The fact that the Reverse Thieves is five-years-old is an odd sensation. On one hand it feels like the blog is just coming into its maturity. It can vote, drive, and maybe even go out drinking without a fake ID. On the other hand, given the turn over rate of most blogs it also seems like the Reverse Thieves is a senior citizen as well. It should be getting its geriatric discount on the early bird dinner special. In truth, the answer lies in between. The blog has definitely settled into a pleasant groove where we have a steady readership and a growing listener base to the podcast.
Despite the far more hectic schedule on the blog, we have kept the output fairly regular. We are often able to post at least four times a week. We started doing the S.W.A.T. reviews around this time last year as well as the All Points Bulletins. They have both been big hits! In fact, our S.W.A.T. reviews are generally our most popular podcasts by a wide margin.
We also started the Line-Up at the beginning of 2012 which was Narutaki’s brain child. With a convenient list of all the titles that get licensed for physical and digital distribution as well as new announcements from Japan, the Line-Ups are sure to be insanely popular when December rolls around and people want to do their year in review.
We don’t really have any new columns planned for the future. But that is hardly a horrible thing. The blog has gotten to the point where it is far more important to maintain the current pieces of output rather than constantly add new features. But the blog is always evolving so don’t be surprised to see new additions as the muse dictates.
We are proud to have made it five years. Here is to five more and beyond!
All that said I know what everyone really wants to know is what are we giving away. Since a 5th anniversary is always a significant milestone, the prize package is equally impressive. We are giving away box sets of anime, plenty of manga, figures, a Kyo backpack, and more tchotchkes than you can shake a magical girl wand at. Don’t expect to see a giveaway on this site as nice as this until our 10th anniversary.
To enter all you have to do is wish us a happy birthday in the comments below. And if you want bonus points, tell us your favorite recent article or podcast. Please mention your age. Then you can win everything pictured above and maybe EVEN LESS! (There are one or two 18+ items pictured above. If the winner is under 18 we will remove those items and replace them with similar but more family friendly items.)
This contest is open until July 31st.
*U.S. residents only please. Sorry our abroad buddies we just can’t afford it.