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!

goto 1st-Jul-2014 04:00 am (UTC)
1) i made every mod post except like two and posted the ffa every week. if people didn't catch on to who FREEFREE/GOTO was they have dementia sorry. you also replied to a lot of those posts as well as personally private messaged me to report users. but sure, ok. pleasure to meet you :) the other members of this community also had no problems locating the other mods because every time someone PMed them to warn a user they notified me or posted in aramatrolls

i made this post cause i didn't wanna leave without saying anything. the majority of our readers already left lj and arama ages ago and we obviously weren't expecting everyone to agree with it. if the few people still here want to support the new place then that's wonderful. if they don't then that's perfectly fine too

2) yes the lack of communication was definitely wrong on my part, never tried to deny that. the stats and overall traffic of arama decreased every month ever since we joined LJ media. stats wise the majority have all moved on from lj, why should the few who decided to stay be catered to? the loyalty is really sweet but i mean...

the money thing tho lol, that's really funny to me. that's not how websites work, but i mean for them to even think that in the start it's kinda hopeless.

3) back then, and at this time i do not want anything to do with livejournal. it would be a waste of time and resources. re-creating something like arama could only happen on a forum (which might happen in the future actually). trying to re-create this on another platform would be messy and would most def fail in my opinion.

4) it is tough but at the end of the day the positive support highly outnumbers the negative, so i think i'll live through this.

5) idk if this comment even covered everything you asked i just worked a 10 hour shift and arama opens in like 32 seconds #BRB
asth77 1st-Jul-2014 05:20 am (UTC)
No you didn't answer the possibility of carrying on your own and leting us do what we want of aramatheydidnt.
Okay,you totally made me lose interest in your new website with that attitude. I hope you'll flop cause you totally don't deserve the loyal ppl in this post who are probably the main factor of Arama's success. Anyway let's end this convo,now I know that I won't gaf abt that new site because you are egoistic and pretentious. Bye.
asth77 18th-Jul-2014 01:38 am (UTC)
No, read again the first sentence.
And fuck off.
asth77 18th-Jul-2014 08:46 am (UTC)
Lol your opinion doesn't interest me. You weren't the one I asked.
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