New Year and new stuff?

A very very very long time no see, isn’t it? I don’t even know how many people I used to read are still active. Well, I might be back (a bit), or at least I would like to.

Seems like life had caught up with me and, well, I guess I’ve fully unlocked my workaholic side. There’s always much to do at my work (even if you sit at home during a global pandemic) and I just sort of do it much of my time. More time at work means less time for anything else, thus less anime and everything.

On the other hand, I can’t fault my lifestyle alone, as with the pandemic raging, there should be lots and lots of free time. I guess my wish to watch anime was getting weaker bit by bit, and no wonder – love can last only so much, and I eventually was finding fewer and fewer shows that I really liked (because I’ve already watched most of ones I know I should like). Also, I think that a few more gained years have made me less forgiving for various shounen tropes. And when various shounen anime are naturally getting the spotlight, it’s pretty hard to find more thoughtful shows if you are not looking hard enough. You can watch some guys ranting (instead of fighting) and teens blushing during their first dates only so much. Yep, it’s called a burnout, if not a complete change of interests.

And now I think I might be back for a bit. Just because, without much rhyme or reason except that I decided I miss anime.

Another point for this sort of returning was inadvertently made by one friend of mine. She also has some interests in manga and anime and once said something on the lines that it was a bit weird that she was still into shoujo and maybe that’s not alright since she isn’t a very young girl. I immediately told her that that’s completely alright, there’re lots and lots of great shoujo stories (Akatsuki no Yona) for example. A few minutes later I realized that her idea quite bothered me, and that was because I’m about 5 years older than her, so what should I think about myself if she is wondering whether anime and manga might be too childish? Well, I thought a bit more about it and came to a conclusion that even if I can’t love anime as much as I want to anymore, I really want to. Some random rewatches of old favourites did convince me that of course there’s still lots of good stuff.

Well, time did change me a bit nonetheless. Some of my time that once was dedicated to anime and manga nowadays is allocated to other media, notably Japanese. Japanese culture is really alluring, that’s a truth difficult to deny, especially for a person who was born and raised without much understanding that there might be something other than what you experience first-hand. And of course Japanese culture spans further than things drawn – I still love origami, matcha tea has become my favourite, and I found myself watching more and more Japanese live action films (Hirokazu Kore-eda might have become my favourite director). While Osamu Dazai remains a steady first among my picks for the favourite writer, there is a growing bunch of strong contenders and my reading list is definitely not getting shorter any time soon.

And that’s that. You might have noticed that I did tweak a visual side of the blog a bit. I have been thinking about that several years ago already, so now’s time as good as ever to make some little cosmetic changes. Speaking about visual things, it’s a bit weird when I think that anime and this blog have been very useful to me in some roundabout ways. There’s no obligation to use any visual tweaking tools (like I did for the new banner of the blog) in my job, but knowing how to do that has been extremely useful (and self-gratifying). Some time ago I also tested the waters of AMV-making, and while the result of that effort now makes me cringe (only a bit, but still), quite recently the basic skills of video editing have made my job much much more simple. The bottom line is that even random skills picked up while enjoying your hobby might become very useful. You never know when some virus may spread throughout the world and make normal life very difficult. Oh wait…

What about the content? Expect some usual ramblings about anime – I actually picked two shows this season (coming soon). Picking actually was pretty weird because among the most popular ones probably 80% or so were sequels. Much originality, such wow! I also started Legend of the Galactic Heroes (the old one, of course). That’s for a more relaxed watching (as relaxed as complex war strategy can be), and I think about occasionally posting my opinions as I watch it in batches of ~4 episodes or so. And there should be posts about other media – several films, probably a book or two. Sounds like a plan, though a plan without deadlines, because it should, need, has to, must be a hobby and not a job to talk about things you like at a pace you prefer.

So yeah. I get a DeJa’Vu that I might have written something similar some time ago – that I’m back and I’m going to stay and this blog will be alive. Well, I don’t think I can promise as much now. It’s not that I suddenly have more free time in my hands or anything suddenly changed, I just thought that oh well, I would like to write again, I would like to share or at least formulate my experiences consuming various sorts of media. I don’t even know if it’s a good idea to do it now. A few months ago I randomly started re-learning Latin (had a few years of it in high-school) just because I felt like it. So yeah, let’s just go with the flow. Might get somewhere interesting.

See you!

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  1. I don’t know if you used to read me, but I’m still about – and as short tempered and grumpy as ever. 🙂

    Anyhow, welcome back, always glad to see you whenever you’re about.

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