It’s that time of the year again for this blog. And it’s changed a bit since last year.
It’s no real secret that my posting habits have become even more sporadic this year. I find that I have more things to do, and anime can’t take center stage all the time. However, I’m striving to replace quantity with quality, so I pick the shows I watch more carefully, old or new.
Despite that, I actively keep track of the ‘sphere, and I’m very up-to-date with the latest news.
I am my own idea machine
Despite that, I am happier with the posts I’ve made this year. One reason is that I’ve started to draw ideas from every facet of my life. Merely blogging about myself in an anime blog would be boring, so I try my darnedest to channel my experiences into something relevant.
These posts are products of my newfound method:
- Moving Forward With Solanin
- Victory Gundam and the World Masterpiece Theater
- NieA_7, Thy Name is Depression
- Hoshi no Samidare: Anything Will Do
Aside from that, I started a Tumblr writing blog, which you can find if you look for it. It was made with the purpose of jotting short stories down, as well as a place where I do strange and terrible things to magical girls. While I can’t deny that it has taken loads of time from this blog, I’m confident that my writing has generally improved since then.
Blogging with confidence
I’m more seasoned than before, in the sense that I have come to know stuff about my preferred genre (mecha) that could come through experience. Maybe a year ago, I would have still participated in inane “which mecha is the strongest?” debates, which tend to degenerate into meme-throwing sessions quickly. I’ve developed an appreciation for robots beyond their raw combat ability, and while I haven’t approached the level of expertise to analyze mecha design aesthetics in great detail, I’m pretty confident of what I know. Of course, learning is a continuous process, so I’m not just going to hang my hat and declare myself an “expert”. There’s a lot more to watch, and learn.
What’s more, I’m helping other bloggers with their mecha diet. Mentoring Owen in his noble quest to experience UC Gundam is a very fulfilling task, one that I’d like to extend to others.
It’s safe to say that I’ve found my niche.
Reaching out to non-otaku anime fans
Since the past year, I’ve met a bunch of people who are into anime, but aren’t utter freaks like I am. A year ago, I would have acted snobbishly towards them (“they like Naruto, I like The Tatami Galaxy, we have nothing in common”), but I’m starting to approach things from their perspective.
This is due to certain reasons:
Reading Bakuman, a shounen meta-manga, opened my eyes to how the world of Shounen Jump works, and granted me a newfound appreciation with shounen manga. After all, they aren’t highly regarded for no reason, and I’ve become more tolerant of the garden-variety anime fan.
Another reason is my own initiative to reach out to anime fans, regardless of what shows they like. In my last job, my coworker was a huge fan of sports fighting anime like Hajime no Ippo and Baki the Grappler, and I callously brushed off his favorite shows by saying that I outgrew those kinds of shows. How horrible of me! After that, I resolved to stop looking down on people just because their own life experiences have primed them to like the shows that I may be indifferent about.
Another thing I’ve started to do, for fun, is to explain otaku-geared anime to my coworkers, who aren’t otaku. How do they understand OreImo, or what made School Days so morbidly entertaining? I shall write about this more in a later post.
Honestly, I don’t know. But I’ve come so far in life with anime, and I can’t see myself quitting in the foreseeable future. And with that, I will continue to blog, while still taking it easy.
To all readers, commenters, random people who came to this blog with search terms like “anime mech porn gif” (you’ve come to the right place!), thanks for all the patronage. Continuing World will still continue.