Commencing ‘Summer of Anime 2017’

It’s that time of year.

First off, a huge thank you to everyone who participated in recommending me anime to watch! You all will aid my Summer in being as diverse and long as possible! This year will be a tad different, so I’ll go over a few things.

In case you weren’t aware, I raised the roof from 25 entries to 30 entries, while also increasing my drop count from 5 to 10. This was because so many people recommended me anime. I underestimated your potential, dear reader! Since this was the case, I threw in some extra loopholes to make the event more memorable.

First of all, the total anime count I received via recommendations was stopped at 39 anime titles. This was because I wanted to introduce a concept that will probably end up not being used. I call it the “Get Out of Jail Free” pick. Basically, with 39 of 40 possible entries, I decided my final anime within my 10 reserved drop list will end up being my own choice. My very last drop will be something I get to choose, as a last resort, as something to look forward to before knowing I can no longer drop any more titles. Again, it’s not likely it’ll get to this point, but who knows?

That being said, all 39 anime titles are accounted for, but only 30 of them will go onto the official Summer of Anime 2017 list. The last nine will go onto a reserve list, which will serve as my go-to list in the case I ever drop any anime from the main list. If I drop, say, Steins;Gate from my main list, I will have to watch the first anime in my reserve list. Once I finish that, I go back to what then proceeded Steins;Gate on the list. If I drop a reserve title, I go on to the next reserve title, and so on and so forth.

The deadline was left somewhat ambiguous in past years, but the deadline for this year (especially due to the giant increase in episode count) will be my birthday, August 20th. Scores will be based upon an A-F rating scale for both personal and critical attributes, and I will give a shout out at the beginning of each post to the person who recommended me the anime of the post.

I am also allowed to watch ongoing anime, as well as OVA’s, films, and specials, during the Summer. For titles that may take me a while to finish, I will prepare various, likely unrelated posts to ensure this blog doesn’t get lonely. For example, I will have a post on Nadia: Secret of the Blue Water tomorrow ready to go before the first entry on the SoA list. I will start first thing tomorrow morning, June 1st.

The full list will be available to see momentarily within my Summer of Anime Archive. With that said, here’s to a successful Summer!

Upcoming: 2017 Update and Expectations

Looking back on my 2016 update, I almost want to laugh at myself for my lack of effort. This year’s update post, however, will be far and away the greatest post I will ever dedicate to this blog!!!

So here is what readers can expect to see from my blog in the next 366 days:

  • Anime/Manga thoughts and reviews (Duh).
  • Video game reviews (Double duh).
  • Odes.
  • Top 10’s.
  • Review of the final book in the Underland Chronicles, followed by reviews of the Hunger Games trilogy.
  • Weekly post dedicated to reviewing a random film.
  • Opinion pieces and possible rant pieces.
  • My pick to win the Super Bowl (I have to, I’m sorry).
  • Thoughts on Youtubers (Tentative).
  • THE POWER OF EMOTIONS!
  • Short stories (Tentative).
  • Among others.

There is another thing readers can expect, which is something I’ve kept quiet about for a while. I plan to upgrade my blog from a Free Plan to a Premium Plan. For those unaware, being able to express my opinions and reviewing these different forms of media is my dream. I want to be considered a serious and professional critic. And I want my blog to be a platform I can use to get my thoughts out there; a sort of creative résumé, if you will. While I don’t know what the future holds for me, I feel it’s only responsible to put my dreams into action in any way I can, with the bare minimum being keeping myself motivated to write and interact with the community (which has been no trouble at all). A Premium Plan will get me my own domain name and a spruced up blog to further show my dedication to the craft. While my daily view count isn’t exactly “profitable” for monetization, I’m hoping someday I’ll be able to get to that point. So, in conclusion, my blog may be under construction in the coming days.

Allow me to add a wee bit of gloating to this post, as an update implies as much information as possible. I’ve noted once in the past of my dedication to losing a fair share of my bountiful belly. While I’m far from done, I’m excited to announce that I’ve hit forty pounds (18 kg. for you foreigners) lost since the end of July, bringing my current weight to 208 lbs. (~94 kg.) Turns out the secret to losing weight is vegetables and reduced portion sizes at meals, as exercising can only do so much for you if you’re balancing it out with large meals.

That’ll be all from me until next year. Thank you all for supporting my blog by reading and sharing my thoughts. Know that I am very, very appreciative of any attention I receive and am humbled by the growing amount of traffic my blog receives as time goes by. I’ll continue to work on getting as much content out as sanely possible (Once a day will probably be my limit) and I hope to read more of the community’s content, as well. Happy New Year’s, and thank you for reading!

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Upcoming: 2016 Update

It’s almost here.

Here’s what to expect out of this blog during that year (assuming I’ll still have the motivation):

  • More anime reviews
  • Video Game reviews
  • More movie reviews
  • More conceptual opinion pieces (such as this one.)
  • Less novel reviews (but I’ll likely continue the Underland Chronicles)
  • More Color
  • More structure within my entries (which I’ve already started)
  • (Likely) No music reviews
  • Higher frequency of posts (without the help of weekly NFL Picks and Impressions)
  • Top Tens (of a variety of topics)
  • <Among others>

Thank you very much for reading my blog all throughout 2015. I hope you’ll continue to read through in 2016 and beyond.

Happy New Year!

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I’m Done with the NFL

I’ve been considering this for the last few weeks, but it’s gotten to the point where it’s just not worth it anymore. Big game after big game, the officials seem to play a major part in the decision of the game. It’s just sickening. So for now, I’m just gonna quit watching the NFL. It likely won’t be forever, but it’s definitely possible. The NFL just needs to get their head out of their profitable ass and fix the refs, fix the rules, and fix the fuck-ups. It’s getting ridiculous.

That doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll stop any football related posts. I’m cancelling the weekly NFL Pick ‘Ems, obviously, but I may write a few posts here and there about College Football. Who knows? And when Arena Football comes back, I’d love to blog about that. Though, it looks as though I’ll be going back to more anime and… uh… other posts for the time being. I should really get on that Axiom Verge review I’ve been wanting to do for months now.

So long, NFL. May we meet again in a better place.

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