Farewell to 2016

Alrighty, well, that’s one for the record books. Of course, last year will probably win a lot of records with “worst” in the title, but ehh, whatever.

Aside from the hectic world crumbling around us, 2016 stands out to me as the year I actually started this website here, Anime Bird! It’s… well, it’s a website.

For my first half a year here, I wasn’t exactly expecting myself to skyrocket off the ground into super-popularity… which is good, because I really didn’t skyrocket into super-popularity at all! So that’s one point for me, I guess. That being said,  I think I’ve become a bit more comfortable here, and it does excite me to see people reading my posts, and liking them and following me (even if it’s usually the same two people liking and commenting on my stuff, that’s still better than none, and I appreciate you both a lot!)

I posted 15 reviews in 2016, and I’m pretty happy with the quality of them. Two of them were accompanied with an “Additional Thoughts” segment. In total, though, this means that out of the 26 weeks I was active here, I had 12 weeks where nothing was posted (I posted my Tanaka-kun and Danmachi reviews in the same week). That’s almost half of the entire 26 weeks; while I previously announced a hiatus or “no review this week” for some of them, that only counts for a handful of the weeks without reviews.

For 2017, I do want to try to be more active, and posting a review every week… or at least for the weeks where I don’t post a review, consistently say that I won’t beforehand. My website actually got a decent amount of traffic during October, the month that I had totally disappeared, which is a major disappointment, because they could’ve become regular fans of this blog.

Along with that, I’ve translated two YouTube videos. If you’re wondering why you don’t see more translation things out of me… honestly, it’s because I haven’t found anything else that I wanted to really sit down and translate. I do want to practice and improve my Japanese, and part of it does come down to me trying to find something on my own that I want to translate, but at the same time, I just haven’t been feeling the desire to.

That’s another thing I’d like to do more of this year, even if it results in me just re-translating things that have been translated before, just so I can get the practice. I may look into doing Vocaloid songs, I dunno. I’m open to suggestions!

Lastly, for 2017, I also want to make more posts other than reviews (and potentially translations). I’m a pretty darn busy person, unfortunately, so it does surprise me sometimes how I am able to keep this blog going, but at the same time, there is more about anime and the anime industry that I want to talk about that I just don’t have the ability to do in reviews alone. I don’t know if my schedule will permit me to spend time writing more posts, but I really would like to do so. (Especially since I hinted at doing a mini-series about American anime licensors before.)

And maybe, hopefully, perhaps, fingers-crossed… I may do some video anime reviews too.

I have big plans for this year, and I have absolutely no idea if I’ll do any of them! We’ll just have to see what 2017 holds, and hope the world survives to see 2018.

Until next time,

Jayke (Anime Bird)

P.S. I do want to do a bigger post at some point talking about who I really am, since I’ve been wanting to move away from my former idea of “Anime Bird” being this unknown entity. I’ll just add that to my ever-growing list of things I wanna get done this year…

P.P.S. That image features characters from “New Game”, found on Crunchyroll’s Twitter! I will totally be doing a review on that… soon, hopefully.

Sorry for the absence!

Hey there!

Long time, no talk, huh? Yeah, sorry about that. I got too caught up in other things, but I’m still around.

I will be posting a brand-new review this Friday, and trying to get back into the swing of posting every Friday. I’ve watched a number of interesting shows recently, and I wanna share my thoughts!

So hang tight, and you’ll hear from me again really soon!

Small Hiatus

Hey there!

This is gonna be a super small and quick post, simply because of my schedule. I just tweeted about it, but I’ll also make a full-out post, just to give this maximum visibility.

I’ll be going on hiatus until August 15th. There’s a couple of reasons why I’ll be doing so, but I don’t have the time to go into it right now. The biggest thing, though, is I’m just busy. This site doesn’t take up too much of my time, but as you can tell, I haven’t even had the time to update it properly.

Anyway, I gotta go. I’ll see you all when I return!

AnimeBird

About my life and reviews

Hey there!

So I said over Twitter that I would be posting two reviews yesterday, because I couldn’t do one last Friday, and because I was late with the one for the Friday before.

Obviously, that didn’t happen.

I could go on and on with my excuses (and I will in just a few moments), but I know that when it comes to being punctual with these things, I don’t really much have anyone or anything to blame but myself. Honestly, I’ve had a pretty long history of being bad with time management, so this is just another example to put there (specifically, example 15,499).

So, I will be posting one of the two reviews tonight, probably within a few minutes of this post being put up, and then I’ll be trying really hard to make sure I have reviews for every Friday afterwards. I will try to get the second of the two reviews up next Tuesday (as the review for this Friday will be something different), but, well, we’ll see what happens with that.

Anyway, so some of the reasons why it didn’t happen:

  1. I started a new job in real life. I actually started it about half a month ago, but the end of June marked the end of training… so the training wheels came off and my employer let go of me (figuratively) to see if I’d be able to balance on my own. Not unlike my actual experiences trying to learn how to ride a bike, it didn’t go too well. It’s not a difficult job, but it has a lot of tasks, and altogether, it’s adds up to being a pretty time-consuming thing. And time, as we know, is not something I have the best grasp of. So that’s been difficult to deal with, and schedule around.
  2. I planned to spend the Independence Day weekend (the United States’s Independence Day, that is) finishing the show that I was doing yesterday’s second review on. However, I had less time than I expected/planned to be able to accomplish that. So that didn’t really get done. (It also bled over into the volunteer work I’m doing for the Skip Beat release here in the United States… luckily, things still seem to be okay on that front.)
  3. Honestly, I’m just a bit out of the swing of things, when it comes to writing reviews. Both of the two reviews for yesterday, and the Space Patrol Luluco one before it, were for shows that only very-recently finished airing. All of my other reviews posted so far (excepting the Tatami Galaxy one, which was finished only hours before posting), are all over two months old. This means, up until I wrote that Tatami Galaxy review, I haven’t been writing anything for two months. Like most other skills, writing is something that needs constant practice, and by taking those two months off from it, I’ve become a bit rusty. I think I still write quality work today, but it’s just not coming as quickly as it used to. I used to be able to finish a single review in a night, if even, but Space Patrol Luluco took about 8-ish hours altogether to write. Hopefully as I keep going with this, I can start to get quicker with it again, but it’s been yet another wrench in this whole process.

To be honest, though, this review site is catering to an audience of maybe about 7 readers right now (and even that may be an optimistic number). Frankly, I’m not too concerned about being too late with these reviews, because almost no one in the entire world would even know. Not to, of course, belittle the people who I see pop up on a lot of my reviews – I appreciate you a lot – but it’s an obvious statement to make when I say I’m still in the little-leagues here.

Hopefully, though, if I continue to be more consistent, and maybe even get some of my other ideas out of my head and into existence on this website, we’ll start to see things go somewhere.

Finally, one last thing: I originally made this site and the related social media accounts to do the whole “person-who-hides-own-identity” thing; so far, there’s very little on this site to trace what’s being posted here to an actual person. It’s something we see people like HowToBasic or Ask A Korean do, and I thought it’d be cool to do something similar. However, the more and more I think about it, the less and less I’m liking the idea. So, at some point relatively soon, I plan to actually reveal who I am, and connect this site back to my own identity. I’ll still continue with the AnimeBird Twitter and other accounts I have, but I’m not gonna be making “AnimeBird” be some anonymous person anymore. It’s not that fun.

Anyway, if you read this far, thanks for letting me get all this off my chest. I expect this site to basically be just about anime and nothing else, so I don’t want to continue posting personal things here, but I felt this is stuff that was worth mentioning, given what’s been going on.

Until next time!

Welcome!

Hey there! My name is… well, you can call me AnimeBird. … Or Bird. Or something, I don’t know. What’s in a name? Anyway…

If you’re reading this, I’d like to specifically welcome you – yes, you! – to my anime review site!

Wait, what, you say? This is an anime review site? Yes, this is an anime review site. (How many more times can I fit that phrase into this post? lol) On this anime review site (ding – one more!), you’ll see me post reviews of various anime shows that I’m watching, have watched, or have otherwise experienced enough to be able to say something about it.

I don’t have a set schedule as to what show will be reviewed next; frankly, it just kind of comes down to what I feel like. I’ll be posting a new review every week, though, so be sure to check back and see it!

For now, I’m going to get back to improving this website and making it look the way I want it to look!

Until the first review,

AnimeBird

P.S. I don’t just write reviews! I also will have other posts about anime-related things as well. I’m also slowly but surely working on improving my Japanese, so look out for posts about me translating materials from Japan.