A Very Merry Unbirthday

This past February Asian Addicts Anonymous turned 5! It’s really an amazing feat in the blogging world. This blog has suffered from an identity crisis, site migration, database crashes, working two jobs, malaise, caring for my ill grandmother, canning, my other hobbies, and my always unpredictable drama-watching habits…and my writing which can be horribly verbose or completely lacking in personality (or lack of writing sometimes).

I remember that last year I was all excited about this big anniversary coming up and planning for it and then my grandmother’s health started failing even more and my big plans just went down the drain, thus when February rolled around, I was happy about the milestone anniversary, but I’m sure everyone knows I have not been actively blogging (or watching dramas or listening to music) as I once have, so it just didn’t feel as good as it probably should have.

Sailor MoonSo this celebratory post is much later than anticipated (although I did do a post on the actually anniversary day) and with it comes a renewed vigor to try to pour into this blog and the evolving world of Asian entertainment. So deciding I would keep my vow to celebrate, I thought it only fitting to kick off things in the fifth month and for a total of five months of giveaways.

I’ve spent five years blogging on Asian Addicts Anonymous about my love of music, dramas, movies, manga, and more, and I’m happy to say I’ve never officially thrown in the towel and always manage to do some posts (and sometimes a LOT of posts) throughout each year. I started this blog back in 2010 when I turned 25 as a whim to learn WordPress for work. So…time to celebrate an Unbirthday (since the blogaversary has officially passed) for this blog while kicking off my own 30th this month.

I was thinking of what would be fitting to do, you know? It’s rather a hard decision to make at times. After lots of pondering, I think it’s best to start at the beginning. And the beginning of my foray down the primrose path of Asian dramas, music, and movies is *drumroll* anime! So for the month of May, anime-related items will be up for grabs. Four weeks. Four items. One grand prize.

InuYasha animeWhen I was a wee little girl in the 90s I was watching anime without even realizing what it was. To me, at first, it was just another cartoon that I enjoyed. My earliest memories of anime was Sailor Moon. What kid in the 90s didn’t watch the clutzy, ditzy meatball-head that always managed to come out on top? According to my father, my sister and I used to watch the Macross series as well and really enjoy it. I have vague memories of watching a few episodes of Dragon Ball and Gundam, and then there was my love affair with Digimon and Ronin Warriors – two very great series for me at that time. Then as I grew up there was Inu Yasha, Cowboy Bebop, and probably my all-time favorite of Escaflowne. I remember being totally devastated when FOX stopped airing Escaflowne at that all important doppleganger moment and we were left wondering if Hitomi would live or die (of course your heroine can’t die, but it was agony not knowing how the story ends). I also remember being very sad when FOX stopped airing Sailor Moon. It was a ritual for me and my sister to plunk down and watch the loveable Aussie koala Blinky Bill and then to watch Sailor Moon. We even taped episodes. And when I stay taped…I mean we audio tapped them and used to listen to them. We were of course happy when FOX brought Sailor Moon back, even if we had to watch it all from the beginning again.

By the time Escaflowne, Cowboy Bebop, and Inu Yasha rolled around I knew what anime was and I liked it. A lot. And then in college, my friend Logan introduced me to Wolf’s Rain which had Darcia an that sinfully amazing voice. I LOVE that voice actor. I really do. Wolf’s Rain was pretty amazing as it had really great voice acting. If we’re honest, English versions of anime have been known to suffer from bad voice acting. And then there was Chani-chan, fellow blog contributor and best friend, who introduced me to Magic Knight Rayearth and so much more! Like Cardcaptor Sakura. Oh, yeah. And I still watch anime today from time to time and it’s becoming more available thanks to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Crunchyroll, etc.

Okay, so down to the nitty gritty.

As I live in the US, that does limit people who want to enter to those in the US (or possibly Canada) due to electronic gifting limitations and hefty shipping fees.

So what will you win?

  1. The Vision of Escaflowne OST (digital or physical – your preference)
  2. Ronin Warriors The Complete Anime TV Series + OVA on DVD
  3. Inu Yasha Season 1 on DVD
  4. Howl’s Moving Castle on DVD
  5. 1-year subscription to Crunchyroll *Grand Prize*

How it will work is that each week in May there will be a Giveaway post. Those who follow the directions each week will be assigned a number to be input into a random number generator for the win. Every week’s entrants (minus each weeks’ winners) will be entered in to the big giveaway for the end of the month. Crunchyroll is not just anime. There’s Asian dramas, movies, and manga. Oh, my! So, I think it’s a fitting prize even if you may not be a huge anime fan, though I hope you do have a soft spot for the genre.

The giveaway will officially kick off next Monday, so I hope you’re excited and I hope you’ll participate!


  • Hi NeeNee!
    Happy belated anniversary!!! I have out of touch with blogs, social network for the most part, RL getting in the way. I think it is so great that you continue to post & we are so lucky that you share your thoughts & insights with us. I love your writing & as I have mentioned before the variety of your posts (and interest).
    Again, thank you. Big hugs your way.

    • Thank you! I’ve been out of touch for so long, too. I remember that day not too long ago where we were both on Twitter and hitting B up for advice on what dramas to watch because we are way out of the loop. I’m so bad at keeping up with things and social media.
      I am happy that you do love my writing, it gives me warm fuzzies whenever I hear people say that. Big hugs to you, too! I hope RL gets less hectic for you.

  • Happy anniversary! Congratulations for completing 5 years of blogging. I hope your grandma is in good health now.
    Looking forward to your posts…all the best!

    • Thank you! I’m glad there are people still looking forward to future posts after my lack of updates for several months. Unfortunately my grandmother did end up passing away, but at least she is in pain no longer.

  • Happy anniversary! 5 years is a major milestone, you must be proud 🙂

    Sailor Moon was also what brought me to dramas. I was too little to remember watching it on TV, but years later I decided to look for on Youtube and then after that I tried a few other animes and ended up on Crunchyroll and there I saw these odd shows called Asian dramas, and then…well, here we are.

    Anways, congratulations again 🙂 Keep up the good work!

    • Thanks, I am proud.
      I remember going to YouTube to discover the live action version of Sailor Moon. At least in that drama it made more sense that the girls were kind of “disguised” whereas they looked no different at all in the anime. It’s funny…manga led me to Asian dramas. All thanks to Hana Yori Dango. I will someday own that complete manga set, yes I will.

      Where Have I been. You got yourself a new blog? er…or at least a new URL?

  • Happy Anniversary! I understand. I totally missed mine also! Yes, I remember well the Sailor Moon days in my house! My daughter, for many years went to one Anime Convention to another! I kind of miss those days!

    • My friend and I always talked about going to the local anime convention together, but have never managed it. Though she did go by herself this year. I’m afraid I’m probably not social enough for something like that.

  • Awww.. Happy 5th blogoversary, and also, happy birthday to ya! So many big milestones together, so much to celebrate! ^^ So happy that you’re celebrating in style, NeeNee! 😀 I won’t be able to participate, since I’m not in the US, but I’ll be cheering from the sidelines for those who are! *waves pom poms*

    • Thanks! My five year anniversary means I’ve spent 1/6 of my life blogging. Not, too bad. I would love it if you could participate in the giveaway, but not being in the US does make that hard.

  • Congrats on AAA turning 5! It’s not easy to keep blogging for so long, kudos to you! And it’s so nice that you’re doing a giveaway, I’m sure that will make plenty of your readers happy, especially since the prizes look pretty solid! Hope all is going well for you 🙂

    • Thanks, junny! It is a big milestone. I’ve felt bad for letting the blog go relatively dormant for so long, but after the ending events of last year, it really was hard to find any motivation. I’m doing a lot better now, but it’s still hard on myself and my family.

      I hope people do enjoy the giveaway and enjoy the things I love as much as I do.

  • Omg a giveaway! How exciting! 😀

    “I was watching anime without even realizing what it was. “ Lol, this made me smile! Actually when I first watched a drama, I also didn’t know it was a drama! Funny eh? And I loved reading about your early anime experiences. YES I remember Wolf’s Rain too!!!!!!

    Anyways congrats on your anniversary. I hope to reach 5 too! Even though AAA hasn’t been as active lately, that’s ok. We are all still here, happy to read your writing! 😀

    • Thanks! I can’t really say that about my foray into Asian dramas since I went after the live action of HanDan after learning about. I can say that for Asian movies. I thought I was watching a drama and it turned out to be a movie and boy was I in for a rude awakening to know there was nothing more coming, lol.

      I hope you’ll make 5, too. I love your site and reading your posts and thoughts.

  • Belated Happy Anniversary. I usually don’t delurked but I just want to thank you for your Jdrama recaps. :))

  • Oh no, I missed this post! Happy anniversary congratulatory post! I totally know how expensive shipping outside your country is (and in the UK where I am now, they have stupid customs charges as well!), so i’m waving my flag along with KFangurl for those that can enter, ha ha

  • Happy belated NeeNee!

    Sorry I missed the post, but hey i’m back! 🙂 Congrats on 5 years and your 30th!

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