Now granted, Twitter itself isn’t exactly about anime per se, but it has ultimately been one of, if not the, most dynamic influences in my anime viewing experience. Fortunately the 12 Days Aniblog project is not only about shows which we remember most, but also about the smaller things which we’ve come to appreciate throughout our year. On the first day of Christmas, I talked about starting my blog, and how writing and dissecting the smaller parts of pornographic Chinese cartoons has since changed my views on the medium as a whole. But really, my blog is just small glimmer, shining out their in a sea of glittering stars, so many far more talented and brighter than my own. Instead of echoing sentiments about one of the smaller blogs out there, I’d rather talk about something bigger than myself.
There’s a beauty in being able to express thoughts in simple 140 character messages on the internet. If you were yell out your thoughts on your streets, few would take notice and several would think “yeah, fuck that guy.” But this isn’t what happens on Twitter. It’s true that many of the things we yelp out aren’t as personal as much as they are funny and it’s true that in many of my own messages you’ll find stinging complaints about Sword Art Online to unending praise about Jojo’s OP’s (watch it or I’ll come after you 10 years later and feast on your firstborn child). However, many of the conversations what later stemmed from these teeny tiny 140 characters have been meaningful, and none can I brush off as meaningless or trite. And through Twitter, I was invited to this crazy thing called SSCSAV, a place where a bunch of anime fans can discuss a scene where two massive beefcakes beat the living shit out of each other and do it for hours. It’s been nothing short of enlightening.
I’ve written at length that anime isn’t a lonesome activity but rather a social one. It’s an activity and a hobby which brings people together more than it separates them; through forums, through blogs, and through group calls, anime has kept a countless number of people together and made several communities of its fans. Some are casual, some are hardcore (the latter is much more likely if you blog), but in the end there’s a relative connectivity and interesting level of closeness between the fans. It’s when I look back at these times and the years before that I realize that this has been by far the best year that I’ve spent watching anime.
A week or so after I started my blog, I drove up to a lake with a group of my closest friends, and as luck would have it, dropped my phone into the lake. When I think back on it, and how little things have changed since losing that hunk of metal, I realize that a social life is not built around what you use to communicate, but rather your desire to build those hard-earned moments of discourse. Zero things has changed about my social life since then; if anything has, then it’s been for the better, as conversations between my friends and I have progressed between a simple game of thumbs. Gone are the days of John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation; innovation has since lessened those digits to less than three. Now I refuse to draw a line between the friends I’ve met in school or at work with the friends that I’ve met on the internet and I certainly refuse to designate only one of these groups as “real life.” Everything said is real. Nothing experienced is imaginary.
So for those of you out there who have yet to know me, from the lurkers to the shadows, to the shy and to the lonely, know this: if you ever wish to seek out my hand, I’ll reach out as well.
My contact information is on my About page below the banner. If you would like to find me, feel free to start there, or even here. Leave a comment, mate.
- In writing this post, I just realized that The Cart Driver’s Shinmaru was my first commenter, first reader, first follower on Twitter, first person to encourage me to join SCCSAV, and possibly the first viewer on Pretense with Glasses aside from myself. Holy shit, dude. Thank you.
- I consider Christmas Eve the most important day of the 12 Days Project. It’s not Christmas itself, but it’s also the highest point of waiting and eagerness during the holiday season. Don’t spend your time on Christmas day reading from my blog; spend it with your friends and family who matter, on the internet or otherwise.
- If you’re not on aniblogger Twitter, you’re missing out on gold like this. You’re a good person, Cher.