So yeah, I’ve been kind of slacking off on my self-inflicted blog responsibilities. I have excuses though! So many excuses!
- I decided to read Dungeon Defense and ended up passing 2 days without really doing anything other than reading Dungeon Defense. Eagerly awaiting book 5.
- Thor: Ragnarok came out, and I went to see it, and it was glorious.
- Stranger Things II also came out, and I got hooked and had to marathon it.
- J-Novel Club is having a catch-up month on The Faraway Paladin, which I had been wanting to read, then I started reading it and couldn’t stop.
- Fate/Grand Order (NA) just launched the GUDAGUDA Honnoji event last night and it’s awesome and hilarious.
This is genuinely why I feel like I can’t actually become a creator, I’m way too engrossed in consuming. It started when I was very young, I would read all the Bruce Coville kids books. My mom got me into renting Newbery Medal winner books at the library, which got me into the Chronicles of Prydain series, which set off my fantasy tendencies. In elementary school, I discovered Super Mario RPG, which led to a friend introducing me to Final Fantasy 3 (6 in Japan) and Chrono Trigger. In junior/senior high school, I got into Redwall and Dragonlance as well as Harry Potter, in addition to getting a Playstation and learning about SNES emulators. Some point in that mess, my cousins in Switzerland introduced me to the Dragon Ball and Shaman King mangas, which eventually, in college, led me to dabbling in anime, which led to reading manga online, and after I moved for my first job I started collecting English-language manga and light novels as well.
I just really like… stories. Human imagination taking an audience to a new place, based in the real world or not. I am especially fond of fantasy and sci-fi because it’s just amazing how people can come up with concepts that do not even exist! And, with sci-fi, it can even lead to people inventing stuff based on those ideas in the future! But the stories I like always maintain the human element, how people and civilization fit, or don’t fit, into these potential or possible worlds.
I have a bookmark folder dedicated to manga series and translated light novels/web novels that I want to read sometime. I have a ton of video games I’ve bought over the years that I know I’ll love, I just haven’t found time to play them yet. I have books I’ve bought that I know I’ll love but haven’t read them yet. WHY ARE THERE SO MANY THINGS!!!
FNM got canceled since there weren’t enough people, so I was able to pump out another chapter! It ended up taking a lot longer than I was planning, due to a double helping of backstory.
I think I’m developing the weird habit of ending every chapter with some kind of unexpectedness. I’ll try to stop doing that otherwise it’ll get old fast haha.
Quick note that I have plans tomorrow (today) so I probably won’t get chapter 4 done until Sunday.
I have no real excuse, simply got distracted by random things. I started reading Dungeon Defense and kind of ignored everything else for the past 24 hours. It’s good stuff! Check it out!
Anyway, here is chapter 2!
So, I’m already falling behind on my writing project, because I’ve been following this indictment stuff, haha. Tomorrow (today?) I’ll be out for most of the day, hanging out in Beaverton, so I don’t know when exactly I’ll get the next part out. Anime Connections will be updated for sure, though.
So this is a longform story/book idea I’ve had in my head for a while. I was randomly discussing Chinese web novels on Discord the other day and learned that they commonly put out multiple chapters a week, about 1500 words each, and one of them has pretty high quality for its frequency (“Release That Witch”? idk :x). I thought to myself, I wonder if I could do something like that (while I’m unemployed T_T), so here’s me giving it a shot!
Note: this WordPress theme has a weird header overlay thing that screws with anchor links, so you may need to scroll up to get to the beginning. I should really just change my theme D: Just make sure you’re starting where it says START CHAPTER.
Just a short update to let y’all know that I have compiled information on 18 anime series with English light novel and/or manga releases! The two manga series currently there are One Punch Man (because I wanted to have at least one manga series as a template) and A Certain Scientific Railgun (I was doing Index, so I figured I might as well do them both), the rest are all light novels. This basically completes the light novels in my collection with anime (I own a few volumes of Baccano!, and Durarara!!, but I haven’t read them yet; Nisio Isin’s Monogatari is an Escher painting I don’t really want to dive into quite yet :V), so next I’ll either move to J-Novel Club series or the rest of my manga collection.
I started a new page about a topic that I tend to stay fairly up-to-date on and thought it would be nice to keep around in permanent form: how anime is related to source material, and where to start on the source to continue past where the anime ended. I hope to update it fairly frequently, especially as new shows come out or anime continuations air or new English licenses are announced. I definitely don’t aspire to hit every possible anime adaptation, but I’ll definitely at least do the ones I like, as well as any requests.
Feedback is definitely welcome! I kind of just threw in information I thought would be useful, but will gladly rework things based on what seems to work and what doesn’t.