There are two distinct reactions to the terms "SQUEE!" or "Glomp!" You either shrug, not knowing what these phrases might mean, or cringe with deep familiarity as the shadow of your randomcore past creeps back into your life. This earnest way of interacting with the world was never more prevalent in the mid-2000s and especially within the world of anime fandoms. One place where anime fandoms and terrible internet memes could live in chaotic community: anime conventions. Janine delves into her anime fan past with her friend Chris, a seasoned participant of many anime cons both during the 2000s and today.
Follow Chris on Twitter @yourfriendcimi and check out their podcasts! There's "I'd Rather Be Listening to Smooth," a music podcast available at https://soundcloud.com/user-487678300 or the now-defunct "Mainichi Maid Cafe," found on YouTube or at https://soundcloud.com/mainichi-maid-cafe !