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2017 has been off to a great start. Got to sleep over with close friends for a week while playing video games and watching anime. One of my friends introduced me to One Punch Man, so I am now all about One Punch Man.

So far I've been staying true to my resolution: Staying calm and staying true to self. And sticking with that theme, I want to tell you something...

Thank you. I've wanted to thank you for the longest time. All of you. I wanted Off Saving the World to be that thank you. But that would take a few more weeks to make, and I don't even know if it'll be any good. I have this notion that continuing to create content will show how much I appreciate your support. But nothing sends a message like being straight forward.

Thank you for watching/reading/tolerating what I do on the internet. It's hard for me to be the kind of internet personality who's all like "Thank you all! I love every single one of you! You're all amazing! <3 <3 <3." Too much negative pressure has accumulated in my head for me to be like that and actually be genuine. I don't know if anyone else feels that way about communicating with other people. I'd love to be like that though. But I also don't wanna be fake. I look back on all the times I've been a liar, a hypocrite, and generally inauthentic, and it motivates me to stay as far away from that as possible. Hell, 2016 was the year I tried cleansing all the toxicity from my mind and having a more positive outlook.

I know I haven't been consistent. I hope I can change that about me too. Having a following is so weird (at least for me... because I'm weird xD) It's made me want to be a more positive influence, but also has made me realize that you can't please everyone, and people are gonna hate you no matter how hard you try to improve, but you can't let that stop you from improving. It's all crazy and weird. And I've learned to accept and embrace how crazy and weird the world is. I sometimes ask "Why am I so crazy and weird?" Realizing that living on earth made me like this, so the world must be just as crazy and weird as me.

Knowing that makes everything seem better... or least better enough to stop having mental breakdowns. Happy cry (Tears of joy)

Anyone else super into absurdism?

Either way, OSTW is a little over half way done, and I'm working on a 3 minute animation! Both coming soon!

Again, thank you all! I love every single one of you! You're all amazing! <3 <3 <3 (seriously)
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YellowMatsumoto Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I'm proud of you, James.
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AzureTornadoKick93 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017  Student Artist
Its cool bro. Just do you no matter what. Have fun in doing what you are doing. Also, if you want an action fix..watch My Hero Academia..season 1 is over...and Season 2 just started.
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AzureTornadoKick93 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017  Student Artist
Oh fuck off bro...you are to years too late...I like the dude no matter what he does. Everyone has their quirks bro..and if you are doing this for fun...you aren't exactly going to get anything out of him...with all due respect.
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Teresa19988 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
I support you all the way James! ^^
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Nightfang123 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I misread the beginning and thought you said i got to sleep with close friends.

Other than that hope the year keeps being good on you
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MC-Gemstone Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
nice to know things are going back to normal again :D
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TheHorsePuncher Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
You should watch Code Geass, Death Note, RWBY and it's good to hear you again 
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KanDude Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017
This is great!
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CalebErnestMann Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017
I gotta be honest: 2016 was not a good year for AnimatedJames. I don't mean his personal life, obviously.

In this comment, I am exclusively referring to what he has created and posted online.

The only good thing James put out was Creative Types. Thawts is/was an incredibly uninspired and dull comic strip that was luckily cancelled after 4 installments.

I'm holding out judgement when it comes to Off Saving the World. I guess I'm looking forward to it, and I will read it when it comes out.
Whenever that happens.
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Mythical-Fox Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True, true but Creative Types was 10/10
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ImaginaryAlex Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck my friend
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firefist123 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
always stay true to yourself=)
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JM4N250 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017
JAAAAAAMES you need to watch one of my favorite animes ever, it's old but really good. It's called Ranma 1/2, it's from the early 90's but it's reeeeaaaally good.... people still blog about it today it's so good
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CartoonCaleb Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Dude, you created one of my favorite YouTube videos ever that has helped and inspired me so much. I am the one who should be thanking you. :)
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ShadowDancerBrony Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017
Glad things are going well!
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ocFIREPELT Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017
Glade to hear that you are doing great and thank you for your amazing artwork
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ArtAquatic Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm very glad to hear that youre doing so well c: I hope 2017 can continue on like this for you. Sending love your way James! <3
Stay strong, keep fighting, never give up, and stay golden <3
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trekatu Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
words to live by good sir. 
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shadowrwven Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I'm just glad everything is finally working out for you man ^^
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TheLostCinnamonRoll Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Student General Artist
I'm glad to hear that you are feeling better, i hope everything continues improving in your life and i honestly feel what you say to the people that follow you -me included-. 
I love all your work and it makes me happy that you are always doing new and awesome stuff~ 
sorry for my poor english
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Jameskitt15 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017
your just as a amazing James :) never forget that
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akumath Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017
Glad to hear all this. Hope everything turns out well for you.
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LeoHightower Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah! Go James! :w00t:
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PickFairy Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
Yeah! Go James! :D You got this!
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Grudulepoilu Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017
Well, I hope the best for you.  :)
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saber360 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017
You've got this, James. Keep moving forward and keep pushing on forward. :)
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BronyNo786 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You too James. I will not ever unsub, ever.
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Origami1105 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! I'm glad 2017 is going well for you! ^w^
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EternalSubscriber Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Student General Artist
 :happybounce: I am a dummy! :happybounce: 
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Shade-C-Llewellyn Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist
aw ur always welcome man. im glad you had fun on the trip ^^ 
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InsertCoolNameHere5 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Baymax2002 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Yay!! You're welcome!

Thank you for being here ^-^
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Pristine1281 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
Yeah when I realized how flawed this world was, it made me feel better about myself too.  It's okay to have flaws as long as they don't rule you.  So I am happy for you James.
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rosebuster Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017
Hehe... Great to see you in a good mood, James. :D
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Octss Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Hope you stay in this cheerful state for the rest of the year. :D
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Brownie97 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Student General Artist
I've been following your work (not as much your persona, to be honest, at least not until your released Journals this past year) for a long while, and every time I found you'd made a new piece of art or an animation, especially now that you're delving further into more personal, original projects, it warmed my heart so much to know you were out showing your work with open arms, no matter how many people talked ill about you. Sure, we all have our flaws and we all show them, we all fall prey to the consequences and it was great to see that you weren't blind to it or too scared to admit it publicly, to clear up the dust until it settled down.  

I always try and see where the heart is inside someone's finished work, and Creative Types (and C Students, to a degree) was the one big project that shone as -your own- in a much more special way. It kept this little bug inside me pecking me while I kept projects away from the world to see, or kept too close to fandoms or comfort zones; it kept telling me to jump into a bigger ocean, to do my own thing! 

Hopefully soon, my walls of work and doubt will phase out just enough for me to start showing the sort of work that's purely mine. Just wanted to say you've been a great bugging bug in the back of my mind, and I hope I and the whole bunch of us that enjoy your work can support you, so you can work for what you strive for in your life. Keep the flame alive! Best of luck on your endeavors. :)
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JJpop Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017
Can't wait to see what you do
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IamDeadGhost Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017
Does this mean we'll see a One punch man parody in the future?
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supercrashthehedgeho Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
No problem man. You're a cool person
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Vionova Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've always been a fan of your work, and I'm so glad that it makes you happy to do it!! That's a great new years' resolution :aww:

Thank YOU! For all the work you put in to your comics and animations, for the time you take to make said comics and animations, and to do sweet things like this! :heart:

Stay amazing!! I can't wait for the comic!! :happybounce: :hug:
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ACOfficialArt Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was in A chat during a livestream you've done during the production Of "Off Saving The World" and I asked you if you've seen One Punch Man And I distinctly heard you say One Punch Man Sucked.... but it turns you haven't seen One Punch Man.... and I knew all of that would change once you've seen it! All I got to say is.... You're The Man, James! 😎👍
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Waterwitch222 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! Just keep doing what makes you happy! It makes us happy! :)
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