Haha Nice boat… Oh wait… That was last year…
Motivated by my fellow anime blogger, I will try to participate in the 12 days blogging project with blogosphere. CCY has started the foundation for this year’s project as the twelve moments in anime. I’m new to this cooperative blogging and I personally will give it a concerted effort. I won’t guarantee anything (I still have another week of work before my planned vacation). Anyway, here’s my shot.
My approach to this project is look back at this year and focus on the mood of the anime world/bloggosphere. I’m not only going to look at events, but some reactions to gauge the spirit of the fandom. What I’ll actually do is to review ANN news articles, blog posts, and anime airing at the time to get a defining moment for each month of this year. I’ll start with January and work my way to December. Hopefully covering one month for each day. The posts will probably be relatively short (again, since I’m active participant of society by working) usually consisting of the moment, some of my thoughts and some other moments in the month.
With that said, I actually really excited about this. Here we go.
January 2008 – ADV springing a few leaks…
2008 opened with a number of news stories coming from ADV. Most of these were announcements of activities being cut or reduced. Reports include the cutting of Anime Network’s primary service, the end of Newtype USA era, the beginning of the (short lived) PiQ magazine and the transfer of a distributor in the UK. This was all fine until the titles started disappearing from the website at the end of the month. With the memory of the Geneon collapse fairly fresh in our minds, we all wondered if ADV would fall to a similar fate. Even if it wasn’t signs for a downfall, something was brewing over at ADV.
Actually, January would’ve been fairly dull had it not been for all the ADV news. Most of the blogosphere did the good ol’ “blog a whole lot of shows then start cutting them” with the beginning of the winter season. Looking back, it really took till the titles’ disappearance until people cared about the company’s well-being.
As a side note, it took me to around the 1850th page in animenano to find the start of 2008. After skimming through 200 pages or so until I reached February, I’m a bit sad that some of the bloggers I followed at the time no longer blog regularly. Thinking back on this blog, that was actually the time when we still did fairly regular series review posts.
Other January 2008 moments:
- Bandai Visual USA got the first few licenses (True Tears and Shigofumi).
- Fall 2007 season continuing – Kotomi arc ended and Fuuko still wouldn’t go away in Clannad. Kimikiss started hitting its stride despite being under most people’s radar.
- Winter 2008 season starting – We all thought it sucked with a few potential gems. True Tears and Spice and Wolf entered the blogosphere’s radar.