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TrashDax Aug 8, 12:42 PM
Hehe, don’t worry about it, I am not the fastest responder either (as you know and see). There’s no reason to force it if you’re not in the mood for MAL. It just happens when you aren’t watching anime as much as you used to. Same thing happened to me as well as you might remember, I’m still trying to catch up with my reviews. At least I got some of them done, but there is still about a dozen or so to do. It does help that I am not watching many new anime these days, hehe.

Dating…I think I gave up on that a long time ago. I never learned how to approach girls in the first place and the few relationships I did have were because they approached me. Sounds kinda sad now that I actually put it into words, but I guess that’s just how it is. I think I’m just too lazy to put in any effort in that department. I don’t desperately need a relationship, I mean, it would be nice, but I am just fine without one. I’ll probably think different once I die alone, but that’s a problem for the (hopefully) distant future. But good luck to you anyways, for finding a playgroup as well!

Boy, it took me so long to move out of my parents house, I don’t wanna imagine moving back in with them. Especially not since me and my mom really didn’t get along anymore over the last one or two years of me living there. Our relationship got a lot better after I moved out.

Sounds like New Mexico wasn’t that much fun in the end. I dunno much about it, except that it has lots of desert and a tv show about drugs. Okay, I don’t know much about Ohio either, but I guess the climate is more sufferable at least, hehe. Working from home is awesome, I do it twice a week and I can’t imagine driving to work five times a week anymore. If they ever try to take it away from me again…better not think about it.

Yeah, the whole Corona thing just kinda fizzled out (and still does). I eventually got tired of everything about it, tired of the news being full of it, tired of all the limitations, tired of all the dickheads and their „truths“, just tired. And I still didn’t get it somehow. Maybe I have that blood type that allegedly is more immune than others, no clue.

Politics just depress me, I have lost faith in politicians in general. The more I inform myself about any kind of issue, the more obvious it becomes that they just don’t give a shit.

I noticed cinemas having more anime in their programm lately, probably due to the critical success of Your Name. Belle seemed to be a big thing a couple of months ago, though from what I’ve heard it has good music and not too much else going on for it, lol. My anime consumption has been very lackluster anyway the last couple of years. I think the only more recent show I managed to watch completely was Pui Pui Molcar. I absolutely loved that show, can’t wait for the second season!

Oh, I didn’t know she didn’t put out any videos in over a year now. Looking at her twitter, she seems to be concentrating on university (or whatever it is she’s doing). Oh, and you wrote her on MAL it seems, haha. I remember that yaoi paddle video. It’s kinda weird that this was a thing once and has pretty much vanished out of our collective memory. I also liked the „Evangelion AIDS PSA“ video she did, that was great. Lost media has become a big interest of mine.

Oh, i fell deep into the rabbit hole shortly before our last conversation. As you can see from my profile picture, I’m a big fan. It’s a bit weird, I was never into streamers of Let’s Plays or stuff like that, but these girls are so very entertaining and funny (and cute). Who knows, maybe I’m just a massive simp, haha. Suisei is a pretty good singer, though J-Pop has never exactly been my cup of tea fort he most part. I do enjoy Marine’s original songs though as well as Towa’s cover of Error. Though, as I said, I’m mainly in it for the lulz and the fuzzies.

Oh nice, I have an irregular trash movie evening with some friends as well. In fact, we had one last Friday (as of writing). We were watching Prisonors of the Lost Universe. Movie was quite fun, I personally prefer stuff like this to modern „trash on purpose“. There is just a certain kind of cringe charm that cannot be replicated by force.

Cool, take your time with your second AMV and be sure to let me know when it’s done. :D

Took me a bit to answer in the end, but I only really find the time and quiet at work and I was off work for over a month.
I hope you had a fun summer thus far and take all the time you want and need to reply. :)
AnimeApollo May 24, 12:05 PM
Happy birthday pal! Hope you're having a great day 🎉
TrashDax May 24, 12:00 PM
Happy Birthday Buddy!
We haven't talked in a long time. I hope you're doing well.
AnimeApollo Feb 18, 4:20 PM
Haha, the long comment is a nice surprise! I've checked in a couple of times over the months we haven't spoken but I'm glad you're doing alright. To be fair, it'd seem I've sort of been in a similar state of silence here over 2021. Like I said, I've been steadily consuming anime, but most of what I watched in 2021 were mainly rewatches. I'm trying my best to watch new stuff if I can, as much of my rewatching stagnated in the end like Clannad and Monogatari (Although I intend to finish my Monogatari rewatch soon, I'll probably mention it in a later paragraph in full). It was nice to revisit stuff like Higurashi last year though, as I got the Blu-Ray set of Season 1, Kai and Rei. Probably the most expensive set I've ever bought myself '^^
I hope you return to your blog soon! I miss reading your posts. I don't think I've really posted anything as of late either but I do want to get back into the swing of things with my blog. I've also been expanding out into movies a little more so I'm thinking about starting up my own sort of variety YouTube channel to talk about anime, films, games, etc, sort of like an expanded version of my MAL blog. I'm super busy at the moment due to college work and stuff of that ilk but I hope to set that up soon.

And that's a neat little segue into life stuff! Sorry to hear the dating didn't work out in New Mexico. Glad to hear you're speaking to someone in Ohio though! It seems like a change of scenery might be nice for you.
As I mentioned above, I'm in college now. COVID really has made the last two years feel like something of a timeskip, it's a little concerning to me to have just jumped ahead in what feels like no time at all, but I'm enjoying the courses I'm doing. Haha, I had to read my message from January 2021 to remember where I was with my updates! I think we've been in the new house just over a year now, and thankfully since we last spoke I've had more shelves put in so all of my media and merch has much more space than it did before.

And onto anime! Boy, there's a lot to unpack thinking back on everything I've been watching. It's funny that my last comment mentioned my annual Tokyo Godfathers and Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya viewings, because I held that tradition for Christmas 2021. They're such fun movies. I actually bought the Tokyo Godfathers DVD finally for about $4, and it led me to buy the entire Satoshi Kon filmography in the end. I'm so glad I managed to find it all for so cheap. I think the most expensive DVD/Blu-ray I bought was Paranoia Agent on DVD for about $10. I'm planning on watching Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paranoia Agent and Paprika back-to-back alongside perhaps some of his non-directorial stuff in the near future. I know I mentioned my trying to watch new stuff but it's been so long since I saw any Satoshi Kon work besides Perfect Blue and Tokyo Godfathers that I think I'd benefit from the full rewatch.

I'm trying my best to clear out my "Watching" at the moment as well while I'm on a big anime kick. The only "new" thing I've added recently is Major S1 which I actually started a few years back and never finished, but just felt like picking back up the other night. I may finally finish Higurashi Sotsu as well, but a friend of mine who I introduced to the series told me it disappointed him, and so I'm really hoping I'm not as disappointed, but it doesn't look good. There's like five episodes left and it doesn't seem to be building to a conclusion anytime soon.
As for new watches in the last few months, I actually got a little bit obsessed with Evangelion. It took a while for me to really fall in love with it, but once I got to the final half of the series I was hooked. I also got spurred on due to the showings of Death True2 and End of Evangelion one night only at my local cinema alongside the Blu-Ray release of Neon Genesis Evangelion. It's a shame I didn't catch the deluxe release before it sold out because I was absolutely willing to buy it.
In a nutshell, End of Evangelion was an experience on the big screen. It's probably the only film I saw last year that left me completely speechless at its end. It took me a while to articulate my thoughts but I absolutely loved it. It's such a beautiful and striking movie, and serves as a weirdly hopeful epilogue to the series, despite the relatively depressing final half hour. I'm glad I didn't watch it on Netflix before seeing it at the cinema. I think I saw it in November? After that I've been slowly trucking through the Rebuild movies, as well as buying 3.0 on Blu-Ray for about $5 with a neat little artbook. I love a good bargain like that, especially considering how expensive 99% of the Evangelion releases over the years have been in the UK. I'm glad you liked 3.0+1.0! It gives me hope that I'll love it just as much. It's much longer than its three predecessors so I'm trying to save it for a rainy day when it just... feels right to finally watch.
I'm glad you liked Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop as well! It's been in my Netflix queue forever now. I finally watched No Game No Life not long after finishing Evangelion in November, as well. It didn't strike a chord with me like I thought it would, but I still enjoyed it plenty.
And Belle!! I actually only watched it on Wednesday. There's a really heavy storm in the UK at the moment that I had to endure just to walk to the cinema to watch Belle as they were only showing it that night. I personally felt like the plot was paced a little awkwardly, and the Beauty and the Beast angle didn't really work as well as it could've, but I wrote that it's the heart of Hosoda's films that allow me to love them so much. Belle was lacking something that films like Girl who Leapt Through Time and Boy and the Beast had, but its final act was so immensely resonant with me that I couldn't help but rate it highly. I forgot how much I love Mamoru Hosoda's films.
I haven't actually watched any seasonals in quite a while? I think the last one I followed at release was actually Higurashi Sotsu about a year ago and I sort of lost interest about two thirds in. At the moment, I'm rather enjoying just catching up on shows I've been putting off for a while. My external hard drive also needs some storage space freeing up as well so that's another added bonus of finally watching my downloaded shows and movies. It's probably a good thing that I've started Major as that's six seasons, two OVAs and a movie that I can move from my external HDD once I'm done. ^^

I was, weirdly enough, at a horror convention in October (So, totally anime-free for the most part) and there was a guy in the trader hall selling the entire set of FMA 2003 for about the equivalent of $15, as well as the Conqueror of Shamballa movie and a collectors tin for the first 4 out of the 13 DVDs that made the series up. It was nice to encounter someone with a few interests in common with me, and he threw in the R.O.D. OVA DVD for free which was a really nice touch! I later found Brotherhood on eBay for about $10 so I just impulse-bought that as it's no longer on Netflix here and I wanted to have access ready for when I finish FMA 2003. I watched the first 30 or so episodes of Brotherhood in about 2017 then kept it on hold for too long so it'll be nice to go through it all start-to-finish finally.

I'm still not really in any rush to get a PS5, either. The only game I wanted at release in 2021 was the Resident Evil Village steelbook in May, which not only retailed for the same price as the PS5 version, but also came packaged with the code for the PS5 upgrade, which I thought was infinitely better value. I plan on riding the cross-platform train for as long as I possibly can before I think about investing in a PS5.
I'm still slogging through Final Fantasy as a franchise! FF8 has mainly been on hold for a whole year now. I pick it up every now and again but I really need to re-invest my time into it and just see it through to the end. I love it immensely, but it's really not the kind of game that you can just pick up and drop at will. The main entry I've been playing on-and-off is FFX on my PS2, and I also said fuck it and finally bought FF7 Remake! It had dropped in price and they were doing a 3 for 2 deal on PS4 games so I just went for it. It's really fun so far! I think since we last spoke I bought Anthology (Which is FF4 and FF5 in the PAL release) and FF6 for PS1, haven't really played them yet but they were both about $15 each so I'm glad I snagged them finally. Origins is the only PS1 set I'm still yet to find for a reasonable price.

Just watched the AMV! Love it, dropped a like and also subscribed finally, considering how long we've been talking here and somehow I've never stumbled across you on YouTube. I love Babymetal so much, I haven't listened to them in full years at this point. I sometimes stick their first album on if they appear on my Shuffle every now and again, but otherwise I've missed them. I'm glad to see you pick up AMV production again, regardless - you're making me remember how much I need to finally watch Asobi Asobase as it's probably one of the anime I get recommended the most.

I'm really hoping to pick up my Monogatari Chronological Watch again! I slowed down with it around May mostly due to my exams having been changed due to COVID, so I ended up having to prepare for those around April time and actually do them throughout May and June. I stopped basically at the end of Second Season so it's a fairly convenient place to pick up from.
Part of the reason I'm aiming to start making stuff on YouTube is mainly so I can expand on my blog here to some of my other interests, like film and the few TV shows that I love. I've been watching a lot of Buffy again, so one of the big ideas I had was to rank the episodes of that show and include some of my episode-to-episode thoughts on each of them. It could be nice to maybe convert some of my blog posts into videos as well. I always wanted to turn my Hanamonogatari and Nana posts into video essays but never did, so that might be a fun place to start.
Your ideas are all great! I'd love to read more about your experience with Endless Eight. It's so funny and weirdly interesting to me how different people's reactions to that story arc were based solely on when they watched Haruhi S2. It didn't bug me a lot when I watched, but nowadays I'd probably skip at least a few of them on a rewatch. It's just insane to me that such a consistent studio like KyoAni just completely lost the plot and made over half the season a timeloop story arc! It is super funny in hindsight, probably even more so knowing what's coming when everyone else doesn't.

Anyway, that's it on this front! Glad to hear from you again and hope to talk soon. Bye for now ^^
AnimeApollo Feb 17, 7:48 AM
Hey! It’s been a while since we last spoke so I just thought I’d drop you a comment and see how you’ve been. A lot has happened over the last year and I’m rather sporadic with my appearances on MAL, but the anime watching is still going strong, hope it is for you too. I got FMA and FMA: Brotherhood on DVD a few months back so I’m on with those currently. Anyway, won’t go too long winded right now! Hope you’ve been well and hope we can talk soon.
IsekaiNekko Feb 7, 12:52 AM
Hello sir, It's nice to OG anime fans.
GodOfWolves Dec 18, 2021 3:30 AM
Happy Holidays Dude! & Belated Thanksgiving / Early Merry Christmas
Aragusuku Aug 28, 2021 10:14 PM
Hi. I've found your profile around... you seem like a good guy, honestly.

I've read the reason you've chosen pluvia33. Does 33 have any relation to your religious practices at highschool? You know, it's not really a random nor innocent number to choose.
TrashDax May 24, 2021 12:49 PM


HAPPY BIRTHDAY you old fart! ;)
BlueCicada May 20, 2021 6:00 AM
Hi there! Just want to say, great Comic Girls review! Probably feels like a bit of a random praise considering that it’s like three years old but still lol. I couldn’t agree more, that show really deserves more love. I honestly think it’s one of the better SoL comedies out there. Nice favourites by the way :D
TrashDax Apr 10, 2021 12:39 AM
Right now the Corona situation hasn’t really changed for the better. The pattern keeps repeating: numbers rising -> close everything -> numbers are slowly declining -> open stuff again -> numbers rising, etc. You’d think that after more than a year, the government would have learned at least somewhat how to handle things, but nope, they just keep fucking up. Vaccines are only now very slowly being administered after standing around untouched for weeks. There are also way too few of them, at this pace it will take to the end of the year to vaccinate about half the population. Everything they do is incredibly half-assed, this is embarrassing on a whole new level. My co-worker, who I share a laptop for home office with, has been out of commission recently because of course they had to open up schools and kindergartens again before teachers and such got the vaccine and obviously not even a week in, there’s a case in his daughters kindergarten, so now he has to stay home and my turn at home office has been cancelled. On top of all that, the regulations keep changing weekly and by region and nobody really knows what you can do where and when anymore, so people just say “fuck it” and do what they want. This is a complete disaster.

Sounds like there is plenty room for more Haruhi anime. Maybe we will get something new to promote the next volume or so, I dunno. I don’t fully understand what conditions have to be met to get an anime greenlit these days, except that they are advertisement vehicles for mangas, light novels and gacha games. I also have no idea how popular the franchise still is in Japan. I got the feeling that its popularity drastically went down after the botched second season. It used to be considered one of the greatest anime of all time, but when the movie came out, nobody seemed to really talk about it. Of course that might also simply be my impression. Be it as it may, I’d be down for more Haruhi anytime. Also, Tsuruya becoming more important sounds very cool, I always liked her for some reason, but she was not of any significance thus far, sadly.

Oh, I remember that video, was a good watch. I have seen a couple of her vids, she seems to be doing her research, that’s pretty cool. She also talks about things that nobody else does, like that yaoi paddle video. Man, I remember these things, what a scary time to be a straight dude at a convention. Lol Too bad she doesn’t post more frequently, but then again, I don’t think she’d be able to keep the quality if she suddenly did weekly releases.

I wouldn’t find it odd at all if they kept family names in dubs instead of changing to first names. Many people call each other by last names, I myself am always called by my last name. Some people even came up to me and asked me what my first name even was. Lol With that one exception though, I haven’t watched a dub in many, many years. I don’t even know if there are still anime on TV or not.

Recently Gawr Gura has done a Let’s Read (if you will) of Konosuba. I dunno how much she read, probably only the first volume. I might give it a listen if I find the time, which I doubt I will find very soon. I am behind on several things I wanna watch, youtube, wrestling, you name it. I wonder if there are more videos of people reading light novels out there, that might be a way to “read” them for me. Though, knowing Japanese companies, they will probably strike down anybody who tries something like that unfortunately (the Konosuba one was sponsored I believe).

I have yet to really get back to actually watching anime, though we do some simulwatching in our little Discord group, so I’m not completely out of it. There also seems to have been a couple worthwhile shows recently, so I should have enough stuff to pick from if I get back to watching more regularly. But as I said, reviews come first, better work on that pile before it continues to grow, hehe. What I noticed though during all these lockdowns is that the more time you have on your hand, the more time you waste doing basically nothing. It’s as if the forced laziness is sucking all motivation and energy out of you. That’s the main reason I enjoy doing home office, you need to stay alert in case you actually gotta do some work, but you have plenty of time to do things that you normally wouldn’t have.

That AMV is pretty good, cuts and synchronizing is well done. I question your decision to put a slice of life anime to a metal song, but otherwise I have to say, well done indeed. Especially considering this being your first one ever. Hope you have the time, energy and fun to make more of these.

Yeah, uhm, I think that's it for now.
Have a great day and stay safe!
GodOfWolves Mar 9, 2021 7:11 PM
Lol I felt the same way as you that's why I'd been replying to comments so swiftly for a while, didnt have anything else to do to keep me focused lol - but its all good man, sometimes we all get into slumps thats for sure

I'll have to try barakamon - sounds interesting to see the country life seeings thats the life im currently dwelling in lol - but it sounds entirely different from handa-kun - it was just a comedy about a guy who sometimes did calligraphy and was socially okward cuz he thought everyone hated him over a friends lie - seems the 1 season was pretty much the entire show though it had a pretty conclusive ending - Eitherway nice on the 8, ill check it out, like i said sounds like it would be something that i could get into. \

Man thats terrible about marilyn manson didnt even know any of that and that other band is fucking horrible,

Well seeings it would be a number of years - interesting on that perfect edition manga btw - but i guess ill kind of explain how my last month or two or so of that has gone
Soul eater was going good ending okish- , i remember when it got weird was when it got too serious for itself which was after the 24-26 ep/halfmark - and it did it again- all these big players show up the witches and big enemies - it just kinda got too convoluted for itself - the comedy was touch an go but laughs became rarer instead every ep its every 5 - the rest is melodrama story thats too big and doesn't make sense with comedy that breaks the serious tone that should of never gone serious because it never acted that way until now.
Went from a 9 to a 7.... - and learning this was the creator of fire force is also a reason to vent- cause that made me realize those are the same issues i have with fire force- they're not all becoming emo they're all becoming overly confident - but more than anything the story is loosing whatever "focus" it had on its own story... and that really makes it hard to keep interest in whatevers going on.

But anywho - thats cool on the suzumiya watch, i wanted to as well but ill have to wait some years for it be fresh again - i also kinda wanna watch that with someone as well now - Bummer hes too busy to work though hopefully something works out if not i atleast the rewatch is good for ya bro - i don't think ive heard of Tsuruya - either shes only in the manga or ive somehow forgotten her in the anime - i kinda wanna check out the manga now though - i agree, kyon is probably one of the best he could easily be a favorite character for me as well if the anime had gone on longer.

Ohh then thats whats up, can't blame ya there if you're getting good use out of it all, i really wish i could edit pdfs without paying for it though lmao - i miss that myself -
Nice on higurashi - bout 12 eps in myself but yeah the artstyle they look like plastic figurines lol

Yes any liveaction is total trash anymore - but funny id seen recently avatar said F netflix and started their own studio and now are going to do multiple shows of it at once which was cool lol -

And thanks on the goodluck, and again for the links,
hopefully you and david get some progress on the game! and if you're ever willin to share artwork with that one day that'd be cool
True its already getting a 4th season but bummer though its dropped in your book enough to completely drop it - but i don't blame you the blonde sword gal took a back seat to my disappoint she was barely in the show that Ais gal- actually the entire cast did and only the monsters got any real development - cause it was a 8-9 i think i put it a 7 after i reflected on the watch and realized, yeah,,, where the hell was the previous cast? lol
I have seen the reverse gender with females voices alphonse and other males and males voices gals so that makes sense - and thats crazy they kept it a secret even from the studios to the point the artwork was even compromised by accident lol

Woot woot, goodluck on the made in abyss dude! - and true reflecting on that, yokohama had 14 volumes and 140 chapts - so 20 would be like 200 chapts probably - not that bad afterall -
Ahh, nice you both got guest bedrooms - and sounds refreshing that you get some visits in with them, definitely know its nice to get out every once an a while myself - but yeah goodluck with the brotime and surely goodluck with her dads eye surgery thats a bummer - another cousin i think had retina surgery as well and two retinas replaced over glaucoma which sounds awful terrible - but she said hes holding in there and i think that might be the teacher i had mentioned earlier with the disks

well were kinda similar i think i have a little more leadway - 1-2 is a bit of hatred so i probably overreacted on the spider thing lol - but 3-4 i dislike cuz it was so meh like a grudge but not utter trash the spider should be like a 4-5 maybe ill watch another ep idk - if its borderline trash it sounds like a 4-5 lol - let me know if it gets any better
Technically i waited until now to also mention - i was harsh on re;zero glad you're liking it if id realized theres a part 2 to season 2 i might not of been so harsh scoring part 1 now that i can just look at that as build up instead of a "conclusion" as id thought.
- but also surprisingly, akudama drive had went from a "3" as well to a 7 cuz eps 7-9ish became super slice of life convicts out of no where it felt, but eps 10-11 now its going full circle with the story and its almost a 8-9 lmfao. - its actually improved a lot in my book and cuttthroat had a pretty good arc later - though his English VA may of been the thing he got better later on as well, like the pyscho aspect was pretty believable by the end to the start being annoyingly cliche
idk why i gave horimiya a 3 - but reading my comment i dont think it was bad i just found it boring apparently,-- the lesbian one sounds weird - i guess let me know how that story goes out of curiosity lol - definitely a different pairing for an iseki - and Skate the infinity, i ignored it cuz of the cover - but now i might try it after reading the descript and seeings you have no bad to say of it right now lol, so that might be cool to check for sure

Eitherway nothing else new right now, might go out to eat tomorrow and thats about it - might see my one brother for the first time in 2 months so thatd be cool to - best of luck dude! Hope you get some bro time and some family time here soon as well i know how it is - it doesn't take long to go totally stir crazy especially living in the mountains like me , cant just walk down the street and hang out really, sadly,,, love the peace, but sometimes its a double blade, and is suffocating...

But I think thats most of my new news to - or most of what i wanna say for now - so goodluck, take care bro and ill talk to ya later on man!
Tasoittaja Feb 14, 2021 7:55 PM
Hello. It has been 4 and a half years since you left that comment on my page but I wanted to respond to you.

However, through my very narrow field of experimenting and my friend's recommendations, I managed to find at least two things that made me cry. The first one was (surprisingly) Little witch academia. But the second was, very recently, was Koe no katachi that really touched the inner me for identifying myself and stuff. And I cried several times. A lot. The best thing ever. I felt like a girl.

I still look forward for the other recommendations though but I might be slow at them.
AnimeApollo Jan 27, 2021 9:08 AM
Another late comment! I know we've sort of come to expect this from each other now but it doesn't stop me from commenting on it every time. Hope you've been well over the holidays.

Pretty much beginning in December, I sort of slowed down with my anime watching again. Over the Christmas period especially, I've just been keeping up with seasonals. Higurashi has sort of been my main focus, but I was pleasantly surprised to see Non Non Biyori in my MAL notifications! I'd known about an upcoming third seasons for months, but it only resurfaced when I learned that it had started airing. It's one of those shows that just makes me smile all the way throughout so it couldn't have come at a better time. ^^

To be honest, leading up to the premiere of the new Higurashi season, I was very much the same way. I absolutely adore the original adaptations, and, regardless of my lukewarm opinion on Rei, Kira and Kaku: Outbreak, I thought the final episode of Kira was a really sweet epilogue to the series. (Maybe I've mentioned this to you before.)
Granted, I think I'm about one arc's worth of episodes behind as of my writing of this comment, but, unless they follow the format of the first two seasons, i.e. having question arcs make up Season 1 and answer arcs make up Season 2, the first 15 or so episodes have literally been the first three arcs twisted slightly. I'm enjoying it enough, but pretty much all of my opinion of this new season rests on how they handle this final half of the series. I'm hoping all turns out okay. It looks like you're one arc in, what do you think so far?

It's great that you've started a bunch of new stuff with David. Currently, any anime watching with friends on my part extends to a one-off Ghibli movie watched in sync over a video call, as we're back in lockdown again. Granted, I have a little more to do now with actual online lessons and the like to prevent any entertainment burn-out like I experienced back around April-May during the first lockdown, but it still sucks that we're constantly in and out of it all. Hope you guys are faring a little better with it all.

Over Christmas, I actually watched a lot of anime movies, now that I think about it. I kept to my word and watched Tokyo Godfathers for the first time since my initial viewing! It's beginning to become a Christmas favourite. I also somehow managed to finally get a DVD copy of The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya for around $4, and absolutely loved it. That was also a first rewatch since my initial viewing in April 2019. Since Christmas, I also managed to come across half of the Texhnolyze DVD volumes, which are generally hard to come by over here. I decided to restart the show also, it's sort of gotten sidetracked due to another project of mine which I'll tell you more about shortly ^^

Everything is still rather uncertain regarding COVID. Like I mentioned, we're now in our third lockdown, and I'm now doing online classes from home, but there's still some positive news coming out. Hopefully the vaccines help as much as they've made them out to.

Yeah, I wouldn't worry too much about the dating front currently. Hopefully overcoming COVID will make things easier.

And a lot has happened on the video game front since we last spoke!! Exactly like I predicted, the scalpers are going crazy online with ridiculously-priced PS5s, and there are plenty of kids posting literal Notes screenshots on eBay asking people to bid so that they have enough money to pay for a PS5. It's absolutely insane. I'm probably going to wait a year to think about getting a PS5, especially considering that the one game I'm currently hyped about, Resident Evil 8, is releasing on PS4 as well as PS5 anyway. I don't mind waiting.

As for FFXVI, the concept art looks fantastic!! Again, I can wait to play FFVII Remake, as I'm still yet to finish the original. I enjoyed FFXV enough, but I'm hoping that we can get a bulkier game with XVI. I'm still pressing on with FFVIII, I'm slowly progressing through Disc 3/4 as I'm also playing different stuff now I have Xbox Game Pass too. I've absolutely fallen in love with the Yakuza games thanks to Game Pass ^^

Haha, well for some reason, Pirate Bay has just totally taken that VPN requirement off again?? I've had access to my anime torrents all this time because I use a different website, but out of sheer curiosity I found all of the AMV Hell videos including 0 and Divided by 0! Really fun (and strange) to finally see what you were talking about months afterwards.

And this brings me to the project I mentioned! I've been debating a Monogatari rewatch for ages now, and I finally decided to rewatch it in chronological order! I made a blog post where I'm rating and reviewing each individual arc as I go on, and I have to say, it's even more rewarding than I thought it'd be to experience the story like this. I'm actually progressing really quickly with it currently. I'm hoping to maybe skip the big 2021 Anime Watching Challenge this year and maybe set myself some challenges. After I'm done with Monogatari I was considering possibly incorporating that recommendation list into something, but I'll think more about that closer to the time.

Watching all three Kizumonogatari films consecutively has made me realise how much I want to re-experience that arc, so if I do feel motivated to do so I'll listen to the Kizu audiobook to the end. I really enjoyed what I did hear of it, and I learned that even though I don't have an Audible subscription anymore I still have access to the audiobook itself, which is great. So far, I haven't heard about any more Monogatari audiobooks being released, so we'll have to hope that they release more because I did really enjoy the portion of Kizu I listened to.

I haven't actually read much more since we last spoke. I began Otorimonogatari a while ago, possibly before that, but I've put it on hold for a little while, at least until I finish watching all of the Second Season arcs in my rewatch. I also recently bought the next few 20th Century Boys Perfect Edition releases, which I was enjoying just powering through really slowly. I can't wait to continue.

And I moved house about two weeks after you sent this message! There's still a few things that are still holed up in the cupboard waiting for me to put somewhere, but otherwise we've settled in fairly fast. Hopefully that merch blog post will come as soon as I feel like collecting everything together and taking pictures, etc, etc. I've missed posting on my blog, I'm happy to be getting back to it.

And I'm glad you liked Perfect Blue a little better! It's funny you mention that old Manga Entertainment DVD release, because that's the exact same version of it I own. Or the Region 2 release at least. The aspect ratio is really strange and I have to physically zoom it in using whichever console's Blu-ray Player I'm using, but it's still nice to have it on my shelf, at least. I'd love to rewatch Paranoia Agent at some point. I recall seeing a DVD set when I was last out, but obviously it'd have to wait unless I ordered it.

Have you started making any AMVs yet? And I heard about the new Haruhi novel! I did begin the Disappearance novel shortly after rewatching the movie, hoping to carry on with them soon. And that's about it from me for now! Hope you're still doing well and I'll speak to you soon!!
GodOfWolves Jan 27, 2021 3:20 AM
Hey not to double comment ya again

But I noticed you hadn't seen Handa-kun - again i feel like someone recommended it before but this time i know it wasnt you! lol - but its been hilarious, - at first it was really off putting and i somehow remember parts of it i think i dropped it in the past - but it picks up and you start to get use to the sense of humor
The intro is offputting it was like metal techno insanity that made no sense literally like every old school and still most new anime - but i figured it would be something to add lol
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nAETV9qYPg
oh yeah and the mal link - but you might want to consider watching it even though you're backed up a bit, i think itd be up your alley, i didn't expect it to be as good as it is i was expecting more so of a failure lol
https://myanimelist.net/anime/32648/Handa-kun?q=handa%20&cat=anime

Edit feb 4th - so was rewatching souleater, only the 1st ep so far, and found this thread Which led me to this link - souleater AMV - and thought id mention it seeings we had been talking about AMVS, for some reason it seemed badass- and episode 1 had me guessing if i wanted to continue rewatching something right now, but this kinda encourages me to keep going with it for sure

Edit feb 9th - Bahahaha, I know it shouldn't be of any surprise, but i gave SAOs newest and supposedly final season a zero, well a 1 technically. I cannot stop laughing. - because all i can think, is man.. I guess I'm over narutos shitty ending. - Cause it did everything wrong, just in like a dozen or so episodes, not 3-500 lmfao
bahahahaha, and I can't even be mad about it cause i already expected disappointment, most anime endings are especially SAO - but this one was so extra, next level baddd, bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaa,,,,, it was shitttttt, total shittttt, I wrote a review on it it was so bad, omggg... I'm over it - I don't care... it was such next level made up no sense weird anime crap that all anime do, like lets go to space, lets make em gods, lets throw in da fonz and some blues bears bro, it was badddddddd... I'm done venting to you, but after i wrote the review and thought about it, like i said, its so bad, i can't even be mad... lol