So… this is the last episode of Behind Anime Lines (for now). Surprise!
It’s weird - I’m not actually all that broken up about the end of Fandom Beat (and, by extension, the end of Behind Anime Lines). I’ve spent the past few days trying to figure out why I’m not that upset, and I think it’s because I’m 100% proud of what we made. From the jump, the goal with BAL was to make a show about anime that 1) didn’t look like shit and 2) actually took the subject matter seriously, and I think we kicked ass at it. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.
I’m also immensely proud of (and grateful to!) the fantastic group of smart, articulate, anime-liking adults that made up the dozen-plus guests we had on over the show’s run - and, honestly, I’m still super proud of HOW FEW of the guests we brought on were white dudes. (Guess what: it’s not that hard!!!)
It feels really, really good to look back on this thing we made and have very literally zero regrets about it. Since I was a kid, my favorite feeling has always been advocating for my favorite things by connecting people to stuff they might enjoy. Every time we’d get a comment like “I checked out [show/movie] thanks to you guys and loved it!”, it made the entire thing worth it - and we got A LOT of those comments.
Another thing I should say: this was too successful an experiment not to repeat. This show, I swear to god, is going to come back some day in some form, and I hope y’all stick with me long enough to see whatever that is.
Getting loud about the shit I love is my favorite thing about being alive, and I’m going to do it until I die. Thanks for watching.
(PS: after the cut is a masterpost with every single episode of Behind Anime Lines, plus links to each of the guests’ blogs so you can go follow them. Hopefully that’s helpful to someone!)