Here we are once again celebrating a milestone. While technically the birth of Reverse Thieves is July 15th, we generally just celebrate sometime in July, and heck it is July 4th for the 4th anniversary so how much more fitting can you get? As always we use anniversary as a time to look at what we have improved about the site, what we plan to do in the upcoming year, and give out some nifty prizes as a reverse birthday gift.
In the last year, we’ve reinstated the Manga of the Month; began the No Case Too Small and Otaku NYC series; our new Sunday links series All Points Bulletin premiered yesterday; we made our first attempt at episode blogging with Gosick; we started participating in Bonus Rounds on Anime3000; and we even started having guests on the Speakeasy.
Perhaps the biggest change in the last year was the upping of the monthly post count average thanks to the implementation of shorter solo posts in between our main stays on Mondays and Fridays. Since August we haven’t fallen below 18 posts a month, most hitting 20 or more! Also since then, and probably because of it, we’ve been averaging 10,000 hits a month for a consistent year.
In the upcoming year we also have some big plans. We are still trying to find a way to but together a Manga Secret Santa project that does not cause too many headaches for everyone involved. When we find a viable method we will let you know. We’re also going to start our next big project as was chosen by the readers: A look at woman in fandom. This project will probably be several smaller questionnaires that will each focus on a different aspect as opposed to mammoth survey that accompanied the Otaku Diaries. This will let women participate on in the sections that are applicable to them. All of this is just the tip of the ice burg. We can’t wait to see what surprises lie in wait in the future.
So of course we are giving away a great big box of goodies to celebrate this anniversary! Just leave a comment telling us what your favorite Reverse Thieves article has been this year.
Entries are due by Sunday, July 17th. The winner will be notified by Friday, July 22th.
*U.S. residents only please. Sorry our abroad buddies we just can’t afford it.
16 thoughts on “Happy 4th Anniversary, Reverse Thieves!”
My favorite post is the Manga of the Month article on
Excel Saga by Koushi Rikudou. I am really into the series and to see someone else take it seriously was fantastic. I really enjoyed reading the article. ^_^ It inspired me to start writing for my mix of stuff blog again.
My favorite article was “The Bill 156 Factor”. It has a picture of lolis directly across from a bunch of old guys smiling with a building exploding in the background. Oh yeah, the article brought up many inferences and conjecture on what the future might hold for the lolicon phenomenon while bringing new insights to the table.
My favorite article was your calm and rational response to the excessive pessimistic whining about the Winter ’11 anime season sucking the anime fandom was going through. It was so good I passed it around online.
Happy anniversary and keep up the good work!
Wow 4 years huh congrats guys. I only found out about the blog very recently through Hisui twitter. Its very well done. For what its worth my favourite was the Gundam AGE post.
Im an international reader though so no prize for me :( keep up the good work guys.
Happy 4th Anniversary, Reverse Thieves! Keep on rockin’, you guys. Look forward to read about your next big project.
P.S I don’t live in U.S so can’t participate. How unfortunate.
Congrats on your 4th year Reverse Thieves! You both have done an awesome job with your website, it’s content, and the podcast. Even though I don’t comment much, I make sure to read each one of your posts and listen to the podcasts.
My favorite post this year was Togusa: A Regular Guy in a Cyber World. I really liked how you analyzed Togusa’s character and why he was an important part of the series. Even though I am a big fan of the cyberpunk genre, your article makes me wonder if I would want to be more like the Major or more like Togusa.
My favourite post was the one where you acknowledged America Day but didn’t do anything about Canada, namely, this one.
That said, congratulations! Though my blog has celebrated something like three birthdays now since it has three birthdays every year :v
Wow, it’s been 4 years already? Time flies :) I like the changes you’ve made to the site layout/presentation in the past year as well as the reinstatement of monthly manga and adding the otaku NYC pieces. Let me know if you’re looking for another guest review, I could write one on the new Eva movies, [C], or Kimagure Orange Road as those are really the only shows I’ve watched recently.
It’s hard to remember which of the posts from the past year was my absolute favorite, but “Maho Shojo Madoka Magica Max Heart StrikerS” was certainly one of them.
Big ( flutter shy ) shout from the more recluse part of the Irish boys.
All my best,
Sol ( Oni-san )
Here’s to four years and many more!
Congrats. ^_^ Since I basically lurk around your site, the most impressionable article to me at this moment is your Anime NEXT coverage, since I saw you guys were present there. ^_^
Good luck to the Secret Santa.. I definitely want to get in this year as well. ^_^
Wow, 4 years. Cool!
If I’m eligible (since I won a contest in the past), that’s cool. If not, that’s fine too. Just some feedback. :-)
My favorite articles have always been the Otaku NYC posts. They always manage to make me stop and read them when I see them in my reader. I don’t get down in the city too much since I’m up in the distant ‘burbs, but always love reading about the many areas I can try and remember to go to when I next make the trip down. Almost all of the posts have been about stores that I didn’t know exist, so that’s a great plus. Your insight and suggestions are always welcome.
Thanks a lot guys for some good reading.
Congrats on your longevity guys! I’ve been enjoying the hell out of your podcasts; some fumbling in the first episodes was expected, but you guys have really hit a groove now.
For favorite articles, I could go with some insightful post featuring deep thematic analysis or trends in the industry, but I loved your humorous posts best. Specifically the April Fools magazine spread and the Kaleido Star podcast intro were home runs.
I really liked the Togusa: A Regular Guy in a Cyber World. Togusa is my second-favorite character in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (behind the Major). And it was fun to read some analysis of him.
I really enjoyed the thoughtfulness of Keeping Up with the Yamadas, though maybe in part because I have been thinking along similar lines. It’s easy, and maybe hip, to write of entire seasons but as you point out many of the older seasons all we got, even through fansubs, was the best of the best or something someone really loved. Kind of sad that as a group we fans have gotten to obsess on what we don’t get out of the media we love more than what we do get.
Happy birthday and many happy returns