This autumn I was a bit naughty with my anime watching. Rather than endeavouring to keep up to date with all of the shows that I had started that season, I often opted to play video games, my secondary hobby. It is a little known fact that I am a gamer as well as an anime fan, maybe because I am of the fairer *scoff* sex people don’t expect it of me…? But anyway, a friend of mine introduced me to a game called The Binding of Isaac, a little known indie game which I find myself horribly addicted to. Since September I’ve clocked over 100 hours on the game, something which fills me with a huge amount of guilt- hence my having kept that fact from the large majority of my family and friends, so it will probably come as no surprise to you that this has resulted in me accruing a sizable backlog of anime to watch!
I thought this would be an appropriate time to write this given that the new season of anime is just around the corner and, as a result, hype is usually rife at this point. Over-hype is one of the things which bothers me the most, not just in anime, but in many other mediums also: bands, books, movies, video-games, etc. (but don’t worry, I’ll just be talking about anime today!) It doesn’t matter whether or not the hype is warranted, initially, the end result is the same: extreme annoyance. You know, I’d even go as far as to say that it is the no.1 killer of my interest in a show. “But why?” you say, “-isn’t enjoying a show and discussing it with everyone else one of the best parts of being, not just an anime blogger, but an anime fan, in general?” Well, yes, but that’s why it’s so important to distinguish between hype and over-hype…
Ah, so Trzr23’s Remembering Love project has come to an end! I’ve got to say, I thought squeezing in parts of shows I’ve already watching around all the others shows I feel obligated to watch that I haven’t already would be a bit of a choir but, it’s actually been brilliant! Reminding myself why I even bother dedicating as much time to anime as I do has had almost a rejuvenating effect, it’s made me excited for all the anime I am yet to watch that I may also come to cherish over time, ‘cause you know, there’s always more out there! This season’s Sakamichi no Appolon is proof of that. Even after three years of anime watching under my belt and, consequently, a hardened outlook on the stuff, it is still possible something perfect will come along, reminding you just why you love anime so!
Without any further ado, my final Remembering Love post! This time I’ve chosen to write about another classic, (albeit a more quietly praised show than Death Note) Kino’s Journey.
So, after just over 7 years, (of which I’ve been following it for just under 3 of those years) Bleach has finally drawn to a close, and in such a spectacularly bad fashion! Actually, it wasn’t awful, it was just really anticlimactic, definitely not the kind of epic finale I’d envisioned when I first started Bleach all them years ago. I definitely consider myself among those fans who think they should have rounded things off after Aizen’s defeat. But, enough of that- I’m sure there’s plenty of bitching about the finale across the net right now so, instead I thought I’d say goodbye to Bleach in my own way: by listing some of the things it did well, the things I’ll miss the most now that it’s over.
I often feel as though I complain so much about bad shows, the good ones hardly get the recognition they deserve so, to make amends, here’s a list of my top 30 shows and why I love them so much! Kudos if you manage to read the entire list, I know it’s long but, it’s incredibly difficult to list the reasons I love a show without rambling!