Oh my gosh, folks.  2015 is ending.  It’s going to be freaking 2016 tomorrow!  As a blogger, I’m just glad that Fujinsei survived another year and is still going strong.  That alone is a cause for great celebration for me.  Yay, yay!

chopper dance-one piece

2015 has been such an eventful year not only for Fujinsei but also for me as a blogger.  After recovering from an extremely nasty 2014 injury with intense (and painful) physiotherapy and rehab this past spring—big thanks to my specialist and physiotherapist but I hope to never see you again—I vowed to improve this website and myself as a blogger.  Looking back now, I guess it’s a way of forcing myself out of my injury-induced depression.  I forced myself to focus on brainstorming new ideas and providing quality content in this blog.  It seemed to do the trick because I’m now 100% recovered and so very extremely happy I’m annoying other people.  Ehehehehe~  So here are some of this blog’s highlights this 2015:

Purchasing the domain name fujinsei.com
I was hesitant at first but I (kinda) panicked when WordPress increased the price compared to the previous year 2014.   And then I suddenly found myself clicking “Purchase” before I knew it.  It was my best impulse buy this year.  It literally forced me to become a more serious, diligent and regular blogger because, heck, I don’t want my money wasted on an abandoned blog now, do I?

New Theme, New Look
I don’t know if some of you still remember, but Fujinsei used to look more feminine with pink and white motifs.  It was more simple. . .it was more. . .fine, fine.  It looked boring.  Ahem, ahem.  I realized that since I’m an aniblogger now, I needed to utilize the visual aspect of blogging more.  Use more images.  Make eyes pop.

More Outrageous Otaku Content with Fujinsei Kempo
When I bid bye-bye to my blog’s old and simple look, I welcomed with opens arms not only my blog’s edgier and colourful appearance but also new and outrageous content.  I was suppressing my inner otaku before but I realized that I had no reason to do that as an aniblogger, so I launched Fujinsei Kempo series.  It features often hilarious pseudo-lessons on how to achieve enlightenment the otaku way by my alter-ego, Otaku Master Cross-shishou.  I’m still surprised by the positive reception it got and still getting.


Giving Back with Blogging Tips
l’ve been blogging since I was a teenager.  I’ve blogged about a variety of topics from books to my, ahem, personal life.  I don’t remember how many times I lost motivation and quit.  So I know the challenges many beginning bloggers experience.  I’m not an expert, far from it, but I’m a personal blogger who enjoys what I’m doing.  If I can help others by giving some doable and encouraging blogging tips, I’m game for it.  It’s more enjoyable to blog when you’re friends with other bloggers, anyway.  That’s why I launched my Blogging Tips.  But you have to understand that my blogging tips are geared towards personal bloggers who blog for enjoyment like me, and not towards business/corporate bloggers who aim to earn tons of money blogging.  Go somewhere else for that.

Keeping the Discussion Alive
Another one of this blog’s most successful feature is the Discussion series.  I’m known for my long and opinionated posts, so doing this series was a big divergence from my usual blogging style.  It focuses more on what my readers think rather than on what I think.  It’s like a forum where I just ask questions and let my readers discuss with each other.  It’s humbling as an aniblogger because it constantly reminds me that there are way more people more knowledgeable about anime and manga than I am on this planet.

Topping the Google Search Results for “Dear Girl Stories Translations”
Now this one here was a totally unexpected curveball.  At first I was like, “What the hell?!  How can this happen with my horrid translations?”  But I gradually warmed up to it.  As a result, I met other fellow DGS fans from all over the world.  It’s now so much fun fangirling with more people to this insane Japanese radio show.

Arria's Translations

Having My Translations Stolen
It seems that topping the search results has its downsides.  You get not only more pompous bashers but also disrespectful thieves who exploit other people’s hard work.  Douchebags.  But I still consider this as a highlight for Fujinsei because these unpleasant experiences would’ve never happened if my blog remained irrelevant.  I also became stronger not only as a blogger but also as a person.  I still think those bashers and thieves are douchebags, though.  No doubt about that.

Welcoming a New Blogger
My Twitter buddy, Becky, a.k.a. @pastelshion officially joins me as a fellow blogger for Fujinsei.  I’m not actively looking for contributors but if anyone is interested in writing for this blog, feel free to let me know.  This is a huge step for Fujinsei because it increases the content variety.  I’m expecting you to be nice to my new blog partner. 😉

And that’s it for Fujinsei’s major highlights of 2015.  There are a lot of minor ones but if I list all of them here, then this post would take you until tomorrow to finish reading.

so happy crying anime

As always my big THANKS to my wonderful readers who never fail to motivate me to provide you with better (and outrageous) content.  And of course to my amazing blog buddies—you know who you are, Friends of Fujinsei!  I’m so happy to be friends with you I could cry.  You’re one of the top reasons why I love being an aniblogger—sniff sniff.  I’m looking forward to another year of fun discussions about anime, manga, Japanese culture and media and anything and everything in between.  And to my cool new subscribers, it seems that my enchantment spell worked  that it forced you to subscribe to this site and I intend to keep you enchanted by providing you with more entertaining posts to read.

How about you?  What’s your highlights this 2015?

That’s all for today, folks!  Let’s have an epic 2016, shall we?  Cheers!


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Published by Arria Cross

Blogger at fujinsei.com since 2014. Currently a webnovelist. Check out my work "His Genius is a Superstar".

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  1. To you, let me say happy 2016, I can’t wait to read what you two post! 🙂 Though I’m the new reader to Funjinsei, more then a few topics had me rolling on the floor laughing, & I do try to comment on what I read. In short, see you in this new year!

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    1. Yay! Thank you very much. I really appreciate it and I’m sure my blog partner pastelshion appreciates it, too. I’m glad that my posts entertained you. I’ll do my best this year, too. I’m looking forward to having anime discussions with you this year. Cheers!

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      1. Discuss anime with me, I’m always up for that! This year, it’s going to be my goal to let my inner Anime geek out on my blog, along with sharing more of my other hobbies and stories, so feel free to discuss anime or anything with me! 🙂

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  2. I like Fujinsei Kempo and all of your tips. Hilarious and helpful, respectively. 🙂
    But no, a THANK YOU right back for spending time to chat with me about the things we love (and sometimes hate). Looking back, I’ve enjoyed every conversation we’ve ever had, and here’s a toast to a year littered with even more wonderful chats! Cheers to you, Fujinsei! It’s been fun!

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    1. Yay! I’m very happy that you like them. I can’t promise to always be helpful but I’ll try to write more funny stuff. And shucks, THANKS! I enjoy chatting with you as well. Let’s rock 2016 together with our WordPress buddies. Cheers!

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  3. よ~あけましておめでとうございます!今年もよろしくお願いしますーヽ(^o^)丿

    -replies to your comment here instead-
    My cold actually got worse since I last commented, but I’m mostly better now. throws confetti everywhere

    Anyway, no, the other Arashi members aren’t as busy, though Arashi did have a couple of activities this holiday season. They’re the ones that hosted Johnny’s Countdown this time, which was pretty fun. Yamapi and Kame performed Seishun Amigo again! It’s been 6 years since they performed it last! Speaking of which, I need to watch Kouhaku too…

    Tumblr doesn’t really have a proper comment system, so sometimes conversations via reblogs get confusing. Well, you can also leave asks on peoples Tumblrs, but I’m too shy for that, haha! Tumblr did a messaging feature lately, but I hadn’t had a chance to try it yet. Most Arashi downloads and subs are on livejournal though, and mostly underground. I haven’t kept up with the Arashi fandom the past few years, but fellow fans told me that it’s apparently taboo to even mention the names of the subbing teams now. And there are no more updated lists of subbed videos anymore, because they don’t want their subs to be found by the wrong people. I was really surprised, when I first heard of it.

    But moving on! You could just put in your sidebar that you’re on a short DGS hiatus or something. Though you’ll probably get worried emails anyway, hahaha.

    I wish you all the best on your blog this year! Hope you had a great New Year!

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    1. ありがとう!あけましておめでとう。こちらこそ、よろしく!o(>ω<)o

      Yay! Me too. I’m all better now. I’m glad that you’ve recovered now as well.

      Oh wow. That’s so interesting. Why have they become taboo? Kind of exciting now that I think about it.

      Sorry. Can’t really relate since I’m not a Tumblr user. I used Tumblr for a few months when it was first launched. I didn’t really liked it then, so I stopped using it. That’s why I’m not updated to any changes they have now since that time.

      Oh well. Even if you don’t keep up with Arashi fandom, you’re still pretty regular with your blog posts. I see them in my reader now and again. I just can’t comment or like unlike here on WordPress because it’s from a different platform.

      Yeah, I took your suggestion and wrote a note on the sidebar saying I’m on a translation hiatus. HiroC’s birthday is coming up, so I may post a translation then but we’ll see. Anyway, thanks. Happy New Year!


      1. I know! Subbing teams have the most interesting happenings sometimes. XD Apparently they’re trying to avoid copyright cases? I suppose part of it is to protect their links too, especially since file sites have changed ever since Megaupload got taken down. But mostly I believe they’re trying not to attract attention from JE. Still, I can’t believe they all went underground. Man, a lot can happen in a few years. No wonder nobody mentioned any specific subbing teams when I asked if anything new happened in the subbing scene lately. XD

        It took me years to get used to Tumblr too. It’s only this year that I actually decided how I wanted to use my Tumblr (which is basically reblogging my favorite parts of the stuff I watched, and occasionally sharing my own translations.) There’s so much posts in my queue right now because of all these year-end specials!

        I’m looking forward to your next DGS post, whenever it may be! 🙂

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      2. Oh my gosh. Now I’m kind of worried. Do you think that I’ll get in trouble for translating DGS? Hmmmmm. Something to think about. It’s not like it’s manga or an anime or a TV show, but it’s quite a popular radio show, so I’m kinda worried that I’ll get in trouble. Hmmmm. But it’s not like I’m claiming that it’s my show or anything, right? I’m just translating it so that more people can enjoy it. What do you think?


      3. Nah, you should be good. I don’t think I’ve heard of anyone getting into trouble for posting translations. Hardsubs are a different matter though, since the subbing teams distribute the video itself. I think you should be okay as long as you don’t upload media files for the public. Now that I think about it, I think the copyright scare started because there were a few cases of people getting arrested for uploading a ton of Japanese TV shows on Dailymotion a year or two ago.

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      4. Same here, but I got worried for a moment there. Oh well. We’ll see.

        Yes, I heard about that. And some months ago, there were also people arrested for uploading full TV shows on Youtube.


    1. Aw, thanks very much! I’m glad that you enjoy my posts. You too. Keep on blogging. Looking forward to discussing more anime and manga with you this new year. Cheers!


    1. Thanks, LynLyn. Yes, I had an eventful year. Many ups and downs, but it was very interesting. You too. Cheers to another year. Looking forward to more fun anime discussions with you, especially about bishies. Cheers!

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      1. Yay yay! I’m sure Crimson will be up for those kind of bishie discussions as well. I don’t know how to say it but I begin to often think of you as a set, like you’re connected by the hip or something. So funny. Anyway, I’ve had tons of fun talking with you on Twitter with Daiyamanga. Cheers!

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      2. Oh my gosh. I actually laughed out loud. Team Rocket? Ahahaha! XD
        Oh gosh. This is so rare. I’m actually literally laughing right now, instead of just smiling. Hmmmm. I kinda agree with it, though. Team Rocket? (snickers)

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    1. Yay! Thanks very much, Matt! I’m glad that you found my blogging tips helpful. I’m looking forward to more entertaining ONE PIECE discussions with you this new year. Happy New Year, brother. Cheers!

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    1. Yay! Thank you so much. I always have tons of fun writing them. I’m glad that you like them. I’ll do my best to make my future Fujinsei Kempo posts more outrageous and entertaining from now on. Happy New Year. Cheers!

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  4. reading this makes me need to get on top with doing a post like this. I haven’t done much reflection on anything but lovely post Happy for you Fujinsei just know your amazing and have been an inspiration to my blog 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Lita! You’re very kind. I’m always impressed that you seem to have the energy to do all those weekly features in your blog. They must take a lot of energy. Good for you. Anyway, if you ever do a reflection post for 2015, I’ll be looking forward to reading it. Thanks again. Keep on blogging. I look forward to more anime discussions with you this new year. Cheers!

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      1. I find it easy to do the features but towards the end of the year I was slacking as it got busy for me. But all refreshed now and will do a feature this Friday to start a new is always best haha lol. I will be doing a reflection for this weekend and look forward to discussing more anime anything with you .) and

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