It’s been a year since my last post on antiotaku, and while I still think it was wise to end the blog when I did, I had a sudden desire to offer some reflection on the past year in anime. Perhaps the recent passing of Halloween has implanted some desire to have this blog, zombie-like, rise from the grave. Primarily, I have that urge because, from the standpoint of an anime consumer, things have never been better.
I don’t want to make it sound like the industry as a whole is sound—there are plenty of questions about how anime studios will continue to fund their work and the viability of the world anime market in an era of fansubs. But, if you are someone like me, an American who watches a fair amount of anime in any given season, the last year (really year and half) have been remarkably positive. Here are just some of the reasons why:
Four weeks ago, bear informed me that he would be retiring from anime blogging. With that knowledge, I had to make the decision whether to try to keep antiotaku running on my own, or let it die a graceful death. I had, during the spring season, taken over posting duties completely, but that was during the victory lap portion of my graduate degree work, followed by two months of comparative vacation. Making four posts a week regularly took a greater toll during the summer season, when my new job officially started, and writing five to six posts a week, which keeping this site afloat would require, seemed particularly daunting.
I decided to review every new show this season as a stalling technique, a way to keep content flowing at the production speed I would need to maintain year-round. That, I figured, would not commit me to covering any particular series until I made my decision. It would also provide me with the knowledge of whether I could consistently put in the 12 or so hours each week that it would take to keep five posts coming. Having done that for the month of October, I found my answer.
It is with sincere regret that I announce this will be the final post on antiotaku.
I mentioned in my final post on Usagi Drop that one of the strengths of narrative is the ability to give a greater understanding to lives and situations that differ from our own. That, in my humble opinion, is one of the best things about reading fiction, or watching movies, the thing that can elevate it beyond wasting time on mindless entertainment. And one of the best parts about anime and manga’s willingness to tackle unfamiliar ground, to cover strange and obscure concepts no other media will touch, is that they provide windows into experiences we are unlikely to ever have ourselves.
Owing to certain unavoidable and totally predictable real life complications, antiotaku will be on a posting hiatus until this coming Saturday evening, August 13th. Perhaps by then bear and 3HM will have worked out what shows they will be covering for the season.
After taking a break completely from anime last season (I didn’t even watch any of the season’s shows), I have returned once again to watching anime, spending the next few days thinking about it way too much, and then writing down the results for your reading pleasure.
You can see the results for yourself in my review of Bunny Drop (or Usagi Drop, as the site streaming it refuses to translate the title, for some reason), which is my early favorite of the new season. I’ll try to cover two series this season, in addition to 3HM’s three or four, which means antiotaku should be back to operating at full capacity. Thanks to everyone who continues to read us: it’s still a little strange to me that people from all over the world have and continue to read us.
This season, we thought it would be best to give everybody a rundown of what we’re going to cover. I’m actually really excited about every show I’m going to be covering, and I know our other two writers are, too.
That’s right, we have a new writer joining us for this season. Clarity is a dear friend of mine and, while not as devoted a fan of anime as 3HM or I, fell in love with the manga Wandering Son is based on. So, when I offered her the chance to write about the anime adaptation, she jumped at it. She’s a talented writer, and brings a very different perspective on anime and anime culture. I hope you enjoy her writing as much as I do.
So, here’s what everyone will be writing about:
Bear – Fractale and Puella Magi Madoka Magica
3HM – Gosick, Kimi ni Todoke 2nd Season and Bakuman (continuing)
Clarity – Wandering Son
This is really shaping up to be a great season, so stay tuned for more quality anime writing.
About a month ago, 3HM and I met in person for the first time in years. As usually happens, we started talking about anime. This time, though, I had a microphone with me, so we decided to record a podcast talking about the year’s best anime. You can listen to it here.
I’ll apologize in advance for the recording quality. We didn’t have a microphone stand, so we just laid the thing on a table, so it picked up a bunch of ambient noise. But, I hope you’ll enjoy listening to us talk for an hour and a half. If people like this, we might do more (shorter) episodes, talking about things we don’t get a chance to talk about in the review format.
Those of you who don’t want to listen can find our picks after the jump.