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!

norringtons 29th-Jun-2014 09:59 pm (UTC)
nothing will change, tbh.
fukkthedumbshyt 30th-Jun-2014 03:15 am (UTC)
Like I want to know who all is running this? What is going to motivate them to take care of this site? What are these writers into that's going to make the articles diverse? I just can't see much changing if it's pretty much the same team from here unless they'll be able to make money from the site and that will be what motivates them but then they'd have to write according to what will get the most hits so we're looking at another Johnny's/AKB fansite.
juweel 30th-Jun-2014 03:24 am (UTC)
Do y'all seriously believe you make good money running an asian news website, it fucking took Soompi over 10 years to break even. SOOMPI

The mods have acknowledged like 5 times in this post the issue with "user generated content" and the mass of AKB, JE and k-pop why would that...

Like what is even happening in Japanese fandom rn. No one gives a shit or ever tries to be productive. You don't have to blindly follow them to the new website but people are just looking for things to bitch and whine about
apple_fizz 30th-Jun-2014 07:07 am (UTC)
Let them rot away here.

The most vocal and angry people are the select few that actually still use LJ on a regular basis, that says enough.
fukkthedumbshyt 1st-Jul-2014 05:22 am (UTC)
I said I'd check out the new site and I wasn't even mad. I only fuck with LJ because of Arama and Omona. I'm not missing out on shit if they close this down (I follow my fandoms via Tumblr and get all the updates I need). Why is it anyone who isn't all "praise this idea" considered mad or ass hurt this dead ass comm is closing?
fukkthedumbshyt 1st-Jul-2014 05:16 am (UTC)
Well you're mad huh? I'm probably the most lax person in this bitch when it comes to voicing concerns. I don't know none of you enough to give a fuck so miss with your outrage that people in here don't trust ya'll lazy asses to do anything new or exciting.
hipployta 5th-Jul-2014 02:33 am (UTC)
norringtons 30th-Jun-2014 06:12 am (UTC)
They said they're tired and lost interest. How the hell is a new site going to suddenly magically renew your interest in something you totally gave up on? Something you just let become a total ghost town? Obviously they're going to be making some money off this, so that's probably the main motivation. This post majorly reeked of BS.
fukkthedumbshyt 1st-Jul-2014 05:18 am (UTC)
Don't mention money or the mods are going to come bitch at you. This is most active I ever seen them. Well at least I'll now know who Arama's mod are...better late than never lol.
norringtons 1st-Jul-2014 06:00 am (UTC)
all the mods are repeatedly lurking on my lj. this is hilarious.

when you guys lose interest on the new site and have to write another mopey entry on that site spewing the same bs, i'll be cackling with my popcorn.
fukkthedumbshyt 1st-Jul-2014 04:21 pm (UTC)
hipployta 5th-Jul-2014 02:34 am (UTC)
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