1 Year of Ani-blogging

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One year, huh? Time has seriously flown since I started this little blog of mine. These past twelve months have been some of the busiest times of my life and maintaining a blog even semi-regularly definitely added more to my plate than necessary. But I don’t regret any of the time I spent here or on Twitter at all. Back when I first started this thing, my decision to create this place was a step far outside my comfort zone and looking back at it now, I’m not even sure how I managed to go through with it given how much more anxious I was back then. That’s not to say that all that anxiety’s completely gone now but after conversing and connecting with people on twitter, seeing positive reactions to my writing, and just by being around people that I admire as not-just-another-lurker, my confidence has really soared. This comfy place I’m at now, the amazing people I’ve come to meet online or even in person, and all the things I’ve checked off my personal ani-blogging bucket list, all of it came about from that single tiny step I made one year ago. I’m satisfied with my ani-blogging journey thus far and if I needed to call it quits right now, I’d honestly be okay with it.

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Quiet Ghost Stories in Kieli

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Halloween has historically been one of my least participatory seasonal events. As a kid growing up in apartment buildings where door-to-door candy grabbing was mostly prohibited and as a person who’s shied away from most things horror-related, there’s just wasn’t a lot there for me to enjoy. This year I figured I’d get into the spirit of things and let myself be conned by my friends into playing through a certain “Doki Doki Literature Club” and write about it as my seasonally appropriate post-of-the-month, but after an entirely voluntary sleep-ness night, I decided not to re-experience that disturbing mess again through writing. So instead I’ll be celebrating this day originally dedicated to remembering the dead by writing about the charming ghost stories of Kieli.

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Maruruk’s Refuge

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Last week’s episode of Made in Abyss ended off with Riko and Reg’s bittersweet goodbyes with Maruruk and the others at Seeker’s Camp. Their separation was inevitable and expected as the story wouldn’t be able to continue if they stayed, but I came out of that episode surprised at how strongly I felt for Maruruk in his response to their departure. The weight of this scene can be and should be attributed how well the scene was composed and but something about Maruruk, his permanent place in Seeker’s Camp, and his resulting reaction to their goodbyes was resonant for me in an unexpected way.

To explain all this though, we’ll need to start with Seeker’s Camp and its significance to the story, the abyss-divers, and Maruruk.

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An Endeavor for Tomorrow

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The latest episode of My Hero Academia, titled ‘Climax’ featured the end of the climactic fight between the Hero-killer Stain and the trifecta of Midoriya, Todoroki, and Iida. The fight was spotlighted in the episode as it should be, but I found myself drawn more to something else in this episode. The object of my intrigue wasn’t something – or rather someone, that I ever expected so this came as a bit of a surprise to me. So much so, that I felt the need to write about it.

This person is Endeavor – the number two hero.

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The Magic of Shuji Kataoka

 “I read a letter by someone very much like me. It was like seeing myself. My heart was filled with it, and tears streamed from my eyes. Finally I’d met someone with the same spirit as me. I was sure he would have understood my suffering and misery. He inspired me to begin this letter. I feel that as I write this letter, I grow closer to him.”

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If asked the question of, “why do you like reading light novels?” I’m not sure I could give a super definitive answer. It probably came about from a combination of my interest in stories, and my deep love for anime and its associated media. Reading the source material for the shows that I cared about was the natural next step for me and somewhere along the way this became a medium of storytelling that I really liked. I’m sure that this is the case for western novels as well but I find it incredibly easy to slide into the worlds within the words, losing myself in the fantasy and surrealism of the story and its characters. And this most certainly the case for stories more grounded in reality as well. I find parts of myself in the characters, and parts of my life in their worlds. However small and insignificant the links, they keep me attached, interested, and looking for more bits and pieces of myself somewhere between the lines.

As you might expect, this too was the case when I read through the first volume of Mizuki Nomura’s Book Girl series titled, “Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime”.

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Spring 2017 – Final Thoughts

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I honestly can’t believe that we’re already at the end of the season but here we are 12 weeks in and the summer season is closing in quick. I wasn’t entirely sure if I had time to do this for spring, but with a 4-day reprieve in between the summer semesters I’ve found a little bit of time to get back into writing. Luckily things haven’t been too busy for anime so I’ve managed to finish a good amount of shows – and some real good shows at that.

This season of anime has been one of the more enjoyable ones from recent memory and naturally that means that there’s a lot for me to talk about. So without any further ado, let’s talk anime.

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Irreconcilable Differences

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Episode 8 of Re:Creators made waves in my corner of the anime community in a way that I certainly didn’t expect. The show’s one hell of a spectacle which is not a surprise given some of the big names on staff, but Re:Creators delivers from its action-oriented, wide-reaching production, ideas that are honestly really interesting. The show doesn’t spend too much time dwelling on these things though and I honestly can’t say for sure that the show has a concrete message, but it’s still fun to speculate. This episode in particular ended off in such a way that one could simply write it off as shock factor, but I’d like to think that there was a little more meaning to its explosive end.

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Update: Six months and counting

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Hey everyone! It’s been a little while since my last update post (and yes, I will say this in every single update post) and since some things have come up that’ll affect the blog, I figured that I’d write another one of these things. Also, as of tomorrow, it will have been six months since I created “A Carriage Return”. Woohooo.

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