Here Lies Xeno’s Hopes and Dreams – January 2019 Edition

*sigh That also didn’t go nearly as planned. Kind of like November, I don’t want to be a huge downer. In fact, I checked the stats and I actually had a slight increase in traffic during December. That’s nice; thanks everybody. Any support you offer is always appreciated. I only fret because there’s stuff I wish to get around to writing and for a myriad reasons, they just keep getting put on hold. Maybe January will be the month where I finally get to do the things I want to do? I guess time will tell.

Supporting the Scribbles

This is one of the few times I’ll ever mentioned this in the coming days but apparently, WordPress is now going to charge for domains separately from their plans. So in addition to my Premium Plan of $96 a year, I’ll be charged for $26 for my domain. It just plains sucks since one of the reasons I upgraded to Premium was for having my own domain. And to those who think it doesn’t really matter: traffic improved significantly when my blog went by and not solely so it really is a part of keeping of this site afloat.

I’ll manage but if anyone is ever feeling so generous, you can send a donation to the blog via this Paypal button (Donate Button) and my Ko-Fi page to help make covering the costs WordPress throws at me a little easier. The decision is entirely up to you, of course, and please, please only donate if you truly have the dough to spare. And don’t feel bad if you can’t or it just doesn’t interest you. I’m always cool with people simply paying this blog a visit.

Series Reviews

Let’s, uh, hold off on a to-do list until I’m absolutely sure I can crank them out at my leisure and satisfaction. That said, I did manage to post a review last month for Kemono Friends Season 1 just in time for Season 2 so feel free to check that out. Also, I plan on getting a review for Mob Psycho 100 done ASAP since Season 2 is also premiering this Winter season. I’m currently re-watching that show with my brother and it’s been going very well (that show is so good).

Fall 2018 Anime Coverage

First of all, here is a link dump of all the Episode Reviews I finished:

Second: Banana Fish. I’m making progress there. I wanted it to be all done on New Years’ Eve but stuff happened and I had to prioritize on finishing the shows I was actually super close to finishing. I might be a bit slow at it again but I think it’ll be done soon. I’m committed which is something I’ve wanted to improve on after dropping coverage on a lot of shows during my first year of blogging.

And third: the Fall 2018 Final Rankings are up so if you don’t want to read however many posts I wrote for all the shows that aired that season, there’s the go-to post. For the record, the Rankings will be updated later in January as I want to include Tsurune once that show finishes. Along with that, I’ll add any stragglers that I wasn’t able to finish in time, such as Banana Fish. A bit weird I know but that was the best compromise I could come up with without postponing the rankings past my desired New Years’ Eve deadline.

As for a Top 20 Anime of 2018 list…eh. If I empty out my backlog by the end of February, maybe? I’m afraid I’ll be late since everyone else is positing their lists right now but I’d only feel comfortable sharing picks when I feel that I’ve thoroughly checked through an entire year’s worth of anime. It’s the same reason why I never gave a Top 20 list for 2017. So again, maybe?

Winter 2019 Anime Coverage

Obviously, I’ll be cranking out First Impressions as much as time and energy will allow but past that, I’ve decided to only fully cover three anime this season. There’s two reasons for this:

  1. I think a big reason why my output is not up to personal snuff during Fall is because I got so pre-occupied with covering that season’s anime. Staying current demands a lot of time and energy and it’s gotten harder now that I work part-time for a school, not to mention some lengthy commutes to get to said job. And I know I only fully covered five shows in Episode Reviews for Fall but that’s a full plate for me given how I write. Lowering the number to three ought to give me more free time for all the things I keep saying I want to do for the blog.
  2. Winter 2019 is looking to be as dry as a desert. Simple as that. I’d be shocked if there was enough candidates to pick from.

Special Case Review Series

On the off chance, Winter 2019 is so dry that I can’t even find three that I want to review episodically, I think I’ll compensate by reviewing an older anime. It’d be a special case, kind of like what I did for Magical Girl Raising Project the past two seasons.

Here’s my current short list (may or may not post this as a poll on Twitter):

  • Flip Flappers
  • Lily Bear Storm (Yurikuma Arashi)
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha (Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha)
  • School-Live! (Gakkougurashi!)
  • Sound of the Sky (So Ra No Wo To)
  • Yuuki Yuuna is a Hero (Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru)

I’m, of course, open to suggestions. My only criteria is that it has to be a single cour anime and/or just the first season of a show. The reason being that I want to be able to finish it before Spring 2019 starts. I guess I’d prefer a show I haven’t seen or finished but you can suggest an anime I have finished (click here for my MAL profile). Just don’t ask me if I could cover Fate/Stay night because the answer is 100% no.

Princess Principal Episode Re-Reviews


…Sorry, I’m laughing hysterically because this is still on hold, much to my dismay. And it’ll probably be on hold for much longer until I’m done with the Winter 2019 First Impressions. Yay…

Again, this is a passion project for me. I love this show and I’d rather get these reviews right and make them count than just crank them out. Even if no one ends up reading the rest of the reviews, I still want this series to be something I can be proud of.

For the record, I recently got the Limited Edition of the U.S. Blu-ray. Finally, it’s out after all sorts of manufacturing delays. I’ll probably post an unboxing of this soon but something that stood out to me is that this set does come with a behind the scenes booklet and entire storyboards for the first episode. If I learn something new that affects my interpretations of the show, maybe I’ll update what reviews I have done and let you know on social media that I did that.

Anime Archive

The Anime Archive page is still under reconstruction. I wasn’t able to make much progress during December like I had hoped but I did make a ton of progress on New Year’s so it’s still coming along. Most recently, I relisted A Place Further than the Universe and Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku. They were still accessible if you search for them but now they should be easier to find. All of the Summer 2018 anime except for Cells at Work! and Happy Sugar Life (both have already been relisted) will follow suit soon.

Moving Stuff to Private

Possibly a depressing way to end this post but this is something I need to make clear.

I have been moving some posts to Private. So far, it’s only been a couple of editorials I’m not proud of anymore such as my E3 related posts and my attempted rankings for the first couple of seasons I blogged during. Lately though, I’ve been thinking of extending the “purge” to Episode Reviews from my first year of blogging that I’m no longer proud of. This could include the stuff I wrote for Welcome to the BallroomGamers!Food Wars, and My Hero Academia (the last one I thought really long and hard over).

I don’t plan on moving everything from my first year to private. As rough as that year went, most of what I posted I still want to keep visible. It’s just that I think the review series that I have mentioned really showed me at my messiest and most scatterbrained so I’d like them pulled out from the archives. I haven’t finalized this decision but if at some point, you try looking for them and they’re not there, now you know why.

Thanks for Reading!



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