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No October MFC Giveaway + The End TimesNo October MFC Giveaway + The End Times

SilverJinxSilverJinx23 days agoDiary
Hey everyone!
I got a few messages about the MFC giveaway for October so I thought I would address that really quickly and update everyone on not just the giveaway, but myself.

Simply put, there will be no giveaway for October.

Initially I was going to host between today and November 6th, life says otherwise.

A combination of factors including time, money, and shipping complications from last months giveaway means that my resources need to be put to other aspects of my life (primarily making money and learning things.)

Last month's giveaway was fun and I'm thankful for everyone who joined, but truth be told, it cost a lot more than I had predicted.
Moreover, a package shipped internationally got sent back to me and subsequently marked as "delivered."
I am still in the process of figuring it out.

In all honesty, the MFC giveaway feels like a black hole that bears no fruit.
For the few genuine supporters and repeat entrants, I thank you.
But other times it seems random people, who just want a chance at a free item, join in.

I must remind people that the initial purpose of this endeavor was to incite more activity throughout MFC. Perhaps it is too early to call it but it does not feel like the giveaway has any sort of effect unless I dump multiple hundreds of dollars into the prizes. Even then the activity is temporary. I've seen users join, then go offline for extended periods of time. Obviously I'm not generalizing but it's enough to get me to bring it up.


In any case, this does not mean the end of the giveaway. There will DEFINITELY be one in November.


However, if the situation does not improve, I won't be able to hold them for much longer.

Time will tell.

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Another issue I wanted to address was the fact that I am currently in the process of exiting the figure collecting/anime hobby.

It wasn't an easy or recent decision.

For 2 decades I have supported the anime industry by watching on TV and buying merchandise. But this hobby requires two resources that I cannot spare for it: time and money.

Additionally, over the past year my passion for the industry has waned. The illustrious and magical aura that made me follow shows in wide-eyed mesmeric awe no longer exists. Violet Evergarden is probably the last series I dedicate myself to.

My pursuits have changed and so has my pursuits in life. I want to do more with the money and time I do have. After all, figures are expensive and watching shows and reading novels are time consuming. It's shocking how much can be done with the amount spent on figures.

Starting now, I am in the process of selling off my entire collection. It's actually a lot larger than it seems on MFC as there are many exclusive items that MFC does not support (i.e show cells, drawings, etc.)

Starting next year, my final pre-orders will come in and they too shall be sold.

My last convention will be in December and in the Summer of 2019 I will take two friends to Japan. A majority of the money I get from selling my collection will go towards that.


A question often asked is why. Why do I feel the need to give up what seems like an empire after so many years?
It's just a combination of an over saturated and gradually internationalizing industry, shallow and short sighted fans and other sociological and industrial tidbits. It's a lot of factors, really.
Moreover, it seems that all communities related to anime are either dead and gone, dying (mfc), or horrid. I remember a time when the anime community (outside of Japan) was small and close knit. There was always a sense of welcome. Nowadays, its like a mom-and-pop shop versus a mega conglomerate.

I personally feel that these factors are a sign for me to move on.


In any case, it does not mean that I do not appreciate and reminisce every cherished memory I have. From the excitement felt 11 years ago when Gurren Lagann aired, the nostalgia of Ginga Tetsudo when I was a child, to the sudden boom of Isekai themed series just a few years ago.

Then of course there is all the individuals I've met along that path. Friends, friendly strangers, or those estranged individuals met during the short few days at conventions. My experiences throughout the years will live on within me as grand memories.

Finally there is MFC. The one amazing constant that remained throughout the years was MFC. I joined almost 5 years ago but I have since been using the service many years prior. It has been the bedrock of this hobby of mine. An almost perfect mix of people, product, and entertainment. The many conversations, comments, discussions, and most importantly, individuals have made everything all the more enjoyable. Through good times and bad, MFC is such an integral part of my free time.

Yet here I am, on the final stretch.

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I will continue posting until May 2019.

My giveaway will continue to run for as long as I receive support.

Thank you everyone, and I hope you can understand my decision and situation.
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2pt
Marsharoo (12 days ago) #42867628I wanted to comment on this last week, but life is b u s y.
I know how sad it is to see online communities die, having been heavily active online since I was 9 (22 now). I barely became active on MFC a few months ago despite having the account since... early last year, I think. So, it's really sad seeing people talk about how the activity has changed.
If this helps, I think smaller giveaways are definitely manageable and will garner attention as long as they're from popular series. Things like plushies and/or keychains might be appealing if it's a very popular character, even if it's not, well, a scale figure. Much easier on the wallet.
It's interesting to see someone leaving the hobby too, especially someone who (in my small perspective) seems pretty devoted to it. But it's a very understandable thing! I know I'll probably get there myself, some time.
Lastly, I'd like to add that if you ever want a random voice on the internet to chat with, I'm around on Discord (or e-mail or almost anything, if preferred) if you'd like to PM me for it.



Hey, thanks for the reply :)
I just think giving away anything does not have the same feeling of community that I had once known. It's a hard to describe feeling but the only thought that comes to mind are a sense of family, or unity. Nothing is really cohesive anymore. I think a large part of it comes down to how there's so much saturation online that things become devalued. Anime comes instantly all the time and its all free.
If an artistic product can be accessed online for free, there's no protection and the labor (and magic) become valueless.
In the west, or even online, when people don't pay for their hobbies, it becomes an exploitation of talent and hard work..

That's just my thought though, and it proves itself time and time again. There's no motivation for me to continue.
But like I said, I'll host a few more but their outcome will really determine the future.

Thanks as always, marsharoo :)
We can def talk outside of MFC when life slows down.
11 days ago
1pt
I wanted to comment on this last week, but life is b u s y.

I know how sad it is to see online communities die, having been heavily active online since I was 9 (22 now). I barely became active on MFC a few months ago despite having the account since... early last year, I think. So, it's really sad seeing people talk about how the activity has changed.

If this helps, I think smaller giveaways are definitely manageable and will garner attention as long as they're from popular series. Things like plushies and/or keychains might be appealing if it's a very popular character, even if it's not, well, a scale figure. Much easier on the wallet.

It's interesting to see someone leaving the hobby too, especially someone who (in my small perspective) seems pretty devoted to it. But it's a very understandable thing! I know I'll probably get there myself, some time.

Lastly, I'd like to add that if you ever want a random voice on the internet to chat with, I'm around on Discord (or e-mail or almost anything, if preferred) if you'd like to PM me for it.
12 days ago
1pt
EternalFaith (22 days ago) #42240563Thank you for doing what you do for the community, I haven't been here very long, but fun posts like yours made me want to keep coming back to participate. All things come to an end, ourselves included, but there's always something else on the other side.hugtower (22 days ago) #42226328If users register just to enter you could consider making a rule that requires entrants to have been on mfc for a certain amount of time or meet some other criteria that shows they’re ~part of the community~
Sorry if this has been mentioned before somewhere
WanderingWastrel (22 days ago) #42221616Your giveaways were a valiant attempt. I'm sorry it didn't work out as you'd hoped it would.
If you choose to leave the hobby, all well and good. Keep in mind that you can always come back if you want to, later. I discovered anime in 1985, and I certainly haven't been continuously engaged in watching it all through that time. If you take some years off, then come back, you can catch up on all the good shows that (hopefully) will have been released in the meantime, and skip all the shows that turned out to be crap. Sort of letting time be your curator.
KiruKiru (22 days ago) #42219138I havnt been able to participate in your give aways, but I did really like seeing them, actual give aways, and im very impressed by your effort and the costs behind these.
But its understandable you are taking a break from them, it cant be cheap and shipping issues must be stressfull.
Goodluck otherwise.
kanozo (22 days ago) #42217265Your reasons are understandable. Regardless thank you for your effort to revitalize the community. I agree that it is difficult to find a nice anime community, times are really changing. Personally I hardly interact with community because of this, in slow places I feel kind of awkward if I try to revive a dead discussion and if I go somewhere popular my comment is lost in a sea. Traditional forums are dying in favor of stuff like Discord. I don't think you are wrong for leaving and keeping things as a nice memory. I wish you all the luck in whatever pursuit you choose after this.

Thank you all for your responses. It's times like these that make me feel the same warmth and welcome as I did throughout the years.

Although it feels sad to be leaving, I will make my last few months here one for the books.
22 days ago
2pt
Kuromii (22 days ago) #42181473I think I understand your reasoning - years ago, anime series used to "stick", they were talked about and remembered long after they finished airing, and they were mostly more substantial too. Now they just broadcast for 12 weeks and then everyone forgets about them. The norm used to be 26 episodes, now its less than half of that at 12. There used to be 15-20 series per season, now there are 40+. We are constantly oversaturated with momentary trash, and nothing feels substantial anymore.
However, thank you for hosting the giveaways, but I am not entirely sure what outcome you expected from them. People join giveaways for the chance to get pretty free things, and that's unfortunately just the way it is.
skylinedo (23 days ago) #42180424Awesome of you to support the fanbase and industry as you have. Your efforts are better appreciated at your local anime clubs/conventions. Times have changed and fans have seemingly gone underground for some reason. Many of the people I encounter sporting merch are very reluctant to admit their hobbies. But you know something, I'm gonna keep going the way I'm going all these years. Violet Evergarden is fuckin epic!Senbei (23 days ago) #42178110Hey there! I just wanted to thank you for your giveaways so far! Just wanted to add that maybe you might feel that people randomly just join and haven't been entering in all your giveaways was because last time was the first time you opened it to countries outside the USA. (I can say that was the case for me!) Having to source and ship all these items yourself must be tough and I don't have a solution for you, but I'm sure everyone who enters your giveaways are thankful :) Whether or not you decide to continue with giveaways, I know that you've helped contribute to MFC in ways many others haven't :)
But otherwise, it's ok if your interest in the hobby is fading from you :) Life goes on and some times so do our interests. Just do whatever makes you happy OP!
Surrealnebs (23 days ago) #42176383Personally I try my best to be active here, and I’m a relatively new MFC user. Been really busy with uni lately atm, but I’ve got plenty of haul posts that I need to get around to posting, so your post has motivated me to get working on those. MFC community might not be as large as you say it was before (I wouldn’t know) but I still think it’s a tightnit community where I’ve made plenty of friends, and met people who share my love for all things anime related.
We’ll always be here if you ever find your way back. <3 :)
Also wrote a long reply, but decided to keep it short and simple :)
bonbonhime (23 days ago) #42175805Please take care!!
Edit:
I wrote a really long post about all of this but it didn’t send or save I guess :(
I hope you find a way to continue enjoying your interests :) I know my participation in fandom has changed a lot over the years and I’m still nostalgic for some of the earlier communities too. But most important is always to take care of yourself and to do what makes you happy.



Thank you all for your responses. It's times like these that make me feel the same warmth and welcome as I did throughout the years.

Although it feels sad to be leaving, I will make my last few months here one for the books.
22 days ago
1pt
Thank you for doing what you do for the community, I haven't been here very long, but fun posts like yours made me want to keep coming back to participate. All things come to an end, ourselves included, but there's always something else on the other side.
22 days ago
3pt
If users register just to enter you could consider making a rule that requires entrants to have been on mfc for a certain amount of time or meet some other criteria that shows they’re ~part of the community~
Sorry if this has been mentioned before somewhere
22 days ago
2pt
Your giveaways were a valiant attempt. I'm sorry it didn't work out as you'd hoped it would.

If you choose to leave the hobby, all well and good. Keep in mind that you can always come back if you want to, later. I discovered anime in 1985, and I certainly haven't been continuously engaged in watching it all through that time. If you take some years off, then come back, you can catch up on all the good shows that (hopefully) will have been released in the meantime, and skip all the shows that turned out to be crap. Sort of letting time be your curator.
22 days ago
2pt
I havnt been able to participate in your give aways, but I did really like seeing them, actual give aways, and im very impressed by your effort and the costs behind these.
But its understandable you are taking a break from them, it cant be cheap and shipping issues must be stressfull.

Goodluck otherwise.
22 days ago
2pt
Your reasons are understandable. Regardless thank you for your effort to revitalize the community. I agree that it is difficult to find a nice anime community, times are really changing. Personally I hardly interact with community because of this, in slow places I feel kind of awkward if I try to revive a dead discussion and if I go somewhere popular my comment is lost in a sea. Traditional forums are dying in favor of stuff like Discord. I don't think you are wrong for leaving and keeping things as a nice memory. I wish you all the luck in whatever pursuit you choose after this.
22 days ago
6pt
Its a shame to lose a member/collector in the already small and dwindling community. It doesn't help that a lot of people are being priced out lately too. Although I'm extremely picky about my collection which doesn't lead to much purchases, I don't think I can leave the anime community as a whole. Ive been watching since I was a kid too and its been interesting to see the changes in anime.

Its a real shame there hasn't been a lot of merchandise for Violet Evergarden. Maybe check out Flavors of Youth for a short watch.

Do you still have the patreon set up for next months giveaway?
22 days ago
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