Ladies and Gentlemen, Merry Days of Anime 2021

This post’s title was, in fact, inspired by the Daniel Craig introducing The Weeknd meme.

When I made up this impromptu block of anime-viewing festivities, I half-wondered if it would end up being a yearly thing. Here we are in year three; I think it’s safe to say that it’s here to stay. Probably helps that I don’t watch much anime nowadays, ensuring that by this point I’m actually willing to indulge for a little while. Join me as I go back to the topic that used to be my blog’s central focus.

For those unaware, the Merry Days of Anime is a thing I created on a whim to boost my now-stagnant anime activity for a given month out of the year—somewhat reminiscent of my prior Summer of Anime tradition that I had employed for several years since my “anime renaissance” in 2012. Throughout the month of December, I will attempt to watch anime every day and write an article on each one, whether I finish them or not. That last bit is important, because I tend to drop a lot nowadays.

Here are some ground rules for the event:

  • From December 1st to December 31st, watch anime every day. I won’t urge a speedrunner’s course towards a certain amount, but finishing a few is preferable.
  • I will write an entry on anything I watch, whether I finish or drop it.
  • Most will probably be single-cour, because anything more is a terrifying time commitment on top of everything else in my life.
  • Films will count, as will re-watches.

Unlike prior years, I don’t have any expectations for the event this time around. Generally, I’d want to focus on things like “variety” or a specific criteria. This year, I’m just gonna watch anime. No expectations, no pre-determined inclinations. What happens happens. Hopefully that will lead me into some eventful series.

Just before ending this, I’ll extend my hand and invite you, reader, to tell me some anime you think would be cool for me to cover. And while I can’t guarantee I’ll accept your recommendation, all suggestions are taken into consideration (and appreciated). That said, please do not recommend One Piece. I will not watch it.

That will be all from me. I hope to see you all in the month of December with lots of posts. Maybe I’ll watch more anime than I ever have during the Merry Days block. Or maybe I’ll drop literally every series. That’d be pretty funny.

Thank you for your time. Have a great timezone.

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