Wow. It was so long ago when I stumbled upon this site after seeing my first William Millberry
(Aluminum Studios) video. The site was very different back then...and glitchy.
But over the course of a matter of months, I saw the site change from just a few hundred creators, to the established society that it is today. Because of this site, many people know instantly who Kevin Caldwell
is, Brad DeMoss
, and Hsien Lee
. (There are countless others, but they spring to mind quickest.) Because of this site, we all went through the faze of Odorikuruu
, Tainted Donuts
. But most importantly, because of this site, people around the world were able to connect even for a matter of moments with people who were just like them. It didn't matter if you were an new creator, or someone who grew from two VCR's and a lot of patience. All that mattered was your love for anime, and editing. Growing up while being a part of this community helped shape me into the person I am today. Now done and graduated high school, I can easilly look back and remember the hours I spent here, with all of you or editing my own creations. From the late nights of the Waldo FTP, to the frustration of losing a half finsihed video when you forget to save; I went through it all. Although I haven't been as involved as I was long ago, I still check up on the site once and a while, to download the new ones, or to cast my vote, or to simply see how the community is doing.
Phade did what any creator wanted to do all those years ago...Create a Ranma 1/2 music video to Madonna's "Material Girl."
Well, that, and
he helped create a community, strengthen and create friendships, and help keep the spirit of anime alive. To Phade I don't wish him good luck and fortune, because I know that he already has all the luck and wishes, he'll ever need from all the people on this site. He has a wonderful wife, and will have a wonderful family with her. What I say to Phade is this: If you can do what you did with this site, with your family, then you will definatly be living a happy/prosperous and amazing life. From me to you, all the best Kris.