Back then, all the various anime subfactions were busy fighting against each other and the cirnos and the board had more variety in what was being posted. You had Magumin posters from [s4s], Satania posters from /a/, idolposters and two types of Kotori, and a dedicated Tanya poster who constantly posted in Cirno threads as a kind of proto-Kagrifag. Summer attrition meant least dedicated posters went back to their boards of origin, and most of them were cleared out by the end of July.
I think some "newer" (new being a relative thing as October was several months ago) people we got here are people who have jumped ship from /int/ and /pol/ wanting something new but recognizable and then finding that they don't really like /bant/ but feel that they can change it to their likening due to it being new. There efforts to start up "change" usually end in nothing but drama and discontent among the regulars.
Such is the peril of being a tight-knit board. But I think we've managed to survive our first year fine. Can't wait to see if Capcha 2.0 will kill us or hiro will do something so stupid as to cause 4chan to shut down.
You mates make sure your U-blocker is up to date, now.