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Azusa in stockings.

Since Santa presumably knows everything you've done like some kind of more efficient Wikileaks, it is comforting to imagine that turnabout is fair play.

I've been somewhat out of touch these past few weeks due to various circumstances, which will likely not resolve themselves anytime soon. There's generally that subtle but annoying difference between having enough free time snatched out of the spaces between Doing Other Stuff, and having enough free time in large enough blocks to seriously get down to working on what I should be working on.

In other words, don't expect any reliable updates until the end of the year. And possibly a bit beyond.

On another note, I've been inadvertantly increasing my presence on Danbooru, mainly through trying to find suitable images for various blog posts. I'd like to upgrade my account for increased flexibility in searching terms (the basic Two Search Terms Only is a little stifling), but there doesn't seem to be much on how to go about doing this. Do I just send an exploratory email to the address listed or something? Is there some kind of form that needs to be filled out? Or perhaps a form letter that hasn't been put up on the FAQ yet? Fushigi mystery.

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Mikoto as Pikachu.

I wonder if I'm the only person who, when playing inFamous, starts imagining Mikoto Misaka (aka Biri-biri) in the role of Cole McGrath.

As far as I can tell on Danbooru, nobody's done fanart of that yet. Plenty of Pikachu references, though, as the picture shows.

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Gendou in his trademark pose.

I'm back from Reservist training, and have been for most of a recuperative week. Part of the recuperation is in finding out what I missed in the two weeks I was essentially incommunicando.

Apparently a new anime season is starting up? This is not news, to be sure, but it does place me in a strange position: an anime blogger who has no idea what the new season brings, and is finding it increasingly difficult to care.

Which isn't to say that I have suddenly burned out on all anime ever, of course. Rather, I'd like to just pause the world for a week or two (perhaps to make up for the time I was gone), in order to catch up on the last season's anime.

Blogs have certain expectations of them, if they want to retain interested readers. If we blog about the latest and newest anime, it's understood to be our raison d'etre, and will obviously raise no commentary and eyebrows. If we blog about older anime, perhaps those of a few years past, it's "rediscovering" or "rewatching" or whatever. Slightly more unusual, but also no big deal.

But a blogger who goes through an anime series episodically one or two seasons behind the curve is… slow. Focusing on olds, rather than news, which in the case of a new media outlet like a blog is a cardinal sin.

Admittedly, this focus on the Newest And Latest can be waived to a certain degree: one aspect which differentiates a blog, particularly a hobby blog, from an actual Serious New Site is the element of activism that underlies everything we do. We post because we want to get our opinions out there, and because we think what we post is worth posting, by the low pandemonic standards of the Internet. We say what we say in front of an audience, however silent and unresponsive and imaginary.

And I keep thinking that I'll have things to say about the anime season that has already passed. I didn't get a chance to do more than a cursory glance at the first few episodes of Shukufuku no Campanella and Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi and there's even Amagami SS which I've only seen the first episode of, and already now there's The World God Only Knows coming out and dammit I just want to watch anime, is that so hard.

It's getting harder and harder for me to start caring about keeping up with the new anime coming out in Japan, but increasingly I want to watch the anime which I already have but haven't had a chance to go through. I wonder if lagging behind the curve by a season or two is acceptable.

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I hope she's well-grounded.

In Real Life news, I've gotten myself an Android phone, specifically a Samsung Galaxy S, and I am infatuated with it. It has already had tangible impact on my productivity: not only am I able to work on stuff while waiting for the bus or whatnot, I find myself procrastinating even that to refresh Twitter on Seesmic like some sort of Pavlovian experiment.

It's probably not all that fitting that I'm using a Nanami Madobe wallpaper for my phone, since it's not exactly a Microsoft product, but Nanami is cute, and that's all that matters.

I love the march of technology, for it lets me look at cute anime girls wherever I go. There can be no greater benefit.

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Even though I was rooting for an Asian team, any Asian team, to get far in the World Cup, this doesn't seem to be happening this year.

I'm pretty much just watching to snark at the teams now. That, and be slowly but inevitably driven mad by the droning of the bees.

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It's Saturday night, and my Internet is down. I don't think there's any way I can make the post schedule in time. To make things less complicated, I'll backdate this.

So it goes.

In any case, it's not like I have very much to post about; I appear to have reached a saturation point of some sort.

This isn't any sort of anime burnout, or even of blogging burnout. This is more or less some sort of commentary on how my time and energy is allocated among my interests, varied as they are. I've noticed how I seem to have a finite amount of enthusiasm for projects in general, and this must be carefully rationed out. If I become involved in something new, I become very involved in it, to the point of obsession… but something else must give.

I unplugged my PS2 sometime around the end of last year, mainly to clean up the place for the new year without worrying about tripping over wires or whatnot. I haven't plugged it back in yet; there just hasn't been a large enough chunk of uninterrupted time in my schedule to devote to playing any of the games. Put together, I have lots of free time, but I can't even use them, since they're broken up into tiny bitlets.

It is this sort of administrivia that irks me so about Real Life. When something that should take only a short amount of time has to include the downtime of staring blankly at nothing in particular when stuck in traffic, I begin to wonder why matter teleportation has not made greater strides.

And so I've watched maybe one or two episodes of a great many anime, before relegating them to the backlog. Do I want to continue watching anime and being an anime fan? Certainly. Do I want to continue blogging about anime? Indeed. My interest has not diminished in the least.

Do I actually have the time to watch anime and from there obtain the necessary seeds of inspiration for blogging? That, unfortunately is a mystery.

I'm going to sleep now. Hopefully tomorrow my Internet will be back, and I'll be able to post this.

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Because I cannot in good conscience consider my blog to be in any way superior to the other in this… you know, I'm not even sure what this is supposed to be. A tournament? A cursory comparison? Something deeper and far more sinister? It is a mystery.

  • I have little to no interest in actually designing this blog. I just take a template (Mandigo, in this case), stick in the necessary links, and then forget about it for the next couple of years or so.
  • I don't plan my posts. (And about five hundred readers per day go "yes, we know.") It's all based on what floats through my brain at any given moment.
  • I don't actually have a target audience defined, apart from possibly myself and my increasingly-poor memory. It helps to keep a record of my opinions on something or other… which I end up ignoring anyway because I can't be bothered to look it up in the archives.
  • I have absolutely no idea how I even caught the organizers' eyes. I've never gotten around to truly advertising this blog around. Considering the state it's in, I doubt I ever will.

I would have posted this sooner, and possibly make some sort of significant difference, if I had kind of sort of actually known about this… competition thing? I'm sorry, I'm still not sure what it's supposed to be. It says "Tournament", but it's one where we don't have to prepare or do anything, and it doesn't seem to have any prize or penalty? Curious.

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Some character I don't know. The tag said Touhou.

Secondly, after realizing you're not a girl, I automatically assumed you were gay until I again had another realization that you're really, and actually a genuine straight guy who writes like a girl. – ThirteenSugars on Impz

Congratulations to Impz and ThirteenSugars on their matrimony, which apparently took place on the 26th of March, if rather briefly announced. Congratulatory messages are being sent from around the world even as we speak.

All hail the power of the Internet.

I credit Impz-senpai for inspiring me to start blogging anime, so now you know whom to blame. Despite the flippant tone I am apparently unable to excise from my writing with a shovel, I honestly and sincerely wish him and ThirteenSugars many happy returns on their marriage, along with the warning that this being the Internet and us being anibloggers, we will never stop making fun of the whole "trap" thing, even unto the far, indeterminate future.

Just so you know.

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Comparison pic.

Just something a friend of mine pointed out about the Bioshock 2 box art.

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Koumei the Strategist.

Despite theoretically having had more free time, life tends to get in the way, as this abundance of copious free time is seen by others as an opportunity for me to get out into the fresh air more. Or something. I'm not begrudging them or anything; it's just a Thing. I am easily amused.

It did surprise me quite a bit when I realized that for the last anime season, I really could only follow a very few shows with any sort of regularity (Kampfer and A Certain Scientific Railgun), while trying to track down several other older shows that I've taken a renewed interest in. I just did not have the time or energy to do much more than that; I can watch the anime, but to blog about it requires me to devote brainpower to the matter at hand.

It's an interesting problem: here is an anime title. We don't know much about it. We can check reference sites like Anime News Network, but the summaries may not tell us enough about what the show is about, especially if it's a new show. The tags can be useful, but "comedy" can mean anything from Excel Saga to Pani Poni Dash to Negima. Just because I am in the mood for the fanservicey laughs of Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu doesn't mean I can settle for the black humour of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, or the mood whiplash of Kanamemo.

And summary blurbs often try to avoid spoilers, which, to me, reduces potential interest value. What is considered a spoiler, anyway? Would the primary revelation of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya be considered a spoiler? I've heard arguments either way; revealing it would spoil the surprise, but not revealing it has made people dismiss it as Just Another School Days Comedy.

Additional interest in the franchise or the subject matter is another factor. For example, I ignored Persona Trinity Soul the first time it came out. Now I'm working my way through it, although I have to say that I don't think my initial assessment of it was all that incorrect: if it wasn't for the Persona link, it's not all that good a show.

So now not only do I have to watch the shows I missed in the last season, I also have the shows I missed in the last last season, and any shows I picked up based on new information on whether I'd enjoy it.

Backlog is a harsh mistress.

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