Ogiue Maniax’s (Late) Second Anniversary Celebration

It seems like I have a tendency lately to forget important dates, even those of the things I care about most. November 20, 2009 came and went, though drawing something after having not done so in a while might have been an adequate way of marking the second anniversary of Ogiue Maniax. Still it’s no Genshiken Review, and I think I should celebrate two years of writing and analyzing and making terrible puns with some panache. Seeing as how tomorrow is Stuff Your Face with Food All Day… Day… I’ll save the Thank You’s for the next post. Instead, I’ll talk about how I’ve felt the blog has changed and changed me since I began working on it.

It was over two years ago that I began to realize that I enjoyed writing, and not just any writing but the kind that is meant to inform and enlighten and to encourage others to think. I was given opportunities on both Heisei Democracy and Towards Our Memories to write a little, and from there I decided to just dive in and start my own blog. I named it after the Genshiken character Ogiue Chika, who I believe to be the most deeply complex, emotionally moving, and overall amazing character to ever appear. I intended to use the blog to record my thoughts on the mediums that I love, even if it was just a brief inkling, and to help not only others to learn but myself as well.

Being able to accurately convey my thoughts while also challenging myself to think beyond my own point of view gave me a new and different sense of confidence that what I’d experienced previously, especially when I began to see others respond, and to weigh in with their own words. This in turn would motivate my desire to write even more, and before I knew it, I had improved as both a writer and as an anime fan.

And to you my readers, though I said I would not give thanks, I have to make an exception here. Thank you for respecting my words as much as I respect yours. The comment philosophy at Ogiue Maniax is to allow all comments as long as they are relevant, as it encourages everyone to engage in dialogue and to better understand each other. And if you’re a troll you’re all the more welcome, as it gives me the opportunity to further clarify my points. At that point, it’s up to every individual reader to decide if they agree with me or not.

Ogiue Maniax, two years old. Get ready, because this baby’s starting to walk.

19 thoughts on “Ogiue Maniax’s (Late) Second Anniversary Celebration

  1. Congratulations on hitting the two year mark. I just discovered your blog a little while ago, and I’m slowly making my way through your old posts. I find your writing style to be interesting and engaging, and I look forward to your future posts. Good Luck!


  2. It’s amazing that you’ve been able to write so many quality articles so consistently over the course of 2 years sdshamshel. Ogiue Maniax was one of the first anime blogs I discovered and its only one of few that I visit on a regular basis. What initially pulled me in was Ogiue (I’m also a huge fan of her), but what kept me in was your ability to share interesting insight and stir intelligent discussions in your posts.

    Here’s to two more years of this amazing blog of yours!


  3. [lurker mode off]

    Thank you so much for sharing your interesting, thought-provoking posts with all of us for over two years on a damn impressive daily basis! May you continue so for many more years to come!

    [lurker mode on]



  4. Even though I know otherwise I for some reason I have this impression that you are a much older blog. You just have the authority of like a 5 to 7 year old blog in my mind. Well keep on rocking the free world good sir. And we will all keep reading as well.


  5. Congrats!

    …This is the first anime blog I really got attached to. I love reading your thoughts on things and you convey them well. Something I want to learn to do well.

    Also, I’m still waiting on the Philosophy of Ogiue panel. ^_~


  6. I think this was the first blog I started to follow regularly. And I didn’t even know who Ogiue was at the time…

    Anyway, congrats and may you continue to post one post every day for the next 2 years


  7. Needs moar Madarame.

    But otherwise a very nice blogging effort for 2 years. You’ve offered a lot for readers and bloggers to learn and think about. Really a top notch anime blog IMHO.


  8. I enjoy how you’ve been able to keep posting something insightful more often than not every day, and whatever comes up is almost always something fun to read. Congrats on two years, and keep on trucking. Lord knows I’m having trouble even starting again.


  9. I don’t have anything profound or clever to say, but in a word, congratulations. Your content is varied but consistently good, and your pace of writing is nothing short of incredible. Here’s to another great year!


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