An uneventful evening at home, watching YouTube, ended up on the rediscovery of Gantz. The series in question caught my interest back in high school days but I didn’t dwell to deep onto it. This time however, the comments on YouTube let me to discover the manga. The first one out of a [really] short manga list of readings I’ve had so far.
Going on with this new discovery I stumbled across different sites; NF, MH, OneManga, McAnime and ST. The latter two caught my attention. The first one, McAnime, had a big community of Spanish speakers. The other, StopTazmo, had what appeared to be one of the largest and more involved Gantz communities out there.
So I made a decision; I was going to keep track on both of them. Hence, I started lurking….
The forums seemed kind of entertaining. Activity during these days was increasing, some few regulars started posting, but some comments were getting out of control. Forbidden Gundam, BDRZS07,Popothepenguin ,MGB, Seth_666 among others, were rapidly increasing their post counts. Among the many examples of chaos there was a fanart thread where MGB and Seth_666 got in to a needless chitchat on a fanart topic. The result of their action: a BAN.
Seth_666 reaction did not wait. Multiple accounts appeared. Spam and complaints were everywhere. Tetnubis, the moderator of the Gantz sub, got into action. Seth’s accounts were all permabanned.
In the meantime, McAnime was also rising. New posters appeared. One of the fellows establishing as a regular there was a familiar face. His alias: Seth_666. His post were interesting; resentment was all over the place whenever a reference of StopTazmo forums came up….
Curiosity and the eagerness to post got the best of me. But posting for the sake of posting was not my goal. There was something more…
A new account in McAnime was created and the fellow behind it had a mission. The purpose of it was to contact another regular and discuss a certain issue….
Another incident mark the Gantz section at ST. An Off-Topic thread was opened. Regular threads usually deviated into different topics and chitchat. Hence, Tetnubis creation was applauded.
A month had past since the uprising of Seth_666. However, his memory was still engraved in the minds of the Gantz regulars. Multiple remarks on his persona were made, one liner jokes mock-quoting him were written, a RPG antagonist was based on him.
Suddenly, a new figure appeared. Darkus-s6 became a regular by force. Posting for the sake of posting….it seemed like it, but no. This could be tagged as a “social experiment” or even a “joke”. Somehow, the figure center of the jokes and attention rematerialized. Seth_666 lived on…
August 07 - February 08
During these time the initial heat of the Offtopic thread declined. Things slowed down for a bit. Except for the fact that new regulars came to the Offtopic thread. Cali, Shin_Igami, morten, Urameshi-sama joined the discussions. The core group of Offtopic posters began establishing itself.
One of these newcomers, well actually an OT regular and prominent poster in the Gantz section already, happened to frequent McAnime forums, and had encountered an unfriendly post by one of the regulars there. That regular (the one at McAnime), showed some resentment towards a certain forum…
Immediate action was taken noticing those events. Some information had to be leaked…
April – August 08
Post count increased. Massively. The old pace the thread used to have during the previous year was starting to pick up... Races for posts with fancy numbers developed into a game among regulars…Needless to say, it was kinda fun… xD
I needed a break, though. The reasons:…..no reason at all. Really. A “just because” was and still is my only explanation. But, a simple ‘goodbye’ was not enough. So I pulled some theatrics and turned this into an attention-gathering-well-announced farewell. “Out forever”…I didn’t buy that….
August – November 08
Break time. Checked every now and then. Even sent my regards once. But as the break came to and end the return was imminent…
December 08 – January 09
Back in action, I settled again in the community by posting on the Offtopic Thread and in the Forum Games section.
By destiny or the mystic hand of the powers that be, an impish profile-message exchange with one regular from the forums turned into a series of conversations…
A number of topics were discussed, jokes were thrown around and then, one day, the bomb was dropped…..
Past couple months - Present
Morten was banned.
Cali, Urameshi, MGB, Shin_Igama, Sakura_hana, BlueDemon and many others including myself formed a front against this management decision. Not many records were kept of the incident but any of the regulars can tell the story…
This ‘revolt’ led to a diaspora of many regulars to another forum, leaving the OT and its surroundings at the hands of silence…
I had a plan, a post in mind. A story to be told once a number was reached. But this is no more. This is better. Why? Because, as a wise man once said, good threads don't get boring, they go out with a blow... So let this be that last blow…
Are you sure about that? xD
Originally Posted by Gunmetal Gray
Not quite, but I did a pretty damn good job acting for a while…who knows I could even profit someday….
Originally Posted by Urameshi-sama
yeah, for the most part you shouldn’t….
Originally Posted by Popothepenguin
…yes, no and nono.
Originally Posted by Urameshi-sama
He never was. D:
Originally Posted by morten
It must be quite obvious by now, but if you haven’t figure it out yet, I’ll let you in on something: I’m not Seth.
The fellow whose shenanigans were once remembered is somewhere, but not here. This farce was a trial, an experiment if you will. As experimental as this place, and just like it, it got out of hand and now it meets a dead end.
But well, all good things come to an end, and this is no different.
If you don’t believe this, then at least doubt my diction. xD
PS; to lighten the mood I’ll leave you with some pics…
notice kitty on hand *raaawwr*