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14 November 2020 06:39

Unus Annus

After a staggering 365 videos — one posted each day for the past year — the Unus Annus experiment has come to an end. The channel concept — a self-destructing vlog helmed by Mark 'Markiplier' Fischbach and his longtime friend and former editor, Ethan 'CrankGameplays' Nestor — will be deleted in its entirety, including every single video, later this evening. Unus Annus — Latin for 'one year' — saw the duo uploading a new video every day for an entire year. In an announcement video last November, the guys said the experiment sought to illuminate the fleeting nature of existence, in their bid to make the most meaning of the limited time we all have. "Do not archive or re-upload anything," reads the description box of a Goodbye live stream (below), which is set to conclude at 3 am ET alongside the channel's termination.

Stay true to the purpose of our final year or we shall lay down wrath upon those that attempt to escape the end." Unus Annus is something of a staggeringly consistent achievement, particularly in a pandemic year. The channel has amassed 4.4 million subscribers and has recently been nabbing roughly 80 million monthly views. Some of its biggest hits include a James Charles collab, cupping experiments, and an escape room attempt. Perhaps most impressively, none of the videos on the channel has received less than 1 million views. You can check out the Goodbye stream, which has roughly 675,000 viewers tuning in as the guys look back at their year in videos, below.

The duo are also vending the final drop of their Unus Annus merch range right here. In the absence of Unus Annus, Fischbach and Nestor will forge onward with their individual channels, which count 27.4 million and 1.7 million subscribers, respectively. The true meaning of Unus Annus: Why the channel is being deleted As we're writing this piece, the YouTube channel Unus Annus still stands. But come tomorrow, November 14, there will be no record of this channel on YouTube. When YouTubers Markiplier & CrankGameplays created Unus Annus a year ago, they stuck by the meaning of the Latin phrase: one year. On November 13, 2019, a mysterious YouTube channel called Unus Annus launched for the first time. The first video ever posted to the channel featured gaming YouTubers Markiplier (Mark) & CrankGameplays (Ethan) standing in black & white suits in front of a swirling background. The channel Unus Annus was meant to live for only one year. In that year, Mark & Ethan created a smorgasbord of strange & experimental content they would've never done on their own channels. The goal of the channel was simple: "What would you do if you only had one year?" Living life to the fullest In the first video posted to the channel, Mark & Ethan open with a simple question. "What would you do if you knew how much time you had left?" For 365 days, the pair uploaded videos to their channel, living out the true meaning of Unus Annus. While neither Mark nor Ethan are strictly known for their gaming content, the content posted to Unus Annus was far from their normal brand of entertainment. From painting each other nude to producing unholy water, the content uploaded to Unus Annus varied from day to day. Of course, COVID-19 ruined some of their plans for more extreme videos, but the duo continued to push content that helped "make beautiful memories" as Ethan described. 4.35 million people joined Mark & Ethan on their journey over the year, subscribing to the channel and enjoying the content the boys made. Saying goodbye after a year While many fans are in denial the end is here, the duo made it clear the end of Unus Annus was November 13, 2020. Launching a live stream to celebrate the end of the YouTube channel, both Ethan & Mark will look through fanart, memes, and their favorite videos to celebrate the end of the channel. At the end of the stream, Mark & Ethan will delete the Unus Annus channel live, fulfilling the meaning of the channel's name. Following this, all social media accounts for Unus Annus will be taken down, as well as the merch store for the channel. The biggest request of Mark & Ethan was for no videos from Unus Annus be reuploaded after the channel's demise. Once the channel is officially taken off YouTube, honor the name Unus Annus and let the videos die with the channel. The channel will live on in name (and merch) alone, reminding people of what once was. With numerous fan videos & fan art available online, it's hard to believe every video reference to Unus Annus will be deleted, but the majority of fans are ready to honor the meaning of Unus Annus and take down their content after the channel is deleted. However, there's a small minority of fans who believe November 13 isn't the end. Could it still live on? While Mark & Ethan have made it very clear the channel is set to die on November 13, many fans still believe this is a troll move from the two creators. While the countdown clock will strike zero on November 13, the conspiracy theory among fans is the channel won't die. Instead, Unus Annus will somewhat keep the meaning of its name and upload no more content. However, the channel will remain as an archive of the past year. We won't know for sure what Mark & Ethan will do until their livestream goes live at 12pm PST on November 13.