Well, it finally is sinking in. The 100th post of AniB Productions has finally arrived after over a year and a half on here, several memorable conversations, a slew of reviews, character pieces, and of course, some pretty awesome readers! And in all honesty…I wans’t quite sure what to say at this landmark entirely, but there was a few ideas that sprang to mind, the first of which is THANK YOU!
Seriously, the support of my most fervent readers and followers has not gone unnoticed, and this is especially true of the long-time ones (shoutout in particular to S.G., who has an awesome blog that combines poetry and movie reviews), and those who come right back despite some long hiatuses from me, which are typically caused by school more than anything else. I also want to credit my friend Onamerre who contributed a couple pieces a while back (and while he’s written some more, yours truly has them in editing.) He’s been pretty awesome through this whole process and really was the one who helped me get this crazy dream off the ground to at least hovering through this blog, so I’m appreciative of that. As for everyone else who stops by often, you know who you are, be it recently or for a while- and I thank you immensely for coming back to read, comment and engage with not only the work I do on here, but with the medium of animation, which is truly a wonderful thing.
So as I look back at 100 posts, there’s a number of things I suppose I can reflect on, but I’ll start with some post milestones:
The first post: “Welcome to AniB Productions!”
First show review: “Avatar: The Last Airbender”
First “What’s In a Character?”: “Zuko”
50th post: “The Huckleberry Hound Show” (review)
Ironically, two of these posts had to do directly with the Avatar: The Last Airbender series, which is still fantastic a decade after it wrapped up. (Also, it’s been 10 years since the finale? Wow.) I found myself a bit surprised that the halfway post to #100 was on Huckleberry Hound, but it’s nice again to highlight an old cartoon that served a purpose in animation history, particularly as one of Hanna-Barbera’s more well known productions.
Some more stats:
Most viewed page: My homepage! (Probably not a surprise.)
Most viewed post: “Hunter x Hunter- 1999 vs. 2011: Part 1- The Hunter Exam, Pt. 1”
Most liked post: “Today, AniB muses on blogging!”
Just a few more results to mull on. People really seemed to like the Hunter x Hunter stuff in general judging from the views on everything related to the series, which is fine by me, as Hunter x Hunter is a personal favorite. My most liked post, with a modest (but healthy for AniB Productions currently) 11 likes was a stream of consciousness type post. I will say though, regardless of the content, I’ve enjoyed writing every one of the pieces that has been published, and it’s thanks in no small part to you, the readers, from anticipating a reaction, to maybe inspiring someone I’ve never heard from to quietly pick up a show, or jump into a discussion. It’s true that my work and focus is on animation, but I’m not quick to forget this is a medium made for and by humans, and as such, the people aspect is so important be it as a writer or an observer.
So that’s a little reflection and a heart-felt thank you to everyone at this milestone. I had a lot of ideas for this post, but decided to save ’em as AniB Productions continues forward. For once, it was time to keep it simple and reflect, but also a moment to just be excited about what will keep coming as this blog continues to grow and more material is produced. I sincerely hope anyone who has stumbled upon this place, or this post keeps on reading…but also gains a greater appreciation of the animated medium and all it is capable of, and sees both the best of what it has to offer, and occasionally the not-so good, for a bit of levity and context. If a healthy discussion can be sparked and people can see how incredible this medium is, then on some level I’ve done my job. Changing perceptions and maybe touching lives…I’ll continue to strive my best on here, and that is a promise.
Here’s to many more posts, years, and good people,
-Christian, aka “AniB”
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