Well here we are, the final post.
I’ve had most of the year to think of what to write for this last post, but I still think I’ll end up forgetting most of what I want to put down here. I guess the best place to start is with a very warm and heartfelt thank you.
First of all I’d like to thank all the readers and followers who have been on this journey with us. Whether you’ve been here from day one or just found the blog last week, thanks for taking the time to read something here and for hitting the follow button too. Every follower matters and I never expected to get over 600 followers here. Thank you so much for making this happen and I hope you enjoyed the posts here. And for everyone who didn’t decide to follow but still stopped by to read new posts, thank you as well!
Along with all those followers, I’m happy the blog got so many views as well. As of writing, the current view count is 694,086, which is awesome to see. I’d hoped to break 1 million at some point, but I’ll take this regardless. It’s amazing to see so many views over the years and even though the numbers trailed off in recent times, I’m still happy to see people visiting the blog.
Secondly I want to thank each and every team member here at Anime Corps. Since the start I ran this blog solo, but soon realized I needed some more people to expand the reviews and get some fresh content on the blog. I scouted a few people from my online network and they agreed to write here on the blog. While not everyone stayed for a long time, I’m thankful for those who had some part in making this blog the place it is right now. If all you wrote was one post or just did some editing behind the scenes, thank you so much for that and I really do appreciate your time spent here.
For the active team members who have been here for the past few years, I’d like to extend a special thank you for the work you’ve done.
Thank you for the editing work you did on so many of my posts. I’ve tried to do a lot of that on my own but at some point you really do need another person to look it over and spot those mistakes. I also want to thank you for the posts you wrote here and helped expand the catalogue of shows reviewed. To this day the Big Order reviews you did still get a ton of views. Man what a show that was. It was quite the ride following your time through that show. You’ve been a core member on this team and I thank you for all the work you’ve done for the blog.
You’ve been here a long time and have written a lot of reviews, thank you for everything man. We met back in the early blogging days I believe or was it through Twitter? Either way you’ve been with me on this blog for a number of years and probably have the most posts written after me. From the LLSIF posts to reviews on Fairy Tail, Fate/Stay, Happy Sugar Life, and Date A Live, you’ve covered so many topics and brought a lot to the blog. I think Trinity Seven remains one of your most viewed series on here, I see that pop up a lot in the stats. Thank you for the years of work put into the blog, I really appreciate it. I’m glad I met you along the way.
It’s been a while since we last talked and even though you only wrote a few posts here, they are still valued and appreciated. Thank you for being part of the team and your work on Shirobako, Kantai Collection, Non Non Biyori Repeat, and more. I enjoyed your reviews and I liked the passion you put into each one along with the insight on KanColle as I remember you initially picked that show to review as you had played the game it’s based off. It’s always nice to have that additional insight on a certain anime if you’re familiar with its source material and that made you the right person to review that anime. Thanks for all the time you spent here and making each post of yours a fantastic read. Hope to catch up with you again in the future.
Not to pick favorites as everyone is amazing, but you wrote some of the best posts here on this blog. I’m serious, I really did enjoy your work here and the editorials you wrote for the blog. It’s really hard to pick a single post that stands out for me as there are so many your wrote, but they really brought some much needed depth to the blog and expended the topics here in a way I never could. The topics you covered in the editorials were always relevant for the time and you didn’t shy away from covering things that got people heated in the community. Those posts with slightly controversial topics were always a spicy read but I think they were topics that needed to be discussed as they were such a big deal at that time. From things like anime streaming services, Crunchyroll’s Anime Awards, the always hot topic of Sword Art Online, and many other things a lot of anime watchers have on their mind, you dove right in and didn’t hold back. And even for the few review posts you did, they were just as well written and enjoyable to read. So for everything you’ve done here, thank you so much. You’re a talented writer and I’m grateful to have met you and that you even agreed to write here. It was a pleasure to work with you. All the best man!
And lastly I’d like to thank all the other amazing anime bloggers I’ve had the pleasure to met along the way. From passionate yuri focused blogs to the in-depth editorial blogs, the WordPress anime blogging community has some extremely talented people and even though I’ve only had the chance to talk with a few of them, they’re all wonderful people who love what they blog about. I think the one regret about my time blogging here is that I never took the opportunity to really get to know so many of these people personally. A big part about blogging isn’t just writing stuff on your own blog, but it’s also about interacting with others in that community and having been here for 7 years, I can safely say that the WordPress anime blogging community is one of the best places online. Thank you for having me be part of this community and even if we didn’t talk much or not once at all, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such a talented and inspirational group of bloggers.
So that’s it, that’s my farewell to Anime Corps and the people who made this journey special. I’ve said thank you so many times already but I truly mean it when I say it.
Alright that’s enough from me, let’s hear from the team members before I wrap it all up.
Joe’s Closing Comments:
I am someone who always finds it hard to say goodbye. When one door closes, another one may open, but that is not always true. Once this door closes, there is not another one opening. While I have only really taken part in the group posts the past few years, and still things I wanted to do here this past year. Unfortunately, life can always make things difficult the older you get. The past few months in general, even my personal blog has not had much going for it due to being busy and stressed at work. I wanted to write there and here. But, due to working I never found the time. I am also having that weird realization on my age, seeing that me, working as a teacher, I see students who are really into Demon Slayer and My Hero Academia. Seriously it is really weird walking every five feet and seeing several people wearing some form of merch with it. I have hardly watched any anime this year. Well, early this year I watched a bit, and the summer too, but mid-way through summer I nearly stopped all together. The number of episodes I have seen in the past few months could be counted on one hand, even though I wanted to watch a fair bit of series.
Of course, it wouldn’t be me if I rambled on and got off topic. But this door is closing and now I am thinking how it opened to begin with. A long time ago, way back in the year 2015, which seems like a lifetime ago, I was asked by one of the writers and editors at the time Mitzu for me to come on and be an editor. There were several people at the time, most in which I talked to them all on Twitter and they knew of my blog. It was known I was working on getting my degree in Professional Writing. I still remember why I was asked. It was mostly since between me and another option, Mitzu did not like the other person that they were thinking of picking. Thus, six years later I am still here. While I started off as an editor, only to pop in every now and again and do reviews, most in which were for series I never finished. I never did get a good idea for the second show I reviewed. I had a lot of luck picking all the bottom of the barrel each season. Some cases I enjoyed them, only for the last review of me doing on the show having a title of “I am not done reviewing it yet” or something along those lines which now looking back was the nail in the coffin. I was thinking of going back and finishing at least the first reviewed series here. But, again, life interrupted and I have been too busy to do so. I have slowly been getting out of anime the past few years picking up one or two shows a season at most, and half the time they are sequels.
But to make an already long story short. I will miss this place, the memories of working with Nick and Deven the past few years. Nothing can truly last forever, but the memories we had make can help it seem like it can.
Thank you everyone who has been with us here at Anime Corps the last several years and goodbye.
Deven’s Closing Comments:
When you start on a journey, the last thing you ever think about is how it’s going to end. Instead you enjoy every moment for what it is, the good ones and the bad ones as well as the funny ones. I really loved everything we’ve done here but as years pass so do priorities and times. It’s been an honor to be a part of an amazing anime blogging sphere that I’ve been a part of. I’m not sure if my own personal blog will continue but it’s been amazing being a part of Anime Corps.
So there you have it, some closing comments from a few of the team members. I speak for everyone when I say it’s been a journey from start to finish, but it’s one I’m glad happened and one I’ll look back on a cherish the memories we made along the way.
Thanks for reading and staying with us for the past 7 years!
As always, stay safe and healthy!