When I told a friend of mine over twitter that I was starting an anime blog, he immediately suggested that my first post would have to be a “top 20 anime of all time” list. I personally agreed with his sentiment, since I am of the belief that you can learn a lot about a person simply by knowing his or her favourite movie, book, food, colour, etc.
When it comes to anime, what better way of showing one’s tastes and personality than through the 3×3, /a/’s penultimate medium through which an individual’s taste in anime is expressed, often to the point of ridicule and “HURRR DURR MY OPINION > YOUR OPINION.” Much to my dismay, I fear that mentioning 4chan at all seems like a kiss of death regarding credibility, since anonymous is, at first glance, anti-everything when it comes to anime. Everything is shit. /a/ is not your fucking blog.
But here, at Baka Laureate, I am distanced away from the expectations of an anonymous messageboard, providing myself with an outlet of individual expression and opinion outside the general thoughts and consensus within the anime community, and I feel blessed to have this opportunity. I’ve been blogging for a few years now, authoring both a World of Warcraft blog called Frost is the New Black, as well as a writing/Japanese steampunk blog called Steampanku. Both are hosted by wordpress. Having been a huge fan of anime for as long as I can remember, it really did not make sense that I would blog for so long without even once writing about something that’s been a part of my personality and identy longer than Warcraft and writing combined.
But here it is, the start of what I feel is something quite special. Something that’s been a part of me for most of my life, and will probably remain for the rest of it, combined with a fondness for writing words, and simply leaving those words where anyone can see. It’s the beginning of an adventure, and I look forward to having you along for the ride.