I don’t know whether you guys missed me or my writing, but I missed both: Both writing, and engaging more with you lot, and having some form to have longer form anime discussions.
Wait, I seem to have gotten ahead of myself. In case you hadn’t noticed, this blog suddenly grew extremely inactive towards the end of May 2016. Sadly, in case you hadn’t been following my Twitter, or hadn’t noticed, I was basically out of commission due to a chronic illness flaring up around that time. While the last couple of times this blog has gone on hiatus had been due to me getting sucked into video games or just taking a break from anime, this was not such an occasion, and while I kept wanting to both watch anime and blog, I could do very little of either. I actually started and did work on a couple of anime season previews that hadn’t gone up.
Anyway, I’ve been getting considerably better since early October, and while I’ve slowly been watching more anime again (but certainly not enough to put up a “Top shows of 2017” list or participate in the “12 days of anime”), I kept postponing this post. Thinking and making plans, trying to jump straight on it while I may not be ready. Well, no time like the present, right?
So, I’m back, and you should expect the upcoming season preview to go up next Tuesday. A post on Netoju no Susume (Recovery of an MMO Junkie) should go up around next Thursday or Friday. After that? I’m probably going to go for slightly less posts than in the past, but I’m going to try and make sure each post is of the sort that I find myself linking people to 3-4 years down the line, that fills me with pride over having written it.
I also want to outline the shows that I want to return to, most of them alongside posts. Both as a promise to those readers who have eagerly been awaiting some of them for years, and for myself, because I need to close some of those “open loops” to not feel guilty over not finishing them, and more important, because I like these shows. Oh yeah, I also updated the “Donation” data at the sidebar, and though money is extremely tight for me right now, one of the things incentivizing my return to writing is that I’ve found a platform that will hopefully provide some monetary compensation for the writing I’m doing. Whatever, writing is getting done, and that’s making me happier.
Gatchaman Crowds Insight – including the final piece. Most of this had been written or plotted out, but I’m going to wait for the end of January, after the new season craze goes up to finally share it. I also had most of the final piece plotted in my mind, but then I got much worse around August and it went away.
Princess Tutu – I watched most of the show, but I’m gonna rewatch it. This show is a masterpiece. There are some notes that need to be shared for it as well.
Ergo Proxy – Watched half of the show twice. There are small post-episode write-ups to be shared.
Kara no Kyoukai / The Garden of Sinners – I think one of the reasons I put that on hold was how much time and effort went into covering each 45 minute segment, and fearing what covering the long movie at #5 (I think) would do to me, but I like that series of posts, so it’ll happen.
Concrete Revolutio – I really like this show. I really like my write-ups for it. Sadly my illness took me just as the show was nearing completion. Couldn’t it have at least waited for the season to end? Sheesh. But this is coming, alongside full write-ups. It’ll take a while, but it’ll happen.
Kino’s Journey (Original Series) – I did big, big write-ups on the first 4 episodes of the show. They took a lot out of me, each one took basically a full day’s time and energy, as I went full philosophy write-up on them. I plan to repost those 4, and then cover the rest of the original anime. I plan to post one post in the series a month, starting this January. This should also give me enough time to get through the other episodes. I really like the discussion and the write-ups I generated, and want to do them justice, while also taking care of myself.
Zankyou no Terror / Mekakucity Actors / Sora no Woto / Yamada-kun and the 7 Witches /And a few more – I just left a bunch of shows up with 1-2 episodes left over. I’ll likely marathon them up to the point where I left them, then finish them. A bunch of those have had write-ups up to this point, I’m actually not going to promise them for the remaining episode, but I might do something shorter. One of the big reasons I fall behind on shows is that I start covering them, then fall behind, and need to find time to catch up, and then I need to find time to catch up on 2 episodes, and as it keeps growing, it becomes harder and harder to find the time.
Also, expect a few more non-anime related write-ups, I’ve gotten through a lot of other media over time and would like to talk about some of it. That’s what the blog is for, after all.
Do keep in mind, I still find myself sleeping 10+ hours a day on my days off work, must find time to work on my thesis, and suffer from frequent migraines and listlessness, so I hope you lot will be patient with me as we embark on the next leg of the journey together.