We are officially old but how much wiser? We shall see!
I feel like I typed a similar post few days ago but here we are with another year gone past. This time we are on a very important milestone for any aniblog out there: the Big Five Year Anniversary. What does that bode for us? Only good things I hope! A lot of things have happened while we have been churning out posts but before all, I have to applaud the Metanorn Team, who have incessantly kept you, dear readers and lurkers, all entertained with posts. So, three cheers to Overcooled, Foshizzel, Hoshi, Jrow, Ness, anaaga, Karakuri, lvlln, Miyu, Highway, Sumairii, Will and our alumni, who setup a high bar for every team member who joined our ranks. We gather here today to look back the year past and celebrate with our much loved community. Let’s hear it from the team!
From Metan♥rn Team, with L♥ve
Eh, Happy 5th Birthday to Metanorn! I know, I know, I’m barely there now, but yeah, circumstances. Anyhow, I hope by this fifth birthday, Metanorn will be more awesome and prosperous than before. Don’t need to change Metanorn though, because I love Metanorn just the way it is ♥ And yeah, I’ll try my best to be here as soon as possible *sob*
Wow, 5 years. That’s pretty damn long in Internet time, and in anime blog time, interminable. 5 years ago, Bakemonogatari was just a light novel by some quirky little known author, and Hatsune Miku was known more as a program than hologram. Fans had yet to see a beloved franchise get mauled with Endless Eight episodes or a beloved magical girl get beheaded by a particularly cruel writer. Shaft was a punchline to jokes about the lack of budget in late night anime, and Gainax was still a relevant studio, still in the midst of milking their latest Heaven Piercing franchise. How times have changed.
I’ve only been a part of Metanorn for a year and a half now, one member among many who have come and gone, and I’m proud of our work in that time. The stylistic changes we’ve seen, the evolution and expansion of our podcasts, the additional features, they’ve all taken our site another step in the right direction. And a better community of readers and commenters, I couldn’t ask for. Seriously, I can’t overemphasize what the support from you guys means to all of us. It’s been a great ride, and it continues to be one. I’m confident that Metanorn has at least another 5 years left in it, and its best and brightest days are still ahead.
Wow. To think that Metanorn has been around for five years now. Truly, I am humbled to be able to write for a site with such a long history and rich heritage. Five years ago, I wasn’t even in the aniblogging scene. Five years ago, the only aniblog I followed (as a reader) was Random Curiosity. And that was still lead by Omni. I mention RC because I want to stress that while some things may change with time, what really matters will not. The flavor of any aniblog may change with new writers joining (such as myself) and past ones leaving. But I like to think that the heart of the site will always remain the same. Time may give Metanorn an ever richer history to speak of, but the core of this great community will never change.
While it may be presumptuous of a newbie like me to speak of the team and the community with such authority, I would like to congratulate Kyokai for working so hard to bringing the site to where it is now. Congratulations also on your marriage. I would also like to thank the team for warmly welcoming me on board. I’m glad to be a part of such a close-knit group. Finally, I would like to thank you readers for your continued patronage. Metanorn wouldn’t be what it is today without you, so read on and comment on!
Aaah *wipes a tear* Good times! But it’s time for me to go– Naah, this is becoming old and though I try to reprise this every year, it’s not happening. Though, I do get all mushy reading my team’s comments. As usual everyone is super charged to keep the readers entertained and that is why we contribute, right? Coming towards the highlights, we have finished our five years quite in style. I mean, 9.2Million visits, with 3,550 posts, 64,300 comments, 5000+ tags, more than 4100 nicknames used while commenting, 414 categories and 0.9M spam blocked.
Yeah, we definitely get a lot of spam.
Thank you for hanging out with us everyone! We wouldn’t spend so much of our time aniblogging if it weren’t for the Meta community, so thank you readers and note to lurkers for sometimes chiming in (we don’t bite! ;)). Now time to catch up with some highlights of past year and how to get in touch with us if you ever want to:
- Subscribe to our: RSS | Podcast | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | dA | Youtube
- Hang out with us ANY TIME OF THE DAY on our IRC Channel: Client | Web
- Want to be part of our blogroll or for any query, contact: Kyokai | Team (check individual IDs)
- Y4 Highlights:
- Haven’t missed a single day without posting (since 25th July, 2010)
- Metanorn’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards
- Lots of Anime Convention Coverage. We even landed exclusive interviews with Danny Choo and Redjuice
- Did our take on the 12 days of Anime project.
- Kept up with our detailed seasonal reviews and first impressions as usual.
- Won the 2nd Aniblog Tourney. Yay? Er… Still, the Red Group 5 podcast was pretty sweet.
- Revamped our MetaVerse podcast segment and added episodical mini-talks for some series.
- Increased our gaming coverage and even covered e3 2012.
- We opened shipping business and shamelessly wrote love stories involving the team.
- Kept on partying year-round with more birthdays.
- Wrote even more Editorials!
- Dabbled in translation.
- MetaFap became a force of nature.
- And almost fooled some fans with our April’s Fool!
Overall, another awesome year. We’ll keep you entertained as usual with special content through the coming weeks.
Join in the PAAAAAAAAAARTY~