Author Journey December 2018

Any big announcements? Not really. I had a very nice Christmas at home with the family. We cooked a turkey and all the trimming, and it turned out to be very nice. I got a new laptop after struggling with my last one for eight years. The new one is silent by comparison and a millions times faster, so that should aid my productivity no end.

How’s the writing going? At the moment it’s not really going at all. I’m still working on a cat-girl short for Otaku Stories volume seven. The first draft is done, now I just have to edit it and we can release that. I’ve decided that I am going to pause Valiant Lineage so that I can get the edits done on a collaborative trilogy that I’ve been working on for over a year now. It’s going to be awesome. Here’s a sneak peek at the first cover.

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Fall Anime 2018 – Second Chances (Episodes 5-8)

So, I’ve made it to episode eight of all of my seasonal anime selections for Fall 2018. When I came up with this plan for First Impressions, Second Chances, and Season Reviews, it seemed like a great idea, but there was something I forgot.

Last season, I watched nine series and all but one were twelve episodes long, Hanebado the odd one out with thirteen. With a couple of the shows I’m watching this time around, I was getting concerned that there wasn’t going to be any sort of conclusion in twelve episodes.

Now, that looks like it’s because there are going to be many more than twelve. This would be great if it was in say Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai or Goblin Slayer, but it never works out that way, does it?

As with before, I’m putting the shows into tiers rather than ranking them, but there has been some movement from my First Impressions, so that should make things interesting.

Must Watch

I’m Loving It

Keep on Keepin on

If I have Time

Dropped

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So, of course Radiant has twenty-one episodes… I’m not sure how I made it through eight! I’m not going to say it’s dropped just yet, but it’s incredibly low on my priorities, so it may just slip away after a while.

Thankfully, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is going to go for twenty-four episodes and I couldn’t be happier. I’ll keep my updates to every four episodes. Otherwise, keep an eye out for the series reviews coming in the not too distant future.

Hands Off My… Fandom!

Is anime fandom ready for Mainstream Attention? No, but I’m also not convinced that it’s something to worry about. There have been numerous attempts to take anime mainstream. It happened in the nineties with Akira and I don’t remember there being too much of a fuss.

Which is odd given that I grew up in England, where Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had to be rebranded as Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles because using the word ninja is too violent for children, but not mutant turtles with swords and other ninjutsu weapons. Remember the second live-action movie where they didn’t actually use any of their weapons in the entire movie? Continue reading “Hands Off My… Fandom!”

Author Journey November 2018

Any big announcements? It was my first full month as a fulltime stay at home dad and I think we’re kind of settling into our positions. He’s the boss and now he’s crawling! It is a totally rewarding role, but it is an awful lot of work. I haven’t had a day off since I left the office… (that’s a joke!)

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Fall Anime 2018 – First Impressions (Episodes 1-4)

I first got into watching the seasonal anime thanks to the latest season of High School DxD. Normally, I would wait until the season had finished so I could binge it. Like watching Game of Thrones, I was determined not to have the season spoiled for me, so I dived in.

It would appear that I caught the bug and soon found myself tuning in to watch another nine series. As the season went on, I felt like something wasn’t quite right for me. Then life got in the way and showed me what the issue was. There were several weeks where I didn’t manage to keep up with my shows and ended up watching the last four episodes of each series in a row.

That’s when the light bulb went off. I’m a binge watcher, so naturally, I need to binge the shows. I also want to keep up with the blogging sphere and not catch too many spoilers, so I decided I would watch each of the shows in blocks of four. After each block, I would have a better idea of the show and whether I was going to continue it.

As of now, I have finished my first round and am waiting for the next batch of episodes to release. It would appear that this would be a perfect opportunity to recap the shows so far. I don’t like to give a rating to shows because it’s all subjective. To combat this, I am putting the shows in tiers.

Must Watch

I’m Loving It

Keep on Keepin on

If I have Time

Dropped

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I’ve not dropped anything yet, but there were a couple that could have gone had I not been watching the first four episodes. It’s going to be interesting to see if anyone changes tier after the next round. Bring me more!