Ogi 3, Gooooooo!!!

Today marks the 3-year anniversary of Ogiue Maniax. Looking back at all that’s happened to me and this blog since last November, it almost doesn’t feel real.

These days, I generally update Ogiue Maniax twice a week, but for over two years I posted daily. It was a signature of sorts for this blog, and I was dedicated to constantly thinking of new areas to explore, questions to ask, and bad jokes to tell. I was fairly proud of keeping up this pace, and swore to myself that only the most drastic circumstances could possibly derail me from my schedule. Even when I was working seven days a week, I still maintained it. But as I sit here in the Netherlands, a country I’ve never visited previously on a continent I had never set foot on, knowing that my purpose here is to focus my passion for anime and manga and penchant for analysis into a doctoral thesis, I know that life answered my challenge. Or perhaps it might be better to say that I challenged life. I hope you’re still enjoying this newer, slimmer Ogiue Maniax.

So if it weren’t for that big change, the most significant blog-related event would have definitely been the revival of Genshiken. It was December when I found out about the one-shot sequel known as Genshiken Chapter 56. Wanting to share it, I spent my Christmas Eve translating it so that all could enjoy one last Genshiken hurrah, not realizing that there would be another follow-up months later. With Genshiken 56 appearing last December and Genshiken II having started in October, the series almost acts as a bookend for year 3 of Ogiue Maniax. It’s more Genshiken than I could have possibly asked for. Not that I’m complaining, of course.

Then there were the panels at Otakon, my trips to play real mahjong with real people, and so many other things. It’s been exciting times, to say the least.

Really though, I am grateful for everyone who’s read Ogiue Maniax, whether you’ve commented or not. I simply can’t take that for granted, and if I do then something must be terribly wrong. Although I’m far away from my friends, my family, and those I cherish most, I still take great joy in being able encourage others to take a closer look at the anime they love and to deepen that passion a little bit more.

From the moment I found out I was moving to when I arrived here, I had this constant feeling that my life was entering a new stage. But when I think about it, my life’s been moving forward for a while now, and I have you to thank.

11 thoughts on “Ogi 3, Gooooooo!!!

  1. Congratulations on your 3rd birthday. It’s impressive how long time has passed since I first read Ogiue Maniax. It was around the time Genshiken 2nd ended and a Google search redirected me here. I was amazed by the content I found here and most of all the Genshiken-related content I found.

    Ogiue Maniax has also another importance in my life. It was the little push that was needed for me to start my own anime blog (in portuguese).

    I hope you continue with the good work even in such situation you are right now.

    The best regards,


  2. I’ve been reading this blog for 2 and a half years now. While it wasn’t the first anime blog I read, it was certainly the first I read with any regularity.

    Congrats on 3 years!


  3. Congratulations on three years! I’ve only been reading other blogs for about a year now, but I’ve been keeping up with your’s during most of that time. Hmmm, maybe you should make a favorite posts post for those of us who haven’t been here from the beginning.

    Here’s to many more posts and years ahead!


  4. I’d like to think that I’ve have had at least half of the joy in reading your blog that you’ve had in writing for it. And I hope that you continue sharing your thoughts and insights with us and others. Congrats on three years. :)


  5. Congrats! Keep the good posts flowing!

    Also, I do hope you still don’t feel like an oldfag. Everyone seems to lump people together into that category once they go off the two-year blogger death mark.

    Anyways, again, happy anniversary, and congratulations!


  6. Happy blog birthday! Congrats on the three years and here’s to many more full of fun and thought-provoking posts. Thanks for all the great reads, as always.


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