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12 Days of Anime #5: Real People

This was a year where I found out that the pixelated avatars and streams of insults spewed over twitter and comments are, in fact, Real People. With eyes and skins and mouths and voices and the like. I know! Shocking, isn’t it? So, for this post, I’d like to talk about a few of those craaaazy discoveries.

Just over a year ago, through a discussion with myself and a few over people on twitter about how real online friendships really are, a not-really-real-because-I-only-know-him-online friend Vuc suggested that perhaps watching anime over skype together in real time would help facilitate these friendships and make them more palpable. This eventually spiraled into the not particularly catchily named Standing Committee for the Coordination of Simultaneous Anime Viewing, or SCCSAV (or, as I like to call it, Sucksav). The gist of the events was to attempt to co-ordinate live viewings between groups of friends over skype of various anime. One idea was devised by my perhaps-not-real-because-online-but-maybe-really-real-after-this friend Kadian to watch terribad anime together, as lambasting these dreadful anime is far more fun in a group than on your lonesome. The first viewing of the Prince of Tennis movie consisted of only 3 people, but I’ll never forget it. We all sat there in stunned silence, laughed ourselves hoarse at the final duel through flaming tornadoes and whirlpools flying through the sky, swinging their tennis rackets at each others face, both aiming for the same ball in total disregard for the rules of tennis. It was a brilliant moment, and now terribad viewings have become part of my weekly schedule.

On a different note, I went to an anime convention for the first time this year. Well, London Expo is more a glorified marketplace than a convention, but there were plenty of anime fans there. One of the people I met there was a fan of my blog. I hesitate to use the word ‘fan’ though, because it puts me in the mind of raving loony Twilight fangirls. It was just someone who happened to like reading the nonsense I wrote on my blog (rather than the folks on Sucksav, who mainly just laugh at me, the big meanies) and we agreed to meet up. It’s remarkable how big an impact this left on me. It’s not like we did anything spectacular. All we did was sit around eating noodles and complain about how Fractale sucked (or was it Bakuman?). But the shocking thing to me was to meet a Real Person who actually liked what I wrote. Not just some number on my stat counter, not a poorly spelled comment below the post, but a real person who genuinely liked my work. It made me want to meet all you people who like reading my blog. I’d travel across the world to meet you guys, discussing the meaning of Evangelion over hot chocolate in Philadelphia or mocking the ending of No.6 over beers in Melbourne. It may be nothing more than an ego trip, but what a trip that would be.

Finally, and certainly the most remarkable of all, was that through anime blogging, I got myself a girlfriend. I know! Shocking! Not a cartoon waifu, a real girl. With real girl bits. That I’m allowed to touch without getting pepper-sprayed. It just goes to show that if you want to attract a member of the opposite sex, you start an anime blog.

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54 Comments

  1. Posted December 21, 2011 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    Meeting my readers and other bloggers is something I have on my bucket list. I realise the best place to do this would be fly to Otacon or Anime Expo, someday perhaps.

  2. Posted December 21, 2011 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    We only laugh at you because we’re your friends!

    Still, pretty crazy how well that little suggestion worked, eh?

    • Scamp
      Posted December 21, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

      With friends like these, who needs bullies

  3. Posted December 21, 2011 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    It just goes to show that if you want to attract a mem­ber of the oppos­ite sex, you start an anime blog.

    Well, I quit!

    • Scamp
      Posted December 21, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

      Doomed to a life of the bachelor

  4. Posted December 21, 2011 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    I’m pretty sure you’d want to skip Ohio. We’re pretty dull here.

  5. Posted December 21, 2011 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    WHHHHHHAAAAAAAATTTTTTTT?????
    When were you in Melbourne? D:

    • Scamp
      Posted December 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

      No, I just picked some cities at random. But I’ll mention it next time I’m there :D

  6. Posted December 21, 2011 at 1:28 am | Permalink

    Aww, I like you too Scamp! <3<3<3

    • Scamp
      Posted December 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

      *blush*

  7. Posted December 21, 2011 at 2:39 am | Permalink

    Some word of warning on that last part for those thinking of starting a blog on their own. From personal experience, it doesn’t always work out as well as Scamp here, but I digress.

    Melbourne seems nice even without talking about No. 6.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

      Every city gets better when you can talk about No. 6

  8. Posted December 21, 2011 at 4:14 am | Permalink

    Somebody got chance and luck.

    • Posted December 21, 2011 at 6:00 am | Permalink

      The Luck of the Irish?

      • mcm38
        Posted December 21, 2011 at 10:21 am | Permalink

        The Luck of the Irish Clover… and Guiness!

    • Scamp
      Posted December 21, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

      She’s a crazy baby

  9. Karry
    Posted December 21, 2011 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    What ? Pepper spayed ? Ha, you are so silly.
    First you stun them with a blow to the head using a club wrapped in soft cloth, and THEN you touch their girl bits. Write that down for later, when you get dumped.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 21, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

      Sounds like you talk from experience

  10. fathomlessblue
    Posted December 21, 2011 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    At this point I’m not what to say, other than congratulations… you bastard. ^^

    Oh and you’re invited to the glorious, sunny and friendly Promised Land that is Lancashire for a cup o’ tea anytime. You supply the milk.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

      Huh, you don’t live too far away from Leeds, where I go to uni. A bit far maybe to carry a carton of milk though

  11. Posted December 21, 2011 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    Again, you can come to Germany every time you like, you’re very welcome. And bring your girlfriend too! :> We could talk about how much we like Arakawa under the Bridge, how tsundere we are for OreImo, how bad Bakumans romance was, disagree about shoujo, discuss some Satoshi Kon movies and watch some terribad anime together! And we could go to conventions and I could show you two the town where I study and maybe we could go to Berlin or something. It would be fun!

    • Scamp
      Posted December 21, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

      But I don’t speak German! But I would like some proper german sausage though

      ….and not that kind of sausage btw

      • Posted December 21, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

        Don’t worry, I can communicate with you now too, right? I would just speak english as well as I can. I can do it! :>

        And germans trying to speak english is fun. The grammar is normally correct, but the pronunciation… it’s actually quite hilarious.

        If you want some good german sausage, christmas time is actually the best time to go since we germans are pretty famous for our christmas markets which we have practically in every town (even the teeny-weeny I grew up in) and the Bratwurst you get there is delicious.

  12. Posted December 21, 2011 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    Oh, so you’re real person? Not just some words on the blog? That’s a shock!

    Anyway, come to Cracow (Poland) – it’s a nice place to watch anime together ;)

    • Scamp
      Posted December 21, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

      Wooh look at this multicultural readerbase I have :D

  13. Ty-chama
    Posted December 21, 2011 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    It was Bakuman… : 3

    Congrats with the whole girlfriend schtick! Was she wooed by the image of you and your moustache…?

    • Scamp
      Posted December 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

      Actually she refused to look at my face until I shaved it off…

  14. Ty-chama
    Posted December 21, 2011 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    PS: Sounds like you got a few amazing potential holiday homes here Scamp!

  15. mcm38
    Posted December 21, 2011 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Well, if you ever visit your parents back in Ireland (if that’s where they are) I’ll be there for the next 3 years and a half.

  16. Posted December 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    wow, maybe I should take my blogging seriously and hope to get a boyfr—

    Wait that already happened to me but unfortunately reality and fiction don’t come together that well for me >_>

    I would love to meet the anibloggers that I often exchanged tweet with and I do feel like they are the only persons who “gets” me atm, sadly as it sounds Orz

  17. Posted December 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Come to Sweden. We have polar bears on our streets.

    • Goresome
      Posted December 21, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

      And we have brown bears on our streets.

    • Posted December 21, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

      Most importantly, you have Kopparberg cider.

    • Posted December 22, 2011 at 8:13 am | Permalink

      South Africa, we have Lions in our gardens.

  18. meonlyme1845
    Posted December 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    We had a Polish invitation here, so I guess I should invite you to Prague (The Czech Republic) as well. Even with all the mourning about Havel now, it’s still a very beautiful and lively city. And meeting you would be fun.
    I wish you good luck with your new girlfriend!

  19. Goresome
    Posted December 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like no-life.

  20. 3242
    Posted December 21, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Now I think that you should have a convention of your own everyplace you can.
    It would be glorious.
    I imagine at one we would discuss Steins;Gate over gingerbread.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 22, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

      I’d love to go to one of the big mericaw cons, but it would have to be east coast because it’s closer

  21. Posted December 21, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    SCCSAV with its Terribad, drinking games, karaoke, and general hilarity has to be one of the highlights of my year too – nothing quite like watching & talking about anime with people spread all over the globe.

    Of course meeting yourself and Day was fecking awesome too – definitely is high on my wish list to meet more anibloggers face to face.

  22. Posted December 21, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    Live watches are great! I wasn’t to sure on the whole voice chat thing but they are always fun, not to mention getting to bring you in for one of our Metanorn podcast.

    I have only met one ani-blogger, Crusader from THAT anime blog it was an interesting day. Just like Cara said I would love to meet more anibloggers in the future..

  23. Posted December 22, 2011 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    I’ll leave it up to 5camp to organise the 1st annual Ani-bloggers convention. We can have Mass Terribad screenings!

    • Scamp
      Posted December 22, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

      Watching everyone vomit at the sight of Apocalypse Zero would be a joy to behold

      • DarkEnergy
        Posted December 23, 2011 at 7:55 am | Permalink

        Please don’t remind me of that horrible monster…

  24. Someone Else
    Posted December 22, 2011 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    I’m wondering if studying a guitar would get me a girl too, anime blogging seems too much of a hassle. Can’t believe how you Scamp did all of this for a loooooong time

    • Goresome
      Posted December 22, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

      Wut?

      • Posted December 26, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

        Here are some stats:

        904% of guitar players have girlfriends
        9.04% of anibloggers have girlfriends

        I know this from experience.

  25. Bob Bobsters
    Posted December 22, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    I realize that after hearing where the other commenters are from, I read their comments in accents. Though for Scamp it’s in his voice, since I can imagine it from the various videos.

  26. Posted December 22, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    Well, Lon­don Expo is more a glor­i­fied mar­ket­place than a con­ven­tion, but there were plenty of anime fans there

    – such as Banana Man! (Seriously Scampy, how could you forget to mention him?!)

    most remark­able of all, was that through anime blog­ging, I got myself a girl­friend

    Daww… *shoujotastic neon sparkles*

  27. Edvardaz
    Posted December 23, 2011 at 2:58 am | Permalink

    I doubt you would like to come to Venezuela, but anyways you’re welcomed here.

    We could have you go to our terrible biggest anime convention in Caracas and probably you would be the main attraction….for your accent of course. No, seriously our conventions are terrible.

  28. DarkEnergy
    Posted December 23, 2011 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    If you ever can please Please PLEASE come over to Dublin, California (it’s a small town but we have an awesome St. Patrick’s Day Parade). That would be the highlight of the year for me.

    I swear to God if you ever come to California, my family would host you and feed you. We have a guest room you could use.Seriously, if you ever have time for it or would like to discuss this idea any further, send me a message at http://myanimelist.net/profile/DarkEnergy.

    I think it’s so cool that you have fans around the world; keep up the good work.

  29. lmm
    Posted December 23, 2011 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    I have to be a little more careful since I’m close enough that you could actually take me up on it. Well, if you’re ever in London again say hi.

  30. Suigintoh
    Posted December 24, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    I`m from Russia. (Yup, definitely, multicultural blog you have!)

  31. Posted January 8, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    They’re called woman bits, thank you.

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