12 Days of Christmas – Day 1 – Standing Committee for the Really Long Name
Hello and welcome to my 12 Days of Christmas series. For those who are unaware, there is something of a tradition among ani-bloggers to compose a list of 12 of their favourite moments, events or general experiences from the year as a series of posts around Christmas. I never got to do this last year because I was too busy with finals and everything, but I told myself I would try and participate this year if I could. Of course right now I have not only exams, but a 3-4 day period with no Internet, a show to marathon and review for Anime Secret Santa, and there’s a slight chance we’ll all be killed on the 21st by an apocalypse of some kind. But screw it, I’m gonna do it anyway!
I decided to start these posts from the very beginning. I remember it was January 4th that I joined with the Standing Committee for the Coordination of Simultaneous Anime Viewing, or
SOS Brigade SCCSAV for short, which is a society dedicated to allowing group watches of anime over Skype. A noble cause if ever there was one. At the time the only real experience I had with group watches were my old anime club and watching Kino’s Journey with my cousin. Ironically, the main factor that made me want to join the group was the 12 Days posts from last year. Everyone liked to talk about how much of a good time they had hanging around together, so I felt it was something fun to join in on.
The experience has been a very positive one. Thanks to this group, I’ve gotten to chat with a whole range of interesting people about anime and other hilarious stuff. Without you guys, I might never have gotten to see Dennou Coil or Simoun or Aquarian EVOL, among so many others. Also the second half of Guilty Crown, but I’m willing to overlook that. I’m really starting to learn how much better the experience of watching a show can be when there are other people around, even if they aren’t sitting right next to you. I will admit that I’m not the most talkative person in these sessions, but I have still been listening to everyone as best as I can. I can even say it’s thanks to talking with Kevo that I got interested in Girls und Panzer, even if we haven’t been physically watching it. I suppose what I’m trying to say is that the SCCSAV has helped me better connect with the anime community, and for that I’m very thankful.
Though I probably won’t be joining the Terribad watches anytime soon. No offense, but I only get up early on Saturdays for the best of shows.