Serious Blogger’s Note:
I’ve come to the end of the 30 Day Anime Challenge. My goal was to finish the challenge in exactly 30 days, posting one post each day beginning on January 1st and running through January 30th. It wasn’t always easy, to be honest. Real life doesn’t time its incidents to one’s convenience, after all. There were some days when I really thought that I might not have the time or energy to keep my resolution, days when the sewer backed up or work went a little crazy, when I was sick or tired or just plain lazy. But now, looking back at the work that went into it and my own dedication, looking at the response that the 30 Day Anime Challenge garnered, I’m so glad that I stuck to my goal.
To you, the anime fans reading my blog, I have to say “thank you!” To be honest, your likes, comments, and follows have been so incredibly encouraging. Finding a group of people as passionate about the media as I am, a group who may have different tastes but has accepted my shoujo-self without reservation, has been heartening. Knowing that people out there, whether large or small in number, care about my ramblings and actually read them… that you all took the time in passing or made the conscious effort to wonder, “What did that ridiculous sparkly fangirl post today?” and checked it out… Truly, that means the world. Thank you so much.
When I love something, it is into that area that I throw myself. I’m an avid fan of books and writing, and I’ve dedicated myself to my job, but this…
…when I found anime, true to form I fell in love, and now I have a community to share that with. I can fangirl here in the anonymity of the internet, and tweet out my random “squee!” moments knowing that there are others who take as much joy from anime as I do. I don’t take that for granted.
I have a blessed and fulfilling life out here in the real world, but I look forward to reading up on other’s post and sharing the experiences of doing what we love with all of you. Keep being awesome, guys. Please keep being accepting of other newbies like me; it’s such fun to fangirl(boy) together.
I don’t plan to post every single day now, but I do plan to regiment myself more strictly than in the past, to write more than I was under the bi-monthly posting schedule that I was roughly keeping. I think I’ll set the goal of posting at least twice per week. It’s a little stressful, as I’m sure fellow bloggers are aware, but the increased involvement in the community is something that I don’t want to give up, and I love the reprieve that this blog gives me from my “real world responsibilities.” My husband said, “You’re more dedicated to this than you are to your actual job!” I’d say that I’m dedicated to my real job for sure, but this is my own rambling space. People read what I have to say, and I can say whatever I want without consequence. I can be my sparkly self*, and that’s a pretty special thing.
*I plan to write a post about the impact that anime has had on my self-image at a later date, but please note that—though I don’t change who I am no matter what others think— I do appreciate how shoujo anime makes girly, sparkly girls like me seem capable or desirable. I’ve often been underestimated because of my cheerful demeanor, my bows and skirts, or my absentmindedness (ADHD is a thing, yo), but in anime, cute doesn’t mean stupid, and I appreciate that.
ON TO THE (SPOILER FREE) POST!! *TRUMPETS BLAIR*
On this, the final day of the 30 Day Anime Challenge, I’ve been asked to name an anime that I wish would have continued after it’s finale! A better question is, “What anime that I watched did I ever want to end?” No, no, I jest, I promise. In reality, there are those shows that have such perfect endings that continuing them would seem forced or inappropriate.
There are several shows that I could name, but today I’ll write on one that MAN ALIVE needs to GET ITSELF TOGETHER ALREADY and MAKE SEASON 2 FOR GOODNESS SAKE.
That show is…
While at this point I highly doubt we’ll see a season 2 (considering the show came out in ’08-09), I do so wish that it had never ended. The plot synopsis and my impressions of Skip Beat! are a post for another day, but having read the manga, there is SO MUCH MORE MATERIAL that could be animated. The show ended JUST BEFORE MY FAVORITE ARC! Can you say “beagle??” (Readers of the manga will get this and the rest of you will just think I’m insane but ohhh well~~~!)
HOWEVER, I did just discover that there is to be a DUB of season 1 released sometime soon due to a successful Kickstarter campaign. Kyoko is going to be voiced by Caitlyn Glass of HARUHI (Ouran) FAME, I KID YOU NOT!!
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So, you know, don’t mind me, I’ll just be dying of excitement over here. Do you think this will spark enough interest to launch a season 2?!?!
No, probably not. ｡ﾟ(*´□`)ﾟ｡
Catch you on the flip side,