A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
– Jesus, John 13:34-35
Last week, as I reflected on attending my first anime convention, I mentioned in an offhand comment that what I had been searching for was an inexpensive DVD set of Haibane Renmei. Currently licensed by FUNimation, but with no recent version released, the amazing series is very expensive. What happened next moved me in how simple, surprising, and kind the gesture was:
I have an extra set of Haibane Renmei gathering dust, which you are welcome to.
Don of Zoopraxiscope sent me an email offering his copy of Haibane Renmei. I received it yesterday and I literally slept with it nearby (dork). I’m so grateful to Don, whose kindness overwhelmed me.
What I’ve found through my year or two in the anime blogosphere is that so many bloggers out there are extraordinarily kind. Some have developed close friendships and, as such, really care for one another. Others are just plain good folk, caring for those they know little or not at all.
That made me think of those in the aniblogging community that have reached out to me and for whom I am grateful. There are literally dozens of individuals that have helped me along the way and someday (Thanksgiving 2012?) I may get my act together and thank them all. But for now, I’ll just mention a few.
In the early days of finding a voice for the blog, Lauren Orsini was so encouraging. She volunteered, out of the blue, to do infographics for my Anime and Religion Survey posts, which were the birthchild of the Aniblogger Testimony series (the first of which was written by Lauren). I’m thankful for all those who contributed to that series and poured their hearts out, sometimes with a little coaxing and more than once despite some trepidation.
I’m particularly grateful to R86, my cohort, who was the first person to consistently guest blog Beneath the Tangles. He’s a wonderful friend and because of him, I thought that, “Hey, maybe a writer or two out there would be interesting in being a co-blogger.” R86 joined up immediately, along with two other wonderful writers in Murasaki Lynna and Goldy.
Mefloraine, who gave up blogging last year (boo!), was kind enough to say “okay” when this strange dude asked to guest post on her blog. I feel indebted to all those who’ve allowed me to do so in the past, despite the controversial (at least in this community) theme of my site. I’m also grateful for Aorii and Marina (who also designed the lovely banner for me!), who’ve remained friendly to me despite my dropping the ball on doing blog posts together with them. -_-‘
2DT was an early encouragement and still is – plus, he literally help give a voice to my blog. Digibro won’t remember this (or me?), but he was the first person to comment on my blog. Netto commented frequently on the blog when no one else was.
And like I wrote, there are so many others.
Anime bloggers have built a strong community, not only because of shared interests, but because of heart. And like Christians should be – it’s this love that’s the defining characteristic of the wonderful people that make up the anime blogosphere.