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Calling it a Day

As this garbage year draws to a close it feels appropriate to actually ‘end’ this blog. Regular readers (all 3 of you) have probably noticed that posts fell off hard this year. I managed only 1 full review (of Urara Meirochou of all things) and 2 posts of multiple shorter reviews over the entirety of 2017 – for a review blog that’s pretty bad!

Truth is, it’s felt more like an obligation and a chore rather than an engaging activity and productive outpouring of a passive hobby for a while now. When I was still at university (back when this started) I had far more time to spend a day writing 1 or 2 posts; with work, my free time has become much more precious. On top of that I find far more of my weekends are spent doing other stuff – so unless I write after I come home from work (which I rarely have the energy for) I’ll just never get it done. And even ignoring all that, after 6 years I’ve just lost enthusiasm in writing long form reviews that only maybe get 100 views. It was bound to happen sooner or later. I look at all the unfinished posts sitting around from this year and I’d rather watch more anime instead.

So: it’s over. Why bother posting this at all? I don’t like to let things peter off quietly – I’d rather have definite closure, for myself if nothing else – so a definite statement feels right. And never say die, of course; I may find myself with a burning need to post something, which will obviously end up here. I might do 12 Days again next year too. Just don’t expect anything with any semblance of regularity.

I’m pleased with what I did on this blog – with this I’ve made 300 posts, most of which are around the 1,500 word count, an average I imagine substantially higher than most other blogs. There are some posts I’m really quite proud of (the last few 12 Days posts in particular), there are posts which were forced out, and then there was the unnecessarily long Guilty Crown review which was incredibly dumb and gained its own notoriety. I had a good time. But it’s time to call it quits.

Thanks for reading!

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If you’re an anime fan and haven’t had your head buried under a rock for the past year or so, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Katawa Shoujo, an original-English visual novel with an amusing development history wherein you have the opportunity to date one of 5 girls with disabilities, and there’s some drama involved. It was kind of a Big Deal when it was released in January, not least because this pure labour of love had been in development since 2007.

It was kind of a Big Deal for me too.

Warning: Excessive sentimentality and personal-feelings-discussing ahead

Warning: Excessive sentimentality and personal-feelings-discussing ahead

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>implying I have time to watch anime

hahaha, so many exams this week. No time to form deep and complex opinions and analyses on Chinese cartoons, gotta study.

But I refuse to skip one of these, so here you go. Why bother? Read the title.

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What my scores mean

Reviewing is basically entirely subjective. I think the only thing that isn’t is technical animation quality, but even then what constitutes ‘bad’ animation varies from person to person. So naturally, an individual’s review scores are going to have a different meaning from someone else’s. How people calculate their scores, what’s important and what’s not, it depends on each and every individual.

As such, I figure I might as well clear up and explain what exactly, if anything, my scores mean and imply. Also this gives me something to point to if anyone disputes my scores. Disagree, sure, but you can’t say I’m wrong because a) opinions and b) my opinions > your opinions.

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