About the Recent Tragedy #PrayForKyoani

Given the number of my recent reviews being shows animated by Kyoto Animation, you can probably tell I’m a big fan of that studio. Even though I’m still taking my time away from this blog for the time being, I figured I may as well come by and say something.

I was really saddened by the news about the arson that occurred in their Studio 1 in Kyoto. They’re a beacon of bright shining light in the anime industry, and it’s unbelievable to think that someone would want to perform such a malicious act against a studio that has rendered such adoration for their works.

However, I don’t really have much I can personally say that someone else hasn’t said already. I can sit here and talk about how I first discovered their work while watching Nichijou (back when it was on Crunchyroll in 2013) and how I became an adoring fan myself after watching Haruhi Suzumiya and Beyond the Boundary. I could talk about how much of an impact their work has made on so many people, or I could talk about how they’re truly a one-of-a-kind studio, having forged their own path in the anime industry for decades. I could list off the various shows that have become popular hits and classics that they’ve animated: K-On!, Clannad, and Free! are some that come to mind.

But the fact of the matter is, others have already said this. Others are better at coming out right away and posting these kinds of things, sharing their own feelings and thoughts. That’s why I didn’t say anything right away. There’s nothing I can personally add to the conversation.

I offer my condolences to the victims and their families in this terrible act. I’m glad that the studio is continuing to stand strong and not letting this slow them down, and I’m overjoyed by the outpouring of support that they have received. I have donated $20 towards them as well through the option that RightStuf has provided.

Others have already gone around and shared Sentai Filmworks’s GoFundMe, and it’s lovely to see over 2 million dollars that people have poured in as support for the studio. RightStuf provided a clear and straightforward way for our donations to reach Kyoto Animation’s donation fund directly, and so that’s why I took that route. You can also offer words (or images or drawings) of support through a form that Crunchyroll has set up. There are other, more direct ways to offer monetary support to Kyoto Animation as well, but these ways require more effort or some knowledge of Japanese.

At the end of the day, I know that no amount of money or words or drawings can really help heal the wounds that these victims and their families are going through. I’m glad I could offer support in some form, but I ultimately don’t have anything else to share or say. I just feel sad.

I’ll be returning to this blog in mid-August, as previously announced.

Until then, tell a loved one how much you care about them.

Jayke

Taking a Break ’til August!

Hey there!

No doubt, you’ve probably seen I haven’t posted much in the past month… like, at all.

I apologize for the complete silence on my end; I originally was planning to finish my Little Witch Academia review and then begin posting reviews for the shows in this season that’s just finishing up. But, well… that didn’t happen.

Okay, I’ll be honest. I haven’t exactly watched anything anime-related for a little while now. Hard to review anime when I’m not watching anime. Part of it, truthfully, is that jumped back into Splatoon 2 and that’s soaked up a lot of my limited free time; part of it is other projects and other personal things taking up a lot of my time as well; lastly, another part is just changes going on at my work right now that I’m needing to navigate. I haven’t had as much time to just sit down and watch stuff, and even when I do, I usually end up playing video games or watching YouTube instead.

So anyway, needless to say, I don’t exactly have much prepared to post here, for at least a little while.

As a result, I plan on taking a break from posting anything here until mid-August at the earliest. I’ll be able to wrap up some of my other projects and personal things, it allows me to adjust to some changes I’ve been making in my life, and it also gives me time to try to finish more shows and write out reviews.

Don’t expect a “My Look at the Summer 2019 Season” post, either. To be frank, I don’t have the slightest clue what is even coming out next season. When I do return, though, I’m looking to post reviews of Little Witch Academia and Sarazanmai, among other shows. Time will tell which review will get done first, though!

Either way, I look forward to seeing you in mid-August!

Jayke

Short Delay until mid-May

That uh… kind of rhymes?

Anyway, well, the title tells you pretty much what you need to know. So I guess you’re here for the why?

The reason is… I have major stuff on my plate these next few weeks. This weekend into next week, I’m working on my computer program as I sprint to my next release; and then after that, until the week afterwards, I have some important work duties that will require my time.

So expect my next review to come out on May 17th. I’m hoping it’ll be my Madoka Magica review, but honestly, I’m not sure lol! I have half of it written, but it’s going back to rewatch parts so I can write the other half that’s currently the problem. It’s likely that I’ll be swept up in another show though (*cough* Little Witch Academia *cough*) that may take my time instead. So uh… no guarantees.

Anyway, that’s essentially that. Thank you for supporting me, even if it’s nothing more than just liking my posts or reading my stuff. I say this every single update post, but this website is nothing more than a hobby, so it’s nice that this hobby is getting through (at least to some degree) to people. None of my recent reviews have hit the heights of my Beyond the Boundary review, but that’s probably because that review was shared around by Crow lol. And that’s okay, I’m not here to be famous or make money.

Okay, I’ve rambled enough. See you again soon!

Jayke

P.S. Avengers Endgame is great. Go watch it.

Mini-Update! What’s coming next

Greetings!

Figured I’d take the time to give an update about what’s coming down the pipeline next.

I’m not sure what’s been going on, but given how things have gone in the past week, I’ve been excited to return to this blog and make things happen. Part of it may have been the attention I’ve received from my Beyond the Boundary review – big thanks to Crow from Crow’s World of Anime – and part of it may also just be that I have a lot of time on my hands right now.

I am particularly proud of my Beyond the Boundary review; while it was definitely very long, I felt like I was able to get into everything I wanted to say, delve into enough detail and give enough examples, and also make it all flow nicely and become a fun read. I do worry a lot about word count, though, and so it’s always been a difficult struggle/balance between getting out all of my thoughts and preventing the review from turning into a mini-novel. If this were in a video essay format, like the video game retrospective videos I’ve recently enjoyed watching/listening to, I think it’d be an easier swallow than a wall of text. Still, again, given the attention it’s received, I think this will continue to be the direction I take with my reviews.

So speaking of which, let’s get into that.

I’ve been thinking about when the next ones are gonna come out, and here’s what I’ve decided. I’m going to switch to a bi-weekly release schedule. This means, once every other Friday. So no review tomorrow, but a review the Friday afterward – March 1st.

So speaking of which, here are the next two I have planned:

Devilman Crybaby
Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Definitely two big shows!

I had been wanting to review Madoka Magica for a while, and given how many times I’ve seen the show over the years, you would think it’d be easy, right? Well, apparently not. However, I somehow got inspired after seeing the review for it on A Girl and Her Anime – her entry was right below mine in Crow’s Other Posts to Crow About… post. (Try saying those last 7 words five times fast.) I like delving into what makes a show successful at what it tries to do, though, so my review will go in a different direction from hers.

Devilman Crybaby is the first Netflix exclusive show I’ve reviewed, so that’ll be interesting, I guess? I’ve been toying with writing a piece about Netflix and the landscape of anime distribution today in the US, but we’ll see if I’m able to nail down a tone I want to use for that. Either way, even though I’m late to the party, I’m excited to share my thoughts about this show.

I also have a review for Karakai Jozu no Takagi-san (Master Teaser Takagi-san) being worked on as well, but I don’t know when that’ll be done.

Re-reviews

Another thing I’ve been thinking about is going back and revisiting some shows I had reviewed early on in this site’s life. I absolutely love 5 Centimeters Per Second, but I feel the review I wrote for it just isn’t doing it justice anymore. There’s other shows, I’m sure, that I feel should deserve a better treatment than I had given them, so I’ve been thinking about what I want to do here.

If I re-review a show, I’m probably going to put it into a new post, and make a big link in the old review pointing to the new one. I had thought about taking down the old reviews as they get slowly replaced by new ones, but I think I want to keep them up – some have comments and discussion on them, and a part of me (and maybe some of you?) likes being able to go back to the old reviews just to see how my thoughts have changed or stayed the same.

So yeah, I’ve been thinking about that.

Finally

So once again – I say this every time there’s one of these update posts – but this website is nothing more than a hobby for me. I have a lot of drive and inspiration to keep going with it right now, but if that peters out, I won’t be afraid to take a break from here for a while.

Since this is just a hobby, I’ve never had any expectations of amassing any sort of following or anything, so I do thank you if you’ve taken the time to look at my posts and keep updated with what I do! I have absolutely nothing to promise you, so if you stick around, uh… that’s more than I’d ever expect coming into this.

I like sharing my thoughts, and I’ve been trying to get more involved and seeing others’ thoughts as well. So yeah, other bloggers out there might start to see more attention from me.

Until next time,

Jayke

An Update on AnimeBird!

Hey there!

It’s… uh… it’s been a while, huh?

Alrighty, well, let’s not beat around the bush. Get right to it. Let me start off with an announcement, and then I’m gonna talk for a bit about various things with this website.

Firstly, I’ll be putting out a new review next week Friday (the 15th). This review will not be for the third season of Free!, but as luck may have it, it will be another Kyoto Animation-animated show. (5 of the 6 past reviews were of KyoAni-animated shows, and honestly, this wasn’t really intended. I’ll delve into that later.)

So this leads into the next talking point: why isn’t it the 3rd season of Free?

I’ll be honest with you, I just wasn’t with it that season. I’d say this is spoilers for my review, but honestly, it’s not like reviews are something rare to find, especially for a popular franchise like this. I felt that Eternal Summer was the perfect ending point for the Free! series (and since the other CTFK shows ended after their 2nd or 3rd project, I figured that’d be it for Free too). This 3rd season just feels unnecessary, and it doesn’t help that everything in this season just feels… manufactured, contrived. I didn’t really feel like actually finishing the 3rd season, but I also couldn’t put out my review for it because I jumped off before the climax. I didn’t feel like jumping back in to either finish the show or rewatch some earlier parts (as I often have to do with my reviews) to try to finish my review, and so it’s been sitting here, half-done, on my computer.

At first, I didn’t think I was going to jump off for as long as I have (and still am). I thought it’d be an extra week, and then I’d be done. So I wrote that update post saying so. But then 1 week turned into two. Then 2 weeks stretched into a month, and then 2 months… and now we’re here.

But since I had previously said that this 3rd season was next, I couldn’t get myself to posting anything else because “anything else” wasn’t the 3rd season. And so this website just sat without anything being posted to it.

So that brings me to my next point. Usually I don’t announce what my next review is going to be (mostly because I myself don’t know what it’s going to be), but in these cases, I did, and then I couldn’t do anything because I couldn’t do what I said I would be doing. So I’m going to be doing things differently. I may still continue to announce my next reviews (especially since right now, I have a pretty good idea about what my next couple ones will be), but don’t 100% expect me to hold myself to that. It’ll be less of a “this is what’s coming next”, and more of a “this is going to come sometime soon”.

I do still want to review the 3rd season and share my thoughts in a more constructed, organized way, but it just won’t be right now. I do also want to review that bizarre adventure I teased in that last update as well, but, again, it’ll be a little while.

Alright, so that’s all been discussed now. So, two last points.

Next point: why so many KyoAni shows in a row?

Honestly, this wasn’t intentional. I’ve been going through the process of rewatching some shows I’d enjoyed a lot previously to get myself back into anime, and as I’ve been rewatching them, I’ve been writing reviews as well. … And, well, a lot of the shows I’ve enjoyed were KyoAni shows. That explains Nichijou, Daily Lives of High School Boys (which isn’t KyoAni-animated), as well as this next review coming up. But the others…

Munto (and Munto 2), I had wanted to see for years, and I watched it for the first time about 6 months before I wrote the review. I had intended to write reviews for them at the time as well, but since I only had them on loan, I couldn’t keep them long enough to reference for finishing my reviews. So when I had the chance to go back and get them, the timing just lined up to be after Daily Lives of High School Boys.

For Free!, that’s easy. Since the 3rd season was announced, I intended to rewatch the first two to refresh the franchise in my head before the new season came out. And so I wrote reviews for them as I was doing so. So again, it was a happenstance of them just lining up.

After this, though, I’ll resist the temptation to rewatch Tamako Market and move on to something animated by someone else for a change lol.

Lastly, what should you expect from my website in 2019? How often will I post?

To start off this answer, I’ll begin with a side note.

The time is coming up soon for me to renew my yearly payment to keep this website going. I gave a bit of thought about what I want to do, but I pretty quickly decided that I’ll be paying that renewal. And so here’s the thing: if I’m gonna renew my payment for this website, I should be posting to it. No point paying for something I’m not actively doing anything with.

So I will be around in 2019, posting things.

The real question is how often, and the real answer is… I dunno. I’ve said it a looooot in the past, but I run this site primarily for my own amusement and interest. I’m not expecting success or popularity or some anime reviewing gig for some major publisher. I’m writing here because I like to write here, and that’s pretty much it. I don’t want this to turn into a chore or job, because at the end of the day, it’s still just a hobby.

So when I have a review ready to post, I’ll post it. And when I don’t, I don’t. It’ll be as simple as that.

As for things that aren’t reviews… my interest in those have really started to wane in recent times. Part of me would still love to do pieces on how the anime industry is going or writing topical posts or making videos of any sort, but… I just don’t see it happening right now.

Conclusion

That’s all I’ve wanted to share for now. If you read all the way down to the bottom here, thank you! I’ll be honest, this blog has a bit of a bigger following than I expected (the following I expected being 0). I really wouldn’t call this blog successful in the financial or social sense or anything, but still, it’s nice to see people enjoy the things I make.

Actually, I did get an offer about a month ago from someone asking me to do a sponsorship deal… but I’m not here for the money, so I didn’t accept. Person seemed maybe a tad sketchy anyway.

Either way, I’ll see you soon!

– Jayke

No Review Today!

Greetings!

In a rare move, I’m actually announcing that I’m skipping this week instead of just mysteriously vanishing for a while lol.

But yeah. It’s in the title. There won’t be a review today! Biggest reason is that it’s Black Friday, and that leads to busy times for those who work retail. I honestly haven’t really started yet with the review for the third season of Free!, but that is next on the list. I do wanna have it out next week Friday Sunday, but we’ll see how that goes. I’m not as fast as I used to be when it comes to writing reviews.

Also, once I finish that last Free! review, it’s probably about time to move on to something that isn’t Kyoto Animation, huh? Let’s say… we have an adventure.

– Jayke

I’m Back Y’all!

Greetings!

It’s been a while, huh?

My apologies for being gone as long as I have, I hadn’t intended for this long break. However, it’s not really unexpected either, let’s be honest.

I don’t really have any reason to give for not posting here except… I just haven’t really wanted to. I’ve wanted to spend my time on other projects and doing other things. The thought would cross my mind every now and then of “hey, I should try to write another review” or something, but I never really… felt like it.

Well, I’m here to see that I have some stuff ready to go now, and I’m excited to get posting!

I’ve seen a number of long-running shows recently, and I’m excited to share my thoughts, season by season. After that, I’ll probably try to dive into a couple Netflix-exclusive shows, since I recently got a Netflix subscription. After that, expect me to disappear again for a little while.

Enough stalling though, yeah? Let’s get to talking about anime!

See you Friday!

– Jayke

Taking a Short Break!

Hey there!

So I finished Funimation February, and just barely in time too! My last review was for Baka and Test, which I… didn’t think very highly of. It was meant to have been posted earlier (preferably last Friday), but it seemed the world was transpiring against me being able to do that.

To be honest, there was a couple of difficult things that needed my attention during this time period first and foremost, beyond me finishing up some review for some site. A number of these difficult things have passed now, though, hopefully, and that’s when that review got posted! And now that it’s been posted, I’m gonna take a break!

Now, you might be saying, why take a break now, after your hardships have been solved? Well, there’s a couple things: firstly, I don’t know for certain if all the issues have been solved. Either way, some of the decisions I’ve made are going to reverberate in my life for the next few days/weeks. Secondly, I’m beginning a strange transitional phase in my life right now (trying to change careers), and I want time to focus on what I need to do for that (so yay, more hardships, but at least it’s a planned hardship). Thirdly, I want some time to build up a bit of a backlog again for this site. I do currently have one fully written review, and three partially-written reviews already, but I like to have a sizeable backlog.

I plan on being gone for pretty much most (if not all) of March.

By the time I come back, the Winter 2018 season will be finishing up, and hopefully my reviews for some of those shows should be ready to go by that point! I will also be trying to finish up those partially-written reviews, and also writing one more review for a show I’m currently rewatching.

I will also be planning a piece about Your Name when I come back! It will not be a review of the movie (that may come later), but more a perspective piece on it. I feel my perspective on the movie is pretty uncommon, and I wanted to share it. I do have some preparation work to do for this piece, so it may take some time, but be prepared for that!

Finally, thank you to those of you who have enjoyed what I’ve written so far! My posts haven’t really spurred much discussion or anything, but it’s still nice to come in and see someone had liked one of my reviews or began following my blog. I’m not doing this to become profitable or popular, I’m doing it solely as a “why not” project, but I enjoy the thought that maybe, just maybe, someone enjoys seeing my posts here.

Anyway, see you all in a month!

– Jayke

AnimeBird, plans for 2018!

Greetings!

Geez, it’s been a long while, hasn’t it? I really hadn’t meant to disappear from here like I did after my A Silent Voice review. I’m actually pleasantly surprised with how many people saw it, liked it, and followed me as a result.

I’m sorry I’ve disappointed you with my lack of new releases thus far D:

If I were to be a good content creator, I would say that things will be different this year and that you’ll see post more than ever before! and things of that nature. But… that’s probably not going to be how it goes here. I’ll be trying to post more often than I have these past few months, that’s for sure, trust me, but it won’t be every week on the dot.

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Since some point last year when I said to you all (and to myself) that this is nothing more than a side hobby, I’ve been really treating it as such: something I do only in my spare time and when I feel the desire to spend doing it. It unfortunately leads to this website/blog thing being woefully neglected at times, though. I do feel bad about anyone who actually is interested in my posts and my thoughts and is receiving nothing from me here.

I have some reviews stockpiled that I wanted to post after I wrote a review for “Your Name”, but seeing as I never finished that review, I never posted it nor posted the stockpiled ones. I’ve been telling myself to just post one of the stockpiled ones and forget about that plan, but obviously, that never came to be either (in the past month).

I’ll be coming into 2018 posting these stockpiled reviews that I mentioned. In fact, if I’m not mistaken, it’ll be reviews for the same exact shows that I was hinting at in the post I linked to a few paragraphs ago. So allow me to quote what I said back then:

The reviews I’ll be posting over the next few weeks will be quite interesting. A lot of them are well-known shows, to be honest, but it’s not just that. The shows I’ll be reviewing are shows that I either really like or really dislike. Not every show can be a winner, huh?

So look forward to that 😀

I will say that despite not posting much on this website/blog thing, I am relatively active on Twitter! Recently it’s just been retweets from my main/personal account, but they’re retweets about the things I’ve watched! If you want my (condensed) thoughts about a show I’ve watched, you’ll find it there, and you’re also open to ask me about shows too!

Also, quick last thing: I do plan on doing that Funimation February thing I did last year again! No promises on those extra pieces about the company itself or the anime industry as a whole, as I had said (and failed to do) last year. But I will be reviewing Funimation shows!

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Yet another thing I mentioned in that post and also haven’t yet done (wow, good going past me! /sarcasm), I wanted to talk about video games! Random thoughts about them, maybe semi-reviews about them, who knows? I’m kind of transitioning this website/blog thing to being just my place to voice my thoughts about the media I consume, and of course, I’ve been consuming video games.

I’ve recently been going through a Paper Mario phase (again), so you can actually look forward to a post from me talking about the entire series. Who knows when I’ll have it up, but… it’s a thing.

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Anyway, thank you so much for sticking with me… if, uhh, you have been sticking with me… and I’m sorry about my lack of posting here.

I’ve said it before, but this site is nothing more than a side hobby for me. But still, it does sadden me to see people reading/liking my things at the same time I’ve neglected to post anything new. I don’t want people to think I’ve abandoned this place, although that honestly is what it looks like. I guess I don’t quite know how to rectify that, though.

Oh well.

I hope I’ll post more often in 2018, and I hope you’ll be around to read it (and hopefully like it)! See you later on! 😀

Jayke (AnimeBird)

A Quick Update

Hey there! Like the title says, this is gonna be pretty quick.

So my apologies for disappearing again from this website since my previous post that said I’d be done being disappeared lol. Obviously, I was wrong. At the point of writing that post, I had a number of half-finished reviews I hoped I would finish quickly to get posted, but my slump continued much longer than I expected it to.

Come into late August, and although I had finally, finally, gotten out of that slump, my laptop began to act up. I had to send it out for repairs to be done. That was early September. Last I heard, they were working on replacing a part, but said replacement was on backorder. I’ll be reaching out again next week, though, because I am definitely growing rather impatient here.

Moving past that, though: so I recently had the chance to go out and see No Game No Life Zero in theaters, and boy do I have some thoughts about it! Lol. It’s a pain to have to go out of my way to find computers to do writing and other things on, but either way, I’m rushing through writing my reviews for the TV anime and the movie so I can post them this coming week.

Anyway, so all in all, once I have my laptop back, I can start to get everything back in order and begin posting then. It’s just a matter of when.

So yeah. Talk to you later!

Jayke

P.S. If you’re not already, follow me on Twitter (https://twitter.com/AnimeBirdTweet). I don’t post too often there, but if you’re a bit curious about what I’m watching and my general thoughts, that’s the place to check.