I recently decided to rewatch an old favourite of mine: Honey and Clover. I first watched the show back in 2011, a whopping nine years ago, and, mainly because of my tendency to keep looking forward towards the next big thing, I haven’t rewatched it since. A lot has changed since then. I’ve changed. My life circumstances have changed. As such, I was interested in seeing how my experience with Honey and Clover would vary the second time ‘round. This is what motivated me to rewatch the show. Two of Honey and Clover’s storylines really resonated with me during my first brush with the show: Ayumi Yamada’s unrequited love (I’d been rejected by my crush of three years just before starting the show) and Yuta Takemoto’s solitary journey from Tokyo to Hokkaido on his beat-up bicycle. It’s the latter storyline that I want to talk about today…
Author’s note: this won’t be my most cohesive or well-structured post. I won’t lie: I’m writing this one more for my own benefit than anybody else’s. I just wanted to jot down some stray thoughts on a storyline that really spoke to me.
Yeah, boyyy, that’s what I’m talking about! This is actually the third time that I’ve been nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award, so, hey, maybe I should stop doubting my blog and my writing capabilities quite as much? A big thanks to Voyager over on Galvanic for the nomination (and the much-needed confidence boost)! Sorry that it took me so long to get ‘round to writing this, December’s my busiest month, blog-wise, what with the 12 Days of Anime posts and my Year in Review. I’ll answer those burning questions of yours just as soon as I list the rules of this challenge!
2019 has, overall, been a fantastic year for me. I bought my first car, an adorable little Mini Cooper, adopted my first pet, a 17 pound chonker of a cat named Fuzz, and got to visit my friends and family back in the UK. But, best of all, after years of scrimping and saving, my husband and I finally had enough money to put a down payment on a house. That’s right, folks, I’m now one of those boring adults with a house and a cat and a car! Ha, ha, ha! I’m sure you’re now thinking: OK, that’s all well and good, but what does that have to do with anime? Well, aside from meaning that I’m now far too busy working my ass off to pay bills to have the time to watch any, it does mean that I now have the space to house my ever-growing collection of anime merchandise…
Hiya, guys, it’s me, Ty. Today’s blog post won’t be very long or very interesting. That being said, it is necessary that I put it out there. I just wanted to fill you guys in on what’s been going on with me and what’s in store for WWB over the next month or so… That is to say, not a great deal, as, regrettably, I will be going on a brief hiatus.
These past couple of months have been chaotic, to say the least… My husband and I moved into our first home, we began working six days a week in order to facilitate this, and we soon found ourselves caught up in a very messy situation at work. I won’t go into the yucky details, but I will say that we have had to consult a lawyer and start looking for new work. The challenges that I’m currently facing require more mental, financial, and physical resources than I possess. So, while I’m doing my best, I’m really struggling. I’ve let a lot of things slide: my relationships, my spiritual life, and, yes, my poor blog. My wellspring of ideas has dried up, I’ve not been replying to your comments as quickly as I’d like, and I’m not altogether convinced by the quality of my posts. I’ve always felt that if you can’t do something well, you shouldn’t do it at all. As such, I’d rather set WWB aside for the time being, get my ducks in a row, and approach it again when I feel better able to produce work that I can be proud of. I hope that you guys can understand and that you’ll wait in the wings until my return. Until then, take care of yourselves. Your friend, Ty.
Do you want to hear something coo coo for cocoa puffs crazy? As we get older, we change. Yes, shocking, I know! As we meet new people, become more mature, and experience new things, our beliefs, perceptions, and preferences change too. OK, OK, I’ll admit that everything I just said is actually common knowledge… But I think that this stuff is so obvious, that it had kind of slipped my mind. That’d go some way towards explaining why my most recent brush with the Fruits Basket franchise has taken me by complete surprise…