Despite the rollercoaster of a year we all had, I'm focusing on the future. Everyone has probably published their own review posts of a similar vein, but I've certainly had to sit down and think about what I want to do with 2021. I don't necessarily wish to make concrete goals. After all, who knows what 2021 has in store?
A lot of you probably haven't heard of Leeds before. In actual fact, it's the largest legal and financial centre outside of London and the birthplace of Spice Girls' member Mel B, former professional boxer Nicola Adams and renowned chef, Marco Pierre White. Let's forget about the trivia though, because Leeds is a brilliant place to go if you want to expand your anime and manga collections.
As it's December, that can only mean one thing - award ceremonies. That's right, it's time to celebrate everything anime and manga-related, as I bring the second AGAHA Awards to you all! This is all just for a little bit of fun and to acknowledge the success and achievements of those in the anime industry itself and the community around it. And, really, after the year we've all had, a bit of acknowledgement can go a long way, don't you think?
The popular saying "better late than never" is how I feel about going into this year's No Way November challenge. This is an anime that is eight years old by this point and I haven't sat and watched a single episode of it, despite it being brand new when I got into the world of anime and despite it consistently being one of the most popular anime since then.
I was browsing through various different anime sites trying to see what was worth watching, when I stumbled upon Wan Sheng Jie. As soon as I noticed the art style, I knew I'd like this series and my alarm bells were ringing for this really was a hidden gem that I was slowly uncovering.
For some reason, I really haven't felt the push to write a lot this year. I don't really have the inspiration to write even now. Arguably, this is just your run of the mill case of burnout. Arguably, this is due to the fact I haven't been watching anime recently and, once I get into more of a routine, that is something I hope to fix. Either way, it's a bit of a problem when you're trying to run a blog.
Things are starting to get back to some sort of normalcy now, though (whatever that means, ay?) and I'm scared that communities coming together like they have is going to just... well, stop. Some are unlikely to stop, which is great, but for some others? I'm not convinced.
Coming to terms with this 'new normal' has been hard for different people for different reasons. What has been absolutely marvellous, however, is having a known constant in my life. This has taken the shape of turning on my laptop, logging onto Discord and Steam and simply playing games with my friends.
Releases, industry insights and more! I give a round up of All the Anime's first-ever virtual convention, Cloud Matsuri. Surprises galore and guests such as Eunyoung Choi and Eiji Inomoto!
The fourth anniversary of my little anime-filled corner of the Internet was actually at the start of the month, so this post is a little late. However, I've been debating on what to do to mark the occasion, and wanted to take my time on it. After having a couple of conversations with some of my friends, I've finally come to a conclusion.