“How Do You Deal With Burnout?” (2/21/20)

It’s an apt question I’ve seen floating around in certain circles. Anyone can run into the problem, of course. Overwork is overwork and getting overwhelmed by something done consistently can certainly happen in any endeavor. I’m not sure I’m the best person to speak on this, though, because I’m so scatterbrained, most of the time. I don’t really sit on one thing for long enough to get burned out, typically. And I think it makes me a bit more conscious of the issue. So I’m good at noticing when it’s starting to happen.

That said, I’m not immune to it. It’s just rare that I suffer it, so I’ve not put a ton of thought into how I deal with it. Let’s look, for example, at Burning Sky. That’s a project I’ve been working on for upwards of three years, now. And it’s finally at a stage where I can comfortably say we’re about ready to start moving it forward. But it’s not like I never took a break. The main site has been pretty good for that, all things considered. It provided some nice distractions. And, of course, there’s Bulletoon. I’ve been working on that project for even longer. And I have definitely felt burnout from it. But I just… took breaks when appropriate.

I think I am coming up on needing a break, though. Badly. As it pertains to the anime coverage, that is. The thing is that while I enjoy keeping up with seasonals to talk about them, it’s exhausting, having to do that. Even with the TKO format, which is designed to make it easier, over time, it’s still incredibly taxing in the short-term. So yeah. After this Winter season is done, I may take a break from anime coverage in the seasonal context. We’ll see. Mind you, it’s also partially because, with the nature of Seasonals and all the other stuff I wanna do… I just don’t ever have the time or energy to go back and watch things just because I want to.

I think I’m also just growing a bit weary of… I’m gonna call it “discourse,” even though it’s usually just people screaming at one another on Twitter. You know. When that anime comes along, every season? Not that unplugging from seasonals is going to fix that entirely. I’m not talking about Interspecies Reviewers at all (not my jam, honestly. I like a good romp with a racy aspect as much as the next guy, but I’ve never honestly found sex comedies to be very… you know… funny. Which inherently makes the sex appeal less “appealing” and more awkward), but I’ve still heard about that drama. Oh boy, have I heard about that drama.

I just think that by removing myself from even paying attention to seasonals, for a bit, aside from things I’m actually highly anticipating (so basically sequels to things I already enjoyed), I’ll be able to refresh myself and feel less like it’s all part of some grand obligation.

I haven’t even talked about what I’m watching other than the TKO here, yet, because there’s just been no time. As soon as I finish watching stuff for the TKO, I have to bugger off to watch stuff for Bulletoon. Or I have to find the time to write more of Burning Sky or EXTRACURRICULARS. It’s a lot, mate. So yeah. We’ll see how I feel at the end of this season. If nothing else, I don’t regret covering seasonals, at all. In fact, I’ve been having a blast, this Winter. My unpopular opinions about exceptionally hyped anime aside (In/Spectre and ID:Invaded just continue to not impress me at all), the shows have been really great times, across the board. It’s been a really good Winter, in that regard.

I think if I do end up taking a break, I’ll use the time to make a dent in this watchlist I’ve allowed to build up. That way I can delve more into older shows whenever the muse strikes me. The same goes for manga. I know a lot of people want me to talk more about Medaka Box and I’ve yet to finish rereading it. So there’s that.

What about you? Do you ever face burnout? And how do you like to deal with it? How do breaks help you, if you take them?

Protected: Ah. It’s Happening Again. (2/1/2020)

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The Disconnect in Discussion of Anime

Guess you’re getting two posts today. Rejoice.

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So This Is An Anime Blog, Right | Anime Voyage

Right… whoops.

Well, kinda. Guess I’ll just go ahead and address this, then. Yep. And I’m gonna start taking advantage of that now, I suppose. The daily journaling thing is just not working out for me. I don’t think about things on profound enough a level at a high enough frequency to warrant it. It’s just boring and not particularly helpful, I feel. I’m still gonna DO the journaling. Just not as a daily thing. For now, let’s just talk about anime.

“So, what did you watch, this week?”

Pretty much just stuff for the TKO, so far. I haven’t had the time to start watching anything else, though I need to get on that soon. Mind you, there’s still more I have to watch for the TKO that hasn’t come out yet. But I’ve watched this week’s episodes of Infinite Dendogram, Isekai Quartet, and Orphen.

And… can we just talk about the thing with Orphen? Because… wow that was a mess. I mean… that was really lame. So unbelievably rushed and… frankly, confusing. Of course, the confusing parts weren’t really the parts you’d expect. But… a certain character’s demise meant… absolutely nothing. Not only did the show hardly do anything to make that scene impactful… at all, but it didn’t even make any sense, based on who apparently killed them. And they went and tried to make it seem like a big deal. It’s a perfect example of one of the many ways not to handle death in your show. Ugh.

On top of that, the main antagonist’s entire motivation was completely glossed over. Hell, the entire resolution to the arc was glossed over. It was bizarre. I understand the original wasn’t like that, so… why? I know it’s technically more accurate to the books that this arc is over and done with earlier, but I’m now kind of getting the impression that this serious should’ve just… been given more time.

Dendogram was… fine. Basically all exposition and setup. And Isekai Quartet was Isekai Quartet.

What’s next for you?

Currently, I still have BOFURI, as well as Hanako-kun and Asteroid in Love to worry about. But as I recently revealed the upcoming Bulletoon event month, I do need to get on the anime I talked about there. Yuki Yuna and Kill la Kill I’ve seen enough times that I don’t need to rewatch them, really. But I really need to rewatch Cardcaptor Sakura. When we covered Clear Card, however long ago that was, I hadn’t rewatched all of the original. So I was barely able to really talk about it outside of the more objective sense. Bob had just rewatched the whole thing because he’s a freak, so we were fine. But yeah. Then there’s Symphogear, which I’ve never seen. Originally that spot was gonna go to Magical Lyrical Nanoha or Precure, but I figured this would be a bit easier and more fun since I could actually do some sort of “Our first time watching this!” type of episode. I’ve seen certain installments of both of the others and generally know what to expect from them, at least.

I’m also watching My Hero Academia and… I dunno. The stuff people are taking issue with isn’t really bothering me. I kinda get where people are coming from, but it just isn’t anything I particularly care about. It’s doing fine. The same heights as season 2? Yeah, no. But still pretty good stuff. Some of the direction is definitely a bit janky. But the actual narrative decisions haven’t bothered me at all.

I’ll be jumping into Black Clover soon, I feel. I just fell off that wagon when I stopped officially covering it. I’m not sure I’ll start covering it again here. But I may throw out some impressions here, at least, as I start getting back into it.

I haven’t started Eizouken yet. I’ll probably just binge it when the season is over or start it once we’ve culled out the first few shows in the TKO, to give me some breathing room. Granted, I’ll probably be too caught up in the magical girl stuff to be bothered with that, right away.

“Reading Anything?”

Honestly, the only things I’m reading with any amount of consistency, right now, are SPY X FAMILY (READ IT), My Dress-Up Darling (READ IT), and Please Don’t Bully Me, Nagatoro. Some others, but those are the biggest ones I’m paying attention to. I jump on those immediately when they update, at least. But I don’t really have anything else I’m all that invested in, right now. I’m much too busy.

What about everyone else? What are you watching and enjoying, this season? Are you reading anything good?

What DO You Feel, Voyager? (1/16/2020)

Clearly, I’ve not been exceptionally good at explaining myself…

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Time for a Writing Progress Report

I’ve been wanting to try handling these writing updates as bulk posts about multiple projects, rather than separating them. So I’ll do a trial here. See how it works out.

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And the Official Title of PROJECT ACADEMIA is…!

Drumroll, please…

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Thoughts. Nagging Thoughts. (12/30/2019)

Hey, I haven’t done a proper journal entry in a while.

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Slowly, But Surely, I’m Figuring Out PROJECT ACADEMIA’s Themes

This is kind of a PROJECT ACADEMIA update? But also kind of a general writing blog post. Whatevs.

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