Back to Arashi...? Aibakaland? If the former, I never did, I'm afraid. I had moved onto Kanjani8 by that point, and within a year or two, I stopped following J-pop altogether. I think life/work just overtook a lot of things (excuse really), and I just never made the commitment to stick with the fandom especially as Johnny made things a little more arduous for the international fans. Again, if I had been a little more devoted, this wouldn't have been a problem.pknumba1 wrote: ↑Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:56 pmSo, what made you come back? Sorry if you already mentioned this.forror wrote: ↑Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:19 pmI had drifted away from Arashi years ago - I can't even pinpoint when. 2011-2012, I think. I recently got a new laptop and decided to do a bit of a purge of all my files. I had held onto the drama purely out of nostalgia, but I rewatched it for the first time in years and it doesn't quite hold the same allure. So I decided to let go. I'll always have my memory of falling in love with the drama and with Arashi (plus Jun in his leopard print dressing gown). And that's enough for me.
As for Aibakaland, it occupies a little special place for me. I followed the forum since late 07/early 08, before you had to register and it was one of the first places that introduced me to the wonders of Arashi. The forum moved at some point and that time coincided with the time I felt was in the deepest hole. I was under a different username at the time and became much more active, interacting with various members, and we'd send Christmas cards to each other. It just gave me something to hold onto, I guess... Then the forum moved another one or two more times, and I've managed to stick around! The forum was one of the things that helped keep me afloat during my darkest times. Whilst I can't say I'll ever be fully out of it, I'm in a much more contented position for now and I don't think I can ever really fully abandon this place.
Plus, random good news (e.g. Nino getting married) still makes me feel giddy