End of April/Mid-May Update 5/24/16

Hello cafegoers, ’tis I, Takuto, with a hodgepodge of updates from this last April to now, the middle-end of May. Woah, it’s been that long?

Whew! So April was a pretty busy month – Well, just busy enough to hold up on an end-of-the-month update at least. Like most everyone on the planet, I was occupied with way too much school for my own good. Seriously, all this homework and you’re telling me it only counts for 20% of my total grade?? F this sh*t, and then these daily grade boosters mini quizzes with only 10 points, so if I score a 9/10 it’s still a B? What is wrong with this system (talking to you, math classes)??

I could go on, but you get the drift. School sucks. Homework sucks. Extracurricular activities are draining. And at the end of each day, the last thing I wanted to do was sit at my desk and write reviews. It’s not like I hate doing it – oh no – it’s that a certain level of creativity and time has to spent on each post – each sentence – so that it all flows together in a unique style. To muster that kind of technical level required for a half-decent post, in my experience, requires a nice long weekend, which was sadly few and far between. In the evening, I just want to watch, not write.

Then May comes alone, and by golly, don’t we all just love May? Who doesn’t enjoy the last-minute cram sessions for chapter tests followed by the study review for the FREAKIN’ final next week, or the hustling and bustling of obligatory graduation parties galore, or how about the short evenings spent stressing about summer jobs, more schooling, and when the HELL am I gonna get back on the blog? Good question. That’s why I occupied myself with a few pre-planned activities, which you will find below. It’s update time!

Recently Finished:

. . . Nothing, I’ve been pushing for more writing and reading. That and I have four lovely simulcasts to keep me hot and bothered. That’ll change this summer, just you wait.

Well, actually there are a couple of reviews for March anime I completed. Those are for Cowboy Bebop and Dimension W. I used a different stylistic approach to Bebop just to stand out of the crowd a bit more, and you guys seemed to enjoy it. I stuck to my more traditional approach with my DW rant, and that got just about the same solid reception, so I must be doing something right, haha. My awesome buddy Matthew of Matt-in-the-Hat and I are actually still talking about that one, so it’s never to late to hobnob with the cool guys 🙂

Click on either of their titles to read! I also appreciate those who took the time to check out my old Fairy Dance posts. That’s cool of you.

Currently Watching:

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress – While I’m only five episodes in, I can officially say that even if the story goes under the rails, the plummet will be an exciting one. Being an original source (my favorite kind of anime) with only 12 episodes, it will probably wrap up leaving much of the history unexplained. I suppose that’s fine, because the conclusion will more than likely get me to the edge of my seat. At this point, I’m strongly tapping my foot to intense train action and Hiroyuki Sawano’s beats. And that opening, ooh, I think it’s one of Egoist’s best works yet! Kabaneri is still engaging, still epic, but lacking in direction.

Kiznaiver – This is one of those anime that I really want to call in my figurative “Top Ten,” but so far, it’s falling oh-so short. With five episodes watched, I think the biggest problem lies in the characters themselves, in that they’re only shells of the archetypes they belong to simply for the cause of contrasting each other, much like the seven deadly sins do. In theory, Kiznaiver should be great (I am especially captivated by the lead character’s personality for some reason, IDK, maybe it’s his hair, yeah, probably), but unless it really digs deep with its cast, it’ll be nothing more than another pretty piece recycling the same old themes.

My Hero Academia – So I just claimed that the downfall of Kiznaiver would be it’s tropish characters, but then there’s this little gem that is guilty of the same crime, yet gets away with it superbly. MHA is one of those go get ’em, feel good anime. It’s a cliché clash of heroes and an underdog, though it all works because Izuku, the main character, is such a keep-on-keepin’-on youngster, and that’s both heartwarming and exciting. Full of relatable feelings and flashy animation, six episodes is enough to judge that MHA is a good adaptation of its source material. It’s also, and I rarely use this word on action anime, cute.

The Lost Village – AKA Mayoiga, this is the odd egg in the batch of simulcasts this season. It’s really bad – like from a review perspective, the characters are complete one-lined garbage – yet it’s so fun to watch. Isn’t that what all anime strive to be? Fun? With six episodes in, I can’t tell if this anime is trying to pull my leg or be genuinely creepy. Whatever happens, it’s still engaging enough to pull me back each week. That alone is enough to give me a mini heart attack during the nights I watch.

But wait, THERE’S MORE!

As with my Revisit of Evangelion and In Defense of Fairy Dance, I recently tacked another HUGE project called the Heroic Spirit Manifesto or “Hero Week” for short. While I consider it a somewhat ‘failed’ project (huge gap in start and finish), it still was an undertaking that I was proud of accomplishing. If you’re interested in the following anime, click each title because I wrote my thoughts on each one in a specialized format with a heroism section specific to each show. Please enjoy these amazing anime to your heart’s content!

ERASED

One Punch Man

Yuki Yuna is a Hero

My Hero Academia

Café Talk Wrap-Up Segment

So what can we look forward to from me the rest of May? My comments. Lots, and lots, and lots, and lots, and lots of catching up to do on all of the posts you guys have written during my sporadic absences! Don’t expect a review anytime soon, as the only anime I am currently watching are simulcasts. I do, however, have a couple of café talks planned and even an unboxing post (ooh ooh~), so stay tuned for my gradual slide back into the community. I also got a summer job . . . outside . . . as a pool lifeguard. I already have mad sunburns on my shoulders from two days of training. Why do I hate myself? Hahaha, thanks for keeping my seat warm, like ya do, and until next time, this has been

– Takuto, your host

Oh yeah, Twitter? It will happen. Soon. Hopefully. Muah.

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30 thoughts on “End of April/Mid-May Update 5/24/16

  1. Hey Takuto, thanks for mentioning me :D. So school got you busy too? Same here. I would rather write a review on a anime than write pages on a essay assignment. I hope you are doing okay. I am planning to get Twitter so people can visit and chat with me but here at college, it is getting me distracted and stressed XD.

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    • Hi Matthew, no problema! Well, now its a week into June, but yeah, school kept me way too busy for my own good. And SAME. I could also probably write higher quality information in an anime analysis/review. Ah, I see our blogger friends got to you as well, haha! Hopefully that stress eventually slides out, as I’m still nervous about making an account >.<
      As always, it's nice keeping tabs on you, Matt. Thanks for keepin' on with my lateness!

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      • School is the struggle now XD. I also got twitter now haha. I will still be here to blog, so if you want to chat, you know where to find me ;). Once you get done with school, you can finally relax and catch up with stuff. I am glad to support your blog. If you want to talk to me, I am all ears :). I enjoy being in your cafe.

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      • Gah, that sucks >.> And I noticed! Thanks for the heads up!
        School has actually been done for me for a couple of weeks now . . . I’m just now getting back to blogging from some relaxation time. Aww, that makes me so happy, considering that I’m such a crappy host who’s never around, haha! Guess that’s all the more reason to get on my Twitter case. I downloaded the app just yesterday, yet it’s sitting on my home screen awaiting my eventual confusion.

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      • You’re welcome and no rush pal :). You just need focus on school. Don’t feel rushed to join. Take one step out of time. Just like me, I am very slow on the Twitter thing and I am still learn XD. I think you are a great host. It’s better to be well paced than rushed ^^. Your main priority should just be relaxing. You need R and R. Maybe you should have yourself a nice cup of coffee from your cafe ;).

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      • You’re welcome :). That sounds great to do in my opinion. Just set it up while drinking a hot cup and you can unwind. Once you do, I will try to find you in Twitter, or you might find me lol.

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      • Take your time ;). Where’s the fire haha. I believe that once you start Twitter, get ready for a whole bunch of notifications from other bloggers. You would be checking your phone nonstop XD!

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      • Haha trust me it will most likely XD. At least you can talk to your friends. You can talk to your best pal (me, just kidding) anytime. Buy don’t feel rushed though. If you can’t do it now now with all this school stuff, just wait a moment.

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      • Awesome! Haha thanks, I am probably one of the best. There other bloggers out there that might be better XD. I just hope you don’t get distracted on it too much. Once you sign up and start using Twitter, you can never put it down :P. At least you can see what’s everyone is doing hehe.

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  2. Ooo life guard if you get twitter can you post a pic of that LOL sounds like you have been a busy little bee haha lol looking forward to all the new stuff taku !!!

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    • HAHA oh Lita, that’s why we love ya! It seems all I talk about is being busy, but anyway, thanks so much for stopping by! I’ve got a lot of material to catch up on from the community. BTW, I absolutely love watching your YouTube videos. Every time you upload, I get so tempted to start an account, but then I think, I can’t even seem to respond to comments on time >.<
      If and when I get a Twitter, let's make sure to be friends there, too~!

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  3. As you are an important part of our community we as a community would love to have you on Twitter, but I think its crucial to make sure that its something you want for yourself and your blog 🙂 Personally, my feelings on Twitter are a little mixed – I am equally annoyed at it as much as I acknowledge its benefits for me and my blog xD So yep, just wanted to put it out there, not that I am trying to go against the current flow of sentiment or anything haha >< xD

    Annnnd, seeing that you have so much on your palate – hey, you're living a fulfilling life! My thoughts on Mayoiga are the same as yours – its like a sadistic part of me just wants to see how all it all ends for the characters despite it being an obviously bad show :p

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    • As a blogger who always values your kind advice, thank you again for being considerate. Yes, I would want my blog to be a huge focal point, but also my standings as an anime fan in general. You seem to be flowing quite well with it, so, if I may ask, what about it leaves you so mixed and annoyed??? And Haha, you’re fine~!
      I’m trying to live life to the fullest–trying and barely succeeding XD I couldn’t have reinstated my beliefs on Mayoiga better than you did right there. Let’s hope it fills our evil desires while going up in horrendous flames.

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      • Don’t mention it, I am also looking for a way to voice my thoughts in some sense about Twitter. Hmm, I am not entirely sure whether my opinions & conclusions drawn are actually shared by the wider community, so I would prefer not to elaborate too much on it in case it spoils your experience xD having said that though, there is nothing ‘bad’ about it, there are just certain observations I made which I wished I would have known about and hence taken into account when deciding to get Twitter. Just one example would be how I noticed that Twitter people tend to comment or read less of my posts perhaps because Twitter is a more convenient and faster way of keeping up with my life and they feel like they have been updated anyway, hence reading posts becomes a lesser priority or a way to keep up. There are exceptions to this and I may be the only one who has gained this observation of course xD

        Aw, but I am pretty sure your life is still fulfilling despite being busy xD Yep, there’s just one episode left and its approaching soon, so it’s final destination will be revealed soon, hehe :3

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      • Ah, so communicating via WordPress has sorta switched to Twitter instead. How could I have not realized that! One of the biggest reasons I go back on all the posts I missed during breaks is not only to see their work and opinions, but to catch up with them as a blogger and a person. With Twitter, we’ll always stay up-to-date, so there is less of a push to read any missed content. Hmm, that is a problem. I suppose all I can do to counter that is post links to reviews like y’all have been doing, but make is sound more appealing XD
        Thanks for the heads up on things. I knew I could count on you to break the ice on this seemingly perfect system. Taboo or not, I’d just rather know everything, then try to come up with ways to increase the benefits. I can’t wait for Mayoiga to be over @__@

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      • Haha to be honest, I am guilty of that sometimes too. Exactly, I realized that we like to keep up to date with our blogging friends, and that drives us to read their posts. The thing about posting links on Twitter is that the feed moves very fast, and it’s easy to miss them. XD unless you go to somebody’s profile to stalk them, that is :p Nevertheless, since we’ve all jumped on the same boat, it’s up to us to decide and do what we can to counter the negative effects xD I usually just end up dividing time between WP and Twitter haha, and just picking posts to read according to my mood xD

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      • I like your divide and conquer method! I’ll have to try it all out, give it a few weeks, then see how it all turns out. Not bragging or anything, but I’ve gained like 4 new followers since Twitter. That could be because they stumbled upon me like normal and it’s just a lucky week, or that the Twitter thing really has increased my scope. Again, I suppose I’ll have to wait and see. I’ve already been straying away from blogging though, so I better get back on and throw a review out there, yikes! Haha!

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