Anniversary Follower Feature: Arria Cross


As part of my 1 year anniversary, I’m running a series of posts on some of my amazing followers who have volunteered to be a part of the celebration. I often say this in my monthly reflections, but without the followers and the wonderful bloggers I’ve met since starting this blog, 100 Word Anime wouldn’t still be around so I really wanted to do something during this week to highlight the amazing people who have really made blogging a rewarding experience.

Follower Feature: Arria Cross


I doubt there are many people in the aniblogging community who haven’t come across Arria at some point and if you haven’t jump on over to her blog: Fujinsei. In addition to being an active member of the online anime community, Arria runs monthly blog carnivals which gives so many of us a chance to share our posts and to find other anime bloggers. It’s this kind of community spirit that I have come to love since becoming a blogger. If you’ve never participated (though I think there is a carnival open now) then you should check out last month with the 11th Carnival. So many people have nominated great posts to read so if you were looking for an anime blog or just something new, you’re sure to find something in the carnival.

In addition to just being an amazing person for hosting the carnivals (and reading every entry and highlighting posts that she enjoyed from the carnival), Arria posts some very funny articles (okay, there are also quite serious posts and news and lists and product promotions) but I absolutely love her sense of humour in some of her posts. Her 13 Signs That You’ve Watched Too Much Death Note and 10 Signs That You’ve Watched Too Much Yuri On Ice are both funny and probably more true than most of us would like to admit.

However, for a more serious discussion, Arria recommends “Racewashing in ‘Attack on Titan’ Films & Other Adaptations (OWLS Blog Tour)“. It’s a great read and looks at the importance of racial identity.

I asked participants to give me a quick 100 words about what they like about anime or my blog. Arria said:
“I’ve been watching anime ever since I can remember. I don’t even remember the first anime that I watched because I was too young. Watching anime was precious family bonding time, especially with my dad who was crazy with Dragon Ball at the time. Anime, simply put, is a big part of my life.

After a stint as a book reviewer, I decided to become an aniblogger and created my blog Fujinsei. Almost 3 years later, I’m still having a blast combining my love for anime and writing. But what I love the most is the community of fellow anime fans and bloggers, including Karandi here, whose friendship I’m always grateful for. I hope that I can continue being an aniblogger with these amazing people, and of course, watch more anime!”

Thanks Arria for participating in the anniversary and thanks for your ongoing support for 100 Word Anime. A special thank you for everything you do for the online anime community.

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21 thoughts on “Anniversary Follower Feature: Arria Cross

  1. Yay! It’s here! So sorry that I’m so late, but a huge HAPPY BLOG ANNIVERSARY to you Karandi and 100 Word Anime Blog. I’ve been looking forward for this feature. So exciting. Unfortunately I was on hiatus when it came out, but reading this post now made me so happy. You are very kind, and it makes me happy that there are other of our fellow bloggers here in the community who also commented. Ehehehe. Thank you very much! You are a friend and I love reading your well-written posts. You’re an inspiration to us. Keep on doing a great job. Here’s to another awesome blogging year, Cheers!

  2. Arria was on of the first anibloggers I met when I started to blog. I was nervous at that time but after seeing her One Piece posts, I decided to visit and got to understand her. She is more than a friend, she is like a sister to me. She is smart and kind. I also like her carnivals.

    1. Yes, I remember! We started our blogs at around the same time and you’re one of my first blogger friends. I’m so happy that we’re still both active right now. Thanks, bro! And yeah, I remember that we talked a lot about One Piece (we still do), but there was a time that all of our conversations seem to turn into One Piece discussions. Now not so much anymore…perhaps we’ve matured? Nah, I think that we just found more common interests besides One Piece. Cheers!

      1. @ArriaCross Yeah you were one of my first friends online. I remember we talked about One Piece for a long time lol. I still love One Piece but I think the reason we don’t do much like that anymore is that we are so busy. We got busy with life and of course, you love Yuri on Ice. Yuri on Ice forever sis! Cheers to you! I love talking to you!

  3. Arria’s blog is one of the first I came across, before I even started my own. She’s great. Like you said, both her funny and serious posts are always very engaging.

    1. I love that she feels the need for a disclaimer at the end of some of her funny posts. It makes me wonder if anyone ever took one of them seriously.

        1. You are exactly correct. I actually had to put the disclaimer because I have received some disturbing messages when I started that blogging series. They thought I was serious about the ridiculous things I wrote there, so I had to write a disclaimer. So strange.

    2. Aaaaw. Thank you so much, D. Ehehe. I think I’ve been too serious this year…I have to remedy that and balance it out. Anyway, you’re a good friend. Thank you for your kind words.

  4. Arria is absolutely amazing. I have said it countless times, but the carnival posts that she runs are just simply amazing, and such a great way to help every blogger out there. Not only that but is a great way to discover new blogs, and just to exchange thoughts about the wonderful world of anime. So yeah, she is simply put: awesome 😊

    1. Thank you very much, raistlin0903! I love hosting the carnivals. It’s so much fun and I love the interaction between us bloggers. I was just thankful that our peers think it serious enough to participate every time. Thanks!

  5. Arria-senpai was one of the first people I reached out to when I first got into blogging. Without her guidance, I probably would’ve been less likely to start this thing up

    1. Aaaw. You’re making me blush, but yes I do remember our first encounter. It was a good memory. Thank for remembering. Let’s all do our best on our blogging. Cheers!

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