[One] Over and Over Again


A little over three and a half months ago, I found myself lying awake in the middle of the night in a hotel room on the other side of the planet with an aching feeling in my chest. Perhaps it was excess adrenaline from a long night of concerting or the full speed run to the station to get away from the incoming typhoon, but it was a feeling that didn’t go away until I finally fell asleep hours later from exhaustion. That night was the night of the final domestic concert of Toyama Nao’s first live tour and it was in every sense of the word, incredible.

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[One] Hello you, Hello me


Almost exactly a year ago, I had an idea for a blog post that came from this tweet of Hag’s; it would’ve been an entire post talking about my favorite Japanese word. This piece would’ve been my first blog post of the year had it gone out and I sometimes wonder if publishing it would have motivated me to more regularly post on this blog of mine in 2018.

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Mid-year update


Hey there. It’s… been a while. Or, well, I suppose that it hasn’t been that long since my last post here but it certainly has been some time since my last update post. My life’s been pretty hectic in the last couple months but not so busy that the possibility of blogging was zero however for a lot of reasons I held off on publishing anything until last month. I won’t go too far into the nitty-gritty of these reasons but I figured that I owed some kind of explanation for amazing people that still follow this little blog of mine, as well as an update on the blog and myself.

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[One] Passion


Passion, love, interest, attachment, regardless of how you put it, it’s something that I’ve had a bit of an obsession with over this last year. Everywhere I went, in everything I read, and with everyone I spoke to, this idea always came to mind in one form or another. This kind of thing feels almost fundamental to us; its abundance or absence can easily dictate how we choose to live our lives, and this is especially the case, I find, in the communities that I’ve associated myself so closely to. It’s something that I really love to see and something I’ve struggled to find for myself this year.

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1 Year of Ani-blogging


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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The Passionate Fan: I’m not one, but I want to be!



So a couple days ago, I finally got to experience Aqours’ first live (a Love Live concert, for the uninitiated) in a theatre filled with hundreds of crazy and awesome fans. Being able to see the performance in such a high energy environment made the whole thing way more enjoyable. People were out of their seats screaming, crying, and singing along to the songs that we’ve all probably listened to a million times. Yup, everybody wore their passion on them like a badge for everyone to see (sometimes literally).

…And then there was me. Sitting quietly like a dead fish in a sea of coelacanths.

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Frozen in Time


Back in 2013, I was in the midst of my first year in university and my re-entry into the world of anime. From an outside perspective, this wasn’t greatest combination for my first foray into the world of post- secondary education, but anime turned out to be something like a saving grace for me. It gave something to talk about with the friends that I had made the summer before and allowed me to get close to a person that I would later become very involved with. Around then, anime was great and we all had a great time, goofing off and hanging out as we did. But I knew that things couldn’t stay the way they were. Sure it was first year but time was passing fast and if we continued the way we did, we’d all definitely be screwed. It was also around that time that I watched “Nagi no Asukara”, otherwise known as, “Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea”.

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Update: Directions and Rambling


So it’s been a little while since my last update post and I’ve been thinking a lot lately – about the blog, and where to go with it, and what-not. Things have been a little quiet over here. I’ve been putting out weekly impressions posts but nothing that I’d consider to be a “real post” – which is weird to say (more on this later). I’ve been itching to write something a little more substantial for a while now, but I haven’t the time to actually work on it…. Which is one of the many excuses that I gave myself to not put out anything other than the weekly stuff. Like I said, I’ve been thinking a lot about a lot of things and I kind of want to put it to words. It’s easier to verbalize in parts so I’ll break it down into sections. But be warned there’s a lot of text and rambling, so I’ll probably put in a short summary (i.e. an actual update) at the bottom.

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