I’m writing this instead of working on HRP stuff, which is what I should really be doing. I’ll get back to it when I’m done.
Before I get too far in, I’d like to say thank you to a few people who were a crucial part of my year. That way, if you just wanna see if you were mentioned, you can read this part and then skip the wall of text below. I know that I thank people a lot, and maybe even too much, but still… Can’t hurt to be too grateful.
First and foremost, thanks to Mondo, Syon, Auric, Jack, Kevin, Jasper, Katz, Myuto, Rosu, Weee, Shiyun, Tim, Cali, Faust, Red, Vogue, Z, Aimless and TOP. I’m immensely proud of what we’ve created together and will continue to create, and though I’ve said it before, I’m honored to call each and every one of you a friend. I know that I’m not always easy to work with, and I know that most of you have probably wanted to punch me in the face at some point or another (and half the time, I’d probably deserve it). While I can’t guarantee that that won’t be the case in 2017 as well, I’ll try to minimize the instances.
Thank you to Andrew (who will probably never read this) for being my best friend for most of my life. I’m glad we were able to spend more time together in 2016, and even if it’s the last year where we can do so, I’m confident in the fact that our friendship can survive oceans’ worth of distance. ありがとうございます.
Thank you to Chris, Raymond, Evan, Ben, Aaron, Frances, Nicole, Nick and Steph, and especially to David and Sam. It’s been my pleasure and honor to have worked with you for at least some part of my life, and I’ve learned so much from all of you. I will always wish that things had turned out differently in some regards, and I know that I’m not the only one. Still, I will forever be in the debt to everyone who has worked at Sekai Project, and who have at some point put an immense amount of faith and trust in me. I will do my best to continue to live up to those expectations.
Thank you to Howard, who, knowingly or not, has been an inspiration for years now. More than that, I’m glad that we’re friends and I hope that we can actually work on something together, eventually. Regardless, I hold for AiD and Fault the utmost respect, and hope that I can create something just as great someday.
Thank you to everyone who read Highway Blossoms, whether you loved or hated it. I appreciate your giving it a chance. And especially to Ally, Miki, and Ema: I know that times can be hard for you, and feel that nobody cares, but please know that I do. Even when I’m too anxious to say anything or feel that it’s not my place: I would miss you if you were gone.
Thank you to Samantha, as well. I have high hopes for TWB and am looking forward to creating it with you. I’ll do my best to always do my best. Let’s make this one a gamechanger.
Thank you to Noa, Rachel, and all of the other new internet-friends I’ve met this year. You all make my timeline a brighter place and I hope we can be better friends in the upcoming year.
And finally, thank you to anyone else who reads this. There are lots of other people I should probably mention, but this is already shaping up to be longer than I expected. Please know that if you feel like you deserved a mention on this list, you’re probably right, and I’m sorry for not including you by name.