Here Lies Xeno’s Hopes and Dreams – May 2020 Edition

Let’s just jump in, shall we?

Upcoming Posts

  • 5/14 – Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll – Review
  • 5/15 – Spring 2020 Midseason Rankings
  • 5/28 – Sword Oratoria: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side – Review

As always, dates are subject to change.

Regarding the Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll review, I’ll be writing it like an episode review and therefore discuss spoilers in it. I figured it’s worth mentioning since it’s not as obvious compared to when I put up a post on a show’s series finale.

Poll-Related Episode Reviews

I’ll now be covering School-Live! on Saturday and Yuki Yuna is a Hero on Sunday as opposed to covering both on Sunday. This change is just so I can better juggle between the two. Other than that, I don’t foresee any delays so it should be smooth sailing from here on out. Both School-Live! and the first season of YuYuYu should be done by mid-June. No decision has yet been made on YuYuYu Season 2.

Seasonal Anime Coverage

Normally, I prioritize seasonal anime but this season, I’m most focused on steadily reviewing the older stuff. And since that already makes three shows, I’ve unintentionally haven’t given covering any seasonal show a whole lot of thought. Honestly, I’m kind of content with covering three non-seasonal shows but part of me still thinks I should cover something current on the blog (while they’re still airing I should add). I’m leaning towards Hamefura and Tower of God for coverage. Digimon Adventure: (2020) is also tempting but it’s currently postponed and possibly writing 50 episode reviews sounds daunting. I don’t know, I’ll try resuming coverage in the coming days and see what sticks for me. First couple of posts might be Quickies because again, this isn’t actually my top priority. Otherwise, I hope you don’t mind that I’ve been writing about older stuff.

Magia Record Episode Reviews

Took me longer to decide but after thinking it over, I’ve decided that I will blog about the remaining episodes in Magia Record‘s first season. Screw it, why not? Maybe I’ll even like it enough to continue covering into Season 2 (either that or I hate myself that much). I’ll be resuming next week (week of May 4) and while I hope to crank them out at a consistent rate, I should stress that other posts take priority over this.

Summer 2020 Contingency

This idea comes from a tweet by Scott at Mechanical Anime Reviews (please don’t sue me, Scott). I think we can all agree that Summer 2020 is bound to be struck by delays and we should therefore prepare for the worst. So in case the season is comprised of like five shows, maybe even not at all, I started writing a list of backlogged anime that I’d watch and possibly blog about in lieu of an actual lineup.

I have a little over 20 shows written down though the final size of the list really depends on how many shows are still going to air in the season and how many of them I’d watch. I’m also trying to stick to single cour anime as I don’t want anything to bleed into Fall (which will hopefully be a normal season). Expect more about this soon.

Episode Re-Reviews

Princess Principal: Crown Handler got delayed due to Coronavirus concerns so finishing the re-reviews in time for its premiere is still on the table. I’m still not sure if that’s the window I want to use since, unless Sentai Filmworks announces something, I am seeing that movie long after its theatrical run. Still, I really should set a time to see this series of posts done and this is the last fitting opportunity I can think of. We’ll see.

In the meantime, I’ve decided to update my PriPri page to just link to my original reviews and re-include it in the Anime Archive. I’ve also reverted the re-reviews I did finish to drafts again and will re-post them when I’m ready to resume. Eventually, the page will link to the new ones instead (the originals will remain public though) but this current set up will do for now.

Other than that, my windows for redoing Quintessential Quintuplets and Laid-Back Camp remain the same: Summer and Fall 2020 respectively. I previously said Made in Abyss is also on the table but I recently checked and found there’s no confirmation that the follow-up to Dawn of the Deep Soul is a second TV Season so what I’m going to do with my reviews for the series is up in the air right now.

Anime Archive

Spent the past couple of days updating the crap out of the Anime Archive. Links have checked and updated when need be. All the pages have the same current look. It’s finally looking how I envisioned it again. As mentioned earlier, I updated the PriPri page to my current format for archive pages and re-added to the main hub. I also did the same for the Restaurant to Another World page which too needed a tune up for quite some time. It’s nice seeing them in the complete anime section of the archive’s hub.

One last thing, I finally put up a page for miscellaneous anime that I did cover in some capacity. Right now, I’ve just listed posts for shows that I did end up finishing in my own time so reviews anything that are on hold or I’ve dropped are not listed. That is subject to change however.

If you give the page a click, you’ll find my Blend S Episode 2 and 3 reviews listed there. Almost all of my Blend S posts were put in Private mode but after thinking it over, I decided to reverse my decision on at least those two posts. The screencaps for them have even been restored. I might continue bringing back select posts. It all depends on how comfortable I am with the idea. We’ll see.

Updating Screencaps

So for select episode reviews, I plan on creating 30 new screencaps to the replace the original 6 I used before 30 became my new standard this year. I don’t plan on doing this for every anime, that would take up time. The shows that’ll get this treatment are ones that have sequels I want to watch. So while I’m revisiting the original, why not take the time to update the screencaps? The first show getting new screencaps is Violet Evergarden as I am rewatching it before I review Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll. Next would probably be Bunny Girl Senpai when I get to the movie (I know, I’m really behind).


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