Arama They Didn't

9:04 pm - 06/27/2014

The Future of Arama They Didn't

the last flying ayu


In the past year we’re sure you've noticed a lack in Arama's quality and overall activity. We'd be lying if we didn't say we lost interest. We started Arama They Didn't! nearly five years ago, and to this day it still surprises us what it turned into.

Through years of copyright issues on streaming and download sites, it became increasingly difficult to find Japanese media online which is the only way most of us is able to access it. The J-pop community as a whole was segmented and shrunk even more with the rise of K-Pop’s constant releases and breaking news. At Arama, we tried to create a place that encompassed it all and bring back that sense of unity we once had. We've shared nearly 20,000 articles, received almost a million comments and built a community that brought 19,000 people together with the single interest of Japanese Pop Culture.

LiveJournal has given us the opportunity to achieve what we originally set out to do. In 2012 we joined LJ Media thinking we would be further legitimized as a news outlet and hub for fandom, but after that seemingly went nowhere and swept under the rug. As we grew, our needs also grew but we weren’t sure how to execute them. Finally we decided it was time for us to go to take the next step and plan a revival for Arama.


Opening July 1st, 2014 on our 5th birthday!

We've announced this on social media but we weren't sure how to handle things here. We've thought long and hard about this and thought it would be for the best for us to move off LiveJournal and finally be in total control of everything. Even though LiveJournal itself has started a comeback of sorts, unfortunately there are still too many issues for us to consider keeping it as our primary base of operations. Arama would just continue to stagnate and not grow as a community.

There isn't really an active place solely for Japanese pop culture fans to call their home, most of them are defunct, and yes that includes TokyoHive
Our primary goal is to fill that void. We have a diverse team of writers who are very excited to start sharing news as well as fun and provocative editorials and opinion pieces. Unfortunately user-generated content would not work on our new platform. However, we will have a form where anyone can submit tips for news stories they would like to see published. New additions to the staff are always welcome! Details on that will be revealed in the near future.

Where you can find us

  • URL: Our new URL of course will be

  • FACEBOOK: Because of this rebranding, Facebook has been giving us trouble renaming our page. We’d appreciate if you liked the new one:

  • TWITTER: We’ll be keeping the same twitter which will be available with our new name:

  • E-MAIL: If you have any further questions, you can contact us directly at

  • TUMBLR: Eventually, everything posted on will be automatically cross-posted to tumblr for more reach.

We hope you'll stick with us and continue to support us as we figure things out at our new home!

bouncedatdick 28th-Jun-2014 01:28 am (UTC)
and unfortunately what made this community used to be fun was its user-generated content. Doubt it will be as exciting in the new platform
meoinkie2 28th-Jun-2014 01:35 am (UTC)
sad to say but i agree w/ this D:
taecish 28th-Jun-2014 01:37 am (UTC)
but then like 90% of the posts are about a ***certain huge boyband corporation*** which isnt fun for a lot of people
bouncedatdick 28th-Jun-2014 01:41 am (UTC)
I think arama used to be diverse in 2009-2010??
thomaswilmoore 28th-Jun-2014 06:14 am (UTC)
Yes, thank you.
asth77 28th-Jun-2014 12:05 pm (UTC)
But the mods can totally act when it comes to diversify the contents. ONTD and Omona's mods post a lot. Ok for ONTD it's for money but OMONA's mods do it to diversify the contents.
goto 29th-Jun-2014 01:18 am (UTC)
even back when the mods were at the peak of their activity (i had like 2 separate accounts just for posting articles!) i would still get hoards of emails complaining about all the JE, AKB and K-pop posts.
asth77 29th-Jun-2014 07:49 am (UTC)
What do you mean by the peak of their activities? The mods have never really taken care of this comm lol.
They'd even forget to change that summary-of-the-week design on the main page (they gave up like a few months after they did the new design), they didn't bother that much about all that Jpop vs Kpop wank posts and racist trolls UNTIL ppl call them out in countless of article,and that was the peak of Arama.

I know how difficult that is to take care of a website but lbr let's not act like the mods did their maximum for Arama. So no I think more could have been done.
Again 1 month ago at least 4 persons asked the mods if they could become mods because they have time and are motivated. They were ignored and instead,here we are closing Arama for a brand new website. Hmmm yeah. They could have at least hired the new mods but they didn't bother either.

Edit : you're a mod?lol oop.

Edited at 2014-06-29 01:07 pm (UTC)
fukkthedumbshyt 29th-Jun-2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
Well that says how much mods are around that you didn't even realize you were talking to one. In fact I have no idea who the mods are here.
asth77 29th-Jun-2014 08:49 pm (UTC)
Lol you're totally right. I def know quite a few mods from ONTD or Omona but not Arama's...
goto 30th-Jun-2014 07:28 am (UTC)
The layout has been broken since the LJ media team added it and I was never able to edit it myself like all the other communities within the project. I had to email a member of LJ staff every week, which I did for 7 months. They just stopped replying to my emails. I didn't know why at first until someone informed me they all quit working for LJ.

I don't care to post all the BS every community went through with LJ media, I'm over it. Go chat with the omona mods if you want more insight on what happened behind the scenes. All the other community mods I met in San Fran abandoned LJ ages ago too, hm wonder why!

and I changed my username last year
sperm_violence 28th-Jun-2014 01:43 am (UTC)
What made the community fun was the comments and interacting with everyone. Back in the day the only people that cared to make posts were JE, AKB and k-pop fans so...yeah, no thanks.
asth77 28th-Jun-2014 08:23 am (UTC)
hipployta 5th-Jul-2014 02:23 am (UTC)
Agree as well
asth77 10th-Jul-2014 09:27 am (UTC)
Hey! I can't PM you back because of your privacy settings :)
But I'd be glad to welcome you in the new staff.
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