense to come at anime from a more introspective standpoint, one separate from the fandom. That’s not to say we’re deliberately divorcing ourselves, but fandom is a problematic thing as we discussed in our Perfect Blue piece. We were also keen to use anime as a tool to explore social issues, our exploration of anxiety and PTSD in Soul Eater and exploration of bisexuality a culmination of this aim.
So critical insight and coming at anime from an altogether different angle became our forte, but we weren’t content to let the blog become too po-faced or pretentious. Both of us are published poets, and have heavily studied the craft, and the fact it took us the better part of year to decide to write anime themed poetry is, frankly, amazing. Poem for Crona was the first of many to come.
Here we are, a year on, and we’d be remiss not to mention the wonderful community not only orbiting our own blog, but of anime bloggers in general. Blogging can be a hard slog, motivation is often in short supply and there have been times when we’ve almost called it a day. But the continued support from fans and fellow bloggers has been a constant font of inspiration. So many of our favourite blogs offer insightful outlooks on anime and manga, allowing us to see a series or concept in a new light. To list all the wonderful folks we’ve met here would take a herculean effort. That’s a piece for another day.
If there’s one thing we’ve learnt during the last year, it’s that the secret of blogging is perseverance. It’s easy for dreams to get dashed a few months in, but it’s not uncommon for pieces we’ve written months back to suddenly get a surge in traffic, forever benefiting the site. With the nurturing and fertile community we’ve found here, our resolve has never been stronger. So for everyone who’s ever commented, liked or looked at one of our pieces, you have our heartiest thanks.
Here’s to the next year!