It’s been one month since the last post on AOIA. I suppose this was inevitable.
Apologies. This was sudden, I suppose; I doubt many cared anyway, but it feels as though as head honcho I should at least say something. Like the last resort of a rifleman faced with tanks.
People move on. GhostLightning shut his blog down as well. Unfortunately, I have more excuses than him. We can’t keep staying on where we are right now. Progress has to be made. We go through phases and phases, through stage to stage. Life’s like a video game that way, except that we have no lives, no power-ups, but only one way to go, and that is to go up. As I’ve said before, AOIA has begun to move on as well. @fkeroge announced his plans to quit, Smiley’s moved onto other blogs, Azure left the fandom, Carillus’s busy with life and CyborgCommunist…has to study.
I feel a bit of guilt whenever I enter my room, because the remnants of my secondary school life linger there: the posters, the figurines, all I’ve done in the fandom. Memories of AFA, et cetera. Yet anime’s something I’ve been so far removed from. I haven’t watched anything in ages. Nothing seems interesting anymore, or rather, I simply don’t have the time, or even the interest. So many things have entered my life, I feel so much more occupied now. Previously it was easy to spend time doing nothing but watch anime, but now doing so feels like a chore. How can I keep being an anime blogger when anime itself seems to no longer be interesting to me?
So I suppose it is with heavy heart that I’m announcing the end of the current blog, AOIA. It’s unlikely we will see much more posts anytime soon from anyone, so I suppose it’s a safe, and perhaps, sudden and unfair move on my part to simply announce the end on my own. However, those last few readers know I’m a bitch, I’m a troll, I’m an attention whore. Yes, I suppose alert readers would have picked up on the words in the first sentence: current.
I am aware: it’s going to be impossible to get AOIA together as a team blog again. I am okay with that, I accept it, and I fully acknowledge that reality. Ok. But it doesn’t mean that I can no longer blog. When I received an email from my friends over at VIZ media, I felt tempted to brag about it to my friends, while of course lamenting my guilt over how I had not posted anything here on this blog for so long, simply because I hadn’t watched any anime since forever. This is where my friend, an avid football fan, just stepped in and told me,
“How can you give up a passion simply because you have no time?”
That, my readers, was what jolted me back to reality. It reminded – no, it revealed to me that all I had been doing was giving excuses for my own detachment from the fandom: there’s no reason why a lack of time should mean I abandon my interests completely.
This, my friends, is the one man show – AOIA season 2.
However, expect no love. Expect no schedules. Don’t expect regular posts. I won’t post consistently. I can post consistently, 1 post per day, multiple posts in one day, or one post in a month. Expect no fucks to be given. I will be the blabbering old man criticizing things without provocation, with hopefully some members dropping by like kids on my front porch. I will post whenever the fuck I feel like posting, and post whatever I like. I am reoccupying AOIA, and calling it my own again. I know, people need to move on. Yet, I can’t find myself simply giving up AOIA – it’s been such a big part of my life, perhaps I simply don’t have the heart to put her down.
Welcome to Season 2.
Cue the off-topic hipster outro music.