Rise and Shine Boys and Girls. It’s a brand-new year and the sun is up and it’s time to grab the bull by the horns and something something awesome!
Now dig yourself out from under that mountain of assorted party favors, empty solo cups and forgotten coats, and get ready to tackle the future! If you feel a little queasy don’t worry – it’s the excitement! That’s how you’re supposed to feel! If you still feel queasy in half an hour maybe check out this post…
Have you figured out where you are yet? Doesn’t matter! Petty concerns like that are for petty people, and you my friend are GRAND! It’s simple fact, after all I refuse to even acknowledge the less than fantastic. Why would I? The fact that we are sharing this moment, is proof absolute of your wonderfulness. Now it’s time to impose it on the world!
Have I lost my mind even more than usual? Am I still drunk from last night? Also, doesn’t matter! Wouldn’t make anything I’ve said so far, any less true. So, while I have you here, and before you become too big to talk to me, let’s make a little bargain. In 2019, we’re going to remember why it’s awesome to be anime fans. Basically, we are just going to keep doing everything exactly as we have so far.
We are going to still welcome new fans and appreciate their awe at discovering great series for the first time. We’re not going to make fun of them for mispronouncing Japanese names or not knowing niche vocabulary. We are way too cool for that! We’ll keep on suggesting new series they can try without telling them it’s so much better than the show they love. It’s ok for more than one anime to be great after all.
And you know, sometime social media can be just as much a curse as a blessing. Some folks, not us, have a tendency to get a little negative at times. Negativity is a bit like a virus. It can get contagious and make you feel crappy. So in 2019 we are going to be careful about disinfecting that stuff. Wash your hands after you touch the rotten parts. Concentrate of the healthy conversations. I know that we all want to be at the party. But some parties are just lame and always the same. You deserve better. Only the most select and exclusive should be graced with your illustrious presence.
We both know that there is no right way of being an anime fan of course. It’s not like the one that has seen the most wins, or the one that has seen the obscurest. Is obscurest a word, my autocorrect sort of gave up on me a long time ago… I know that there’s no point in getting on a high horse because I sat in front of a TV longer than someone. I mean, I’ve probably been alive longer as well so it’s a bit like cheating. And they can still win in the end. Whoa that got grim out of nowhere.
Thankfully, we’re both secure and glaringly fantastic people who simply don’t feel the need to brag or compare ourselves to others. We come together because greatness recognizes greatness and there’s no point in spelling it out.
For those of us with blogs, we are going to keep improving even though we’re pretty great already. We’ll just keep working to hone our skills. Maybe we’ll try something new, offer to edit other people’s posts to develop those skills. Because editors are the very best. We are going to get you some great posts to read in 2019, just you wait!
It’s going to be a wonderful year for anime fans all over and we are going to celebrate it together. By being actively superb as always! I’m so glad to see you here today and can’t wait to tackle this brand new year!
*** You may be wondering what has gotten into me. I’ve read that a lot of you are feeling burned out and exhausted by the anime community and by extension find yourself less enthusiastic about anime itself. So I just thought I’d take a second to remind us all that there are also a lot of great people in that community. For instance, there’s you! And it would be great if you started the year out optimistic and happy. You’ll see, once the hangover wears off, you’ll be much more enthusiastic!
So today, leftovers and comfy blankie on the couch and tomorrow, we start an this lovely journey together!