Happy New Year, co-travelers! Let this year make us even better people, let us be kind and keep searching, keep going, keep loving. Let us communicate more! I surely feel I’ve won a lot from twitter discussion and even some tumblr talk; I was made to challenge my ideas on issues as circumcision, asexuality, racial features and realities etc.
Many thanks to:
- Overlord, who keeps me great company on Facebook and is our top commentator;
- Josh, who started commenting this year a few times;
- John Sato, who’s my -mainly- Ghibli movie watching partner,
- Justin, with whom I shared nostalgic and trolling moments while watching Digimon Adventures (s1 & s2) this summer;
- to all the new and old readers.
And talking about communication, drop by even just to give season greetings. The number of followers through e-mail have exceeded the 700, yet things are still quiet here much of the time. We’ve moved to wordpress to get more connected – and I wonder if it deserved the effort since we lost many handy and pretty features that were free on blogspot It’d be more than interesting to know how new people discovered us.
Follow us, as we look back to what progress the blog and its bloggers made this past year (while thanking more people) and make plans for the future.
- We organized the Kaori Yuki MMF. At the beginning we were afraid that the contributions were too few, but we ended up with over a dozen, which isn’t bad at all if we compare it with other MMFs. We have to thank many of our friends for offering a helping hand, namely awesome articles and spreading the word.
- We may have produced less posts, but we believe each post was of very good quality AND we made into e-books some great fanfictions.
- We got quoted!!! Thanks, Pontifus.
And not sure if that counts, but I’ve completed my collection of the Red River volumes! It’s one of my most favorite shoujo, so you should expect a review soon. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, the deluxe manga edition is also in my hands. And Right Stuf! sold the Revolutionary Girl Utena Boxset with a ring in an amazing price, so here I am with the anime of my destiny in my arms. Neko-kun bought volumes of his precious Devilman from overseas and gathered many Tezuka treasures. Generally, we invested a lot of money this year in our fandom love -more than last year.
So what’s up for this year? For starters, we’ve got a new theme, namely Howl’s Moving Castle. It’s my favorite Ghibli film, one that involves lots of magic and the maturing of two individuals brought together by fate. There’s something very warm about it. The last scene and even before that the implication of a time loop and that Howl was searching for her all along… just overwhelms my heart. The music and the colors make you fall in love with it even deeper. I’ve dedicated a post on it in the past. I feel it’s a fitting theme, representing both our battles with ourselves and some of our intentions for this year to come, i.e. more romance and more fairy tales.
Although we are going to consume older projects and columns like the Asian Artists, Left Unsaid and Down the CLAMP hole, we’ll shift the focus of the reviews to romance manga (het, yaoi, yuri) and erotica (indie comics and subscription to Filthy Figments), lgbt cinematography. Fairy tales as we said are another topic we’ll be focusing on. We would also like to explore more the world of webcomics and non-japanese animation and hopefully some novels (Kino no Tabi, Shin Sekai Yori).
As a partial proof of this year’s resolutions you may check the Links> Services, webcomics etc. page on the navigation menu. It contains our sources and a pool of titles we will choose from. Or click here.
Additionally, we look forward to presenting you in the next two months an Anime & Manga Grammar and Syntax 101 and to working on the Fandom Explorations podcast. Besides, Foxy Lady Ayame wants to attempt writing and drawing a doujinshi, but nothing is set in stone about it. Plus, we’ve started compiling our next travelog and if you’d like you can contribute whatever you afford to help with the expences for the editing and printing (last year it costed us around 250 euros in total); you may send us a donation to firstname.lastname@example.org or simply click on the Donate button on the sidebar.
Lastly, you’ll notice we’ve changed avatars and now there’s an extra page under the About Us with the full illustrations we commissioned to Sankoma for our personas. Gradually we might add more illustrations of our mascots and we’re having thoughts of making some badges and/or stickers if it’s possible.
Before closing this post, we remind you that we are open to criticism and/or suggestions.
Raise your glass and we’ll have a cheer
For us all who are gathered here
And a happy new year to all that is living
To all that is gentle, kind, and forgiving