After getting a shoutout on idolminded.com, I just had to think about this for a minute…
When I first started getting into AKB48 2 years ago, I was a little worried.
See, I’m 27, coming up on 28. I thought I was getting a little old for this stuff. It’s weird really, it feels like only yesterday that I was that guy pretending he was 18 to beat the curfew at the arcade, or feeling bad that I was weighing down all my 21+ friends who wanted to go to a club or go drinking.
When I was into fighting games and 3rd Strike, I was around 21, and the community was similarly aged but we’d all congregate at the house of a 15-year-old to play for some reason. I thought THAT was weird. I continued to play fighting games and it seemed like all the new blood was always 18 and 19… even though I was 24 and kept getting older. It definitely feels weird heading over to a college kid’s apartment to play some fighting games.
With idols, there’s also the stigma towards the older crowd. Especially among the younger crowd. Like, “Yo? Who’s this old dude poaching our young girls?” And the image of the nerdy fat 30-40 year old wota never escapes anyone’s head.
Nevertheless, I sucked it up and started posting and getting out there. And you know what? The small NMB community is pretty cool. Same with the bigger AKB community. It’s great. I was thrilled when like 3 or 4 people actually replied to my comment that watching the Fujita Runa scandal unfold made me feel just as bad as when Tomlinson left the San Diego Chargers, and that there were other Chargers fans too. How cool is that? I befriended Shoujiki Media because I saw him on two other sites I frequent, Teamliquid.net and forum.koohii.com.
I enjoyed reading World of the 48, one of my favorite bloggers, and we trade comments a lot on Stage48. When I found out he was in high school, at first I was like… dang. But then when I think about it… how cool is that? That age barriers can be ignored for common interests? This shouldn’t be something to be feared, this should be something to be embraced.
I really like connecting with the community. For most of the people here who leave comments, if you have a blog, I usually read it and I try to comment too. I follow Fresshu Pawa and enjoy reading his stuff even though I’m not a big fan of SKE48. I want to help build this community. I want to help others enjoy being a fan, it’s no fun being a fan by yourself in anything. I’m thrilled that people are reading this from Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia and I never thought about how cool it was to be able to connect with international fans as well. (Where are the Filipino fans at? I need you guys so I feel closer to my actual heritage and not Japanese, a completely unrelated one!)
So with all that said, if you read and enjoy my blog, let me know. If there’s things you want to see, let me know. If there’s blogs or other content that you produce that you want to show me, or if you want me to help with you team projects or something, let me know. I might do translations on request, though I’m still learning Japanese and I generally work better with text than video. I want to see this grow, and I want to see where we can take ourselves.
Sometimes it isn’t what happens with the actual hobby, but what happens around it. And at the very least I want to make being a fan that much more comfortable. I think it would be badass if we had such a fun community to be part of.
With that said, there’s a couple things in the pipeline:
-My Team N and Team M profiles
I pretty much had Team N finished months ago with a couple holes, but I got lazy and didn’t want to find photos of each member. Also NMB Complete Book came out and I felt like my profiles would suck in comparison. Nevertheless, I’ll continue to work on them and hopefully get Team N up by this weekend, adding new stuff from Complete Book. Team M will probably take a while though.
-Learning Japanese with NMB48
One reason why I hesitate to do translations is because for the most part people just take it for face value. I’m no professional translator, and even though I passed JLPT N2, for the most part that’s not really much. Learning Japanese opens up so much more, and so in the future I’m planning on composing a section on how to use NMB48 to help you learn Japanese.
-Somehow redoing this layout
I think this is just one of the basic layouts from WordPress. I think it’s kinda ugly. I don’t even have any graphics and I’m actually an awful artist so I don’t know how this’ll happen. But yeah, when I saw the picture of my blog on idolminded.com, I was like… uh, damn. That’s kinda embarrassing, lol.