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6 year anniversary


In my 6 years I like to think I’ve been as calm, collected and dignified about the expression of my feelings towards your favourite anime as Hanakawa is here.

Seriously though, 6 years. I’ve been blogging for 6 years. That’s as long as some peoples’ careers before they decide they want to do something else with their life. That’s as long as I spent throughout the whole of my second level education, and that’s including the extra year I took where we could all faff about and do extra-curricular bullshit. In anime blog terms, I’m long past the burst of young adulthood at 2 years, past the venerable old age of 4 years old and now approaching dinosaur status. I’ve written over 1,000 posts, and that’s just me. With Shinmaru and Inushinde that jumps to over 1,600.

Recently I’ve been thinking about calling it a day. NOT YET THOUGH so hold your celebrations. Every now and then I get a little niggly voice in my head that asks why the hell am I blogging anyway. It usually goes away within a few days as I power through and get back to writing again, and then won’t crop up again for the next 3-5 months. In the past year though, that niggly voice has remained way more consistent to the point that I’m starting to think maybe this is more permanent. I don’t want my blogging career to fizzle out with a slow, painful death.

But I don’t want to stop yet. There’s loads of posts I haven’t written that I desperately want to write. Posts I should have written but didn’t, or for anime I saw before I started blogging and never wrote about. I want to write a proper post about the symbolism in Infinite Ryvius, a more detailed piece on why Watamote is what comedy should aspire to be, a look at how Death Note challenges you to properly look at the impact of death without cop-outs. I want to get some things off my chest that I never did before. I have already started doing this to a degree, with posts on Kino’s JourneyChobits and Kanon. But I plan to really kick on with these sorts of posts way more over the next year.

Once I’ve done all these, once I’ve finally written the last piece of why Lelouch isn’t actually the cart driver you bunch of dumb fucks, then I’ll take stock again. If after a year of writing I still find I really want to continue, then I will and this will have all been a false alarm. Heck, maybe even jumping back into all my favourite anime and writing about them will be the ticket to enjoying blogging again. If, on the other hand, I reach this time next year having written all the posts I wanted to and why Code Geass is the goddamn best thing in the world and you are stoooopid for not liking it, and I feel I’m done, I’ll call it quits then.

…boy I really hope Code Geass holds up to a rewatch.

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  1. Shinmaru
    Posted June 30, 2014 at 8:33 pm | Permalink



    • Scamp
      Posted June 30, 2014 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

      Kaleido Star is poop.

      Hah. I showed you!

      • Shinmaru
        Posted June 30, 2014 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

        that’s not even my favorite anime dumbass

      • Scamp
        Posted June 30, 2014 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

        hah you had your chance to deny it and lost it therefore it’s now FACT kaleido star is poop

      • Kenjeran
        Posted July 1, 2014 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

        Kaleido Star is NOT poop

  2. fathomlesblue
    Posted June 30, 2014 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    I thought Code Geass holds up pretty well, as long as you don’t remember it as a achievement in subtlety, depth and serious story-telling. It’s Death Note that you should be worried about.

    Anyway, congrats on 6 years. Personally, I say keep blogging as long as you want to/have things to talk about. If that means taking a break on slow seasons, then so be it. It would be a shame to see you vanish from the scene for good though, but whatever you feel most comfortable with.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 1, 2014 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

      Yo I’ve actually rewatched parts of Death Note and the manga and it totally holds up. Maybe lacks a bit with no surprises anymore, but otherwise it holds up.

      I’ve considered just keeping up and maybe posting once a month but eh I hate the slow death so not cool with that idea.

      • Erif
        Posted July 4, 2014 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

        Haha, I watched Death Note when I was much younger, and I actually enjoyed it significantly more on my most recent watch-through.

  3. Danger
    Posted June 30, 2014 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    But, Lelouch -is- the Cart Driver!

    • Scamp
      Posted July 1, 2014 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

      HE’S NOT


  4. lmm
    Posted June 30, 2014 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    Does this mean you’ll be finishing off the “favourite and forgotten” project, or is that abandoned now?

    Also thanks for the blog, four more years, etc.

    Also also clearly the correct anniversary celebration would be a rewatch of Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 1, 2014 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

      Favourite and Forgotten is partly what kicked this into action. I realised how enjoyable it was to watch my old favourites and see which still held up.

      Actually a correct anniversary celebration would be rewatching Sekirei since that was my first post

  5. Duelit
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    6 Years?! It feels like yesterday…

    Awesome job sticking through it all these years and keep up the good work! :3

    • Scamp
      Posted July 1, 2014 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

      Feels like a million years ago for me =|

  6. Posted July 1, 2014 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    I need to rewatch Daria someday and write a post on why it’s better than every anime ever.

    • Gunslinger
      Posted July 1, 2014 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

      Ohh wow Daria. Now that was an awesome cartoon. Really it is everything that watamote wanted to be.

  7. Posted July 1, 2014 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    Scamp is obviously the cart driver because it’s his blog’s name.

    When/if you retire, will the blog die or will Shin and/or Inu take over?

    • Shinmaru
      Posted July 1, 2014 at 5:38 am | Permalink

      I can’t speak for Inushinde, but right in this moment, I don’t think I will. I am old and tired. I’ve also been watching progressively fewer Japanimation shows for a while now for various reasons.

      But who knows how I will feel a year from now? And who knows if that will even matter?

      • Magicmew
        Posted July 2, 2014 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

        Shinmaru will quit anime to start a pro wrestling blog

      • Shinmaru
        Posted July 2, 2014 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

        GOD, to be honest, I’d probably keep writing about anime before I did that. I like wrasslin’ a lot, but WWE is so often garbage that writing about it would drive me crazy.

  8. Chevalier
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 2:09 am | Permalink

    Congratulations Scamp! I don’t know how long you’ll manage to keep it up, but best luck to you all the way. Your little blog has been an enjoyable read.

    Every person is different, but I’ve already rewatched Code Geass twice and the show is still pretty good in my opinion. I’m surprised you haven’t revisited the whole thing again after all these years.

    There’s a lot of over-the-top entertainment value, magnificent theatrics and silly in-jokes to along with it, but also enough genuine points of interest to hold things together between the craziness. It’s not too deep in terms of life lessons or whatever, but various scenes and phrases do have another layer of meaning and thematic foreshadowing. I liked picking up on several of those during my rewatch. It’s oddly funny how the show can be simultaneously very blunt and subtle enough to hide some stuff in plain sight.

    Like Goro Taniguchi once said in an early interview…if Code Geass must belong to a genre, then it is a Picaresque Romance. I think that’s what makes Code Geass different from just being Death Note plus Gundam, and Lelouch in particular is a good example of how an engaging protagonist can carry a series.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 2, 2014 at 12:13 am | Permalink

      I feel like the central Geass story will hold up fine, but…well, Geass has a LOT of moving parts and I’m unsure how much of them will hold up.

  9. aethelwolf
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 2:45 am | Permalink

    Six years, huh? Congratulations! It seems like only yesterday that I stumbled upon your Bokutachi posts while searching for Hetalia screenshots….Chibitalia screenshots….I’m sorry….

    And until the day you publish that blog post, Mister Scamp, Lelouch IS the CaRt DRivEr and NOTHING will convince me otherwise (*retreats into a dark room wallpapered with poorly-written fanfiction connected with bits of string*).

    • Scamp
      Posted July 2, 2014 at 12:15 am | Permalink

      ewww chibitalia

  10. majorg
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 2:48 am | Permalink

    Congratulations Scamp, I’ve mainly been a lurker but I really enjoy all the post and opinions. You are probably the longest running blog runner that I think I know.

    I think code geass holds up pretty well and I think it pokes at different themes than Death Note does. Looking forward to reading your post!

    • Scamp
      Posted July 2, 2014 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

      Always like seeing lurkers un-lurk for a brief period like this.

  11. Magicmew
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    Wait, he isn’t??? This blog has fooled me all this time

    Also congratulations Scamp, I’ve only started following your blog recently but it’s really good

    • Scamp
      Posted July 2, 2014 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

      Don’t read the oldest posts. I am embarrassed by them.

  12. Lupin
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 4:02 am | Permalink

    Your blog is very interesting, my friend.
    I think I would hang around here and read more.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 2, 2014 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

      I am pleased to call you my friend too

  13. SP
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    Scamp writing both seriously and without expletives? Difficult to imagine for this relatively new lurker. Looking forward to it

    • Scamp
      Posted July 2, 2014 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

      I think I used plenty of expletives. The intro image for one

  14. Posted July 1, 2014 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Woah, nice. Congrats! I think I have been reading for almost 5 of those 6 years? Not sure, I can’t remember. I myself, am approaching “venerable old age of 4 years old”, so my memory isn’t as good as it was.

    I can totally relate to the feeling of “I have still got stuff to say, and I can’t die out with a whimper”. Hopefully, you will get to say said stuff and then either discover you have more stuff to say or ride out in the sunset on a horse (not a cart because you know you are leaving that behind).

    • Scamp
      Posted July 2, 2014 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

      Back in the good old days when blogs were real blogs. And to be fair to you, barely anyone was reading my first year of blogging so who cares

  15. Primadog
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    Thank you.

  16. Gan_HOPE326
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    Rewatching it now. It does. Not only it still is as glorious as ever, you even find yourself noticing how – le gasp! – there are NUANCES to characterization that most trash anime today can only dream of. I mean, there are big ham moments that make no sense whatsoever too, but there’s also this huge cast of character whose purposes, desires and thought processes go beyond “MUST. HUMP. BLAND MALE LEAD.” (and of course Lelouche is anything but bland. Compared to Death Note’s Light, it’s actually enjoyable to see how he somewhat struggles to keep a sliver of morality through all the horrible shit he does rather than throwing it away and embracing full villainy!).

    So yeah, kinda scary, but by comparison Geass now shines as being actually BOLD. Figures.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 2, 2014 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

      Geass has some pretty ballsy things to say if memory serves me correctly. Its approach to terrorism in particular sticks out in my mind.

  17. Ian Porterfield
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    The world needs more bloggers like you. Never stop.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 2, 2014 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

      The world definitely needs more Irish bloggers, I agree

  18. Nagisa33
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Code Geass was one of the first shows I watched when I was really getting into anime back in high school. I remember it fondly and if I ever decide to rewatch I’m pretty confident that it should be just as entertaining. My tastes may have changed from back then (such as appreciating shows like Bunny Drop or manga like Oyasumi Punpun, series that I would have never paid much mind to before) but then again a lot has stayed the same. I remember from your posts that you enjoyed Akito the Exiled and that’s a pretty good sign that you’re going to enjoy Code Geass again. You found some fresh reasons to dig Akito but you also enjoyed it because it kept the formula that made the original so much fun.

    Also, congratulations on blogging for 6 years! I only found thecartdriver.com about a year ago when I was searching for a place to discuss anime outside of the Toonami-heavy fanboy/girl university club. I enjoy and appreciate the thought-provoking and entertaining posts that the three of you create. They never fail to make me smile or get in a good chuckle. Some of them even challenge my view and that’s just what I’m looking for. I’d be a bit down to see this blog go and to see you stop blogging. However, if that’s what ultimately happens then that’s your decision. I’m just a happy that I found thecartdriver when I did. Keep up the great work and thank you.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 2, 2014 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

      Fair point on Akito. I am enjoying that an awful lot, both the more serious side and the more ridiculous giant golden centaur mecha side. I guess that means I’m still a hopeless Geass fanboy

  19. Posted July 1, 2014 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    I know you mention the possibility more and more often, but it still feels weird, that you may one day quit blogging.

    I mean, yours is the first anime blog I ever started reading, it helped me to learn English (still does), and inspired me to change my own blog into something more interesting, no longer just a public, boring diary. At least I blog much longer than you (ten years in November), but I stopped being ashamed of it only a little while ago. I can’t stress enough how huge of an impact your blog has been on me, your writing style, your ideas, your opinions even. I might not like the same things as you, but am sure as hell respecting the shit out of you. If not for you, I wouldn’t ever discover Popee, where would my life even be?!

    I think I am going to watch Fireball, as per your advice, eagerly wait for your new entries, and fear for the inevitable ending. I think I will feel as empty as when Franken Fran ended, or even as when I finished Okami. And Okami is the most important part of popculture in my life ever, so imagine the scale.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 2, 2014 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

      Golly, I’m rather taken aback and more than a little humbled. I’m glad I could have that level of impact on someone, although now I worry about your English levels if you learned it from me and my rather…well, the fact I use rather so much and other oddities in my style of writing.

  20. GoukaRyuu
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on 6 years! I hope you do find what you are looking for in your (re-)watching over this coming year. But, even if you don’t, thanks for everything.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 2, 2014 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

      I’m not sure what I’m looking for tbh beyond wanting to make sure I write about these anime before I close up. It’s not for a lack of good current anime, that’s for sure.

  21. Gunslinger
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on 6 years of blogging scamp. Also don’t stop now. It gets better, I swear :P

    • Scamp
      Posted July 2, 2014 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

      Oh god damnit you!

  22. Fifteenth
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    I can’t even remember the name of that blog you used to be part of, before you went solo driving your own cart, even though it was the first anime blog I checked regularly. That felt like a long long time ago.

    Anyway Scamp, since you seems to enjoy comedy shorts, you should check out Senyuu.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted July 1, 2014 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

      Bokutachi no Blog! Which, incredibly, still updates on occasion (“on occasion” meaning like once a month).

      • Scamp
        Posted July 2, 2014 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

        It does indeed. Shame really since I thought Blindability was a really good writer.

  23. Ika
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Scamp, you think you can do a post on dark humor too? With plenty of examples.

    Dark humor is fun.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 2, 2014 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

      Dark humour is hard. When you’re not funny, you’re just being a dick

      • Ika
        Posted July 3, 2014 at 4:38 am | Permalink

        Maybe a post on dark humor in anime? I remember you talked about it in Infinite Ryvious, and I remember wishing you had written more on it.

  24. Pusswookie
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Looking forward to it man. This blog has helped me appreciate a lot of aspects – that would’ve went right over my head – to a lot of shows that would have passed me by otherwise.

    It’s the only anime blog I read; and it’s shaped my opinion of, and provided depth and complexity to, several things. Beyond just Japanese cartoons.

    But mostly Japanese cartoons.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 2, 2014 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

      I like to think I have a deep and significant impact on people’s understanding of the world, society and themselves.

      But mostly just on Japanese Cartoons.

  25. Inushinde
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 5:15 am | Permalink

    ‘Lelouch’ and ‘The Cart Driver’ share two letters. Surely that can’t be a coincidence.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 2, 2014 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

      Wake up sheeple!

  26. billish
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    Im one of those people you make fun of or misunderstand that dont actually watch any shows, at least any longer. I read this blog because i enjoy the writing. The subject could be almost anything. So if at some point any of you three decide to end this, drop a line on any other public writing you may continue.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 2, 2014 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

      I would find this odd, but I read and listen to plenty of shows about video games and football even though I barely pay any attention to these things. If you are interested, I’ll probably stick around on twitter, and if I do pop up anywhere else on the internet I will always post it on there.

  27. Dude
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    I’ve been following for your blog for 2-3 years, and I just wanna give my thanks for all the entertainment you’ve given me.

    Question for Inushinde: Do you plan on blogging SAO season 2? :)

  28. Posted July 2, 2014 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    I was listening to subtle nostalgic music while reading this post about how all things come to an end, now I feel really bummed out.

  29. Posted July 2, 2014 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Same as Billish I don’t even watch anime anymore and I still read The Cart Driver

    • Scamp
      Posted July 2, 2014 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

      Yo anime is pretty good, you should watch some of it

  30. Posted July 2, 2014 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    Ooh congrats on 6 years, were on earth has that time gone?

    Have found myself wanting to go back to Geass & Death Note to see how they hold up to my current mindset (mainly because nothing in recent seasons has quite grabbed my attention the way those shows did), but I’m a bit scared to do so at the same time.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 2, 2014 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

      I’ve returned to parts of Death Note and it held up. It’s more than a little bit sexist, but I was aware of that when I first watched it so it didn’t bother me much.

  31. Xyopq
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    If you stop blogging, how will I know what anime to watch? I’d have to go back to watching weekly shounen and whatever is the top seeded at nyaa…
    (also another congrats at 6 years)

    • Scamp
      Posted July 4, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

      Nooo that would mean you end up watching No Game No Life or Mahouka

  32. Mormegil
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on 6 years, Scamp. I’ve only been following this blog for a little over a year now(I think), but it quickly became one of my favorite anime blogs on the internet.

    Also, Speedwagon is the best JoJo character. Your opinion is wrong!

    But seriously, keep up the good work.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 4, 2014 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

      A nazi is a better character than Speedwagon.

  33. ANON
    Posted July 3, 2014 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    I remember watching code geass back sometime in 2012, and because I got obsessed with it I searched for any continuation of the story that might tell me more about what happened after.

    then I came upon this rather intriguing theory that lelouch is the cart driver. back then I knew C.C. was talking to somebody, and I thought it was a disembodied lelouch much like what happened to his mother. I read the 2 sides of the theory for days, until I came upon a blog named after that controversial figure..

    For what it’s worth scamp, I can’t tell you what to do, but over the years I came to respect your opinion on certain series, and while I did have differences in opinion with you three on certain matters, I do recognize that your recommendations on what to watch, specifically those 4 top 30 lists you’ve made, shaped and enhanced my enjoyment of certain series from the time I found this site up until the present. I know I wouldn’t have enjoyed tatami galaxy the same way, among other series, without your approval and recommendation.

    know this though, the day thecartdriver.com dies is the day I stop following any anime blog on the net, since this is the only one I genuinely enjoy.



    • Scamp
      Posted July 4, 2014 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

      Huh, someone who discovered the show via The Cart Driver himself. I honestly didn’t consider that would be a thing. Fancy that

  34. Mr. Anon
    Posted July 3, 2014 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been reading this blog for some four years now, and even though your favorite anime is shit I would be sad when you stop.

    You could potentially tune down your posting frequency (episodic blogging doesn’t REALLY add so much over every 3-4 weeks or so) as well, to keep it fresh for yourself.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 4, 2014 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

      I probably won’t pick up a second show this summer, but I do want to cover the new Psycho Pass and Durarara anime because I did the first seasons for both and enjoyed them a lot

  35. Erif
    Posted July 4, 2014 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    Good luck to ya, mate.

    You know, you may want to consider changing it up a bit, I mean in terms of blogging; try experimenting with the format and content of articles, or attempt an approach to writing you’ve never tried, etc. Change it up.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 4, 2014 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

      You’re probably right. I used to muck about more. Maybe I should do more variety

  36. SoulMonkee
    Posted July 7, 2014 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    It´s gonna be a great year!
    And good luck too you :D

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