I realised I haven’t done an update for at least a year or so. At the very least, not in the form of this very casual, conversational-like tone which I am using right now. The past posts that are similar to this are either posts on self-reflection, or posts that generally aim to tell a narrative of sorts. Not this tone that some of you see glimpses of on Twitter (given that 140 characters do not give you much to work with from the start anyways.)
But the main problem for me is that I have been feeling rather uninspired, both in terms of writing and even anime-watching in general. What I usually do to think of what to write about the next week is to scroll through all the anime I recently completed to see what inspires me. I actually do try as much as possible to shy away from reviews because I think my voice is generic at best there. There are people who can analyse, critique and break down an anime series into its production values to evaluate and recommend it. Just adding one more to the mix, particularly when I am not very good at it, doesn’t seem like the greatest idea to me.
Particularly also because the most recent anime I have completed are mostly the major names you hear in the 2015 run-up. I do have some ideas here and there for different anime that can be expanded into posts, but I am either too lazy to actually write them now or to plan on how to write it. Let me give you an example of what I mean by listing down the ideas I have:
- Family as a Theme in Noragami Aragoto
- In Defense of Charlotte
- Reasons Why Everybody Should Watch Princess Tutu
- Altruism and Idealism in Gatchaman Crowds
… just to name a few. The thing is, they all require some planning and research, given that there are some details of the stories that I have already forgotten, and which I need to know before being able to write them in all truth. They definitely aren’t walk-in-the-park types of posts (unlike this one ahem.) Most importantly, if I am not wrong, some of these have already been used as blog post ideas by other bloggers if I know about it. (I can’t read every single blog post, so I just go with what I know.) And I dislike, as well as try very much not to, write about topics that have already been touched on by others, especially if I feel my analysis isn’t grounded enough, factual or argument-wise. I mean, I do have my own takes on the topics, but my views overall still converge somewhat with others and some of my lines of thinking may very well not hold much water.
The next point is where the anime I am watching is being less inspiring than usual. Currently, I am actually watching Hunter x Hunter (2011). Not that its not inspiring, but its harder to analyse it from my perspective (I find that its hard to think of something to write, other than a review of course, for popular long shounens). Also, its a long anime, and given that I still have limited time to watch anime, it means I am not watching practically anything else for some time. That also means lesser content for writing for the time being.
Or, I could go back to do my SNAFU series, which I actually put on hold (and still remember, yes) mainly because I haven’t been in the SNAFU-watching mood lately. And I don’t want to watch it just because I need something to write about – that would totally destroy it for me.
Oh and, I am watching Erased due to the recommendations of Sebbo12 and another friend (I call him a WP lurker for now. He doesn’t know this, but after this is posted maybe he would), but I generally like to wait till a series to finish airing before I write about it.
Its probably a ‘mood’ thing. I think.
I mean, I could also cheat and continue telling you guys stories about myself and my self-reflections, but I think it would probably bore all of you. Even award posts look less appetising for now because I think Twitter already does a great job at exposing me to the point that I can’t think much ‘facts’ about myself anymore without literally baring my closet.
What I ask from you guys for now is to be patient while I think of something that is worth writing about. Or, you guys can give me suggestions or talk to me to inspire me.
That’s all for now. Thanks for reading, feel free to comment and have a good day while I figure out myself. 🙂