Celebrating One Year of Awesomeness!
Can you believe it? Well I certainly can’t! It has been one year of lulz and happiness; one year of thrills and squeals; one year of gags and bounds; one year of animal abuse and cannibalism.
Well, believe it or not, folks, it’s that time of the year: it’s WRA’s birthday!! And we’ll be celebrating how? WRA style, of course! Naturally, you are all invited to share with us in the jubilation, so let’s break out the booze and get so wasted, you can’t tell apart your wife from a police officer!
We’re a couple days late, but it’s a party, people! And we’re gonna tear down the roof! Build a new one…and tear it down again!!
It feels like it’s been almost a century since the break of IRA, yet I remember the day like it was only a few hours ago. While most of us shed cyber tears over the sad news, the rest of us got to work on a fresh, clean leaf: the start of a new awesomeness. And that home was WRA.
From that day on the 8th of June last year, under a new name but with the same unshakable spirit, our little big family of bloggers and manga lovers has persevered. And now, one year later…we are STILL awesomeness!!
No doubt a family cannot exist without its members; likewise, we’d be nowhere, chillin’ with Courage, Mureal and Eustace if it wasn’t for you: the readers, commenters and stalkers. You are the real shiz in our toilet bowls. You are the real awesomeness!
I took the liberty to have a little chat with a few of us: see what they thought about the year, and what they considered their favorite bits.
(Warning: The following may contain scenes inappropriate for children and those with the presence of mind to string together a complete thought. Viewer discretion is totally not advised. @__@)
Subject #1: The Incredible Marksman
Pickles: Hello, Marks, how are ya?
Marksman: I am fine, thanks. You?
Pickles: Very well, thank you. So it’s WRA’s birthday!
Marksman: O__O Really?
Pickles: Yes, you nub! -_____- *slaps*
Ahem, sorry, I have this behavioral disorder. I may also jump you mid-sentence and demand a cupcake.
So what were the highlights of your WRA year?
Marksman: Hmm, well…not being eaten by Tenrai.
Pickles: Wow! That right there is a feat!
Marksman: I know T__T
Also, Captain Pickles becoming the new Naruto breakdown writer of WRA. ^^
Pickles: Aww, shucks, you flatter me. *slaps*
Marksman: Aye ^T_T^
And my favorite…the breakdown that involved me, Supertrek, Tenrai, and yourself
However…the greatest note of the year that I would like to personally point out is WRA’s ability to survive as a successful blog after IRA’s unfortunate end. Through all the hardships, WRA has survived.
Pickles: Yes, yes…so you must really like tasers to the arse, don’t you?
Marksman: I believe that’s Supertrek’s department. >_>
Pickles: I believe so, too, Marks…<_<
Subject #2: Supertrek89
Pickles: Hello there, Super, how are ya?
Supertrek: It’s all in he name. But for the One Piece and Franky fans out there, I’m doing SUUUUUPEEEEEERRRRR!!!!
Pickles: That’s great, Super. Next time we need a man for our furniture ads, you’d be the first to get a call.
So WRA just turned one! How exciting.
Supertrek: That’s right. In just one year, it has learned how to walk, talk, make strangely perverse jokes…all it needs now is potty training and it’s set! Lol jkjk, I think WRA has grown to be a respectable blog this past year.
Pickles: And what can you say was the highlight of the WRA year for you?
Supertrek: One Piece chapter 574, ’nuff said. The final FMA chapter would come in close, though. *dodges rocks*
Pickles: Urgh…(censored)…I wish he’d come back to life, so I could kill his sleezy ass again. -______-
Pickles: Pfft, spoiler? I’m afraid I have no idea what you’re talking about. >_>
Supertrek: Yes…no spoiler at all…<_<
Pickles: May I ask why you were dodging rocks earlier?
Supertrek: They were from FMA fanboys since I didn’t put it as my #1 moment.
Pickles: I hear ya…fanboys are wanted criminals…
Supertrek: Pfft, Sasuke impersonators are everywhere…>_>
Pickles: HA! In America, for you to want to be a Sasuke impersonator, you’d have to be drunk, overweight, and unemployed.
Hmm…ok, I concede your point…>_>
Lastly, what are you looking forward to with regards the blog?
Supertrek: 1,000,000 hits.
Pickles: Uuuh, that’s a big number. I’m sure we’ll get there soon enough.
For now, you may get off the hot seat while I unplug it from the central heating system.
Thank you for your time, sir!
Supertrek: Sure thing! *puts away WRA self destruct button*
Subject #3: Tenrai Senshi
(Special note: We at WRA advise if under extreme circumstances, you are forced to come within two meters of the above subject, pray he had a big lunch…I’m talking pregnant Fat Albert big)
Pickles: Hiiii, Senshi-pooooo!! Welcome to the party!!
Tenrai Senshi: O_O
Pickles: I’ll have you know I am currently completely doused in poison.
Tenrai Senshi: Oh… *puts away knife and fork* T__T
*Notices Marksman walking behind the scenes*
Pickles: Oh, we just finished doing him. He was fun, too.
Wait, that didn’t come out right…>_>
Errr…so it’s the blog’s birthday!
Tenrai Senshi: YAY!!!! Does this mean we get cheesecake? @__@
Pickles: I’m afraid not, but it’s a party…which means lots of humans…@__@
Quite a lot has happened since IRA went bye-bye, but what can you say was the highlight of your WRA year?
Tenrai Senshi: Well, mostly just all the great people I have met, the fun I have had writing for the blog and everything I have learned. It has been a great experience.
Then there was all the great food…^ ^
And that love triangle thingy was quite fun to pull off. But we better not talk too much about that, people might think it’s weird.
Pickles: That would be best…>_>
So who do you consider your eternal rival?
Tenrai Senshi: Definitely Marksman. He was the first person I had a really heated debate with on the blog and since then, we have considered each other rivals. He also keeps running away and screaming when I try to eat him… T__T
That’s what you call fast food… <_<
Pickles: *makes mental note to assassinate Marksman, my new rival in love*
Tenrai Senshi: Is it just me, or did it get colder in here? O_O
Pickles: Errr, the heating was switched off >_>…
So we know there are two types of anime characters
The bright one with the colorful hair that wants attention
And the dark one in the corner; the ladies want to eat his body parts, and the guys want to rip them apart and mail them to random addresses
Tenrai Senshi: O_O
Pickles: Which would you say you are?
Tenrai Senshi: Since I am normally the quiet, calm type, unless it involves food like cheesecake, I think I am more towards the second one.
Which is now sounding very bad for my health insurance scheme.
Pickles: Hmm, I see how it is…
*makes more mental notes…I’m gonna be busy tonight*
So it is my understanding that you have numerous female stalkers lurking in your shadow
Would you like me to dispose of them?
I mean…would you like to talk about it…>_>
Tenrai Senshi: Yeah, that’s a long story. Firstly, there’s this girl who read one of my fanfics, who thinks she is in love with me. Then there is Deathcon4, who uses me as a rug in her living room. Then there was that time I was put on auction in WRA chat… even Super was bidding for me…
But he is a guy, so I can’t explain that. <_<
You were for hire?! O_O
Tenrai Senshi: Actually, I was just being sold to the highest bidder.
Then a fight broke out and Deathcon drove over someone…
It was messy…
Pickles: Hmm, so we’re talking men for hire, blood everywhere, and big messes…
Ladies and gentlemen, Deuce Bigolo has gone cyberspace…
That’s all we have time for now, unfortunately!
It’s been a pleasure…really @__@
Tenrai Senshi: Thank you very much. ^ ^
*Dies from poisoning* T__T
There goes the South African gigolo ;___;
So do you wanna know my favorite part of WRA’s first year? No? Well, I’m gonna spam it in your head anyway! It actually happened yesterday. I was bored and looking over the blog stats under ‘Search Engine Terms’ used to find this site. And what did I find? GOLD, baby!
Be honest with yourself. If you know, you’re one of those that ran a search for the last one, I know a really good shrink. He can help you.
Not enough? There’s more…lots, lots more…
What was that? Who’s this hottie, Perona, you ask? I’ll show you! 😀
*looks around to see all the males in the room are either dead or in a coma…all but one*
Tenrai Senshi: Crap, he spotted me…*is making frantic movement around his face…as if he were trying to clean something off*
Pickles: Y—You’re bleeding!…From your nose?!!
Tenrai Senshi: Dammit…he knows everything…
Only one thing can be done now…
Tenrai: Don’t worry everyone, he probably enjoyed that, as disturbing as that may sound. <_<
Well, now that Pickles is snugly tucked away, this gives me a chance to say a few words as well!!! ^ ^
Firstly, I would like to say that for many of us, I think WRA has become a home of sorts when we have nowhere else to go, and every person we have met here has become family to us. A lot of the great people I have had the great privilege of getting to know both here and on IRA before, have become very close friends to me, some of whom I have now known for well over a year already.
When I started writing for the blog, it really felt like I had earned a place with you all and it made me really feel accepted and appreciated and really happy, something I haven’t felt for a long time in my life. So I would just like to give out a very heartfelt thank you to all of you who have made this blog so special, from the readers to the authors and all the friends. You have all brought so much to this blog and made it into a great place for everyone who has found there way here.
A place for friends to gather and a home for all who just need to feel accepted, I think WRA is just that for many people here, myself included. I will never forget the people I have met here and I hope to continue remaining here for a long time to come.
Here’s a song just for the occasion! ^ ^
Long live WRA! And may it bring all of us many more years of fun and friendship to come! ^ ^
*Gets a tissue and blows his nose. Eats everyone as comfort food.* T__T
*Pickles finds way out of stomach covered in gastric acid*
Good thing he doesn’t chew his food.
So…anyone want a hug? *crickets chirp*
*Super steps in and washes Pickles with a hose then hands him a towel*
Sorry about that but I’d just like to say a few words and the acid was eating away at your clothes. There’s nothing more awkward than talking while standing next to a naked pickle. >_>
I’m not a man of many words when it comes to speeches though I can rattle off on any given debate forever and ever and ever and-, but that’s besides the point…>_> I’ll keep this short and sweet. ^_- I would just like to thank every single author and commentator who has ever contributed to this blog. Past and present we have all made the blog into what it is today and I feel it’s a heartening community I am very proud to be a part of. I got this e-mail from a reader yesterday, June 23, and I would like to share it with you all.
“Hey, I have been reading WRA for as long as it has been up since taking over from IRA. For this whole time i have never thought to say anything to anyone. But while reading it today i got to thinking “it must require a lot of work to keep this under control and running as smoothly as you keep it running”. So I just wanted to express my gratitude towards you and the entire WRA staff of writers a and say thank you and please keep up the work i spend way to much time reading this and waiting for this and it’s totally a huge part of my life. Thanks again.”
A True Fan,
That’s what it’s all about and that’s why we do it. ^_^ I hope he doesn’t mind me sharing it with you all. >_> Thank you all and keep up the awesomeness! 🙂
*Pickles dries off*
*starts getting wet all over again with tears, this time* ;_____;
*suddenly feels the pressure of an extremely powerful presence*
This isn’t Aizen! It’s worse…way worse…
OMG! OMG!! It’s…
This is…Ibiki Teishi…
…with a little Birthday Card for my favorite one year olds!
*startles awake* WHO DISTURBS MY SLUMBER?
*looks around confused and reaches for bull whip* No, I mean, who the fack woke me up?!
*jumps to feet, cracks the whip in one fluid motion* I’ll beat you each apart! I’ll tear you both together! Because I’m over 9,000!
Oh…it’s YOU. *lowers the whip* Well, for you I’ll yawn and stretch and make the best of it. What time is it? Oh…THAT’s why you woke me. WRA is a year old! I don’t have to burp you anymore, baby, you can manage that on your own…can’t you? *grin*
It’s been an eventful year, and the crazy just goes on. Y’all are a regular cyberspace institution (you know that’s where they keep dangerous nut jobs, right?), and I’m glad to have a little white room to call home when I get to feeling lonely or…*glances around, all shifty-eyed*…senile.
Just think, you’re a toddler now, WRA. One big candle on a digital cake (sure, you’re not a fire hazard yet, like me, but give it time, all things age and then they get better like fine wine or really old photos or well-loved sneakers or…holey-a$$ed IRA t-shirts). One burning candle beats a lit fart any day. But I digress. In the last year this site has grown from nothingness to a regular anime/manga mishmash of crazy, awesomeness. Crazy. That’s a term of endearment, you know (someone hand me a tissue, I’m going all Sakura).
Oh, and speaking of Sakura, can you believe how Kishi turned her potential to complete suckage this year? So I protested! Somewhere out there, friends, are pictures of your own Ibi in pink hair, cosplaying a fully blossomed Sakura (uh, that means no longer a pirate’s dream of sunken treasure chest–sorry Luffy) in fishnet and a hokage hat. I guess we all have to vent our own manga frustrations in our own way, WRA is just evidence of that, and (forgive me for getting all serious for a mo) I’m so proud of you all for keeping it going…keeping it real…keeping it…tarded.
Wishing you the best in the future, WRA readers and commenters. Hoping for the best from the admins and authors. 😄 Wake me whenever you need someone to jump out at you and say: that was awesome! Happy 1st birthday WRA and many more to come.
Ja ne (unless I see you first),
*Pickles stops foaming from the mouth and regains consciousness*
Well guys, it looks like the party is almost over. I’m stuffed, woozy, and I think I popped a blood vessel somewhere. X__X I can still manage a few words, though.
You know, sometimes, I feel it isn’t my place since for as long as I’ve been a member of this blog, there are a good many who have been before me and have stuck with it through this entire wild odyssey. Yet still I thank them still.
To the newer ones: welcome to the family. If you didn’t already check your sanity at the door, I’m pretty sure it’s already gone by now. Enjoy your stay!
To the ones still to come: I seeee youuu…@___@
You know, for every existing entity, there is a limit established and enforced by Mother Nature herself to the amount of awesomeness which it can possess. But luckily for us, WRA exists outside the realm of reality, and our awesomeness level? Over 17,000!!! That’s 9,000 times 2, right?…Right? X___X
Someone had one too many Mountain Dews.
Well, guys, the time has come, and this bash is at its end. Here is a little something I made to further commemorate this moment. It isn’t a lot, but I felt it spoke to the message the others and I are trying to put across.
We are family, we are friends, we are WRA. And love it or hate it, we are here to stay.
Viva la awesomeness!
And in the words of the D.C. Audience Killer:
“Keep on living, fuckers.”
*falls on face and dozes off*