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3 years in the game

About 17 months ago, I made a post about the two-year death many anime blogs fall prey to. The post has been continuously misquoted around the blogosphere by people who thought it was a proclamation of the death of anime blogging in general, when really it was just to show how many anime blogs don’t reach the 3 year mark. Those that do pass that birthday often do so in a state of semi-hibernation, only counting as alive because they average a post per month. It’s those blogs that manage to continuously update right until their 3 year birthday that have proven themselves to be in this for the long run and it takes far more for them to ever fall out of this routine. Enough significant life changes have occurred over the 3 years, showing that blogging was not just a fair-weather hobby when they had time.

I’ve finally reached my three year anniversary. I’ve proved to myself that I’m in this for the long run.

While I’ve had the occasional brief hiatus of perhaps 7-10 days when exams and deadlines loomed, the only significant hiatus I’ve ever taken was during the summer of 2009 when I had my final exams for High School (not that they’re called Final Exams or High School in Ireland, but I might as well put the words into internationally understandable lingo). In these past 3 years, I’ve moved house, moved country, changed my circle of friends, changed my education level tier, and generally had a whole load of crazy life changes. It’s not like the fire of passion continuously burned throughout those 3 years to keep me posting. There’s the occasional bout of ‘why the hell do I blog anyway‘ syndrome that crops up a few times per year. But I keep posting through this anyway, because I’m not going to overcome my melancholy by doing nothing. I force myself to write even when I don’t want to, because I know that I really do enjoy writing and that will come only back to me through writing.

I’m not special. I like to pretend I have a big opinion of myself, but the reality is I’m amazed so many people consider my stuff worth reading. I’m only 20 years old. I started watching anime mid-2007 so I don’t have a particularly vast knowledge of the medium. I’d watched less than 100 titles when I’d started blogging. I put the effort in to be funny and entertaining, along with attempting to post regularly, but it does rather surprise me how so many people turn up to read these posts. Thank you for making me feel like this stuff is worth writing. That includes you, the 95% of you that simply lurk and never post a comment. Whether you’re here specifically to disagree with me, I hope I’ve provided you with something suitably rage worthy. Whether you’re here to find new anime to watch, I hope my endless dropping at hints to watch Code Geass/Fireball/Roujin Z/Black Heaven/Code Geass/Berserk/Mushishi/Code Geass eventually spurned you on to try one of those out and enjoy it. I hope I’ve kept you amused at work or in class as you tried to stifle a muffled laugh while reading a season preview. I hope, through whatever methods you see fit, that you have found something worth reading here.

Most of all, I hope I’ve entertained you. If I’ve managed that, I’ve achieved all I ever wanted to achieve.

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  1. Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Congrats, good sir. Your greatest accomplishment is spreading the wonder of terribad anime. That’s something you should put on your grave. “Scamp. Watched lots of shit anime and enjoyed it. Except Lucky Star. Fuck Lucky Star.”

    • Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:30 am | Permalink

      Terribad FTW!! Also loved the “Retro Season Previews”.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:48 am | Permalink

      Watching terribad has, if anything, lessened my hatred against Lucky Star. Lucky Star may have been the stuff of nightmares, but at least it didn’t actually give me nightmares.

      Also yeah, I should probably do another Retro Season Preview some day….

      • luffyluffy
        Posted July 6, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

        I watched Spelunker Sensei for you. If you don’t do a terribad review or it, I will be quite offended.

        Because Spelunker Sensei was painful.

        Also, the opening is stuck in my head

        and it’s all your fault

  2. Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Congrats on 3 years on blogging, and may you have many more!

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:49 am | Permalink


      (these kind of replies are going to get redundant pretty soon, but fuck it, I’ll reply to everyone in this post for a change)

  3. Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Congrats on the huge achievement. With one more year, you will be able to “lap” that 2 year death cycle, so that’s definitely something to look forward to :)

    One question though, do these 3 years include the Bokutachi years?

    Either way, more power for the future.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:51 am | Permalink

      Yeah, I included the Bokutachi years. Technically, The Cart Driver is only 18 months old. But the archives go back further, which is the important part

      • Posted July 6, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

        Bokutachi was one of the first blogs I read way back. Not sure how I exactly found it, but I’ve been following ever since!

      • Scamp
        Posted July 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

        Whoo, someone who followed me since Bokutachi! You guys are few and far between these days

      • luffyluffy
        Posted July 6, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

        I’m still here Scamp-kun~

      • Posted July 7, 2011 at 2:04 am | Permalink

        I still follow Bokutachi to this day.

        And lol, Scamp is replying to everything. Guess humility isn’t the only thing that feels off in this post lmao

  4. Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Congratulations!!! 3 years seem so long for blogging, and it’s really quite an incredible thing that you’re still going so strong. ^ ^

    Congrats again~

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:51 am | Permalink

      Thanks! It certainly feels like a long friggin time

  5. Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Three years…congratulation man, that is sure a lot of time…:P

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:52 am | Permalink

      Call me back in 2010 and then we’ll talk about a lot of time :P

      • Posted July 6, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

        Contract? :D

      • Posted July 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

        (I’m jealous of your avatar, Fealty87)

        Congrats on getting over the dreaded 3 year hump. Hopefully it’s not all downhill from here on — cause I just started following anime — and this blog by extension!

        While I can’t vouch for some of your less than reliable tastes, I’ll keep following your blog for recommendations so I won’t have to swim through the dreck.

      • Scamp
        Posted July 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

        Dunno what chu talkin’ bout, my tastes are totally reliable and full of quality titles :P

  6. Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Congrats 5camp. You’re only 20, f*ck I feel old and stupid now. Carry on.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:53 am | Permalink

      Whut, I act petulant and immature on this blog all the time. Dunno how anyone could think I was older :D

  7. Maddzero
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    I might not entirely agree with your top 30, but one thing you’ve always managed to do Scamp, is entertain me. Combine that with our mutual fanboy feeling about Code Geass and you have my lasting respect; congrats making it to the third year mark

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:54 am | Permalink

      I’d be shocked if anyone agreed entirely with what I said, seeing as I’m quite a bit of an ass at times. But huzzah for Geass fanboying!

  8. Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    And here’s to many more, pal. You were one of the first bloggers I followed, and I follow you to this day, and I’ll follow you even further on.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:56 am | Permalink

      I shall lead an army to the new blogging age!

      Also congrats on starting your own blog btw. Although it will take 3 years before I acknowledge you as an equal :P

      • Posted July 6, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

        Ah, but then it will still be three years behind, so we will gracefully defer to your seniority.

        Congratulations, Scamp. I’ve known of you since you were a commenter on anime-source, and The Cart Driver was one of the first anime blogs I paid attention to when I began to step outside of review sites and into the aniblogosphere. In fact, since you also organized the Ani-blog Tourney, I could say that you are responsible for opening up the world of anime blogs to me. Thank you for that, and please continue to entertain us!

      • Scamp
        Posted July 6, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

        Ah, Anime Source~! That was probably the first site on the internet where I actually ‘read’ about anime, asides from straight up reviews. Admittedly it was just those big surveys you used to run, but they did lead me to watching some great series. They also led me to watching Lucky Star though, so….yeah…

        Glad to be your Fairy Blogfather

  9. Hiraku
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    I guess I’m one of those people that only lurk and never comment, but congrats on the three years of aniblogging. I hope to read many more interesting posts from you. :V

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:57 am | Permalink

      Pretty certain I recognise that avatar from the comment section before. Or maybe that’s just from twitter…

  10. Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    I can tell you love writing, which probably makes me come back for more. I do too but unfortunately I’m better expressing myself in my local language than in English.

    You are too humble in this one. That’s so not like you. Congratulations ^_^

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:58 am | Permalink

      I can be humble too! I’m not always a walking ball of pure ego

  11. mcm38
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    So you’re officialy a professional blogger now. I wish I could take everyone here and visit your home for a party only to take advantage of celebrating for you.
    But instead I’ll Kampai for you in here.

    Heads up to my favorite blogger! *quickly snatches a glass of orange juice from the kitchen*
    To many more years of enjoying the world of anime and blogging together!

    • Posted July 6, 2011 at 10:28 am | Permalink

      Lets toast with our boots!

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

      To be an official professional, I have to earn money. Which I most certainly am not doing right now…

      But hey, toast with my smelly boot anyway!

  12. Posted July 6, 2011 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Congrats, man, and please continue to be awesome. You are really making my days brighter with your blogging. Thank you very much.

    Also, I somwhat thought you were older than twenty. Eh, then the age difference between us is not that big as I thought? Even if I’m still a immature, green 17. I kinda hope I’m not the youngest one here. Hey everyone, how old are you?

    • luffyluffy
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

      I’m turning 18 this August~

      • mcm38
        Posted July 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Permalink


    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

      It does say my age on the About page you guys…

      Glad you like mai bloggu so much though :D

    • Posted July 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Permalink


      *old fogey*

      (prob not the oldest, though)

    • DesuSexual
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Permalink


    • Anonymous
      Posted July 7, 2011 at 2:33 am | Permalink

      >people that regularly comment on the blog say their ages
      >all younger than Scamp
      Fuck. And here I am thinking Scamp’s young. GW_Kimmy’s probably 22… which isn’t helping me. Fuck.

  13. Posted July 6, 2011 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Congrats to you!
    In other news, I’m one of those self-hibernators, and the culprit is “work”. You have yet to step in that arena it seems. I hope that when you enter that phase of your life you’ll have a good balance of work, play and life.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

      Oh lawdy, getting a job and living a life. Such alien concepts to me

  14. Morridin
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Congratiolations on still being alive!

    While I don’t watch most series you blog it is quite interesting to put your view on series against another blog I read (RandomC), especially because the opinions do quite differ a lot.

    It’s a nice showing of getting pro’s and negative’s about a serie.

    Oh and Terribad’s good fun!

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

      RandomC are a bit overly positive in my experience with them. Although I’ve had people tell me I’m overly negative too, but I have no idea where they get that idea from

      • Morridin
        Posted July 6, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, that’s why I read both them and your blog. When the best and worst aspects of a series get covered it makes for nicely weighing down a series.

        Sometimes I dig shows they praise and you dislike and sometimes it’s the other way around, though they do indeed praise a lot. Comes with having several writers to cover each taste.

        Mostly though I agree with you on Moe-ness, where some of them seem to see it as a significant other.

        Oddly enough I like hearing about the most negative things, that’s why I love Zero Punctuation, which has been mentioned around here. I enjoyed games that he totally shredded, sometimes even buying them (at a discount) despite it, heh.

      • Scamp
        Posted July 6, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

        I only discovered Zero Punctuation earlier on this year. It was like a light shining from the sky, telling me “this is exactly what I’ve been trying to write like my whole damn life!”. Twas quite a moment

  15. Posted July 6, 2011 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Though I’m guilty as one of the lurkers, I appreciate you keeping up with your blogging through these years. I’ve always enjoyed seeing what you have to say about various anime, whether or not I agree, and I’ve also enjoyed your recent video/audio additions.
    And I’ll have to take up your incessant promotion of Code Geass one of these days… :p

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

      geass geass geass geass geass geass geass geass geass geass geass geass geass geass geass geass geass geass :D

  16. Someone Else
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Hi wud yu pliz repli hir. Tenkz

    No just kidding. Anyways, wow 3 years huh? I watched anime when I was little but only those dubbed in my country. I only started watching subbed around 2007 too you know, and my earliest memorable subbed animes where haruhi, shana and mushishi

    Also I just found out about your blog when chartfag stopped making charts then you made your own and he posted about it. So yeah congrats man (btw, you’re a guy right?) and hope you continue about this stuff

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

      Yes, I’m a guy. Wait, actually, let me check

      Yep, still a guy

  17. hikaru
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    So The Cart Driver is here to stay. Good!

    Can you please write more poetry for your posts? =3 I really liked that season preview where you commented on each new series with a hilariously accurate poem. Creative stuff like this puts your blog above others in terms of entertainment (stirring people up is good too XD).

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

      Poetry is hard though! Also I’ve been too busy diversifying with videos and scripts. But hey, mebbe I’ll try it again for the next season preview ;)

  18. Lametta
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Iam reading your blog for 3 days now and I like it :P First article i stepped over was the dialoug between you and god for guilty crown.(crapped my pants laughing)

    Anyways congrats :)

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

      whoo new readers whoo~!

  19. Posted July 6, 2011 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Well, congratulations on your third year anniversary!

    Like Someone Else up there, I found out about your blog when Chartfag stopped uploading charts, and I’ve been a lurker ever since.

    I have to thank you for convincing me to finally watch Code Geass. I was really against any anime with giant robots in them before I started reading your blog, and now, Code Geass is my top 3 anime of all time. ^ ^

    And the funny thing is, we both started blogging at about the same age, but your posts have always been more amusing to read. Well, I still haven’t reached my first year anniversary for blogging and I still have a long way to go.

    Anyway, always be true to your cool, sarcastic self.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

      Yay, more Geass fans!

      I never really liked being a chart guy, but if it got more people to read my actual posts then hurrah for that I suppose

      • DesuSexual
        Posted July 7, 2011 at 3:34 am | Permalink

        I was also directed here through the charts~

    • Morridin
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

      Heh, when Chartfag stopped and he referred to this blog I started coming here as well.

      • Mr. Anon
        Posted July 6, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

        Yep me too. I checked chartfag’s blog every so often, and when he stopped making charts he linked here. I came for the charts, stayed for the blog.

      • Morridin
        Posted July 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

        Once you go Scamp you don’t go back :p

  20. Najica
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Congrats on making it to the 3 year-mark~ Hope you’ll continue writing posts like you’ve always done :3

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

      Man, you don’t want me writing posts like in my early days. Those ones really sucked

    • Najica
      Posted July 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

      Heh, these posts I’ve missed reading :D *got something to read*

  21. luffyluffy
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Durarara!! was the first show we ‘watched together’

    Is that a little creepy? God, I love Durarara!! and I love the posts you made about Durarara!!

    Congrats for 3 years Scampy my dear, go do some Hetalia in commemoration.

    • Posted July 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

      I also began to follow his blog/stalk it because of Durarara, but I found it because of Hetalia.

      Oh yeah, and Scamp should definitly do some Hetalia again. Like, blog the third season in one post or watch the dub and tell us what he thinks about it.

      • mcm38
        Posted July 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

        Wah, am I the only one who got here because of Code Geass? Which should be the most rational reason to get in here.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

      You mean reading my Hetalia posts didn’t count? Also you never watched Sora no Manimani? Not that the show was that good, but you missed fanboying over Hime.

      oh and btw and think this is my top 3 commenters all in the one thread. Hey guys!

      • luffyluffy
        Posted July 6, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

        Oh, I remember that! What the hell was that thing even about? Star gazing clubs, right?

        And girls being cute. But in an unconventional way.

      • Scamp
        Posted July 6, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

        Hime is cute and fluffy and no undeserving man can go near her

      • luffyluffy
        Posted July 6, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

        Ah, so she’s your waifu?

        This is now a waifu claim comment string.

        So I’ll just take Celty and Kotetsu and be on my way yeah?

      • Scamp
        Posted July 6, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

        Nonono, it’s more like I’m an overly protective father

      • luffyluffy
        Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

        So she’s your daughter…fu?

      • Anonymous
        Posted July 7, 2011 at 2:44 am | Permalink

        but you missed fan­boy­ing over Hime.

        FUCK YOU! Mihoshi is BILLIONS AND BILLIONS of times better than Hime. Fuck. Now I do not remember if I read your posts about Sora no Manimani. Love that show, not that I will ever suggest it to anyone unless they get as enamoured with the background setting (astronomy club), the character designs and main-girl Mihoshi’s genki-ness and her voice actress.

        As for Hime, she was indeed cute. But she’ll have to live with not being Ooyagi’s girlfriend (not like any of the females in the cast would be suitable to be his girlfriend).

      • Scamp
        Posted July 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

        Claiming Mihoshi is better than Hime? You have made an enemy of this blog young man

      • Anonymous
        Posted July 9, 2011 at 1:35 am | Permalink

        Bring it boy. You think you can beat me with your measly 20 years of life? HA! I’ll refrain from dropping too heavy a writers block on top of you out of pity!

  22. V
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! Or should that be Comhghairdeas? :) Keep at it, I started reading this blog from your first Hetalia post. And I’m still here, though I’ve only recently started commenting :D

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

      Woah, you’ve been here for a long time. Back when I was still Not Very Good At All

  23. Posted July 6, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    You’re wise beyond your years, young man. Congratulations!

    (You really don’t have to reply to this. :))

    • mcm38
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

      Why did you make this post make you look like an ossan?

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

      OK, I won’t reply to your comment

      …oh shi-

  24. Mr. Anon
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    >I star­ted watch­ing anime mid-2007 so I don’t have a par­tic­u­larly vast know­ledge of the medium. I’d watched less than 100 titles when I’d star­ted blog­ging.
    According to your MAL account you’ve watched about 2000 hours. Over 4 years that’s 500 hours every year, more than an hour a day.

    That’s pretty hard core.

    Well, keep up the good work. :)

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

      …I did not want to know that…

      • Mr. Anon
        Posted July 6, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

        Sometimes it’s good to face reality :’)

  25. Nemo
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Congrats! Its been enjoyable to read your blog the past year and a half :) Hoping for many more year!

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

      You mean you weren’t reading those very earliest posts about Natsume Yuujinchou!?! Nooooooo!!!

      I wonder if anyone is still around who read those Natsume posts

      • Mr. Anon
        Posted July 6, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

        I read them, but not when you first posted them. Does that count?

      • Scamp
        Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

        Man, I bet they sucked pretty damn hard. Apart from all the shots of cyclopses. Natsume Yuujinchou sure had a lot of cyclopses

  26. Posted July 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on 3 years! Keep up the good work, you’re probably my
    favourite ani-blog out there (and I read a fair few).

    And, yes, you’ve certainly been entertaining. Particularly with the sarcasm; I have this theory that people from Western Europe are more skilled at sarcasm than the rest of the world.

    @Leah-san: No, you’re not the youngest one here. I’m sixteen. Now, time for ME to try and find somebody younger…

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

      Am I really that sarcastic? I tend to just go tongue in cheek. Although I suppose that’s like sarcasm except being a less of a dick about it

  27. John Krab
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    You’re one of the more rational anime bloggers around, and I just love you for that. Congrats on doing this for three years. =)

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

      I’ve been called many things in my life, but I don’t think I’ve ever been called ‘rational’. I guess that’s a compliment, so I shall accept it as one with grace and fortitude :)

  28. Kioku
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    I became aware of your blog about the time chartfag stopped doing charts and you unofficially took over.
    As I typed that, I checked his website and found he’s still alive and kicking. Oh well, you do more than charts, and I like multiple perspectives on prospective shows to watch. Keep up the good work, mate!

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

      None of the charts being made are made by either myself or Chartfag anymore. We both just post up ones other reliable sources have produced. On that note, there’s a brand new Fall chart just up today, with added Last Exile and Guilty Fucking Crown Yeah!!!

      Also glad you like the blog :D

      • Morridin
        Posted July 6, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

        Yay for charts! Always nice for a small sneak peak at what’s coming next season and marking down what I will try to watch.

        (Read: will download, then put on an external hd to watch later if I ever will. Think I’ve had series unwatched for 2-3 years >_>)

  29. 3242
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Woaaah? That long?
    Oh my good galoshes you have been blogging a long time.
    Well then, I shall congradulate you because I think if I ever tried anime blogging, I would go for 5 months, off 5 months, repeat like I do with everything.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

      In the grand scheme of things, 3 years isn’t all that long. In anime blogging land, it’s a long friggin time.

      also lol galoshes XD

      • 3242
        Posted July 6, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

        In other words, anime blogging land is very small in the grand scheme of things….

        Galoshes, it is my favorite word. xD

      • Anonymous
        Posted July 7, 2011 at 2:48 am | Permalink

        Doesn’t sound small, just sounds short-lived. Which is bad. It obviously means Scamp is going to be short-lived if he keeps up the anime-blogging (you better keep it up you bastard), so worry now!

  30. Posted July 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    I understand the feeling of not wanting to stop writing, whether it is through blogs, fiction, or elsewhere. I’d like to believe that my warcraft blog would be able to overcome the 2-year curse, but it wasn’t so much the lack of passion for writing that was the cause, but rather a lack of passion for the subject matter itself. Since then I’ve gone on and wrote for other outlets, other blogs, and eventually settling on this anime one. I hope that I last as long as you have. Many grats, and keep up the great work!

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

      My passion shall never die! For one, they announced the Berserk movie project will span about a decade. That alone will keep me connected to the fandom in some way

  31. Posted July 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Congrats! Keep up the good work <3

    I always like visiting to see your reviews always good things to read :D

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

      Whoo replying to commenters when I should be writing about Steins;Gate :D

  32. Posted July 6, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    as soon as you said ireland i started reading everything in your voice D: great success?

    congrats on 3 years! i can tell that entertainment writing is your thing. what’s you major/concentration/whatever-they-call-it-in-europe anyway? maybe you should consider a career in journalism or tv writing :D who knows, maybe you’ll be writing the next Office ;D

    your drive and commitment to continue writing is probably why everyone thinks you’re older than you actually are. most people your age and older than you don’t even have that. props, man.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

      Yeah I realised, a teensy bit too late to change degrees, that writing is what I really love to do. I’ve been since trying to get a foothold in journalism somehow, but it’s not an area that exactly pays well to the untrained (nor the professionals for that matter, but that’s a different story)

      • Posted July 7, 2011 at 2:57 am | Permalink

        well, continue at what you do, perhaps expand a bit into other subjects of interest eventually, and maybe one day someone will notice you and ask for your help in writing a sitcom or something. or ask you to be the next token british (irish) correspondent in the most well-watched american late-night show…!!!

        brb, fangirling.

  33. Eternith
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Not part of the 95% anymore!

    Congratulations even though I only read your posts occasionally. :D

    Now I’ll go back to lurking your twitter messages…

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

      I probably spend more time on twitter than blogging nowadays anyway. Stoopid twitter :(

      • Anonymous
        Posted July 7, 2011 at 2:52 am | Permalink

        Don’t they call it microblogging? That would mean you increase your time spend blogging when you spend more time on Twitter (I spend no time on Twitter, I also don’t have a blog, figures).

  34. Posted July 6, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Congrats fella! Three years is a pretty significant milestone. I can’t remember when I started reading this blog; think it was probably Drrr!! but may have been Hetalia…..but it was sometime around about when I started blogging myself.

    Anyway, I’ve always been impressed with your entertaining style of writing and the biting humour you bring to certain subjects (yay Terribad!). Here’s to many more years!

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

      Well half my aniblogging life was taken up with Hetalia blogging, so I’m sure most people were reading me at some time during Hetalia posts

  35. KBKarma
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Moved country? I thought you were still in Ireland…

    Ye gods, the Leaving Cert. You’re absolutely terrified of it when you’re sitting it, then find out nobody really cares about it when it’s over. Bloody madness.

    Congratulations on three full years. I’ve only been here for a few months, but I hope we’ll both still be here in three more years.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

      I moved to England for university, although I still come back to Ireland for the holidays. Also nothing in my life has quite compared to the Leaving Cert in simple size in my life at the time. It wasn’t that I was stressed or anything. It was just so…dominating

      • KBKarma
        Posted July 6, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

        Exactly. I mean, I just sat (and passed, I might add!) my final exams in university a few months ago. Despite the fact that I’d repeated two different years of my degree, the Leaving Cert was still a far larger song-and-dance, particularly since the LC tests three to six years worth of knowledge, whereas college exams focus mostly on the knowledge gained that year.

  36. Redcrimson
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    As a fellow Code Geass fanboy and Irishman(ok only 1/3, but still..) I just wanted to say congrats on your milestone, Scamp! You’re certainly one of the most active and entertaining aniblogs out there. I hope you keep it going so I can continue to imagine your sultry Irish accent when I read your reviews <3

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

      Geass fanboys are always welcomed here. Except the ones who think Lelouch is the cart driver. Seriously guys, get over yourselves!

      My accent is sultry? Ooh la la, stop making me blush

      • Posted July 7, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

        *looks up sultry in the online dictionary*

        It sure is.

  37. Posted July 6, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Wow, congratulations :D Three years is pretty impressive.

    Even though I’m among the 95% who lurk without leaving comments, I must check your site at least once a day. I don’t think there’s a more entertaining blog out there.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

      It’s weird to realise I have lurkers who are also bloggers themselves. I’m used to the idea that the most vocal folks are bloggers already. Bloggers can be lurkers too!

  38. DarkEnergy
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    I’m one of those “95% of you that simply lurk and never post a com­ment.” I like to watch.

    You are endlessly entertaining. You love what you do and we love you for doing it.

    This is the main blog that I follow. Code Geass is/was my favorite series, even before I found this blog.

    I could write about how awesome you are all day. Keep up the good work.

    I’m 21 for people who care about age.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

      I could write about how awesome I am all day too! Man, we have so much in common~

  39. romulus
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Since everyone is reminiscing about the past, I shall mention that I found this blog after I looked for a reliable source to tell me about the upcoming season (2010 winter/sping maybe?).
    Later I found out that you put into words exactly what my impressions about an episode/anime were so I decided to stay. Nowadays I disagree more (mostly because you don’t value voice actors at all), but this is the blog I check all the time, I can’t help it. It’s… It’s… entertaining you know.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

      Do I spy a Star Trek anon?

      • romulus
        Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

        What? No, I haven’t watched Star Trek. Actually I’d like to ask what made you think I have cuz I’ve heard this before.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

        Romulus is the name of a planet from Star Trek.

        Romulans come from Romulus.

        They’re an evil sister race of the Volcans.

        Volcans come from the planet Volcan.

        Am I nerdy enough yet?

      • romulus
        Posted July 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

        Romulus was the guy who founded Rome with his bro called Remus. No, you aren’t nerdy enough :D

      • luffyluffy
        Posted July 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

        Remus was the name of my favorite Harry Potter character, though I’m not really that big into that.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

      Fuck yeah season previews! They are the posts I have the most fun writing. Although sorry mate, I will never mention the voice actors for a season preview :P

      • romulus
        Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

        Ummm… not only during the season previews, you never seem to (e)valu(at)e the voice actors. BTW before a season the VAs only give misconceptions, no prob there… And I forgot to say the obligatory: Congratulations on your anniversary!

  40. Hakushida
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    One Word


  41. A.I
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations Scamp!, your blog is great

  42. Posted July 6, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Permalink


    To be contrarian, I started reading The Cart Driver not because of Hetalia (boring after ~52 episodes) or Code Geass (someday I’ll actually watch this) but because of the Aniblog Tournament got me to check out unfamiliar blogs. It’s quickly become one of my absolute favorite blogs to read; I pretty much read everything you post, even about shows I don’t watch.

    I hope you keep blogging for years to come and that you find something that pays while being enjoyable.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

      Heh, my own aniblog tournament got people to read my own blog. Talk about self-promotion, my secret is out!

  43. fathomlessblue
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    I keep forgetting you’re only 20, what with the high standard of writing, charts, tourneys etc, which you’ve churned out. It’s certainly been a busy 3 years. Cheers putting the work in, so the rest of us don’t have to! ;)

    Other than that, I’ll just chime in with everyone else in wishing you many congrats and high fives etc. Kudos sir, please continue to be a messiah!

    Ps. you’re still wrong in claiming the magical, flying Battle-Cat wasn’t awesome. :)

    • Scamp
      Posted July 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

      It’s because I’m only 20 that I have the time to do all those crazy things ;)

      Also argh argh argh that bloody magical flying panther

  44. AkatsukigirlTy
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Heh, this post made me feel kind of bad for being such a disgusting lurker!
    I just wanted to say thank-you for giving me some laughs in my otherwise uninspiring life! Reading your posts has convinced me to watch a lot of great shows that I wouldn’t have otherwise considered (in particular- Berserk, which I finished a few days ago!) and has allowed me to expand my knowledge on the medium I love so much!

    • Scamp
      Posted July 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

      Oh lawdy, that Berserk post is the most hopelessly fanboying post I’ve ever written. It kinda goes against what I consider to be the ideal way to recommend anime to someone. But hey, if it worked, then that’s cool too!

      btw you saw me in person! That makes you the least lurkery person here

  45. Posted July 6, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    I don’t believe I’ve ever posted a comment on here before. Kind of sad, considering I enjoy your posts so much. I’ve only been reading your blog regularly for about half a year or so, but they always offer some kind of entertainment.

    I’m a new blogger, and it’s hard to hear that statistics point to my blog’s death by the time it turns 2. Hearing you acknowledge that fact and make light of it in your post so long ago motivates me to push past that 2 year birthday and make blogging a true part of my life. My blog isn’t even a year old yet, but I hope I can reach three years just as you have. :)

    • Scamp
      Posted July 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

      Perhaps this is just my massive ego speaking here, but since I’ve written that post, I’ve noticed many people seem to be more aware of the two-year death and actively try to avoid it. Maybe the knowledge that such a bug exists is the shot required to prevent it from occurring? If that’s the case, then you have the necessary defences to help you stay clear of the two year bug!

  46. Posted July 7, 2011 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    Oh my, it has been three years, eh.

    Congratulations Master Scamp,
    It’s a shame really, I am only 1 year younger than you, started watching anime around the same time as you (or maybe a bit earlier, I can’t remember), and yet, I can’t post anything of significance at a significant rate.

    Oh well, enough complaining, your blog is one of the few I still read on a regular basis (I need to go on a blog search someday), and I am quite grateful for the daily updates, the Steins;Gate posts, the season previews, terribad, and you know, everything else.

    Everyone has their different tastes and stuff, so we don’t have to get along on everything, but me and you, we get along quite well.

    But don’t misunderstand you baka, it’s n..n..not because I..l..l..l.i.ike you or anything!

    • Scamp
      Posted July 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

      Go on a blog hunt? Why not just wait for the next Aniblog Tourney!

      Ooh lala, I’m a Master Scamp now? I am ok with this

  47. Shogun
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    Hey Scamp, congratulations! For making it pass the 3 years, and for making me feel like such a dirty lurker… so here I am, stroking the [blue?] flames that comprise your ego.

    I’ve been following you since the Tsundere Cook post. As flashy as you write, your posts are always fluid and well-informed. You never push your opinion, you just present it well. I guess that’s why I check in several times a week. And while I come to be entertained, I garner quite a bit of insight on the way. Being 20 myself, I’m mighty impressed with how well you’ve done.

    Oh, and I owe you my top 15, minus Haruhi [hey, freedom of religion]. So If you ever hit up anime north, there’s a cold one on me.

    Keep up the good work boss

    • Scamp
      Posted July 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

      Oh great, I’ve just been compared to Kaizu from Blue Flames, haven’t I?

      I really like that tsundere cook post myself, but I’m really surprised it brought in a new reader. Same with the Gods Gift to Scamp post someone earlier said they started reading me because of. Sometimes it’s strange to hear what posts brought people in.

      Nuts to your Haruhi, Madoka is my god :P

  48. Anonymous
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 2:25 am | Permalink

    I’m amazed so many people con­sider my stuff worth read­ing

    Either you write funny stuff about stupid shit, or you pretend to be stupid which results in equally funny shit. Gratz on the 3 years, now get on with that post that will make me rage. You haven’t even tried me yet.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

      Make you rage?

      Gunbuster is awful. Princess Tutu drained my soul of all life. Hidamari Sketch is my nightmare. TWGOK is a big pile of poo. Fate Stay Night is incredibly stupid.

      although I suppose that’s just all ‘pinions anyway…

      • Anonymous
        Posted July 9, 2011 at 1:20 am | Permalink

        I told you to try me, not repeat your usual lies. You’ve said such nonsense like “Gunbuster is awful” before. It’s more worrisome than rage worthy. I agree with FSN and TWGOK being shit. The one good thing from FSN is ‘gar’ though. And Ultimate X Works.

        Hidam­ari Sketch is my night­mare

        Fucking lol’d. It doesn’t help that I know what you sound like. I should find that Google+ comment and see if you replied.

  49. Thrashy
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 2:26 am | Permalink

    Back in my college days (it was four years ago… ah, to be young again!), I tried starting an anime blog with a friend. I don’t think we made it past the six month mark. Still, we had some content that I was proud of, particularly a set of guidelines for hardcore otaku on choosing shows to introduce the genre to the uninitiated.

    Unfortunately, my friend and I fell out of touch after a while, and getting an architecture degree is *hard,* so after a few years of letting the site lay dormant I ended up pulling the site down to fend off WordPress hackers. So, from somebody who couldn’t hack it, happy third blogiversary, and many happy returns!

    • Scamp
      Posted July 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

      I was about to say “4 years ago? Did wordpress even exist back then?” before realising 4 years ago is only one year before I started. Which made me suddenly feel rather old. yeesh, did not expect that

      • Thrashy
        Posted July 8, 2011 at 1:09 am | Permalink

        I went back and looked, and it was actually five years ago… at which point, I think, WordPress was the trendy newcomer, challengeing the established giants of Blogger and Movable Type. Anymore you can hardly click a link without landing on a WordPress site. How times have changed. Now get off my lawn!

  50. Posted July 7, 2011 at 2:39 am | Permalink

    Whenever you think you’re done for good remember that for each entry you don’t post an anime live action is created, a harem lead will continue to be indecisive, and a hetalia is derailed.

    Congratulations on three years blogging about the world of anime where girls with huge eyes, un/manly man, crazy anime logic, huge machines and characters with crazy colors and wild haircuts are common. I think we all feel that same about them one way or the other.

    Now I’ll let you listen to your fav bgm as you finish reading this comment.

  51. Posted July 7, 2011 at 3:05 am | Permalink

    I, for one, thought you were younger than 20. Maybe you were at some point. Who’s keeping track anyway? Good writing is ageless.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

      Good writing is ageless? Tell that to my Natsume episodics…

      • Posted July 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

        I just read a few and they sucked.

      • Scamp
        Posted July 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

        Well that’s a bit harsh. True, but harsh…

      • Posted July 8, 2011 at 5:17 am | Permalink

        Sorry, man! It was basically all summary. Summary that tried to be entertaining, but summary all the same.

  52. Posted July 7, 2011 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    Congratulations Scamp – on bringing out all the lurkers and guilting them into visibly boosting your popularity through commenting. Oh, and for three fantastic years of anime blogging!

    So how many more years before you begin World Domination?

    And why does LuffyLuffy get away with calling you “Scampy”!? You hated when I called you that!

    • luffyluffy
      Posted July 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

      I’m not sure he noticed…

      • Posted July 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

        Maybe he just ignored it? I mean, it’s not as bad as the Nostalgia Critic and his Bat Credit Card, right?

    • Scamp
      Posted July 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

      World Domination is tentatively set for 2010.

      Also seriously, bugger off you lot with the Scamp-kun and Scampy stuff -_-

      • Anonymous
        Posted July 9, 2011 at 1:16 am | Permalink

        So no “Scamp-su desu!”?

  53. fable
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on the three year mark. I’m someone who mostly lurks, but I’ve ready pretty much every single entry since somewhere in your Bokutachi years and you’re pretty much the only blog I follow. Hope to see you continue your entertaining entries for a long time to come.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

      Ah a Hetalia avatar! Those were the days~

      …I think I said the exact same thing the last time you commented

  54. Fulluphigh
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 4:37 am | Permalink

    Congrats on the milestone, Scamp. It’s great for you that you’ve stuck with it and enjoyed it, and even better for us. I found you not so long ago, back when Durarara!! was airing, looking for someone blogging it that was actually interesting to read, and I’ve continued looking forward to your updates ever since.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

      People on twitter seem to think it was Hetalia that got most of my readers, but the reality is Durarara was a far bigger deal. Season 2 where!?!

  55. Posted July 7, 2011 at 6:09 am | Permalink

    Congratulations, and keep it up!

    words words words

    more words

    now my comment looks as long as everybody else’s

    Also I’ve been reading your blog for over two years.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Permalink


      words words words

      more words

      Now this looks like a proper reply

  56. Teck Nikael
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Damn you…. Managing to call out a lurker like this…. Well, I’ve lurked dozens of blogs and sites over the years and its been over a decade of anime love for me now, so this post hits close to home since NONE of the sites, groups, series I started on are around anymore…. I appreciate your efforts and understand your dedication, congratulations and thank you…. I hope you also are understanding of the fact that I’ll likely never post again…. Thank you….

    • Scamp
      Posted July 7, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

      A few of the sites I used to follow stopped updating, but generally I got bored of their poor updates rather than they suddenly disappeared off the face of the earth, so it hurts less when they ease off your radar. Still, I’ll be sad when the people I know from the internet stop visiting anymore. Hasn’t really happened yet, thank god.

      Anywho, slightly depressing reply from me aside, hurrah for you liking mai bloggu!

  57. Posted July 7, 2011 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    It’ll probably be lost in the noise, but congratulations man. It’s a long way to go, and your writing has remained consistently great. You’re the only blog I really follow any more, keep up the great work.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 7, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

      Nonsense! I read every comment. Except for the spam. Fuck the spam. But you’re not spam. So hurrah for you!

  58. tanukichan
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    I should be hating you and your posts, b/c you have no heart and questionable taste.

    But most of the time your posts are hilarious and well thought out and you have great dedication and you hate moe. So I find myself coming back and read your stuff in the end anyway. ;)

    Oh, and congrats for surviving 3 years!

    • Scamp
      Posted July 7, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

      I have a heart! It’s just locked under layers and layers of malice and ice cold stone.

      Although sometimes even I question my own tastes

  59. emmo
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    De-lurking to say ‘hey congratulations!’ I’ve been following you since your Bokutachi Hetalia days and it’s been a hilarious and amusing ride since then. Here’s to another three years!

    • Scamp
      Posted July 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

      Woah you really have been lurking for a long time. Think of all those times you could have commented but didn’t!

  60. Posted July 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Congrats! I haven’t read you all three years, but I’ve enjoyed reading since I started.

    Maybe there should be a special anniversary post for when h.n. elly started reading. :P

    • Posted July 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

      It helps if I remember to change my name. ;-;

      • Scamp
        Posted July 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

        OMG real names!

        We’re getting serious here

      • Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

        Your real name is Joe, right, Scamp?
        Mine is Renana. It’s an israeli name, but I don’t have relatives there, my mum just likes weird names. I do have relatives in America though. Most people shorten it to Nani.
        How about you guys? :D (It’s really getting personal here~)

  61. Repel Lugubrious
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Congrats Scamp! By the way, I really hate comments sections filled with (often) only half meant compliments and praise, and I think I’d rather commit internet suicide than adding to an abhorrent spectacle like that… I guess what I’m trying to so say that I really mean what I’m about to say: thank you for writing amusing stuff about amusing and sometimes less amusing animated series.

  62. blogger
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 9:38 am | Permalink


  63. technopenguin
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    Definitely congratulations on your 3 years of blogging.
    Heh…lurker…don’t adopt 4chan lingo it puts…strange things into minds. I guess I’ve read this for a ’bout a year, always been a good read.
    I like the drop at code geass.
    And you sir, are quite the entertainer.

  64. Posted July 11, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    This month two years ago was the first time I read one of your blog posts. Remember your top 5 anime movies then?

    5 – Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
    4 – Ghost in the Shell
    3 – Howl’s Moving Castle
    2 – Grave of the Fireflies
    1 – Akira

    Innocence? What were you thinking?

    • Scamp
      Posted July 11, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

      Revamped top movie list!

      5 – Roujin Z
      4 – Lagann-hen
      3 – Millennium Actress
      2 – Tokyo Godfathers
      1 – Akira

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